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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706118)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
The Register has its fun:


Microsoft plays whack-a-mole with Windows 10 bugs – with just TWO days left on the clock

What's the big deal about a little crash here and there?

... Build 10240, which was released to the Windows Insider program two weeks ago, is widely considered to be the "release to manufacturing" (RTM) build, even though Redmond itself says the RTM concept doesn't apply in its brave new world of Windows as a Service.

Yet if that's the build that hardware OEMs are using to create disk images for their new devices, customers who pick up new Windows 10 PCs and tablets should expect to have a few downloads waiting for them when they first fire them up.

A number of nagging bugs have cropped up in the last few days that have some Windows 10 testers scratching their heads at just how an OS this raw can be considered production-ready...



Watch the download servers suffer a self sustained DDOS?...

Here's watching!


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
2) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1705421)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
Here's hopefully some very high profile impetus to move away from some of the old misogynistic ways:


Barack Obama in Kenya: 'no excuse' for treating women as second-class citizens

* ‘Just because something is part of your past doesn’t make it right’, Obama says

* Rousing address in Nairobi also offers insight into his African heritage


... Obama earned vociferous applause from 4,500 Kenyans at a sports arena in the capital, Nairobi, by throwing down the gauntlet over the rights of women and girls. He gave short shrift to those in Africa who hide behind arguments defending tradition and culture against values they say are imposed by the west. Considering his heritage, it was a case he could make better than any previous US president.

“Every country and every culture has traditions that are unique and help make that country what it is, but just because something is part of your past doesn’t make it right; it doesn’t mean it defines your future,” Obama said, citing the recent debate in America over the Confederate flag.

“Around the world there is a tradition of oppressing women and treating them differently and not giving them the same opportunities, and husbands beating their wives, and children not being sent to school. Those are traditions. Treating women and girls as second-class citizens. Those are bad traditions. They need to change.”...




All in our only one world,
Martin
3) Message boards : Politics : Austrialian Political Dorks Smash BOTH Education AND Astronomy? (Message 1704773)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile ML1
How infantile childishly stupid can Australian politics descend to?

(As seen by my opinion as ever...)


Spew up on this latest political stupidity for the blind no-cares politics:


Australia threatens to pull buckets of astronomy funding

A political impasse is putting at risk Australia's participation in the ginormous Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope*, along with a slew of other major research science projects...

... the National Research Alliance says the funding brinkmanship is putting at risk 1,700 research positions, and threatening the shut-down of long-running projects...

... Apart from the researchers directly under the wing of NCRIS projects, the open letter says the facilities funded by NCRIS feed into the work of 35,000 local and international researchers.

The letter notes that since facilities can't be mothballed for any significant period, “the government will be effectively decommissioning high-cost public infrastructure that in many cases has years if not decades of productive working life remaining.”

Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt told local radio the political impasse is “childish”...




Politics Australian style all set to smash their own education and science to spite themselves?...

Rather than trashing their future, the politicians there really need to get an education!

Only in Australia?!
Martin
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1704098)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
... Windows was a hack as well. It was a hack of Apple Lisa, as I understand it. Well, more like a reverse engineering... ;) ...

And many years later we are coming round to something of a mixed bag of coloured advertisement pains tiles:


Windows 10 Mobile: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

... After five years, the radical design experiment of Windows Phone is being killed off; Windows on phones is being subsumed into Windows 10...

... Looking over my review notes, I’m struck how much the Windows 10 experiences have in common – for the same words and phrases keep cropping up, such as “promising”, “generally r.direction”, “WTF?” and “consistency?!?”.

Even as Windows 10 rolls out next week (unfinished, but there's a deadline to meet) Microsoft can't decide on a name. Is it Windows 10 mobile or Mobile (uppercase)?...




Where do we go from here?

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
5) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1704095)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
Cultural or DNA?

Or a game of dominance?

Or a game of trying to hide ignorance?...


Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

... ploughed through recordings of 163 games of Halo 3 played on Xbox Live by 189 individuals, recording how losers interacted with winners.

...

What they found probably won't surprise anyone: “low-skilled” males were submissive towards male-voiced teammates, but hostile towards females.

It's all about status, the study suggested. When beaten, losers tried to protect their status (what was left of it)...

... On the other hand, winners take the opportunity to be nice to female players – and (although the study doesn't put it this way) preen: “Higher-skilled players, in contrast, were more positive towards a female relative to a male teammate ... in an attempt to support and garner a female player's attention”...

... The researchers concluded: “By demonstrating that female-directed hostility primarily originates from low-status, poorer-performing males, our results suggest that a way to counter it may be through teaching young males that losing to the opposite sex is not socially debilitating.”




And scarily that mirrors some of the real world...

Here's hoping we can win the war of educating the ignorant for a better world for ALL.


All in our only one world,
Martin
6) Message boards : Politics : Educating Unthinking Uncritical Consumerism... (Message 1700765)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile ML1
... The worst is likely so-called "children's TV". Instead of being highly educational or informative, their primary reason for existence is to drive demand for the tie-in merchandise. 'Program-Length Commercials', as it were.

Yes, I noticed the move where the adverts have now been moved INTO the programs...

We've had that since the early days of TV with such as the "Soaps". However, the way that the advertising and brand placement is now done is to my mind misleadingly surreptitious and unscrupulous and similar to propaganda...

Here in the UK we have a big argument raging about the license funding for the BBC. A very fundamental note is to note the very stark contrast between the relatively unbiased high quality output from the BBC as opposed to the inevitably Marketing compromised trash that the Marketing sponsored outlets must pander to...

Is the TV output for the viewers or for the Marketing peddlers?...

Comparing the BBC to American TV shows a painfully stark contrast for that.


And we have the BBC to my mind very suspiciously under attack:

Government selects panel to review the future of the BBC

... Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has appointed eight people to work on the renewal of the BBC's royal charter - which sets out the corporation's remit.

Dawn Airey, former boss of [media 'sponsored'] Channel 5, and Dame Colette Bowe, former chairwoman of ['Government controlled'] Ofcom, are among the advisers. ...

Ms Airey, who is an executive at Yahoo, has previously called for the licence fee to be cut...

... Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust from 2007 to 2011 said the corporation was coming under "intense pressure" and was facing a "hand-picked panel by John Whittingdale replacing the Trust... and not even a mention of how the public, who pay for the BBC are going to be involved".

"I think this is a matter for real concern," he added.

He said there was always room for debate over what the BBC does but the government's approach "feels like the beating up of the BBC to make it more compliant, less bold and that's really not in our national interest"...



To my mind, all very suspicious and a breach of all trust.


Our Marketing driven abused world is what we allow it to be...
Martin
7) Message boards : Politics : Educating Unthinking Uncritical Consumerism... (Message 1700763)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile ML1
... It is your possible 'solution', to increase the Power of Some Authority, to Regulate, Tax, and Control, Free and Individual Persons. With which you and I disagree...

Sorry but I miss where you infer that from this thread... How does educating 'how to learn for yourself' and 'for how to be more aware' lead to "enslavement by whatever authorities"?...

Please explain?


All in our only one world,
Martin
8) Message boards : Politics : Educating Unthinking Uncritical Consumerism... (Message 1700458)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile ML1
... If Free Individuals make, in YOUR opinion, an incorrect choice...

Part of being free and enjoying freedom is to be free to gain an education.


Unfortunately, there is far too much stifling ignorance still being peddled in our world, usually in the name of control.

Examples of that are most obviously denying education from people as done in some countries and by various 'religions' to keep women and girls uneducated and enslaved by dependance on men. However, there are the not-so-obvious examples of how Marketing is used to "dumb down" the users to then encourage dependence and control by ignorance.

All very clever stuff.

Which is where the general population need to be better educated to gain their freedom to better appreciate that and to gain a choice.


Or are you all for enslavement by ignorance?

All in our only one world,
Martin
9) Message boards : Politics : Educating Unthinking Uncritical Consumerism... (Message 1700455)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile ML1
Maybe you should donate Linux computers to said schools then. Teach the heathens the error of thier ways right from a young age.
If you make a better mouse trap they will come.
Apparently your favorite OS hasnt gotten there yet.

I guess you've missed the explosion of positive interest and education that has developed worldwide from the Raspberry Pi?

That has also prompted the introduction of the BBC Micro Bit.

And I guess you've missed how Linux is indeed being used and given to the world, all with no strings attached.

Just one small community example:

YouTube: 84 Year-Old Linux Community Volunteer Sends Linux PCs to Africa

James Anderson is an 84 year-old volunteer at Free Geek, where he works every Friday to rebuild laptops using Linux that can be sent to Africa. Learn more about his story, including why this has become his passion, and how he became involved with Linux and this project in this short video.


(Also note how both Microsoft and Apple attempt to prevent that from being possible by their various supply chain initiatives to forever lock you into only their systems and deny you any hope of reusing perfectly good hardware...)


IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
10) Message boards : Politics : Educating Unthinking Uncritical Consumerism... (Message 1700454)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile ML1
... The worst is likely so-called "children's TV". Instead of being highly educational or informative, their primary reason for existence is to drive demand for the tie-in merchandise. 'Program-Length Commercials', as it were.

Yes, I noticed the move where the adverts have now been moved INTO the programs...

We've had that since the early days of TV with such as the "Soaps". However, the way that the advertising and brand placement is now done is to my mind misleadingly surreptitious and unscrupulous and similar to propaganda...

Here in the UK we have a big argument raging about the license funding for the BBC. A very fundamental note is to note the very stark contrast between the relatively unbiased high quality output from the BBC as opposed to the inevitably Marketing compromised trash that the Marketing sponsored outlets must pander to...

Is the TV output for the viewers or for the Marketing peddlers?...

Comparing the BBC to American TV shows a painfully stark contrast for that.


(There is a parallel there for computers and IT as to whether IT is to provide a useful service for the users or whether the IT is a Marketing tool to make money for the suppliers and the users be damned. The contrast there is similarly stark.)

Our Marketing driven abused world is what we allow it to be...
Martin
11) Message boards : Politics : Educating Unthinking Uncritical Consumerism... (Message 1700360)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile ML1
Considering the utter lack of positive comment here:

I guess our children will remain unaware Marketing victims to be insidiously mercilessly exploited uncritically unknowingly to a Marketing driven abuse unto hell.


Such is the Western way?

Victims we are?

All in our only one world,
Martin
12) Message boards : Politics : Educating Unthinking Uncritical Consumerism... (Message 1700177)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile ML1
... Critical Thinking regarding those who believe 'Other's (not them) are Inferior, and can not make Intelligent Choices?

100% agree...

Well...

Critical and insightful thinking is a skill to be learnt just as with other practical/manual skills.

And teaching children how to learn for themselves and think for themselves from what I've seen and experienced is something too often not taught (especially here in the UK)...


Another example that is only recently being addressed is for how we have suffered over a decade where instead of IT and Computer Science being taught at schools, we've had the children being turned into zombies bored senseless in front of whichever one manufacturer's word processor or spreadsheet had been given to the school under whatever 'special deal'...

Hopefully, education can quickly move onwards to better ways.


Are we what we are taught or what we find out for ourselves?...
Martin


ps: And in case not noticed, there is a very deliberate double meaning to the use of this thread title...
13) Message boards : Politics : Educating Unthinking Uncritical Consumerism... (Message 1700124)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile ML1
Your way of life starts very early...

We very definitely need a lot more of this:


Philosophy sessions 'boost primary school results'

... More than 3,000 nine and 10-year-olds in 48 UK schools took part in hour-long sessions aimed at raising their ability to question, reason and form arguments...


An excellent idea that really needs to be taken seriously.


In our days of unthinking twitter twits... Can we really turn back the tide of lazy ignorance?

Or do we allow children to unthinkingly fall prey to our "Western" ways of becoming exploited by Marketing?


Our world is what we make it...
Martin
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Show and tell your machine. Here's mine. (Message 1699984)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile ML1
Ageless,

Good luck for the debug and happy fast cool crunchin'!
Martin
15) Message boards : Number crunching : AMD CPU tips (Message 1699962)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile ML1
Some very brief personal observations:

AMD give best price performance;
Intel looks to have smashed AMD and so now Intel innovations have died;
GPGPUs rule for most efficient crunching.

Hence for myself, go AMD with the best GPU available.

Happy fast crunching!
Martin
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1695521)
Posted 25 Jun 2015 by Profile ML1
What a kerfuffle!

Shame when the licensing and upgrade conditions are more complicated and byzantine than the OS itself!!

I'm still not sure if the various upgrade stories are a trick of viral Marketing, incompetence, or just an inevitable side effect of the forever expanding EULAs to bind you forevermore. :-(


There just has to be a better way ;-)

IT is what we make it...
Martin
17) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1695121)
Posted 24 Jun 2015 by Profile ML1
I read all the small print on the internet and it made me want to die


And we ALL agree to THAT?!


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1694562)
Posted 22 Jun 2015 by Profile ML1
... how things pan out.

Hopefully for Microsoft's sake, hopefully not...

But then again... The current Windows have recently seen an awful lot of patch-ups :-(


All a Game of Users?!

(To rephrase a certain long running TV series... ;-) )


IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
19) Message boards : Politics : Flight MH17 : U.S. official: Malaysia Airlines plane shot down (Message 1693845)
Posted 20 Jun 2015 by Profile ML1
OK this is the Russian view. Not Putin and Kremlin views!
http://en.novayagazeta.ru/politics/68386.html

Very interesting... And gruesome.

The comment to that article is very clear for questioning the assumptions used to supposedly identify the missile launch point which then supposedly places the blame away from Russia...

So... Full admission that it was a Russian made missile system of a very specific type. Good determination of the detonation point just outside the cockpit. I agree with their determination of the RELATIVE missile-to-aircraft explosion and fragmentation damage.

However, I am very suspicious of how the missile track is supposedly rather conveniently claimed to be deduced...

Note the assumption that the missile track is supposedly completely accurate from launch and a straight vector all with no course correction... Also, no mention is made of allowing for the velocities relative to the ground or of using the debris field spread to confirm the aircraft path...

My expectation is that the missile would 'curve' into the aircraft path as the missile corrected its path as it homed on target...


So, good report but with a false conclusion to add to the propaganda war?

All a very nasty game.

All in our only one world,
Martin
20) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1693330)
Posted 19 Jun 2015 by Profile ML1
All a game of paid-for FUD as a new Marketing tool?...

All a new level of LAIRS?...


Fake online reviews prompt probe

Businesses are ambushing rivals with fake reviews and customers are using the threat of online criticism to win discounts, research has found.

Review sites may leave negative commentary...



"Naughty Intel" and cancerous Microsoft anyone?

Shoot all Marketing now?!


See:

Intel's compiler: is crippling the competition acceptable?

Naughty Intel in for even more licks soon?

[Microsoft] Ballmer: “Linux is a cancer”


IT is what we allow it to be,..
Martin


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