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21) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1716229)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
There are some things that I like about Win 10.
It has a nice snappy interface, that is easy to learn.
The updates keep coming, so exploits that can let others in, are quickly plugged.
My upgrade went very well, and I am a clean install guy. This is the first time I haven't done a clean install, even though it was my intention, and everything works.

I altered the .CL file, replacing every instance of bool2 with bool_2, so I should have no more problems with newer Nvidia drivers. (I will post results when a new AP unit appears.)

This is certainly better than Win 8, and is a combination of 7 and 8.1.
I am far from the beginner computer user, and I have control over what I was afraid of in the beginning.

So far, other than the privacy, which I already gave up by carrying a smart phone, I think Microsoft might be onto something. Cortana is still turned off, as there is a huge fan noise in my bedroom where Piggy is located. (63 dB) Even with water cooling, it is like sleeping on the deck of an aircraft carrier. It is when the sound stops, that I wake up and see what happened......

Steve
22) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1716068)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
So... If the Win10 non-privacy does not get all your data, why not just give it away for free in the first place?...


Microsoft turns on Windows 10 file backup to Azure

... Windows has included basic backup utilities for many years. That Microsoft's now giving those tools the cloud treatment should come as no surprise...


Do you trust enough to have all your data on someone else's cloud 'for free'?

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

I have all of that shut off, so all 5 TB of my files will stay on my computer.

Steve
23) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1715842)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Well, after I re-installed my tried and true GPU driver, I finally had an AP unit validate. Win 10 has not forced me to update the driver yet, after all the action I took to prevent it, so I am pleased about that. My available time to mess with things has been very limited lately, so I am glad I seem to have some control over driver installation. If things change, I will post about it.

Steve
24) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1714856)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
This is the link for the Microsoft tool.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930

And you can go to the Control Panel/System/Advanced Settings/Hardware, and choose not to install drivers.

I am not sure if it works yet, but it is what Microsoft recommends.

Steve
25) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1714855)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
damn Windows 10 cumulative updates. it decided to upgrade my NVidia driver overnight from 347.88 to 353.xx something causing all my AP's to error out...

Well that's the end of it : no more updating although I believe the Windows 10 NSA edition can turn updates back on by itself sadly.

That was my problem as well, but I think I may have stopped it from doing it again. I will need more AP units to be sure, as it did error out some 25 of them, after I had put the old driver back, and stopped all driver updates, and hid the offending one, only to see it return to the update que.

Steve
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : misc electronics thread (Message 1714854)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
The soldering is the worst problem. I wouldn't look for kits, but individual capacitors. I see 9 capacitors that I would suspect, and you could most likely get them for under $20. Of course that might not be the problem, but as a former TV repairman, that is where I would look, assuming that the problem is coming from the power board. I realize that to be certain of a fix, you would need the schematic, and a meter, or possibly an oscilloscope to probe around and find the faulty component. There is no good way to troubleshoot a board like that, without having it actually connected to the other hardware, which is also problematic, as it exposes you to significant voltages.

Oh well, I wish you luck in getting it fixed.

Steve
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : misc electronics thread (Message 1714832)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I saw the picture of the power board you posted, and saw the symptom on the TV. You may just be able to replace the capacitors on the power board. It looks to me like the electrolytic capacitor(s) are drying out, or breaking down. If that is the case, it would certainly be less expensive than a whole new board, but soldering is required.

Steve
28) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1714762)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
After I updated to the latest driver from Nvidia, which is Win 10 compatible, my AP units started aborting with no coprocessor found. I tried to do a clean install of my older, working driver, and it failed. Then I stripped all the fluff out of the driver, and tried again, this time successfully.

When I got home today, I went into the control panel/system/advanced settings/hardware, and set it so that driver updates are not installed. Then I took the second measure, and downloaded Microsoft's specific tool to hide the Nvidia drivers. I did a cold reboot, and went to Windows Updates, and of course the newer Nvidia driver was still there waiting to be installed. Whether it will or not remains to be seen. Either way, even with the old, tried and true driver, AP units were still aborting. Now I don't have any on board, so I will have to wait, with flags set, to see what happens when more download.

This has been a bit of frustration, because nobody wants to lose AP units, especially in the middle of the WOW event.

Steve
29) Message boards : Technical News : Pulse (Aug 17 2015) (Message 1714609)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Excellent news Matt!
I can see these are long term improvements, and not just short term patches.
This is an exciting time for certain!

Steve
30) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1713601)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
You cannot avoid everything, but the blatantly obvious, you can.
Like win 10, or cloud storage. You can buy a large capacity memory stick and carry it around your neck. A lot of the smartphone things a gimmicks, you do not really need. Marketing people always invent new things to sell and convince people,that they really need them, but they don't. They are just toys.

I save nothing to the cloud, as I know that once it leaves my computer, then I lose control. I do think the whole problem is much bigger than that, but I would love to be wrong about it. All my files are kept offline, and backed up multiple times. The real problem, is how do we stop it in the long run.

Steve
31) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1713590)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I have problems with it, but there is not much I can do about it.


Yes, you can!

Then please tell me. I don't want to start a revolution, or be arrested or die trying. How do we get our privacy back, from an entire world that is constantly learning how to get more, and more information. Even the Russian and Chinese governments are gaining access to what the US thought was secure. We may be able to delay the outcome, but can we stop it?

Steve
32) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1713582)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor

As soon as you hit Accept, you've been Had.
It doesn't matter what settings you change or how many passwords you brew up.
Nothing is going to turn Off that TOS, or protect you from it.
Except a disk format, that would solve it...

You are right. Here is what I do know. Every time you pass a police car, your license plate is recorded. Every time you pass a road camera, which are everywhere, your position is recorded. Every time you use a credit card or debit card, that is tracked. Every phone call, text message, or other interaction with society is tracked. Cell phones actually transmit more information than Win 10. Since 9-11, we lost a lot of our privacy. The NSA became very strong, and the FBI is even stating that the public will hold no secret they can't access. When 9-11 happened, over 3000 people died needlessly, but since then over 150,000 died because of gunshots just in the US. I am coming to realize that all the spying stuff is just the new norm. I have problems with it, but there is not much I can do about it.

Steve
33) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1713579)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
The last post went wrong, so I will try again.

Steve
34) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1713563)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Just got a spoofed number phone call from "Window$"(well that's what he told me..), and the "rep" said there was a problem with my computer... :). "Oh my", I replied "what must I do?"

Kept him on the line for almost 20 minutes ostensibly entering commands(not) to allow the tech to "diagnose my problem" after many repeated tries to commandeer my system, I finally told him his scam might have a better chance of success if he could actually speak English and wasn't so stupid he couldn't recognize when someone was intentionally wasting his time.....

Best entertainment I've had in several days...

I have gotten over 30 of these idiot calls. Sometimes I play with them, and sometimes I say a few four letter words and hang up. I feel bad for the people who don't know what they are doing, and get duped.

I did resign onto Win 10 with my Microsoft account, and started turning on services. I was able to log on with a pin, so that 15 character strong password doesn't have to be entered every time I reboot. I already know what information my new smart phone is collecting, and it has increased the functionality massively, and Win 10 actually collects less than Google does with my Android phablet. I turned on one thing after another with my phone, the the results are amazing. I am slowly turning on Win 10, the NSA version, and will report on what happens. Cortana is still off.

Steve
35) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Bye Bye Seti@home SCAM (Message 1712379)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Waste my time, heck no.
I hope any of us are successful in finding ET, but in the meantime, I have found good friends I can communicate with, and learn from. I have become aware of so many different points of view, and cultures, that it is more than worth it, even if we never find ET. In the winter, I also save a lot of oil money, as Seti helps to heat my house. I am in for the duration.

Steve
36) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1712264)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I tried that with my father, and he just doesn't care. If my own father doesn't care, and he knows full well my capability, then how would I get a stranger to understand? In a way, I am feeling like the problem, if it is to be called a problem, is that the solution is way bigger than all of our combined efforts. Even if we are successful for a year or two, I can see where the future is going. Children are raised with cell phones, and have already surrendered their digital lives, without even knowing the ramifications. To really make a difference, you would have to change an emerging culture, and of course the entire government. I just don't see that happening.

Steve
37) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1712259)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Chris, I agree with you, but as I stated before, the people who really understand computers are a minority. Every one of us could switch to Linux, or some other alternative, and the vast majority would never know the difference. Microsoft doesn't have to listen to us, as most of their money comes from the masses, who understand very little. The masses want eye candy, and Microsoft delivered, in a way as to assure their own financial future. The last I saw, some 29 million people have already upgraded, and this is not even two weeks since release.

Steve
38) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1712255)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
The real problems lie with people like us. By far, the vast majority of computer users are not power users. My father is a great example. He has been using computers for at least 25 years, and barely knows how to turn one on. He needs a system that takes care of itself, and just does what he wants. We power users are a minority, and these changes affect us more dramatically. I don't have a long term solution, but in the short run, we can stay with Win 7, or Linux. With Linux, the control is there, but getting any particular program to work on it is not always easy. I have only dabbled in Linux once, and then only very briefly. I may decide to change that, and really start learning about it, but for now, I am willing to wait and see if Microsoft listens to users like us, and at least allows us to take control of our own, hand built systems.

Steve
39) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1712246)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
The biggest complaints I have so far about Win 10, is that it installs some of its own apps, and you can't uninstall them. Then, even though I can sign on with a local account and avoid that huge password at boot up, I can't even play solitaire, or use some of the other apps, without signing onto the Microsoft account. It is like blackmail.

I have turned off the spyware stuff, and it doesn't come back on. It is not hard to navigate around and find things, but I do feel like I have lost a lot of control over what happens, and when. There is a program that I learned about from a coworker that diverts the desktop search to Google called Bing2Google. I was easily able to change search engines in Edge, but the desktop requires that program. According to a post by PC Pitstop a couple of years ago, Bing is 5 times more likely to direct you to an infected website than Google. This may have changed, but I just prefer Google.

Based on the above thoughts, I prefer Win 7. I know that this way of doing things is becoming the new normal, and at some point there will be no choice, but I do not like the loss of control I have become accustomed to. If I get enough time this weekend, I will submit some carefully constructed feedback for dear old Microsoft.

Steve
40) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (99) Server Problems? (Message 1711788)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Well, when I ended up taking a new computer ID with my Win 10 upgrade causing me to install the latest BOINC version, I merged the two computers, as it is really only one, but the 48 tasks that were assigned to the old computer ID, are going to end up timing out. I can't do anything about it.

Steve


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