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>According to Terry Myerson, executive vice president of operating systems at Microsoft, software updates to all Windows devices - PCs, laptops, tablet computers and smartphones - will be rolled out 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Now we won't even have a time to prepare for a potential downtime because of a faulty update.
I TRIED TO WARN YOU
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ITS TOO LATE
>The NSA collects now for about 15 years all data it can get its hands on
>The NSA has an warped interpretation of language (Eric Arthur Blair might have been on to a thing or two) – they say their surveillance is not surveillance
>The NSA could shut down bot-nets with QUATUMBOT and COMMONDEER, however chooses not to so (so much for "protecting" us)
>The NSA has build The Great Firewall Of The Earth
>The NSA uses QUANTUMINSERT to insert malware into websites inlucding e.g. CNN.com
>If the NSA is for some reason restricted by law, they collaborate with their partners (e.g. GCHQ or BND) who do not have that restriction
>The NSA loves Yahoo and CNN.com
>The NSA uses SOMBERKNAVE to use your WiFi-gear (even if you switched if off per software)
>The NSA uses STUCCOMONTANA to own the BIOS on your PC
>The NSA targets the infrastructure in its totality, _not_individual targets
>The NSA uses DROPOUTJEEP / STRAITBIZARRE to own iPhones
>The NSA uses IRATEMONK to own the firmware of harddrives
>The NSA uses MONKEYCALENDAR to install applications on SIM cards, which will then track when and where the user goes
>The NSA is interested that people's hardware and software is vulnerable to attacks – they have zero interest in making hardware and software safe
>The NSA uses ARKSTREAM / TWISTERDKILT to target the "Host Protected Area" on a hard drive
>The NSA says it is "interdiction" when they steal mail in order to manipulate hardware
>The NSA uses (among others) BULLDOZER / KONGUR to implant bugs into your computer
>The NSA uses IRONCHEF to add an two-way radio to an computer
>The NSA uses COTTONMOUTH-I (CM-I) to put a wireless bridge into an USB-connector (!)
>The NSA uses COTTONMOUTH-II (CM-II) to put a wireless bridge into an USB-plug (!)
>The NSA uses active(!) radar with up to 2 kW (!) to "illuminate" an bugged target hardware, which will send out data via the ANGRYNEIGHBOR exploit hardware
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How do you feel about the direction MS is going in? I'm feeling pretty positive about it - enough so that I purchased an Office 365 subscription. $7 a month for Office and 1TB of storage sounded like a sweet deal to me.
At the same time, their mobile apps are utter trash. OneDrive, Office, and Outlook on Android suck. I'm wondering if these will improve over time.
Also, they lack in the browser space. No browser for anything but Windows and Windows Phone, so no sync...
OS X in Silicon Valley
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I've noticed this trend about 6 months ago and it's been getting stronger. Big companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google etc are deploying tools for OS X first and don't care about other OS'es.
Case in point. Go on HN today, top link is a cool piece of command line magic from Facebook called : http://facebook.github.io/PathPicker/
Read description, watch the video... this is fucking cool. Let's install it! They say: use brew! Wtf is that? Oh, it's OS X package manager. Download the tar ball instead, no install procedure at all. Gotta fuck around manually and gotta edit shit to make it work on Linux.
I've noticed same shit with Google, Twitter, Cloudflare, etc etc stuff. When I couldn't get one tool from Twitter working, I went on their mailing list and asked and they said they only test on OS X and that I'm on my own for other OS'es. Well, I did manage to get it working under Linux and filed a patch and that patch is still not incorporated in the main branch... because no one cares. Then there are Ruby gems that don't work under Linux at all because everyone who uses them probably runs OS X. Again, you need to modify shit to get it working under Linux.
When the fuck did the whole dev community become "OS X-first" community? When did OS X overtake programming communities in Silicon Valley specifically?