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  • will commented on Science Fair Projects - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 4/12/16

    @MantaBase: That's absolutely true about NT having the capability to lock down admin accounts, but it not being turned on by default in XP. If the admin accounts had been locked, the impact of the worms that plagued XP would have been less serious and the aftermath would have been easier to clean.

  • MantaBase mentioned you in Science Fair Projects - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 4/12/16

    @will: To be fair to the coding staff, my recollection was that all of the needed functionality was there in XP, but MS refused to implement it. Sure, the service packs had real updates in them for some real code level problems in the NT base - but they also had a lot of configuration updates. For example XP came with a firewall IIRC - but it wasn't enabled by default because certain folks MS thought it would confuse users. Market research suggested many users would be put off if they didn't have easy admin access - so guess what? You probably know more about that than me.

    At the time of XP I was a subadmin at a Big 12 UNI and I used to complain to no end at commport (or the later one) and Logik! would pound into my head it was a configuration problem. I hated XP, but he was right. The functionality was there, it just wasn't turned on - and I was tied by IT to make global changes.

    Good times those.

    As far as errors go - MS seems better than Apple to me but you are right. They are not only cryptic, I actually had the MS tech forum staff tell me they didn't know what a code meant at all (not documented). OTOH - at least for 8.1 Pro I have had some informative B-Screen errors that point me to a specific driver.

  • will commented on Science Fair Projects - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 4/12/16

    @jerkbeard: Sorry, I wasn't able to tell what you were talking about since you gave 0 context. I think burying information in system logs is a bad solution and the current, Windows 10 error screen is awful. Do you think "Hey, your computer messed up, and we have to reboot :(" is helpful?

  • will commented on Science Fair Projects - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 4/12/16

    @jerkbeard: If you don't think Windows had massive security problems prior to the ground-up security refactor that Microsoft did with Vista/Windows 7, then you haven't studied your history. Windows XP (pre-SP2) and prior versions of Windows are a case study in how not to manage security on internet-connected machines. Running everything with full administrator privs alone was a boneheaded decision.

    OSX missed most of those issues because the installed base was smaller (and made a less desirable target) and it was based on BSD, which strongly discouraged you from running everything as root.

    Source: I was the editor of Maximum PC magazine during that time, and also responsible for reviewing Windows and other OSes.

  • will commented on Watch All of Tested: The Show 2015!

    @heroTop: It will go up in individual pieces over the next week.

  • will commented on Episode 325 - DQ Blizzard Candy Crush - 11/5/15

    @ebeatty: That video will be up in a few weeks.

  • will commented on Good Luck WIll

    Thanks VacFink. That's very kind :)

    Actually, I'm doing TIOAT next week. We got kind of busy this week :(

  • will commented on Canceled Premium, what happened to the benefits, did anyone get Adam's drawing?

    @xeek: The fine print on the offer said the posters would be delivered within 8 weeks of the end of the promo period, which was originally scheduled to run to August 31. We extended it once to September 30, then decided to let it run indefinitely. Poster production began at the start of October and took a little time, but they're shipping in the order people signed up now.

  • will commented on Canceled Premium, what happened to the benefits, did anyone get Adam's drawing?

    @cmoss55: Send an email to support@tested.com and they'll help you out.

  • Awglasgo mentioned you in Cons, Teams, and Movies With Kids - 9/29/2015

    @will: No problem, Sir. I actually can't take credit for that insight. I believe I found out about by watching the AMC movie talk on YouTube. I'm a big fan and listen to your podcasts whenever you post them. Keep up the good work!

  • will commented on Cons, Teams, and Movies With Kids - 9/29/2015

    @ocrlucky: It will be recorded for everyone to watch. And we have enough people that we shouldn't have the same sound problems we had last year.

  • will commented on Cons, Teams, and Movies With Kids - 9/29/2015

    @dezer: This. I was trying to explain this in the podcast and whiffed.

  • will commented on Cons, Teams, and Movies With Kids - 9/29/2015

    @Awglasgo: My mind is blown.

  • azozel mentioned you in Hoax Clocks and Redshirts Mini-Spoilercast - 9/22/2015

    @will: The plot thickens http://controversialtimes.com/news/ahmeds-sister-admits-she-was-suspended-for-alleged-bomb-threat-3-years-ago/?utm_source=GSL

  • lilrayray11 mentioned you in Hoax Clocks and Redshirts Mini-Spoilercast - 9/22/2015

    @will: I agree that it could of been handle in a better way, and as @GlobalCop said the school wasn't evacuated because they knew it wasn't a real bomb. Now the handcuffs and room with no adult should not of happened I agree. Yet still this could of been avoided if he would of listened to the first teacher.

    By the way Ahmed dropped out of that school today, and the parents haven't decided on were he will go next. They should do what my wife are going to do and home school. Maybe.

    Anyway great topics and vids. Keep it up

  • wvc mentioned you in Hoax Clocks and Redshirts Mini-Spoilercast - 9/22/2015

    @will said:

    Is this 45 minutes restriction on questioning a part of law or is this your opinion? What do you think the correct procedures would have been if it was an actual, intentional bomb hoax (i.e. someone bringing something that looked like a bomb in order to scare folks and cause a disturbance)? Even Bill Mahr, liberal lion that he is, has admitted that people thought it was a bomb because it looked like what most people think a bomb looks like. Why did the alarm go off in the middle of class (after Ahmed was told to keep his "invention" out of sight)? Perhaps it was an innocent mistake, but it's the type of question to which, were I a police officer, I would be curious to hear the answer.

    Perhaps the answer isn't binary. Perhaps the police procedures require them to follow specific protocol when dealing with a potential bomb regardless of whether or not the police quickly realize it's not a real bomb. A few months ago, someone freaked out here in D.C. in building 197 (the one that got shot up 2 years ago), and even though there were no casualties, no one else reported any gunfire, and no video footage showed any shooters we had to evacuate the building and every single room was searched (and locked doors kicked in which you taxpayers paid to replace . . . again). Innocent employees were accosted in their cubicles by SWAT team members holding guns aimed at their faces and yelled at to produce ID cards. Was it painfully obvious that it was a false alarm? It sure was to me. Did that change police/SWAT team procedures? Not one bit.

    And none of us got invited to the White House. Somehow we founded it within ourselves to go on with our lives.

    If you feel there is no disturbance to public safety or good order for kids to raise fake bomb alerts, I suggest you watch someone try it at the Smithsonian museum or on the D.C. Metro and see how it goes. If you think it's easy to get the simple truth out of a 14 year old boy, I suggest you need to expand your experience with 14 year old boys. If you think police officers have an easy job or don't have to struggle, constantly, with what the right call is in the face of public safety, bureaucratic policy, personal safety, and public perception - I suggest you open your mind a bit.

    As an aside, I would say that the folks pointing out that this was not an actual "invention" as the press has been calling it are justified. Does it directly bear on the reactions of the police? No. But it changes the idea, that many (including y'all) have been championing, that this is some sort of boy prodigy who has been passionately inventing machines in his garage. So, contra your opinion, not complete wankery.