kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
When I do a check for updates on Windows Update, and if I click the "More information" link in Windows Update for specific updates, and I get a page with a big frowny face and a "This page doesn't exist" message for some of those updates(EDIT)[1](/EDIT) (especially when they're in the "Important" updates section like that second one was), you can damn well be sure that those updates do not get installed on my computer. Now, if Micro$hit ever bothers to get around to creating information pages for those updates, and they're nothing too asinine, then maybe I'll allow them, but for now, they're going to be hidden.


[1] - Now, both of those update pages have content, whereas before it was just "This page doesn't exist." One of them was trivial, but the other was one of those fucking rollups.

kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
This is an article from a couple of months ago (which, coincidentally, was when I last bothered to actually install any updates), but it's still relevant now.

Here, I believe, is the take away: "Frankly, I don't think Microsoft is intentionally slowing down Windows 7 updates. But I think it's sufficiently focused on Win10 development that problems with Win7 fade into the background, not rising above ambient noise level. And paying customers get it in the jaw."

Of course, it takes even longer when one must vet every single update, just to be safe. But I can't even do that much until the "Checking for updates..." bullshit ever completes. Unlike the guy in the article, I'm not totally convinced that Micro$hit isn't intentionally bogging down Update on Windows 7. I have no proof of it, of course, but at this point I seriously wouldn't put it past them. As someone in the comments says, "Somebody tell me the difference between intentionally slowing updates up for W7 or knowing about the issue and intentionally not doing anything about it."

(EDIT) As for me, I didn't check the time when I actually started checking for updates, but I know when I did check the time at 1:00pm, it had already been running for quite a while by that point. Current time as I write this is 1:37pm, and it is still "Checking for updates..." There is no good reason for this. Micro$hit is shit.

Also, since it hasn't been giving me any notifications for new updates for over half a year now (if not longer, since that's merely the first time I bothered mentioning it anywhere), I've decided to switch my Windows Update settings from "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them" to "Never check for updates (not recommended)". (/EDIT)

(EDIT 2) And now, current time 2:00pm, it was still "Checking for updates..." so I just closed the window, since, quite honestly, updating Windows 7 is no longer a real priority for me anymore, given the whole issue with them trying to sneak Windows 10 bullshit into the updates. I might try it again later when I have time to just let the computer sit and idle, but that's not right now, and I've already wasted too much time on this horseshit as it is. (/EDIT 2)

(EDIT 3) Interestingly enough, I'm seeing more recent stuff that says an update from a few days ago actually does finally fix the slowness issue. Remains to be seen for myself, as I haven't downloaded or installed any recent updates yet. (/EDIT 3)

(EDIT 4) So... I've manually downloaded KB3161608 (which includes KB3161647 that is supposed to fix the slowness of Windows Update). And... guess what it started doing when I ran it. Yep, started looking for updates. Why? I don't know. But now, this update that is supposed to fix the slowness of updates is slooooowly looking for updates before it installs. *facepalm* (/EDIT 4)

(EDIT 5) It literally took over two hours before the fucking update that is supposed to stop the updates from being so slow finally stopped looking for updates and popped up the dialog asking me if I wanted to install the actual update that is supposed to stop the updates from being so slow. Hell, I'd actually forgotten that I'd even started the thing and was in the middle of a game when it kicked me back out to desktop via the installation prompt. (/EDIT)

(FINAL EDIT 6) After rebooting, since the aforementioned update required a reboot, I ran Windows Update again. To Micro$hit's credit, in this particular case, the "Checking for updates..." phase only lasted around eight minutes this time, which is decent, so it looks like they did indeed fix it finally. I have to remove props for them once again unhiding/republishing KB3123862 and KB2952664 though. (No sign of KB3035583 for once, however, which is surprising.) I checked all of the other security updates and whatnot and saw nothing immediately suspicious concerning Windows 10 or "upgrading to the next OS" or whatever, so that's good.

So anyway, yeah, if you've been having issues with Windows Update taking forever, then install KB3161608 and that should fix the issue, for now at least until they manage to break it again. (/FINAL EDIT 6)
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
God fucking dammit.

Welp, guess it's time to start more seriously thinking about finally getting around to deleting my LinkedIn account, if it's in the hands of Micro$hit now. *weary sigh* I hardly ever used the damn thing anyway, but still, this is annoying as all hell.

(EDIT) Also, say hello to my new "microsoft sucks" tag. It's actually kind of amazing to me that I hadn't made one before now. For most of my Micro$hit rants, I was just using the "fuck windows 10," "x-bone," and "minecraft" tags, but none of those apply to this post, thus the new tag. I guess for the most part it will just be mostly an umbrella tag for those other tags. When I was going back through my "xbox 360" tag, though, I found some posts even as far back as 2008 where I was ranting about ways that Micro$hit sucks. And, same as always when I make a new tag and have to backtag older posts like this, I'm sure I missed a few. (/EDIT)
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
Blargh. Said all I wanted to say about this ever increasing horseshit over there.


kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
Article found via George Takei.

So, you see these people described in the above article? Assuming that even a tiny fraction of those stories are actually true and not made-up bullshit, those are the type of people most likely to be suckered by Micro$hit and the abusive, overly aggressive, malware "upgrade" known as Windows 10, probably without even realizing that they're being suckered to begin with. All the people in the comments on sites like Slashdot, going all "Herpity derp, if you fall for it, it's your own fault, durr hurr" and the like, never take into account that it's people like this who are usually the hardest hit victims of deceptive bullshit like what Micro$hit is doing (or, you know, any other computer-related scam). Doesn't mean those commenters on Slashdot are wrong, necessarily, it just means that they need to take those people into account before they get up on their self-important high horses. Some people simply do not computer very well at all. And Micro$hit knows this just as well as the rest of us do. They're banking on it.

I used to find articles like that amusing, in the same sort of smug way that those Slashdot commenters must feel when they leave their snarky comments (and when I see some of those animated images that were in the article itself [particularly the one with the guy throwing his arms up in the air in the triumphant pose], that's how I picture a lot of those commenters).

Now, though, it just makes me kind of sad.
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
To repeat: "Free-ish for the first week." Their words, not mine. After that week (which is already over, anyway, as of today), they'll cost $2.99. And apparently, they "couldn't" give it away completely for free on some platforms even during that week, due to arbitrary bullshit.

Note that this isn't just for the console and mobile versions, but also for the new "improved" Windows 10 version. I don't know if they're charging for this horseshit on the original version of Minecraft (or if it's even available for that at all), but this right here, friends and neighbors, is the future (and, indeed, the present) of Minecraft, now that it's in the hands of Micro$hit. But then, it wasn't like Micro$hit wasn't already charging for asinine crap like this in Minecraft even before they bought MojangMojang was sold out to them.

But don't worry, they make a big show about how some (but apparently not all) of that shit will be "free forever," like they're extending a boon from on high to the great unwashed or something.

Oh, and I'm still waiting for a severe 75%-or-greater discount to hit Minecraft Story Mode itself on Steam before I even remotely consider trying it. I mean, I like TellTale and all, but still.

(Sadly, DoNotLink seems to be down for good, so I used archive.today instead, though I don't know if that's quite the same thing? Maybe it's even better, in a way, since it apparently also blocks ad revenue to the site in question, instead of merely preventing increased search engine standing, which was apparently all that donotlink did? In any case, I hate to give Mojang any traffic at all these days, if I can avoid it. The original link is still there in the archive.today thing, if you really must visit the site on your own.)
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
[livejournal.com profile] owsf2000's post, my comment.

Yet more Micro$hit bullfuckery regarding Windows 10. They're now trying to sneak that shit into the security updates for Windows 7 and 8, as well as in the "optional" shit.


Here, have some Twitter embeds )

kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
Got my laptop back today. It seems to be working fine. They didn't even need to replace the OS, because all the shit I'd installed on it, including Synergy, was still there. I should look into getting a new (probably free) anti-virus on it at some point, though, because the McAfee trial that came with it has already long-since expired. I've already had several popups nagging me to buy McAfee since turning the damn thing on a few minutes ago, so I guess I'm going to have to uninstall McAfee entirely to stop that shit.

The repair they said they did was to replace the "main logic board." They also included a new Windows 8 product key, to activate it if necessary, but the old one still says that it is activated. Good to have the other one if I need it, I guess.

I'm currently going through and removing all the Windows 10 related updates from it, though. It still has Win8.1 on it, but it has a bunch of of that Win10 nagware bullshit installed on it. Hell, there's even a big "Get Started" thing for installing Windows 10 that supersedes the usual Windows Update list that I had to click past to get to the regular Windows Update screen, and in the regular Windows Update, there's an "Upgrade to Windows 10 Home" thing under the "Optional" updates, which I've now hidden (until Microsoft decides to arbitrarily unhide it again, of course [EDIT] which, of course, they fucking did, just a few days later [/EDIT]).

So anyway, yeah, after four months, I have my laptop working again, finally.
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
I ran Windows Update today. Looks like there's yet another new "recommended" update that wants to install shit related to Windows 10 and probably Windows 10 itself, if you let it.

KB3123862 says:

"Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

"About this update

"This update adds capabilities to some computers that lets users easily learn about Windows 10 or start an upgrade to Windows 10."

I don't fucking want to "easily learn about Windows 10 or start an upgrade to Windows 10." As such, of course, I will not be allowing this update to install.

I found this shit on my own, by running Windows Update and checking each individual update, but here is what Google and DuckDuckGo have to say about it. Basically, from what I can tell, it's more or less KB3035583 again, but with a new paint job (i.e. a new KB number, as predicted by [livejournal.com profile] owsf2000 here). It may not be exactly the same thing, but it may as well be, apparently. Here's what you get if you search for both together.

Fuck Windows 10, and fuck Microsoft for these scuzzbucket tactics. As I've said in the past, the more they do duplicitous bullshit like this to try to force/trick people into downgrading to Windows 10, the more I will actively oppose ever installing the shit. And the instant they make it no longer viable to continue using Windows 7 is the instant I install Linux and never look back.
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
[livejournal.com profile] owsf2000's post (leading to this Slashdot post) and my comments.

Fuck Microsoft. That is all.
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
For those of us who might have been avoiding Windows 10 for various reasons, it looks like some of those reasons are being installed onto Windows 7 and 8. I checked my installed updates and, indeed, all of those were installed on my system. No longer. So, essentially, in addition to updates that mention Windows 10 or "the next version of Windows" or "the next Windows operating system" or whatever, I now have to also be on the look out for updates that mention "telemetry" so that those don't get installed either.

(EDIT 2) Also, of note: that Forbes article is incorrect when it says that KB3075249 and KB3080149 are "Optional" updates. Similarly, Microsoft's own pages there about the updates also claim that they are "Optional." However, when I checked for updates again, it brought up all three of those, including KB3068708, as "Important Updates," i.e. separate from and higher priority than the "Optional" updates.

(EDIT 3) Actually, that's a mistake on my part, because I had the "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates" setting checked in my WU settings, for whatever reason. This setting has now been disabled, and the updates now show up under the "Optional" section as appropriate. (And yet, even so, I still recall getting other "Optional" updates separate from the "Important Updates" sometimes, even with the setting checked. Go figure.) In any case, all three of those updates have now been hidden in WU on my machine, regardless of their supposed "importance." (/EDIT 3)

Well, to be frank, all updates on my machine are now "optional," by the actual, true definition of that word, regardless of whether Microsoft deems them to be "Important" or "Recommended" or whatever. (/EDIT 2)

Seriously, Microsoft, you might just want to ease up a bit on the thermite you're using on that bridge between yourself and me, before it burns away entirely.

(EDIT) I am now also opted out of the Customer Experience Improvement Program. I don't explicitly recall ever opting in to this program, but it's likely that I did, back in those halcyon days when I didn't think that Microsoft was increasingly full of shit. Those days are long past, though.

I also went into Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler and manually disabled all tasks associated with "Application Experience" and "Customer Experience" (some of which were still marked as "Ready" instead of "Disabled" even though I'd opted out of the CEIP).

Really, it's like Microsoft almost wants everyone to switch to Linux or something. Go figure. (/EDIT)


Sep. 11th, 2015 11:56 am
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
Wat R U doin?



This is some serious bullshit on Microsoft's part. Fortunately for me, I think that I've managed to avoid this, because I've been diligent about blocking Update KB3035583 (and will continue to do so when they inevitably try to bypass my previous blocks yet again).

(EDIT) However, I did find that updates KB2952664 and KB3021917 were installed on my computer. Those have now also been uninstalled, as per the suggestions in this article. And, of course, as soon as I checked for updates again, there they fucking were, right there in "Important Updates," wanting to be downloaded and installed again. Those have now been hidden as well. Goddamn it, Microsoft. Truly, this whole situation is beyond the pale. (/EDIT)
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)

Even though I already hid that shit in Windows Update before, apparently Microsoft has decided to ignore my decision to hide the update, because it appeared in my "Important" updates list again just now. In fact, it was the only update in that list, as the other 5 or so were "Optional" updates (one of which also supposedly "helps Microsoft make improvements to the current operating system in order to ease the upgrade experience to the latest version of Windows.")

So, I'm going to hide it again and see if it shows up again later on.
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)

If you're running Windows 7/8 and see a little icon in your system tray that looks like the Windows 10 logo, that's thanks to Microsoft update KB3035583, which installs nagware for upgrading to Windows 10. If you don't want that shit, uninstall KB3035583, and then hide the update in Windows Update (where it is scuzzily marked as an "Important Update").

(EDIT 02-02-2016) Actually, it was probably just a "Recommended update" and I didn't realize it until later, after I had unchecked that fucking "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates" bullshit. Still, the fact that it was showing up as "Recommended," instead of purely optional, even as far back as May 2015 is some serious bullshit. (/EDIT)
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
I hadn't even heard about this rumor until now, after it has already been quashed. Well... as much as I hate that Silent Hills has been cancelled (and P.T. removed from PSN) by Konami, and as much as I might have been potentially willing to buy a PS4 for Silent Hills had the game actually not been cancelled, there is no way in hell that I'd have bought an X-bone for it, even if that rumor had turned out to be true. ¬_¬

Yes, I still hate the X-bone that fucking much.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
(I said I wasn't going to post about it, but eh... below are my final thoughts on the matter. *shrug*)

So, it's official, then.

And here is Notch's excuse for the whole thing. Kitchen got too hot so he had to bail, taking his ball and whatever portion of that $2,500,000,000 that is his with him.

I can't predict the future, but at this point in time, I figure that this will probably be the last time I talk about Minecraft at all. I doubt I'll ever play it again. And after all this, I don't much care about the behind the scenes stuff anymore, either. I've already removed the Mojang site and Notch's site from feedly, so aside from whatever PC Gamer and RPS may happen to say about them, I won't know or care, and even then, I'll probably just skim over such articles in my feed without actually clicking on them from now on.

Mojang is merely the latest in a long line of small developers that got bought by a big money publisher. The only differences in this case are that it was Microsoft instead of EA and the fact that Mojang apparently sought out the deal themselves rather than Microsoft approaching them first. Everything was coming up roses for Mojang... until they got bought by Microsoft. The end result will be the same, regardless, mark my words.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
(I originally put the below as an edit at the top of this post, but I kept adding more and more to it and so decided to cut it back out and make it its own post.)

Just to be crystal clear here, my problem isn't that Notch is selling Mojang.

My problem is that he's selling Mojang to goddamn, motherfucking Microsoft. About the only worse thing he could have done would have been to sell to EA (or Activision or Ubisoft). (Then again, who's to say he didn't shop Mojang around to all of those guys and more, and Microsoft was the only one who gave him the time of day? That's entirely possible.)

If he were selling it to, say, Bethesda or some other publisher with much less of a shitty reputation, then I probably wouldn't have a problem with it. But even then... well, let's just say that in my observations of the video game industry over the past 20+ years, I have never seen a case where a small developer getting bought by a bigger publisher led to the quality of the stuff made by that small developer substantially increasing.

But then, it's his fucking company, and he can ruin it however he pleases. Hope that $2B Micro$oft money helps him sleep better at night. Doesn't mean I have to like it, but there's little I can do about it except rant futilely. And this is coming from a guy who hasn't even played Minecraft seriously in probably over a year or more now. I can't really imagine how those who are still actively playing it to this day really feel about this.


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