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  1. Aruseus says:

    The way they've been talking about their operating system as a "service" is the worst part

  2. CSL3 says:

    Never woulda figured Gates as an anti-monarch, but it makes sense: he can't fathom a world where he doesn't control everything.

    • tfb says:
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      Unlike the queen, who knew her whole life that she essentially controlled nothing...

      (I'm not a monarchist, but the amount of effort people waste decrying the royal family, who have effectively no power and who are a net financial benefit to the UK, is absurd.  The UK would be a little bit better as a republic probably, but it would be a whole lot better if it wasn't sliding towards some kind of flag-waving not-officially-fascism under Liz 'Continuity Johnson' Truss and Jacob 'climate change is fake, abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape & incest' Rees-Mogg.  The monarchy is just so much not the problem we have, and we need to be doing something about the people who actually are, rather than wasting effort on something which doesn't matter.)

      • CSL3 says:
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        Saying that a monarch is just a figurehead doesn't absolve them of criticism - on the contrary, it's the entire goddamn point of being a figurehead. The throne has literal centuries of blood on its hands committed at the hands of the monarchs. The fact that the monarchy's power is symbolic compared to that of the PM and Parliament is moot when the monarchs of the cheerleaders and mascots of that continuing tyranny.

        If people want to mourn a particular human being they new, fine. But no one has the right to criticise the continued victims of the legacy she represents - especially when her idiot son shows no signs of changing.

        • tfb says:
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          There is no evidence I know of that it was Charles who made the racist remarks about Meghan: it might have been but it might also have been Philip and seems far more likely than either to have been some more ancillary member of the firm.  My experience of him is kind of the same as my experience of my mother: she's on the right side of all the battles ... but she's also 86 and she says tactless (and occasionally much worse than tactless) things because she grew up in and spent much of her adult life in a world which was grotesquely racist and it's hard for her to remember that this was never OK.  She knows it was never OK but she's just too old for some of the low-level wiring to be changed now.  That does not excuse it.

          Well, I'm already regretting my original comment so I won't reply further here (I'd be quite happy to talk about it in private, but not here): British people talking to (I assume) Americans about the royal family almost inevitably ends up a vast waste of time.  Just like this whole distraction from what the actual protofascists we now have in government are doing.

          • CSL3 says:
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            My experience of [King Charles] is kind of the same as my experience of my mother...

            As is often said of mediocre white men: "But he does good work".

            She knows it was never OK but she's just too old for some of the low-level wiring to be changed now.

            Reminds me of something I saw on Tumblr years back: (paraphrase) "When we're around racist old people, we shouldn't dismiss it with 'Oh, they're from another time'. We should be asking 'How the fuck have you lived on Earth this long and not learned how to treat other people? Especially when your generation is constantly complaining about young people having no respect for their elders?"

            British people talking to (I assume) Americans about the royal family almost inevitably ends up a vast waste of time.  Just like this whole distraction from what the actual protofascists we now have in government are doing.

            Ah, the British version of "Let's not actually address these issues of bigotry and misogyny head-on; let's just ignore important social issue and let more old white men lower their own taxes." It's the same as when Democrats over hear say they "can't afford to get into the whole issue of gender identity and public restrooms" because they want to appeal to a centre that doesn't exist. Meanwhile, they let John Lewis' voting rights acts lapse and they allow Roe v. Wade to be struck down, but rather than actually doing something about it, they just say "Remember to vote blue!"

            With or without a monarch, if leaders aren't directly tackling social issues of the people (aka, the ones harassed by and fighting with actual fascists - not hypothetical ones), then those leaders don't care about the people. Just like Queen Elizabeth and her racist, idiot son.

  3. dorukayhan says:

    The stupidity of running Windows in a digital billboard aside, this is an absolutely necessary modal for Windows, whose userbase can't and must not be trusted with staying on top of any kind of computer maintenance (e.g. installing security updates).

    • CSL3 says:

      There's a "community channel" in Daly City (just south of SF) that has been untouched for YEARS. It's literally just a Win10 screen with an open CPUID app monitoring the status of whatever PC is running the channel on auto-pilot.

      It's actually, strangely zen in how no one has bothered to even check on this channel for years and someone didn't even bother to shut their PC off. The only thing that really bugs me about it (other than the stupid Win10 logo) is the Edge shortcut in the background. Who would actually use Edge ever, let alone enough to make it a desktop shortcut?

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