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Ok English majors, English grammar people and everyone else for that matter....

Look at this paragraph from Microsoft. Is it clear to you ?

Microsoft and our OEM partners know that many consumers are unwitting victims of piracy, and with Windows 10, we would like all of our customers to move forward with us together. While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state. In addition, in partnership with some of our valued OEM partners, we are planning very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a Non-Genuine state. Please stay tuned to learn more from our partners on the specifics of their offers.

from: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/05/15/genuine-windows-and-windows-10/

Part of it is clear to me. It's just a bit confusing to me.

I first saw this here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/insider_wintp-insider_install/microsoft-clarifies-non-genuine-windows-licenses/0a081193-8f2a-466b-9a3e-969d0f923835#LastReply

eta: OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer (i.e. a company like Dell)

eta2: I was really just asking a grammar (?) question. Honest.


Skinner almost always says (paraphrasing) "Not slow for me."

I don't complain any more, it's useless. IMHO. I feel your pain!

Humanity weeps as Candy Crush Saga comes preinstalled with Windows 10


In what is no doubt a sign that humanity as we know it is coming to a swift, unproductive end, Microsoft has announced that King's notoriously moreish Candy Crush Saga will come pre-installed with Windows 10. That's right, pre-installed. In what appears to be an entirely non-ironic post over at Xbox Wire, Microsoft says that "as an added bonus, Candy Crush Saga will automatically be installed for customers that upgrade to or download Windows 10 for periods of time following the game launch."

There's no word on whether you'll be able to opt out of the automatic install, although it's likely King will want to get as many people as possible hooked on Candy Crush given its recent financial struggles. Earlier today, the company's shares fell as much as 14 percent in after-hours trading after it issued a profit warning. It noted in its first quarter financials that revenue was lower than expected due to slowing Candy Crush sales, and players moving to "more mature games."

The Windows 10 version of Candy Crush Saga was first demonstrated at Microsoft's Build conference earlier this month, and served as something of a showcase for Microsoft's Project Islandwood and Project Astoria initiatives. Islandwood allows iOS developers to bring their apps over to Windows via an Objective C toolchain and middleware layer. While some recompiling is still required, it should make the process of porting apps easier for a large number of iOS developers. Things are easier still for Android developers, with Windows Mobile including an Android runtime layer that'll let most existing apps run unmodified. Notably, the new Windows 10 version of Candy Crush Saga will include cross-play options for iOS and Android devices.

Regardless of how you feel about King or its games, Candy Crush Saga certainly isn't the first bundled Windows game to threaten productivity. Microsoft's Solitaire, which has been a staple of the Windows OS since version 3.0, was once claimed to be "the most used Windows application in the world," not to the mention one of the original candidates for video game addiction. Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg even fired an employee after catching him playing solitaire on the job.

Mitt Romney Fights Evander Holyfield in Salt Lake City for Charity


In this corner, weighing in at 236 pounds: Evander Holyfield, the former heavyweight champion of the world.

And in this corner, weighing in at 179 pounds — Mitt Romney? The former Republican presidential nominee?

Relax. It's for a good cause: They're stepping into the ring Friday night in Salt Lake City to raise money for Charity Vision, which fights blindness in some of the poorest countries in the world.

"You've heard my critics say that I'm out of touch. That I'm stiff. That I just don't relate to people," Romney deadpans in a promotional video. "For years I've been listening to garbage like that. And I've decided to fight back."

NOT THE ONION I was rather amazed to see this! Somehow I don't think he will last very long, unless Evander takes it very easy on him.

In Memory of BB King (1925-2015), RIP good sir....

Faster Kill Pussycat [Feat. Brittany Murphy] (Roman Hunter Mix)

Is Bernie Sanders the Best Candidate on Climate Change?


The Democratic presidential primary race got its second major candidate recently, and its first true climate hawk: Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, self-described democratic socialist. Sanders has one of the strongest climate change records in the Senate. In fact, according to rankings released by Climate Hawks Vote, a new super PAC, Sanders was the No. 1 climate leader in the Senate for the 113th Congress that ended in January.

Climate Hawks Vote measures leadership, not just voting records, tabulating actions like bills introduced, speeches given, and so forth. In the 112th Congress, Sanders ranked third behind Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). In the last Congress, he edged out Whitehouse by one point.

"Sanders is very much among the top leaders," says R.L. Miller, founder of Climate Hawks Vote. "He has a record of really strong advocacy for solar in particular." Miller notes that distributed solar, which enables everyone with a solar panel to create their own energy instead of relying on a monopolistic utility company, fits especially well with Sanders' democratic socialist philosophy. It's bad for corporations and good for regular folks who get to own the means of production.

Here are some of the highlights from Sanders' climate and clean energy record:

more at link

Good for Bernie!


February 9, 1825 "Corrupt Bargain": United States presidential election, 1824

These two links tell the story:



God forbid we ever have to let a Republican-controlled House decide a national election.

Hillary Clinton Makes First Visit to Brooklyn Since Announcing Campaign


Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday made her first trip to Brooklyn since she joined the presidential race a month ago, visiting her headquarters and taking an unannounced stroll in Brooklyn Heights.

Then she headed to a meeting for donors who have secured at least 10 checks totaling $2,700.

Mrs. Clinton spent about an hour in her headquarters at 1 Pierrepont Plaza, shaking hands and meeting people, aides said. She told them it was important to win, but also to “have fun,” said her spokesman, Nick Merrill.

She then took a walk through the neighborhood as an aide from the campaign’s digital team used a video camera to record people approaching Mrs. Clinton on the street. The candidate was accompanied by Mr. Merrill, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide, and a few Secret Service agents.
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