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The great Windows 10 roll-out, the Reddit revolt, the Plex forum hack, the Prince streaming silliness, the Bing Pong palaver, and the Apple fanboy fiddle.
Will You Get Windows 10 on July 29th?
Microsoft has detailed how it plans to handle the release of Windows 10, and it turns out most people won’t be getting upgraded to the new operating system on July 29th. Windows Insiders will be fine, but the rest of us, no matter how quickly we reserved our Windows 10 upgrade, will have to be patient.
The OS will be rolled out “in phases”, starting with Windows Insiders, whose reward for testing Windows 10 over the past few months will be a place at the front of the line. Microsoft will then be “slowly scaling up” the roll-out, “notifying reserved systems in waves”. There’s no indication of how long it’ll be before everyone using Windows 7 or Windows 8 has been upgraded.
Crucially, this phased roll-out means Microsoft can “listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users” as each day passes. So, expect bug fixes galore for those first few weeks.
This is an eminently sensible approach to the problem of delivering such a high profile upgrade to hundreds of millions of people, but it’ll still annoy some people who cannot wait to get their hands on Windows 10.
Reddit Is Revolting Over Staff Changes
Reddit is currently experiencing a major revolt, with many moderators (voluntary users) standing against the admins (paid employees). This revolt has seen some high-profile, default subreddits such as /r/IAmA, /r/pics, /r/videos, /r/Music, /r/movies, and /r/todayilearned all go dark, with moderators setting them to private.
The reason for this revolt is the firing of Victoria Taylor, Reddit’s former Director of Talent, who was instrumental in organizing and coordinating the Ask Me Anything interviews with celebrities. She was let go suddenly, without warning, and without any explanation, which has angered many of the moderators who rely on her talents.
There doesn’t seem to be an easy or obvious fix here. Reddit isn’t going to reinstate Taylor at the behest of its users, and those users don’t seem willing to just let this one go. Reddit needs to realize that it’s only in business because of its community, and if that community disappears to another site (of which there are plenty), Reddit will die. Quickly. Just like Digg.
Plex Hacked, So Change Your Password
The Plex forums have been hacked, and the attacker is now holding the service to ransom for a small number of Bitcoin (9.5, worth around $2,400). The hacker is thought to have accessed IP addresses, email addresses, private messages, and passwords. However, the passwords are hashed and salted, and have been automatically reset since the attack.
The hacker has threatened to accelerate his or her demands, stating, “This ransom is still active and on the 3rd: if no BTC payment is made, the ransom wll go up by 5 BTC. Eventually if no BTC payment is made, the data will be released via multiple torrent networks and there will be no more plex.tv.”
This story is ongoing, so Plex users should refer to the Plex Blog for updates.
Prince Loves Tidal, Hates Everyone Else
Prince, who changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol for much of the 1990s, has removed his back catalog from the majority of music streaming services. Spotify and Rdio have already complied with takedown notices, and Deezer is currently in the process of doing so. That leaves Google Play Music All Access and Tidal. Apple Music was never blessed with Prince’s dirges.
This appears to be Prince’s attempt at clawing back control of his music. However, he has ties to Tidal, and only this week used SoundCloud to promote his new song, Hardrocklover. So this is the future of music but only on Prince’s terms, which clearly aren’t based on the reality of the situation.
The musician and singer is known as an outlier when it comes to the music industry, previously telling The Mirror, “The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it. The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.”
Yep, the Internet is outdated and completely over. For sure. 100 percent accurate.
Play Bing Pong, Because Work Sucks
Bing Pong means there is now a legitimate reason to use Bing over Google. Bing Pong is essentially a version of Pong, one of the most important video games of all time, that you can play directly within your Web browser. And all you need to do is search for “Pong” on Bing.
Pong is essentially the first video game representation of the sport of ping pong. It’s notoriously simplistic, comprising nothing more than two paddles and a (square-shaped) ball, but it’s also lots of fun and very addictive. Thus rendering me useless for the rest of the day. Thanks,
Donate Money to Apple, Because Fanboy
And finally, forget Apple Music for a moment, as Apple has a new product on the horizon. Called “Just Give Us Your Money”, this is your chance to hand over $20 every month and get nothing in return. Apple doesn’t even know what it’s going to do with the money, but that’s really none of your concern.
OK, so this isn’t a real product, as if you needed that pointing out. Instead, it’s Jimmy Kimmel’s idea of what Apple may think of next. It makes sense too, as Apple fans already seem happy to hand over gobs of money for inferior products. This is the obvious next step. [H/T CNET]
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
Have you reserved your copy of Windows 10? Are Reddit users right to revolt? What should be done about the hacker holding Plex to ransom? Is Prince an idiot for removing his music from streaming services? Have you played Bing Pong?
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