Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th May 2011 12:23 UTC
Windows "Whenever I connect to a WiFi network which requires in-browser authentication, such as university networks and hotel access points, Windows somehow magically knows. Windows also knows when your internet connection isn't working, and can differentiate between having local LAN access, no network access at all, or full internet access. But how?" Windows 7 actually phones home to a simple Microsoft Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) site for this functionality to work, and there, IP address and date of lookup are stored. Windows is flexible, however - you can turn this off, or even set up your own, personal NCSI server so that you will retain the functionality, but won't contact Microsoft. Pretty neat.
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RE[2]: Yay!
by Brendan on Tue 17th May 2011 17:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Yay!"
Brendan
Member since:
2005-11-16

"How it works is USA introduces a bill to block DNS lookup for some web sites...


Uh... Yeah....Don't participate in a forum when you are a high on crack?
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Sigh.

http://www.osnews.com/comments/24733

-Brendan

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RE[3]: Yay!
by eml.nu on Tue 17th May 2011 17:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Yay!"
eml.nu Member since:
2006-07-04

Your post is still quite weirdly written. :-p

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RE[3]: Yay!
by pantheraleo on Tue 17th May 2011 17:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Yay!"
pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07



I'm aware of that. Doesn't change the fact that your comment was off topic, and not even particularly funny.

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RE[4]: Yay!
by Brendan on Tue 17th May 2011 18:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Yay!"
Brendan Member since:
2005-11-16



I'm aware of that. Doesn't change the fact that your comment was off topic, and not even particularly funny.
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Software that relies on bad assumptions can work well (until something changes).

My comment highlights the fact that the assumptions Windows relies on (to determine if there's internet connectivity or not) aren't necessarily good assumptions. I don't see how that can be considered off topic.

Of course I did choose one specific example as a tool to highlight the bad assumptions (but could've chosen any other example); and (even if it's only hypothetical) I do think the idea of lots of Americans being unable to be use the internet is funny. These issues can all be attributed to differences in personal tastes.

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