Thurrott Daily: December 20

Thurrott Daily: December 20

Tech tidbits from around the web.

12/20/2016 5:35:21 PM

Windows Insiders get a new cumulative update with no explanation

Windows Insiders got a new cumulative update yesterday for some reason, but there was no explanation. But today, Dona Sarkar provided the following on Twitter:

Hey #WindowsInsiders, you might have noticed a small update to PC build 14986 rolling out yesterday: standard updates before holidays.

Nothing to see here, basically.

Microsoft is cool enough again to be spoofed on SNL

LOL. Yes, “cool” enough. Ah boy. Geekwire just doesn’t understand why SNL might be mocking Microsoft here. Which is funny on a different level.

The Redmond software giant landed a skit on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this week, spoofing the company’s efforts to be politically correct with a pair of very gay robots.

In the skit, Kate McKinnon and Fred Armisen play Microsoft execs showing off a snazzy new “robotic employee” who likes the fellas. Casey Affleck, SNL’s host for the week, questions the need to program Helix 900 and Helix 950 with homosexuality, to the shock and disdain of the Microsofties.

Catching the attention of SNL is the latest sign that Microsoft “got cool again” under CEO Satya Nadella’s new regime.

Nope. 🙂

Activision announces first DLC for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

This one has me excited for one reason only: There’s a remake of the the classic multiplayer map “Afghan” from Modern Warfare 2 in there.

On the flipside, we have to wait until February to play this on Xbox. Or maybe even March, given the January 31 street date on PS4.

Amazon Echo is sold out. Unless you visit an Amazon retail store, that is

This one is kind of amusing. Amazon has sold out of Echo. Unless you can find an Amazon retail store, the WSJ reports:

On Amazon’s main website, the Echo and smaller Echo Dot devices—powered by artificial intelligence that allows customers to ask questions, control smart home devices, play music and order on Amazon—aren’t in stock until after Christmas.

However, because of a quirk in Amazon’s increasingly complex supply chain, the speakers were still on shelves as of Monday at its three brick-and-mortar bookstores, with additional chances to snag the devices at its roughly 30 pop-up store locations at malls.

“Due to demand, we encourage customers to purchase an Echo if they see it available,” said an Amazon spokeswoman.

Sure you do.

“Samsung reportedly considering LG batteries for Galaxy Note 8”

This new strategy is called “passing the buck.”

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  • 2532

    20 December, 2016 - 4:56 pm

    <p>Considering? Really? After this gigantic global meltdown. That not only costs them over one billion dollars and really put thousands of lives in danger and was banned globally from every airline on the face of the earth? And they are "considering"? How about doing?!? At least when the Xbox 360 had the red ring of death it didn’t burst into flames possibly causing an airplane to crash! More than one Note 7 did burst into flames on an airplane. Fortunately they were on the ground at the time.</p>
    <p>Oh and I just love at the very very end of the DLC annoucement video. "first on PS4"</p>

    • 9077

      21 December, 2016 - 10:47 am

      <p><em><a href="#31381">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/chaad_losan">chaad_losan</a></em></p>
      <p>Maybe switch to decaf</p>

  • 1561

    Premium Member
    20 December, 2016 - 6:47 pm

    <p>Kenan Thompson did a great Paul Thurrott impression. ?</p>

  • 5767

    20 December, 2016 - 7:06 pm

    <p>Come on Microsoft is cool again!</p>

  • 1816

    21 December, 2016 - 7:10 am

    <p>"Cool again" implies that they were cool at some point in the past, right?</p>

  • 2481

    Premium Member
    21 December, 2016 - 9:35 am

    <p>The skit was bad. &nbsp;Why not Leslie Jones as the new Cortana. How about poking fun at&nbsp;Panos Panay revealing a new product.</p>

    • 5234

      21 December, 2016 - 10:51 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#31478">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/harmjr">harmjr</a><a href="#31478">:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>How about Satay Nutella covering up India’s almost sole involvement in fake tech support scams?</p>

    • 5516

      22 December, 2016 - 10:51 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#31478">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/harmjr">harmjr</a><a href="#31478">:</a> Maybe because the skit wasn’t about Microsoft, they were just the&nbsp;backdrop used to satire the absurdity of both stereotypes and political correctness? Could just as easily have been Google or Apple and the skit wouldn’t have been any different.</em></blockquote>

  • 3735

    21 December, 2016 - 9:42 am

    <p>Hey Paul,</p>
    <p>I am in the Windows Preview Program on&nbsp; my surface Pro 3, currently stuck on version build version 14391.1002. Everytime a new update shows up and tries to install is get stuck at installing at 29% for hours with no progress. Leaving me to power down the computer and reverting back to the previous version. Has anyone else seen or solved this problem?</p>

  • 6050

    21 December, 2016 - 10:41 am

    <p>He Licks 950. Ha!</p>
    <p>The pun makes me thin kof MadTV’s Apple spoof about the iRack and the iRan (which I now notice after having not seen it in years features Key and Peele)</p>

  • 5234

    21 December, 2016 - 11:52 am

    <p>"Which is funny on a different level."</p>
    <p>"On a different level"? &nbsp;You mean like never?</p>
    <p>When was a political statement against a phobia considered okay to be used as a punchline? &nbsp;Pretty sad, and makes for weak humour.</p>

  • 1292

    21 December, 2016 - 12:19 pm

    <p>RE: COD DLC. See what Mr. Phil has to say about that here. A good read.</p>


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