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Comment: Re:And now for a real question (Score 1) 214

Buy any off the shelf Dell / HP business workstation for under $1000 and then double the ram and put in a 500gb SSD, I'd be surprised if you got LESS than 7 years out of the machine for word processing, youtube, email, browsing etc. :/ MS definitely best not be dictating the lifespan of machines.

Comment: Reading between the lines, now I get it...ahh-ha! (Score 1) 214

So as an owner of ... quite a lot of Windows 7 Pro CD keys and completely legal / valid machines. I was surprised I was getting Windows 10 for free for myself to use, however I've just read the summary on this article, NOW it makes sense.

Key words in the summary are the following for the supported lifetime of that device.

So, unlike my Windows 7 key, where I can un-install it from the old PC / wipe the machine, then install it on a new machine, call a phone number, follow some prompts and re-activate my legit key, I get the impression the Windows 10 key I'm allocated will only work on ONE set of hardware, period.

I'm still not sure if they are simply going to convert my existing, legitimate Windows 7 key to a Windows 10 key or issue me a new key. Either way it sounds like a Win7 -> Win10 conversion license is is not going to be as flexible as a 'proper' Windows 10 license.

Also of note, if I recall the original articles regarding this, I have a 1 year window to make my Windows 7 keys "Win 10 free mode allowed" I'd bet good money, I can't just type the keys into a website and convert them, I bet I need to install Windows, using the Win7 key, activate it AND follow the prompts to engage "upgrade mode"
I'm seriously considering building a VM just before entering the key to actually do this.

Finally, I ALSO get the impression that a Windows 10 license / key is 'bound to' an email account / Micosoft account of some kind, which is also quite awkward for me, perhaps I can only have 1 Windows 10 license per account? Who knows.

Comment: Stupid fat sack of shit (Score 5, Interesting) 125

If he wants to bring in some fucking revenue, END NEGATIVE GEARING.

For foreigners who don't understand, you can buy a second, third, fourth, nineteenth goddamned house and can claim the interest repayments, renovations, real estate management fees, maintenance etc against your taxable income.

They claim this 'encourages low cost rentals' and housing to be built by the rich for the renters.
Statistics show the VAST majority of negative gearing boffins actually buy in well established areas because they are worth more money (of course) and will appreciate in value.
They get interest only loans and bank on the "fact" that housing should double in value every 7 years (incomes sure don't though)

What negative gearing actually does is artificially drive investors (ie: rich people) to offload cash into homes, turning the "aussie dream" of owning a home far more difficult for those who can't afford to compete with the rich, trying to reduce their tax.
Furthermore we are also welcome with wide wide open arms, foreign investment into property here, it's not good for the economy, it's good for a miniscule fraction of the population, it's driving the average price up also.

Long story short, me, you and any other Aussie tax payer reading this are literally paying for rich peoples homes, when you explain this to most foreigners they are baffled as fuck "wait, a tax break for people with SECOND homes and THIRD? what about a tax break for people getting their first" ...
It's fucking nuts, disgusting.

Comment: Fuck updating. (Score 1, Flamebait) 434

by AbRASiON (#49625959) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

I used a Galaxy S3 with 4.3 for about 2 years and was quite happy with it for the most part.
I picked up a used Galaxy Note II from someone at a very very reasonable price, it shipped with 4.3 and I updated it to the very latest build of 4.4 available for that model.

It ran well, was surprisingly snappy for basically the same phone (plus 1GB more memory) and then all my god damn fucking tools went haywire because of some dipshits policy change on MicroSD card usage. EVEN WITH ROOT AND SD CARD FIXES, the functionality of data stored on the SDcard is reduced. This is causing me major headaches as an advanced user.

I've got Titanium Backup doing a scripted full backup at 2am (if charging) and then I've got a great app called FolderSync doing an SMB via Wifi upload of the ENTIRE /phone/ and ENTIRE /sdcard/ to my NAS. It ensures I have a complete backup of the phone, in full. This all went tits up with 4.4 though.

Google have turned into Apple, enforcing shitty policies at their own whim. Combine that with the ghastly adoption of "material design" (all looks flat, colourless, no shades, no borders and offten no text labels) plus killing off old useful services, seriously - fuck them.

Comment: Fuck that bullshit and that stupid article. (Score 1) 323

I've activated at LEAST 150 to 200 Windows 7 keys on my IP in Australia over the past 3 years (re-building one of my 4 machines regularly, friends and machines I also sell)

There's only ONE thing which Microsoft should be focusing on here.
Period, that's it - is the key valid? Not being used a second time? Yes or no, period. Doesn't matter if he or she activates 1 or 1000 codes, for fucks sake.

Comment: Mmmm delicious material design (Score 3, Interesting) 112

Contextless, textless, unlabelled icons I take it then?
No separation of data using small 1 pixel width dividing lines, shading, or anything really, just one big flat white (or whatever colour they choose) mess?

Difficulty in easily identifying data because it's not highlighted or accentuated in any particular way?
Yep, love that material design. It's clever stuff.

Comment: Mine is mounted in a cupboard (Score 2) 253

Bottom, far corner, that impossible area to get to.
In summer, unfortunately due to 7200rpm disks (not my choice) they hit 134f, so I've had to add a fan pointed directly at it which will run for about 5 months solid.

It's actually mounted there for noise, I've got quite a small apartment.
I'm also running FreeNAS on the server, I use a dedicated HTPC with Kodi (XBMC) on it for playback. Quite a nice, quiet, good looking one too.

I routed wires there with cable ties, drill, hanging hooks etc, it's all a pretty neat install, considering it's in a back corner with my spare blender next to it.
I've only once had to hook up a monitor to it, due to a poor upgrade from the FreeNAS crew, that should be fixed now. I'd recommend, if you can somehow - at least dangling a very long VGA cable off it or something or a very long USB cable. Even if you almost never use them, that one time you do, could really save hassles.

Comment: I am the statistic you should listen to. (Score 0) 221

by AbRASiON (#49258025) Attached to: World's 1st Penis Transplant Done In South Africa


I hope that got your attention.
Go on google images and type in "penal scrotal webbing"
I have this, I don't want it, I didn't ask for it. Luckily my dick still works but it's a bit ugly and can cause some sex issues.

I resent my parents, I resent the doctor and I resent society for this thing, I DO.NOT.WANT.DONE
Circumcision on infants should be banned as genital mutilation.

Anyone defending this "but, but mine was cut and it's fine" that's meaningless tripe. Meaningless. Mine is not fine and it was cut and it WOULD BE FINE were it not cut.
This is a non essential surgical procedure, the guy in the news article, his dick was fucked up from circumcision, this guys story is particularly bad.

Unfortunately, I can put all the passion into a post I want, it's not going to suddenly go away, but if I can convince just one person to reconsider, it's a start, or even consider someone else to at least agree with me and propogate the word.

Just to re-state, I have a defective penis, which has too little 'penis skin' and too much 'ball skin' because someone decided my dick should be diced up without my consent.

Comment: Take this shit back to NeoGAF (Score 1) 225

by AbRASiON (#49213933) Attached to: Another Upscaled Console Game: Battlefield Hardline

I'm so fucking sick of it, I'm SO SICK OF IT.

If you want 1080p ALL the time and 60fps ALL the time then buy a goddamned PC.
Consoles are not the be all and end all of power, the new consoles are not ultra beast powerhouses, they are affordable gaming boxes, which are surprisingly powerful for the cost.

I can't believe I once identified as a PC gamer who loved insulting peasant console people. Now that I'm older, I just want to play some games, I really dont' give a damn.
60fps MANDATORY or QQ!!! :( :( Nope! - only 60fps mandatory games, 2D fighting, racing, online fps high intensity twitch shooters.
You wanna demand 60fps minimum in my single player storyline focused games? Nope. Shut up. Stop whining, stop badgering developers. Go to NeoGAF and cry with the rest of them.

Comment: I developed this crap when I hit 35 (Score 1) 55

by AbRASiON (#49187363) Attached to: Ubisoft Has New Video Game Designed To Treat Lazy Eye

Bloody annoying.
As my eye quality slowly degraded, I found at night, when I was straining to read something my left eye would just basically say "look, I'm wasting everyones time here, do you mind if I shut down?" and it would just pull a C3PO and just whirrrr and look down to the lower left.

Quite annoying considering I wasn't a "lazy eye" guy previously.
Seems to particularly kick in when I'm tired too.

I wonder if there's a way to get glasses which are slightly worse in one eye to make the other one pick it's game up?

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.