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Comment: I developed this crap when I hit 35 (Score 1) 38

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?

Comment: Didn't read article, did read summary. (Score 2, Interesting) 232

by AbRASiON (#49162795) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

I enjoyed the FIRST of the new Star Trek movies, it was a good popcorn flick and I was satisfied how they handled the trek universe for the most part, regardless of the lack of utopian optomism. The second movie though, not so good most of the way through, but when they re-did "that scene" - wow.
WOW Holy shit, they brought out an inner Trek Nerd I didn't even know existed in me. That was insulting as fuck. The most touching scene in the history of Star Trek, re-hashed as an homage? Fuck off.

Ultimately though the article summary is correct, there's this innocent wonder, optomism and good in the vast majority of Star Trek, particularly ToS and TNG which is just doesn't exist in most other movies or TV shows. It's sorely lacking in the world.
I've always been a cynical bastard who loves to hate on things, loves a dark theme but it's so over done now, SO over done. It's sad that it's refreshing to see people with clear, honest, straight up good values.

I'm not a big fan of the Marvel movies (they aren't terrible) but I really like Captain America. If you told me 15 years ago, I'd like Captain America, I wouldn't believe you. I'd say "that's lame" "he's a dork" "who cares". But now? In the society we're all living in? Captain America is refreshingly good and nice, it's great. (This is also why the original 1977 Superman is a masterpiece, it's an archive of a time long gone where good was good because it's right)

I fear that with the death of Gene Roddenberry and the worlds ever intense focus on money, which while always existing, has become sharpened the last decade or two, you're just not going to see a classic return to original, cheesy, fun Star Trek. It has to have an edge to appeal to the mainstream. Maybe some tits or a fistfight or someone lying or cheating or bullshit drama.
In TnG when someone cheated or did something bad, it was addressed, it was weird, they investigated, found why the person was sad / angry / hateful and they fixed it because it's not productive, it's not good to be like that. Nowadays as per /the norm/ someone is going to be a piece of shit with all these complexities in a TV show, cheating / lying / playing games / one upping people is normal behaviour on standard television :/

ToS and TnG might be utopian and cheesy but it's in a good way. I laugh with them and I laugh at them and when I laugh at them, I don't dislike it. I just go "oh Star Trek" and keep on watching. Unfortunately for most people, that shit won't play anymore. The people who respect that kind of television are few and far between now.

As for Nimoy, RIP indeed :( RIP - if I can give you all one piece of advice, go read his timeline of tweets for the last couple of years, he'll tell you one critical thing. STOP.SMOKING.NOW

RIP Spock and RIP good values in television and movies, arguably, RIP Star Trek

Comment: Re:what about this rarely-considered feature? (Score 4, Informative) 231

by AbRASiON (#49160233) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

Mod anon up, important question.
Also often overlooked

Audio quality from headphone port
Speakerphone quality
Mic quality
Time to charge (addressed in this case)
Shock resistance
Warranty period
Quality of service from provider (hate to tip the hat to Apple but holy crap good service)
Screen brightness in the sun

Comment: Have they rolled in all the updates? (Score 3, Informative) 132

by AbRASiON (#49150983) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Allows Customers To Legally Download Windows 7 ISOs

If you want to "make your own" copy of Windows 7, similar to the slipstreaming method, you can download a legit copy of Windows 7, SP1 but the updates much beyond that are missing.

The only way to make your own, is a very complex process, but you basically install Windows 7, install all the updates, then run a sysprep to remove all your customisations (but keep updates) then you boot off a bootable ISO and re-compress that install into a .WIM file and put that on your DVD / USB key. It's .. interesting but overly complicated.

Also a Windows 7 installable ISO, if you use an ISO editor and delete the fucking STUPID "EI.CFG" file (google it) from the ISO, when you install it will prompt you "which would you like to install" - from Home Basic up to Ultimate, saving you needing multiple forms of media (fucking Microsoft)
I do not however, believe you can install Windows 7 Ultimate, install patches, ("slipstream") sysprep re-compress back into a WIM file AND then install from a single ISO without EI.CFG - it will specifically install whatever version you've done your slipstreaming on, unfortunately.

Why can't these cocks make it easy? Single image file, installs any version, dependent upon key, and up to date?

Comment: Oldschool (Score 1) 464

by AbRASiON (#49144129) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

I used to keep a PCMCIA network adapter lying around for this kind of thing in my nerd toolkit but it's 2015, this is some seriously old gear you're working with here.

I also no longer have laplink cables, either serial or parallel so I'm afraid the "pull the disk" suggestion is the best option.
You could use a USB to IDE adapter (if your board doesn't have IDE)

Many of those come with 44pin laptop plugs regardless.
If you're going to use your motherboard, you're going to want one of these suckers.

Luckily IDE has been around a hell of a long time and it's extremely unlikely it's older than IDE.
This is probably going to be the easiest solution for you, serial / parallel could be quite fun and interesting but who has goddamn time for it? Just pull the disk.

Comment: Modern, flat, tabletification of everything (Score 2, Insightful) 514

by AbRASiON (#49136509) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

NOT because it's good
NOT because it's intuitive
because designers told us it's good so most idiots say "this is in, it's good"
It's as bad as fucking fashion, for fucks, fucking sakes.

I'm SO over it, websites, phone apps, now phone OS's - everything is going SINGLE colour FLAT, no shading, NO DIVIDING LINES (ARGH) just complete white space (or any other colour)
The new dialler on the Samsung iteration of Lollipop is disgusting. All the numbers are just on one big flat shaded mess.
Forget about what's "cool" forget about aesthetics, tell me which one of these looks easier to hit the fucking numbers on?

It's 19'th level, fucking desk smashingly frustrating. I'm a NERD, I'm a GEEK, I'm a fucking IT guy, I WANT TO DO THINGS AS FAST AS HUMANLY FUCKING POSSIBLE. The only thing holding me back should be my fingers, my computer or my device. I should not be sitting there mentally processing shit because it's obfuscated with poor design.

The textless icon 'fad' (which saves them translation costs) is probably the worst part. It's full spec kitten stamping insanity. I don't give 2 fucks if the wifi icon is ubiquitous, they have now dozens if not hundreds of icons for applications across the world on iOS, android, windows which are fucking meaningless and we're meant to know what they do.
"Well just press them to learn once" NO - a, that could be a bad thing I don't want to do and b, EVERY time I see the icon, I wonder "is that?...." I shouldn't think that. I should see the text too. The more I can instantly relate to the better.
I even think (despite it likely being ugly) that we should be consider using colours more.
Wouldn't it be nice if the 'send' button was always not only a "play" looking icon on my Android device, but it was LABELLED "send" and it was ALWAYS green.
Delete / trash icon? Always a trash bin, ALWAYS labelled with text, ALWAYS red? That's THREE fast things which will help me very very (very!) quickly identify what i want to click.

I tire so much of the 0.4'th of a second it takes my brain to 'double check' if I'm going to press the right thing. Those 0.4'ths wouldn't exist if this shit was done properly.

I apologise for ranting but this stuff is BAD, it's UGLY and it's SHIT and I'm ultra sick of it. It's hipster, flat, bland, wank for the sake of wank and it's costing me time.

One more thing, I no longer work in IT support. It was hard enough as it is when I did it, I couldn't begin to empathise enough with some poor piece of shit helpdesk guy now, who not only has to do that work but tell them "no click the icon that looks like an old cupboard but with 2 circular dials on it, no it's up the top right, no there's no colour, no there's no label, yeah it looks like........" for fucks sake.
Madness, utter madness.
LABEL things
put COLOUR on things
USE DIVIDING LINES - 1 pixel thick lines to separate sections ain't gonna kill anyone

If you work in the UI / UX industry and support this stuff. Kill yourself
No, I mean it, actually kill yourself, you're a scourge on technology.

Comment: 3mths on & I'm still having a cry about my hoo (Score 1) 145

by AbRASiON (#49123379) Attached to: 18 Months On, Grand Theft Auto V's Mount Chiliad Mystery Remains Unsolved

https://support.rockstargames.... :/ GTAV on the PS4 drives me fuckin batty, stopped playing it because some idiot in the development team decided to remove an immersive camera option for a gimmicky one.
As for Mt Chilead, I was under the impression there's nothing more to solve, the UFO is the mystery, long since solved.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.