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Comment: Re:My tests of Windows 10 (Score 1) 134

by hairyfeet (#49627747) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

The moral of the story? Don't use the built in apps like OneDrive. And I'm not sure which "color" are you talking about, the backgrounds, taskbar, and windows are all able to be changed under appearance, are you talking about changing the colors of the actual icons themselves? I can see why they wouldn't have that, too easy to make it a monocolor mess that would be hard to use.

Meh I'm sure there will be a third party program that will fix it, just as I'm using 8gadgetpack to give me back my Win 7 gadgets like AllCPUMeter, works great.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 134

by hairyfeet (#49625689) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

That is not what the Insiders Blog has been saying, they were saying the subscription setting will be called something like "Enterprise" and will only roll out updates on a schedule or when the WSUS rolls them out, that the "Fast/Slow" will still be in WU, it'll just be under "Advanced" with the default on OEM PCs being fast but those that DIY and install or upgrade their own OS will be able to choose at install.

From the talk on the forums the current build IS in fact the RTM, they are now in the "bug fix and program polish" phase and the update speed is as they said currently under advanced, along with which server you want to use for updates (so you can use GPOs to add a domain server) and that works fine for me, IMHO users that aren't willing to even click on the advanced button probably need to be on fast while those that know enough about their OS to use advanced settings can choose what they prefer. Since I have network backups I've been using fast and I have to say I only ran into 1 bug (couldn't launch programs from start menu on one build) and they had the fix rolled out in less than 48 hours so I really don't see it mattering much to power users.

Comment: Re:Like multiplayer? (Score 1) 86

by hairyfeet (#49625603) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

Since GOG is the ones selling the games it would be great if they chose a set of ports (like Steam) and just set the games to use that BEFORE they sold 'em. I have been using Galaxy since the AvP Alpha invitation only release and that is a big sticking point over Steam, with Steam it usually works OOTB without requiring the user to futz with ports and firewalls, Galaxy needs to do this as well.

But I have to give the GOG guys credit as other than that sticking point? Finding matches and jumping into game is surprisingly fast, especially when we are talking about a 15 year old game. If they can pull this off with the rest of their library? I think we may have a winner folks.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 2) 134

by hairyfeet (#49624187) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

Which is why I don't understand the big deal, as all this does is give that same ability to the common folk.

For those that haven't kept up with the Win 10 Insiders Blog with Windows 10 you have basically two roads...on one road you have "fast" which to make a comparison the /. crowd would be able to relate to? Think of it as the "bleeding edge" branch. That branch will not only get security updates but it will get the "latest and greatest" new features but in return they will have to deal with being on the cutting edge. Then you have the "slow" road, which would be your "stable" branch, those guys will only get the critical to important security patches, no optional or extra stuff, and from what the blog has been saying you'll be able to choose whether to get them when they are released or you can choose which day of the month you want 'em with a few clicks of the GUI.

So I don't see why anybody would bitch when this is EXACTLY what many here have asked for, those that WANT the bling and bells and whistles can choose that branch, and those of us that just want a Windows workstation without the extra crap? Its one simple drop down box away....sounds like Nadella has again actually listened to those that use his product and given them what they want, and you'd think after getting this response from the Linux devs when being told nobody wanted systemd? You'd think an OS listening to its users would be a breath of fresh air!

Comment: Re:Defense of the Article (Score 1) 395

by eldavojohn (#49620497) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

So there could be two groups, those who look to improve their skill, who quickly distance themselves from the group that doesn't. Of course, there will still be wide variance in skill between the members of each group. I'm sure you can think of other ways it could happen.

No, I can't. I started out and I sucked. I got better eventually through experience. In order for it to be truly bimodal, people have to start in either camp A or camp B and end in the same camp they started in. Because if you transition from one to another over time, any point in time will capture a group of people in between the modes. Now, you can argue that people don't spend much time in between those modes but you haven't presented any evidence for that. What's more likely is you have geocities coders on one tail and John Carmack/Linus Torvolds on the other tail. And in between are people like the presenter and I. And since I'm not instantaneously going from bad to good, the reality of the situation is most likely some degree of a normal curve filled with people trying to get better at programming or even just getting better though spending lots of time doing it and learning a little along the way.

For all your attacks on the presenter, your argument of a bi-modal distribution sounds more flawed to me. I would love to see your study and hear your argument.

Comment: Re:At the same time (Score 4, Interesting) 297

IBM was a perfect example of how MSFT's many early successes were based on the having the preceding phrase "And then the other guy did something REALLY fucking stupid" having been uttered.

Case in point IBM....OS/2 was a damned fine OS, ran rings around the DOS based versions of Windows, and could multitask like a champ even on a weak sauce what happened? IBM did not one but several REALLY fucking stupid things, 1.- When Intel refused to license the 386 for second sourcing IBM refused to buy it, instead sticking with the 286 (which they made) damned near until the Pentium was released. This meant the cloners were not only cheaper they were MUCH faster at a time where every MHZ counted, 2.- Those same cloners, which IBM absolutely had to have if they were gonna launch a mainstream OS? Well they tried to kill them by fucking them on the MCA bus (which caused the cloners to adopt the E-ISA bus which was literally an MCA slot turned backwards) and then if that wasn't enough? By the time of OS/2 V2, a time when the average cloner was paying less than $10 a copy for Windows in bulk? They demanded $200 a copy for OS/2! Needless to say it was treated as plague blankets by the OEMs so even when IBM offered it at steep discounts the OEMs didn't want it.

As for TFA? Its a small PC shop that has a repair guy that is either incompetent, getting a shitload of laptops without the restore discs (as some of the builders...cough Lenovo cough...rig theirs in such a way they won't even restore from the partition without a restore disc...that costs $30 to order) and just using some "Razr1911 Corporate Edition Keygen" or they are being forced by the owner. Don't think that is possible? I've actually gone on interviews and had PC shop owners want to know if I'm familiar with Windows Server and WSUS and when I'd state yes they'd tell me flat footed they wanted me to set up a server so every PC they sold would get updates NOT from WU but from them, one even saying "So we can use this disc" and whipping out the infamous Razr1911 XP Pro Corp disc.

So with that many hits? Its a shop, either a DIY refurbing PCs on the cheap or one of the reasons listed above. You'd think with MSFT wanting everybody to upgrade to Win 10 and this place using Win 7 (one of the 3 OSes that get upgraded) they'd STFU and be happy to have so many new installs ready for Win 10, I guess old habits die hard or some of the Ballmernator's buds are still working in that dept.

Comment: Defense of the Article (Score 1) 395

by eldavojohn (#49619837) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

This guy doesn't know how to measure programming ability, but somehow manages to spend 3000 words writing about it.

To be fair, you can spend a great deal of time talking about something and make progress on the issue without solving it.

For example the current metrics are abysmal so it's worth explaining why they're abysmal. I just was able to delete several thousand lines of JavaScript from one of my projects after a data model change (through code reuse and generalization) -- yet I increased functionality. My manager was confused and thought it was a bad thing to get rid of code like that ... it was absolute dopamine bliss to me while he felt like our production was being put in reverse. KLOC is a terrible metric. But yet we still need to waste a lot of breath explaining why it's a terrible metric.

Another reason to waste a lot of time talking about a problem without reaching an answer is to elaborate on what the known unknowns are and speculate about the unknown unknowns. Indeed, the point of this article seemed to be to advertise the existence of unknown unknowns to "recruiters, venture capitalists, and others who are actually determining who gets brought into the community."

So he doesn't know......programmer ability might actually be a bi-modal distribution.

Perhaps ... but that would imply that one does not transition over time from one hump to the next or if they do, it's like flipping a light switch. When I read this I assumed that he was talking only about people who know how to program and not "the average person mixed in with programmers."

If he had collected data to support his hypothesis, then that would have been an interesting article.

But you just said there's no way to measure this ... how could he have collected data? What data set could have satiated us? The answer is quite obvious and such collection would have been a larger fool's errand than the original article's content.

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Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 1) 235

by hairyfeet (#49617559) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip
Uhhhh Nutscrape 4 was beta in 96, released 97 so sorry kid, your idea of "history" is too damned young. FTR I was using NS before there even was an IE, back when you had to use Trumpet Winsock just to get to your BBS with Windows, so I think I'm a liiiitle more experienced when it comes to ancient OS and browser history than you sonny.

Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 2, Insightful) 235

by hairyfeet (#49608807) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip you not remember your history AT ALL, not even a teeny tiny bit?

Alright boys and girls, time for a lesson from the greybeard society...You took IE NOT because of any bundling, because, just as was the case with many other MSFT early successes the other guy did something REALLY fucking stupid. MSFT was able to easily win the browser wars because Netscape (which for the record I bought and used) went and shot themselves square in the face by going "Ya know what? Lets just shitcan our browser that has made us all this money and do a top to bottom rewrite, fuck we don't need a 'plan B' because our shit don't stink and we are super geniuses!" which gave us Nutscrape 4, so called because it would have been less painful to scrape your nuts with a cheese grater than have to use that abortion for any length of time! It was so buggy if you saw 4 websites in a row without crashing the OS (yes not just the browser, it leaked so much memory it would BSOD the OS like it was nothing) it was a miracle, it was a fucking disaster!

So nobody had to "force IE" which just FYI IERadicator was free and would remove IE in less than 30 seconds, which was one of the things they busted MSFT for, the "you can't remove IE" bullshit, you took it because your "choices" was a free and not nearly as buggy IE, a buggy as fuck NS4 for $$, or ad ridden Opera, again unless you ponied up $$ but Opera did things in such a bizarre way that many websites (and yes this was before "works best in IE" existed) just came out all wonked, it was not fun at all in those we took IE, not because it was great, but because the alternatives were MUCH worse. Now that there is choice wadda ya know, we actually choose and no browser dominates anymore...yay!

Comment: Re:presidents age (Score 1) 80

by hairyfeet (#49608399) Attached to: Microsoft's AI Judges Age From Snapshots, With Mixed Results

Good Lord boy, even I think Hillary is a DINO that is more of a warhawk than even Dubya and will make another Dubya level of shitty when it comes to being the POTUS but even Ken Starr ruled that Foster killed himself, and that was after both the Parks Dept AND the FBI came to the same conclusion, what more do you need?

As for the POTUS looking old? Stress ages people, everybody knows that and the POTUS is a stressful job. Hell look at what old Jimmy Carter looked like when he was sworn in and compare him to the 1980 election, the man looked like he aged a decade in those 4 years.

Comment: Re:AT&T Autopay - Ha! (Score 1) 234

It was probably a problem with the corner junction box servicing the area, as several years ago we had a similar problem in one of my customers neighborhoods and it turned out it was a mouse that was building a nest in the box and gnawing on the wires.

You'd be surprised how often shit like this can be traced back to actual bugs and rodents, we had power knocked out to nearly a quarter of the city, the culprit? A squirrel had managed to get itself fried climbing on one of the large transformers and the surge blew the transformer, one deep fried squirrel shut down power for nearly 3 hours.

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 472

by Bruce Perens (#49598949) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

OK, I will try to restate in my baby talk since I don't remember this correctly.

Given that you are accelerating, the appearance to you is that you are doing so linearly, and time dilation is happening to you. It could appear to you that you reach your destination in a very short time, much shorter than light would allow. To the outside observer, however, time passes at a different rate and you never achieve light speed.

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov