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Comment: Use SETENV (Score 2) 331

by CrashNBrn (#48208007) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone
Can't be any worse than trying to change Security Permissions|File Ownership through the GUI.

Environment Variables are better off being set via CMD.exe

SETENV -m PATH "%PATH%;C:\Somewhere\Else"

Then you don't even need to reboot/logout to have the change take effect.
Or the old-school way, but you'll need to logout/or reboot.

SET PATH=%PATH%;C:\Somewhere\Else

Comment: Don't Miss the Noise (Score 1) 304

by CrashNBrn (#48097795) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made
Yeah, I sure didn't miss the noise when I eventually got a Compaq keyboard in the late 90's. Although, strangely enough, my favorite keyboard is a cheap-o model from iTronic, the Scorpius M1, which was $12 in 2005. It lasted about 6-7 years, but I damaged the plastic-circuit board cleaning it one too many times. Unfortunately, the only place you can still get them is in the England and Ireland, and no international shipping. Should of picked one up when they were still available in various European countries that *DID* do international shipping.

Now I'm making do with a Corsair K40, which I like quite a bit more than my old Logitech G15, although the back-lighting on the G15 is much brighter.

Comment: Re:LOL Belkin, color me surprised (Score 1) 191

by CrashNBrn (#48088029) Attached to: Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages
I like a couple Logitech mice (MX518, G400), but many of their other mice not so much (I have more Logitech mice discarded in boxes than any other brand...). I should of known better, but tried again with the G700s --- and much like the MX610 the top-left buttons require too much effort to press -- though not as bad as the MX610. At least the G700s doesn't have any useless hard to reach buttons (top-right-backside), like the MX610).

For keyboards, I've found Corsair's K## line to be quite reasonably priced compared to pretty much everyone else. The only cheaper keyboards I've seen are just plain cheap crap ($30-$45 price range). I picked up a Corsair K40 Gaming Keyboard for $60, but the price has jumped recently to $68 --- still cheaper than comparable logitech's though.

Comment: Re:Next: Fix Rotten Tomatoes (Score 1) 93

by CrashNBrn (#48085909) Attached to: Fixing Steam's User Rating Charts
Rotten Tomatoes should be thrown in the garbage.

The wife used to go there for *anything* that was being considered for going-to-the-movies/netflix/rental/etc. Then I asked her what a few shows we had seen that I had chosen (thus we didn't go to RT prior)... they were universally (both critic and fans) panned.

I'll stick with choosing movies by Actor and Director, it's at least right 66-75% of the time. There are also some Production companies/subsidiary studios that seem to output quality near every time too (Clint Eastwood's company for instance).

Comment: Re:Sounds like he hasn't gotten the message (Score 1) 993

I completely understand the distaste for binary logs/configs/etc. Many moons ago that was one thing we got rid of in our project - the default binary format for saving C structs --- to XML. I suppose today one might consider the less verbose JSON.

What I don't get is why the f'k they (systemD) are using binary formats in the first place. If its about efficiency/bandwidth/(and/or)/smaller file commits --- why not just use bzip2 on a clean text format?
Then you would have the benefits efficiency/smaller file commits/etc AND a clean text format that can be accessed as needed and with the right-tool-for-the-job.

Comment: Amazon Car Service (Score 1) 335

by CrashNBrn (#48012403) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives
Hmmm Amazon Car Service...I've never thought about that.

It would go something like this:

1) File Service Ticket online & Describe Issue.
2) Repair Service comes to pick up or tow the car.
3) A temporary car is left for you to use in the interim.
4) When the car is fixed you get an invoice.
5) When paying the bill, you choose delivery time within 2-24 hours (when you will be home).
6) Car is returned. Temporary vehicle is picked up.

Comment: Re:LastPass and a sentence-key-phrase (Score 1) 191

by CrashNBrn (#47991669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?
LastPass, and make your master key be a sentence-like phrase. Thats what I use, but then I run the sentence-phrase through a generator I wrote which outputs things like:
Of course we are on slashdot, almost none of the high-ansi characters will display.

Comment: Re:Google Stock Split 04/14/2014, 2 Classes of Sha (Score 1) 167

by CrashNBrn (#47987051) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets
Yes, two-share types (or multiple share types) are much more common now.

Similiar to what was mentioned in regards to Alibaba, except I think it's only one share type - of which the "Alibaba shares" are actually in a holding company with no voting rights.

I wish more founders kept control of their companies -- they tend to give a shit about "the company" and "the employees" compared to need-to-be-more-rich Board's of Directors.

Comment: AHK doesn't obey all the script-lang "rules" (Score 1) 165

by CrashNBrn (#47985225) Attached to: Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate
I wouldn't want to make too close of a comparison to scripted-langs and non-scripted, but this part that you reference

The difference, as the summary noted, is that when using a scripted-language, you are trading all your compile-time (build breaks) for runtime errors that your users will see.

Is not true for all scripted languages. AutoHotkey for instance gained a #warn flag, that among other things:
1) Tells you when you have a local variable with the same name as a global. The local trumps the global, unless it's a forced/hard Global, but it lets you know so as to be aware.
2) Tells you when you reference a variable that hasn't been assigned a value, prior to the reference.
3) Warn when an environment variable is automatically used in place of an empty script variable.

AHK is written in C++. Supports normal braces usage {}. Has an interesting take on Objects, as well as things like Regexp Match objects. Can pass functions as variables to functions, ByRef variables, varargs, etc. AHK Can be compiled to an .exe instead of just run-time interpreted.

Lexikos has done some pretty cool stuff with it since ~2007; AHK2 is shaping up. More info here for anyone interested.

Note: has been subverted by a f'ing wanker that wont give up the domain-name and is pushing an agenda. He also only provides a version of AHK that hasn't been updated in 7 years (from 2007).

Comment: Re:Google Stock Split 04/14/2014, 2 Classes of Sha (Score 1) 167

by CrashNBrn (#47984341) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets
I read something about that recently, but I don't know its veracity --- that the way capital gains taxes were done (or changed) made it better for companies to play the overseas shell games and focus on stock growth than to pay dividends. Of course the stock growth aspect isn't always necessarily "real value" and when it auto-corrects/adjusts you can be left holding a bag oh shit.

Comment: Google Stock Split 04/14/2014, 2 Classes of Shares (Score 4, Informative) 167

by CrashNBrn (#47979409) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets
In April Google also did a stock split, and started offering Class-C shares that trade under "GOOGL", they have 0 voting rights. Granted you can still purchase class-A shares, as before...but even before this stock split there were still two classes of shares:
Class-A :: available to the public, and Class-B :: - primarily held by Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt.

Class-B shares have 10 times the voting rights of Class-A, and gives the Class-B holders 61%+ of the voting rights.

We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.