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Comment: Re: What To Expect With Windows 9 (Score 2) 534

by Creepy (#47923037) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Microsoft has every other consumer OS hits going back to Windows 97 - ME flop, XP hit (2000 was generally considered a server OS, the follow up to NT), Vista flop, 7 hit, 8 flop, 9... hit?

I expect they'll fix the desktop experience in 9.

Oh wait, you said disappointment - yeah, usually that happens too :D

For me it usually is WHY THE HELL DO YOU NOT HAVE A MODERN FILE SYSTEM!? NTFS is way long in the tooth and barely supports metadata, much less user metadata. I like to tag things so I can find them later.

Comment: (Score 2) 534

by Creepy (#47881819) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

To be fair, all communism so far has been dictatorships from the beginning. Since communism is an economic system, there is no reason they have to be, however. A communist-republic is perfectly feasible. Just saying they don't turn into dictatorships, they already are.

  Fascism I wouldn't say, as it ties too much into expansionism and racial conflict rather than social conflict, though it seems Putin is having a go at part of Fascist doctrine (the belief that strong countries have a right to claim territory from weak ones).

Comment: Re:I predict (Score 3, Informative) 1134

by Creepy (#47827647) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Misogyny isn't the right word, but objectification probably is. The entertainment industry is really shallow that way, and I'm saying that as someone that has worked professionally in both music and game programming/game music (I've also done game art and 2d and 3d modeling, but I probably couldn't cut it there in modern games - it didn't take as much talent in the 1990s). I lobbied to have female characters in one of the games I worked on and was mocked and told by the owner that there was no market for that (and all I really asked for was ONE female character NAME in that game, which was a driving game - incidentally, someone modded them in later). I also have a friend in TV and that industry isn't much better, and he is probably the best example of that (for years behind his back my friends joked of him as our male slut friend, but he finally settled down with a long term girlfriend and even moved in with her and sold his bachelor pad, which he refused to do with the other two fairly long relationships he had).

Comment: Re:Really hope the spirit lives on (Score 1) 152

by Creepy (#47796085) Attached to: Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

Not sure what specific issue you have, but usually when I look at comparable sites like Tom's Hardware, they agree with each other. And it isn't like AMD/ATI was much better - they were completely in Microsoft's pocket for years going by driver support, as in they didn't support OpenGL extensions for years forcing the OpenGL group to make more and more frequent releases. I worked on a cross platform graphics engine until about OpenGL 3 and ATI's support was bleak at best.

As for Intel vs AMD, Intel has had the better processors for years at the high end. If you want to go mid-tier or especially low end, yeah AMD is a good choice. When I priced out mid-tier AMD vs Intel I still went with Intel based on performance comparisons given by multiple sites including AnandTech and Tom's Hardware. In no case did AMD have a better product in the price I was looking at ($150-170), but they did have a Intel outperforming product in the price range about $20-40 cheaper. Their SoCs are also extremely good if you are really cheap. I have a friend that built a nice A10 box a few years ago.

Comment: Re:Impressive (Score 2) 152

by Creepy (#47795975) Attached to: Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

Except these drives use the SSD as cache, or at least mine does. In other words, you don't actually install anything on the 8GB, the drive decides what should be there by demand. In my experience, it does speed up most disk operations,but compared to a dedicated solid state drive it is still much slower. Personally, I can live with the slower speed with 2TB solid state drives (non-hybrid) ranging from $2000-7000 right now, at least for any with a reputable brand name. I've seen 1TB drives for about $500 as well, but my entire build was about $760 and even the 1TB drive would have pushed my build well over $1100.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 635

by Creepy (#47791343) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Back in college (LOOOONG ago) I often used pico because of vi's arcane command set and emacs equally bad commmand set and abhorrent load time (it took 2+ minutes to start on our minicomputer, which consisted of 6 6502 processors - it was basically 6 Apple ][s and we had faster PCs and macs in other labs, but they didn't have Pascal, which was still the learning language of choice until they year after I had it). Oddly enough, I learned vi later because of some of the things it could do that pico couldn't (at least not at the time), especially searching for and removing linefeeds and other hidden characters from files. Hidden characters caused problems when I started writing my code on my home computer and transferring it to the UNIX server via network drive for testing/debugging.

Comment: Re:old school a little bit... (Score 1) 382

by Creepy (#47781021) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Space Harrier and 1942 both had a design flaw in that if you just keep circling you never die. I beat Space Harrier with that and gave up on 1942 after about 4 hours of play because I had to go home (and handed the game to some kid with a whole bunch of lives left). If I recall correctly, even when dip switched to hard 1942 was still easy. The flaw was fixed in the sequel.

I liked Rush 'N Attack more than Commando, but probably my all time favorite "classic" arcade game is Bosconian. It was never super popular, but it did win a bunch of awards. First game with a continue timer, too. I also absolutely loved Rolling Thunder, but hated the sequel (graphics on the original looked better, IMO) and never played the Genesis second sequel. I also loved Shinobi (I liked side scrollers a lot, can't say I'm as big of a fan these days).

Comment: Re:Performance seems to have plateaued (Score 1, Interesting) 391

by Creepy (#47586597) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

For gamers, i5s are generally faster than i7s due to lack of hyperthreading overhead. Most games don't use much threading, but that is changing. I've read the Frostbite engine uses it extensively. The i5 is still better for me from a business app perspective, though, since I know my company's software is minimally threaded on the client (the server, on the other hand, is basically one big thread manager).

Comment: Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (Score 1) 391

by Creepy (#47586565) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

There were third party schemes to add more memory on Apple ][, so perhaps something like that existed on IBM. My mom had 768k in memory when she was writing her textbook in the early 1980s (1983-4ish, I'm guessing). Keep in mind a (side of) diskette back then was about 140k of storage. I think her final book was 6 diskettes. Her publisher is the only person I ever saw with more (he had a meg) until the GS's came out. I lost touch with the PC world around then (whether it be Apple or IBM or some other clone) and when I returned I got steeped deep with UNIX and by fall of 1993 I was running Slackware on a PC I got for free. My mom bought a mac, so I got steeped in mac, and my roommates all had PCs or C64s, so I got steeped in that as well. Great way to be platform agnostic is to know them all (I had no idea back then Microsoft would eventually dominate).

Comment: Re:Does anyone get the impression.. (Score 2) 50

by Creepy (#47415717) Attached to: DHS Mistakenly Releases 840 Pages of Critical Infrastructure Documents

There is no such thing as whistle blowing in the US, since the US classifies giving classified information to "someone that is not supposed to have it" as treason under the Espionage Act of 1917.

And it isn't just whistle blowing - the White House recently committed treason by exposing the CIA operative in Afghanistan, for instance (and then said "whoops"). Note that the White House decided not to prosecute itself, just as it chose not to prosecute Dick Cheney and Richard Armitage for the same crime (in Plamegate).

Comment: Re:How fitting (Score 1) 333

If I do it sitting down, I usually do stuff like create and flesh out characters as if I was writing a novel, I've sat in slow bake tanning beds in the winter (24 minutes, less intense radiation than standard beds, so it takes a long time) where I probably couldn't take it if I didn't exercise my mind that way. Not that I use tanning beds often - once every 2-3 years or so during a depressingly long winter.

Comment: Re:His choices... (Score 1) 194

by Creepy (#47354509) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy

Series of bad choices? The main one is making the public domain articles in JSTOR available on the Internet instead of having to pay a dime a page for a copy (yes, PUBLIC DOMAIN). It was the government calling that a Terms of Service violation and thus "wire fraud" which is a felony under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (a horribly loose law that lifts wording directly from the Espionage Act of 1917, which itself is possibly the worst piece of legislation on the books). According to the CFAA, using the internet is a felony punishable by 30 years in prison if you basically visit any for profit website and use an alias. In other words, visiting /. is a felony unless you're using your real name.

The CFAA was meant for one main purpose - to protect ATM transactions. It was never meant for networked computers like the internet and should not be used as such. This is a blatant abuse of power by the US government, as is the espionage charge against Snowden (sorry, but you can't commit espionage by giving information to your own people - that is really fucked up - it is purely theft).

Time sharing: The use of many people by the computer.