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Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 328

communism: gulags and mass starvation and no free speech and no free press and no freedom of religion and control and fear and genocide and hour long lines to get scratchy toilet paper. that's canada and germany, right?

You just described my country Venezuela. Literally. I'm not kidding. And we are supposed to be socialist.

Comment Re:PC dominates the gaming world (Score 1) 250

Disclaimer: i use both PC and X360.

Cue console peasants telling me why consoles are great...

Exclusives. Cheap consoles prices (400$ in a full 10 year lifecycle) compared to keeping up on PC (at least 150$ each 2 years or so). Less bugs because of common configuration. Less DRM. Shitty PC ports.

Cons: no keyboard/mouse. Less freedom / modding.

Take your pick.

Comment Re:Once Again, We're Beta Testing for MS (Score 1) 249

iPads have never officially been charged from USB ports. You get a dialog "not charging", but leave it overnight (even with the laptop off) and you will get *some* charge. It's just very slow.

I also did the upgrade, and only have had two issues:
you can't click the power icon to change your power plan anymore. You need to go into power settings in the control panel to do it.

I don't like that windows update downloads updates by default and can't be changed. I liked the "notify to download" setting better. Still, Windows 8 only notifies that there are updates from the lock screen, which is inferior to windows 7 behaviour that actually notified you in the tray.

Comment customize is not enough (Score 2) 492

sure you can disable some privacy stuff using customize when installing, but windows update stills shares your bandwidth to upload updates with everyone else. you need to configure it in its advanced sharing to stop sharing updates.

Although its "share on lan only" feature seems intriguing, a cheap ass WSUS replacement for companies

Comment Re:Download the ISO (Score 1) 317

That only works if you upgraded already, because that's when your product key "updates" itself to let you reinstall windows.

Also, if you have a laptop that came with windows 8, you don't have a product key, as it is embedded. So, DON'T install this unless you already upgraded via the reserve option.

Comment flawed? (Score 1) 698

I didn't read the article (this is slashdot after all), but if it's a chrome plugin, would that register key presses outside the browser? The caps key is basically never used in a browser. On my job, users rely on caps lock to type into forms inside our iseries system.

In my opinion the least used key is the scroll lock and the pause key

Comment Re:Simple yes or no question (Score 1) 96

Sadly the answer is "we do not know yet"
Everyone is asking about what happens to your retail key. Will you keep the same product key? Will they give you another? Will you be able to change your motherboard? Will you need to update for your product key to "transform" and work as Win 10 retail from now on? For us gamers, these are the questions.

Comment Re:Sync (Score 2) 233

We experience this issues when the motherboard battery dies and resets the computer's date to year 2000 or such. Since most users aren't admins, the machines can't receive the correct time on their accounts therefore we logon with our admin accounts and the time corrects itself.

But for 3-4 minutes we don't have issues.

Comment Sync (Score 3, Informative) 233

We have 600 machines in my company's network distributed over 20 cities in our country. The servers are all located on our main branch and are connected through slow WAN frame relay links (up to 4Mbps)

We have time differences between machines, sometimes up to 3 or 4 minutes, and we don't seem to have issues. I find it strange than a possible 1 second different could cause so much issues.

Perhaps the Google method is better because the adjustment will take place during the day and not at the last second.

COMPASS [for the CDC-6000 series] is the sort of assembler one expects from a corporation whose president codes in octal. -- J.N. Gray