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Comment Re:Sounds Great (Score 1) 60 60

Walmart also has the cheapest glucose strips around, about $9 for 50 of the ReLion Prime. This whomps the ass of the OneTouch generic shared among pharmacy chains, at $37/50, when I switched several years ago.

When the biggest complaint TV shows like Simpsons, Family Guy, and South Park can make is they are saving people too much money, well...

Comment Re:It's fine... from the ISO. (Score 1) 366 366

Don't try to upgrade from Windows Update. Just don't. It'll fail. Something is borked with the download process. It'll probably be fixed in a week (or even today, maybe), but for now, to be on the safe side, just go to this link - https://www.microsoft.com/en-u... and download the ISO. Then burn it to a DVD or install it onto a USB drive of sufficient capacity, and away you go. Not sure if it would work if you mounted it to a virtual drive, but worth a try.

I updated 3 systems (a 3 year old desktop, a 2 year old laptop with hybrid graphics, and a virtual machine in VMware on a 4 year old craptop) and did not have any upgrade issues. The only problem I had was on my desktop, where I would occasionally get a MEMORY_MANAGEMENT BSOD when viewing the start menu, until I updated my AMD Catalyst drivers to the latest on the AMD site.

Some more pitfalls:

  - If you have exotic or rare network cards, graphics cards or printers, you may want to hold off to see if people with your hardware have similar problems.

  - Is your GPU (graphics card, whether it's on the CPU, on the motherboard, or an expansion card) *more than* 4 years old? If so, you may have some problems, especially if it's by Intel.

  - Do you have any programs installed which install custom software into the OS kernel ("kernel modules" / "drivers")? Things like: virtualization software (VMware, Virtual Box), VPN software (OpenVPN, SSL VPN clients, etc.), certain audio / video production software, etc? If you see anything in Device Manager that isn't actually a piece of hardware and sounds like it's associated with a program you have, chances are good that the answer is "yes". You should really consider uninstalling these programs before you upgrade to reduce the potential for incompatibility in the kernel. Then you can try to install them after the upgrade is complete, where the driver will hopefully fail to load "gracefully" and error out of the installer if it turns out to be incompatible.

  - Is your system *extremely* "hacked up", with extensive deep-running customizations to the UI, .NET framework, kernel, or other things like that? You should probably not attempt an upgrade, especially if the vendor/developer of these changes is not a well-known commercial entity with an established footprint.

Summary: If you have a computer that was purchased new with current-gen hardware within the past 4 years, and you don't have anything more than web browsers, office programs, and games installed, you should have no problems upgrading. If you have a much older computer, your risk of breakage is higher. If you have deep customizations to the OS, your risk of breakage is higher. If you're in doubt, hold off until others with similar configurations try it first and report their results. But for the love of God, use the ISO, not Windows Update, to upgrade.

This scares the shit out of me, a guy with almost 30 years of programming experience. What the hell is Grampa supposed to do?

Well, not me, I mean my grandpa. My proverbial grandpa, my real ones died before I was born. My in-law, let's say, or dad. Ok most of them are dead, too, and I guess I am the patriarch of my family now.

Ok, grampa and expert computer programmer are merged now. I do not want to burn CDs, or type on command lines, or go get drivers myself for freaking major party 3d cards. If I don't wanna deal, what is grandp...nevermind.

Comment Re:Well, sure, but... (Score 2) 282 282

Do charlatans have a right to stir up fear to enrich themselves via books and useless substitutes, with no evidence of a problem whatsoever and tons of evidence in safety?

Pardon me, I have to go buy gluten-free cheeseburger buns. It must be a valid concern, right? Also, I am getting a vaccine without thimerosol or adjuvants, whew!

Comment Re:Embarrassment (Score 1) 307 307

I'm sorry but when your entire facebook feed consists of anti-Obama trolling, that isn't being judgmental. That's making a conscious decision you don't want horrid people like that working at your company.

But if this happened...

I'm sorry but when your entire facebook feed consists of pro-Obama trolling, that isn't being judgmental. That's making a conscious decision you don't want horrid people like that working at your company.

Methinks you would be all...

OMG! Congress should outlaw facebook post politics from business hiring procedures!

with self-righteous fury.

Comment Quantum Airlines (Score 1) 109 109

The goal of being able to solve NP-hard or NP-Complete problems with quantum computers is similar to being able to travel to the moon, mars or deeper into space with rockets.

I thought it just functionally added massive parallelism, and didn't really solve this, by offloading the calculations into the quantum path space.

Comment Complex signal analysis (Score 1) 60 60

That's mechanical use of keyboard, but you're also gonna need a phrase anyzer and commonizer. Grammar and phrases used by writers should be unique enough to identify the same anonymous writers on different sites, at least over the long run.

If you can tie a controversial anon to a known account like facebook, you can then go all SJW on him, outing them to their employer and getting them fired.

I am less concerned about racist assholes than more general political opinions and so on.

Comment Re:And when she reneges (Score 1) 566 566

This forum, in spite of the leftward shift in recent years ("What in god's name does this or that story have to do witb News for Nerds???") is somewhat balanced.

On another I read, the vast majority are walking around with EFB, Erections For Bernie, so long lasting and firm they're well past the point they "should seek medical care".

Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon compounds. Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl. -- Mike Adams