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Comment: New commenters - read the article! (Score 1) 239

by Jumunquo (#47382647) Attached to: Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

"UPDATE 17:20, 3 July 2014
So there have been some interesting developments in my encounter with the EU's "Right to be Forgotten" rules.
It is now almost certain that the request for oblivion has come from someone who left a comment about the story.
So only Google searches including his or her name are now impossible.
Which means you can still find the article if you put in the name of Merrill's ousted boss, "Stan O'Neal"."

Comment: Re:Umm, ctrl+c/ctrl+v? (Score 1) 681

True dat. I categorize my apps. Whenever I install a new app, I will go to the start menu and move the shortcut it into the appropriate category folder. Then, I'll delete everything else, incl. the uninstall shortcut, help file shortcuts, and the folder that's holding those. I also use Classic Shell (free third party app) to make my menu like the Win2000/98 style that opens subfolders to the right and goes all the way to the top of the screen.

Comment: The real reason (Score 1) 274

by Jumunquo (#47313529) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US

"Tianjin Pipe, for instance, began building its Texas plant after the U.S. imposed sanctions against Chinese-made pipes in 2010, notes Thilo Hanemann, Rhodium's research director."
In reality, it's usually to get around tariffs, contract requirements, or for sales purposes. Chinese labor is still super-cheap compared to the U.S.

Comment: Re:4k media? (Score 1) 186

by Jumunquo (#47259595) Attached to: 4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

Yup, despite Google showing it can be done, the cable companies only put in fiber wherever Google puts in fiber just to screw with them. Most ISPs have a 200-300GB cap per month on data, so you'd better not watch more than, like, five 4K movies a month. Media, yea, I hear ya, many Bluray sets now come with DVD AND Bluray discs, and I bet it's because a lot of people don't have Bluray players but want to their purchase to be future-proofed.

Comment: Re:Over 30yo+ you won't see the difference anyway. (Score 2) 186

by Jumunquo (#47259447) Attached to: 4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

If you watched something with high resolution and a clean picture, like Disney's "Frozen," on a high-quality display, like a Samsung 55", then you should be able to tell the difference b/w 720p and 1080p easily. For many things, it is hard to tell the difference at a reasonable distance. Monitors are different in that you're usually much closer to one. At 24", 720p monitors look like crap compared to 1080p. 4K, however, seems like overkill at anything below 30".

For gaming, I'm totally with you. For computer gamers, what's really popular are the 27" 2560x1440 monitors that can be overclocked, ideally to 120Hz and that do not have a scalar which reduces response time (which means it can only be run at 2560x1440 and has a single dual-dvi input). Many cheaper monitors will advertise sort of bogus or software-corrected response times that are not representative of real-world use, so it's important to read the reviews. For the more mainstream models, tftcentral is a very good resource. It's trickier if you import from Korea trying to get the magic 120Hz overclock.

Comment: Re:display port (Score 2) 186

by Jumunquo (#47259231) Attached to: 4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

Totally agree. Nvidia 6xx has been out for a long time, and a 660 costs like $150. Anyone who buys a 4k monitor for $1000+ is not going to think twice about getting a matching video card. For gamers, in all likelihood, they probably already have one. The article claims a hardware barrier that is simply not an issue.

The real issue here is the price point. 2560x1440 27" monitors have been around for a long time, but it wasn't until it dropped under $400 that gamers started chomping them up. When they get low enough in price, then the graphics card cost can become an issue for non-gamers who are just using integrated graphics. There's also the issue of whether 2560x1440 at 27" is good enough, esp. for gamers, because given the distance from keyboard to monitor, going bigger than 27" doesn't seem that great, and at 27", 2560x1440 is already so small that most people can't find the dead pixels unless you fill the screen w/ white.

Comment: Re:No funny business (Score 1) 89

by Jumunquo (#47258767) Attached to: Nokia Extorted For Millions Over Stolen Encryption Keys

Regarding keeping the code, you'd have to hide it really well such that only you can retrieve it. You should encrypt or otherwise scramble it for starters. It's not that hard. Criminals are usually caught because they're either stupid, or because easy money is addictive, so they keep doing it, and eventually, something happens outside their calculations (and they tend to get more careless over time too).

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