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Comment: Re:Negotiating when desperate (Score 1) 428

Whilst the proliferation of easy credit shoulders a lot of the blame, a significant amount still falls onto the shoulders of the credit addled. They could say "no" when the bank offers them an easy loan. They could say "no" I dont need an expensive car. They could say "no" to credit and pay cash/debit at the store.

They could say "no" to credit, live miserly, and then get in debt anyway due to, say, medical bills. Or they could use credit and at least have good memories on their deathbed.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 1) 299

by vux984 (#49819149) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

The new task manager was the only thing I found compelling about 8/8.1

There really is a lot more there, and 10 adds that much more.

Client Hyper-V is more supra-OS, and it's not necessary to use Win8+ to install a hypervisor.

But you've got to admit its pretty cool to have it bundled with the OS. Its way ahead of virtual PC; and works well with Microsoft Hyper V server. (with or without "Windows Server").

. And as mentioned above, multiple desktops have been a part of Windows for a while, though must be enabled through external tools.

Making it an officially support part of the OS means that
- a lot more people will actually use them
- you can sit down at any computer and they'll be available
- applications developers will actually support them properly because when push comes to shove its fine for your program to not be compatible with some obscure 3rd party power-user shell extension that some random user is saying conflicts with your application - like dialog boxes showing up on the wrong one or some other annoyance. But not working with a core feature of the OS? You'll actually fix it.

As for what else 10 has... DirectX 12. Resizeable (horizontally) command windows; builtin antivirus that is adequate for me, better multi-monitor support, the aforementioend multile desktops, the netflix app... for some people (not me) the xbox app stuff might be pretty compelling too.

I'm not sure I'd pay to upgrade from 7 or 8.1 to 10, but a free upgrade from 7 or 8.1; it makes decent sense.

Or on a new system with a bundled OS, sure I'll take it.

I'm certainly not planning to dig my heels in to stay with 7. And I'm really not sure why you claim you will... at worst you've said there's nothing in you 'must have' .. and ok... I accept that. But you haven't said what it has that you 'must avoid' either. And given it'll be free, and it's at least a slight upgrade, why not?

Comment: Re:Why WOULDN'T you? (Score 1) 76

I'd think they'd prefer notoriety under an alias, e.g. "The drinkypoo Bandit" rather than a real name unless they could obtain attribution knowing there wasn't enough evidence to convict.

That's why some antivirus companies deliberately change the names when reporting, from whatever the author wants it to be called (when they can tell.) They don't want to provide them notoriety under their chosen alias.

Comment: Re:Eh... (Score 1) 59

by drinkypoo (#49818853) Attached to: LEGO Launches a Minecraft Competitor On Steam

I don't know where you get this from. I have seen many computers where it doesn't run, or it fails to run well. For a game with quite simplistic graphics, it sure does take a powerful machine to run it. Sure it runs on Linux, OSX, and Windows, but it requires quite a lot of resources on any of those machines.

Minecraft does not demand a whole lot of CPU without complex mods, but it wants a whole lot of GPU and a whole lot of RAM. Only full-on gaming PCs (in households, anyway) tend to have both.

Minetest takes a lot less GPU and RAM, but takes a lot more CPU. You can run it on crappy intel integrated graphics that come with an Atom, but it will crater the Atom.

Comment: Re:In other words (Score 1) 174

by TheGratefulNet (#49818777) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising

NF had its peak right before the big flix-gate (lol) when they upped the price, removed streaming and changed plans on everyone.

at that point, I dropped them and never looked back.

vpn is $10 or less. torrents are free. there are NO ADS in torrents. no drm, and good compression yet still watchable.

I have not found a reason to resume paying for content. if an enlightened company gives me a good reason, I could consider it. but I'm not interested in resuming netflix and now that they are starting to SHOW the dark side of their corp mentality, yeah, they are a done-deal and I predict a decline in their customer levels over time.


Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene 106

Posted by samzenpus
from the to-the-stars-and-beyond dept.
William Robinson writes: While using a laser to cut a sponge made of crumpled sheets of Graphene oxide, Researchers accidentally discovered that it can turn light into motion. As the laser cut into the material, it mysteriously propelled forward. Baffled, researchers investigated further. The Graphene material was put in a vacuum and again shot with a laser. Incredibly, the laser still pushed the sponge forward, and by as much as 40 centimeters. Researchers even got the Graphene to move by focusing ordinary sunlight on it with a lens.Though scientists are not sure why this happens, they are excited with new possibilities such as light propelled spacecraft that does not need fuel.

Comment: Re:Photo (Score 1) 128

by Zero__Kelvin (#49818393) Attached to: China Unveils World's First Facial Recognition ATM

"Maybe we should be shocked about the fact they take photos of us already."

Let's not stop there! Do you know they have our names and our social security numbers! Somebody stop the madness I say. What happened to the days when the governement didn't gather such data .. oh wait .. never mind.

Don't get me wrong, I am against governemental abuse at least as much as you, but when you chase boogeymen you take attention away from the real issues and make us all look like idiots.

Comment: I could live with a post-show teaser... (Score 3, Interesting) 174

by Radical Moderate (#49818387) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising
...provided they don't show the same damn one every time. I find a lot of good shows through the "Recommended for You" category, if they teased one of those I'd be OK with it. But it's a slippery slope. You kids won't believe this, but used to be we didn't have to sit through half an hour of commercials in movie theaters, they even showed cartoons before the movie. And my lawn, get off it.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.