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Comment: Ditto for Sacramento, California USA... (Score 1) 882

by ShadowSystems (#28879461) Attached to: Rude Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams

Got a ticket for doing 47 in a 45 zone.
The Judge dismissed it, told me to have a nice day & dismissed me, then "had a talk" with the ticketing officer about "wasting [his] time".
If it's in 5MPH of the posted limit, chances are it's in the "margin for error" realm of the machine the cop is using to measure your speed.
Judges don't like it when ANYONE wastes their time, but ESPECIALLY when it's a cop who's supposed to know better.

Comment: I wonder what I'm doing then... (Score 1) 174

by ShadowSystems (#28571761) Attached to: Your Browser History Is Showing

Ubuntu + Firefox + NoScript, and both the other sniffer site AND the site you've mentioned come up with a big fat *nada*.
Ten minutes later & the first site tells me there's nothing found; scan completed on the second site & it reports squat.
I wonder what I'm doing that thwarts them both?
(This is NOT an attempt at flaming, this is an honest question to a serious issue.)

Comment: Replace "Dell" with "HP", & you've got my stor (Score 1) 403

by ShadowSystems (#27885093) Attached to: Windows 7 Anti-Piracy Plans

Bought direct from HP.com, OEM copy of XP Pro, and six months later MS claims it's pirated.
Archived everything, wiped the drive, and am happily on Ubunutu ever since.
I still have to support the various Windows boxes of my customers, but I'll only run it (at home) in a VM if absolutely need-be.
Otherwise, MS can kiss this customer good-bye.

Comment: Please mod them "Insightful". (Score 1) 501

I've got a rather nice collection of material starting back from the very beginning, and they are *wonderful* to hold, leaf through, look at the artwork, etc.
But I do *NOT* enjoy having to lug a ton of books with me to a Session.
I've already got my dice box, mini's box, paper/pencil/clipboard, and laptop, so adding a few boxes of books is a real PITA...

With PDF's, I can access any set of rules, stats, or other associated data rather quickly.
With a stack of books, I've got to waste LOTS of time finding anything (unless I already know where it's at).
"What were the stats on an Ancient Green Dragon? Ok, that's in Monster Manual I? II? III? 3.5? Savage Species? Dragonomicron? Crap, hold on while I try to find it..."
-Versus-
"Green Dragons? [ALT]+F 'Green Dragon' [ENTER] ... Young? (Scroll) Adult (scroll), Ancient."

I love my books, I'm a book worm by nature, but you can't beat a properly created, *official* PDF of the material for getting answers fast.
Just raw text, tables, and searchable - I can store everything on a USB stick that fits in my pocket, instead of lugging around an entire library of physical books that requires the entire back seat of the car to transport...

WotC didn't just shoot themselves in the foot, they emptied the clip.
Players love having the physical Book for their collection, and the Official PDF for ease-of-use.
Telling us we can't have the PDF just means we'll find it from UN-Official channels, and that *guarantees* WotC won't make a damned penny from that potential revenue channel.

Comment: I can second this... (Score 2, Insightful) 133

by ShadowSystems (#27376205) Attached to: The "Vista-Capable" Debacle Spreads To Acer
I *just* bought an HP HDX-18.
* Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1
* Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad Processor Q9100 (2.26 GHz)
* 4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
* 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 130M
* 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
* 18.4" diagonal High Definition HP Ultra BrightView Infinity Display (1920x1080p)
* Blu-Ray +/-R/RW with SuperMulti

The Vista experience meter gives it a *THREE POINT EIGHT* on the usability scale.
If this less-than-a-year-old, Quad-core 2.26GHz, 4Gb System RAM, 1Gb VRAM, 5400RPM SATA HD system can't rate better than that, then why bother with Vista at all?
I sure as hell didn't.
I swapped the original drive for another 500Gb 5400 RPM SATA drive, installed Ubuntu, and haven't looked back.

YES I tweaked Vista to run better, I spent two days doing exactly that, and it really, honestly didn't make enough of a difference.
I shouldn't have to turn off half the OS in order to make a machine (especially one with specs like this) run like it's supposed to.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.

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