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Comment: Re:Not that great of a preview (Score 1) 195

by Trax3001BBS (#48930519) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Take a backup if you are so precious about your current OS, it even tells you how in the Insider documentation - enough has changed that they have to migrate the user account stuff, so that gives an indication of how different things are now.

And yes, you can select your updates, just like before.

I don't wish to be "stuck" with Win10 as it's going subscription after a year free. I'm used to dual booting always have, it allows a choice.

Should be a way do this (EasyBCD), I'll figure it out (not asking).

Thanks for the update on the updates. :)

It should be noted that if you upgrade within the first year of its release, its free for the life Windows 10. So its not a subscription but rather a limited time offer.

Second reply, different day.

I'm going to try it out, I was loaned a brand new Acer Aspire 64 bit laptop. It's Win8, so I've been prepping it for Win8.1 then thought hell, might as well go on to Win10. I had much more to add but after reading the agreement it's best left unsaid, and the tape over the web cam stays.

But may disable mobile phones permanently? That's harsh.

Had a hell of a scare, hotmail.com is my e-mail address, https://account.live.com/ kept verifying me by sending E-mail that said if it's really me don't do anything, wrong. This went on for over an hour, the account itself in jeopardy.

The scare? I rarely log into MS yet most of my E-mail goes to hotmail.com (https://account.live.com ?) then forwarded elsewhere. Been like that for a very long time, they now have a second e-mail address to verify me by; but hell they've been forwarding to it for just as long... Wonder how Bing is holding up...

* Hotmail didn't have POP3, the other address did, I download all of my E-mail to read with Forte's Agent 6.

Comment: Re:They tried this in the early 1980s (Score 1) 207

by Trax3001BBS (#48922583) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

If you were learning BASIC on a TRS-80 Model III, there were a very large amount of computer languages around already.

One could only purchase programs at Radio Shack and ours was lacking in that area, It's how I got into assembly language it showed up there one day.

The game "Asylum" was part of the package I was given, complete the entire game, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A... I had diagrams of the layout put some work into it, Our Radio Shack never carried games either.

To mail order something was just something I/we never did, never an option, never came to mind. Now everything comes from NewEgg.com.

My first real work with C++ started when I was about 44. Don't blame your age for inability to learn.

I knew putting an age down was going to get replies, I change it up many times before the submit :}

Most likely your better hackers learned the trade as teens, me something else always comes up I have to attend to, I did lean the structure of C++ all that to jump into Java which I just never really got anywhere with.

Comment: Re:Not that great of a preview (Score 1) 195

by Trax3001BBS (#48922457) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Take a backup if you are so precious about your current OS, it even tells you how in the Insider documentation - enough has changed that they have to migrate the user account stuff, so that gives an indication of how different things are now.

And yes, you can select your updates, just like before.

I don't wish to be "stuck" with Win10 as it's going subscription after a year free. I'm used to dual booting always have, it allows a choice.

Should be a way do this (EasyBCD), I'll figure it out (not asking).

Thanks for the update on the updates. :)

+ - Apple posts $18B quarterly profit, highest ever by any company

Submitted by jmcbain
jmcbain (1233044) writes "Today, Apple reported its financial results for the quarter ending December 31, 2014. It posted $18 billion in profit (on $74 billion in revenue), the largest quarterly profit by any company ever. The previous record was $16 billion by Russia’s Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) in 2011. Imagine how much better Apple could be if they open-sourced their software."

Comment: Re:Fuck Winders (Score 1) 195

by Trax3001BBS (#48921001) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Why would anyone still run virus-infested Winders in this day and age? Just use Linux you retards.

I run Windows because of the games I play, sometimes up till 6 AM.

I also have problems installing Linux or to be exact it's placement, three hard drives, and a 2TB USB UEFI drive which pretty much does what it wants to under a bios system.

I create three partitions meant to be swap, main, and storage; formatted in advanced to be such. I get one partition being used and a swap file created elsewhere.

There's more but it doesn't bode well for me or my abilities (which I consider to be, well able) to mention.

I've just said the heck with it and use CyWin64.

Comment: Not that great of a preview (Score 1) 195

by Trax3001BBS (#48920877) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

"This is a full build, and it will be installed as an in-place upgrade, so you’ll go through those colorful “installing your apps” screens again. This is because your account is being re-provisioned after the upgrade."

So you lose your current OS, not being able to install it elsewhere.

"You’ll notice that there is not a separate “Check Now” button here. This is because the button to check for WU updates now also checks for new builds."

I don't see any problems here... Unless your still able to select your updates. Else a future /. article will be of a bad update that took out all participants.

Comment: Gamma-ray bursts extinctions not likely any more (Score 1) 233

by Trax3001BBS (#48920289) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

While studies show that a gamma ray burst most likely hit the earth causing the "The Ordovician–Silurian extinction events"= http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...–Silurian_extinction_events. The extinction occurred 443.4 million years ago, during one of the most significant diversifications in Earth history."

Yet we survived as an intelligent life form.

Or survival has been protected in no small way by the fact were in a fairly unpopulated spiral of the galaxy. The closer to the center of the galaxy, the more populated (with stars) it becomes and chances of any intelligent life greatly reduced.

Now with the Andromeda galaxy fast approaching things could change, but Earth will be long gone or uninhabitable.

To note: one large star very far away when it goes black hole, it's polar emissions has us targeted, but it's not expected to happen for quite sometime so as not of any concern; again Earth pry won't have any life at that time.

+ - White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "The Washington Post reports that the intrusion by a recreational drone onto the White House lawn has exposed a security gap at the compound that the Secret Service has spent years studying but has so far been unable to fix. Commercial technology is available that can use a combination of sensitive radar and acoustic trackers to detect small drones, though coming up with an effective way to stop them has been more elusive. "To do something about the problem, you have to find it, you have to track it, you have to identify it and you have to decide what to do with it,” says Frederick F. Roggero. “But especially in an urban environment, it would be tough to detect and tough to defeat kinetically without shooting it down and causing collateral damage.” Most recreational drones, like the one that crashed Monday, weigh only a few pounds and lack the power to do much harm. Larger models that can carry payloads of up to 30 pounds are available on the market and are expected to become more common. The FAA imposes strict safety regulations on drones flown by government agencies or anyone who operates them for commercial purposes. In contrast, hardly any rules apply to people who fly drones as a hobby, other than FAA guidelines that advise them to keep the aircraft below 400 feet and five miles from an airport. “With the discovery of an unauthorized drone on the White House lawn, the eagle has crash-landed in Washington," says Senator Charles Schumer. "There is no stronger sign that clear FAA guidelines for drones are needed.""

Comment: Re:outsider question: why the USA embargo on Cuba? (Score 2) 140

by Trax3001BBS (#48913535) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

why the USA still has an embargo against Cuba? (sensible answers only please).

Votes.

You get the old-people-who-still-fear-those-godless-red-bastards vote, and you get the Cuban exile vote. And you get the agriculture vote, because we grow a hell of a lot more corn than sugar.

Almost everything produced in the U.S. uses high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) rather than sugar and there is a difference. Being a LOT of Mexican stores around I go to them as anything sold there is authentic and made of real sugar, and my source of Coca-Cola for one.

"The use of HFCS in the United States is partially attributable to government tariffs that maintain domestic sugar prices at above the global price and subsidies to corn growers that lower the cost of the primary ingredient in HFCS, corn. Since 1797 there have been a system of sugar tariffs and sugar quotas in the United States that maintains the price of imported sugar at levels up to twice the global price" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 1) 461

Except in this era of increasing server-side reliance, game piracy is becoming less of an issue. It will eventually get to the point where you're not actually buying the game, you're buying an account with which you can then play the game. Since the majority of people don't think twice about needing to be always connected this trend will only continue.

EA.COM now Origin.com started this with the Battle Field series. Steam, most don't mind always running as it's been operating for so long, I remember the /. article about Stream coming; being an on-line service, I tried to find it a few months ago with no luck, but it wasn't being accepted even back then.

Now a gamer can have numerous front doors running switching back and forth between games, A lot of needless overhead.

Origin doesn't have any requirement to be running. I just exit it when a game starts, 2.5 years later it complains about not being sync'd which again can be ignored, once a week I'll sync my games. Most are now following Steam's example (I only know of Steam and Origin, little about UBI.). Well just that UBI just shot themselves in the foot, yet again.

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I not only requested but had to call for the BF3 box (3 CD's are included), Yet all the first CD does is start downloading the game from Origin and many other mirrors.

Comment: Re:Math (Score 1) 207

by Trax3001BBS (#48911709) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

They are still not talking about literacy - they are talking about problem solving. That makes it the new Mathematics, not the new literacy. (And yes, what I learned coding on my VIP not quite 40 years ago did help me with my degree in Math a few years later, so I do know what I'm talking about.)

Mathematics is under rated. I wish I'd of spent more time with it (progressing courses), but it's too late.

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