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Comment Re:Early(ish) adopter (Score 1) 482 482

I am a WoW player and will sometimes jump into Dragon Age. I also played the SWBF Alpha which ran just fine. My system is an 8 core AMD CPU with a Radeon HD 7900 on an Asus ROG motherboard.

This sounds really close to my rig's hardware (and typical software).

I was running Windows 7 before and attempted to do an in-place upgrade initially but it failed despite trying many different things. I ended up installing clean from an ISO and have been on the fast ring ever since.

My installed OS is 8.0 home (recently upgraded to 8.1 from the app store), and the exact same thing happened to me. In-place upgrade fails no matter what I try. So I used their tool to create an ISO. However, it asks for a license key and won't take my Win 8.0 key. How did you get past that?

Comment Re:It's fine... from the ISO. (Score 1) 482 482

That one isn't quite on the same level, just because its actually an OK message encoded as an error message, so when you get it you aren't blocked from what you are trying to do. Its stupid, but without the level of frustration inherent in "something happened something happened".

Comment Re:It's fine... from the ISO. (Score 1) 482 482

This rollout is an *upgrade*, so you don't get a product key until after you've upgraded your existing install. You can then extract the product key from your registry and perform a clean install on your PC.

...which I can't do because the upgrade app crashes right after download. Like it apparently does with a lot of other people. The installer supposedly works, but you need a key. Nice little catch-22 there.

Comment Re:It's fine... from the ISO. (Score 1) 482 482

Only if you install it from ISO. If you update from that media creation tool, it won't ask for the key.

If I update from that media creation tool, it crashes near the end ("stopped working" IIRC). I looked online, and this is a common problem with the tool with no known fix. The only known work-around is to install from the ISO. Where my key doesn't work. All this from a freshly installed 8.0 64-bit Home freshly upgraded to 8.1 with all MS patches installed. Nothing unusual about this setup at all, other than how typical it is.

...which brings us back to the GP: Don't waste your time with this until MS gets their shit together.

Comment Re:It's fine... from the ISO. (Score 3, Funny) 482 482

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,

...don't bother, unless your time is worthless to you.

just go to this link - [] 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.

If you do that, the first thing it does is ask for an activation key. Your windows activation key from your original Windows media is likely to not be accepted. My 8.0 key wasn't.

Although, there is one really interesting thing you can do. Instead of creating an install ISO, take the option to just upgrade straight. Do this from a non-admin account (you know, the way you are supposed to run things for system safety). This will produce what is being argued to be the most amusing error dialog in human history, which reads in big letters "Something Happened", and then under that in smaller letters the clarification: "Something Happened". Years from now, you can tell your grandchildren you personally got this dialog.

But if you aren't aching to participate in the meme, save yourself some aggravation and wait until MS gets their act together.

Comment Re:stupid article (Score 1) 482 482

That's funny. I had exactly the same experience on my Mac (i7 with 8 GB) running Windows 8.1. It told me to wait until the 29th of July. I checked the bottom right corner of the screen, where it said July 29, 2015 or something similar, waited for about twenty minutes, and gave up.

Comment Re:My sympathy (Score 1) 43 43

Four out of five elderly people given CPR end up dying within days. Many of them with prolonged and intense suffering due to CPR prolonging the inevitable.

We certainly need more thought about end-of-life care, living wills, and do-not-resuscitate orders. But CPR is not the only intervention affected by that.

And in some cases CPR is given when it's not warranted, breaking ribs, collapsing lungs or otherwise causing serious and sometimes fatal damage.

Sometimes, yes, but more rarely than you might think.

If I keel over, please don't resuscitate unless there is at least a 50% chance of long-term success, and less than a 50% chance of causing long-term damage.

Dude, unless you're already in the hospital, whoever sees you go down or trips over your unconscious body does not have your medical history, nor can they predict your course of treatment.

Comment Doubtful claim (Score 1) 209 209

The paint repellent urine is not that it bounces back like a wile e coyote gag (how would it? You would have to make the urine and wall a near 100% elastic collision and as a liquid against a solid good luck) in fact video make it clear that he is only projecting the test liquid with force and it barely backs a bit ( No the things is that the urine is much easier washed up. It is highly hydrophobic, but ti does not change that the water will not have an elastic collision. In other word, it barely spring back. Pee from 1 foot away and you are safe.

Comment MUtation rate are known (Score 2) 292 292

Please tells us how many million of years statistically you would need to go from a barley growth factor, to a rice growth factor, and would even the intermediate protein be viable (active) or even if the surrounding gene would still be active.

Yes stuff mutate. That is how we got from bacteria to human over billion of year. The key here is that function of protein evolved too, and sometime mutation are deleterious, and sometime function changes. But if both are sufficiently different, the probability to go from one to the other over statistically human relevant time (e.g. hundreds of year) is trending toward zero. In some case like when researcher inserted fish gene into tomatoe, that probability becomes even low over geological time.

Don't get me wrong, I agree with your assessment that the probability we make something catastrophic is relatively low, but stating that the result could be gotten by random mutation in the wild, or even breeding is overstating it , downright to a lie in many case.

Comment There is a slight difference (Score 1) 292 292

Look I am for GMO because I think the science is sound, and it is maybe as good a progress for the 21th century as the haber process was for the 20th century for food production, but repeating the often trotted "breeding/wild mutation is the same as GMO" is stupid. Even idiot religiously fearing GMO are not that idiot to swallow that you can breed in nature fish protein into tobaccoe plant by cross breeding or wild reproduction, or plant with philia so far away from each other with barley growth factor if the growth factor are so much different. So you should not tell a totally complete lie. Such naturally mutation can only slightly change protein and not suddenly put new protein from a completely different specie or even philia suddenly in the plant. You would need million maybe 10s of million of years to get such accumulated mutation (if ever in the fish protein case), and anybody can see that such very long term adaptation has a different impact on an ecosystem than immediate gene change. I am not saying this is a bad thing, just that comparing the two is stupid. There is a difference of time scale, and adaptation in both case, and as well as what you can reach as far as changes go.

Please just don't. Refrain in future. You are just making it more difficult for us to convince the GMO fearing when you spread such obvious bad comparison.

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. -- John Kenneth Galbraith