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Comment: Gave up when the card-to-mobo interface shifted (Score 1) 490

I have an SBLive sound card. Loved it for years. Defended it and all of its virtues (hardware mixing! oh, emm, gee!). Then I had to upgrade my motherboard and found that PCI is "old tech", so that card hasn't been used since then. I'm not enough of an audiophile to care (yes, it *was* better than the onboard Realtek stuff I have now) to buy a card which costs about as much as my graphics card (which provides a lot more bang for the buck) just so that I can throw it away when AMR is not the new hot shit any more.
I'd be more inclined for something USB but my experiences there have been less than stellar and posters higher up can back me up -- a lot of USB sound solutions out there are crappy-poop.

Comment: Re:Maybe not extinction... (Score 1) 608

by fluffynuts (#46843521) Attached to: Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

Indeed. I think that the moment we can stop acting like a bunch of "you're wrong, I'm right" douches and just work together, we can overcome this bottleneck. Unfortunately, other commenters are about to prove how we can't by telling you how wrong [X] is and how right their version of [X] is ):

Comment: Re:what happens when the batters wears out? (Score 1) 398

by fluffynuts (#46825513) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Yes, dealerships can rip you off for services. That being said, you should damn well replace oil (engine most often, gearbox at least 3 times in the time you had it), brake fluid and spark plugs, at least every 20000 km. Engine fluids are not built to last: they break down and become inefficient, costing you money at the pump, increasing your emissions, wearing your engine. If you have an air-conditioner, you also need to fill the gases there at some point -- they tend to make their way outward.

You'd probably find that your car would easily double or possibly even triple that distance if it were looked after. Cars which last longer put a lower burden on our planet as they lighten the demand for new cars, obviously.

The best bit is that oil, oil filter, brake fluid and spark-plug changes are trivial and can be done by absolutely any able-bodied person with the 10 minutes it takes to learn how.

Comment: Re:Oh noes, I can't drive X miles (Score 1) 398

by fluffynuts (#46825429) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

I bet you're never more than an 10 minutes away from a power outlet but you'd also never consider owning a phone with a four hour battery life. Bear in mind that some people simply don't want to have to juice up so often, much like you wouldn't want to for your phone.

Comment: One of my prior employers did this (Score 1) 572

And it's one of the reasons I left. It was all part of the erosion of the "cool place to work" ethos that was there when I joined them.

If you can, vote with your feet. I totally appreciate that not everyone can. But if you can, do. And make sure that your employer knows about it. Also, it helps to inform the unaware masses if you know about it -- most of the people at my old work didn't know, and that, in and of itself, is possibly worse than the actual act.

Comment: It /is/ a PITA but... (Score 1) 860

by fluffynuts (#46421369) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Put your XP stuff in a VirtualBox VM. Snapshot it so you have a safe place to roll back to when it breaks (because it will) and run it on a newer OS. Win8 if you like, or some variant of Linux. The point is that XP is (like any piece of software) imperfect and bound to have security issues in the future. If you're the kind of user who doesn't go online and your world never changes, then you have no incentive to upgrade anyway. This message is aimed at people who would have some advantage in having a harder system and/or access to newer software.

Really, the only thing needed for this is a tool which guides the novice user through:
1) resizing their main drive so that there's enough space (or stop if there's no space and inform the user; disks aren't that expensive these days) to
2) dump the drive to a VB disk image, in a partition in the remaining space
3) install whatever upgrade path you've asked for (so the tool needs a "resume" mode so you can launch it again from wherever you left off)
4) set up the VB VM for use.

Ok, it's non-trivial, but the process *is* trivial for a technical user. If you're one of those, or prepared to support a family member, put your pride aside and help them to upgrade to the platform of their choice (whatever that is) with a VB VM to hold their old environment.

Stop whining about it -- decide if upgrading to anything else is actually worth it and then just do the above. Time changes everything. Life moves on. It's time you do too -- or just accept where you are and shaddup. /2c

Comment: Perhaps it was an experiment? (Score 1) 255

by fluffynuts (#46311981) Attached to: Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

When you have an idea (and this applies especially to software, where it's easy to run this course), a good idea is to run an experiment -- see if your idea actually holds water.

100 million kudos points, however, to the person who recognises the experiment for what is is (an experiment) and has the kahunas to recoginise failure and roll back.

Personally, I don't like global menus, But if they had worked for most users, then that alone would have given them value -- and I'm free to not accept and work around them. I, for one, applaud the ability of Ubuntu and Shuttleworth to run an experiment, recognise failure and go back to what is known to work. It shows respect for the user.

Comment: Re:What the (Score 1) 207

by fluffynuts (#46305173) Attached to: Chevron Gives Residents Near Fracking Explosion Free Pizza

I would have thought that groundwater contamination was enough of a risk? Perhaps you need to go check out what happens when groundwater becomes unfit for human or animal consumption and what crap is pumped into the bedrock to force out the gas?

Whilst you're completely right about nuclear, the question "Are there risks with fracking?" combined with the answer "..., not really", has to be one of the most stupid things I've ever had the misfortune to read.

I must, however, congratulate you on your ability to mix completely sane logic and reason with utter crap and sell that dish as a package.

Comment: Whilst the generic /. anti-Microsofties will bleat (Score 1) 303

by fluffynuts (#46164527) Attached to: Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

(disclaimer, I'm a fan of "use what works" and prefer open-source; but my daily job and freelance stuff has often been on a Microsoft stack)

MVC. Oh yeah, and legacy aspx.

That should say enough. MVC is *dead easy* to dev against and, in the process, produce good code. I'm not running down other frameworks and languages (another disclaimer: I've used and loved at least 12 languages including PHP and Python; I've dealt with CGI; all tools with a reasonable following must have some merit or they wouldn't have a following). I'm just saying this: it's super-easy to get an html5-compliant, fast, well-separated, unit-testable (indeed, TDD-driven) website out of the MVC stack. You almost have to try not to. Cake is cool. Rails is nice. Again, cool your jets -- I'm not running down your tech. But MVC/VS201(2|3)/Entity/SQL Server (2012 express handles a 10 gig db and it's free!) make your average and even above-average sites dev a breeze.

So yeah, I'm not fond of IIS. But I totally understand why it's getting traction. The toolchain, the dev workflow -- those are some good incentives right there. I got a client to pay 50% monthly fees more for a win32 stack by promising (and delivering) a TDD'd site in shorter time. Everyone is winning here. I'm sure other servers beat IIS on performance, sexiness and general karma -- it doesn't matter in the face of total cost and ease of dev.

(Please note that, at no point in the above, did I say this was the only way. Don't waste your time trying to convince me [X] is better -- (a) I know I can do what I want in other environments and (b) I don't really care to be told, mainly because of (a). The OP was bringing up a point and the comments I've seen so far are typical anti-MS /.-isms based solely in the hate for Redmond (not that Microsoft is golden by any stretch of the imagination))

Comment: Re:FB2K FTW (Score 1) 400

by fluffynuts (#45483413) Attached to: Winamp Shutting Down On December 20

Man, the one time I actually have a real use for mod points and I don't have any. You've hit the button on the head there. I've had Foobar2k pushed at me for years and in all that time, it still sucks royally. It's a UX nightmare. Winamp is small, fast, just works. Audacious does a good job on Linux, but needs some work on win32 -- and I'm really hoping to get the motiviation & time to do it. Because balls man. Winamp. WTF.

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