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Comment Re:Can't see Circuit City anymore. CEO seeking a g (Score 1) 162

It was the CEO BEFORE the last one that burnt the company for the insurance, that is how this works. Its the same with AMD, the current CEO is trying to stop the bleeding, even going so far as to hire back the designer of the Athlon64 from Apple, but it was the one after the founder (Rory Read I think, but they went through 3 real quickly) that fired everybody and cashed out.

You see its like playing hot potato, you don't want to be the one left with the bag.

Comment Re:freelancers end up more expensive overall (Score 1) 162 REALLY don't know how this shit works, do you? Let old Hairy break it down for ya, mmkay?

1.-Corp A MBA (Master of Being an Asshole) gets hired, he fires everybody and replaces them with outsourcing. 2.- Because you have a broken stock market thanks to the billions pumped in by the feds thanks to 401Ks and 403Bs you have a market filled with gamblers so the second they see Corp A profits went up? Stock bounces, MBA gets credit for his "aggressive cost cutting measures". 3.- MBA cashes out, gets hired by new corp based on his "stellar cost cutting skills" at Corp A. 4.- Corp A goes belly up but by that time MBA has moved on and so gets none of the blame! Lather rinse repeat.

If you want a couple examples of this in action just look at Circuit City, where the MBA fired all the high paid employees (who were making that much because they were highly knowledgeable and good at making sales) and replaced them with any kid they could get off the street. Stock bounced, cash out, company went to shit because the kids didn't know shit and just wandered the store. Or AMD, who is just now beginning to struggle back from the horrible blow dealt to them by their MBA, which at a critical juncture fired all the chip designers and replaced them with automated layouts, which give you more than 10% wasted space and more power usage than hand design. Stock bounced, he cashed out, lather rinse repeat.

So I hate to break the news to ya, but logic and sanity? Really have no place in this arena, we're talking about an arena run by sociopaths that have NO problem burning a place to the ground and costing thousands of their fellow Americans everything they own if it'll give them a 10% stock bounce and a golden parachute. Remember the words of Thomas Jefferson "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."

Comment Re:Security theater (Score 1) 142

And given the information they had at the time, on how Stalin had purged millions and killed millions more with the Holodomor? He had every reason to not want us involved. Lets be frank, there were NO good choices between Hitler and Stalin, BOTH were about as evil and vicious as you could get, and even former president Hoover recommended we stay out and let them destroy each other and then we could attack the weakened "victor" and liberate Europe which considering the Iron Curtain and the amount of lives and money wasted during the cold war? Probably would have been a wise choice.

Comment Re:thinkpenguin, librem and eoma68 laptops (Score 1) 88

Sorry but you are incorrect, AMD doesn't have any nasty shit in the CPU. There was talk a couple years back of adding an ARM DRM chip for those business customers that wanted a TPM style system but nothing ever came of it.

You can now happily go buy an AMD CPU based system which they opened the docs on a couple years back (they even go so far as to pay devs on both the Coreboot and FOSS driver teams so to speed up support of their chips) and as far as their APUs are concerned the only part of the docs you cannot have are the parts concerning HDMI HDCP, which is property of Intel and thus cannot be shared. Of course if you do not use HDCP protected content you won't have to worry about it as the whitepapers show the AMD APUs simply use a small "shim" to protect the memory on a part of the GPU normally used for graphics, as unlike Intel they do not dedicate silicon for HDCP.

BTW if you want to make an "upgradeable" laptop your best bet would be AMD socket AM1, it uses less than 25w under load for the fastest chip, has a nice Radeon GPU capable of 1080P over HDMI for all 4 chips in the line, and is very affordable with the most expensive (2.07 Ghz quad APU) only costing $54, which means you could make a really nice affordable laptop with those chips rather easily.

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 1) 187

LULWut? You DO know that Macs have more vulnerabilities than Windows right? And that your parents would have to live in someplace like NYC or LA for the cost of a decent MB to be cheaper than a half dozen or more service calls, yes? Hell the most expensive shops that I know of only charge $40 an hour for service calls and unless they are incompetent most jobs can be handled in under an hour...your parents would have to be calling a couple times a week for 6 months just for you to break even! Finally I have yet to meet this "mythical person" that only uses a browser, if that was your parents? Get them a tablet or put them on Ubuntu, but more likely they have multiple Windows programs they use, hell that is what they got the PC to run in the first place!

So sorry Macs are NOT the answer to elderly parents, it will cost more, create more problems than it solves, the only one that will benefit from that move is Apple shareholders.

Comment Re:Looks Like My i7-920 @3.8 Ghz (Score 1) 112

Sounds like your cooling sucks, maybe you should try something like this. this is the one I use on my FX-8320E and while that normally isn't a hot chip but when I'm doing a ton of A/V work I'll use the Asus OCing tool that came with my board and even with the chip running full bore with 8 cores at 4Ghz it still keeps temps reasonable,IIRC the highest I ever got was 130F and without OC it stays a nice cool 80F according to the board sensors. To see how it performs with an Intel here is a review and as you can see it scored just 8 degrees higher than the huge Corsair H100.

I personally love it, its quiet, easy to install, and works well.

Comment Re:Nor is HDCP 2.2 (Score 1) 112

Except if you look at the numbers the artists ain't getting shit and in fact are making less of a percentage now than they did in the 50s.

This is why I have zero fucks to give about "the industry", because I know that Meatloaf had to file bankruptcy because Bat Out Of Hell I, which just FYI holds the fricking record for the longest run on the top 200 in history BTW, according to the record company didn't make a cent therefor they didn't owe him a penny. I know that Cheap Trick is currently suing their former record company because you know all those iTunes sales? Yeah the record company says that "since that didn't exist at the time you were with us in the 70s and 80s we don't owe you a cent from those sales" and I know that Keith Richards says all those iconic Stones albums from the 60s? Yeah they haven't seen a single dime from those since 75. Want something newer? How about Lyle Lovett sells millions, earns nothing.

So if you want to "steal" from the industry? Go right ahead, at least when it comes to music you are NOT hurting the artist as they ain't getting a thin dime from those songs.

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 1) 187

Don't worry, your old pal Hairy has got the fix for that bullshit...Bam! Kills the Win 10 spyware dead without making you constantly try to find the "gotcha!" in Windows Update. And for those that may have gotten infected with the backported to Windows 7/8 "telemetry" aka "all ur data" patches? Bam! There is a handy .Bat file in the middle of the page, just run it and it uninstalls the patches and kills any phone home shite, its even updated every month in case MSFT adds more nasties...oh and you're welcome ;-)

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 3, Informative) 187

A bit of advice for folks with aging parents who get "Win 10'd" the local repair shops in their area! We deal with aging customers all the time, many of us are more than happy to do house calls, and its a HELL of a lot easier for you to simply call the shop and say "Mom has got an issue, please fix it" than it is to spend who knows how many hours on the phone trying to walk somebody who doesn't know computers through a rollback. We can also set up an automated backup routine so if they click the wrong link or make a major mistake they won't lose everything, nothing will break your heart more than having to tell somebody those pics of a long dead relative they didn't have any copies of are gone forever because they didn't have backups.

So consider this a wakeup call, if your folks could have been "Win10'd" they could have gotten a LOT worse, call the local shops, compare rates, and have one set up a backup routine for them. Its a hell of a lot cheaper to just get a USB drive and have the local shop guy help them out than to find out they ended up getting ransomware or some other nasty.

Comment Re:So, basically ... (Score 3, Insightful) 187

Are you surprised? I can't believe I'm saying this but could we start a "Bring Back the Ballmernator" campaign? at least Ballmer only tried to rip off the Apple company (poorly) but Nadella with his spying, refusing to say what he is actually installing on YOUR PC (only other companies I've seen do that are ones making malware) and outright trying to force Windows "All ur data belong to us" 10 on users PCs like a fucking driveby malware attack? Well sheeit, he makes Ballmer look like a big sweaty care bear!

I'm happy to say all of my customers are following my advice and treating Windows 10 like plague blankets and talking to others like IT guys working medical? All the spying crap has made sure Win 10 isn't welcome in their businesses either. So congrats Nadella, you may actually beat Ballmer when it comes to making the most hated OS, you have already made it so...gag...I have to actually recommend Windows fricking 8 as at least you can rip out the appstore spying crap and replace the GUI with Classic Shell and have a useful OS under your control, something that cannot be done with Windows 10 as of yet.

Comment Re:What's next? (Score 1) 311

Not gonna happen, in fact they are gonna keep shooting themselves in the face. They are gonna go with the big double barrel for the next one by remove XUL and thus remove the extensions from Firefox leaving a half hearted crippled system no better than in Chrome. Remember extensions AKA the only fucking reason anybody uses Firefox anymore? Yeah they are gonna kill them and run off the devs, smart huh?

For those of us that have said loud and clear the current direction is a DO NOT WANT there is a very good clear alternative, and that is Pale Moon. You don't want Australis? No worries as they are forked away and will never bring that shit in. Want extensions? No worries as they have announced they WILL be keeping them and have reached out to devs to support PM and for the extensions that don't they are compiling their own versions. Want 64 bit? A Linux version? Need a browser that supports XP? No worries, no worries, no worries..

If you are tired of watching Mozilla destroy itself like a slow motion trainwreck? Come on over to Pale Moon. I've been using it for a couple years and its rock solid, well maintained, its like what Firefox USED to be before they started becoming a shitty ersatz Chrome.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 5, Interesting) 420

No he didn't, the problem was after Empire he began to lose people who would tell him no which is the kiss of death to a guy like Lucas.

If you watch the behind the scenes on SW and ESB there were people there that would actually tell Lucas no, tell him what they REALLY thought, be totally honest with the guy...Watch the video on the making of TPM, there are literally dozens of times where you can see Lucas talking and the eyes and expressions of those he is talking to are fucking CRINGING because they know this is a dumb they say a word? Nope they bite their tongues and say "sure thing George, great" because they are afraid of losing a check.

So if you want to know what killed the prequels it was Lucas not having anybody around him with the guts to say "this just isn't working George" and to let him know whats what.

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