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Comment: Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (Score 1) 497

by thegarbz (#47924977) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

you do not need a Microsoft account for Windows 8.1

This is a very ironic statement given that people with Windows 8 (now out of support and thus no more security updates via Windows Update) could not upgrade to Windows 8.1 without a Microsoft account to access the store. You may not need one to run it, but for many poor folk out there they couldn't even get it without one.

Comment: Re:A non-UNIX OS in a UNIX world? (Score 1) 497

by thegarbz (#47924923) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

I find it funny that MS is now the only major OS vendor that isn't running on a UNIX base.

You find it funny that a company which has invested decades of work into an OS and kernel doesn't just up and dump what they have in favour of having to derive and modify other people's work in ways that may or may not be compatible with the systems they have? You find it funny that a company that in the PC realm has far more market share than any Unix based system wouldn't just stop work and switch to Unix?

Seems like an uphill struggle as the world passes them by.

What part of their world is an uphill struggle which would be fixed by switching to Unix? Windows is a very solid system. Windows 8 even has some fantastic features under the hood. Most people hate the interface and the user interaction, neither of which would be solved by some magical Unix. What part of vitalising the garbage and migrating the garbage to some other system would make their work any less of an uphill struggle?

They should do an Apple and virtualise the old Windows code in a classic environment and switch to a UNIX base. Or just stop trying to make operating systems altogether and focus on software.

You sound like CEO material. I suggest you put this on your resume. "Blindly copying the worlds largest company because .... errr ... just because" is a critical skill and likely to score you one hell of a golden parachute.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 306

by thegarbz (#47922405) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

So its troubling that people are upset about a U2 album, but it's ok that they are upset about a free 90day trial of McAfee when they buy a computer? What about the free copy of Flipbook that I can't uninstall from my phone?

Crapware is crapware. It's something people didn't ask for, it's something that is hard to get rid of. This U2 album is right up there with the rest of the shit that makes me want to format a freshly purchased computer, or install Cyanogenmod on a new phone as soon as I get the bubble-wrap off.

The bitter Irony is that Apple used to pride themselves on not distributing crapware on their phones.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 306

by thegarbz (#47922375) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

There's a difference. Every time Bono drops a nickle it somehow ends up in the news, and he looks conveniently polished at the time. On the flipside Larry Ellison (yes that One Rich Arsehole) donated $100million to eradicate polio. How many people know that? In fact if you do a search for rich people donating things you will find a laundry list of rich people donating money, many of whom you've never even heard of, let alone end up patting themselves on the back in front of TV cameras every time they do it.

Comment: Re:Got Burned by Titanfall (Score 2) 286

by thegarbz (#47915805) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Not all FPSs are going this path, but there is this "Call of duty audience" that consists in all those guys playing call of duty online that is like some sort of goose that lays golden eggs that they're chasing, and they do those games assuming that you're one of em.

Anyway, stop playing heavily marketed FPSs if you want a good single player experience.

Good example. Well mixed example really. Yes CoD is a multiplayer game, but I actually really enjoyed the single player. I actually still really enjoy trying to master the individual missions, and it had an ok story.

It's no Half-life, and yes everyone plays it online, but it actually had IMO a solid single player component and provided just the right senseless hack and slash that I needed after a day of work.

Comment: Re:Edison missing a lot (Score 1) 75

by thegarbz (#47914657) Attached to: SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)

This is one thing I disagree with. For a small embedded chip targeting arduino et al. settling for a specific form of video output is something I do NOT want. I greatly prefer having a chip that can interface with a video driver of some description. For 99% of the uses for this tiny thing there will not be a display with a standard video input. It will be run via a parallel interface, or SPI, or I2C, or god forbid UART, all of which the chip supports.

Even popular displays for the Beaglebone, and RPi don't use the display capabilities but rather hook to the I/O connectors and communicate with one of the more typical methods.

If you want a display, add one using an interface of your choice.

Comment: Re:Engineers and Legislators (Score 1) 324

by thegarbz (#47905115) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

This, a thousand times this.

It's a SOCIAL problem. It's amazing how many people simply don't get this. You can't engineer away social problems by applying limits. You can only engineer away social problems by changing social behaviors.

Samsung has trialed this approach with great success with S Drive. Rather than try and prevent people from using their phone, encourage people with incentives for using it safely (voice activation only, limits to phone functionality, text to speech interface), and demerit them for unsafe actions (touching the phone while in use). The idea is quite amazing and something like this could be a game changer.

Once you modify behaviors enough that they become instinctive then you can start rolling back the incentives and you have solved the social problem.

Comment: Re:Steam to extract oil that shouldn't be... (Score 1) 81

by thegarbz (#47905065) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

This oil should probably be left in the ground.

Probably but to what end?

The only reason the oil is being extracted is due to a demand for it. If you cut off the demand then it no longer becomes profitable to extract it. It's not just 3x as costly for CO2 but it's 3x as costly extract and refine too.

It's not green washing, the alternative is not to simply ignore it but rather the alternative is to use non-renewables to perform this process. One way or the other it's coming out of the ground so why not do it with the best footprint possible?

Comment: Re:Renewable (Score 1) 81

by thegarbz (#47905053) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

Because one is transportable and the other isn't. Renewables are fantastic in situations where they can be used, and a pointless waste of money everywhere else.

The answer to your question isn't non-renewable+renewable vs only renewable, the answer is either of new-renewable + renewable vs only non-renewable.

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