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Comment Re: Sorry, but Apple still deserves most of the cr (Score 1) 349

It's kind of too bad that doesn't exist anymore. If you want to have it so the user double clicks on a file in Windows Explorer and have the file open in an already existing instance of your application, this can be somewhat tricky. Windows file associations work by launching your program with the file name as a command line argument, so it will just keep launching instances of your application. So to get around this, when your application starts, it must somehow figure if there is already an existing instance, and if one exists, pass the command line arguments to the first instance to open the file, then the duplicate instance can exit. This is actually non-trivial, and one of the common solutions is to use DDE, which is basically unchanged since Windows 3.1.

Comment Re:15? (Score 1) 349

The Windows 10 start menu is terrible. It's basically the Windows 8 start screen shrunk down so it doesn't take up the full screen. However, you still got the big tiles and a long list of programs you can't organize that you have to scroll through. It's a bit easier to use once you maximize it, which puts you right back where we were with Windows 8...

I actually like Vista's UI as I never have really cared for most the stuff they added in Windows 7, and missed some of the stuff they removed.

Comment Re:15? (Score 1) 349

I got the impression that XP was intended to be the merge point and 98SE was supposed to be the end of the line. But it ended up being late, so they backported a bunch of the features that were going to be into XP like system restore into the old DOS line and called it ME. That's one of the reasons why ME was kinda problematic.

The other reason was probably hardware. The DOS-based OS's were a lot lighter on the requirements, and the inexpensive computers sold in the late 90's just weren't going to be up to running NT well. Even a lot of the computers sold with XP when it came out really weren't powerful enough to give a good experience.

Comment Re:This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 1) 149

Around here we have a similar thing that turns off A/C compressors. It's pretty popular because the discount for your bill is significant if you opt to let the power company remotely shut off your air conditioning. I haven't heard of that for water heaters, but around here almost everyone has a gas water heater.

Comment Re:This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 1) 149

Well, if I'm going to be getting home in the heat of the day, it might be nice to turn on the A/C during the night before so it runs when it's cool out, instead of it trying to cool off a hot house in the heat of the day. Granted, I really don't actually need a networked thermostat for this if I know when I'm going to be back, but I've never seen a regular programmable thermostat that can be programmed to turn the A/C on at 1AM a week from next Tuesday, or something like that.

My current solution though is to just let the house be hot and turn the A/C on before I go to bed. Generally I don't mind it being warm unless I'm trying to sleep.

Comment Re:Notch's house (Score 1) 829

I don't get it either. A big house is just going to be a money sink, so I wouldn't buy one unless I really had the need for a big house. If I had a bunch of money and was interested in spending it on where I was going to live, I'd probably buy a large chunk of land and drop a modest house in the middle of it. That would also have the advantage of not having nearby neighbors too.

Comment Re:It's a hacked Deja Vu (Score 1) 211

Unfortunately, one doesn't have a choice when it comes to laptops. Though the high DPI 4K screens that have FINALLY arrived on the market finally convinced me to give up the 1600x1200 20" monitors and go with a widescreen. Still not crazy about the 16:9 but the 2160 vertical pixels is pretty awesome.

Comment Re:A simple test is in order (Score 1) 456

Actually, almost all digital cameras are sensitive to IR and if you take a picture of a powered IR LED it will show up as lit. How much depends on how sensitive the camera is - most consumer-type stuff tries to filter it out, but the filters generally don't filter out all of it. But there are some cameras that allow you to completely remove the filter, the most famous probably being the Sony Nightshot which did exactly that to be able to "see" at night. Film generally isn't that IR sensitive, but there are special IR films you can buy.

Comment Re: When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 1) 456

I have. They may like the movie, but they're fidgeting around or looking about. They may like the video game, but after about 15-20 minutes they want to do something else. But they like the game, they'll come back to it, but can't play it more than a few minutes. They are also some of the worst channel surfers I've known. Kind of like

Them: *changes channel and it's not an ad break*
Me: Hey why'd you change the channel?
Them: I wanted to see what else is on.
Me: But that was Star Trek! I thought you liked Star Trek?
Them: I do!
Me: Then why'd you change the channel?
Them: I wanted to see what else is on.
Me: ...

Comment Re:When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 1) 456

While I think her condition is bullshit, please go inform yourself about the differences between:

Electric fields
Magnetic fields
Electromagnetic radiation

You may also want to study the different types of electromagnetic radiation, as some are pretty harmless and others are not.

Comment Re:US (Score 1) 417

Have you seen some of the newer trucks? They're basically luxury cars now with a bed sticking out the back. Leather, navigation, heated seats, electronic everything - you can pretty much get it all in a truck nowadays. The truck as a pure utility vehicle with vinyl seats, manual transmission, crank windows, and a rubber floor died out sometime in the 90's.

Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.

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