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Comment: Re:So why dont cases breathe out the top? (Score 1) 145

by tompaulco (#47792995) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating
I have a cooler master haf-x. It breathes out the top. Works great, and I can put it right up against a wall, because the intlet fan is on the other side, unless I am an idiot and put the fan side against the wall. Even then there are two other fans, one in front and one in back to try to limit the damage if I am an idiot.
I can't speak enough praise about this case. From the access points, to cable grommets, to incredible airflow, to built in sdata and usb frontside.
I priced an alienware to a homebuilt with this case, and went homebuilt. I'll never look back. Alienware was probably 50-75% more and with them you don't get to pick the top of the line brand new components, if that is your choosing.
This is not a slashvertisement, as I don't have any ad links for you to click, just my opinion and I hope you are able to use it to some benefit.

Comment: Re:"Against a wall" (Score 1) 145

by tompaulco (#47792953) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

So I call BS on the "regular PCs heat up because of walls and thus we introduced this case design".

Regular PCs don't heat up because regular PCs don't produce a great deal of heat. Enthusiast PCs do, but Enthusiast PC owners know better, and if they don't then they are the perfect target market for a replacement PC.

Comment: Re:simcity 4 is best simcity (Score 1) 103

Ok, have to give SOME credit to SC5 for this. You don't have to micromanage getting utilities to everyone. The distribution system appears random and thus can be sucky if your building is out of water or power and is off on a long branch with a bunch of buildings in between. It will take forever to get the utility watering or powering them again.
Upgradable buildings is another plus, though I have hosed myself several times by not leaving space to upgrade around the building itself. Come on people, build UP!
Most of the rest of SC5 is suck, suck and more suck.

Wish I could get myself to stop playing it.

Comment: Re:simcity 4 is best simcity (Score 1) 103

SC4 was the best graphically and simulation wise to date. The awful part of SC$ was the stupid side missions which must be accomplished to unlock this or that thing, most of which involved trying to control a vehicle on a diagonal roadway with a keyboard. Total setup for the BS which is Simcity5 Online Version.

Comment: Re:Proof SimCity 5 was crap (Score 1) 103

I've heard tell of some people who managed to get 600k or so in SC5, but yes, it is crap. Highly visual and oooh shiny crap, but crap.
For those unaware, they finally came out with the offline version back in March, but I was so disgusted with the initial online only launch that I didn't even know this until a few weeks ago. I bought it, and am highly, highly disappointed. A HUGE step backward from Simcity4 in almost every area.
The city sizes are tiny. Basically, you can get a perhaps 10 by 10 city blocks in the city. This is probably about 5% of the size in a large city in SC4. It is unrealistic that a city of 10 by 10 blocks would sprout populations of huge skyscrapers and boast populations of over 200k. Unless it were a city within a sprawling metropolis, but that is not what SC5 is. You have huge empty regions with absolutely nothing between anywhere from 3 to 8 or so cities that are limited in size and have incredibly dense population.
Maxis says that the reason for this is that they thought peoples computers wouldn't be able to handle larger sized cities. Well, tough titty if they have to upgrade their computer once a decade. My three year old computer handles SC5 without a hiccup even with cities over 200k in size. Perhaps if people are having framerate issues, they should (gasp!) back off the sliders? Frankly, I think the Maxis response is a lie to cover the fact that online probably can't handle the large city sizes, and they are too proud to admit that online is a complete and utter fail and waste for a game like Simcity.

Comment: Never happen (Score 1) 131

by tompaulco (#47785465) Attached to: Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone
Power naps, caffeine naps, 8 hour versus 10+ hour days, etc have been studied for years and it has been scientifically proven that they improve productivity. But here is the problem: Employers are not interested in increasing productivity. They are interested in the appearance of productivity. And that means, people awake and working, with butts in chairs.

Comment: Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (Score 1) 131

by tompaulco (#47785435) Attached to: Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

My upper management wants to see project deadlines hit. They don't care what or how we get it done.

Same here, they don't care if you do it during the day or at night as long as it gets done... Oh, and as long as you are here from 8:30 to 5:30 because it looks bad to the other departments if you are not here. You can go ahead and work nights at your discretion, but your butt does need to be in the chair from 8:30 until 5:30.
A few months ago, I got a call at 6:00 in the morning about an issue. I worked on it until 9, took a shower and went to work. On the way to work, and issue came up, and I asked if someone else could look at it because I was on the way to work. It got escalated to the CEO who demanded to know why I was not at work at that hour. I explained that I was called early in the morning and was working on an issue at home. he replied that occasional early morning calls are a fact of life and not an excuse for not getting to work on time.
So in order to perform my job to the expectations of management, I have to be able to foretell the future, so that I know whether I have to get up at 5:30 and go to the office and wait for the support call that I already foretold, or whether I can get up at 7:30 and go to the office because there will be no support call that day or I might get one, but I can complete it before I need to head to the office.

Comment: Re: A fool and their money (Witching Sticks) (Score 1) 260

it is possible to scientifically test dowsing, it would just be expensive and scientists have already decided that dowsing is BS and don't want to do the research to prove it.
All you have to do is have a dowser go out and do his/her thing. Where they indicate there is water, dig. Also, dig 10 or 20 other random holes and figure out if there is water within about the same depth. Repeat about 100 times at different geologically separated and diversified areas. Shouldn't cost more than 10 or 20 million to put this to bed one way or another.

Comment: Re: A fool and their money (Witching Sticks) (Score 4, Funny) 260

Gas lines, water lines, sewer lines, coaxial lines, electric lines can all be found with a minimum of effort without witching sticks. All you have to do is go to a random spot, any old spot, it doesn't even have to be within 1000 miles of a human settlement, and dig. If you do not hit one of the above, you will at the very least cut the only fiber connection to an entire continent.

Comment: Re:Seems good to me. (Score 3, Insightful) 146

by tompaulco (#47778337) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession

If you're only open the hours I'm at work, I'm not going to shop at your store.

This is my problem, too. The problem is that companies not only expect you to to work late into the evening "when necessary", meaning on days that end in "y", but they also expect that the fact that you worked a 20 hour shift on Monday does not mean you can come in late on Tuesday, and you certainly cannot expect to be allowed to take a half hour to go run some errands during the day, unless you are willing to give up your lunch hour to run those errands instead of maintaining your health so that you can be a more productive employee.

Comment: Re:9 to 5 is a myth (Score 1) 146

by tompaulco (#47778259) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession
In the vast majority of places I have worked, they have claimed that I am an exempt employee and thus cannot be paid overtime, although that is not true by the letter of the law in most cases. Also, in most of those places, they do allow you an hour for lunch and you are not actually "on the clock", however, they also expect you to work 8:30 to 5:30, not 9 to 5. So you still work at least a full 8 hours.
Recently I was told by my boss that I need to bring my laptop to lunch in case there is a problem at work. That means, as far as I can tell, that I am not actually on a lunch break at all. Also, it means that I am limited to eating places that have free public wifi, because they won't pay for tethering and I'm sure not going to pay for it just for their use, and also that wherever I go has electric outlets within reach of the table because the battery on my 4 year old laptop only lasts about 10-15 minutes.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.