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Comment: Hilarious CNN interview with ST "journalist" (Score 1) 125 125

Check out this boingboing article about a CNN video interview with the author of the ST story. Watch the linked video; it's stunning. The guy essentially admits the whole thing is a fabrication with zero evidence, and all they do is "report the position of the British Government".

http://boingboing.net/2015/06/16/cnn-interview-with-author-of-d.html

Comment: Re:Can't they just get it right? (Score 2) 88 88

My anecdotal experience:

I've experienced audio issues relating to graphics cards with poor EMI shielding on the soundcard causing it to pick up noise from some gfx card circuit or component. This usually manifests itself as a high-pitched whine audible in headphones or speakers that varies with gfx card load/framerate - this is not the same as coil whine that is audible inside the actual PC case.

If your soundcard is properly designed and manufactured, this shouldn't be an issue.

Also, PCI-E timing issues like on older Creative (yeah, I know) PCI-E cards that used a PCI to PCI-E bridge chip caused things like crackles, horrible latency issues and all sorts of fun symptoms all the way up to BSODs. This can obviously be alleviated by using a decent soundcard with good drivers from a reputable company.

I also doubt these issues are confined to just nVidia or just AMD. The quality of your motherboard and even your PSU can play a part in this too and it's either a lot of research or expensive trial-and-error.

Comment: Re:Just like knifes, Morphine, Bitcoin... (Score 1) 98 98

It's not a stronger painkiller. It's exactly the same. Emphasis mine:

The choice of heroin and morphine over other opioids by former drug addicts may also be because heroin (also known as morphine diacetate, diamorphine, or diacetyl morphine) is an ester of morphine and a morphine prodrug, essentially meaning they are identical drugs in vivo. Heroin is converted to morphine before binding to the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, where morphine causes the subjective effects, which is what the addicted individuals are seeking.[23]

Source

Comment: Re:DirectX is obsolete (Score 1) 135 135

I've played a bunch of the mobile FPS games and none of them are worth a damn, and the mobile gaming "market" might be huge in terms of population but it's also fragmented to hell, absolutely filled with garbage, and only a tiny number of games make any kind of decent return while the rest instantly become indistinguishable from background noise in the appstore cosmos.

Don't even get me started on the "freemium" thing.

Comment: Re:DirectX is obsolete (Score 1) 135 135

The problem I have with modern windows is not what is under the hood-- it's what they are doing with the userspace. The UI is horrible! It's like Microsoft is taking every "popular" thing, and gluing it to the UI like a tawdry bauble. "let's stick twitter integration icons EVERYWHERE! Facebook too! You know what, let's display thumbnails of our news service's top story every time you click the start button!" and all that shit.

Yep, it's just like the crapware that HP/Dell/etc. used to (and to some extent still do) preinstall on their consumer-grade PCs and laptops, only this time it's actually baked into the damn OS.

Comment: Re:Not really missing vinyl (Score 1) 433 433

I'm in my mid 30s and haven't exactly taken care of my hearing, but I can still hear the irritating high frequency whine from nearby CRTs.

Fortunately, CRTs are few and far between these days. I do have an old Commodore monitor attached to one of my C64s and I can hear that thing whine from several rooms away :P

Comment: Re:I put it down to this (Score 1) 145 145

Simple: a lot of Brits have an authoritarian streak that applies to everyone but themselves. They want the State getting into everyone else's business, but not their own. It's a weird combination of self-righteousness and paranoia.

If you think this might influence how they vote in elections, you'd be dead right.

Comment: Re:Fuck Tiles! (Score 1) 346 346

^This.

Exactly this is what's wrong with Windows 8.1. I really don't care about Modern UI, I can live with it or there are alternatives, but the weird selection of changed/removed features is what really bugs me about Windows 8.1.

Also, it seems you don't have to registry hack to switch between Public and Private networks, but the interface to do so is hardly intuitive.

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