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Comment: Yes! Please change the default (Score 1) 564

by yakumo.unr (#49172379) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

YES, yes please.
Aside from the security issue it's such a waste of time and so confusing for people.

It is utter ridiculous that we still have to take ages to try to explain to people that they can't see the file we're talking about because they don't have any concept of what is because they've never seen the extension, even if they have any idea of what extensions are.

Then they'll try make their new file, only it won't work because notepad will save it out to 'config.cfg.txt' except of course they don't see the .txt, so you have to talk them through turning off 'show hidden file extensions', more time wasted.

I'm still shocked they left this unfriendly waste of time in windows 7, let alone 8 and 8.1.

Until windows uses a system similar to OSX for determining file type and exec status which is probably never going to happen, it is just a real hassle for a huge number of people to try and just hide it away and make out it's the same thing.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 466

by yakumo.unr (#49143679) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

Some of the IDE->USB kits on ebay come with a molex plugged UK 3 pin PSU, I'm sure if you're in the US you could get a 2 pin US one instead too.
Some even come with a molex -> SATA power plug adapter too if they're IDE/SATA -> USB adapters, not that the article author would need that one in this particular case :)

Comment: Re:Bugs in Win 7 UI (Score 1) 516

by yakumo.unr (#49136027) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

I've had files flat out left undeleted. There are bugs in the recursive delete routine that have been there in vista/7/8/8.1
It mostly happens with multiple subdirectories with a lot of files in them, and the files were definitely not locked for any reason.

If I remember right the last time I saw it happen was deleting the Qt 4.8 source folder shortly after a reboot of win8.1

Comment: Obviously.. (Score -1, Flamebait) 155

by yakumo.unr (#48537815) Attached to: Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

Because of course, no one would protest against the proven prospect of

poisoned ground water
FLAMMABLE tap water
Sinkholes

until some other company with vested interests got involved.

Hell even if it's true, I really don't mind where the money comes from the net result would be better for everyone but the greedy. Everyone should be investing in renewables anyway, especially solar, as it rapidly heads towards parity

Comment: Why creative??! why won't you advance A3D. (Score 1) 89

by yakumo.unr (#47797257) Attached to: RAYA: Real-time Audio Engine Simulation In Quake

I was never fortunate enough to actually own my own Aureal card.

But I really really can't understand why having bankrupted them, and taken all of their technology, creative didn't do the sensible thing and USE IT.

Even now A3D is still vastly superior to the latest EAX FIFTEEN YEARS LATER.

Businesses

Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch 317

Posted by samzenpus
from the hoisting-with-his-own-petard dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Exxon Mobile's CEO Rex Tillerson's day job is to do all he can to protect and nurture the process of hydraulic fracturing—aka 'fracking'—so that his company can continue to rake in billions via the production and sale of natural gas. 'This type of dysfunctional regulation is holding back the American economic recovery, growth, and global competitiveness,' said Tillerson in 2012 of attempts to increase oversight of drilling operations. But now Rick Unger reports at Forbes that Tillerson has joined a lawsuit seeking to shut down a fracking project near his Texas ranch. Why? Because the 160 foot water tower being built next to Tillerson's house that will supply the water to the near-by fracking site, means the arrival of loud trucks, an ugly tower next door, and the general unpleasantness that will interfere with the quality of his life and the real estate value of his sizeable ranch. The water tower is being built by Cross Timbers Water Supply Corp., a nonprofit utility that has supplied water to the region for half a century. Cross Timbers says that it is required by state law to build enough capacity to serve growing demand. In 2011, Bartonville denied Cross Timbers a permit to build the water tower, saying the location was reserved for residences. The water company sued, arguing that it is exempt from municipal zoning because of its status as a public utility. In May 2012, a state district court judge agreed with Cross Timbers and compelled the town to issue a permit. The utility resumed construction as the town appealed the decision. Later that year, the Tillersons and their co-plaintiffs sued Cross Timbers, saying that the company had promised them it wouldn't build a tower near their properties. An Exxon spokesman said Tillerson declined to comment. The company 'has no involvement in the legal matter' and its directors weren't told of Mr. Tillerson's participation, the spokesman said."

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