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Comment Re:Same in Mexico. (Score -1, Flamebait) 226

I'll get hate for saying this but if ALL of your bombings and attacks are ONLY coming from ONE group, a group that rhymes with "Buslim"? Then it is NOT profiling to throw an extra glance at those that are part of that group!

THIS is why I fricking hate political correctness, because it DEMANDS that sanity be thrown out the window! Like how they had a shitfit at cops in Arizona targeting Latinos looking for illegals...uhh...when you are against the border with MEXICO I don't think illegal Swedes are gonna be a fucking problem!

Oh and before anybody brings up OKC? You have ONE time, ONE attack, versus how many attacks just this month by those who follow the certain religion again? Like it or not the vast majority of the OTHER religions grew the fuck up, whereas Islam is still living in the dark ages. Do you see the OTHER religions chopping off hands and stoning rape victims? NO, just the backwards ass Muslims. So it is NOT profiling to look extra hard if you are part of a group that causes the majority of terror attacks every. single. year. that is just common damned sense!

Comment Re:Bury (Score 1) 550

You are correct, they didn't even have the 8Kb carts so he had to squeeze it onto a 4KB cart, the same size used for games like Combat and Missile Command. And again you are talking about a system that was NEVER built to run ANYTHING as complex as Pac-Man, it was made for 2 squares and a sprite ball, and in 90 days flat, using a cart less than half the size the original game ran on, with zero access to the code you manage to cook up a game that not only keeps the core gameplay but becomes the biggest hit of the system, with 7 million sold?

I don't care what anybody else says, he should be up there with the greats, what the guy did with such little time and weak hardware is fricking AMAZING!

Comment Re:How can that be? (Score 1) 550

Because it adds complexity and bullshit for ZERO gains for the user? I mean take something which was sooo damned simple, safe mode. Win2K-Win 7? Push F8 at start. One button, simple. Win 8? Push Alt+F8, go through 2 submenus and then and ONLY then can you get safe mode...WTF?

And despite Ballmers "focus groups" which I have NO doubt was filled with the families of Yes men under orders to match the results they wanted, most folks have a LOT of programs installed, they just don't use them as often. Have you EVER seen what Metro looks like with a lot of programs installed? It looks like a menu at Denny's that's what, page after page of fucking pointless little icon that just gets in the damned way. Compare this to all programs, a nice neat little line that doesn't even take up a quarter of the screen and which is all laid out alphabetical, couldn't be neater and cleaner. You ever try walking somebody over the phone through finding a specific damned program on metro? Good luck buddy. And relying on search is just a crutch that quickly gets old, especially if they have programs with a similar first couple of letters, it just makes more of a jumble.

And that isn't even getting into the fact the OS? Its BROKEN. I'm sorry but it is. You know how many times I've been paid to "refresh my PC" on Windows 8? So damned many times I could do that shit in my sleep. Know how many times I've had to reinstall Win 7 on a system where the user hadn't done something stupid and gotten infected? NONE, zip zero nada squat. Hell my own system has had Win 7 since RTM, its gone through 1 MB, 2 RAM upgrades, 4 HDDs, and 2 GPUs...nothing. I thought for sure swapping out the board would need a reinstall but nope, just 10 seconds to reactivate Win 7 and that was that, purred like a kitten.

That is why I'm convinced that "refresh my PC" was NOT put in there to help users, but to be a band aid to cover a serious bug they couldn't pin down. Now if its related to certain chipsets or CPU I don't know, I have noticed that it happens more with sub $500 units than with those expensive units but that may just be I haven't seen too many idiots paying $1K+ for Windows 8 systems, but in any case i personally think its all the Metro and DRM bullshit they bolted on top, because if you kill Metro with start8 or ClassicShell? The incident rate goes waaaay down. Doesn't cure it completely, only replacing with Win 7 does that (so don't say its the hardware, the same systems that I switched for Win 7 and purring just fine) but it DOES seem to help the "refresh my PC" incidents by a decent amount.

So the keyboard commanders and apologists can waste mod points all they want, I've been using alternate shells since BBox for Win, used even the funkier Linux shells, so it ain't got a damned thing with it just "being different" it has to do with the fact that it adds complexity, makes things harder for the user, and for what? So they can cater to touch, which less than 3% of the PCs ON THE PLANET even has? That's like making Windows only function well on polka dot PCs, do YOU have a polka dot PC? Rest my case. Watch this video because he cites experts, provides citations, but in the end he says the same thing I do, its BROKEN.

Comment Re:Not really... (Score 2) 216

More likely the company is trying to make itself more "family friendly" because they have seen that Ballmer is completely batshit insane and with the Yahoo Search deal going out soon are hoping to get daddy Ballmer to open that big fat wallet to either buy Tumblr or the whole thing.

Personally if the sweaty one gets his mitts on yahoo some programmer here needs to set up a free email with the yahoo look and a similar chat as they'll slaughter, all that Skype bullshit has caused a LOT of folks to go running to Yahoo (seen that sudden bounce Yahoo had a few months back? Well there ya go) and if the ballmernator replaces Yahoo with "Windows Live Bing 3.0 powered by Skype" you are gonna have a HUGE audience that will be happy to come to you, just charge for a couple of extras and enjoy the money truck that backs up to your place every month.

Oh and if you do this and make a mint? For a small fee you can have "help powered by Da Feet" which while not always helpful at the very least it'll be entertaining.

Comment Re:Bury (Score 1) 550

Dude the guy given the job of writing the first Pac-Man was given NINETY DAYS, just ninety days from being handed the job to handing the finished code to be slapped onto carts. Given THAT tiny amount of time, such limited hardware, and a "dev team" that was one guy? I'd say it was a fucking miracle that he pulled off.

It would be like handing you and two other guys a game like Far Cry 3 and telling you you've got from now until Oct 15th to have it completely ready to go for the X360, oh and you do NOT have access to the original code, you have to make it from scratch. I'd love to see anybody today pull that shit off, in fact look at a game under similar constraints...ET, the most hated 2600 game ever. The dev was given just 6 weeks to get the game done and even with a blank slate to work with he ended up with an unplayable mess, compare this to Pac-Man where not only is it playable but again most of the core gameplay was 100% intact. again its a fricking miracle and the guy deserves props for pulling that off with such a weak system with so little time to work with.

Comment Re:The thing is (Score 1) 550

Thank you, with all the pundits screaming "Teh PC is gonna be replaced by tablets ZOMFG!" its nice to see somebody else seeing what should be fucking obvious.

I'm sure the local rent-a-center loves me as i send anybody that comes in wanting a pad to them first, saying "Go rent an iPad for 2 weeks and if you find it REALLY is the device for you? Then we'll see about getting you a good tablet at a decent price' and they always come back a week or two buy or upgrade their desktop/laptop. Its the same thing you said, too big to replace the smartphone, too weak and small to replace the desktop/laptop, a couple of days after the "new toy" wears off they find they don't have a use for the thing and send it back. You'd think me sending customers away would cost me customers but it actually gains me customers as they say "hey that guy just saved me hundreds of dollars when he could have sold me a thing I didn't really need" so they have good feelings towards me and my shop which translates to sales and good word of mouth which is the lifeblood of a small shop.

I'm also seeing exactly what you described with the iPad along with something else, buyer's remorse and excuses trying to justify the thing. Just a couple of weeks ago i thought a girl was gonna slap me right in the middle of the grocery store as i saw her struggling with an iPad she was using for a grocery list while trying to steer a cart and said out loud "Trying to find a justification for buying the thing huh?" and had half the aisle laughing their behinds off. The look in her face told me all I needed to know as it was EXACTLY that, she spent all this money on this thing she now had no damned clue what to do with and is now trying to find a use for it. I go to my local Craigslist and the thing is FULL of fricking iPads but since they are trying to get as much of their money back as possible (and bought the "Apple retains its value" bullshit) they never fucking sell so you just see the number of iPad ads pile up daily, with many trying to trade for laptops or anything they could actually use.

So unless MSFT wants to get into the bargain basement tablet biz and compete with all those Cheapo Chinese Android pads they can give it up, those that bought them to show off already have iPads and MSFT will NEVER be a hipster product, the bottom is owned by cheap ass Android pads, and more and more folks are waking up to the fact that between their smartphone and their laptop/desktop they have pretty much every use case covered, the tablets is really a device in search of a use that only a few niches, inventory, medical, the few jobs where you spent your day with a clipboard on your arm, really require.

Comment Re:How can that be? (Score 0) 550

I know talking to my fellow shop owners that anything that looks like Win 8 is being treated like the plague because of how much consumer backlash there has been. Sigh, we beta testers TRIED to warn them, tried to tell them turning everything into an iPad ripoff wouldn't fly, that nobody was gonna jump through all these hoops, did they listen? Nope Ballmer just gave us the finger and did it anyway and what did it get them? Sales nosediving, Surface pads piling up in the warehouse, Windows becoming the butt of jokes, it just goes to show Forbes was right, Ballmer has earned that Worst CEO title only instead of trying to fix things he seems to be wearing the mantle with pride and fishing for "Worst CEO EVAR!" to go along with it.

BTW whomever designed the spellcheck in Chromium? Congrats, the fact that every time I write Ballmer it wants to replace it with embalmer is quite apt and always gives me a little smile, thanks.

Comment Re:Bury (Score 5, Insightful) 550

Actually Pac-Man was a miracle of programming and should be seen as such. Look up the history of the 2600, it was designed in 1975-1976 and its main function was built around 2 squares and a sprite, aka Pong and games based on Pong. Pac-Man was released in 1980, more than 4 years in a time when progress was making incredible leaps and bounds every year and on top of that its running on custom hardware, again FOUR YEARS ahead of the 2600.

The fact that they were not only able to get a rough approximation of that game to run on that hardware, but to keep most of the core gameplay intact? It was a fucking miracle and the guy who wrote it frankly ought to be in a programmer hall of fame. Everybody talks about the ghost flickers but do you know WHY the ghosts flickered? because the hardware wasn't even capable of drawing more than one ghost and the character on screen at the same time so the guy drew straight to the screen during refreshes to get more than one ghost on the screen!

Imagine getting a bottom of the line Intel Atom netbook to run a 4 player Borderlands 2 session at full speed and even THAT isn't as hard as what this guy did because at least the Atom did have SOME graphics focus during design, by comparison the 2600 was already cut down from its already not cutting edge hardware to save costs! Hell the thing didn't even have a frame buffer, so give the man some credit, he got a game running cutting edge hardware to work on a system LONG past its prime and not even designed to run that type of game at all, the equivalent of getting Doom II to run on a 1980s Nintendo game watch.

Comment Re:BING = Ballmer Is Not Good. (Score 2) 550

Hey that's not fair!...I LIKE Bing, it has the nice animated start page and actually gives you a slice of the money they make datamining. There is NOTHING nice about Ballmer, not nice for customers, not nice for stockholders, nothing nice at all.

If you want to compare him to a previous MSFT product there is only one that truly fits...MS Bob. Everyone said it was a dumb idea, nobody wanted the thing, but "fuck you you are getting it anyway" and naturally it bombs HARD. That is Ballmer in a nutshell, everyone tells him "nobody wants this Steve", the reviewers, beta testers, they ALL say its a disaster and will waste billions but "fuck you you are getting it anyway" and what do you know? it bombs hard. That is Ballmer in a nutshell, trying to force MSFT to be an upscale boutique brand when in reality they are like Walmart, but he keeps trying to slap a coat of paint on a Pinto and get Porsche money and its never gonna work.

Comment Re:and every one of them has an NSA back door. (Score 1) 172

Uhhh...are we talking about "Vertical synergy" Ballmer? Because if you think Ballmer is a nerd you obviously haven't watched any of his talks for the past few years, he sounds so much like the PHB in Dilbert I have to wonder if the guy writing Dilbert isn't just cribbing from Ballmer talks and throwing a couple more buzzwords in there for effect.

Comment Re:Bury (Score 1) 550

You make a funny but with Ballmer and his massive ego? I honestly would not be surprised if rather than admit failure and sell them on someplace like Woot! where they could at least recoup SOME of the cost that he would recycle them or trash them. Of course I said this a while ago that like Windows 8 Ballmer's "Give the customer the bird" strategy was a MASSIVE flop, with less than a million sold during the crucial Xmas season, so the fact that Surface can join Win 8, Zune, Kin, Sidekick, WinPhone 7,isn't a surprise... anybody noticing a pattern here?

I got a question to those "invisible hand" loving free marketers, who say "a company exists to make money"...if that is true why in the fuck hasn't the board punted Ballmer's worthless ass like a 30 yard field return? The man has shat a good 40 billion on dumbass plans that everybody told him ahead of time "Uhhh, nobody wants that Steve" but his answer to everything seems to be a middle finger, the former head of Xbox saying "Just deal with it" frankly summed up Ballmer's attitude for the past 5 years, so why the fuck hasn't his pathetic ass been shown the door?

You would have gotten a better ROI by having a chimp throw poo at the stock page, when your CEO can be beat by a poo throwing chimp? Time to get a new CEO folks, but you think they would have gotten that memo when Forbes named him Worst CEO...unless the rumor is true that Gates has put his stock with Ballmer's to make sure his "little buddy" can't be fired.

Comment Re:and every one of them has an NSA back door. (Score 1) 172

It ain't because its ignoring the fact that chips have never been better with regards to power management and even on a server its rare for them to go full bore 24/7. This is one of the selling points i use to get the SMBs to move away from those damned P4s, you can take even a weak ULV chip like a Bobcat E350 and it'll score higher than that 3GHz P4 while using less under load than the P4 did idle and its even better when you deal with server chips, performance per watt has never been better so I seriously doubt the servers are pulling anywhere close to those numbers.

One question I had though, maybe I missed it in TFS or TFA, but are they talking server INSTALL or in physical server boxes? Because the two aren't anywhere close to the same thing, hell I have run a couple of server VMs on a $50 Athlon X3 and with the number of CPUs per box (How many are they up to now? Something like 48 for the AMD dual sockets i think?) you could easily have a million server installs on 150k-250k boxes and still have plenty of cycles left over. Conversely if they do have a million boxes then if they average say 24 CPUs per box you could have 20 million server installs running on those million servers, again just depending on the hardware.

Comment Re:Did you mean like what Amazon did (Score 1) 87 have NEVER worked retail have your friend? I hate to break the news to ya but they don't give a wet fart about "attracting app developers" all they care about is having a few brand name apps, your angry birds and your cut the rope, hell since its being run from a server in Hong Kong it wouldn't surprise me if they are just using pirated versions, no copyright police to worry about over there.

But please do NOT take MY word for it, you have a Walmart near you, yes? Go in and look for yourself, they have a fricking TON of 2.x phones and tablets, all running badly out of date android but guess what? they ALL have angry birds and cut the rope preloaded! But you can see their "phone store" or "Tablet program shoppe" or whatever ersatz they are running, hell I've seen plenty of those knockoffs running appstore that is so obviously some Chinese ripoff (hell half the pages end up in Chinese) that it isn't even funny, the OEMs don't give a shit and Joe and Jane don't know the damned difference. Hell I should know, i was selling those $100 velocity Micro 2.x tablets for awhile until i got tired of dealing with the distributor, folks ate those cheap tablets up.

Comment Re:Different versions of Windows (Score 1) 180

Well that is why I said that with Win 7 more memory is better NOT because its bloated but because it makes good use of that memory with superfetch.

My little netbook is anything but a speed demon but just to see how it ran I loaded Tiny7 onto an SDHC and booted it up it was crazy how fast that thing is, even on an AMD E350 it just shines. It just goes to show you how much all the extra bling takes up because I actually tried Puppy Linux on my netbook and Win 7 Tiny? SMOKED even Puppy, for gaming its truly insane.

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