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Comment Re:Not running Windows 10 seems like a total fix (Score 1) 215

It is more resource efficient than Windows 7/8. Works better on low end systems.

Not for me it doesn't. I have upgraded two of my computers to Windows 10, and in both cases it is perceptively slower. In the case of my test system - a real low-end computer - I have taken a substantial performance cut since upgrading. I had been using the starter edition of Windows 7, and I upgraded it to 10 to lose the artificial restriction to 2GB of RAM. Yay! Now I can access all 4GB. But, boo! Not only does it run slower, but my computer fan runs more often as the CPU seems to idle at a higher percentage. This was done on a fresh install too.

The other computer (my work system) was a more modern, faster system. While the performance drop is far less pronounced, it is still noticeable. I upgraded the rest of our office and quite a number of people have complained how slow it seems.

I simply cannot understand why people claim that it is more efficient than previous versions of Windows - especially when compared to Windows 7. The most obvious slowness comes from the new don't-call-me-Metro user interface elements. It simply takes longer to display the new UI like menus and dialogs than the traditional ones. For example, it takes half the time for me to launch my old shareware spreadsheet Spread32 than it does to launch the new-look Windows calculator. The windows pop up in the same time, but it takes an extra second or so to display the buttons on the calc. And I no longer launch the calculator with a keyboard shortcut because 1) it is hard to set up as the tile no longer has the ability to set the shortcut (I had to create my own shortcut to calc.exe to make it work), and 2) it takes an extra two seconds to the launch time on my system when using the shortcut compared to clicking on a tile. This means it takes nearly 5.5 seconds to launch the calculator app via a keyboard shortcut. It is faster on my work computer, but it shows that Windows 10 does not run better on low-end systems.

You might think that it's just my slow computer to blame, but it never had this problem when it ran Windows 7 using half the memory.

Comment Re:When will VideoCards peak? (Score 1) 89

Moores law has been dead for quite a while now.

You have misunderstood what Moore's law is about. It is simply about the number of transistors doubling in integrated circuits every year (later revised to every two years). It is not about single threaded performance in CPUs.

That is why they have just been adding more cores and cache and trying to improve memory technology.

How do you think they add more cores and cache into CPUs if not by increasing the number of transistors? You have just described Moore's law in action!

Moore's law has been around for decades; which only slightly longer than the predictions that the law is dying.

Comment Re:Deja vu! (Score 1) 89

Would have been nice to see that specified in the summary.

One title said that the card was "announced" while the other said that it had been "launched". A pretty clear distinction right from the start. Then the summary says:

The GeForce GTX 1060 held onto its largest leads over the Radeon RX 480 in the DirectX 11 tests, though the Radeon had a clear edge in OpenCL and managed to pull ahead in Thief and in some DirectX 12 tests (like Hitman).

What do you think that these tests are if they aren't benchmarks?

Comment Re:GPL Rewrite (Score 2) 52

Years ago, Linux was forced to rename "X Windows" to "X Window" because Microsoft didn't like it.

What rot. Why would Linux be forced to rename another team's project? And Mac OS X also has an X in the name. If Microsoft are going to claim both the word Windows and X, why wasn't Linux also forced to rename OS X?

But seriously, X Windows has never been the correct name. From a newsgroup post in 1993:

The X Consortium requests that the following names be used when referring to this software:

X Window System
X Version 11
X Window System, Version 11

There is no such thing as "X Windows" or "X Window", despite the repeated misuse of the forms by the trade rags. This probably tells you something about how much to trust the trade rags -- if they can't even get the NAME of the window system right, why should one trust anything else they have to say?

So it was never X Windows, Microsoft never asked them to change, and there is no space in the name DirectX. Did you post get anything right?

Comment Re:stuff that matters? (Score 1) 230

Which suggests that the government should have been actually planning for this at least three to five years ago. While I think it's assinine for a company to sue for using unlicensed software when they won't sell a license in the first place, I think that the government is in the wrong here.

The government is in the wrong, but not because they haven't planned ahead. They started shopping around for a new system in 2010, but they have had problems with the web-based solution and so have put the roll-out on hold. Only a few city hospitals have started using the new EPAS system. It will be later this year or (as I suspect) some time next year before the country hospitals finally get migrated to the new, centralised solution. Only then will they be able to kick Chiron to the curb.

Comment Re:Good for them! (Score 1) 230

And what happens when some unsigned index counter wraps around and the database gets corrupted?

Given the age of the software, it wouldn't surprise me if they used a common database format where the structure can be interrogated by SA Health's IT department. They have probably already looked for problems like that. I would also think that they have probably found all the bugs that they are going to find from some 30 year old software.

I think that it is fairly safe to keep using this until EPAS is rolled out either later this year or the next. It's not like they are going to try to keep using this software until 2038 when the next Y2K will happen. (OK, not really - and that's a *nix issue anyway)

Comment Re:Leasing core software sure is silly. Planned to (Score 2) 230

Of course, the article says they choose to lease because from the very beginning they planned to replace it. So the plan all along was that they would replace it, but now they decided they'd rather not.

No, you have misread the article (and mixed up choose and chose). I presume that you were referring to this paragraph:

Chiron, an MS-DOS-based system first developed in the 1980s and rolled out in many SA Health rural hospitals in the early 90s, was to have been replaced by the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) from Allscripts that was originally planned as a state-wide EMR and PAS solution.

The part about when the software was introduced was a subclause of the sentence, and it did not mean that it was already planned to be superseded even as it was introduced. In fact, the software was implemented over 2 years from 1991, while EPAS was only planned in 2009 and put out to tender in 2010. This was many years after they had refused to upgrade to the Windows replacement of Chiron, which itself happened 12 years after SA Health first started using it. The roll-out of EPAS was supposed to have been completed by 2017, 26 years after they first signed up to Chiron. This was not a short term solution as you have stated elsewhere.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 262

But I don't have any health problems...

As medical records get more comprehensive, they will show your genetic predispositions based on DNA tests. You could be discriminated against based on potential maladies that you may never even contract. It doesn't matter if you completely healthy until the day you get hit by a bus, you might still be deemed a potential risk and therefore not get lower insurance or better employment offers.

And even if that wasn't the case, how short sighted do you have to be do think that you will as healthy as you are now forever?

Comment Re:Jairly fenerous? (Score 1) 130

"My support for 7 is so thorough, it forced me to update to 10".

My other Windows 7 computers are still being supported and will keep getting security upgrades until 2020. So no, I'm not being forced to upgrade to Windows 10. I'm just saying that the upgrade means that I get an additional 5 years of support, which brings the support for my computer up to what I call a generous 14 years.

Comment Fairly generous? (Score 5, Interesting) 130

Since when is five years considered fairly generous? Surely that would be the absolute minimum for supporting any software, let alone an operating system.

My aging Windows 7 notebook is still getting support, and will continue to be supported for quite some time now that I have done the free upgrade to Windows 10. Hell, even the old Vista notebooks that were passed on to me still get updates, although Windows Update is incredibly slow on them so I can't let it automatically check for them.

Comment Re:"simply right click" (Score 3, Interesting) 260

There's nothing simple about fucking around in the registry.

Really? If you have problem with the registry how do you cope with the file system with all its folders? Or even the nested comments of Slashdot? I think that you are making this out to be a much bigger problem than it really is.

Comment Let's extend that idea (Score 5, Insightful) 131

How about they implement blocking autorun of all videos by default unless you whitelist a site. There are really only a couple of video sites in the world that I ever want to have a video run without my intervention.

No, I don't want your video ad (especially with sound). No, I don't want the trailer of your movie or game appearing as the banner on top of every page on your site. No, I don't want an autoplaying video to accompany the perfectly good text version of your news article that just says exactly the same thing.

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