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Comment Aerobraking Would Not Work Well With Mars (Score 1, Informative) 474

Just putting a manned spaceship into orbit of Mars would probably take more fuel than landing. Putting satellites into orbit is already quite hard, due to the gravity being basically 1/3rd of Earths. The problem is that people are squishy and don't stay perfectly still, so you have to constantly make small course corrections. The more people, the bigger the problem. The gravity means that your window of angle of entry is that much smaller where Mars will actually capture you into orbit.

Then there is the aerobraking! At sea level Mars has 0.6% the pressure of Earth. This is why they crash probes into Mars instead of trying to land them. Parachutes won't work with the weight of rovers and what the humans will be coming down in is much heavier than rovers. It just takes more time to slow down, what's the problem with that? True you could take more time to slow down, but the problem is either you are going to be too high up and just plummet to your death, or you are going to have to come in at an angle where you crash land, and people are squishy and their bodies don't like crash landings. The different between gravity and viscosity make anything in between very difficult. There is also the problem that people need to eat, pee and poop, thus things move around and well death ensues.

Comment Windows 10 is a virus according to your definition (Score 2) 259

Up until the Windows 10 free cut-off date, Windows forcefully installed itself onto some people's computers without asking. Sometimes with Windows Update turned off. Not all of the code was copied form a central server, actually any computer already with Windows 10 can be requested to send parts of the main install, or updates. Some people complained that it didn't give any preference to computers already on the internal network, I think this has been fixed in the Anniversary Update. Copying itself confirmed!

Has a detrimental effect. Windows 10 removes some features automatically like Media Center, Windows DVD Maker, DVD playing, Desktop Gadgets, Start Menu, Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts. It also removes some third party software as well, or requires you to uninstall and re-install it. Some games and programs just no longer work at all. Now you can get some of these things back with third party programs, or hackers getting Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts to work again, but it is the same thing with a virus, or malware. Windows 10 is both a malware and virus confirmed!

Oh, but I'm not done. "Windows 10 does not destroy or corrupt data unless Microsoft deems that it is for the user's own good." Microsoft now supports FLAC files natively, well kind of, it will read and play them until for some reason it decides to corrupt the files so that it, nor any third party software can play them anymore. Microsoft is aware of the problem, but I have not seen a fix for it, even though it has been a problem since the first release of the OS.

As for corrupting data, a common problem with Windows 10 is that it will sometimes corrupt core OS files such as the taskbar, start menu and windows update. Common problem! I have even experienced this myself. It is so common, they actually have a specific easy fix baked into the OS to solve this. The only problem being that the easy fix uses windows update, so if that is hosed, you can still fix the problem, but it is really complicated. I ended up doing a refresh instead. Aka, Windows 10 corrupts the OS making it a virus.

I'm sure some people with ASUS motherboards can tell you about their hosed systems from a Windows 10 update

How about the Anniversary Update that breaks all USB2 web cams making some completely inoperable?

As you point out, it gathers sensitive information and displays unwanted advertising in their replacement for the old games, in the start menu and in notifications. Making Windows 10 definitely malware.

As you can see, not only is Windows 10 malware, but it also meets every definition of a virus as well.

Comment Try Again (Score 1) 259

Windows is immune from the virus once it is patched, then the patch is patched. They fix the problems caused by the patch to the patch. Then finally actually fix the real original problem.

It amazes me how many times the patch to fix the problem, doesn't fix the problem.

Comment Yes, Apple Has Lock on Music (Score 1) 495

I listen to many independent musicians. The Internet has opened up where you do not have to join the mafia... I mean RIAA, to release your music. To reach the most people, you still need to be where a large number of other artists are. Most put their music on iTunes. A large portion of my independent songs can only be found on iTunes, even though most ai found out about on YouTube. The nice thing I'd that if you download your iTunes songs, just about any device will play them.

Comment Amazon Raises Middle Finger to Rest of World Again (Score 1) 60

Title should read, "Amazon Adds Audiobooks and Podcasts To US Prime Membership".

I have Prime and do not get free Audobooks, Podcasts, Video Streaming, Audio Streaming, or Ebook Rentals.
Heck, because I have an account on, I had to contact support to get my Unlimited Prime Photo Storage, which they just announced came to Canada.

Comment Re:HDR via HDMI 1.4? (Score 3, Informative) 41

That is correct, HDR is not possible via HDMI 1.4.

As for the original PS4... "NeoGAF forums user Jeff Rigby discovered last year that the Playstation 4’s custom HDMI controller is apparently HDMI 2.0 compatible"

Previously having read what he had said, but unfortunately cannot find the post, the PS4 HDMI controller is higher bandwidth than HDMI 1.4. This would suggest that it may have been designed to be upgradable to a later version of HDMI than was available at the PS4 launch via a firmware upgrade.

Comment Phonetics, Not Performances (Score 1) 145

Phonetic data, not words, or lines. I worked on an English as a Second Language system back in 1996 that sounded really good and only had about 120 phonetic samples that you could make it say anything you wanted. It even had a basic emotion engine. The more complicated part we found was in translating the typed words into phonetic speech. Back then we went with a lookup table for words that didn't sound like how they were spelled, then falling back to a sound it out algorithm for everything else. We usually only used the table for words that really did not sound right, as RAM and CPU cycles were limited back then. Also much more efficient lookup algorithms have been developed since then.

Comment It is time for these criminals to be arrested (Score 1) 43

I'm sick and tired of hearing about all the crimes our police, judges and politicians are committing and getting off with no repercussions.
As a police officer you are held to a higher standard and these criminals are acting worse than many of the people currently in jail.
Even our premier has admitted to criminal negligence on public record. She is still in office.

Comment You really don't know how bad it is! (Score 2) 281

Microsoft has a utility to repair core OS files.
Just look up "Using System File Checker (SFC) To Fix Issues"

A common problem with Windows 10 is the start menu will stop opening. This is caused by Windows 10 corrupting its core OS files. (Please note: it is Windows 10 corrupting the core files, not any other program) The exact case(s) for when this happens is not known. It is suspected that Windows Update is one of the main causes of this problem.

I personally ran into this on my Surface Pro 3. The easy way of fixing this is to use SFC with Windows Update to download the needed files. The only problem is that most people that run into this problem also have their Windows Update files corrupted. SFC can be used without Windows Update, but by that point it was easier for me to do a Windows Refresh and just re-install all my Win32 applications and fix up my settings. A refresh on my main machine would be almost unthinkable because of how much time it would take to rebuild.

Comment Toy Pictures for a Toy OS (Score 0) 246

I still don't understand why the 2 mobile OS do not have profile support. When I got my first cell phone about 16 years ago, it had profiles. It was a basic feature all phone OS' had. Now we have "smart" phones where we have to get third party apps for basic phone functions. Or in the case of iOS you get the worst of the currently supported browsers on the Web. Seriously, the thing is a complete joke. Even the desktop version is a thousand times better! I'm not even going to start on the Palm OS ripoff interface other than to say Palm pulled it off better.

Comment Yes, Windows 10 (Score 1) 151

Windows 10 was purposely released feature incomplete. Which technically makes it Alpha software.
Windows 10 cannot be Beta software, because Beta is supposed to be feature complete, just fixing bugs, and boy is it buggy!

I had a problem the other day on my Surface Pro 3 where the Start Menu would not open up. Also the notification centre and WiFi would not open either. Turns out this is form a common bug where Windows 10 will corrupt the core OS files. They have a fix for it that is really easy to do. You just have to open up the command line and run this tool that will download an ISO matching your version and fix the core OS files using Windows Update. Except Windows Update is usually one of the core files corrupted. That's okay, you can figure out your exact version of Windows, download the ISO, mount it, then you can run the command specifying exactly where the files are. I ended up running a refresh instead.

This is one of the many "small" bugs in Windows 10. You know just things like some CD/DVD/Blu-ray drives aren't detected. WiFi sometimes doesn't work, or just plain breaks for no reason.

When Windows 7 was in development, I ran the preview and then beta on my main computer, because they were 1 million times better than Windows Vista. To use all my memory I couldn't use Windows XP, unless it was Windows XP 64bit, but that was a bit of a crap shoot on if things would work or not.

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