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Comment Re:inaccurate (Score 1) 91

Funny how many of us seem to have done this.
I switched exclusively to Linux (then dabbled in Mac) almost the day it went Gold, I got tired of their games with Insider Builds and not listening.

Granted, I just needed a push to leave, but Windows will probably never be my primary OS again after all of this. I was frustrated before, but after working with Win10 for customers, no thanks. Windows ME and Vista had fewer issues than I've seen with Win10, and that's before you even take Telemetry into account.

Comment Good! Now they know how it feels!!!! (Score 4, Interesting) 301

I run several chat forums and every now and then Google changes the rules, one week something is fine, the next it isn't and you're responsible to scrub all that no longer complies. Last time they did this, there was 23 million posts across several chat forums to review or risk losing my Adsense account, to which there is little recourse.

I hope it hurts, I hope it really hurts!

Comment Re:I'll stick with HDDs for now (Score 1) 167

While I don't think it necessarily applies here (in total) since Samsung is known to make good drives, in general it's not as bad an argument as you think.

Your HDD is built by Seagate or WDD, etc and meant for a very cut throat, well established business... They work very hard to maintain quality control.
SSD manufacturers on the other hand are contracting it out to the lowest bidder and it's a free for all. Sandisk was even found to be using two different chipsets in the same part #, one fast one slow, and I'm sure many of us remember OCZ. Companies can easily be using cut rate components and third party programmers, while others are using binned top end memory and in house software engineers. Never put anything past Chinese manufacturing.

Comment Re:I'll stick with HDDs for now (Score 1) 167

Not as much as you would think, most things in the home are bit less fickle about power and few people really pay attention to the signs even when they are there.

One of the easier I've found is Light bulbs that last less than expected, which is something few people really pay attention to, the compact fluorescent bulbs I bought lasted about 5 months in our home, I believe this was less than half the expected lifespan. Bad power may not be obvious all the time either, at my house (midwestern US) we get a very slight dip as the local generator switches on and off lat at night, sometimes it's obvious, other times not so much. They also relaxed the frequency modulation laws in some places (to test it's effects), so our older clocks can sometimes run fast or slow. While this isn't supposed to effect computers it can effect old microwaves and wile legal, I can't imagine a company proud of their power generation doing such a thing(our old co-op certainly wouldn't and we had excellent power from them).

All of this is on op of the fact that you may have bad wiring, something noisy on your line something or causing power dips, such as a laser printer warming up, fridge or a/c kicking on., etc. One of the best things you can do to extend the live of your computer is an uninterruptible power supply with a built in line conditioner because there is a ton that goes onto power lines you don't want.

As for TV's and things, most (especially older models) are simply not as vulnerable as computers are, though newer tv's are getting there.

Comment Self discharge in 16 hours (Score 1) 223

The reason you (I mean people in general, not just you) are not getting more is because of what you have installed on your phone. In your case, the fact that you say the CPU is loaded should be a clue something isn't right. You should be able to get a full day with anything even remotely modern unless you're a pretty heavy user, in which case an extended battery should work. If you have a phone capable, I don't buy phones without sd or internal batteries, stop buying into trends.

So what's doing it?
Social media is one of the single biggest battery killers, widgets that constantly update (news and weather) are the second largest, with apps in general falling into third. Want to truly kill your battery, use a free ad based widget that handles your social media. It's bad enough you're using social media, which uses lots of data, but as a widget it's constantly updating and often using alarms and such to tell you it has updates, and if it's a widget, it also has to format the data for the widget every time it updates. If it's ad driven, its constantly updating advertisements, and worse still, the ads access the GPS every time too. Some will even turn on the wifi radio for data, location and data gathering (spying), which, while saving you data, uses a FAR less efficient radio. The same applies to weather and news widgets. Keep in mind, they don't share the radios when on, one will wake it, update, power down, then the next can kick them right back on and update. too many things, as is the case here, and the phone rarely gets a chance to idle down long enough to hold a charge.

So what can you do?
Get rid of the social media widgets, period. You can keep the social media, but lose the widgets. If you use a weather widget, use one without ads if possible, and instead of having it use GPS, lock it to either your work location or home, this way it's not pinging the GPS, which uses a lot of power and adjust it, if possible to only update every 30 minutes, or if you turn on the device. You may have to try a few weather widgets to find one that is efficient, some are insanely wasteful. Get rid of anything that puts an ad anywhere except inside itself and runs at boot, yes you may actually have to pay for something. Keep in mind, even some pay apps are tracking you for no good reason, I've called out developers on this in the past. Also, take a look and see what running at startup, in Androids you can see all running apps and in some cases shut them down, but some do it for no reason, uninstall them if they misbehave.

If you are using a "battery tuner" or "trainer", especially a free one, you are doing more harm than good. Yes, they can work, but in my experience they cannot beat what I posted above. Why? Because you are relying on yet another app to do what you should be doing. Why would you use an ad driven battery sucking app, to try to control the other ad driven battery sucking apps. Android has a way took and see what's using the battery ram and cpu cycles which you can use to help diagnose which apps are being battery vampires. Another to be careful of, on at least one phone I had, the "battery saver" or "efficiency mode" actually ate more battery, I'm not sure if this was because of a bad profile or because it idled down below a threshold that was too low for something the background or what, but for some reason it ended up costing me 20% of my battery runtime when I used it.

Lastly, if you are rooted (I can't stand to use one without root), remove factory boat and run an adblocker and/or firewall, you may even want to consider installing a rom, which deletes the factory bloat, adds efficiency, an removes some spying abilities of the manufacturer. There is also some apps which will let you strip or block apps from using GPS or even networking, while they can be helpful, be careful, they can break apps (uninstall the app and simply re-install will fix it).

So does it work?
Well, I can get 1-2 days on a Galaxy S3, about 2 days on a Galaxy S4, and 3 on an S5 (this is with very minimal use), so I would say yes. Under my normal use, in general, I lose about a day or so, but that still bows away the 16 hours at idle requirement. I do run root, and when possible I run either a rom someone else made, or make my own (I now make sure can do this before buying). By doing all this, you may also find you don't need such a powerful CPU or as much ram, since you aren't bogging it down with garbage. I consider myself a power user and can still get by with an S4, though I'm on an S5 now (arguably one of the best phones made).

No, you shouldn't have to be this extreme, but this is reality. Systems are not all that smart, people are too cheap to pay for apps and companies are greedy. Are some of these tactics nice to developers? No, but like the ad industry, they did this to themselves, and before anyone complains about how I'm ripping them off, I'm a developer myself. So, meh. As they say vote with your wallet, lest anyone think it's not working, the fact that the ad industry is in a panic over ad blocking should tell you it most certainly is

Comment Ban or... (Score 1) 477

There is a plugin for some forum software that allows you to cause them all sorts of hell.

Sometimes it will error out, other times it will work, it gives the illusion your site is having lots of problems and depending on how you set it, drive them mad. Most will simply tire of it, especially if you ramp it up slowly. Some will figure out something is fishy though, at which point you have to do something more, but it sure is fun watching them squirm. I reserved this only for those who are there to causing trouble but are very aware of the thin line they walk and make sure to just stay on safe side of it, but only just.

Another option is a rep system.
While it can be abused, it is quite effective against most trolls. Unfortunately some decide that is fine too and work to get a low reputation, competition at it's finest. You need to set the ban level at a pretty easy level to cross to avoid this.

Bottom line, don't let them live on your boards, no matter how much their friends complain, or how much they contribute.

Comment Even Backblaze warns these numbers mean little (Score 2, Insightful) 114

Even Backblaze warns these numbers shouldn't really be used by the average consumer to justify their drive purchases, and for very good reasons.

The numbers lie.
They lie because you don't use drives in the manner that they do, Backblaze starts a pod, it fills with data and then primarily sits IDLE from that point on. In other words, they fire it up, does a ton of writes then does nothing, whereas your drives write, read erase, spin up, spin down constantly. Your drives sit in a box that may be in a warm closet, lack air flow, or sit by your feet getting bumped all of the time.

Comment Not easily and it's getting worse. (Score 1) 328

Each release is becoming more and more difficult to do it.
El Capitan requires a right click to force it to open and Sierra added a switch to disable it entirely.

Yes, I realize none of that is particularly difficult, but in Sierra's case you have to know the switch exists in the first place in order to use it. It's not even like they hid it, but the warning could at least give you a hint that the setting exists if you want to change it rather than just telling you that you can't install the software. That's just being lazy or a jerk.

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