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Comment Re:Millennials are obsessed (Score 1) 343

" (I'm from Canada".... " Except this time you guys get a chance to buy a house."

What canada do you live in that doesn't have an insane, through the roof, bubbled property market?

No one under 40 can afford a house in canada. Heck even most gen-xers would have had to buy in around 2008 or so to get even a moderately affordable townhouse!

In the major cities (toronto, vancouver) under 40s can't even afford condos anymore! Its all rich foreigners and investors now, and the rental market is being squeezed hard. Hard to find a 2 bedroom in the lowermainland for under 1800 now adays...

Comment Re:Unusually +ve but what's in it for refusniks? (Score 4, Insightful) 348

"If you couldn't justifying the technical improvements of Windows 10 over Windows 7 what made you think that a small service pack would change that?"

People are still hoping that there will be one killer feature that will make it worthwhile to "upgrade". At work i have a surface so i have to use win10.
Windows 10 features that I like are 1) better multi monitor support 2) better direct access VPN client 3) wireless display sharing is cool

Other than that, I really don't see a need for anyone to upgrade. You have a boatload of crap to deal with over 7 and yes as time goes on, the problems with windows 10 keep adding up. As others have mentioned, windows 10 machines frequently get into a state where you have to blow away a user completely to fix it. Sometimes even the whole machine. Something gets corrupted in the microsoft store, and even if you don't use it, it can create negative effects everywhere.

Patching in the corporate environment is a nightmare now, as each "patch" is actually a brand new operating system. I still haven't got things to go smooth between versions yet and expect another week of fighting before this new edition will image to workstations properly.

i dont care so much about telemetry. The main problems I have are this rapid feature release cycle ( 2 major updates a year is far too fast), and its various ways that it screws up and requires time to be rebuilt. Another huge annoyance is that they got rid of the file settings and transfer wizard, which has been a godsend since XP in terms of giving people the exact same environment that they started out with before i came in and switched the computer, or the hdd or whatever. Now I have to say "unfortunately we cant copy your profile cleanly anymore, so you have to start fresh", then i have to hand copy bookmarks back in chrome, desktop items, etc. Real annoying and like everythign else bad about windows 10, i blame the new features for causing these sorts of problems: the store and cortana. They couldn't get file and transfer settings wizard working reliably with these new features, so they dropped it as opposed to fixing it.

Oh and the number one reason i will never go to windows 10 on my home PC is the way in which it was pushed out. I lost all resepect for microsoft when they used windows update to deliver and trick people into installing windows 10. So I am morally opposed to installing it now because of the abuse of a great patch system that was windows update. Now it can no longer be trusted, and that is the real long term damage that they have done to their reputation. Abuse of their position.

Comment Re:Reaching the limits of the unlimited (Score 4, Insightful) 420

""Unlimited" should always be understood to include "but don't be a dick"."

So being "a dick" now is using a paid for service as advertised? ISPs should have no trouble delivering their advertised speeds 24x7 and if you paid for "unlimited" you should be able to max out that connection 100% of the time. Companies cant just redefine words and then shame or guilt people into their "marketing speak" basterdization of basic english words.

There are truth in advertising laws for a reason. This is straight up false advertising / fraud on the part of that ISP.

How hard is it for them to say "100gb a month plan" instead of unlimited? All ISPs give actual rates in canada that I am aware of. eg http://www.shaw.ca/internet/pl... Take a look, you can clearly see all the caps you get at every tier.
But maybe our consumer protection laws are stronger than yours, I don't know.

As they always say on the bus ads: Creativity is subjective, but the truth isn't.


Comment Re:Not an NES (Score 1) 195

"You can buy a NES for $20 pretty much everywhere"

Im not sure if thats true anymore. It was certainly true when they were sitting in water, rusting at peoples garage sales in the 90s and you couldnt give them away. However time, even a short amount like 20 years, does funny things.

On craigslist, a bare bones NES console seems to go for $60+ with no games.

i was at a retro gaming convention recently and the average price was about $100 for a NES console (controllers extra). A BNIB boxed one i saw selling for $900, but that was probably just for show.

NES games were going for at least $10-20 each. With some titles over a hundred dollars. There is a whole retro gaming scene that loves consoles! and at the retro gaming con that i went to there were at least a hundred tables of people selling old NES games. The con was packed, and many people had nes games and consoles under their arms as they left. I personally saw people paying $100 myself no problem plus $20 bucks for a nes controller or two.

Some people there were old 30-40 somethings like myself who owned a NES back in the 80s, but many more were 10-25 years old, and they were the ones who had no problem plunking down $100 bucks for a NES.

It was all a bit surreal..
I do wonder what this announcement will do to the retro gaming market. One of the big problems is finding CRT monitors for the light guns and era specific eccentricities (RF adaptors etc). I guess they didnt get duck hunt running on this thing...

Comment Re:Thanks for the concise summary (Score 1) 187

Even if he landed completely dry, you're talking a high risk of hypothermia dressed that way in November navigating miles of wilderness.

Around the seattle area, november might be +5 degrees, even could be as high as +10. It very rarely would drop below -5. And if it was a dry night, he would have no problem surviving i would think.

Comment Re: Meh... (Score 1) 365

You only really *need* to use a parking brake when you are on a hill (or your car is stupidly designed and keeps trying to kill you). There is absolutely nothing wrong with not using the parking brake.

Yes, on many cars with drum brakes, the parking brake will adjust the drums, so it is good to use it occasionally, but I have driven off with the parking brake on more times than it has saved my car from rolling off, so i don't use it. I learned to drive not using it, my dad never used it, so I don't. I come from a very flat city, with barely any hills, so growing up there was no reason.

If you are parking on a hill, to prevent the transmission from clunking when you put it into drive, you should have the parking brake on. But to say people "dont know how to handle a car properly" if they dont use their parking brake every time they park is hyperbole.

Comment Re:Or make it critical for social networking (Score 1) 306

I leave my cel phone at home unless I am doing a craigslist deal or actually have a reason to take it with me when i leave the house.

If I'm out doing something non phone related, then why would i need to carry a phone? This whole "i need to see my phone every 5 minutes" is still a rather new thing in the last 5 years or so and I havent really been tricked into that yet. To me, a phone means work and I think it will evolve to a point where only the poor carry their phones around with them all the time. Rich people will be phone free and have others answer all their calls for them. Because at the end of the day, phones to me have always equaled increased stress.

Maybe its all those on-call positions I used to take... who knows, but i really don't care for phones that much. If its serving me then fine, but the way people treat them now adays, they are simply slaves to the phone, or addicts, and I want to be neither of those things.

Comment Re:Well (Score 0, Flamebait) 304

Citation needed.

Also please provide a stat for the entire world, not just america. You people have brutalized your black citizens so much its really no wonder they want to kill you. The system is rigged against them.

I doubt your statistic holds true in canada or the UK or other civilized countries with proper social safety nets.

America was built by racists and slave labour. One black president doesn't change 400 years of history.

Comment oh for fucks sake (Score 1) 664

How nice for you that your wife is the most basic of users. She would probably be fine with a tablet by the sounds of it.

My wife needs microsoft office applications for compatibility with her students and colleagues. Can i point and click install that? Is it as easy to crack on linux as windows (autoKMS).

My wife uses quickbooks to do some accounting for some companies. Has linux started supporting quickbooks now?

And please don't say "just run wine". Number 1, it costs money and 2 is an emulator, so is bound to have issues. I don't have time to hunt down obscure issues, post to forums and beg developers for fixes. That is what i do in my regular 9-5 job so sure as shit i dont want to be wasting my time at home doing that.

Im so sick of people saying "just move to linux dummy!" because its not that fucking simple for normal people to do that!!!
I love linux, i run linux servers, but linux on the desktop does not work for everyone!!!!!!!!!!

Windows 7 works fine. The proper solution here is to block updates with GWX control panel and for microsoft to stop fucking around with current windows 7 users who are happy to wait till 2021 to upgrade. Your "move to linux" post is doing nothing but legitimizing microsofts behaviour for linux's gain. Basically kicking people when they are down to try and increase your own operating systems market share.

Comment Re:Even on domain computers now (Score 1) 328

This is a false claim. I manage a few networks and as long as you have a WSUS server (which any company with more than 10 machines should have, otherwise you are wasting bandwidth at the very least) you will not get any forced upgrade. Well not yet.

The other thing I did to make double sure is i put the GWX control panel in our windows 7 image. So any new computer is inoculated. The only time i see that kind of thing is if its a non domain joined computer, which is to be expected sadly.

Comment Re:M$ Sales at it's finest... (Score 1) 328

"Well, going from 8 to 10 is indeed an upgrade"

Your being funny but is it? Windows 10 has many problems. They want to update the whole OS every 6 months and shit always ends up breaking, reset your file permissions and auto install crappy applications from their store. Its harder to run with UAC off, and there is tonnes of useless web integration at all levels. File permissions probably pisses me off the most, and the loss of the file settings and transfer wizard, with no replacement, which you could still kind of use in win8.

I haven't really found anything that windows 10 does better than windows 8 except direct access vpns. And only "direct access" vpns, because they broke the normal VPN interface in windows 10.

I find that when i have to fix a windows 8 laptop, i am actually nostalgic for the OS. After installing classic start of course.

Disclaimer is that neither is better than windows 7 which is what i use at home. But I also made a conscious effort not to upgrade my wifes laptop from 8 to 10 because of all the problems we have at work with it.

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