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Comment Re:Take action (Score 5, Insightful) 256

What were you smoking? Win2K Pro was a fucking GREAT OS, rock solid, no eye candy bullshit, it just did what a great OS should do which is STFU and get out of the way so you can run your programs. XP was Fisher Price trash for kiddies, XP X64 (which was really Win 2K3 Workstation, MSFT got wind of so many of us turning 2K3 into desktops they just decided to sell it) was a damn fine OS, 7 is still a kick ass OS, and 8/8.1 is a good OS IF and ONLY IF you strip out the crapstore and spyware garbage and slap on Classic Shell, otherwise its UI will irritate the hell out of you.

But one thing we can all agree on is this...Windows 10 is trash. That is all it is, its trash. It gives you NOTHING better than the previous OSes, even its touted "features" are nothing but datamining trojan horse shit, takes away your ability to keep busted updates (which appears to be damned near a weekly thing with that POS) from being installed, has fucking ADWARE baked into the damned thing, has made BSOD a common condition again which I thought had died with XP, there is honestly not a single positive I can say about that piece of garbage.

Comment fucking paywalled knowledge is antiknowledge (Score 1) 44

They can't RTFA because it's published $Nature$, hence paywalled.


publish:
transitive verb

1 a : to make generally known
b : to make public announcement of

2 a : to disseminate to the public
b : to produce or release for distribution; specifically : print 2c
c : to issue the work of (an author)

I guess 2 out of 5 isn't bad. Wait, that's a failing grade.

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 5, Interesting) 208

Ain't no suspecting required, just look up Barancles Nerdgasm's "I was fired" video on YouTube. He was part of the testing team and talks about how pretty much all the QA and testing teams for Windows were fired and makes it clear the vibe at Redmond was pretty much Insider for alpha testing, Home and Pro is the beta, Enterprise is the actual product...which is of course the only version you have to rent instead of buy.

This is why I'm telling my customers to stay far away from Win 10 and if they get a new PC with that POS OS? I point them to Win 8 OEM which you can get quite cheaply (and once upgraded to 8.1 with Classic Shell is just Win 7 with some speed tweaks) because even with the new OEM systems it doesn't take more than one or two patches before I'm getting calls that shit is broken.

Now I've had every version of windows since 3.1, including the shitastic WinME and the bloated irritating Vista...Win10 IMHO is the worst product they have EVER came out with bar none. WinME? You could hack in some files from Win98 SE and make it a decent if not good OS. Vista? You could use NLite to chop out the crap and make an okay, not as good as XP X64 but an okay OS for daily use. And of course Win 8/8.1 you could just slap on Classic Shell and take out the crapstore and telemetry crap and its a good solid performer...Win 10? IMHO its not even beta quality, with every update just as much shit gets broke as gets fixed and frankly until Win 10 I had even forgotten what a BSOD looked like simply because how well previous versions past XP handled major errors. Its just not a good OS folks, its buggy, has baked in spyware and ads, it doesn't even look nice, its just a bad product.

Hopefully by the time 8.1 (if not 7) is reaching EOL they will have given Nutella his walking papers, if they haven't? Well I don't think there will be a Windows business to worry about really, it'll just be legacy installs while everyone is on Google or Apple OSes. Ballmer tried to kill the company being a faux Apple, Nutella is trying to finish the job by being a faux Google.

Comment Re:It's the OS that just keeps on giving (Score 2) 220

Nope, sorry, but bullshit. those wonderful Linux netbooks? Yeah they saw 400% hbigher returns than the ones with Windows so the second MSFT gave companies a decent price on XP and later Win 7? They quit selling the ones with the OS that was costing them money, simple as that.

As for why netbooks died out? The companies decided they wanted more profit so they made them bigger, added more bells and whistles, and priced themselves out of the market, simple as that. When netbooks were $179-$299? I couldn't keep 'em in stock but by the end they were selling AMD duals for $450 and the Atoms for $349...who is gonna pay that when they could get a full size laptop with better performance for $279?

Why Linux fans can't seem to grasp such a simple concept is frankly beyond me but the reason Linux doesn't go anywhere whether its installed by default or not (see Linux netbooks, the Walmart Linux desktops and laptops, the Dell Ubuntu laptops) is called the network effect with Windows literally being listed as an example of the network effect in action. Its really VERY simple, people buy computers to run specific programs not for the OS that is on it and those programs? They are written for Windows. Hell most users don't even know which version of windows they have, if they even know they have windows, all they know is they install their program and it works and if it doesn't? the PC is BROKEN and worthless, period.

So if you want people to actually use your OS? Then you have to get all those proprietary vendors to support your OS although with the hatred of all things proprietary in Linux land I don't see that happening, hence why MSFT has put out 3 stinkers in a row and Linux hasn't gained squat. As long as their programs run? People would gladly take Windows over your OS, MSFT could put the Eye Of Sauron as the desktop wallpaper and they would not care, all they will care about is their programs work on windows, they don't on yours...end of story.

Comment mandatory 50% automation tax coming (Score 1) 366

When it comes down to a choice between starving in the gutter and stabbing you and stealing your iPhone, I'd say, from what I've seen of humanity, your chances are about 50-50.
That's me being an optimist and viewing the majority of mankind as being generally good most of the time.

Do we really want a whole world that looks like Brazil, but 50x worse?

Comment solar subsidies are bad (Score 1) 160

If too many people install solar roofs because the subsidies make them economically attractive, pretty soon we'll have solar dimming due to over-harvesting.
Then we'll all have to go on emergency Daylight Savings Time, even Arizona, to avoid decreased farm output and the attendant mass starvation.

It is much more responsible to incentivize people to burn old, unused dinosaurs for warmth, seeing as they're a constantly replenished, renewable resource.

Comment crap shilling article is crap (Score 5, Insightful) 290

1. obvious reacharound for Whatsapp:

WhatsApp Voice Message comes with several other big advantages as well. It's free, and unlike FaceTime or Skype, asynchronous, so it's convenient to use across time zones and doesn't require scheduling in advance. While other voice messaging options exist on apps including iMessage, Line and Viber, WhatsApp has the distinction of being integrated into a platform that people all over the world already use.

but:

Our different media choices are actually part of the message itself now,

This is why my chosen medium is rocks and broken bottles.

2. an solution to an actual problem -- for one specific subset:

A lot of this popularity is owed to the fact that it offers Chinese users a break from the laborious work of typing in Chinese characters, which requires searching for characters that convey both the correct meaning and pronunciation.
...
"Typing out Chinese characters is such a pain, so it was easy to adapt to voice message because it's very convenient"

3.

"The practical benefit of saying an awful lot without having to turn your slightly inarticulate thoughts into an articulate email is obvious," Young, who is also a friend of mine, tells me in an audio note.

Dear Cthulhu, take me now!
One of the main reasons I LIKE email is that it gives the sender time to organize their thoughts. Much better than listening to some user or boss hem and haw and backtrack and contradict themselves wasting endless minutes of my life.

Comment Re:Good to hear. (Score 1) 188

Not interesting on price you say? Well I'd really like to you show me an Intel at $135 that gets these kinds of numbers because the last time I checked all you can get from Intel for $135 is a crappy Pentium dual or an even crappier Atom. When you look at the bang for the buck it really isn't even close, I mean you can get an octocore from AMD for around $135 that has a 4Ghz turbo clock OOTB and which can easily hit 4.4Ghz-4.6Ghz on air, you aren't gonna find anything from Intel that competes until you at least double the price. Then when you look at motherboards and see how you can get a much nicer motherboard for less when you go AMD? Its really a no brainer, you can get a hell of a lot nicer system for a lot less money by going AMD.

This isn't even bringing up the elephant in the room which is that software hasn't kept up with hardware in quite a few years so even for gaming you can pair that chip with a $200 GPU and enjoy your games at 1080P with maxxed out graphics and high FPS, and for those that don't game one of the AMD APUs will give them all the power they need while having excellent picture quality and hardware accelerated video and both will spend a lot less.

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