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Comment Re: Gamers still have interest in desktops (Score 1) 123

I am a developer also... except I use Linux and multiple workspaces.

Yeah, Windows 10 has them too. Its a pretty good implementation, and I use it.

(I've also used them in Linux and OSX too but obviously not with Visual Studio dev work.)

It's like having as many monitors as I like, but without the neck pain.

No its really not. It's a really nice feature, but its a poor substitute for having actual monitors side by side.

(And there's no reason you can't use both; you can have multiple workspaces with multiple monitors -- I have yet to see a perfect implementation that does exactly what I want; although most are quite usable)

Comment Re:Depends (Score 1) 83

And 50% as slow as means?

As we all know:
50% = 50 per cent = 50 per hundred = 50/100 = 1/2

"And 1/2 as slow as X" means twice as fast as X.
Its the inverse --> 1 / 1/2 = 2

This glacier 1 meter per year. This other glacier is only 1/2 as slow. So it moves 2 meters per year. Twice as fast.

Interestingly the phrase 0% as slow; seems difficult to make sense of, which makes sense since the inverse of 0/100s is a division by zero error. 1 / 0/100 = 1/0 = NaN

Comment Re: Gamers still have interest in desktops (Score 1) 123

I use a desktop with a 24 inch LCD (1920x1200)

I currently use a pair of 27" LCD 2560x1440. And I'm itching for a 3rd screen.

As a developer, at this point, I consider a pair of matched 24" screens to be the minimum for any serious work. And I fully expect that after getting a 3rd screen I won't be able to go back to 2.

I don't see how anyone is satisified with one after having two. Visual Studio in full screen with multiple code panes, watch windows, etc etc on one... the application, along with my email, word/excel/pdf documents (specifications/documentation/references, etc etc), browser, slack/skype/etc in the other.

A 3rd screen would let me have more information immediately accessible.

As a gamer, I opted not to get a 4k screen last cycle because i didn't have a card that could push the pixels. Now, I'm thinking I'd rather add a 3rd 27" and try some triple screen gaming rather than a 4k screen. OR maybe I'll do a 4k in the middle and use the pair of 27s on the flanks. But I like having matched screens enough I'll probably skip 4k for another few years.

As an aside, I have a 2015 13" macbook pro as my laptop for email, browsing, programming cisco routers, etc. And its fine for that. I like it because its light and portable, but i don't even try to do any real dev work on it beyond answering email.

I also hate trying to game on it -- it rapidly runs too hot for my lap and fingers and the fan noise is distracting. (even for stuff like ToME or DoomRL or SoTS the Pit or Darkest Dungeon which really shouldn't be that demanding)

Comment Re:Nah (Score 1) 172

While the 918 Spyder is its own thing...even just relatively "regular" Porsches are pushing up against it...

The 2014 911 Turbo S did it in 2.6
The 2017 911 Turbo S is expected to do it in at least 2.5s if not faster; so even if can't buy one today, its not like its going to be long at all before a bevy of high end cars can do it.

And the tech in the 918 is going to be showing up all over the place within a year or 3.

Not to take anything away from the Tesla, any car that can do 0-60 in 2.5s is impressive in its own right; and it gets full credit for it's MASSIVE contribution to the electric car landscape. And although I really don't care for the Tesla itself; I am very much looking forward to the next decade; as Porsche and the rest start releasing more hybrids and full electrics; and the space fills up with options.

Comment Re:It is now impossible to play while riding in a (Score 2) 192

They made it impossible to play while riding as a passenger in a car

No they didn't. My son uses my wife's phone, launches the app, it says you are going too fast, he taps 'i am a passenger'* and then usually catches 3-4 on the drive to wherever as well as picking up supplies.

* Somewhat amusingly "I am a passenger" is the only option it presents when tripping the speed lock. No "Cancel" option.

Also somewhat amusingly, he triggered the speedlock during a walk. Not even a particularly fast walk. Again, he hit 'I am a passenger'. Perhaps the button should say "I'm not driving".

I am sure it is to prevent idiot drivers from removing themselves from the gene pool via obtaining the coveted "Darwin Award.

idiot drivers can just hit "I am a passenger" and merrily proceed to kill themselves and others around them.

Comment Re:Disable, then VM or Mac (Score 1) 400

Some people have recommended backing up the entire OS using non-free backup software designed for that very task

You can use floss if you like. I thought your goal however was to minimize the time and effort you spend on it though; so an off-the-shelf backup is less work to setup and manage; at least for a single copy of windows 7.

OTOH, it doesn't help with the fact that Microsoft will undoubtedly be bundling spyware together with security patches starting in October.

And from your other posts, I'm starting to gather that this is really the only reason why you don't already have automatic updates on; because you'll never catch a patch that breaks some obscure photoshop plugin using the methodology you described.

So... you aren't *really* all that concerned about cumulative updates breaking your photoshop and lightroom etc. You weren't backing up the OS prior to now, and you really have no patch vetting method that would have caught actual breaking changes.

However the cumulative updates DOES interfere with your ability to selectively avoid patches with telemetry functionality in them. Most people I know are dealing with this with the use of anti-telemetry tools. (Spybot Anti-beacon, ShutUp10, WindowsPirvacyTweaker, and many others)

Then you just turn updates on, and rely on these to kill the services, block the hosts, and so on. Its not ideal, but if you are standing for anti-telemetry as a 'principle' (like me) rather than actually being genuinely concerned that Microsoft and the NSA is out to get your wife's business photos then its, in my opinion, good enough.

And if you want even more, throw a real firewall in front of the system and use any of a number of host block lists at the firewall; and/or block microsoft entirely, use WSUS offline to get the cumulative patches, and don't worry too much about what they want to do, because they can't phone home anyway.

Comment Re:Branding and image are not the problem (Score 2) 226

Rebranding and image polishing are undertaken only when a company knows that things aren't going too well for them.

Rebranding happens all the time for lots of reason. Yours, it just one of them. One company I work with rebranded because it was growing and the original branding was looking dated. Another I know of rebranded because its portfolio of products had expanded and its current branding didn't reflect it.

The brand and image are fine.

Meh. All they have is the lowercase mozilla; they've already distanced themselves from the big red dino head (which still appears on wikipedia, but doesn't seem to be anywhere else at least not prominently. So sure, they could use a more stylized and recognizable logo to rally around. Its not the worst idea anyone has ever had.

Of the bunch suggested i like the Moz://a one, and mostly hate the rest. They make a web browser mostly; and that's what they are known for so that one fits; although I'd have gone with a lower case m. The rest are, in my opinion, lousy. Some are fine logos -- but don't really go with mozilla; and others I just don't like at all.

Comment Re:Disable, then VM or Mac (Score 2) 400

However, Windows is not my day-job OS, and I need to be economical with the time, energy, and number of neurons I spend babysitting that OS.

So what were you doing up until now? Reading each KB article? Vetting each update on a test system? I dont' really see that based on you response, so how on earth does THIS cumulative update model really change anything for YOU exactly?!!

Meanwhile, a dead simple off-the-shelf backup software packages for windows suitable for a single system seems like a perfect solution...

For example...this is pretty much exactly what you seem to need...but choose any you like.

Full Disk-Image Backup

Back up your entire computer including your operating system, applications and data, not just files and folders to an external hard drive or NAS.

You've already got the photographs properly protected; so this would be a perfect solution for the operating system.

that more likely I am to just switch to a platform that's more reliable and is easier to rebuild.

For Photoshop and Lightroom? What platform OSX? Here, I'll save you some time:

I installed the latest version of Mavericks and it broke some stuff (instruments) which I cannot afford to have broken. Is there a way to roll back to my previous release? Am currently on 10.9.2 and want to go to 10.9.1 or 10.9.

A: (paraphrased)
there is not an uninstall feature for patches, upgrades and even apps.

Unfortunately the only real way to do this is to wipe the drive, install the pervisous version, assuming you have the installer or can find it and restore from backup.

OS X invented cumulative software updates that can't be rolled back.

And Linux or BSD don't even run photoshop or lightroom.

So, what exactly is your plan?

Comment Re:Disable, then VM or Mac (Score 5, Informative) 400

Its like you've never heard of backups. FFS, your wifes photography business sounds like it runs on one windows 7 computer.

A windows update that toasts your 'photo editing environment' is less likely than a variety of hardware failures. I'm sure, since you are clearly so conscientious about the reliability and accessibility of this environment, that you have a proper backup solution in place.

So.. in the unlikely event of an update fiasco... roll back, and carry on...

For a large enterprises, where it actually makes sense to lab test an update before rolling it out this doesn't work... but for 'your wifes photography business' I can't really figure out what you are trying to accomplish.

And EVEN the enterprise guys can still lab test before letting the cumulative update through to production... and hold it up if there is an issue. (Although its less clear how they resolve a problem.) But that is a whole other situation.

Comment Re:konqueror best filemanager (Score 2) 510

But Finder vs. Windows File Explorer vs. Thunar vs. Nautilus? I'd be curious if anyone can show that the choice has any measurable impact on productivity. It seems to me purely a matter of taste.

Here's what you can do in Dolphin and Konqueror versus all the rest:

There's a guy up there in the thread that is very happy with mc. Mc is visually identifiable at a glance because it has 2 panes and a command line. There is a profile that re-creates mc in Dolphin and Konq, which you cannot do in other file managers because they can't do panes.

Why do this in Dolphin or Konq instead of just running mc in a terminal? Because you can drag-and-drop from/to Dolphin and Konq to other programs.


Comment Most methane comes from Dams not Cows (Score 2, Interesting) 189

According to the estimates of the INPE researchers, dams are the largest single anthropogenic source of methane, being responsible for 23% of all methane emissions due to human activities.

Thus irrigation for crops is worse on the environment than cows.

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