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Comment Re:depends (Score 1) 982

My video card is literally 8,000 times more powerful than video cards were when direct X 9 came out. I only paid $150 for it.

New games have a direct X 10 or 11 mode, old games which are Direct X 9 only aren't actually taxing to modern hardware. It really doesn't matter if you lose 10% performance (hint: you don't and you're full of crap) because modern hardware is way more than 10% faster.

You still have to install directX 9 to get access to all the features, just like you did in Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7. If you're getting worse performance in DirectX 9 it's because you didn't install the DirectX 9 online package, which has lots of "after spec" work going on for like 4 full years. A lot of games use that crap, and don't work well without it.

Games like SWTOR tell you straight out to install the pack, because new OS don't come with anything but basic functionality on DirectX 9, Windows 7 included.

Comment Re:I've seen more BSODs with W10 (Score 1) 982

This is because Windows 10 upgrades drivers pretty frequently to combat all the scam "driver update" programs.

It's completely unnecessary in both cases, and it causes bluescreens because lots of drivers do not unload properly.

Pretty much every WIndows 10 bluescreen I have experienced or seen in a event log (if it wasn't a virus, failing hard-drive, or bad RAM) was a driver update.

But is an occasional update related bluescreen worse than locking up and having to be reset, which older versions of windows did? I may see more blue screens over the hundreds of computers I work on, but I don't see any more actual stability problems. Nobody brings back their computers and say "It's causing problems, put it back."

Not one. Even when I explicitly say "If you have any problems I can put it back for free."

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 982

yeah, and if my computer magically reorganized itself every few months that would drive me crazy too. But that isn't what's happening. You upgraded to a radically different software version and things moved.

The same thing would happen with your CAD software if you had bothered to install any version of it since Windows XP. Normal people actually upgrade their software once in awhile instead of expecting to use the same version of their CAD software for 20 years straight.

Comment Re: You have to know how to secure a Windows 10 PC (Score 1) 982

For me to reset an old local account password and gain access to a PC takes me less than 20 seconds.

I cannot reset a microsoft password, I have to work around it, and working around it generally takes about 5 minutes.

Add in the time it takes windows to add the default administrative account to a users files to allow me to look at them and you're looking closer to 30 minutes to steal someones files from a Microsoft account (assuming I don't just use a Linux boot CD).

You may not like it, but it's more secure.

Biggest problem is that "pin" nonsense. Nobody who brings their PCs into my shop knows what their password actually is, they only know the PIN. That's going to bite them in the ass someday.

Comment Re:You have to know how to secure a Windows 10 PC (Score 1) 982

wait wait wait

You mean that under Windows 10 it's in the same place it's been since Windows 2000? How terribly confusing that must be for you!

That's not a "missing" feature, it's a "we left it where you already know to find it" feature. That shit is a good thing, changing a setting that's been in the same place for 16 years is a stupid decision. That's why the old control panel is still there.

95% of things like that are in exactly the same place as they are in Windows 7, that's a stupid thing to complain about.

Comment Re:Windows 10 (Score 1) 50

You'd think that, wouldn't you? But have you actually tried it?

Windows 10 just does whatever it feels like with driver upgrades, regardless of what the settings are. I have problems with older intel graphics chips because of that all the time, old chips won't run new drivers without bios upgrades, the manufacturers won't release bios fixes, so no matter how many times you boot safe mode, blacklist the driver update, tell windows not to download drivers from windows update, etc. Windows 10 still just downloads a non-working driver version and clobbers the computer.

Again, and again, and again.

Comment Re: Worse than the space station? No. (Score 1) 684

That's not even remotely close to the effects of perchlorates on adult humans. It inhibits thyroid production, and as far as we know that's about it.

We used to prescribe them regularly for hyperthyroidism. It's really not all that dangerous, it's just an inconvenience that would have to be worked around.

There's a big difference between perchlorates and hyperchlorides. That's like saying "Don't put salt on your chicken, it's the same as bleach!' just because it contains chlorine atoms. Which is to say "false and stupid."

Comment Re:No explanation for why though? (Score 1) 254

Yep. Cause replacing the glass is soooo much cheaper and easier and less of a hassle than having viruses removed. Sending an ipad back for $299 in work because it was knocked off the table and losing it for a week, verses having to pay $100 to get a virus removed and getting your PC back in a couple days. Much better.

Not to mention how convenient it is to get your files off an ipad when the nand dies. I have been able to recover files from 19 of the last 20 dead hard drives in my shop. I have been able to recovery files off of 2 of the last 45 dead phones/ipads/whatever that came through the door, and that was because they were water damaged and not a nand problem. Oh, or the 28 ipads that have come in since IOS 7 because the update just decided to delete EVERYTHING and the only way to get their devices back up and running was a full reset. Yeah, that's a lot better than a virus too, isn't it?

Malware doesn't really do any damage anymore, it's just irritating. There has not been a single non-hardware problem through my door that resulted in file loss for my customers over the last 2 years. Suggesting that people buy crap that will 100% lose all their important files because of a fault so that they won't be inconvenienced by a stupid FBI scam is irresponsible. People don't know how "the cloud" works, they don't back up their shit. Tablets are worse for their data safety.

Comment Re:Lamepocalypse (Score 1) 293

Were that so, we wouldn't fix them, we'd just replace them with Macs.

No you wouldn't. Have you priced any parts for macs recently? Talk about running into trouble with a particular motherboard model not made anymore, what do you do with the imacs with the GPU solder problems? Replace the board with an identical model, with the same flaw? Yeah, great.

Need a new LCD on your macbook? Oh, look, Apple decided to take a standard LG lcd and reverse 8 of the wires so that you have to buy an Apple LCD from Apple for $400 instead of the generic $60 LG model.

$250 for a new license when replacing an $80 motherboard would still be better than paying $500 for an Apple motherboard. Shit, those things frequently cost more than $330 used on ebay.

Comment Re:Rebooting is not a fix (Score 1) 136

He dismisses the tools because they are useless. The fact that you seem to think they are OK is only because you've never come across a bad problem in Windows.

Let's pretend for a minute that there's a new kernel level security patch on Windows that makes the system BSOD constantly on a system reboot. Let's pretend that it doesn't do this on any of your test systems or other equipment, and for whatever reason only affects a particular piece of hardware, despite not being a driver update. The computer never comes up again. Can't try safe mode, because on new windows the only way to get to safe mode is to reboot from a running system.

Let's check the log! Wait, it's in event viewer, and the system won't boot. Ok. Let's use DART to access the log!

It's not there. There's nothing there, because whatever "CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED" happened before the event viewer log actually engaged. The last entry in the event log was the first reboot yesterday and it has nothing else there since then, despite attempting to boot 30 times.

Or worse, DART can't seem to find the damn log at all. It also doesn't show any patches in the last 15 days, despite installing a patch 5 days ago, one 3 days ago, and one yesterday. Removing the offending hotfix doesn't work if it's not in the list. Oh, and system restore won't work, because the problem is caused by file permission on some file that you can't find because NONE OF THE SYSTEM LOGS ARE WORTH ANYTHING.

Boot time diagnostics for NTBOOT.txt? NO! YOU HAVE TO HAVE A RUNNING SYSTEM TO ENABLE THIS NOW! YOUR SYSTEM DOESN'T RUN, NO LOGGING FOR YOU! Oh, did you think you could enable that using bcdedit from a boot disc? NO! It will save the safeboot option, but bootlogging is thrown away because FUCK YOU. Safeboot won't work anyway, because the system is denying itself access to some unknown file.

In this situation, Linux has some sort of log, or has an obvious error on the screen itself. In windows, you don't get to find the error. You get to wipe the system and start over, and hope that your client has a recent backup because Microsoft decided that the repair install function was just toooooo complicated for them to maintain.

Comment Re:Hulk hogan could code too (Score 1) 581

Yeah, it would be nice if having available information somehow let people educate themselves.

Except that when you can't afford a car, or health insurance, and are on food stamps because the only job available within traveling distance of where you live is a part time job as a gas station attendant, spending money on the internet and a computer isn't exactly a priority.

Even well educated people bring me their PCs constantly because they (the computers) are full of shit, but it's nothing compared to the crap that builds up on the computers of the poorer people in my town. Ever turn on a PC and have 17 different scam cleanup programs start immediately?

People who live in east bumfuck have to pay $100 a month for dialup. That's not an exaggeration.

Buying a $450 machine, having to pay a $100/month upkeep cost, and then having it become useless in 3 months because you accidentally clicked the wrong ad while browsing is not an option for poor rural people. If they want to use it again, they have to call someone to come out to them or drive 100+ miles to take it to someone. I have people come to my shop who had to drive 3.5 hours to get there because there is no place closer, and calling even those idiots in geek squad would run them $400.

If you are going to pay $2,000 a year on something that might let you educate yourself, you are better off with used textbooks than trying to do that over dialup.

Comment Re:this article doesn't have enough posts yet... (Score 1) 230

How do you know it's nutty pseudoscience before you perform the experiments?

At what point during the ~3.5 Billion year evolution from single cell organisms to modern humans could psychic abilities have suddenly sprung into being? What mechanism would allow animal cells to suddenly become magic? Studies are not necessary, because a basic understanding of biology and physics makes it immediately obvious that the very idea of psychic powers is absurd. Self replicating chemicals don't suddenly gain powers over the rest of nature by being self replicating.

You are suggesting that we can't dismiss anything, no matter how absurd, without first coming up with some sort of test to demonstrate that the absurd idea is absurd, and that is not only extremely resource intensive, but completely unnecessary and ridiculous. I would suggest that you need a better understanding of the natural world.

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