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Comment God I hope not... (Score 2) 244

One of my largest pet peeves of internet trends is the posting of a tutorial, review, hands on, or just a small bit of useful information, in a 15 minute video padded by intro, random babbling, and outro, when a couple paragraphs and a few photos would have done.

Count this right up there with 'clean design' filled with useless white space and large typeface and design features.

Is it so hard to ask for nicely laid-out information dense pages that are quickly absorb-able without some annoying person babbling or needing to scroll all over the page? Bah

Amazon Wants To Replace Passwords With Selfies and Videos ( 125

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has filed a patent application for a technology which would allow consumers to authenticate transactions via selfie or video. As part of the verification process, the computer or mobile device will prompt the user to 'perform certain actions, motions or gestures, such as to smile, blink, or tilt his or her head.' Amazon claims that the introduction of facial recognition technology will make transactions more user friendly and secure than conventional identification methods, such as passwords which can be stolen and hacked.

Comment WINDOWS 10 ENTERPRISE LTSB (Score 1) 213

Doesn't this seem the better option if you're able to get your mitts on it?

No Edge, Store/Apps, Cortana, and telemetry (even the extra bits) all stoppable. Essentially a clean desktop edition of Windows 10 that gets all major bug-fixes and security updates without all the extra cruft for a period of 3-5 years (depending on when they choose to integrate the current branch features and release the next LTSB).

Here's a couple links:

Now, I've looked around online and people seem to proclaim the end of the world if you would like to use this as a desktop OS: 'Oh you can disable all of that crap yourself and spend hours gutting and tweaking it to suit your needs. LTSB is meant for ATMs and nuclear subs and you won't get any of the new features, why wouldn't you want them? Blah blah blah'... Frankly in techminded circles that sort of reasoning flabbergasts me, it's spouting off of ideology on no basis of reality. (Though you see the same end-of-the-worlders rear their head when you talk about the pros/cons of disabling UAC.)

If you can legally acquire it, I'm really not seeing the downsides as you get many of the little quality of life updates from Win 8/8.1/10 (task manager, DX12, file copy dialogue) without many of the obnoxious ones (lockscreen ads, Candy Crush, 'helpful suggestions'). Not to mention nothing like the 'fall update fiasco' bulldozing your settings whenever MS pleases by providing and presenting an OS in-place upgrade as a normal Windows update.

AMD Rips 'Biased and Unreliable' Intel-Optimized SYSmark Benchmark ( 174

MojoKid writes: AMD is making a stink about SYSMark, a popular benchmarking program that's been around for many years, and one the chip designer says is not reliable. Rather than provide meaningful results and information, AMD claims SYSMark unfairly favors Intel products and puts too much emphasis on strict CPU performance above all else. John Hampton, director of AMD's client computing products, explained in a video why SYSMark itself is an unreliable metric of performance. He even brought up the "recent debacle" involving Volkswagen as proof that "information provided by even the most established organizations can be misleading." Salinas says SYSMark's focus on the CPU is so "excessive" that it's really only evaluating the processor, not the system as a whole. In comparison, PCMark 8 probes not only the CPU, but graphics and subsystems as well. In an attempt to drive the point home, AMD ran a set of custom scripts it developed based on Microsoft Office and timed how long it took each system to complete them. The Intel system took 61 seconds to finish the benchmark versus 64 seconds for the AMD platform, a difference of about 6-7 percent and in line with what PCMark 8 indicated, though Sysmark shows a stark delta of 50 percent in favor of Intel with comparable CPUs.

Comment Re:Translation from Canadian CorpoSpeak (Score 1) 404

I was referring to Vancouver. I'll admit though, I have been out of the country for a couple years and due to return home in Feb.

That article does look like there may be something interesting happening now, but ultimately in the past years a lot of it has just been show. I am keen on the market entry of Wind Mobile, and the effect it will have on the cellular services. Little off topic, but as Canadians, our mobile market isn't very nice either.

And yeah, I always have been glad that I don't need to use Bell/Rogers/Cogeco, like the rest of the poor saps in the east. Though, it doesn't mean I need to be happy about what I do have available!

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