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Comment Re:"While this is a victory for common sense" (Score 1) 300

Speaking as such a person, if we can handle singular-plural "you", we can certainly handle "they". It would hardly be the most fucked up part of English, anyway. Learning English by trying to apply common sense to it is a recipe in frustration; you might as well just give up from the get go, and embrace the madness. It will make its own perverse sense eventually, but I'm loathe to call that kind of sense "common".

Comment Re:Very poor example. (Score 1) 300

Spanish is the only language that I know of that has a fairly elegant solution: you can omit the pronoun and it is inferred from the conjugation and declination. So if you don't know the gender you can just omit the pronouns entirely ("Dijo que no sabia" translates as "He or she said that he or she didn't know").

Ironically, in Russian you can also omit the pronoun, but the catch is that gender is also reflected in adjectives and verbs. It's so pervasive in the language that it's practically impossible to construct a sequence in a way that would not imply it one way or the other.

Comment Re:How (Score 1) 300

You're talking about different things - grammar versus usage.

What's commonly referred to as "singular they" is grammatically plural - "they are ..." etc. It is singular in a sense that it refers to a single person.

In a similar vein, while "you" is always grammatically plural in English, "singular you" is used to describe the case where "you" refers to a single person.

Comment Re:How (Score 1) 300

Because in many cases you don't actually know their gender.

"After the user opened the dialog, he sees ..."

That was the typical way to write that sentence. It also implies gender where it's neither warranted nor desirable.

"After the user opened the dialog, they see ..."

Comment Re:Republicans (Score 1) 506

Wow, just sad to see on another site supposedly populated by smart people so many still buy into the DemS vS Reps shell game. Perhaps a few quotes from men more powerful then I will ever be will enlighten you...

Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21 1864 "I see in the near future a crisis approaching; corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."

Mayer Amschel Rothschild "Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes the laws."

Comment Re:Mwahahaha! (Score 1) 346

Sorry but bullshit. I had half a dozen boxes at the shop I had to do a wipe and reinstall on because they had Nvidia NForce boards and Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor happily claims it is compatible...if you consider no video drivers, no sound, and no networking "compatible"? Then I have some swampland in FLA you might be interested in.

Oh BTW, if you try to do a rollback on a system with Nvidia NForce board? Welcome to endless reboot, it totally trashes the original OS. Luckily they were just boxes for sale and had nothing I gave a shit about on them but wasn't really thrilled about having to do OS reinstalls on what was perfectly working Win 7 boxes before MSFT got a hold of 'em.

And yes software can damage hardware, or did you not hear that both AMD and Nvidia have had bad drivers come out within the past year and Windows 10 has the nasty habit of forcing driver updates? In case you missed it here is a report on the Nvidia driver and here is the one for AMD. Nvidia is claiming theirs doesn't do actual hardware damage but that isn't what the users are reporting and after Bumpgate we all know how well we can trust Nvidia to be honest about hardware issues.

Comment Re:A bad hard drive isn't MS's fault (Score 1) 346

You've obviously never dealt with a Windows 10 reboot loop, I can tell you it makes ANY drive get seriously HOT.

I of course couldn't tell you exactly what was going on (since the OS is boned its not like you are gonna get any logs) but from the way it was grinding I'd say Windows 10 seriously shotguns its files all over the place during the upgrade so when it goes to access it the drive has to do a shitload of seeking.

So if she went to bed and Windows decided to do the upgrade in the middle of the night and got caught in the reboot loop, especially if its one of those thin laptops without great cooling or even worse was in its carrying bag because she wasn't expecting MSFT to upgrade her system? Yeah I could easily see her getting up to find a fried HDD no matter the age or quality of the drive.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 4, Interesting) 346

1.- Wow...I can tell you haven't had much experience with NTFS, have you? Protip...it really isn't hard to corrupt the MFT and index on NTFS, especially if you don't do a SFC before doing major operations...wanna guess what Windows 10 did NOT do before upgrading?

2.- Damaged their computers? I can assure you that is a YES because if you computer is rendered unusable, as were many PCs that were caught in the endless reboot bug? Then it might as well be bricked for all Joe and Sally Average are gonna be able to do about it. Oh and lets not forget MSFT forced driver upgrades and both AMD and Nvidia have had driver releases in the past year that could damage hardware, if MSFT forced those drivers on to her system? yeah it could cook hardware.

3.- Damaged her hard drive? See #1. MSFT frankly made the most piss poor upgrade compatibility checker I have EVAR seen with Win 10, in fact I had several systems at the shop where their upgrade checker said "Oh sure its totally compatible!" only to find MSFT's idea of "compatible" meant no graphics, no sound, and no networking. If she had damaged sectors on her drive Windows 10 wouldn't bother to even run SFC or even check SMART before slamming the drive so yeah it could easily kill it.

4.- Having to replace her PC? Well there is the fact MSFT hasn't forced OEMs to provide discs since WinXP which means she had no media to install from even if she had the skill to do a HDD replacement (most wouldn't have a clue how to) and if the only repair shop in her area was something like Geek Squad? Well the cost of a HDD replacement and OS install would probably cost her more than the system was worth, if hers is anything like the local GS she'd be looking at over $200.

So I'm sorry but everything listed checks, and moreover I can back up her claims as I too had several systems lose files because of Win 10 not bothering to do any checks before upgrading (oh and in the case of 2 boxes never even asking me before they started upgrading as they were 2 of them affected by MSFT changing the red X from meaning no to meaning yes) and lucky for me they were just shop boxes and didn't have any files I gave a shit about but with their shitty upgrade installer? I could have easily lost crucial documents or pictures so I really do not doubt she got screwed by Win 10, its Vista levels of bad.

Comment Re:If I had my way... (Score 2) 227

Except a huge chunk of consumers simply throw the printer in the garbage and buy a new one creating a truly INSANE amount of e-waste, which is why this business model needs to be destroyed.

I used to live in a large apartment complex and every month when the time for putting out electronics came around? There would be a fricking mountain of cheap printers piled up every single month. The reason why is obvious, the printer costs $30 new and the ink costs $50 so why buy new ink carts when you can just get another printer? If your city has an ewaste center you should go there and see the gigantic mounds of printers, just mountains of practically new printers everywhere.

If you care about the environment? Its not solder you need to be bitching to your legislators about, its business models that encourage massive amounts of waste like this fucked up shit.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 260

You DO realize that Steam games are easier to crack than any other DRM, yes? That there are websites that have cracks for damned near every game Steam has ever hosted, including cracks for Steam itself so it will just be locked into offline mode forever? That the majority of cracks out there for triple a titles are based on the Steam version because the Steam version is the easiest to crack...you do know this, right? And that Steam has a built in backup tool so you wouldn't even need Steam to reinstall your games at any time?

Worrying about Steam going away is like worrying about CD checks, its technology that has been broken for ages, everyone knows this, but it stops casual copies and helps cut down on cheaters (you can even tell which games have used Steam to crack down on cheaters as you'll see screams of "FORCED UPDATES ZOMFG!" because cheaters had broken the MP on the old version) but keep you from playing your games? Only if you cannot use Google.

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