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Comment Re:Amazon's delivery service is Fsking Terrible. (Score 1) 239

I can vouch for that. Amazon's own delivery system is not all that great. When they do deliver, that's fine. But when they don't, not the best feeling I tell you.

One time I ordered a couple of items from Amazon. Had I ordered elsewhere if they offered it, I'd get the shipping email 1-2 days after I ordered. Not with Amazon. For two items, it took them 4 days to get a shipping notification email. And it took them another few days for the order to arrive. Yet all this time, I had no way of tracking it unless I explicitly log into Amazon's site to get the full-blown detailed info on that tracking number. They did deliver my order as expected. But I do not like not being able to track a package w/o having to log in to get all the details.

Unrelated but definitely a part of Amazon's shipping system, I ordered a particular item and the store used and shipped out half of my order using a 3rd-party retailer that utilizes Amazon's "fulfillment service". The tracking number was formatted exactly like Amazon's and there was virtually no way of tracking it. The link I received via email tells me that it was never delivered. Yet whatever crap Amazon's "fulfillment service" is using to ship and deliver, they claim that it was delivered. Utter BS I tell you. I finally got everything delivered... but only because I was being patient with the store and had them ship another one out to me. I'm miffed that I had to go through all that.

Comment Re:Not really backing down (Score 1) 80

People who have been told or heard about the whole mess would have already opted in to retain their 15+15 storage. The uservoice page, which Microsoft is using for their OneDrive feedback, that called for reverting the change garnered over 70k upvotes. MS's response on that page also included a link for people to "opt-in" to retain their 15+15GB cloud storage. Eventually everyone will know about it.

The article title is a bit misleading, however. Microsoft didn't really back down. They merely gave people a choice if they want to retain that storage they were using/given. Granted, this isn't the best course of action. But at the very least, it gives the OneDrive users, along with any Windows 8/10 users out there, the option of keeping it. I still would have preferred if Microsoft truly backs out of their proposed change. Because once the change takes effect, OneDrive is worse off than Google Drive and's base offering, yet slightly better than what Dropbox offers initially.

Comment From the article... (Score 2) 297

It mentions on the horrendous failure rates of Seagate 3TB drives. I can personally confirm such thing, as my Seagate 3TB drive choked and started to die out on me. The drive technically still works... but it's having major issues trying to read random spots on the drive. It's not even half filled and yet the drive is running like a half-dead entity. After looking through Backblaze's articles, I noticed that the same model was used there and it had a horrible failure rate too.

What baffles me is how two big hard drive companies, Seagate and Western Digital, could produce terrible or mediocre drives after they've gobbled up Samsung's HD division and Hitachi's GST division. I hastily rushed out to buy a HGST 4TB drive (too big since I could personally live with 2TB) after seeing that I could buy one locally. So far, so good. But only time will tell if I end up on the short end of the stick again. (My fingers are crossed)

Comment Re:Forget Esports (Score 2) 46

Therein lies the problem... Source 2 may eventually have something developed on it. But as proven from Valve's track record, this fact still remains:

There is no such thing as 3 at Valve. Ever. After all, everything stops at 2. Thus, once Source 2 is finally released to the public, you can say goodbye to any chance that another Source engine will come.

Here, have a blue pill. Believe whatever you want to believe. Me? I don't believe in anything. I expect nothing from Valve until they actually show it or release it. Everything else is just speculation and conjecture.

Comment Not a big release actually (Score 1) 85

While it's commendable that VLC would make that push for a big cross-platform release, the Android side is still dismal compared to their desktop counterpart. The Android app is still limited in what devices is able to install it (can be installed on my now-dead Nexus 7 2013). A quick glance at the Google Play Store page revealed that it cannot be installed on my Nexus 6, 2012 Nexus 7, or my Samsung Galaxy S3, the latter two can play 720p videos to some extent.

This isn't a big release. So whoever thought that this is a big major release must be smoking some good stuff. VLC on Android is still miles away from being a good media player.

Comment Re:In other words, Don't Pay for Promises. (Score 1) 208

I have been avoiding the Battlefield franchises ever since 4 has been announced. So far, I have been happy with the result. So the money I saved from not buying that (and any future Battlefield game in general), it all went to fancy extras in Guild Wars 2. Satisfied with what I got since that's virtually all I play nowadays. That's my value.

I have seen the decline for a while. But BF3 was definitely the last straw. Until EA and DICE straighten up and start making quality games that supports the community rather than themselves, I won't be bothering with any of the Battlefield games.

Comment Something isn't adding up... (Score 5, Funny) 237

I viewed the video and I read the related article... and it says here:

A small team of trusted senior reporters examined Snowden's files in a secure fourth-floor room in the Guardian's King's Cross office. The material was kept on four laptops. None had ever been connected to the internet or any other network. There were numerous other security measures, including round-the-clock guards, multiple passwords, and a ban on electronics.

Okay, 4 laptops are fine. So why does the video show a desktop keyboard? And why is there a completely destroyed ATX desktop motherboard shown there?

Submission + - OpenShot Video Editor Achieves $35k on Kickstarter, Final Goal in Reach! ( 5

JonOomph writes: The popular open source video editor, OpenShot, has less than 39 hours remaining on popular crowd-funding site, The lead developer, Jonathan Thomas, has proposed a revolutionary new feature, which would allow users to offload CPU, memory, and disk cache to a local server (or multiple local servers), dramatically increasing the speed of previewing and rendering. The more servers added to the pool, the faster the video editing engine becomes (with the primary limitation being network bandwidth). If the final goal of $40k is reached in the remaining hours, this feature will be added to the next version of OpenShot.

Comment As a user... (Score 1) 299

I use Hotmail/Outlook and Verizon at random... however, for importing these into Gmail as POP3, they both support SSL. So there's not much issue on this part. With email being so easily accessible, is this really an issue? I guess the big question should be: Is there an email provider that doesn't provide SSL connection when retrieving via POP3?

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