* Posts by Captain Obvious

28 posts • joined 5 Jan 2011

Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

Captain Obvious

Re: How Widespread?

Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 8.1, Fedora, Ubuntu - ALL crash since about version 35 and it is getting much worse. All my machines have at least 16 to 64 GB ram and NVIDIA 760 or higher cards.

It crashes when I try to grade on eCollege

It crashes on plenty of other websites

I suspect major coding changes under the hood are causing this. I am using the default 32 bit versions. I also see Chrome sucking up plenty of CPU and RAM as well. In the process of going back to Firefox. I do see them update all the time - now on version 39 and it takes forever to apply updates.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

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Pint

Re: @Ivan 4

One upvote from me as I feel the SAME way!

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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OK

"it" :)

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Joke

Well maybe.....

it multiplied like rabbits :)

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

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Joke

Wouldn't you know....

The warranty expired only one day before it died?

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

Captain Obvious

Sigh

No one sees the obvious here? Android tablets will outsell everything as you can pick them up for around $50 USD. These are throwaway devices as they perform poorly but are given to kids to use instead of an expensive iPad, laptop, etc. All I see is more stupid junk devices going to the landfill.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

Captain Obvious

Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.

No one has mentioned what I am using right now - the Dell XPS 12 with 4th core I7 CPU. This thing is a full blown netbook AND tablet. Much better than the surface pro I used at work. I can be very productive, and then fold the screen and do my consumption with the netbook in tablet mode all for around 3 pounds. No need for an extra keyboard, just a mouse or touch. Mouse for productivity and touch for consuming. iPad no longer gets used here except by the kids for some games. This blows the kindle away as I can have more reading area or view two pages like a real book. Backlit keyboard, instant on, etc all works fantastic. Can even boot up faster than the iPad from complete shutdown.

For US people, Costco has the FULLY decked out version for $1199 with all options and max memory. Only thing it lacks is good video as it uses the Intel 4400 for video. PC's will also never die as they make great game machines with more flexibility than the XBOX/PS4/whatever. Will be interesting to see how well the steam machines fair this Christmas. Let us be honest: with the exception of the Dell XPS 12, laptops/PC's for productivity and tablets for consuming.

Tim

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MacBook Airs in Black Screen of DEATH terror: Apple responds

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Joke

The Real Story is......

Windows was identified as a virus and squashed!

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Captain Obvious
Unhappy

Re: Another great micro$oft design decision

Missed one. Sony no longer permitting Linux to run on the PS/3 :(

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eBay: Our paid Google advertising was a total waste of money

Captain Obvious
Coat

Re: Maybe if they bought relevant ads?

Sure you didn't mean "Whales?"

Maybe you were on the Japanese section of eBay :)

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Acer's Wang: Size of PC shipments to shrink month after month

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Joke

Acer's Wang: Size of PC shipments to shrink month after month....

Just like Acer's Wang!

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Antivirus update broke our interwebs, howl Win XP users

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Coat

Someone had to say it....

So Kaspersky eliminated a well known virus :)

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Microsoft notices Xbox gamers actually slack-jawed TV fans, adds 43 new apps

Captain Obvious

Re: Well I Like It :D

Don't forget PCI 3 express standards so upgrade the video card AND the motherboard - and then it continues from there! New CPU, new RAM, etc.

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Windows 8 fails to revive world CPU biz

Captain Obvious

Re: good enough

Funny - the BIOS I have on the new ASUS z77 Premium allows you to disable secure boot. Ironically, the original BIOS did not even support secure boot, but when I upgraded with the latest 0 low and behold it was now on the menu. However, it was quickly disable! I suspect other manufacturers will do similar things...

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1 MILLION accounts leaked in megahack on banks, websites

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Thumb Up

Re: SQL Injection

You are the only one seems to get it! Stored procedures STILL can be vulnerable to SQL Injection. It is ALL about checking the input!!!!

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Nvidia: What would you do with a petaflops super?

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Joke

Of course the obligatory....

"Will it have enough power to play Crysis?"

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Micro Focus accuses NSW Police of software piracy

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Joke

Did anyone at a first glance read

NSFW? But then again, maybe their software IS NSFW!!!!!

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Supercomputer and superboffins spot rare baby supernova

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Happy

Did Anybody notice...

What appears to be a Unix stereotypical geek in the top left of the picture?

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MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

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Happy

@me n u - Handbrake

Get handbrake to create your MP4's - best yet, it is FREE!

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Duke Nukem Forever

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I am just curious

Quite honestly, I loved the original - in multi-player only. It is way more fun to play against people (or with people) so I never played the single player version.

I cannot find a GOOD review on the multi-player version - it LOOKS like it is a blast (pun intended) but it could also be garbage. Can ANYONE please advise me if the multi-player option is as fun as the original? My point for buying games is multi-player and not stand alone...

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'Dodgy Android apps are breaking our phones' - Motorola

Captain Obvious
FAIL

Maybe another reason?

I would think if 70% of these are being returned, then they are doing a poor job of educating the users - unless they are being returned for other reasons and Motorola is blaming the apps and not their engineering design....

Either way, IF you identify the cause, then you should fix the root cause through education, have an app verification system, make it easier to see all apps consuming the phone, etc - or you really should not be in business. Well, with a 70% return rate, that may not be too far off!

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How I learned to stop worrying and love SSDs

Captain Obvious
FAIL

RIGHT.........

I have had two new SSD drives fail on me from Crucial and another brand in under two months and on one of them - NOTHING was recoverable.

While I do use SSD drive in all the laptops, and have had good luck with Kingston, they are still VERY unreliable so you had BETTER have good backups.

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Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed

Captain Obvious
Joke

Well you know....

Shift happens!

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Assange traveled in drag to evade gov spooks

Captain Obvious
FAIL

Clueless

Back in those days, most systems were accessed through terminals and telnet with very little security. You could use a TI1000 or TRS80 compute or Apple II or Atari 400 and still be able to hack into most computers. However, back then, most had very little security (if any at all). With call packs, you could easily war-dial with a 300 baud modem. Think about it - how much processing power do you need for TEXT???

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No Jobs, Schmidt deleted: Microsoft can't fail, can it?

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Joke

Depends on

the building

"copyright law suites coming down the pike".

I'll get me coat.....

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Seagate tells flash bigots to get real

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Stop

Here is the SSD catch

There are known issues with small files and multimedia files stored on the SSD with the sandforce controller.

For instance:

1) Performance degrades over time - some recommendations are to low level format the device and reload the O/S to get your speed back

2) To achieve 275 mb/s, the files must be uncompressed

3) Based upon #2, video, picture, zip, etc files will be read at 150 mb/s It also contributes to issue #1 with SSD performance degradation

4) Using a SWAP file with these will clearly shorten the life of any SSD

5) There are also issues with small files, etc.

Your best bet is the O/S on a small SSD and your data files, temp files, SWAP files location on a regular hard drive. This is currently the optimal solution. Would have liked to see Seagate to this type of comparison...

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China plans city 'twice the size of Wales'

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Thumb Down

Forgetting

Alaska

Anchorage is 1961 square miles for a city

The state is TWICE the size of Texas at 591,004 sq mi

Sigh...

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Beastly Android will batter Apple's iOS beauty

Captain Obvious
FAIL

Apparently

"And one way it wants to make money is to give Android away for free. What's wrong with that?"

Wow - didn't someone say the same about MS and Internet Explorer?

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