229 posts • joined 9 Jun 2012
Re: Not much to do with Windows 8 (or 8.1)
"Had MS made an upgrade path, maintaining installed software, I would have done that in a flash."
Dare to dream.
Microsoft missed the boat, as per usual
MS could be printing their own money if they had come out with even a modest upgrade to XP (for a nominal fee of course) and keep it afloat for a couple more years. Call it XP2014 or V.2, whatever, just let people keep what they got and more importantly, what works.
Win 7 isn't awful, but they really went off the rails with 8. So now I have to wait around for a new sucky Win 9 (codenamed; Aw fuck it, we just want your money), and deal with this mess that is 8.1 until they can work the kinks out. I didn't know what all the fuss was about until I got my new laptop, now I do. I'm sure 8 is great on the billions of tablets that they've managed to sell, doesn't translate to a laptop, and for my old ass, I really don't want to learn how to use a new OS.
Now get off my lawn and give me something good!
They'll get right on that
I suspect they'll have their crack detectives working in shifts to get to the bottom of these shenanigans. Your money is totally safe dude, it should be getting back to you shortly after they have sorted out the nefarious details... Oh it just goes on. There's a sucker born every minute
Re: Not sure what to think
"I wonder if her father made it clear that they couldn't tell others about the settlement?"
Of course not, it's Florida. It really should be it's own country, because they aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer down there.
Make me read a little bit will you
You had me at Florida. Can we please force it on Spain? I'll even go back in the Army if we have to fight to force them to take it back.
Good luck with your endeavors. Remember, you can launch a train into space if there's enough thrust.
Yeah, America has drones for that.
I'm no scientist
A couple of cold days doesn't mean that there isn't a problem with climate change. It's not the weather it's the trends. I don't believe a word that comes out of Rushies mouth, or Trumps (the only person in the world that managed to bankrupt a casino) because they are bought and paid for shills.
I'll go with Bill Nye, who isn't a climatologist, said that climate change is real.
They'll probably roll it all up into one huge piece of shit.
Re: wii - works for me
Precisely. We have a young nephew who comes by time to time (more now that we have a newborn) and after 5 minutes of meet and greet, he wants to fire up the Wii. We have no problem with that, we have a bunch of family-ish games (I have to hide the Mortal Kombat) that I picked up second-hand on the cheap. The wife likes the fit games (also picked up second hand, to include that thingy you stand on), and likes the idea that our young son (he's only 7 months) can inherit this system when he's old enough to play, and will be nice for a starter. I'm a non-gamer so this is good enough. I don't like that it looks like dog-ass on my HD tv, but for what it does, it was and is a good investment.
Almost pulled the trigger
I was getting frustrated with 8.1 I really wanted to put linux on my new laptop. I'm not a fan. It's not bad, but it ain't good. Mileage may vary.
Re: Do people return?
Just got a new laptop with Win 8.1 after using Xubuntu for several years with my desktop. I'm really keen on the idea of maybe taking Mint for a spin to see how it does. I do want to give 8.1 a chance before I ditch it completely. Or perhaps I'll wait for Window$ 9.
I got it!
Buy another computer.
Re: What to do?
"Imagine an OS that's malware-proof because it recognizes obnoxious behaviour and self-heals."
Dare to dream. M$ would be printing their own money just on the initial rollout, and keeping the lights on with upgrades for years if they could crack that particular nut.
Another way to say it
I got mine Jack, keep your hands off of my stack.
Re: This calls for a conspiracy theory! Calls for some Pink Floyd...
"Did it go to sleep because it is on the dark side of the Moon"
There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark.
Snowden is at this point so out of the loop, he can say pretty much anything he wants and pass it of for truth. He could say that he has definitive proof that the tooth fairy exists and the NSA is keeping tabs on the situation, people would probably believe him.
Come on back to the states Snowden. You'll get your victory parade, replete with a police escort. You can make all the wild accusations you want from a Supermax prison in Colorado, which is better than you deserve.
Re: Facebook is plenty strong
I agree, the rumors of Facebook's death are highly exaggerated. Are people leaving because of privacy concerns, yes. Are teens going to other social media, again yes. There's always going to be people that tire of something, but facebook if it can make a few tweaks, will still continue on, and not become the next myspace.
So it isn't a problem only found in America
The US Army dumps piles of cash for recruiting, and shovels more money trying to keep Army Knowledge Online afloat (with diminishing returns on both). Having worked shortly with the Recruiting Command here in the US, I'll say that if some joe or jane isn't smart enough to figure out where the nearest recruiting station is located, they probably shouldn't be carrying a firearm or put in charge of multimillion dollar pieces of equipment.
Re: It's part of a bigger picture
I was in the US Army, which just to add some degree of difficulty uses both Imperial (we call it standard) and Metric. The odometer on the tank reads in Kms, which must be documented, but we measure the fuel in gallons. Doing the math (or maths if you prefer) to convert Kms to miles is painful. It's even worse if you happen to be calling in naval artillery (that hasn't happened for a while) converting Kms to Nautical miles. Not a task that has to be done often granted, but c'mon now.
Don't get me started about the toolbag. Yup, metric and standard.
Re: Norton gets my vote
Nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
Re: Battlefield Realities
Guess you haven't been briefed in about the concept of pivot steer. Please enlighten a tank commander how you would solve the problem of presenting a larger target to the enemy. Pretty sure I can pass on whatever you know to the Armor community.
"I reckon the exoskeleton's processors will have a higher IQ than the grunts wearing it."
Guess you've never had to plot and call in an artillery strike on the move with just a map and compass have you? Call in counter battery fire based on the 'flash-bang' method? Thought not, stick to the video games.
Re: Battlefield Realities
You don't know a whole lot about tanks or armored tactics.
Most of the armor is towards the front, which under ideal conditions, you want to be pointed towards the bad guys. Turning sideways gives the enemy a much larger target to engage, the armor isn't all that thick, except on that beautiful Chobham armor on the turret and the skirts of an M1 family (mileage may vary on the Challenger II or the Leo family). Yes, the armor on top is weak.
Modern tanks are designed based on a very old standard. They have to travel by rail or by heavy transport on road (. The M1 can ride on a rail car with 6 inches of track hanging of on both sides (and yes, they do use a ruler to check). The wider stance helps to spread the weight, the added value is that it has a lower profile (in the Armor community we call that less to shoot at).
When I was in the US Army, they were looking for systems like these at a feverish pace, the tech just wasn't there when they started the much vaunted Force XXI Project. That actually bore some fruit after a few years (and much trial and error, sadly some in actual combat), but overall the Army wasn't tech saavy enough or really in touch with what the actual trooper on the ground wanted or needed. This will be a failure simply because the more power a system needs, the bigger the battery. That also means the longer the recharge time and something even more crucial, weight. Anyone that's been in a fight knows that lighter is better and the less that can break is worth it's weight in gold.
Speaking of breaking, can it be fixed in the field with a Leatherman, some duct tape, wire and a little elbow grease? Because if it does go titsup because it's damaged, but all it needs is a reboot, fine and dandy if you happen to be sitting in a tent. From my experience, things in combat rarely break under the most ideal of circumstances.
Just more money grubbing to try and fight that mythical "next war". Because clearly, the US Army and the civilians have been doing a bang up job so far with what is called "future planning". Just google Stryker. Or M2/M3 Bradley. Or MRAP. Those programs cost a lot of money, and don't get me started about what the Air Force and Navy have shoveled into the proverbial latrine.
Sorry to be ranty. I'm an old Soldier and subscribe to the KISS philosophy. Keep It Simple Stupid.
Snowden has been out of loop for so long, any information, if any of it was legit in the first place, is well past it's expiration date.
"USD $1 million is NOT "significant funds""
No it isn't, but that's probably just the money the authorities could find. Perhaps he busted out of the hoosegow to move some money around.
Re: Perhaps he's been trying to install it on a dead badger?
We don't need no stinking badgers.
Perhaps they should get a domain in Somalia, they already have a lot of pirates.
Happy this is over with
The wife and I live south of Boston, this story was the news all day. The Keystone Kops probably couldn't put 2 and 2 together that a bomb threat got called in on a day of finals so shut down half the city. Great work, now go get your coffee and doughnuts and sit in your cars checking your phones. Sad day for the Boston PD.
Re: Greetings from Los Angeles! Clear and cold (for us) this morning.
I always thought that the area in and around FT Irwin in the Mojave desert was very Mordor-ish.
Is this how the US Navy is squandering it's money? Please Navy, tell me how you plan on recovering said drone, or is this just a "fire and forget" type of waste?
I live in the United States, I've been to that pawn shop, and there's more than one commercial to bear Rick's ugly mug. They are in the business to make money, plain and simple, further, they know a little about a lot. Pretty sure they aren't the most tech saavy guys. Chromebooks are great for what they do at their price point. I read a lot of the comments about people who install Linux (whatever flavor) to make them just a bit more functional. Which tells me several things; People that are good at fiddling around with their gear (or kit if you prefer) can make these things useful, or that for grandma to sit around and surf the internet makes this machine viable. If I had the extra bread laying around, I might buy one second-hand to fiddle with it (have to ask the wife about that first), but I couldn't justify using it as what we call a "daily driver".
Re: Warning! Danger!
Everyone hates a redneck until they need one.
I like to see articles like this. There's no harm in trying to repurpose old equipment, and I appreciate any pointers. I thought about buying my wife a netbook on the cheap, stuffing some Linux in it so she could play games and such, but there just wasn't a lot of versatility to it, making it a unitasker. Coupled with the shortage and rarity of parts now that they are all but gone, couldn't see that kind of investment of time and money.
Re: ...and I'm sure it will only need all of my available storage
That's what I was thinking too for my Kindle Fire. So they'll either dumb it down, or come up with something that crushes my Kindle. Worse yet, they'll make it playable from that cloud thingy everyone is screaming about.
For the price of a new laptop, fiddlefucked around, wasted time trying to build a 'Frankenstien'. Awesome.
What are we supposed to use? Harsh language?
This is absolute horseshit. They can go fuck themselves and the lame horse they rode in on with this hypocrisy. You kill people in video game, but god fucking forbid you happen to use foul language. I've been in combat, the only language spoken is salty.
HBO has started going the way of many cable networks here in the states by "pushing the envelope" of FCC standards as to what they can get away with. I get HBO for free with my cable package, so I watch movies when they are on... Sometimes for shits and giggles I'll watch a movie I've already seen on the HBO Latin (Hilarity ensues when you watch Crimson Tide in Spanish) channel. Their self produced series' have garnered a lot of awards, but there's more stories out there that are worth my time and DVR space. Mileage may vary.
For fucks sake
NASA did a good thing, if you have a bitch, keep it to yourself. Otherwise, let's discuss in detail the extent of the British space program. Fairly sure there isn't a Union Jack on the moon. So suck it.
The "pulsing blue dick punch of sadness"
That is hilarious. Well played, well played.
Line up fanbois
Your new gear is going to be built by other machines. No more tears of kids in the sweatshop holding your laptop together, nope, it will be properly built by robots. Which I suspect will effect the price point, but you fanbois are used that by now. Give me a call and let me know how that works out for you.
Anyone else going to step up? Yeah, I didn't think so. Go fuck yourself.
For the cost of the monthly payments, a company could build their own in-house 'cloud', bought and paid for within a year or two. Piss on this, Amazon is trying to sell snake oil.
Italian and spacecraft don't play well
"The ESA - whose boffins have been known to refer to the GOCE as a "Ferrari" among spacecraft". Does that mean it breaks down often? Shocker.
"Speed is the new stealth". Well, no shit. Worked like a fucking charm when the SR-71 was still active, feel like crypt-keeping to keep your company afloat and relevant? What a load of horseshit. The USAF just wants more money, so lets call it what it is.
For the love of god
Just buy a fucking laptop. There, I fixed it.
One would wonder why Canonical, the Red Hat, or even the Mint folks folks hadn't thought to do this first. It seems like a match made in tablet heaven. By that I mean having a tablet purpose built to run Linux (whatever flavor). Very puzzling.
Two cents from a home user
I liked XP, it was a truck. Granted it needed maintenance from time to time, but what OS doesn't? When I heard that MS was going to basically send XP to the bone yard, I started flirting with Linux for my old desktop, and it's been hit or miss, but mostly positive. Our laptops run Win7, and they work great, no complaints, but I do miss XP. Not quite sure why MS decided to fix what wasn't broken (although I suspect it was about $), they really did a disservice to folks that rely on it for actual real work, not just fucking around on the internet.
Perhaps the concept was just a little too much. Investing in something that essentially reinvents the wheel doesn't really appeal to me.
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