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Windows 8 is unusable

Bosconian Restore the desktop (6 comments)

Just go with Classic Shell

http://classicshell.net/

You can skip Metro entirely and just use the desktop with a full Start Menu almost identical to Windows 7. It's quite elegant. There are also a bunch of other free and commercial Start Menu mods for Win 8 / 8.1.

about 3 months ago
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Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

Bosconian Better predictors available, according to Moss (104 comments)

- Why? Yes! Because that website said you were going to die at 3pm, didn't it?
- Did it? I can't remember.
- How could you forget? It clearly stated that you were going to die, today. At precisely 3:00. Unless it was tomorrow. But no, it's today, at 3:00.

http://howlonghaveyougot.com/

Some phones are meant to have a weedy vibrate setting.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft's NSA 'Transparency' Push Remains Pretty Opaque

Bosconian Re:Transparency Centers? (90 comments)

Cute - I was thinking something more along the lines of:

"Hello, and welcome to Microsoft Software Security Assurance Enterprise, Small Business, Government, and Education Transparency Center number 6!

You'll notice that there's a beautiful and fluid whiteboard set up over here to the right. These lines represent our data flow between all of our convenient and secure value-adding services to our customers, and these dots with arrows pointing to an unlabeled blue box are transfer nodes, which Microsoft has decided are not applicable to this Transparency Center presentation.

Now, if you'll look directly in front of you, there's a window that you're free to gaze through to observe Microsoft's server operations for a period of 32 minutes. Please don't touch the glass, and thank you for visiting Microsoft Transparency Center, or as we on the the Security Assurance team lovingly refer to it, 'MSTC6.' Please visit us again soon, and don't forget to accept a complimentary Microsoft gift bag including some enticing software discounts!"

about 9 months ago
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Sex Offender Gets New Hearing After Hearing Officer Rants Against Arial Font

Bosconian Other famous gaffes that affected public opinion (312 comments)

Or Klingon opinion, anyway:

"Captain's log, stardate 9522.6. I've never trusted Klingons, and I never will. I can never forgive them for the death of my boy. It seems to me our mission to escort the Chancellor of the Klingon High Council to a peace summit is problematic at best. Spock says this could be an historic occasion and I'd like to believe him. But how on Earth can history get past people like me?"

about 9 months ago
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NSA Posts Opening For "Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer"

Bosconian Re:Resume (177 comments)

Your necessary qualifications should also include Cognitive Dissonance (Level IV, but if you believe you're a Level V, we will accept that) and Reality Distortion Warp experience (6 years in a public-facing position. We noticed you wrote "3 years" here but after tallying the total experience reported worked, your history qualifies.)

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

Bosconian Re:Really?!? (1448 comments)

Then if the anti-gays protest the protest by pushing attendance to this film, then the pro-gays must begin the anti-protest protest by buying two tickets to every other film playing _except_ Ender's Game.

Thus will voices be heard through one-upsmanship. cha-ching!

about a year ago
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Do-It-Yourself Brain Stimulation Has Scientists Worried

Bosconian Deep brain stimulation - (NOT D.I.Y.) (311 comments)

Just to give an idea of what's possible beneath the surface:
Deep brain stimulation at TED Talks

Probably should go more with the "Brain Pacemaker Helps Treat Alzheimer's Disease" story, but it's too cool not to share. This involves implants performed by neurosurgeons because the positioning and amount of electricity is critical to the success of the procedure.

Although it would be interesting to see what a trickle charge does for these burnt-out frontal lobes...

about a year ago
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Intelligence Director Claims NSA Surveillance Reports Inaccurate

Bosconian Re:Verbal loophole (262 comments)

Not only do words matter, they are the only thing on record for policies. And everything from a government mouth should be subjected to a lawyer-like interpretation where you must pick apart everything that was and was not said.

The only thing Director Clapper says is a quick summary of how Section 702 of FISA is supposed to work, with nice, simple, and generic parameters. There is no reference or acknowledgement of any of the surveillance programs which we must assume are in effect. Nor is there ever raised the possibility that they may have instituted some of these programs using a broad interpretation of some other law, not necessarily Section 702 of FISA.

One of the articles from yesterday regarding the Verizon data collection mentioned that this program has been in effect for the past seven years, renewed quarterly. So Bush initiated, then Obama amplified it. He is the first real Information president who dangerously understands how technology and data can be used for the purposes of government and control. I have never read or heard him speak any words related to individual privacy, but not to say they don't exist.

about a year ago
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Water Isolated for Over a Billion Years Found Under Ontario

Bosconian 3. Profit (207 comments)

Bottle it.
Then sell it at $50 a pop with dubious claims about health benefits.

"Billioneia Aquifer" - You can taste the years.

about a year ago
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ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

Bosconian Re:Whats the alternative? (none for business) (863 comments)

OpenOffice Calc 3.3 is a two-year old release.
Even though Excel is a more mature product with contributions by scores of paid programmers over 20 years of development, I'd be curious to see how much improvement there is using LibreOffice 4.0.2.

about a year ago
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Activision, Raven Release 2 Star Wars Games Under GPL

Bosconian Re:grep -r [wW][tT][fF] jediAcademy | wc -l (105 comments)

Let's see your variable names after 50 revisions, compilations, and failures when you're fairly gosh-darned sure you followed all available examples and documentation.

But yes, for a final released product, that should not necessarily have passed a review.

about a year ago
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Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage

Bosconian Crowdsourcing (47 comments)

I can't wait to visit the spot in North America where George Washington manipulated our nation's Great Stick and made a speech concerning public health.
Visiting history, one edit at a time!

about a year and a half ago
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Jill Stein and Gary Johnson Debate Online Tonight

Bosconian Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) and Vote Swapping (349 comments)

Whatever happened to the avid discussions concerning Vote Swapping and Instant Runoff Voting? I liked when those topics were on the forefront because they gave me more hope than any of the candidates for fixing the seemingly impenetrable wall of muffled cries between the citizens' desires and the ruling bodies.

I don't ever want to vote against. I want to vote for.

[Sad face here]

about 2 years ago
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Once Valued at $1.8B, OnLive Was Sold For Only $5M

Bosconian Re:Easy Turn Around (168 comments)

I know, right? I was trying to think like it was Jeopardy: - "Quik?" "Bosco?" "Ovaltine?" "SyrupSearch?"

about 2 years ago
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Once Valued at $1.8B, OnLive Was Sold For Only $5M

Bosconian Re:Are people acutally surprised? (168 comments)

I don't get the bashing of OnLive. I like the voyeuristic aspect of watching others play, which can be pretty awesome and funny at times.

I started on a 2.4 or 2.6 GHz P4 and it rendered pretty well with lags only between severe frame differences.

I also keep a look out for sales, and can pick up a game for under $5, like Assassin's Creed II, plenty of casual games, and Just Cause II (maybe 7.50 for the sale). I think I spent $10-15 on Borderlands GOTY.

I know I have maybe 3 years to play it if they survive that long, and it kind of irks me that there's no provision for mods or ever getting my save games out of the service. But I was surprised at how playable the service is, and how good it looks considering the streaming. I'd say for a 720p picture it's about 75% of the detail of a local render. I can put up with the occasional disco, lag, fuzz, timejumps, and digital audio crapping out because the tech really is neat and it brings a bunch of games to me that I never would have even thought to buy before perusing the catalog.

I agree that pricing any item close to retail is out of the question for leasing a game through this medium, because the cons outweigh the keen factor and convenience here.

Still, $10 for all you can play still seems like an awesome deal, but I never bit because I tend to play in bursts.
So I like the service and believe that it does have a place and can survive for a while, but I still play a bunch of stuff locally.

I'm still waiting to get the Bluetooth controller so I can test it out w/ Android tablets. It looks like a nice piece of gear, but it's $50 from what I remember.

about 2 years ago
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A Day in Your Life, Fifteen Years From Now

Bosconian Conjecture, probability (687 comments)

Did Cory Doctorow sneak in to write this article?

Anyway, here's the more likely scenario:
(sorry I have to work, so no time to post a full set of paragraphs...)

I wake up to my BetchaCant (TM) alarm clock jabbing me in the small of my foot with three evenly-spaced syringes, and I momentarily wonder if I should think about regretting my Woot! Reborn! Again! (TM) impulse purchase. I try to get out of range of the needles, but it's no use, and I am forced to vacate the bed.

I slide bleary-eyed over to the sink and turn my UpSpurt (TM) faucet to face me and hit the "5 second" button for a delightful splash of tap water to head. Yum! They've obviously been improving the piquant chlorine aftertaste.

I then make my way to the kitchen and grab my latest Twinkie (TM) on the end of my rotating stockpile. This one should be just about cured to perfection after 15 years... It's just too bad I'll have to wait that long for the ones at the other end to get this good.

I try to find where I left my NyloSpandoGoretexdexnex (TM) girdle to compress my gut and create the artificial pecs that I know and love. There it is, left on the footstool of my original Aims (TM) lounge chair that I had ordered from Design for People who Aren't Sure (TM).

My implant buzzes behind my left eye socket to remind me of something--I have no idea what. I grab my glasses but since I forgot to recharge them, the blinking red light won't stop and threatens to trigger my epilepsy again. I coax the screen on for one last display before dying, and I understand that the task I have given myself is my daily reminder to order a replacement Twinkie (TM) for the end of the line. I clear the synthetic GM tobacco ashes from the table and, after waking my table up, look up the address of the convenience store next door. After an hour, I was able to navigate their miserably designed shop page and order a case. Bloody hell, shipping's gone up. Well, it should be here in about 3 or 4 days. I have enough to last until then.

Twinkies (TM).

I forgot what I was going to do next. Maybe head back to bed? Whatever--time to face this exciting day! But later. Or should I bathe? What time is it? Did I pay that bill? Where's my MultiPass? Maybe I should quit.

about 2 years ago

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