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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Groo Wanderer Re:Touch Server (681 comments)

It's OK, this version will change all those commands to equally long but completely different commands. According to their internal surveys, that should help sales out by giving administrators a sense of accomplishment in learning a new command set. What could go wrong?

              -Charlie

about three weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Groo Wanderer Re:Touch Server (681 comments)

Ha! I get the joke there, you made a funny. Windows in the datacenter, har har.

          -Charlie

P.S. For those who don't get my joke, you should look up the marketshare data of Windows in the datacenter. No not the BS "Sales of OSes on servers" that MS commissions from Gartner, Forrester, and all the others who know where the checks come from, but share by installed socket. If you have access, look at it over the last 6-7 years, it is brutal. Make sure you get installed rather than sales, MS keeps commissioning reports that somehow manage to not count Google, Facebook, Baidu, Tencent etc etc's servers. Not sure why though. :)

about three weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Groo Wanderer Who cares? (681 comments)

Is Windows relevant to anything anymore?

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Groo Wanderer I can see why this would work (365 comments)

Gosh, why not? I can see someone looking at their MBA saying, "It works perfectly, has a great OS, awesome battery life, and does everything I could ask for and does it fast. I need to dump this for a barely functional device with an actively antagonistic OS sold by a company unable to secure a wet paper bag or make software that works acceptably. All this for far less battery life and far more money. I wish I had 2 MBAs to trade in!",

Back to the real world....

Did I mention that the day after the S3's release I was at a press event on a bus full of journalists. Anand has his S3 and in less than 24 hours it broke. The entire bus full of tech journos all concluded it was better that way.

That said, some people do like it. Microsoft traded in an absolute monopoly lock on the desktop to cater to 10% of their base. Clever that MS management, clever.

                                -Charlie

about 1 month ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Groo Wanderer Easy enough (573 comments)

"Any thoughts on how I can better explain jQuery to an app reviewer?"

Try this...

Panasonic good, hacks bad. Panasonic good, JQuery good too. Panasonic good and shiny, JQuery not a hack and shiny too. Boing boing, whee! Panasonic good.

That should do it.

about 6 months ago
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Translating President Obama's NSA Reform Promises Into Plain English

Groo Wanderer That's obvious (171 comments)

"Okay, who is this magical third party?"

There is only one entity that could be trusted with the security and sanctity of such a trove, the TSA of course.

            -Charlie

about 6 months ago
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EA Caves: SimCity Offline Mode Coming

Groo Wanderer Late? (198 comments)

You mean there was someone EA hadn't terminally pissed off before this debacle? Could have fooled me.

          -Charlie

about 6 months ago
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Why Don't Open Source Databases Use GPUs?

Groo Wanderer The economics are wonderful (241 comments)

Gee, a $1000 GPU that runs 7x as fast a 1/8th of an $1500 CPU. It woud be good idea if you didn't need that CPU to run it, but just barely so. If you cheap out on the CPU and only spend ~$750 on it, assuminng there is no slowdown on the GPU because of it, then the economics break. And people wonder why GPU compute on databases isn't catching on.

Then there is the power use aka TCO/running costs to think about. And everything mentioned above. And.... This study has all he hallmarks of an Nvidia research project who's targets are financial analysts rather than potential customers. The science is fine but that is not the intent.

            -Charlie

about 7 months ago
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The NSA Is Looking For a Few Good Geeks

Groo Wanderer Perks? (388 comments)

Does an employment contract come with the perk of war crimes indemnification in writing? Just curious.

about 9 months ago
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A Playstation 4 Teardown

Groo Wanderer You are missing the point. (254 comments)

You missed the point, it is not a case of "My platform isn't quite as shitty as yours." this time around.

That said we have reached a state of meta-fanboi-ism, the new argument is, "The platform I don't have and have no real clue about isn't quite as shitty as the platform you don't have and have no real clue about." And for the record, yes this is yet another internet derived regresion of the human species.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Donates Windows 8.1 To Nonprofit Organizations

Groo Wanderer Story is a PR plant (224 comments)

I work with a charity that has access to the MS discounts and there is one authorized outlet for it, Tech Soup. MS has ALWAYS made the latest version available so this is nothing new. It is just an astroturfing post to try and drum up some good PR for the embattled and truly miserable OS.

That said why is MS so cruel to those in need?

about 9 months ago
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

Groo Wanderer Re:Ubuntu (627 comments)

It forces me to do thing in a way that bugs me. I don't like having to search for things I want, I like ot put them where I feel they should be. Hiding things from the user ala the menu system in Offices past is a good example of this. I don't work the way it wants me to work so I end up spending more time fighting the OS than I do things I want to do.

In short, this pisses me off. Last time I played with it there weren't enough customization options to make it not annoying enough to use so I went to Mint. For the moment, Cinnamon is more than good enough for me so I haven't tried 13.04 enough to say that it has gotten better. That said there is no reason for me to go back.

about a year ago
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MS Researchers Develop Acoustic Data Transfer System For Phones

Groo Wanderer It has been around for a while (180 comments)

This tech is old, they are called "ringtones" by others. They transfer information quite reliably telling others, "The phone is owned by a total *sshole" when certain things play with near 100% accuracy. MS is probably going to use this to patent ringtones, and start suing android vendors.....

            -Charlie

about a year ago
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Class-action Suit Filed Against Microsoft Over Surface Write Off

Groo Wanderer Re:Boo Whoo! (212 comments)

"I have never understood why listening to morons on CNBC, Fox Business, or anywhere else was any different from listening to some guy screaming on a street corner."

Two differences. For the guy on the street corner, you have to go outside. Secondly, said guy screeming about the impending space eel apolcalypse because people have lapsed from believing in the book of Jed The Holy Phebotomist could possibly be right. That is about the sum of the difference if you don't count such tangential things as looks, shoes, and holes in clothes.

                  -Charlie

about a year ago
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

Groo Wanderer Re:Ubuntu (627 comments)

I don't hate it but the UI annoys me to the point that I can't use it.

about a year ago
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Bad Connections Dog Google's Mountain View Wi-Fi Network

Groo Wanderer What I have seen (144 comments)

While I haven't used the Google service yet, I see similar problems in a lot of public areas like airports where I happen to find myself a lot. It seems to be more of an issue with the non-direct data traffic like the auth services, ads/gateway tasks, and DNS. More often than not it is one of these 'services' that are unrelated to the traffic that are acting up.

One example is the wi-fi networks in the Minneapolis or San Fran airports. You can log on, and then getting an IP, getting on the "I agree" screens, the videos you have to watch etc etc are all dog slow to one degree or other. The Delta lounge in the Minneapolis and San Fran airports are very extreme examples of this problem especially when they were T-Mobile (damn their black souls). You would 'get on' and then nothing or something trivial really slow.

Once on you would have decent ping times and some speed tests would be OK but anything that needed 'extra services' was pain. Changing your DNS to something you have or a know fast provider helped a lot which tells me the NAS/Radius/whatever server they use was overwhelmed. Now that I am thinking about it I should do a traceroute next time I am on to see what is happening in more detail, I am curious.

My first bet is that the majority of these services go through a single auth/security box that is under-CPUd and forces everything out a single overloaded link. If anyone has the time. I also wouldn't be surprised if DPI had a hand in it too, especially from Google.

about a year ago
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Want To Record Xbox One Gameplay? Get Ready To Pay

Groo Wanderer Re:Sony should hire the XBox PR dept (203 comments)

"Why cant i record on my Xbox offline and transfer the resultant file to a PC that can upload for FREE?"

Because Bing wouldn't know how to find it, duh. :)

about a year ago
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Building a Full-Auto Gauss Gun

Groo Wanderer Post is ignorant (285 comments)

The big problem with this post is that it misses the entire point of the problem. You can make Gauss guns with ease, they work, and they fire things at high enough velocities to destroy hardened armored targets. That is not a challenge, the problem is making them last more than a few shots before they self-destruct.

This story was all about a low velocity gun that can fire more than 10 bolts at low speed. Again not a big deal. The problem is that they are using low power (relatively) to do this and it lasts a "long" time. When you up the power to useful level, it rips the rails us, oxidizes/burns them, warps them from heat, and all the other problems that are real engineers are struggling with.

In essence the OP says that they can avoid all the consequences by avoiding the useful effects of the device. Great, how can this not be considered a step forward! I can make a 500MPG car that doesn't actually move very fast and isn't large enough to carry a can of beer much less a person, is that too a massive advance in tech? Idiots.

about a year ago
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Samsung Offered StackOverflow Users $500 For "Organic" Publicity

Groo Wanderer Did he get the cash? (146 comments)

Given the publicity he gave Samsung, did they pay him the $500 in the end?

about a year ago
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Apple Renews Contract With Samsung Over A-Series Processors

Groo Wanderer Re:Pick a rumor, any rumor: (101 comments)

Except my site is not ad revenue supported. Basic reading comprehension does seem to be a problem here.

          -Charlie

1 year,7 days

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Scammer plants a fake ATM at Defcon 17

Groo Wanderer Groo Wanderer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Groo Wanderer writes "Normally, a well crafted fake ATM would skim a lot of card information before it was noticed, if it was ever noticed at all. Because it is safer for the criminals and harder to prosecute, financial crimes like this are spreading fast. If you are smart, you don't try to pull one off in the middle of a computer security convention where the attendees are very good at spotting these scams. That said, some not so bright criminal tried to plant a fake ATM at Defcon. He now has one less fake ATM and a whole lot of investigators on his tail."
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Complete Nvidia GTX280 scores posted

Groo Wanderer Groo Wanderer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Groo Wanderer writes "Since boredom is a dangerous thing on the weekends, I decided to alleviate mine by running 233 benchmarks on the new GT280. This includes 28 gaming related tests across up to nine resolutions, and 9800GTX numbers thrown in for good measure. Since there were no NDAs involved in getting you these numbers, we are not bound by the pesky NDA that lifts tomorrow. You can read all of the numbers herehere, enjoy."

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