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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

GrumblyStuff Re:Learning Golf While Young (402 comments)

Golf with guns? That sounds properly American!

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

GrumblyStuff Re:iPhone 4 Meets Washing Machine (694 comments)

The sad thing about it is there's now an expectation that technology will or needs to be quickly replaced so it doesn't matter how solid something is built as long as it lasts until the next version is out.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

GrumblyStuff Re:Old Nintendo Products (694 comments)

Sadly, battery-backed saves don't last. My Pokemon Crystal is nigh unplayable because of it and I remember as a kid having the same issue with Zelda on the NES. N64 and Gamecube controllers can't handle the beatings that the consoles can. My Gamecube has occasional read issues but it's lasted thousands of hours, many a tens of hours play sessions or overnight cheeze-fests to level up RPG characters (or I'd fall asleep with it on while leveling up). But yeah... RIP analog sticks. :(

5 days ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

GrumblyStuff Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (387 comments)

It certainly does feel like a desktop replacement with some livetiles replacing the previous widgets and system tray notifications but with that in mind, it's odd that they left the original desktop and this solution to prevent needing to minimize programs came with full screen or splitscreen only apps.

about three weeks ago
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Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

GrumblyStuff Re:The irony of ethics. (150 comments)

Except it wouldn't be. It wouldn't be articulate explanations of their situation, maybe current reserves of food, water, and air, nor of any meaningful footage of construction, exploration, or scientific progress.

What it would be the glorification of one person's feelings being hurt because of another and, since you suggested it, a mouthy, annoying narrator who'll do recap and promos and puns and more recaps and commercial teasers and more puns and re-explaining what the people on the show just fucking said and more recaps/teasers/puns.

To me, a really interesting reality show was How It's Made. And then Discovery took it off the air for 'MURICAN Guns and all sorts of stupid bullshit "reality" shows.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

GrumblyStuff Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (387 comments)

Why is this a thing that always has to be explained? It's not just the start screen, it's the pervasive touchscreen controls that do not fit the desktop PC ergonomics. It looks great for a smartphone or tablet but PC? No and their attempts to make some of those controls work with the mouse (ie, charms) is a perpetual annoyance.

Now as for the start screen itself, the act of taking over the whole screen is, at least to me, akin to the Doorway Effect. I don't want a wall of icons; I want text labels in (a few at most) columns ordered alphabetically. You know, like most of my files (sometimes by file type, sometimes by last modified).

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

GrumblyStuff Re:That *is* funny! (314 comments)

Darwin Awards are for those who take themselves out before they have a chance to reproduce.

In this case, we should just thank the individual for their sincere effort and wish them better luck next time.

about a month ago
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The Spy In Our Living Room

GrumblyStuff Re:same for laptops and cell phones (148 comments)

I guess it depends what you're trying to do which upon further contemplation would be to retain the use of the camera and mic when you want to but disable them at all other times. I would say that if you're that concerned to cover the camera then the microphone should be deemed a greater threat. Audio might not give as much info but it would always be available. And once you're at that train of thought, then what about integrated GPS? Sure, any cellphone could be triangulated via cell towers but GPS would be quicker and more precise.

Obviously you want to still be able to use it, receive calls, etc. so no faraday bag or removal of battery (if that's even an option). Maybe you could open it up, give the camera and mic individually wired switches, and disguise it all by making a neat replacement case (steampunk, hardwood, Star Trek PADD, etc.).

about 2 months ago
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The Spy In Our Living Room

GrumblyStuff Re:same for laptops and cell phones (148 comments)

Only if you think it would give you more battery life. A little faraday bag would be better. DIY with duct tape and foil.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices

GrumblyStuff "Much-hyped?" Fuck you. (172 comments)

It's NOT about the fucking start button. It's the old menu system. It's the dumb "charms" and hot spots and other touchscreen bullshit.

about 2 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

GrumblyStuff Re:How to get $10,000 for free... (445 comments)

Remember the specific words they use. It's just like US ISP ads. "Up to 12 mpbs! but probably half that at the best of times."

about 2 months ago
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Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser

GrumblyStuff Re:Opera was great... till v12 (181 comments)

Fuck. FUCK! That's when they got rid of the menu bar and/or when they moved the tabs above the address bar with no way to change it (as far as I can tell). Now I'm too lazy to upgrade because I fear another damn UI change. Firefox gets free reign to upgrade as it pleases (though their choice of embiggening version numbers to the EXTREEEEEEMME still annoys me) as it and its addons seem to upgrade without doing the UI Elements Shuffle Game.

about 3 months ago
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UK Company Successfully Claims Ownership of "Pinterest" Trademark

GrumblyStuff Re:Skydrive is changing name? When? (133 comments)

Well, better Colbertdrive than 420poopfeastdrive or /b/drive.

about 4 months ago
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Nintendo Announces $99 Wii Mini For US Release

GrumblyStuff Re:Just Get a PSP (147 comments)

Do I have to pre-order?

about 6 months ago
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Tesco To Use Face Detection Technology For In-Store Advertising

GrumblyStuff Re:phillip K dick (212 comments)

Why not one of those eye blinding green laser pointers? I wonder how much power one of those needs to fry the camera sensor.

about 6 months ago
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Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

GrumblyStuff Re:not a fan (514 comments)

Hmm, yes.... If only there was something he could with his spaceship, with Spock's captured ship and load of red matter (unless the plot has already thankfully begun to fade from my mind), from his now current position in the past. If only there was something he could do like... show up in his huge fucking ship and warn that the star was going to nova or, since Spock was thrown into the past as well, team up with that Spock to make sure there's no fuck ups this time around.

Gosh, if only....

about a year ago
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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

GrumblyStuff Re:My theory (1010 comments)

Job fair? Sounds like a bunch of sales twats and HR robots.

1 year,12 days
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Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

GrumblyStuff Re:Better answer (572 comments)

That's what I did with Wii and later consoles.... PC's should have gotten all the benefits of consoles instead of consoles getting all the downsides of PC's.

1 year,18 days

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If the Earth Stood Still

GrumblyStuff GrumblyStuff writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GrumblyStuff (870046) writes "What would happen if the Earth stop rotating? Aside having a day that lasts 365 times longer, the approximately 8 km of water that is pushed to the equator would flow north and south, forming polar oceans separated entirely by a ring of land.

The geographic changes were modeled with ArcGIS and can be viewed here. There's no mention of possible weather patterns which would be interesting to try to model with both the geographical changes and year long day."

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Coast Guard bans everyone from oiled areas

GrumblyStuff GrumblyStuff writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GrumblyStuff (870046) writes "CNN's Anderson Cooper rages against the Coast Guard, discussing the 65ft ban of photographers and reporters and anyone else who is "unauthorized" around booms and response vessels. To get closer you need to get permission from the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of New Orleans. Violating this can result in $40,000 and felony charges. The Coast Guard originally sought 300ft but scaled it back. Outrageous is an understatement."
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