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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

LesFerg Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (304 comments)

In 5 years, I never had a Linux update break anything, no BSOD's or lockups either. The "other" PC, we'll call that "Windows" locks up at least once per day, BSOD's, nags about everything, loses its LAN connection configuration, won't do this or that, etc. Two identical PC's, one Linux, one Windows, only one is stable and trusted.

If you have Win7 or Win8 locking up once a day or BSODs etc, then the problem is you.
Seriously, it's you.

Have to agree with that sentiment. I have not had any major problems with win7 since replacing old outdated hardware. The last big problem I had was the AMD software which kept prompting me to update to the latest drivers, advice which I stupidly accepted; the AMD driver developers dropped support for 'old' chipsets but never modified the updaters to advise against installing drivers that were no longer compatible.

At the time I believed I was doing the right thing by keeping up with the suggested updates, this is not necessarily true all of the time. Sometimes you are trying to be too cheap instead of updating your old hardware. Also you should usually be able to track the cause of the BSOD and work out what hardware, driver etc. is being reported. Thats why the BSOD has all those scary numbers on it. So you can fix it. Instead of complaining about your daily BSOD.

about a month ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

LesFerg Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (304 comments)

Even with a non-functional kernel, you can boot from a rescue disk and add other kernel versions in there, can't you?
My Debian install usually has a couple of kernels to choose from in the boot menu.
Graphics driver problems shouldn't stop you from getting a working command prompt, allowing you to fix or replace the driver.

about a month ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

LesFerg Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (304 comments)

I can usually find some way to boot into a repair mode and get things running again in Linux (I usually go with Debian) without having to follow the Microsoft approach of restoring my whole O/S from the install disk - which some people have been forced to do with these recent update bugs as they can't even get a boot into Windows safe mode.

I have never had an update hose my Linux system so badly that I cannot get in there and replace or remove the offending driver or whatever.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

LesFerg Re:Why? (132 comments)

Oh, and I don't even want to research this myself, I want others to do the work ... for free.

Thats a bit unfair. I had a need to convert some output into PDF a while back and started looking thru the many proprietary and open source options, and there were a lot to choose from. It was awfully hard to determine which were quality and which weren't. Installing and trying to program a working solution against each API would have taken up a huge amount of time. There is nothing at all wrong with asking if others have been thru some of that process and found a favorite. I certainly would have liked to see some comparisons or good product reviews to help me decide.

Also, one thing I started to suspect; a number of the supposedly proprietary PDF tools and API's that I investigated appeared to just be a GUI and some wrappings around a GPL PDF library, usually Ghostscript, with little or no attribution given. Once again, there is nothing wrong with asking for other peoples experience with these tools and libraries; you don't want to find out you have breached GPL licensing AFTER you have created your solution, do you?

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

LesFerg Re:It's a Dang Shame (172 comments)

I love my PRS-T1 too, but sadly the dictionary app got grundled and if I accidentally activate it the unit freezes and needs to be rebooted.

It would be great if Sony could unlock these readers to allow us to add different reader apps. There are a few hack instructions on the web but they seem to apply to specific regional versions, so I don't want to brick the thing entirely by taking the risk.

The main issue with putting a standard Android app on the T1 appears to be getting its display mode modified to remove scrolling and unnecessary animations, also they need to be lightweight apps that the slow CPU won't have fits on.

about a month and a half ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

LesFerg Re:Math? (202 comments)

A better analogy would also represent the space time continuum and the gravity well relative to the ant.
See if your ant is walking on a large rubber sheet, then you drop a bowling ball on the spot the ant is currently at... oh wait, the universe just made my ant 2 dimensional.
But you will notice that it is travelling much slower now...

about 2 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

LesFerg Re:Or Maybe (686 comments)

Or maybe humans already achieved interstellar travel then, being the warmongering destructive bastards we are, went out and destroyed every non-human intelligence they could find. Afterwards, being the warmongering destructive bastards we are, we turned on ourselves and blew ourselves back to the stone age.
 

about 3 months ago
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Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

LesFerg Re:Energy density? (83 comments)

I'm curious how much the energy density of said yield would be. I did spin through the paper, I noticed the 300-400mg/L yield but not the energy density, did anyone else catch it amongst the jargon?

I guess your spin through was a little too quick then. The purpose is to create a porous " electrocatalyst". Not a fuel.

about 3 months ago
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Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets

LesFerg Re:What if there isn't any truth out there? (93 comments)

... Why the hell would they go light years away from home to come and take matter and energy from earth...

Unless after they achieved interplanetary travel, but before they achieved interstellar travel, they moved onto zero-g space stations and evolved into a form that cannot come down our gravity well and dig for minerals themselves. Hence the need for a planet with it's own stock of slaves waiting to be taken over, like what happened the last time they came, according to some of the web sites I have been reading recently.... maybe I should google something different next time...

about 4 months ago
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How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

LesFerg Re:The semaphore flags are getting ragged (224 comments)

... and the Cub Scouts I employ to signal my messages with the flags are complaining of their arms being tired. I suppose that interwebby thing might not be a newfangled fad after all.

I've heard you can get Power over Ethernet, so what you need to do is, invest in some of this PoE gear, run the cables out to your flag holders, and when they start to tire just hit em with some electrical charge until they start waving enthusiastically again.

about 5 months ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

LesFerg Re:Easily solved premise (118 comments)

There's that word again.. "Purchase". Seems people are still confused.

What are you confused about? You don't understand purchasing a license to use a game because you prefer to pirate a copy?

about 5 months ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

LesFerg Re:Easily solved premise (118 comments)

The fact that people can be confused about this should tell you that Valve isn't doing enough to tell users what the terms are.

What a twat. Your purchase cannot be completed without ticking the little checkbox saying you have read and agreed to the terms of the sale.

about 5 months ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

LesFerg Re:Scalded (118 comments)

What does Valve have anything to do with a game working or not working?

Precisely. I don't think I have purchased or even seen a game in recent years that did not come with a listing of prerequisite hardware/software.

If you entered into a purchase, received the goods, then stopped payment, I think Steam have every right to put a hold on the account you used until further information was received. What were you expecting, an apology from them because you didn't read the hardware prerequisites for a product you purchased?

If you don't dick them around, they provide a pretty damned good service.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

LesFerg Re:Soldier (737 comments)

Mankind has been selectively breeding animals for favoured traits, including behaviour, for thousands of years. All we will need is cattle bred to come running up to any humans it sees, calling out eat me eat me.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

LesFerg Re:Medical doctor (737 comments)

I have a kerosene fuelled soldering iron somewhere in my tool pile. Was planning to use it for some artistic sculpture work sometime. Of course it still relies on availability of a suitable fuel.

More important to know, I think, is somebody like a friend of mine, who could set up a blacksmiths workshop with the most primitive resources we could find. Tools and machining facilities would one of the most sacred crafts mankind would need to retain - after medical capabilities and healthcare knowledge. Tools and equipment for the purpose of large scale food production would be next.

about 5 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

LesFerg If busy healthcare workers can do it (581 comments)

NHS England had a program (I believe it still has a green light) to train around 50000 healthcare workers to code their own solutions, not to send them on a new career path, but so they can set them developing software at the same time that they are performing their healthcare duties for the population - Code4Health

So how hard could it possibly be?

about 5 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

LesFerg Re:no one would HIRE them, either (581 comments)

I'm over 50, have been looking for work for a while now, and I'm getting nothing; no interviews and certainly no offers. I have a lot of experience and a good work ethic, but it does no one any good if the companies routinely dismiss anyone with more than 2 pages of resume experience, since they are seen as 'too expensive' to hire

And yet I dropped off several roles from my earlier employment history (on advice from somebody making my CV more attractive) and then got turned down for jobs by people saying I didn't have enough experience!

28 years doing damned good software solutions and now nobody really cares about code quality any more. Those who mentored me in my early years would be spitting if they were still around to see the state of IT now.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

LesFerg Re:abaci (247 comments)

You really can't bet an abacus for doing binary arithmetic and bit shifting.

But they don't help your speling at all.

about 6 months ago

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News flash - copying data is no longer illegal

LesFerg LesFerg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LesFerg (452838) writes ""FBI agents who copied data from Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's computers and took it overseas were not acting illegally because information isn't "physical material", the Crown says." So copying data is NOT illegal if you don't take anything physical? How come they get to have it both ways."
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