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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

TractorBarry Re:I have your conversion right here... (860 comments)

I hear you. I'm stuck on Windows XP due to using Logic 5.5.1, 2 x Audiowerk8 cards and 2 Unitor interfaces.

The drivers for the hardware don't work post XP, not all the VSTs I use work post XP, not sure if Logic 5 will work post XP (some folks say it does but without the hardware working I've not even bothered to try it) so upgrading this machine simply isn't an option.

I've been using this setup for over a decade and I've got somewhere near a thousand songs/mixes etc. in Logic. This setup does what I need and I can whizz round it at great speed so I don't give a shit what Microsoft thinks about upgrading. I'll be running XP until either the hardware dies or I do (with me being more likely to go first).

Just recently stocked up on spare motherboard, hard drives, PSUs, processor & RAM just in case :)

New does not always mean better (hell, look at Windows 8 - it's absolute shite ;)

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

TractorBarry Re:Why? (769 comments)

> Immersion heaters are not safe.

I do hope this comment was meant to be funny. Or maybe your planet has nuclear powered immersion heaters with armed guards and death rays ?

about a month and a half ago
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Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

TractorBarry Re:Proteccionism (131 comments)

Ah good old Nth Qld, land of the elves and shoggy beasts in the cold, cold North. I wonder how King Shqrxx and his lovely daughter Mngfgtrx are doing these days ?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

TractorBarry Re:1984 (293 comments)

It's actually a lot closer to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

about 2 months ago
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Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

TractorBarry Re:Why? (255 comments)

Wish I had mod points today because you're spot on. If someone wants to radically experiment with a new interface paradigm they should fork the existing app and damn well leave the existing one alone.

Especially when it comes to the desktop GUI and the file manager. Give the new shit as an option, but damn well leave the old shit in place as an option too and allow the user to choose which one they want to use.

Coders need to learn to respect users. People use computers as tools and tools should not be arbitarily changed.

Can you imagine if programmers made hand tools ? You'd come in to work one morning to find your hammer was a paintbrush head glued to the end of a chopstick and the nails had been replaced with rubber toothpicks because some newbie fresh out of kindergarten has decided that's all they need to do and it "lookz kewl".

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

TractorBarry Re: Why? (2219 comments)

> Change for the sake of change is of no benefit to the user. UI designers don't seem to get that

+ 1000 Informative

about 2 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

TractorBarry Re:Ouch! (463 comments)

Ho ho. This is why NoScript and AdBlock are essential for browsing the interwebz :) All I saw was a load of badly laid out text that didn't seem to say anything worth reading and some huge fonts. Even better browse with Lynx for the win !!!!

about 2 months ago
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At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

TractorBarry Re:Frosty piss (177 comments)

VHS_Mob ? Boycott from the 10th to 17th ? I'm in ! The new beta site sucks. not quite as bad as Windows 8 but....

about 2 months ago
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How the Web Makes a Real-Life Breaking Bad Possible

TractorBarry War on drugs = war on consciousness (194 comments)

Trying to stop people altering their consciousness with chemicals is a waste of time. As long as people aren't driving around under the influence, or otherwise endangering third parties, who gives a shit ? If someone is stupid enough to get addicted to something that's their problem. Give it to them free and give them free treatment until they get clean (i.e. don't force them to become petty thieves to sustain a habit)

The real problem with drugs is that they can cause people to lose their societal conditioning and they will no longer play the game and act like a good sheeple.

Not forgetting that prisons and the court system are a great money spinner for the privileged classes.

Look at Victorian England. Laudenum, Cocaine, Opium, Heroin all available over the counter from the local chemist. High society parties where people would have a good dinner then sit around sniffing glue and ether. Did society collapse ? Did people spend all day high doing nothing ? No. A myriad of wonderful mechanical inventions came about, amazing stuff got built and people got on with their lives.

If that's what happens when people can get high in peace bring it on.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

TractorBarry Re:Windows XP still at 28.98% (470 comments)

Never mind the software what about the hardware ? I've got quite a few pieces of pro audio equipment that work beautifully and do not have Windows drivers beyond XP.

So I ask myself... am I going to upgrade my O/S and buy thousands of pounds of new hardware whilst simultansously ditching my perfectly working, excellent quality, audio hardware (selling ot for peanuts on ebay) ? Nope. Not a chance in hell.

Just to be on the safe side I've also bought backup copies of my current motherboard, processor, RAM, PSU etc. which will sit in a closet until something fails.

The fact that the Window 8 UI sucks donkey balls in hell and seems to be an attempt to create a retarded childs interactive game in place of a functioning UI is just the icing on the cake. XP is going absolutely nowhere in my studio :)

about 4 months ago
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Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf the Web While Driving

TractorBarry Immediate lifetime ban (365 comments)

Any moron caught doing this should be given a lifetime ban from driving anything more powerful than a mobility scooter. No ifs, no buts, no mitigating circumstances. They are simply unfit to be in control of a vechile.

about 5 months ago
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Protect Your Android Phone By Killing All Its Crapware

TractorBarry Re: O'rly? No wai! (201 comments)

+10 agree. Google are the NSA in disguise. The internet was built on anonymity and we're going to have to fight to keep it that way.

Maybe we should all start using "Luther Blisset" as our "Real Name" on anything that ask for one ?

Hell let's all actually change our names to Luther Blisset :)

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Admits Windows 8.1 Update May Bork Your Mouse, Promises a Fix

TractorBarry Only a small part of the problem (326 comments)

Windows 8.1 breaks the whole computer. Having a non functioning mouse is the least of your worries.

about 6 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Rolls Out Today

TractorBarry Re:Meh (398 comments)

Wish I had mod points today +1 funny... or should that be +1 insightful :)

about 6 months ago
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Google To Support Windows XP Longer Than Microsoft

TractorBarry Re:Google WTF are you doing? (154 comments)

I have a machine running XP. It runs my music software beatifully. The associated, expensive, not optional to replace hardware has no drivers for 7 and above. Additionally Windows 8 is a total pile of shit.

XP is staying on this machine.

about 6 months ago
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Glenn Greenwald Leaves the Guardian To Start His Own Site

TractorBarry Re:Greg Palast (94 comments)

+10 Informative.

Private Eye very often uncovers wrongdoing that other papers simply won't touch.

And beware the curse of Gnome !

about 6 months ago
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EU Court Holds News Website Liable For Readers' Comments

TractorBarry Fight for your right to be insulted ! (246 comments)

Looks like us sane peole should start emulating the Napoli football fans who recently staged a protest for the right to be insulted by Milan fans after said fans were banned from their own stadium for "offensive language".

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/09/italian-football-fans-abuse-milan-napoli

Fuck all these whiny pussies who want to turn the world into some sort of cotton swaddled PC playgrond for retards.

about 6 months ago
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Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Approve Work On DRM For HTML 5.1

TractorBarry Great news ! (307 comments)

Hopefully this means the *AA cartel can build their own "consumernet" where they can carry on with the obsolescent rent seeking business model with the masses and the rest of us can get along using our newly usable (hopefully fully encrypted ad vastly improved) internet again.

Of course when the "consumernet" gets no customers they'll bribe some more law onto the various statute books of the world but hey ho, c'est la vie.

about 7 months ago
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U.S. Spy Panel Is Loaded With Insiders

TractorBarry Meanwhile back on the farm... (330 comments)

In related news, after a spate of attacks, a local farm is having a meeting to investigate hen house security. So far the illustrious A.J. Fox, C.M. Fox, D.S. Fox, D.S. Fox Jr and Melvin K. Fox the third have all been selected to serve on the panel. Mr Wile E. Coyote has been asked to participate but is currently indisposed after a rocket accident.

about 7 months ago
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Nissan's Autonomous Car Now Road Legal In Japan

TractorBarry Great start... (205 comments)

This is a good start but if cars "evolve" to be full automatic I hope they're going to include a bar in the final design. No more excuses for sobriety :)

about 7 months ago

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TractorBarry TractorBarry writes  |  more than 6 years ago

'Tractor' Barry (788340) writes "(Shamelessly copied from El Reg as I'm lazy and it's a good preface...)

What's the best way to attract a pile of threatening lawyers' letters from Microsoft? Sell pirate copies of Windows? Write a DRM-busting program? Londoner Jamie Cansdale has just discovered a new approach. He had the temerity to make Redmond's software better. "As a hobby, Cansdale developed an add-on for Microsoft Visual Studio. TestDriven.NET allows unit test suites to be run directly from within the Microsoft IDE. Cansdale gave away this gadget on his website, and initially received the praises of Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft was so pleased with him, it gave him a Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) award, which it says it gives to "exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others". However, his cherished status did not last...""

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TractorBarry TractorBarry writes  |  more than 6 years ago

'Tractor' Barry (788340) writes "(This summary shamelessly copy & pasted from El Reg... I'm lazy and it's a well written overview)
"What's the best way to attract a pile of threatening lawyers' letters from Microsoft? Sell pirate copies of Windows? Write a DRM-busting program? Londoner Jamie Cansdale has just discovered a new approach. He had the temerity to make Redmond's software better. As a hobby, Cansdale developed an add-on for Microsoft Visual Studio. TestDriven.NET allows unit test suites to be run directly from within the Microsoft IDE. Cansdale gave away this gadget on his website, and initially received the praises of Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft was so pleased with him, it gave him a Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) award, which it says it gives to "exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others". However, his cherished status did not last...""
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TractorBarry TractorBarry writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TractorBarry writes "An Irish company, Steorn, claims it has discovered a way to generate free energy based on utilising the interaction of magnetic fields — a concept that challenges one of the basic rules of physics. Steorn has issued a challenge to the scientific community to test its technology by taking out a full page advertisement in the Economist magazine in which they quote George Bernard Shaw who said that "all great truths begin as blasphemies". . As well as the companies home page you can see more about the story at either Physorg or The Observer (UK) for details."

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