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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Trax3001BBS Re:Not that great of a preview (191 comments)

Take a backup if you are so precious about your current OS, it even tells you how in the Insider documentation - enough has changed that they have to migrate the user account stuff, so that gives an indication of how different things are now.

And yes, you can select your updates, just like before.

I don't wish to be "stuck" with Win10 as it's going subscription after a year free. I'm used to dual booting always have, it allows a choice.

Should be a way do this (EasyBCD), I'll figure it out (not asking).

Thanks for the update on the updates. :)

It should be noted that if you upgrade within the first year of its release, its free for the life Windows 10. So its not a subscription but rather a limited time offer.

Second reply, different day.

I'm going to try it out, I was loaned a brand new Acer Aspire 64 bit laptop. It's Win8, so I've been prepping it for Win8.1 then thought hell, might as well go on to Win10. I had much more to add but after reading the agreement it's best left unsaid, and the tape over the web cam stays.

But may disable mobile phones permanently? That's harsh.

Had a hell of a scare, hotmail.com is my e-mail address, https://account.live.com/ kept verifying me by sending E-mail that said if it's really me don't do anything, wrong. This went on for over an hour, the account itself in jeopardy.

The scare? I rarely log into MS yet most of my E-mail goes to hotmail.com (https://account.live.com ?) then forwarded elsewhere. Been like that for a very long time, they now have a second e-mail address to verify me by; but hell they've been forwarding to it for just as long... Wonder how Bing is holding up...

* Hotmail didn't have POP3, the other address did, I download all of my E-mail to read with Forte's Agent 6.

2 hours ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Trax3001BBS Re:They tried this in the early 1980s (204 comments)

If you were learning BASIC on a TRS-80 Model III, there were a very large amount of computer languages around already.

One could only purchase programs at Radio Shack and ours was lacking in that area, It's how I got into assembly language it showed up there one day.

The game "Asylum" was part of the package I was given, complete the entire game, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A... I had diagrams of the layout put some work into it, Our Radio Shack never carried games either.

To mail order something was just something I/we never did, never an option, never came to mind. Now everything comes from NewEgg.com.

My first real work with C++ started when I was about 44. Don't blame your age for inability to learn.

I knew putting an age down was going to get replies, I change it up many times before the submit :}

Most likely your better hackers learned the trade as teens, me something else always comes up I have to attend to, I did lean the structure of C++ all that to jump into Java which I just never really got anywhere with.

yesterday
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Trax3001BBS Re:Math (204 comments)

I wish I'd of spent more time with it (progressing courses), but it's too late.

Why is it too late? Are you almost dead?

Retired and I skipped Algebra in school and it wasn't easy to pick up later, I really needed that Algebra class.

yesterday
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Trax3001BBS Re:Not that great of a preview (191 comments)

Take a backup if you are so precious about your current OS, it even tells you how in the Insider documentation - enough has changed that they have to migrate the user account stuff, so that gives an indication of how different things are now.

And yes, you can select your updates, just like before.

I don't wish to be "stuck" with Win10 as it's going subscription after a year free. I'm used to dual booting always have, it allows a choice.

Should be a way do this (EasyBCD), I'll figure it out (not asking).

Thanks for the update on the updates. :)

yesterday
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Trax3001BBS Re:Fuck Winders (191 comments)

Why would anyone still run virus-infested Winders in this day and age? Just use Linux you retards.

I run Windows because of the games I play, sometimes up till 6 AM.

I also have problems installing Linux or to be exact it's placement, three hard drives, and a 2TB USB UEFI drive which pretty much does what it wants to under a bios system.

I create three partitions meant to be swap, main, and storage; formatted in advanced to be such. I get one partition being used and a swap file created elsewhere.

There's more but it doesn't bode well for me or my abilities (which I consider to be, well able) to mention.

I've just said the heck with it and use CyWin64.

yesterday
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Trax3001BBS Not that great of a preview (191 comments)

"This is a full build, and it will be installed as an in-place upgrade, so you’ll go through those colorful “installing your apps” screens again. This is because your account is being re-provisioned after the upgrade."

So you lose your current OS, not being able to install it elsewhere.

"You’ll notice that there is not a separate “Check Now” button here. This is because the button to check for WU updates now also checks for new builds."

I don't see any problems here... Unless your still able to select your updates. Else a future /. article will be of a bad update that took out all participants.

yesterday
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Trax3001BBS Gamma-ray bursts extinctions not likely any more (222 comments)

While studies show that a gamma ray burst most likely hit the earth causing the "The Ordovician–Silurian extinction events"= http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...–Silurian_extinction_events. The extinction occurred 443.4 million years ago, during one of the most significant diversifications in Earth history."

Yet we survived as an intelligent life form.

Or survival has been protected in no small way by the fact were in a fairly unpopulated spiral of the galaxy. The closer to the center of the galaxy, the more populated (with stars) it becomes and chances of any intelligent life greatly reduced.

Now with the Andromeda galaxy fast approaching things could change, but Earth will be long gone or uninhabitable.

To note: one large star very far away when it goes black hole, it's polar emissions has us targeted, but it's not expected to happen for quite sometime so as not of any concern; again Earth pry won't have any life at that time.

yesterday
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

Trax3001BBS Re:outsider question: why the USA embargo on Cuba? (140 comments)

why the USA still has an embargo against Cuba? (sensible answers only please).

Votes.

You get the old-people-who-still-fear-those-godless-red-bastards vote, and you get the Cuban exile vote. And you get the agriculture vote, because we grow a hell of a lot more corn than sugar.

Almost everything produced in the U.S. uses high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) rather than sugar and there is a difference. Being a LOT of Mexican stores around I go to them as anything sold there is authentic and made of real sugar, and my source of Coca-Cola for one.

"The use of HFCS in the United States is partially attributable to government tariffs that maintain domestic sugar prices at above the global price and subsidies to corn growers that lower the cost of the primary ingredient in HFCS, corn. Since 1797 there have been a system of sugar tariffs and sugar quotas in the United States that maintains the price of imported sugar at levels up to twice the global price" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Trax3001BBS Re:grandmother reference (457 comments)

Except in this era of increasing server-side reliance, game piracy is becoming less of an issue. It will eventually get to the point where you're not actually buying the game, you're buying an account with which you can then play the game. Since the majority of people don't think twice about needing to be always connected this trend will only continue.

EA.COM now Origin.com started this with the Battle Field series. Steam, most don't mind always running as it's been operating for so long, I remember the /. article about Stream coming; being an on-line service, I tried to find it a few months ago with no luck, but it wasn't being accepted even back then.

Now a gamer can have numerous front doors running switching back and forth between games, A lot of needless overhead.

Origin doesn't have any requirement to be running. I just exit it when a game starts, 2.5 years later it complains about not being sync'd which again can be ignored, once a week I'll sync my games. Most are now following Steam's example (I only know of Steam and Origin, little about UBI.). Well just that UBI just shot themselves in the foot, yet again.

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I not only requested but had to call for the BF3 box (3 CD's are included), Yet all the first CD does is start downloading the game from Origin and many other mirrors.

2 days ago
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Facebook global outage

Trax3001BBS Back up now (1 comments)

11:30 pm here PST (-800)

What a shame...

2 days ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Trax3001BBS Re:Math (204 comments)

They are still not talking about literacy - they are talking about problem solving. That makes it the new Mathematics, not the new literacy. (And yes, what I learned coding on my VIP not quite 40 years ago did help me with my degree in Math a few years later, so I do know what I'm talking about.)

Mathematics is under rated. I wish I'd of spent more time with it (progressing courses), but it's too late.

2 days ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Trax3001BBS Re:They tried this in the early 1980s (204 comments)

The early 1980's was when I discovered in the 7th grade that I came from a "poor" family for not having cable TV to get MTV and an Apple ][ to complete my Logo homework assignments. Worst part, it was the girls who told me.

I wanna know what the girls had to say! :)

I guess I was considered poor, staying at home while the better half pulled in just enough to meet the basics.

Early 80's I started "coding" or teaching myself Basic on the TRS 80 III (cassette storage) that was given to me. I was good except when it came to arrays. but it's also the only thing I had to do, MTV (local station) in the back ground but that was it. The TRS had it's own magazine of which I was also given (many in fact) that had basic programs which I would type in by hand (duh) taking 6 hours or more. It was debugging (that was always required) that I learned more from than anything else.

I started self teaching myself assembly language (TRS 80). Then leaning my job became everything -I had 18 months to learn (certify in) a subject I'd only known of in it's broadest terms.

Years later I went with the Amiga who's basic was so broken I had two choices, quit basic or toss the Amiga through a window/wall when a gimme wouldn't work (they went to ARexx, dropping Basic years later). I purchased an 2400 baud Supra modem ($240) for no real reason and found BBS's which took precedences over anything else.

Now what do you learn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...? So many languages have popped up (some gone now as well)*. yet almost all suggest a knowledge of C++ due to it's format or structure. I've tired (C++) but so many things get in the way, the most important being past the age of around 35 and much harder now, it came so easy when I was younger.

And no I've never used Excel, as the article seems to make such an importance in.

*ARexx is written in 68000 Assembly, and cannot therefore function at full speed with new PPC CPUs, a version of ARexx has not been rewritten for them

2 days ago
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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

Trax3001BBS Re:Internet Explorer (99 comments)

More standards compliant based on what? Chrome is 100% acid 3 compliant and has one tiny pause. Chrome has kicked IE's ass in standards compliance for years and continues to do so.

Opera up to 12+ always passed the acid tests, even acid test #1 when they shouldn't of been prepared for it. I don't think any other browser can make this claim. Opera 26 passes #3 100/100 (no pause and one tab edit from default) but it's chrome with a different skin. While not actually Chrome they are stepping in it's foot prints. About Opera 26: made possible by http://www.chromium.org/ it will import bookmarks but not Opera's :)

4 days ago
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Trax3001BBS Re:Not a fan (304 comments)

If the safety feature enables the brakes when a crash is 'imminent', it takes away the driver's discretion during the times braking is not advisable.

During icy conditions, when I'd rather kill that deer instead of my family, or when a piece of black plastic blows across the roadway, are three that come to mind.

Yep, my first thought:
Deer's history anyhow why take the family with it, twice I've been in a car/truck when the hood opened on us, while a sudden stop wasn't necessary, these smart brakes going to allow one?

Hell with it, I'll just play cards and have my self driving car worry about it.

4 days ago
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What does a person use for a three button mouse these days?

Trax3001BBS Ask a left handed person this (2 comments)

Being right handed, I learned to use my left hand for the mouse due of all things - a short cord, and the comfort of sitting on the couch when computing

Now I'm stuck using right handed mice left handed

I noticed one link you posted did have a left handed version which is rare.

I use the G5 which went to become the G500, it's a gaming mouse and that dangling ring finger operates the two side buttons. Yes there are three side buttons but the third too far back to use reliably; hitting the second (middle) button first. See they changed the button locations, really going to mess me up now. http://www.newegg.com/Product/... broke the $100 mark, I go through one a year if it's built right, some get quirky quickly and need to be replaced sooner. I can count 6 I've bought by the box of weights that come with it and started stacking on top of each other.

A high DPI or low DPI on the fly (gaming, snipers) and memory chip to store your settings, so you can always have the mouse settings your comfortable with on a different computer. While storing settings doesn't sound that great, it is. If you really need to make a small adjustment or find the pointer, one just runs: Main.cpl (windows).

As for ergonomics the G500 feels made for my hand, but then I'm using it backwards.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Trax3001BBS POP3 your E-mail, reading it with Agent (467 comments)

I have many E-mail accounts as I'm sure others do, all being forwarded to my main E-mail account (Gmail). Gmail allows POP3 which lets you download your E-mail, many E-mail sites don't offer that ablity.. Web based E-mail you need to open to read (or even see) you don't know what it's going to contain or do, mostly though install beacons -the sender, if a site you subscribe to will tell you this up front in it's privacy policy.

I use Agent as my E-mail/newsgroup reader, actually I've always used Agent starting with version .98 (so know of no other similar programs); at this time Agent 6 as it has SSL. While I prefer 1.93 it hasn't SSL and the latest update to Stunnel not only didn't work, neither will the older versions now.

Agent won't load HTML, allowing you to read your E-mail as text; most HTML E-mail have two "versions" the HTML followed by text, both saying the same thing. Agent will load your E-mail in your browser if you want, but I have rarely needed to.

I can tell if an attachment has been sent with the E-mail by it's flags (status), the first item listed before the lines the message has, subject, author, and date. If I don't know the sender I just delete it by right clicking on the line of E-mail info itself. Since I've already downloaded it, if I really wanted to I could go into my incoming directory and see what it is, but if an unknown sender I couldn't care.

Charter offers access to the newsgroups (UseNet) as part of it's service (no charge) which I use Agent for as well. I've begun to notice people referring to Google Groups as the newsgroups (not even close).

Headers, while not as informative as they used to be (senders IP address no longer listed) are fully listed and an option to view along with the message. None of the E-mail programs I've seen (cell phone and such) have more than a few lines and of no real value.

I see E-mail having bounced back and forth between Google servers much like ping-pong. Servers which btw use the 10.0.0.0 ip address block Https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1918, all internal to Google. I was kind of impressed, cost em nothing.

I'd post one of the headers here but it would have to be edited to senselessness as it shows the complete path the E-mail followed; being forwarded E-mail, just too much info.

The only down side of Agent I've ever encountered are the features and options one has to work with, which can be overwhelming at first, this includes the message filtering system.

Not being that bright, a filter can take me quite awhile to get it to do just what I want, whether it's to begin downloading a file showing up sight unseen, or deleting one. The last time was to keep the first .par file but delete any additional .par files (ones needed to repair) as the newsgroups are very reliable, yep it took awhile.

But don't forget web based E-mail is a threat as well.

Feel I need to add: I have nothing to do with Agent (Forte), just a user.

4 days ago
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

Trax3001BBS Re:Thanks Google (169 comments)

See now this is why Google is so successful.

I agree.

Google has had no problem in the past with people rooting (jail breaking) their product, once sending dev developers a soon to be released Android phone so they could have a head start.

It's a good bet to say if you own an Android tablet/cell phone and enter "about device" clicking 7 times on say the "Kernel Number" listing or one of the info blocks you will enter Developer mode, for the Samsung S5 it's the “build number” info block.

Once your in dev mode you can run ADB:
"ADB, Android Debug Bridge, is a command-line utility included with Google’s Android SDK. ADB can control your device over USB from a computer, copy files back and forth, install and uninstall apps, run shell commands, and more."
http://www.howtogeek.com/12576...

A requirement and first step to rooting (jail breaking (owning)) a device.

Motorola said it wasn't possible for the Google Xoom tablet to use KitKat 4.4.2, a developer showed it was http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/... making the old new again.

5 days ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Trax3001BBS Re:Kinect (171 comments)

Hate to break it to you but Halo was an XBox release title.

Yes, and it's release made the Xbox relevant for the first time. I wouldn't be far off saying it saved the Xbox. Dependent upon how much money MS was willing to lose before dropping it; it's place in history listed along with the Dreamcast, and the Cube.

about a week ago

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Researchers Clone Cells from Two Adult Men (stem cells)

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about 9 months ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes ""Lanza’s group used caffeine to prevent the fused egg from dividing prematurely. Rather than leaving the egg with its newly introduced DNA for 30 minutes before activating the dividing stage, they let the eggs rest for about two hours. This gave the DNA enough time to acclimate to its new environment and interact with the egg’s development factors, which erased each of the donor cell’s existing history and reprogrammed it to act like a brand new cell in an embryo."

Stem cells is my take on this feat."

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Damming news from Washington State

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about a year ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "Wanapum Dam has been found with a 65-foot (20 meter) crack. Water levels are being lowered to both reduce water pressure and give the inspectors access to the area.


"Earlier this week, an engineer noticed a slight irregular “bowing” above the spillway gates near where cars can drive across the dam.
When divers finally took a look under water they found a 2-inch-wide crack that stretched for 65 feet along the base of one of the dam’s spillway piers...

The artilcle goes on to say

"Even if the dam doesn’t fail, the significance of the damage is likely to require extensive repairs and that, too, could impact the entire Columbia River system.
“All these dams coordinate to generate energy on a regional scope,” Stedwick said. “If Wanapum is impacted, that has impacts on dams up stream as well as below.”

Up stream dams would be required to handle more water, the lower Dams means just one (Priest rapids Dam); after that is the last free flowing section of the Columbia river. Daily walks along that section I've seen it deviate (higher or lower) by amazing amount of water; it can handle it.
On top of this situation you have a large group of people that would like that particular Dam removed as well as the one above and below it (think of the fish!) http://www.npr.org/2013/05/15/..., after Priest rapids dam (down stream from Wanapum Dam) is the Hanford Nuclear Reservation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H... once the site for Plutonium production area. Either of which stand to get a lot of press from this.
Personally I'd like to give the engineer that noticed a slight irregular “bowing” and atta boy."

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Dear Asus router user: All your Cloud are belong to us

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about a year ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "ARS is running an article about a vulnerability of ASUS routers that are becoming very popular at the moment -like connected USB devices being open to the world.

According to Lovett, the weakness affects a variety of Asus router models, including the RT-AC66R, RT-AC66U, RT-N66R, RT-N66U, RT-AC56U, RT-N56R, RT-N56U, RT-N14U, RT-N16, and RT-N16R..a when using AiCloud or FTP

-and this old news, come new again-
I have the AC66U router, but with the Asuswrt Merlin ROM http://www.lostrealm.ca/tower/... that took care of this vulnerability long ago. (Number 17) http://blog.ittoby.com/2013/01..."

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Voyager 1 Has Left the Solar System

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "Last year on July 27, 2012.

  The delayed announcement? Voyager 1 observed no change in the direction of the magnetic field, as had been expected.
"According to conventional wisdom, we'll know we've passed through this mysterious boundary when we stop seeing solar particles and start seeing galactic particles, and we also detect a change in the prevailing direction of the local magnetic field. ""

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Light Bursts out of a Flying Mirror

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "You know the old question of the photon traveling at close to the speed of light passing near a black hole; how much speed will it acquire from the a gravity assist?

The answer I'm fine with is the photon ejects a gamma wave and maintains it's original speed.

How about the reflection from a mirror moving close to the speed of light. The reflection will pick momentum from the speed of the mirror.

Albert Einstein stating that the reflection from a mirror moving close to the speed of light could in principle result in bright light pulses in the short wavelength range

A team of physicists from the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics(MPQ) in Garching...created such a mirror in a recent experiment."The scientists used an intense laser pulse to accelerate a dense sheet of electrons from a nanometre-thin foil to close to the speed of light and reflected a counter-propagating laser pulse from this relativistic mirror.instead of moving faster (photons already travel at the speed of light),the reflected light is shifted in its frequency.

In the experiment, the incredibly high velocity of the electron mirror gave rise to a change in frequency upon reflection from the near infrared to the extreme ultraviolet up to a wavelength of 60 to 80 nanometre.

Moreoever (sic), the time duration of the reflected pulses was on the order of a few hundred attoseconds only (one attosecond is a billionth of a billionth of a second).

This experiment not only supports Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity, but attosecond pulses of light would allow the electron motion in atoms to be resolved,"

Source http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134142.htm"
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"Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Trax3001BBS writes ""For years, biologists have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which let these 5-ounce lizards produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it, leading them to invent "Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall"

Source http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/newsreleases/articles/146885.php

"Previous efforts to synthesize the tremendous adhesive power of gecko feet and pads were based on the qualities
of microscopic hairs on their toes called setae"

http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/11/07/1615221/gecko-inspired-tape-can-be-reused-thousands-of-times
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/10/08/29/0019240/gecko-inspired-robot-climbs-walls-at-stanford
http://tech.slashdot.org/story/03/06/01/208205/gecko-feet-inspire-sticky-tape
http://science.slashdot.org/story/06/12/11/0430240/scientists-developing-commercially-viable-synthetic-gecko
To list a few."

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Opera 12 with flash support, and edit "hidden" Opera 26+ settings.

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about a week ago

No flash support forced me update to Opera 26 while keeping Opera 12 installed. Opera 26 got it's own program directory Opera26, but both versions share a common directory, .ini, or registry/registries settings. While both also have different Appsdata directories (both local and roaming) they meet up some place (I haven't dug too deep, it just works and I'm good with that).

I now have the use of Opera 12 with flash support, it took /. to show me Opera 26 no longer allows me to reply to messages (requires flash) yet Opera 12 will, giving me my old and fav browser back.

Fluke? Yes. Can you do the same thing? No clue. Security issues? ?

To edit "hidden" settings in Opera 26 and higher use the address - Opera:flags
I was able to edit the tabs to open as the far right tab (old Opera default), instead of every other browser style, being next to the tabbed window your viewing.

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Adobe releases emergency Flash update 2-20-14

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about a year ago

ASLR vastly decreases the chances that a remote-code-execution attack will succeed by loading downloaded scripts in a different memory location each time the computer is rebooted. The attackers behind the campaign discovered by FireEye found a way to bypass ASLR on computers running older software. Specifically, PCs running Windows XP, Windows 7 with the now-unsupported 1.6 version of Oracle's Java, and Windows 7 with a now out-of-date version of Office 2007 or Office 2010 don't benefit from the protection of ASLR.
http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/02/adobe-releases-emergency-flash-update-amid-new-zero-day-drive-by-attacks/

Readers should remember that versions 12.0.0.44, 11.7.700.261, or earlier of Flash, regardless of the platform they run on, contain the underlying vulnerability.

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BF3's window disappearing, appears BF3 has crashed, or BF3.exe stops

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

As you can see I'm awful wordy this is no exception, I had thought it already posted here...

---First you can fix BF3 very easily by reinstalling your audio drivers. (not so weird if you think about it.)

---- BF3's window disappearing or appears BF3 has crashed. ----

I couldn't play two or three maps of BF3 in a row without the BF3's window
turning Gray then disappearing, "BF3 window" because I thought it was due
to being full screen (in a way it was).

I didn't know if it was my setup, even server side or client side - the opportunity
to find that out was...blocked.

Understand my games ran just fine, then all of a sudden Gray, Black, and I'd
reboot myself to reset what might of been wrong (flush the ram).

I use the Event Viewer (eventvwr.msc) all the time. Win7's is much more useful
than the past Windows OS's but it was only showing a "0 (zero) bit bucket error" (nothing).

So took another approach, debugging the only .DMP file left from a crash and found my problem:
VIDEO_TDR_ERROR,
yep a "Windows User Experience Enhancement".

A Timeout Detection and Recovery error, in other words my video card was so busy it didn't
have time to report back it's well being - So the system would reset the video card, taking BF3 with it. While my video card is top of the line, BF3 graphics are rather intense.

My .dmp file was located here X:\Windows\LiveKernelReports\WATCHDOG\

There are registry entries that can fix this at:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers
the keys must be entered as they aren't there by default

TdrLevel - turn on and off Timeout detection
TdrDelay - change the time out period
TdrDdiDelay - time to reset the graphics stack
TdrLimitTime - time limit TDR's are allowed ( I'll be tweaking)
TdrLimitCount - number of TDR's are allowed ( I'll be tweaking)
[url]http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff569918.aspx[/url]

Taking the easy way out I just disabled the TDR,

Recently I had rebooted and entered a map with the same players,
I had left. All the chat's were about the lag they were seeing, lot's of people,
lots of lag - not me, the game played just fine. Seems to be just a matter of time
before most are hit with the same problem, just they didn't crash or online to say
they had.

Collected at different times my Event Viewer error messages claimed:
I had run out of Graphic memory or so fragmented it was unusable, another:
"ReportDescription=A problem with your video hardware caused Windows to stop working correctly.",
yet another:
"The Desktop Window Manager is experiencing heavy resource contention.
Scenario : Video memory resources are over-utilized and there is thrashing happening as a result.

Quote
"Ultimately, this crash is due to game/software developers and graphics card
manufacturers (such as ATI/AMD and NVidia) developing buggy devices and
software and not playing by the rules and standards dictated for a specific
platform like Windows. There are many cases of similar events happening on
UNIX/Linux systems, so this problem is not specifically isolated to Windows." /Quote
[url]http://www.mikemstech.blogspot.com/2011/12/troubleshooting-0x116-videotdrerror.html[/url]

My system:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 case
ASUS P6X58D Premium MotherBoard
Intel Core i7-950 3.8Ghz 1.2 Volts
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB TR3X6G1600C8D Memory 1806Mhz at 1.60volts
EVGA GTX 570 video card (not overclocked)
CORSAIR H-50 Cooling Hydro (CPU water cooler)
CORSAIR HX850 Silver Certified, Modular power supply
3 HD - 2 CD all unspectacular :}

References
[url]http://www.mikemstech.blogspot.com/2011/12/troubleshooting-0x116-videotdrerror.html[/url]
where one should start - also a copy of what my debug output looked like (guess how I found the site).

TDR explanations, registry settings (Win7 and above)
[url]http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff569918.aspx[/url]

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Solved windows 7 event viewer not working

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Working on a web site with kompozer, until then figured I'd place things that could help others here.

Like Windows 7's Event Viewer not working anymore, claiming the service isn't running

Bottome line:
The trick is to rename
X:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup
to say:
X:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup42

RtBackup will recreate itself and everything will be back to normal.
----

Windows 7 event viewer (eventvwr.msc) has grown up.

Understand Win7 is a new OS for me installed for BattleField3. BF3 is also what I'm
mostly fixing or tweaking the OS for as well. This is also the first time I've ever used
permissions always installing windows on a FAT 32 format

XP and below you would use the event viewer to get a clue to your problem, with Win7 it
actually helps a lot.

I was using the event viewer to track down my problem of not being able to play BF3 2 or 3 games
in a row without the BF3 screen fading to gray then disappear, of course near the end where I'd
lose everything I'd gained.

Now weirdness enters the very day I took a serious approach at this problem.
I kept track of the times I was in game, it ended, the next started, and time of crashes
so I could track the times later in the Event Viewer.

Down to work I opened the Event Viewer and it won't, it quit working, claiming the service
needed to be running first, the service was indeed running.

The event viewer is dependent upon the Task Scheduler and it the event viewer, and between the two
there was a time I wasn't sure what if any services were working.

I tried a repair install of Win7 and couldn't because of SP1 - rough day I have another version of Win7
and two versions of XP I can boot into as well as the CD drives, I think I used them all to attack
the problem from the outside. Working with permissions (sidestepping them) and trying to get a copy
of Win7 to install. While maintaining everything or no data loss, I'm not one to format and start over.

Next day different approach - I finally found the answer at
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/cannot-start-windows-event-log-service-on-windows/e2c218ad-8637-49ee-8023-50eae0e4ddcb

The trick is to rename
X:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup
To say:
X:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup42

RtBackup will recreate itself and everything will be back to normal. Simple as that.

I couldn't rename RtBackup. Working with permissions for so long I went into my XP64 OS to
work with it, only to find the directory was "Read Only" sigh...

BTW my cure all ERUNT wouldn't work (permissions) or this post would be much shorter or not at all.
Before I do anything I'll run ERUNT just in case. http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

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BF3 - how to cripple or crash any Windows OS with it.

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Looking for a post I posted I came across this article (not the right one):

Battlefield 3 Performance: 30+ Graphics Cards Tested http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/10/29/1922214/battlefield-3-performance-30-graphics-cards-tested

I know how to crash a system with any video card running BF3, Bold statement as it's not totally the video cards fault and a crash isn't always the result; but you will have a lot of problems until you reboot.

Running BF3 without pagefile.sys or disk cache, will crash or or severely cripple the OS.

After playing for a while you will be asked politely to quit BF3 as your running out of resources - windows 7 also request shutting down it's charm (DMV.exe) and other services.

Thing here is all the requests are behind the BF3 game screen, you'll start loosing control of any equipment your in, or other odd stuff pertaining to input.

I have 6 Gigs of ram and BF3 is the only application where a Pagefile is required, even Photoshop runs without one now.

Yet for all it's problems BF3 is a very enjoyable game that I play daily but now with a pagefile on a slow drive. My video card: EVGA GTX570

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I know! I know!

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 3 years ago

-Raises hand and gestures wildly-

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