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Windows 8 Graphics: Microsoft Has Hardware-Accelerated Everything

Tuan121 Re:Maybe it's just me (563 comments)

Try turning off Aero.

It doesn't look as nice, but you will notice a snappier interface. This happens to me accidentally when using remote desktop software that disables it.

Turn Aero back on, and you will notice the lag. So being able to make everything look pretty and have a very snappy interface is always a plus.

more than 2 years ago

Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise In 20 Years

Tuan121 Re:There's no starship with just an ion drive (589 comments)

or on wall street bailing out incompetent bankers

You mean the incompetent public that buy houses with 0% down and then bitch when can't afford their mortgage and their house is taken away?

more than 2 years ago

Osama Bin Laden Didn't Encrypt His Files

Tuan121 Re:It's not like it would have help (333 comments)

Make 'em nice and long if you don't want the NSA to read 'em!

I tried some pills from an email link but that didn't help my password length.

more than 2 years ago

Osama Bin Laden Didn't Encrypt His Files

Tuan121 Re:Security through obscurity (333 comments)

I agree, I also can't figure out how we are supposed to know Hitler and Elvis are really dead too.

more than 2 years ago

Yahoo CEO Wrongly Claimed To Have Degree In Computer Science

Tuan121 Re:So? (363 comments)

We are modding people insightful for saying it's OK to lie as long as you can get away with it?

Whatever floats your boat, slashdot...

more than 2 years ago

Yahoo CEO Wrongly Claimed To Have Degree In Computer Science

Tuan121 Re:I would've went with accounting (363 comments)

Yahoo needs an accounting CEO more than a cs one lately.

I shall call you: The Predictor

FTA: [SECOND UPDATE: Stone Hill also confirmed that Thompson's degree was only a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration (Accounting).)

more than 2 years ago

I believe humanity will first achieve ...

Tuan121 Re:And mind uploading... (637 comments)

Leave it to Slashdot to show the first use of mind uploading being violations of privacy.

more than 2 years ago

If You Resell Your Used Games, the Terrorists Win

Tuan121 Re:I can't sell my steam games (423 comments)

Perhaps there are some agreements in place that the game has to be basically the same price on PC/PS3/360? Don't know, but that could make sense.

more than 2 years ago

If You Resell Your Used Games, the Terrorists Win

Tuan121 Re:used or bust (423 comments)

Why do they need GameStop when they can deliver games directly to the console?
PC gamers haven't needed anything else other than Steam / similar places. I haven't purchased a pc game game in stores for years now.

more than 2 years ago

12 Ways LibreOffice Writer Tops MS Word

Tuan121 Re:Am I the only one in the world that likes Ribbo (642 comments)

Totally agree. It's very helpful to see all the options on each tab right away. If they are in the menu, they are hidden under submenus etc, and it's just text. In the ribbon, what you want to do is also somewhat graphically displayed. For example, I want to turn numbers into percent, I click the "%" sign. I don't go into Tools->Format->Percent etc.

So no, you are not alone in liking the Ribbon. I bet that most people still making fun of the ribbon after all these years (it's been what, 5 years?) haven't actually tried to use it.

more than 2 years ago

Power-Saving Web Pages: Real Or Myth?

Tuan121 The headline.. (424 comments)

turns out there is a not insignificant difference ...

Very clear...

more than 2 years ago

My most recent tax bill was ...

Tuan121 Re:Missing Option: Not Enough (394 comments)

Shrug, you call it dangerous debt, I call it having craploads of T-Notes out there with extremely low interest rates and it's basically free money. It has to be paid back? Kinda, except that people keep buying treasury notes which we can use to pay those.. Call it a ponzi scheme if you want, not really accurate but maybe close.

What's going on is better than trying to not spend money and have the country contract further. We are taking on debt, but in that regard we are still trying to expand the country and not get into a Japan situation.

I find most people who spout off about the debt/deficit really don't understand how it works on such a country/global scale. It's not as simple as "debt is bad". Infact, it can be quite the opposite. If you are able to make more money/growth from borrowing money, then you are better off. With interest rates at virtually 0 the past 4 years, this is the case we are in. Better to be overspending to make sure we get out of the situation we are in then penny pinch ourselves into more contraction.

more than 2 years ago

My gut feeling about fracking:

Tuan121 Re:Lots of misinformation (267 comments)

The problem with the oil industry is that they "assume" nothing will go wrong

Oh come now. You are saying they assume nothing will go wrong? If for absolutely no other reason, they would want to make every assurance that nothing does go wrong or their product is lost and massive investments go to waste.

Do you think they invest hundreds of millions on a new rig and just say "well I think this is going to work, but if something happens it's ok, we don't mind bankrupting ourselves".

Your stereotypical lalalacoprationsarecompletelyevillalalal is lacking a little substance here.

more than 2 years ago

Millions of Subscribers Leaving Cable TV for Streaming Services

Tuan121 Re:TV sucks now (380 comments)

TV sucks now? I don't know, there are still quite a few good shows. I only need a few to keep track of, this is my list:
Modern Family
The Office
How I Met Your Mother
The Big Bang Theory

Ones that ended in the last few years:
Prison Break

You can point out all the crap as much as you want, but there are still some good quality shows out there.

more than 2 years ago

Egypt Banned Porn, But How Much of the Internet Is That?

Tuan121 Re:Disagree (316 comments)

I've concluded that pornography can actually quite harmful to some marriages if not most marriages.

Then you have concluded incorrectly.

porn is generally harmless

Porn is harmless. Just because you may choose to get obsessed with porn and choose it over your wife does not make porn harmful.

more than 2 years ago

Australian National Broadband Network Releases 3-Year Plan

Tuan121 Re:How Dare those Liberal Communists!!! (121 comments)

I'm not sure why you are trying to use AT&T cellular as a guage for the US internet? From the article

About 4 per cent of premises will receive broadband through fixed wireless networks

A very low percentage of this plan has anythiing to do with wireless. The rest is wired, so your silly "2kbps from AT&T" comment is both ridiculous and irrelevant.

Now from someone else's comment

Most of the country has slow, horrifically overpriced ADSL, which is patchy even in some urban areas. The Telcos were not and are not doing anything about it. The government stepping in is exactly what was needed.

So the private industry failed them, thus the government stepped in. Now onto the US.. how exactly has the private industries failed to provide fast & affordable internet? Where is only "slow, horrifically overpriced ADSL" available?

You attempting to twist this into a free market vs socialism rant is simply laughable.

more than 2 years ago

Apple to Buy Back $10bn of Its Shares and Pay Dividend

Tuan121 Dividends are theoretically null (301 comments)

I don't think most people understand the concept of dividends.

The main criticism is that company profits are much better used when re-invested back into the company. Why would you be excited that a company is giving away it's money instead of re-investing in itself to make itself more profitable in the future? Now, if you personally don't want to see your "gains" re-invested, then you have the choice to just sell a portion of your investment and take the profit without affecting the company (assuming you don't have some massive position where a sell would affect the stock price, which is the normal case).

Dividends are usually also taxed twice. The company has paid taxes on it's profits, and the shareholder pays income tax on the dividend payment. Whereas taking your gain from selling the stock is independent of any tax the company has paid.

Dividends also give this false impression of extra profit. When a company pays a dividend, the stock reduces by virtually the same amount of the dividend that was paid. Thus you aren't theoretically getting anything extra. If your share was worth $30 and the dividend is $3, you receive $3 in cash and now your stock is worth $27. So, paying the dividend is not giving anything extra to shareholders. If anything, it forces you to manually rebalance your portfolio to account for the dividend. Now this may not be a big deal on a normal basis, but it's still something to consider. i.e., you put $100 in dividend paying stocks and $100 in nondividend paying stocks. If the dividend paying stocks have paid out $10, you now have $10 in cash, $90 in dividend paying stocks, $100 in non-dividend paying stocks. Your portfolio has changed balance simply because of dividends.

Some practical uses of dividends are receiving cash from your investment that is taxed at a more favourable rate than short-term capital gains and not having to act (i.e., sell shares) to receive income. So that can be a convenient point.

Now sure, you can argue that Apple is an extreme case.. after all who the hell has $100b in cash just sitting around. So I'm not really trying to apply the normal aspects of dividends to this situation. But these are facts worth noting in general. Dividends should not, in theory, be a "good thing". Thus even though you can argue dividend paying stocks do tend to perform better than non-dividend stocks, the reason is not the dividend itself. It may just be the company was in good enough shape to pay dividends, whereas a company losing value is probably not in a position to pay dividends.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft: RDP Vulnerability Should Be Patched Immediately

Tuan121 Re:Not worrying (126 comments)

How insightful. I'd never have imagined to see a comment like this on Slashdot, thanks for contributing to the discussion!

more than 2 years ago

The Worst Job In the Digital World

Tuan121 Re:So the moral of the story is... (258 comments)

How is that news?

It's not.. and that's not what the article or summary was about. That was YOU trying to turn the discussion into tinfoil-hat-no-privacy world.

But I guess you accomplished your goal, enjoy eating your mod points tonight.

more than 2 years ago


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