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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

WhoBeDaPlaya MS Rapid Release Cycle (633 comments)

The problem with a ~3 year Windows release cycle is that a lot of commercial / FOSS programs can take 1-2 years to stabilize on the new platform (eg. properly supporting new video renderer, 3rd party backup/imaging programs, etc.)

about two weeks ago
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Intel 5th Gen Core Series Performance Preview With 2015 Dell XPS 13

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:i5? Call me when they have the i7 (97 comments)

Not if you use a custom DirectShow filter chain to do custom deinterlacing, resizing, etc. (eg. ffdshow).
I need a high-speed dual core w/HT or a medium-speed quad w/o HT for that.

about two weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:One word ... (578 comments)

I'm Chinese, and even I don't know what the Firefly cast is saying 90% of the time they attempt to speak Mandarin,

about three weeks ago
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6 Terabyte Hard Drive Round-Up: WD Red, WD Green and Seagate Enterprise 6TB

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:"NAS" hard drives? (190 comments)

Run wdidle3 or idle3tools and set the park time to 300 seconds. Problem solved. Do NOT set it to disabled with the latest generation Reds / Greens - they do not like it in the least and you WILL get funny noises from the drive.

about a month ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

WhoBeDaPlaya Hitachi 6TB (173 comments)

Since we have a Backblaze staff member here, can I ask why did you guys not test Hitachi's 6TB drives?

about a month ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

WhoBeDaPlaya Apple's CSM Strikes Again (189 comments)

Looks like their infamous CSM team strikes again

about 2 months ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

WhoBeDaPlaya Idiocracy (376 comments)

Accurate documentary of Murica's future...

about 2 months ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:$500 per card or per household? (227 comments)

What on earth are you smoking? A decently clocked i3 is sufficient (CPU-wise) for the vast majority of games. A 6-year old i5/i7 would even suffice. GPU? $200 for an R9 290, $120 for an R9 280X. That's not expensive at all for (TRUE) 1080p gaming.

about 2 months ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

WhoBeDaPlaya Fuck Technical Competence (204 comments)

I'm rather more concerned with his/her managerial competence, provided that they are decent enough technically.

about 2 months ago
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Court Order: Butterfly Labs Bitcoins To Be Sold

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:That was a near miss (66 comments)

Was this for their ASIC or FPGA miners? To their credit, the FPGA miners worked well and ran reliably. Heard some grumblings about the bundled power bricks, but don't know about that since I ran mine off of a regular PSU.

about 3 months ago
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Court Order: Butterfly Labs Bitcoins To Be Sold

WhoBeDaPlaya Hardware Ponzi Scheme (66 comments)

I got in early on a bunch of their FPGA miners. Made obscene money mining and a tidy profit after I sold them and decided to quit mining.

about 3 months ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:Critical thinking (553 comments)

Smart enough to do the job, dumb enough to keep doing it.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:Inequality isn't harmful (839 comments)

No, but they have to power to CONVINCE you to hand over stuff to them. That is a lot more insidious.

about 3 months ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:Traffic Shaper? (429 comments)

Well those baristas aren't bimbos right? I mean, they got a degree for something :P

about 3 months ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

Bandgap engineering is amazing stuff. I fondly remember sneaking into a device physics class as a sophomore and being bowled over by it.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:iPod Classic (730 comments)

Y'all are missing an important point. Most automotive headunits are designed to work best with Apple devices (eg. my Pioneer Z140BH - full voice recognition, album art, etc. only for iPod/iPhone sources). Out of no choice, I shelled out $189 back in 2009 for a 160GB iPod classic to essentially use it as a USB HDD in the car.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (533 comments)

20Mbps is stupid excessive even for a 1920x1080 1.78 aspect ratio MKV video. That's approaching commercial BluRay datarates (~28Mbps on a lot of releases). 10Mbps for video (less if the aspect ratio is 2.4) + 0.625-1.5Mbps for audio (5.1 AC3 / DTS) is plenty.

about 5 months ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:Same reason blu-ray didn't take off (204 comments)

There's a discernible difference between say a BluRay 25+Mb stream vs. a 10Mb encode, let alone a crappy Netflix 3Mb 1080p stream. And that's not even getting into audio (640Kb AC3 / 1.5Mb DTS / 1.5Mb DTS-HD vs. streaming)

about 5 months ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

WhoBeDaPlaya Re:DPI Scaling (204 comments)

Not trying to argue the pros/cons of each OS. Just so happens that a lot of folks need Windows to run particular apps. No, please don't trot out the tired out "But GIMP instead of Photoshop, etc." arguments. Just assume a "I want to use app X, and it only runs / runs best on Windows" scenario. While I like Linux and OSX, Windows does have it's place.

about 5 months ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

WhoBeDaPlaya DPI Scaling (204 comments)

Sorry, until Windows fixes it's DPI scaling, there's not much point in having retina-like desktop displays.

about 5 months ago

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