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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

X3J11 Lost in the Sea (1215 comments)

Wow there's a butt-tonne of comments, so I may as well be talking to myself, but...

Windows on my desktop because I am a gamer, and Microsoft has me by the testicles.

Linux Mint (KDE atm) on the notebook because I fucking love Linux.

Android on the phone because I fucking love Linux (and fuck you Apple).

about a year ago

Microsoft Attempts to Woo Students With 'Crowdsourced' Laptops

X3J11 Re:Bah, US only... (128 comments)

Uhh..why are you booting from USB? There is your problem, Asus boards really don't like booting from USB, if you want to boot from USB a lot an Asrock or gigabyte would have been a better choice.

I have used ASUS boards exclusively for almost a decade, from early Athlons, to an Athlon64, to a Core2 notebook, to both an 1156 and 1155 Core i5, as well as a few replacement boards for dead computers repaired for friends. I have never had an issue booting from USB, ever.

While that's anecdotal evidence, your claim contained no evidence, so I guess my point is... ummm... neener neener?

Seriously, I've never had an issue with ASUS products, except for Steam suddenly (and mysteriously) breaking my ASUS wifi adapter.

about a year ago

Bug In Samsung S3 Grabs Too Many Images, Ups Data Use

X3J11 Re:Except is an *Overstated* Bug (99 comments)

... or S3 users are now using like me Chrome.

Yep, but I'm alright with that since I am really not a fan of the stock browser on the S3, anyway.

about a year ago

World of Warcraft Loses 1.3 Million Players in First Quarter of 2013

X3J11 Re:not where from, where to? (523 comments)

As an off and on WoW subscriber since shortly after launch, I cancelled my sub again last month. Instead, I've been enjoying some other games as, over the years, I've amassed a respectable library on Steam. Lately it's been SimCity 4 and Sims 3, but before that was Dragon Age Origins. I will get to Bioshock Infinite eventually.

When I need my MMO fix, I play Lord of the Rings Online (the lifetime subscription/VIP status I picked up at launch has more than paid for itself).

My son, who I played WoW with for a few months, bounces back and forth between games like an indecisive hummingbird stuck between multiple feeders full of sugary goodness. I walk by him and he's on Diablo 2 or 3, make a cup of tea and walk by again and it's League of Legends, 20 minutes later it's something else. The only thing that remains constant is that he hasn't shut up since he discovered Skype.

about a year ago

Adobe Creative Suite Going Subscription-Only

X3J11 Re:I tried this... (658 comments)

If they can only make GIMP a Photoshop replacement tool. I actually find Paint.NET does a better job then GIMP for replacing my Photoshop needs.

Claims like this are usually more a reflection of the capabilities of the user, rather than the software.

about a year ago

Classic BBC Sci-fi Series Blake's 7 To Return On Syfy Channel

X3J11 Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (213 comments)

The old Doctor Who had the occasional grim-and-gritty (the kind that made Question Time in Parliament complain about it). The new Who is full of "if you hope and feel hard enough, you can overcome alien technology, incomprehensible gods and the laws of physics". Even the last episode was proof enough of that.

You've summarized almost everything I hate about the new Doctor Who, although you missed mentioning the overuse of the Sonic Screwdriver as a solution for everything. While I do enjoy the new Doctor Who, I have nowhere near the love for it that I did for the classic series. It's unfortunate, but the new Who is science-fantasy, rather than science-fiction.

about a year and a half ago

SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

X3J11 Tiresome PC Bullspit (1145 comments)

Anyone else remember when people had thick enough skins they could just roll their eyes, shrug their shoulders, and not give a crap about what other people were doing or saying (provided no one's really getting hurt)?

I am tired of everyone feeling so entitled - the whole world has to conform to their ideals, and if it doesn't then by Gawd they're going to bitch, complain, threaten legal action, and sue until they get what they want.

Shit like this just pisses me off no end and makes me pine for the days when the Internet was an exclusive club for us nerds (and perverts).

about a year and a half ago

Fireflies Bring Us Brighter LEDs

X3J11 Re:intelligent design? (111 comments)

Today the evidence for Jesus can be seen in people. In lives changed from being ruined to being fixed, in people serving meals at soup kitchens, in caring for others and in answered prayers of Christians.

That's not got much to do with Jesus from what I see. That's people doing things.

Where's Jesus during the rampant abductions, murders and rapes that are going on every day?

about a year and a half ago

Info On Intel Bay Trail 22nm Atom Platform Shows Out-of-Order Design

X3J11 Re:Not Windows 7 compatible (107 comments)

Is this a joke, FUD, or idiocy?

A little of each, methinks.

I perused the NeoWin "article" linked elsewhere, and followed a few other links. It appears the problem is not (specifically) with the chip; rather it appears the driver for the integrated graphics is crap and doesn't like running Metro apps, at least that's what folks on the Intel support forum are complaining about.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

X3J11 Re:Google are NOT doing the same (476 comments)

IMHO, it's just incompetence. They just don't seem to be able to do *anything* these days. I remember the Microsoft whose products could be guaranteed to be technically excellent , and I look at the modern day Microsoft with despair.

I read that with snarky emphasis on the word technically, because I do not remember a time when Microsoft's products could be referred to as excellent.

Well, technically it's excellent, but...

about a year and a half ago

AMD Tweaking Radeon Drivers To Reduce Frame Latency Spikes

X3J11 Re:I read: AMD updates video driver (105 comments)

Clearly you are unaware of Nvidia fiasco and following litigation. It wasnt "share of the units". It was Majority of them. Basically finding a working laptop with nv8xxx/9xxx GPU is considered lucky (they ALL die sooner or later, ticking bombs), and there are companies doing nothing else but fixing them.

I have an ASUS F8Sn-B1, from 2008, with a 9500M GS that still works fine. It saw moderate use playing World of Warcraft and Lord of the Rings Online for three years. I've never considered myself lucky, but I have been careful to ensure there was proper airflow. It still works, runs Linux Mint and (occasionally) Windows 7, and is mostly used for web browsing and simple stuff now.

TL;DR mine still works, 5 years later.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Virtual Machine Software For a Beginner?

X3J11 VirtualBox (361 comments)

I too recommend VirtualBox. I use it on my desktop Win 7 machine as well as my four year old notebook running Linux Mint. The fact that it's more-or-less free, and essentially identical on both platforms is a definite advantage. Thus far I've used it to play with various LInux distributions and FreeDOS/MS-DOS. I've even been messing with Windows 98 SE and OS/2 Warp lately, although they required a bit of head scratching to get running.

about 2 years ago

Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015

X3J11 Re:Joss Whedon's Star Wars (816 comments)

Let him rewrite the Zahn trilogy for screen and it might have a chance (but I doubt it will appeal to the kind of audience Disney wants...)

The problem with this is the original actors are far too old to play the characters. As a fan of the original trilogy, I consider Luke, Leia and Han to be sacrosanct; I really don't think I'd want to see a film where they were portrayed by different actors.

about 2 years ago

Are Porn and Video Games Ruining a Generation?

X3J11 Wait, what? (1034 comments)

"It's a social awkwardness like a stranger in a foreign land", he said. "They don't know what to say. They don't know what to do."'"

In my youth, before porn and videogames (well, beyond a few hours of Nintendo here and there) I never knew what to say, or what to do. Didn't stop me from making a couple babies. [bitter]And after the wife left me for someone else, porn and videogames have done an adequate job of filling her role anyway.[/bitter]

I am more concerned about young men viewing women as little more than a couple orifices and a pair of boobs.

more than 2 years ago

Apache OpenOffice Releases Version 3.4

X3J11 Re:The Real Question (151 comments)

The narrator sounds like Kermit the Frog finally hit puberty.

more than 2 years ago

Demoscene: 64k Intros At Revision Demoparty

X3J11 Re:The reason you haven't heard about it (207 comments)

I think I know why North American readers may never heard of it. (USA and Canada represent well over two-thirds of the population of industrialized anglophone countries.) From the article:

in Saarbrücken, Germany

For some reason they never have demo parties like this in North America. Why is that?

I'm Canadian, and I know of the demoscene and all the related terminology the GP doesn't. While I never had the opportunity to attend a party, I loved watching what some of these groups put out. The Amiga era was a few years before my time; I got into it in the mid-90's when names like Renaissance, Future Crew and Triton were the big guns.

There are caps of some of the big name demos from back in the day available on YouTube, with Future Crew's probably being the most popular. I still remember the awe I experienced when I first saw Triton's (later Starbreeze Studios) Into the Shadows demo. I purchased their subsequent game, Enclave, because of that demo (and they were the guys who wrote FastTracker 2).

For those who don't know what the big deal is, way back when PC hardware was pretty crappy these groups were putting out some of the most demanding and advanced programs, stuff that put a lot of what the game companies were pushing to shame. The aforementioned Into the Shadows demo was released in 1995. This is long before 3D accelerators and hardware floating-point math were standard. It really was impressive at the time, and it was being done by groups of kids.

more than 2 years ago

LulzSec Leader Sabu Unmasked, Arrested and Caught Collaborating

X3J11 Re:Hey wait a sec (511 comments)

Both are atheists. "Agnostic" was a term coined by a man who admitted that the term "atheist" applied to him but didn't want to be lumped in with other people the term also applied to.

[citation needed]

atheist - a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings.
agnostic - a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as God, and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable, or that human knowledge is limited to experience.

When I reached intellectual maturity and began to ask myself whether I was an atheist, a theist, or a pantheist; a materialist or an idealist; Christian or a freethinker; I found that the more I learned and reflected, the less ready was the answer; until, at last, I came to the conclusion that I had neither art nor part with any of these denominations, except the last. The one thing in which most of these good people were agreed was the one thing in which I differed from them. They were quite sure they had attained a certain "gnosis,"–had, more or less successfully, solved the problem of existence; while I was quite sure I had not, and had a pretty strong conviction that the problem was insoluble. So I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of "agnostic." It came into my head as suggestively antithetic to the "gnostic" of Church history, who professed to know so much about the very things of which I was ignorant. To my great satisfaction the term took. - Huxley, Thomas. Collected Essays. pp. 237–239. ISBN 1-85506-922-9 (via Wikipedia).

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

X3J11 Re:Django (519 comments)

I find white-space denotion unintuitive and awkward at best. I also think it is a fallacy that it improves code formatting habits when compared to braces. It all comes down to the consistency of the individual programmer(s). Perhaps it is my code upbringing (mostly C and C-like languages) but I'll take my Whitesmith over anything else any day. To each their own.

more than 2 years ago

Transistor Made From Cotton Yarn

X3J11 Re:"You could make a fairly powerful computer" (92 comments)

And think of the possibilities! No more working out just to get that desert out of your system. Just calculate pi and that pie is gone.

Or... just stop eating dirt. Most of us managed that by age 5 or so. Though I do sometimes miss a good old mud pie.


more than 2 years ago

Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

X3J11 Re:Also (865 comments)

Your kids agree with you probably because you're a good parent. Kudos to you on that; nothing wrong with it. No brainwashing required; you feel strongly on the subject, they subconsciously want to please you, and so they agree. Also, I never said kids won't like older movies; I like the classics too that I watched as a kid. The pattern of behavior I described doesn't fully realize itself until after one hits 30, I notice.

Possibly you are correct. My kids are rather unusual, very independent. I believe it comes from being raised by a single parent, and grandparents. However, there are lots of things they disagree with me on. No matter how hard I try, I cannot convince them to sit through Wrath of Khan in its entirety. And believe you me, I've tried.

It's not nostalgia, either. It's a genuine like of the stuff you saw as a young adult. Even your one-off example of Aliens actually proves my point - I was young when that came out and I think it was awesome (saw it before I saw Alien, too). But I was old enough already to read reviews, and I distinctly remember the reviews of the day - some of them, at least - complaining that they'd taken the masterfully suspenseful Alien, done a lame sequel to it and filled it with action sequences so that you wouldn't notice what a bad movie it was. And who wrote those reviews? Old people that enjoyed Alien a whole lot when it came out.

Battle: Los Angeles is bad, of course. But then again, there's a shitload of bad movies from the late 70's and early 80's that you and I have already forgotten. A tangential point to my original is that every decade produces some great movies and a ton of bad ones, and the older you are, the more likely you are to pooh-pooh even the good movies from the current decade.

You know, the more I consider it, and consider all the post '00 films I've watched, the more I'm agreeing with you. It's easy to forget the old crappy movies when there's so many new crappy movies to bitch about, especially when todays crappy movies are generally just a rehash of stuff I saw years ago.

I still stand by my point that there is less character development in current films, though. There are numerous films from years gone by that, no matter how terrible I perceived them to be, still managed some semblance of character development. Today's films seem devoid of it, save a few rare films. Then again, my awareness may be limited. I'm a typical nerd with very few interests in genres outside the typical nerd domain, so this apparent lack may just be a condition of the films I tend to enjoy.

I would also like to express my pleasure at how you treated my post as a respectful discussion, rather than just calling me names and whatnot. It's a rarity these days and I appreciate such adult discussion. That and being told I'm probably a good parent is nice. I get so little praise these days, I'll take it anywhere - even from strangers on the 'net. :)

more than 2 years ago


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Wow, a journal.

X3J11 X3J11 writes  |  about 10 years ago Why does /. have a user journal? Do people actually read these things?

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