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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

djdanlib Re:Mind boggling (167 comments)

Wellllll... kind of. When you're publicly traded, it's all about risk and paring down excesses. Shareholders don't want you to take risks. They want you play it safe so their share values don't go down. They want to see that you've cut operating expenses by X in every report. This limits your ability to try new things or market to those niches.

When you're private, you can take as big of a risk as your cash reserves permit.

about a week ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

djdanlib Re:Pending Restart.. (304 comments)

You can't always, but you can prepare a recovery disk and also burn a copy of HBCD before your inevitable power cycle or reboot.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

djdanlib Re:I have a solution for impacted users (179 comments)

This system did not have a recovery partition, so no recovery mode on the HD, and it won't boot a restore disc... it was the perfect storm of garbage.

Otherwise I absolutely would have done a system restore.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

djdanlib Re:I have a solution for impacted users (179 comments)

Yep. That partition didn't exist on the affected machine because end user reasons, or I definitely would have tried it.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

djdanlib Re:I have a solution for impacted users (179 comments)

Indeed.

You could also boot with the install media and do a System Restore since Windows Update generates a checkpoint when you install updates.

If you don't have that option, my original solution will get you up and running, inconvenient as it may be.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

djdanlib I have a solution for impacted users (179 comments)

This rollback procedure got my Win7 x64 system booting again:

From another system with the same bit width and service pack level, grab the files C:\Windows\System32\gdi32.dll and C:\Windows\System32\Win32k.sys.

Using HBCD or a similar boot disc, boot your defunct system. You can also snag the hard drive and plug it into another working computer.

BACK UP the gdi32.dll and win32k.sys files from System32 to another location just in case. Overwrite those two files in System32 with the ones you grabbed from the other system.

Your system is now bootable, having effectively rolled back the KB2982791 update. This is a quick and dirty procedure and leaves the update itself in an indeterminate state.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Confessions

djdanlib Re:I wonder when... (234 comments)

No no, upsell and upset are synonymous in this case. It's totally okay.

about 2 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

djdanlib Re:Garbage In (231 comments)

I wonder which direction the money flows in cases like this. Does Facebook pay the carrier, or does the carrier pay Facebook? Seems to me that both parties are equally at fault here. Some suits probably had a meeting about increasing shareholder value and leveraging popular apps and shook hands, then told the dev team to make it happen. Not that I'm thrilled with bundled software being possible on Android... I wish it wasn't... but it's not Android's fault that someone got greedy.

about 3 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

djdanlib Re:Garbage In (231 comments)

> Google's Android phones flat out REFUSE to uninstall Facebook, for example.

It uninstalls just fine, thank you very much.

Or are you referring specifically to Nexus devices?

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

djdanlib Re:Throttling = "less available"? (125 comments)

I did this to a former roommate as well. He would have HD videos (Netflix, Youtube, etc) streaming on his computer AND game consoles at the same time, while he was uploading videos he was editing and downloading games and stuff like that.

about 3 months ago
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Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

djdanlib Re:Laugh-worthy (138 comments)

Exactly my point... If you learn a skill at your job, your employer cannot strip you of that skill when you leave.

Obviously selling government secrets is different from saying here's how you implement industry best practices to create security processes.

If the government had a secret security-bypassing technique, and had educated him on its use, he may or may not be obligated under his new employer to close the hole. And as a constituent of that government, I would approve of that use of that information.

about 3 months ago
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Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

djdanlib Laugh-worthy (138 comments)

"Without the classified information he acquired in his former position, he literally would have nothing to offer to you."

Oh brother. A former work colleague saying "You'd be nothing without us!"

It's not like a person exists outside of their job, or can ever learn new things, right?

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

djdanlib Re:Every Other OS (516 comments)

Which big box retailer or mall outlet sells those?

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

djdanlib Re:Every Other OS (516 comments)

Publicists usually say that any kind of buzz is good for business.

And they know people are going to buy it. When J. Random User with $400 walks into a store and wants to buy a laptop, does (s)he have any other choice?

about 4 months ago
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Organic Cat Litter May Have Caused Nuclear Waste Accident

djdanlib Re:More Cold War Waste (174 comments)

Same experience here... There were turds in all these hidden locations, because the cat knew I would be upset about it... and the cat was always so guilty looking and skittish (normally greets me like a dog) when I would come home to a fresh one. So I didn't even find out about the clumping or odor control. It doesn't seem like they even tested the product before going to market.

about 4 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

djdanlib Re:iOS: Deactivating iMessage (415 comments)

It would be awesome if cell phone salespeople would be aware of that and help their customers who are switching platforms.

about 4 months ago
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KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

djdanlib Looks like... (94 comments)

That first screenshot... I thought I was looking at a slightly less polished MacOS/X for a minute there. The resemblance is strong.

about 5 months ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

djdanlib Re: approximately the resolution of an adult eye (217 comments)

Nobody (or nearly nobody) is doing or wants 384khz in studios. 192khz is next to non-existant as well and it gets pretty heated in the forums when people discuss whether there's any benefit to 192 over 96 and it usually comes down to "it's good if your equipment supports it because it will be more accurate at lower sample rates". Some tracking engineers will record at 88 or 96, but it's usually 48k. The tradeoff between disk space and sound quality for higher sample rates just isn't attractive. When you have 30, 40, or more tracks plus alternate takes plus renders plus bounced down tracks, all at several minutes long, that gets huge really fast and you can't just burn a CD with those files for backups anymore. Having a bunch of in-flight projects on the computer at the same time, you have to be mindful of disk space. The CPU use required to process that gets really big too, especially if you use a lot of plugins and a lot of tracks, and most plugins don't even support 192, never mind 384. Forget about tracking a lot of them at once, the latency can get pretty big. I have not seen software that advertised support for 384. Also in the mix is the fact that many of the ADC/DAC interfaces in common use don't even support a 192khz samplerate, and you'd possibly need more digital clocks. That gets expensive real fast. Now, I know some people would do it and I'd see massive threads in the engineering forums if it became an advertised feature! There would even be one or two people who would claim you can hear a difference, and a huge argument about that.

24-bit is fairly standard and 32-bit is in use by a lot of people who want that nearly infinite headroom while mixing.

It all gets downsampled to 44/16 (CD, MP3, AAC, YouTube) or 48/16-48/24 (Dolby Digital, DTS) for the end product anyway. We'll see what happens with the next gen stuff like Pono or whatever Apple is doing, if it goes the way of SACD and DVD-Audio.

about 6 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

djdanlib Re:Bad timing, hope this helps. (573 comments)

Yeah, exactly.

Line 66 of that page...

script type="text/javascript" src="http://www-images.panasonic.com/includes/js/jquery-1.7.1.min.js"
script type="text/javascript" src="http://www-images.panasonic.com/includes/js/header/jquery.hoverIntent.minified.js"

Duh.

about 8 months ago

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