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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

idbeholda Re:What other horses? (487 comments)

I guess that explains why the "Metro" interface looked more like a colorized cascade failure.

about a week ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

idbeholda What other horses? (487 comments)

Microsoft brought back, I mean, Microsoft is incorporating the start menu for the consumer in Windows 10, so with that kind of technological advancement underway, they've clearly managed to catapult themselves 20 years ahead of the competition.

about a week ago
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Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

idbeholda Re: May want a disclaimer here... (304 comments)

Again, eventually is the key word that needs to be analyzed. As much as I hate pointing out the obvious, you are aware that Mars (in its CURRENT) state contains open air temperatures and conditions inhospitable to human life. These very same wear-and-tear conditions, and no way to perform reliable, necessary maintenance are PRECISELY the reason why its breaking down as it is. If anything, had Apple used similar quality manufacturing standards in their own product, we probably wouldn't be reading this article involving throwing said laptop in the oven.

Misconstruing opinion as fact as some kind of counterargument does nothing to explain away what is clearly a flawed, subpar design.

about a month ago
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Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

idbeholda Re:May want a disclaimer here... (304 comments)

"Eventually" is the key word here, not "I'm going to have to resort to throwing my notebook in an oven every few months to get it working again". I'm not sure what part of that concept may have gotten lost in English to English translation.

about a month ago
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Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

idbeholda Re:May want a disclaimer here... (304 comments)

More importantly (and obviously), if you have to resort to regularly baking an electronic component in an oven to "fix" it, then you should have gone with an electronic item of better manufacturing quality.

about a month ago
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US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

idbeholda Let me get this straight. (153 comments)

We're talking about a country (NK) that barely has anything remotely passable as a nuclear weapons program, and people consider them a threat? Over a movie. OVER A GODDAMN MOVIE.

about a month ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

idbeholda /popcorn (250 comments)

Looks like Sony's bringing out the big guns; Puffed, tear-streaked cheeks and chapped anuses blazing.

about a month ago
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Computer Error Grounds Flights In the UK

idbeholda Re:CNN reported it was a power problem (68 comments)

Power problems are what doomed Fukushima, too, by the way.

Oh. I was under the impression that it was a result of the widely documented/reported combination of a tsunami/earthquake (9.0).

about a month and a half ago
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What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

idbeholda Re: The solution. (926 comments)

Incidentally fuck autocorrect. Not even sure why it put "transcribed" in there, or "east" instead of eat.

about a year and a half ago
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What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

idbeholda The solution. (926 comments)

Stop overeating, learn to drop the fork. I used to weigh nearly 300lbs. I currently weigh 170 at 5'11". Glandular problems resulting in the levels of obesity that we're seeing is exceedingly rare. It is a factor, but not a statistically significant one. The most crucial factor in obesity is overeating, and a complete lack of self control, period. If you're not physically active, realistically, you only need about 15-1700 calories per day, average. If you happen to engage in a lot of physically demanding sports, 20-2500, tops. As for animal obesity, corporate farms cage their animals, or coop them in environments where regular physical activity is severely hampered, pump them full of hormones, and overfeed them with cheap, quasinutritional filler food. Realistically, if you want to lose weight, east less grains, more fruits and vegetables, and avoid darker meats if possible. Sugary drinks aren't actually that bad, as sugar is never stored in the fat cells, and instead transcribed into the bloodstream (glucose reabsorption/reuptake).

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets

idbeholda If I had to make an educated guess... (550 comments)

I'd say the potential consumer base is in talks with another team.

about a year and a half ago
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Smell Camera Snapshots Scents For the Future

idbeholda Re:Cheap Perfume (117 comments)

Eaux De Feces

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Ballmer Replaces Don Mattrick As Xbox One Chief

idbeholda Placing my bets. (343 comments)

Getting rid of the DRM was a good move on MS's part. Period. Consumers generally do not want DRM. The mindset is that once you've purchased something in-market, it's yours. End of discussion. The debacle was a learning experience, and if they aren't willing to listen to their customers, then the shareholders will stop listening with their wallets. It's amazing how money works, isn't it?

With MS pulling plugs on financially unviable products, like WindowsXP, they realize that there will always be diehard fans of a particular operating system or product. At this point in time, anyone with a torrent client and a burner can get a fully cracked copy of XP, no serials needed, bloatware stripped from the OS, hacked to shreds to maximize system performance and reduce system overhead. Microsoft doesn't even sell XP anymore. I still use XP, but I also have linux installed. If XP somehow shits itself, I can manually fix it through linux with a hex editor. Yeah, I'm that moron. The only reason I haven't switched to 7/8 is because neither of them have given me a really compelling reason to switch.

What's going to happen most likely, is that each division will be renamed in reflection of a particular market niche, and each new division will focus solely on the hardware of that product. With many of its services is the cloud, Windows 8+ will become the new unified environment for each platform. It won't matter which platform you use, you can still access all of your data from each different device.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Antitrust Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson Dead at 76

idbeholda Re:It was a very stupid idea (193 comments)

I think what he's trying to say is that nobody would know the difference.

about a year and a half ago
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Dell's New X18: 5 Pounds, 18 Inches

idbeholda Is that all? (138 comments)

Mine is 5lbs 2oz and 19 inches. Oh, wait, they're talking about portable desktops. My bad.

about a year and a half ago
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How Did You Learn How To Program?

idbeholda TI-85/86 (623 comments)

The TI-85/86 was the first environment that I actually started programming with. I spent countless hours making games of all types, and different utilities. Quickly, I figured out how to corrupt the memory in TI-85 (rom version 8.0, specifically), and could do interesting things such as edit lock programs without external patching of any kind, and create string variables that contained entire memory dumps. Because of how little TI-85/86 had to offer in terms of a fully robust environment, I grew a deep appreciation for efficient, effective coding.

At one point, I had 3 of these calculators, each with their own collection of games and/or utilities. When I realized that I didn't want to buy a 4th calculator, I decided to try something new. Since there wasn't any built-in compression with the 85/86 environment, I decided to build an interpreted scripting language from the ground up, with a focus on eliminating code bloat, and as much readable syntax as possible, with only 30% reduction in execution speed (only a few of the games were real-time oriented), with conversion/"compression" ratios averaging around 65-70%. The upside to having that many compressed games (and the interpreter) meant that I could create more games, and also have a reduced transfer time. I also added in cheat codes and easter eggs to all of my games as well.

Good times. Good times.

about a year and a half ago
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Major Advance Towards a Proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture

idbeholda Amusing. (248 comments)

I've been using a similar practice for a few years when implementing the API database for TT Livescan.

http://tot-ltd.org/API/
http://tot-ltd.org/API/main.db

Use prime numbers 2 or higher to map API calls to a "number" specific family (add the collective values of the API calls from main.db, then convert the value to hexadecimal), based on the API functions (Windows 3.11 to Windows 7). The rate at which it can catch malware based on API calls alone is grotesquely efficient.

about a year and a half ago
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World of Warcraft Loses 1.3 Million Players in First Quarter of 2013

idbeholda Re:Here's my take on it. (523 comments)

Well, last time I quit, the server that I proudly called my empire (Elune) died shortly thereafter. I controlled nearly every aspect of that marketplace. Especially the bag market, where netherweave and frostweave bags were rarely ever priced above 5g and 60g each, respectively. On average, I pulled in about 3-6k in gold per day, with steady suppliers for material, which about half was spent on purchasing said mats, along with me farming the mats as well to further bring down overhead costs. With the new expansion, that's basically chump change that can be farmed in a matter of hours. The only reason I don't make more than that is because I don't play 5-6 hours per day like I did. I get on about once every other day for about 1-2 hours, then go find something else to do. When I do decide to stop playing WoW, the only thing I'll have lost this time around is about 5-8 hours a week, if that.

I believe the bigger issue to be concerned with isn't whether or not I quit (Blizzard isn't making any money off of me, so I don't really care), but why 1.3 million subscribers quit in this quarter alone, bringing the total number of subscribers down to 8 million. By blizzard's own estimate, the record number of subscribers for WoW was roughly 12 million subscribers, which was in 2009. That's a pretty big dip in numbers, even for a 4 year decline. Clearly, Blizzard is doing *something* wrong.

about a year and a half ago

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Corporate Death Penalty

idbeholda idbeholda writes  |  about a year and a half ago

idbeholda (2405958) writes "Alan Grayson passes a "Corporate Accountability" amendment into a federal spending bill that holds individuals accountable for the actions of the corporations they run. Further, Grayson vows to attach “this corporate death penalty amendment to every bill [he] can.”"
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Wild Birds Unleash Their Own Brand Of Evil

idbeholda idbeholda writes  |  more than 3 years ago

idbeholda writes "Apparently, talking pet birds that make their way back into the wild are teaching the flocks they rejoin some of the phrases they've learned while in captivity. One of these is "Who's a pretty boy, then?"

While this might seem fairly harmless, in reality, just reading about it leaves one with the distinct impression that a union of Alfred Hitchcock's "Birds" and John Boorman's "Deliverance" is imminent."

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TTLivescan Update/Explanation

idbeholda idbeholda writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Going to make this post in several different places, so here goes.

In addition to a massive database update (~200MB of new whitelist/blacklist definitions), I've decided to make TTLivescan+ donationware, which is basically the full version of TT Livescan with a few extras thrown in. There are several reasons for doing this.

First and foremost, in the ~4 years that TTLivescan has been up, there have been no sales, and it's simply not worth the effort to maintain a keypool of nearly 500 million license keys (with a potential keypool of 4 trillion). This doesn't include TTLivescan's predecessor, bringing the total lifespan of this project to just over 12 years.

The past 6 years to maintain server costs have all been paid out of pocket, while typically, I work one full-time job, and at least 2 or more side jobs that averages 60+ hours/week. The only reason I've maintained this project for as long as I have is because of two factors:

1)I could afford to pay for the server costs.
2)I enjoy doing it.

Recently, I sustained a fairly serious injury that now prevents me from being able to work, and thus, I have almost no income at this current point in time. I'm looking at the very strong possibility of needing surgery, along with at least a year or two of physical therapy to fully recover. Simply put, bills do not wait. That's how the world works, unfortunately.

Logically, if I cannot pay my bills, I have to prioritize my life accordingly. Unfortunately, there is the very real possibility that this project will simply cease to exist for an indefinite period of time, unless I can afford to keep it afloat. If you can't make a donation, at least help spread the word about it.

Sincerely,
Erick Behymer

Temple of Transgression - http://www.tot-ltd.org/
Shadowglass Project - http://www.tot-ltd.org/sgp

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TT Livescan Database Milestone

idbeholda idbeholda writes  |  about 2 years ago

As of today, TT Livescan's database total approximately 350 million unique definitions, and nearly 17GB in size. In my spare time, I am currently working on a new version with some performance improvements. There is no set release date for the new version, but when that time comes, the announcement will be made.

More information, and other projects can be found at http://www.tot-ltd.org

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