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What To Expect With Windows 9

thegarbz Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (488 comments)

you do not need a Microsoft account for Windows 8.1

This is a very ironic statement given that people with Windows 8 (now out of support and thus no more security updates via Windows Update) could not upgrade to Windows 8.1 without a Microsoft account to access the store. You may not need one to run it, but for many poor folk out there they couldn't even get it without one.

13 hours ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

thegarbz Re:A non-UNIX OS in a UNIX world? (488 comments)

I find it funny that MS is now the only major OS vendor that isn't running on a UNIX base.

You find it funny that a company which has invested decades of work into an OS and kernel doesn't just up and dump what they have in favour of having to derive and modify other people's work in ways that may or may not be compatible with the systems they have? You find it funny that a company that in the PC realm has far more market share than any Unix based system wouldn't just stop work and switch to Unix?

Seems like an uphill struggle as the world passes them by.

What part of their world is an uphill struggle which would be fixed by switching to Unix? Windows is a very solid system. Windows 8 even has some fantastic features under the hood. Most people hate the interface and the user interaction, neither of which would be solved by some magical Unix. What part of vitalising the garbage and migrating the garbage to some other system would make their work any less of an uphill struggle?

They should do an Apple and virtualise the old Windows code in a classic environment and switch to a UNIX base. Or just stop trying to make operating systems altogether and focus on software.

You sound like CEO material. I suggest you put this on your resume. "Blindly copying the worlds largest company because .... errr ... just because" is a critical skill and likely to score you one hell of a golden parachute.

13 hours ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

thegarbz Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (488 comments)

a) my phone is not a computer.
b) you do not need a Google account to use android. You only need it to use Google services. The phone runs just fine without Google services.

On the flip side you can't even receive windows patches without a Microsoft account on windows 8.

yesterday
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

thegarbz Re:Where are the links? (388 comments)

I went to Apples site and looked around - there were no side views to be seen - hmm.

Lying, totally inept, actually blind and visiting Apple's website in a text only browser, or trolling.

Your pick.

yesterday
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

thegarbz Re:Not good enough (303 comments)

So its troubling that people are upset about a U2 album, but it's ok that they are upset about a free 90day trial of McAfee when they buy a computer? What about the free copy of Flipbook that I can't uninstall from my phone?

Crapware is crapware. It's something people didn't ask for, it's something that is hard to get rid of. This U2 album is right up there with the rest of the shit that makes me want to format a freshly purchased computer, or install Cyanogenmod on a new phone as soon as I get the bubble-wrap off.

The bitter Irony is that Apple used to pride themselves on not distributing crapware on their phones.

yesterday
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

thegarbz Re:Not good enough (303 comments)

There's a difference. Every time Bono drops a nickle it somehow ends up in the news, and he looks conveniently polished at the time. On the flipside Larry Ellison (yes that One Rich Arsehole) donated $100million to eradicate polio. How many people know that? In fact if you do a search for rich people donating things you will find a laundry list of rich people donating money, many of whom you've never even heard of, let alone end up patting themselves on the back in front of TV cameras every time they do it.

yesterday
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Micron Releases 16nm-Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming

thegarbz Re:Mixed units (56 comments)

Soylent is unrelated to news you say?

yesterday
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

thegarbz Re:Got Burned by Titanfall (284 comments)

Not all FPSs are going this path, but there is this "Call of duty audience" that consists in all those guys playing call of duty online that is like some sort of goose that lays golden eggs that they're chasing, and they do those games assuming that you're one of em.

Anyway, stop playing heavily marketed FPSs if you want a good single player experience.

Good example. Well mixed example really. Yes CoD is a multiplayer game, but I actually really enjoyed the single player. I actually still really enjoy trying to master the individual missions, and it had an ok story.

It's no Half-life, and yes everyone plays it online, but it actually had IMO a solid single player component and provided just the right senseless hack and slash that I needed after a day of work.

yesterday
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SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)

thegarbz Re:Edison missing a lot (75 comments)

This is one thing I disagree with. For a small embedded chip targeting arduino et al. settling for a specific form of video output is something I do NOT want. I greatly prefer having a chip that can interface with a video driver of some description. For 99% of the uses for this tiny thing there will not be a display with a standard video input. It will be run via a parallel interface, or SPI, or I2C, or god forbid UART, all of which the chip supports.

Even popular displays for the Beaglebone, and RPi don't use the display capabilities but rather hook to the I/O connectors and communicate with one of the more typical methods.

If you want a display, add one using an interface of your choice.

2 days ago
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SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)

thegarbz Re:Edison missing a lot (75 comments)

The Edison is a system on a chip designed to go on a board. The chip itself naively supports a wide votlage range, SD cards. The official breakout board supports USB and USB OTG, and has a DC input jack for power.

2 days ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

thegarbz Re:Steam to extract oil that shouldn't be... (81 comments)

Well you work on the demand side of things, and in the mean time I'm glad the company is taking the best possible approach to extracting the worst kind of energy.

2 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

thegarbz Re:Engineers and Legislators (324 comments)

This, a thousand times this.

It's a SOCIAL problem. It's amazing how many people simply don't get this. You can't engineer away social problems by applying limits. You can only engineer away social problems by changing social behaviors.

Samsung has trialed this approach with great success with S Drive. Rather than try and prevent people from using their phone, encourage people with incentives for using it safely (voice activation only, limits to phone functionality, text to speech interface), and demerit them for unsafe actions (touching the phone while in use). The idea is quite amazing and something like this could be a game changer.

Once you modify behaviors enough that they become instinctive then you can start rolling back the incentives and you have solved the social problem.

2 days ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

thegarbz Re:Steam to extract oil that shouldn't be... (81 comments)

This oil should probably be left in the ground.

Probably but to what end?

The only reason the oil is being extracted is due to a demand for it. If you cut off the demand then it no longer becomes profitable to extract it. It's not just 3x as costly for CO2 but it's 3x as costly extract and refine too.

It's not green washing, the alternative is not to simply ignore it but rather the alternative is to use non-renewables to perform this process. One way or the other it's coming out of the ground so why not do it with the best footprint possible?

2 days ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

thegarbz Re:Renewable (81 comments)

Because one is transportable and the other isn't. Renewables are fantastic in situations where they can be used, and a pointless waste of money everywhere else.

The answer to your question isn't non-renewable+renewable vs only renewable, the answer is either of new-renewable + renewable vs only non-renewable.

2 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

thegarbz Re: hahaaa.... (182 comments)

... I'm pretty sure I hit reply to the wrong comment... Sorry.

2 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

thegarbz Re:Studying at home is like working from home (182 comments)

As opposed to an office where someone is watching your every move, you get interrupted every 5 seconds for a worthless meeting, and co-workers do nothing but yell football insults at each other across the open plan?

You are right of course, studying at home is like working at home; in many cases it works just as well if not better than doing it at university / work.

3 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

thegarbz Re:MOOC is designed like a physical classroom (182 comments)

That's funny given my girlfriend got her entire degree from a reputable university doing nothing but online classes, as has everyone else who's ever learnt by correspondence.

I have news for you, just because they came up with a catchy name like MOOC doesn't mean this concept is in any way remotely new. My father did it too, but it was VHS tapes and books flung back and forth across the state in the mail.

3 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

thegarbz Re: hahaaa.... (182 comments)

Garbage. Different people learn different ways. Some people want to be shown by peers, others are happy figuring things out for themselves. Human interaction is most critical when you're learning about human interaction. You wouldn't have a 3rd grader doing a remote online class as you end up butchering their social skills, however at the university level this is a whole different ballgame.

There's a whole industry based on educating by correspondence which works just fine. I see this as an extension available to everyone. The high drop-out rate? Easily attributable to the fact that most people (including myself) had NOTHING riding on the course at all. I signed up for fun, I ran out of time and didn't finish it. I also didn't need to. On the flip side I put in a shitload of effort into my university degree without ever attending the university because it was an 8 hour drive away, and I slaved my way through a high GPA, and got a degree because I actually had my future (and financial incentives) riding on the result.

3 days ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

thegarbz Crap (119 comments)

It's a load of garbage anyway. There's nothing this technology does to invade privacy that we can't already do.

You're in the open, then use a parabolic mic to pick up the conversation you're clearly already taping.
You're behind some glass, then use a laser microphone to pickup the conversation which while it sounds James Bondish, actually already exists.

As a society we're already too little too late on the privacy side.

3 days ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

thegarbz Re:NSA probably already has this technology (119 comments)

Because we as humans weren't even able to do it. Cast your mind back to the 2006 World Cup finals when Zidane head-butted an opposing player.

Lip readers concluded a wide range of possible answers to why he lashed out including calling him a terrorist, insulting his mother, and saying his sister was a prostitute. This may be something specific to the Italian language that the words may sound the same but it highlights the problem. All conclude that he said the Italian for "go fuck yourself" at the end.

The problem with following grammar rules is you assume people follow the grammar rules.

3 days ago

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