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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

wildstoo Re:DirectX is obsolete (133 comments)

I've played a bunch of the mobile FPS games and none of them are worth a damn, and the mobile gaming "market" might be huge in terms of population but it's also fragmented to hell, absolutely filled with garbage, and only a tiny number of games make any kind of decent return while the rest instantly become indistinguishable from background noise in the appstore cosmos.

Don't even get me started on the "freemium" thing.

4 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

wildstoo Re:DirectX is obsolete (133 comments)

The problem I have with modern windows is not what is under the hood-- it's what they are doing with the userspace. The UI is horrible! It's like Microsoft is taking every "popular" thing, and gluing it to the UI like a tawdry bauble. "let's stick twitter integration icons EVERYWHERE! Facebook too! You know what, let's display thumbnails of our news service's top story every time you click the start button!" and all that shit.

Yep, it's just like the crapware that HP/Dell/etc. used to (and to some extent still do) preinstall on their consumer-grade PCs and laptops, only this time it's actually baked into the damn OS.

4 days ago
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Hibernation Protein May Halt Alzheimer's

wildstoo Re:Memory (79 comments)

It's crystal clear you've never had to care for (or even had contact with) someone with severe dementia, so please refrain from voicing your myopic and ignorant opinion.

about two weeks ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

wildstoo Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

I'm in my mid 30s and haven't exactly taken care of my hearing, but I can still hear the irritating high frequency whine from nearby CRTs.

Fortunately, CRTs are few and far between these days. I do have an old Commodore monitor attached to one of my C64s and I can hear that thing whine from several rooms away :P

about a month and a half ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

wildstoo Re:Malware? (230 comments)

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by Microsoft's incompetence."

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

wildstoo Re:Geolocation is being abused (100 comments)

Doctor Who is at the precise midpoint between Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and The Wire. Determining which end of the spectrum each of those shows represents is left as an exercise for the reader.

about 3 months ago
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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

wildstoo Re:I put it down to this (145 comments)

Simple: a lot of Brits have an authoritarian streak that applies to everyone but themselves. They want the State getting into everyone else's business, but not their own. It's a weird combination of self-righteousness and paranoia.

If you think this might influence how they vote in elections, you'd be dead right.

about 4 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

wildstoo Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

^This.

Exactly this is what's wrong with Windows 8.1. I really don't care about Modern UI, I can live with it or there are alternatives, but the weird selection of changed/removed features is what really bugs me about Windows 8.1.

Also, it seems you don't have to registry hack to switch between Public and Private networks, but the interface to do so is hardly intuitive.

about 6 months ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

wildstoo Re:Which is why Apple does product placement (232 comments)

Samsung do it too. The show "Suits" on USA being the most obvious example. The characters basically do product demonstrations and even drop Samsung's name as part of the plot of one of the episodes.

Not blatant at all.

about 10 months ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

wildstoo Re:More lies from the Republicans (275 comments)

So, I guess only people who blindly agree with every policy and excuse every stupid mistake made by every Conservative administration are allowed to call themselves Conservatives?

No true Scotsman, indeed.

about 10 months ago
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Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

wildstoo Re:FPS TOO LOW!! (111 comments)

I still play Quake1 from time to time. It's still my favourite FPS of all time.

As for Carmageddon, if you have a decent Android or iPhone, you'll definitely want to pick this up: http://www.carmageddon.com/funsize/carmageddon

about a year ago
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Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

wildstoo Re:What's surprising about this? (449 comments)

the convenience of not having to drive yourself or pay attention to the road, coupled with the convenience of because able to go directly from point A to point B at your convenience. I too would opt for this convenience if it was a mature enough technology.

This post needs more convenience.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Admits Windows 8.1 Update May Bork Your Mouse, Promises a Fix

wildstoo Re:You have to test the mouse for OS updates now? (326 comments)

This is purely anecdotal (as are all the other comments on here, tbh) but I've been gaming on 8.1 since it came out and have had absolutely no issues whatsoever. If anything it's better than before.

Maybe the fact that I have a Logitech gaming mouse with its own special software and drivers helps? I always turn off Windows' control of the mouse drivers in the Logitech panel and set it up in there, which means I get a consistent feel, even across reinstalls.

about a year ago
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Firefox 24 Arrives: WebRTC Support and NFC Sharing On Android

wildstoo Re:Pale Moon FTW (152 comments)

Yep, I've used Pale Moon for quite a while now. It's great to have a properly optimized 64-bit Firefox build on Windows. Moonchild (the dev) is generally very responsive on the forums and quick to fix bugs.

I use 13 popular Firefox Add-ons and they all work absolutely fine in Pale Moon. I'd recommend it.

about a year ago
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Sent To Jail Because of a Software Bug

wildstoo Re:helpdesk india or helpdesk must use script fail (239 comments)

Dude, you're Australian. You're lucky to have some pretty strong consumer protection law on the books.

According to my Aussie friend if you have a problem with Telstra, or any other Aussie telecoms company, you contact the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and your problem will almost always get sorted quickly. He's had to call them when Telstra have dragged their feet fixing his Internet connection. After he complained to the Ombudsman, Telstra were calling HIM back and apologising, and had a team out in his neighbourhood fixing the problem the next day.

about a year and a half ago
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Buy the WarGames IMSAI 8080 and Possibly Impress Ally Sheedy

wildstoo Re:How much for Ally Sheedy? (103 comments)

You still would though. You know you would.

about a year and a half ago
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iFixit Giving Away 1,776 "iPhone Liberation Kits"

wildstoo Re:Why 1776? (260 comments)

This is just a guess.. but might they not have been playing on a association with a certain historical event.

"Liberation kits", after all.

about a year and a half ago

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