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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:59 AM »
^Yes true, will see if it improves. Overall seems slightly more sluggish but will see that too.

Be interesting to see what happens. Between home and the office I have 2 nearly identical HP Z440 workstations, both are configured with the exact same CPU & RAM. But the home machine has an NVMe drive, and the office machine has a mechanical SATA drive. Software type, amount, and configuration is also almost identical.

Office machine using Windows Update in Settings took almost 2 hours to complete the 1709 update.
Home machine using the Windows update/media creation utility took about 15 minutes.

Download time not included, this is time back to desktop after initiating reboot.

After install both run fine ... Except for the office machine blowing the Hyper-V switch apart, which the home machine did not do (even with the same configuration).

Talk about random... Damn.


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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:49 AM »
Updated to 1709 on my laptop today. Only few minutes so far, the only thing I have noticed so far is Settings is slower to open, noticeably slower, not sure why ....
THat's bad as it was already very slow on my desktop to open.

Seems to me that they're always a bit sluggish when they first (OOBE) boot until it gets everything sorted out (/cached straight), especially with a mechanical drive. Disk activity will hit the ceiling in a flash on those things.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:42 PM »
1709 through Windows Update killed my Hyper-V virtual switch. Couldn't find/delete the old one, and couldn't create a new one I had to dig up a MS FixIt to get the thing back online. But the FixIt did work ... It's apparently a fairly common problem.

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Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: pCloud
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:37 AM »
I [...] encountered the one thing that immediately set it apart to me.  It created a drive on my machine- a virtual drive that does not store files locally.

[...]

So the 14GB that I have from pCloud shows up as a drive on my PC, but doesn't take up space on my PC.

Isn't this what OneDrive used to do, then Microsoft removed that feature, and now they've just added it back again last month in the latest version (Fall Creators Update) of Windows 10?
I don't know; I've never had a virtual drive installed by OneDrive. A couple of others had the feature but they weren't sync clients exactly. I use OneDrive pretty extensively, and haven't seen that option, but then again, I haven't gone looking for it.

How would you do that in Windows 10?

A virtual drive I've not seen in OneDrive, but it does act as a virtual folder that will let you pick and choose how much of what (if anything) will get synced to the local machine (Account tab--> Choose folders button).

The lack of encryption with OneDrive makes me a bit nervous ... I've been thinking of scrapping mine.

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The problem which I was trying to solve was the removal of the click-bait captions on the Windows 10 lock screen pictures. Windows downloads these (often beautiful) images for the lock screen but then covers them with these little spammy captions/links like "You'll never believe where this island is..." and baloney like that.

How to Disable Ads on Your Windows 10 Lock Screen.

and/or enable the press Ctrl+Alt+Delete requirement - This removes the 3 anchor text dots also.

I loved the MS Lock Screen pics, but hated the annoying/distracting messages on the pictures - So the text is gone now.

Folder path to LS pictures: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets

Copy elsewhere and rename all to *.jpg to save/use/view normally.

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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 10, 2017, 02:49 PM »
Well... BTC is certainly taking a Red Candle ride through the freaking floor now..

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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 10, 2017, 06:54 AM »
one question - does that fee go up exponentially -- if someone wants to transfer more bitcoin, will it cost proportionally more?

Not exactly. It depends more on how many coin fragments are involved in the transaction. Much like the difference in paying for a $10 with a 10 dollar bill vs. paying for the same $10 item with a huge pile of unrolled change. The pile of change - representing the various fragments of BTC making the total - will take much more work (e.g. larger transaction size) and will therefore "cost" more to get done.

...It once took me almost 4 weeks to get a pile of mining dust transferred to an exchange, because of all the tiny ("sub") transactions/confirmations involved in getting it there.

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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:52 PM »
But now the recommended fee is 300 sat/byte to get your transaction included quickly.

Since I wrote this, I just went back to that tab to close it and the recommended fee has increased to 310 sat/byte. :(

1 satoshi/byte is about 1.7 cents per 226 byte transaction at current prices, or about 7.7 cents per kilobyte. Imagine if your ISP charged you 7.7 cents for every kB you transferred. That's ~$78.64/MB, or ~$80,530.64/GB, or ~$82,463,372.08 per TB. :tellme:

Hm... Yeah, I gotta switch pools to get in on that action me thinks..

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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:30 PM »
Quote from: Stoic Joker on Today at 04:54
PMIIUC the cost in satoshis per transaction hasn't changed. It's just that with the rise in the coins value the # of satoshis the transaction cost are worth more. So technically we've always paid the same...it's just more noticeable now.That's not (entirely) correct. You could always customize the amount of satoshis per byte you paid with your transaction, and there used to be a time when you could set the fee to 0 and still get your transaction included within a few blocks because there was extra space for it. But now that blocks are full, you have to pay more satoshis per byte to get your transaction included or else risk having your transaction stuck in limbo for days.That said, it is true that the increasing value of each BTC is making the fees more noticable in USD amounts. Even if you only paid 1 satoshi per byte on a regular ~220 byte transaction, that's still about 1.5 cents at today's current price.Back when I first got into Bitcoin toward the end of 2015, I sent a test transaction to Renegade after he sent me what was then just a few dollars worth of BTC (now worth almost $200! Wish I had kept it...). I paid 5 sat/byte for that transaction, which at the time was less than 1 cent. But now the recommended fee is 300 sat/byte to get your transaction included quickly.


Well that makes sense ... Now that you mention it. I do recall it being stated that certain pools were starting to pay out (to the miners) for the transaction fees. Because as the coin per block drops (which it has drastically) the transaction fees are the only incentive the miners get/have to continue mining. Which is important due to the fact that if they stop mining there is no more network for the coin to travel across. The hashing power that keeps the network strong/resilient/decentralized comes from the miners.

0.62 BTC is a pretty good haul at current prices.

Kinda, but it seems a bit low (to me) for the 6 months the (11.5TH) S9 has been running.

I'm toying with switching pools...I'm just not sure which one to jump to.

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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:54 PM »
I still try to follow the news, and I still have some BTC, but I hate to use it because it's just so expensive these days.

IIUC the cost in satoshis per transaction hasn't changed. It's just that with the rise in the coins value the # of satoshis the transaction cost are worth more. So technically we've always paid the same...it's just more noticeable now.

And it costs nothing to sit on ... In the hopes it will "hatch".

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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:47 PM »
Total received from those 12 payments was 287mBTC which apparently is worth about $2,000 USD currently  :huh:

wow, maybe it's time to cash in?
then again...



At least hold until after the SegWitx2 split on the 16th, then at least you get "free" coin - of questionable value - off the new fork.

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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:45 PM »
My question is, does anyone here still use Bitcoin?

I'm still mining it. I used the (mined post Alice) coin we had to upgrade the pair of S2's to a single S9 (way cheaper to run) back in May. The S9 has managed to produce about 0.62 since then running out of the AntPool.

Anybody have a better/best/favorite pool suggestion??

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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 08, 2017, 01:14 PM »
 :huh:  :-\ ...Iain, if you're trying to cheer me up - skip the investment advice - and just send beer. :D

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Living Room / Re: When is a raven like a writing desk?
« on: November 07, 2017, 05:19 PM »
Maybe I missed it, but it seemed to me that neither the article nor the video explained what about the change caused the AI to see the turtle as a rifle. :huh:
Since we really don't know how extensively these systems are actually being used...there's probably a - security - reason for that being )intestinally) omitted. Kinda like when the Myth Busters demonstrated how high security biometrics could be fooled...without actually showing you how they could be fooled.

Either that or the hack is waiting on a patent application - You just can't tell these days...

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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 07, 2017, 03:35 PM »
...Come to think of it - my numbers are off a bit - it's actually a somewhere north of $60,000 I'm down because of the "early" selloff.

So... I'm going to stop thinking about this now....because my cavalier is broken. :huh:

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Living Room / Re: When is a raven like a writing desk?
« on: November 07, 2017, 03:24 PM »
Or more succinclty, when is a turtle like a rifle?

Well the do both store all their energy in a shell.


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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 07, 2017, 03:19 PM »
Note: It was worth it..  ;)

 ;D :Thmbsup:

I wish I had that problem :)  :Thmbsup:

I must have phrased it badly then... You see, it's not that I have invested $40,000 in the Alice project. The actual project cost is just a bit over $8,000 right now. It's that by selling off my holdings (early...) to cover a large-ish portion of her initial ($3,000) cost ... I've to date lost ~$40,000 based on the current value of BTC that I had sold...for just over $200 each (back then..).

So in hind sight from a strictly fiscal stand point, it's a pretty horrific loss over a ~2 year period ... But investments - as always - are a long game affair.

But the point of getting into BTC/crypto coin in general was equal parts Renegade's infectious enthusiasm, and my own interest in leveraging it as a means to an end. That end of course being Project Alice... So as anyone who has read the Alice Chronicles can surmise...the end result - and the fun had in the process - was ultimately (to me) worth it.

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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 07, 2017, 12:10 PM »
The real question is.. some of you crazy people who were ranting about it, and telling us how bitcoin was going to take off during the early days of it.. are any of you rich enough to retire and bankroll the rest of us yet?

Stoic Joker? Did you sell off your entire stash for that motorcycle, or did you keep some of your BTC you spent so much time and effort (and USD) mining?

And also I'm curious if 40hz's opinion of BTC has changed at all over the years since this thread began.

<Answering from the very deep dark hole that Deozaan just dug for me> Yes, at the time I sold off all of my holding to buy Alice. So... -(based on that)- to date she has "cost" me about $40,000.


:D Fuck...


Note: It was worth it..  ;)

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Living Room / Re: Interesting Search Engines discovered
« on: November 03, 2017, 03:48 PM »
Now those are interesting..

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Living Room / Re: Portuguese Translation Question
« on: October 24, 2017, 06:59 AM »
you at least need a comma:
Quote
// If any value has already been applied to the TOTAL purchase, the BALANCE will be equal to the new value minus what has already been paid

Perhaps, but I'm just pasting it like I found it ... And trying to understand what's happening with the translation of it.

Although I did notice after posting it that the two (all caps) words in question are also the only two words in the original text that are already in English.

*Shrug* ...This whole project is driving me up a wall.

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Living Room / Portuguese Translation Question
« on: October 23, 2017, 03:11 PM »
So I've been spending a lot of time translating Portuguese code comments into English so I can so I can figure out what is going on with a project that has become a rather agonizing nightmare. Many times when the comments - which are in all caps - are translated one or more words will come out in all caps, never all words, just some words...the rest are in lower case after translation. So I'm wondering is there something linguistically that is implying emphasis on certain words?

Example (as cut from code):
// SE ALGUM VALOR JÁ TIVER SIDO APLICADO AO TOTAL DA COMPRA O BALANCE SERÁ IGUAL AO NOVO VALOR MENOS O QUE JÁ FOI PAGO

Translated:
// If any value has already been applied to the TOTAL purchase the BALANCE will be equal to the new value minus what has already been paid


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Developer's Corner / Re: MySQL Syntax Question
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:13 PM »
Code: Text [Select]
  1. SELECT * FROM table WHERE id LIKE '$id'

Just make sure before you change it to an = that the $id variable is never used with % inside it to do a wildcard search.

Oh I passed that point months ago (been on this since April) ... It just finally got to me this morning. One of the other more glaring bits was a 1 page report that took almost 3 minutes to generate because of how badly it was coded. Now that same report only takes 300ms.

Hope you're getting paid hourly...

rofl ... Nope - Bid flat rate for job -  This is what's technically referred to as a huge fucking mistake.

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Developer's Corner / Re: MySQL Syntax Question
« on: October 18, 2017, 11:19 AM »
Cool, thanks guys!

I had a feeling it was just totally borked (they actually used like on an integer), but being entirely self taught I thought it couldn't hurt to double check myself.

This project has been a total horror show. From finding 56 if statements in a row (Yeah...) to finding if, if else, if else combinations that left no way of handling 'surprises' ... And much of the rest of the code is just total shit.

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Developer's Corner / MySQL Syntax Question
« on: October 18, 2017, 09:34 AM »
Okay, so I managed to get myself roped into a development project involving a web portal/reservation system that is huge (300,000+ lines of code), that was previously worked on by 3 other people - All of which (of course) had radically different coding styles.

...And most of the code comments are in Portuguese.. Which would be ok...if the half of me that is Portuguese, could actually read Portuguese ... But apparently I'm not quite that good at being Portuguese ... So in a nutshell, I'm F'ed :D

Anyhow... One of the thinks that I keep running across in the code - aside from the insanely excessive use of the (select all columns) asterisk - is the equally infuriating excessive use of 'like' - Example:

Code: Text [Select]
  1. SELECT * FROM table WHERE id LIKE '$id'

...Which to me means 'Where like exactly this' because there are no %'s used to allow the search to fuzz. So my question is, is there by chance some vaguely/obscure reason for this seeming insanity, or is it really ~'like'~ just as dumb as I think it is?


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