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251  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Funny Comments in Your Code? on: November 10, 2012, 05:39:34 AM
Related comments from the Microsoft Windows 2000 source code....apparently, "We are morons"

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And no one had better change those tabs to spaces!!!!
252  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: First Time With Win 8 on: November 05, 2012, 02:52:16 PM
On the original topic, I am compelled to mention my 8 year old son. Without any forewarning he went from Windows 7 one day to Win 8 the next. He noticed the change and made mention of it but had absolutely no difficulty making the transition.

Granted, my son does have one advantage over Chris Pirillo's [stupid] father -- having not grown up in the Windows 95/XP era, he was accustomed to using the physical start button to toggle the start menu.

In my opinion, all of this hyperbole about Windows 8 being impossible to use is just that. It's bullshit.

Again, I am not saying everybody will or should like Windows 8. It IS in many ways a change of direction for the company; one that may jive well for people who have wholly bought into the cloud, and especially those likely to buy into multiple screens within Microsoft family (Xbox, RT, Win Phone 8 ).

While RT is going to remain a closed ecosystem, I don't believe the conventional desktop is at any risk of going away, the enterprise market is too important to MS.

Big +1 here. My 10 year old daughter had a similar encounter and can now use my laptop without very much of a transition period. She can easily move between my laptop, windows 8 pro, and my wife's with windows 7.
253  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Now this is a Windows 8 review I heartily applaud on: November 04, 2012, 03:01:50 PM
Is it really a bad choice? I can't say that I've had the desire, over the past month+ to use my old start menu. Even when it was available, I did not use it often. I find myself using the start menu on Win8 in conjunction with FARR, both operate in basically the same manner. Both search existing entries although the win8 menu has a noticable speed advantage over FARR.

I used to be a very big fan of developing a set of 6-7 core folders, and grouping programs based on those core folders. Now, I don't even have to worry about it. I can just hit WINKEY (or WINKEY+A for farr), type a few letters and launch all using the keyboard. No mouse involvement, no wasted time sorting through menus (even if only 2-3 deep).
254  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Now this is a Windows 8 review I heartily applaud on: November 04, 2012, 02:53:02 PM
I think a much smarter approach would have been to leave the original taskbar, startmenu, system tray -- which to my way of thinking are excellent, and simply replace desktop icons with the tiling system, with a simple way to toggle tiles off to yield a blank desktop (or switch between tile sets); to me this would have been so much better than the confusing approach they have come up.

Don't you use FARR, though? So isn't the foldering system of the start menu irrelevant to you ;-)
255  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just In Time For The Holiday Season, Apple Loses iPhone Trademark In Mexico on: November 03, 2012, 09:59:36 AM
This just tickles me pink. Pure win!
256  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Disney acquires Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion dollars. Star Wars Ep VII due in 2015 on: October 31, 2012, 07:14:14 AM
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10:15PM EDT October 30. 2012 - Luke Skywalker and Han Solo are joining Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear and Iron Man in Disney's roster of heroes.

Disney is buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion, adding the legendary Star Wars franchise to the entertainment giant's stable of characters. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by founder George Lucas. The purchase culminates a one and a half year pursuit of the Lucas empire, Disney's CEO said.

MORE: Reaction to the news

Lucas, who receives 40 million Disney shares from the deal, will be the second-largest non-institutional shareholder of Disney, Bloomberg News says, behind the trust of deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

The 68-year-old Lucas will serve as a creative consultant but plans to retire.

"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," said Lucas, chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm, in a statement. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers."

Said Disney CEO Robert Iger: "This is one of the great entertainment properties of all time, one of the best branded and one of the most valuable, and it's just fantastic for us to have the opportunity to both buy it, run it and grow it."

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<Dr. Evil laugh>
That's right, 4.05 Billion dollars
</Dr. Evil laugh>

Am I the only one who says....NO!!!!!!!!!
257  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Server 12 shipping Nov 1, 2012 on: October 29, 2012, 08:36:16 AM
Also, if you are on dreamspark, you have had access to Server 2012 since late August smiley
258  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AdBlock Plus To Not Block All Ads on: October 27, 2012, 12:36:59 PM
Seeing the same thing as wraith here.
259  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Best New Features in Windows 8 on: October 26, 2012, 12:02:42 PM
I suppose everyone's experiences are different.  System Restore has saved me more times than I can count; I have nothing but positive things to say about it (and have heard nothing but positive things).

Ditto. I love system restore and have already tested the "refresh my pc" option in Win8, just because. It works and it works well.
260  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Neowin reviews Windows 8 - Leave your pre-conceived notions at the door on: October 24, 2012, 08:48:05 AM
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Before you read another word of this review, I need you to do something very important. Take all of your preconceived notions about what Windows is today and what you are familiar with, and put them aside. It’s time to reinvent the desktop OS and Microsoft is leading the charge.

At the end of this review, you will see three scores. One score is for using Windows 8 with a keyboard and mouse, one is for using Windows 8 as a touch-based platform and the final is a combined score. The reasoning for this is that each input method offers two distinct experiences and to combine them into a single score would not accurately reflect the true value of the product; the summary score is made up of the two independent scores.

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Like Neowin says, take Windows 8 for what it is. Do not try and compare it to the past versions of Windows. While some will oppose this change, those that I know who run Windows 8 are actually enjoying it once getting past the new "Metro Screen".

On a side note, I have been running Windows 8 for over a month and love every aspect of it. Once I get a touch screen laptop (next month or two), I can see a lot of this new functionality being VERY useful.
261  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Where can I download BitLocker to Go? on: October 23, 2012, 10:12:00 AM
Bitlocker 2 go is not a tool you can download. Bitlocker2go is built into any version of Windows since 7 in the pro edition or higher. To use it, you simply launch the bitlocker console and encrypt the USB flash drive. The remote computer must be running Windows 7 or newer to utilize the drive.
262  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does the browser Opera suck? on: October 13, 2012, 08:40:30 AM
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Does the browser Opera suck?
Yes.

Very enthralling answer. Your deep insight has inspired me. Please, share more?
263  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does the browser Opera suck? on: October 12, 2012, 01:43:11 PM
Agreed, there are still vulnerabilities, but many browsers are seeing these same hits. Heck, Mozilla just had to pull Firefox 16 from the web due to a security vulnerability. My whole point is that IE is nowhere near the monster it once was and is actually quite reliable and safe.
Sure, 16.0 had a bug, which was fixed how many hours after release? MS is quite a bit slower wrt release cycles, though thankfully they have out-of-band releases for really critical stuff (and to give them credit, they have to go through a lot more rigorous QA/QC to avoid fscktards moaning). But at any rate, the FF bug was:
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The vulnerability could allow a malicious site to potentially determine which websites users have visited and have access to the URL or URL parameters.  At this time we have no indication that this vulnerability is currently being exploited in the wild.

The IE bug was remote code execution, which is a metric sh!ttonne more serious.

Anyway, the main reason I don't use IE isn't security, but simply that it sucks. With IE6, at least the browser loaded lightning fast - they lost that advantage with IE7, and haven't regained it. The developer tools suck, the HTML compliance sucks compared to chrome and FF (even though it's a lot better in IE9+ than it used to be), and the addons sucks.

I really don't see any reason to use IE if you've got half a mind, but of course people doing webdev have to support it, *sigh*.

I agree with all of your comments. I use chrome, for what that's worth, but I think the days of IE being as insecure as it once was are long gone. The browser does have other drawbacks, like speed as you pointed out, but it should be OK for those who are forced to/choose to use it. Security patches are handled in, what I feel anyways, is an optimal manner for IE. Microsoft has a far larger userbase and testing base to account for with ALL of their products, so they must ensure they identify potential impact for their patches. Again, as you've pointed out, they do have out of band patches but those are the exception and not the norm.
264  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does the browser Opera suck? on: October 12, 2012, 01:17:54 PM
Is Internet Explorer really that dangerous nowadays? I think this mentality is something leftover from the IE6 Pre-SP2 days....and yes, Opera does suck as you will see more and more as you continue to use it. But, in the end, use whatever works for you.
It's not nearly as bad as it was in the olden days, and most exploits these days are from Flash or Java browser plugins - apart from XSS stuff, the *real* nasty browser bugs (those that don't trigger plugins but can lead to remote code execution or the likes) are few and far between.

But there was an exploit lately (iirc mid/late september) that targeted IE{7,8,9} on {XP,Vista,Win7} that was pretty bad.

Agreed, there are still vulnerabilities, but many browsers are seeing these same hits. Heck, Mozilla just had to pull Firefox 16 from the web due to a security vulnerability. My whole point is that IE is nowhere near the monster it once was and is actually quite reliable and safe.
265  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / How to tell if the Universe is a computer simulation on: October 11, 2012, 06:34:06 AM
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Saw this, thought of our admin mouser who was an aspiring AI researcher.

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It's a famous question among academic philosophers and drunken college students alike: how can we be sure we're not living in a gigantic computer simulation? Fortunately, researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany think they've cracked it.

Their reasoning is pretty straightforward, according to Technology Review: if the cosmos is just a numerical simulation, calculated on some insanely powerful supercomputer tucked away in another world, there should be clues around us that can reveal the truth. Glitches in the system, if you like, that give the game away.

Moving from that reasoning to the science required to find those clues isn't quite so easy. To kick things off, the team of researchers from Bonn have speculated that the problem with all simulations is that they're discretized: to model a physical phenomenon, the real world has to be represented by separate points in time and 3D space. Sure you can make the distance between those points reeeeeeally small—but you still have to have this kind of grid.

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266  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does the browser Opera suck? on: October 10, 2012, 06:59:00 PM
Opera, protecting users from themselves, even when they know what they are doing...
267  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does the browser Opera suck? on: October 10, 2012, 05:31:31 PM
Is Internet Explorer really that dangerous nowadays? I think this mentality is something leftover from the IE6 Pre-SP2 days....and yes, Opera does suck as you will see more and more as you continue to use it. But, in the end, use whatever works for you.

That said, redirection is not necessarily a problem IE, but could be the way the site is coded. Just saying...
268  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pause/Break Key has never been able to invoke the FARR!? on: October 06, 2012, 07:01:35 AM
If I had a pause/break key, I would try and verify this. Perhaps the default hotkey should change as this is not the first laptop (dell or otherwise) that does not have the pause/break key. Just sayin
269  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Chrome Subtabs Extension - Does this exist? on: October 05, 2012, 01:39:13 PM
I had been doing some looking for an extension that performs a certain set of functions for organizational purposes within chrome.

If you are like me, you have a bunch of tabs open, even multiple for the same site. What I am looking for is a "subtabs" extension that will take any tab and allow them to be grouped under a single parent tab. Upon navigation to the parent, the children tabs are expanded and placed under the parent, in a second row of tabs.

In a similar fashion, I would like the extension to be able to perform "smart grouping" that automatically puts children tabs under a parent of the same root domain (google.com, microsoft.com, donationcoder.com, etc.).

Does anyone know of such a concoction?
270  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Even Paul Allen is a little confused by Windows 8, but it gets better on: October 05, 2012, 06:51:45 AM
We should have a contest for some prize here on DC on how long it will take Microsoft to "fix" the UI in Win8 to revert back to [desktop] normal.
I give them one SP and seven months tops.

Okay, I don't think they ever will. I think people will bitch, scream, rant, rave, whine, cry, and then just figure it out. Yes those of us in the die hard old guard desktop crowd will have the hardest time with it. But (unfortunately...) the masses don't suffer our need for full access to everything. They just want to get/see/check X and go on...and that sort of (at-a-glance) consumption computing is quite easy with the new UI.

Having used Windows 8 for over a month now, I can say that it is quite easy to get back to the desktop. The start screen appears at login, and I click desktop. In the event that this bothered me, I could easily create a shortcut to "show desktop" in the startup folder and bam, problem solved.

I fail to see what the controversy is here. We've seen the same thing with every OS since XP. XP was criticzed for a "fisher price look". Vista was criticized for UAC. 7 was criticized as what "vista should have been". 8 is now criticized with another major UI change similar to XP. It seems par for the course. You are never going to make everyone happy.

I, for one, am loving Windows 8.
271  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remote Android Control Solution? on: September 30, 2012, 08:57:51 AM
Yeah, I can remote control all of my desktop and laptop computers very easily with my droid, but I cannot perform the reverse very easily.
272  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Search Result Context Menu Item and Underlining on: September 29, 2012, 11:09:35 PM
Looks like mouser has two separate sets of code for the on_rightclick and on_keypress functions. Might need to consolidate those into a single function to resolve this inconsistency.
273  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Remote Android Control Solution? on: September 29, 2012, 07:59:42 PM
I am looking for a tool that I am sure exists, but I have yet to find. I want to be able to remotely control an android-based device (tablet, phone, etc). I want to be able to "view" the screen or to take full control. I would like to be able to control key aspects such as enabling or disabling things like data networks or GPS, turning on and off the front/rear camera, and doing other tasks from a central console.

Does anyone know if such a solution exists?
274  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SpammerScammer on: September 26, 2012, 05:14:05 PM
Tinman, actually this is exactly a DDoS. What is happening is one user is telling multiple users to indirectly flood a service or person in an attempt to deny them the ability to process potential targets.

Either way, a DENIAL OF SERVICE, is occurring of a DISTRIBUTED nature. The "scammer" in this case would be denied the ability to perform their "service". DDoS is not simply limited to IP flooding, Security 101.
275  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Include Windows 7 Start Button Search Results in FARR? on: September 26, 2012, 07:40:59 AM
Nah, I already have those in the new "cpanel" alias. What I am looking for is "God Mode" items vice control panel applets initiated from control.exe
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