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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What about Condaleezza Rice and Dropbox? on: July 26, 2014, 10:58:31 AM
So, you are either going to live your life afraid of the Boogey Man everywhere you turn. Or you are just going to live your life and only worry about confirmed Boogey Man sightings. And the Boogey man's name isn't Condaleezza Rice. The last big confirmed Boogey Man sighting, the name was Ed Snowden.

She's got a point there folks ... Not to mention that keeping people spooked, off-balance, and afraid of each other is all part of "the game".

Part of the game?  That is the game...!
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Google Acquires Twitch for $1 Billion on: July 26, 2014, 10:48:37 AM
http://www.geek.com/games...ch-for-1-billion-1600285/

Blah.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 25, 2014, 12:33:22 PM
Okay, Now ^That's^ Funny!

It is... and describes my dog perfectly.
29  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sublime Text Giveaway on: July 25, 2014, 12:14:06 PM
Ditto, but it also brings a link to unsubscribe  smiley

Yeah... I think he was just quoting the relevant part.
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 25, 2014, 07:49:55 AM
The Comcast customer service disconnection call that went viral:

https://soundcloud.com/ry...lock-10/comcastic-service

Comcast responds: "He did what we trained him to do"

http://www.pcworld.com/ar...we-trained-him-to-do.html

 ohmy

Actually that second part was pretty good.  They took responsibility for it- not what you'd expect from comcast.  That quote was out of context.

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But contrary to a previous Comcast statement that basically threw the employee under the bus, Watson seemed willing to share the blame.

"The agent on this call did a lot of what we trained him and paid him—and thousands of other Retention agents—to do," Watson wrote. "He tried to save a customer, and that’s important, but the act of saving a customer must always be handled with the utmost respect."

Watson added that Comcast will reexamine some of its practices as a result. "We will review our training programs, we will refresh our manager on coaching for quality, and we will take a look at our incentives to ensure we are rewarding employees for the right behaviors," Watson said.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 25, 2014, 12:37:14 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvEMCikrLbk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvEMCikrLbk</a>

Two of the world's best ukulele players together onstage, backed by a majorly-good cellist ...
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Moore's Law Dead by 2022, Expert Says on: July 24, 2014, 11:29:26 AM
Yeah, they said the same thing about 28 nm, and then 20 nm.

Moore's second law: Once every two years an "expert" will predict the demise of Moore's Law.

p.s.: Moore's law is long dead from average joe's perspective anyway. My six years old core 2 e7200 has comparable single thread performance to today's i3 somethings (which are curiously sold at the same price level my e7200 sold for in the day). Intel and AMD continue to add new cores but I no longer see real-world performance gains doubling once every two years. Well, at least they had a good run from mid-nineties to late-oughties anyway.

Yeah... wishing and saying isn't going to make it so.  And there was no scientific proof in that article that I could see... just convincing reasoning.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: World's weirdest file manager on: July 24, 2014, 09:09:10 AM
It did on the screenshots.

It did?  It seemed to me that's the same reason that you're dismissing it... so I guess that's even?

All those folders on the left side look ugly as sin so far but there's actually some interesting ideas there,
e.g. the dynamic thumbnails - they keep the same height but have variable width:
 (see attachment in previous post)
(needs justified paragraph formatting to make it look classy though)

Well, the folders are just taking the place of breadcrumbs, so it doesn't bother me.  But I do like the relative file dates.  Seems interesting to me, in all truth.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: World's weirdest file manager on: July 23, 2014, 07:12:26 PM
well, it was funded to the tune of almost 12k on Kickstarter, so there's apparently a demand.  And it seems pretty straightforward to me.
35  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Get Sims 2 Ultimate for Free (Expires July 31st, 2014) on: July 23, 2014, 07:07:54 PM
Just follow the instructions!

http://help.ea.com/en/art...ms-2-ultimate-collection/
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 23, 2014, 03:49:01 PM
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You don't get notifications when the device is asleep (or sometimes ever, in the case of IMs). The email app expects to have a live connection to the server and cannot reflect actions like flagging or deleting email in a responsive fashion. Your phone makes a note to delete the email when you're in cell range and hides the message immediately. The Metro app just acts like it has ignored your attempt to delete a message while it frantically tries to connect to the server.

This is what I was talking about with the connectivity.
I see, yes that's annoying.  For me, I don't think it will be very important.  I think i'll just be using it as a portable desktop rather than some kind of mobile device.  I'm guessing i'm not going to be using the metro apps much.  I've always been a third party guy anyway.  I rarely use any stock windows programs other than Office.  i'll go third party just for the principle of it, lol.

Are you going to be using it as a tablet?  I foresee much pain.  Which will lead to Anger.  Which will lead to Hate.  Which will lead to suffering.  Which will lead to the Dark Side.

... after all, Yoda said so.
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 23, 2014, 02:45:41 PM
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You don't get notifications when the device is asleep (or sometimes ever, in the case of IMs). The email app expects to have a live connection to the server and cannot reflect actions like flagging or deleting email in a responsive fashion. Your phone makes a note to delete the email when you're in cell range and hides the message immediately. The Metro app just acts like it has ignored your attempt to delete a message while it frantically tries to connect to the server.

This is what I was talking about with the connectivity.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 23, 2014, 12:49:34 PM
ok i see what you guys are saying.  it's an issue with navigation with the finger vs. mouse.  My assumption and experience from trying it out is that, yes, it's not perfect, but it's fine by me.  But maybe i haven't experienced something that you long term users have.

No, pdf xchange doesn't have an app version. I was just going to use it in desktop mode.

Try it for yourself.  I'd suggest trying it before.  It really sucks.

Ever try to hit a normal menu with your finger?  It's an exercise in frustration.  And styli only make it possible... not friendly.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 23, 2014, 11:27:22 AM
I also like the fact that i can use my software like pdf xchange etc, which i prefer over my android reader (ezpdf). 

Do they have a native app?  If not... don't really plan to use it.  Non-native app use sucks unless you're not in tablet mode, i.e. have a keyboard installed.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 22, 2014, 10:06:31 PM
However, I would also consider anything bigger than around 10 inches poorly suited for reading anything unless you intend to lay it down most of the time. I also wouldn't even consider a tablet with a desktop processor.

That might have been my problem.  I've been burned by MS several times in relation to them dropping platforms, so I got one that would still be useful even if they dropped the platform.  And when you try to do two things (desktop and tablet) I suppose it's inevitable that you'll fail.
41  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Learnable memberships available @ $9/mo (vs $29/mo regularly) for next few days on: July 22, 2014, 04:39:39 PM
Thanks!  Looks like a cool resource, and $9 isn't much to spend considering how much I spend on books smiley
42  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sublime Text Giveaway on: July 22, 2014, 04:33:51 PM
So it was just an email harvesting tactic? mad

Perhaps not.  But perhaps.  And the page hasn't disappeared, just the announcement.  Perhaps only the winner was notified, which happens with several contests.

I suppose you could always send a query to their sales department and ask if you're that curious about who won it. But with only a single copy up for grabs I don't think there's much financial incentive for the dev to be playing games over it.
 Cool

This smiley
43  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sublime Text Giveaway on: July 22, 2014, 01:44:32 PM
So it was just an email harvesting tactic? mad

Perhaps not.  But perhaps.  And the page hasn't disappeared, just the announcement.  Perhaps only the winner was notified, which happens with several contests.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 22, 2014, 12:45:34 PM
those iOS music apps are pretty damn good.  Sounds like we're in the same situation with the different brands.

wraith, I'm a little confused by your post...
responsiveness:  i thought the surface tablet was VERY responsive.  What exactly was it not responsive with?  All my touches and swipes were as fast as can be with the desktop power things were very quick.

As far as skydrive and integration, that's a software issue, and doesn't seem to be a tablet issue, right?
Speaking of which, shouldn't a tablet running windows 8 PRO (not RT) have no issues with settings, apps, whatever?  These are all software issues, and I've never run into such an issue that can't be resolved by some kind of freeware or third-party tool.  Right?  Isn't that our experience with the desktop windows computer?  Unless it's a hardware issue, i can't see any real problems with using a windows tablet.

I say all this because I'm confused by complaints about the tablet that sound like they can be fixed with desktop methods.

In terms of responsiveness, don't look at it with only the interface there, or one app.  Put it under normal load.  It takes a *long* time and a *lot* of apps in the background to make my ipad slow down at all- so much so, that even with 15 apps normally backgrounded, I never see it.  Try that on the surface.  I dare you.  Especially if a background app is doing something.

The skydrive and integration is not a software issue.  It affects anything that deals with cloud access.  Which makes it an OS issue.  A couple of examples.

1. I was syncing up some things between cubby and dropbox using Otixio.  This is something that I do all the time on my iOS device and it works fine, even if it goes to sleep because if inactivity.  Not only did it crap out when it went to sleep on my venue, I ended up with duplicates, and partials.
2. I was working on a document stored on dropbox.  I got called away, and left it up.  The synced version was an older version when I accessed the same document on a different machine.  If I work on something in dropbox on iOS (or PC, truthfully) as long as its saved, it is available on the other machines.  I had the same experience with OneDrive.
3. One of the things I do regularly is read.  Comixology, Nook, etc.  If the power goes off during a transfer, the app is forever in a bad state in terms of what has synced and what has not.

One might say these are issues with the applications at hand, and they very well may be.  But they are common functions- so if it is the applications, the API shouldn't allow the disconnect (Especially in their own app).  And so the perceived problem on my part is with the platform, as it happens across apps- no matter whose fault it is.

Which brings me to another issue - power management.  The power management in the surface platform is based on desktop paradigms, in regards to sleep and such.  That just doesn't work on a mobile platform, IMO.
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 22, 2014, 09:55:42 AM
^ Exactly what my experience was.  Even worse were the frequent switches to desktop mode, even for native apps, and the fact that the desktop is woefully unsuited to use in a tablet that small.  It was also not as responsive as I'd expect, especially as people say that the not-Metro mode is for apps.  

There's also the integration with the outside world.  Even with their native app (which they want you to use for storage), that integration just doesn't work.  I'd use a piece of software that had to download something, and it just wouldn't work, even though downloading normal would.  I think it has to do with the sleep mode and such.  But that's just not an excuse.  And as I work with Dropbox and Cubby quite a bit (and others), it just wasn't acceptable.

I see potential, and really wanted it to work.  But it needs serious work.
46  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Data not being written to MySQL DB on: July 21, 2014, 07:52:11 PM
I removed the php_xslt.dll from the php config as I don't use it in any case.  Not sure why you happened across this error as I'm using php with database access all across the server, but try again.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 21, 2014, 05:36:45 PM
Which would I buy?  After my experience recently... none.  I really wanted a windows tablet, especially because I could code for it universally with my skillset I already possess.  Purchased a Dell Venue 8.  Sold it after trying for a couple of months to do anything similar to the experience I get on the iPad.

It just doesn't do the mobile experience well, from experience when downloading and the tablet sleeps, to limitations in applications that don't have similar limitations on iPad, to even using system menus and options (anything that's not in the system charm?  don't try to use it- it will still be built for standard windows.  and definitely not in portrait mode, as most are widescreen).

Wanted to like it, but wasn't successful in that.
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 18, 2014, 03:24:28 PM
Regulating Bitcoin means having a hand in the actual coding of it and writing code and then being able to convince everyone in the Bitcoin economy (or 51%) to accept your version of it.

Actually, this I will disagree with.  Effective regulation- yes.  But you can regulate without it being effective in and of itself- other than a yardstick for prosecution and persecution.
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 18, 2014, 08:07:20 AM
Which proves my long time assertion that after a certain level of power everything comes full circle back to the childish playground rules, and street posturing.

Guy gets arrested for allegedly having gay cooties... wallbash

... that article is satire?  huh
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes self-start problem on: July 15, 2014, 05:32:48 AM
How do you know the BSODs are caused by Malwarebytes or the other security programs?

I've been suffering BSODs for about a year now - allegedly caused by a "third party driver". I've updated all drivers I can find to update, tested my memory and HDDs multiple times... Still getting the BSODs. It is almost impossible to find the driver or drivers at fault! Along the way throughout all my searching for a solution I have found that Windows 7x64 seems to be experiencing this issue more than other OS versions.

Jim

The Event Viewer.  There are also a couple of utilities that let you see the actual bsod and cause in place- for example BlueScreenView.
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