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2551  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 Pro will now include option to downgrade to Windows 7 on: September 16, 2012, 09:22:45 AM
@wraith -

Actually, it's not really a creative reinterpretation of the license at all. Microsoft did specifically take "small shop" and "custom builders" into consideration when they did the "builder OEM" license. That question came up in the partner channel when it was first announced. And yeah, you won't find the OEM version in stores AFAIK. You need to order it from someone like Tiger, Newegg, or one of those places.

And this is also why when I bought my mac at Bestbuy (since they're the same price anyway, their markups don't matter, and its one of the times when having a rewardzone membership pays off) and when he offered me a $200 copy of windows 7 and I said that I'd buy my copy of windows from Newegg he looked at me with a dirty look.  Cool
2552  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tram-mļöi  hhâsmařpţuktôx on: September 16, 2012, 06:57:43 AM
^ Not really sure why you couldn't... worked fine for me.  Perhaps its regional?  Or something was wrong at the time...
2553  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 Pro will now include option to downgrade to Windows 7 on: September 16, 2012, 06:57:03 AM
^Nope. If you're a 'builder' you can get them in single quantities as long as you buy them at the same time you buy 'qualifying hardware' such as a mobo. Maybe the price isn't anywhere near as good as what Dell or HP get. (Rumors put it between $35 and $50 for the big quantity buyers.) But it's still substantially below retail. At Newegg, Win 7 Pro-64 is $139 for OEM, but $274 for the 'full' retail version.

That's just from third-parties who have purchased OEM versions in bulk that you re-purchase them from (that have creatively interpreted the license), isn't that correct?
2554  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tram-mļöi  hhâsmařpţuktôx on: September 16, 2012, 05:25:58 AM
^ Both go to the same place... from what I understand, you're correct in most cases.  It's possible to break with that convention, but I haven't seen it done in practice.
2555  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatically move files around tip (use your synchronizer program) on: September 15, 2012, 09:31:44 AM
Another good choice is Belvedere. (on Github)
2556  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Way to Share Kindle Books on Nook, Kobo, iPad on: September 15, 2012, 07:09:42 AM
If you have an iPad, you can use the kindle app.  If you have the Nook, you can root it (I think).  But it's like a lot of other things... platform choice is key.
2557  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 Pro will now include option to downgrade to Windows 7 on: September 15, 2012, 07:08:22 AM
It makes sense from a business perspective.  Not defending it, but without those abilities, they'd slow down the sales of components, computers, and a lot of other associated services every time they released an OS.
2558  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Write until you pass out!? on: September 14, 2012, 10:56:32 PM
It's fun to make puns. But not forever! smiley
I did intend to use my last two and then quit… but there's a hole in one.

I don't know if I should hazard a reply to that one. smiley


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2559  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Write until you pass out!? on: September 14, 2012, 03:19:46 PM
Cut that out.  I really mean it!  Grin
2560  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Roboform, crippling the export function and Bits Du Jour censorship on: September 14, 2012, 09:17:42 AM
BdJ just removed a whole slew of comments.

Did they?  You mean from the RF2G thread?  I didn't notice it any shorter... what were they in regards to?
2561  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Roboform, crippling the export function and Bits Du Jour censorship on: September 14, 2012, 07:59:15 AM
Hi,

A backup feature would only be relevant as an export-import option if it came with a restore feature that is available externally.  It would have to lack encryption (which goes against the expected internal encryption) and it would have to have the layout available, although that might be puzzled out, if there was not encryption.  Generally a backup is simply a mirror of the existing data file, which is useless for export-->import.

Sounds like simply another diversion, smoke and mirrors, from the Roboform crew.

Steven

That's why I didn't even bother posting the results here.  I'd been interested in roboform until this thread came up.  Now... not so much.
2562  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kids E-Book Ideas? on: September 13, 2012, 01:18:17 PM
For the nook, they have a store specifically for kids:

http://www.barnesandnoble...igital-animated/379003131

Grouped by age range.  Some of them are retail prices, but there are some bargain (and free) books also.
2563  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NSA Whistleblower interesting technical details on: September 13, 2012, 12:24:46 PM
^Likely that's a variation of the Coventry gambit.

But the goal of this sort of thing isn't to prevent crime. It's to protect the security and secrecy of certain entrenched political interests.

Like Hoover said, justice is incidental to enforcing law and order. So is fighting crime since people who are victimized by criminals provide the convenient benefit of demanding more restrictive laws and a larger police presence to enforce them.

To those who pull strings, ongoing violent crime is a win-win. Especially for the proponents of expanded government authority.
Sad
truth...it ain't easy.

+1
2564  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: US State Department Official Killed In Libya Was A Top Online Gamer on: September 13, 2012, 07:15:58 AM
Sorry... got my links backwards.  The place that I was talking about that went into a bit more detail on how he touched the areas of EVE was linked from that piece... the Mittani's 'eulogy'.  It doesn't go into excruciating detail... I don't think that's totally necessary.  I mean, some might be interested, but I think that would be a smaller audience.  But enough to let you know without going over your head, IMO.

2565  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: US State Department Official Killed In Libya Was A Top Online Gamer on: September 12, 2012, 10:40:47 PM
Do you ingest anything to keep yourself awake? What's your normal diet?

What I'm really curious about is how top are we talking about? Would have been if the article went into details on this especially for those of us who don't play Eve Online.

Especially as the comments generated some talk about economics and politics.

The article talks about how top he was, in pretty good detail- being the person that was the mover behind the scenes on a lot of big grabs and the person that everyone came to for diplomacy put him pretty much at the upper echelons of EVE.  As for me, I drink coffee and tea... not necessarily to stay awake... it's just that I like coffee and tea.  And I don't have a particular diet, though when I did keep track, I ate a lot less than the daily caloric intake.  I don't think any of that has any impact... I just don't need a lot of sleep, and never have.
2566  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: US State Department Official Killed In Libya Was A Top Online Gamer on: September 12, 2012, 08:08:43 PM
No... I just don't sleep much  tongue  But as I get older, there's eventually a crash and I sleep late.
2567  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: US State Department Official Killed In Libya Was A Top Online Gamer on: September 12, 2012, 06:09:07 PM
Gaming... And leading a guild/alliance? How did he manage to do his job? MMOs like that are incredibly time intensive.

probably didnt have much time for family?

Not from looking at what was said about him.  The thing is, I've seen it done.  I know someone that I work with that's incredibly devoted to his family, incredibly good at his job, and is incredibly involved in EVE.  A lot of it is knowing how to manage the time.  And I play MMOs quite a bit, and it doesn't get in the way of my family nor my job.  It's very possible.
2568  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: US State Department Official Killed In Libya Was A Top Online Gamer on: September 12, 2012, 05:20:25 PM
The article itself is an interesting read, and an interesting peek inside of the level of interaction and planning that goes on in MMOs and how a few people can have a great impact.
2569  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / US State Department Official Killed In Libya Was A Top Online Gamer on: September 12, 2012, 04:16:11 PM
US State Department Official Killed In Libya Was A Top Online Gamer

I guess he honed his state department skills in EVE.

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Sean Smith, the U.S. state department official killed along with the U.S. ambassador to Libya and two others last night, was a top player in the online game EVE.

During the attack Smith was reportedly speaking with fellow gamers, who were the first to identify him as among the dead.

Known online as Vile Rat, Smith played the game since 2006 and intermittently served on the sci-fi massively multiplayer online (MMO) game's player-elected Council.
2570  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / NSA Whistleblower interesting technical details on: September 12, 2012, 04:14:06 PM
NSA Whistleblower Details How The NSA Has Spied On US Citizens Since 9/11

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In a short video called "The Program," Binney explains how the agency took part of one of the programs he built and started using it to spy on virtually every U.S. citizen without warrants under the code-name Stellar Wind.

Binney details how the top-secret surveillance program, the scope of which has never been made public, can track electronic activities—phone calls, emails, banking and travel records, social media—and map them to collect "all the attributes that any individual has" in every type of activity and build a profile based on that data.

"So that now I can pull your entire life together from all those domains and map it out and show your entire life over time," Binney says.
2571  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Write until you pass out!? on: September 12, 2012, 11:36:24 AM
I guess that the purpose of that quote was somehow missed?  The abyss looks back at you means that when you begin to know somthing that is fundamentally different from yourself, you take a piece of it with you and it changes you and vice versa.  If you do the same sorts of thing as the person that you're calling a monster in order to punish them for being a monster, doesn't that make you the same sort of monster? 
2572  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: razer nostromo on: September 12, 2012, 09:52:59 AM
I use the n52, and I just got the nostromo off of Woot a bit ago.  I swear by it.  I use it in FPS (BF2142, Section 8, Killing Floor, Borderlands, Arma 2, Payday, Sniper Elite, BFBC2/Vietnam) and MMOs, and other games.  In every game, it takes my hand off of the keyboard and puts the commands in a small area.  The only thing I don't like is that it doesn't have enough (or dedicated) keys for the shifts, so you have to take a key away in order to get access to the other magnitudes of keys.  I have a G13 also, and though I love the fact that it has more keys, the n52/Nostromo fits the hand better- the G13 is truly a small keyboard, and so takes more retraining.

But get a nostromo and a programmable mouse (I have a naga, though I think if I had it to do over again, I'd get a Hex), and take a bit to learn what your patterns are in the way of controls that you use, and don't be afraid to tweak.  It might not make you better, but it will make your experience better.
2573  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: School Regrets Swapping Laptops For iPads on: September 11, 2012, 09:51:44 PM
True, but I am more inclined to believe that a laptop/notebook is probably more economical and versatile than an ipad or like tablet could every be.

That's a common perception that I disagree with.  I think it comes down to input mechanism more than the laptop vs tablet.  I used a clamcase with my ipad... and it was exactly the same as a netbook.  But then, it started to suffer from the same disadvantages.  I'm hoping that when I can get that logitech case it will be a better experience.  I still wouldn't use it for my full time work computer.  But it does/will have advantages over that.
2574  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Write until you pass out!? on: September 11, 2012, 09:47:15 PM
If the legal system was infallible, and the amount of money didn't factor into the level of law and punishment (notice I didn't say anything about justice.. there's none of that in the legal system), then... I'd still be against it.

I think Nietzsche said it best: "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
2575  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: School Regrets Swapping Laptops For iPads on: September 11, 2012, 05:06:11 PM
It does indeed seem like more of a function of an ill-conceived scheme and not knowing the needs rather than the particular device.  In fact, some of the issues could easily be alleviated, and some of their notions of the problems stated in the article show how much this is true.  While it is true that there isn't a MS Word application, there are a couple of very good applications for editing such on the ipad.  Would I want to use them for my primary machine?  Nope.  But yeah... this falls squarely on the RFQ stage rather than the device.
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