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Nickname Genesys
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Description Worth a million in prizes
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Signed On Apr 18, 2010, 06:51
Total Comments 132 (Novice)
User ID 55658
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 26, 2015, 20:49 Genesys
Xylemon wrote on Aug 26, 2015, 15:26:
I hope SeaMonkey doesn't remove XPI addon support, like now insane company Mozilla is doing. I want a browser, not some shit Chrome clone.
The Seamonkey project is handled by a very small team of volunteers that don't have enough time as it is; whenever the Mozilla Project adds/removes a major feature, the Seamonkey maintainers have to decide whether they can handle the load of importing it or maintaining it themselves. If keeping XPIs means reworking a huge amount of it to support Electrolysis (the codename for multi-process Firefox), assuming they can import e10s itself, then they probably won't be able to keep it. My hope is that there be such massive pushback from users and addon developers that Mozilla will keep XPI support around for a good long time.
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Aug 22, 2015, 21:21 Genesys
mag wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 21:01:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 19:15:
NKD wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 18:04:
Really puts Steam in perspective. Only around 1.3 million Steam users buy a significant number of games, and to be a member of the top 20%, you only need to own four games.

80-90% of Steam users may as well not exist for how little they participate in the PC gaming market. I never would have guessed those numbers.
Yeah this is again an eye opener... it still baffles the mind why Steam didn't make this public themselves.
It baffles you as to why Steam would keep it private that less than 1/5 of its userbase actually buys games? They want people to think they have 10M customers.
I'm probably missing something somewhere... Manually totaling the Peak counts of the top 100 games on Steam's stats page gives me ~2.7M users. Are most of these people playing the only Steam game they own? Does that make sense?

And holy cow DOTA 2 has a lot of active players.
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News Comments > The Cat Machine Released
3. Re: The Cat Machine Released Aug 13, 2015, 20:35 Genesys
Shades of SpaceChem? That got annoying for me too fast; too much like real programming, but this might be nicer. And cats!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 13, 2015, 20:25 Genesys
nin wrote on Aug 13, 2015, 09:14:
Shineyguy wrote on Aug 13, 2015, 09:10:
nin wrote on Aug 13, 2015, 09:04:
Happy International Lefthanders Day!
Woot woot! I can't wait to write something down today and then smudge the ink with my hand!
An unfortunate daily occurrence for us left handers...
The worst for me is greeting cards, as the ink doesn't absorb into the thicker paper as fast, pretty much ensuring whatever I wrote comes off looking a mess...
So, we're all lefties in here, then? :) Not a total solution, but more fluid inks, like those in uni-ball or gel pens, absorb faster than regular ink and help a lot. Worst for me is whiteboards...
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 12, 2015, 20:50 Genesys
Quboid wrote on Aug 12, 2015, 18:13:
The weird thing about Windows 10 is how hard it is to tell which window is the active one. You'd think that they'd have this nailed down by now.
Yes, that's a pain. You will be wanting this tool: Aero Glass for Windows 8.x+   They don't have a stable windows 10 release out yet, but it's really close.
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News Comments > Toy Soldiers: War Chest Next Month
5. Re: Toy Soldiers: War Chest Next Month Jul 29, 2015, 22:56 Genesys
Due to a visit from Mattel's lawyers, He-Man also has the most Trademark Symbols in the Universe™.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
17. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 29, 2015, 20:43 Genesys
Bradley wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 11:23:
The whole "flat" Windows 10 theme is really bugging me. When you have multiple windows open and overlapping it can be really hard to tell where one window starts and the others begin. That makes resizing or dragging windows by the title bar tricky. I wish there was some way to add more separation between them.

I've also got an issue with the way some of the control panels are opening. There is plenty of screen space, but some of them don't open wide enough to display all the content, leaving a horizontal scroll bar.

I hated the flat look in 8 as well, and it turns out someone hated it enough that they ported the Aero look-n-feel to it. Go to , make a small donation, and never worry about what dialog box or window has focus ever again! They don't have an official windows 10 version out yet, but there are debug builds that work, so I imagine it won't be long before they make a public release. I'm waiting for that, 7 Taskbar Tweaker, and Classic Shell to release their updates febore I switch to 10.

The whole Settings app feels like it was built for a phone's touch interface. Huge buttons, lots of useless whitespace.
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Jun 20, 2015, 11:18 Genesys
Axis wrote on Jun 20, 2015, 10:26:
Why anyone would want to waste time on these clicking games is beyond me.
Well, the game was an alternative to previous years Sales where people voted for what games would be on the daily sale. This time, they created a clicker game, and as you reached milestones, another game went on sale. The first milestone was trivial (1000 players joining or something like that), so not many people had to play to achieve the same as voting in previous years.

But, clicker games are sort of designed to be "gamed"... The fun isn't clicking, it's in writing the Javascript to click for you and calculate what to buy at the optimal time. Or for people using other people's scripts, it's about getting a Steam badge. Or it's the challenge of trying to coordinate thousands of players to all keep their scripts up-to-date. And it's a fun diversion for a week or so.

I got my wormhole badge :)
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 13, 2015, 20:49 Genesys
DangerDog wrote on May 13, 2015, 16:01:
I doubt Windows 10 would work on hardware running Windows XP without upgrading the ram at the very least, and for those people many are still on XP because of their requirement for some device driver that's only available on XP or would grind the computer to a halt speed wise if you upgraded the OS.
Windows 10's requirements are actually pretty modest: 1Ghz CPU, 1GB RAM, DX9 GPU, 16GB disk space. I have it installed on a USB stick, and it boots okay on a Dell Mini 9 (1GB RAM, 1.6Ghz Atom CPU). Everything's too big since they seem to assume everything's a high DPI touchscreen, but it works. Driver compatibility with old hardware may be different, but you need to be really ancient to have something without at least drivers for Vista, which I think should install on W10.
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News Comments > Magnetic Cage Closed This Month
1. Re: Magnetic Cage Closed This Month May 12, 2015, 23:17 Genesys
Oh, not this magnetic cage?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 22, 2015, 20:07 Genesys
jdreyer wrote on Apr 22, 2015, 17:01:
It would be a pretty major project to get a mobile version of Blues operational. The original site software is ancient, and was never designed for mobile. It has been hacked by Frans to do a bunch of custom things, but to refactor it so it supported both desktop and mobile would probably require migrating to a new platform. It would probably be 100s of hours of development time and cost 10s of thousands.

Might be possible to raise the funds with Kickstarter or something, but would also take tons of Blue's time to articulate what he needed.
I don't know; there's a lot of magic that can be done with CSS nowadays. You can do simple stuff like setting the viewport, or making the font a bit bigger and adding padding around links if the display is small, without making any code changes or adding any javascript. You're not going to get fancy hamburgler menus, but the site would be a easier to read on tiny screens.

Responsive Web Design Basics
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
1. Re: Sunday Consolidation Apr 5, 2015, 12:44 Genesys
All the music from my youth was played through a C64.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 23, 2015, 21:19 Genesys
Cutter wrote on Mar 23, 2015, 20:05:
Why are people having to view ads at all. That's something I never understood about Cable TV. If you were delivering it free, then sure. But if I'm paying for it? Suck my balls.
Rule #1 of Capitalism: if it can be monetized, it will be.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
55. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 26, 2015, 22:37 Genesys
BobBob wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 19:33:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 18:50:
PHJF wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 17:05:

You also contain a chemical known to cause cancer.
Californium? Or, Bobbobium?
I think he was referring to this. You can see these signs nearly everywhere.
I think it would be hilarious if one of those signs had a little sticker in the corner that said "WARNING This Sign May Contain A Chemical Known To The State Of California To Cause Cancer, Or Birth Defects Or Other Reproductive Harm.", and possibly a very small sticker on the sticker.
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Feb 10, 2015, 19:51 Genesys
Flatline wrote on Feb 10, 2015, 19:06:
I doubt anyone noticed.
Dunno; looks like ~300 people are still playing it daily on Steam, according to
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Microsoft Research's AutoCharge can automatically charge smartphones with light beams Jan 20, 2015, 20:48 Genesys
Oh man, that's a lot of work just because someone's too lazy to plug their phone in. And I bet that little spotlight would get annoying.  
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News Comments > Blizzard's Overwatch Hits TM Snag
21. Re: Blizzard's Overwatch Hits TM Snag Jan 12, 2015, 23:48 Genesys
SimplyMonk wrote on Jan 12, 2015, 12:46:
Kinda looking forward to it because I never really got into TF2 as much as I loved the short movies and the art style. I played a ton of MegaTF for Quake 1 back in the day and the differences between that and TF2 were just too much for me to get over and I couldn't adjust. I still bitch about spies being able to go invisible rather than just feign death. I loved feign death. Felt like I was really playing strategically. Invisibility just felt like cheating. But I digress...
I loved that when you feigned in original TF, you had to be careful not to look around. A dead body rotating to watch you as you passed it was always sure to get shot with a couple of rockets

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News Comments > Steam Trades Trade CAPTCHAs
2. Re: Steam Trades Trade CAPTCHAs Jan 11, 2015, 12:16 Genesys
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 11, 2015, 11:18:
There's not much point to the check-box version... You still have to type letters in at least half the time.
Maybe you're not as human as you think you are? Try to think fleshy thoughts as you click the box.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2015, 21:26 Genesys
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 19:41:
nin wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 15:37:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 15:31:
Calling all Bluesers -

Anyone have an undelete or similar program they really like?

Old man installed Win7 over win7 (don't ask) and trying to figure out if I can rip some data off the disk......
I've used File Scavenger both at work and home:
Found a program called "Puran" that shows tree structure and appears to be working pretty well....if it doesn't work (it is showing his User drive and being in excellent condition - sooooooo) then I will try that one. Thank you sir.
Another is Recuva - , made by the same people that make CCleaner. Also, I hope you made an image backup of the drive as soon as you got a hold of it; that way you can try a bunch of recovery tools on dummy images to see which one gets you the most data back.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
4. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 28, 2014, 22:49 Genesys
dj LiTh wrote on Dec 28, 2014, 15:15:
Whoever made that graph on the SSD article needs to have something unfortunate happen to them....

From 1-10-100-1000 all evenly spaced....bugs the shit out of me, and i'm not even OCD
If they hadn't used log scale, there's no way your eye would see where the trend lines would cross. It's the standard way of graphing things that scale exponentially. My issue is with the fact that every datapoint on their graphs is a projection. Why not at least include the last 5 years so we can see where they're getting their numbers from? I do agree that for most companies that have less than ~50 TB of storage or so, all-flash is probably the way to go.
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