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Nickname Genesys
Email dnelson_1901@yahoo.com
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Description Worth a million in prizes
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Signed On Apr 18, 2010, 06:51
Total Comments 127 (Novice)
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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 http://www.glass8.eu/ , 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. http://www.hvsc.c64.org/  
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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 https://steamdb.info/app/8850/graphs/
 
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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:
http://www.quetek.com/prod02.htm
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 - http://www.piriform.com/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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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
2. Re: New Zealand couple manages to lock themselves in keyless car for 13 hours Dec 20, 2014, 15:13 Genesys
 
I had a cousin get locked in a Cadillac XLR for an hour or so... It hadn't been driven for months and the battery was almost dead. It's a keyless-entry and start system, so the car's always awake, waiting for a keyfob to get in range. There was apparently enough juice to open the door, but it ran out trying to start the engine, and the door latches are electronic so he couldn't get out. The first thing he did was check the glove compartment for the owner's manual, but it was on a CD :)   He ended up calling a dealership on his cellphone and they finally were able to tell him about a manual release latch under the seat.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 20, 2014, 12:50 Genesys
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 19, 2014, 23:20:
Genesys wrote on Dec 19, 2014, 22:04:
Hey, with 4+TB hard drives going for under $150, and free essentially unlimited email accounts etc, why not keep everything?

Aside from the obvious "maybe you have something to hide" you'd be surprised how few datacenters actually use 4TB drives, or even 2TB drives. You ever had a raid? I have.. and you don't want to have a 4TB hdd in a raid fail... rebuild takes forever and during that time more HDD's in that raid WILL fail.

4TB drives are a bit new for regular use, but I would expect many datacenters to be using at least 2TB drives by now. The trend is toward hybrid arrays, with large slow drives holding most of the data, and SSDs holding frequently-accessed data. Nimble Storage, for example, puts 7200RPM 3TB drives and SDDs in their units, at between 12:1 and 4:1 HDD:SDD ratios depending on your workload.


If you have something to hide, you also encrypt your volumes :)
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 19, 2014, 22:04 Genesys
 
Hey, with 4+TB hard drives going for under $150, and free essentially unlimited email accounts etc, why not keep everything?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 17, 2014, 22:20 Genesys
 
LurkerLito wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 11:12:
Wow, Dr. Dobb's is gone . I haven't read it in a while, but they had some of the best programming articles.
Like this one on image dithering from 1998, which was in my browser history for some reason. Even includes a little source snippet. A Balanced Dithering Technique

We used to subscribe to the Dobbs magazine at work back in the mid-90s.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
1. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 7, 2014, 12:36 Genesys
 
Welcome back, Skyrim!  
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