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Dan Nelson
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April 18, 2010
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Aug 24, 2020, 20:17
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 24, 2020, 20:17
Aug 24, 2020, 20:17
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Aug 24, 2020, 19:17:
The beginning of the Start menu era.

I think it took like 5 major versions of the OS before they removed the word "Start" from the menu button and changed it to the Windows icon (Windows Vista?).
But even to this day (and after they removed the menu in Windows 8), we all still call it the Start menu.

"Honey, how do I turn off the computer?"
"Click on Start..."
The only "Start" that's left of the start menu is in the mouseover text :)

As for shutting down, I just tell people to press the power button on the case. Windows 10 moved the shutdown action to the "power" submenu (oops, "⏻" - no text allowed), so it's too much to try and walk people through if you're not standing next to them to say "click that button, then that button, then "shutdown".
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Jul 17, 2020, 20:29
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 17, 2020, 20:29
Jul 17, 2020, 20:29
 
Any "camera on a small flying thing" story always reminds me of Les Ailes de l'Ombre , a great sci-fi short film from 1994. I just wish I could find a higher-quality version than this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGa1wBLYDuY
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Re: Get AER Memories of Old and Stranger Things 3: The Game for Free
Jun 26, 2020, 20:39
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Re: Get AER Memories of Old and Stranger Things 3: The Game for Free Jun 26, 2020, 20:39
Jun 26, 2020, 20:39
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 25, 2020, 21:19:
Another week, another set of free games I'll never play...
AER is worth loading up just to hear the way the soundtrack changes when you switch from ground->flying. I wanted to fly the entire game, and the underground sections got a little tedious.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Jun 15, 2020, 22:26
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 15, 2020, 22:26
Jun 15, 2020, 22:26
 
That's what defrag.exe calls it (the /L option). It sends trim operations to the free space on the volume; possibly just the blocks that have become free since the last trim. That would make the term "retrim" make sense. Although I just watched the video on that bleeping page and it is showing an actual defrag and not a trim operation. That may actually be an issue, but sounds like a different bug than what the Insider release notes claimed to fix.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Jun 15, 2020, 22:21
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 15, 2020, 22:21
Jun 15, 2020, 22:21
 
I'm pretty sure that the Automatic Optimization process simply does a retrim on SSD devices, so running them more often does no harm at all. At least when I select an SSD and click the [Optimize] button, I can see the progress indicator say 0..100% trimmed and it takes less than a second. This is a non-issue.
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Re: Terabyte Update
Jun 2, 2020, 20:10
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Re: Terabyte Update Jun 2, 2020, 20:10
Jun 2, 2020, 20:10
 
That cost/gb chart is a little misleading, since there's a minimum device cost, and 1TB hard drives are just about at that point. You get much better cost scaling at higher capacities. Seagate Barracuda vs WD Blue SSD pricing on Amazon:

Barracuda        : WD Blue
1TB  $47 4.7¢/GB : 1TB $115 11.5¢/GB
2TB  $55 2.7¢/GB : 2TB $230 11.5¢/GB
4TB  $94 2.4¢/GB : 4TB $525 13.1¢/GB
8TB $154 1.9¢/GB :

So at large sizes HDD is still about 7x cheaper than SSD, and SSD has no cost scaling.
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Re: System Shock Demo
May 27, 2020, 20:47
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Re: System Shock Demo May 27, 2020, 20:47
May 27, 2020, 20:47
 
Orogogus wrote on May 27, 2020, 20:43:
MattyC wrote on May 27, 2020, 20:28:
You are making it sound like you enjoyed the inventory Tetris! Easily the worst part of that game.

No, I also thought it was the worst part. I didn't like most of the mechanics introduced in SS2. But there were a lot of them.
I solved the inventory issue by dropping everything that wouldn't fit in the elevator, so it was always within reach.
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Re: Gatherings & Competitions
May 19, 2020, 20:04
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Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 19, 2020, 20:04
May 19, 2020, 20:04
 
It sounds like they're mainly complaining about auto-aim, so turning that down sounds liek the right solution. Or add some projectile weapons that require leading the target (where auto-aim doesn't have anything to lock onto). I remember playing TF2, good rocket placement was important, and sometimes that meant aiming for spots between people so they both got splash damage, etc.
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Re: Evening Safety Dance
Apr 30, 2020, 21:56
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Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 30, 2020, 21:56
Apr 30, 2020, 21:56
 
Email *addresses*, not emails. Still an issue, but you have to assume that your email address is public info by now anyway.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Apr 28, 2020, 19:36
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 28, 2020, 19:36
Apr 28, 2020, 19:36
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 28, 2020, 15:29:
Open office plans being dead is an interesting change. We went to half height cubes a few years ago. You can't see anyone sitting down, but as soon as you stand, you can see everyone. I like the openness, but I see the need for full-height cubes for health reasons.
The only thing that the half-height cubes did where I worked was to encourage coworkers to stand up in their cubes and talk loudly over the walls (and across other cubes) for their water-cooler conversations, instead of just chatting quietly in an aisle or the kitchen. I, for one, welcome our new full-height wall overlords.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 21, 2020, 19:39
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 21, 2020, 19:39
Apr 21, 2020, 19:39
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 21, 2020, 17:34:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 21, 2020, 16:59:
Fusion Energy Gets Ready to Shine—Finally.
There's no guarantee ITER will achieve fusion by 2035, as scheduled.
LOL, when "close" still means there's no guarantee it will work in 15 years.
Fusion is always 40 years away, or so it seems...
The joke I remember hearing is "Fusion power is just 20 years away, and it always will be."
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Re: On Sale
Apr 11, 2020, 23:09
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Re: On Sale Apr 11, 2020, 23:09
Apr 11, 2020, 23:09
 
I got Two Worlds II free when I bought a video card back in 2012. All I remember abou it was its completely overpowered spell system, where you could build a magic homing missile that split into three and each would ricochet 6 times, dealing damage on each hit. They're still making DLC for this?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 16, 2020, 20:06
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2020, 20:06
Mar 16, 2020, 20:06
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 16, 2020, 19:10:

Dude, Idris Elba is a major Hollywood star.
- Bad guy in Hobbes and Shaw
- Heimdall in half a dozen Marvel movies
- Bad guy in Star Trek Beyond
- Lead in Dark Tower movie
- Pilot in Prometheus
And of course, his greatest role: Stacker Pentecost in Pacific Rim!

Between TV and movies, he's been almost 100 shows. He was next in line for James Bond until he turned it down.

He was also a great vampire hunter in a 6-part miniseries called Ultraviolet, long before The Wire.
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Re: Morning Safety Dance
Jan 16, 2020, 20:16
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Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 16, 2020, 20:16
Jan 16, 2020, 20:16
 
This particular vulnerability is in how Windows validates certificates in user space; there's no kernel attack here. Could just as easily have happened on Linux if the bug was in openssl or nss code (Firefox doesn't use Windows' certificate store which is why it's not affected).
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Re: Ye Shall Speak No Evel About My Scheduler
Jan 5, 2020, 15:00
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Re: Ye Shall Speak No Evel About My Scheduler Jan 5, 2020, 15:00
Jan 5, 2020, 15:00
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 5, 2020, 14:33:
That one even riled up Linus.
No nuances, just buggy code (was: related to Spinlock implementation and the Linux Scheduler)
I'm with Linus on this one (and he was polite about it as a bonus). The original author's benchmarks worked because spinlocking in userland works /great/ on a completely idle system, and fails horribly on even a lightly-loaded system where the kernel is free to deschedule you right in the middle of your "just a few microseconds" spin.
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Re: Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition
Dec 11, 2019, 21:00
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Re: Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition Dec 11, 2019, 21:00
Dec 11, 2019, 21:00
 
WaltC wrote on Dec 11, 2019, 12:49:
Did anyone figure out a way to access the metrics list for selective metrics display? I may have missed it as everything is organized a bit differently--but couldn't find it.

Holy interface clutter, batman! A mess of settings on multiple tabs, plus a web browser, just because we can!

I did find where you select the items on the metrics overlay, though: they're hidden on the Performance -> Metrics screen. The little eyeball icon next to each chart toggles the respective line in the overlay.
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Re: Morning Patches
Nov 15, 2019, 20:31
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Re: Morning Patches Nov 15, 2019, 20:31
Nov 15, 2019, 20:31
 
Yay! Small mode is back. Now if they bring back List view I'll be all set.

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Re: Gatherings & Competitions
Sep 23, 2019, 20:27
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Re: Gatherings & Competitions Sep 23, 2019, 20:27
Sep 23, 2019, 20:27
 
It took me far too long to get that one
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Re: Steam Redesign Shown
Jun 12, 2019, 20:37
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Re: Steam Redesign Shown Jun 12, 2019, 20:37
Jun 12, 2019, 20:37
 
My Steam library is always set to "List" mode, so it won't affect me :)
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Re: Evening Metaverse
May 30, 2019, 21:56
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Re: Evening Metaverse May 30, 2019, 21:56
May 30, 2019, 21:56
 
Creston wrote on May 30, 2019, 21:21:
Welp, there goes Chrome's top market share. What a bunch of morons. Yes, I understand ads are your business, but guess what: NOBODY IS GOING TO WATCH ADS JUST BECAUSE YOU FUCKING WANT THEM TO, GOOGLE.

Guess I'll be on the hunt for a new browser.
Holy cow. I find it hard to believe that they'd actually kill ad blockers, but if the new Edge can install Chrome extensions, people might switch to that.
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