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Everything posted by AndrewB

  1. AndrewB

    what is happening in your dreams?

    Last night I dreamed I was in a room full of elfish creatures shaped like letters, except they weren't letters from the alphabet. They would transform into entirely different letters and colors about 10-15 times per second, and they would make language sounds unlike any language I have ever heard. Then I woke up and saw various shapes continue to flash rapidly inside my eyelids.
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    Windows update disabled my keyboard

    Lenovo has some good hardware but some terrible software.
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    Elon Musk buys Twitter

    I might actually sign up for the website as a result of this.
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    ISSUE : Downgrading Windows 8.1 to Windows 7

    Any time a common action requires more inputs or more time/effort than before, that is a downgrade in the UI. Once you have 10 or 20 of these little downgrades, the OS itself becomes a significant downgrade. UI matters.
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    ISSUE : Downgrading Windows 8.1 to Windows 7

    Linux is a complete no-go for anyone whose time is even remotely valuable. When one very common program or service fails to install, be prepared to spend dozens of hours on a goose hunt searching through utterly cryptic troubleshooting for a problem with no certainty of a solution at all. If you're so paranoid about "staying up to date" on your OS, then there's nothing preventing you from keeping all your hacker-sensitive stuff and latest and greatest hardware on a Windows 10 install for your games, while using a different machine with an older OS for all your other day-to-day stuff.
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    ISSUE : Downgrading Windows 8.1 to Windows 7

    I continue to use Windows 7 on multiple PCs without any problems whatsoever. I fully encourage the OP to follow through with the "downgrade" to Win7.
  7. You can get an extremely powerful system that is 100% compatible with Windows 7. Just maybe not with all the latest gen hardware. I recently purchased a 2011 model i7 laptop with fully upgraded SSD and memory, and it's surprisingly capable.
  8. I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ my Windows 7
  9. 100%, but the chances that people will pity you and tell you how great your compositions are is also 100%
  10. AndrewB

    How do you handle your Mouse?

    Uh, exactly in between the two
  11. Look into Rockport boots. They're expensive, but my current pair is only now starting to develop cracks after almost 10 years of heavy use. Don't bother trying to salvage garbage footwear, just throw it away.
  12. I can give you the perspective of "the ghoster". There are times where I've ignored a person who repeatedly showed interest in connecting with me. There are various factors that go into whether I do this, but it basically boils down to this: The other person has given me absolutely no indication that they're capable of understanding things as I explain it to them, and often they've shown a tendency to misconstrue my words, or to recall things I've said in an inaccurate way at some point in the future. I judge that these people are less likely to understand their faults if I explain it to them, and those faults often extend far beyond comprehension issues. Ghosting them will at least give them the possibility of judging themselves, which I believe is much more powerful in the long run than being judged by other people. Tldr: Being ghosted by me is a sign that I don't respect your intelligence.
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    Bob Saget dead at 65

    Cause of death revealed to be head trauma: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/bob-saget-cause-of-death-revealed-one-month-after-he-died-013530295.html
  14. Yeah I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the engine is a copy-paste from one of the open source Doom ports, certainly not "custom from scratch". If that's not blazingly obvious to you after watching his gameplay video, then we'll have to agree to disagree.
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    Scary bedtime stories

    This is probably the best creepy bedtime story I've ever come across.
  16. Open source doesn't necessarily mean it's OK to use it for commercial purposes, and even then there are usually strict conditions.
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    So, what do you think about BitCoin?

    Someone asked where the bitcoin people went, I kindly responded.
  18. Given that he's ripped off assets and code without proper permission, it's probably better for him if he sells nothing.
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    So, what do you think about BitCoin?

    Remember, I was telling people to buy it around $100
  20. I would recommend immediately cutting the price to no more than $2-$3, possibly free, or it will end up pretty well immediately forgotten and buried.
  21. AndrewB

    So, what do you think about BitCoin?

    Proof-of-work systems like bitcoin are "inefficient" in the same way that militaries are inefficient. Nations spend considerable portions of their GDP to build up massive armies and fleets, only to never use them. The "wasting" of energy on bitcoin is for one purpose and one purpose only: To guarantee and protect the 21 million bitcoin limit against any and all attempts to change it (to counterfeit new bitcoins into existence). To this end, the security of bitcoin is absolutely unrivaled by any competing system that humans have ever discovered. The details on how and why this works is an entire essay in itself, but the best way of summarizing it is that bitcoin's proof-of-work algorithm is the only known way to convert real-world scarcity (energy) into digital scarcity. The rationale behind this is that digital scarcity can never truly be guaranteed in itself, as there will always be some creative new way to defeat copy protection. Therefore, true digital scarcity must come from the physical world. This was the missing piece, and the key reason why attempts at creating a digital super-money before bitcoin had all failed. The reason why bitcoin isn't, and can never be a ponzi scheme, is that a ponzi scheme at its core requires that promises be made that can't be kept indefinitely, paying returns of early adopters using capital of new adopters. For this reason, a ponzi scheme must continue to rise in value in a stable and continuous manner, and can't tolerate even small setbacks without collapsing. This is clearly not the case with bitcoin, as it has survived and recovered from many enormous crashes of 80% and 90% in its earlier years. Bitcoin can never become a ponzi scheme because it promises nothing. Sure, some of its supporters might promise pie-in-the-sky returns, but the asset itself does not. Bitcoin could turn out to be a passing fad, but passing fads are not ponzi schemes. However, there can be ponzi schemes built around bitcoin, in the same way that Madoff's scheme was built around dollars. One example of a possible "bitcoin ponzi scheme" that might already be in operation right now is the crypto.com token (CRO).
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    So, what do you think about BitCoin?

    Whenever it was, mainstream attitudes toward disruptive technology early in their life are generally the same "Sure, it sounds fancy, but what can you actually use it for? I don't think it's going to work."
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    So, what do you think about BitCoin?

    People were saying the same thing about email in the 80s and 90s. "Sure, it sounds good in theory, but what can you actually do with it?" A major difference is that you can place your bets directly on its success this time around; this wasn't the case with email. But I think its use case its basically this: A better scoreboard to keep track of who's rich and who's poor. Only in the next few years will many people realize how important this is.
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    So, what do you think about BitCoin?

    Have you ever heard of the phrase "give credit where credit is due"? My predictions were made on these forums many years ago, and have been extremely accurate.
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    So, what do you think about BitCoin?

    I don't see how anything I described can be called non-usage. The vast majority of people pay the vast majority of their expenses using bank transfers instead of withdrawing cash and delivering it by hand, because doing so saves a lot of cost and headache. So if you're pinning your hopes that this will never happen with bitcoin, I think you will be disappointed.