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PopeDai PopeDai I moustache you a question, but I'm shaving it for later.
  • Recommendat​ions for good AV/AS

    , Doctor Who wrote

    I'm in the market for a good anti-virus/anti-spam software solution for Windows 8.1 and 10. I'd like something good, reliable and doesn't slow down the machine noticeably, if possible. What do you recommend, please?

    I recommend just common sense.

    I don't deny malware is a serious threat that must be regarded with the utmost caution, but as many examples of malware just aren't detected, and how I regularly audit my computer, the cost/benefit just isn't there for me.

    Yes, I run it at work because of the greater risks involved, but at home I disable any kind of background AV and only run manual scans when I deem it necessary.

    The worst is when background AV decides to intercept every single disk access, it massively slows down large C++ project compilation (a 10,000-file project we have takes about twice as long to build when AV is enabled).

    As for anti-spam, I use Office 365 for my personal email which has been stellar. I've also been happy with Outlook (nee Hotmail)'s anti-spam, ditto GMail. Desktop anti-spam is only needed if you're still using a POP3 service or have a sub-standard email provider that doesn't do their own filtering.

    The vast, vast majority of spam is blocked by the receiving mailserver through source blacklisting rather than message content analysis, which is why I decided to pay-up for a hosted email service (Office 365/Gmail/etc) instead of doing it myself, I've seen my spam messages drop from 20/day to 1-2/month).

  • Barry's angry

    Seen in an internal training video, our very own Blowdart.

    He looks awfully angry.

  • 4K TV / Monitor

    , Ion Todirel wrote

    all 4K TVs as of today are LCD, and LCD sucks, 4K doesn't make it magically better

    I would wait until 4K content is more widely available and OLED TVs get into the 4K range; if you are buying a TV the only good options IMO are plasma or OLED, stay away from LCD

    just ask w3bb0, he loves my TV and hangs up at my place all the time just for that :)

    I've only been at yours once since you got the new TV and ...you kicked me out halfway through watching Predator 2 because you wanted to see your girlfriend, douchebag.

    Anyway, yes, plasma TVs look better than LCDs, but OLEDs look better too - I'm just waiting for large (60-70 inch) flat, not curved, OLED screens to come out.

    Still, I'm happy with my LG plasma TV and am not looking to upgrade for a while yet. If I do get a new TV then it won't be until OLED fits my needs and I'll keep this plasma in a bedroom or something.

  • Microsoft laying off workers, drats...

    I'm in C+E > DevDiv. We got a division-wide email from our CVP on Thursday evening, after the cull that day. I escaped unscathed, however at least 1 person from my former team in Redmond was laid-off, but bigger than that, they announced the closure of one of our dev-offices in the Midwest which originally employed 50 people but in the 7 years it was operational now only had 25 - with most of those on my former team too, they were all laid-off except 1 who negotiated a relocation months in advance.

    Our CVP announced that DevDiv's layoffs are now all-complete, having taken 2 months to execute. Compare with OSG which did all of theirs in a single day.

    I have a lot of friends who are CSGs and I expect they will be up for the chop next.

    There was an expectation that we might trim (as in actually fire, rather than demote) many of the M2/M3 people, but my observation is that it hasn't happened at all, instead it has been entirely all ICs, generally those with respectable seniority (5-8 years, though a few nearly-new hires too, ouch!)

  • Windows 9 Leaks

    As someone who is running daily builds of Windows (well, I upgrade once every few weeks rather than every day) I find it amusing to read the comments "X is sooooo fake, lame gay fake screenshots" in response to something that's real, or vice-versa. :)

    It's a shame I can't say anything that would get me fired, I'll just enjoy this 'ere popcorn and read the threads.

  • This has to be a joke

    It'd be a mistake - no disrespect to Mojang, but the vast majority of Mojang's value comes from Minecraft, and Minecraft as a game won't remain popular forever (I played it intensely through 2011-2013 but I just can't get back into it anymore) and then the company's value will drop tremendously. 

    That $2bn would be far better spent, for example, buying Motorola (again) or even buying Comcast to compete with Google Fiber.

    ...that, and I would be tremendously jealous of Notch (not that I already am).

  • Back in the days of DOS, we just installed that latest version and carried on.

    , blowdart wrote


    Except you could display .hlp files - you just had to download the viewer.

    That step (to download the viewer) is non-obvious.

    I see no reason why we couldn't have included it in the "Install Windows Features" part of Windows with an automatic prompt upon attempting to open a *.hlp file. The get-out clause "However, the Windows Help program has not had a major update for many releases and no longer meets Microsoft's standards." is very weak considering the perceived quality of actual shipping Windows components. The fact the Start Screen shipped in Windows 8 without an alternative Start Menu cost the company far, far more (billions?) than any potential security vuln in WinHlp32.exe could have.

  • Attach VS debugger to project started with CTRL+F5 with single ​click/hotke​y?

    Have you tried implementing a debugger-check loop?

    while( !System.Diagnostics.Debugger.IsAttached )


  • Windows Forms...

    , MasterPi wrote

    @PopeDai: Eh? The point I was trying to make was it's a technology you can still use and you have control over whether you want to use it of not.

    Gah, sorry - I read your message as "It's dead at the moment so don't use it".

  • Meanwhile, at Microsoft

    , JohnAskew wrote

    W3bbo's cool.

    I'll let him know :)