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  • New strategy for building excitement?

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewadvanced

    "Validating your request. This may take several minutes..."

    Or perhaps the strategy here is that, if you can't handle a bit of unknown wait time, then you probably can't handle all the bugs in this build either. Probably true. But I just want the latest build to ensure that if certain bug is present then I can atleast say I was using latest build...

    5 minutes gone now, I'll get back to you if I catch when it finishes.

     

    ... and 25 minutes gone. C# + WCF running on 8008 over Mono & Linux while throwing a lot of exceptions in a loop would explain this.

     

     

  • sup?

    But those reviews were about the support not handling things nicely. I saw about 10 similar reviews. It only took 3 reviews for me to spot a pattern (compared to other reviews of similar product) that certain HDD model was failing abnormally. Now years later there's a class action suit about it vs Seagate. So the 10 reviews is a 'bit' of a red flag of something not handled well.

    Yeah I ended up buying 2 of those suspect Seagate 3TB models and yeah soon one did fail (that's why I got 2, immediately in mirror). Yeah there were some WD models slightly higher price but my previous experience was just WD's failing at later date. Trying to stick to 3+ yr warranty models.

  • Does MS test their electronics for off-gassing?

    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/green-office-environments-linked-with-higher-cognitive-function-scores/

     

    Heard of this study... tl;dr poor air quality makes you dumb. Not a big surprise, the big question is, really how much fresh air is being replaced by all the chinese plastic gassing. I bet some of the worst items replace a lot of air. There needs to be office equipment outgassing tests ... just like spot tests for electrical compliance from off the shelf picked retail stuff.

  • sup?

    Anyone following the Amazon Surface Book reviews? Seems like a whole bunch of the negative reviews have to do with issues in after sales customer care handling?

    That stuff is a bit of case by case deal but many reviews note "review moderation" and inability of replace to new or lack of advice on what to do if one wants new instead of return. I just note this as I think I've seen this same complaint over 10 times now between Amazon and MS store and no response. Some bean counter is not calculating how much it costs when potential buyers see these reviews.

     

    I saw some reviews that they were adviced to get refund then buy again instead of going through support, but imo that's not the most obvious route to some buyers who are faced with some issue that might be a defect but you are not sure so you go first to support instead of for refund and then support says their policy is not to replace with new device and then you have unhappy customer.

     

    eg. My latest PC build had a ton of issues and I didn't report any as they were such that just explaining all the issues and the configuration etc would take DAYS and some of them might have been issues in my configuration (5 combo-box settings for USB!). One issue was case internal paint affecting PSU case/shield grounding - the intermittent contact caused disconnections in the ground paths and so the ground level changed because part of the case was floating and other part was mains ground level, other worry was the mainboard tray& mb flex - if you accidentally flex it during install you then won't know if that might've caused some mysterious issues or not. (turns out it was the grounding deal -- had to re-screw all the screws multiple times to expose more of the metal for the ground contact).

     And yeah I had to diagnose this latest PC build with.. a multi-meter. So I know it was that issue but it took days to come to realize that issue!

  • on VC-2015(​Community) & Simulation Hypothesis

    I can't tell if this is translated or what.

    Google's Japanese to english translation algo needs a LOT of work in particular. I'd like to understand what Japanese say but those translation tools come up with as weird stuff as you can find in japanese entertainment.

    Here are some comments I got @ tube. The translations don't make ANY SENSE!

    エジソン電が異様にカッコよくなってる
    どこが虹色の戦争なの 似てねーじゃん
     質問です。 「きょうばみ」とは何ですか。 感想は、楽しそうです。 カラフルライトと電子音で楽しく成るのですね。 人間は単純な部分も有ると思います。 どうすれば楽しく成るかに付(つ)いては基本を踏まえれば演出可能なのだと思いました。
     
    Some stuff translated possibly from jap to english: I can understand what is said, barely.
     
    As make so to SoundCanvas VA making auto reset mode after stop play MIDI file , before next play MIDI file ?
    This problem Is it possible decide to automaticable in host application or VST Plugin ?
    As create resetable ?
  • Should Microsoft invite this guy to their next language conference?

    Really nice talk about managing without burning out through a very long project (years) and staying creative as designer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0m0jIzJfiQ

     

    People only know Braid and The Witness but from some of the reviews and comments I found on the earlier games he mentions and it sounds the players really loved them but the gfx are 1995'ish 3D and they were online games - so things like Quake/Battlefield obviously got the  most attention. First I ever heard of those games he mentions.

    He mentions that Witness started 7 years ago with one other person in for 6 years and most others in for 4 years.

  • Really??? IE crashes on MSN linked websites?

    I have a different problem. I've complained before about IE memory use going up (possibly some common JS script is doing something repeatedly that causes it) but now there is that + another issue with similar effect so there is now a need to close the browser more frequently:

    When using Win7 64 bit + IE11 + Flash (latest) to browse youtube extended amounts of time in the same browser process instance, eventually Flash starts leaving instances of itself somehow running behind.

    The 'symptom' is that audio (youtube using Flash) will keep playing from the previous page you were in (once it happens, it keeps playing until browser is closed). Even going outside youtube, audio from youtube will keep playing. I may have youtube temporarily open in multiple tabs as well, I don't know if that may 'trigger' the issue, either way IE memory consumption skyrockets quickly (~600+ MB/IE process) once this happens and I notice it by the browser getting very slow as memory runs out etc.

  • Why I don't need to read reviews to buy this + Rambling Rant

    edit : in previous post that I ranted about the design of some of the very first puzzles having a design necessitating blatant hint and then another puzzle where the obvious solution was almost misleading - if you didn't notice another clue you went chasing wrong ideas.

  • Why I don't need to read reviews to buy this + Rambling Rant

    edit: Well ... I removed the rant about the first puzzle as there was a logical solution but there were misleading elements that led me the wrong way.

  • Why I don't need to read reviews to buy this + Rambling Rant

    Compare how nice this looks vs how that sorting looks. "Regular" people cannot compare apples to oranges but smart people can tell a rotten apple from a fresh orange.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-b-wpPM7yA

     

    And yes, even if you had Free Unity, UnrealEngine, Cryengine etc.. Doing something at this quality level still takes years. And that is not free. The more people are willing pay (*) for stuff that's done quickly, the more overall quality declines as hot money/get rich quick mentality sets in. (*  even if people were willing to pay for music, the kind of music I like usually involves 6+ people per song and none of them work for free so no one is making the type of music I like as cost per song is high and probability getting that expense back is low)

     

    (I doubt there's anything anyone can do about this except when you are running shop/radio/tv and curating what is available.. Humble Bundle was perhaps a bit like that but of course when it executed the 'exit strategy' to VC hot money, it started selling anything and everything and I lost interest)