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    posted a message on When Oracle stops supporting Java and what's the future of Minecraft Java edition

    The article is about Oracle deciding to deprecate the use of Java Browser plugins and applets.

    It doesn't say anything about any plans or intent to deprecate or drop support for the Java Platform itself.

    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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    posted a message on What is your favorite OS?

    Basically, there are some people who seem to think taking a little effort to actually learn the configurability of their Operating System by reading for 10 minutes is "too much work" but will subsequently whine and complain when that willful ignorance begets them mild annoyances playing their precious vidya games.

    It only takes a few moments to use group policy editor in the Pro Edition or to adjust the appropriate registry keys to get the same functionality in the Home edition, but some people apparently just keep everything at the default and expect that default to work perfectly for them.

    The fact that you have to actually spend 10 minutes using google and youtube to disable autoupdates is just stupid.

    Willful ignorance of freedoms afforded you is not oppression. Spending 10 minutes doing some basic research is not some exhausting chore. This applies whether it be regarding Windows capabilities or whether it is people complaining that Linux is hard to use.

    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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    posted a message on What is your favorite OS?

    You mean the start menu ads, Cortana, autoupdates and Microsoft edge?

    (I am a W10 user but absolutely hate it as an OS). Too much trash that is hard to disable. Thank god for classic shell, the autoupdate loophole, and good web browsers.

    Start Menu Ads Are trivial to disable.

    Cortana is also trivial to disable. I disabled it. the "Cortana" process itself houses both Cortana and Windows Search, so Cortana still appears in task manager, this seems to be the sticking point for people to kick and scream about it.

    Autoupdates are easily disabled with Group Policy Editor. (I think registry edits can do it too?) Or simply disabling the Windows Update Process, I suppose.

    Things are only "hard to disable" for the uninitiated; and the uninitiated shouldn't be going around disabling things anyway.
    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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    posted a message on PC Specs?


    32PB of DDR7 RAM (You wouldn't have heard of it yet, it's still top secret)

    8TB SSD Raid array and a 512TB Data storage array

    Geforce 2 MX AGP

    Destructive Labs Sound Destroyer QPZ 720 no scope

    I also cannot bother to use speccy, but you have to just believe me man....

    But seriously...

    There is already a show your system thread but whatever I'll post it all over. Maybe I changed things since? I dunno.

    Desktop I'm using I built in 2014. Still going strong with a few changed components.


    GA-Z87X-UD3H Motherboard.

    Intel i7 4770K @ 3.5Ghz, overclocked to 4.1 about 6 months ago when I swapped out the cooler with a 212 Evo.

    32GB of DDR3 RAM. (originally had 16GB, I upgraded for no specific reason)

    Geforce 1070GTX

    Sound Blaster Zxr. Why? Because I make music professionally? I work in a studio? Nope, no reason. I like shiny things.

    Two monitors, a 2560x1440 Acer display and a Viewsonic 1920x1080. The Acer replaced a Qnix 2560x1440 monitor which seemed to have the firefox toolbar permanently stuck on the screen. Which went away after it was off for a while. I'd use it alongside this one but there isn't enough room on my desk.

    1TB Crucial SSD

    4TB WD Red

    4TB WD Blue

    LG Blu Ray Burner. Yes I do use it; can play Blu-Ray in VLC which is nice.

    ASUS DVD DL Burner.

    Windows 10 Pro.

    Case is a Thermaltake Commander G42 I think, has a window on the side which is totally pointless since it's horizontal on a shelf under the primary desk surface. Impossible to see through the window.

    Also have one of those internal card-reader combo things connected with two USB 3.0 ports as well.

    This replaced a 2008 Build, which I have setup elsewhere

    Gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L Motherboard

    Intel QX6700 2.66Ghz (recent replacement, replaced a Q8200 and slapped on a T12 Cooler.

    8GB DDR2

    480GB SSD

    3TB HDD I think there is another but I don't remember the size. This is a failing Seagate drive from my main system which I replaced with the WD Blue. Decided to stick it in there since I can use it for storage and it's not going to store anything important.

    Geforce 9800GTX+

    Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer

    Dual band Wireless AC card

    2560x1440 QNIX Monitor. This was replaced by the Acer on my main system when it seemed to have images stuck on it. (Firefox toolbar). Which went away after it was off for a while. Acer is still better though.

    Win10 Pro (naturally)

    Have a Thinkpad T550 (16GB, some kind of i7, 480GB SSD, 2880x1620 Touch screen), a sub $400 build, AM1 based, Radeon R9 240, 4GB RAM, 240GB SSD and a 500GB WD Blue. Win 10 Pro there too, naturally.

    Have a "old" build I put together a while back for older software and games. Pentium 4 2.4Ghz, AIW Radeon 9000, Sound Blaster Audigy 2ZS, Running Windows XP SP3.

    Also have some older laptops and computers. iMac G3, PowerMac G4 (With a Zip drive, have a few zip disks for fiddling with that) a PowerMac G5, Thinkpad T41p, Toshiba Satellite 440CDX, Thinkpad 755CE that got Beat up in shipping still have the pic from the claim. Runs Windows 95. 40MB of RAM iirc. unfortunately the trackpoint buttons are messed up and don't seem to work properly and the floppy drive seems to have issue (though it's likely my floppies are just bad). I got a PS/2 Mouse for it which helps but it wasn't really what I was hoping for. (got a full refund, but still...)

    The 4GB "budget" system has actually proven to be very useful. both for testing our software without gobs of RAM, as well as so I can workaround some Visual Studio bugs where stuff gets screwed up when stuff is saved on a display with higher than 100% DPI.

    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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    posted a message on How 90s are you?
    Quote from Endergirl00»

    Really? Because I remembered having shelves filled with all VHS tapes of old disney movies and shows.

    They did not cease to exist after 1989. But they had existed for nearly a decade by 1990, so using them as an example of "the 90's" doesn't make any sense.

    Audio Cassette Tapes were first introduced in the 70's. They overtook 8-tracks particularly around the end of the decade. By the 90's, Compact Discs had started to overtake Audio Cassette Tapes as a De Facto "Standard" release format for new albums. Not surprisingly considering CDs had been around for nearly all of the 80's, with the first albums starting to be released on CD starting in 1982.

    VHS (And Betamax) are from the 70's. (1977 for VHS in particular). They are no more "90's" than they are 80's.

    I see "Only 90s kids will remember this". A lot. It's usually a bunch of stupid nonsense, to be honest. If you're lucky it will be somebody who actually lived through the 90's deciding that everybody had their childhood.

    My favourite is when they reference technology or things like AOL instant messenger. "Oh you grew up in the 90's remember AOL Instant messenger typical 90's right" Yeah, typical 90's if you were upper-middle class, maybe.
    Posted in: General Off Topic
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    posted a message on There are now an estimated 200 Million pieces of space debris orbiting at 28,000km/h, 14 times faster than a modern day fighter

    At an orbit of 750KM and 800KM from the surface of the earth, we're looking at imaginary sphere with a surface area of over 570 million kilometers squared. Even if every single piece of debris was within a perfectly spherical orbit at precisely 750KM above the surface, that still means there would be only one piece of debris for every 3 square kilometers.

    But the debris is not in perfectly spherical orbits, they are often elliptical and have wide variations in apoapsis and periapsis.

    Also, Earth's atmosphere extends out to around 1,280; anything in an orbit within that distance is going to experience atmospheric drag and will eventually fall back to Earth, despite the claim otherwise.

    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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    posted a message on Pascal announced
    Quote from AlexxRyzhkov»

    shh bby is ok

    You ever eat a Jolly Rancher with broken arms while being beaten with jumper cables?
    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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    posted a message on Is it upgrade my computer?

    other than the fact that it's gradually slowing down in graphics and processing speed over time.

    Computer hardware does not get slower over time.

    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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    posted a message on What's been wrong with Nintendo, lately?
    Quote from JJ48car»

    As for the AI cheating in Mario Kart, this is pretty standard in many, many games, and for good reason. You see, AI can react to situations much quicker than humans can. So, when making a non-cheating AI, you run the risk of making it TOO good (always being able to do everything exactly when it needs to and being completely unbeatable) or else you nerf it a bit and run the risk of it being too easy to beat. The solution many game developers came up with was to have the AI cheat to keep up with players in such a way that challenge is maintained throughout the match without being completely unbeatable. This also reduces AI complexity, allowing more space for more game content. Also, if red shells are bothering you, just try dragging a banana or something behind your cart.

    Rubber-banding is present in many types of games. The reason is simple- it's hard to make an AI that provides a consistent challenge, so they don't bother to try. Having an AI that can do well in the game or poorly at the game itself is incredibly hard to write, (in the case of Mario Kart, power slides, shortcuts, longcuts, etc.) so they instead just have their actual physical speed magically change to account for the positions of human players.

    The only benefit of reducing AI complexity in this way is reducing development time and testing time. The final size of the Game code is dwarfed absolutely by game assets- the graphics for a HUD would probably be larger than any such AI.

    Posted in: General Gaming
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    posted a message on XML based language

    My previous message was double posted somehow, so I have edited this one to declare my affinity for turtles. Since I cannot delete it.

    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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