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  1. I always thought the audio hardware in this machine was awful, but this guy really knew how to make it sing. It almost sounds like some of the sounds in there are sampled. I think some of that old music was hybrid; using samples and synth. This is from back when games were under a megabyte.
  2. I enjoyed this game. The American version is much harder (and better) than the Japanese version because the enemies are more aggressive, there are more weapons, and they seem to come with more health too. The game-play mechanics are good, for example if an enemy throws a knife at you but you step out of the way, it can hit another enemy! It was never that way in the old NES games, enemies could never harm each other. They love to block attacks and they try to surround you. You can also grab one enemy and still attack in a different direction, and the bodies that you send flying also cause damage. This means strategy is key when there are three enemies coming after you. I just wish there were more environmental hazards, like spikes or pits. Its always fun to take enemies out by flinging them off a cliff. There's one level where you're fighting on a moving vehicle, but sadly, you can't knock enemies off the side... My favorite part of the game is at 30:03 because of this reason. Its cool how even games that are this old can still be fun to play.
  3. http://www.ghacks.net/2016/03/09/security-update-ms16-023-installs-new-get-windows-10-functionality/ I love it when you play dirty!
  4. http://www.howtogeek.com/243263/how-to-disable-ads-on-your-windows-10-lock-screen/ ... and heeerrreee come the ads!
  5. http://www.techeye.net/news/microsoft-abusing-update-power Its not a bug, its a feature!
  6. I got a 23 inch full HD LED-backlit monitor for $50 yesterday. They gave me a different AC adapter that is rated at a mere 1500 mAh though. I really should get a bigger one. I destroyed plenty of AC adapters when I was younger, by overloading them.
  7. http://betanews.com/2016/02/06/windows-10-phones-home-a-lot-even-with-all-reporting-and-telemetry-disabled/
  8. I can't believe somebody made this. EDIT: They even made a slogan for this guy; "Can't dodge the rodge!" I was actually expecting people to make jokes about "Mr. Rodger's Neighborhood".
  9. Believe it or not, this isn't me... I swear! http://videochart.net/video/1x734.3939778271dcafb0cc564790b4b8 As far as the updates go, I would not be at all surprised if Microsoft changes it to an important update right at the end of the free upgrade offer.
  10. http://betanews.com/2016/01/28/brace-yourself-for-a-windows-10-crapware-explosion-pre-installing-tripadvisor-is-just-the-start/ Enjoying the show... Also: http://betanews.com/2016/01/22/developer-windows-store-is-a-disaster/ This is actually a good thing. I mean, we want this thing to fail. I mean, if it gets popular, it would just be a question of how long before software was exclusively offered in this manor, making it significantly more difficult to run in Wine or on older versions of Windows. We all saw what Microsoft tried to pull with the XBox One.
  11. Well I went ahead and upgraded. I did it for the following reasons. *I rarely run Windows, except for when I want to run programs I can't run on Linux. *I will eventually be forced to use it when people stop writing software for 7. *The upgrade was free and as someone who would rather support an alcoholic on the street than give Microsoft another dime (and I hate alcohol!), I decided it was best to upgrade while its free. *I'm really not worried about them spying on me, because I use btrfs and I know that it will be a cold day in hell before Microsoft supports that. As part of the upgrade though, I needed to install Windows 7 on a laptop. I typed the product key and it told me it was blocked, so I got to spend an hour on the tele arguing with them to get it to activate. At one point they told me I would need to contact the laptop manufacturer, which was when I threatened to switch to Google products. That got the ball moving. Absolutely zero of the other products I use put me through shit like this, which is why I will never give these ass holes another dime.
  12. Yes, it certainly does. Watch out for PulseAudio though, it will give you trouble with game sounds, increasing latency and what not. Every time I do a Linux install, Pulseaudio is the first package that gets nuked. TDM runs on 64-bit, too. BTW, I want to print out and frame this article. http://betanews.com/2016/01/18/disable-those-get-windows-10-pop-ups-with-gwx-stopper/ Expect a patch from Microsoft to turn GWX back on next week... ha ha ha ha
  13. Not to mention all of the publishers who would love to sell you a new copy of games you already paid for.
  14. This was a particularly well executed move. First, secure boot was introduced. When we all feared that it would be used to lock out competitors, the pro-Microsoft people like Ed Bot were shouting that there was nothing to worry about, because the certification specification for Windows 8 (at the time) guaranteed that there would be an off switch. Now here we are at Windows 10, and the requirement for an "off switch" disappears. This mysteriously happens after everyone is finished criticizing secure boot in the media, because its old news by this point. I would also like to add something to the list of reasons not to upgrade. http://www.geek.com/games/windows-10-doesnt-run-games-with-securom-and-safedisc-drm-1631383/
  15. IMO Microsoft got nasty when they disguised the update that installs GWX as a run-of-the-mill bug-fix patch, to slide it by consumers. https://forum.eset.com/uploads/post-3952-0-96878900-1428318020.png Also, let us not forget that Microsoft has a history of abusing users, like this blast from the past. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/why-cant-i-change-my-desktop-background I'm glad there's ChromeOS and Android now, because they prevent MS from pulling stunts like this.
  16. Holy moly, when will there be a lawsuit? http://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-trying-to-re-enable-windows-10-upgrade-on-windows-7-8-1-twice-a-day-498707.shtml I'm as eagerly awaiting a lawsuit as I am enjoying watching this mess unfold.
  17. Such well written and mysterious music... This one should be played by an orchestra... This one's great too. Something's wrong with the drums in this render though.
  18. Here's some laughs for the day: http://www.zdnet.com/article/revealed-the-crucial-detail-that-windows-10-privacy-critics-are-missing/ TLDR: You can't completely turn it off, nor can you actually inspect what data is being collected, but you shouldn't worry, because Microsoft would never do anything sneeky, underhanded, or against the wishes of the end user. https://forum.eset.com/uploads/post-3952-0-96878900-1428318020.png (this one's the update that nags you to upgrade to Windows 10, described as a bug-fix patch in order to trick/slip past you.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Genuine_Advantage http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2008/05/18/nbc_triggered_vista_broadcast_flag Everyone else that provides free products collects data about you and tracks you. We can't have a pro-Microsoft article without bringing out the Google and Facebook Boogiemen. You should be cool with still being required to pay Microsoft $100 when you build a new computer to be subject to this stuff without the gracefulness of an "off" switch, though. All this data collection is being done to make the product better for you, the end user. You guys asked for that Metro interface with those giant buttons on your large PC monitors. You asked for obvious functionality when you're using a mouse, like clicking on the top of the screen and dragging to the bottom to close a Window, or clicking and dragging in from the right to open a menu, when on-screen buttons made things infinitely more friendly for beginners and didn't require any training for existing users who upgrade. You also asked for Media Center to be ripped out, so you get the privilege of paying for something else that you used to get free with Windows. You asked for advertising to be built into the OS. (http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/turn-off-the-get-office-notifications-in-windows-10/) Its totally not spying if I were to sit outside and log what you do and when, whether you like it or not. (you can't turn this stuff completely OFF in Windows 10) "He went to the fridge twice in the last two hours, and used the bathroom three times so far today. Now he's eating Cheet-o's and playing Unreal Tournament. All data that is collected is anonymous, though Microsoft does COLLECT A DEVICE ID as stated in the article and they obviously get an IP address too. Is that device ID a GUID? Funny how the article doesn't say. There were also several times in the past where collected "anonymous" data turned out to not be so anonymous after all. (AOL anyone?)
  19. Well, I just checked and my PS4 is on firmware 1.75. This means the exploit that they used should work on mine (they were on 1.76). Far as I understand though, the exploit they used was done in a web browser. When I try to launch the web browser on mine, it wants me to sign up for PSN *before I'm allowed to even launch the browser*. This is quite creepy and I plan to strictly use the PS4 in offline mode, never going online. Now, I wonder how to go about booting Linux... I can't wait 'till there's a jpeg exploit or something like that, where you can boot it just by loading a specially crafted photo. (Other consoles were hacked in that manor before.)
  20. http://betanews.com/2016/01/04/why-is-microsoft-monitoring-how-long-you-use-windows-10/ "Stop questioning things, citizen. Do as you're told, and pick up that can!"
  21. http://betanews.com/2015/12/29/microsoft-explains-why-its-pushing-windows-10-so-aggressively-spoiler-its-to-keep-you-safe/ Smell that? That's the smell of desperation, boys and girls. For the record, "What would it take for Kano to switch to Win10?" Either drop the price for home users of the software that build PCs to zero since it now contains adware and some would also argue spyware, or remove these controversial features and charge a fair amount for the software. $100 per PC is not fair when I can get a complete tablet for that price. If you think I'm going to pay $100 for a product that behaves how Windows 10 currently does, "you're out of your flippin' mind." Also, for the love of god Microsoft, implement pinch-to-zoom functionality for tablet users. Android and IOS support it, and if you expect people to *pay* for the "jack-of-all trades" operating system that Windows 10 is supposed to be, you damn well better support it too.
  22. What kind of fucked up world do we live in where someone explains what's wrong with this, *demonstrates* all of the underhanded and shady behavior that is going on behind the scenes, and yet finishes it up by calling it a great product once you work around all of that stuff? Exactly how much abuse will these people tolerate? How far does Microsoft need to go before they decide enough is enough? It blows my mind that people would pay a hundred bucks to be subjected to this.
  23. This tablet just started showing me notifications to "get office", complete with sounds to grab my attention. If I wanted to be subject to advertisements, I would either turn on the fucking TV or switch off my ad blocker. For anybody who does not believe me, http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/turn-off-the-get-office-notifications-in-windows-10/ I stand by what I said before about wishing there was a way to go back in time and punch myself before I decided to get a Windows tablet. It was the biggest mistake I made in a long time. "What the *hell* was I thinking? I feel sorry for the people who will pay a hundred bucks for this software and then get to switch off stuff like this. --There's NO excuse for this--
  24. *clap clap clap* Sometimes you've just got to tell it like it is. http://www.zdnet.com/article/2015-the-year-windows-os-x-and-ios-became-naggy-and-annoying/
  25. Heads up, boys and girls! http://www.ghacks.net/2015/12/07/microsoft-continues-aggressive-upgrade-strategy-for-windows-7-and-8-1-systems/
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