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IT'S THE RETURN OF THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH!

In Windows 10!

Yes! This just happened! I was having trouble testing my 5.1 surround sound, so I decided to cleanly reboot. Just a second or two after I chose reboot from the start menu, I get THIS!

#Windows10 #BSOD
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or is it lol ;D 
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Windows 10 nicety

The calendar that comes up when you click the clock in the system tray is SO MUCH NICER!!!

It's BIGGER and looks so much nicer!

#Windows10   #Calendar   #Systray  
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This is one of my virtual desktops on the Enlightenment set-up.
Had it for years.
I can set up the clock to show weather, etc., but don't bother.
I get that more indepth from bookmarked sites.
The panel doesn't normally show, as I've got them configured to hide.
I like the extra desktop real estate.

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My New PC parts

OK, here are the parts I'm getting for my upgrade.  Looks like they're all available at BestBuy (normally I wouldn't buy it all there, but I've got a $250 gift card burning a hole in my pocket and earned points in addition to that to spend, and surprisingly, it appears they have all the parts).

Samsung 1TB SSD http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-850-evo-1tb-internal-sata-iii-solid-state-drive-black/2333012.p?id=1219535627189&skuId=2333012

Intel Core i5 4690K Devil's Canyon QuadCore 3.5Ghz
+ Gigabyte MB combo:  http://www.bestbuy.com/site/gigabyte-atx-motherboard-1600-2933-3000mhz-socket-lga-1150-and-intel-core-i5-4690k-processor-multi/1290023.p?id=1219484414111&skuId=1290023

16GBx2 DDR3 RAM
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+Travis Owens Darn Tootin'!
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Motherboard Shopping Time

I've got my SSD and CPU picked out.  Now time for the mobo.

Anyone have any reason to NOT get this combo?
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in 20 years 9000GB of RAM is the new standard forget 16GB of RAM
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Chrome Problems

I'm having to load every page TWICE now ( #Chrome  on #Windows10)

Anyone else having issues with it?
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More awesome Sunday science from +Mark Bruce​. Thanks Mark for continuing to put these together. It's become something I look forward too.
 
SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 31/2015.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/08/white-laser-crispr-immune-editing.html

White laser, CRISPR immune editing, DeepBind DNA binding, Programming swarm robotics, Light amplification, Power electronics, Resurrecting viruses, Chromatophore simulation, Connectome maps, Macro self-assembly.

1. The First White Laser
The first laser able to emit light over the full spectrum of visible light has been created with the aid of a new semiconducting alloy, arranged in a segmented sheet, and made of zinc, cadmium, sulfur, and selenium http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/semiconductors/devices/the-first-white-laser. The fabrication method sounds anything but simple, but the benefits of such a device could be profound. Applications include laser lighting nearly 3 times as efficient as LED lighting as well as more vivid colours and contrast, and Li-Fi wireless data communication up to 100 times as fast as comparable LED systems. 

2. Human Immune Editing with CRISPR
Recent work demonstrates how human T-Cells can now be routinely modified via targeted CRISPR edits https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2015/07/131146/crispr-advance-scientists-successfully-edit-human-t-cells. Interestingly the technique the group uses involves assembling the CRISPR machinery outside of the cells and then transferring these into the cells. Demonstrated edits include disabling the cell-surface protein CXCR4, which HIV uses to exploit T-Cells, and also shutting down the PD-1 protein, which induces T-Cells to attack tumours. Future therapies building on this technology would involve taking T-Cells from a patient, editing them, and injecting them back into the blood to do their work. 

3. DeepBind Determines DNA Binding Sites
In yet another example of deep learning approaches being applied in ever-more areas of inquiry, DeepBind is a new deep learning system for analysing the binding of proteins to DNA and RNA and predicting what the impact of particular mutations in conventional protein binding sites will be for gene regulation http://phys.org/news/2015-07-deepbind-proteins-uncovering-disease-causing-mutations.html. Recent demonstrations of the system showed insights in protein-binding disruptions linked mutations in cancer, haemophilia, and genetically-linked high cholesterol. 

4. Swarm Robotics Programming Language
A new programming language called Buzz has been developed for enabling heterogeneous control of robot swarms http://www.technologyreview.com/view/539761/a-programming-language-for-robot-swarms/. Buzz facilitates both bottom-up control of robot swarms, enabling control of individual robots in the swarm, and also top-down control of swarms, in which the entire swarm can be controlled as a whole. As part of one demonstration the group shows how Buzz can lead to natural-swarm-like self-organised behavior using relatively simple rules. Could possibly be a good widely-applicable tool for enabling more diverse robot swarm applications. 

5. Amplifying Light with Nanoresonators
A new optical nanoresonator device produces optical output up to 10,000 times greater than the light energy it receives http://www.gizmag.com/nanoscale-light-amplification-wisconsin-madison/38435/. Such a device or array of devices might in future substitute for conventional lenses in some situations, with the ability to harvest light not dependent on size. The team hope to develop photodetectors with the technology that could give exceptional low-light performance, photovoltaics, and other optical devices to exploit the ability to condense light to a size smaller than its wavelength.

6. Gallium Nitride Power Electronics
Gallium nitride materials and fabrication has matured to the point that a new company has been launched to commercialise gallium nitride transistors and power electronic circuits that are smaller and should cut energy usage in the devices that use them by up to 20% compared to conventional silicon power electronics http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/gallium-nitride-electronics-silicon-cut-energy-0729. Power electronics convert electricity to different voltages and currents as needed and the new materials have just 10% of the resistance that silicon materials do in these applications, but can be manufactured in the same facilities at the same cost. 

7. Ancient Viruses Resurrected for Gene Therapy
Ancient versions of adeno-associated viruses (which currently circulate in human populations and are used as gene therapy vectors) have been engineered by recreating the evolutionary timeline of these viruses to create older versions that are still stable and effective http://www.masseyeandear.org/news/press-releases/2015/07/researchers-resurrect-ancient-viruses-in-hopes-of-improving-gene-therapy. The oldest version proved to be very effective in delivering genes to a range of tissues without producing toxic side effects. Additional versions of these viruses are valuable because they provide additional delivery options for patients whose immune systems have already seen a particular virus and so render that version less effective. 

8. 100-Million Atom Chromatophore Simulation
The largest ever atomically accurate computer simulation has been conducted on the Titan supercomputer, running an accurate model of a chromatophore containing 100-million atoms that comprise a range of components including 16,000 lipids and 101 proteins https://www.olcf.ornl.gov/2015/07/29/researchers-build-bacterias-photosynthetic-engine/. Chromatophores are simpler bacterial structures for converting light into ATP chemical energy, and this simulation allowed the team to study how this energy conversion process takes place and is coordinated by the various chemical structures. The simulation proceeds in 2 femtosecond steps and hopes to eventually capture a whole microsecond of behaviour. 

9. Most Detailed Connectome Map
The first complete 3D connectome reconstruction of a piece of mammalian neocortex has been made, covering an area just 1,500 cubic microns but including fragments of 1,600 neurons and 1,700 synapses http://www.nature.com/news/crumb-of-mouse-brain-reconstructed-in-full-detail-1.18105. The connectome represents the latest development in the technique for diamond-blade microtome brain slicing (10s of nanometers), automated electron microscope scanning, and algorithmic image stitching to achieve a resolution of just 3nm and able to easily distinguish individual synaptic vesicles. Among the new knowledge gained were surprises in how nearby and distant neurons connected to one another. 

10. Macro-Scale Self-Assembly
A new study explores how discrete functionally-designed objects can be induced to self-assemble into larger macroscale objects just by vibrating the container they are in, which seems to draw loose parallels with the much faster and hectic thermal vibration environment in the cell in which proteins self-assemble into stable and functional 3D structures http://phys.org/news/2015-07-self-building-3d-bricks-hint-future.html. This form of programmable self-assembly uses tetrahedral bricks with small embedded magnets and faces that incorporate novel topography to facilitate stable binding. The only drawback is the time it takes to find the stable configuration. 

Archive: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/08/white-laser-crispr-immune-editing.html 
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+Disney​, I unsubscribed from your ABC go email some time ago, yet you're still sending it to me. This is called SPAM and it's beneath you to do this.
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Windows 10 Notifications

This is also a nice addition.  You get a little quote box bubble in your system tray and when you click it, you get this slide in from the right hand side.

#Windows10   #Notifications   #ActionCenter  
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Motherboards... Motherboards... So many to choose from.  And I even narrowed it down to just Gigabyte MB's and they make like 10,000 models.  The prices range from about $70 to $350, but the differences between them seem rather minimal.

This causes me to suspect I'm missing something important.

You'd think that after 20 years of online stores, they'd have advanced to the point where they'd have a shopping wizard UI where I could answer questions to things that are important to my needs and it could easily filter out everything that doesn't fit.

Newegg, Amazon, & BestBuy all have some basic/archaic filtering on the side panel, but the things to filter by are very limited and lacking.

Many of the descriptions of these motherboards look nearly identical, usually with just keywords in different orders, and prices way out of whack with each other.
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i use ASROCK as my motherboard as in they don't fail but they support lots of RAM and have tons of SATA ports depending on what motherboard you choose for whatever cpu you have in there lol ;D
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Windows 10: EASILY change your browser pref back

This video shows you how:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJUd3WAwSqM&feature=youtu.be

I don't know what he's whining about regarding how "hard" it is to change it back.  I do agree with him that MS shouldn't have changed my preferences to the Edge browser though.

#Windows10   #DefaultBrowser   #Edge   #Chrome   #FireFox  
 
Mozilla Writes An Open Letter To Microsoft’s CEO - Disturbed by the difficulties of preserving user default app preferences when upgrading to Windows 10, CEO of Mozilla Chris Beard has written to Microsoft urging them to reconsider their business tactics.  He has requested that Microsoft respects people’s right to choice if they wish to use a product not provided by them.
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"that not your computer thats the developer dam machine!" from the slackware vs ubuntu  video on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbYbFekw8a0  lol ;D 
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Windows 10 Install problem

This is a programmer problem:  I can no longer connect to my MS SQL Server 2008 R2 local instance.

#Windows10   #SqlServer   #SQL  
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I keep seeing mention of SQL 2016. I guess it should be out real soon now.
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Really, really good pizza, bread sticks, and sauce. Place is very clean, well lit, and clean. Did I say it was clean? It was very clean. I ate here MANY times the few times I stayed in Norwell.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Kind of run down. Rooms smelled funny. Front office is across the street and down the road. Wi-fi was very weak. It's not the worst place and will do in a pinch, but I'd recommend finding another place. Two buildings. One on the beach where the office is, the other (the one we got placed in) was down the road and across the street.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Food was good, but service was unbelievably bad. First, I ordered for my daughter, asking that they put things in separate dishes. We got 1 dish with all the greens, and a bowl with the chicken, rice, and pinto beans all in it. When I went back and asked them to serve it in separate dishes, like I asked, and she got all bent out of shape. Next, right after we got our food and began eating, one of the workers asked if he could shut down the salsa bar (which I planned on using throughout the meal... the main reason I went there). So I stocked up on chips and salsa and let him shut it down. Then they started sweeping the floors around us, then shut off the A/C when it was 100 degrees outside. Then shut off the music. Then when my son went to get a to go box for my Mother, (he only needed one), she walked away before he could ask. My nephew went up there and cleared his throat really loud. She came back and he asked for a to go box. She grabbed 1 styrofoam box and told him that's all she could give him, from a shelf of about 100 or so there. He wasn't even asking for more than one, but nice to know we weren't welcome to more if we needed them. Don't go here if you expect customer service of any kind above -5. We will not be back.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I've had no problems at this store, but their credit card is now useless... Best Buy transitioned their RewardZone cards over to Citi, who is so woefully incompetent that: 1. They don't have the ability to download transactions into Quicken. 2. They still give the long ago dead QIF file format, which CANNOT be imported into a credit card account in Quicken. 3. Their "spreadsheet" download is just a text file (tab delimited) with a ".xls" file extension... NOT a spreadsheet file... NOT an Excel file... NOT an actual XLS files. It's been this way since August of 2013. Every time I call, they say they're "thinking" about adding Quicken support. OK, so I'm NOT thinking about manually entering all of these transactions, but I AM thinking about canceling this card. At least my HHGregg card account can download into Quicken.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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A fairly dirty place, kind of run down, pool area was in disrepair and completely not useable, and unseemly characters walking around. Stay here only if you're in dire straights and have no where else to go. Keep your doors locked and sleep with your gun under your pillow. Room smelled funny (not a good funny). The girl behind the counter was very nice.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
I've had no major problems at this store, but their credit card is now useless... Best Buy transitioned their RewardZone cards over to Citi, who is so woefully incompetent that: 1. They don't have the ability to download transactions into Quicken. 2. They still give the long ago dead QIF file format, which CANNOT be imported into a credit card account in Quicken. 3. Their "spreadsheet" download is just a text file (tab delimited) with a ".xls" file extension... NOT a spreadsheet file... NOT an Excel file... NOT an actual XLS files. It's been this way since August of 2013. Every time I call, they say they're "thinking" about adding Quicken support. OK, so I'm NOT thinking about manually entering all of these transactions, but I AM thinking about canceling this card. At least my HHGregg card account can download into Quicken.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This place is now a pile of rubble. Completely demolished.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago