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While elsewhere in the world ISPs are all too happy to push any new greedy schemes on you, my ISP (Anvia) apparently decided to just silently upgrade their networks and I just found out that all their customers got more than doubled their speeds for free. My connection went from 100mbps out/10mbps in to 250mbps in/20mbps out and the monthly fee stays the same. Najs.
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So damn difficult to find good surround headsets. Every damn manufacturer is just pushing virtual surround and they always resort to obfuscating things and you have to dig and dig to find out that when they say "surround" they really mean "fake surround." Should be illegal to hide such facts or make it difficult to decipher, to be quite frank.
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Yeah, there are multiple elements, all in a small angle towards your ear. Packing multiple elements in a headset obviously carries with it the issue of having to use smaller elements, so theoretically they may suffer a little in sound quality, but on the other hand the actual surround effect is much better than in any fake surround - setup. So far no fake - setup I've tried has come even close to what I've had with my Roccat Kave Solid 5.1's.

I found a few 7.1 surround headsets, but personally I'd rather have 5.1's for the simple reason that it's even more difficult to fit enough good-quality elements to get 7.1 surround than 5.1 and thus the latter one would most likely yield better sound. I haven't gotten to try 7.1's, though, so I dunno if the surround effect is even more pronounced with those.
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One thing I've hoped for years now that Microsoft would implement in Windows and FOSS-devs would implement under Linux in their various DEs is that if you are actively typing something in one window and some application decides to open a new window while you're typing the new window would not steal focus and would appear beneath the window you were working in.

There's nothing more infuriating than you typing something somewhere and pressing "y" or space at the same time a new window asking if you wanna reboot right now pops up.
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+Nita Vesa, with the modal window thing,  I've spotted that in Android too. If there's a connection problem during the download of an app in the google play store, it blocks user input until you go to notifications, click the error, and click "ok" on the popup. The total lack of gracefully handling shoddy internet connections in a mobile os blows my mind.
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I can't seem to find anything useful by Googling, is there a way of adding a link to one's home screen on Android that directly calls a specific Hangouts-contact? There's the Hangouts-widget, but that displays all sorts of useless bullshit and takes too much space when all I want is just a simple, 1x1 widget that I can tap that initiates a Hangouts-call to the person.
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Lennart Poettering recently drew attention to the abusive nature of some commentary within the open-source community in his post https://plus.google.com/+LennartPoetteringTheOneAndOnly/posts/J2TZrTvu7vd and in relation to that Linus Torvalds recently was interviewed ( http://readwrite.com/2014/10/16/linux-linus-torvalds-community-mistakes-toxic-environment ) about it.

My take from the article is that.. well, Linus comes off as quite a despicable personality. Sure, he started the whole Linux-kernel and he's done a lot of things with and I certainly do hold his technical achievements in high regards, but then uses language like, say, this: "[specific folks] ...should be retroactively aborted. Who the f--- does idiotic things like that? How did they not die as babies, considering that they were likely too stupid to find a tit to suck on?"

He's literally saying that someone should murder that person and for what? Making some stupid decisions coding-wise? He says, quote, “One of the reasons we have this culture of strong language, that admittedly many people find off-putting, is that when it comes to technical people with strong opinions and with a strong drive to do something technically superior, you end up having these opinions show up as sometimes pretty strong language.” -- That's just an excuse. People have strong opinions about pretty much anything, and yet not all places with people with strong opinions devolve into throwing the same kinds of insults and death-threats about as the Linux-community.

You can be blunt and point out someone's mistakes, that's fine, there's no need to be dancing around the issues in some ill-advised quest for being seen as a pleasant person in every situation, but you can, and IMHO should, try to form coherent sentences without devolving into actual insults and, for someone holding such a high status in the community such as Linus Torvalds, they should remember that they may be viewed as an example to be followed.

Disclaimer: I do admit to having also devolved to insulting people, but at least I do it a lot less frequently and I do still actively try to unlearn that trait.
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I don't like Poettering based on some things he's said, and for various reasons (none having to do with Poettering himself) I don't want to use systemd. But I'm not going to assassinate his character over either issue, and I'm certainly not going to call for his death as some have; that's just childish. I knew Linus had a temper and liked to curse, but I didn't know he said such trollish things as "you should be dead because you wrote bad code". Shame on him.
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It's so damn difficult to get a good lockscreen app for Android. I have been using the default that came with my LG G2, but it's finally irritating me so much that I would like to replace it; whenever I swipe to unlock the screen it randomly decides that I instead want to launch camera or modify what widgets I want visible on the lockscreen and then it takes even longer to actually do what I wanted to do -- unlock the damn screen. Nowhere is there an option to disable these things and nowhere does it actually explain why it randomly chooses to do these things instead of just unlocking the screen, so, well, I went around to look for replacements on Play Market.

Now, there are like a bajillion different lockscreen-apps on Play Market, but pretty nearly all of them ask permissions to send and receive SMS-messages, read and write your contacts and call-logs and they just look so damn sketchy that I do not want to give access to those, I have no interest in giving someone free roam to my stuff and to let them track me.

My needs are simple: a lockscreen where I can just swipe from anywhere on the screen to any direction to unlock, with current weather, date and time visible and allowing me to set a custom wallpaper on it. Preferably it should also look reasonably pleasant, not like those several apps I looked at which just slap a black bar on the screen with date and time in huge, white letters in an ugly font. No humongous amounts of widgets on the screen, no silly Facebook- or Twitter- or whatnot-streams, no frills like that. But the weather is kind of a must. I have no problems with it not being free, either; most of the apps I use on my phone aren't free and I don't mind paying for quality.

Any recommendations?
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Maybe you could install XPrivacy or something to block the unwanted permissions of your favourite lock screen. I imagine most of them are not malicious, they just want those permissions to offer features like displaying SMS messages and pulling the contact details, or showing a list of missed calls.
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Valve just released Steam In-House Streaming, a feature where you can have a game running on a beefy machine in some other room in your house and have the picture transferred to a less-beefy one in another all the while controls input is transferred from the less-beefy to the other one. I tried it on my desktop and laptop and it worked, though it's kind of a bandwidth-hog. Image-quality was top-notch, controls responded as they should and all that, so it's certainly a great thing, and since my desktop sports a GPU that can do H/W-accelerated encoding it had almost no impact on its performance at all.

Now, as great as it is, I feel there is at least one flaw with it that should be fixed and several things I'd like to see Valve implement sometime in the future so as to make it a real killer-feature.

*) It should automatically adjust image-quality and audio based on available bandwidth. At the moment you have to manually set quality-settings on your host, but if someone else in your network is consuming bandwidth or whatever you'll quickly start seeing a serious drop in framerates.
*) Dedicated host. You know, a machine that is just dedicated to hosting games, can be tucked away somewhere far and you can remotely install and remove games on it from the remote client(s). At the moment you still have to manage your games on the host itself, there is no way of managing them from afar.
*) Wake-on-LAN. Allow the dedicated host to go to suspend when not in use and have the client(s) wake it up when needed.
*) For non-dedicated host see if it was possible to run the game in some sort of a virtual display with no input from any controllers/kb/mice connected to the host so that the host can be used other things while there is a game running that's being streamed to a client.
*) See about allowing multiple Steam user-accounts streaming games from a single host simultaneously, ie. have the host run multiple games on multiple accounts simultaneously. Might not be possible to implement in any reasonable way at the moment since, AFAIK, most of these H/W-encoder solutions can only encode a single stream at a time, but still, it's worth looking into.

I don't know if any of these features aside from the first would even be possible under Windows, but if the host was a SteamOS-machine I would think they'd suddenly look like a lot more realistic goals; Linux just thrives as a server, on allowing all sorts of wonky virtual displays and peripherals, gazillions of different audio-input and -output solutions and all that.
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+Nita Vesa Good point. I keep forgetting what the average computer user, even a Steam user, is like...
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There is something weird going on with Ubisoft's UPlay. I got a few e-mails from them and although I thought they were scams I did check the e-mail headers and they were, indeed, coming from Ubisoft's servers. They claimed that I had created an account with the name "radicalgamer200" and I had started playing Watch Dogs, and told me to create a password by clicking on a certain link. The link did go to Ubisoft's servers, so I clicked it to check what's going on and if it's some bug or whatnot.

Well, turns out, now my e-mail address is linked to someone's account and I think I changed their password. I do not know who this "radicalgamer200" is and I do not have an Xbox One so I can't even contact them. I did contact Ubisoft's support, but..well, they don't offer live-support and from past experience they'll either take years to actually do anything or they'll just completely ignore my contact attempt.

Does anyone know of a way of contacting an Xbox One - account from PC so I could let them know that I'm not stealing their account deliberately and I am trying to get it back into their hands?
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I finally got an e-mail from Ubisoft last night, but they messed up, just as I had expected them to: instead of removing my e-mail address from the guy's account, they went and removed the guy's Xbox from it and left me in charge! At this point I assume the guy is completely unable to play the games he has paid for, simply because they're not associated with an account that is in my control and which isn't attached to his Xbox anymore!

God damn it, Ubisoft.
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Hmm, good job, PayPal. I'm just gonna leave this here: https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=paypal.com&hideResults=on
Server, Domain(s), Test time, Grade. 1, 66.211.169.66. Ready. paypal.com. Tue Dec 09 10:59:01 PST 2014. Duration: 56.875 sec. F. 2, 172.230.239.123 a172-230-239-123.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com. Ready. www.paypal.com. Tue Dec 09 10:59:58 PST 2014. Duration: 60.155 sec ...
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Is it just Ubuntu or do all Linux desktop-environments kind of suck?

Unity is really, really slow just in general and there's not much one can do about it. I tried KDE, but there's apparently a years-old bug in kded4 that causes it leak memory like a sieve; my system slowed down to crawl and I found out kded4 was using nearly 16GB of RAM! I tried all the solutions I could find online, but nothing worked, so I had no choice but to abandon KDE, too. Now I tried Mate and, well, mate-settings-daemon ended up using 100% CPU. Luckily it could be fixed as per http://forums.mate-desktop.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2094 , but how's an Average Jane supposed to know about such? They'll just wonder why their system runs so hot and slow.
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You can try Haiku too.
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I'm having my birthday soonish and I was planning to buy myself an ARM-board and a few supplies as a present as I have a project in mind, and my Pandaboard caught on fire not long ago. Alas, my project requires a touchscreen and I frankly have no slightest clue about how LCDs and touchscreens and the like are usually connected to these kinds of board and thus I'm coming here with a question:

Could I use e.g. http://www.dx.com/p/i082510-800-x-480-7-tft-touch-screen-module-153336 with http://www.dx.com/p/waveshare-marsboard-a20-cortex-a7-dual-core-development-board-core-board-module-yellow-336756 and do I need something special to make it work?
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There is this: http://www.sainsmart.com/7-inch-tft-lcd-monitor-for-raspberry-pi-touch-screen-driver-board-hdmi-vga-2av.html

Or this is cheaper: http://www.amazon.co.uk/PiTFT-Mini-Kit-Touchscreen-Raspberry/dp/B00H9B1DTA

You would need to port the library code over to make it work though. Being SPI it will only need a few I/O lines at least.

The other option is check eBay. Old Point of Sale (POS) displays often have touch screens in them. Or something like this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AT070TN93-LCD-Screen-with-Touch-Screen-HDMI-VGA-2AV-Control-Driver-board-/221379113511?pt=UK_Computing_Power_Inverters&hash=item338b393227

I think that's just a slightly older model of this: http://www.aitendo.com/product/9799

I was going to pick up a display from Aitendo myself because the controller chip claims to support from 15 to 200kHz horizontal scan rate, which would make it ideal for arcade stuff that often uses odd video modes.
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I just saw the X-Men: Days of Future Past and I couldn't help but think that Magneto/Erik Lensherr is pretty much a god-like being and whoever wrote the comics and the movies just fails to see it. Erik's power is that he can apparently mold metals any way or shape he likes, he can lift thousands of tonnes of it in the air without even breaking a sweat and he can accelerate metallic objects to at least similar speeds as bullets from a conventional handgun would fly.

Here's the things I couldn't help, but wonder about:
The human body actually holds quite a lot of metals in it. According to Wikipedia an average 70kg human body would consist of about 1.25 kilograms of metals, so shouldn't Erik pretty much be able kill or control any mutant and human being in sight? In the earlier X-Men - movies he's shown to be able to form discs of metal and small metallic balls from just a few grams of the stuff, so 1.25kg of metals per human body in sight would give him plenty of ammunition to do pretty much anything he'd like to. I doubt mutants would be entirely metalless, either.

Secondly, what's the maximum speed he can push a metallic projectile to and how large objects? In the earlier movies he can fly the whole god damn Golden Gate Bridge which, according to Google, weighs in at about 420,000 metric tonnes. I mean, that's a fucking huge load. If he can lift such things and fly them through the air could he instead lift something like, say, 50kg objects and project them to speeds of mach 7, becoming a human railgun? Even faster than that? I don't know, but logically thinking it sounds plausible, the writers just never thought about it.

The Golden Gate Bridge is about 2.7km in length, so that would give Erik a minimum sphere of incluence of exactly that -- a 2.7km radius around him in all directions, probably even more than that.

So, basically, Erik could kill any living being within 2.7km radius around him. He could also dig up any metals from the ground, the buildings, any constructions and whatnot within that radius and form that metal into projectiles with a minimum speed of about ~200 meters per second, likely a lot more than that. That does sound pretty much god-like to me.
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Most metals are not magnetic.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_of_the_human_body
But maybe he is able to mess with our hemoglobins.
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A pansexual gamer chick who loves RPG games the most, though doesn't shy away from occasional slaughter of innocents or helping the walking dead become permanently non-walking ones.

General interests include obviously gaming and as should be evident from my posts it also includes all kinds of topic related to computers and computing. Also medical research, copyrights and basic human rights, morals and ethics, angry EBM music, and movies; I have likely seen closer to a thousand movies in my life so far and I'm still not satisfied. Oh, and female breasts are included too, you mustn't forget those. Male breasts aren't nearly as enticing.
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