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It's really difficult to find an online store in EU for gaming-laptops that:
1. has a website in English and which isn't totally broken
2. that allows you to customize the laptop to your specs
3. that allows you to select the keyboard you want on the laptop
4. Doesn't have a terrible reputation
5. The company is actually located in EU, not just shipping to EU.

I refuse to even consider name-brand stuff because of stuff like BIOS whitelists for stuff (Lenovo, HP), broken/limited BIOSes (pretty much all of them) or non-standard H/W (Asus ROG-series apparently use a customized MXM 3.0b instead of the standard ones just so you wouldn't be able to replace the GPU on it and would have to instead splurge on a whole new laptop, for example.)

My requirements aren't really something I'd consider outlandish: a 17.3"+ fullHD 1080p IPS-display, a Core i7 CPU, an MXM 3.0b removable GTX 970M 6GB GPU and actually decent cooling. Oh, and a Finnish keyboard. Weight? Irrelevant. Thickness? Equally irrelevant. Battery-life? It'll always be plugged in the wall anyways, so, again, irrelevant. To be quite frank, I'd actually prefer it to be thick and heavy because that way it's not likely to have skimped on cooling or build-quality.

Alas, so far my list consists of only two websites: PCSpecialist ( http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/laptops/ ) and mySN ( http://www.mysn.eu/index.php ) and the former of those two is a lot more expensive than the latter one and doesn't offer IPS-displays on seemingly any of their 17.3" inch laptops.
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+Charles Gaines Big brand-name OEM, crippled BIOS. No configurator for a customized laptop. Doesn't seem to offer IPS-panels.
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Aaand in our series of horribly stupid engineering decisions I present to you: Acer.

You may have heard of UEFI Fast Boot that basically skips over a bunch of BIOS-stuff and boots the OS as fast as possible. I don't know if any other OS uses it, but Windows does. When you turn off a Windows 8+ - machine Windows saves a partial image of itself to disk and toggles a UEFI-setting for Fast Boot on, whereas restarting the system causes it to toggle the setting off for a regular, longer reboot.

Well, I own this Acer Aspire V3-771G - laptop with UEFI BIOS and Fast Boot works mostly fine. Alas, I just came across a huge issue with it: the system offers no way of turning Fast Boot off if the HDD or OS goes bonkers and that means you can't access BIOS-settings, you can't boot from any other device, you can't access recovery or do much of anything at all. A sane BIOS, if Fast Boot fails, turns the toggle off, but Acer's implementation? It insists forever on doing a Fast Boot, even if you physically remove all drives from the system. In order to boot from any other drive or to access BIOS-settings or anything you have to boot to Windows first and then restart from there!

Every single Acer-system I've ever used have had broken BIOS and it appears mine isn't an exception. If you, whoever is reading this, happen to work at Acer and are working on BIOS-implementations....I want you to kick yourself real hard.
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Ouch. My desktop AsRock board (H97 Anniversary) also has that fast-boot UEFI crap, but if it gets stuck in a fast-boot loop you can get out of it by using the BIOS reset jumper. I imagine that's not possible on a laptop, or at least, not easily done.
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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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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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My ISP decided to give me a AVM FRITZ!BOX 6490 cable modem for free a few days ago and I've been playing around with it ever since. It's not actually mentioned on their website, but the box has 4 DVB-C tuners and provides SAT-IP functionality, so obviously I wanted to try them with Kodi and that meant I had to get them to work with tvheadend first.

Now, AVM's SAT-IP implementation is exceedingly, horribly buggy. Just looking in its direction is enough to crash it. Whatever SSDP-discovery tvheadend uses crashes the SSDP-responder on the box, so no UPnP for you! Whenever you launch tvheadend you have to manually enter --satip_xml http://yourboxip:4900/satipdesc.xml to have two tuners show up. (I still don't know why only two when the box says there are four.) Another thing is that while there are apparently plenty of SAT-IP-servers that require issuing a PID=0 parameter for tvheadend to work with them, FRITZ!-devices also require adding a second PID that is 21 or more.

I made a patch for tvheadend that adds these quirks automatically for FRITZ!-devices and while it is now able to find the tuners and actually find the muxes and their services it's still buggy; 90% of the time scanning the muxes fails, so you just have to let it run for a few hours to properly find all the services and their names inside the muxes. I have no idea what's causing this, I'm no expert in this stuff.
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Another quirk: Fritz!Box only responds to SSDP-queries for the SAT-IP-server over WIFI. It doesn't respond at all on any of the Ethernet-connections whatsoever. There's absolutely nothing that can be done about this on tvheadend's end.
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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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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.

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