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  • Jan 1st, 2017 @ 7:28am

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    I did some research on that and a lot of people said that Wine is somewhat limited on what programs you can run and for some of them it is buggy. The main programs I want to run is Vidcoder (based on Handbrake but with more options) and Xillsoft video converter. Vidcoder is the only converter I have found that reliably converts x264 to HEVC. Is also is the only one I have found that crops hard coded black bars from letterbox or 4:5 so you can either make it 16:9 or just hit C twice in VLC player to make it full screen. It uses every bit of CPU that is available so you are pegged out at 100% I tried the Vidcoder on my Win 7 Virtual box and it work OK but Virtualbox won't allow using more than about 45% of system CPU. Converting to HEVC is slow as it is but in virtual it takes nearly 3 hours to convert a 40 minute episode. Xillsoft is the best for clipping and joining videos accurately within 2 0r 3 frames. It can also crop but it won't remove hard coded black bars. It also pegs out your CPU if you don't use Nvidia hardware acceleration that won't work in virtual. I only bought one license for Xillsoft so if I install it on the virtual I will probably have to deactivate the other. I suppose I could find Linux programs that could do the same things but I tried many programs before these that just weren't as good as these two. Firefox is already on the Linux machine and all I had to do to have all my bookmarks and saved passwords is copy over the profile. We haven't installed Thunderbird yet but it is supposed to work fine in Linux. MkvToolNix has a Linux version so that is also no problem. Maybe I could just keep a second machine for offline Windows for the CPU intensive programs and run any other Windows program in virtual. I just don't trust Microsoft at all since they won't allow you to hide important updates. I was already having to hide telemetry updates so now I guess they are tracking everything I do.

  • Dec 31st, 2016 @ 2:40pm

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    It's not someone's right to be granted asylum in this country. It's a special privilege we grant only in certain situations. To say there should be degrees in the law on porn from simple possession to sharing, selling, producing with no sexual acts, just how explicit the photos, I would have to agree. In the US it is not always illegal to photograph children nude within very strict limits. For the US to take a stand for someone persecuted just criticizing governments or religious reasons is what we are all about. Asylum is not a right. When someone is saying there is nothing wrong with child rape we have to consider the ramifications not only with our own people but internationally. People have been denied asylum over much more minor reasons. It's odd that the article failed to mention this. You can delete all the tweets you want but they will never be gone.

  • Dec 31st, 2016 @ 2:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Amos Yee think child pron should be legal

    Teenagers sexting is hardly the same thing. It isn't against the law for them to have sex so why should it be to send each other photos when they can get naked together? Yeah, it's a dumb thing to do but hardly criminal. When You are talking about underage and adults that's an entirely different situation.

  • Dec 31st, 2016 @ 12:15am

    Re: Re: He does everything command line but I don't have a clue what he is doing.

    Just learning my way around Linux with GUIs will be challenging enough. I would have never been at the level I was in Windows if he hadn't taught me and he set up bells and whistles for me I would have never known how to do. He has written scripts and programs for me that are far beyond my skills. It's nice to have my own tech support living upstairs instead of having to talk to some guy in India I can't understand that is not nearly as smart as him. There were a few things I learned to do command line in Windows when there was just no other way to do them. Thank you, but I much prefer a nice interface with menus. My son types lines of code just to watch a video. VLC does everything I need and seems so much easier.

  • Dec 30th, 2016 @ 9:10pm

    Re: Re: I really wouldn't recommend manual edits of config files to a new user.

    My son installed the Linux version that he said would be easiest but I'm still confused. He does everything command line but I don't have a clue what he is doing. He got the system installed, set up remote for the other machine, the router, video driver and got Firefox in with all my configurations. I'm having him set up shortcuts for everything.

    Actually I have no problem fooling around with Windows registry. I haven't crashed anything yet but I frequently clone.

    It's going to take some time to adjust but my kid is a great teacher. He's 31 and I started him on DOS when he was 4. He works as a programmer. I probably can run a lot of the Windows programs in Virtual Box. I already have a genuine Win 7 with a VPN on my main system and he said I could just copy the folders over after a basic install. I still have my keys for everything. I can keep it updated and if Microsoft snoops there won't be anything personal for them to find. Probably will still keep it offline most of the time.

  • Dec 30th, 2016 @ 8:23pm

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    From what I remember from Making of the Mob their other cases were weaker. Possible witnesses were murdered or too scared to talk. Capone had a knack of committing his crimes through others. A RICO statute could have probably easily nailed him but they didn't have that law then.

  • Dec 30th, 2016 @ 12:50pm

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    Big difference between allowing free speech and the government officially sanctioning his defense of child rape, not just possessing or even taking photos. If he was already a citizen legally he could express any vile idea he wants. Had he just been persecuted for criticizing his government I would be all in favor of protecting him. Allowing asylum would have political ramifications whether you think it's right or not. I don't think even the ACLU would touch this.

  • Dec 30th, 2016 @ 12:08pm


    Just what I was going to post. I'm guessing tax evasion charges that are absolutely in the works are going to get him more prison time than everything else. That's federal "pound me in the ass" prison. No parole. Al Capone escaped being tried for all the murders and other violent crimes he committed but one line in a ledger book was enough for the IRS to send him to prison until he was a syphilitic zombie.

  • Dec 30th, 2016 @ 11:40am

    Re: Amos Yee think child pron should be legal

    Yeah, that will probably be a BIG problem to granting him asylum. There are those that say simple possession of kiddie porn should not be as serious a crime but he is defending those producing it. Not just taking photos but actually raping kids. Everybody jumps on the fact that when molesters are caught they usually find illegal porn. There are some that contend that many pedophiles find release for these urges by it and are less likely to actually harm a child. A lot of people watch adult porn that do not become rapists.

  • Dec 30th, 2016 @ 10:48am

    Re: Re: A fresh install will always run faster.

    Good to know. I just ordered an HDMI cable to hook a second machine to my 70 inch monitor. I'll have my kid do a Linux install and get everything set up. He can network the machines together. It shouldn't take long to get my Firefox, Thunderbird, Jdownloader and anything else I need so I can just take Windows offline. I may eventually be able to phase it out but at least I can keep Microsoft from snooping. Who knows, maybe even the NSA.

  • Dec 30th, 2016 @ 10:22am

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    Nobody stays with a bare bones Windows install. Over the years I have installed and uninstalled probably a couple hundred programs. Sometimes I uninstall right away when I find that a program isn't what I want. Other times I find a better program. Next time you uninstall something go into regedit and do a search. Often there will still be dozens of folders and keys. They can also leave a lot of files in your system32 folder and sometimes they don't even delete anything in your programs folder. I have several programs I check for updates regularly. My last fresh install was 7 in 2010 and my 8 upgrade was straight from that. That's a long time to have a lot of clutter build up. It would be hard to tell if I am running any slower since I switched to SSD system drives. I am quite satisfied with the performance and there are a lot better reasons to not go to 10 like, you know, the SPYWARE! Even if you turn everything off that you can the [lack of] privacy statement clearly says they can snoop through your private folders and even rat you out to the law.

  • Dec 29th, 2016 @ 3:36pm

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    A fresh install will always run faster. Programs dump a lot of crap into your registry and other places and even when you uninstall them they leave a lot behind. A fresh install will also have a lot fewer fragmented files. Other updates besides Windows can leave clutter. Non essential files can get corrupted and may not give any problems except under specific circumstances but your system may still waste time trying to read them. None of this means Microsoft is plotting a deliberate slowdown to force an upgrade. I have tried programs that are supposed to clean up and locate problems and they create more problems than they fix. In the early days of Windows it was worse and a lot of people would routinely start from scratch to speed things up. Disks and processors are much faster now. I am using SSDs for my system and that really made things faster.

  • Dec 29th, 2016 @ 1:20pm

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    I know that most of what I do could eventually be adapted to Linux but it would take time. First there is time learning a different system. I'm sure there would be more to it than past Windows upgrades. Before 7 when you upgraded you started from scratch with a fresh install and hunting down files and CD's and keys and reinstalling everything. (I don't know about Vista, I skipped that piece of crap) It takes a long time to get everything in and tweaked in just the way you want it. Before I was cloning there were times I completely crashed and had to do it all over again. The basic functions I need to be online for should be fairly simple but getting to the point I no longer need at least an offline Windows for a lot of things would take time. Probably many of the programs I bought do not have Linux versions but most freeware programs do. I absolutely do not trust Microsoft. Since they went to all or nothing important updates they could have already installed spyware and be snooping around in my 7 and 8.1 machines far more than anyone is aware of.

  • Dec 29th, 2016 @ 10:05am

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    You could be right but if there has been any performance change I haven't noticed. When they started nagging 8 users to upgrade to 8.1 I didn't bother, not because of any trust issues. I just didn't want to spend 2 hours at it and reboot a dozen times. I don't know why they were pushing 8.1 but eventually updates "broke". The ones that required a reboot kept giving a message the update failed. 8.1 fixed the problem. This wasn't an isolated situation. Another machine of mine did exactly the same thing. I have read about people installing updates that completely shut down their motherboard because of one counterfeit chip. The manufacturers buy components from all over the world and had no clue that one chip was a bootleg. I don't think Microsoft would do something so subtle as gradually slowing your system. I think they would send out an update that would make you blue screen constantly. They could phase this in because if every 7 or 8.1 computer in the world started crashing it would arouse suspicion. Maybe I sound paranoid but after the whole "Get Windows 10" hijacking browsers and search with 13 "privacy" screens with everything turned on including your web cam and mike I think Microsoft is the devil. The whole idea that they were giving this away free made me suspicious from the start. Billion dollar companies don't give away anything free out of the goodness of their heart. All the lemmings that just clicked the "recommended" setting means billions in ad revenue ripped from other companies.

  • Dec 29th, 2016 @ 6:37am

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    I think I'll just have 2 computers One would be my 8.1 to use offline. I already have a second machine with identical hardware. My son set up networking with it and an old single core 7 so he could probably do the same with Linux. I could keep anything personal on 8 and there would be no need to update. I'm wondering, If you completely turn off updates will it nag you? My genuine Windows key should work but if not I could click through the nagging or find a crack. My programs would continue to work. Some of them have lifetime updates so I could download the newest versions from Linux. Maybe instead I could try dual boot put Linux on a flash drive. My son could teach me to use it. I think he said that you can just copy Windows Firefox roaming straight to Linux and keep all your settings and passwords. You are right that going online without security updates is risky. I wouldn't do it.

    I only have a VPN on a virtual. Some sites don't like to see you logging in from different locations. I got locked out of Facebook and played hell getting back in. Some cloud services would do the same.

    Upgrading to 10 could cause some of my programs to be incompatible anyway. When I went from XP to 7 I lost several programs including an automotive scan tool that cost me around $2,000. I still keep a couple XP laptops. I'm retired as a mechanic but my car is an 07 and the scan tool goes up to 09. Switching from 7 to 8 I only lost one little used program. I'm not even sure if my hardware is comparable with 10.

    I'm wondering if Microsoft hasn't already slipped in a few bricks in a monthly package on a timer. I used to regard them as somewhat sneaky but right now I think they are pure evil. I still have 30 clones going back several months and a few that are a couple years old.

    It's great to have a son that is a computer genius. I don't have to talk to some guy in India I can't understand who is nowhere as good as him. He has written programs and scripts for me when there was nothing available to do what I wanted.

  • Dec 28th, 2016 @ 5:02pm

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    I don't know how to do that. I know that eventually 7 and 8.1 will become obsolete. I suppose I could try to learn Linux but I have paid for a hell of a lot of software that I would have to find some kind of replacement. Maybe by then there will be some trusted 3rd party firewall that blocks MS from anything beyond the basics to keep your system running and secure. I have never fully trusted MS but this whole 10 mess puts my trust level of them about even with the NSA.

  • Dec 28th, 2016 @ 4:00pm

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    Even for those who willingly upgraded there was deception in the install. They made it look like there was no option for a local account and you had to sign in online. If they aren't already accessing everything on your system you are handing them your password and full admin privileges. The choice to keep your browser and other defaults was only possible by clicking a barely visible button. If you wanted to change back to Firefox or Chrome they made this particularly difficult. The 13 "privacy" screens had the most intrusive options on by default. There is no way of knowing if turning them off protecting you and I have read that it was still phoning home. I might have been less suspicious if not for how insanely desperately they pushed this. I think they crossed the line with the "Get Windows 10 nagware. Without GWX control panel there was no way to completely uninstall it. They backed off putting it in the important updates under criticism and then started doing it again. Even GWX didn't delete everything. No matter what you did to edit the properties Windows would not let you delete them. I have a program that got rid of everything but it was a pain in the ass to find them all. Now important updates for 7 and 8.1 is an all or nothing monthly package so God knows what they are sneaking in. It is widely believed that Microsoft is going to sneak in updates to "break" 7 and 8.1 to force upgrades at $199. Nothing would surprise me. Maybe I'm ready for a tinfoil hat but it is not impossible that secret government orders could have mandated 10 to give them access to everyone.

  • Dec 23rd, 2016 @ 12:49pm

    Re: Re: Jack off metadata??

    Wow! If they taxed that I would owe a fortune!

  • Dec 23rd, 2016 @ 10:19am

    Jack off metadata??

    Just exactly why would anyone be interested in buying my whack off schedule? Sure the clerk at the check out counter figures out you aren't buying that vibrator for the scalp massage adapter but who really really cares beyond that? I guess maybe porn sites but the competition is really stiff (pun intended)in that arena.

  • Dec 22nd, 2016 @ 10:21am

    Easy to bullshit a bullshitter!

    I would not be nearly as concerned about the lies to Trump if he had the slightest clue about these issues. Big money interests already have a leg up with this billionaire especially since most of his staff have lobbyists ties to begin with. I am a retired factory worker with a high school education and some trade schooling and I can honestly say I have far more knowledge on these subjects than the next leader of the free world. If he is too stupid to recognize their deception he will side with the deepest pockets. Because of this advantage the only improvements we have ever seen are at best badly watered down bills. Net neutrality, even with zero rating gone. Minor gains at limiting mass surveillance, forget it. The torture report that horrified us, "bring back waterboarding and worse". The only positive thing I have seen is the chances for TPP passing are less. It could have been just a ploy because he knew a lot of voters were against it. Hell, even after years of supporting it Hillary flip flopped. I wouldn't be surprised to see him reverse his stance. That could have been the plan all along. He is going to be a puppet with big cooperation's hand up his ass.

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