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  2. My tech guy at school has a big banner across his office that reads "UPDATES HAPPEN". Sounds like Windows 11 is a perfect example.
  3. Minor annoyances ahead. I received the notification from Windows Update that Windows 11 was ready for my main computer. The basic upgrade process took a little less time than a feature update for Windows 10, and the only thing telling me that something changed was the time displayed in the upper center of the lock screen in a different font. First login after update took a little extra time, but I kind of expected that. Start menu and all pinned icons on the taskbar are now in the center, live tiles are gone in the start menu, and a bunch of apps that I'll never use were pinned. A few minutes of maintenance and most things that I use are where I can find them. If something's not pinned to the start menu, the assumption is that you'll either use a button called "All Apps" to reach the normal scrolling start menu, or will use the search bar to type the name of the app to find it fast. While I'm used to doing that at work to launch things like regedit and the computer management console, it's not something that I'd assume most casual users would do on a regular basis. Most programs have worked properly so far, with the exception of Handbrake. It had helpfully offered that there was an updated version, which I downloaded and installed, only to find that it's apparently hard-coded to look for a specific version of .Net that's been replaced in Windows 11 with a slightly higher version. The upgraded program wouldn't launch, but reverting to the old version worked fine. It took me several tries to fix the audio output for my computer. Windows 10 had a very simple selector that was directly available through right-clicking the sound icon on the taskbar. Windows 11 sends you to System\Sound Settings, where you have to tinker with the audio for a specific sound output device (in this case, an A/V receiver), and reselect the speaker layout. It took me a while to realize that the system defaulted to stereo if the sampling rate was set to greater than 96kHz. This probably wouldn't be an issue for most users. Right-click menus in File Explorer have replaced the Copy, Cut, Paste, Rename, and Delete commands with a small icon ribbon that appears semi-randomly either at the top or the bottom of the menu. The items are just different enough from what I would expect that I need to verify what the button does from the hover text description before selecting. I'm suspecting that there's a lot of precaching going on for programs, as most common programs load very fast. PowerPoint loaded in about a half-second, and Excel just a little bit slower. This computer's a newer gaming rig, though, so it's probably close to the top of the performance curve for Windows 11. The only other device in the house that will officially run Windows 11 is my laptop, but it has a smaller SSD and half the RAM, so I'm guessing that it won't be quite as responsive when it's finally upgraded.
  4. You'd rather see nothing at all, than something? I wouldn't call 1.9 TRILLION in new spending a cut back, I'd call it a good start; this is all new spending, spending that doesn't exist right now, spending that will help Americans. If the Democrats can deliver on that, they can springboard off that success in the second half of his term and get another 2 trillion in new spending. Haven't you ever heard the quote 'The art of politics is the possible...'? Or, 'Half a loaf is better than none'? If everything and the kitchen sink isn't possible right now, then cut back til something is - your party can do whatever it wants, ffs - they control the entire process (until the mid term losses caused by their inability to deliver anything)! They don't need Republicans! Republicans aren't the problem here! But the Democrats sure are a long way down the road to getting nothing at all, which will hurt America more than not passing SOME amount of new spending to address SOME of the the issues Progressives claim to care about. You want to be disappointed in something? Be disappointed in the Progressives who demand so much, they kill the chances of getting progress. Because it's not America cutting their chances this term, it's themselves.
  5. In my dream I could make a cat jump by pressing the space bar on my keyboard. The problem was it jumped high enough to smack the ceiling. She wasn't hurt much, but she was mad at me.
  6. On a warm summer's evening On a train bound for nowhere I met up with the gambler We were both too tired to sleep So we took turns a-starin' Out the window at the darkness The boredom overtook us And he began to speak He said, "Son, I've made a life Out of readin' people's faces Knowin' what the cards were By the way they held their eyes So if you don't mind my sayin' I can see you're out of aces For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice" So I handed him my bottle And he drank down my last swallow Then he bummed a cigarette And asked me for a light And the night got deathly quiet And his face lost all expression Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy You gotta learn to play it right You've got to know when to hold 'em Know when to fold 'em Know when to walk away And know when to run You never count your money When you're sittin' at the table There'll be time enough for countin' When the dealin's done Every gambler knows That the secret to survivin' Is knowin' what to throw away And knowin' what to keep 'Cause every hand's a winner And every hand's a loser And the best that you can hope for Is to die in your sleep" And when he'd finished speakin' He turned back toward the window Crushed out his cigarette Faded off to sleep And somewhere in the darkness The gambler he broke even But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep You've got to know when to hold 'em Know when to fold 'em Know when to walk away And know when to run You never count your money When you're sittin' at the table There'll be time enough for countin' When the dealin's done You've got to know when to hold 'em (when to hold 'em) Know when to fold 'em (when to fold 'em) Know when to walk away And know when to run You never count your money When you're sittin' at the table There'll be time enough for countin' When the dealin's done You've got to know when to hold 'em Know when to fold 'em Know when to walk away And know when to run You never count your money When you're sittin' at the table There'll be time enough for countin' When the dealin's done
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  8. If you're willing to bail on all the players, then you can't also assert that it's Shurmur's fault and say "it's not that he doesn't have good players." First and foremost: if you don't have a QB, you have no offense. Period. The end. The Broncos have no QB. That said, they really are pathetic so that isn't the ONLY problem they have. Not stopping anyone...man, did we see that at the end. Just over 5 minutes to go...8 yards, 20 yards, 7 yards, 3 yards and first down, 7 yards, 3 yards and first down, 3 yards, 5 yards, penalty sets Browns back to make it 3rd and 7....and 8 yards to cap it off. First down, take a kneed, game over. 7 solid runs...the Browns' back gets credit for busting it to get those extra yards several times, and made those plays...2 play-action slants. All very predictable plays for a team holding onto a thin lead late. 5 minute drill for 62 yards. NOT ACCEPTABLE defensive performance. But this is where Denver had looked to be. Hey, Mr. P, you had your bright shiny start...it coulda been worse..... As it is, yeah, I think the Broncos are headed for a top 10 draft pick and complete (practical, if not mathematical) elimination by Thanksgiving.
  9. Ever have one of those days where all is well... except it isn't?
  10. A flying superhero with sonic powers, Screaming Eagle!
  11. BLOCK Chain The PR experts charged with assembling The Informers, where desperate to complete the team before their planned first appearance, so when they received an application from a "Block-Chain" defending an impoverished neighborhood, sent her an acceptance email without a second thought. She turned out to be a chain-weilding street-level martial artist, defending her block from gangs - with no STEM connection at all. Undeterred, they called their principle who provided her with new nanotech chain of self-replicating links keyed to her so that it moved lije an extension of her will, and, if broken or snatched away would repair itself and return to her. In the meantime, they gave her a crash course in cryptocurrency buzzwords, but it turns out, the discipline and determination to train course I up to superheroic levels of martial skills works on book learning, too, and she was quickly giving expert-sounding lectures on the subject... and in just a few months had even mastered it, to further surprise of all involved. "When Bulldozer grabbed hold of my chain, he thought he could use his greater size and strength to drag me around, but each link of the chain builds itself with its own authentication, so it moves only how I want it to." So, I was responsible for that debacle, so I'm just throw'n it out there. Whoever wants to post the next team idea, go for it.
  12. Q: How dare you mock the King of the High School Vampire Club! Now yuou will -- suffer? A: Ir's those dang Whywolves you really need to worry about.
  13. So this infrastructure bill has been cut back so much that I don't even see why they're freaking bothering with it anymore. The reduced bill will be inadequate and will just be used as evidence of failure in the mid terms and the next presidential election. As usual, progressives compromise while the Right gives up....nothing. It'd be nice if sanity, justice, and progress won once in a while. Sigh....I'm so tired of being disappointed in America.
  14. You didn't tell me you'd written a new book. Well done!
  15. Sometimes Florida does something right.
  16. Not aimed at anyone specifically!!! Just the best thread for it.
  17. Honestly, my first thought was, "Gator got 'im."
  18. < rant > Hope springs eternal and all that, but I'm just done. After the Broncos lose this game, as it seems they are destined to do, it's time for a fire sale. It's time to burn this franchise to the ground and start over. Vic Fangio has got to go. As a head coach and as a defensive coordinator, he's failed to get any production out of his team. Tackling has been non-existent. They can't generate takeaways, and they can't stop the other team from moving the ball. Even when they don't allow a score, they allow the other team to chew up precious time on the clock. You can't win games that way. Pat Shurmur has got to go. His offense has been uninspired and ineffective. It's not that he doesn't have good players, it's that he appears to have no clue whatsoever how to use them. The Broncos can't move the ball, and on the rare occasions when they do, they can't generate points. Their third down conversion percentage is abysmal. Actually, I take that back. They'd need to convert something like six consecutive third downs to reach the level of abysmal. And as for the players ... time to clean house. Sell any player that any other team is willing to take and let's rack up some draft picks. Sell Justin Simmons. We can probably get a second or third for him. Sell Drew Lock. With all the injuries out there, there's got to be some team desperate enough to take on his contract. Promote Brett Rypen to second string. Sell Melvin Gordon. Considering his production and his propensity for dropping the ball at the most inopportune times, he's not worth what we're paying him. I'd say sell Von Miller, but after that injury in the first half, I don't know but he's going to be worth much. Sell Devante Spencer. Kick returners need to run, not dance. Basically, sell anyone with more than three or four years of experience for whatever we can get. Build a new lineup through free agency and the draft, and commit to a process of rebuilding. It worked for Cleveland. It could work for the Broncos. Two exceptions to the above, though: kicker Brandon McManus and punter Sam Martin. They're basically the MVPs of this team right now, which is sad. Other than them? Let's flip this house. Outside of the Detroit Lions, I don't see a lot of likely wins remaining on Denver's schedule. Why lose with expensive (but mediocre) talent when we can spend the season evaluating the young players and figure out who's worth keeping for the future? We all know the old saying about the definition of insanity. Something has got to change with the Broncos, and the sooner and more drastic, the better. Of course, none of this will matter until Denver gets to stable ownership group. Maybe next year. < /rant >
  19. Murderer murders girlfriend, steals her van and credit card, runs home, hides in the Everglades, Swamp Thing finds him and metes out justice. QED.
  20. Maybe post-retirement I can run a Hero system game. Not sure what genre. My gaming group is packed with butt-kickers and power-gamers, so it isn't clear genre matters as long as there are lots of bad guys to wipe the floor with.
  21. Is it possible to draft Jon Gruden?
  22. A fanblog has pointed out Geno Smith for Seattle has averaged 3.3 yards per pass attempt, which is not only execrable, it is less (by an amount that is lost in the rounding) than Alex Collins' 3.3 yards per carry average for Seattle, which is also distinctly below league average in that category. I think the biggest question remaining is how the Jets are to botch the really nice 1st round pick they already have from Seattle.
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