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@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:10 PM)

For example: A singer can hit the notes really well, but clearly isn't a native speaker and what little of the lyrics you can make out sounds nothing like what it's supposed to be.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:06 PM)

The premise seems to be the mixing of technical and aesthetic technical qualities towards the overall success.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

But both "hollow victory" and pyrrhic victory" are referring to having lost as much as you've gained. IE; a battle was won but both armies were destroyed. The town being seiged is victorious, but all the soldiers are still dead. Nevermore's concept is more "You did it, but it's so ugly we don't know if you actually succeeded".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Alternately, one could probably also call it a "hollow victory".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Example: In the Powerpuff Girls episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", the monster-of-the-day was a really tough, giant-size one that required the use of a really destructive mech to defeat it. While the monster was ultimately beaten, the city of Townsville was utterly trashed by the mech's weapons in the process. So, while the city was saved from the monster, it was harmed even worse by the mech that saved it, making the victory bittersweet.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:32 AM)

@Nevermore, sounds to me like what one might call a "bittersweet victory". The goal was met, but at great cost or by disastrous result that call into question if the achieved goal could even be called a success.

@  Arvegtor : (10 November 2019 - 09:40 AM)

Seems to be close enough to "Pyrrhic victory"

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

What do you get from putting the German term through a translator?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 08:57 AM)

That is a ridiculously interesting concept. But I don't think english has a singular term for what you're describing.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 08:28 AM)

Is there an English equivalent for what we Germans call "deductions in the B rating"? Context: Someone did something and suceeded on a technical level (as in, achieved the intended goal), but failed to some degree in the details, i.e. there was some collateral damage, or while a technical success, the end result is an aestetic failure. It can be used highly ironically, as in "barely achieved the intended goal, but failed so much in every aspect that's not purely technical that it might as well be considered an utter failure altogether." The German term is derived from the old judging syste in figure skating, which gave separate ratings for "technical merit" and "presentation", with the latter being the origin of the German term.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 November 2019 - 02:32 AM)

Huh. I did not know before today that "medieval" had an alternate spelling "mediaeval". Like "paleontology" and "palaeontology".

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 November 2019 - 04:15 PM)

'Beast Wars in underrated' the comment went. I exploded.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:19 PM)

Absolutely.

@  wonko the sane? : (09 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

So... you can look like a cop from the 70's AND a huge nerd at the same time?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:09 PM)

I feel like the best way to carry the Switch would be an under-arm torso holster.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 12:31 PM)

It's not. hell. If the 3DS zelda case just stretched a LITTLE more it would fit.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 November 2019 - 03:38 AM)

I feel like the Switch Lite is a bit big to have hanging on your belt like that, but I don't take my Switch out with me often anyway.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 01:13 AM)

I must be the only one who wants a switch lite case with a belt loop. o.O

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 November 2019 - 03:03 PM)

I'm gonna have "Chainsaw Buffet" and "Candy For the Cannibal" by Lordi playing in my head all night.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 November 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Trick or treaters can only consent to cannibalism in Germania.

@  Sabrblade : (07 November 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Hey, if the trick or treaters can't take some loving insults, that's their problem.

@  Arazyr : (07 November 2019 - 11:39 AM)

Just make sure to put the leftovers in the fridge, so they don't get spoiled.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I love children... but I can never eat a whole one.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 November 2019 - 09:52 AM)

I can neither confirm nor deny this allegation.

@  Paladin : (07 November 2019 - 09:46 AM)

...you don't roast the trick or treaters, do you....

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:38 AM)

A cold beer, a warm fire, some smores and trick or treaters... Man, you got this life thing down.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

That actually sounds pretty awesome.

@  MEDdMI : (07 November 2019 - 08:59 AM)

we'll move to the open garage if it's raining

@  MEDdMI : (07 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

every Halloween since we got a house, TMM and I chill in the driveway with a fire bowl and roast things while handing out candy. It's pretty great.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 November 2019 - 03:42 AM)

Peter Cullen voiced King Kong let that sink in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 November 2019 - 11:42 PM)

I've noticed that after a year or two, though, people with children will start getting into it for their kids

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 November 2019 - 11:41 PM)

I think a lot of the decline you see in Halloween is due to newcomers to Canada who don't really get it... I mean,there are only a handful of countries in the world that practice this particular oddity

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (06 November 2019 - 12:29 PM)

I recently attended a talk on Samhain and its associated mythology by a professor from Limerick.

@  Otaku : (06 November 2019 - 11:49 AM)

Trunk or Treats have become more popular because it is supposed to be safer, and even if it isn't, it just tends to be easier for the Trick-or-Treaters.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 November 2019 - 11:00 AM)

That's okay: between ever more extreme weather, ever more violent society, and general paranoia of parents: halloweens not doing to well out here either.

@  Anonymous X : (06 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

We used to have Bonfire Night here in the UK as our thing instead of Halloween... It's withered away for the most part. Halloween used to be the strange American tradition you knew of from ET or various cartoons


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Posted 05 October 2019 - 04:29 AM

So, for some reason the normal "Aero" theme doesn't load, and it looks like Win XP. It's not an issue with the themes, already went through that thread. Is there other reasons for this?


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Posted 05 October 2019 - 05:13 AM

Win XP as in the bright blue and silver window theme with the puffy plastic shading, slightly rounded window buttons, and bright red close button? (That's not normally possible.) Or does it still look like Windows 7 (wide window buttons and probably sky blue bars) but not transparent, I.e. effects turned off? Or finally, does it look like the Classic Mode that Windows 7 includes, where everything is square and gray except for a duller blue strip on the title bars? (This has the same look as Windows 95 and is a version of the Classic Mode included in XP.)
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Posted 05 October 2019 - 05:19 AM

Classic Mode.


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Posted 05 October 2019 - 05:54 AM

Huh. And I have to assume Classic Mode isn't selected in Personalize. I think it's used as a fallback in Safe Mode but you'd know if you were in Safe Mode, pretty hard to miss. 

 

My first move would be to make a dummy user account and log into that. Since its settings will all be default (or, well, mostly default, Windows is weird) that'll tell you immediately whether it's a configuration / settings issue, or whether there's something globally wrong in the software. 

 

After that, I wouldn't know where to go except the many support threads around the net that come up when I search "Windows 7 stuck in safe mode".


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Posted 05 October 2019 - 06:47 AM

Its not in Safe mode, I know that.


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Posted 05 October 2019 - 07:09 AM

So yeah, I'd definitely try starting a new account and seeing whether or not it has the same issue, because that will allow you to narrow down the source of the problem. But there seem to be multiple independent things that can go wrong to cause this. = /


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Posted 06 October 2019 - 12:52 PM

If you've gone into the "Personalization" settings and get Aero to turn back on, try reloading your graphics drivers. Sometimes some other app can crash and it will reset them and kill the Aero effect



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Posted 08 October 2019 - 09:45 AM

I think the issue you're having is you're not running Windows 10.



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Posted 08 October 2019 - 10:13 AM

The upgrade's not free anymore though. So whatever bad life choices people may have made, they're stuck with them now. Win10 has been more reliable than 7 for me, but that's very hard to measure and always subject to what seem to be whims of individual fate.


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Posted 08 October 2019 - 11:45 AM

Little known fact, if you do a fresh install of Windows 10, you can enter your Windows 7 or Windows 8 serial number and you will activate your copy of Windows 10 to a fully licensed copy of the same version the serial number was for. Either Windows 10 Home for Win 7/8 Home copy or Windows 10 Pro for a Win 7/8 Pro copy.

 

I do it all the time and grab serial numbers from junk systems to keep in a spreadsheet for future use.


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Posted 08 October 2019 - 11:50 AM

Ah! I didn't realize that still worked. I thought that was still dependent on that upgrade window somehow. Too cool.

 

(Ha, so I never would have known the difference myself. The upgrade tool was complete shit when I tried it and I would have only ever tried a fresh install after seeing how it operated.)


Edited by Copper Bezel, 08 October 2019 - 11:51 AM.

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 12:21 PM

I do it all the time and grab serial numbers from junk systems to keep in a spreadsheet for future use.

 

I thought they require activation and that's tied to your MAC address or something.


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Posted 08 October 2019 - 12:40 PM

No, that change is that newer machines (ones that would have shipped with Win10 anyway) don't have stickers and store the activation code internally in UEFI space or whatnot.


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Posted 08 October 2019 - 12:47 PM

Little known fact, if you do a fresh install of Windows 10, you can enter your Windows 7 or Windows 8 serial number and you will activate your copy of Windows 10 to a fully licensed copy of the same version the serial number was for. Either Windows 10 Home for Win 7/8 Home copy or Windows 10 Pro for a Win 7/8 Pro copy.

 

I do it all the time and grab serial numbers from junk systems to keep in a spreadsheet for future use.

 

Just a note that this depends on what disk image you're using to do the install.  It works for up through the Anniversary build, but from what I heard the latest disk images took that out, so you may need to find older install media if you want to do that.



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Posted 08 October 2019 - 01:40 PM

Nope, I just used it with the latest version 1903. System came with 10 Home, I wiped the hard drive to get rid of Dell's bloatware crap. Installed a fresh ISO image of 1903. When it asked for the serial number, I used one of the Win 7 Ultimate serials in my spreadsheet and after Windows was up, it was activated to Windows 10 Pro.

 

I've done this more than a dozen times using all the various serial numbers I've accumulated over the years for people that need new computers and don't want to buy new. I just refurb with an SSD and more memory and do fresh 10 installs.


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Posted 08 October 2019 - 03:41 PM

You can still do a free upgrade from 7 to 10 with MS' Media Creation Tool. Run it, choose the upgrade option, choose to keep your files and programs. I've never had to re-activate after the dozens upon dozens of 7 PCs I've used this method on, but worst case scenario you would just call into Microsoft with your product key for activation as long as you have a product sticker key on your computer case or a retail copy of Win 7.

 

It can take a few hours but I very rarely run into problems with the upgrade.

 

I mean, this would seem like overkill to fix the OP's problem. For that I would chase down Hg Dragon's suggestions or try System Restore. But Win 7 security support ends in January anyway, so maybe it's a good excuse to take the plunge. Windows 10 isn't complete garbage and you can install something like Classic Shell to get a normal start menu instead of the Win 10 start menu with its grotesque Metro tumor. "We brought back the Start Menu." :rolleyes



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Posted 08 October 2019 - 04:01 PM

I just use the full screen spread mode. I only use it for search-and-launch, which was improved over 7, and that makes the most sense full-screen.

 

I had the upgrade tool crash when I tried an upgrade and, once I got back to a desktop, it had to redownload the entire image file. Seemed manifestly safer to use it in the media install method at that point. But that was back when it was fresh so things may have changed.


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 01:29 PM

I got used to the piles-of-tiles thing pretty quickly; you just have to take the time to customize what's in it. Of course it's going to look horrible cluttered up with news headlines and ads for Candy Crush, but clear it out and fill it with your most commonly-used programs and it's basically a tidier, cleaner-looking version of covering your desktop with shortcuts. You can pin folders to it, too, which most people don't know about. The only complaint I have is that it locks everything down to columns of either 3 or 4, depending on a global setting; I'd prefer a more flexible grid. Maybe at some point down the line.

 

I'm very much not down with the ribbon they added to File Explorer, though. One of Vista's few big triumphs was managing to get rid of the menu bar and most of the buttons and still have an easy way to access all the options, and now the big buttons are back and they brought all their friends. Never mind classic Start Menu; I want an add-on that gives me back the Windows 7 File Explorer! Also I want the per-folder Preview View from XP back instead of this preview panel that's either always there or always not.


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 02:08 PM

Yeah, the Start screen absolutely is a replacement for desktop icons in the way that they're typically used on Windows, and a hell of a lot tidier. I think one of the best illustrations is how Windows had had to add a button to show the desktop, which was functionally identical to producing an overlay like the Start screen but presented as hiding all the windows in between instead. I'd just already got out of the habit of using desktop icons in the first place and didn't need the new, better version. Like I have the Recycle Bin bookmarked in the file manager where it belongs.

 

I don't like the file manager switching view modes based on where I am, because then I'd have to go and set that up everywhere. I desperately need tabs though. I don't know how it's 2019 and File Explorer doesn't have tabs.


Edited by Copper Bezel, 09 October 2019 - 02:09 PM.

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