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  1. 54 points
    Staff Our staff are mostly from Europe (3 of the 4 Admins) and US/Canada; but the remaining staff groups are purposely split between EU & US timezones to try and cover a 24 hour period. Site Operations Administrator This should be obvious, there are 4 administrators on Neowin, 2 site founders Marcel and Myself, Daniel Fleshbourne (was the first staffer we took on and was promoted to this in early 2001), as well as our American co-owner Brad Wardell (aka Frogboy). Development This group consists of coders and developers for all aspects of behind the scenes work at Neowin, including image creation. This group has exclusive access to our servers. Forum Operations Color coded from green. Supervisor The Supervisor group was created to take the load off the admins, the staff selected (usually a group of no more than 6) are long term trusted staff. They are given administrator permissions and can make operational decisions without fear of being over ruled by the admin group. This group also has an ops forum and many decisions are talked about and decided between admins and supervisors with the help of developers. Global Mod This group is another name for "Super Moderator" meaning that anyone in this group can moderate anywhere including news comments. Most Global Moderators are assigned a section to supervise, where they provide guidance to Moderators. Moderator This group contains staff that are usually new to the staff and have been given a specific forum or number of forums to moderate exclusively, they cannot moderate everywhere so we try to keep this group small. They also have permissions to edit News comments. This group includes the Chat Moderators. News Operations Color coded from red. News is submitted both in UK & US English, depending on the location of the poster. Managing / Senior News Editor Head of the news team. Directs, approves and supervises all news activities. News Editor This group can promote news stories submitted by News Reporters to the main page, and is responsible for quality control. News Reporter This group submits news to the site, and in most cases is paid per article for the effort. This group is moderated by Editors & Senior Editors. Non Staff Veteran This is where ex staffers go that have contributed a lot to Neowin. Not all ex staffers go here, if they leave on bad terms or simply did not deliver while on staff then they are instead returned to their previous group. +Subscriber and +Subscriber? The people in this group paid for additional privileges and enhanced service, or just to support Neowin financially! You can view our subscription details & pricing here. +Most Valued Contributor This group was selected exclusively by the Neowin staff, it is a group of members who the staff felt have been model members and very helpful to existing or new members of Neowin. Requires being a member of Neowin for a year as well as having a minimum of 500 posts.
  2. 48 points
    This morning I am not sure why or how, but I had realized I had not heard from BeLGaRaTh from here for quite some time. When I started looking into the last time he was active on this site, I saw it had actually been much longer than I thought it was. I then checked his activity on XBox Live and PSN, and it was also a very long time. February of last year to be exact. I immediately felt awful it took me pretty much a year to realize I had not talked to him in awhile. For those that did not know, he had some pretty serious health conditions. No need to go into any details, but needless to say, it has been confirmed that he passed away at the age of 45 last year. Exactly a year ago actually. He was a really great guy. I always found it amazing how he basically took the awful cards that he was dealt and made the most of it as best as he could. He was incredibly generous as well. Always hooking me up with something game related just because he could. Really sucks to find out he did pass away. It sucks even more to realize it has taken me so damn long to realize it. I feel ashamed for sure. R.I.P. BeLGaRaTh And if anyone is questioning why this is in the Gamers Hangout, this was the place he was most active in, and he truly loved video games. Loved them. So I only think it is appropriate we honor his memory in the section of the website that he was most active in. If a Mod feels otherwise, feel free to move this thread.
  3. 44 points
    You know who you are. The childish behavior going on in Jokes & Funny Stuff forum is getting old. I have no qualms about banning a small number of people who are intentionally bringing down the quality of my site. So, be forewarned, this is being monitored and action will be taken sooner rather than later.
  4. 43 points
    If you have never had a run in with a Neowin forum/news comments moderator and have been here a while, then we're doing a good job. If you have, I hope you appreciate the bs we have to put up with all the time :p Be cool, thank a (Neowin) moderator today! :)
  5. 41 points
    Hi everyone, I'd like to show you my new music player. It is born out of the ashes of musiX (see this thread). Originally, musiX was created for my personal use. I decided to show it on Neowin, not expecting anything. However, the interest was overwhelming. That motivated me to keep coding and learning. While learning, it however became clear that the foundations of musiX aren't so great. It was hard to add new features without breaking others. So I decided to start fresh and build upon a modular structure. And here is the result, which I have called "Dopamine". Dopamine?! What a strange name... Don't worry, I myself had to get used to it. But it grew on me. Dopamine is actually the name of a chemical in the human body, which plays an important role in defining human behavior. It is a chemical released by the brain when we experience pleasure. And it was discovered that it is also released by our beloved brain when we enjoy music. And there is the link . Requirements Windows 7, 8.x and 10 .NET Framework 4.6.1 or higher Download In the downloads section on my website: http://www.digimezzo.com Open source Dopamine is Open Source Software. You'll find the source code and issue tracker on GitHub: https://github.com/digimezzo/Dopamine Thanks a lot for the interest, and enjoy Dopamine!
  6. 39 points
    At least tell her you'll miss her.
  7. 38 points
    Words that should never be in the same sentence.
  8. 38 points
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  10. 36 points
    "Mom uses her 9-year-old daughter to scold McDonald's CEO"
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  13. 34 points
    Why is it so many people go out of their way to not offend Muslims these days? When you move to another's land, you adjust to THEIR way of life, not the other way around. If she doesn't like seeing ads for pork products, she has the choice to leave.
  14. 32 points
    If the Japanese Men aren't interested in having Sex, I'd be more than willing to go over on Holiday and do my part.
  15. 31 points
    Putting a Beta Browser as everyones primary, what could possibly go wrong?
  16. 31 points
    They could use this as optional start screen theme:
  17. 31 points
    I flattened my machine and used 8 as my only OS for weeks and weeks, maybe longer, and tried very very hard to understand and enjoy it, but in the end it was such a PITA to do the simplest of tasks that I got rid and reinstalled 7 When I did, my machine completely made sense again, things were in sensible places and my brain didn't hurt trying to remember to click here and move the mouse to this corner and wait for this to appear, etc etc Change is not the issue, pointless retarded changes that make things take longer / make things awkward, is the issue
  18. 31 points
    We also have some members that act like they are about 5, if that counts for anything.
  19. 31 points
    I don't like where the "like" button is now.... it messes with my muscle memory and it's too close to sigs and I might click on a sig link I didn't want to click by accident when stuff jumps around when it loads. it was best on the top right of each post where it was by default... was it moved to mimic VB or Xenforo? This bothers me where it is now.... :-(
  20. 31 points
    The OS that just keeps giving. Perhaps next they can remove all the colour and start using nothing but white, grey and black. Then the transformation back to the mid 80's will be complete.
  21. 30 points
    We fully acknowledge that 4.0 broke Neowin forums, no amount of help from IPS themselves could fix it either, a lot of mistakes were made in regard to large databases for sites like Neowin with the 4.0 release that were seemingly not accounted for, in a sense we were a 'test bed' for other large forums (who deferred their upgrades due to the problems we had) all of those related fixes made it into 4.1, which we are testing against (and using a live copy of) the live forum db. I really hope that when we can upgrade to 4.1 all of the current issues will be resolved, but this does not include the subscription manager, which the creator has seemingly given up on. So we will need to look for a solution there too with 4.1, or be happy with the 'donate' add-on. As a co-owner of Neowin, I hope some of our longer term members can put themselves in my position, and how I feel about it, unhappy would be an understatement, so lighten up and know that I have not given up, nor have the other co-owners and more importantly the developers too
  22. 30 points
    It does seem that there are a large percentage of people who like Windows 8, who are utterly unable to empathise with anyone else who has a different opinion to them on Windows 8, or accept that there are people who dislike it. I totally get why people like Windows 8. It's a genuine attempt at a paradigm shift from Microsoft, it's fast, it's a great way to fuse the desktop and mobile devices into one cohesive platform. I totally get it. I get what Microsoft are trying to do. But I just can't warm to Windows 8 at all. However I read the opening page of the article and I understood entirely where he's coming from. The things that bug him about Windows 8 are exactly the same things that bug me. I loved Windows 7... my absolute favourite version of Windows that Microsoft ever produced. This is an opinion. A preference. It's neither right nor wrong. That's all there is to it... I'm not a n00b, I'm not an iSheep, I'm not an Android fanboy.. I use anything and everything... I have no bias to any platform.... I love change, I love new technology. I'm open to it all. But Windows 8 just doesn't work for me at all.
  23. 30 points
    Generally speaking, most people don't cram icons all over their Android homescreens, so the argument that Android gives you the freedom to access apps more quickly is pretty weak. In reality, even after two years of using Android, I prefer my primary home screen to be fairly empty and more about information than applications (time, weather, battery, notifications, calendar--stuff I can glance at, not stuff I'd necessarily tap). In that sense, live tiles actually make a lot of sense. The first thing most users--even power users--want to see when turning on their screen isn't a shortcut to Angry Birds. Anyone can visit any homescreen screenshots thread on XDA/PPCgeeks and see even the deified hacking community prioritizing enormous battery meters over frequently used applications--and these are the people developing the very homescreen apps praised for being more functional than alternatives. Not that they aren't. You can take my Go Launcher EX from my cold, dead hands. But arguing that an extra tap or an extra swipe is somehow a reduction in efficiency stinks of fanboyism and using obscure and unlikely scenarios as examples of superiority. ANYBODY can come up with a scenario where any platform ever written is superior. DOS 20 years ago may have been the most efficient OS ever written at changing which partition you're accessing at the moment (letter + : + return = three keystrokes, max), but who cares? All that matters is what 99% of users are more likely to do, and arguing that the desires or habits of 1% of users constitutes the importance of 'choice' is absolutely absurd, and the day 1% of users has sway over the direction of the market is the day technology falls into the dark ages. Ultimately, it's about how you use your handset that defines how efficient it is, since many people prioritize different functions. If you primarily use your smartphone for taking pictures, social networking, messaging, and keeping up with schedules and dynamic information, WP7 is perhaps more efficient than Android/iOS. That doesn't make it any less of a smart phone, since the reality is, smartphones are nothing more THAN social/schedule/app devices, and all three platforms today are equally capable. If the freedom to hack and unlock is part of your definition of a smartphone, then I'm sorry, but you're wrong. The freedom to modify is not a part of the smartphone model any more than the freedom to change out components is part of the PC model (or else laptops wouldn't be considered personal computers). It's necessary to remember that people were calling Android a smartphone OS long before it had a Market, back in the early days when it was a horrific piece of crap--but what's new? iOS was a piece of crap when it first launched as well, and the vast majority of raving reviews focused entirely on mobile safari, and despite lacking basic functionalities like MMS, was hailed as the rebirth of the smartphone. Wasting time on painfully useless semantics may be a great way to make yourself feel like you're making a point on the internet, but lacking perspective, the only people who'll ever agree are people who already do, and without the power to change minds, the love of arguing is nothing but douchebaggery.
  24. 29 points
  25. 29 points
    As much as I tried to get used to Win 8, there is no way I'll go back to it. No those fake start buttons are crap. Yes they are. Just when you think Microsoft finally got it right with Win 7, someone in their R&D dept. decided that their main source of revenue needed major change. I understand the whole idea of integrating all MS devices together and trying to take over the world with a unified OS but when you force ridiculous **** down people's throat they go elsewhere. If Windows 8 becomes a requirement to run certain **** I'll switch to Ubuntu (or another Debian distro) in a heartbeat. I've been using Windows since 3.1 and never have I seen such a stupid decision since WinME. F*** *** MS.
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