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Re: They keep saying that... @Gordon Fecyk
Start Menu wasn't a bad change. In fact, Win95 was merely MS catching up to do a complete ripoff of the Macintosh System 7 interface, instead of the half-assed, DOSSHELL-based thing they used for the 3.x versions.
XP activation theoretically would've done the trick, except the corporate keys started making rounds on the internet and thus the feature was defeated.
Of course, the rest of the stuff you mention should've theoretically made people jump ship, but Linux hasn't quite got up to scratch on the install part, and lack of MS Office is a dealbreaker in many companies. But jumping ship to OSX does seem to be a real possibility...
ALU IXDANB RESUME
I would probably swap OS360 for OS390 a.k.a. z/OS as most financial institutions using mainframes are running that these days. But yeah, I remember graduating as someone who knew more than average because I actually dabbled around with Linux, AIX and HP/UX.... only to find myself confronted by a 3270 terminal 10 months after graduating.
Re: The bill sounds good
... and Eadon would be right. It is obvious, even for the article's author, that bill is obviously aimed to whack out MS competition.
As bad as COBOL might have been (ok, still is, it's still in use) there's a worse abomination that didn't have a Dijkstra to axe it like COBOL.
That particular language has caused far more damage to programmer's brains than COBOL. People who learned to do the "On Error Resume Next" trick evolved their nasty tricks to the Diaper anti-pattern on both .NET and Java. So now you can see a VB or former VB dev having breaky code that can't be debugged nicely thanks to this.
COBOL is probably a minor offender by now. At least the language did teach you basic stuff you needed to know, especially in the 60's when most coding was basically assembly stuff. Oh, and it was much better than the other monstrosity out there: MUMPS.
Re: Proper programming language
"More importantly, I think it is important to teach the students programming rather than teaching them a programming language."
My degree involved both things, in fact. The whole data structures, algorithm analysis and similar courses were actually designed for teaching them without relying on a specific programming language. At first I thought "cut off the stupid pseudolanguage stuff, let's C how it's really done!" but when we hit complex stuff like binary self-balancing trees, I saw the advantage of doing stuff using this approach. It also led in the long run for me to actually appreciate OO; it's much easier to implement a data structure class and just create instances of that than go on doing the funky function juggling that comes with the lack of OO support in a language.
Because it lacks both the actual apps you find for iOS/Android/Playbook while posing as a Windows device that can't actually do what "traditional" Windows devices can do. When we got Windows CE, nobody expected it to do much; but MS itself sold the idea of WinRT as basically Windows on ARM. And on those expectations, it's horribly limited.
Re: Cor blimey! @Captain Hogwash
I just saw someone do exactly this in a public restroom. Seems to be something of an older guy thing though...
Steam works offline in Mac
If you have saved your login/pwd on the Steam login screen, it will ask you if you want to go "offline mode" if you're w/o internet. Just tested it.
Now I get to tell all those pro-DPRK suckers on Twitter "you've been trolled!".
No really. The same guys who praise Stalin were praising North Korea as a shining star in internet freedom. I wonder what they'll say today...
Not quite expecting Intel to jump to the cold water, but at least not force Apple to switch over their ARM stuff (the iGadgets) to x86.
Their Itanium (Itanic) venture actually failed because they were originally trying too hard to keep the x86 compat layer, and their first chips were real slow. Apple had a better way to jump from one arch to another, and they've done so twice: Motorola 86k -> PowerPC -> Intel. Maybe they should've relied more in the OS manufacturers to port stuff instead of trying to emulate everything?
Hopefully, this will mean Intel would bake ARM-based chips, instead of the awful alternative that is having yet-another-PC-disguised-as-something-else in the iPhone.
Maybe it is time for Intel to switch to more promising architectures.
Re: Cryptography @AC
It's called SSL, end-to-end encryption is part of that system. Nobody in between should be able to read it, and in fact Twitter *does* support SSL comms.
The closest thing to a Wall Street Troll there can be. Shareholders should stop selling to him, and should stop listening his poison. He has shat all over the companies he's manipulated.
I actually set that code up for my mom's home alarm. The trick in setting such a code is that it would be something inconspicuous, maybe even a code that they'd expect it to be (such as your birth date or something like that).
Re: So long, SAN
SAN is for consolidating storage. You'd have to read tech articles from the early 2000's when the concept was floated up.
Hell, even my makeshift home SAN did serve its purpose for a time. I was able to just plug in HDDs on my NSLU2, make that an iSCSI target and then just expose a couple of LUNs to my PCs. Instead of growing the PCs HDDs, I simply would expand the LUNs themselves and add more HDDs when needed on the NSLU2. Unfortunately, I also overclocked the NSLU2 and it died a horrible overheating death sometime around 2011. But while it was running, I did get a lot out of it, especially on the PCs that didn't cope with the larger, TB-range HDDs.
I'm not buying a shitbox to see this movie. Bad move!
MS shills make Eadon sound right
Really. Even if MS ends up being "cheaper" ... what I know MS to be cheaper is on the support part of the contracts. "MS Support" consists in some Indian call center and remote support. RedHat at least will send you a local person for support issues, extra points with being someone I can actually understand!
Re: Big flash if it hits mars?
At least now we know to shoot the damn cylinders as soon as they land!
Icaza has a point.
A couple of years ago, one of my hardcore Linux friends switched back to Windows for the same reasons: hacking around for WiFi, graphics card, sound, and well that mucking with Office files with OpenOffice will fuck up the format.
And then, I had the same issue this December; I needed a work lap, but also MS Office, OmniGraffle, Merlin and those are Win/Mac or Mac only. Of course, I went for Mac as any other lap would pay the MS tax which I didn't want to do.
I do acknowledge that Linux has been user-friendly for quite some time, and even user-install-friendly as of late, with WiFi finally being supported out of the box. But it still gets hobbled by stupidity, like "no mp3 playback" and Adobe has recently stated they're no longer going to upgrade the Linux Flash plugin. I've demoted Linux to VM status on my Mac, though my main PC at home still has Linux and does a lot of the geeky stuff I want it to do. But as a desktop OS? Maybe, if I were to work in a 100% Linux shop. And even in some of those, I've seen people have windows as a VM...
Oh, and the irony: Miguel de Icaza was the Mexican champion on IT circles. A lot of Mexicans started doing Linux just because a prominent Mexican had got into the international limelight, and he was doing some stuff for Linux...
Um... you do know that HD-DVD was the "renegade" format? Only supported by 2 manufacturers vs. the BD being supported by the rest? Not to mention it was the crappiest of the two, with lower storage space *and* hobbled by a fugly MS-backed menu system.
Sony and past, good AND bad @Bodhi
Sony did a lot of pretty good stuff in the past; in fact, my circa 1998 Walkman is still in working order, I used it yesterday. The three PS3's are pretty good as well; the Trinitron TVs (our 1981 Trinitron made it to the 21st century!) and same with my Sony stereo. Oh, my 2007 W300i is still seeing some use, now on its third owner in the family.
But one thing I won't do is call OtherOS "a feature used by 3 people". I was hit by that boneheaded decision; it left me at least a year off PSN, and I finally ended up "solving" the situation by buying another PS3. The irony is that the OtherOS nixing only hit the people who both used OtherOS *and* played games, that is, the segment that was actually giving Sony the $$$ for games. That said, Sony is a lesser evil vs. M$, who pimps off ki'box360 players on HDDs (selling overpriced HDDs to 'em, banning OTC HDDs) and charging for multiplayer. So I'll keep on giving Sony my gaming money, even if I disagree with their OtherOS stance.
So I see someone has been playing Shadowrun... :)
Re: May have required the next version of the game
Yipes. That city looks like the Limbo landscape in Inception. Heh, I do remember doing some cities with less roads; subway stations were pretty good for this thanks to the three tile limit. Put the subway stations at 6-tile intervals, layout a grid of these stations and you could build up a pretty dense population zone in the area...
The way I was able to pull off a 120k population was pretty easy:
- Before starting, create the city with the terrain editor and flatten *all* terrain. Mountains and stuff will rob you from valuable building spaces. But you must have at least a river or something as a water source.
- Zone *everything* as dense. Dense residential, dense commercial, dense industrial.
These two tips should get you a 120k population city. :)
Re: Playing it on a 386 SX 40?
It used VESA for graphics, and yes it did SVGA, or 800x600 for the kids who don't know what SVGA is.
It also required a better graphics card; I remember it running like ass on my 486, but it ran well on my friend's 386. Of course, once I switched to our first Pentium 133, it ran decently.
I have the original CD somewhere ... it was a strange thing to have on CD, the game was 2Mb, so most of the CD was basically wasted!
Re: Not a Troll
Encrypted filesystems/containers have been out there far before this company. And given the method they patented (intercepting I/O calls and encrypting data on that point) pretty much covers any kind of whole disk encryption systems. There's a program that predates this patent for more than a couple of years, and it worked on DOS.
It is a troll. As trolltastic as Apple's "phone as a hyperlink" patent, which patents a feature found on a lot of phones predating that patent as well.
Re: Kerberos ...
I'm both thinking of an authentication system and a fluffy plush toy bear from Sakura Card Captors...
"When was the last time your saw a right wing pressure group trying to prevent a guest speaker at a university from speaking?"
Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, Tec de Monterrey Campus León circa 2001? 2002? A teacher brought over a guest speaker explaining how the Guadalupe Virgin was actually made up by the Catholic Church using an Aztec goddess as a base model. Most of the people left the auditorium and the ultrarightist religious nutjob organizations *demanded* an apology from said teacher for daring to bring such blasphemous people to talk. And that's just the one case I know about; I'm pretty sure there are a lot of those cases in that particular Mexican state.
Extremes are extremes. They happen on both sides.
Re: JG Ballard?
I'm guessing that he's referring to High Rise, not Soylent Green.
"because the network operators fear Google so much, they’re backing every conceivable alternative, except the one that can succeed, which is Windows Phone."
M$ has shat over and destroyed most if not all of the mobile phone manufacturers that have dared to sell their soul to the Borg: Sendo, Palm, HTC to a lesser extent, and now Nokia. Any operator or mobile phone manufacturer going down the Microsoft way would be infinitely stupid by now! Also, note that Symbian's history goes back to a Nokia+world coalition precisely to *stop* MS from taking over the mobile OS market.
I'd rather see the coalition go for something like webOS, or probably reviving Maemo/Meego or Harmattan as an alternate platform.
Oh so needed
It is extremely annoying to have a random tab start playing sound, especially when it's an obtrusive ad. I'd like to have a feature that pops up "tab X wants to play sound. Allow/Deny?" so that I can shut up said tabs...
Re: Stop using bloody Java
I'd be out of a job, then. It isn't like PHP, which can be replaced by other stuff, or Ruby on Rails (which has much more exploits every day, and of the serious, "server pwned" kind of exploits.) Lots of "enterprisey" stuff is built on top of Java, so it isn't something you can rip out. And even if you could, the only alternative to it is .NET, which is probably worse as you'd end up tied to the MS ecosystem. yeech!
Re: Eh? @dogged
Heh. At first, I also read that as "wait, Macs in a MS campus?" but then remembered Office for Mac.
That said, it still reads as funny.
"As for what disabled people thought 40 years ago, I can remember when I was small that there were still quite a few old soldiers around who were disabled in WW2."
Disabled soldiers aren't the same as regular disabled people. They've been trained for far more physical stuff than regular people, and they are definitely not *born* with said disability. Your high and mighty attitude says a lot of you. Get off your high horse!
Re: This is called ...
It *still* appears in current US immigration law. Comitting a crime of "moral turpitude" will be a reason for visa denial.
Re: People forget...
This is why I chuckled when the "audio snob" culture came to be about hating MP3s. The true audiophiles despise any digital format, so MP3 vs. Raw CD is kind of like trash vs. trash to them.
While cassette tapes did have a fixed "capacity" rate, both vinyl and VHS/Betamax tapes had differing quality/capacity. vinyl: 33.3, 45 RPM. VHS had SP, LP, and "SLP". But besides that, the capacity would still be fixed.
Re: Introducing a new definition of "a few"
I also agree, the Walkman kept marching on for *decades*, not just a couple of years. In fact, it ended up being more portable than its CD counterpart, the Discman. I have a 1998 Walkman, it still works, and I still use it from time to time.
The place where cassette did get displaced was on the car stereo.
Just yesterday I noticed that there hadn't been BOFH episodes since November...
Heh. My first observation was OMG those screenshots are in color! Because the first SimCity I played was on Mac, and it was black&white. Oh, the one disaster that couldn't be triggered by the player but was mostly random was the nuclear meltdown.
The fun thing about SimTower is that it was deemed kinda "boring" once you topped out the building. But there's now an iGadget game that plays like an 8-bit graphics version of SimTower, and it is now a moderate hit on the mobile world...
Re: It's such a shame it's x86
"AMD will be bankrupt before the year's out. Their hardware has almost always been inferior to Intel and it's too late for them to catch up now."
Both use x86 arch. Both are shit compared to pretty much anything else.
Re: What a shame! What a fraud! @Joerg
I tend to agree with your assessment of the hardware: x86 is a steaming turd that should've been excised from the computer industry *decades* ago. Unfortunately, it seems the lack of cheap RISC-based, cost-efficient alternatives have brought another casualty in the war. ARM might wrestle the PC market in the near future, but they just aren't there yet as to be seen for a next-gen console at this point.
That said, I'll probably cling to my PS3 for a bit longer. I still have a backup one with OtherOS, which I sometimes use to tap on the CellBE processor. :)
@AC on "xbox live is better"
Xbox live is a pre-internet model of "pay for the privilege of multiplay" which was wiped out by Quake and similar games that gave it away for free. It should eventually get wiped out again, which will probably be sooner if the PS4 "wins" the next console gen wars.
Return of the AC shills
So, the M$ shills are back, and they're still posting as AC's. Really?
Re: Are you for real? @Mookster
"There's very little protection on BB from malicious apps. For instance apps can even inject keypresses."
All those actions require the permissions to do so being granted by the user. You can actually block apps from doing such things by setting an explicit Deny on those ops, having a granular security model allows BB to do that.
iOS, as far as I remember, *doesn't* have that granular security, thus the iMob (?) apps were able to grab personal info and send it to the devs. Android might have those safeguards, being based on lookalike-Java; BB has that security model because of Java. I do wonder if they kept it for BB10, though...
Re: capacitor-based overwrite
IIRC higher security devices like HSMs do have something like this implemented. It doesn't just activate on power-down, it will also be triggered if someone opens the box; that's why those devices have a higher FIPS 140-2 cert than regular mobile devices.
But then HSMs are 1U rack devices, not sure if that mechanism is small enough to fit inside a phone...
Re: Are you for real?
iOS is broken, indeed.
But Blackberry (both OSen) actually have FIPS 140-2 certifications, something that none of the other OSen have achieved, not even Winbugs Phone 7/8.
FWIW I have never even seen BB jailbreaks being available...
Re: Space Monkeys
As opposed to the current situation, where half our salary (or that of US citizens at least) is spent fighting pointless wars?
I'd rather have the monkeys in space.
Re: A few corrections
hahaha ... it's already rick rolling us!
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