2671 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007
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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Explicit Kill Switch
The engineer in me shouts that any design where you require an emergency kill switch should have a BIG, RED BUTTON called EMERGENCY STOP, easy to find (but not so easy to trip it during normal use) so that even the most stupid person can press it in an emergency.
Re: Time to mount an offensive against the Arachnids!
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Re: More videos
According to a friend, it seems that in-car recorders are now required by law in Russia, given the incredibly extreme traffic accidents they have there. The cams are used to determine who's actually guilty, and so the "Russian car crash" video collections were born. Recently, one of such cams gave us a first-person view of that plane crashing into a highway incident.
Re: Pay for my own device, and have them lock it down??? @Will Godfrey
There's another article out there that mentions this. It even jokes that BYOD will eventually mean BUY your own device. And I agree.
The iTard mobs getting their company to let them use their iShiny stuff are going to inflict suffering on those who don't have the $$$ to buy expensive smartphones but will be forced by their employer to buy one, as they need it for work but the IT budget is no longer covering that, thanks to BYOD.
Re: @Eadon BYOD is a way of avoiding lockin
"1 linux box does the same work as 3 windows boxes. That's nice, any particular application we're talking about here?"
Actually, I wouldn't go that far, but I do have a particular case in mind:
2 Solaris boxes - 200k users.
11 Windows boxes - 2000 users.
The service is LDAP (on Solaris) vs. fugly Active Directory.
There are linux boxen that equally have 2 or 4 box configurations and still curbstomp the Windows boxen in performance and redundancy. Also, AD sucks even with small loads (~2k entries), while true LDAP solutions running on Solaris, AIX or Linux can handle millions of entries...
Re: Pay for my own device, and have them lock it down???
BYOO (Bring Your Own OS) is something that is practiced in some companies. Consulting firms that don't have any OS dependencies with corporate crapware shat out with VB6 means that we don't really care about the OS, as long as productive work is being made.
In our case, most stuff is either spec documents, reports, and such (PDF) or Java apps. Both of these can be made with any OS. Therefore, I use OSX & Linux, and others use Linux. There's the odd Windows user, but even then it is actually Windows under a VM running on Linux, or a dual-boot lappy. Oh, good times...
Re: Maybe if he signs an order to...
Windows shouldn't be in anything even remotely security-critical, but the OS does have a couple of gov't certs. You'd expect them to have learned their lesson after the whole McKinnon hack, but no.
That's the reason why I stopped caring as soon as I read "Retina".Especially given Apple's strange rules for "maximum RAM" on their stuff. My MBP supposedly has an 8Gb upper limit, yet I have 16GB RAM on this one.
Oh, so awesome ... my MBP just dropped $100 in its price tag. At least those of us who care about actual work being done & upgreadability are getting a better deal. Though I would've preferred to have that discount 2 months ago...
... as soon as I read "retina". That surely means it is only on the Retina models where they did the upgrade, and those are non-user-upgreadable. Hopefully they'll update the non-retina versions as well.
That's what Palm did, and look how they ended up...
Oh so fun.
When Google talks about "two-factor authentication", I assume they mean "wonky SMS auth" as their second factor, as opposed to actual secure tokens? (yeah, yeah, I know that even those have been pwned, see SecurID but at least it's much harder to do)
If you're wary of your government, they're sure as HELL going to read your incoming SMS. So that kind of 2FA is useless for them.
Re: OS X has this built in (yeah for unix!)
They were going to use ZFS, which would've been awesome given how ZFS is both a volume manager *and* a filesystem. Unfortunately, Apple didn't go through with licensing ZFS (which would've been much easier in the pre-Oracle Sun) which I suspect has something to do with Jobs' dick-wavering.
Oh well, we *do* have MacZFS, so it can be used on Macs, just without it being the bootable FS. Or encrypted using FileVault...
The Xbox *is* crap. Slowly but surely, it finally slid into 3rd place last year, though realistically speaking, that happened earlier. Of course, you'll see more Xboxes in the US but that's because the US just has bad taste. Same goes for the iPhone (hit in the US, losing ground to Android brethren elsewhere).
Hm. Having known someone who has been beaten repeatedly by his wife and yet managed to get convicted of "LETHAL BEHAVIOR" even when he was the one being beaten... yes, there's a big problem on the legal side for males, skin color nonwithstanding.
There are women that consider cheating to be a basic women's right because "he's cheating anyway". And then get to divorce the dude *and* get a pension, even if she's the one at fault.
Yes, the macho culture needed to be taken down, and to be honest there's still problems with wifebeaters and male-on-female abuse, but the opposite things SHOULD be taken into account as well. Thus groups like these.
That said, there are truly hateful groups out there, like Men Go Their Own Way. That's what Symantec must've thought they were filtering.
And here was me
Expecting them to be called Mickey & Goofy.
Re: I'm not Eadon...
Not to mention that Eadon's anti-windows comments have no bearing on this, as the article states that Windows *can* and *does* brick a Samsung lappy the same as Linux. IIRC the 'AC's were also mostly MS shills saying the same thing about "freetards getting what they deserved".
So it is actually the shilltards who should be apologizing to *Eadon*. My my ... the irony...
Re: Blue ? @TOS
Anyone using Access for "database" stuff who has even entry-level CompSci skills is doing something very wrong. Unless the "database" is actually linking to a real RDBMS like PostgreSQL, Oracle, Sybase, DB2 or yes, even SQL Server.
The one person I can forgive for using Access would be an accountant who doesn't have programming skills, yet she was savvy enough to realize that Excel ain't a DB tool and thus built accounting stuff using Access.
You LIKE Metro?
Dude, you're getting a downvote just for that man!
On other news: my coworker who went down the brave path of using Win8 got fed up and is wiping that POS out, replacing it with Fedora 17. TIFKA Metro is a huge part of that decision.
Re: IBM RS/6000 Marketing Meet
Though it isn't the Ethernet we all think about these days. It had a fugly AUI port instead of either coax or RJ45. I managed our sole remaining RS/6000 workstation at our college computer lab during the early 2000's and the AUI-to-cat5 transceiver was constantly being fought for between the RS/6000 users and the CCNA dudes (the Cisco routers only had AUI ports). Yeech!
Re: Ring was too expensive
IIRC Token Ring was actually *RING* topology, hence the name.
The other ring topology network I can remember is LocalTalk, which for years was what our home network had.
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