* Posts by boltar

1485 posts • joined 15 Oct 2008

Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

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Re: Update Clash

"Microsoft are right to make updates compulsory,"

Sure. If MS had a record of 100% perfect updates that never need to be backed out. They don't. At some point they're going to screw up literally millions of machines overnight.

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Re: Mage Update Clash

" would say it is more nVidia that has lost the plot."

Or perhaps Nvidia have a better idea of when to update their graphics drivers than Microsoft because there are dependncies to consider. You don't just download a new binary, slap it in and hope it works.

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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Re: Kids these days ...

I think the "errors of judgement" precisely sums up why the SNP wanted them voting.

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Re: May I suggest...

"That we extend this right to adults too ?"

Why? If you don't want something online don't put it there in the first place. Changed your mind after the fact? Tough, deal. Pissed at the time you did it? Even tougher. Consider it a life lesson. Kids can be excused their naivity and foolishness and be given a bit of leeway because thats what kids are like, adults can't and shouldn't. If you're old enough to vote you're old enough to suffer the consequences of your actions.

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Hold that upgrade: Critical bug in .NET 4.6 'breaks applications'

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Just wondering...

.... if Stack Overflow are so concerned about optimisation why are they using C# in the first place? If you want the last word in speed you use C/C++ and/or asm regardless of what platform you're on.

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Re: Sensationalism

"There's a reason Sun put that "no nukes" disclaimer in Java."

However Java is being used in a lot of semi-critical server side systems now. Don't know if thats better or worse than it being done in a compiled language such as C++. What I do know is that the rush to use lovely untyped Javascript on the server side is only going to end in tears.

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Re: Classic Heisenbug?

Happens a lot in C/C++ when running a program in a debugger causes slightly different memory layouts and so if you're program writes off the end of some memory normally and hits something critical it may not when being debugged or an uninitialised variable now just happens to be pointing to a fairly sane value.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Re: How about construction then?

"If I knew I would have ended up in a male only environment working in IT, I would have reconsidered my choice, thirty years ago!!"

How could you not have known? Didn't you notice the lack of girls on the courses you did or in your first job?

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Re: How about construction then?

"This is not necessarily a problem and doubtlessly any PC government program to intervene will just end up causing more problems than it solves."

Isn't it funny how the "equality" compaigners never make a fuss about the lack of men in nursery school teaching or nursing or elderly care etc etc? Seems to me the fuss about a lack of women in IT is just an excuse for self righteous right-on whiners and complainers to justify their otherwise pointless existence by making a fuss about a non issue.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Re: >The leaked data could become fodder for extortion or blackmail,

"No, the conducting of dishonest relationships and the breaking of legal contracts is fodder for blackmail."

The hackers should be careful who they blackmail. 99.99% of people would pay up or go to the police. 0.01% would put a contract out on the hacker. I doubt everyone on this site are Mr/Mrs Nice Guy just looking for a bit of fun, there's probably some serious psychos on there too as you get on every private site. Mess with their private data at your peril.

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Fancy signing into Windows 10 with Office 365? WHOA there, my friend

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Re: Not thought through...

"More like one of Clive Sinclair's "yes it's ready" promises"

He did get away with some dodgy business practices and iffy quality control that really wouldn't be allowed today. But thats the beauty of rose coloured glasses I suppose.

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250 character limit?

So someone at MS genuinely thought an 8 bit length field in 2015 was good programming practice??

Still, I suppose the 80s retro coding matches the hideous 80s retro GUI so at least they're consistent.

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2015 Fiat 500 fashionista, complete with facelift

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"with a 1.2 Panda. Absolute hoot."

For 5 minutes. Then it rapidly becomes tedious followed by plain annoying.

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Re: Wait, nearly a ton?

"Seriously? When the original (as you note) was only half that?"

Apart from as someone else mentioned it being half the size, cars from that era were built with all the structural rigidity and crash protection of an egg box and had the performance of a kneecapped tortoise thanks to the comically small engines.

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Re: FUGLY

"The Multiplayer - eminently practical, good value for money and OK to drive - shame you are obsessed with 'look' whatever that is"

There are plenty of other practical, good value cars that don't look like the secret love child of a cardboard box and deformed duck. And the fact that all you seem to care about is value for money and practicality means you probably have about as much interest in cars as you do washing machines, so why are you commenting in this forum?

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"If the rental I has a while ago is anything to go by, yes. 2 normal adults, and it wouldn't climb a hill in anything above 2nd gear."

Seconded. I haven't driven a 500 but we did have a Panda hire car with the same engine in Sardinia - a rather moutainous island. The piss poor performance in the hills would have been funny if it hadn't been so damn irritating. At one point on a particularly steep incline I had to change down to 1st! No one who enjoys driving would buy one of these gutless POS unless they had no other choice.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

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The thing to remember about Smart TVs...

... is that they're not TVs. They're a computer with a DTV tuner coming along for the ride. And if I want a new computer I'll buy a computer, not a smart TV with an underpowered processor and piss poor GUI.

I'm probably old fashioned - but I just want a TV that I can switch on and within a second its showing a TV channel. No booting up, no upgrading software, no logging on, no "smart" BS - just a TV. Thanks. Anything else I can do on my laptop or tablet.

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New Google APIs: Point your phone at a telly like a streaming hose of vid

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Re: Slow news day?

"Holy Hell. That's what I want: an X display app for my Samsung Smart TV."

Since that TV is almost certainly running embedded Linux thats not quite such a stretch as you might imagine!

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Slow news day?

"Google has mashed the Processing graphics language into its Cast software"

Mashed? Oh, right, thats Millennial speak for "added".

"but until now, the language lacked remote display capability."

Whats this got to do with the language, surely thats the job of the OS/Graphics layer? Oh wait, the kids haven't yet rediscovered transparent graphics networking as developed for X windows in the 1980s. Oh well, give them time. No doubt it'll be the Hot New Thing(tm) in 5 years time.

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Re: As I've commented previously

"but what kind of machine has 100,000hp?"

Grid electrical generators spring to mind.

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Re: As I've commented previously

"Still running a 1987 Reliant here. The doors are manual. I open them. I close them. It's a very elegant engineering solution."

I suspect however that thats the point at which the word "elegant" and anything built by Reliant part company.

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Hacking Team spyware rootkit: Even a new HARD DRIVE wouldn't get rid of it

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Security options

"Various precautions to guard against this sort of attack are possible including enabling UEFI SecureFlash, updating the BIOS whenever there is a security patch and setting up a BIOS or UEFI password"

If someone has managed to bypass your entire office security, got into the server room and managed to reflash a machine without anyone noticing then IMHO a reflashed BIOS is probably the least of your worries.

Newsflash: Once someone has physical access to a machine its Game Over.

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The word "nasty" is in the wrong place in the sub header

"No amount of scrubbing could shift nasty UEFI BIOS"

There, fixed it.

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Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

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Can PCIe drives be used as boot drives?

Is it simple to do that, does it depend on the BIOS or is it not currently possible?

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'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker

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Re: "a cowards justice system"

I'm not interested in obscure left wing academic papers, I want some actual statistics that show that lenient sentences reduce crime and reoffending after taking out other social and cultural factors.

Like this for example:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8504923/Longer-prison-sentences-deter-re-offending-study-shows.html

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Re: "a cowards justice system"

"I assume it's because they can't argue with the simple facts."

Show us some "facts" then.

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Re: Am I a bad person?

"That you would even think a bomb threat is funny,only shows what's so wrong with society these days"

Seconded. Though I think it tends to be concentrated on online forums because of a slightly younger and hence less mature demographic.

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Re: From that wiki page...

"By contrast, official police crime statistics in the United Kingdom are unreliable, due to widespread and inconsistent practices of "no criming""

Ah ok. So after having your bluff called you're going with the "i don't like the incovenient data so I'll claim its unreliable" argument are you? Is that really the best you've got? Pathetic.

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"So what's the crime rate where you live in comparison to Finland?"

Since you ask, finnish crime rate is 150 crimes per 1000 population per year. In the UK (where I live) its around 110.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_Finland

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_the_United_Kingdom

Care to comment?

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Re: TL;DR

"Pathetic bawling oaf; the notion that his ittle bittle wittle fweelings"

I imagine you'd have "ittle bittie fweelings" too if you'd been the victim of a hoax bomb threat on a plane thanks to this little turd. But then in your case you could probably turn to your mummy sitting next to you and ask for a hug.

"let's be honest, does about the best job of rehabilitating and reintegrating criminals back into society of basically any in the world is truly fucking laughable."

Not quite as laughable as that comment, but hey, every laugh is free on here :)

Its easy to "integrate" people into society if you pretty much ignore any crimes they commit. Even Brevic will do little more than 20 years FFS. Thats not a progressive justice system, its a cowards justice system which pretty much sums up the scandinavian countries. They don't have the balls to hand down sentences that fit the crime because they're too worried about the human rights of the criminal and don't give a shit about those of the victim. Which is fairly typical in liberal justice systems frankly.

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"what exactly would be gained from locking up a teenager for 20 years"

Well it wouldn't be 20 years would it, it would have been 2 years. And what kind of example does it set to other hackers? Hacked 50K systems? Don't worry, we'll let you off for "rehabiltation" , AKA spending a few hours a week with some clueless wet social worker. Yeah, great deterrent there.

For a society to function properly, punishment for crimes needs to be seen to be done. I realise this doesn't particularly dovetail with the naive liberal left everyone-is-a-good-person-really view of the world but then you people became detached from reality a looong time ago.

Sure , rehabiltate as much as you want, AFTER you punish.

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Blurred lines: How cloud computing is reshaping the IT workforce

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Re: Non deterministic code? Wtf?

"public cloud infrastructure to me at least doesn't remotely resemble traditional infrastructure. While we are 99% virtualized our VM life spans are measured in years"

Oh for gods sake, VMs have been used in mainframes since 1972 with VM/370. You honestly think you're doing anything new just because you're running VMs on a PC?

It really is about time that people who worked in IT learnt a bit of IT history before they imagine that everything they're doing is somehow new and unique.

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Re: Non deterministic code? Wtf?

"You sure? To me non-deterministic mean that given a fixed input, the output will vary. Time qualifies for that."

Um, with time the output varies in a highly deterministic fashion and essentially there is no input other than the previous time and whatever clock tick will be added to it.

I think you're confusing unknown initial states with a predictable set of outputs based on those states.

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Re: Non deterministic code? Wtf?

"CurrentTime() looks pretty non-deterministic to me."

Really? So if you call currentTime(), wait 1 second and call it again the time might or might not have 1 second added on? A ticking clock is about THE most deterministic thing around.

Anyway, deterministic code isn't about absolute values, its about being able to deduce what the code will do when presented with various values.

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Non deterministic code? Wtf?

"most developers were cranking out non-deterministic code "

ALL code is deterministic, even when pseudo random numbers are used. Its simply a case of understanding the algortihms and the code paths. Just because some code is highly complex doesn't make it non deterministic unless quantum CPUs have quietly snuck in without anyone noticing.

"Clouds are not traditional infrastructure".

Err yes, they are. A cloud service is simply a remote server that you exchange data with using a given API. "Cloud" is just a marketing buzzword you dribbling idiot. Remote data & hosting services have been around for decades in various guises. Seems to me you've swallowed the kool aid hook and line.

"That is to say it can easily be accomplished by sending commands to an API."

No shit. And how exactly does that differ from RPC? Oh right, there's a funky web page up front.

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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Re: This whole panspermia idea...

" A couple of star system generations to evolve the precursor biological processes, interspersed with periods of stasis while the next system is formed and 'colonized'. This give's far more time and scope for the initial processes to establish."

The universe is "only" 14 billion years old. Thats actually not a long time for life to evolve somewhere else, hitch a ride on some convenient rock blasted off its planet (or out of its nebula) by some massive event that gives it enough energy to escape the gravitation pull of its local star, and just happen to travel through interseller space and conveniently land on a nice habitable planet (having avoided getting cooked on atmospheric entry). The odds against that happening are pretty damn high.

Occams razor - life started here.

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This whole panspermia idea...

... is a crock of alien slime. It doesn't solve the problem of how life first evolved , it just removes it to some vague handwaving "out there" location. Well "out there" isn't particularly conducive to the existence of the complex biological machinery and energy gradients we find on earth and given the temperature in deep space any biochemical precursor chemistry that did happen would probably happen orders of magnitude slower than a on warm wet earth. Life almost certainly evolved on earth.

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Re: Apart from sport and a massive news story, nothing needs to be watched live

Of course it would help if broadcasters put more of their good programs on at a time when most people are actually home from work. I can hardly watch something live at 7pm if I'm still on the feckin tube!

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Re: Surprised

"That live TV is that high still..."

There's plenty of chavs sitting at home doing bog all during the day watching Jeremy Kyle.

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Re: Here we go again

The front page of Reddit certainly looks like something from the 90s.

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F# earns Syme top Royal Academy of Engineering award

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Re: It's time for Haskell...

"Please explain why you think recursive code is a "pain to debug""

If you have to ask the question then you won't understand the answer.

"Why would you even want to "debug"? Aren't you writing test code?"

Thats the sort of comment I'd expect to hear from a 10 year old just starting out in programming.

"You may also want to explain what you mean by "recursive from the ground up". Missing the point, are you?"

No, but perhaps you are wrt functional languages. Perhaps you don't understand what recursive means.

"Furthermore someone considering functional programming "niche" must be talking from behind a stack of fanfold paper illuminated by an IBM 80-column terminal."

Uh huh. Meanwhile back in the real world....

"Maybe you will bum your code to use less than 20KByte eventually."

Oh dear. Been looking at the size of some p-code files have we? Its very easy to create a small target executable when all the libraries and heavy lifting is done inside the VM.

"People are still faffing around with mutable state in 2015? I blame crap university courses from profs who should be taken out to pasture"

Shame those same people "faffing around" are probably the sort who wrote your Haskell compiler in C with some assembler thrown in. But what do those idiots know eh? They should have written it in ML, right?

"The wreckage is all around us to admire."

The only wreckage I can see is the burnt out remains of the "functional programming is the next great step in development" rhetoric that has been spouted by a succession of tedious monomaniacs since the 1970s. Welcome to the club, and while you're at it change the bloody record.

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Bug free?

"Syme’s F# is a cross-platform, open-source language that is remarkably bug-free"

Is that supposed to be a sarcastic comment on the quality of MS languages, open source languages, Don Symes ability to write bug free code, or does the author just assume that all compilers are bug ridden disasters and we should just be grateful that they work at all?

On a side note , has F# really set the world alight? Functional languages have been around for decades and are still niche so I think its fair to say they're going to remain niche for the forseable future. IMO they're a nice idea in theory but in practice highly recursive code is an absolute pain to debug. Its fine it its confined to a few functions or code paths, but if the entire program is recursive from the ground up due to the language type used then no thanks, I'll steer clear.

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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

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Re: About time (@ boltar)

"When a company's business model is illegal in the country, and the GM continues to implement it, then, yes they should face jail time"

How did they continue to implement it? Its an app with servers based in the USA.

"By your logic, had Silk Road incorporated, Ulbricht would be a free man."

And by your logic any company that carried out something potentially illegal in some territory - though as yet untested in court - could expect their employees arrested and slung in prison. Nice one. Russia did that with Khodorkovsky and it ended up with Amnesty International getting involved.

But oh ok , uber are taxi company that a lot of vested interests don't like so instead of taking the company to court lets arrest some management and strong arm them, right? Well ok, if France does this then expect more of it around the world. Why bother going to court if you can just abuse the human rights of its employees instead. Welcome to 3rd world justice...

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Re: About time

"to have a corporate officer arrested for responsibility to legal violations of their business, is certainly a great start."

No, its not. Forget about Uber for a second - do you think a company employee should be arrested for the policies of the company itself even if he had may have had nothing to do with their inception or even their implementation and was simply doing his job? If you do then you're setting a very VERY bad precedent. This sort of thing already happens in countries where the law is basically whatever the people in charge decide it to be such as in Russia and its simply scares business away.

There's a number of reasons companies have a legal existence - one of the reasons is to protect the people who work for them. However it seems the French are only too happy to ride roughshod over this de facto international agreement.

I'd be interested to see how the French react if other countries suddenly started arresting random Airbus employees for the alledged bribery incidents there have been in the past. Badly I'd imagine.

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As usual the french make up the law as they go along

I'm not fan of Uber, but you don't arrest individual members of staff of a company for the policies and activities of the company itself even if those policies might be in a grey area of commercial law. Joking aside, would they have arrested Bill Gates with the MS bundling controversy in the 90s or Larry Page and Sergey Brin because of the recent dispute with Google? I don't think so. But because their militant unions are kicking up a fuss about Uber - with some justification - as usual the french government bend over and keep the baying crowd happy. Still, weak and pathetic is what you get in french government whether right or left wing.

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Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

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Re: I expected

"1 spineless... check"

Wrong party, for weak and spineless you want to look in

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that direction. (To the left).

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Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit

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"This is taking the piss and a stupid precedent, "

I think what it demonstrates quite clearly is how utterly clueless members of the legal "profession" are when it comes to anything related to technology. Curiously the parasites seem to think its necessary to learn some basic business principles for when executing company and tax law, but when it comes to IT (and probably other engineering and scientific disciplines) they seem to assume they can just wing it. I can only assume this is either A) They're so arrogant they think its easy or B) They know its hard and don't want to look stupid - and potentially lose clients - when they fail.

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

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Re: can't resist

"their OSs from the 90s were total garbage"

Really? Compared to what? Have you ever actually used DOS+Windows 3.x? Hopeless doesn't even begin to describe it. No surprise there was such a fanfare for Win95 when it came out as PC users finally had something approaching a usable GUI (unless they wanted to install early versions of Linux which in those days wasn't exactly easy to set up especially where X was concerned).

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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Re: Does this also ...

"Effect BSD and Linux font rendering or is it purely a Micosoft problem?"

Unlikely since X.org is (almost?) entirely source. However AFAIK a lot of it still runs with root privs so in theory a similar exploit could exist.

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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Re: But shirley...

"No, the debugger can run the app as a child process, retaining the ability to peek into its innards."

They can also attach to running processes. At least on Unix, no idea about Windows.

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