* Posts by red floyd

27 posts • joined 16 May 2007

Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

red floyd

Re: I have a copy of xenix

This is correct.

Santa Cruz (the original SCO) sold some part of its business to Caldera, and then renamed itself Tarantella.

Caldera renamed itself as "The SCO Group" and became the evil SCOundrels we all know and hate.

The original Santa Cruz Operation was a fun place to work at (I had friends there), and while their Unix was a bit on the old and stodgy side (SVR3), it worked well.

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Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

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Dumb Question

What happened to the Print button? It was great for reading multipage articles...

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Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

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Couldn't have happened to a nicer rootkit writer.

n/t

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Yahoo! Mail users see crying baby who says firm is 'over capacity'

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Yahoo totally sucks...

Their "two factor" thing sucks. My mother had forgotten her password, so we went through their hoops. Sure enough, they sent a authentication text to her mobile phone. So far, so good.

BUT.... When she entered a new password, she was told that her password wasn't strong enough, even though it met every single criterion they had specified. She was trying to enter a 14 character password with upper case, lower case, numeric, and special characters. Yahoo! insisted it wasn't strong enough.

THEN, I tried to use their "email support" form. I filled out all the info, and hit submit, only to be told I hadn't entered my first name onto the form. Slight problem -- there WAS no place on the form to enter my first name.

Yahoo totally bites.

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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So nice to see consistency...

It's nice to know that in 50 years, the BPI hasn't changed a bit!

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Dennis Ritchie: The C man who booted Unix

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Microsoft pushes Windows Phone Mango out to Japan

red floyd

They should have made it "Windows Phone MANGA"

For the tentacle pr0n fanatics

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BOFH: Ready for the Judgment Day

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@Ken Hagan

I think that was Ken Thompson who wrote "Reflections on Trusting Trust"

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US may disable all in-car mobile phones

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"Personal Responsibility"

So to promote personal responsibility, LaHood is going to make our decisions for us. And War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength.

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A Deadlock Holiday

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Boffin

volatile

volatile is not really useful for multithreading, and never has been.

Where volatile shines, is when dealing with memory-mapped I/O. It essentially tells the compiler, "Don't optimize references to this variable -- it can change out from under you". This is not necessarily thread-safe, but makes writing device drivers a heck of a lot easier.

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Apple condemns FileVaulters to seventh circle of Safari hell

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Jobs Horns

@Anonymous Coward

1. Opera is not Open Source, it's proprietary, though possibly the most Standards compliant browser around.

2. Is that you, Steve Ballmer?

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Google a broken hell for five-year-olds

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Interview and other

@Bill : "What is the C-language function call for opening a connection with a foreign host over the internet?" I answered "look it up in K&R""

Well, that's the wrong answer. K&R doesn't discuss the Internet. If you had said to "Look it up in Stevens", that would be different.

My Google interview ranged from minutiae to algorithmic details, to "how would you handle this incredibly huge dataset?" I thought it was a decent interview process.

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Hyundai and Kia's latest pitch to US drivers - Windows

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Linux

@Gavin Nottage

If you want an embedded Linux with a vendor behind it, Wind River sells Linux as well as VxWorks. And they also have an RT variant.

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Added to my list

I have owned several Ford autos, but will not buy another as my next car, since their ad campaigns push Microsoft ("Now with Sync... by Microsoft").

Looks like I won't be buying a Hyundai or a Kia either

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BOFH: On the brink

red floyd

SCO user in rehab

I used to install and support both SCO OpenDesktop and Xenix/286 systems.

Back in the pre-Caldera days, they were considered stodgy, but not evil.

I had an OpenServer 2.0 box that ran for 10 years straight -- only reboots were hardware upgrades.

On the whole, though, I'd say this was a rather weak effort... hang on, someone's at the door... No! No, Simon, NOT THE CATTLEPROD!!! NOO; &*^%&^#^*&--- NO CARRIER

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Stroustrup and Sutter: C++ to run and run

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@Andy Larter

The reason most kernel drivers are written in C is that there's no support in the kernel for the C++ runtime.

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BOFH: Insecurity complex

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IT Angle

My sister

Who told me, to my face, in front of witnesses, that she knows more about computers than I do.

I have a degree in CS, at the time, I had been a professional software developer for 20 years, and had been playing with computers for over 30.

She was an English major, who never got her degree.

Every now and then, I and the rest of the family take some fun in noting that she knows more about my job than I do.

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Microsoft poised to unveil WorldWide Telescope?

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Gates Horns

@Geoff Mackenzie

Microsoft didn't "do" CP/M. They bought 86-DOS lock, stock and two smoking barrels from Seattle Computer Products.

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BOFH: The Silence of the Servers

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Fava Beans?

I was looking for the Fava beans and the nice Chianti.

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Wernher Von Braun's 1934 PhD thesis auctioned

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Don't forget his biopic....

"I Aim For the Stars" (... but sometimes hit London)

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Stuff string theory - try E8 to explain the universe

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Joke

Gives new meaning...

To the term "Wave Mechanics"

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Honda offers FCX for '08, bitchslaps Google

red floyd

Wrong Fukui, darn it

I was waiting to hear what Ohta said!

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Plan for 20mph urban speed-cam zones touted

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design out crime

"we should aim to design out road use conflicts in the same way as we can design out crime"

And just how has that "designing out crime" worked for you?

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NASA names the day for Dawn raid on asteroid belt

red floyd

Not Dwarf Planet

Please, they prefer the term "Gravitationally Challenged"...

Or so my PC friends assure me.

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MPs call for British manned space flight

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Importing Aliens

Well, I guess that would work, since they already did space travel to get here :-)

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Amnesty Int to hold web censorship conference

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I would have gone

I would have attended this web event , but my internet access censored it out

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Symantec pursues $55m copyright damages

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Not just pirated software

Installing legit Symantec software tends to break your computer as well.

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