* Posts by Ropewash

13 posts • joined 17 Apr 2010

Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

Ropewash
Happy

Wish I'd had the cash for that.

"This brings back the memories of a 40Mhz 386SX (with 387 maths coprocessor) and 4Mb RAM.... monochrome VGA... and a 80Gb HDD."

I'm certain it was a typo but...

Holy Shit, 80GB on a 386.

How many cylinders/heads did you have to assign to the drive?

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Sprint sprints away from no-throttle policy – punishes 'unlimited' network hoggers

Ropewash
FAIL

Re: Howls of Outrage!

http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/how-much-does-bandwidth-actually-cost

...“The cost associated with transmission and switching on a modern network is a non-issue — less than five cents per gigabyte and dropping fast,” David Buffett, chief executive of Radiant Communications Inc., an independent ISP, wrote in the Vancouver Sun this week.

Depending on who you believe, the cost for a large incumbent ISP to deliver one gigabyte of data — when you factor in fixed costs like fibre optic cables and networking gear, as well as operating costs such as technicians and electricity — can range anywhere from a few pennies to between 10¢ and 15¢ per GB...

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Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse

Ropewash

This work is shit.

I once knew a boss who would yell exactly that as he threw all your freshly machined parts into the scrap bin. Was it pleasant? No. Did you make a lot of shitty parts afterwards? No.

An out-of-tolerance part IS useless shit and sometimes it's a lot easier to just say that than to try and explain why you can't accept out-of-spec parts to people who should already know better.

I'll assume this is likely the same in kernel dev.

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

Ropewash

I for one welcome our new Redmond overlords...

I've been a rabid Linux desktop user since the 90's and it's always been just shy of something I could recommend to those friends who aren't fond of logging into a command line to fix some of the inevitable issues that crop up. So close on occassion, but still so far away.

Too many backends for sound? Arcane sorcery for printers? Programs that are developed exactly to the point where they almost, but not quite, fully useable and then put in a bin and left there forever? New projects that offer the same function but decide to re-invent the wheel rather than look in the bin and then base their work on the assumption that 4 is enough vertices for a wheel?

Perhaps looking at things 'the Redmond way' could help a few of these issues.

Perhaps not.

I'd be willing to give an MS Linux distro a look though.

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

Ropewash
FAIL

NSA

Wouldn't all the NSA machines with older Intel inside be equally at risk?

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Google's Native Code browser tech goes cross-platform

Ropewash
Trollface

PNaCl...

...doesn't Sodium Chloro-phosphate sound both unstable and toxic?

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New Ubuntu for phones due 'by end of May' – usable this time

Ropewash
Linux

Re: Oh.

Perhaps if this part-finished system would allow for porting FOSS programs to the platform it would be bringing something to said table.

Access to the Ubuntu repo's re-worked for your phone might be interesting to some.

A compiler and libraries could also provide some selling points.

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Enormo-display Apple iPhone prototype surfaces

Ropewash
Trollface

Could've filed for patents...

... on rectangles with chamfered corners and square corners judging by the Ars gallery.

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Canada cans net surveillance law

Ropewash
Thumb Up

Vic Toews

and his wonderful statement

"You're either for this bill or you support paedophiles."

Glad it's going away. Saves me having to bother my MP about it yet again.

Though ranting at your elected rep is certainly fun.

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'This American Life' disowns Apple-bashing blockbuster

Ropewash

Re: It's because

Spot on.

WE demand the lowest prices and they supply them by whatever means necessary.

Apple just found a way to make people pay more for basically the same goods and everyone wants to bash them for doing this rather than sticking to the accepted policy of delivering ever cheaper crap. We would rather see the entire manufacturing process outsourced than to ever see what inflation has done to our own purchasing power.

As an experiment try to source out how much it would cost to build any of these devices from scratch here in the first world and see how much it would cost to buy our gear based solely on ethical principles.

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Rapture postponed as world inexplicably fails to end

Ropewash
Grenade

If you're going to accurately predict the end....

Have your finger on the button already.

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Sony BMG Greece hacked

Ropewash
WTF?

@Highlander

"You can't simply decide which laws you will respect and which you will ignore"

Ummmm.. Yes I can.

I can't ignore the fact that I can be punished for it, but I can certainly ignore the law.

Am I to assume you've never gone over the speed limit?

If enough people ignore the law because they see it as being useless, and fight the case in court, then eventually that law will get reviewed and revised. (Like how the governments of some countries are now considering marijuana legalization)

The law is not some Holy Truth to which we must be supplicant.

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Volcanic Eyjafjallajökull dirt-splurt space snap

Ropewash
Black Helicopters

Al Gore

Will he require Iceland to cough up some dough for re-distribution to countries that do not have active volcanoes?

Do they get a discount for the grounding of aircraft?

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