* Posts by bombastic bob

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Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches

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Re: "US, Canada finally ground 737 Max jets..."

I think they were waiting for some hard evidence. Once it arrived, *grounded*. No crashes occurred in the USA, and so the decision was "not wrong".

A grounding of all planes of that model would disrupt airline schedules, and so I think they wanted to avoid that happening. Now that there's evidence to ground them, safety first.

I read the linked article about what the system does, and there seems to be too many "it takes over" scenarios associated with it, almost like brakes in your car that apply themselves in situations where it would be smarter to accelerate or steer around something.

In the case of a stall detect in which the instrumentation had iced up (let's say), it could drive a plane into the ground, if I interpret things correctly.

Pilots are probably used to using the 'on the yoke' trim adjustment, but apparently if you flip to 'manual trim control', you have to spin a handwheel instead, NOT something a pilot would normally want to do. And going to 'manual trim' apparently disables the system, but it seems kind of *obscure* to me that THIS is the only way to shut it off.

I think an alarm should sound, warning the pilot, before this automated system kicks in. Something like "stall alert" followed by a well documented 'correction' operation that's also announced, and a BIG FAT KILL SWITCH to take it off line in case it was caused by instrument error.

Anyway, FAA will now investigate no doubt and come up with something. Boeing will have to re-certify, I bet.

Windows XP point-of-sale machine gets nasty sniffle. Luckily there's a pharmacy nearby

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Re: XP still flying here ... and I'm building a Vista system.

I have an old Lenovo 'book size' computer with an Atom that came with XP on it, from around 2006. I hooked it up to a 3D printer (dedicated to it now), though it took some coaxing to get all of the drivers installed and working.

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Re: WinXP machines are still for sale... @MJI

"32-bit Windows 10 runs 16-bit Windows software probably as well as WinXP."

I doubt anyone wants to hear that, nor use it (for that matter)

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Re: POS?

POS can mean:

Point of Sale

Police Officer Special (type of car made for cops)

Part of Speech

Probability of Success

Post Office Square

etc.

But of course, I read 'Piece of Shit' every time, too...

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Re: Perfect timing

good one

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Re: Best OS Ever

A lot of people say that about 2k, but I think 2k didn't have a 64-bit version, whereas XP did.

XP with Win-10-nic's kernel, minus device driver signing, would be *PERFECT*

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Re: Couldn't a Pi do the job these days ?

A 'droid version for a POS machine sounds like a good idea. I wouldn't rely on Win-10-nic for anything like a POS since it's likely to update itself at an inconvenient time and then go titsup...

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Re: Yawn?

I'd like to see a version of Linux with Wine that can be swapped in for XP on these older machines [which would be a MAJOR cost savings, not having to buy a whole new machine because of XP's end of life]

Microsoft changes DHCP to 'Dammit! Hacked! Compromised! Pwned!' Big bunch of security fixes land for Windows

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Re: MS DHCP - just say no

yeah but from what the article said about every device having a DHCP client, it ALMOST sounded like the DHCP CLIENT was vulnerable...

But I remember an earlier article about the server flaw, and I'm sure I snarked all over that.

I agree with the 'just say no'. The MShaft DHCP server is WORTHLESS. I just use bind for DNS with isc-dhcpd on a Linux or FreeBSD box. It has worked for me for nearly 2 decades, and was relatively painless to set up with a short RTFM session.

Boffins discover new dust clouds in the Solar System, Mercury has a surprisingly filthy ring

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when I read the article's title, I thought of an old TV commercial for a product to fight "Ring around the collar". I imagined a group of naughty children chanting "Ring around the planet! Ring around the planet!"

They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7

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Re: Windows 10 is a Bathroom

I want to get an overall 3D Skeuomorphic look back. But the ARROGANT MILLENIAL TWITS at Micro-shaft won't do that. This means I use Windows 7 until they PRY IT FROM MY COLD DEAD COMPUTER. Or, switch to Wine or a VM on Linux for those applications I must still run.

But of course, for the Start Menu itself, you knew about the old 'Classic Start Menu' replacements, right? They still exist, though some of the names have changed... was one called 'Classic Shell' but I don't know what it is now.

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I suggest they include a "Fuck OFF!" button to PERMANENTLY stop ALL nagging, but that would make too much sense...

(yeah I haven't run windows update on my 7 boxen and VMs in a while, now, and dno't plan on it anyway, I never surf the web on them, they work fine as-is, and they're behind a firewall of MY OWN DESIGN. And I practice "safe surfing" on the web, from my non-windows machines and devices. Should not have any problems for a LONG time to come!)

Crew Dragon returns to dry land as NASA promises new space station for the Moon

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Re: Lunar Gateway Questions

as for radiation, consider this:

a) a large tank of fuel or water would act as a radiation shield, so keep that oriented between the 'people tank' (aka living quarters) and the sun, and the radiation levels will be a LOT lower.

b) it will be a great experiment on dealing with long term space exposure to ionizing radiation, how to minimize it, maybe even how to work WITH it

A lot of people work in the nuclear industry and receive many times the average dosage of radiation that you get from living on the planet (around 100mrem per year, which is what , 1 milli-S or something). The legal limits used to be 50 times that amount for radiation workers, in the USA anyway. Worthy of mention, when I was on a sub underway my annual exposure was about 50% lower, even though I lived/worked within 100 feet of an operating nuclear reactor. All of that steel and the ocean itself was a pretty good radiation shield.

So yeah given a properly designed space station, the presence of fuel tanks and water tanks and metal between you and the sun, and possible additional shielding on the living quartes, it should work pretty well.

But yeah you'll get more radiation. Just monitor it, as is done in the nuclear industry, and keep it well below established limits, and everyone will be fine.

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coolness factor alone is a reason to go to the moon.

Also, it's an un-mined resource of minerals. It's a fair bet someone will find gold, platinum, rare earth materials, and other (similar) things there. When it becomes financially viable to mine the moon, it will be mined. And the things we want will be a) closer to the surface, and b) unclaimed by governments so you don't have to deal with international politics to get to the resources and bring 'em home.

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"I'd be surprised if there was the infrastructure in space for that many people to have anywhere to go after they were launched."

Just as aircraft capable of carrying 100 people can ALSO carry a few people [and a LOT of cargo], I would expect that the plans are to bring lots of 'people + cargo' for a few years to construct something _LIKE_ the '2001 A space Odyssey' spinny station. And at that point, it will make sense.

You got to be a bit of a visionary to connect the dots.

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Re: Why?

"Why is NASA persisting with the SLS?"

Well, apparently THAT is the entire issue here. Privatization by using Boeing and/or SpaceX rockets to do the trick is what we're going to get, apparently. And this is a GOOD thing. And, although NASA _does_ use private industry to develop things _like_ SLS, it seems that their way of designing new propulsion systems doesn't work very well any more. It's too slow, is filled with cost overruns and delays, and that's not going to cut it when people don't want to fund you with infinite funds.

The original moon program had a goal and a time frame, and it was tied in with military technology for launching atomic weapons. That was THEN. NASA is now focused on science and research, not RESULTS, and both science AND research extend outwards indefinitely, _ESPECIALLY_ when "science" and "research" are the goal, and NOT _results_.

That being said, NASA still has its purpose, especially for coordinating launches, setting standards, etc.. I think they do really well at those things.

But yeah, let the FREE MARKET compete and produce launch systems that get us the RESULTS, because that's what the majority of citizens seem to want, RESULTS.

[it's like fusion RESEARCH - you get what you pay for - RESEARCH. If it were fusion RESULTS that were being funded, we'd have power producing reactors by now]

icon, because, irony

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Re: And with this mission, USSR/Russia is consigned to be the Portugal of the Space Race.

Portugal - good analogy

Microsoft tweaks Windows 10 on Arm64 to play nicely with KVM

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Re: KVM is making QEMU shoddy

yeah, forking _might_ fix things, or restore compatibility. But what worries me is THIS (from the article):

"The Insider team itself merely pointed out there were some new emojis – rather than explaining Microsoft had taken the step of spotting a problem in the OS that was stopping it working with a popular FOSS component and getting the code tweaked in a matter of weeks."

They *FEEL* (not think) that _EMOJIS_ are more important than KERNEL FIXES??? Well, from this, it would seem that this is the case... (and I _think_ that emojis are a faddish cancer, like 70's disco "music" - 110bpm 'thunka thunka' for EVERY song, with 2 or maybe even 3 chords for anything NOT written by 'Earth Wind and Fire', heavily repeated like code you did copy/pasta with instead of writing a function, and pounded into your head and pressed out of plastic and over-played on radio "until you like it" and IT! JUST! REFUSED! TO! DIE! even after being spectacularly blown up by DJs like Steve Dahl, but I digress)

Worth pointing out also, virtualbox STARTED as a QEMU fork and the first really cool feature they added: multi-core support!

(is that in QEMU yet? I haven't messed with QEMU at 'that level' in a while)

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performance could charitably be described as glacial

with respect to Win-10-nic running on an RPi 3B+

(awesome description)

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Ice crystals in hell... someone blew out the heater!!!

(Do you know how LONG it takes to get the pilot lit?)

On the eve of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 can automatically remove borked updates

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heh a downvote - not sure why you'd downvote THIS particular pithy wisdom, but in case you were wondering...

from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti_code

In a 1980 publication by the United States National Bureau of Standards, the phrase spaghetti program was used to describe older programs having "fragmented and scattered files"

In the 1978 book A primer on disciplined programming using PL/I, PL/CS, and PL/CT, Richard Conway used the term to describe types of programs that "have the same clean logical structure as a plate of spaghetti"

So, like THAT. Then again, a downvote probably came from a member of my "fan club" and was probably directed at me personally, and not at the content

*kisses* heh heh heh

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Re: Will MS ...extend this new feature to remove problem applications like Libre Office?

I always keep downloaded install images in a safe place NOT that's writeable by a windows OS. So it'd be a pain to re-install, but CERTAINLY I wouldn't put it past M-shaft at some point to even CONSIDER this (we had to remove "XXX" because of "update install problem") even if it's M-shaft's fault to begin with...

However, with so many people scrutinizing their update process [due to last year's total pooch-screw updates], I doubt they'd get away with it.

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Meanwhile. MSFT flip us the bird.

that seems to be standard operating procedures for a LOT of things...

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Sinofsky/Larson-Greene maneuver

it should be known as the "Sinofsky/Larson-Greene" maneuver, where you take a perfectly good software product (Windows 7) that the customers like, and THEN turn it into a grotesque monstrosity that angers a good number (if not majority) of your existing customers and gives them NO CHOICE AT ALL but to use this, uh, *THING*, in spite of that.

And you do it ALL in the name of "providing updates" that ARE ONLY NECESSARY SINCE YOU COULD NOT GET THINGS RIGHT THE _FIRST_ TIME AND DID NOT TEST ENOUGH!!! And you sneak in "feature creep" while you're at it, INSTEAD of fixing the problems!!! And occasionally, you BREAK THINGS EVEN WORSE.

*cough* - I guess that covers it.

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Re: flight mode

"without installation delays during takeoff."

"Stewardess my computer is installing updates"

"Let me see" - takes laptop, throws it out the door, shuts the door. "OK, anyone else unable to shut down any personal electronics?"

(At this point you see a number of people just pulling the batteries out)

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Re: flight mode

"it shouldn't even be part of the OS anymore"

yeah well don't tell M-shaft that, they might RIP OUT YET ANOTHER USEFUL FEATURE because one or two people *FEEL* it shouldn't be there... [already done WAY too many times to Win-10-nic]

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Re: LibreOffice

well last I checked Libre Office didn't CRAM forced updates at you, either. I typically just install whatever I downloaded before and to hell with feature creep.

Unless there's some compelling reason to get a "bleeding edge" version, you can go with a "known good" release if you have trouble. Last I checked they're keeping old install images around [unless that changed for some reason]. And worst case you can try www.archive.org to get an older image

unfortunately, NOT an option for Win-10-nic itself...

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I wouldn't call update-fixer-fixer 'spaghetti' code [that's usually reserved for the kind of code that twists and turns so that nobody that's trying to work on it can follow it, not even the creator]. A better term might be a 4 letter word for excrement...

The Handmaid's Tale or Man-made Fail? Exposed DB of 'BreedReady' women probably not as bad as it sounds

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Re: El Reg, Fair And Balanced!

well, consider they DID have THIS article (titled 'How to secure MongoDB') some time ago...

NASA's crap infosec could be 'significant threat' to space ops

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Re: apparently too small of a budget

unfortunately, more like "accountant thinking" or "lawyer thinking". but yeah.

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"flat earth" - be careful you are not pointing fingers at the wrong target

I avoid pejoratives, and will gladly debate the SCIENCE in another forum. Usually it's just an info-dump consisting of copy/pasta of what I've said before. Pretty easy, really, like a slam dunk.

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apparently too small of a budget

just thinking, maybe, if they had enough $, they could at LEAST hire some contractors...

(I blame Con-Grab for that)

then again, since WHEN has any gummint agency decided that SECURITY was an important line item on the budget?

But if they kept their existing budget, and spent WAY LESS money on chasing after the POLITICALLY MOTIVATED HOAX called "man made climate change", maybe they could FIND the money...

(drain the swamp)

Thought you'd seen everything there is to Ultima Thule? Check this out: IN STEREO!

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Re: If you are having trouble seeing it...

cross-eyed version: look at finger tip, move until images converge. And like with the straight-on version, stay focused on center image. You can't do this with the 'straight on' version, though, youll ned a 'cross eye' version to do this.

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Re: Kewl!

the red/cyan colors were a bit off for the movie glasses I have laying about, but the cross-eye version worked really well. The way I manage the cross-eye is to look at my finger tip and move it around until the images converge, then enjoy!

Liz Warren: I'll smash up Amazon, Google, and Facebook – if you elect me to the White House

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Re: Pres doesn't have the power

correct - CONGRESS makes the laws. Good luck getting THAT pile of corruption to do anything REASONABLE that does not include FAVORITISM and LOOPHOLES.

Existing FTC law could handle the case of "Facebook is now more likely to copy and squash a competitor than take it over." [as quoted from the article]. Engaging in PREDATORY and ANTI-COMPETITIVE behavior generally gets you some kind of legal action from the Federal Government, under EXISTING law.

So why not have the DOJ _APPLY_ _EXISTING_ _LAW_ then? Congress has oversight responsibilities, and can recommend things _LIKE_ DOJ investigations. Instead of focusing on an ANAL RETENTIVE SIEVING OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S LIFE, we should INSTEAD focus on THIS, right?

And didn't the Republicans begin doing JUST THAT? how come the DEMO[c,n]RATS have NOT carried the torch EVEN FURTHER? Hmmm????

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Re: I don't see this as very likely

Google is owned by 'Alphabet' and so they could sell those business groups to 'Alphabet'. As long as they run independently, things would be fine.

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Re: Not Trump again, please

well, as it turns out, the 'backlash' has been a radical shift to the LEFT, for some of the WORST socialist plans EVER, such as this "green new deal".

Consider the Nixon / McGovern election in 1972. So many parallels here, and McGovern was such a socialist, he only won Massachusetts. The communist party in Russia _loved_ McGovern, or so my Jr. High English teacher said. Even though Nixon was Nixon, he still beat McGovern 49:1 (more or less, if you just count the states he won in).

I expect similar things with Trump / 'socialist candidate' in 2020. By then, Trump will have a success record BETTER than Reagan's.

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Re: "I will be forced to vote for Trump again"

Voted for a polar opposite of Bernie Sanders: That's true for every Trump voter, probably. But, of course, many of us see Trump doing what WE would do if WE were president... [like me].

But voting against a pure socialist like Bernie... Trump looks really good, regardless, when compared to THAT.

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I have to wonder whether the successful revolution in 1776 had any positive benefits for reform of the British government, ultimately giving more power to Parliament?

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Re: I see the next scandal brewing...

yeah wouldn't that simply prove the point?

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how about JUST limit fed gummint to what the CONSTITUTION says... instead of going AROUND it and ASSUMING way too much power/control, and appointing liberal supreme court justices to ALLOW it...

10th Amendment. yeah, it's there.

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"she is best known for claiming she is native american indian"

ack - she's less than 1/100th of what I am... and SHE claimed to be 'American Indian' for affirmative action reasons, among others, to gain PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT [which I would NEVER do, I have WAY too much pride to SINK THAT LOW - actual merit should be enough, and if NOT, I do not WANT it].

Being an 'attention whore' causes you to behave in SIMILAR WAYS to what 'Pocahontas' Warren does, in my opinion.

I wouldn't vote for her, not just for THESE reasons, but because of her politics in general.

And gummint takeovers of "the big 3" isn't the answer. Just apply existing anti-trust legislation in a FAIR manner, and treat those companies just like you'd treat any other. Again, NO PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT.

(and the 'preferential treatment' thing _IS_ the problem!!!)

FBI warns of SIM-swap scams, IBM finds holes in visitor software, 13-year-old girl charged over JavaScript prank...

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Re: Bruce..

"I can't understand how something as young or as cute gets put in a rescue shelter"

Well here are a few reasons:

a) I can't take care of a dog any more because [fill in blank] and nobody would take him

b) my dog had puppies and nobody wants them

c) feral or abandoned animals [occasionally still happens]

d) owner dies, nobody wanted the pets

anyway, it's why you go to the animal shelters to find a pet FIRST.

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Re: Just wait...

"a strike on your social record"

'Social Record' - W.T.F. ???

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13yo girls' prank pales in comparison to some oldies

I think the worst pranks of yesteryear involved the infinite browser windows playing a flash video like "you are an idiot, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaa" or "hey this guy is looking at gay porn" and so on.

Killing those generally involved stopping the browser. on linux or BSD, 'killall firefox' (or whatever) from a console would make it die really fast. On windows, ctrl+alt+del and switch to task manager let you kill it from there (or you could log out, and that'd do it too). Seriously, though, not a major problem, just an irritant that you could enjoy laughing about later.

Apparently the police in that girl's town didn't have a sense of humor. Still I imagine that girl will be _VERY_ popular in middle/high school, now.

Still fewer Windows 10 devices out there than Instagrammer Kylie Jenner has dollars

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Re: Highest satisfaction

"how do they record this?"

They send an e-mail to insiders, who are 90% fanbois, who then participate in a survey, with the expected results. It's got to be a rigged survey of an unrepresentative sample.

And everyone ELSE (the non-fanbois) getting Win-10-nic crammed up their asses down their throats simply shrugs and tries to get things done anyway...

[it's how surveys typically get things wrong, ya know - a survey sample and/or questionnaire designed to skew the results for whatever reason, not be as accurate as possible]

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Re: Highest satisfaction

"Microsoft did as it usually does in 10, and made the choice for you"

Well said!

ReactOS 0.4.11 makes great strides towards running Windows apps without the Windows

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Re: "Which is where MS should have stopped."

"You know that Windows 2000 didn't support 64 bit CPU, and CPU had a single core?"

I set up w2k in a VM once, on a multi-core Intel 'Core Quad' system, and with a little tweeking it ran OK, dual core even. But it did have a nasty habit of consuming 100% CPU all of the time. Then again, Win-10-nic does that, too...

Also w2k has support for multi-processor, which might as well be the same as multi-core. And didn't the article say that ReactOS has Ryzen support in it?

I really think that the Win2k reference was for the user interface, and NOT the kernel side. Kernel side would need to support multi-core hyperthreaded processors with the most recent architecture and peripherals and windows driver models, compatible with 7 at the very least...

[and when applications query the windows version, ReactOS should optionally say it's Win 7 or Win-10-nic so that they'll still install]

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Re: Win7

"I also can't see subscription pricing going down well with consumers"

ack, but Micro-Shaft will do a "froggy in hot water" maneuver to prevent people from noticing and/or complaining hard enough to affect their bottom line. Same with removal of Win32, which I expect to happen at some point, forcing EVERYONE to "go UWP" and/or "go '.Net'" or it won't work in Win-10-nic...

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Re: Win7

integrating gimp with ReactOS distro, as the primary graphics editor, sounds good to me. Also Libre Office, and editors like pluma. Anything Qt or GTK could (in theory) be compiled for it, right? There are probably installable packages for most of these already.

I haven't installed the new one yet, just remembering what I saw from last time. I still have to download the new ReactOS image now and test it in a VM. Last time I was moderately impressed, though it was not ready for prime time or even occasional use. Some difficulty getting the VM to work, too. Multimedia was the worst.

this time, still hoping

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