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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

0123456 Re:I hope not (489 comments)

Pre-PC days, you had to develop for a specific target OS/machine combo, and if you wanted to port across it was nearly impossible (even dealing with things like little/big endian systems).

Uh, wut?

Back in the EVIL PRE-PC DAYS--or, at least, the EVIL PRE-WINDOWS DOMINANCE DAYS--we cross-compiled our code onto at least half a dozen Unix variants, and Macs, with a mix of big- and little-endian, and 32-bit and 64-bit.

Only dumb companies built in dependencies on endianness or word size that made their code not work. Almost all the OS inconsistencies for us were hidden in a low-level OS-specific wrapper, except for the places where we had to use hand-coded assembler.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

0123456 Re:Most vocal Win8 haters aren't Windows users (489 comments)

Most of the complaints I hear about Window 8 come from people who've bought a new PC, booted it up, and have no freaking clue how to use it. 'WTF?' they say, 'I thought this thing ran Windows?'

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

0123456 Re:It will never happen (489 comments)

New machines with Windows XP were still on sale two or three years before they stopped supporting it.

And the reasons Microsoft have to keep supporting old versions are:

1. They make you pay for new versions.
2. New versions often suck so bad that no-one wants them.
3. They change the driver model so old drivers for crusty old hardware don't work.

If new versions were free, or actually provided enough value to users that they were worth paying for, rather than usually making users go 'WTF were they thinking?' this wouldn't be required. ME, Vista and Window 8 have all been crap that no sane person would pay for and made users stick to their old OS.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

0123456 Re:This idea failed in the 1990s (105 comments)

SpaceX need something to launch to generate the economies of scale required in the launch market to really slash launch costs (i.e by mass-producing reusable rockets and flying them a lot). This isn't a bad one, and it could be much cheaper than previous attempts.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

0123456 Re:Not going after you (105 comments)

Why would kids who've been butt-fscked by Democrats for years want to vote for them? Particularly for a woman who looks like their grandmother?

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

0123456 Obama (105 comments)

He does know he's not campaigning for re-election, right?

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

0123456 Is Obama stupid? (562 comments)

Or does he intentionally want to bankrupt Silicon Valley?

No-one in their right mind wants anything to do with US software products any more, because we've no idea how many backdoors they've built in, and can't trust them an inch.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

0123456 Re:Radio coverage (248 comments)

What puzzled me more was the speed at which the stage hit the barge. It should have been a lot slower, even with the failure of the guidance fins.

It was coming down tipped over at 45 degrees, using much of the thrust for trajectory correction when it should have been used for slowing down for landing. So I'm not surprised it hit hard.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

0123456 Re:Those against Systemd remind of legacy comp adm (551 comments)

Yes, those of us whose systems have to run 24/7 for years at a time do actually prefer reliability over The New Shiny, thanks.

I finally had to try a version of Linux running systemd. Even the installer tends to say 'oh crap, I couldn't boot' and give absolutely no explanation of why. Real warm fuzzy feeling that gives me.

about two weeks ago
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US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts

0123456 Re:Um... (77 comments)

Have you forgotten? Up to and including the Clinton years, encryption was classified as a "munition" and was very much controlled by the US Government.

Only in the sense that the rest of the world had to OCR the printed source code if they wanted to use it legally.

about two weeks ago
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Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies

0123456 Re:Que calls for net neutrality... (70 comments)

What is the "free market" mechanism for dealing with corporate intrusions that are unknown to the consumer

Competitors.

Phone companies can only get away with crap like this because the government gave them a monopoly on parts of the EM spectrum.

But, hey, feel free to blame the EVIL FREE MARKET if it gets you hot in your pants.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

0123456 Re:Extradition? (299 comments)

Taxi fares are also fixed in the UK by the local councils, so there is no gouging or "surge pricing". You can calculate how much your fare is going to be before you even get into the taxi.

Yes, except at times when non-official taxis would be charging higher prices to encourage more people to offer rides, you can't get an official taxi at all, because people making trivial trips are still using them because they're cheap, while those making essential trips have to wait.

Rationing is clearly better than letting prices rise for a while. Or something.

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash

0123456 Re:Flash is still going strong (95 comments)

I uninstalled Flash long ago. Very occasionally I find a site that doesn't work at all without Flash, but it's rarely one I care about.

The worst thing are the 'mobile' sites which say 'ah, you're running iOS, so I'm going to give you a sane site that doesn't have any of that Flash crap,' so you know they can make their site run fine without Flash, but you go there with an Android device and it says 'ah, you're running Android, so i'm going to give you the Flash version' even though Flash hasn't run on Android for several versions now.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

0123456 Who's in charge, again? (202 comments)

Hopefully the Republican Congress will now find some balls and defund the EPA.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

0123456 Re:Sigh... (640 comments)

Linux is not exactly famous for backwards compatibility, stable APIs, and not breaking existing applications.

Backward compatiblity is retarded, and you can just compile the source on a new OS and fix the few things that broke.

Oh, you mean you bought some weird old closed source app that you're now reliant on? Well, you'll be glad to know that you can run an old version of Linux in a VM with no worries about licensing fees or 'activation' or any of that other crap that closed source operating systems lumber you with.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

0123456 Re:"No more platform updates, no new features" (640 comments)

Making DX12 Window 8-only would be pointless, as it would mean no game developer released DX12 games until 2020. It would be DX10/11 all over again, where most games remain DX9 (and 32-bit) for backward compatibility with XP.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

0123456 Re:But (640 comments)

It boots fast and has an even smaller footprint than 7.

I turn on my Windows 7 PC, and by the time I've put down my coffee, sat down, and turned on the monitor, it's already at the logon screen. And, with 32GB of RAM, I don't much care about the footprint.

Meanwhile, most people can't even start Notepad the first time they're forced to use Window 8.

about two weeks ago
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

0123456 I have a simpler policy (177 comments)

I don't do or email anything that would "cause enormous public embarrassment" to the company if it got out.

about two weeks ago

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