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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

CrashNBrn Re:Mozilla should consider doing the same for Fire (426 comments)

It's the FireFox old-guard, much like with Opera the "old-guard" put up the most stink (myself included) when Opera switched to Blink.

The new firefox is much improved over old, and I believe it purposely got rid of things like the "status bar" and old "addon-bar" to get rid of the extension cruft of useless crap that isn't even needed anymore and all the addon's that are barely masked spyware that needs those "elements" to run.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

CrashNBrn Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

Pretty much this. When I was originally in school decades ago. The curriculum was Pascal w/ the professors book, and Pascal for the Data "something" course. Then there was a Programming Languages class that covered, Lisp, Prolog, Modula,n Assembler, and C; thankfully the C book at least was Ritchies'.

I really don't think introductory computer science classes should be C++ nor Java. Pascal ( or a Modula-based language), Python or (hrm whats another P-language)... PHP? Burn with fire Burn with fire!

The language should be easy to teach the concepts. Honestly C could probably even be fine for at least the intro-courses. I know I didn't have any problem with C or Pascal --- having learned the basics with Basic :-)

about three weeks ago

"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

CrashNBrn Re: Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People (390 comments)

I can definitely recall (vaguely at least) a handful of BAYER Aspirin ads, that would of aired in Canada over the last 30+ years.

I wonder if "Aspirin" is the one drug in Canada that's more expensive than the US...

about three weeks ago

Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

CrashNBrn Sony PRS T1 or Nook HD for Android "goodness" (172 comments)

Note the Nook is also easily rooted, though not quite as necessary now as the Nook HD has Google Play pre-installed -- even on the refurb/pre-owned models on Amazon.

about three weeks ago

Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

CrashNBrn Re:The Million Dollar Question (172 comments)

The Sony Reader PRS-T1 is pretty great, easily rooted and runs Android. Every further successive version Sony locked the device down further and further - with minimal hardware upgrades... Thus the T1 is the better choice: cheaper and more functional than the T2 or T3.

about three weeks ago

Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

CrashNBrn Re:Fundamentals of Comp Sci (315 comments)

You know, Oberon sounded interesting given it's pedigree. Except there's something like half-a-dozen different versions of it - with varied licensing, multiple compilers for the various Oberon versions...

Then you read what the original "goals" for the Oberon language were (simplicity being a prime consideration) --- and he's gone back at least twice now, and rewritten Oberon - complicating each successive version in non-compatible ways with each other.

about a month ago

PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

CrashNBrn Re:Formal specifications are pretty useless for th (180 comments)

Also, Hack:a new (Open Source) programming language for HHVM

Hack, a programming language developed for HHVM that interoperates seamlessly with PHP.
Hack reconciles the fast development cycle of PHP with the discipline provided by static typing, while adding many features commonly found in other modern programming languages.

An open source version of Hack is available at as part of the HHVM runtime platform, which supports both Hack and PHP.

Also, FBIDE (a web-based Hack development environment) was presented at Facebook's Hack Developer Day,

Joel B. and I introduced Facebook's web-based Hack development environment, known internally as âoeFBIDE.â The Hack type checker is compiled to JavaScript, so all Hack language checking is done very fast, client-side. Features of FBIDE include autocomplete, an integrated debugger, quick file and code search, and other pretty cool things. FBIDE has been a great success internally at Facebook. At a company where vim and emacs are the dominant choices for development, a large percentage of Facebook engineers are using FBIDE, and the number is growing quickly. We believe FBIDE will be useful to Hack developers outside of Facebook, allowing them to productively become familiar with the language, so we're working on plans to make it more widely available â" hopefully toward the end of summer 2014.

about a month ago

How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

CrashNBrn Re:5thed is irrelevant (183 comments)

Ah! verrrrrrry interesting :-)

For some reason makes me think of the classic Best of's iirc Dragon magazine prints, Blue, Silver, Gold, Platinum (?).

Perhaps that review's distillation evokes the in-between-time of AD&D and 2E.

Possibly, taking the freedom of feats (when you get them), with the Conceptually and Spiritually, of the classes portrayed within those Dragon magazine pages (useful *Abilities* at specific levels), along with the mechanics that were in place prior to the atrocious Unearthed Arcana and awesome Oriental Adventures.

about a month ago

How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

CrashNBrn Re:5thed is irrelevant (183 comments)

That certainly sounds interesting (at least), although D&D 3E was (at its core) really good too in the beginning. Yet it didn't take long at all for the warts to spread like wildfire.

I really can't see them ditching "feats" - even Paizo's Pathfinder suffers from being saddled with "Feats & Specialty Classes".

I think the key difference between (3E+ Style) Feats & Specialty Classes vs the 2nd-Edition class splat-books boils down to RolePlaying. The former (feats et al) try and cover all possible actions/RP opportunites, whereas the 2E splat books provided settings, optional rules, specialties and additional mechanics --- and since it was limited by "Proficiencies" the whole shebang was (somewhat) kept in check. Feats&SC proved to be popular and took on a life of it's own and added a whole 'nother meta-game with yet another obfuscating layer of min-maxing --- things that other gaming systems build in from the beginning with reasonable limits via Quirks/Talents/Curses/Advantages/Disadvantages.

about a month ago

How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

CrashNBrn Re:Oh please. . . (183 comments)

I think it was like an unholy merging of WOW and MtG-CCG-like-mechanics with D&D's setting and backstory.

about a month ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

CrashNBrn Re:Yay.. This is easy to imagine (322 comments)

Definitely a lot of truth there. But... come on - opening a PDF is a breeze (in win8) -- it's just is a full-screen "app". At least we *CAN* open a PDF without Adobe or yet another 3rd party tool.

about a month ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

CrashNBrn Re:Maybe 35,000 in 1980. (285 comments)

Mine was in '87, $5 to $6 / hr for selling bingo tickets. McDonalds pay was less iirc, $4 to $5 / hr. If you were less than 18, there was some loophole where Students could be paid ~3.50.
My decade may be off by 5 years, but that still doesn't change the end result by much ~20% (1.78 instead of 1.96).

There's an interesting chart kicking around that shows wealth distribution/incomes from the 1930's to 2010. There is a decided shift that occurs beginning in the 1970's, but it is much more pronounced from 1980 onwards.

Prior to the shift, the total is split in 5 pieces Top-20%, Next-20%, etc. Each group has nearly the same rate of increase (wealth/income). At some point in the last 30 years that growth - that can be neatly split into pieces falls apart. One has to split out the top 1% or 0.1% and THEN break the groups down into pieces to see the catastrophic effect this redistribution of wealth has had.

My explanation is poor, but along with other economic indicators, including the nearly frozen minimum wage rate, things are not looking all that great for the bulk of the populace in North America.

about a month ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

CrashNBrn Re:Not about leaks (282 comments)

It's pretty much the same at Google. Contractors have to take 6 months to a year off after an employment term. It would seem any of the tech-sector companies that utilize contractors play the same song and dance.

Especially that last bit of the "elusive promise of a hire" - which just fucks the employee since they wont really be prepared for not having a job at the end of the choreographed BS.

about a month ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

CrashNBrn 9" Nook (285 comments)

A 9" Nook HD, with Google Play now included (without hacking) is $179.99. The older version with 16GB on-board flash can be had for about $50 less.

about a month ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

CrashNBrn Maybe 35,000 in 1980. (285 comments)

$35,000 was a decent Salary in 1980.
Lets inflate that 2% per year over 34 years. ( x 1.96)

Merely adjusted for inflation, that should be:
~$59,000 (from $30,000) to ~$69,000 (from $35,000)

$5/hr was also the median minimum wage for student-like jobs in 1980-85 (~10,500/yr). Over three decades later most States don't even have a minimum wage at $10 or above.

about a month ago

New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

CrashNBrn Tradeable Facebook Pokes (100 comments)

Excellent. Now all the social-media pokes and teddy-bears can have collectible value.

about a month ago

CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

CrashNBrn Re:Or is it unrealistic speed? (154 comments)

That's one of the prime reasons I don't bother with most FPS-like games. Movement/directional schemes are almost exclusively tied to your mouse report rate. Many of the Action/RPG's have similar movement schemes as well, unfortunately.

about a month ago

MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

CrashNBrn Nginx? (83 comments)

I thought Nginx was created by Igor Sysoev?

about a month and a half ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

CrashNBrn Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

If the Ribbons in MS's various products were even remotely configurable/customizable, they wouldn't nearly be such an atrocity to me at least (maybe others?).

MS has almost always had customizable toolbars, floaty-undockable, multiple toolbars and drop down menu's that hide unused features.

Vs. the Ribbons: Hide/Display and can't change.

If you try and make a custom Ribbon, you can't accomplish the same layout due to placement and sizing restrictions.

Performing an action via Toolbar or Drop-Down menu, doesn't change your menus or interface. Whereas the Ribbon requires - changing to a "specialty" ribbon, finding said function on the ribbon, clicking, changing back to "Home".

Conceptually the ribbon is good, but when it's implementation comes with the complete removal of previous functionality it completely goes against the flexibility that we've become accustomed to over the years, and feels like a slap in the face.

about 2 months ago

Opera Releases a New Version For Linux

CrashNBrn Re:Mod parent up. (99 comments)

I wish I could still use Opera 12.x - I've run into far too many JavaScript problems. Go to any sitepoint article that has "disqus" comments, each Opera (sitepoint) tab will consume 12-20% of the CPU; other sites are worse than that.

Opera would of been much better off either replacing their JS engine, or Hooking up with FF to bring out a browser that is stable with lots of tabs, and still has a usable (non-lagged UI). FF is getting their with the multi-process Nightly.

I think if Mozilla would stop pulling options out of the browser, and leave the infrastructure in place (Add-On Bar, Status Bar options) without forcing users to recover removed features via Extensions they could very well be on track to be the best browser: both in terms of Stability (with heavy tab usage) and customization --- the new "Customize" option is a page out of Opera's playbook, and its pretty damned cool.

about 2 months ago



The Pirate Bay R.I.P.

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CrashNBrn (1143981) writes "We have heard rumblings of The Pirate Bay going the way of the DoDo Bird. The possibility that the current owners were considering selling. This has indeed occurred.
According to BetaNews, "Wayne Rosso, former president of Grokster has been working with Global Gaming Factory X, the Swedish firm that recently bought the Pirate Bay, to turn the service legit and legal without changing the user experience at all."
Rosso said, "I'm calling this new model 'resource supported'. In short, the more computer resources the user contributes to The Pirate Bay, the more his content consumption is subsidized. I won't drill down any further due to commercial confidentiality, but it can actually work. And if it does, it will be huge."

While the piratebay blog goes on to say, "If the new owners will screw around with the site, nobody will keep using it. That's the biggest insurance one can have that the site will be run in the way that we all want to. And — you can now not only share files but shares with people. Everybody can indeed be the owner of The Pirate Bay now. That's awesome and will take the heat of us."

Color me skeptical, but it should certainly be interesting seeing the fallout from this."

Link to Original Source

Apple Declares War on Palm Pre

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CrashNBrn (1143981) writes "Fairly brief blurb on Gearlog, regarding an iTunes Support note on how Apple doesn't guarantee third-party syncing with iTunes... "because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple's iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players". Considering the timing of the support note and the Palm Pre's release, it looks like a passive agressive attack on the Pre. Interestingly, Gearlog mentions the Pre was designed by a number of ex-Apple employees — which I hadn't seen mentioned elsewhere before.
Palm spokeswoman Lynn Fox states, "If Apple chooses to disable Media Sync in a future version of iTunes, we just think it will be a direct blow to their own users""

Judges upholds $107,834 award against RIAA

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CrashNBrn (1143981) writes "Judge upholds $107,834 in attorneys' fees award against RIAA
In the long running saga of Atlantic v. Andersen the judge has awarded the exonerated P2P defendant over $100,000 in attorneys' fees. Her malicious prosecutio lawsuit against the RIAA is still pending."

Link to Original Source

MacBook Pro external drive... and Windows?

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CrashNBrn writes "My GF has a macbook pro, does Video and Music editting on an external drive. She inadvertently formatted it to Fat32, which in this case is next to useless. The problem as it stands, the drive will periodically need to interface with Windows machines. NTFS as I've read is not natively supported by Mac, and Mac's filesystem is not supported by windows. Is there some middle ground that doesn't rely on the Windows machine in question to be running WebDav or the like?"


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