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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

Dahan Re:Of course there will be... (171 comments)

But that's not a Windows program. That's a Java program and that is the coder's issue not MS. The Windows API that returns the Marketing Name have been deprecated as far as I know.

I don't what distinction you're trying to make between a Windows program and a Java program. Windows is an OS, Java is a programming language. Java programs can run on Windows. And sure, it's a problem with the code, but Java programs are popular in big "enterprise" apps, so MS is especially interested in keeping those apps running. The last thing they want is for some company to not upgrade thousands of copies of Windows because a program that company needs won't run on the new version. "DOS ain't done until Lotus won't run" is a myth; MS jumps through a lot of hoops to make sure that almost all programs that run on an older version of Windows will continue running on the new version, even when the coder did something stupid.

about a month ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

Dahan Re:Of course there will be... (171 comments)

Personally I think it's just an excuse. How many Win 9x programs still exist that would be tripped up by Windows 9?

Lots of programs that were written when Win9x was still popular are still around... an example given in the last /. story about MS skipping Windows 9 is jEdit. As of right now, the current revision of that file (r23738), last modified about a year ago, still detects the OS as Windows 9x if the OS name supplied by Java contains either "Windows 9" or "Windows M".

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

Dahan Re:Electricity can be erratic (223 comments)

This "sheds" (gets rid of) the "load" (electricity on the line).

No, an electrical load is something that uses electricity, not electricity itself. E.g., "that circuit can handle a 20 amp load." And "load shedding" is shutting off electricity to certain users so that there are fewer loads on the system. See this definition, for example.

about a month ago
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New NXP SoC Gives Android Its Apple Pay

Dahan Re:NFC alone isn't enough (122 comments)

But difficulty? You haven't used it have you?

The person you replied to didn't say it was difficult; he said it wasn't convenient: "it ... is simply not convenient to use compared to swiping a credit card." And it's not. You have to wake up your phone, unlock it, and then enter the Google Wallet PIN. With Apple Pay, you just have to hold the phone with your thumb at the correct location; the phone display doesn't need to be turned on first, and the fingerprint reader takes the place of the unlock and PIN entry.

I've tried Google Wallet a few times for the novelty value, but using a regular credit card takes fewer steps, and hence is faster.

about a month and a half ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

Dahan Re:This is rich! (264 comments)

It was only 7 days before cases in the US skyrocketed, and no one with a brain would dare to repeat his retarded comment about how Ebola can't spread in the US. Keep trying though.

When did the cases in the US skyrocket? The number has always been extremely low. It's currently at 1, and the 21-day monitoring period for those in contact with the Dallas nurses ends tomorrow. Face it, your perverse wish for an Ebola outbreak in the US didn't come true. While I know you're disappointed, the rest of us are glad to see Ebola on the decline.

about a month and a half ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Dahan Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

What's so difficult about a recount? Can you be less handwavey?

about a month and a half ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Dahan Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

Optical scan ballots just work. You have not provided any evidence otherwise.

about a month and a half ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Dahan Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

There will always be errors.

Which is why I objected to saying "It. Just. Works."

That's a silly objection. Errors that can be detected and corrected without much difficulty qualifies as working. As opposed to the electronic voting machines that are currently used in the US, where you have no idea if it recorded your vote correctly.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

Dahan Re:Competition (265 comments)

"CurrentC Allegedly Breached" would have been a more appropriate headline, that also doesn't necessarily expose anyone to a lawsuit if it turns out to be bullshit.

Did you read the fine article? MCX confirmed that "unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of our CurrentC pilot program participants and individuals who had expressed interest in the app." They also sent emails notifying their users, No "allegedly" needed; it's not bullshit.

about 2 months ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Dahan Re:Obola (372 comments)

Hey sexconker, it's been another week, so time for a reminder that the number of Ebola cases in the US hasn't skyrocketed. Both Dallas nurses are out of the hospital. The only infected person in the US is this doctor, who didn't catch it from someone in the US.

about 2 months ago
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Rosetta Probe Reveals What a Comet Smells Like

Dahan Re: cute description (53 comments)

Well, yeah, most people don't know what any of that smells like. I'm reminded of the Wikipedia article on Saffron, which says it smells like iodoform. Only chemists are going to know what iodoform is, much less what it smells like.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Dahan Re:No FDTI (572 comments)

You very clearly didn't see the die exposure article.

The counterfeit chip is in fact WAY more complex. It's not off the shelf, so to speak. They custom-modified. It's obvious once you start looking at the physical silicon.

Oh, Khyber, Khyber... when will stop pretending to know things? It's "off the shelf" in the sense that they didn't have to design anything... they just grabbed an existing microcontroller design and added an extra module or two to it. tibit didn't say that it was cheaper because it's less complex; he said it's cheaper because, "Whoever packages it didn't have to do all the silicon and driver R&D." Just like there are software libraries that a software developer can grab and use without having to do a lot of work, there are hardware libraries that hardware designers can grab and use without having to do a lot of work. You need to do some AES encryption? No need to design that yourself; grab an AES core. You need to do some low-pass digital filtering? Get a filter core. There's even a site that has open-source hardware cores you can use: OpenCores

about 2 months ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Dahan Re:/. is getting more and more unbelievable !! (217 comments)

If you break language into four tasks: speaking, listening, reading and writing, then speaking is by far the easiest.

I'd say that depends on what you consider "reading and writing". For Westerners, Mandarin is difficult to speak and listen to because of the tones--it takes a lot of practice for them to pronounce the tones properly, and also a lot of practice to distinguish the tones. Reading and writing is difficult because of the large number of characters that need to be memorized. However, if you're allowed to have computer assistance, reading and writing becomes much easier; I'd say easier than speaking and listening. You can easily look up a word in an online dictionary, and when typing, the IME will present you a list of possible characters, and you choose the one you want. The latter is a huge simplification, since you don't have to remember exactly how to write a character; you just need to have a general idea of what it looks like, and the IME will take care of the details. This is even affecting the current generation of Chinese people... it's not uncommon for even a college-educated person to draw a blank on how to hand-write a character: "Character Amnesia"

about 2 months ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Dahan Re:21 day incubation period... (487 comments)

Nope, no skyrocketing, and his own fiancee and family, who had the closest contact with him other than healthcare providers, are out of the 21-day window and are confirmed to be Ebola-free. You were wrong :)

about 2 months ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Dahan NetBSD CVS repo already converted to git (245 comments)

So is ESR trying to convert the NetBSD CVS repo in some weird and special way or something, and that's why it failed? Because it has already been converted and is on Github; if he needs info on how it was done, there's probably someone on the tech-repository mailing list that can help. It's been converted to Fossil too.

about a month ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Dahan Re:1st or 2nd transmission within the US? (421 comments)

But last week it was reported that Sgt. Michael Monning contracted ebola while trying to get the quarantine order signed.

No, it says a possible second Ebola victim. He didn't actually have the symptoms of Ebola, but felt sick, and since he had been in Thomas Duncan's apartment, he went to get checked out just in case. But his test for Ebola was negative.

about 2 months ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Dahan Re:Barney (487 comments)

There are New York Times and CNN and Texas local media outlets that carried the story. I just picked the first two google results.

I knew that, but did you? If you did, why didn't you link them instead of some random Google results? Results that contradict the BS you wrote.

The Dallas News says that he went in unprotected and that he was accompanied by people in protective gear.

http://thescoopblog.dallasnews...

Does it say that he was offered protective gear, but refused it? Because that's what you claimed: "When offered protective gear, he declined, and entered the man's apartment without gloves, or even a facemask." The Dallas Morning News article you linked just says, "Dyer said that the deputy and four other deputies accompanied Dallas County health director Zachary Thompson into the apartment, most without protective gear." It does not say that he was offered, but refused protective gear. Also, the Dallas Morning News blog post contradicts this WFAA report that says, "No one who entered the apartment that day wore protective gear." And a different Dallas Morning News article also says, "Monnig was one of several deputies who went to serve the warrant. None wore protective gear." In any case, none say that Monnig refused protective gear.

about 2 months ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Dahan Re:Barney (487 comments)

The second person you're referring to does not have Ebola.

Well, you can understand the confusion, since Texas TV stations national news sites and newspapers were reporting exactly the story I relayed.

http://www.wcnc.com/story/news...

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/1...

I think you need to work on your reading comprehension there... for one thing, wcnc.com isn't a Texas TV station, national news site, or a newspaper. It's a local Charlotte, North Carolina TV station. While just about every TV station has a web site these days, accessible from around the world, WCNC still a local station, with news geared for a local audience--it's no CNN or New York Times. And secondly, neither site reported "exactly the story [you] relayed". You claimed that there was a "second Ebola patient"--one of the sheriff's deputies. However, neither site says that the deputy contracted Ebola--just that he was feeling sick to his stomach/having stomach issues, and since he had been in the Ebola victim's apartment, the hospital wanted to observe him "out of an abundance of caution." FYI, the test results are back, and he doesn't have Ebola. You also said, "When offered protective gear, he declined." However, the articles never say that he was offered protective gear, or that he declined it. One simply states, "No one who went inside the unit that day wore protective gear."

about 2 months ago

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