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Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

Forty-3 Re:It's not about the money (467 comments)

I've found that image editing applications can work fine in a touch environment. It's actually better for drawing since you're inputting directly on the screen.

about a year ago

China's Radical New Space Drive

Forty-3 Re:I'm pretty sure it doesn't work (419 comments)

Did you even rtfa? It is proven that this device can work. Unless they seriously screwed all this up, they will have a net thrust, air or no.

about a year and a half ago

Life After MS-DOS: FreeDOS Keeps On Kicking

Forty-3 Re:Not surprising (255 comments)


about a year and a half ago

International Challenge To Computationally Interpret Protein Function

Forty-3 Re:A plan of action (59 comments)

Don't discount that as stupid. Most of what he said is true. Evolution makes you write code that works, not good or clean code, just code that works. The only time evolution comes into lay is when the code can't even compile.

about a year and a half ago

Thailand Jails Dissident For What People Thought He Would Have Said

Forty-3 Re:How does cuba have an embargo (325 comments)

Neither is democracy any more stable. Most democracies before the US (and some after) did not last long due to the difficulties of starting one. After the US got itself established, democracies had more of a fighting chance because the US generally supports them. Communism never really had a country where it went into a stable state (the revolutions which led up to establishing them did not help) so there was no role model or guiding hand to keep them from becoming totalitarian states.

However, Democracy/Capitalism have the same problems as Communism when it comes to long term success. After a while, people in democracy realize that by voting for people, they can get more money. At this point, they do not vote based on the competence or political views (unrelated to money) of the candidate, but on how much money the candidate pledges to give to them. In a similar way, people in communist states (to each according to his needs) realize that no matter how much they work, they will still receive the same amount of money. Even in socialist states (to each according to his contribution), people realize that, much like in democracies, they can influence the amount of money they receive. Either way, the government will slowly devolve into a totalitarian state.

I am not denouncing either of these ideas, though. They are the best methods by which we have come up with for governing, and may be the best we will ever think of. The United States has done very well over its 200+ year course. Nothing can really be said about communism, since at this point it is still waiting to be actually put into practice and not be used as just a slogan. Unfortunately, the US is already showing signs of decline: the national debt is growing as politicians try to bribe voters with even more money while corporations and banks gain even more power (Oligarchy, anyone?). All this will be solved when we get some angels to govern us, but until then, this is the best we've got.

about a year and a half ago

Google Declares War On the Password

Forty-3 Single Point of Failure (480 comments)

Because that one password is completely unbreakable.

about a year and a half ago

In Calculator Arms Race, Casio Fires Back: Color Touchscreen ClassPad

Forty-3 Not quite a return salvo (2 comments)

I don't think the term 'return salvo' quite justifies the announcement of the new calculator, as it implies that Casio created this calculator in response to the TI-84+ C SE. According to , Casio began working on a new calculator in 2010, far ahead of the announcement of the TI-84+ C SE.

about 2 years ago

Multiword Passwords Secure Or Not?

Forty-3 Delusions in restrictions. (372 comments)

Can you honestly tell me that'd you'd guess "The nuances devour"? (past passphrase). Having substitutions in there isn't going to help you, they'll only confuse you when you try to remember what was replaced with what. This whole "password" thing is shit as well. That's a relic from the 80s when you only had enough of your previous space to store one word at most. In the modern world where space is cheap, all "passwords" should be passphrases.

Another dumb thing that I see a lot is that sites will have the obnoxious rules to increase passphrase "safety". What they're really doing is narrowing down the possible passphrases, thus /decreasing/ security, instead of increasing it. The only requirement that is actually legit, and that should be on every site, in /minimum/ passphrase length. Sadly, some sites are deluded into putting max passphrase length (Which means they're storing it as plaintext in a database like idiots). It doesn't f***ing matter how long a passphrase is. When it's hashed, a one word password will turn out the same as a 200 word passphrase, in terms of length. Any other restrictions just make it harder to remember.

For example, my school recently changed its restrictions on passwords. After I got locked out of my account, they decided to change my passphrase to the school name, because that was the easiest way they knew how to fix locked accounts (Dumb Windows). Of couse, now I can't use spaces, punctuation, or anything else to increase the strength of my password. So I didn't even bother changing it to something stronger, because I'd never remember where I put the underscores and- whoops, I forgot, I can't use punctuation now. Forcing users to go from a multi-word, secure passphrase, to a one-word password that's easily guessable, is ludicrous. The restrictions have to have an end put to them, and now is the time.

about 2 years ago

Can Microsoft Afford To Lose With Windows 8?

Forty-3 Re:Cycles (630 comments)

What're you guys talking about? Microsoft tries to make an OS based on tablets/smartphones. It fails miserably due to android and iOS (as it has before). It also alienates desktop users. Looking for a new, less pricy OS, people stumbe upon linux. The last time something like this happened (early 2000s), linux wasn't ready for it (Had problems with user-friendlyness, configuration, compatability with earlier systems), and we lost that crowd. Now linux has answered all of these problems (And it looks /good/ at it too). Here's when we can really surge back as Microsoft pulls off one of their biggest failures ever: Windows 8.

more than 2 years ago

Server Names For a New Generation

Forty-3 Names (429 comments)

I name all my computers after mechanical devices from THHGTTG. My desktop is Marvin, and my laptop is Deep Thought.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Kids Still Take Interest In Programming For Its Own Sake?

Forty-3 Re:Programming for programmings "own sake" (276 comments)

Also, grading is just spoiling all joy, because it's in general completely arbitrary.

Grades let you know how well you have absorbed the information. It's simply feedback.

The only thing that grades show is how good the teacher is !

Well, if you get poor grades you didn't learn, and if you were trying to learn and didn't then yes, the teacher failed.

Grades are BS. I know lots about some subjects, but I hate doing homework, and so I get bad grades in those classes. I do the best in classes that don't have lots of homework, even if they aren't my best subjects. If I had to teach myself, I'd probably pick some of the classes I was interested in the most to focus on, even though I don't do so well in them.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Kids Still Take Interest In Programming For Its Own Sake?

Forty-3 He's lookin' at you (276 comments)

Yes. Me.

more than 2 years ago

Fair use was squished (3/3/2002)

Forty-3 A Hearty Applaud (1 comments)

Nice essay. I hate how the media turns a blind eyte to the other side of content sharing, and protrays it just like the movie and recording companys would like them to. The media is suppose to be protecting americans by exposing afults, not covering them up.

more than 2 years ago

Congress repeals first amendment amid security concerns.

Forty-3 Enslave America, Step 1 (1 comments)

DHS declares all bathrooms to be restricted.
"But where am I supposed to go?"
"Isn't that a criminal offense?"
"That's the point"

more than 2 years ago

SCO vs. IBM Trial Back On Again

Forty-3 SCO Idiocy (232 comments)

God, what the heck do they think they're doing? They lost already. Why the heck are they beating their own dead horse?

more than 2 years ago



The Impending Demise of Microsoft and the Rise of Linux

Forty-3 Forty-3 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Forty-3 writes "Win8 is gonna fail hard. Why? Because it's designed for the tablet and smartphone world. Android and iOS are already entrenched there; anything else that isn't amazingly better will fail. Win8 cannot be amazingly better. Therefore, it will fail.

It will have a side effect, however. Desktop users will be alienated. Microsoft has already done this 2 times in the past, ME and Vista. They can't afford to do it again. Most of their profits come from their desktop OS market and their office market. Without their mainstay in the OS market, they will be unable to continue as a software company. All of their other products are copies of existing software, and have all suffered staggering losses.

There is another problem with Microsoft. They have poor leadership. Even if Gates was evil, he was still a programmer. He programmed at least 1 piece of commercially successful software (Altair Basic). Balmer, on the other hand, is an MBA. He has not programmed one piece of software in his life. He instituted stack ranking, described by Kurt Eichenwald:

Every current and former Microsoft employee I interviewed, every one, cited stack ranking as the most destructive process inside of Microsoft ... If you were on a team of 10 people, you walked in the first day knowing that, no matter how good everyone was, two people were going to get a great review, seven were going to get mediocre reviews, and one was going to get a terrible review source

This caused projects at Microsoft to stagnate as they became entwined into an increasingly large bureaucracy that prevented actual work from happening. Projects like Windows Reader (Originally an eBook), Vista, and Zune, where Microsoft had several years on their competition ended up being released years later, stripped of features and far from their original purpose. There is no reason that win9 will be any different from win8.

I believe that in the next 5 years, users will be increasingly motivated to change OSs as Microsoft takes yet another plunge in their profits. There are currently 2 other viable options to windows: OS X and Linux (I refer to the FOSS BSDs in this statement as well, though they are not strictly linux). Although OS X has a large fanboy userbase, I do not see it gaining more than 5-10% over the next 5 years, as its overpriced hardware is not comparable to the many cheaper PC manufacturers' products. However, Linux has the power to take the computer world by the storm in the next 5 years, as its many variations form themselves against a unique subset of the computing world.

Linux has a large commercial userbase already, as many companies have searched for a more economically viable solution to windows in the post-recession world. According to two surveys by W3Tech and Security Space released in August 2011 and 2009, respectively, Linux now runs 63.9% or greater of all servers. According to a 2012 survey of companies with $500 million or more in revenues, almost 80% of them foresee an increase in linux usage in their company in the next 12 months, and 71.8% are planning to add more linux computers in order to support "Big Data."

The big obstacle we now face is widespread desktop adoption of linux. However, this may have already begun. Current articles place linux usage from 8-10% and growing (source source). With the failure of win8 eminent, we may finally see Linus's World Domination Plan put into effect."

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Casio Gives Away Calculators in Training Program

Forty-3 Forty-3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Forty-3 (2563965) writes "Casio is giving away their Prizm calculator or a Classpad on the completion of their training course. This consists of three modules designed to teach users about the calculator. At the end of each module, users must submit an assesment with screenshots of the included 90-day trial version of the emulator. The Prizm is the Casio counterpart to the TI-Nspire, and has full color. It costs around $100. The Classpad is more of a PDA than a calculator, much as the Prizm is more like a smartphone. It has a touchscreen and comes with a stylus, although it does not have color. It costs around $130. Casio is undergoing this effort to increase awarness of their calculators, and encourage their use by educators and students."
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