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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

GigaplexNZ Re:Sorry but why is this news? (267 comments)

Apple does not support their own 2 year old OSes, I have to upgrade my Mac to a more often than not crappier OS just to get things like Xcode running again and sometimes I even have to buy a new Mac because the old one is arbitrarily locked out from a software upgrade.

So why should Skype's developers care about an ancient version of OS X? Oh, I know, because they are Microsoft, and we love to bash them here!

I call bullshit on your lies. Any Mac on the list below (or later) runs Mountain Lion, Mavericks and (soon) Yosemite. If you are running something like the 2007 Mac mini (which has support deprecated) then you will have to upgrade to run Mountain Lion or later. Almost all Macs produced in the last 7 years runs current software - Xserve which is no longer produced is an obvious exception.

Supported hardware:

iMac (Mid 2007 or newer) MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer) MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer) Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer) Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer) Xserve (Early 2009)

And each recent version of OS X has been far better than Snow Leopard and free as well.

You've asserted that Apple support hardware going back a few years. This has absolutely nothing to do with the OS version itself being unsupported, as the post you attempted to discredit referred to. If Apple doesn't support OS X 10.5, why should Microsoft?

about two weeks ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

GigaplexNZ Re:They're all evil. Really evil. (267 comments)

There are so many holes in your rant that I can't address them all without writing an essay. I'll just address a few of them.

How about this: Don't release a new OS until... ...IT BLOODY WELL WORKS by which I mean you have NO MORE BUG REPORTS WHATSOEVER for, say, a couple months. From anyone. And all previously reported bugs are fixed.

You'd never get a new OS release under that mandate. It's impossible to make something as complex as a consumer oriented OS without any bugs at all. And sometimes previously reported bugs can't be fixed without a redesign, which would require a new release.

And hey, developers... what's the deal with no true peer to peer video comm app without third party dependencies? Ask the OS what the WAN IP is, email the bloody thing to your contact, contact enters same on other end, make connection. Would work fine for a very, very large number of people. Surely the video mavens out there can manage this? Video's not magic, it's just a bloody stream of packets like everything else.

NAT, firewalls and other reasons render the approach of simply passing the WAN IP out-of-band infeasible. This will not work for a majority of people. For someone who claims to have written a lot of code in the past, I'm surprised you're not aware of this.

about two weeks ago
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"ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

GigaplexNZ Lockdown (100 comments)

Besides handling the uploading of completed exam questions, ExamSoft locks down the computer on which it runs, so Wikipedia is not an option.

Yeah, that'll work, because nobody has internet capable cellphones, secondary machines or even Virtual Machines.

about three weeks ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

GigaplexNZ Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

I avoid checked luggage because I'm tired of the airline losing my checked luggage, the extra delays at the other end for collecting the checked luggage etc. It's not like I can actually fit my legs under the chair in front of me anyway on the economy seats I've flown with.

about a month ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

GigaplexNZ Re:Cure? (253 comments)

That just makes it an improved treatment. It's still not a cure.

about a month ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

GigaplexNZ Re:wall-e (253 comments)

If you can't run a 10 minute mile, you are unfit.

You do realise it's possible to be a fit paraplegic, right?

about a month ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

GigaplexNZ Re:Garbage In (231 comments)

It depends. Some carriers are known to bundle software like Facebook, and if it's on the system partition it's not easily removable.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

GigaplexNZ Re:News? (158 comments)

We use UTC internally, but that doesn't stop customers from reporting bugs with wrong timestamps in the UI since they don't have the latest timezone rule patches installed.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

GigaplexNZ Re:News? (158 comments)

We do use libraries, but as the other posters have mentioned, keeping these systems up to date is a nightmare. Relying on customers to keep their systems up to date too is even worse.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

GigaplexNZ Re:News? (158 comments)

I'm a software developer, and dealing with unpredictable timezone changes is not fun. This is definitely relevant to me.

about a month and a half ago
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Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

GigaplexNZ Re:Only one picture - nfm (123 comments)

The first link contained one picture with a subsequent link to a PDF containing more pictures. The second link contained multiple subsequent links which have multiple pictures.

about 2 months ago
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AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

GigaplexNZ Re:Optimizing the driver stack... (80 comments)

Last I checked, the 750 Ti had amazing performance per watt, but performance per dollar it fell behind AMD cards such as the 260X and 270X.

about 3 months ago
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OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

GigaplexNZ Re:intel's DMI bus is still to slow (113 comments)

Put a single Thunderbolt controller in there, and your 20Gbit allocation is already spent.

about 3 months ago
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OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

GigaplexNZ Re:Avoid OCZ at all cost! (113 comments)

Who the hell uses Btrfs on production systems? It's not ready.

about 3 months ago
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EU Court of Justice Paves Way For "Right To Be Forgotten" Online

GigaplexNZ Re:Censorship (199 comments)

I agree - if they're instigating "right to be forgotten", they should be forgotten. Not selectively forgetting certain unfavourable pieces of information.

about 3 months ago
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Space Telescope Reveals Weird Star Cluster Conundrum

GigaplexNZ Re:ORLY? (80 comments)

Reporters with integrity are few and far between.

about 3 months ago
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Space Telescope Reveals Weird Star Cluster Conundrum

GigaplexNZ Re:ORLY? (80 comments)

Physicists (whether it be on the cosmos or climate change) are starting to sound like Richard Nixon spin doctors. Which is it?

The reporters who present the physicists findings are usually the ones putting a spin on it.

about 3 months ago
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

GigaplexNZ Re:OMFG compile! (113 comments)

I'd agree with you... if it actually worked once compiled. Wireless doesn't work.

about 4 months ago
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

GigaplexNZ Re:Hey Soulskill! (113 comments)

It made sense to me.

about 4 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

GigaplexNZ Re:Sloppy code (447 comments)

You're not kidding. There's also an awful lot of code passing pointers to functions, where those functions dereference the pointers without checking if they're not null.

about 4 months ago

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Microsoft developer tools abandon Windows XP suppo

GigaplexNZ GigaplexNZ writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GigaplexNZ (1233886) writes "Earlier this year a bug was filed against the developer preview of the next version of Visual Studio complaining that applications built with it are incompatible with Windows XP. Pat Brenner from Microsoft Visual C++ Libraries Development issued a response: "Thanks for the report. This behavior is by design in MFC and CRT for Visual Studio vNext. The minimum supported operating systems are Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista. Windows XP is not a supported operating system for the release (design-time or run-time)." Can Microsoft seriously be considering preventing early adopters of the next version of Visual Studio from supporting a large portion of their existing customer base?"
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