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Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

Jugalator Re:Why are they posting old source code? (224 comments)

MS-DOS no longer exists in Windows. I don't think it was compatible with the NT kernel. The "Command Prompt" is confusingly similar though, but I don't think they share code.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

Jugalator Fork? (224 comments)

Eagerly awaiting the first fork! MS-DOS for Linux? Mac? It can finally happen!

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

Jugalator Huh. And the problem is...? (476 comments)

Of course they are. It's called competition. As far as they stick with laws, it's all fair game trying to use tactics to "undermine" them.

about 2 years ago

NASA Looking For Ideas To Explore Mars

Jugalator Strange timing by NASA (176 comments)

Strange timing on this one. They should at least wait for the Mars Science Lab to touchdown - it won't even be too long until it does, since it's already on its way. That way, media attention on Mars and public awareness/interest in Mars missions will be far greater.

more than 2 years ago

Google's Bangalore Streetview Project Stalled

Jugalator Re:I'm mildly disappointed (108 comments)

Oh please. When was the last time a photographer went around the world to take a picture of every single fscking road?

Does the quantity really matter? Would you feel less concerned if "only" your entire city and your whereabouts was photographed?

Or even just the city block where you live?

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

Jugalator Re:Sounds like a big risk to me (605 comments)

Haha, you may be right and you just reignited my IT bubble fears... :-/

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

Jugalator Sounds like a big risk to me (605 comments)

Microsoft already has the technology necessary in their own audio/video/text Windows Live Messenger platform. So I don't think it's about that. And yes, I feel sorry for the Skype staff today -- I don't think this move bodes well for them at all. Their competence may not be what Microsoft is looking for here.

And as for other reasons, the paying customer base (compared to the non-paying WLM user base) of Skype could perhaps be attractive to Microsoft. Keep in mind that Skype is running with losses despite all these users, though.

In the end, taking all these thoughts together, I can only imagine that this is a risky move by Microsoft. I think they are hoping for awesome synergy effects from some forthcoming integration with their products. I assume something big, and no minor idea, since it needs to pay these $8.5 billion and more.

My first idea was integrating this with Windows Phone 7 (8? 9?) to get phone calls at data rates, but I have no idea how they'll going to get the providers to accept that. That would be a feat as grand as Steve Jobs getting the music companies to sign on to iTunes back in the days, if not greater.

Otherwise... Hmm, someone mentioned Xbox or Kinect integration to communicate with others with these devices... Well that's a thought but why shouldn't they be able to just implement that feature with their Live network? Write a WLM client for these - done. No $8.5 billion wasted.

Not sure if there are other ideas about where MS may be going with this?

more than 3 years ago

Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack

Jugalator Wait, what... (575 comments)

Sony said on Wednesday that Anonymous targeted it several weeks ago using a denial of service attack in protest of Sony defending itself against a hacker in federal court in San Francisco.

  The attack that stole the personal data of millions of Sony customers was launched separately, while the company was distracted protecting itself against the denial of service campaign, Sony said.

  Sony said it was not sure whether the organizers of the two attacks were working together.

So they know Anonymous DDOS'ed them, and Anonymous have admitted this too.

They also were attacked separately where the theft took place. They don't know if these groups were working together. They blame the latter on Anonymous too. How did they draw that final conclusion??

more than 3 years ago

Rumors Pointing to September iPhone 5 Ship Date

Jugalator Re:Does this one work? (93 comments)

It's because the OP isn't trolling about Linux.

more than 3 years ago

Sophos Slams Facebook Security In Open Letter

Jugalator Won't happen, and they know it (96 comments)

This will obviously not happen (sharing off by default!? haha, good one!), and even Sophos probably knows that.

They're just coming forward because they want to get free advertising as a security company that cares for user privacy. That is all. Empty story here.

more than 3 years ago

Google Videos Going Offline; Time To Grab What You Want

Jugalator Re:Why? (131 comments)

Yes... What's more surprising than the closure is that it wasn't on YouTube.

For some reason, I always thought that Google, years ago, decided to make Google Video simply mirror the contents of YouTube and vice versa.

more than 3 years ago

Who Killed Spotify?

Jugalator Re:Go Premium (257 comments)

I agree with you, except that I don't need the high bitrate and mobile support, and get away with half the price. :)

It's not that bad IMHO to pay $8/month for unlimited access to that music library. At least not enough to speak of Spotify being "killed". It's far better than anything you could get in the nineties, or even early 2000's, so I still think that this is definitely progress in the right direction. Yes, you don't get to "own" your music, but I consider it like I do with movie visits or (back in the bad old days) visits to music stores to buy CD's more or less regularly.

Similar yearly cost, but much more convenient.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 5 In Aurora Channel

Jugalator Re:Only half as good as Chome (161 comments)

Won't happen. What *is* insanity today, however, is sticking to a yearly or bi-yearly release cycle when the HTML standards evolve faster than that. Shorter cycles implies less features indeed, but this also means that there's not as much to test before each release, so the risks of following the evolution of the web better isn't increased despite following it better.

This is basically a very simplified version of the Chromium dev's motivation to move to this.

But it's of course more fun to think it's a version number game. However, just wait 'til Chrome 27 and you'll see that version numbers will lose their meaning soon enough, just like Google and others intended.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Plans To Show Ads On Websites

Jugalator Re:Good (78 comments)

For those of us who desire organizing groups of people online - Facebook is pretty much the only option.

I wonder how they did it before Facebook?

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Plans To Show Ads On Websites

Jugalator Re:Good (78 comments)

Maybe it will die as a product and I can go back to using something better for organising events with people. One large message box sure is fun.

Why would it die? To the contrary, even if I dislike ads as anyone else, I have to admit that a hundred million-large social networking backing an ad platform seems like a powerful weapon against AdWords. And if successful, it'll do the opposite of killing it, with even more company acquisitions, etc.

more than 3 years ago

Google Cuts Chrome Page Load Times In Half w/ SPDY

Jugalator Re:And this... (310 comments)

Yeah. Because SPDY is a protocol that's worse than HTTP, and not open to boot... :p

more than 3 years ago

Forget Space Travel, It's Just a Dream

Jugalator Haha... Not even to Mars? (542 comments)

The author makes it sounds like there's air resistance in space that makes it possible to go to the Moon but not to Mars... :p

"See, it's the air drag that makes the journey to Mars simply consume too much rocket fuel!"

more than 3 years ago

What Happens If You Get Sucked Out of a Plane?

Jugalator Re:No (327 comments)

I think the answer is that small holes don't do anything (i.e. don't start sucking loose papers etc towards them), but huge gaping holes in planes might...

MythBusters tested for bullet-sized holes.

more than 3 years ago

Windows 8 Early Build Hints At Apple, WebOS Competitor - EWeek

Jugalator wtf summary...? (375 comments)

if supposed early builds are to be believed... "Bloggers Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, in a series of April postings on Rivera’s Within Windows blog, have described the various features of what they claim is an early build of Windows 8: an Office-style ribbon integrated into Windows Explorer, complete with tools for viewing libraries, manipulating images and managing drive assets; an unlock screen that harkens to the 'Metro' design style already present in Windows Phone 7; an 'immersive' user interface and a built-in PDF reader they call 'Modern Reader.'"

Northing here is about why it should be a cross-platform OS.

I may be kind of drunk right now, but I sure know when I read a bad summary!

more than 3 years ago



Human Line Nearly Split in Two 150,000 Years Ago

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jugalator (259273) writes "Hot on the heels of the news on the human extinction close call, a genetic study by the Genographic Project indicates that humans actually started evolving into two different species 150,000 years ago. This due to east and south African populations living in seperation for between 50,000 and 100,000 years, possibly due to arid conditions cutting off migration routes, until they could merge to once again form a pan-African population during the late stone age."
Link to Original Source

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jugalator (259273) writes "A group running a project called Logo.Hallucination are picking out images on the web for scanning with a neural network in order to identify well-known logo types. Although many Slashdot readers may already feel they know the answer in their hearts, how is the giant 600 BC sewage system Cloaca Maxima related to Microsoft Windows? Note that some posts are unsafe for work, and I'll never look the same at the Citroën logo."



Opera 9 to start having weekly betas

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Funny how my next entry here after such a long time would be about Opera once again. :-)

Just writing to say that Opera 9 will now start coming out in weekly betas!

Great news for those of us who like Opera, and like cutting edge stuff. :-)

This is the URL to memorize: http://my.opera.com/desktopteam/

The first weekly has actually already been released for Windows and Mac.
They say not *nix this week, so I assume it'll normally be planned.


Opera 8.50 or How the Beer Finally Was Free

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Opera 8.50 was just released, with the most noticeable change being it'll be 100% free (still only as in beer though). This change in marketing and lack of ads is permanent.

Users having purchased licenses the past 30 days is eligible for a refund if they wish. If not, they'll get premium support services, like any users that keep paying will get.

Check out the browser with fewer known open security holes than Firefox here:


Annoying post limits

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Yet another Slashdot.org topic, but they've done unusually many noticeable changes lately, and this time it's something I found annoying. Hopefully it's just a glitch...

Talking about:

Slashdot requires you to wait 2 minutes between each successful posting of a comment to allow everyone a fair chance at posting a comment.

It's been 7 minutes since you last successfully posted a comment

Whaa... And I was sometimes annoyed by the 2 minutes thing already. And no, I don't use to spam replies without thought behind them, just type quickly. :-p


Slashdot bans for reading RSS with Google

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Using Google Fusion and adding the Slashdot RSS feed soon enough sent me to a page telling me I had been banned for "absolutely ridiculous amount of abuse". Apparently, one shouldn't keep the Slashdot feed there if you use it on a site you frequent, at least if you do it more than once every 30 minutes.

I'm not going to bother them with any unban procedures and will just restort to visiting them and loading the 10 KB web site with images even if they don't happen to have any news (I won't know). They seem to send the message that generates far less traffic than grabbing a KB sized feed more than once every 30 minutes.


Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 9 years ago

... and it was as if a thousand trolls cried out in rage, and then went silent.

Finally one can actually browse at 0, or even -1, without wading through GNAA posts?



In more Gmail news...

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  about 10 years ago

I love the service so don't think otherwise with me complaining about two things recently. :-) However, another peculiar thing -- they just refused to receive a mail with an attached zip file that had a single file in it -- a Windows Registry (.reg) file. In other words, not even a binary file.

I would understand this if they did it against viruses, but then shouldn't they just block executable files?

The error message:

<...@gmail.com>: host gsmtp171.google.com[] said: 552
          5.7.0 Illegal Attachment

So now I'm only attaching 7-zip archives. :-P

Update: In other Gmail-related news, I just saw a page about operators you can use in both filters and mail searches that I hadn't seen before. Very nice. I only knew about from:, to: and OR before.


Nigeria letter passed through Gmail filter

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

That's strange... A Nigeria letter just passed through the Gmail filter as legit mail. You'd think thousands of users have filed those as spam already. And that spam filter has generally been pretty accurate. I must've got a new incarnation of the mail, one with anti-anti-spam stuff inserted, or something... I'll attach the mail as a comment for anyone interested. Who knows, there might be spam collectors out there. :-)


Slashdot alternatives?

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have heard concerns in the past that the quality on Slashdot.org posts have diminished the past few years, and the reputation as a true geek resource has faded somewhat. So I went to check some visitor statistics for Slashdot.org and it seemed to speak a clear language to me. Maybe it's just increased competition among news sites though; Slashdot-wannabe Kuro5hin.org showed some of the same trend. Or maybe I'm missing out some great site people are leaving for?

Honestly, I don't know much alternative well established and updated computer / science news sites, besides Arstechnica.com, which is mostly just about computers. What I like about Slashdot.org is its broad range of topics I'm interested in (computer tech, science, games, software development).

So, any readers of this have any personal favorites besides Slashdot? :-)


Six new Gmail invitations

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

OK, I have 6 more invites to hand out if someone reading this still haven't got one but want one. Reply to this topic if you do.

And if qazmoe still hasn't got one and replies again, he'll be guaranteed one this time. :-)

Update: Gmail invites sent to the two who posted here. Sorry for the rather late replies. :-(


I have a Gmail account to hand out

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Someone still not got a Gmail account and want one?
Just reply to this thread, and if there is more than one reply, I'll just pick one. :-)


Celebrities Messed Up: Everything Normal

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Hehe, I saw unusually many cliché's in today's news... The headlines were (translated from swedish):

- "Michael Jackson -- Whiter than ever" [he has apparently whitened his face since he thought he was starting to look like he was alive, or whatever]

- "Courtney Love to hospital after overdose" [I think a comment would be redundant]

- "Mariah Carey -- a diva" [this didn't exactly strike me as surprising either]

- "Britney thought she was going to get married" [we never tire of the eternal ramblings of Britney Spears' private life, do we?]


A Sad Software Event

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Today, we're reminded of a sad european law that might even let authors be prosecuted for the software they have written themselves. Christian Ghisler (author of Total Commander) is just one of thousands of developers participating in the protest taking place right now. An excerpt from his protest page:

"This page is temporarily closed in protest against software patents planned in Europe. Websites may soon be closed down regularly due to software patents. Shareware like Total Commander will then no longer be available. Software patents can get you prosecuted for publishing software you wrote yourself!"

Read up at FFII's Software Patent page for more information about the problem. You may also wish to sign a petition if you think this law will hurt innovation and competition among software developers. There are currently around 180,000 signatures.


Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Just noticed that I had just posted my 1000th post! I need to celebrate this... Hmmm... Somehow!


Google Learns To Calculate

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 11 years ago

The useful search engine Google just became even more useful when the Google Team gave it the ability to calculate advanced formulae. Finally letting us avoid downloading those small conversion utilities or browsing the web for javascripts doing the job, Google now let us type the expression directly into its search field.

The following valid expression examples should give you a basic idea of what it's able to do:

  • 78+44
  • an inch in cm
  • quarter of meter in yards
  • 38.7 mph in km/h
  • 7 au in light years
  • 60 megabytes in bytes
  • sqrt(2)
  • sqrt(-2)
  • mass of earth in kg
  • (0.7*10^-12 kg) * c^2
  • 0x2c + 0x0a


Sweden Accidentally Votes "Yes" For Whale Hunting

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Sweden recently accidentally voted "yes" in the question whether Iceland may proceed with hunting whales. Being a swede myself, I don't know if I should cry or laugh. :-)

Personally, I'm against whale hunting. If people from Iceland so badly need to make some money, they should look somewhere else than at the few majestic creatures left on Earth.

Also in Seattle Times:

STOCKHOLM -- Sweden said yesterday its representatives made a mistake when they voted for Iceland's membership in the International Whaling Commission earlier this week, a move allowing Iceland to restart whaling.

Sweden's Environment Ministry said the "yes" vote -- which tipped the international whaling organization in favor of Iceland -- was due to a bureaucratic problem and said the country still opposed whaling and would try to take back the decision.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry said the Swedish delegation only supported Iceland's membership because of the whaling organization's complicated voting procedure.

Iceland walked out of the organization 10 years ago in anger over the worldwide moratorium on whale hunting.

Since then, it has made attempts to rejoin but has not been willing to recognize the moratorium. It succeeded in gaining readmission Monday after an extremely tight vote ending 19-18.

Several key players, such as Britain and the United States, opposed Iceland's membership.


Searching In Images

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Here's a site the Slashdot Editors apparently "poked with a stick" at, but didn't include on the front page. :-)

In short, Visoo let you search within images by using OCR techniques. As opposed to Google which searches for images by context on a web site. This is the first, highly accurate match for a search on 'slashdot' (picture from Wired of CmdrTaco and Hemos) with the "Search People" box checked and the "Include Banners" unchecked. Yes, there are such options which might make the engine especially useful to search for people by filtering out the rest. This is the result of a 'cowboyneal' search. The search engine has apparently found a match for the word CowboyNeal somewhere in the picture and the family can play the "Find the CowboyNeal Text game". :-)

NOTE: The default search method is by OCR *and* filename. This might be too restrictive and you should really change it to "OCR Only" by clicking on the appropriate button.


Wah!? Slashdot makes me stupid!

Jugalator Jugalator writes  |  more than 12 years ago

There is a site whose motto is "Internet Makes You Stupid" and perhaps there is some truth in that statement.

I usually try to say things only when I have something to say on Slashdot. From moderations done, it seems this has been a good way to go. It is also the way I'd like others to act as well to keep the topics of as high average level as possible.

However, recently, I've started having trouble and either I'm freaking out at a subconscious level, I'm developing a sense of humor and wit that's ungeeky or whatever that makes me fail to post decent things ("decent" as in "posts that aren't modded down"). Perhaps... hopefully, it's just a temporary... fluke. :-)

I even tried a good old Star Wars reference in the Napster: The Movie topic to check my sanity, but even that one, in all its holy geekiness, wasn't moderated whatsoever.

Oh well... Just to let you guys know I'm not trying to give silly comments. Honestly. :-)

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