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A Circular New York City Subway Map To Straighten Things Out

Kawahee Re:Huh? (124 comments)

Here's the "problem".

If you're new to New York City, simply visiting for vacation, or, if you're a born-and-raised New Yorker that still can't point out any other states on a blank map besides Florida and Jersey, then you might also mistakenly believe what the MTA subway map tells you about the city—that it lacks any realistic level of fidelity and Manhattan is the blown-up silhouette of a Motorala RAZR:

...

The U.K.'s Max Roberts...

about 9 months ago
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Java API and Microsoft's .NET API: a Comparison

Kawahee Re:I don't want to be "that guy", however (319 comments)

if you actually try to use Mono for anything serious, you realize how quickly it starts to suck.

I know people who use Mono in commercial environments successfully.

As someone who uses Mono (in particular, Xamarin.Mac and Xamarin.iOS) successfully in a commercial environment, I know how much it sucks. Welcome to leaky abstraction, population: me.

about 10 months ago
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Subversion 1.8 Released But Will You Still Use Git?

Kawahee Re:But can SVN merge a branch yet? (378 comments)

I fucked up merging a branch in Subversion (I fucked it up, not Subversion) but the mistake I made isn't really possible in Git since it seems idiomatic (in Git) to merge whole branches, rather than ranges of commits.

I'll emphasise again that it was my fault but when I realised what I'd done I was wishing we'd migrated to Git already instead of putting it off.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft Antitrust Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson Dead at 76

Kawahee Re:Yeah right (193 comments)

Ok, that's just total nonsense. Microsoft operating system and applications are, simply put, not known for their stability. I can't even imagine you typing that with a straight face.

Microsoft (or at least Raymond Chen and his colleagues) seem to go to huge lengths to make the APIs in their operating systems extremely stable, from a compatibility point of view. Which I believe is what the grandparent was referring to when he said "write once, works 3 years from now."

about 10 months ago
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Are You a Geek or a Nerd?

Kawahee Re:News for nerds? (267 comments)

you just don't see it anymore because browsers don't care about the "title" element anymore.

Browsers care about the title element plenty, they also care about JavaScript changing it too.

about 10 months ago
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Bill Gates Regains the Position of World's Richest Person

Kawahee Re:C'mon, Slashdot (311 comments)

"News for nerds, stuff that matters". Is this news ? Does this stuff matter ? Just askin'....

Where are these words from? Last time I checked, Slashdot described itself as Slashdot is a Dice Holdings, Inc. service.

about a year ago
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3D-Printed Gun May Be Unveiled Soon

Kawahee Re:then he's going to get sued to oblivion (625 comments)

...unless he possesses a Type 7 FFL...

One quick Google search later:

On Saturday, Defense Distributed—America’s best-known group of 3D gunsmiths—announced on Facebook that its founder, Cody Wilson, is now a federally licensed gun manufacturer and dealer. The group published a picture of the Type 7 federal firearms license (FFL) to prove it.

“The big thing it allows me to do is that it makes me [a manufacturer] under the law—everything that manufacturers are allowed to do,” he told Ars. “I can sell some of the pieces that we've been making. I can do firearms transactions and transport.”

about a year ago
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Facebook Letting Everyone See How Much Data-Center Power It Consumes

Kawahee Re:Tagged "whocares" (86 comments)

I take an extremely accepting view of what might qualify as "news for nerds," but this absolutely fails the "stuff that matters" test.

As some other commentator noted, those phrases appear to be being removed from the Slashdot site. Hit CTRL+F and try and find them.

1 year,2 days
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Video Editor Kdenlive 0.9.6 Released

Kawahee Re:cmdline (95 comments)

Imagine a world where we rewrite all software from scratch every time somebody finds a bug...

Imagine the job security!

1 year,13 days
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Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets

Kawahee Re:Ah yes, the "the customer centric approach" (236 comments)

I wouldn't say I love Windows 8, but after running it at home and work I'd say overall it's not worse than Windows 7.

There's some nice performance improvements and generally the operating system works very well. Metro usually keeps out of my way. But that is to say Metro does get in my way every so often.

So +1 in general, -1 for when Metro intrudes.

1 year,15 days
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MySQL's Creator On Why the Future Belongs To MariaDB

Kawahee Re:Me, too! (208 comments)

the chances of be breaking things is significant

This is where unit testing comes into its own.

1 year,23 days
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Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

Kawahee Editors... (619 comments)

and is no more than 7.9mm think

I guess that makes my iPhone 5 7.6mm think different.

about a year ago
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Lots of Changes for Intel Graphics Coming in Linux 3.9

Kawahee Re:can I buy an intel video card yet? (102 comments)

I hope you mean two vendors: AMD and Nvidia.

I only see Nvidia, by choice. If I were to buy an AMD card I'd have to install AMD Crapalyst Craptrol Manager or whatever unstable driver package they've come out this time in addition to suffering through frame latency spikes.

Many motherboards have onboard video by Intel

AC said "Intel video card". So while your statement is true, it's not relevant to what the AC was talking about.

about a year ago
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Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

Kawahee Re:just use virtual machines (464 comments)

VM machines are not simple

Virtual machine machines might not be simple, but virtual machines can be.

about a year ago
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Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

Kawahee Re:No. (464 comments)

I think the grandparent has confused retail copies of Office 2013 with an Office 365 subscription. The latter requires an account (and I'm not sure how you'd facilitate a subscription without one).

about a year ago
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Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

Kawahee Re:No. (464 comments)

I'm trialling Office 365 and I've seen the option to de-activate licenses. That was my first thought when I saw this story. But the article seems to suggest it's a different problem:

Of course, Microsoft has a solution to this in the form of Office 365. Instead of buying a retail copy tied to a single machine, you could instead subscribe to Office 365, which is tied to the user not the hardware, and can be used across 5 PCs or 4 Macs at any one time. But subscriptions aren’t for everyone, and eventually you end up paying more for the software.

about a year ago
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Google Challenging Microsoft For Business Software

Kawahee Re:Awful Summary (235 comments)

I agree. I've noticed that /. summaries are getting less and less self-contained.

I think that this was the worst one in recent memory, with "WAF" going unexplained.

This one was also particularly bad.

about a year ago

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Microsoft Drops Xbox 360 Pricing

Kawahee Kawahee writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kawahee writes "Microsoft PressPass has just released an article detailing an Xbox 360 price drop, starting August 2008:

Beginning Aug. 28, the price of an Xbox 360 Elite console will drop by $100, now priced at just $299.99 estimated retail price (ERP) in the United States. On top of that, the Xbox 360 Pro console will now be priced at $249.99 (ERP), reflecting a price reduction of $50

The arcade version has also had a reduction, down to $199.99. It appears Microsoft has answered Sony's move to offer the PS3 Slim."

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I Read It On Slashdot

Kawahee Kawahee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kawahee writes "Carl Davis of Abandon At My Place has put together "a musical tribute to one of the greatest technology news and geek sites":

If you want news for nerds and stuff that matters
Or Apple fanboys and their blather
Find out why Microsoft is after you
Turn all your base into beowulf cluster
Or every press release Google mutters
I welcome our new Slashdot overlords...
There's a high quality MP3 on Davis' website, as well as the YouTube video of it."

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Windows Live Moves Focus to Software Plus Services

Kawahee Kawahee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kawahee writes "Microsoft PressPass has released an interview it conducted with Chris Jones, the corporate vice president for the Windows Live Experience Program Management about the future of Microsoft's Windows Live product lineup. From the interview:

When we originally announced Windows Live back in Nov. 2005, our intent was to deliver services that would grow and evolve with people as they their needs changed. Today, our vision remains the same, but we're more focused. We've adopted what we call a "software plus services" strategy that we believe puts us in a place to move ahead as we roll out into the next phase of Windows Live by making valuable connections between world-class software and online services to help unlock the real power of technology for consumers in meaningful ways.
Jones also goes into some detail about Microsoft's plans about using Live as a "better way to share" email, instant messaging and digital media."

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Kawahee Kawahee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kawahee writes "Coming off previous /. coverage of The Pirate Bay's intentions to purchase Sealand following it being put up for sale, The Pirate Bay has revealed on it's website www.buysealand.com that it has entered into negotiations with Sealand. From the post:
The Government of Sealand has initiated negotiation. Tomorrow, the ACFI and Government of Sealand will sit down in the SMTP chambers of the Internets to discuss the future of the micronation.
— We welcome the request and hopefully we can settle on a price. But knowing how hard non-kopimistic people can be to negotiate with, we will go with Plan B if they're not willing to meet our demands, press officer of ACFI says.
BuySealand.com is also now sporting a donation meter, and as of the 15th of January it stands at USD $13,714."
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Kawahee Kawahee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kawahee writes "Australian company Arasor International and their US partner Novalux have formally announced Laser TV. From the news story:
With a worldwide launch date scheduled for Christmas 2007, under recognisable brands like Mitsubishi and Samsung, Novalux chief executive Jean-Michel Pelaprat is so bold as to predict the death of plasma: "If you look at any screen today, the colour content is roughly about 30-35 per cent of what the eye can see," he said. "But for the very first time with a laser TV we'll be able to see 90 per cent of what the eye can see. All of a sudden what you see is a lifelike image on display."
This follows up on promises by Novalux."
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Kawahee Kawahee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kawahee writes "Steve Irwin, Australia's "favourite" crocodile man, has bit the dust, dying instantly after being stabbed by a stingray barb while filming a documentary. From the article: "The Queensland Police Service has confirmed Mr Irwin's death. In a statement, it said Mr Irwin collapsed after being stung by a sting ray at Batt Reef, off Port Douglas, about 11am."
That'll teach him that wildlife is for shooting, not for playing."
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Kawahee Kawahee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kawahee writes "Microsoft, in conjunction with the announcement that they have finished Windows Vista RC1 have released Internet Explorer 7 RC1. The download is available here with a further commentary from the IE Blog post: "The RC1 build includes improvements in performance, stability, security, and application compatibility. You may not notice many visible changes from the Beta 3 release; all we did was listen to your feedback, fix bugs that you reported, and make final adjustments to our CSS support.""

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I don't like open source

Kawahee Kawahee writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I don't like open source. I don't like Linux, I don't like Firefox. I use Windows Server 2003 R2 for my server, IE7 Beta 2 for my web browser, Windows XP Home SP2 for my desktop, Visual Studio .NET 2005 Pro for my development and Office 2003.

I don't run my server with a firewall, I don't get hacked
I don't run my desktop with anti-spyware, I don't get spyware
I don't run my desktop with anti-virus, and I don't get viruses

I hate G++ with a passion, ever since it optimised:

code1 ()
pid_t thread = fork ();
code2 ()

to:

pid_t thread = fork ();
code1 ()
code2 ()

Which would cause my code to initialise twice. They've fixed it since my face collapsed on itself when I worked out the amount-of-time-wasted-because-of-this-'bug':what-the-fuck ratio, but if you don't believe me whip out an older copy of G++ and take a look for yourself.

I dislike Linux. I'm sure I could set it up the way I need it, but at the moment Server 2003 does everything, and when I got my new server I had everything installed and configured in about 2 hours (WWW/FTP/Remote Desktop/Web Admin/Streaming Media/DNS/DHCP/+etc).

That said:
ASP sucks (www.thedailywtf.com, view source, take a look at the 100kb of crap thrown in by ASP)
C#/.NET sucks
MSSQL Server sucks

PHP Rules
C++ Rules
MySQL Rules

Also, Ditto rules. I can live without it, but it's very useful. If you run Windows and you don't run Ditto, you are a failure at life. Go, get it.

Does my hate for OSS make me weird?

NB: I also hate Firefox and Opera. Firefox sucks because it's OSS, and Opera, well... sucks. Nothing says 'give it up' like Opera's CEO swimming across from Norway or wherever to America or wherever for downloads.

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