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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

KingMotley Re:OMFG, stupid (638 comments)

New name changes.

Windows 9 (Home, Home Premium, Pro, etc) -> Windows 10 (Home, Home Premium, Pro, etc)
Windows 9N (No media player) -> Windows ID-10-T
Windows 9E (European version with no IE) -> Windows ID-10-T2

2 days ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

KingMotley Re: Taxing the Congested Skies (221 comments)

I don't know about commericial airlines, but I know that when I was checking private jets, the airline fees and taxes was much more than 50% of the cost. It was closer to 80-90%.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

KingMotley Re:Change Jobs (275 comments)

And this is exactly what you don't want.

First, the managers don't need to know a lot of the technical details beyond an overview, and they need to be able to trust their developers to give them good information, and listen when they give advice. Any company that tries to have their managers both retain top notch technical skills using the latest technologies AND be a competent manager is doing it WRONG.

about two weeks ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

KingMotley Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (210 comments)

Really not that much more absurd than setting the coldest temperature based on what a ??? physicist could cool water at a particular height in the atmosphere that changes all the time.

about three weeks ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

KingMotley Need more than a legal precedent (421 comments)

Does this mean that I can get a refund for the BIOS? Almost all machines license their BIOS from award or phoenix. What if I want to write my own? Can I ask for a refund since they don't sell a machine without a BIOS installed? What if I want a machine without a hard drive? I already have one. Can I force them to take the hard drive out and give me a refund? Or a case? I got a computer case. And the power supply. I have one of those. Don't need the motherboard. Heck, can I force them to remove the broadband cellular chip from my verizon only phone so I can tinker with it and maybe get a different one working? Can I have my car manufacturer remove the radio and get a refund since they don't offer one without a radio?

Italy is crazy.

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

KingMotley Driver's versus passenger - does it really matter? (364 comments)

Because I use my phone every day, on my commute on the train for an hour each way. I'd be pretty upset if they disabled it and I couldn't use it while on a train (or a bus, a taxi, or a plane)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

KingMotley Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

Well it was also kind of important for being able to process data that you didn't know the size of until you actually hit the end, especially if you couldn't hold the whole contents in memory at one time, and you needed to be able to do something with it. Think streams where you can't just go back and write the size of the string at the beginning after you've already copied the string. NULL terminated strings are also smaller since it always only uses a single byte, even if the string is (or could be) longer than 255 characters. The size aspect typically isn't all that important today, but it still can be quite useful in memory constrained systems even today.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

KingMotley Re:Powershell (729 comments)

OR maybe it had it because DOS and CMD had a similar operand (EQU)

about a month ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

KingMotley Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

Not exactly the same. Windows 3.x line died back with Windows ME. Windows XP and beyond are all using a different kernel with a different architecture based on the Windows NT line, but share much of the same public APIs (Win32). You don't "install components to make it more secure", and that hasn't been true for nearly 20 years (20 if you used the Windows NT line). At least no more true than it is for linux, or any other OS. Of course there are packages that attempt to identify and mitigate issues, but so does every other OS, including linux.

about a month ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

KingMotley Re:No wonder MSFT stock is up (137 comments)

I've used one for a while, and I found it very good. I don't understand why you think metro sucks that bad. It's an OS, and you SHOULD only be seeing metro for a few minutes per day. The rest of the time you should be in your applications actually doing things, and neither android nor ipads run any of the applications I need.

about 1 month ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

KingMotley Re:whoosh! (315 comments)

So if you can do a calculation in HTML and CSS, then it is a programming language?

Ok, here: http://experiments.hertzen.com...

Ooops.

about 2 months ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

KingMotley Re:whoosh! (315 comments)

LESS can calculate 1 + 1 just fine, as can css. Just not output the way you probably want, perhaps. For example: "margin: calc( 1px + 1px);" works just fine.

about 2 months ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

KingMotley Re:Repeat after me... (315 comments)

You mean like a router with a UI for configuring it? Plenty of system developers need a UI as well -- configuring, monitoring, reporting. I suppose you could code in some system specific front end tools, but why would you?

about 2 months ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

KingMotley Re:Repeat after me... (315 comments)

No, but then you are limited to writing experimental micro-controllers, or desktop applications. Not knowing CSS does pretty much limit you from being able to write any web application, and most phone apps.

about 2 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

KingMotley Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

The customer paid for a 75Mbps link between him and the first hop. He got that. He didn't pay for a 75Mbps link between him and every possible host on the internet. That's silly.

about 2 months ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

KingMotley Re:Pick your units of radiation... (190 comments)

I prefer to measure it as 6 milliUSCoalBurningEmissionsYears.

Still not a SI unit, but better.

about 2 months ago
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Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

KingMotley Re:Looks ok to me (229 comments)

No. Perhaps we should mostly focus on bigger things, and if they happen to see someone breaking the law, then they can handle it? We shouldn't have officers dedicated to looking out for trivialities, or at least not many.

No. Every person should be prosecuted for every single trivial offense until such time that we realize that many of those trivial offenses should not be offenses at all. By just prosecuting a "random" sample is to burden a select few with a punishment that most get away with. That isn't a fair or just system.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

KingMotley Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

Have you been to any of the expressway oasises? I haven't been to them all, but the northbound one on 294 has a charging station.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

KingMotley Re:Better way for Microsoft to earn trust (178 comments)

If you want to buy 20 machines today with a Windows OS, the only choice is Windows 8. Even though almost a billion PCs run XP, it is not possible to get a new machine with a legal licensed copy of XP without jumping through numerous hoops and shelling out loads of cash.

Odd, because the very first link I went to on Dell's website for business showed machines with Windows 7. I didn't even have to search.

Microsoft wants us to trust their word that it is not feasible to offer or support XP on new machines. This is not believable. Opening up the source code is the only way to prove or disprove Microsoft's version of the facts.

I haven't heard them say that. It just increases their cost in support for an OS that they get no revenue on, and backporting fixes to it takes considerable resources. Support has been extended multiple times, and even now you can still get support, but you have to buy a support contract from them for it, and yes, it is getting more expensive every year. Feel free to stay on it as long as you want.

Whether you agree or not is not important. Hundreds of legacy code developed for Windows platform using Windows development tools run only on XP and are not supported by 7 or 8. Customers are left with no choice but to rewrite code at great expense, often impossible since the vendors are no longer in business. In my view this represents a lock-in, whereby customers are forced to shell out large sums of money to obtain support for XP legally on new systems by investing in Enterprise Volume License Agreements and associated costs.

So you chose your vendors poorly, who didn't stand behind their poorly written products. I can write code on open source platforms that will likely break in future versions too. I can also pick bad vendors on open source platforms that may go under next week or next year as well. Your argument is irrelevant to your conclusion.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

KingMotley Re:A win for freedom (1330 comments)

You are talking about insurance benefits. Benefits are earned and used by an employee, much like money is. It would be akin to saying that if an employee decides to buy with their earned money that the company doesn't agree with, that they should be able to deduct the cost of it from that employees paycheck because they don't want to give the employee the money to pay for it. Essentially giving the right to the company to dictate what the money an employee earns can and can not be used for.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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AppleTV Generation 3 sells out in record time

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  more than 2 years ago

KingMotley (944240) writes "Although generally overshadowed by the iPad 3 debut, Apple also introduced the third incarnation of its Apple TV streaming media players this week. The third-generation Apple TV adds full 1080 support, a much faster processor, and much to its predecessor, and a completely revamped icon based UI. The revamped UI and faster processor (the same as from the iPhone 4) is leading some to believe that the device may be headed down a path where it may get its own place in Apple's App store eventually, embracing 3rd party apps. Considering how little effort Apple has put forth for the product, even Apple must have been take by surprise when all available stock for the revamped device sold out in under 8 hours."
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IE Making Come Back After EU Ballot

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  more than 4 years ago

KingMotley (944240) writes ""Most PC users hit the web using Internet Explorer by default, simply because it just works. Now, after antitrust investigations, European users were given a choice of browser to install via ballot screen, and initial reports are great for 'ol IE. According to Statcounter, IE use in the UK has gone up 3.39 percent since last month's implementation of the ballot, 1.54 percent in Italy, and 1.76 percent in Germany. It's still early days, and it'll take more than this for IE to reclaim it's 95 percent lead in the browser war, but it's certainly a good trend for Microsoft. With that in mind, we're going to have to ask you to place your bets now. As a side note, all other major browsers (Firefox, Chrome, and Opera) have seen a dip in their usage for the same period.""
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W3C group

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Why is there separate properties for each side of a border, but not for the outline property which is mostly the same thing but it doesn't affect layout? (sigh).

WTB outline-top-width, outline-top-color, outline-top-style, etc.

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W3C group at it again

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

While writing HTML5, the W3C group seems to have broken compatibility with HTML 4 again. No longer can you specify colspan='0' on a td tag to let it span the rest of the row. (sigh) I guess it wasn't all that important since only firefox ever implemented it correctly in the first place. Opera did support rowspan='0' as well, but that is no longer valid in HTML 5 either.

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FIrefox buggy transition support

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Firefox misinterprets the CSS3's Editors draft and ignores any CSS properties (like transition) where an angle or time specification is given as simply 0. All other browsers accept 0 for the time specification, and the CSS 3 specification says that it is to be backwards compatible with the CSS 2.1 specification that clearly states that the unit of measure is optional when the unit is 0. Bad mozilla, bad!

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.NET Optimization Framework Bug

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Apparently, the optimization framework (Also known as Bundling & Minification) has a nasty bug in it when doing bundling of javascript. When given a set of files, it first does a simple concatenation of the files together before doing a minification on the result. At first glance that seems to be a fairly obvious thing to do, well, except that if you have a whole line comment as your last line in a javascript file that doesn't end with a CR/LF that is. Unfortunately, that is exactly what some of the more popular minification tools currently do. It'll concatenate the first line of the next javascript file onto the comment line of the last file, and well, things go badly from there.

Supposedly there is a fix coming, but not in time for our latest release. Yay for having to delete all our pre-min'ed files, and recreating them without the debug comment that is typically there to help debug in chrome. Oh well, at least there is a workaround.

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Bad Chrome/Webkit

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Apparently Chrome has a bug when dealing with padding on elements with display:table. They've had one for a while, and it APPEARS they hacked it to always assume subtract the padding from the element's width, which is fine except for when you are in box-sizing:border, they still subtract it. Fail. Chrome breaking standards based layouts. Yes, it's been reported, "fixed" but broken in new and interesting ways -- for over a year.

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Firefox most braindead fieldset implementation

KingMotley KingMotley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

As part of doing due diligence in creating websites that are accessible to the handicap, being able to use semantic markup is paramount. For forms, this means grouping logical sets of form elements, and wrapping them in a fieldset tag. As part of one of my most recent web designs, we used the fieldset to encapsulate groups of common tags that were collapsible. Well, that was until we found out that we had to bastardize our markup because firefox's implementation of the fieldset tag doesn't allow you to have content that is larger than the visible area that is. Yup, firefoxes implementation acts like it has overflow:visible stuck on, no matter what overflow setting you give it. Boo firefox for forcing us to wrap our pretty fieldsets in divs just because of your broken implementation.

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