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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

PincushionMan Re:Microsoft the pusher? (170 comments)

I'm hoping that the authors of SharpDevelop can be persuaded to port their software to Linux. I suspect the major sticking point at the moment is WinForms - I think that's part of WPF. If WPF is not part of the open sourcing, then there's no way a port could be made without a UI rewrite. Research says (paraphasing a bit) MS flatly denies that WPF will leave Windows as that is part of the presentation of the OS.

Other projects written by the ic#code guys are SharpZipLib, SharpUsbLib, and ILSpy. I know I've seen SharpZipLib used in a very expensive bit of Oracle reporting middleware and a few other projects.

10 hours ago

What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

PincushionMan Re:Sales (170 comments)

Guess you haven't noticed that Visual Studio 2015 Community is free for OSS development -OR- small business (< $1 M gross revenue AND < 250 computers).

Read all about it here or here.

10 hours ago

Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

PincushionMan Re:I suspect the KKK is involved in this some how. (1128 comments)

Ah, you don't remember your Civil War history, do you? Missouri tried to secede... and failed. So it shouldn't be suprising that Missouri is 50 years behind the rest of the country. In these parts of the country, time stands still for long periods of time. Mid range home values are nearly the same as the giant pickup trucks and hummers the everyone seem to drive.

Back to the case, it does seem like the riots are wanted. Even heard a news pundit talking about how all the stores are loaded with goodies for Black Friday, and joked that the streets of Feguson would be on fire soon. It's like he was giving the people watching a wink and a nod, "Yeah man, go for it. Take the stuff that's rightfully yours. The building's on fire anyway, they won't miss it. And if the building's not on fire, could you please light it before you leave?" So frustrating. And the news is happily commenting on how the unrest is spreading to various other cities. Again, like the powers that be want horrible things to happen. Maybe to teach the populace that uprising will be costly.

Costly - ahhh - economics, what makes the world go around:

  • Riots
  • supply chains disrupted
  • prices soar (right before biggest retail period of the year)
  • profit! and if your store catches on fire, it's all good, insurance will cover it - profit again! Win-Win!

What could possibly go wrong?

about three weeks ago

Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

PincushionMan Re:Just wondering (1128 comments)

It falls under the "Stuff That Matters." part of the tagline. I know they removed it, but the spirit of it should still be here.

In all likelyhood, people will lose their lives because of these riots. It may even spread to other cities. So it is news, and it matters. Don't like it? Well, I hear there's this website made out of people... Let's see what their stories are like:

  • Girls with the clap probably have another (previously undetected) STD - yay?
  • Monsanto steals someone else's IP - suprise?
  • Loving/Liking terrorists on FaceBook == terrorism - WTF? Who does that?

    A 29-year-old Virginia woman ...

    Huh, I kinda figured it would be someone from Florida

Even more current event type stories than here. So, I guess it's here or Reddit. I'm sure they don't cover any news stories, do they? Oh, amazingly, their top story is this one, with 6400+ comments. Sorry, man, you are just not going to get away from this one.

about three weeks ago

Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

PincushionMan Re:Signs clear enough even for a layman (581 comments)

Yeah, just because I don't need that feature, lets rip it out for everyone, right?

That is very short sighted thinking. Sure the code is old. Sure it is crufty, but it works! Why remove something that is working now for something that may be created in the future? It would be a shame to throw out working code for a new unproven shiny binary. I'm all in favor of new stuff, but not when developers remove working features and promises they'll get to it later. It won't happen; if they wanted to do it, it would be done at the same time. It's a hard problem, and chances are, later will never come.

Before you criticize it, have tried to use the feature? It is immensely useful to be able to be able to render a single window locally without having to drag the system down rendering an entire desktop via VNC, RDP, NX, etc... Can single windows be rendered through RDP? Yes, sure. However, that requires some setup, where on Linux I just hop over to that server and type the command (usually with a &) and bam, local view of remote server.

All that aside, I'm not the only user of the technology. Other projects use it as well, such as WinSwitch, x2go, FreeNX, NoMachine's NX - although maybe less so since version 4. Try some of these, you might light what they offer.

about a month ago

Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

PincushionMan Re:Are you sure? (863 comments)

I'm a fan of FreeBSD, and I've been looking at PC-BSD also. I like how the default FS is now ZFS. Back in the day I used to partition my disk in 'dangerously dedicated mode'. Who needs a partition table when you have slices! Well, except when your hard disk is dropped when you move, it makes recovery a bit trickier!

about a month and a half ago

Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

PincushionMan Gentoo Users (993 comments)

Yes, I'm sure he's very upset at the rejection by all 10 people who use Gentoo.

Hey, there's no need to count in binary. Oh, and thanks for your decision not to switch the both of us to systemd for now.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

PincushionMan Dupe? (330 comments)

Haven't we seen this story before?
Okay, I see now, maybe because the full amount has been publicized. I'm just a little curious why so many Minecraft stories have been bubbling to the front page recently.

And jawtheshark: 'notched' - Really? That is quite punishing. Was that you or the editors?

about 3 months ago

Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

PincushionMan Re:Umm... WHY??? (368 comments)

Back in the bad old days, you had to pay for your browsers. If you wanted TCP/IP on Window 3.11, you even had to pay for Trumpet Winsock ($25). I remember that IE's trident core was licensed from some other company (Spyglass? Mosaic?), and that the parent company was to get a cut of the profits. They never envisioned that MS would just give it away as a part Windows 95, netting them $0 per copy.

Also, Microsoft paid the huge sum of $0 for their TCP/IP stack for Windows 95. They cribbed it straight from BSD's TCP/IP stack, IIRC.

about 3 months ago

Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

PincushionMan Re:LibreOffice (190 comments)

PDF can have the same problem if the font is not embedded and a suitable substitute is not available. An embedded font is the only way to be sure what you see is what they'll get. I remember loathing downloading PDF manuals in the dial up days because they would be huge (like 4 - 12 MB). Now that I think about it, those manuals often had non-SVG photos as well - those were probably the real culprits.

about 4 months ago

Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

PincushionMan BSOD Colors and Reboots (190 comments)

Yeah, in Windows 8/8.1 it is a baby blue, and it has a giant :( in 128 point font. To be fair, I only got it because I mixed RAM speeds in a RAM bank. Once I rearranged them, it was fine.

Apparently, Vista (and maybe 7) has a Red Screen of Death to indicate some sort of elevated severity versus the regualr BSOD. I've not observed that one though, and don't quite recall what caused it to be red.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

PincushionMan Software in question (209 comments)

I dunno why the poster was making a big deal of the secret; off the top of my head I can think of two Monolithic ERP systems that Oracle provides.

  1. 1) JDEdwards — has both the "cloud" version or a premise version. From experience, I can tell you the internal coding tools were not pretty.
  2. 2) Peoplesoft — probably same as above

In theory, it makes life easier for the corporation, in practice, not so much.

about 5 months ago

Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

PincushionMan Racked by delays...? (144 comments)

I'm very curious how the racks caused delays. Were there too many that fell over damaging the servers? Perhaps the under performing vendors are being tortured for their failure?

Well, how about that, it appears that the word wrack (synonyms, ruin, destruction, wreckage, (v) to cause destruction) have been replaced by the word rack (synonyms: shelf, torture device, (v) subject to extreme stress).

Bah. My first attempt to be a grammar Nazi and I have to correct myself.

about 5 months ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

PincushionMan Re:Tradition (681 comments)

I gotta call you on that, man. Windows 98 and Windows 2000 were awesome compared to Windows 95 and Me (Windows 99?). XP only narrowly avoided the odd numbered curse because it was named XP instead of 01 or 1. I guess they fired all the people that made Windows Me. Then they brought them all back to make Windows Vista and, after they'd learned their lesson with Vista, they had them make Windows 8.

about 6 months ago

Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

PincushionMan Re:Name? (148 comments)

This is a good point. The only way they could have screwed up worse would have been to name it "Pinto", "Gremlin", or "Aztek". (The latter has been said to have been the worst car in all of history, responsible for the downfall of Pontiac.)

Now now, those were at least profitable cars. How about an unprofitable car for a name: Project Edsel. This car cost Ford millions of $$ in 1950s money. How's that for a bad project name?

about 8 months ago

OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

PincushionMan Re:Beta testers (91 comments)

I'd leave you for my lawyer too, if you let BTRFS microwave me!

about 9 months ago

WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

PincushionMan Re:Straight Talk (273 comments)

From what I understand, it depends on the area of the country you live in. So it is possible to be on "T-Mobile" Straight Talk in some areas and "AT&T" Straight Talk in other areas.

In my area, it was possible (for a while) to run locked AT&T phones on straight talk. They've stopped, because some folks were taking the pay as you go smartphones, using them maybe a month, and quickly switching to Straight Talk.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

PincushionMan Live CSS Fiddling tool (533 comments)

If you are looking for awesome live CSS fidding (heh), then let me introduce you to this site .

Pure Awesome! Loadable, saveable, shareable. Even loads common JS libraries for you. I've even seen ExtJS examples on this site. Hope you find it useful.

about a year ago

Airgap-Jumping Malware May Use Ultrasonic Networking To Communicate

PincushionMan 80s Tank Games (265 comments)

Just curious, was assembly tank game Tank Wars or Scorched Earth?

Everyone swears by Scorched Earth - there's even a Scorched Earth 3D version now, but I always preferred Tank Wars.

about a year ago

Full Screen Mario: Making the Case For Shorter Copyrights

PincushionMan Re: Innovation? (361 comments)

I know I shouldn't feed the troll Woosh, etc... Ah, what the heck

Spoken like someone who never had the original one. Even while the thing was in it's heyday (late '80s), it had all kinds of issue starting. After about two-three years of heavy use, they would start with the flashing power light upon inserting a cart. Everyone always assumed it was the cart's fault, because if you took it out and blew on it or tried another one, it would work. Problem was with the female end inside the unit, the jaws would splay open after too many insertions.

That said, I'll give the parent a break — since I never owned a top loader, he may be right. My N64 still works (for now), but my SNES only starts its games about 1 in 10 times recently.

about a year ago


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