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

PincushionMan Re:Are you sure? (832 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!

2 days 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 three weeks 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 a month and a half 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 9 months 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.

1 year,12 days

Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future

PincushionMan Libraries = No Privacy (149 comments)

Historically, the list books you check out from a library have been protected. However, with the way the government is thinking about it, it is just metadata, since it isn't the books themselves. At this point, I'd honestly be surprised if they weren't mining that data also.

Power Corrupts
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
Knowledge is Power

Absolute Knowledge Corrupts Absolutely

1 year,14 days

US Gov't To Issue Secure Online IDs

PincushionMan Better Acronym (205 comments)

What a terrible acronym! How are we supposed to say FCXX anyway?

So, I came up with a better one for them:
Federal User Credential Keyfob (for Your Online Utopia)

about a year ago

Urban Terror Code Stolen

PincushionMan Re:Happened to me about 10 years ago (264 comments)

Dude, he was doing coke on top of his backup CDs - he doesn't sound like the sharpest tool in the shed.

about a year ago

New Evidence That the Moon Was Created In a Massive Collision

PincushionMan When Worlds Collide (155 comments)

I'm guessing this happened before Flash Gordon's time. Who knew that 40's pulp sci-fi was based on facts?

about 2 years ago

Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%

PincushionMan Free-To-Play === No DRM? (464 comments)

I have to disagree with you. Free-To-Play is the ultimate DRM. Your game only exists as long as that game cloud is running. As soon as it becomes unprofitable, they'll pull the plug in a heartbeat. Just like that, your game is gone.

From the publisher's point of view, this is the best possible solution. Turn everything into MMORPG, MMORTS, or MMOFPS and start raking in the dough. As soon as v2 comes out, pull the plug on v1. Or better yet, make expansion1 that makes those playing the vanilla version lose every time. I can see more powerful guns in FPS-type games (like the Double-Barrel shotgun in Doom2), more powerful units in RTS games (like Krogoth in Total Annihilation:Core Contingency), and Monty-Haul Loot Drops (TM) in MMORPGs (like Dust of Disappearance in Curse of the Azure Bonds - that stuff rocked!)

Point is - I can still play Curse of the Azure Bonds more than 20 years after it was made. Yes, I still have a floppy drive in my computer, and an emulator is required. The Free-To-Plays will probably last 5, perhaps 15 if they are a runaway success. Future generations may not have access to them. Now where did that Adventurer's Journal run off to, I need to read Entry 37.

more than 2 years ago


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