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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Teresita Re:Forget the fugly tiles for a second... (346 comments)

And yet I can fit a fully working linux distro on a CD.

I can fit a fully working Puppy Linux live 'stro on a 204 megabyte 8cm CD, with room to spare to install a hunnert meg of Debian or Slackware apps and remaster. And the sweet thing about it is Puppy runs entirely in RAM, so I can pull the boot CD out and play movies. I don't even have to install libdvdcss like I have to do on Ubuntu, it's already done

about a month ago
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New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

Teresita Re:Zero Day? Duh... (134 comments)

Now the definition on wikipedia seems to pretty much include ANY vulnerability that hasn't been patched. So by definition ALL vulnerabilities are "zero day" until the vendor releases a patch... so therefore to add the "zero day" adjective in this context is meaningless...

And a "new" zero day at that. That's a relief, it could have been an old one.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

Teresita Re:Star Wars Sucks! (403 comments)

IMHO, the sucky part is that unless the story arc skips ahead as many years, the by-now old/wrinkle-bound actors are going to look really out of place...

"Get off of my lawn fuzzball."

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

Teresita Re:Star Wars Sucks! (403 comments)

Its already been stated that 7 takes place 30 years after Jedi.

Thirty Earth years? What?

about 3 months ago
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China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

Teresita Re:Linux (200 comments)

Doesn't alleviate the headache of fully checking your compiler's source code to make sure it doesn't do anything nefarious in select circumstances.

If you search the comments in the source code for the text "nefarious" or "evil" you probably won't catch it. But if you can spot an obfuscated system call handing out permissions like candy then you might have better luck.

about 3 months ago
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China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

Teresita Re:Wow (200 comments)

So having millions of machines running unpatched XP, and then telling the Americans to go fuck themselves by banned a supported OS... isn't that a bit like cutting off your nose to spite your face?

It's a communist plot. China asked Mr. Softie to please support WinXP past April 8 because it runs on 70% of the PCs over there, and Mr. Softie said no, so this just retaliation, like when China cut off oil to the Norks for a few months for lighting off a nuke. But it's not really going to hurt Mr, Softie very much, because finding an actual licensed copy of Windows in China is like finding an unwokked house cat.

about 3 months ago
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Proton-M Rocket Carrying Russia's Most Advanced Satellite Crashes

Teresita Re:More government control, that's the ticket (160 comments)

The ACA was pushed down Republicans' throats, for sure. Americans in general, however, supported it to various extents.

Sure. And that's why every Donk who wants to retain their seat in November is running away from the ACA as fast as their little legs can carry them.

about 3 months ago
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Proton-M Rocket Carrying Russia's Most Advanced Satellite Crashes

Teresita Re:More government control, that's the ticket (160 comments)

When you're talking about people's lives at stake, and lobbing enormous explosive devices around, minimizing people's hours and maximizing the profit isn't necessarily the best answer.

The evil capitalist profit incentive has gone a long way toward making the chances of dying in a plane crash approach the probability of winning a lottery. If an airline lost the entire plane on the twenty-fifth flight ala Challenger, and again on the 113th flight ala Columbia there'd be a lot of empty seats.

about 3 months ago
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Proton-M Rocket Carrying Russia's Most Advanced Satellite Crashes

Teresita Re:at least they are trying. (160 comments)

They "DO WORK" when it comes to space. WTF are WE doing? Sitting around, remembering the good-old-days while NASA fine-tunes its diversity statement.

Meanwhile the USA is building up quite a portfolio of images from the surface of Mars and shit. Russia's got a gig driving a space limousine.

about 3 months ago
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Proton-M Rocket Carrying Russia's Most Advanced Satellite Crashes

Teresita More government control, that's the ticket (160 comments)

This failure definitely hurts, and will certainly be used as justification by their government in increase its control over that country's aging aerospace industry."

Because paying folks by the hour rather than by the successful launch is a surefire way to cut Space-X off at the knees. This from the land of the three-man shovel.

about 3 months ago
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You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

Teresita Re:Worst fate (315 comments)

And tired of how their politicians waste money on mega-projects, the city's citizens just voted down a tax increase that would have kept the number of bus routes from being slashed.

It wasn't Seattle. The thing was King County Prop 1, and Seattle voted for it by a wide margin, they just couldn't get the rest of us out in the hinterlands to sign on. So the mayor is whipping up an exact repeat, but its only city-wide. Folks there wanna pay more for their tabs, more power to 'em. Ain't democracy grand?

about 3 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

Teresita Re:Also credits the dude that keeps it running (522 comments)

However, I dont think emulation is the right way to replace a dos computer, virtualisation is better. You can install DOS in a VMWare VM easily, whilst emulation like DOSBOX is very good, its still has some issues, a VM will get around most, if not all issues you have with dosbox.

DOSbox is a total cpu hog, especially if you set the cpu cycles in the config file to a level where it doesn't look like you're watching the beginning of an Alien movie printing out stats on the Nostromo slightly faster than you can read. On Linux I run a 1-2-3 clone and Wordstar in Dosemu windows, because if you're in Win3.1 under DOSbox and you launch a non-Windows app the whole window switches to that app and you can't switch back When I absolutely must go to Windows 3.1 I'll fire up a instance of DOSbox but I look at htop when I do and I'm amazed. And it's not any better using DOSbox under 64 bit Win7.

about 3 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

Teresita Re:I also like Wordstar 4.0 (522 comments)

I use Wordstar in a Win 3.1 DOS window daily, there's only two minor hassles. There's no proportional font spacing, so it will sometimes hyphenate on a single character, which stylistically is a no-no. And to get it out of Wordstar I have to dump the document through an ASCII driver configured as a virtual printer. But I totally get where he's coming from, the program stays they hell out of your way and lets you just write, there's no Clippy popping up saying, "Hey did you know you can now send your Great American Novel through TELNET?"

about 3 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

Teresita Re:That's smart (179 comments)

But the about-face today speaks to the seriousness of the vulnerability...

No, it speaks to the seriousness of letting 30% of the PC user base twist in the wind, and start thinking about 2020 when the same thing will happen to 7, and maybe start browsing the Apple stores.

about 4 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

Teresita Re:Out of Band? (179 comments)

Actually, 3.1 doesn't include Internet Explorer either, so it's not vulnerable.

Those AOL 3.0 floppies (which is what most people used before Win95) had a custom version of IE. I'm not too worried though, even though I mess with Win 3.1 a lot myself, the malware's 32 bit API calls to modify the registry won't work, not even under Win32s.

about 4 months ago
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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Teresita Re:Didn't see 1, won't see 2 (93 comments)

When I think of Peter, I think of someone who is put-upon in school.

When I think of Gwen Stacy, I think of someone way too intelligent to have anything to do with the jock who was picking on Peter.

about 4 months ago
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US Should Use Trampolines To Get Astronauts To the ISS Suggests Russian Official

Teresita Re: So what? (272 comments)

Makes me wonder why you think that's a valid response. The equivalent would be if Columbus just floated in a circle half a mile from the coast of Spain, never brought back anything of any value, but kept yelling about how everyone in Spain will die if they don't build more boats. That's the Nutter "logic".

Great business model though, Columbus getting Queen Isabella to dip into the treasury to fund experiments studying the reproductive habits of various salamanders while underway off the coast. The only thing Columbus would have to worry about is some upstart named "Sea-X" convincing Isabella that unfettered capitalism is much more efficient and patriotic than having Spanish taxpayers shell out (no pun intended) for a socialized sea program, and getting a contract to deliver salamanders to the Sea Station using funds executed off the very same Accounts Payable.

about 4 months ago
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50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal

Teresita Re:Thank you Kemeny and Kurtz. (224 comments)

Does assembly teach "bad programming habits"? JMP looks like GOTO, smells like GOTO, it's GOTO.

about 4 months ago
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SCOTUS Ends Novell's Anti-Trust Cast Against Microsoft

Teresita Re:What would this ruling have changed, today? (174 comments)

Dragging out a case is not new.

I don't think this case was worth the risk of SCOTUS setting an accidental precedence. I'd like to think that SCOTUS was thinking along the same lines.


Putting the SCO in SCOtus since 2004. Just ask Pamela Jones

about 4 months ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

Teresita Re:But is it a class M planet? (239 comments)

A world in the "habitable zone" of a class M dwarf star is only a few million miles away, orbiting in a matter of a few days. This means the planet will have a tidal lock, much like the Moon does with respect to the Earth. And that means the night will never end on one side of the world. And that, in turn, will make the dark side so cold the air will precipitate out as snow. Then the atmosphere will equalize, and snow again. Lather, rinse, repeat. Ribbon worlds are airless worlds. Forget about Earth 2.0.

about 4 months ago

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