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Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

VGPowerlord Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (97 comments)

Well, given that both iD and Valve games use client-server models with low numbers of players, is there really any point to trying to DDoS a server?

about a week ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

VGPowerlord Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

I think it's funny that you'd say this.

DOS had drivers in the form of Terminate and Stay Resident (TSR) programs.

For instance, you had Microsoft's mouse.sys or for standard serial port (and later PS/2) mice.

CD drives required config.sys to load a vendor-specific CD-ROM driver followed by autoexec.bat executing mscdex.exe.

From memory, sound cards notably didn't have drivers built-in, or rather the only startup programs they had just set the ports and interrupts the cards used. (i.e. sb16set)

about two weeks ago

The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

VGPowerlord Re:Not ready for v6 yet (248 comments)

If it weren't for the stupidity of OS and IP stack authors, we'd be able to use the - addresses.

However, most of them refuse to route to those addresses because they're "Reserved for Future use."

Apparently no one stopped to think that blocking routing to those addresses would stop them from being used in the future because people insist on using older technology.

about three weeks ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

VGPowerlord Re:Steve Jobs set the standard... (262 comments)

Was this before he was kicked out of Apple for running it into the ground, or after he spent years in the wilderness learning how to actually manage a company?


This is likely from which has all sorts of early Apple history.

about three weeks ago

Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

VGPowerlord Re:Microsoft has a new CEO? (151 comments)

Because at the end of the day it is "business as usual" -- no one really gives a fuck about Microsoft's new CEO.

Microsoft still doesn't a fucking clue about UI, it still shits on PC gamers with its crappy GWFL (Games For Windows Live), the Xbone has the stupidest marketing name ever, XP is still holding on because business can't be bought off with the latest untested shiny, DX12 will be only available on Windows 9 as MS tries to force gamers to upgrade, etc.

Weren't all those things done during the "lengthy and ultimately unpopular reign" of Steve Ballmer?

about a month ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

VGPowerlord Re:Arrest the Credit Card Issuers? (419 comments)

It sounds like the real scammers are the credit card issues that have a system in place to override that has ZERO security in place.

The security is supposed to be that the retailer is supposed to call the bank themselves to verify it. Which they didn't do.

about a month ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

VGPowerlord Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

There are literally hundreds of credit card companies in the United States.

MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover....those are the only major ones, so I'm not sure where you got "hundreds" from.

about a month and a half ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

VGPowerlord Re: But scarcity! (390 comments)

I'm just assuming you're saying that and not judging from personal experience, because last I checked, the State of Michigan monitors road quality state-wide and funds repairs accordingly.

about a month and a half ago

Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

VGPowerlord Re:From what I've read: (236 comments)

The early 2000s (and 1999) also saw fierce competition between AMD and Intel. This happened after AMD stole the performance crown from Intel with the release of the original Athlon, which likely pushed Intel to actually make some improvements.

This eventually lead to the Pentium M (and later Core) microarchitecture which Intel has been building upon for the last decade or so.

about a month and a half ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

VGPowerlord Re:Normal humans exlcuded from practicing law/medi (608 comments)

The real injustice is that I'll never be able to fill that spot on my bucket list under "Perform open heart surgery in front of a judge while vigorously arguing a case on behalf of the guy who is having his heart operated on."

No, but you could probably work that into an app!

about 2 months ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

VGPowerlord Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

How did it get to the point of being a "series of kludges upon hacks upon misbegotten designs"? So much of it was because of shit-headed ad-hoc, fix-it-now solutions done by amateurs. People like Brendan Eich were nothing but enablers: much of Javascript's stupidity comes his trying to make it accessible to non-programmers.

Much of JavaScript's stupidity was because it was a shit-headed ad-hoc, fix-it-now solution written for NetScape 2.0... back then it was called LiveScript.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -- George Santayana

about 2 months ago

Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

VGPowerlord Re:News? (158 comments)

At least this particular bit of ridiculousness is being undone.

Which is more than I can say of the US government.

about 2 months ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

VGPowerlord Pedestrians ignore them anyway (579 comments)

Adding the timers doesn't help anything because pedestrians ignore the timer anyway and will just walk out even if the light is about to change.

So, all you've done is give more information to the people who you didn't intend to give it to.

about 2 months ago

Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales

VGPowerlord Re:Who bought them anyway? (127 comments)

Bad examples. Transistor and Mercenary Kings are both on Steam, as is pretty much every indie game of consequence. In fact, what most indie developers are learning is that they get more sales on Steam than they ever did on the consoles - and Steam will allow them to support their games past release without placing stupid restrictions on it.

This is one of the reasons I don't plan on buying any current gen consoles.

Not only that, but on the WiiU front, Nintendo has released the first game I might actually be interested in for the WiiU, but I'm not about to shell out a bunch of money just for one game.

To add to this, the WiiU's other big upcoming title (Smash Bros.) is also going to be on the 3DS... which nearly all my friends already have. As opposed to the two of them who have WiiU consoles.

about 3 months ago

Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales

VGPowerlord Re:ZOMG PANIC! (127 comments)

I think that it is worth noting that the sales comparison is not lifetime sales, but sales for 2013 only. So, Nintendo's 2012 sales would not have been included.

The fact that the Wii U has been available for longer makes the PS4 2013 sales look even more lacklustre. All the consoles have their best sales immediately after launch (which is why having a good launch catalogue is critical). The Wii U was launched in late 2012, and it is unlikely that 2013 saw the kind of sales that it had in the first few months after launch. However, the PS4 was launched in 2013. So, when you compare sales data for 2013, you are comparing sales data of the latest and greatest that Sony has to offer with the sales performance of a console that most had already panned as being not worth the purchase.

You realize that the PS4 was only out for the last 6 weeks of 2013 in North America and last 5 weeks in Europe? And wasn't out in Japan until February 2014?

about 3 months ago

Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

VGPowerlord Re:Government fails again (267 comments)

In the US, the government (the National Science Foundation specifically) ran the Internet backbone through April 30, 1995. Then it got privatized... which was a mistake.

about 3 months ago

Sony Winding Down the PSP

VGPowerlord Re:Too much competition (85 comments)

It kind of annoys me that the Vita TV never reached north America. The Vita games I'm interested in don't actually need touch controls and in Japan its like half the price of the Vita itself.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

VGPowerlord Re:LP Mud (310 comments)

I did a few shenanigans here and there. Most were just weird things though.

I do remember accidentally making a command attached to a room that would essentially delete your inventory if you were a wizard because it turns out there was an admin command with the same name. And another that would fill up your inventory with undroppable items.

Oh, and I can't forget the rooms that moved you automatically between them in a circle so fast that you had to spam directions and hope you exited to a room that was outside the circle of spinning rooms.... it was supposed to move you from room to room every 2 seconds or so (to simulate a giant spinning gear in a clock tower), not every .2 seconds or whatever it was doing... whoops.

Then again, I suppose I should have actually learned C before monkeying around with LPC... this was back when I was in my early teens and my only programming experience at that time was BASIC.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

VGPowerlord Re:LP Mud (310 comments)

Oh god, I haven't done coding for LP mud stuff in almost 20 years... while I don't remember doing any crazy shenanigans like that (although I should have seeing as how my brother was also a wizard on the same mud), I do remember making some interesting oopsies.

I never did get back into it after mud ownership passed to a new person, who didn't make backups, and the guy hosting the mud lost his temper and deleted the whole thing.

about 3 months ago



C64 Emulator Removed From App Store

VGPowerlord VGPowerlord writes  |  more than 4 years ago

R. Bemrose writes "Only one day after the C64 Emulator surfaced on the iPhone App Store, it has been pulled.

The Register notes that the BASIC interpreter was not removed, only hidden, and could still be accessed. Apple removed the application after finding this out.

The application has been resubmitted by its author, again claiming that the BASIC Interpreter has been removed. However, Apple's approvers will undoubtedly give the new version more scrutiny than before."

Hans Reiser found guilt of First Degree Murder

VGPowerlord VGPowerlord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

VGPowerlord (621254) writes "Wired is reporting that a jury found Hans Reiser guilty of murdering his wife Nina.

At this point, the sentence has not been determined, but Wired believes it will be anywhere from 25 years to life in prison.

What does this mean for ReiserFS and Namesys?"

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