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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

VGPowerlord Re:Republicans Control Michigan (292 comments)

3) and 4) are only valid in during election when it's time to manufacture consent. Trust me, they are very pro-government and pro-regulation if it goes in the interest of the companies paying their multi-millions campaign.

Since this is a mid-term election year and election day is less than a month away, you'd think that would apply right now.

Especially since Michigan has its gubernatorial election on mid-term years.

3 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

VGPowerlord Re:Wonder How Much? (292 comments)

Other than executive offices, all the big auto manufacturing plants are situated - and nearly all the workers live - well outside the city itself, in the suburbs where (other than being impacted by Detroit's implosion and the overall Great Recession decline) things are pretty good.

Or in other areas. I know in the Lansing area, we still have at least 2 operational GM plants, both built since 2000. Wikipedia suggests there are two more located somewhere in the area. That's not even counting suppliers or other areas... or even manufacturers other than GM.

3 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

VGPowerlord Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (292 comments)

If you're including Tesla under "who loses out" then you also need to include General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler under "who benefits from the bill modification."

Also known as the "big 3 automakers" in the US (even though Toyota has passed Chrysler in sales).

3 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

VGPowerlord Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (292 comments)

Give me just one good reason why law makers would take legislation proposals written by a lobbyist who represents a non-voting entity and send it to the floor for a vote without so much as a single modification?

In this case, Michigan's economy is still somewhat heavily reliant on a small set of automobile manufacturers. None of which are Tesla.

3 days ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

VGPowerlord Re:symbols, caps, numbers (546 comments)

Basically, apple asked for the first four digits of your CC for secure verification

First four is a security hole as a bunch of people from your bank will share them.

about a week ago
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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

VGPowerlord Re:Windows should never have allowed spaces... (94 comments)

And one reason you have "Program Files" in Windows is just that - to break scripts and other tools who can't handle spaces. Likewise "Documents and Settings" (renamed Users since Vista).

Except that they appear as Progra~1 and Docume~1 to programs that don't support long filenames.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

VGPowerlord Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (644 comments)

Very likely.

I thought I saw an article about why the version number was 6.1 in Raymond Chen's Old New Thing blog, but my Google-fu is apparently failing to locate it.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

VGPowerlord Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (644 comments)

Not just driver compatibility.

Windows 7 fixed a bunch of Vista compatibility issues with programs built for XP simply by having the version be set to 6.1.

Turns out that companies doing braindead Windows version detection of

if (majorVersion >= 5 && minorVersion >= 1)

had it fail spectacularly for version 6.0.

about three weeks ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

VGPowerlord Re:What do they mean YouTube Freed? (139 comments)

I had to search every area of my Google+ profile's accounts section until I finally ran across the button to do so. I don't think their help pages even tell you the correct location for it, and now that my profile is deleted, I can't go back and tell where it was (it just prompts me to create a Google+ Profile when I do).

about a month ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

VGPowerlord Re:What do they mean YouTube Freed? (139 comments)

I don't know about if you've never had a Google+ profile, but I deleted mine earlier today and can still comment on my own videos... haven't tried replying to someone else, though.

about a month ago
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

VGPowerlord Re:Beta (93 comments)

Bugs can be reported here.

You'd better hope that Valve pays more attention to it than the Source-1-Games bug tracker, which is basically ignored at this point.

about a month ago
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

VGPowerlord Re:TF2 (93 comments)

Lately I've been addicted to Team Fortress 2.

Runs *flawlessly* native under Linux. Fastest load times compared to windows.

Such a blast.

Conga Fortress 2 for the win!

Anyway, back on topic... I do wonder if Valve will rename half the server .so files like they did for HL2:DM, DoD:S, CS:S, TF2, and L4D2. It tends to break server addons when they do that, and the only reason to do it because they link the server binaries against older GLIBC versions.

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

VGPowerlord Re:Powershell (729 comments)

- sizeof(string) (I may have got the name of the function wrong) returns the length of a single byte rather than the length of the entire string. Who the hell thought that would be a good idea?

Hey, just because you don't know the language doesn't mean it's necessarily wrong. Documentation for sizeof would have told you that it's for telling you the size in bytes of datatypes on a particular system. It's often paired with malloc to allocate memory for something.

The C specification is remarkably lax on the size of its numeric datatypes, too. To the point where eventually a bunch of bit-specific sizes were introduced because the basic versions weren't. example: uint32 is a 32-bit unsigned integer, where as uint is an unsigned integer that's 16-bits or larger depending on the platform.

For that matter, even pointer size changes depending on systems. For instance, it's 4 bytes for 32-bit Intel systems and 8 bytes for 64-bit Intel systems.

about a month and a half ago
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Intellectual Ventures Sheds At Least Part of Its "Patent Troll" Reputation

VGPowerlord Obvisouly! (75 comments)

IV is obvisouly trying to improve its reputation

Well, yeah... it's really obvisou they're trying to get people to stop dwelling on their patnte lawstuis.

Dhu!

about a month and a half ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

VGPowerlord Re:TI calculators are not outdated, just overprice (359 comments)

Right, but didn't the 86 have more features than the 84?

If it did, I couldn't say... I never compared them and the last time I actually used an 85/86 was in the mid-90s.

about a month and a half ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

VGPowerlord Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (1134 comments)

Only if you count games like Candy Crush and Farmville. Let's face it, gaming consoles and expensive video cards are being sold to teenage boys, you know, the ones that actually buy big game titles. If women are such a big market, they'd be pandered to. Or maybe women can make their own games. They should. Obviously these misogynist devs hate money. It's right there for the taking.

I accidentally read that as "buy big game titties" and then realized... that's true, too.

Wait, did I just argue one of Anita Sarkeesian's points for her?

Anyway, one of the things about games: You don't necessarily know who makes the games. For all I know, Alison McWarlover is heading up Call of Duty: Yet Another One... much like Kim Swift was the Project Lead on Portal.

That second one was name dropped to prove a point. Most people probably didn't know know Portal was lead by a woman because it wasn't relevant to the game's success.

about a month and a half ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

VGPowerlord The base model (359 comments)

Ten years later, the base model still has 480 kilobytes of ROM and 24 kilobytes of RAM, its black-and-white screen remains 96x64 pixels, and the MSRP is still $150

I really hate it when people pass off misinformation.

As tempting as it is to call the black and white version the base model, it doesn't appear to be manufactured any longer.

Which means that the current base model is the version that has with 3.5 megabytes ROM and 21 kilobytes RAM, with a color screen that is 320x240 screen. The calculator also has a rechargeable battery (type unknown) and an MSRP of $140.

You can find this information (except the MSRP) on this chart.

Incidentally, Amazon US currently sells the color LCD model (black) for $104. Other colors seems to cost more.

about a month and a half ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

VGPowerlord Re:TI calculators are not outdated, just overprice (359 comments)

As strange as it sounds, the TI-84 is a newer model than the TI-86.

Basically, the lines went like this:

TI-82 -> TI-83 -> TI-84 Plus -> TI-84 Plus Color

TI-85 -> TI-86

Since it's not obvious on that list, the 82 and 85 came out around the same time, as did the 83 and 86.

Incidentally, it's important to note that the stats listed in the summary are for the black and white version and not the newer color version and yet it's the color version's MSRP they're listing.

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

VGPowerlord Re:To remove this... (230 comments)

Last time I tried that it gave me some error. Something about needing --no-preserve-root

about a month and a half ago

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C64 Emulator Removed From App Store

VGPowerlord VGPowerlord writes  |  more than 5 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."
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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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