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Prince of Persia Level Editor 'Apoplexy' Reaches 2.0

cianduffy Re:Future Generations (44 comments)

That is if there's any way to get CoD or Portal to run in twenty five years time - easily defeatable or no copy protection on older games makes running them in DOSBox or similar quite easy. Trying to figure out how to work around Steam, Origin or the newer optical media protection systems to allow games to run in emulation in future isn't going to be as simple.

about 9 months ago

NSA Able To Crack A5/1 Cellphone Crypto

cianduffy Re:Hysterics (122 comments)

A5/1 is not the export cipher - that's A5/2.

about 9 months ago

Qualcomm Says Eight-Core Processors Are Dumb

cianduffy Re:Wilkinson blade (526 comments)

The UK (and other countries nearby) - Wilkinson Sword is the brand. Schick is the same products in the US from memory.

about a year ago

Are Booth Babes Going Away? (Video)

cianduffy Babes may not be what's wanted... (334 comments)

Based on the IT industry here (Ireland) at least, there's been a huge increase in the number of gay men in IT, or out gay men at least. Not much use in having a booth babe if the guy buying the product doesn't like boobs.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Supporting "Antique" Software?

cianduffy All this is still possible on modern hardware... (212 comments)

...assuming your software can support being run on a recent 32 bit Windows properly

My employer has only recently taken off sale a re-shelled 1980s Object Pascal application that needed direct serial and parallel access and we were able to provide machines that handle it and the various peripherals perfectly well. Intel Reference boards (which they're withdrawing for PCs sometime soon unfortunately) and Startech PCI-E cards for the ports. I think the boards even have a floppy controller although the need for them was finally removed by an upstream supplier buying some CD burners a few years back.

Something written to work on 1987 grade hardware can sometimes run faster than intended on a Core i7, though.

about a year ago

The Text-Your-Parents-Your-Drug-Deal Experiment

cianduffy Re:All iPhone screenshots? (267 comments)

Because its the Daily Mail, a paper that is generally read by particularly stupid people, to whom Smartphone = Apple.

Or they're fake. Not sure which is more likely.

about a year ago

Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

cianduffy Re:Certification (953 comments)

And my family doctor just dumped their old version of Wolf Medical to a new version, total cost for 6 computers? $118k.

I am definitely doing this job in the wrong country. Think our sleaziest salesman would have trouble getting more than $40k CAD for a similar size practice before financing costs including manually-assisted data migration from whatever existing system they were using.

about a year ago

Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

cianduffy How many versions behind is she? (953 comments)

This is my industry and I'm not aware of any system where you could be on a compliant, secure system that had been updated that won't run above XP.

The only systems I run in to that are stuck on XP or below are some Win16 apps. Would consider seeing if they'd run on ecomstation to have a less easily attacked (if only by rareness) system if they weren't competitors systems. Our own Win16 and DOS applications were borked in to running on Windows 7 and a brief bit of playing with one of them on Windows 8 was succesful too - but the last one to be withdrawn from sale was in 2008.

To be stuck on XP you either need to have been extremely unlucky, or be using something ancient and likely unsupported. And if a normal upgrade for an opticians is $10k, we really need to move markets/country.

about a year ago

Investing In Lego Bricks For Fun But Mostly Profit

cianduffy Just wait till the re-issues... (98 comments)

Lego have re-issued sets before, including large/expensive ones, as a "Legends" line. There's also been adhoc re-issues of sets other than the Legends line. All it takes is Lego to do the same again with the few sets that are being ridiculously hoarded and traded at obscene prices for some people (Those who bought early) being left with no gains and some (those who bought in older sets late) being left hugely out of pocket. The more they push it as an investment idea, the more Lego may realise there's demand for the sets to be reissued.

about a year and a half ago

BBC Turns Off CEEFAX Service After 38 Years

cianduffy Re:was popular in Ireland too (160 comments)

RTE has Aertel which was on the analogue services until they closed this morning, and is still available as a DVB insert on satellite (and possibly digital terrestrial - it was, but they suggested they'd turn it off too).

They also have the exact same data and page numbers in an MHEG5 app and a web interface to it also:

Don't think its that popular anymore, but it was common to see pubs leave 150 (lotto results) or the rotating football results page (222? I think?) up on a TV in the corner to save staff being asked the same questions over and over or being asked to change channel.

about 2 years ago

Chattanooga's Municipal Network Doubles Down On Fiber Speeds

cianduffy Beware of FTTx (in some situations) (165 comments)

My house has FTTH. Except its dark, ever since the firm providing it went bankrupt and was bought by another that promptly went bankrupt itself. It *was* sold at 10mbits and 20mbits when they were in business, at a time when DSL was usually 512k or 1mbit. So I'm stuck with 3mbit DSL, due to the estate having been connected to a second-string exchange as the telco never thought anyone would want DSL with FTTH. The rest of the town gets either 8mbit or 24mbit depending on who they get service from. Then, to make it worse, as the FTTH provider had an early IPTV package, the cable company never cabled this estate. They legally could (totally unregulated market) but they decided it wasn't worth it. They have the rest of the town cabled. They now offer 150/10mbit. I've decided its time to move house!

about 2 years ago

How Haiku Is Building a Better BeOS

cianduffy Re:Not to be harsh but... (137 comments)

QT has been ported, but the OS is definitely not built on QT.

more than 2 years ago

Why Visual Basic 6 Still Thrives

cianduffy Re:Use it today (406 comments)

The little work I have to do with the IDE on Win7 still works fine. I would imagine installing some supporting libraries for specific features could be difficult - I did have to fight the SOAP libraries on.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Granted Broad Patent On Wedge-Shaped Laptops

cianduffy I thought patents had to have no prior art? (326 comments)

My Sony Vaio R600 (R505 in the US I believe) had that same shape about eight years ago. Fantastic laptop, at that.

more than 2 years ago

Dvorak Looks Back At 'Another Crappy Tech Year'

cianduffy Re:He seems conflicted (253 comments)

This year, but before the iPhone came out. Nokia have provided updates, some with new features, for a large range of their handsets for a while, at least in Europe. This on a phone that cost less and has a proper 3G radio interface in it at that...

more than 6 years ago


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