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Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

counterplex Re:Why are they posting old source code? (224 comments)

I'm not sure that's needed really. Projects like FreeDOS and the like seem to be fine on their own. The DOS 2.0 source code is more of a curiosity, nothing more.

about 6 months ago

Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

counterplex Re:Or... (348 comments)


The perception of Apple customers has been that they're typically left of center. Apple haters fired the "your iphone is made in a sweatshop" volley (legitimately, I might add) because of this perception of Apple's customers and an attempt at shaming them. Apple responded by enforcing ever stricter standards of minimum working conditions on all their suppliers, thus safeguarding the customer base. Continuing along the same lines and in service of safeguarding their customer base, Apple started moving towards green energy also because that's yet another selling point to keep their customers hooked. It's also the reason why in every product launch, the greenness of the product is a feature touted alongside its technical merits.

Customers give Apple money in exchange for Apple products. That's how Apple became valuable enough to have so many shareholders. Take away the customers and you're holding a shell. The customers *want* a company that is at least a little altruistic because it makes the customers feel good about themselves.

If shareholders treat Apple like the goose that laid golden eggs, they'll suffer the same fate when they try to distil the company to the essence they (wrongly) perceive it to be.

about 7 months ago

If I could print 1 replacement organ ...

counterplex Re:Liver (544 comments)


Just the Doctor

about 2 years ago

Hackers Nab Unreleased Michael Jackson Tracks From Sony

counterplex Re:why? (192 comments)

Did you learn nothing from the Cylons? Networking a computer is the road to certain doom!

more than 2 years ago

P2P Music Downloads At All-Time Low

counterplex RIAA Strategy? (369 comments)

Publishing headlines such as these typically get reactions that range from "Hell, no! We're still pirating up in dis!" to "I knew it! It's the pirate kiddies who're to blame for music industry losses". Does anyone ever wonder whether publishing numbers like these could be, for the RIAA and associates, a graceful way out of the anti-piracy business? As long as they can indicate that they have made an impact on the P2P music piracy going on they can then look the other way while reaping the word-of-mouth publicity benefits (and others) of this same P2P music piracy. Do you think they've learned from their ongoing 10 year old battle with the P2P industry?

more than 3 years ago

Saudi Students In US Seek Segregation By Gender On Facebook

counterplex Why (353 comments)

is this even news?

more than 3 years ago

Best MythTV Friendly HDTV

counterplex Re:MythFrontend can do many things but (3 comments)

Let me know if you get that bluetooth remote working. It's funky at best last I tried. I was even at the point where I started dabbling in bluetooth socket programming but realized it wasn't worth it after spending countless hours getting it to work. I ended up buying a microsoft mceusb2 remote with a usb receiver (and room to plugin to irblasters) and have been happy ever since.

more than 3 years ago

Best MythTV Friendly HDTV

counterplex MythFrontend can do many things but (3 comments)

controlling your TV might not be one of them. It typically uses your TV as an output device and that's the extent of control it has on it. You could look into using an irblaster in conjunction with your frontend to exert more control via scripts that can be tied to your remote control using lirc but that's something you'll have to build yourself. It's more common to use an irblaster for channel changing a cable box for which mythbackend already has support.

I'd say pick whatever TV works for you and ensure your frontend can handle decoding and playing full HD content. Add a universal remote to the mix and you have the makings of a killer mythfrontend. If you'll have a separate backend (which is what it seems like based on your description) you won't have to touch the backend at all.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft's Adaptive Touchscreen Keyboard

counterplex Re:Seen before ... (77 comments)

The optimus tactus shows the keyboard playing back video- which IMO, although cool, misses the point. A keyboard is, after all, an *input* device!

While this is true, there's no reason that future input paradigms will conform to the ones you're used to.

more than 4 years ago

Foursquare Turns Down $100M

counterplex Re:The words "four square" conjure up bad memories (189 comments)

For me, the words "four square" conjure up some bad memories for me.

For lack of a better description, it basically broke my penis.

So... is this a good time to ask you to return your Man card?

more than 4 years ago

After Learning Java Syntax, What Next?

counterplex Re:Best way to learn: (293 comments)

And by code commenting skills AC doesn't mean add a comment for each line of code. In my experience good commenting would be to add a brief comment for each block of code. If you've written a particularly obscure one-liner or something that might also deserve a quote and perhaps a reference of where you picked it up but that should be rare: I hope you're writing functional and legible code before you start optimizing it.

more than 3 years ago

Google Docs To Host Any File Type

counterplex Will these be all public too? (186 comments)

Google's last foray into all-inclusive communications (Voice) resulted in lots of voicemails being made publicly searchable. I wonder if the same fate awaits all your documents. It hasn't happened for the documents that exist already on Google docs but what of the ones that are not created by Google docs and don't have the same rights data associated with them?

more than 4 years ago

Modded UX490 UMPC Shows Off Years of Community Development

counterplex Just because you can (75 comments)

doesn't necessarily mean you should. This might just be a case of that. What's the usability of OSX on this? For that matter what about the resource hungry Vista and 7? XP was probably as far as it needed to go. That and perhaps Linux.

more than 4 years ago

Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

counterplex Re:Release cycles? (1231 comments)

I've been using Ubuntu since 8.04 and have always upgraded using the "Upgrade" button without any issues. Upgrading to Karmic Koala was just as simple. I'm sure there's some crud left over from Jaunty but I did run apt-get autoremove so most of that should be gone.

more than 4 years ago

New Wheel of Time Book — Chapter One Online, Released Oct 27

counterplex Maybe they should find a replacement for (269 comments)

George R. R. Martin as well. He's taking forever and a decade finishing a dance with dragons.

about 5 years ago

Best Tools For Network Inventory Management?

counterplex Re:To the toolboxes... (251 comments)

As an actual lazy slacker even I put in a little bit of work before asking my peers for help. That way I can maximize the benefit I get from asking my peers by making sure they don't give me the same answer I could get frmo Google. That just makes good sense. It also helps me determine who else is a lazy slacker :)

more than 5 years ago


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counterplex counterplex writes  |  more than 10 years ago I just submitted a question to and it's been pending for a couple of days. I wonder what the daily volume of questions is and what the average turnaround time is for them to be posted. It helps when you have a general idea of the average lead time needed to post a question whose responses you're really interested in. Oh well, back to waiting.

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