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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

damnbunni Re:Did I miss windows verson 9? (570 comments)

64 bit Windows 8 will run 32 bit Windows 95/98 software just fine.

It's the 16 bit Windows 3.1 era stuff it craps out on.

(Okay, there is some 16 bit Win9x software. But most of what I have is 32 bit. The obnoxious exceptions are game installers. TIE Fighter for Windows? 32 bit. TIE Fighter's installer program? 16 bit.)

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

damnbunni Re: a better question (592 comments)

Actually, it was only supported when the GUEST was OS X Server in 10.6 and earlier. And it's only supported when the host is -some- form of Mac.

This is why Apple still sells MacOS 10.6 Server; so people can buy a version that will run in a VM that has Rosetta, for PPC apps.

(They charge about twenty bucks for it, and you need to call them and give the part number. But they have it.)

Me, I use OS X on my Mac because the ways that it sucks piss me off less than the ways Windows sucks or the ways Linux sucks.

They all suck. They just suck in different ways.

about two weeks ago
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US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

damnbunni Re:Floppy bad reputation undeserved (252 comments)

Did you know that for $30 you can get a floppy-to-USB device?

It's the size of a floppy drive, installs in a floppy bay, plugs up to the floppy and power connectors, and provides a USB port, a couple of buttons, and a numeric display.

You plug in a USB stick, use the buttons to select which diskette image you want to use, and it presents it to the host machine like a floppy disk.

You often see them advertised for Roland keyboards, but they should work with most floppy applications.

about a month ago
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US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

damnbunni Re:Where do they get floppy DRIVES?! (252 comments)

You can still get motherboards with floppy connectors, though you have to shop around a bit.

Usually not 'gamer class' boards, but some workstation and server boards have 'em.

Alternately, you can use an IDE or SCSI floppy drive, though those are getting hard to find too. (And they're all old.)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

damnbunni Re: Plain text e-mail... (141 comments)

And I know people who use IMs on their PC but not their phone. An IM doesn't necessarily get read any faster than an email.

None of the IMs I've used will actually tell me a message is read. It'll let me know if it fails to deliver, but that doesn't mean Jim is actually at his desk and saw it.

I wasn't claiming there aren't uses for IMs.

My claim was that email isn't useless.

Not everyone's use case is the same as yours.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

damnbunni Re:Plain text e-mail... (141 comments)

IM is a pain in the ass. Of any group of three people or more I want to send a message to, it's dead certain they're not all on the same IM network.

It's a nice theory, but it's nowhere near universal. Email is.

about a month ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

damnbunni Re:Long story short (ad-less) (173 comments)

Define 'small'.

I have games that are pushing 50 gigs each.

It doesn't take many of those to fill up a 'small' SSD, and copying things back and forth between an SSD and a hard drive when you want to play a game gets annoying fast.

And yes, games benefit from being on an SSD. Besides the levels loading faster, I get much smoother framerates in games with large textures when playing from SSD. Seek times matter.

(This is especially visible in games that stream loading, like MMOs. Lord of the Rings Online, in particular, benefits from fast seek times; the framerate is visibly better on an SSD, particularly when riding a horse.)

about a month and a half ago
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Valve Rolls Out Game Broadcasting Service For Steam

damnbunni Re:I guess it shows that Valve as a company .... (92 comments)

You really don't have a choice about upgrading the Steam client. It installs its updates in the background.

I'm using the latest version, on Snow Leopard, and it works. If you're having problems on Lion, I'd suggest uninstalling, cleaning its preferences, and reinstalling perhaps?

There was an entry in the update notes that the latest patch was re-released on 11/25 due to a Mac problem.Maybe try updating it before anything else.

about 2 months ago
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Valve Rolls Out Game Broadcasting Service For Steam

damnbunni Re:I guess it shows that Valve as a company .... (92 comments)

Beats me. I don't usually game on my Mac, but I just installed a random game from my list (The Binding of Isaac) and it ran just fine, and I'm on 10.6 Snow Leopard.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

damnbunni Re:No Way Out (720 comments)

Seasonic sells fanless power supplies up to 850 watts. That's enough for GeForce Titan in SLI.

How much power do you NEED?

about 2 months ago
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The Nintendo DS Turns 10

damnbunni Re:Funny Timing (61 comments)

The GBA did support a Suspend feature, but the games had to deliberately support it also, and few did.

I prefer the Micro to the GBA SP for one simple reason: The micro is wider. The SP is so narrow that I wind up with finger cramps from using the shoulder buttons. The Micro's easier to hold.

about 2 months ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

damnbunni Re:To be expected (473 comments)

Where are the pirate servers for City of Heroes/City of Villains?

I've looked, and haven't found any. There was a server emulator project, but it never seems to have gotten very far.

about 2 months ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

damnbunni Re:About effing time (214 comments)

I don't know that there are apps I *need* that I can't get through the Apple app store, but there are apps I *want* that Apple doesn't permit.

Emulators, for instance.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

damnbunni Re:Make DST standard (613 comments)

I get out of work at 6 AM, you insensitive clod!

about 3 months ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

damnbunni Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (287 comments)

But they're not tested much before they're given a license and allowed to drive.

And I honestly don't think I've been tested 'tens of thousands of times' by pedestrian traffic. I've had someone step out in front of me three or four times, maybe? Perhaps a hundred or so walk behind me while I'm backing up in parking lots?

about 3 months ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

damnbunni Re:Pre-mapped environments are a dead end (287 comments)

You go through fifteen NEW, PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN traffic lights every day?

I call bullshit. I don't think most city DOTs could manage to hang fifteen traffic lights a day.

That's what we're talking about here. NEW lights. Not existing, mapped lights. Those aren't a problem.

about 3 months ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

damnbunni Re:Windows only; NTFS only (101 comments)

You can use a bootable DOS disk/USB stick to update the firmware.

The 'performance restoration' part just rewrites all the data on the disk. You can get the same effect by backing up the disk, formatting, and copying all the data back.

(Brief summary: The problem makes data slower to read as it sits there. The firmware fix prevents that from recurring, rewriting the data fixes it on already-existing data. There's no data loss associated with this, just speed.)

about 3 months ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

damnbunni Re:Maybe now.... (178 comments)

I have an Epson WF-7510 and the drivers for OSX, Windows, and Android seem solid. There's a lot of stupid optional cruft, but there's a just-the-driver option.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

damnbunni Re:911 was down for us Friday night (610 comments)

That really depends on what fills it up and how. I've had my torrent client glitch out and completely fill my drive a couple times, to the point where the UI was too slow to even move a window.

Fortunately I was able to ssh in and kill the program and delete the offending temp files, but the first warning I had was 'oh hey, trying to type locks the system.'

(And the other pain in the butt is that completely filling an OSX volume will tend to horridly fragment things, and defragging it isn't free.)

about 4 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

damnbunni Re:911 was down for us Friday night (610 comments)

What DRM?

iTunes music has no DRM. Hasn't for years and years and years.

You can't get a DRM'd music file from Apple even if you beg them for one.

There are plenty of legit reasons to bitch about iTunes and the iTMS, but DRM isn't one of them.

about 4 months ago

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Frederik Pohl passes away at 93

damnbunni damnbunni writes  |  about a year ago

damnbunni (1215350) writes "Frederik Pohl, one of the last Golden Age science fiction authors, passed away on September 2nd of respiratory distress, as reported on his blog [http://www.thewaythefutureblogs.com/]

Pohl is perhaps best known for his Heechee Saga novels, beginning with Gateway in 1977, but his work in pulp magazines in the '30s and '40s helped give rise to science fiction fandom."

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City of Heros to shut down: 'Management' villain too powerful.

damnbunni damnbunni writes  |  about 2 years ago

damnbunni (1215350) writes "NCsoft has announced they are closing developer Paragon Studios, responsible for City of Heroes / City of Villains. All subscription charges are stopping immediately and the game will be shut down by the end of the year. Apparently going free-to-play a year ago wasn't enough to foil The Bottom Line's evil plot."
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Nerd-Based Brothel to Open in Nevada

damnbunni damnbunni writes  |  more than 2 years ago

damnbunni (1215350) writes "A new sci-fi brothel is being put together near Area 51. Dennis Hof (owner of another brothel in Nevada) and Heidi Fleiss (famed 'Hollywood Madam') where customers can spend time with a costumed Princess Leia, metal bikini and all. Hof expects to get a lot of business from gamers and other socially awkward nerds. No word on if there will be green-painted Orion slave girls for the Captain Kirk room."
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The End of the Dr. Demento Show on radio.

damnbunni damnbunni writes  |  more than 4 years ago

damnbunni (1215350) writes "Dr. Demento has announced that his long-running comedy radio show will be ending. Modern 'format' radio has been less and less friendly to oddball and offbeat programming, and after years of declining station membership the Doctor announced on June 6th that his radio show will be no more. He will still stream shows from his web site, drdemento.com. While I'm very sad to see the show go, 30 years is a pretty good run."
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