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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

julesh Re:Bullcrap (349 comments)

Trust me, MS doesn't give the slightest concern about any broken Java apps.

Trust me, they do. Windows 10 won't fly if they can't get corporate types to adopt it. The corporates won't adopt it if their large number of custom (and frequently very shoddy) Java apps (in use in 90% of large corporations according to a recent survey) won't run. MS cares about making sure Java apps work OK.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

julesh Re:How bad is the Microsoft API? (349 comments)

for whatever reason, a lot of Java code checks the "os.name" property to determine the OS version instead of "os.version".

Because Java's API design is fucked up.

Windows NT 4.0: os.name = "Windows NT", os.version = "4.0"
Windows 95 (= MSDOS 7.0): os.name = "Windows 95", os.version = "4.0"
Windows 98: (also MSDOS 7.0): os.name = "Windows 98", os.version = "4.1"
Windows 2000 (aka NT 5): os.name = "Windows 2000", os.version = "5.0"

Given these 4 versions as the likely target platforms, how do I determine if I'm running on Windows-the-DPMI-DOS-Extender or Windows NT?

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

julesh Re:I look forward to the next time this is a probl (349 comments)

...with Windows 100.

I've seen at least one suggestion that all future versions of Windows will be Windows 10. So, that would presumably be Windows 10.90 you're looking forward to?

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

julesh Re:This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard (349 comments)

So you're telling me that Microsoft decided/had to skip a version number because of existing Java code? Rly? Srsly?

Yes, I can believe it. Microsoft needs to sell the latest version of Windows to all of its big corporate clients, and almost all of them run custom Java applications. Java applications are quite likely to have bugs like this because Java doesn't provide an easy way to get the operating system version number.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

julesh Re:This is Java code (349 comments)

So, it basically makes no sense using a Java example of getting the OS version string, as essentially nobody uses Java for any tightly integrated desktop app where you need to know exactly what version of Windows you're on.

The code I see in almost all of the search results isn't really trying to determine an exact version: it's trying to work out which basic operating system family is in use, i.e. distinguish between Windows-which-was-a-DPMI-DOS-Extender and Windows NT.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

julesh Re:And Java fail again (349 comments)

And looking at the code examples like 90% of the cases where in the Java sources.

Exactly.

The problem isn't Windows, the problem is incompetent programmers. Instead of calling the proper API to get the version number, morons are doing things like

if (os.startsWith("Windows 9")

Right. And what is that proper API in Java?

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

julesh Re:And Java fail again (349 comments)

Because only Java attracts bad programmers?

Because only Java was designed to discourage operating-system-version-dependent code and therefore intentionally lacks a way of checking the operating system version except through a string; most other languages provide an API that gives you major & minor version numbers in integers, which is much more convenient.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

julesh Re:And Java fail again (349 comments)

What's more interesting is why the OS detection is being done in the first place - the cynic in me says it's probably because they're using the OS version to make assumptions about file system locations.

Most of them are trying to choose between "sh -c", "command.com /c" and "cmd.exe /c" as a way to parse & execute command lines.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

julesh Re:How badly coded are Windows applications? (349 comments)

No.... this really comes down to not knowing, and not using, the API provided to you by the OS for handling version detection.

Almost all of the results in the search are Java applications. Java doesn't provide access to the specified API. The only way you can do it is with System.getProperty("os.name") and System.getProperty("os.version") which both return strings.

This is exactly why all modern Javascript libraries do feature detection instead of relying on User-Agent strings.

The code that turns up in most of the search results is trying to determine the correct executable and arguments to execute a command line (i.e. it picks the right one of "sh -c", "command.com /c", or "cmd.exe /c"). How would you propose doing this without determining what operating system you're running on?

about two weeks ago
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Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

julesh Re: Porn ... (75 comments)

more porn, which will continue to destroy families and relationships by commoditizing sex, spreading promiscuitity, and creating unreal expectations of sex.

[citation needed]

about two weeks ago
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Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

julesh Re:Duh! (75 comments)

It isn't terribly surprising that adding a cartoonish rendering effect to both real and virtual objects would make them more difficult to discern as such. I certainly wouldn't call it more immersive - quite the opposite, in fact. It is extremely obvious that what you are looking at has been altered and that you are not looking at "reality".

Right, but "immersive" doesn't mean "difficult to distinguish from reality" but rather "easy to treat as if it were real". I mean, I used to find playing Elite on my Sinclair Spectrum "immersive", but there's not a chance I'd ever fail to know it wasn't real. Being immersive means allowing people to retain what's often called "willing suspension of disbelief" -- as long as the system I'm looking at behaves consistently, I can treat it as if it were real, so I can (at least sort-of) believe in its existence as a real thing. And maintaining that sense of existence is what people mean when they say immersion.

The filters they applied in the video make the scenes look less realistic overall, but they make them more consistent, and that lets me believe in them as real in a way I can't easily believe in the unfiltered scene.

about two weeks ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

julesh Re:To quote my favorite movie... (225 comments)

"The only way to stop it, is to shut down the internet. Basically cut power to every networked hard drive on Earth." - _Transcendence_

And even then you'll fail. Ever heard of offline backups? :)

about two weeks ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

julesh Re:why not apple? (225 comments)

Or, at the very least, sue Google for something that actually makes sense, such as allowing Google Drive accounts to be accessed by hackers as part of this attack. Dropbox, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and others were all compromised during these attacks.

Unfortunately for somebody contemplating such an action, AIUI these attacks were based either on guessing weak passwords, or using passwords that were leaked in hacks on other sites and were used on multiple sites. As all of these companies have a requirement to keep your password secure as part of their TOS, they can't be held responsible as the clients are in breach of contract.

about two weeks ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

julesh Re:Possible? (225 comments)

It doesn't matter because "nude" is not porn. Porn is sometimes defined inexactly by that "you know it when you see it" trope, but usually it entails being created for prurient interest - and nude selfies don't count as porn.

Really? Do you have any kind of reference to back that assertion up, or are you just making this shit up as you go along? Why is a "selfie" classified any differently to, say, a photo taken to be included in an adult magazine, e.g. Playboy, which I think most people would classify as "soft porn"?

I'll completely agree that nude and porn are not equivalent, but there's a significant overlap, and at least some photos of the type we're talking about is included in that.

about two weeks ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

julesh Re:Makes Sense (225 comments)

The flip side is the rights of say Blogger users. If I post photo X as a blogger user, it should be up to me to decide if I want to take it down or not, not Google (except maybe in extreme cases, of which this doesn't seem to fall into).

The Blogger user (poster) should be the legal entity responsible for a given blog's content, not Google. Sue the Blogger user if you don't like their content, not Google.

Unfortunately, the DMCA only extends immunity from such actions to Google if they take the content down on receipt of a properly formatted request. That is, legally speaking, an ISP is only considered a common carrier as long as nobody has asked for it not to be. The Internet needs stronger protections of hosting providers, but unfortunately the IP industry has too much lobbying power to let that happen.

about two weeks ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

julesh Re:#1 Source of Environmental Mercury = Gold Minin (173 comments)

#2, Silver Mining. It turns out mountains don't come labelled as "gold" and "silver-only". As world affluence increases, demand for gold and silver increases.

Don't worry. It turns out that the cost of mercury is rising much faster than the cost of gold. Another decade or so of this, and it will be more economical for the gold miners just to sell their mercury stocks straight back to us.

about a month and a half ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

julesh Re:And the headline we all dread (173 comments)

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Extraordinary! Wave Of Geek Suicides Has Investigators Perplexed!

about a month and a half ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

julesh Re:Are we british now? (173 comments)

What has being British got to do with anything?

I suspect OP was being ironic. British English tends to include words in sentences that US English usually omits.

about a month and a half ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

julesh Re:Broken light bulbs. (173 comments)

All the symptoms mentioned by the parent poster are recognized for acute inhalation exposure to Mercury, but I'm running into paywalls trying to find out just how rapid their onset can be.

At a concentration level similar to the ones you're likely to see in the few moments after breaking a lightbulb, symptoms of acute mercury inhalation exposure require "a few hours" of exposure to develop. The patients in this review each absorbed a dose similar to the complete mercury contents of a typical CFL; it seems unlikely that an accident of the type described would result in more than a few percent of this amount of absorption, as the instinctive response to the bulb breaking - closing your eyes and exhaling - will prevent most of the contaminants entering your system. Also, unless the lamp was turned on at the time it broke, it is unlikely that more than a small percentage of the mercury was in vapour form.

about a month and a half ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

julesh Re: Broken light bulbs. (173 comments)

Fortunately, I still have a "backup" mercury thermometer that's close to 40 years old - but I've wondered where to buy a backup for the backup should it meet an untimely demise.

You should consider replacing it with a readily-available spirit thermometer, e.g. this one. Spirit thermometers have a smaller temperature range that they can measure than mercury thermometers, but are often more accurate over that range, and if you just want one for medical purposes, you're not interested in any temperatures outside a very narrow range anyway. Plus, when that untimely demise eventually happens, it won't create a health hazard that requires careful cleanup.

about a month and a half ago

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Security Support for Debian 3.1 to be terminated

julesh julesh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

julesh (229690) writes "Debian have announced that security updates for Debian sarge (3.1) will be ceased with effect from the end of this month, just over one year following the release of the new stable version, etch (4.0)."
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julesh julesh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

julesh writes "Literary agent Barbara Bauer, listed as one of the 20 worst literary agents by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and well known for making legal threats has initiated a law suit against a long list of individuals who have reported on her inclusion in the list, including the SFWA, the Wikimedia Foundation, and a number of prominent publishing industry personalities who maintain web sites that discussed her actions. One defendant is named only as "Miss Snark, Literary Agent", a well-known psuedonym of an anonymous blogger. See her Wikipedia article for more details. This action prompted the deletion and then restoration of her Wikipedia article, which is now being considered for deletion again. This raises the question: can you effectively silence criticism of you via litigation, even when the criticism is based on widely published (and almost-certainly true) information?"

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