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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

linebackn Bullshit reason (349 comments)

Someone at MS is just pulling this out of their asses to try and cover that Microsoft has no clue what they are doing.

So they were able to easily query the code for a few thousand applications online that made this version check mistake. Big deal.

Compare this to how many applications out that that have broken because of other minor OS changes combined with bad programming. I've seen piles of that myself, and Microsoft never bothered this hard to keep compatibility for any of those.

about three weeks ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

linebackn Welcome to "Windows Can't Count Edition" (399 comments)

I'm guessing it was a decision made at an executive management retreat. And alcohol was involved.

If you recall, they wanted to get on the "rapid release" train, and Windows "8.1" was probably supposed to be Windows 9. But, you know, that pesky reality and all. So now they think they can catch up just by bumping the number.

The real problem here is that Microsoft has run out of anything useful to add to their OS. So now they are running around in circles trying to find ways to take things away, or fuck things up so people think they need yet another version.

Honestly, bumping it to "10" makes no sense whatsoever. If they wanted to give it some weird alternative fancy name like "Selenium Edition", ":P", "Xista", or whatever, that would at least make some sense. But this is just... stupid.

All "Windows 10" tells me is that they can't count, and we shouldn't count on Microsoft.

For now I am going to call it "Windows Can't Count Edition".

about three weeks ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

linebackn Closed source projects die slow deaths too (112 comments)

the ease with which projects can be allowed to die â" often without any clear cut time of death.

And that doesn't happen with closed source projects? Sure it does, you just don't hear about it when some PHB slowly takes a group of developers and has them put everything on the back burner for some pet project. Then years pass, the old project isn't officially dead, but nothing has gotten done. On and off new business requirements are analyzed, and eventually a mysterious mandate from far higher up comes down to re-write everything in "HTML5" or whatever the current buzzword is.

about a month ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

linebackn Completely ignores bad specs... (116 comments)

consider that in the future they may be wanting to wire you up just to make sure you aren't a source of bugs

While completely ignoring that the specs handed down from the higher-ups are gibberish, contradictory, and physically impossible garbage. But, you know, that is not a possible source of bugs now is it?

Someone should first wire up management to zap them every time they get an idea for a "brilliant" addition.

about 2 months ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

linebackn Re:keep calm everyone.... (183 comments)

Ebola, while a horrible deadly disease is not the doom and gloom its being made out to be

You wouldn't know that listening to the idiotic TV news. They seriously have been playing it as if everyone in the US is at grave risk of dropping dead from this.

The threats made against that second infected doctor being brought back to the US were almost certainly a direct result of the media's irresponsible reporting.

Despite all their condescending scaremongering, there is simply zero realistic risk to the US general public.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

linebackn Secret new facebook image compression method! (129 comments)

Here is how their new compression method works. It reduces all images down to a single one or zero. If the bit read in is one, it display a picture of a cat. If it is zero, it displays a picture of Peter Griffin farting. And as a bonus, if no bit can be read, it displays the goatsex guy.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

linebackn Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

Can they also put a switch in this to make Office usable? I can't stand that fucking ribbon interface that makes everything I used to do the most often 5 times more difficult.

I'll second that. (They could just offer an additional normal menu bar like the Mac version) It is their reluctance to back off of this and several other past design mistakes that makes me surprised they would even consider backing down from their Windows 8 Metro stuff.

about 4 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

linebackn But, will they learn from their mistake? (681 comments)

While it is nice to see Microsoft undo a horrific mistake for once, lets not be too quick to forgive and forget. (And don't even start until the gold release of Windows 9 is sitting on user's desktops)

The fact that Microsoft created this monster in the first place should tell you something about the remaining competence level there. You should be worried about their long-term stability. What is to keep them from pulling a similar stunt on you in Windows 10?

about 4 months ago
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Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze, Part II

linebackn Real story (170 comments)

I think the real story here is that someone in Atlanta figured out how to use a computer. :P

about 4 months ago
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id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

linebackn ID's NeXT hard drive images? (100 comments)

It is great to see more of ID's early work opened up.

A while back there was even some talk about releasing the hard drive images from some of their NeXT computers used to create DOOM. http://serverfault.com/questio...

I wonder if anything will come of that? It would be doubly awesome right about now because the NeXT emulator "Previous" has gotten far along enough where it can actually boot to a 68K NeXTSTEP desktop!

about 5 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

linebackn Re:Sounds like IT incompetence (564 comments)

That is a nice story, and if true you got lucky that it was a small company and your boss probably knew your actual competency level.

In most places when stuff like this happens, your bosses' bosses' boss will want blood, and a nice firing will happen no matter what.

Protip: if anyone ever find themselves on the short end of this stick, don't grovel to keep your job. If possible, don't even discuss what happened. Remind them of your strengths, experience, what you can continue to contribute, and why they hired you in the first place. It won't make any difference if they already have their minds made up they want blood, but you will feel better about it.

about 5 months ago
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E.T. Found In New Mexico Landfill

linebackn Documentary deleted scenes (179 comments)

What you won't see in their documentary is the part where after digging the big hole, they accidentally fall in, and can't get the heck out!

about 6 months ago
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Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

linebackn Re:Editorializing (171 comments)

Mod parent up. TFA made it sound like they did raw complex magnetic imaging similar to that Cray disk that was recovered while back.

Compared to that, using a Kryoflux is little more than "throwing it in a floppy drive".

about 6 months ago
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Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

linebackn Re:Editorializing (171 comments)

> Then you'd miss stuff like 1-2-3 diskettes and unformatted blocks.

And that is why, like I said, you attach your floppy drive to a Kryoflux, SuperCard Pro, or Deluxe Option Board device.

about 6 months ago
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Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

linebackn Re:Editorializing (171 comments)

I've recently read a number of floppies that are older than the ones in the TFA, and none of them have magically fallen apart.

Technically reading a disk will put some wear on it because the heads touch the surface, but if the disk was properly stored and was of a good brand (not Wabash), that wear is negligible.

Most serious software archivists would simply plop the disks in a floppy drive connected to a Kryoflux, or similar device, and be done with it.

Magnetic imaging is an overkill unless the disk is from a system where no compatible form drive exists any more.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

linebackn DOS 1.1x was significant (224 comments)

The really interesting thing about DOS 1.1 (or actually very slightly later revisions) is that it was the first to be released to OEMs other than IBM. Early clone makers such as Zenith, Corona, Columbia Data Products, Eagle Computers, or Compaq (you might have heard of that last one), never would have gotten off the ground if Microsoft had not licensed it out to them.

Some of the early "MS-DOS" compatibles were not even hardware compatible with the IBM PC. All you could rely on was the presence of an 8088/8086 and MS-DOS provided I/O calls. And those OEMs had to customize MS-DOS to recognize their proprietary hardware.

I'm not so sure about the value of Word for Windows 1.x. It wasn't even the first word processor for Windows (Beaten by AMI and PageMaker).

Now, on the other hand I have heard some interesting things about the internals of Word 1.00 for DOS.

about 7 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

linebackn 11 out of 10 doctors recommend lobotomies (529 comments)

In other news, lobotomies are good for people. The less you think, the better you feel. See the full story on Fox News. :P

But seriously, If the results are really more about behaviors, then the REAL problem is that current society does not adequately provide similar social outlets or activities for people who don't happen to believe in imaginary sky beings.

about 7 months ago
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Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

linebackn Re:Revolution (the TV Show) (74 comments)

Thing is, it started off trying to be fairly realistic. If they had started out from day 1 explaining that these nanites were implemented to collect and redistribute power with some not fully understood tech that might be supernatural or alien, then it would be easier to just sit back and enjoy. But instead they keep everything secret so they can pull out some new WTF whenever they feel like it.

Take the basic premise and characters, and stuff it in a mind-warping anime, and it would probably work well.

But as it is, they use real actors... who ironically seem to lack energy. And the plot seems to have no real direction (Turn the lights back on? How is that supposed to work after 15 years of neglected infrastructure?). Whoever writes this stuff just wants to yank around the audience. And it probably will get canceled without a proper ending.

From my perspective, half the fun of watching any sifi-ish show is exploring the universe they have created, and too much secrecy and inconstancy ruins it.

On the brighter side, they nuked Atlanta. :)

about 7 months ago
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Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

linebackn Re:Revolution (the TV Show) (74 comments)

The only thing that spoiled it was that the same statement was missing a emi-colon

That was the ONLY thing that spoiled it?

In a show where power is magically inhibited by some fucking nanites, who can also bring back power to stuff that has 15-year old aged batteries or no other power source, can be used as weapons, while at the same time having the ability to heal people, that that have become sentient, that can bring the fucking dead back to life, are being worshiped, communicate through hallucinations, can re-create an entire world in a Matrix-ish type way, and who knows what kind of shit they are going to pull out of their asses next! (Don't know why I watch that piece of shit)

Are you sure that is the ONLY thing that spoiled it for you?

about 7 months ago

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