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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

linebackn But did they post about it on Twitter? (145 comments)

But did they post about it on Twitter? It's not a credible threat unless someone posted about it on Twitter. Everybody knows this.

2 days ago

Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

linebackn Someone needs to be fired over this (110 comments)

So this "credible" threat is some random post on fucking TWITTER?

Whoever thought this was a credible threat should be fired and forced to pay for all the expenses involved.

Ah, right, but we let this become an insane world. Where the above person will get a huge promotion and the 5-year old idiot posting to twatter will wind up locked away as some evil terrorist.

3 days ago

In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

linebackn All very confusing (99 comments)

OK, a couple of questions TFA doesn't really detail enough:

When they talk about a different rendering engine, they make it sound like a completely seperate program. Historically MS has just tacked on compatiblity layers as a sort of "personality" to their existing rendering engine, and TFA indicates they are not doing this here. But how then? Which are they really doing? What is it based on?

They make it sound like they aren't even going to keep the Internet Explorer brand. Is that actually what is happening? I would find that very hard to believe. On the one hand TFA is probably just spewing BS speculation, on the other hand this is the modern Microsoft that REMOVED THE FUCKING START MENU!

Not that it impacts me any, of course. But I can imagine these changes creating customer, developer, and support confusion at many levels. Well, perhaps not as much as they did with Windows 8.

3 days ago

Micromax Remotely Installing Unwanted Apps and Showing Ads

linebackn It's not illegal, so they will do it (50 comments)

Isn't this already the business model for most "apps" these days? The only thing surprising here is they aren't sugar coating it with pleasant sounding euphemisms.

Yea, some of us used computers with only 4K of RAM and remember a day when this kind of shit would have been unthinkable even if it were possible.

But it isn't expressly illegal, so expect more of this. Don't buy something that does this? Sure, enjoy that option while it lasts.

about two weeks ago

The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

linebackn Re:Broken Style (154 comments)

If this is part of the crap they changed a couple days ago, it also messed up viewing in some other browsers. I wish they would just go back to simple HTML 3, which used to view fine in everything.

They couldn't get rid of enough of us with that awful "beta", so instead now they are breaking it one bit at a time.

about two weeks ago

NASA's New Horizons To Arrive At Pluto With Clyde Tombaugh's Ashes

linebackn Re:Just a flyby... (108 comments)

So now he gets to watch the whole thing stuffed between a couple of robotic instruments...

"it just dawned on me how weird this movie is"

about two weeks ago

Archive.org Adds Close To 2,400 DOS Games

linebackn And no love for applications (198 comments)

A pile of just games, really? Not even manuals?

Archive.org seems like the kind of place that should have the resources to scan and host all kinds of serious material. There are many, many, "boring" vintage applications, application manuals, and other computer system manuals, that have not yet been archived.

Give me R:Base 4000, UCSD p-system for IBM PC, the Kaypro 2000 utility disk (with color utility), Digital Research DR Logo for IBM PC, or how how about the impossible to Google for 1980s telecommunications program from Microsoft called "Access". Given time I could list hundreds more that need archiving. And even when some messy partial copy surfaces, many of these are useless without their manuals.

Chances are archive.org are just up for the attention grab, and I do hope that in the long run perhaps it benefits all media that needs archiving.

about three weeks ago

Hackers Leak Xbox One SDK Claiming Advancement In Openness and Homebrew

linebackn "Leaker" is a shill (86 comments)

Why bother trying to create an open home brew environment around a closed platform?

I suspect the so-called leaker is really working for Microsoft.

BTW, "leaking" is something you do in to a toilet. :P

about three weeks ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 8 months ago

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 8 months ago


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