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

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

32bit Windows 8 can still run DOS apps. There's got to be some DOS 6.22 code in there.

about three weeks ago

Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

nogginthenog Re:Good (200 comments)

You missed Win95 & Windows 2000.

about a month ago

Top E-commerce Sites Fail To Protect Users From Stupid Passwords

nogginthenog Tesco (162 comments)

Me: Additional Information: password "Must be between six and ten characters in length"
Why does Tesco have such a silly limit???? Please consider increasing the max length of the password!

I am sorry that you are unhappy with the length of password you can use to register on our website. I have now logged your comments on our Customer Feedback System under reference 13782619. This will ensure that it is fed back to the relevant team in our Head Office.

That was back in 2012

about a month ago

WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

nogginthenog Re:Still far from... (479 comments)

A rock falling from orbit would be a WMD!

about a month and a half ago

Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

nogginthenog Re:Like nails on a chalk board (286 comments)

Yet (as a Brit) when I lived in the Netherlands as a student 20+ years ago I had BBC on the local cable TV. Regular BBC, not that world crap.

about a month and a half ago

Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

nogginthenog Re:meanwhile (684 comments)

Shame it's been pissing down almost constantly for weeks.

about 3 months ago

Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze

nogginthenog Re:Security (139 comments)

Oyster is far from perfect. The online system tells me "There are no season tickets on this Oyster card". Yet there is a monthly travelcard loaded on it that expires sometime next month (not sure when, thanks TFL!).

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Security Essentials Misses 39% of Malware

nogginthenog Re:Actual Reports (149 comments)

The problem was that Windows wasn't designed as a multi-user system and thus didn't have the necessary privilege separation systems that other OS had.

Windows NT most definately was. You are talking about the 15-20+ year old Windows 1/2/3/9x.

about 4 months ago

Tech Companies Set To Appeal 2012 Oracle Vs. Google Ruling

nogginthenog Re:Isn't it ironic... (198 comments)

You could say the same about MSDOS too (a CP/M clone). Probably BASIC also.

about 4 months ago

62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

nogginthenog Re:Printed books (331 comments)

Printed books don't break when shoved into luggage.
Nor does my Kindle. It's travelled all over the world.

Printed books have infinite "battery life".
My 3 year old Kindle 3 still holds a month or more of charge.

Printed books don't get stolen like electronic devices.
Fair enough, but I doubt a Kindle has great resell value.

I break a book, I just lost that particular book - well, no. I can still read it. I lose it, all I lost is one book - not an electronic device and all the other books on it.
Just download it again from Amazon etc.

about 5 months ago

Chicago Transit System Fooled By Federal ID Cards

nogginthenog Re:What's wrong with Tokens? (196 comments)

The London Oyster Cards took quite a while to settle down. In particular there was a big mess with the above ground trains (partly this was because of reluctance/stubbornness from the train operators). There were days when the whole system failed.

London is a complex mix of trains/tubes/busses/trams etc so often there is more than 1 route between 2 stations. Sometimes the system would charge you the wrong price.

about 5 months ago

Chicago Transit System Fooled By Federal ID Cards

nogginthenog Re:What's wrong with Tokens? (196 comments)

You need a card balance in order to use it on a bus.

about 5 months ago

Futuremark Delists Samsung and HTC Android Devices for Cheating 3DMark

nogginthenog Re:1080P Phones (188 comments)

Taken from the Apple/Google sites:
16GB iPhone 5C: $549
16GB Nexus 5: $349

about 5 months ago

Students Tracked In UK College Via RFID For 1-3 Years

nogginthenog Re:no rfid required (64 comments)

Clone someone elses MAC then.

about 5 months ago

MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0

nogginthenog Re:Assembly == SLOW ; JAVA == FAST! (372 comments)

My 7Mhz Amiga 500 would boot up pretty fast from a floppy, and the OS was written in a mixture of C, Assembler and BCPL.

about 5 months ago

Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It

nogginthenog Re:Recurring theme? (346 comments)

So the US/UK bank bailouts never happened right?

about 5 months ago

Amazon Offers Cut of Ebook Sales To Book Stores Selling Kindle

nogginthenog Re:lifespan? (80 comments)

I still have my Kindle 2 also. Still works great. I use it on my morning/evening commute and normally for a while before bed. The free 3G still works. Some of the keys are getting worn but I don't intend replacing it soon.

about 5 months ago

Exploiting Tomorrow's Solar Eclipse To Help Understand Sea Levels

nogginthenog Re:Yes, it is. (92 comments)

Common usage is overstating it. Nothing you can buy is marked in ozs and lbs. Some things still come in suspicious kg weights - e.g. a jar of curry paste is 283g (10 ozs). Schools haven't taught imperial since the 70s.

About the only common non-metric units are pints and miles. Peoples weight is often (though not exclusively) expressed in stones and pounds.

about 6 months ago


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