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The State of ReactOS's Crazy Open Source Windows Replacement

ocdscouter Re:Wine and ReactOS are casualties (208 comments)

The hilarious (or maybe hilariously horrifying) thing is that MS has been providing awfully forgiving backwards-compatibility since the Windows 95 days. The really horrifying part in the linked example is that they provide this hand-holding to people who didn't even read "past the first page" of the SDK when the program was originally written for Win 3.1.

That said, "it made sense at the time" and/or "we really didn't have a choice back then" seem to be recurring themes in Windows development (at least on Raymond Chen's blog).

about 9 months ago
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The State of ReactOS's Crazy Open Source Windows Replacement

ocdscouter Re:BSOD as a replacement feature? (208 comments)

During my long sojourn with XP, I got to spend a lot of quality time with bluescreens. That said, it wasn't usually windows crashing so much as device drivers crashinig windows (I'm looking at you ATI!).

about 9 months ago
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The State of ReactOS's Crazy Open Source Windows Replacement

ocdscouter Re: BSOD as a replacement feature? (208 comments)

The BSOD came into being as a feature of Windows NT and has NEVER existed in the DOS derived versions of Windows (3.1, 95, 98, ME)

Oh, so very wrong.

Well, he's not *entirely* wrong. The problem is that we use one acronym for every kind of nonrecoverable error in the windows os family, which is mainly the fault of ms (with blue-flavored error screens going back to 3.1 as I recall).

That said, with a little pedantry, it can be pointed out that the NT series has the uniquely-labeled 'STOP' errors (with handy error-id hex #), as well as the more stark NMI screens (especially those lovely Memory Parity Errors). Plus, there's the sad smiley bluescreen. That definitely started with Win8 (and ended, hopefully).

But in the end, it's bugchecks all the way down, no matter what your os is. The Guru Meditation is a great example from the Amiga.

about 9 months ago
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Credit Card Numbers Still Google-able

ocdscouter Re:I tried this and found an interesting page (157 comments)

Not a bad idea. How about seeding the internet with lots of legitimate-looking email addresses to cause spammers to waste time and resources?

No need to do that... spammers already do it to waste time and resources of anti-spam groups.

I think there's a 'Hitchhiker's' quote for that:

Half the electronic engineers in the galaxy are constantly trying to find fresh ways of jamming the signals generated by the Thumb, while the other half are constantly trying to find fresh ways of jamming the jamming signals

about 9 months ago
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"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At Healthcare.gov

ocdscouter Re:Furloughed workers (346 comments)

That said, I don't mean to flame Republicans in general. Just the virulently stereotypical ones I'm related to.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I actually registered Republican in '08, though that was to vote for Ron Paul in my first presidential primary. In retrospect, I wasn't nearly as well-informed a voter as I thought I was.)

about 9 months ago
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"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At Healthcare.gov

ocdscouter Re:Furloughed workers (346 comments)

they don't appear to be very good at typing though

They're much better at sharing/retweeting "SCANDALOUS Truth About Obama/Democrats Revealed!!!" videos on their preferred social media platform.

about 9 months ago
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Fukushima Nuclear Worker Accidentally Toggles Off Cooling Pumps

ocdscouter Re:Evidently not that vulnerable (190 comments)

[Useful comment needed]

This isn't wikipedia, where people can trot out two simple words and feel justifiably smug, you know.

Exactly! This is where your trot out xkcd and feel smug!

This is also where you pray that maybe the New Slashdot will feature an edit button.

about 10 months ago
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Fukushima Nuclear Worker Accidentally Toggles Off Cooling Pumps

ocdscouter Re:Evidently not that vulnerable (190 comments)

[Useful comment needed]

This isn't wikipedia, where people can trot out two simple words and feel justifiably smug, you know.

Exactly! This is where your trot out xkcd and feel smug!

about 10 months ago
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Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

ocdscouter Re:That's not what Progressive means... (684 comments)

Aye, laddie. No TRUE feminist would ever do anything hypocritical...

Not if she were from the highlands, at any rate.

about a year and a half ago
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Should the Start of Chinese New Year Be a Federal Holiday?

ocdscouter Re:Why not ... (307 comments)

And one more thing, the DMV is a poor example since that's a state agency.

It's hard to fathom why you think that. I specifically picked a state agency to point out how the state is forcing people to observe a religious holiday.

I believe that dear Mr. AC meant 'state agency' in the sense of an agency that is ultimately responsible to a state governor (1 of 50 such), as opposed to agencies who are ultimately responsible to a person often addressed as 'Mr. President'. Generally speaking, your local DMV is one such agency.

Hence the difference between *state secrets* (e.g. the judges of the chili cookoff at this year's Texas state fair, wouldn't want anyone to try and 'help' them with their impartial decision) and *State secrets* (e.g. the flight schedules for unmanned drones, wouldn't want someone to 'help' them make an unscheduled landing.)

about a year and a half ago
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That Link You Just Posted Could Cost You 300 Euros

ocdscouter Re:Here's a link for all of them (227 comments)

APK strikes again!

I'm pretty sure apk would have used at least one line break.

about a year and a half ago
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ICANN Raffle Sets gTLD Processing Order

ocdscouter Re:I see no prob. (37 comments)

It's much much closer than "anonymous coward" is. Though it is a rather apt description.

That reminds me, it's been months since we've seen any comments from Michael Cristopheit.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Collect Payments From a Multinational Company?

ocdscouter Re:Add in the cost for the hassle factor (341 comments)

When I was at Honeywell, I sat across from a very loud talker in finance. When she wasn't talking shit about her deadbeat (ex)-husband to friends/lawyers, she was explaining to suppliers that Honeywell paid on Net 60 terms and they could take it or leave it. It wouldn't surprise me to find that large companies are pushing to Net 90 if they can get away with it.

Learning about payment practices of larger (and sometimes smaller) companines has been one of the most... heartwarming aspects of working for a small business. Perfectly illustrated by the Obligatory Dilbert.

about a year and a half ago
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The SEO Spammers Behind Online Infographics

ocdscouter Re:Misleading title on original article (55 comments)

Suddenly your little newsletter is in more demand than you can meet, and you literally have to turn away some folks sans article. Some enraged would-be reader slices your car's tires for causing them the fruitless journey, thus the act of running out of in-demand newsletters becomes known as the "Slash-Tire Effect".

You are my hero forever.

Also, +1 Recursive Humor

about a year and a half ago
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Gabe Newell Confirms Source 2 Engine

ocdscouter Re:Next Valve Game (88 comments)

I fully expect the two divergent plots to merge. Keeping in mind that (spoiler):

Yeah, that's what we said about Half Life: Opposing Force, and apparently now it never officially happened.

I think this is a different situation, in that Opposing Force was developed primarily by Gearbox (if I recall correctly), as opposed to the Portal franchise, which is developed by Valve itself.

about 2 years ago
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Firefox 16 Pulled To Address Security Vulnerability

ocdscouter Re:Firefox *16*!? (165 comments)

I think there's a limitation to this. You don't see a lot of stuff out there being marketed as version 735 of the product.

I'm sure they'll decide that version 640 should be enough for anyone.

about 2 years ago
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AMD/ATI Video Drivers: Unsafe At Any Speed

ocdscouter Re:AOD (261 comments)

Turn in your geek card. All these should be familiar enough by now.

If we were real geeks, we'd refer to a "BSoD", when it occurs in an NT-family Windows OS, as a STOP Error (unless it's a "Hardware Error", or an "NMI Parity Check"). But clearly I'm just being +1 Pedantic Asshat. (On that note, I really wish Slashdot would let me change my nickname)

more than 2 years ago
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Sci-fi Writer Elizabeth Moon Believes Everyone Should Be Chipped

ocdscouter Re:3 Words (409 comments)

Uncle Sam's signature is already basically worthless as far as its promises to pay back its debt. What good would there be in being vouched for by a deadbeat, and basically a counterfeiting one at that.

I think you deserve a +1 Buzzword Bingo for managing that segue so gracefully.

about 2 years ago
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Court Rules Workers Did Not Overstep On Stealing Data

ocdscouter Re:Not guilty under CFAA only (88 comments)

Christ he was indicted on 20 counts, including mail fraud and trade secret theft. They have plenty of other indictments to work from.

Counts that they wouldn't have to spend nearly as much effort on, to boot.

I had the experience of being on a jury for a similar case in the Silicon Valley area a couple years ago. I'd have to say that the whole "e-mailing rather sensitive documents to yourself on the way out *and* using it in a competing startup" approach seems to be a foolproof way to get yourself found liable for little things like misappropriation of trade secrets.

more than 2 years ago

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