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Comment: Re:I hope not (Score 1) 489

by 0123456 (#48850991) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Pre-PC days, you had to develop for a specific target OS/machine combo, and if you wanted to port across it was nearly impossible (even dealing with things like little/big endian systems).

Uh, wut?

Back in the EVIL PRE-PC DAYS--or, at least, the EVIL PRE-WINDOWS DOMINANCE DAYS--we cross-compiled our code onto at least half a dozen Unix variants, and Macs, with a mix of big- and little-endian, and 32-bit and 64-bit.

Only dumb companies built in dependencies on endianness or word size that made their code not work. Almost all the OS inconsistencies for us were hidden in a low-level OS-specific wrapper, except for the places where we had to use hand-coded assembler.

Comment: Re:It will never happen (Score 1) 489

by 0123456 (#48850867) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

New machines with Windows XP were still on sale two or three years before they stopped supporting it.

And the reasons Microsoft have to keep supporting old versions are:

1. They make you pay for new versions.
2. New versions often suck so bad that no-one wants them.
3. They change the driver model so old drivers for crusty old hardware don't work.

If new versions were free, or actually provided enough value to users that they were worth paying for, rather than usually making users go 'WTF were they thinking?' this wouldn't be required. ME, Vista and Window 8 have all been crap that no sane person would pay for and made users stick to their old OS.

Comment: Re:This idea failed in the 1990s (Score 4, Insightful) 105

SpaceX need something to launch to generate the economies of scale required in the launch market to really slash launch costs (i.e by mass-producing reusable rockets and flying them a lot). This isn't a bad one, and it could be much cheaper than previous attempts.

Comment: Re:Radio coverage (Score 1) 248

by 0123456 (#48835409) Attached to: SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

What puzzled me more was the speed at which the stage hit the barge. It should have been a lot slower, even with the failure of the guidance fins.

It was coming down tipped over at 45 degrees, using much of the thrust for trajectory correction when it should have been used for slowing down for landing. So I'm not surprised it hit hard.

Comment: Re:Those against Systemd remind of legacy comp adm (Score 1) 551

by 0123456 (#48831851) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Yes, those of us whose systems have to run 24/7 for years at a time do actually prefer reliability over The New Shiny, thanks.

I finally had to try a version of Linux running systemd. Even the installer tends to say 'oh crap, I couldn't boot' and give absolutely no explanation of why. Real warm fuzzy feeling that gives me.

Comment: Re:Que calls for net neutrality... (Score 1) 70

by 0123456 (#48825807) Attached to: Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies

What is the "free market" mechanism for dealing with corporate intrusions that are unknown to the consumer


Phone companies can only get away with crap like this because the government gave them a monopoly on parts of the EM spectrum.

But, hey, feel free to blame the EVIL FREE MARKET if it gets you hot in your pants.

Comment: Re:Extradition? (Score 4, Insightful) 299

by 0123456 (#48818879) Attached to: Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

Taxi fares are also fixed in the UK by the local councils, so there is no gouging or "surge pricing". You can calculate how much your fare is going to be before you even get into the taxi.

Yes, except at times when non-official taxis would be charging higher prices to encourage more people to offer rides, you can't get an official taxi at all, because people making trivial trips are still using them because they're cheap, while those making essential trips have to wait.

Rationing is clearly better than letting prices rise for a while. Or something.

Comment: Re:Flash is still going strong (Score 1) 95

by 0123456 (#48818863) Attached to: Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash

I uninstalled Flash long ago. Very occasionally I find a site that doesn't work at all without Flash, but it's rarely one I care about.

The worst thing are the 'mobile' sites which say 'ah, you're running iOS, so I'm going to give you a sane site that doesn't have any of that Flash crap,' so you know they can make their site run fine without Flash, but you go there with an Android device and it says 'ah, you're running Android, so i'm going to give you the Flash version' even though Flash hasn't run on Android for several versions now.

God help those who do not help themselves. -- Wilson Mizner