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Comment: PCs still had FM in 1994 (Score 1) 266

"Decades", plural? That'd be 1994. As I understand it, PC games were still including FM soundtracks back then. For example, Doom II has its 20th birthday this September. Software-mixed tracker soundtracks came into use on PC around the time of Jazz Jackrabbit, also in 1994.

Comment: USB DACs (Score 1) 266

One thing that always annoyed me was on board devices going south and not enough expansion slots to add a card in.

USB theoretically has 127 slots to add a card in, if you buy a lot of 7-port hubs. A USB audio interface also lies outside the electrically noisy interior of a PC chassis.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 552

by HiThere (#47426643) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I simplified. The actual contractor subcontracted to a foreign subcontractor (with the appropriate requirements). Their actual failing was that they didn't test that the supplied parts met the specs. (This would have been difficult to do without disassembling the subcomponent.)

So, yes, I agree that it was criminal fraud. But I don't think it was ever prosecuted.

Comment: There's already an American [...] Series (Score 1) 136

There's already an American League Championship Series, and it's the championship of one of the two conferences in Major League Baseball. Its winner plays the winner of the National League Championship Series in the World Series. Any ideas for new names for the World Series that aren't biased toward the American League or National League?

Comment: Re:iOS developer program is NC-17 (Score 1) 552

by tepples (#47425379) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
I don't know; I didn't attend, and the videos on Apple's page require the purchase of a Mac or iOS device to view. "System Requirements: To watch the streaming version of this video, use the latest version of Safari on a Mac running OS X Lion or later. Alternatively, you can watch this video in the WWDC app". Without any other information, my guess is that kids are programming applications for OS X, as unlike iOS application development, OS X application development doesn't require an ongoing subscription. Other results that Google dug up deal with parental control for in-app purchases. Could you explain further?

Comment: Corruption is cultural (Score 1) 102

by tepples (#47425215) Attached to: India's National Informatics Centre Forged Google SSL Certificates
It's not the race as much as the culture. A culture that doesn't value honest dealings with outsiders will produce crooks. I lack the experience to name any names, so is there anything specific in the culture of India or the Jewish diaspora that might produce such dishonesty?

Comment: Re:Multi-spindle PCs are not uncommon (Score 3, Insightful) 122

by tepples (#47425163) Attached to: Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University
What's "difficult" is finding "a computer with a single mechanical hard disk drive" that stays that way for long. Desktops tend to have internal optical drives, laptops often have an internal SSD or internal or external optical drives, and both tend to often get small SSDs plugged into them.

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