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Comment: Re:The former iPhone user is an idiot. (Score 1) 238

by Daniel Boisvert (#47024795) Attached to: Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

They could change the timeouts. If an iMessage is sent to a destination that's a phone number (instead of an email address), and a device configured to receive messages for that phone number has not checked in within the past 5-7 days, deactivate iMessage for that phone number until a configured device checks in again.

I agree this is mostly user error and haven't had any problems resolving it for people who've asked me about it, but people don't typically anticipate this result when switching phones, so containing the undesired effects to a shorter transition window would seem like a helpful thing to do.

Comment: Re:But is it even usable? (Score 1) 208

IMHE tape is always an order of magnitude slower than the advertized speed, so it is likely even worse than what you calculated.

If your tapes are writing that slowly, something is wrong, and I'd be worried about shoe-shining. Without putting much effort into it, my LTO5 jobs currently run at around 125-135MB/s. With modern tape, it helps a lot to stage to disk first, or get software that can multiplex backup streams to keep the tape buffers fed.

Comment: Re:xp still works (Score 1) 520

by kernelistic (#44519291) Attached to: China Has a Massive Windows XP Problem

Windows 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.11, 9x & ME were indeed built on top of DOS, but NT certainly wasn't! DOS on NT actually runs in NTVDM. DPMI (32-bit DOS) is also emulated through thunking to NT APIs.

For the uninitiated, Dave Cutler joined Microsoft in 1988 as a design lead for NT, long after Windows 1.0 was out. This chap also happens to have been instrumental in the design of VMS at DEC from 1975 to 1988. His Wikipedia bio is quite interesting.

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 566

by kernelistic (#44238095) Attached to: HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

I'm in the same boat in terms of diagnosis tools. You may already know this: PuTTY supports opening both telnet and raw TCP sessions.

The awesome thing about HTTP is its extensibility but changing to a binary protocol may make compat an interesting thing. I am interested in knowing how clients in particular are expected to operate when talking to 1.1 only servers.

Comment: Re:And it's in Japan (Score 1) 268

The glass itself is cheap - With decently-sized orders, you can get a 1 km run for under $75. The majority of the costs are manpower to string the stuff to poles (or run it through manholes), do splices and OTDR signal levels along the way. Besides higher population density, Japan has an added "advantage" of having lower median income, which is likely to translate into lower labor costs for installation...

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