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Comment: Re:VMS is dead; long live WNT (Score 3, Informative) 106

by Darinbob (#47578579) Attached to: HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

Because they're not at all the same thing, they're not even close. There's only a superficial resemblance, very high level concepts only. Also the concepts they have in common are very often very common in many operating systems! I think the article was written by someone who'd only ever seen VMS, NT, and Unix and failed to realize just how much variety there really was out there.

(and Cutler was called in originally to do OS/2, which is also not like VMS)

Comment: Re:Who owns the island? (Score 2) 159

by Darinbob (#47576581) Attached to: Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

There's a difference in believing in private property, which most people in liberal democratic countries do, versus belieiving that private property makes you lord and master over every square inch of it (puffins be damned!). There is always some community responsibility involved everywhere, unless and until someone manages to live somewhere with no community and has no effects on anyone else. So even if this island was private property there are still large community effects involved (this is usually countered by the notion that economic benefits are far more important than environmental harm, maybe by saying something silly like "people are more important than birds!").

Comment: Re:Today I Learnt that... (Score 1) 159

by Darinbob (#47576511) Attached to: Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Well, most people in US should at least know "puffin" as it's a name of a the largest English language children's book publishing group.

On the other hand, ignorance is relative. If Europeans learn about regions 200 miles from them then that covers a lot of territory, but many Americans are very familiar with parts of their that far away and may drive on trips that far regularly. It would not be at all surprising to find London residents who know very little about anything outside of London except what they see on television.

Comment: Re:Nokia still has products? (Score 1) 52

by Darinbob (#47576327) Attached to: Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

Nokia had a lot of divisions, phones were just one of them. Nokia Networks however had previously merged with a Siemens division and became Nokia Siemens (not entirely sure if it's under the umbrella of Nokia as a subsidiary). There's also Nokia Research which I think is still a part of Nokia. Check Point was a partner with Nokia starting in 1998, but was never owned by Nokia. (I'm not sure what Nokia division that was)

Comment: Re:From Finland (Score 1) 52

by Darinbob (#47576175) Attached to: Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

Not much similarity in the languages except for having a limited phoneme set. The most commonly known language that Finnish is related to is Hungarian. If there is a common parent to Japanese thousands of years ago it is so far back in time as to be irrelevant as to modern sounds.

But stick some substitute in some Finnish vowels that have the accent marks and no one would have confused it with Japanese.

Comment: Re:Arneson (Score 1) 182

by Darinbob (#47575651) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

I do like GURPS, simple, straight forward, 3d6 does a better job than d20 for most things, and adaptable to most genres easily. Most of AD&D though if you really go through the books is flavor. I think this is because RPGs were so new that there was a need for a basic instruction book on what to do. There was also a lot of filler in the AD&D books, a grab bag of various things that were better served as columns in Dragon magazine (which a lot of them were). Ie, the instructions on how to generate a random dungeon. When I ran some games I didn't keep all the rules, there were too many. As in I didn't bother with adjustments based on weapon types versus armor types, it slowed stuff down too much.

Comment: Re:He just doesent' get it.. (Score 2) 491

by Darinbob (#47570011) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

This is BS. Human beings still do the hiring, not impartial computers. Humans like to hire humans that are like them; similar personalities for sure, but also similar races, same gender, same schools, same religion, people who dress similarly, and so forth. Maybe it's not overt but humans have bias, even geeks.

Meritocracy is just another way to maintain the status quo, and ignores that there are real problems preventing people outside of the privileged groups from getting the necessary education.

Comment: Re:A cautionary tale? (Score 1) 176

by Darinbob (#47569837) Attached to: An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

I found it interesting that this seems to be presented as a hoax that lasted a long time. As in way back when the author was a sophomore implies a long time ago. Then I discover it's really only been there since 2009. It's only been a measly 5 years! Ok, maybe that's a whopping 20% of the author's life but it's still a very short period of time, too short to be something forgotten due to the passage of years (maybe because she was stoned when she wrote it though).

Would it have been discovered in due course if the author hadn't confessed? The author of the original books is still alive, it seems likely he'd have noticed something eventually (though the bloggers, young as they are, express great surprise at this).

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