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Comment Re:It was the computer for us commoner kids (Score 1) 263 263

I was about to call you out on the model number but instead I learned of a new, UK-only Amiga model. I did chuckle when reading that under the A1500 label is an A2000 label. :)

Sure, if the workbench was loaded, you could start a shell and write a script (with that awful built-in line editor, uuugh), but it wasn't the same as the instant-on of the C64.

I used to do similar things at Radio Shack; there was a POKE you could use to toggle the internal relay on/off much faster than you should (the BASIC command to toggle the relay would wait a second or so before each state - the POKE obviously didn't). Put this in an infinite loop, walk away and watch the poor clerk run to the front of the store to reset the demo machine.

Comment Re:Still In Stock at HP (Score 1) 368 368

My order is still in the "Submitted" stage, I don't know if that comes before or after "Processing" status. It's a good thing I got the accessories I wanted on Sunday (there was still plenty left), because all of the HP Touchpad stuff was removed from the BestBuy/FutureShop shelves Monday, including the demo units which were still on display Sunday.

I've heard that HP will actually get new stock in the coming days, which I presume is the result of the "last production run" started before they canned everything.

Now I'm actually surprised HP canned it at all, because selling a $400 touchpad at $99 is the very definition of a loss-leader, and clearly there is consumer interest in the product at that price point.

Comment Re:Still In Stock at HP (Score 1) 368 368

Thanks for the tip, managed to order a 32GB from the HP store yesterday night, long after it was sold out in local stores. Today was the run for accessories, while they still exist (charging stand, cover, etc). Cases shouldn't be a problem since the device is about the same size and depth as an iPad 1, and those are plentiful. Not sure if I'll need one or not, maybe the cover will be sufficient.

Did the sales rep mention a time frame for the overcharge correction? I tried calling to check but their phone lines are (understandably) overloaded right now. I wonder if I should worry...

Comment Re:Is DRM conceptually useless? (Score 1) 176 176

Took significantly less then 5 years to crack the PS3. The people who ended up finding the right stuff werent even looking until motivated by Sony.

You're arguing semantics ;)

Ok, so the crack itself didn't take 5 years to develop (I think it took geohot mere days to find one?). My point was that in the eyes of Sony, the DRM "held" for 5 years, so I'm pretty sure it was worth it. For a long time the PS3 was the only secure console of this generation, thanks to the OtherOS option keeping the homebrew crowd happy. When Sony removed it, the race was on...

Comment Re:Is DRM conceptually useless? (Score 1) 176 176

[...]

But in practice:
a) They figure maybe they can hide the secret well enough that you won't be able to find it.

b) They figure that if they can keep you looking for it long enough, it will be a success even if you do eventually find it. If the gamecube were just cracked yesterday, its DRM would have been an unqualified success.

[...]

I'd say it worked well enough for Sony (not that I agree with them on this). It took 5 years for the PS3 security system to be broken... Compare to the Wii (instant) or the Xbox 360 (within the first year).

Comment Re:That's one heck of a "long goodbye" (Score 4, Informative) 356 356

The problem isn't the OS, it's the port: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS/2_connector (see the "hotplugging" section).

You *must* power down the machine before plugging in a PS/2 device, or risk blowing up the port controller/fuse. I have killed at least one motherboard this way (PS/2 devices no longer work on it).

Comment Re:Ask a friend (Score 5, Informative) 318 318

What's a decent free one to use?

If you have to run Windows, the Microsoft Security Essentials package is excellent. I haven't had the urge to uninstall it yet (unlike Avast and AVG), and it doesn't noticeably slow your system. It's free if you have a valid Windows license...

Comment Re:Does anyone know (Score 1) 332 332

XP Mode or Hyper-V, without the VT switch on, it will just laugh at you.

Actually there was an update early this year that removed the limitation, presumably because plenty of cheapo Dell PCs (for example) don't even expose the VT switch in their BIOSes (even though the CPU supports it).

I haven't noticed any speed difference in XP Mode or VirtualBox with or without VT.

Comment Re:Response to rampant speculation (Score 1) 370 370

Oh, I certainly agree, WINE is quite an achievement. My point was that it's much too soon to celebrate an open-source DX11 implementation because they haven't started doing the hard part yet; look at how long it took WINE to get accelerated DX9 to a "mostly working (with limitations)" state...

Comment Re:Response to rampant speculation (Score 4, Insightful) 370 370

Yes. It seems very likely to me that an open-source implementation of a Microsoft API, and implementation "in its infancy", will soon surpass Microsoft's own offering.

I was about to post the same thing. The summary is amazingly hasty in its conclusion... I mean, WINE has been at it for what, 10 years? They still don't have it working as well as the original. Not dissing WINE, but I mean, implementing the entry points of a published API is easy. Making it do the correct things under the hood is the hard part...

That being said, I can certainly applaud the effort, but this should be news once it's working otherwise it's meaningless.

Comment Re:Comment your code (Score 1) 590 590

Amen. The best practice I ever adopted was adding comments like "As per bug #1351", so that a year later I can remember why I picked took a seemingly screwy approach

I agree with the sentiment, but I prefer to be a bit more verbose than "bug #1351". Bug trackers change, projects change, access levels too. When bug #1351 in project ABC refers to a bug database that is no longer available, you'll still know what it refers to. No need for being excessively verbose, but just a simple explanation can help tremendously.. e.g. "bug #1351 - state ptr can be NULL when reloading". In my case we frequently re-use code from other projects, but seldom have access to their bug databases (and often they no longer exist).

Same thing for checkin comments - just telling me the bug number won't help me if I wasn't on your team.

Comment Re:nice...mostly (Score 1) 277 277

[...] I'm pretty sure you can just transfer your profile, saved games, arcade games to a regular old USB flash drive and then transfer all that stuff to a new console.

It's gonna take a while doing it manually.... More importantly, some content and some saved games cannot be moved to another storage device. If you use the transfer cable, everything is moved to the new hard drive in a single operation, including stuff that you cannot move manually.

It's too bad you can't replace your Xbox hard drive with a USB external drive (well you can, but you're limited to 16GB!), that would have been amazingly convenient.

"Facts are stupid things." -- President Ronald Reagan (a blooper from his speeach at the '88 GOP convention)

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