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Comment: Re:Boston Representing (Score 1) 394

by NJRoadfan (#48915405) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

And we're blowing literally billions of dollars of taxpayer money to build an EVEN BIGGER computer for the NWS to get it wrong yet again.

Actually, the NWS produced GFS model accurately predicted less snow for Northern NJ and NYC. The NWS was relying a bit much on the forecast produced by the Euro model this time around.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 1) 189

by NJRoadfan (#48877045) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux
I somehow managed to land up with 3 EISA/VLBus 486 motherboards. They appear to be workstation class boards as 2 of them have 16(!) 30pin SIMM slots and take 256MB of RAM. The hardware is out there, but its fairly uncommon.The latest boards I have seen with EISA were 440FX based Pentium Pro and Pentium II boards (almost always SMP server boards). Any support for it seems to have been dropped starting with the 440LX chipset, so PCI effectively killed it off. The latest motherboard made with EISA dates to around 1996-97, so either way that guy is running some old hardware. I wonder what is special about that FDDI card though?

Comment: Re:Google Plus Defined Itself As a Hazard (Score 1) 209

by NJRoadfan (#48872469) Attached to: Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+
Plenty of folks have GMail and Youtube accounts that were opened pre-Google+. The workaround for commenting on YouTube, but keeping your channel without a Google+ account, was to port it off into a "Google+ Page". No real name needed and it remains separate from your GMail account and other services. Its the same feature used by businesses who want a Google+ presence (mostly for Maps).

Comment: Re:AdLib vs. Sound Blaster (Score 1) 198

by NJRoadfan (#48772245) Attached to: Adds Close To 2,400 DOS Games
Windows 3.1x and Windows 9x's VDM wasn't nearly as good as OS/2's. NTVDM was even more restricted. Direct access to some hardware was unimplemented and would shutdown the VDM. OS/2's VDM for some reason was written to allow far more direct hardware access and could even boot an actual copy of MS or PC-DOS from a floppy if needed.

Comment: Re:uh - by design? (Score 1) 163

by NJRoadfan (#48663507) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

The one mitigating factor is that literally no one uses Thunderbolt for anything, so it's not like anyone's likely to be coming across random compromised Thunderbolt devices. Discovering a Thunderbolt device at all would be out of the ordinary.

There was a brief moment that companies released laptops with Thunderbolt (mostly Ivy Bridge platforms). Now its a rare feature outside of Apple's laptops. Microsoft didn't put Thunderbolt into the Surface 3 because of the DMA security concerns and "InstantGo" devices (source: )

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 545

by NJRoadfan (#48577043) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
The problem is the law is outdated. How many computer related positions were there in 1975 compared to today? Why was computer related work singled out for exemption to begin with? I can see management being included as its a step up the corporate ladder (usually with better pay to match), but a broad job title not tied to a rank/level in a corporation shouldn't be included in the law.

Even the "management" exemption can be abused. A friend of mine was recently promoted to an "exempt" title of "Team Leader". The problem is shortly after the promotion, his boss pulled him from the responsibility of actually managing people (nobody reports to him and he no longer does tasks assigned to the job title). He is under the mistaken impression that all salaried employees are denied overtime, which is incorrect (method of paid doesn't correlate to the exemption).

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923