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Comment: Re:Population Proximity, Travel Hub, Central Locat (Score 1) 98

by NJRoadfan (#47313793) Attached to: George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

Having the ability to ride the nations' only electric interstate train all the way from South Bend, Indiana to Millennium Station in the heart of downtown Chicago for $22 round trip - I can't wait for the museum to open!

There are other electric interstate trains in the US.

Comment: Re:Legacy file systems should be illegal (Score 1) 396

by NJRoadfan (#47236877) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+
NTFS has received a few non-backward compatible revisions over the years. The last big update was with Windows 2000. What was evil about it was Win2k would silently upgrade the file system on mounted drives, rendering them unreadable on machines running older versions of Windows NT (NT4 SP4 was the first to add NTFS5 read/write support).

Comment: Re:Legacy file systems should be illegal (Score 2) 396

by NJRoadfan (#47236847) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+
Think of HFS+ as the equivalent of FAT32 for Macs. Its basically the old file system with support for larger drives and files. Apple latter tacked on journaling in OS X 10.3. I'm surprised Apple didn't push for a replacement file system after the switchover to Intel CPUs.

Comment: Re:Apple did this when they switched to PPC. (Score 1) 230

by NJRoadfan (#47180635) Attached to: Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility
Back in the 68k days, there were tools to strip the un-needed binaries from FAT applications depending on the machine you had. The forked files used by classic Mac OS were an advantage, you could store the common resources in the resource fork of the file for both PPC and 68k.

Comment: Re:How will history judge the F-35? (Score 1) 417

by NJRoadfan (#47178359) Attached to: Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs
The problem with the A-10 is that its already built and flying. That doesn't generate tons of money for defense contractors and politicians like developing a new aircraft does. The F-35 has the same compromise that every "one size fits all" design has. It does everything "OK", but not as well as a purpose built aircraft could and costs a ton of money to achieve it.

Comment: Re:why get this when Broadwell + new chipsets are (Score 1) 157

Sold listings on ebay point to an average selling price of $125-150 for the Q9550S, some of which came with motherboards. The 45nm Yorkfield chips didn't seem to be very popular and were released quite late. Most folks went with Nehalem CPUs, so the low number of C2Qs from that era likely keep the prices high. The 65nm Q6600 was far more popular, easy to overclock, and can be had for cheap. I have a X38 based system I would like to upgrade myself, but with the high cost of CPUs and DDR2 memory, its likely to get replaced completely at this point.

Comment: Re:For all of XP? (Score 1) 322

by NJRoadfan (#47098523) Attached to: Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP
If one looks at the past year or so of XP updates, only one part of the OS constantly received updates month-to-month. That same OS component is included with POSReady 2009..... Internet Explorer. By default it comes with IE7 installed, but it can be updated to IE8. Most of Windows XP is there, some of the stuff totally removed is the games (we all know Solitaire has a long list of exploits!) and fluff like Windows Movie Maker. They added some stuff like .NET Runtime for Embedded in its place. DirectX is still intact and working. It can be updated to 9.0c with the latest redistributable. You really can't chop out much of "Windows" without breaking binary compatibility. Most of the applications POSReady 2009 is supposed to run were designed for retail XP initially.

Ernest asks Frank how long he has been working for the company. "Ever since they threatened to fire me."