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Comment Re:Obvious (Score 1) 734

I have no idea what version of XP sp2 the TFA author was using, because I've probably never had a crash over the numerous years I've used it. XP is by far the most stable OS of them all.

However, anecdotally atleast, I keep hearing of Vista crashing all the time. So the author claiming Vista is more stable than XP sp2 is just a load of bull, which makes me doubt the rest of his story.
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Submission + - Spacewar And The Birth of Digital Game Culture (

simoniker writes: Gamasutra is partnering with the IGDA's Preservation SIG to present in-depth histories of the first ten games voted into the Digital Game Canon, beginning with a history of the 1961 mainframe-based shooter Spacewar, arguably the first ever video game. From the article: "Spacewar had a life of its own, spreading across the computer world like a benign virus. "It was the program that was run into the PDP-1 before it was shipped. It was the last thing — it was used as actually as a final test," [co-creator J.M.] Graetz said. Because the PDP-1's memory was composed of magnetic cores, small ferrite rings whose polarity indicated whether a bit was 1 or 0, the game stayed in memory even after the power was turned off. "Core memory is non-volatile and once Spacewar was working they just shut the machine down and shipped it. So when the customer set it up and turned it on the first thing they saw was Spacewar,"."

And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.