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Comment: Re:Just damn (Score 1) 328

by tompaulco (#49151145) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83
The tobacco companies don't get people hooked. As required by law, they are not allowed to advertise and must fund anti-smoking legislation. There are also numerous other anti-smoking lobbies which constantly bombard everyone with the message that smoking is deadly. In light of all of this, there is only one person that can be held responsible for starting smoking, and that is the person theirself.

Comment: Re:Just damn (Score 1) 328

by tompaulco (#49151057) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Tobacco company execs should be publicly flogged. Goodbye old friend.

Optionally, we can inundate everybody's daily lives with constant reminders of the health hazards of smoking, including the second hand smoke deaths, breathing through stoma and hundreds of other daily images of how horrible smoking is. Then NOBODY will ever even CONSIDER smoking./sarcasm.

Comment: Re: Hard to believe (Score 1) 153

by TheRaven64 (#49148121) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

Who says the OS should provide nothing useful and let app makers make their money on it?

If you set up a straw man, then it's very easy to kill it. The issue is not an OS providing something, it's that Microsoft, which had a near-monopoly in the desktop space, used the money from selling the OS to fund development in another market (browsers) and then bundled their version, undercutting the competition with cross subsidies. There was a thriving browser market before IE was introduced, but it's hard to compete when most of your customers are forced to pay to fund the development of your competitor.

Comment: Re:"Free" exercise (Score 1) 254

by TheRaven64 (#49146301) Attached to: I ride a bike ...
150 km a day on a bike? How long does that take? According to my phone GPS, which isn't spectacularly accurate, I do about 18km/hour (though I'm far from the fastest cyclist), so even if you're twice as fast as me that sounds like it would involve a bit over 4 hours on a bike. That's a lot of time to spend commuting each day, it's adding over 50% to the normal work day!

Comment: Re:Sick (Score 1) 247

This is true in most industries, even tech. Most companies have changed their policy from the base two weeks vacation plus you call in sick when you are sick to two weeks paid time off including sick leave. They did not offer employees any additional remuneration when they took away their sick leave. Also, they still want to know in advance when you are going to use a PTO day, as if you know what days you are going to be sick.

Comment: Re:Kinda stupid since (Score 1) 499

by TheRaven64 (#49145303) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Generally Fundamental Evangelical Christians teach humility and service to others and subscribe to the view that others are more important than me. That's exactly opposite to what you claim "ALL" religion is.

Really? Because that's exactly the set of values that I'd choose to indoctrinate my serfs with.

"You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

Or, to summaries: 'Hey oppressed people, don't think about following a leader from amongst yourself, that kind of thing always ends badly'.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 425

by TheRaven64 (#49145287) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
Laplink also had a neat mode where it would install on the remote machine for you (which was useful for me, because it came on 3.5" floppies and one machine only had a 5.25" drive). The mechanism for this was quite interesting - you ran on the remote machine machine, telling it to use com1 as the console device (something I hadn't been aware DOS could do). Then it would use the type command (similar to cat on UNIX systems) to write a stream of data from the standard input to a file and finally run that file.

This obviously raises the question of why, when you have a serial console with working flow control, do you need laplink at all? If you have a null modem cable and a lot of patience, then you can always extract files by writing them to standard output and reading them off with a serial program - just make sure that you've correctly configured the UART first. If you're a bit paranoid, then running something like par2 first (I think there are DOS binaries and they're pretty small, though they may take a while on a 386) and you'll be able to recover small data errors.

Copying 160MB over a serial connection won't be fast, but I'm assuming that this isn't urgent if it's been sitting on a 160MB disk for years without backups...

Comment: Re: Hard to believe (Score 2) 153

by TheRaven64 (#49145269) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

IE itself can EASILY be removed from a system. Delete the EXE, done. Its been that way ALWAYS. Even during the court battles.

While this is technically true, it's also misleading. You could delete iexplore.exe, but don't expect a working system afterwards. Lots of other parts of Windows (and Office) invoked iexplore.exe directly, rather than providing a web view with MSHTML.dll or invoking the default browser via the URL opening APIs.

Comment: Re: Hard to believe (Score 1) 153

by TheRaven64 (#49145259) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine
What is this, 1998? IE was never part of the kernel. The complaints were:
  • MSHTML.dll (around which IE was a very thin wrapper) was installed by default and used by loads of things.
  • Lots of things in Windows that should have used MSHTML.dll to embed a web view, or just invoked the default browser, used IE so that you couldn't uninstall IE without breaking Windows.
  • MS bundled IE with Windows and used their near monopoly in the desktop OS market to gain a dominant position in the browser market and push Netscape (and a few other browser makers) out of business.

It was never part of the kernel and never ran with system-level privileges.

Comment: Re:I got a goal for you (Score 1) 153

by TheRaven64 (#49145243) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine
I've not been paying much attention to Windows for a few years, but does IE still have the same poor security reputation? I was under the impression that it did the multiprocess thing and sandboxed each instance, putting it in the same ballpark as Chrome and Safari and ahead of Firefox (which is finally going to start adding sandboxing support now). Did they manage to screw up the sandboxing and make something that's still trivially exploitable, or are you just repeating ten-year-old information?

Comment: Re:"Free" exercise (Score 1) 254

by tompaulco (#49144219) Attached to: I ride a bike ...
It would be much faster for me to ride a bike than to take the bus to my last place of work. Going by the bus schedule, I literally would have to spend 7+ hours a day either on the bus or walking to or from the bus stop. The closest stop to my house is about 2 miles and the closest to work is also about 2 miles, but the route does not go direct and I would have to transfer downtown and wait for an outgoing bus. In order to get to work by 9, I would have to take the earliest possible bus, which would necessitate leaving my house at 5:30 am. In order to take the last bus, which would get me home by 7:30 pm, I would have to leave work no later than 4:45 pm. Obviously, this would be unacceptable to my (now former) employer, as that would leave less than 8 hours for working and they expect us to put in at least 10-12 hours per day.
Biking the 18 miles, on the other hand would take maybe 1.5 hours in either direction, so it would be more than twice as fast as the bus. The disadvantage being that it would be dark for at least part of the trip most of the year. It is also mostly highway, so by bike I would have to find an alternate route. By car, it is about 20 minutes, so about 5 times faster than the bike, and about 10 times faster than the bus.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"