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Comment: Anti-opiate forces actually "pro pain"? (Score 1) 107

by swb (#47793063) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

There's times I think that the "anti opiate" forces would be against anything that made pain sufferers feel better. It's like there's some kind of morality subtext that's really "pro pain" and opposed to feeling better (unless of course it was due to praying to Jesus).

Comment: Re: Never useful info given with patches (Score 2) 136

by macs4all (#47790457) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

Apple pops up a notification (more annoying than Microsoft actually) that says "install these patches now or later?", and you have to click and open up before you can even see what you're clicking "now" or "later" for. Then it turns out it's just something stupid like itunes. So I ignore it. Then a few days later it repeats. Then a few days after that. And so on. It's basically the apple store window, even though I have zero software anywhere on or in the vicinity of the mac that even saw that store. So yes, I am indeed crawling under that sink to see what shit the plumber left there. At least be glad microsoft isn't merging their updates and patches with their store.

While I must admit I liked the old Software Update system a bit better, overall I still find Microsoft's free-for-all pop ups during boot up to be far more annoying than the Growl-like notifications in OS X. For one thing, OS X NEVER says "I'm rebooting your system in x seconds" like Windows does, leaving you to scramble around to ask PERMISSION from your own computer to DELAY the Reboot.

BTW, Apple isn't "mixing their software updates with the App Store"; they are just using the same secure distribution method. It's not like they dump you at the front door of the App Store, hoping you'll get distracted by teh Shiny and buy something. And frankly, for the few apps I have that I have purchase through the Mac App Store, I kinda like the fact that their updates are announced/distributed in the same way, rather than having the Windows method of having the blizzard of pop ups each time I boot. With the OS X system, it's only ONE pop up, which can simply be dragged off the edge of the screen to dismiss.

By the way, you can customize plenty of things about how Updates and their notifications happen (or don't)

Comment: Re: IBM Model M (Score 2) 565

by macs4all (#47789589) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

When the heat death of the universe comes, that thing will still be tanking along.

Yep. Just like my HP Laserjet 4.

Bought it at a thrift store about 5 years ago for $10. The copy count was 8,000. The engine is conservatively rated at 1,000,000 copies.

So, unless I start printing out and distributing copies of my Manifesto to the entire planet, it will likely outlive me.

Comment: Re: Simple (Score 1) 565

by macs4all (#47789509) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

That's why real pros backpedal with sed 's/\%variablename\%/\$variablename/' ./ ...or we just sit in a corner and write MOS-6510 assembly, muttering to ourselves and remembering the good old days.

Get off my lawn, Whipper-Snapper!

Everybody with REAL experience (and real grey hair) knows that the MOS6510 was a custom variant of the 6502 (actually, not quite; I believe it was missing a couple of upper address lines, IIRC) that was built by Commodore for the C-64 computer (and maybe the VIC-20, too). And the joke of it all was the fact that Commodore didn't even USE the mini-VIA or real-time clock that were the main features of the 6510...

No, REAL programmers (like me, of course!) sit and hand-code machine-code (assembly is for dummies!) MOS6502 programs on their Apple 1 computers...

If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are real good, you will get out of it.