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Comment: Dupe? (Score 0) 330

by PincushionMan (#47908025) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion
Haven't we seen this story before?
Okay, I see now, maybe because the full amount has been publicized. I'm just a little curious why so many Minecraft stories have been bubbling to the front page recently.

And jawtheshark: 'notched' - Really? That is quite punishing. Was that you or the editors?

Comment: Re:Umm... WHY??? (Score 1) 368

by PincushionMan (#47872701) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+
Back in the bad old days, you had to pay for your browsers. If you wanted TCP/IP on Window 3.11, you even had to pay for Trumpet Winsock ($25). I remember that IE's trident core was licensed from some other company (Spyglass? Mosaic?), and that the parent company was to get a cut of the profits. They never envisioned that MS would just give it away as a part Windows 95, netting them $0 per copy.

Also, Microsoft paid the huge sum of $0 for their TCP/IP stack for Windows 95. They cribbed it straight from BSD's TCP/IP stack, IIRC.

Comment: Re:LibreOffice (Score 1) 190

by PincushionMan (#47747701) Attached to: Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated
PDF can have the same problem if the font is not embedded and a suitable substitute is not available. An embedded font is the only way to be sure what you see is what they'll get. I remember loathing downloading PDF manuals in the dial up days because they would be huge (like 4 - 12 MB). Now that I think about it, those manuals often had non-SVG photos as well - those were probably the real culprits.

Comment: BSOD Colors and Reboots (Score 1) 190

by PincushionMan (#47747311) Attached to: Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated
Yeah, in Windows 8/8.1 it is a baby blue, and it has a giant :( in 128 point font. To be fair, I only got it because I mixed RAM speeds in a RAM bank. Once I rearranged them, it was fine.

Apparently, Vista (and maybe 7) has a Red Screen of Death to indicate some sort of elevated severity versus the regualr BSOD. I've not observed that one though, and don't quite recall what caused it to be red.

Comment: Software in question (Score 1) 209

I dunno why the poster was making a big deal of the secret; off the top of my head I can think of two Monolithic ERP systems that Oracle provides.
  1. 1) JDEdwards — has both the "cloud" version or a premise version. From experience, I can tell you the internal coding tools were not pretty.
  2. 2) Peoplesoft — probably same as above

In theory, it makes life easier for the corporation, in practice, not so much.

Comment: Racked by delays...? (Score 1) 144

I'm very curious how the racks caused delays. Were there too many that fell over damaging the servers? Perhaps the under performing vendors are being tortured for their failure?

Well, how about that, it appears that the word wrack (synonyms, ruin, destruction, wreckage, (v) to cause destruction) have been replaced by the word rack (synonyms: shelf, torture device, (v) subject to extreme stress).

Bah. My first attempt to be a grammar Nazi and I have to correct myself.

Comment: Re:Tradition (Score 2) 681

I gotta call you on that, man. Windows 98 and Windows 2000 were awesome compared to Windows 95 and Me (Windows 99?). XP only narrowly avoided the odd numbered curse because it was named XP instead of 01 or 1. I guess they fired all the people that made Windows Me. Then they brought them all back to make Windows Vista and, after they'd learned their lesson with Vista, they had them make Windows 8.

Comment: Re:Name? (Score 1) 148

by PincushionMan (#46840975) Attached to: Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

This is a good point. The only way they could have screwed up worse would have been to name it "Pinto", "Gremlin", or "Aztek". (The latter has been said to have been the worst car in all of history, responsible for the downfall of Pontiac.)

Now now, those were at least profitable cars. How about an unprofitable car for a name: Project Edsel. This car cost Ford millions of $$ in 1950s money. How's that for a bad project name?

Comment: Re:Straight Talk (Score 1) 273

by PincushionMan (#46447985) Attached to: WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up
From what I understand, it depends on the area of the country you live in. So it is possible to be on "T-Mobile" Straight Talk in some areas and "AT&T" Straight Talk in other areas.

In my area, it was possible (for a while) to run locked AT&T phones on straight talk. They've stopped, because some folks were taking the pay as you go smartphones, using them maybe a month, and quickly switching to Straight Talk.

Comment: Re: Innovation? (Score 1) 361

I know I shouldn't feed the troll Woosh, etc... Ah, what the heck

Spoken like someone who never had the original one. Even while the thing was in it's heyday (late '80s), it had all kinds of issue starting. After about two-three years of heavy use, they would start with the flashing power light upon inserting a cart. Everyone always assumed it was the cart's fault, because if you took it out and blew on it or tried another one, it would work. Problem was with the female end inside the unit, the jaws would splay open after too many insertions.

That said, I'll give the parent a break — since I never owned a top loader, he may be right. My N64 still works (for now), but my SNES only starts its games about 1 in 10 times recently.

Comment: Libraries = No Privacy (Score 1) 149

by PincushionMan (#45142333) Attached to: Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future
Historically, the list books you check out from a library have been protected. However, with the way the government is thinking about it, it is just metadata, since it isn't the books themselves. At this point, I'd honestly be surprised if they weren't mining that data also.

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