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Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 4, Interesting) 129 129

I have outstanding submissions anywhere from 6 months to a year right now. I just got one denied that was just over 6 months old.

Of course, they'll take graffiti on the side of a dumpster, but they won't take actual non-death-camp historic landmarks.

As I keep saying, their approval process is handled by a randomizer. No human can be as pathetic as their approve/deny decisions have been.

Hell, I tried to have a portal removed from my ex-wife's house. I went out to visit our daughter, and while I was trying to explain the game, I turned on the game and it was on the house. The picture was from a commercial property miles away. They refused to remove it.

Comment: Re:You can still buy Windows 7? (Score 1) 166 166

That is exactly why the stickers are gone, IMHO too. It is rather easy to find XP Pro/Home stickers. Vista stickers happen occasionally. 7 stickers are rare though in residentials dumpsters.

I don't dumpster dive much more these days, it's not worth the effort.

Comment: Re: Surprise! (Score 1) 389 389

He lost because he didn't bother to respond to the charges.. I couldn't read the text of the complaint (they want money), but the article says he's been ignoring them for several years over these "performances".

I don't agree with the price tag, but it looks like he was fudging the truth to get free advertising out of this lawsuit.

Comment: Re:OpenVMS (Score 1) 257 257

You're actually just mad at the kernel that came with your distro. That's easily fixed, and instructions are abundant. Really, I spot checked and there is 35 year old hardware still supported, you just have to know what you're doing. If you're installing Linux on obscure hardware, you should already know how to do this.

I just grabbed the Linux 3.4.107 kernel (from, which is still being supported. 3.6 dropped i386 support, so I'm going for the full support argument here. :)

I did this on a x64, so I needed to export the correct arch.

$ export ARCH=i386 ; make menuconfig

Processor type and features -> Processor family -> [386]

Bus options -> ISA support -> [checked]
Bus options -> PCI support -> [unchecked]
Bus options -> PCCard (PCMCIA/CardBus) support -> [unchecked]

Networking support -> Networking options -> [whatever other/old network types you want] ... IPX, Appletalk, CCITT x.25

Now you can support any antique ISA card on a i386 you want.

Device Drivers -> Network device support -> Ethernet driver support ->

All the old ISA cards that I can think of are supported. Here's a screen shot of the make config for network card drivers only, with just what I put above. I set them all to build, to expand out everything. In practice, only build the one you're using, and/or make modules so you can load them rather than building them.

Comment: Re:OpenVMS (Score 1) 257 257

I'm also not sure why you'd want to run gcc3 on a 15 year old piece of hardware,

That was the question of the original post. Except don't do it on 15 year old hardware, do it on something circa 1990. So something base don a 80386SX, Z80, 65C02, or 68000.

He doesn't realize that in 2017, the FUture Widget FUx5000 will be released, and in the following 3 years will become the dominant platform.

It's not like a major processor manufacturer hasn't tried this recently.

Operating Systems

Ask Slashdot: A Development Environment Still Usable In 25 Years Time? 257 257

pev writes: I'm working on an embedded project that will need to be maintainable for the next 25 years. This raises the interesting question of how this can be best supported. The obvious solution seems to be to use a VM that has a portable disk image that can be moved to any emulators in the future (the build environment is currently based around Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / x86_64) but how do you predict what vendors / hardware will be available in 25 years? Is anyone currently supporting software of a similar age that can share lessons learned from experience? Where do you choose to draw the line between handling likely issues and making things overly complicated?

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