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Comment Re:Eh ... (Score 2) 339

...and sometimes it passed back and forth a couple of times.

Apple added aliases to System 7 (essentially symbolic links, though a little more clever). Visually, the way you could tell an alias from the real file is that it's name was in italics. So the filename under the icon would say "Microsoft Word" instead of "Microsoft Word". It was a clever idea.

Unfortunately, it didn't work all that well with non-roman characters. There's no Italic in Japanese. So you couldn't tell them apart.

Microsoft implemented shortcuts in Windows 95 (essentially symbolic links--not a little more clever). But, visually, you'd see a little arrow badge in the lower right corner of the icon letting you know this was a shortcut to some other file.

I think System 7.5 or 7.6 fixed it so you got both the italics and the little arrow badge, so Japanese users could now tell what was an alias and what wasn't.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 2) 417

Apple was going under in the 90s. Then Microsoft bailed them out to avoid anti-trust problems.

That's not entirely accurate...

Apple did have a fair amount of cash on their books in the 90s (that was part of what inspired the famous Michael Dell quote about shutting down the company and giving the cash back to the shareholders). Microsoft's "bail-out," though, was more about press than about money. $150 million wasn't that much.

You're right that Apple was going under in the 90s. Why? Because everybody said so. And if you're dealing with a company that's going under, do you really want to float them credit? As I understand it, even Motorola was basically making them pay cash for CPUs. Nobody wanted to be left holding the bag.

That makes it difficult to operate.

Apple didn't necessarily need money--again, they had quite a bit. What they needed was a vote of confidence. The agreement with Microsoft provided that vote of confidence that Apple wasn't going to go out of business.

Comment Re:Keep your regulations off my non-broadcast show (Score 1) 195

I think the complaint isn't, "This shouldn't be on the air!" but a "I should have some idea of what is going to be shown!"

Not necessarily unreasonable.

Pretty much everything on HBO has a Content Rating. Note that they mention "Strong Sexual Content" and I'm sure Game of Thrones triggers that.

The complaint, I suppose, is that they don't have a category for "Depravity."

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 587

Not sure on that. Remember that ADA concerns disabilities, not illnesses. Since it's the government, I'd be surprised if a list of disabilities isn't somehow defined and that you can't just claim something as a "disability."

For example, if I have Metallophobia (fear of metal), the company does not have to remove all metal from my surroundings.

Comment Re:Call it what you want it isn't green (Score 1) 321

Well, there's an "environment" everywhere. It may not necessarily be one you'd like to live in, but that doesn't mean it's not an "environment."

For example, I'd imagine you have lots of snakes and lizards in West Texas. They like hot weather--or, more precisely, hot things. So we cover the desert with solar panels and what happens to the snakes and lizards?

I'll grant you, this is Texas, so the answer is, "Who cares?"

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.