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Comment Re:Wiped my Grub though. (Score 1) 214

Why in the holy fuck would anyone install a preview build of any OS in anything other than a VM?

Maybe they don't care about the hardware?

I pulled a laptop from the junk pile at work and installed it on that. It runs OK on a 2008 vintage laptop, but I wouldn't want to use for anything serious.

Comment Re:I have your conversion right here... (Score 1) 860

I have a better idea. How about the Application Compatibility Toolkit? That is the right link, it's including with some other junk in true Microsoft style.

The component you're looking for is the Compatibility Administrator Tool. It saves its fixes to a database, so you can use it across a network if you're an admin.

If you need instructions, look here.

I used it to fix some vital software - Dungeon Keeper. :)

Comment Re:For the most part (Score 2) 197

Canned air? I use 120 psi from an air compressor. I wonder if the fan is rated for 10,000 rpm.
And if you're blowing air into a vent without taking the device apart, all you're really doing is distributing the dust evenly inside the case.. and you're not going to get at everything.

You know that when DC motors spin they generate electricity, right? ...and your fan motor is connected to your motherboard.

You know that when DC motors spin they generate electricity, right? ...and your fan motor is connected to your motherboard.

PC fans use brushless motors, which don't do that.

Comment Re:Smithsonian (Score 1) 267

Unless, after launching, it continued to fly under its own power. At that point we can safely call it a plane.

From what I can see, that would make it a sustainer motor glider.

The Wright brothers, Whitehead, Santos Dumont and Pearse were all significant, but I don't think any of them could truly claim to have invented the aeroplane.

Comment Re:It's called the key (Score 3, Insightful) 1176

What TFA is missing is that Renault Lagunas don't have an ignition key, they have an electronic card and a start button.

From what other posters are saying, it seems there's no way to turn the engine off while the vehicle is moving. I can see Renault getting some flak for that design decision, if it's true.

Comment Re:How do we work this (Score 1) 988

I'll let you off because you said you're generalising, but some of the Windows Mobile 5 phones had no keyboard, just a few buttons. Of course they had resistive touchscreens and no multi-touch, but what would you expect in 2003ish?
The did expose the file system, but it was in a "you shouldn't be looking at this" kind of way, even though you had to use it. It was certainly pointing the way, even if it was a kludge.
I doubt there was another product using multi-touch before the iPhone, but I know better than to make claims like that on Slashdot. ;)

Comment Re:Duh - Slab based multi touch phone (Score 2) 988

Apart from multi-touch, there were plenty. They were mostly made by HTC and sold with the carrier's name on them.
They typically ran Windows Mobile 5 and you could install anything you liked on them, without the carrier's permission.
I even wrote the odd app for them for internal use at my job.

They were big and chunky, I can't say I liked them. But they prove you wrong, don't they?

Comment Not again! (Score 1) 524

Do we always have to have car analogies?

You've obviously never heard of the way the Honda/Acura NSX completly outshone the Ferarri 348. Also, the F430 has one of the ugliest interiors I've seen in a such an expensive car - is that part of the complete package?

How much of that applies to Apple is another matter, but don't think for a moment that they are in an unassailable position. There is no such thing.

"You need tender loving care once a week - so that I can slap you into shape." - Ellyn Mustard