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Comment: Re:so, I'm in the more than 8 yrs ago camp (Score 1) 157

by TWX (#47575621) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
I've found that the Windows license codes on the Dells work even when the Dell is running Linux natively and the Windows OS running under a VM is not the "OEM" version, but a vanilla version of the same type. At least it's working for the Windows 7 Professional 64-bit VM that I'm running under Virtualbox on my Debian installation on my work Alienware laptop.

If you're a Linux user that occasionally needs Windows for a few proprietary tasks then it's not a bad deal having the OEM license.

Comment: Re:Doesn't surprise me (Score 1) 28

by TWX (#47575459) Attached to: Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory
And when it was rumored that Chrysler was introducing another brand in the early 2010s, we "knew" that Plymouth was coming back. It didn't. RAM was split from Dodge instead.

I wait until either the formal announcement or the signs go up. Until it's official it ain't official.

I watched some of that movie that Scorcese made about Howard Hughes last night. I couldn't help but draw parallels to Elon Musk, both in the secretiveness and the balls-to-the-wall approach when committing to a decision. We'll have to see how this plays out.

Comment: Re:From Finland (Score 1) 35

by TWX (#47575411) Attached to: Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic
"Ping" never got me, but I knew the word first from the film adaptation of The Hunt for Red October and its scottish pronounciation (even though he was playing a Soviet Lithuanian), and after that I new it from the ICMP utility. For me, if it had a language association it was scottish/English and technical, not Asian or Chinese in particular.

Comment: Re:From Finland (Score 1) 35

by TWX (#47575375) Attached to: Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic
How about I rephrase... Europe wasn't known for their consumer electronics in the United States. Of that list, the only one that I was aware of in the eighties through mid-nineties was Philips, and I knew them mostly through their ownership of American firm Magnavox. I'm now acquainted with Siemens, Ericcson, and Loewe, and I've heard of a couple of the others, but they weren't the names of that time like Samsung (for low end), Sony (for medium-grade) and Pioneer (for higher-end) were.

Comment: Re:Good riddance (Score 1) 85

by TWX (#47574015) Attached to: Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers
Yup. In my opinion this is a bit of an, "Emperor has no clothes," moment, as the game engine itself has always seemed to need more computing power than one has, and the developers were the only ones to actually make anything of it.

There was a joke a few years ago, "Could God create a video game so demanding that his computer can't play it?" "Yes, it's called 'Crysis'."

Comment: Re:Burglary... (Score 1) 120

by TWX (#47565685) Attached to: Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating
Or a burglary of any computer geek's residence that's been in this since the days of DOS 5.0...

I still have a couple of 5.25" floppy drives. I'm not proud of this, but I just can't quite bring myself to throw them away, just in case I need them. I still have a 3.5" floppy drive in a computer that I use regularly, and I still have my SCSI internal Zip Drive and my SCSI internal Jaz2 drive, though those aren't actually installed in anything running at the moment.

And my wife is still annoyed that her old Smith-Corona word processor's floppies are proprietary, and she has no way of reading some of the research papers she did in high school and college. We still have the media, but no word processor.

Comment: Re:And it'll keep happening, again and again... (Score 1) 174

And if e-mail on the corporate internal LAN/WAN never touches the public Internet then even if someone brings in a USB FOB with an infection, it won't readily spread automatically.

Hence two separate networks.

If it's that important, then the employees should be able to handle having two separate systems, one for internal use only, one for external use only.

Comment: Re:Not sure how well this will stop cheating (Score 2) 120

by TWX (#47565581) Attached to: Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating
If the average score was 95%, then wouldn't that mean that the general field of scores was falling somewhere in the 100%-90% range, possibly with disproportionately more above 95% to offset those falling below 90%?

Frankly, the danger is that we can't really know what the actual scores, without the pervasive cheating, would have been. There might well be 30% that passed that would have failed without cheating.

If over 50% of the participants were able to cheat, then it sounds like they need to work on their testing procedures in addition to their scoring metric. In this day and age it's not all that difficult to random-generate tests and source questions from sets so that one set may have 30 questions that apply to the same topic and three are randomly chosen; it means that for a 100 question tests there'd need to be probably a thousand questions grouped into sets, but if it's that important then it's not unrealistic to do the major work once and to maintain it properly from then on out.

Comment: Re:And it'll keep happening, again and again... (Score 1) 174

I'm well-aware that keeping employees busy with enough work and having enough oversight to help keep them on-task is important, but reducing distraction is also important. There's more than one contributing factor to inefficiency. I can suggest remedies for this one.

You will lose an important disk file.