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Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 2) 81

by Tapewolf (#47525953) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

No offense, but that's a kind of dumb assumption. They explicitly state that they make the games compatible with modern systems. With a large portion of their catalog being 16-bit, and 64-bit OSes not able to load 16-bit apps, they *need* to be wrapping the games in emulators or the like.

Yes, the original game files - or very close, minimally-patched versions - are in there. However, the vast majority of their customer base wouldn't be able to do anything with those game files. Even if they were, it wouldn't be the simple and user-friendly experience that it is today.

Yeah, I appreciate that but I think you may have missed something in my post. I know exactly why they've done what they did and for the majority of cases it's a very good idea. But if you want to play the game in its original format, you are SOL.

Right now, you buy a game - you get a choice of downloading a Windows version or a Mac version. Would it have killed them to have had a third option to download the DOS version of the game? It would be a damn sight smaller than the bloaty thing I had to download.

I think what really pissed me off was the fact that they had deleted the original EXE files instead of just leaving them around for people who needed them.

Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 2) 81

by Tapewolf (#47523933) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

It's a little more complicated than that.

They have big all-in-one installer .exes that setup a full environment for the games.

This. I bought the Kyrandia series about a month ago, and after faffing around with WINE to extract the games - which was not fun because it only drew half the installer and I had to guess what it was trying to tell me - I found that they didn't actually include the bloody game program at all, just the data files and a scummvm installation of unknown provenance.

Yes, it does make it easier for someone without a DOS background to get the games up and running, I can't fault them for that. But I would much preferred to have had the option to get just the bare installation files so that I could play the actual game on the platform of my choosing. After all, I had assumed I was buying the original game, rather than some weird, dicked-about version of it :P

Comment: Re:Kernel bloat (Score 4, Insightful) 65

by Tapewolf (#47341829) Attached to: Are the Hard-to-Exploit Bugs In LZO Compression Algorithm Just Hype?

Why should the Linux kernel have a compression algorithm in it?

Because it needs to compress and decompress things.

The kernel image is usually compressed anyway, then you've got things like page compression for zram, in-filesystem compression support - heck, BTRFS uses LZO! I think some network layer stuff like PPP supports header compression, and all that's only the things I'm vaguely aware of.

Comment: Re:Blackberry - only vendor serious about security (Score 1) 67

by Tapewolf (#47289833) Attached to: BlackBerry Back In Profit

Certainly they were - the old Blackberry OS was FIPS-certified. At the time, about 3 years ago, it was the only phone platform we could find that matched the government security requirements the company I worked for needed for a tender, and that was unfortunate, because the old OS is shit and horrific to program against.

I do not know if the QNX-based OS was ever secured as tightly as OS7.

Comment: Re:Oh goody (Score 4, Informative) 264

by Tapewolf (#46907043) Attached to: SanDisk Announces 4TB SSD, Plans For 8TB Next Year

If you only write infrequently (use for image editing) and then backup storage - how many years would the SSD maintain values?

If the drive is powered down, I wouldn't bet on it lasting the year. Intel only seem to guarantee up to 3 months without power for their drives:

Note also that the retention is said to go downwards as P/E cycles are used up. For me, I think they make great system drives, but I don't use them for anything precious.

Comment: Re:I just like interesting games (Score 1) 169

by Tapewolf (#46849929) Attached to: Why Should Game Stories Make Sense?

Replaying Morrowind at the moment. The plot and the worldbuilding in that is really what makes it for me. Not least the religious texts about Vivec... mind-bogglingly bizarre yet seemingly strung together with some otherworldly logic of their own.

System Shock 1 I found to be quite well-thought out too. It would have worked without the plot and background, and indeed there was even an option to turn it off. But without the text or audio logs strewn about depicting the fall of the station in poignant detail, it wouldn't have been nearly as memorable.

Comment: Watkins tape echo (Score 1) 702

by Tapewolf (#46792363) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

I believe these were marketed as 'Guild' or something in the US. Mine came off ebay about a decade ago and appears to be one of the first all-transistor models, cira 1966 or so. I believe it's the oldest piece of equipment that I use regularly - I also have an Akai 210GX which I use occasionally.
Most of my studio equipment is from the late 1980s or early-mid 1990s, when open-reel technology had reached its peak (microprocessor control, built-in DBX noise reduction etc).

Comment: Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (Score 1) 241

by Tapewolf (#46358089) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

I'm not sure you can actually get Lion anymore. I waited too long on Snow Leopard, and once Mountain Lion came out, that was the only upgrade offered, despite the fact it wouldn't run on the 2007 hardware. I bit the bullet and upgraded the hardware. I also considered ditching it at that point, but there are still a couple of pieces of software I need OSX for with no Linux equivalent and the win32 port doesn't run in WINE.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?