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Comment: Re:Forget the fugly tiles for a second... (Score 1) 346

by Teresita (#47474155) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return
And yet I can fit a fully working linux distro on a CD.

I can fit a fully working Puppy Linux live 'stro on a 204 megabyte 8cm CD, with room to spare to install a hunnert meg of Debian or Slackware apps and remaster. And the sweet thing about it is Puppy runs entirely in RAM, so I can pull the boot CD out and play movies. I don't even have to install libdvdcss like I have to do on Ubuntu, it's already done

Comment: Re:Zero Day? Duh... (Score 1) 134

by Teresita (#47065219) Attached to: New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered
Now the definition on wikipedia seems to pretty much include ANY vulnerability that hasn't been patched. So by definition ALL vulnerabilities are "zero day" until the vendor releases a patch... so therefore to add the "zero day" adjective in this context is meaningless...

And a "new" zero day at that. That's a relief, it could have been an old one.

Comment: Re:Linux (Score 2) 200

by Teresita (#47048999) Attached to: China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8
Doesn't alleviate the headache of fully checking your compiler's source code to make sure it doesn't do anything nefarious in select circumstances.

If you search the comments in the source code for the text "nefarious" or "evil" you probably won't catch it. But if you can spot an obfuscated system call handing out permissions like candy then you might have better luck.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 200

by Teresita (#47048871) Attached to: China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8
So having millions of machines running unpatched XP, and then telling the Americans to go fuck themselves by banned a supported OS... isn't that a bit like cutting off your nose to spite your face?

It's a communist plot. China asked Mr. Softie to please support WinXP past April 8 because it runs on 70% of the PCs over there, and Mr. Softie said no, so this just retaliation, like when China cut off oil to the Norks for a few months for lighting off a nuke. But it's not really going to hurt Mr, Softie very much, because finding an actual licensed copy of Windows in China is like finding an unwokked house cat.

Comment: Re:More government control, that's the ticket (Score 1) 160

The ACA was pushed down Republicans' throats, for sure. Americans in general, however, supported it to various extents.

Sure. And that's why every Donk who wants to retain their seat in November is running away from the ACA as fast as their little legs can carry them.

Comment: Re:More government control, that's the ticket (Score 2, Insightful) 160

When you're talking about people's lives at stake, and lobbing enormous explosive devices around, minimizing people's hours and maximizing the profit isn't necessarily the best answer.

The evil capitalist profit incentive has gone a long way toward making the chances of dying in a plane crash approach the probability of winning a lottery. If an airline lost the entire plane on the twenty-fifth flight ala Challenger, and again on the 113th flight ala Columbia there'd be a lot of empty seats.

Comment: Re:at least they are trying. (Score 3, Funny) 160

They "DO WORK" when it comes to space. WTF are WE doing? Sitting around, remembering the good-old-days while NASA fine-tunes its diversity statement.

Meanwhile the USA is building up quite a portfolio of images from the surface of Mars and shit. Russia's got a gig driving a space limousine.

Comment: More government control, that's the ticket (Score 4, Insightful) 160

This failure definitely hurts, and will certainly be used as justification by their government in increase its control over that country's aging aerospace industry."

Because paying folks by the hour rather than by the successful launch is a surefire way to cut Space-X off at the knees. This from the land of the three-man shovel.

Comment: Re:Worst fate (Score 1) 315

by Teresita (#47013445) Attached to: You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene
And tired of how their politicians waste money on mega-projects, the city's citizens just voted down a tax increase that would have kept the number of bus routes from being slashed.

It wasn't Seattle. The thing was King County Prop 1, and Seattle voted for it by a wide margin, they just couldn't get the rest of us out in the hinterlands to sign on. So the mayor is whipping up an exact repeat, but its only city-wide. Folks there wanna pay more for their tabs, more power to 'em. Ain't democracy grand?

Comment: Re:Also credits the dude that keeps it running (Score 1) 522

However, I dont think emulation is the right way to replace a dos computer, virtualisation is better. You can install DOS in a VMWare VM easily, whilst emulation like DOSBOX is very good, its still has some issues, a VM will get around most, if not all issues you have with dosbox.

DOSbox is a total cpu hog, especially if you set the cpu cycles in the config file to a level where it doesn't look like you're watching the beginning of an Alien movie printing out stats on the Nostromo slightly faster than you can read. On Linux I run a 1-2-3 clone and Wordstar in Dosemu windows, because if you're in Win3.1 under DOSbox and you launch a non-Windows app the whole window switches to that app and you can't switch back When I absolutely must go to Windows 3.1 I'll fire up a instance of DOSbox but I look at htop when I do and I'm amazed. And it's not any better using DOSbox under 64 bit Win7.

Comment: Re:I also like Wordstar 4.0 (Score 1) 522

I use Wordstar in a Win 3.1 DOS window daily, there's only two minor hassles. There's no proportional font spacing, so it will sometimes hyphenate on a single character, which stylistically is a no-no. And to get it out of Wordstar I have to dump the document through an ASCII driver configured as a virtual printer. But I totally get where he's coming from, the program stays they hell out of your way and lets you just write, there's no Clippy popping up saying, "Hey did you know you can now send your Great American Novel through TELNET?"

Computers are not intelligent. They only think they are.