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Comment Re:bye (Score 1) 531

Maybe its time to reconsider Chrome? It does what Firefox does, but without the added band width of grinning show offs.

Did you miss the whole plugin debacle going on with Chrome?

You know, the "you need to rewrite your plugin using one of our APIs" thing?

Don't even get me started about NaCl and the brillant idea to allow any C/C++ system calls except a few that are blacklisted. Because what could possibly go wrong with that idea?

Comment Re:Which C runtime library for MinGW? (Score 1) 216

I'm not sure about the OP, but on my work Windows 7 computer, I have no less than 13 versions of Microsoft's C++ libraries installed.

And that's with the versions from Visual Studio 2013 not being listed in Programs and Features for whatever reason. I know they're installed as one of the programs I needed to compile requires them because they're the first versions that have C++11 support.

The point is that each time Microsoft releases a new version, the old versions also stick around. I have 4 x86 and 2 x64 versions of the Visual C++ 2008 / 9.0.x libraries for example.

Comment Re:Maybe they will move to court instead? (Score 1) 137

Was the year 2003 specifically mentioned or did you just pull that out of your a... hat?

Last I checked, there have been 3 new versions of Windows since 2001: Vista, 7, and 8. If you choose not to use them, that's not Microsoft breaking the contract...

Comment Re:Gamers are dead. (Score 1) 239

And, of course, streaming and "let's plays." Why are people sitting around watching OTHER PEOPLE play games that they themselves could be playing? But they do!

I didn't understand this around 7-8 years ago when I posted a video of the opening of a game just for the music content.

A person asked me if I'd post videos of me playing the game. I declined thinking no one would ever want to watch that sort of thing. Keep in mind, this is from back before "Lets Play" was even a term.

I look back at popular "Lets Play"ers now and think "that could have been me!"

Comment Re:Warrant after probable cause established? (Score 1) 270

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures...

A security researcher who studies airplane security saying that he plans on hacking the airplane security while he's physically on said airplane.

How is taking his electronic devices "unreasonable" in this instance, particularly when you're waiting for a warrant to be issued?

Comment Re:My kingdom for an easy software reinstall tool. (Score 1) 172

sudo dpkg -i

lists all installed packages on Debian-based distributions. sudo is there because it requires superuser privileges to use.

I should probably mention that there's also the "aptitude" package that can be run from the command-line to show a menu-based system for viewing and installing packages on Debian based systems, including searching for packages.

Among other things, it has options for showing you currently Installed packages and Searching for new packages.

Comment Re:Anyone remember... (Score 2) 153

Anyone remember the good old days when we were playing Doom and Monkey Island? 'Cause I don't. Wish there was a possibility to replay those classic originals in a legal way.

I'm assuming this is sarcasm since both of these games are still available for sale on sites like GOG and Steam.

Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition is a remake, but the remake is frame-per-frame compatible with the original. You can switch between the original graphics/UI and the new graphics/UI at the press of a button (F11 for the PC version I think).

For DOOM, not only can you buy it independently on Steam, but buying DOOM 3 BFG Edition also includes both Doom 1 and 2, plus the new Doom 2 campaign released in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game.

Comment Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 1) 442

Similarly if companies hire H1-B workers they lay off fewer domestic workers.

This is a huge duh.

Say family A has 5 cats and 2 dogs.
Say family B has 2 cats and 5 dogs.

Each family can only keep 2 pets.

Which family gets rid of more cats, the one with 5 cats or the one with 2 cats?

Now replace "family" with "company", "cats" with "domestic workers", and "dogs" with "H1-B workers"

Which company gets rid of more domestic workers, the one with 5 domestic workers or the one with 2 domestic workers?

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 249

And yet by your own admission, DX9 is not the minimum requirement for all games. Therefore if you want to play a game for which you don't match the minimum requirement... Go on, guess what I'm going to say next! That's right, you could use a service like OnLive!

DirectX 9 is antiquated technology at this point. It was released 12 years ago. Even DX10 (Windows Vista and newer) is 8 years old at this point and DX11 (Windows 7 and newer) is 4.5 years old.

Unless you're stuck on Windows XP, chances are you have a system that supports DirectX 11.

Incidentally, relatively few new games use DX9 any more. XP's death finally removed the restriction.

[A computer is] like an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and no mercy. -- Joseph Campbell

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