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Comment: Re:Powershell (Score 3, Insightful) 729

- sizeof(string) (I may have got the name of the function wrong) returns the length of a single byte rather than the length of the entire string. Who the hell thought that would be a good idea?

Hey, just because you don't know the language doesn't mean it's necessarily wrong. Documentation for sizeof would have told you that it's for telling you the size in bytes of datatypes on a particular system. It's often paired with malloc to allocate memory for something.

The C specification is remarkably lax on the size of its numeric datatypes, too. To the point where eventually a bunch of bit-specific sizes were introduced because the basic versions weren't. example: uint32 is a 32-bit unsigned integer, where as uint is an unsigned integer that's 16-bits or larger depending on the platform.

For that matter, even pointer size changes depending on systems. For instance, it's 4 bytes for 32-bit Intel systems and 8 bytes for 64-bit Intel systems.

Comment: Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (Score 1) 1134

by VGPowerlord (#47826285) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Only if you count games like Candy Crush and Farmville. Let's face it, gaming consoles and expensive video cards are being sold to teenage boys, you know, the ones that actually buy big game titles. If women are such a big market, they'd be pandered to. Or maybe women can make their own games. They should. Obviously these misogynist devs hate money. It's right there for the taking.

I accidentally read that as "buy big game titties" and then realized... that's true, too.

Wait, did I just argue one of Anita Sarkeesian's points for her?

Anyway, one of the things about games: You don't necessarily know who makes the games. For all I know, Alison McWarlover is heading up Call of Duty: Yet Another One... much like Kim Swift was the Project Lead on Portal.

That second one was name dropped to prove a point. Most people probably didn't know know Portal was lead by a woman because it wasn't relevant to the game's success.

Comment: The base model (Score 2) 359

by VGPowerlord (#47825017) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Ten years later, the base model still has 480 kilobytes of ROM and 24 kilobytes of RAM, its black-and-white screen remains 96x64 pixels, and the MSRP is still $150

I really hate it when people pass off misinformation.

As tempting as it is to call the black and white version the base model, it doesn't appear to be manufactured any longer.

Which means that the current base model is the version that has with 3.5 megabytes ROM and 21 kilobytes RAM, with a color screen that is 320x240 screen. The calculator also has a rechargeable battery (type unknown) and an MSRP of $140.

You can find this information (except the MSRP) on this chart.

Incidentally, Amazon US currently sells the color LCD model (black) for $104. Other colors seems to cost more.

Comment: Re:TI calculators are not outdated, just overprice (Score 2) 359

by VGPowerlord (#47824819) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

As strange as it sounds, the TI-84 is a newer model than the TI-86.

Basically, the lines went like this:

TI-82 -> TI-83 -> TI-84 Plus -> TI-84 Plus Color

TI-85 -> TI-86

Since it's not obvious on that list, the 82 and 85 came out around the same time, as did the 83 and 86.

Incidentally, it's important to note that the stats listed in the summary are for the black and white version and not the newer color version and yet it's the color version's MSRP they're listing.

Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 2) 727

by VGPowerlord (#47720149) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

I think it's funny that you'd say this.

DOS had drivers in the form of Terminate and Stay Resident (TSR) programs.

For instance, you had Microsoft's mouse.sys or for standard serial port (and later PS/2) mice.

CD drives required config.sys to load a vendor-specific CD-ROM driver followed by autoexec.bat executing mscdex.exe.

From memory, sound cards notably didn't have drivers built-in, or rather the only startup programs they had just set the ports and interrupts the cards used. (i.e. sb16set)

Comment: Re:Not ready for v6 yet (Score 3, Insightful) 248

by VGPowerlord (#47663063) Attached to: The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

If it weren't for the stupidity of OS and IP stack authors, we'd be able to use the - addresses.

However, most of them refuse to route to those addresses because they're "Reserved for Future use."

Apparently no one stopped to think that blocking routing to those addresses would stop them from being used in the future because people insist on using older technology.

Comment: Re:Microsoft has a new CEO? (Score 2) 151

by VGPowerlord (#47601825) Attached to: Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

Because at the end of the day it is "business as usual" -- no one really gives a fuck about Microsoft's new CEO.

Microsoft still doesn't a fucking clue about UI, it still shits on PC gamers with its crappy GWFL (Games For Windows Live), the Xbone has the stupidest marketing name ever, XP is still holding on because business can't be bought off with the latest untested shiny, DX12 will be only available on Windows 9 as MS tries to force gamers to upgrade, etc.

Weren't all those things done during the "lengthy and ultimately unpopular reign" of Steve Ballmer?

Comment: Re:Arrest the Credit Card Issuers? (Score 2, Informative) 419

by VGPowerlord (#47558013) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

It sounds like the real scammers are the credit card issues that have a system in place to override that has ZERO security in place.

The security is supposed to be that the retailer is supposed to call the bank themselves to verify it. Which they didn't do.

Debug is human, de-fix divine.