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Comment: Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (Score 5, Informative) 606

by VGPowerlord (#48029375) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Not just driver compatibility.

Windows 7 fixed a bunch of Vista compatibility issues with programs built for XP simply by having the version be set to 6.1.

Turns out that companies doing braindead Windows version detection of

if (majorVersion >= 5 && minorVersion >= 1)

had it fail spectacularly for version 6.0.

Comment: Re:What do they mean YouTube Freed? (Score 1) 137

by VGPowerlord (#47975799) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

I had to search every area of my Google+ profile's accounts section until I finally ran across the button to do so. I don't think their help pages even tell you the correct location for it, and now that my profile is deleted, I can't go back and tell where it was (it just prompts me to create a Google+ Profile when I do).

Comment: Re:TF2 (Score 1) 93

Lately I've been addicted to Team Fortress 2.

Runs *flawlessly* native under Linux. Fastest load times compared to windows.

Such a blast.

Conga Fortress 2 for the win!

Anyway, back on topic... I do wonder if Valve will rename half the server .so files like they did for HL2:DM, DoD:S, CS:S, TF2, and L4D2. It tends to break server addons when they do that, and the only reason to do it because they link the server binaries against older GLIBC versions.

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.

I use technology in order to hate it more properly. -- Nam June Paik