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Comment: Re: Most of their apps are annoying anyway (Score 2) 109 109

Well, that's only as far as I checked, I could have gone further but stopped. After 12 years of archives I figure they have them all.

well I went back to 91 on comp.os.minix to find the famous Linux announcement easy enough:

From Wikipedia:

Google Groups hosts an archive of Usenet posts dating back to May 1981. The earliest posts, which date from May 1981 to June 1991, were donated to Google by the University of Western Ontario with the help of David Wiseman and others, and were originally archived by Henry Spencer at the University of Toronto's Zoology department. The archives for late 1991 through early 1995 were provided by Kent Landfield from the NetNews CD series and Jürgen Christoffel from GMD. The archive of posts from March 1995 onward was started by the company DejaNews (later Deja), which was purchased by Google in February 2001. Google began archiving Usenet posts for itself starting in the second week of August 2000.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 1) 817 817

Well, if you have such great advantages, why should I stand in the middle of a field and let you drop bombs on me? Why shouldn't I go and hide in areas full of innocents? Because it's cowardly to hide where you won't shoot?

If you want to hide, go right ahead. Except sooner or later I might get annoyed enough to hunt you down wherever you are.

It's equally cowardly to drop a bomb on me from well outside my range of engagement.

It's not cowardly, it's smart. Why expose your troops to enemy fire when you don't have to. Remember, the goal is to kill more of the enemy than they kill of you.

So basically, you can argue all you like but you're not going to talk the enemy into engaging in a fight they can't win: to do so would be stupid.

Then they should surrender and stop fighting.

Comment: Re:NES vs. DOS (Score 1) 52 52

Sure, your SMB, Zelda, Contra, etc type games were better on the SNES... but what about Sim City (and 2000), Civilization, Command and Conquer, Warcraft 1&2, Star Control 2, Ultima 6-8, Wing Commander, X-wing and Tie Fighter? All of these were amazing DOS games, and either didn't have console versions, or if there were, they weren't quite the same (the SimCity,Civilization and Wing Commander for SNES come to mind)

Those later DOS games should be compared to PSOne games, not SNES.

Comment: Speed is indeed important (Score 1) 6 6

Not everyone has a brand-new computer; The manuscript of the book I'm about to publish is in Open Office Word, about 400 pages and full of large images, and autosave is a real pain because it takes minutes to save the file.

Like another commenter said, I wouldn't make it the most important thing, overall efficiency is. But software speed is important to anyone with an older computer, especially a Windows computer, because the computer slows as the registry grows, and the registry never gets smaller, only bigger.

Comment: iOS users feel it (Score 1, Insightful) 307 307

I currently have a web radio transceiver front panel application that works on Linux, Windows, MacOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, under Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. No porting, no software installation. See for details of what I'm writing.

The one unsupported popular platform? iOS, because Safari doesn't have the function used to acquire the microphone in the web audio API (and perhaps doesn't have other parts of that API), and Apple insists on handicapping other browsers by forcing them to use Apple's rendering engine.

I don't have any answer other than "don't buy iOS until they fix it".

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 5, Insightful) 817 817

Cowards. But thats become the American way.

So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.
â" Sun Tzu, The Art of War

The art of using troops is this:
â¦â¦When ten to the enemyâ(TM)s one, surround him;
â¦â¦When five times his strength, attack him;
â¦â¦If double his strength, divide him;
â¦â¦If equally matched you may engage him;
â¦â¦If weaker numerically, be capable of withdrawing;
â¦â¦And if in all respects unequal, be capable of eluding him,
â¦â¦â¦.for a small force is but booty for one more powerful.â
â" Sun Tzu, the Art of War

There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all Hell. -- William Tecumseh Sherman

I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country. -- Patton

The American Military has advantages, it uses them. It is not cowardly to use one's military advantages. If I have a gun that shoots a mile and yours only shoots a half a mile, why should I close to a half a mile, I should stay out of your range and kill you when you are easy prey and can't shoot back.

Comment: Re:"As far back as 6xx" (Score 1) 25 25

Because they don't all use identical architecture?

The GT600 series isn't all Fermi like the GT500 and 400 series, some of the 600's are Kepler. And those Kepler ones are the ones that are still available.

The whole 600 series is a mish mash with multiple card variants sharing the same model number.

For example there are 5 versions of the GT640, one of which is a Fermi, the rest are Kepler, 3 are DDR3, two are GDDR5, 3 are OEM only, two are retail. One of which, the rev2 variant is only slightly less powerful than a stock GTX650, runs cooler and uses less power.

Comment: Re:So, um, guys? (Score 1) 223 223

Individually they may not be much, but they do add up because there are a lot of them. And you never know when one of them might decide to be more active and run a scan or whatever. Sure it was worse when we didn't have quad core and better CPU's but we are not imagining things.

And every service run is one more thing one has to keep an eye on. Yeah I run Linux, but I still don't run too many services.

When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.