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Comment Re:Wow, end of an era. (Score 1) 147 147

>As for getting professors to give up old equipment, start metering the electricity and billing the department.

HAH I wish. It's funny because if this junk were x86 we would have simply virtualized it years ago. But it's SPARC and there (still) isn't a good emulator for sun4m. I think one was "getting there" but was still crashy when we tried it last.

Comment Re:..all versions of Android after and including 2 (Score 5, Insightful) 120 120

It's the phone makers' faults. Sorry, but that's just the way it is.

Apple has shown that it's possible for the device manufacturer to deploy new software directly. Yet in the Android world, it's still the carriers doing it. There's only a few phones where the manufacturer pushes new updates (and even those don't tend to be supported as long as iPhones do)

The Android world needs to wake the hell up and start supporting its users properly. It's ridiculous that this sort of situation can happen; if a similar exploit appeared for iOS, Apple would patch devices in 10 seconds flat.

Comment Re:Wow, end of an era. (Score 2) 147 147

What's amazing is how RELIABLE those things were.

We have a couple of SparcStation 5 units STILL RUNNING because a professor refuses to let them go. They have 2GB hard drives (yes TWO gigs) and 128MB of RAM. These things were outrageously expensive when they came out; I'm guessing Sun spent a lot of the extra money on overengineering the hell out of everything.

"Sir this version of Solaris is no longer supported. We can't keep running it unless we block access to it from the Internet."
"It doesn't need Internet access, just block it and let me keep using it."

"Sir this machine is older than some of your students. If it dies we cannot replace any parts."
"No problem just leave it up."

"Just leave it."

Ahh, academia. :)

Comment Why are websites dragging their feet on this? (Score 5, Insightful) 93 93

Heck, even many websites that still require Flash for desktop browsers will happily send HTML5 video to mobile browsers.

For example, the BBC. You go to videos on BBC and it says "Plugin required", so I go up and change my User Agent to iPad, and *WHAM*, the video plays using HTML5 without a problem.

THE CODE IS ALREADY DONE!!!! Why don't they just throw the switch?

Comment Drama is coming. (Score 5, Insightful) 90 90

I predict that men will whine that they can't see videos set so that only women can see them.

I predict the women who posted the above videos will whine if men post videos set so only men can see them, saying it's sexist, while not realizing the hypocrisy.

I predict SJWs will whine that this somehow doesn't include transgendered people.

I predict that I will sit back with a big tub of popcorn and enjoy the hilarious drama.

Comment Re:To all you losers ... (Score 4, Informative) 331 331

"SJW" doesn't mean anybody who is for social justice. I'm for social justice! I want people to stop hating and harassing each other.

"SJW" is the term for those who do bad things in the name of social justice. They harass and threaten people who don't tow their very narrow definition of what is right. They become confrontational and angry if you so much as suggest they might be wrong about someone.

People who are for social justice? They're awesome.

Social Justice Warriors? They can be as bad as the guy this article is about.

Comment More spectrum? (Score 1) 152 152

Perhaps the FCC should allocate more license-free spectrum for this purpose? 2.4GHz was only available because it happened to be shared by microwave ovens, which made the band less usable due to all the interference. How about finding a few more slices of bandwidth to allocate now that everyone is using it? Preferably under 3GHz due to its better penetrative properties.

Comment Are they delusional? (Score 5, Insightful) 35 35

Why do governments think they can control the flow of security software and exploits over the Internet?

Bad guys already don't follow the laws, and will obtain and use them anyway.

Good guys testing security will probably obtain and use them anyway because the probability of actually getting caught and prosecuted for it are nearly nil if it's not being used in a crime.

In other words, these laws stop no one except maybe one or two goodie-two-shoes. What's the point?

Any given program will expand to fill available memory.