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Comment: I ordered these for a store I worked at (Score 1) 179

by buzz_mccool (#46850837) Attached to: E.T. Found In New Mexico Landfill
As a teenaged employee at our town's only computer store, my boss had me order a large number of Atari 2600 games for Christmas 1982 thinking I knew what would sell. He told me to go wild. I think I ordered some number in the teens of the E.T. cartridges because the movie was so popular, I thought it too would be a sure hit. That was the title I ordered the most of. Most of the other cartridges I ordered sold well (I recall Wizard of Wor sold out), but not E.T. and my boss held me responsible for the poor sales. I quit a few months later.

Comment: CDE [Re:Figured this out in 2003] (Score 1) 663

by buzz_mccool (#40468277) Attached to: Are Open-Source Desktops Losing Competitiveness?
Are there any desktops other than CDE that let you define multiple actions for a given file type and have those actions be scripts? For example most desktops let you define what application to open a file type with, but CDE lets me define as many open actions as I want, and allows me to have shell scripts perform those actions.
So instead of a text file being restricted to only canned Open and Print actions, I can define OpenReadOnly, Edit, SpellCheck, SpellCorrect, PrintEnscript1Col, PrintEnscript2Col, Encrypt, etc.

+ - The price of a messy codebase: No LaTeX for the iP-> 1

Submitted by buzz_mccool
buzz_mccool writes: As discussed by Mark Thorson on comp.risks "You might think that a program written by Donald Knuth and Leslie Lamport
would be an ideal example of good programming, rather than [an] encrusted monstrosity ... But perhaps it's the way of
all things to end up like that, no matter who wrote it."

Link to Original Source

Comment: I worked for MARCORSYSCOM (Score 2) 155

by buzz_mccool (#36829722) Attached to: Top General: Defense Department IT In "Stone Age"
I worked for the Marine Corps Systems Command (Quantico, VA) and tried mightily to move the Corps to inexpensive open systems and protocols. I don't know where General Cartwright was at the time, but the Marine Corps leadership did not look kindly on my attempts to implement solutions to the problems the General states exist. The General was quoted as saying "... we buy proprietary [and] we don't understand what it is we're buying into," My direct experience says this not a true statement. The Marine Corps understands to the highest degree that they are buying proprietary, closed, expensive systems. That's precisely what they specified, so that's exactly what they get. If anyone in this forum thinks that the Marine Corps leadership lacked sage advice or that nobody was willing to put their career on the line to get the leadership on the right path, you are mistaken.

Drupal's Dries Buytaert On Drupal 7 55

Posted by Soulskill
from the on-the-horizon dept.
itwbennett writes "The Drupal community has been working on Drupal 7 for two years, and there are 'hundreds of changes' to show for it, says Drupal creator Dries Buytaert in an interview with ITworld's Esther Schindler on the occasion of Drupal 7 going into Alpha test this week. Most notable for end users are 'some massive usability improvements,' says Buytaert, while site builders will see the greatest changes in the Drupal Content Construction Kit (CCK), which has been moved into the Drupal core. But one thing that hasn't changed is the not-so-easy upgrade path. 'The upgrade path for a Drupal site has never been really easy, to be honest,' Buytaert says. 'We do break backwards compatibility. It's a little bit painful because it requires all of the contributed modules — and there's 4,000-5,000 of them — to make changes.' But Buytaert doesn't think that's all bad. 'Innovation is key. Backwards compatibility limits innovation,' Buytaert contends. 'The rule we have is: We'll break the API if it makes a better API, and if it allows good innovation and progress to be made. Also: The second rule is that we'll never break people's data. We'll always provide an upgrade path for the data.'"

A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt? 114

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-played-that-game dept.
astroengine writes "Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long, comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt."

Comment: There's a reason so many Steeler fans have left .. (Score 1) 229

by buzz_mccool (#27305895) Attached to: Places Where the World's Tech Pools, Despite the Internet
"... Pittsburgh Steelers bars are the visible cultural artifact of a kind of economic diaspora. People in those bars are the refugees who looked at high taxes, union dominance and lousy schools and voted with their feet. ..." http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123214881023691891.html

Comment: Re:I want my ports NOW!!! (Score 1) 235

by buzz_mccool (#10648053) Attached to: The Return of the Sun Workstation, With AMD's Help
Do you want Sun's Solaris Software Companion CD? http://wwws.sun.com/software/solaris/freeware/s9do wnload.html "Welcome to Sun's Companion CD image download site for the Solaris 9 Operating System for x86 and SPARC platforms. This site enables users to download a CD (ISO) image of the Solaris Software Companion CD. Included are hundreds of Linux and other Open Source applications, tools, and commands built and packaged for the Solaris 9 Operating System (x86 and SPARC). The software is available in pre-compiled binary and source code format."

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