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Comment: Re:Did I miss windows verson 9? (Score 1) 570

by damnbunni (#48870597) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

64 bit Windows 8 will run 32 bit Windows 95/98 software just fine.

It's the 16 bit Windows 3.1 era stuff it craps out on.

(Okay, there is some 16 bit Win9x software. But most of what I have is 32 bit. The obnoxious exceptions are game installers. TIE Fighter for Windows? 32 bit. TIE Fighter's installer program? 16 bit.)

Comment: Re: a better question (Score 1) 592

by damnbunni (#48849135) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

Actually, it was only supported when the GUEST was OS X Server in 10.6 and earlier. And it's only supported when the host is -some- form of Mac.

This is why Apple still sells MacOS 10.6 Server; so people can buy a version that will run in a VM that has Rosetta, for PPC apps.

(They charge about twenty bucks for it, and you need to call them and give the part number. But they have it.)

Me, I use OS X on my Mac because the ways that it sucks piss me off less than the ways Windows sucks or the ways Linux sucks.

They all suck. They just suck in different ways.

Comment: Re:Floppy bad reputation undeserved (Score 4, Informative) 252

by damnbunni (#48729665) Attached to: US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

Did you know that for $30 you can get a floppy-to-USB device?

It's the size of a floppy drive, installs in a floppy bay, plugs up to the floppy and power connectors, and provides a USB port, a couple of buttons, and a numeric display.

You plug in a USB stick, use the buttons to select which diskette image you want to use, and it presents it to the host machine like a floppy disk.

You often see them advertised for Roland keyboards, but they should work with most floppy applications.

Comment: Re:Where do they get floppy DRIVES?! (Score 1) 252

by damnbunni (#48729625) Attached to: US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

You can still get motherboards with floppy connectors, though you have to shop around a bit.

Usually not 'gamer class' boards, but some workstation and server boards have 'em.

Alternately, you can use an IDE or SCSI floppy drive, though those are getting hard to find too. (And they're all old.)

Comment: Re: Plain text e-mail... (Score 1) 141

by damnbunni (#48688501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

And I know people who use IMs on their PC but not their phone. An IM doesn't necessarily get read any faster than an email.

None of the IMs I've used will actually tell me a message is read. It'll let me know if it fails to deliver, but that doesn't mean Jim is actually at his desk and saw it.

I wasn't claiming there aren't uses for IMs.

My claim was that email isn't useless.

Not everyone's use case is the same as yours.

Comment: Re:Long story short (ad-less) (Score 1) 173

by damnbunni (#48621053) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Define 'small'.

I have games that are pushing 50 gigs each.

It doesn't take many of those to fill up a 'small' SSD, and copying things back and forth between an SSD and a hard drive when you want to play a game gets annoying fast.

And yes, games benefit from being on an SSD. Besides the levels loading faster, I get much smoother framerates in games with large textures when playing from SSD. Seek times matter.

(This is especially visible in games that stream loading, like MMOs. Lord of the Rings Online, in particular, benefits from fast seek times; the framerate is visibly better on an SSD, particularly when riding a horse.)

Comment: Re:I guess it shows that Valve as a company .... (Score 1) 92

by damnbunni (#48516529) Attached to: Valve Rolls Out Game Broadcasting Service For Steam

You really don't have a choice about upgrading the Steam client. It installs its updates in the background.

I'm using the latest version, on Snow Leopard, and it works. If you're having problems on Lion, I'd suggest uninstalling, cleaning its preferences, and reinstalling perhaps?

There was an entry in the update notes that the latest patch was re-released on 11/25 due to a Mac problem.Maybe try updating it before anything else.

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 1) 287

by damnbunni (#48212089) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

But they're not tested much before they're given a license and allowed to drive.

And I honestly don't think I've been tested 'tens of thousands of times' by pedestrian traffic. I've had someone step out in front of me three or four times, maybe? Perhaps a hundred or so walk behind me while I'm backing up in parking lots?

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