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Comment: Re:Amiga 2000 in East German nuclear research (Score 1) 192

by derinax (#47502447) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) also extensively used the Amiga for data visualization (Hippograph), capture, and documention (TeX) in the late 80s and just into the early 90s. A few great (mythical?) Amiga applications are hosted there, still:

https://www.slac.stanford.edu/...

http://science.slashdot.org/co...

Comment: Microsoft "At Home" lab is a bust (Score 3, Interesting) 161

by derinax (#47478887) Attached to: Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

In the late nineties and into the last decade Microsoft just dumped too much time and money on their vision of a hyper-connected home. They dumped so much research money into building out test spaces and building out test devices, they failed to realize that people don't want an intelligent dryer and an intelligent toaster and an intelligent melon baller. The reality is whatever fancy device you own that has any kind of transistor in it, much less a CPU-- a phone, a tablet, a TV-- you're having to fuss with it. Constantly. And the same is/was always true for their "Microsoft At Home" vision. And yes, these things were connected-- but only to each other.

That, and the fact that Microsoft has always misread the Internet, from coming to TCP/IP late, to ignoring the vital interoperability that cloud services demand. It's always been about the toys with them. Toys that run Windows. Ugh.

Gratefully, only a few of these monstrous things ever saw the light of day beyond the lab.

Comment: Sounds like a good companion book to this one: (Score 2) 18

by derinax (#41313081) Attached to: <em>Playing At the World</em>: a Huge New History of Gaming

http://games.slashdot.org/story/08/07/02/1317200/dungeons-and-desktops

Take the two of them together for an unbroken history of RPGs up to about a few years ago. I'm nearly finished with Dungeons and Desktops, and despite a slight bias against Amigas (or ports in general) and an unfamiliarity with certain D&D rules, it's a great tour of CRPGs from the past. Use the author's Gamasutra articles for the full-color screenshots, though.

Comment: Oh, SO going into my Alpha Personal Workstation... (Score 3, Interesting) 199

by derinax (#37544592) Attached to: Zotac Releases GeForce GT 520 With Classic PCI Connector

I'm hoping it's got a bog-standard PCI interface specification, so that the old PWS console firmware works with it. The PWS 600au works great with an ATI Radeon 9000, NetBSD + X11. Not so sure about the xorg support for the GT520 though. We'll see.

Comment: Re:Good idea, how will the implementation be ? (Score 1) 189

by derinax (#37495328) Attached to: OCZ Wants To Cache Your HDD With an SSD

I very strongly disagree; I went from a Caviar Black to a Momentus XT (same size) in my Macbook Pro, and I see improvements everywhere. I dual-boot this with Windows 7, so I don't see the full improvement that I would if it were a single-OS-system, but even after I run an extended Windows session, restarting into OS X largely comes off the SSD. My "bouncemarks" (dock bounces are often used as a bench) are very low or nonexistent for frequently-used apps (like Mail, or Outlook), where before with the Caviar they could take a dozen seconds or more to start up.

There are likely differences for each system as to how effective it is (and possible ROM version differences, this one is SD26), but I see real improvements with the Seagate hybrid drive.

Comment: Xen is alive and well (Score 1) 105

by derinax (#35620168) Attached to: Xen 4.1 Hypervisor Released

Don't believe the FUD in these party-line comments. I run a NetBSD Dom0 with now 7 Red Hat DomU's in an LDAP/messaging cluster on a single server, scoped to 10 concurrent VMs hitting iSCSI cluster targets.

It's not a desktop product. It's designed for high-availability and dense clustering, has a mature codebase and tools, and it works well. And yes, Red Hat 6 runs just fine as a DomU out of the box, and can be a Dom0 as well, if you like (although not "supported" by Red Hat, still quite functional).

Comment: Re:I forget... (Score 4, Informative) 536

by derinax (#34555444) Attached to: FBI Alleged To Have Backdoored OpenBSD's IPSEC Stack

No. NeXTSTEP pre-dated NetBSD and FreeBSD. NeXTSTEP was based on BSD Tahoe 4.3, and OS X took code from all three codebases (OS X was NetBSD-heavy in the early days until Jordan Hubbard joined Apple and influenced further conversion to FreeBSD code).

To this day you can find BSD code from all BSD codebases, but not quite as much from OpenBSD. Run 'strings' on the libraries to get the skinny.

Comment: BillG hated the concept! (Score 3, Interesting) 404

by derinax (#33437204) Attached to: Microsoft Patents OS Shutdown

I worked at Microsoft for the Windows 95 launch, where I provided Tier-1 support for BOOP (Bill and the Office of the President, i.e. CEO tradeshow tech support). I do recall that Bill specifically called out the 'shutdown' function on Windows 95 as an error. He didn't like it, he hated the idea of waiting for the OS to shutdown, and wanted simply to be able to push the power button to immediately turn the system off, like a DOS PC.

He may or may not have understood the concept of in-memory caches and unsaved user work, but it didn't much matter to him.

Comment: So the field emulates binocular depth? Bullcrap. (Score 1) 269

by derinax (#32175666) Attached to: Ball Lightning Caused By Magnetic Hallucinations

I'm not a neurologist, so school me. But look, we all know when we are having ocular hallucinations. Press on your closed eyes for a while and open them. There's no perception of depth to it; no sense of "oh, that hallucination looks like it's hovering over that hill 30 meters away." Now, these are allegedly affecting the visual cortex directly, but still...

How would a magnetic field hallucination within the visual cortex create a sense of binocular depth, and consistently track to a static location in space, within each input to the cortex? It's _obvious_, isn't it, when we hallucinate? Just flick your eyes a bit and move your focus, and watch the hallucination follow.

Comment: Re:Closed Developer ecosystem, !"Closed system" (Score 1) 514

by derinax (#31911356) Attached to: History Repeats Itself &mdash; Mac &amp; the iPad

So make a better open platform instead of whining about the fact that a company that apparently knows how to make a platform is making decisions you don't like.

As an Apple user and shareholder I have every right to express my grievances with their business decisions.

Or don't you agree?

"Shut up and go away" is an extremely weak response to the argument. Unfortunately it seems to be the primary response in defense of the App Store.

Comment: Re:Closed Developer ecosystem, !"Closed system" (Score 2, Insightful) 514

by derinax (#31909826) Attached to: History Repeats Itself &mdash; Mac &amp; the iPad

It's not hyperbole when "all" refers to us OS X developers, which was the intention.

Nor is it hyperbole if a closed developer channel proves too lucrative, and too compelling-- and other platforms smell blood in the water. Like Microsoft, for example, who already is implementing a single gateway for Windows Mobile 7 development.

I would love for it to *be* hyperbole. I certainly hope it turns out to be so, and that the larger open platform (where developers can choose their own audience) isn't rendered obsolete.

"Wish not to seem, but to be, the best." -- Aeschylus

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