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Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 1) 310

by drinkypoo (#47528797) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Android makes it possible to actually replace the launcher. Windows Mobile didn't do that, and that is where they failed.

I'm calling the shenanigans on this one. There were (are...) plenty of launchers for Windows Mobile.

If you knew enough about Windows Mobile to know whether you had a valid point, you'd know that you don't. Explorer is still lurking in the OS, waiting to pop up and make you fuck around with a start menu when your replacement shell shits itself. This sort of thing used to happen in Android, too... way back in 1.6.

Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 1) 380

flight attendants are great at finding a place for oversized luggage clogging up the overhead bins.

Bullshit. More than half the time they helped some asshole put it in the bin to begin with. When I show up with my normally-sized piece of carry-on luggage, they'd rather tell me to stow it under the seat in front of me (I'm 6'7" and wear size 16 shoes and that's not fucking happening, bitch) or take it somewhere far away that will make me have to wait much longer to get out of that tiny aluminum can.

Comment: Re:Elective surgery on a critical organ (Score 1) 432

by drinkypoo (#47525999) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

One of my clients is a deaf man who had corrective laser surgery on his eyes. The doctor accidentally blinded him permanently in both eyes. For someone who is deaf, this is devastating blow.

That is a horrifying story, but who the fuck does it on both eyes at once when they're already down a sense? That's insane.

Comment: Re:So Short-Sighted (Score 1) 59

by drinkypoo (#47523275) Attached to: How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

How do you manage routing, especially across multiple identically numbered private networks?

Well, you already don't route private networks across the internet, so that's how you solve that particular problem. You use IPv6 to solve many of the problems, of course. There are a number of mesh-networking projects out there already, if you're interested you probably should look 'em up.

Comment: Re:Games with known linux ports? (Score 1) 77

by drinkypoo (#47523195) Attached to: GOG.com Announces Linux Support

Personally, I hope we see a modernized Alpha Centauri Linux port on GoG soon. The Icclus one doesn't seem to fare to well on modern systems.

Fully-patched AlphaC ain't exactly stable on Windows, either. It seems to crash more when some kinds of automation are used than others, which makes me suspect code that's probably similar (if not identical) between platforms.

Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 2) 310

by drinkypoo (#47522365) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Since the tech behind it is DirectX 11 level, with multicore support as a first priority, it makes little sense to use something that old and unsuited.

Well, I shall attempt to dig through my various archives to see if I've stored the references. I'm not sure if I last looked them up before or after the period where I began using Scrapbook+ religiously. The stuff is hard to find now what with all the people making claims one way or another having taken priority in Google's database.

Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 1) 310

by drinkypoo (#47521429) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

While Windows Phone 7 had the underpinnings of Windows CE... Windows Phone 8 had an NT kernel under the hood... ditto for the Xbox One.

The Xbone has a kernel derived from the Xbox which was derived from Windows 2000. It's a fork. Presumably they'll unify for the next platform, which probably won't just be like a PC, it will probably be made 100% with commodity parts and not even a custom GPU. Given that consoles are now inferior to PCs due to price points, there's no reason whatsoever to try to be fancy. This will also let them bring out a new console more often, which is important if you're trying to dominate the living room. You always want to offer the latest, snazziest.

Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 2) 310

by drinkypoo (#47521423) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Before Windows 8, they tried the opposite with Windows CE - a desktop UI (start menu and everything) on small devices. That never got popular either.

Android makes it possible to actually replace the launcher. Windows Mobile didn't do that, and that is where they failed. Windows proper has pretty much the same problem, though. You can replace the Windows Shell (Explorer.exe) but your system will shit itself occasionally. Things just won't work right without an explorer process running. Leastways, this was true through Windows XP. I tried several of the popular shell replacements but all of them had this problem.

Comment: Re:they can't find people who will work 60-80+ hou (Score 2) 214

by drinkypoo (#47521413) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Hey, working 60+ hours per week is a bona fide occupational qualification for some jobs!

No, no it is not. It means that one person is doing the work of two, and a so-called "job creator" is expecting them to pick up the tab for their greed. Of course, it's possible that this supposed job creator cannot afford to hire enough people to get the work done, in which case they should go out of business so that someone who can fill the need and pay a living wage can fill the gap, or so that potential customers find another, more cost-effective solution which can be implemented while paying a living wage.

What ever you want is going to cost a little more than it is worth. -- The Second Law Of Thermodynamics

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