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Comment: UTF-8 (Score 1) 165

by jmccue (#48788289) Attached to: NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode
I am a bit concerned about the statement on "libuncursed", which does not see to be in many distros. To me it seems the change is being made to cater to non UN*X systems and hoping to move away from curses. So given the way I read the articles, I would prefer UTF-8 and try to use 'standard' libs. This way data is easily moved between different system types and the change will still supported older under-powered hardware.

Comment: Re:I blame Microsoft (Score 1) 148

by jmccue (#48630811) Attached to: Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

Yes, I remember those flame wars, but to me at the time it was UNIX against the world.

But having worked for years on minis with files names consisting of 8 characters [A-Z] and 1 level 'directories', I kind of miss being forced to use short file names like DOS had. Multi-level directories are cool though.

One pet peeve of mine is people creating file names like: "this is a book of my whole life and everything i know.doc'" drives me crazy :)

Comment: Re:I love Model Ms. I still have two of them. (Score 1) 304

by jmccue (#48098007) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made
Interesting, years ago I had an old keyboard made by Wang (724) which I thought/think is the best. I decided to use it on a PIII and with in 1 month the motherboard went. I suspected it may have been the keyboard but could not prove it. So I think what you said about the 'M' power could very well happen.

Comment: Thanks comcast (Score 1) 533

by jmccue (#47856903) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough
DSL or cable depends upon your needs and where you live. I dumped comcast for DSL 18 months ago for DSL because the price of DSL is 15% of what I paid comcast. I have noticed no difference based upon my needs. Per speakeasy my download speed is 6.39Mbps (upload 0.8). So I guess I am ahead of the game, glad comcast/AT&T and all agree with my decision. So no need to go back to comcast since they reaffirmed my decision. (note: comcast is only cable provider in my area)

Comment: many sites still dumb (Score 3, Interesting) 107

by jmccue (#47803753) Attached to: Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks
I decided why not change the passwords, been a while anyway, 2 of the 3 sites I care about still do not allow what they call 'special characters' (!@# - etc). In this day an age I would think those restrictions would lifted. One day I will try UTF-8 or UNICODE characters and watch the fireworks at the sites. I do not do on-line banking and I have no incentive to start after seeing some finance sites will only accept US English letters and numbers for PWs.

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 1) 619

by jmccue (#47276807) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase
True enough and I agree, but the original purpose of the tax is to maintain roads. Eventually as electric cars become more popular, some kind of tax should be applied to electric autos so they will not get a free ride. Also one other potential concern, in the summer in the US, electric usage peaks due to A/C were there are rolling brown outs and blackouts. Once there are many tens of thousands of these on the grid recharging in a small area, how will that be handled? Would me as an electric customer be charged more to subsidize these autos ? Thus a double subsidy (gas tax/electric use).

Comment: What I would do if MS (Score 5, Insightful) 829

by jmccue (#45759581) Attached to: Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP
Sometime in Jan or Feb 2014, MS should send a patch to XP with a nag popup. The popup will state "XP End of Life April 8, 2014. Please upgrade or you will loose internet connectivity". The number of times this popup appears increases the closer you get to Apr 8. Come April 8, all ports on XP are closed permanently. This illustrates why Open Source OSs are preferable to closed OSs. With Linux/*BSD... one can, if desired and have the knowledge, patch it themselves if they need to run a very old release of a system.

Comment: Re:Never used (Score 1) 136

by jmccue (#45364695) Attached to: Slackware Linux 14.1 Released
I think the hardest part of the install is disk partitioning, if you opt for a full install you will have a fully functional working system. All you need to do is run useradd after the install and your are ready. Anyway I understand what you mean by 'useto', for me I am very much use to Slack and haven't tried a different distro in a very long time :)

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