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Comment: Hate to be the guy who called this in. (Score 1) 208

by linebackn (#48973867) Attached to: Art Project Causes Atlanta Police To Close Highway and Call Bomb Squad

I think an unfortunate result of this overreaction is that concerned citizens may now want to think twice before calling anything in to the police. If you call something suspicious in, the police WILL call in the bomb squad, and shut down the city.

Of course the real blame should be on whoever in the police department decided to go all 9/11 rather than just taking a look at it and figuring out it was harmless.

At least it wasn't a Mooninite. No telling what they would have done then.

Comment: Someone needs to be fired over this (Score 0) 110

by linebackn (#48896423) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

So this "credible" threat is some random post on fucking TWITTER?

Whoever thought this was a credible threat should be fired and forced to pay for all the expenses involved.

Ah, right, but we let this become an insane world. Where the above person will get a huge promotion and the 5-year old idiot posting to twatter will wind up locked away as some evil terrorist.

Comment: All very confusing (Score 1) 99

OK, a couple of questions TFA doesn't really detail enough:

When they talk about a different rendering engine, they make it sound like a completely seperate program. Historically MS has just tacked on compatiblity layers as a sort of "personality" to their existing rendering engine, and TFA indicates they are not doing this here. But how then? Which are they really doing? What is it based on?

They make it sound like they aren't even going to keep the Internet Explorer brand. Is that actually what is happening? I would find that very hard to believe. On the one hand TFA is probably just spewing BS speculation, on the other hand this is the modern Microsoft that REMOVED THE FUCKING START MENU!

Not that it impacts me any, of course. But I can imagine these changes creating customer, developer, and support confusion at many levels. Well, perhaps not as much as they did with Windows 8.

Comment: It's not illegal, so they will do it (Score 2) 50

by linebackn (#48838563) Attached to: Micromax Remotely Installing Unwanted Apps and Showing Ads

Isn't this already the business model for most "apps" these days? The only thing surprising here is they aren't sugar coating it with pleasant sounding euphemisms.

Yea, some of us used computers with only 4K of RAM and remember a day when this kind of shit would have been unthinkable even if it were possible.

But it isn't expressly illegal, so expect more of this. Don't buy something that does this? Sure, enjoy that option while it lasts.

Comment: Re:Broken Style (Score 1) 154

If this is part of the crap they changed a couple days ago, it also messed up viewing in some other browsers. I wish they would just go back to simple HTML 3, which used to view fine in everything.

They couldn't get rid of enough of us with that awful "beta", so instead now they are breaking it one bit at a time.

Comment: And no love for applications (Score 2) 198

by linebackn (#48750953) Attached to: Adds Close To 2,400 DOS Games

A pile of just games, really? Not even manuals? seems like the kind of place that should have the resources to scan and host all kinds of serious material. There are many, many, "boring" vintage applications, application manuals, and other computer system manuals, that have not yet been archived.

Give me R:Base 4000, UCSD p-system for IBM PC, the Kaypro 2000 utility disk (with color utility), Digital Research DR Logo for IBM PC, or how how about the impossible to Google for 1980s telecommunications program from Microsoft called "Access". Given time I could list hundreds more that need archiving. And even when some messy partial copy surfaces, many of these are useless without their manuals.

Chances are are just up for the attention grab, and I do hope that in the long run perhaps it benefits all media that needs archiving.

Comment: Bullshit reason (Score 1, Informative) 349

by linebackn (#48060827) Attached to: Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Someone at MS is just pulling this out of their asses to try and cover that Microsoft has no clue what they are doing.

So they were able to easily query the code for a few thousand applications online that made this version check mistake. Big deal.

Compare this to how many applications out that that have broken because of other minor OS changes combined with bad programming. I've seen piles of that myself, and Microsoft never bothered this hard to keep compatibility for any of those.

Comment: Welcome to "Windows Can't Count Edition" (Score 4, Insightful) 399

by linebackn (#48032051) Attached to: Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

I'm guessing it was a decision made at an executive management retreat. And alcohol was involved.

If you recall, they wanted to get on the "rapid release" train, and Windows "8.1" was probably supposed to be Windows 9. But, you know, that pesky reality and all. So now they think they can catch up just by bumping the number.

The real problem here is that Microsoft has run out of anything useful to add to their OS. So now they are running around in circles trying to find ways to take things away, or fuck things up so people think they need yet another version.

Honestly, bumping it to "10" makes no sense whatsoever. If they wanted to give it some weird alternative fancy name like "Selenium Edition", ":P", "Xista", or whatever, that would at least make some sense. But this is just... stupid.

All "Windows 10" tells me is that they can't count, and we shouldn't count on Microsoft.

For now I am going to call it "Windows Can't Count Edition".

Comment: Closed source projects die slow deaths too (Score 1) 112

by linebackn (#47937017) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

the ease with which projects can be allowed to die â" often without any clear cut time of death.

And that doesn't happen with closed source projects? Sure it does, you just don't hear about it when some PHB slowly takes a group of developers and has them put everything on the back burner for some pet project. Then years pass, the old project isn't officially dead, but nothing has gotten done. On and off new business requirements are analyzed, and eventually a mysterious mandate from far higher up comes down to re-write everything in "HTML5" or whatever the current buzzword is.

Comment: Completely ignores bad specs... (Score 4, Insightful) 116

by linebackn (#47642845) Attached to: Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

consider that in the future they may be wanting to wire you up just to make sure you aren't a source of bugs

While completely ignoring that the specs handed down from the higher-ups are gibberish, contradictory, and physically impossible garbage. But, you know, that is not a possible source of bugs now is it?

Someone should first wire up management to zap them every time they get an idea for a "brilliant" addition.

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