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Comment: Re:iNelson (Score 2, Interesting) 1217

by mkrup99 (#32544504) Attached to: MA High School Forces All Students To Buy MacBooks
I'm from the area, and I can assure you that this is not true. Sure, Beverly has some very affluent sections, but it also has some very poor sections. They were also in quite a bit of hot water a few years ago when budget shortfalls precluded required maintenance that put the high school on the brink of loosing its accreditation. They now have a new high school, but it's been a very rough road. My guess is that this is a case of reactionary posturing to try to paint a picture of some grandiose recovery... but with OPM (Other People's Money).

Comment: Re:Not everyone likes POSIX (Score 1) 432

by mkrup99 (#31849868) Attached to: Is OS/2 Coming Back?
ReactOS uses Wine code, but it doesn't run on a Linux kernel. The idea was to use the progress made by the Wine project to create a stand-alone alternative to Windows. If anything, I think it would involve less translation than going to Linux, because the ReactOS/Wine code is a from-scratch implementation of the Win32 APIs, whereas Linux is an entirely different beast. (This, of course, is assuming that the Win16 compatibility in OS/2 would have any impact on this at all. I'm by no means competent enough to know that for sure, so I could be talking out of my ass on that point.)

Comment: Re:I Don't Know What You're Talking About (Score 0, Troll) 411

by mkrup99 (#31579494) Attached to: Is the Line-in Jack On the Verge of Extinction?
This reply is so mindbogglingly stupid that I just don't know what to say about it. The effect of stereo--the whole point of having two speakers--is that the sound originates from two separate places in the room, adding a spatial dimension to the sound. It's to give you a sense of placement of instruments/voices/noises/etc. within the room that you can't get from just one speaker. Crosstalk in the wire causes a certain amount of the same sound to come out of both speakers, thereby reducing the stereo effect. Please use common sense before you try to be a smartass.

Comment: Old News (Score 1) 259

by mkrup99 (#29067633) Attached to: Digsby IM Client Quietly Installs Badware

Seriously, this is old news. I've been using Digsby for a few versions now, and knew about this from the beginning. The option to turn it off via the "Support Digsby" dialog has always been there. The very fact of the presence of this "feature" scared me off at first, but the quality of the app won me over in the end.

So no, I'm not a fan of having this be part of Digsby, but at least they disclose it (I'm pretty sure there was a blog post on the Digsby Blog a while back about it, and how to disable it) and allow you to opt out.

Comment: Re:Windows 7 should be 64 Bit (Score 1) 397

by mkrup99 (#28871569) Attached to: Windows 7 vs. Windows XP On a Netbook
Before you jump to that extreme, have you tried running the 64-bit versions of Vista or 7 on your machine? A lot has changed since Vista dropped back in 2006, and compatibility has drastically improved. I'm currently running the Windows 7 RC on two machines, both in 64-bit flavor, and have had no problems thus far with driver or software compatibility. Try downloading a copy of the release candidate and give it a test run, as I think you will find this to be a much simpler and more effective (not to mention much, much faster/better performing) alternative. If you still have problems, then you can jump to virtualization. But even then, consider VirtualPC or VirtualBox on 64-bit 7 running a 32-bit 7 client.

Comment: Re:A lot of effort and money (Score 1) 291

by mkrup99 (#28679843) Attached to: Hands-On Preview of Microsoft Office 2010
I can see the "Funny" rating, but for the life of me I cannot understand how this can be modded anywhere above zero. Clearly you have never held a real job... or attended any classes at a legitimate school, for that matter. This comment made me feel like this:

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