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Comment Re:00000-00000-00000-00000-00000 heh (Score 4, Informative) 337

Yep. 111-11111111 or something like that actually worked. There were other variants that were easy to remember at-the-time too.

Close! The format of those old Microsoft product keys was actually 000-0000000.

The trick to making up a valid product key was that the 7-digit field must add up to a multiple of seven. The easiest code to remember was 111-1111111 -- seven ones add up to seven -- which turns out is a multiple of a seven :)

Comment Re:It's a hacked Deja Vu (Score 1) 210

I don't know how that animated GIF was created, but when I looked at the font on my Windows machine I saw the pictures I linked in my original comment. If I left both font sizes at 10 points, Hack was taller than DejaVu. If I changed Hack to 9 points, it was the same height but narrower. In both cases, the a glyph has a curve on the top in DejaVu and is flat in Hack. Perhaps this is a quirk of how the TTF renders in Windows, or maybe the GIF uses a font size of something like 9.5.

I personally don't like the i because there's not much room between the dot and the little curve at the top of the lower line. I think DejaVu's i is a lot easier to immediately identify.

Comment Re:It's a hacked Deja Vu (Score 5, Informative) 210

It's Deja Vu Sans Mono with some questionable changes to glyph shapes, sizes, and spacing.

This is exactly what it is. Hack is nothing more than Deja Vu Sans Mono with some crappy amateur edits. For example, the line in the zero, the changes to the i and a -- all are horrible. I also don't like the increased vertical height, since the widescreen monitor plague has made vertical space a premium. I can only assume Hack came from someone grabbing the source for Deja Vu and messing around with it.

Here are some examples of commonly recommended programming fonts, if you want to compare (open in new tabs for easy comparison):

Deja Vu Sans Mono
Lucida Console
Anonymous Pro

I primarily use Deja Vu and Consolas, depending on what I'm doing. There's no way I'd switch either of them to Hack.

Comment The End (Score 4, Insightful) 187

Fuck Mozilla.

The extension ecosystem is the number one reason many people are still using Firefox. Amid all the "user experience" bullshit, the deprecated-then-removed features, and the asshats steering Mozilla, it was extensions that kept the browser usable.

And they're dumping them -- giving a giant "fuck you" to the thousands of developers who have kept their browser afloat. Some of the most popular extensions have been actively developed for the better part of a decade, such as NoScript (over 8 years) and Adblock Plus (over 9 years). And why? So we can have Chrome extensions which can't even do simple things like completely block Javascript or advertising. Gee, I wonder who likes that idea?

This was the last vestige of the Firefox that we knew and loved being ripped out and tossed aside. In 2-3 years Firefox will be nothing more than another shitty Chrome clone. I can only hope this absurd move leads to a serious fork of the browser that focuses on getting back to the original goals of Firefox.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 214

Even with the relatively high value of the cargo, it is still hard to see how the person who delivered it could reasonably expect to be paid for it.

Perhaps the operator never expected payment and is just some psychopath performing an experiment on the prison inmates and guards to observe what would happen. Round one was some drugs, perhaps round two will be a few knives or even a firearm.

If your goal is to instigate mayhem and destruction, a $600 quadcopter could offer a pretty high return on investment (but unfortunately to the detriment of others using them for benign purposes).

Comment Grass roots (Score 1) 7

I've wondered if it would be possible to put together some kind of non-profit for Slashdot which runs it but has no intent of making money from it. Just enough for server costs and as little administration as possible. Regardless of the server costs, I suspect the biggest hurdle would be buying the site from Dice. I'm sure they hope to recoup a large number of dollars from the sale, so it's not likely they'd just donate it back to the community.

It could be an interesting experiment in direct community funding, though. Get rid of all advertising and only allow people access via subscription, possibly with some number of gratis pageviews each week. However, that might have a negative effect on the site overall.

Fun to think about.

Comment Difficulty (Score 5, Insightful) 270

Windows 3.1 was so complicated that even a Boeing propulsion scientist couldn't figure out how to open a word processor.

What a useless statement. An astrophysicist might have had a difficult time setting his VCR to record All My Children while he was away at work. Just because someone is an expert in one field doesn't make them all-knowing.

Raymond has also posted several articles about the history of the Explorer interface, including one about the origin of the Start Button and one about the taskbar.

Comment Re:4%...?!? (Score 3, Insightful) 272

I didn't even finish reading the poll options when my eyes caught the Cowboy Neal option at the bottom -- all other choices were instantly made invalid! But yeah, I was also disheartened to see only (now) 5% chose it :(

But still, celebrate! Netcraft confirms it: Ding Dong, Dice is Dead! Call up Natelie and tell her to heat up some grits.

Or something like that.

Now just get rid of these asshat in-line polls and put them back on the sidebar where they belong!

Comment Re:Autistic-friendly business environment (Score 1) 36

I was going to point this exact thing out, so it's great to see you already did.

Reading that list astonished me, because it's such a perfect description for how I wish my workplace was. And yet, when I say I wish it was quieter so I can focus on programming, I'm asked why I hate teamwork and collaboration and am told just to wear headphones.

Comment Re:While they're at it, let me boost the volume. (Score 2) 151

I am sick and tired of videos at "max volume" capping out at around 20% of my system volume. I can't hear shit. Why does this keep happening, and why am I unable to find a more powerful volume control than the standard system one?

For Windows, if the media is coming from Flash, you might check and see if the Flash application volume got turned down. This happens to me on an irregular basis -- I will adjust it up and then at some point it gets turned way back down to around 5%.

If the Flash and Firefox application volumes are up, the system volume is up, and your physical speaker knob is up, then it could be the media was simply recorded very poorly or maybe your soundcard drivers have yet another volume you can adjust.

Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.