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+ - FreeDOS is 20 years old

Submitted by Jim Hall
Jim Hall (2985) writes "In a June 29, 1994 post in comp.os.msdos.apps on USENET, a physics student announced an effort to create a completely free version of DOS that everyone could use. That project turned into FreeDOS, 20 years ago! Originally intended as a free replacement for MS-DOS, FreeDOS has since advanced what DOS could do, adding new functionality and making DOS easier to use. And today in 2014, people continue to use FreeDOS to support embedded systems, to run business software, and to play classic DOS games!"

+ - ARIN is down to the last /8 of IPv4 addresses->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On 3 February 2011, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) issued the remaining five /8 address blocks, each containing 16.7 million addresses, in the global free pool equally to the five RIRs, and as such ARIN is no longer able to receive additional IPv4 resources from the IANA. After yesterday's large allocation ( to Akamai, the address pool remaining to be assigned by ARIN is now down to the last /8. This triggers stricter allocation rules and marks the end of general availability of new IPv4 addresses in North America. ARIN thus follows the RIRs of Asia, Europe and South America into the final phase of IPv4 depletion."
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Comment: Does OpenBSD Actually Work Now? (Score 1) 360

by prezkennedy.org (#46818991) Attached to: Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced
The last time I tried it, it didn't even recognize my USB keyboard or mouse so it was completely and entirely useless. Seems like they should focus their attention on making an OS that works on computers built within the past decade instead of forking other projects' code.

Maybe that's how it's so secure?

Comment: Re:ALL the exchanges failed (Score 1) 163

by prezkennedy.org (#46787109) Attached to: Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site
No... they really don't.

Can't say I've used a single Oracle product that didn't end up exploding in my face at one point or another for no apparent reason.

One time I couldn't upgrade MySQL because it claimed I couldn't go from paid to free licensing on that version. I've never paid for MySQL in my life. It's stupid bugs and lack of attention to detail like that which makes me think Oracle is guilty, guilty, GUILTY!

Comment: Re:The Slide-to-Unlock Claim, for reference (Score 1) 408

by prezkennedy.org (#46690855) Attached to: Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?
Basically what you're saying is this:

We have sliding locks in real life.

When a sliding lock is used on a computer, all of a sudden it's a brilliant idea?

How about rounded rectangles in real life, like erasers and food trays?

All of a sudden when something is a rounded rectangle on a computer it's another brilliant idea deserving of a patent?

Also, online, you could be anyone. Respectfully.

Comment: Talking about Nukes Means They're Desperate (Score 1) 878

Everyone knows Russia has nuclear weapons. They have a ton. They could blow up the world. So could the United States. That's really irrelevant. Nobody is crazy enough to use them.

What needs to happen is Ukraine needs to ask for EU assistance, and the EU needs to come together on this. If they don't recognize the Russian threat and push back, Vladimir Putin is going to keep chomping up the small fries. Russia is dangerous, but not nearly as dangerous as the Soviet Union was. If the EU moved forces into Ukraine along their Eastern border, Russia would be contained. It would need to be a sizable EU force, and strictly an EU force. No direct US participation on this one, unless it got bloody (which it wouldn't).

By staying out of it, the US could play the role of mediator and the crisis would likely be resolved peacefully. The US and EU both just need to have a backbone when dealing with Vladimir Putin. The man is a tough-guy wannabe.

Comment: Re:Amazon Glacier is NOT expensive for that (Score 1) 983

by prezkennedy.org (#46470833) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?
Sue the ISP or change providers?

Where do you live that you can change between decent high-speed providers? The best option I ever had was the choice between Comcast and Verizon FiOS. Good luck suing either of them.

Nowadays I'm on a smaller cable provider. And that's the only option, unless you still consider DSL or satellite "high-speed".

+ - Unlocking 120 Years of Images of the Night Sky

Submitted by MCastelaz
MCastelaz (3404459) writes "Researchers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation located at a former NASA Tracking Station, are preparing to unlock 120 years of images of the night sky. The images are embedded on more than 220,000 astronomical photographic plates and films dating back to 1898 collected from over 40 institutions and observatories in the United States. These plates and films are housed in the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive at PARI..

The researchers plan to begin digitizing these collections this year, bringing these fantastic observational works by generations of astronomers who spent more than a million hours at telescopes to the general public and scientists worldwide . The PARI researchers are calling this the Astronomy Legacy Project. The researchers will use an extremely high precision, fast, scanning machine to do the work. To get the project off the ground, they are beginning with a crowdfunding campaign and the funds from that campaign will be used to buy the digitizing machine."

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"