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Comment Re:Not in a long time... (Score 1) 284

There as a USB implementation for Windows 95, I think it was only in an OEM version known as OEM SR 2.1 and after.

This was intended to address manufacturers need for the USB support, and was not supposed to be added to prior releases.

If you recall, USB host controllers were both flaky and numerous at the beginning, and hardware support in Windows 95 was difficult enough without having to deal with that mess. Microsoft let the dust settle a little bit before plunging in.

OEM drivers were mostly pus back then.

Mind you, if you wanted USB support and had a retail 95 version, the solution was to go to 98SE.

there were lots of other issues around Win 98 OSR2 and following versions, enough to drive you to 98 if your hardware was supported well. Ah, those days.

Comment Best OS evah (Score 1) 284

I installed the Windows 95 Upgrade on top of W4W3.11. Ran for 28 days without rebooting, in an era (28.8k modem, PPP connection, AOL over IP, Trumpet Winsock, Mozilla) where I rebooted 3-4 times an evening (once an hour) to restore my connection.

Then I got some patch from Windows Update. No such uptime ever again until Windows 8. But damn, 95 was the shizzle, compared to all else before it.

Comment Same story, different book. (Score 4, Informative) 68

"lack identity and location verification, and appear to have other data quality issues. One attempting to explore the petition data for the 67,022-and-counting signers of a new petition urging a quick response to a court decision that could cut the time international STEM students can work in the U.S. on student visas after graduation, for example, would be stymied by thousands of missing and non-U.S. postal codes."

Gee, sounds like Obama's campaign finance reports.

Before you mod this down, do sooner of your own reading on this. If you dare.

Comment Re:Good from a libertarian view? (Score 1) 752

0. think of your time spent applying and documenting as your 'startup costs'. Since you didn't have the money, that seems pretty damned reasonable to me. But if it's too onerous, you could always not do it. The market at work.

1. If you did away with the company benefits, such as R&D, capitalization grants, etc., I would, as a taxpayer, expect my taxes to be reduced. Taking the unspent tax revenue and tossing it at individuals as a 'share' misstates the purpose of taxation at the US federal level, which should be to operate government. Not sharing others' wealth with those the government designates as recipients.

Has our nation bought into the concept of government as arbiter of all? If so, we need to either reverse this or stage an overthrow to overthrow the overthrow...

Four boxes.

HOLY MACRO!

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