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Comment: Re:Papers (Score 1) 106

by hairyfeet (#47526887) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

I think the $99 netbooks that are gonna be coming out this fall should just suck up these low end sales like a sponge. After all the new Atom and Jaguar chips are crazy powerful and at 8 inches it'll be just perfect for kids sticking into backpacks. i already have a dozen customers that have put off getting their kids a tablet to get one of these new netbooks and I have a feeling that without having the lowest cost these ChromeOS sales are gonna dry up, same goes for the low end tablets.

After all why would you buy a Chromebook that ONLY works on the net when you could have a netbook that runs all the apps a Chromebook can run AND run offline as well? Oh and the Linux guys should love 'em as both Intel and AMD have been pretty good about opening up the APUs so it should be a dirt cheap way to have a pocket Linux lappy.

Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 1) 73

by hairyfeet (#47526791) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

I think you missed his point, his point is the old DOS game is wrapped in a Windows installer that often won't run on the platform he is using and there is NO way to just download the original files WITHOUT the installer which would allow him to trivially get it running in Linux.

While I have never been a fan of Linux I agree that is stupid for multiple reasons, not only does it make his ability to buy and use these games much harder (thus making it more likely he and those on his platform won't buy, thus hurting sales) but there are also plenty of DOS fans that use integrated launchers like D-Fend that could also use the raw files so they can just drop them into their custom DOSBox and call it a day. Considering you get the files AFTER running the Windows installer i see no reason in not just offering the option to download the game installer free.

This reminds me of the stupid 2K Humble Bundle I bought last week, the whole reason i bought it was "yay they have a GFWL DRM free version of Bioshock 1, no more needing a pirate version of a game I bought or dealing with GFWL removal crap, yay!" only to find that while yes their version was 100% DRM free it did NOT support torrenting, ONLY a direct download that was glitchy as hell and which wouldn't work with download managers....argh! I finally had to fire up 32bit IE of all things as that was the only browser that seemed to play nice with their download. If its already DRM free why not give me the choice of torrent?

Comment: Re:Elective surgery on a critical organ (Score 1) 391

by drinkypoo (#47525999) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

One of my clients is a deaf man who had corrective laser surgery on his eyes. The doctor accidentally blinded him permanently in both eyes. For someone who is deaf, this is devastating blow.

That is a horrifying story, but who the fuck does it on both eyes at once when they're already down a sense? That's insane.

Comment: Re:Surprise! (Score 1) 110

by dave562 (#47523949) Attached to: Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Good points. The first thing that I thought when I read the summary was that the only way there could be a 100% increase is if the number of previous vulnerabilities was very small. Finding two vulnerabilities in the same period of time in which one was previously found is a 100% increase. Just like finding 60 when the previous amount was 30 is also a 100% increase.

Comment: Re:So Short-Sighted (Score 1) 59

by drinkypoo (#47523275) Attached to: How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

How do you manage routing, especially across multiple identically numbered private networks?

Well, you already don't route private networks across the internet, so that's how you solve that particular problem. You use IPv6 to solve many of the problems, of course. There are a number of mesh-networking projects out there already, if you're interested you probably should look 'em up.

Comment: Re:Games with known linux ports? (Score 1) 73

by drinkypoo (#47523195) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

Personally, I hope we see a modernized Alpha Centauri Linux port on GoG soon. The Icclus one doesn't seem to fare to well on modern systems.

Fully-patched AlphaC ain't exactly stable on Windows, either. It seems to crash more when some kinds of automation are used than others, which makes me suspect code that's probably similar (if not identical) between platforms.

Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 2) 306

by drinkypoo (#47522365) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Since the tech behind it is DirectX 11 level, with multicore support as a first priority, it makes little sense to use something that old and unsuited.

Well, I shall attempt to dig through my various archives to see if I've stored the references. I'm not sure if I last looked them up before or after the period where I began using Scrapbook+ religiously. The stuff is hard to find now what with all the people making claims one way or another having taken priority in Google's database.

Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 1) 306

by drinkypoo (#47521429) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

While Windows Phone 7 had the underpinnings of Windows CE... Windows Phone 8 had an NT kernel under the hood... ditto for the Xbox One.

The Xbone has a kernel derived from the Xbox which was derived from Windows 2000. It's a fork. Presumably they'll unify for the next platform, which probably won't just be like a PC, it will probably be made 100% with commodity parts and not even a custom GPU. Given that consoles are now inferior to PCs due to price points, there's no reason whatsoever to try to be fancy. This will also let them bring out a new console more often, which is important if you're trying to dominate the living room. You always want to offer the latest, snazziest.

Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 2) 306

by drinkypoo (#47521423) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Before Windows 8, they tried the opposite with Windows CE - a desktop UI (start menu and everything) on small devices. That never got popular either.

Android makes it possible to actually replace the launcher. Windows Mobile didn't do that, and that is where they failed. Windows proper has pretty much the same problem, though. You can replace the Windows Shell (Explorer.exe) but your system will shit itself occasionally. Things just won't work right without an explorer process running. Leastways, this was true through Windows XP. I tried several of the popular shell replacements but all of them had this problem.

Comment: Re:they can't find people who will work 60-80+ hou (Score 2) 214

by drinkypoo (#47521413) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Hey, working 60+ hours per week is a bona fide occupational qualification for some jobs!

No, no it is not. It means that one person is doing the work of two, and a so-called "job creator" is expecting them to pick up the tab for their greed. Of course, it's possible that this supposed job creator cannot afford to hire enough people to get the work done, in which case they should go out of business so that someone who can fill the need and pay a living wage can fill the gap, or so that potential customers find another, more cost-effective solution which can be implemented while paying a living wage.

We gave you an atomic bomb, what do you want, mermaids? -- I. I. Rabi to the Atomic Energy Commission