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Comment ...but Microsoft euthanized Windows 95 long ago (Score 1) 277

Nostalgia has its place somewhere on the internet, but this is supposed to be a news site.

Considering that Microsoft announced the "death"(a.k.a. "Extended Support End Date") of Windows 95 to have been in 2001, the news should read:
    "Windows 95 would have turned 20 if Microsoft hadn't euthanized it"

Comment Windows is really only good for playing games. (Score 1) 197

Yes, I'm a Linux user. That has nothing to do with my dislike of Windows.

Before I was a Linux user, I hated Windows. How could one like a company that was responsible for autoexec.bat and config.sys. So many hours fiddling with these files just to get games to work. That's why as soon as OS2 came out, I tried that.

Unfortunately, the fact that "everyone else" uses Windows means that one has to have Windows. Even just to maintain some level of "most of the world" compatibility.

On another note... at the moment I'm making website "responsive", so that they scale to work on phones, tablets, etc. One can easily get the responsive coding to work in Firefox, Chrome, and Opera, for every shape and size of device. I converted one site in about 20 minutes, only to realize that Internet Explorer wasn't compatible with the coding. After finding a JavaScript patch, I then used 3 hours getting the site to also work in IE. Coding that will work in every other browser just won't work in IE, thanks Microsoft :(

Comment Re:Mac and Windows PC only. (Score 2) 117

"Linux is not really meant to be a desktop OS."....tell that to Valve. They only "relatively recently" releases Steam, 'Counter Strike' and 'Left 4 Dead 2'.

Despite that "Linux is not really meant to be a desktop OS.",(in my highly unscientific test of 3 computers) the few games that are made for Linux all work MUCH better in Linux(on the computers I tested) than their Windows counterparts.

And yes, to give Windows a fair chance... I did turn off updates, the anti-virus, anti-spyware, the firewall, and any other program that could by slowing Windows down. I did not remember to disable the webserver, ftp server, or any other software which I have running in Linux.

Comment Unfortunatly "common sense" isn't common... (Score 1) 591

I was told by sone-one from USA, who was American:
    "Here in America, common sense is so rare that it should be seen as a super-power".

By the age of 9, one's parents should have explained that the "magic" in fantasy movies/series/books is not real. Also, the magic in "stage acts", etc. is not the same as "fantasy magic".

Every child should read "magic books" which show card tricks, disappearing acts, illusions... so that they know that "real magic", is not the same as "fantasy magic".

Comment "End of Life" is natural for most software (Score 1) 156

It is utterly unreasonable to expect a software supplier to provide free updates for software "in perpetuity".

Microsoft is a business, they make money from selling new software. If you don't like that they make their software obsolete, ask them to make change their business plan.

Software could be sold with free updates until a "replacement" is released, and then one pays for an "update subscription".

This way one could have chosen whether one upgraded to "Windows Server 2008", or pays a yearly fee for updates "in perpetuity".

Comment It's padded already (on some systems) (Score 1) 136

I admit that I don't play many games, the only one I play at the moment is Left4Dead2 (though previous measurements when playing Counterstrike where similar).

All my testing show, in a highly scientific study of 2 computers, that playing Left4Dead2 in Linux (Fedora 20 and 21) uses less processor power, and less ram than playing in Windows 7(which both computers came with).
I don't have a program that tracks GPU usage, but tracking the temperature of the GPU's shows that they run cooler in Linux.

So using the same resolution, detail level, etc., I get a better frame-rate in Linux, and lower chance of network lag.
Over all power usage, tracked from the power-supplies, show that both of computer systems use less power in Linux, for the same over-all result, the frame-rate is marginally better in Linux.

All computers/OS's combinations have as few other programs running as possible, so firewalls, antivirus, and stuff are also disabled.
All computers/OS's combinations run with updates on, and the latest drivers drivers(official AMD Catalyst driver in Linux), etc.).

But as this is a tiny, unscientific study as always... YMMV.

Comment Re:I'm sick of this (Score 1) 114

Who cares if the chance of hitting the planes if incredibly small... using this argument it should be legal to stand in your garden with a blindfold, and shoot at your house with a BB gun. The chance of hitting a window would be small, the chance of hitting you even smaller, so if one did hit you it would be an "accident".

About the "jitter from your hand" argument... what if one has the laser pointer mounted on something that is easy to aim... like a riffle. Rifles are designed to be held steady, even a toy would do.

Considering that only a complete moron would point a laser at plane, shouldn't this be something that one bans "just because its a good idea". Exactly why would one be stupid enough argue the case that "because no-one had died yet, it probably isn't a problem".

ps. could you give us the licence plate number of your car, so that we know to point lasers at you if you drive by.

Comment Frankly, I don't give a damn... (Score 1) 175

...unless this leads to the development of technology which has a "useful" use.

This could be for the hypothetical, and highly unlikely scenarios, where one knows a plane will fall apart in the next few minutes and the only hope for the passengers is to put on their high altitude parachute gear, jump, and hope for the best.

Spending ridiculous amounts of money breaking this record just to seek notoriety, is about as interesting as breaking the record for eating boiled eggs. (That just happened to be on the TV earlier.)

Comment Re:Brilliant! (Score 1) 150

"While those certainly were durable and useful, they are also very archaic."...

I had a Nokia N8, which was their second to last smart phone running Symbian. It was both durable and very useful, but very far from archaic.
I would still be using it, if it wasn't that it stopped working after the 6000th time that I dropped it.

  - It was durable, I dropped it on everything concrete, paving stones, etc. from "ear height" (about 1.70 meters... yes, I'm very clumsy)
  - Between recharges, I could talk for about 10 hours, use the GPS for 10 hours, the internet for 5 hours, and take a few hundred pictures.
  - Most of the housing was metal... you have to pay mega-money for many other phones like that.
  - Because the housing was metal it "felt well made", Many newer/expensive phones feel flimsy. I heard that some even bend :)
  - There was no "system rot", it didn't get slower over time.
  - It was a very good map system. You didn't need an internet connection to use them, and the maps were always up to date (much better that Garmin's maps).
  - The GPS was much better than most newer phones I have tried. It connected faster, and as far as I can remember, it never lost connection.

Comment the meaning of "private": (Score 1) 170

Private (in relation to the internet): Content and actions that is/are only shared with the parties you want it to be shared. Naturally this content may be used by the company hosting the "private" content, as-well as any/all of their associated sites/associated business'/sponsors/advertisers/governments/etc, in any way possible will serve their own purposes, interests, or bank balances.

Profit units: those holders of accounts/profiles (previously known as 'users') who actions, or information generate profit

One should treat all communication on the internet like sending information by postcard, unless you are writing in code anyone can read what you write.

Comment "News for nerds, stuff that matters"... no, and no (Score 1) 915

Exactly how does this fall in to either category, the choosing of a new pope has nothing to do with "nerdery".
Unless one of his first edicts as pope is to bring the Vatican into the 21st century, create the first fully paperless state, and to ensure 100% "IT literacy" among all the inhabitants of the Papal state (and no this is not a misspelling of Paypal(tm) ).

So that would leave "stuff that matters"..... nope, it fails there too!! Because YES "1.2 billion Catholics", along with all other religious people, CAN be WRONG :)

Comment In a "free and fair" this would be a good idea... (Score 1) 113

Unfortunatly, we don't live in a free world.

In this world there are governments (both ones own and others), that will happily use every little bit of information that one puts on the internet against one.

Never mind that ones employment contract possibly says that they can fire you for saying anything negative about them on the internet, having the wrong political views, and so on.

In an ideal world this would not be a problem, so once we have a "free world"... I'll be all for a "real name" name requirement.

Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature. -- Rich Kulawiec

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