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Comment: Re:One Kernel? What Does That Mean? (Score 5, Informative) 270

by thevirtualcat (#46728577) Attached to: The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

Yes, it's true. They run the same kernel.

But no, you can't run Windows applications on a Windows RT or Windows Phone device.

iOS runs the same kernel as Mac OS X, but you can't run OS X applications on iOS.
Android uses the Linux kernel, but you can't run Linux Desktop applications on Android. (At least, not without a lot of work adding the needed libraries and recompiling everything for ARM.)

"Same kernel" doesn't mean "all the applications are interoperable."

Comment: A pattern emerges. (Score 2) 195

by thevirtualcat (#46704099) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

I was curious about historical results of this poll, so I did some digging.

2009 - AIG - Bailed out in 2008, makes big news for giving executives $165M in executive bonuses, $1.2B in total bonuses.
2010 - Comcast - Makes big news by buying NBCUniversal in 2009.
2011 - BP - Deepwater Horizon happened in 2010
2012 - EA - Mass Effect 3 (Not sure how much news this generated, but someone mentioned it above.)
2013 - EA - SimCity's problems made news. Not on the same level as, say BP in 2010, but it certainly came up outside of tech and gaming sites occasionally.
2014 - Comcast - Makes news by trying to buy TWC.

I'm noticing a bit of a pattern here. (Though there does seem to be a bit of a tech bias, unless someone did something particularly egregious.)

Comment: Re:I avoided bluetooth for years... (Score 1) 180

OBD adapter? As in car diagnostics?

Yeah. The market is flooded with cheap knockoffs, right now. Let me guess. The MAC address is 11:22:33:DD:EE:FF?

It's a problem with a good number of bluetooth devices out there, really. My ODB II reader, my headphones and my keyboard would probably all be a lot better if I was willing to spend more than $20 on them.

Comment: I avoided bluetooth for years... (Score 4, Insightful) 180

by thevirtualcat (#46638711) Attached to: A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

I avoided bluetooth for years becuase it was unreliable and awkward. The headsets were expensive and uncomfortable. Some didn't work in that they required pairing every time you turned it on. (Both the phone and the device completely forgot about each other.) Buying a corded headset was far cheaper, had far better quality, and was far more comfortable.

But times change, as do needs. Most bluetooth devices now have just enough non-volatile memory to remember what they were last paired with and most bluetooth hosts will quite happily keep a list of every device it's ever pair with. Other than the initial setup (which can still be awkward and annoying) it's quite simple to use now. Hold the button for a few seconds until the light blinks and/or the sound chimes. Now I have a whole host of bluetooth devices. A headset, a car, a smart watch, a pair of headphones and a keyboard.

Wearables are very much in that early adoption phase. Everyone who owns and actively uses one knows this, I should think.

"Why would I want to read a text message from my watch? I've got a perfectly good phone in my pocket."
"Why would I want to check my email from my phone? I've got a perfectly good laptop in my briefcase."
"Why would I want a laptop? I've got a perfectly good computer back at the office/at home."

Comment: Remember when Eich became the CEO of Mozilla? (Score 5, Insightful) 824

by thevirtualcat (#46596803) Attached to: Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

I do. It was a pivotal day in the history of the organization.

His first action as the CEO was to immediately fire anyone who was in any way, shape or form connected to the GBLT community and issue a public statement that says "Fags should use Chrome or IE. Google and Microsoft like you perverts for some reason, but we don't want any of that here." Within a week, he had diverted a substantial portions of Mozilla's revenue to anti-GBLT orgnizations and publicly backed candidates who actively oppose gay rights. There were unsubtantiated rumors he would be working to remove code contributed by GBLT developers from Firefox, but those turned out to be just rumors.

Oh wait, no. That didn't happen.

He gave some money to a cause he supports a few years ago that a lot of people disagree with (including me) and didn't apologize for it.

But I can see how it's easy to get those two things confused.

Comment: Simple fix: Air gap. (Score 1) 423

by thevirtualcat (#46596535) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

That's what's going to happen to all the XP machines (that haven't been air gapped already) where I work.

Most of the XP holdouts are lab equipment. (Oscilloscopes, Arbitrary Waveform Generators and the like.) They were already air gapped, anyway.

There are a few machines that run old development tools needed for production. (As in factory, not web services.) They will be left connected long enough to catch the last batch of updates, then relegated to USB storage and optical media for data dransfer. (With sensible precautions, like disabling autorun, of course.)

Fortunately, those projects will not be around forever and will slowly be replaced with newer versions that run on Windows 7 and/or Ubuntu 12.04. (Maybe 14.04.)

Next on the todo list, Ubuntu Server 10.04. It's number is up soon, and that one will be a lot more obnixious to get rid of than XP was.

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau