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Comment Re:masdf (Score 2) 297

Do you have a source for that? Certainly there are narcs, but I've never heard of any of them enrolling in high schools undercover. Cops threatening high school kids who got caught anyway to cough up some names, sure. But when they invest an undercover agent (= lots of money), it's going to be for a big investigation, not to find out which high school kid sold a dimebag to which other high school kid.

There you go. The story quotes one of the sheriffs stating that they have done this in other cities throughout the county as well.

Comment Re:How relevant is the PC, still? (Score 1) 737

Maybe the POS system company you work, or contract for is 99.9% XP Embedded, but in the past several restaurants I have worked for, it is Linux on most of the touch screen terminals. You can easily tell when the terminal is rebooted and you see Linux loading instead of Windows. Micros and Squirrel are the two most recent vendors, where I have worked and of the 3 restaurants, only one had one XP embedded terminal, all the others were Linux.

Granted, once presented with the actual POS interface, you can't tell if it is Windows or Linux. Just like those bar top systems designed to separate you from your money even faster than a Vegas slot machine.

Comment Re:How relevant is the PC, still? (Score 3, Informative) 737

What about companies that process credit card transactions? What about inventory control software for food processing? Apple? Linux?

Actually those touch screen POS terminals you see in most bars and restaurants? Linux. Those touch screen bar top games? Also Linux. Now the computer in the back office that those communicate with for the managers and chefs? That's probably Windows XP. Some of the POS terminals are Windows embedded from years and years ago, but mostly the POS terminals are Linux. They do the credit card reading/authorizing and inventory if the system is set up for it.


Sun's Project Darkstar Game Server Platform No More 82

sproketboy writes "Project Darkstar, an open source software platform from Sun labs that simplifies the development of horizontally scalable servers for online games, is being discontinued as of the Oracle acquisition. This project, mentioned a couple of years back on Slashdot, was a unique concept for building an application server specific to on-line gaming. Sadly they were so close at version 0.9.11 (which is still very stable). Hopefully the open source community can get involved and help continue work on this project."

Comment Re:Here's what's impressive (Score 1) 187

Well think about it. If you write a book on motorcycle racing, how many prospective buyers do you think you will have? Not nearly as many as a book on Ruby. Perhaps now with micro publishing we will see more. Also there is a wealth of info in the intarweb, well maybe not so much on actual chassis design, but you can get quite a background just from reading some of the amateur racing websites.

Have you read Kevin Cameron's "Sportbike Tuning Handbook"?

Comment Re:Shouldn't happen..... (Score 1) 262

So what are you going to do when Windows 7 comes out and all the software updates again, which probably won't run on your XP machine from 2001? Since you say you want 10 years use, that is about 2.5 years from now, based on when XP came out.

I will take back what I said before about getting over it, as you do have a point. Really though is 129 too much to spend to get Leopard? To use the popular car analogy here, do you expect to get 10 years out of your car without ever buying tires or changing the oil?

A sine curve goes off to infinity, or at least the end of the blackboard. -- Prof. Steiner