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

by yzf750 (#43503283) Attached to: Windows: Not Doomed Yet

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

by yzf750 (#43500171) Attached to: Windows: Not Doomed Yet

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

Posted by timothy
from the dropped-off-the-moving-truck dept.
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

by yzf750 (#29211429) Attached to: Steam-Powered Car Breaks Century-Old Speed Record

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

by yzf750 (#28205493) Attached to: US DTV Patent Royalties Are $24–$40

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?

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

by yzf750 (#28192313) Attached to: US DTV Patent Royalties Are $24–$40

BZZZT Wrong, your OSX 10.2 is still upgradeable to 10.2.x. Your XP is not upgradeable to Vista for free, which is what you are asking for. You want Leopard for free because some new software requires it. Your 10.2 has not stopped working. Any software that requires Vista would "Stop working" on your XP-PC as well.

In other words, get over it.


Nintendo Asks For Government Help To Fight Piracy 296

Posted by Soulskill
from the send-more-cannon-and-parrot-poison dept.
Nintendo, in its annual report to the USPTO, has requested help in dealing with piracy overseas, both from the US government and from several other countries in particular. China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and Paraguay are listed as the greatest contributing nations to piracy of the company's products. Nintendo suggests, for example, that "Chinese customs officials must stop shipments of game copiers and other infringing products out of China, and China should work in the coming year to eliminate barriers to its enforcement laws," and that "the Spanish government implement laws protecting the creative copyright industry and enact laws against Internet piracy."

Google's Chrome Declining In Popularity 489

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the still-no-mac-version dept.
holy_calamity writes "After launching in a blaze of publicity that even warmed Slashdot, Google's browser grabbed a 3% share of the market, but has been slipping ever since, and now accounts for 1.5%. Google has also stopped promoting the browser on its search page. Assuming they wanted it to grab a significant share of the browser market, have they dropped the ball, or is this part of the plan?" On Slashdot, Chrome is still the #4 browser (after FF, IE, and Safari) but it was ahead of Safari for a few days, hitting almost 10% of our traffic.

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