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Comment Guess it depends on how old you are (Score 3, Insightful) 444

well...what languages you started with. Looking at that, the c++ based code is perfectly readable, but I can't make heads or tails of the other. In fact, reminds me of perl and objectiveC - just start hitting all those shifted characters - they each signify something special.

Am waiting for :
Draw Pacman;
Draw Ghosts;
Ghosts chase pacman;
Pacman follows joystick movement;

Comment Re:Microsoft helps the internet (Score 1) 302

AFAIK, no versions of DOS were written with TCP/IP. Version 3.1 had support for Microsoft Networks, and 4 or 5 ish you started to see some of the NDIS stuff. And lets not forget all the joyful NetBIOS stuff. However, it wasn't really until Winsock came out that there was any sort of TCP/IP support in MS products. Before that, there were a lot of shareware/freeware type implementations that you could use, with the packet driver interface becoming pretty popular. But all addon's.

DOS 3.1 and bulletin boards - if not earlier. And the only ports usually involved there were COM1, COM2, etc... not TCP/IP ports. Completely different beast and not related.

WfW was the first thing that MS had an addon for to do TCP/IP, and then Win95 shipped with it.

So yes, DOS and Windows up til 95 shipped without TCP/IP support, and din't monitor thie "myriad of ports" (65535 actually, and it's not like they are being created and added to - it's a 16bit unsigned int.

Why do I feel like I'm feeding trolls here?

Comment Re:Star Wars (Score 1) 1200

6 movies he was in. Speaking in each of them. may have not been what Luke was speaking, and the viewer couldn't understand him, but so what. Chewbacca could not be understand by the viewer either. Neither could Jar-Jar Binks.

Perhaps the people that made and programmed the astromech's could understand them as clear as day? They just didn't see the need for language packs. After all, they would have to support over 6 million language packs - Sure...English and Bocce may sell well, but the resources required to translate into so many languages would be a huge money sink. So, they speak astromech and that's it. :) - ah..."serious" discussions :)

Comment Re:FTA - ``tethered to hydraulic power'' (Score 1) 289

Depends on the field. How much combat is hand-to-hand anymore? This could have ruled in the 12th century. But unless it is a full body armor suit, it won't help as you are heading into a town. And even then, you don't need the extra strength, just the protection.

Where I see this could be used is recovery missions, where say you have a collapsed building. Bring this in and get to the victims fast. (Of course, you have to worry about doing more harm just tossing rubble around).

I see this more as inspired from the loaders used in Aliens than I do Iron Man.

Now...somebody wake Hicks up.


Frustrated Reporter Quits After Slow News Day 178

Norwegian radio journalist Pia Beathe Pedersen quit on the air complaining that her bosses were making her read news on a day when "nothing important has happened." Pedersen claimed that broadcaster NRK put too much pressure on the staff and that she "wanted to be able to eat properly again and be able to breathe," during her nearly two-minute on-air resignation.

Comment How about the entry fee? (Score 3, Insightful) 234

I guess you still have to pay $99/yr for appstore developer ability, or $299/yr for corporate development.

But what about people that just want to do the coding for themselves or fun? I don't want to distribute my app. Why can't I register one device that I can load my code onto for free without paying either of these?

I have a Mac, iPhone and XCode. Why can't I compile my code and move it onto my device without paying (or jailbreaking).

Seems that would be a nice way to get some more developers in.

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