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Comment Re:Segmentation fault, core dumped (Score 1) 353

For the most part, it's rare for a Windows program to actually take the whole system down unless there is actually an issue with the computer at the hardware level (bad ram, etc). Closest thing I've seen to a serious crash was a program crashing the video card drivers, but Vista and higher automatically restarts the graphics drivers when this happens without the need for rebooting.

For the most part, it's worth reading posts that you reply to; nobody said anything about bringing the whole system down.
BTW, that handy feature where the video card drivers restart after they crash? The drivers do that, not Windows Vista and higher. It worked on XP too.

Comment Re:Obvious answer.. (Score 1) 514

No, we don't. Please, no more insults.

I suspect GP was suggesting that since Canada is on the American continent, any English spoken there is American by definition; not that it is US English.
Pedantic? Sure. But technically correct.
Although, upon reading it again, I note that the same argument applies to spelling, so maybe they're just being a troll.

Comment Re:So whats in our existing code? (Score 1) 110

If the code for hands was just siting around waiting to be activated. What code is sitting around in us waiting to be activated? Is it possible to activate it ourselves through our thoughts and actions or only through many generations of humanity bringing forth their expression? I'm not sure if this supports or denies intelligent design. I do think this shows that all life is much more closely related then any of us realize.

Wow. All this shows is that you have not learned much about genetics. Yes, all life is much more closely related than you realized. But now you have realized, so... keep up the good work!

Comment Re:Exaggerated (Score 1) 147

Now what might work would be a requirement for all data exports to be completely non-proprietary non-binary well formed XML. You might not get their DB table design but at least you'll get each row. Just putting in in XML doesn't accomplish anything. Besides, what kind of apps don't allow for exports of some kind? I hear people complaining about "lock in" all of the time, in terms of data, but I don't have a single business application that doesn't allow a data export of some kind. The format that it can be exported to really doesn't matter, since you'll always have to do significant work to get data moved from one application/platform to another.

Any idea how to get a .eml (plain text, original MIME source) email out of Outlook?
I'd rather not view source / copy / paste for every single email.
Actually, does it even support viewing the source?

Comment Re:Video (Score 1) 287

They could always enabled strict_all_tables and things like ignoring NOT NULL and so on will not happen. I will note that Postgres also inserts a default value of NULL (same as MySQL) when no value is given and the column has no default value.

Of course it will, what did you expect? The point is that if you specified NOT NULL and then don't give it a value then it will refuse to let you insert that row BECAUSE IT IS INVALID.
How is that so hard to understand?

Comment Re:Windows 7 compatibility mode (Score 1) 313

Windows 3.0, 3.1 and 3.11 ran 16-bit apps! The only exception is that Microsoft in the end provided a Win32s (32-bit Windows subset) extension for Windows, and I remember Mathematica using it. Think of Windows 95 as MS-DOS 7.00 (with VFAT) and on top of that Win16 and on top of that Win32, plus the new Window Manager (MS call this 'shell') borrowed from NT 4.0.

Minor nitpick: NT4 borrowed the 95 shell style, not the other way round.
That was one of their marketing points for the NT4 upgrade: Now with the Win95 interface you know and love!

Comment Re:Good crypto is born secret, even in the US (Score 1) 87

How about NSA's Type I ciphers? They are classified TOP SECRET. Would you say they are "weak" or "badly designed?" Do you think NSA keeps them secret because they believe in security through obscurity?

Surely they keep them secret because they don't want other people/countries using them.
Or do they provide a closed implementation for everyone to use?

Comment Re:ECC is old (Score 1) 357

Weird signature.
Try this: 1^0 = 1; 2^0 = 1; 1^0 = 2^0; 1 = 2;
I can misuse math too!

Or, for those of you who aren't comfortable doing XOR in your heads, here is a similar one with plus:
1 + 7 = 1; 9 + 6 = 1; 1 + 7 = 9 + 6; 8 = 5; 1 = 0.
Sorry, mcelrath, I'm honestly curious.
Is there a joke here that I am missing?

Comment Re:How to (not) get people to use your OS... (Score 1) 946

now [Linux is] used in probably a billion devices around the globe ... phones

I hope you aren't talking about Android here. Android should no more count towards "Linux" marketshare than OS X should count towards "BSD Unix" marketshare. It's in there all right, but all the parts that make it what people want to use are put on top by somebody else.

Unlike traditional Linux on the desktop, which is all Torvalds' work?

Comment Re:Would love to see... (Score 2) 186

I am sure that Mitt Romney will be happy to explain how he would never use his power to invalidate a decision of judiciary and prevent the Marshal's Service from going about their normal duties.

And like all lying politicians, the second he's elected he'll go back on his word and do what he wants anyway, just like every president has done. What's your point?

The point is that he would take advantage of the situation to make himself look better than Obama, in the lead-up to the election. What you said was implied by the original poster, but beside the point.

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