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Comment I did not know it was still around (Score 1) 58

I used Macromedia Director extensively about 15 years ago. It had a scripting language called lingo, with a few unique features. It supported an old syntax, something like "set the visible of sprite 10 to true", and a new syntax, more like "sprite(10).visible = true". While most usual statements could be expressed in any way, some statements could only be expressed in the old syntax, and some other statements only in the new syntax. Worse even, there were a few corner cases where a statement written in the old syntax behaved slightly different from its new syntax counterpart. For example, the old syntax would return 0 while the new syntax would throw an error, I can't remember the exact details, but something like that, so you'd have to be very careful. It took me more than a year, maybe two, to find and work around many of these idiosyncrasies. It was, simply put, awful. It also had many bugs, some of them reported and not fixed for years.

Comment Re:My preview of ReFS (Score 1) 459

That would be hard. There is no difference between FAT and vFAT. The driver uses some impossible file attributes to hide the long names between the short names on a normal FAT system; if you can't see the long name, it's simply a software limitation, not a different filesystem format. LFN worked even on FAT-12 floppies.


Submission + - Scariest IPv6 attack scenarios (

alphadogg writes: Experts are reporting a rise in the number of attacks that take advantage of known vulnerabilities of IPv6, a next-generation addressing scheme that is being adopted across the Internet. Salient Federal Solutions, a Fairfax, Va., IT engineering firm, is reporting real-world incidents of IPv6 attacks based on the emerging protocol's tunneling capabilities, routing headers, DNS broadcasting and rogue routing announcements. The No. 1 attack that Salient Federal is seeing is the result of so much IPv6 traffic being tunneled across IPv4 networks, particularly using the Teredo mechanism that is built into both Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7. This vulnerability with IPv6-over-IPv4 tunneling has been known for at least five years, but it is still being exploited.

Submission + - $25 PC alpha board successfully runs Linux

An anonymous reader writes: Late last month it was reported that the $25 PC had gone into alpha production. That meant the spec of the board had been finalized by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and they wanted hardware to start testing. Now they have an alpha board to play with. That board is significantly larger than the final product will be, but as testament to just how small this thing is even scaled up, the alpha version is about the size of 3 credit cards--the final version will be credit-card sized. The board, complete with its 700MHz ARM11 processor, successfully ran Linux (version

Submission + - Alternatives to Gmail (web and IMAP, paid) 2

TheGratefulNet writes: I want to cut the cord with google and the first step is to find a good email/ISP provider. With all the snooping going on (by governments and the data center raids that happen in the US), I'd like to find an *offshore* (maybe Europe?) provider who emphasizes 'freedom' aspects, such as end to end security, data encryption on local disks, keeping absolute minimal logs/purging them frequently; as well as having a decent enough set of spam filters that they actively maintain. I *want* to pay for the sevice since I don't want ads or to have to spend time blocking stuff. I'd like to support a right-thinking ISP; are there any left, out there? Help me find a trusted offshore ISP that will likely be around and who does not do DPI and other evil things. Any recommendations for well-behaved ISPs out there?

Submission + - That Developer's Salary is Bigger than Mine! ( 2

jammag writes: "Longtime developer Eric Spiegel remembers earlier in his career when he accidentally glimpsed all his fellow developers' salaries. To his shock, he realized he was almost the lowest paid coder at the company — though he wasn't the newest or youngest. As he confronted his manager (who had just praised him in a salary review) he realized some nitty gritty facts about programmer pay — including how he had failed to get the best pay package for himself."

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