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Comment Re:It does not you should now use (Score 1) 93

True that! but you were better off with an Intel non MMX, since it had faster x87 and that was useful.
Low clocked original 6x86 was good at integer code ; S3 Virge was cheap and had very high 2D performance. So, for everything 320x200 under MS-DOS it was a monster that chewed through everything. Ran your old 3D games at a solid 70 fps (after all those years, I learned that 320x200 mode was at 70Hz), stuff like Dark Forces, all that used integer / fixed point. Tomb Raider ran well and was a 320x200 DOS game.
Quake was a bit slow as I found out years later (even Intel P133 was much faster) although we tried for one of the many weird resolutions rather than stay in ugly 320x200.
Screamer 2's demo was 320x200 in 65536 colors!

Too bad PCs lacked an easy, standard way to plug Playstation-like two controllers. The low res looked pixellated even back then, but actually late DOS games like that looked much like what the PC did, only the PC used a fast CPU and fast dumb graphics buffer. You could run with no driver whatsoever loaded if keyboard-only was good to go for the game.

In the 640x480 and 3D accelerated Windows 95 era, Cyrix was instantly obsolete.

Comment Re:What is the summary trying to say? (Score 1) 70

You prompted me to RTFA. Unsurprisingly, it gobbles data from features not actually part of email, but available in gmail, specifically calendar events and contacts.
RTFA also opens saying that by using the Outlook mobile app as a generic email client (not only for hotmail/windows live/outlook.com), Microsoft downloads all your email from all the email accounts you're using from within the application. So any vanilla 1980s email goes, I suspect you could run your own email server and get the email you receive on your own server forwarded to/downloaded by the microsoft "cloud" email client.

Of course, gmail started doing that in the first place years ago.

Comment Re: Could be useful (Score 1) 91

The weakness is if you never turn it off (make it sleep once in a while at best) and never need to reboot for crashes either.
A mild example of this is running an out of date version of Firefox because recent 64 bit versions don't crash anymore or crash all your web pages but not the browser.

Solutions like "delete cookies when browser closes", "wipe VM or OS to known clean state on shutdown/boot up" don't always work, if the hardware is too reliable and the software doesn't even crash or recovers instead of quitting.

So I fully except the Microsoft Somethingbook to have forced reboots. Cheap BOFH way to take care of the problem.
Maybe long term we'll need live kernel upgrades without reboot, perhaps even a way to load a new browser version (e.g.), handing other the program state and live network connections to the new version, if that's possible. All for your grandma's solitaire and email box.

Comment Re:Don't buy this (Score 1) 440

What about hanging clothes in some fridge sized unit, with fans, exhaust somewhere, ultrasound and no rotating drum at all?
I wonder if getting rid of the drum entirely would hurt the clothes even less, while I wonder if that'd be effective still.

Let's say we're using a drum dryer with ultrasounds, though. Will it be cheaper to build than an old fashioned heat dryer?
No idea what the transducers cost but they're not exactly doing hifi or a womb scan. Might be expensive but if you make a hundred million of them a year with a cheap patent license (dryer apparently has a few dozens of them) then hopefully that's the kind of thing that can come crashing down.

Comment Re:ZFS in Windows (Score 1) 109

I think so, yes. Data scrubbing. I even saw a screenshot where in the GUI for checking a drive, you get a popup that tells you you can't run the drive check nor need it (in drive properties, whatever)

Maybe you have Storages Spaces for "RAID 1" or spanning drives with some parity, I don't know the details of that.
Don't look for NTFS specific features etc. though.

Comment Re:Don't buy this (Score 2) 440

But why would you want thermal energy specifically? We're looking for "drying energy". Sometimes, waiting for water to fall out of a shirt and the rest of the moist to evaporate while at room temperature works.

We could also throw our clothes in a large electric pizza oven at around 300C (I know, this is not a good enough oven for making "real" pizza). I'm sure the pizza oven is better at trapping heat in. But hope your clothes are rugged enough.

Comment Re:And it... (Score 2) 63

You sound like you wish you were joking, but yes Microsoft did. They've had what they call an "LTSB".

You can't have it, though.

(I believe, a contract with them covering a minimum of 100 desktop licenses is needed, for the feature I had in Windows 98 of "don't install crap I don't want to")

Comment Re:Yet another decades-old Windows limitation. (Score 1) 109

This might be a common theme in Windows, e.g. a printer or network driver implements rather high level features instead of a system wide layer doing it for everyone.
This might be backwards, have roots to 1993 or earlier, I don't know but a decade of driver compatibility isn't unheard of and the typical effect was : you use the driver CD included with your hardware, and you get your recto verso printer working, your scanner scanning, your tuner can tune channels or stations, your network card can do ethernet bonding (well, some high end Intel I guess), your graphics card comes with a GUI panel for triple buffering, vsync, brightness, gamma, texture filtering etc.

While under linux, you seemingly need an internet connection to install a word processor. Did you know, before broadband and on this side of the Atlantic, spending days downloading things from the internet would have quickly enough run a phone bill over $1000, what with there being 1440 minutes in a day.

Comment Re:wow (Score 2) 109

Does Drvfs have a loop device? (or, if the question is wrong, does WSL have a loop device, working with no trouble on files on Drvfs volumes)
Does WSL have FUSE? If so there are a number of things that should be doable, some rather basic stuff like sshfs and curlftpfs for a start. There's a ceph-fuse package for example, so while you might not want to run a ceph node, unless you don't care about speed / CPU or warts I don't know about, I assume it might be usable to access data on a ceph data store.

Will Drvfs access "RAW" partitions that Windows doesn't know about or give a damn about? Then there's ext2 on FUSE, ZFS on FUSE, will those work?

But all the stuff in the linux kernel, I guess that won't work, nor will MS implement everything. That's some amount of work, with data corruption or a lot of loss if buggy. There are likely other workarounds : use hardware raid, Windows software raid, use a linux VM on Hyper-V, if that works with Vt-d / IOMMU access to a SATA/SAS controller.

Comment Mainframe on cloud? (Score 2) 81

Speaking of old, why not hook up a mainframe to the "cloud"? It's all built around I/O, partitioning and billing the user anyway.
Let's have a single computer datacenter. We can achieve the classic vision of one computer per continent.

I believe curious people might try to use it. I know there are emulators and a freeware IBM OS version from before I was born, so it is certain that millions of people never had the chance to try doing something, anything at all with a mainframe.

I have a pitch for it : "The state of the art in NoSQL and consolidation."

Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 1) 227

So, that's what happens for people with a 2.5GHz Sandy Bridge or better and Intel graphics or nvidia with proprietary driver.
Great, fine, but not all far of "works on my machine". How about dual core 1.0GHz AMD laptops? (Bobcat and Jaguar CPU, the latter using the same technology as Playstation 4)
The 3D desktops are slow. And we're asked to like it and believe they're more efficient since the GPU "off-loads" compositing tasks. Ha hahahaha.

Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 1) 227

To me, desktops like Gnome 3 and Cinnamon use too much CPU and thus are undesirable.
I thought, Wayland ought to make the CPU load drop and allow to run those 3D desktops on modest hardware well, like Windows does. But I'm not so sure and it is the open source world's Duke Nukem Forever anyway. E.g., it's been long enough my graphics card has been deprecated already. Even if Wayland is released, then we'll have to rely on hobby developers to make the drivers compatible and then stable and/or efficient.
There is a lot of fast, efficient hardware with deprecated graphics out there like AMD E-350 laptops, desktop APU, 45nm Core 2 Duo but well they're fast enough to run browsers or applications, not spend half their resources on the windowing system.

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