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Comment Re:Side-by-side - what will SP1 fix? (Score 1) 344

No, I'm not saying that "2TB should be enough for anybody", or that it's not important to support volumes > 2TB. It clearly is important, which is why we already addressed this issue by adding GPT support! What you're complaining about is that we didn't address this all the way back to XP, which did not have GPT support to begin with (in fact there was no such thing as GPT back then). If you need GPT on Windows, use a version of Windows that was released in the past 7 years. If you are stuck with XP for some reason, I outlined a way you could at least use all your space in XP, which is to use multiple 2TB volumes; another option is network-attached storage like you mention. What more do you honestly expect? Are you really claiming it is important to backport GPT support to XP? Of course if we did that, then Win2K users would complain. Backport to Win2K, then NT4 users would complain, etc. You can't just backport everything -- logically there has to be SOME point at which a particular OS version has support for something that the previous OS version didn't. That's why there are versions. Otherwise we'd all still be using DOS 1.0 or Windows 1.0 or MacOS 1.0 or...

Regarding the $20K xray machine that only works in XP: It's entirely possible it actually does work with Vista or Win7 despite the manufacturer's disclaimer. Sometimes their disclaimer is just out of date (i.e. it was made several years ago), and sometimes it's just because they haven't adequately tested it on the newer OSes and don't want to commit to anything just yet. A lot of XP and Vista drivers just work on Win7. Another option that might work is use a newer OS, but run XP in a virtual machine (either using Win7's "virtual XP mode" or some other VM solution). If a piece of hardware really doesn't work on anything newer than XP, that really means that the associated device driver or the associated user-mode software doesn't work on anything newer than XP, and whose fault is that? The manufacturer. BTW can you provide a link to the manufacturer site where they state only XP is supported? I'm interested in following up with them as to why.

Your idea of moving the mass storage to another network-accessible machine is a good one. Clearly if this will be part of a $20K+ environment, the cost of this is trivial. The fact that there are viable workarounds supports my point that supporting > 2TB local volumes on XP is not an important issue. There are far more impactful issues for MS to be working on. Like oh, improving standards support in IE!!!

Comment Re:Who Won the HD DVD War? (Score 1) 292

My wife has pretty much the entire animated Disney collection from before 2004 on VHS. A lot of good they do us seeing as we no longer own a working VCR. If we want our kids to see these movies we'll have to re-buy them on the popular format of the day when our kids are old enough to watch them.

Not true.

Now, I don't suggest that you download this torrent, as taking steps to keep watching movies you've already bought would clearly be illegal. I'm simply saying that you don't have to rebuy them to keep watching them.

It's such a horrible temptation to not be good little citizen and keep paying a company over and over and over again for the same content, isn't it? I mean, they paid good money to get copyright extended ad infinitum and make form-shifting illegal, no? So you'd be eeeevil to not fork over cash to them again for things you've already bought, no?


Google's Chrome Declining In Popularity 489

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.

Submission + - EFF vs. Telecoms has lobbyists working overtime (

An anonymous reader writes: The best lobbyists in Washington are working overtime to churn legislation through that would grant full retroactive and future immunity to prosecution for the telecoms against lawsuits for information sharing with the intelligence community. Newsweek reports that the EFF lawsuit's recent successes have the entire intelligence community in a near-panic state. Wait... the EFF is being useful for a change?

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