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Comment Re:Downloading? (Score 1) 211

I guess I was fortunate that I always lived in pretty big cities back in the day, so I never had a shortage of local BBSes to call. Although I did cause some family drama that I still get reminded of to this day when my little sister broke her wrist at gymastics and spent several hours in the hospital alone because I had the phone lines tied up and had *70'd despite being told not to.

There are actually a handful of dialup BBSes left that I still call now and then, and long distance is no longer a problem with Google Voice. It's fun.

Comment Re:Downloading DOS shareware (Score 1) 211

I don't usually do the "internet pedantry" thing, but I have to correct you to Telix. ;) Only because I still use it pretty often for various geeky things that aren't all that interesting and I have a lot of very fond memories of it. It was one of the very few shareware applications I registered as a kid - I didn't have a lot of money but I got a lot of use out of it.

Comment Re:What browser? (Score 2) 119

I remember it from years and years ago as an IE shell for 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0 that provided a lot of functionality that IE6 just didn't have - tabs, ad blocking, popup blocking, etc. It was hugely popular at the company I worked for at the time because we had an ActiveX IE-based CRM that required us to use IE, and it allowed a lot of features. Looks like they call it "Maxthon Classic" now.

Comment Re:Everyone knows this, why it continues is beyond (Score 3, Insightful) 195

I was recently installing some software, and the actual, official documentation from the vendor had you skipping the EULA and typing Y to agree (Linux CLI install, so you could either space through it or "q" to skip it). My team and I wondered a bit at the legal implications of what would happen if a vendor telling you to skip their EULA ended up in court.

Comment Re:Love this router at home (Score 1) 180

I bought a WRT54G when they were first released and used it for years. I think it's ended up back in service three times after replacements have died over the years., and it's still carefully wrapped up in the closet for the day when my current one dies. Actually, my current one (a Linksys-Cisco E2500) also runs ddwrt and does fairly well. It's outlasted a couple replacements itself, most recently an ASUS N66U that decided to stop broadcasting wireless one day.

Comment Re:Meh... (Score 1) 365

Many years ago I was driving an MR2 with a broken parking brake cable, and left it parked in first on a slight slope in the middle of a parking lot at work. An email went out to the campus email that an MR2 had rolled out of its parking space, so I ran down to assess the damage but somehow I'd left the wheel such that it'd pulled out of the parking space perfectly. It was still in gear, wouldn't move anymore from where it was, and hadn't made it more than about ten feet. No idea what happened, best I can figure is something happened that let the engine spin over a few times and let it move forward some.

Still drive an MR2, and I've always made sure to keep my parking brake working.

Comment Re: I only just played with it (Score 1) 211

There's a small but dedicated group of folks keeping telnet bbses around, and a few even are still dial-upable. But it really loses that local feel you got back in the day, knowing that pretty much every other caller was someone reasonably nearby. I remember going to a few BBS cookouts where folks would get together, and often it'd be a significant percentage of the regular callers. Can't really do that with websites.

Comment Re: Mixed blessing of free drivers (Re: OS/2) (Score 1) 211

Oh god, I had one of those Digicom modem things. IIRC it also presented itself as an MCI device to Windows, which let it do basic sound things. First "sound card" we had, if I'm remembering it right.

I got it working in Linux the worst way possible - I booted DOS to load the firmware, and then loadlin'd over to Linux. Worked for awhile though until I got a real modem working (which was isapnp, another adventure all its own)

I think it's still in a closet or basement at my parents' house. Should pull it out and give it a proper burial

Comment Re: Mobile apps deliberately exclude PC-only users (Score 1) 314

The deals come and go, and yes, they usually are clearances. I picked up a Coolpad Arise for $10 from Kroger a year or year and a half ago. Needed a low-end device for testing some work stuff and it was actually way nicer than I expected. They're still available, though usually in the $12-$15 range every few months. Right now there are a few Android-based Tracphones on Amazon for $6.99-$16.99.

I can only think of a couple apps that require SMS validation. And I still occasionally get texts on the Arise, despite having never paid a cent in service fees for it, so it might work anyway. Anyway it's probably possible to use a cheap flipphone for basic service and receive the texts there.

Comment Re:Read the user agreement (Score 1) 55

It can do voice commands, which requires the microphone. You can post pictures of accidents, traffic, etc which requires the camera. You can send notifications about arrival times and traffic jams to contacts via SMS and various social media platforms, and it can use those platforms to link up friends as well as post the arrival check-ins that people find popular. One of the issues of Android permissions is it's tricky to know exactly what they plan on doing with the access once they get it. An app may want access to Facebook solely to pull a friends list and bounce it off their userlist and friend up matches (a feature lots of people like), or it may spam up your feed with junk from itself.

You can argue the motivations and necessity of those, but there are legitimate features linked to the permissions. Up to you to decide whether or not you want to give up that info.

Comment Re:Illegal??? What law did they break, exactly? (Score 1) 266

I poked around setting up a private server a few years ago for my own use, and everything such as NPC location, models, specific skills, dialog, quests, quest text, any quest-scripting, player skills, skill handling, monster spawn areas, boss location and scripting, etc was all server-side. The raw content - images, textures, models, etc may be all client-side but at least as of the time I was messing with it (which I'll admit was several years ago) the server was responsible for the glue keeping it all together and making it a game. Otherwise you're just wandering around in a dead world. There were several databases available - those that tried to make it as much blizz-like as possible (advertised as such) plus various remixes and versions that usually played with superpowering everything.

I could see them going after them for copyright if they've directly copied the quest texts and NPC dialog and such.

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