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Comment Re:When will it be open-sourced? (Score 3, Interesting) 238

However, the real beauty of VMS wasn't so much it's architecture (though that had a lot of good points) but the incredible quality of DEC's implementation. Bugs were for the competition.

While I used VMS extensively and liked it in many ways, this is just silly.

When VMS 4.0 was released (the first version to include DCL command line editing), we had some unexplained crashes in our cluster. We eventually tracked it down to a bug in the command line editor (yes, it ran at least partially in kernel space). We had a local "competition" to see who could find the shortest number of keystrokes that would crash the system. The winner: 4. Yes, you could crash VMS 4.0 by getting an unprivileged command prompt and typing 4 characters (didn't even need to hit RETURN).

The bug was fixed in 4.1.

Comment Re:Full Throttle (Score 1) 285

Ah, remember well when Full Throttle was released. I devoured LucasArts games in those days and picked it up on release day. CompUSA was offering a special bonus; initial copies came with a soundtrack CD of music from The Gone Jackels.

Still have the box on my "classic games" shelf. Interestingly, that shelf is probably over 50% LucasArts.

Comment Re:Ouch (Score 4, Informative) 137

What model of Ethernet controller was tested. What Firmware version are they using? Has the problem been reported to Intel?

I realize you found the article difficult to read, but it wasn't that long. 2/3 of your questions were addressed in the article.

  • Ethernet controller? 82574L
  • Reported? Yes, and Intel supplied an EEPROM fix.

Comment Re:Hrm... (Score 1) 173

Forget patenting extractive distillation methods.

You can patent the method all you want, you just can't patent the extracted compound if it's naturally occurring.

If the extraction method is the most practical way of extracting the substance, and the substance has sufficient value, you've got a nice business there.

Comment Re:Archaic models of war (Score 1) 334

Nope. As seen in [i]First Contact[/i] the Queen was supposedly present at Picard's assimilation.

But regardless of how the Queen's existence was explained by the writers, introducing a central intelligence to the Borg completely undermined the one thing that made them formidable. It was idiotic. In one stroke they castrated the signature opponent for that generation of Trek.

Comment Re:Archaic models of war (Score 1) 334

Traditional military strategy has been to go for the command and control infrastructure. The morons in DoJ just don't realise that its a useless strategy when dealing with the internet. Your enemy is far more mobile than you are, and they will simply relocate, or re-distribute to overcome the assault.

It took The Federation some time to figure out how to defeat The Borg. In fact, they were only able to do it when the writers got stupid and decided The Borg needed a centralized Queen, for a wonderfully convenient single point of failure.

Submission + - Mars rover Opportunity turns 8 (

el borak writes: "Never mind all the talk about the revival of the American auto industry. What may be the greatest car the U.S. has ever built is currently a tidy 78 million miles (125 km) away from this world — resting on the edge of Endeavour crater in the southern hemisphere of Mars.

It was on January 25, 2004 that the rover Opportunity bounced down on Mars for a mission designed to last a minimum of three months and a maximum of just a year or two."

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