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Comment Re:BASIC by any other name (Score 1) 370

QBASIC was based on QuickBASIC. Despite the similarity in the name, it's not your classic BASIC as it adds more sophisticated structures and can even support user-defined types. It has more in common with VisualBasic than classic BASIC, down to the fact that VB is considered the successor to QB.

Comment Re: Absence?! (Score 1) 595

Good luck getting all the legacy devices understanding those prepended numbers and changed packets required to contain the extra data.

By the way IPv4 is embedded in IPv6. You can address the old IPv4 space as ":FFFF:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx" such as :FFFF: for devices that are IPv4-only.

Comment Re: Absence?! (Score 1) 595

The big issue is that even if you expand the space, you still wind up with something incompatible. The older devices will have no idea how to handle the new packets with longer IP addresses, if they even accept those packets at all. Basically, you'll still wind up with an incompatible system.

Comment Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 1) 471

KDE on Fedora isn't too awful. It's gotten a lot better since about Fedora 19. In fact, it works much better for me than the default GNOME option. I believe KDE is handled by a dedicated team, so it's certainly not the afterthought it used to be. As for patented codecs, I just make sure RPM Fusion's non-free repo is enabled and I have access to cleanly packaged codecs as needed. Just install the gstreamer packages and you'll have everything you need.

You'll have a hard time finding a US-based or other major distribution supporting aac, h.264, and similar directly because of software patents that require payments to the license holder. It's why Ubuntu and Fedora both ship without that kind of support.

Comment Re:Could elect not to sell any vehicles in Califor (Score 1) 462

I have a 2011 Mazda 3 and am in California. My car doesn't have Daytime Running Lights. As far as I am aware, it's never been a legal requirement here, and likely not anywhere in the US. Some manufacturers offer them because of "safety", but it's not legally mandated.

I do agree with you on the light placement, some new models just aren't well designed in that area. Then again, I'm used to drivers not actually using their signals, so placement doesn't matter for that.

Comment Re:Google more restrictive than Microsoft (Score 1) 194

I'm not sure about the changes made with EFI booting, but for "classic" BIOS-mode booting, Windows does support multiple OS from its own bootloader. Check out info on the boot.ini (NTLDR). Heck, there's even a tool, EasyBCD, that will help you set up the booting options.

Of course, since most people that use desktops run only Windows, almost nobody has actually seen the Windows NT bootloader menu. Some of the people who used NT 3.51 or 4 might recognize it. In addition, since no consumer version of Windows until XP (the merge between the classic and NT codebases) supported multiboot, it's not a huge surprise that people don't know about this. That doesn't discount the practical issues too: editing boot.ini requires writing to an NTFS volume, which only really became possible on Linux with NTFS-3g, or you have to boot into Windows. If you were going to be using Linux primarily, it was much easier to just use lilo or grub for the bootloader.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 944

Three-way incandescent bulbs are still going to be sold under an allowance for specialty bulbs.

Modern LEDs are actually really good with dimmers, as long as you don't go for the ultra-cheap models. The cheap LEDs can't go as dim as the mid-price ones. I replaced some PARs in my hallway with store-brand Utilitech (Lowe's) LEDs and they work great with the dimmer I installed.

Personally, I can't complain about the color spectrum. If you're picky, Cree has their TW series that are really solid and project light just like the standard A19 incandescent to which people are familiar. The Cree bulbs even have real glass.

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