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Comment Re:Wine and ReactOS are casualties (Score 1) 208

The hilarious (or maybe hilariously horrifying) thing is that MS has been providing awfully forgiving backwards-compatibility since the Windows 95 days. The really horrifying part in the linked example is that they provide this hand-holding to people who didn't even read "past the first page" of the SDK when the program was originally written for Win 3.1.

That said, "it made sense at the time" and/or "we really didn't have a choice back then" seem to be recurring themes in Windows development (at least on Raymond Chen's blog).

Comment Re: BSOD as a replacement feature? (Score 1) 208

The BSOD came into being as a feature of Windows NT and has NEVER existed in the DOS derived versions of Windows (3.1, 95, 98, ME)

Oh, so very wrong.

Well, he's not *entirely* wrong. The problem is that we use one acronym for every kind of nonrecoverable error in the windows os family, which is mainly the fault of ms (with blue-flavored error screens going back to 3.1 as I recall).

That said, with a little pedantry, it can be pointed out that the NT series has the uniquely-labeled 'STOP' errors (with handy error-id hex #), as well as the more stark NMI screens (especially those lovely Memory Parity Errors). Plus, there's the sad smiley bluescreen. That definitely started with Win8 (and ended, hopefully).

But in the end, it's bugchecks all the way down, no matter what your os is. The Guru Meditation is a great example from the Amiga.

Comment Re:I tried this and found an interesting page (Score 1) 157

Not a bad idea. How about seeding the internet with lots of legitimate-looking email addresses to cause spammers to waste time and resources?

No need to do that... spammers already do it to waste time and resources of anti-spam groups.

I think there's a 'Hitchhiker's' quote for that:

Half the electronic engineers in the galaxy are constantly trying to find fresh ways of jamming the signals generated by the Thumb, while the other half are constantly trying to find fresh ways of jamming the jamming signals

Comment Re:Furloughed workers (Score 0) 346

That said, I don't mean to flame Republicans in general. Just the virulently stereotypical ones I'm related to.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I actually registered Republican in '08, though that was to vote for Ron Paul in my first presidential primary. In retrospect, I wasn't nearly as well-informed a voter as I thought I was.)

Comment Re:Why not ... (Score 1) 307

And one more thing, the DMV is a poor example since that's a state agency.

It's hard to fathom why you think that. I specifically picked a state agency to point out how the state is forcing people to observe a religious holiday.

I believe that dear Mr. AC meant 'state agency' in the sense of an agency that is ultimately responsible to a state governor (1 of 50 such), as opposed to agencies who are ultimately responsible to a person often addressed as 'Mr. President'. Generally speaking, your local DMV is one such agency.

Hence the difference between *state secrets* (e.g. the judges of the chili cookoff at this year's Texas state fair, wouldn't want anyone to try and 'help' them with their impartial decision) and *State secrets* (e.g. the flight schedules for unmanned drones, wouldn't want someone to 'help' them make an unscheduled landing.)

Comment Re:Add in the cost for the hassle factor (Score 1) 341

When I was at Honeywell, I sat across from a very loud talker in finance. When she wasn't talking shit about her deadbeat (ex)-husband to friends/lawyers, she was explaining to suppliers that Honeywell paid on Net 60 terms and they could take it or leave it. It wouldn't surprise me to find that large companies are pushing to Net 90 if they can get away with it.

Learning about payment practices of larger (and sometimes smaller) companines has been one of the most... heartwarming aspects of working for a small business. Perfectly illustrated by the Obligatory Dilbert.

Comment Re:Misleading title on original article (Score 1) 55

Suddenly your little newsletter is in more demand than you can meet, and you literally have to turn away some folks sans article. Some enraged would-be reader slices your car's tires for causing them the fruitless journey, thus the act of running out of in-demand newsletters becomes known as the "Slash-Tire Effect".

You are my hero forever.

Also, +1 Recursive Humor

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