* Posts by oldcoder

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ALGOL 60 at 60: The greatest computer language you've never used and grandaddy of the programming family tree

oldcoder

Re: Algol 68 is not ALGOL 60

The problem Algol 68 had was that it required a multi-level grammar (something like three different grammars depending on the context of where each was being used). Not something easy to do.

Open-source Windows Terminal does the splits: There ain't no party like a multi-pane party

oldcoder

Re: Hello Microsoft!

Actually, it is what Unix had in 1988/1989.

The old xview terminal emulator did this with something like a 64K terminal window buffer for text.

Excellent for capturing sequences for documentation.

That's Microsoft price: Now you can enjoy a BSOD from the comfort of your driving seat

oldcoder

Re: Why on earth...

Ah yes.

The CE in CE-ME-NT.

:-)

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future

oldcoder

Re: re: Once desktop processing power became sufficient to crack the encryption

I used lpr which was allowed access... No one could write to the directory. And then it went through lpd anyway.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update thwarted by obscure tech known as 'external storage'

oldcoder

Re: @Peter Gathercole - Amiga days.....

Not even a good copy of CP/M

RIP: Microsoft finally pulls plug on last XP survivor... POSReady 2009

oldcoder

Re: ReactOS (as the new XP)

That is what the power of a monopoly can do.

oldcoder

Re: ReactOS (as the new XP)

Part of the problem with hackers is that they would tend to dissasemble Windows binaries to find out how they work in the first place.

That causes problems with the need for a "clean room" reimplementation to avoid the "copyright infringement" claims that would block its use, and pretty much kill the project.

Prepare yourselves for Windows 10 May-hem. Or is it June, no, July?

oldcoder

Re: 'no alternative' = 'who cares about quality'

"they focus on "get it done" and profitability"

Leave out the "get it done" part.

What you are left with is the buggy, incomplete, and poorly "get it done" ....

And MS gets the "profitability".

What do WLinux and Benedict Cumberbatch have in common? They're both fond of Pengwin

oldcoder

Re: Microsoft dreams finally come true

Actually, it is opening the chance that other Windows applications will get ported to Linux.

Never thought we'd ever utter these words, but... can anyone recommend a spin doctor for NASA?

oldcoder

Re: Doofuses!

That only happens when the mass is pulled to the center.

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral

oldcoder

Re: "GPL is cancer"

Developers don't check licenses. Lawyers do.

oldcoder

Re: Not even close

Don't forget... a good bit of those patches were provided due to MS being threatened with having their updates yanked for lack of support.

Born-again open-source enthusiast Microsoft rucks up at OpenChain

oldcoder

is that "buff" a typeo?

Or should "Microsoft has continued to buff its open-source halo..."

be

"Microsoft has continued to bluff its open-source halo..."

:-)

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

oldcoder

Re: Easy Instructions

Using step 4 you don't need any of the others...

oldcoder

Google, Facebook and Amazon don't manufacture... amazon does sell branded hardware - made by others.

Really, Only Microsoft slurps everything you do.

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

oldcoder

That is part of the problem when you artifically tie so many things together...

You can no longer separate them to reduce loads...

All that happens is the load keeps getting bigger and bigger - with more and more bugs that can't be fixed without breaking the entire thing.

Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'

oldcoder

Re: shiny new Azure Resource Manager (ARM)

Microsoft never really cared if terms/trademarks were already used or not...

They just use it anyway.

oldcoder

Re: The American Midwest is famous

There is always sunny Australia...

:-)

Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

oldcoder

Re: I Wish You Luck

It takes a LOT of power and electronics to do the translation FAST.

It isn't a simple table lookup translation. Closer to being a compiler... The only RISC instructions passed on are those relative to the specific operation. It isn't the same sequence for different operands.

Microsoft celebrates a bumper financial year ... by making stuff pricier

oldcoder

It is about the only way Microsoft can keep the stock prices up.

Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

oldcoder

Re: Shooting the messengers much?

The criminal act was the person requesting the criminal action.

So far the INSTIGATOR of the criminal actions has not been charged...

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

oldcoder

Re: Missed the obvious one

First thought I had was "Git Out as fast as you can".

Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

oldcoder

Re: Slurp the Clueless

Yea... that sounds like a Microsoft raider... not knowing what they are doing, and end up just pillaging and burning what they invaded.

Now that's old-school cool: Microsoft techies slap Azure Sphere IoT chip in an Altair 8800

oldcoder

Or just try the PiDP8...

http://obsolescence.wixsite.com/obsolescence/pidp-8

Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

oldcoder

Re: The elephant in the room

No, for "worst value" always seems to have Microsoft in front.

Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

oldcoder

Re: I'm impressed

DEC documentation quite often included the example code - with before and after samples of what every instruction did.

Paperback writer? Microsoft slaps patents on book-style gadgetry with flexible display

oldcoder

Re: Life Cycle

"Microsoft are not known for patent trolling."

Yes they are. See any Android phone - the list of patents being paid for even include expired patents and patents declared invalid.

Chinese web giant finds Windows zero-day, stays schtum on specifics

oldcoder

"stick to something they are good at..."

Lawsuits? Perjury? Bribery? Kickbacks?....

Not sure of anything else they were good at...

:-)

Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip

oldcoder

Re: ARM != IDIoT

Of course, MS also gets to record whatever is being done...

IoT botnet Linux.ProxyM turns its grubby claws to spam rather than DDoS

oldcoder

Re: do not ask for whom the monkey masturbates

So? At least Google is fixing, and not calling them a "feature".

UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

oldcoder

Re: Even less oxygen for humans to breathe...

As far as that goes, rockets tend to use oxygen for the oxidizer...

Guess where that comes from?

Yup. AIR.

Linux 4.16 arrives, keeps melting Meltdown, preps to axe eight CPUs

oldcoder

Re: Why do we even bother with Linux...

Because there is a LOT more non-Intel out there than there are Intel.

There is also the problem that Minix isn't designed for what Linux does...

Breaking up is hard to do: Airbus, new bae Google and clinging on to Microsoft's 'solutions'

oldcoder

"Al least with Microsoft's cloud you can control the data location and encrypt it with keys that only you have access to."

You hope. MS can take anything they want.

oldcoder

Re: "Microsoft however is not supposed to be an advertiser"

"For instance Corporate Windows 10 versions don't have Slurp capability enabled by default."

As far as you can tell...

Airbus CIO: We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G Suite looks sweet

oldcoder

Re: Exell or not with Excel

"...adjust the numbers to reflect what they would be..."

"...eliminate transactions and balances between the different offices..."

Ah. You mean "lie about the data".

I guess that would be easier without the back end validation.

oldcoder

So that would be the MS mafia going "Nice company you have there... too bad we are going to do an anal audit of everything. So shutdown everything while we check, or we have an alterative deal for you..."

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

oldcoder

I use NFS to a disk server for that.

A single 32GB SDcard is then enough.

America's broadband speed map is back! And it doesn't totally suck!

oldcoder

Well, the numbers reported are bogus.

Where I am is REPORTED to have 940Mbits down, 880 Mbits up.

But what I got from a test was 83.2Mbits up, 85.1Mbits down.

Good for what I do, but nowhere NEAR the 940/880 level of the map...

Which appears to be inflated by a factor of 10.

Bad news: 43% of login attempts 'malicious' Good news: Er, umm...

oldcoder

On the good news side - It said "43% attempts"...

Which means they failed.

On the bad news side - 57% were successful, and you don't know how many of those were malicious.

FCC inspector general sticks corruption probe into chairman Ajit Pai amid $4bn media merger

oldcoder

Re: Clearly a new definition of "Drain the swamp"

Currently it means to fill the swamp with hazmat refuse that no one else will accept.

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

oldcoder

Re: i want a slice of that $600M

Actually, it can by damaging the BIOS/UEFI configuration. And with UEFI, completly destroy the system.

Bruce Perens wants to anti-SLAPP Grsecurity's Brad Spengler with $670,000 in legal bills

oldcoder

Re: You mess with the GNU ...

Linux will never be relicenced as the GPL does meet the desires of the majority of the developers.

In addition, a number of the developers have died - and you will not get their permission either.

That GPLv2 license prevents companies from misappropriation of the code. Which has happened with BSD and MIT licenses.

The end result is that you don't like Perens opinion.

So somebody sued him for expressing his opinion. The only result of that is a loss.

It also makes one think that opinion may in fact be true. Now GRSecurity may actually have a problem...

Bruce Perens doesn't have grounds for suing directly - unless he has some code in the kernel that he believes is being misappropriated.

I don't believe he does, it is just his opinion, and he can always give his opinion - Free speech and all.

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

oldcoder

That would result in ELSE....

SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

oldcoder

Re: s/SCO/TSG/g

" when IBM added code to AIX that made the code a part of System V and therefore TSG's property and so couldn't be contributed to Linux without TSG's permission."

Except that the code added to Linux didn't come from AIX.

It came from OS/2. JFS v1 was added to AIX; but JFS v2 had a different foundation. The only thing that was the same was the three letters "JFS"

So the claim still fails.

Trump backs push for bumpkin broadband with presidential orders

oldcoder

Nothing will happen.

Since it isn't classed as a title 2 service anymore, there is no impetus for service to rural areas.

It was only having the plain old telephone service labeled as title 2 that got phone service into rural US in the first place.

IBM melts down fixing Meltdown as processes and patches stutter

oldcoder

Re: Incapacitated By Meltdown

Itty Bitty Machines

was the one I liked.

And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows – it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

oldcoder

Re: 10 years to migrate 16000 PCs and they're going to go back to Windows ?

"But that's an Libre Office issue. It's buggy as hell."

No it is a Microsoft issue as they are NOT USING STANDARDS - even the ones they wrote themselves.

oldcoder

Re: Its not just the cost either...

So what? Microsoft corporate is still in charge.

And that is what is being pressured.

oldcoder

Re: Its not just the cost either...

No, it would be more expensive for MS to be fined in the US.

They could even find the board of directors in jail.

oldcoder

and 70,000 Linux systems.

Which is quite a saving in license fees and hardware upgrades...

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