* Posts by XioNYC

14 posts • joined 20 Dec 2012

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...


VCS: Videogame Console Shenanigans

It is glaringly evident that Arzt doesn't know Jack. Tramiel would have risen from his grave and to rip Mike a new POKEY over the original article; who knows what he would have done over this latest ANTIC.

Atari, for better or worse, suffered from Vaporware Connotation Syndrome: they'd name a product, show off a prototype, get delayed, and then cancel the whole project - but at least they had a working prototype, detailed design notes, and/or engineers explaining their intentions in concrete terms! This new Atari is not what it used to be just as "VCS" has gained a new meaning: "Videogame Console Shenanigans".

Atari owes two apologies: one for having wasted Kieren McCarthy's time at GDC and another for forcing Kieren McCarthy's to waste even more time re-burying Atari in its own BS.

Collective noun search for security vulns moves into beta testing


A cyberia of cybers, a fail of flaws, a vulture of vulns, an exception of excrement, an Agincour of breaches...

New York State plots broadband future


Words, words, words

Half of New York State lives and works in New York City and Long Island. Verizon has failed to fiber up the city as promised, Time Warner's copper is corroding, and these two jerks have the monopoly on 70-80% of the metropolitan area. Public/private partnership with the same bunch of idiots <sarcasm>who have served us oh, so well</sarcasm> isn't gonna change a damn thing (other than put more money in their pockets).

NYC pays $55/mo (including taxes and service charges) for 10Mib/s. If you're privileged enough to afford it, there's 50Mib/s ($100/mo). And if you live in within the "select areas", you could get over 250Mib/s for the dirt-cheap price of $200/mo. The thing is, most people in The City can't spend that kind of cash; they'd rather have the Internet bundled onto their cellphone bill (avg. $65/mo) and have learned to live on 128Kbi/s.

Meanwhile, upstate (where the other half live) can have definite, palpable improvements. There the towns and cities can get funding for training, employment, deployment, and maintenance of the town's own ISP by residents (and I'm sure the local lawyers will somehow offset the legal liabilities operating an ISP brings). Tapping into (onto?) the fiber running the length of the New York State Thruway is a cakewalk, and the state universities are more than equipped to teach the IT trinity (hardware, software, and networking).

It's a good idea, but I don't see any of it coming to fruition. The worst part is that we really need it to,

'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?


Press the "Revert" Button

Jobs has clearly brainwashed this generation of employees into not investigating the company's history. Had they done so, they'd've inevitably come across Newton. All they have to do is retreive the legacy code from the vaults, add drivers for telephony, and a cr^H^Happ store, and they'd be stylin' while stylusn'...

Time is on their side: NIST's new atomic clock accurate for 300 MEEELLION years


Re: Only NIST?

ANSI is Not Système International. NIST is Ingenuity Spearheading Technology.

Do you prefer Americans Never Stopping Inching or New and Improved Seconds Ticking?

El avión Buitre 2 rinde homenaje a nuestros amigos españoles


Re: Nazi Gramatical / Fe de Erratas

It should have said «si Ustedes se atreven». Respect.

Thumb Up

Re: No nos olvidemos del soldador

No habrá pena ni olvido por Perdo, el pobre piloto Playmobil perdido.

¡Plus Ultra!



Ho, hum

Not ProDOS, not GS/OS, not System 7, nor A/UX... heaven forbid that NewtonOS 2.1's intimates should become public for viewing! No, gentlemen (and Ladies, too): this jewel that adorns this latest crown* in the Computer Museum collection is purely unadulterated cubic zirconium.

Let sleeping 6502s lie.

(* The crown is a conical volume, gilded with quasi-open Darwin, studded with 1.8-carat WebKit, and was last seen half-buried under PPC code that litters Dogcow's litterbox...)

Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption


Change of tactics

As the NYT noted "Many... rely on such protection every time they send an e-mail, **buy something online**... use a phone or a tablet on a 4G network." (emph. added).

If you want better privacy, start arguing that the NSA is impeding free trade.

Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help



...how long until "--gray-lady", "--pink-paper", and "--phone-hack" styles are supported in GNU Indent?

AT&T patents P2P content tracking system


Where are the patent trolls when you want them?

Twenty classic arcade games


There's only one thing worse than "torrent of abuse I’d suffer if it wasn’t included" and that's kowtowing to the unwashed masses.

Here's to Centipede, Super Mario, Arkanoid, and all the other titles we've squandered our time upon.

GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language


XSS Vulns? In MY menu bar?!

GNOME needs to stop being all things to everyone (and doing everything equally poorly as a result).

If programming for GNOME is too hard it is because GNOME doesn't know what it wants to be anymore: not the UI, not the platform, and not the paradigm. Blaming the programming language does not alter any of that.

After Sandy Hook, Senator calls for violent video game probe


Time for a multimillion dollar study

...because last I checked the study that linked video game violence to actual violence was debunked.

Perhaps the distinguished gentleman from West Virginia would like to kill two birds with one stone (if you'll forgive me) by employing a few people to research if causality exists.

I could use the job. That would keep me from playing video games.


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