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[#] Thu Sep 13 2018 15:23:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Google is still king of the hill in search. Bing is a close second.

Google is now 100% unusable as a search engine because it CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

Game over.

[#] Wed Sep 19 2018 02:52:41 EDT from captnemo <>

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Gobble sleeps wit da gumpyment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thu Sep 13 2018 03:23:48 PM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
Google is still king of the hill in search. Bing is a close second.

Google is now 100% unusable as a search engine because it CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

Game over.

Realist - Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same -- hardihood. Give them raw truth.

[#] Thu Oct 11 2018 11:06:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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For those who thought Windows didn't have an equivalent of the "uptime" command, you're wrong!

It's this:

(get-date) - (gcim Win32_OperatingSystem).LastBootUpTime

So easy! So simple! (It's innovative, it's Microsoft, it'll change the world.)

[#] Thu Oct 11 2018 11:42:16 EDT from zooer

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The number is stored in a four-bit memory address because the Windows operating system will never exceed a four bit number without the need for a reboot.

[#] Thu Oct 11 2018 12:04:34 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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net stats srv

[#] Fri Oct 12 2018 09:31:18 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I'm guessing that works on a server, but it doesn't work on a desktop.

[#] Fri Oct 12 2018 14:10:06 EDT from fleeb <>

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Oh, huh... I think I've known about this for a while.. the Win32 API call is something like GetTickCount().

But, yeah, not a huge number of bits to it, so it could roll-over easily enough. I recall having to account for the roll-over.

[#] Mon Oct 15 2018 19:05:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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So it seems that Paul Allen has died. He was 65.

WTF? This is 180 degrees wrong. It is Bill Gates who needs to die, not Paul Allen.

Once again, Microsoft has screwed things up while trying to imitate Apple.
Apple got it right: you have two founding partners, the scumbag partner dies and the engineer partner lives. Microsoft got it backwards.

[#] Mon Dec 03 2018 21:05:07 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Hey Microsoft! Why is there a folder called "3D OBJECTS" that always appears as the very first location in Save As dialogs, when this computer is NEVER used for 3D rendering, never will be, and I can't delete it?!!


[#] Tue Dec 04 2018 07:35:17 EST from zooer

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Don't click on the 4D folder, you will end up in the 1920s working in the Ford factory.

[#] Sat Dec 08 2018 00:13:12 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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This ought to be fun.

Microsoft has retired its browser engine.

This is not to say that Microsoft won't be making browsers anymore, but the browser engine inside Edge, the replacement for Internet Explorer which nobody uses except to download a real browser, is being swapped out. Until now it used EdgeHTML, which it developed in-house. They're switching to Chromium, basically ceding this piece of the platform to Goolag.

I can barely remember the pedigree anymore. I think it was:
1. KHTML (used in Konqueror)
2. WebKit (forked from KHTML and used in Safari)
3. Chromium (forked from WebKit and used in Chrome; I think they backported it back into Konqueror)
4. Whatever M$ is now doing (forked from Chromium and used in Edge)

It seems they're also changing Edge from a "UWP" app to a standard Windoze app, making it usable on Windoze 7 and 8.

The people at Mozilla are *not* pleased []. They are calling it "ceding control of fundamental online infrastructure to a single company" which is pretty much what was going on when IE ruled the roost, but this time it's Goolag instead of Micro$oft.

Oh, and you'll be happy to hear that this means Edge is coming to Mac OS as well. Yaaaaaaaay.

[#] Tue Dec 11 2018 07:57:51 EST from fleeb <>

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Heh... you write "Yaaaaaaay." But I hear, "Whyyyyy?"

[#] Wed Dec 26 2018 15:28:31 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ok, this even bothers me, probably the most die-hard Penguinista around these parts:

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"A recent IDC InfoBrief identified Linux as the only endpoint operating system growing globally. While Windows market share remains flat, at 39% in 2015 and 2017, Linux has grown from 30% in 2015 to 35% in 2017, worldwide. And the trend is accelerating."

This is, on its face, disingenuous. Linux has clearly failed to emerge as a successful competitor to Windows on the desktop. It's been decades, and if it hasn't happened by now it probably isn't going to happen. This is due to market forces, not because Windows is a superior operating system, but it's the truth and we may as well accept it.

So what do the Linux Journal people do? They rename "desktop" to "endpoint" and then declare victory because Android.

Me and my stuffed penguin don't like this approach. Linux has succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of its early adopters. It runs pretty much *everything* except the conventional desktop. And even there ... I'm entering this message from a Citadel client running on WSL. And with every passing year, even Windows cuddles up a little bit more to Linux. The move to containers will probably accelerate that trend.

We won. We didn't capture the desktop but we won anyway. Just enjoy it.

[#] Wed Jan 02 2019 10:08:18 EST from fleeb

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Well... if Microsoft keeps fucking up their Windows 10 testing before releasing updates, Linux could win the desktop, too.

I keep reading rumblings of people wanting to move away from Windows. And not necessarily tech folks, either.

[#] Wed Jan 02 2019 21:00:29 EST from CrazyEddy

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You have to bear in mind that both Android and Chromebook use Linux as their
core operating system and Apple products typically use OSX, which I assume
makes up the missing 35%

It looks, reading from what that says that windows is now in the minority. Is
this right?

[#] Wed Jan 02 2019 21:03:58 EST from CrazyEddy

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Oh wait, that's 39%. I thought you said 30%.

[#] Thu Jan 03 2019 11:42:30 EST from fleeb

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OSX uses Mach as its core, I think:

[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from <>

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[#] Thu Jan 03 2019 13:55:16 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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OSX uses Mach as its core, I think:

MacOS uses a kernel they call "XNU" which is vaguely BSD-like and runs on the Mach microkernel. There are a bunch of kernel APIs on top of that, including a BSD-like POSIX, along with Carbon and Cocoa and the various other userlands Apple supports to allow various generations of Mac software to run.

There is no Linux anywhere in the system. No Linux kernel, no Linux userland.

[#] Sat Jan 19 2019 10:47:45 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

Subject: Rust In Pieces, Windows Mobile

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From the M$ support site...

Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 (released October 2017) is the last release of Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft will end support on December 10, 2019. The end of support date applies to all Windows 10 Mobile products, including Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise.

The complete failure of a Microsoft product this broad and this important would have been unimaginable 20 years ago.

Now they ought to focus on making the desktop work like a desktop again.  Everyone should.

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