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Posted on 18-10-30, 12:03 in First!
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Hello world~!

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Posted on 18-10-30, 21:17 in First!
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I find the "post as another user" stuff here really weird.

Never saw similar functionality under any other message board/forum software.

Also, the color scheme does make kinda hard to see the buttons on some displays (like my "brightness-control-screwed-up-forever" LCD panel on my ancient Dell).

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Posted on 18-10-31, 14:16 in I have yet to have never seen it all.
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https://games.slashdot.org/story/18/10/31/0247243/kids-apps-are-flooded-with-ads

In other non-news, "apps" for kids are actually not suitable for kids, yet lazy parents keep leaving their kids unsupervised in front of so-called smartdevices.

Color me shocked.

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Posted on 18-10-31, 14:33 in Greetings from 2002! (revision 1)
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Time to hook up the 386SX-40 then, since winners don't cheat and I'm too lazy to fire up the emularity again.

But then, it's just a 386SX (and one made in 1993, no less!), so I've already lost. Still will do it because every excuse to run IE3 or Arachne on it is good.

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Posted on 18-10-31, 14:34 in First! (revision 2)
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Posted by SuperMikeMan
Hello folks!

Posted by tomman
Also, the color scheme does make kinda hard to see the buttons on some displays (like my "brightness-control-screwed-up-forever" LCD panel on my ancient Dell).
Speaking of color schemes, if you go to Edit profile, you can get at theme selection, which has a bunch of other schemes you could use if you wanted.

The only color scheme there that looks more or less suitable for my display is... the Win3.x one :/

Oh, apparently I can't edit my posts? All I get is this nice SQL error instead:
Kawa here, edited your post to see if I fixed this correctly.

UPDATE: it now works, thanks~!

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Posted on 18-10-31, 15:03 in Greetings from 2002! (revision 1)
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First try: IE3 on my 386SX-40

...and it's a complete failure: I can't even logon because the page doesn't even render to anything remotely resembling a message board:



Next stage: DOS!

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Posted on 18-10-31, 16:45 in Greetings from 2002! (revision 1)
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Posting this
from Arachne 1.97
(GPL) on PURE DOS,
as God and Bill
intended!

Still better than
IE3...


---- Update because this board don't let me double-post until tomorrow!?----

Proof

The board renders... rather interestingly.

Oh, coming to this post was a immense pain in the 'nads, I tell ya!
Originally I had installed Arachne 1.93 (which was the most recent version of the revived GPL source back when I last toyed with it, almost a decade ago), but for whatever reason this had a weird bug that rendered HTML forms unusable (I could fill them, but nothing would be POSTed to the server), so I was unable to logon.

Turns out there was a release in 2013, after a long hiatus. A floppy disk and 30 minutes later, here we are.

And looks like Arachne even manages to introduce a few line breaks on its own!

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Posted on 18-11-01, 10:46 in Board feature requests/suggestions
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Posted by CaptainJistuce
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It's 2018 and emoji works beautifully in elinks, so +1 for removing smilies.

Not sure what Jistuce's beef with the YouTube tag is; I like getting to see the thumbnail and title of a thing before I actually click the link to watch it.
It generates a thread full of big images(or a year later, a thread full of big gray "video has been removed" blocks), and after a couple vids are linked, it starts slowing things down a lot.

In an ideal world, people would link videos with a short description. Failing that, a cryptic URL is less intrusive than a full video player.


In other words: people browsing from (OH MY GOD!) older/underpowered devices (MEEE!!!) will feel like landing into a minefield when opening a page full of embedded videos. Flashblock is a godsend for those cases (yes, it works with HTML5 video too, making places like "that asshole known as the xscreensaver dev" blog USABLE), but development on it seems to have been discontinued and won't work on whatever Mozilla is trying to pass this week as a "web browser".

So my vote is... don't bother. Or if you must, at least have a (OPT-IN!) checkbox somewhere to enable rendering of embedded videos.

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Posted on 18-11-01, 12:37 in Board feature requests/suggestions
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> PHP

2007 called, it wants its meme language back.
Didn't you got the memo that says all the kool kidz in the block now shit Javascript from their very expensive Macbooks!?


If I ever were to write a message board software (hint: it won't happen), I would pick Java Enterprisey, naturally.

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Posted on 18-11-01, 23:45 in First!
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So today I posted something at this thread, and decided to do some formatting edits on my post.

Now it seems a grue ate my post or something, as no matter how many times I edit it, it always come up EMPTY!

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Posted on 18-11-02, 00:10 in I have yet to have never seen it all.
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Love this week's n-gate

Not only it presents Hacker News stories bullshit-free, as an interesting addition, they now measure the level of bloat on each article. Apparently CNBC is at the rock bottom of the Javashit scale, with a page load of almost 15MB across slightly over 300 requests. You've read it right - FIFTEEN MEGABYTES of absolute garbage just to display a "368-word article". Fuck, I could install the final release of Ultimate Doom for DOS and still have space to spare on those 15MB!

Plus this automatically makes your piece-of-BS-disguised-as-journalism unreadable to anybody on CANTVrural tier connections. Not that a Hackernews would care...

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Posted on 18-11-02, 00:49 in I have yet to have never seen it all. (revision 1)
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Reminds me of the class of interesting issues I used to get at $FORMER_WORKPLACE_PRODUCT, due to the use of a rather novel approach to historic records tables, when someone decides to be an ass and click twice a button that should be clicked only once. The whole story and design is a pile of WTFs I may confess someday, but at least that is replacing a even bigger pile of WTFs (their solution for keeping previous versions was to clone the database to a entirely new database, because redundancy has to be redundant!)

I was almost forced to do the same - what saved me was the fact you can't do that at JPA (in fact, working with dynamic data sources is... well, to this day, I'm not even sure if this is even doable from a standard J2EE app container), so I had to come up with the current mess we have. Still, it works wonders as long as noone clicks those buttons that shall be clicked once more than once.

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Posted on 18-11-02, 13:17 in First!
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PSA: don't expose your new iShinies™ anywhere near helium

Because using quartz oscilators wasn't Courageous™®© enough, Apple switched to MEMS oscillators, which are prone to get stuck if exposed to certain particles, like helium atoms, rendering your device pretty much bricked until said obstructions dissipate on their own. Not a problem for you or me, but certainly this is not so great for anyone servicing helium-filled apparatus (from MRI/CT scanners to those newfangled helium-filled HDDs to something more mundane, like balloons) where the risk of a He leak is always present.

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Posted on 18-11-03, 20:49 in Embedding roms in images
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Wasn't there a SNES ROM that was also a valid DOS executable?

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Posted on 18-11-03, 20:59 in Emulation is for NERDs.
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NERD official homepage

Apparently they've also came up with the NDS emulator used on the Wii U.

Oh, they're hiring! - look at their coding challenges.

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Software licenses must die.

I have nothing else to add to yet another "software licensing" thread, so I'm moving out.

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Posted on 18-11-06, 21:33 in I have yet to have never seen it all. (revision 1)
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I'm glad I don't sell video games for a living...

And they still wonder why all the nerdrage and hategasm after those (non)announcements!?!?

Disclaimer: I've never played any game made by those studios, and will not do so anytime soon.


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Posted on 18-11-06, 21:39 in Board feature requests/suggestions
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Feature request: Friends/foes list.

To me the useful one would be the foes list, as there are always certain members whose posts became... undesirable to deal with, so instead of risking flamewars and potential bans, it's best to ignore whatever they have to say and move on.

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Posted on 18-11-07, 10:41 in I have yet to have never seen it all.
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Posted by Nicholas Steel
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I'm glad I don't sell video games for a living...

And they still wonder why all the nerdrage and hategasm after those (non)announcements!?!?

Disclaimer: I've never played any game made by those studios, and will not do so anytime soon.

Eh, the "not coming to PC" statement looks to be misunderstood. While Diablo: Immortal isn't coming to PC they didn't say they aren't working on a PC game (they've said multiple times they're working on multiple Diablo projects).

Seemingly the people on stage didn't realize this misunderstanding either.

Gamers are not pissed due to that - they're angry because of the snarky "DO YOU DO NOT HAVE PHONES?" remark. Pulling shit like this is like using to a Texas pick-up truck show to launch a electric bike as the centerpiece show and then trying to calm down a pack of angry rednecks with shotguns with a lame "hey, do you do not drive bikes?!" PR statement.

Blizzard could have used a more sensible approach to announce their cellphone game without picking on the hornets' nest. Say, a side announcement or something, and a token "but we're still committed to PC games and there is more to come!" release - sure, that would have still caused nerdrage (because haters gonna hate and this is the Internet), but NOT at the level of this PR hurricane - this is solely their fault!

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Posted on 18-11-07, 10:58 in Nintendo Switch emulation is now among us (revision 1)
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So I was reading some console-related news, just to learn that the Switch is following the longstanding tradition of Nintendo consoles which are emulated Too Soon™. In fact, there are now two very active projects, which are even capable to play retail games:

- Yuzu: From the Citra crew (it greatly helped them that both the Switch and 3DS run the same OS), here comes the most advanced Switch emulator so far. Multiplatform, open source, and while it requires a rather new high-end gaming rig (with emphasis on "single-threaded CPU performance") to achieve playable speeds, it can now run several commercial games. Also I like their monthly progress reports (wasn't Dolphin who started with that great idea?). Unfortunately, to get started also requires having access to a hackable Switch to dump a bunch of stuff (mainly keys and sysfiles), a task that seems rather daunting to PokéRAWMz kiddies and anyone willing to just take a look.
- Ryujinx: Written in C# (but targeting .NET Core), and not so advanced as Yuzu, but it's already showing some great potential. Plus there is collaboration between Ryujinx and Yuzu devs, so that's very cool.

Man, this stuff reminds me back when the GBA was at its apex... and so were emulators, allowing me to play muh Pokeymanz (among other hot GBA games of the era) on my horrible Deceleron box with near-native performance! But the GBA was a far simpler animal, you didn't needed a gaming rig to play, there were no touchscreens or online features involved, and gaming in general was much more enjoyable back then. Still, amazing stuff to see, no matter if you care or not about the Switch.

I guess Nintendo is hardly pleased with the news, but I guess they're too busy printing money again.

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