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Uhh, because for some bizarre reason middle class people have it in their heads some foods are for men and some are for women?

Me, who grew up poor: "it's food, don't ask fucking questions."

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...those beautiful assholes. exists.

(By the way, Windows Updates are /still/ trying to churn on this thing in the background. I'll just apply this one manually.)

Ah, it's a crypto issue, because it's XP. Well, I can deal with that.

Of course, this is a bit of a problem:

Nothing screwy going on here at all:

Holy crap this VIA Eden is a potato, it's churning the CPU just trying to select mingw-developer-tool for installation in the MinGW installer.

Interestingly, of all of the x86 HALs that shipped with NT 3.1, only two of those original HALs shipped with Windows XP - hal.dll, the generic ISA/EISA PC HAL, and halsp.dll, the SystemPro HAL.

That's weird, though, because *literally no SystemPro-compatible machines meet Windows XP's system requirements*. The fastest CPU cards for the Proliant 4500 were 166 MHz Pentiums, which can run XP, but are below the stated minimums.

Not many OSes support SystemPro in multiprocessor mode, as it's not compatible with the later Intel Multiprocessor Specification. As far as I'm aware, the list consists of:

* Windows NT 3.1 through 5.1 (XP)
* Novell NetWare
* Banyan Vines
* OS/2 (not sure what releases)

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i'm always a little impressed and very disappointed when trying "polished" gnu/linux desktops

they come so far until you hit a massive flaw

I must admit, there's a part of me that wants a Compaq SystemPro architecture machine.

Basically, SystemPro was arguably the first PC-compatible symmetric(ish) multiprocessing architecture. (I'd consider it symmetric enough, as both CPUs had equal access to memory, even if one was dedicated to interrupts.)

There were 3 generations - the SystemPro w/up to 2 386 or 486s, the SystemPro XL w/up to 2 486s originally and 2 Pentiums upgrade, and the Proliant 2000/4000/4500 w/2-4 486s or Pentiums.

There's something really perverse about remoting into a thin client.

(Granted, the thin client, a Wyse Winterm 9450XE in question isn't running its usual XP Embedded preload, it's running full XP Pro off of a hard drive. But still.)

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...It's been 24 hours. wuauserv is still grinding.

It's only been like six months since this machine got updates.

Oh, I forgot how much I hated Windows XP servicing.

Especially when the CPU is a member of the nightshade family.

(I started a Microsoft Update run this morning. It's still checking for updates.)

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the end result here is that the technical deficiencies in git create a barrier to non-experts which has led us to grant an american corporation exclusive control of vast swathes of the FOSS commons. This will not end well.


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(To c&p something I said over on twitter because I think y'all will appreciate it more)

When Github goes down, FOSS effectively stops right now. It's tragic that we've allowed a single company to gain such control over the open commons.

I recognize that we are in this situation mostly because the 'distributed' side of git is only usable by experts. And I recognize the niche that GH fills (ticketing and PRs in lieu of emailed patches)