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Comment: Re:Z80 was in TRS-80 (Score 2) 120

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49557691) Attached to: When Exxon Wanted To Be a Personal Computing Revolutionary

My first summer job was at a music store, doing some simple coding and data management on a TRS-80 (with 16K, BASIC, and even a floppy drive!). At least that was my job when they didn't need me to man the till or help fill out rental contracts for students who were going to be taking band.

There were some simple software packages available commercially for stuff like payroll, but my boss wanted custom stuff so I wrote it all myself.

I remember staying late a lot, after the store closed, and playing games that I first had to manually copy the code for out of computer magazines. Ah, memories...

Comment: More than 2,200 have died (Score 5, Interesting) 164

It was very tragic for the Nepalese people as well.

I feel sorry for the people grieving today for lost loved ones. But I'm getting a bit tired of the tiny number of climbers and tourists that died completely dominating the news. Thousands of Nepalese died. Their loved ones may have trouble even surviving, going forward. Let's not forget about them.

Comment: Re:I need a reminder (Score 1) 194

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49540067) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

Ah, here's an opinion piece - also from Bloomberg:

Is Yahoo’s Business Worth Less Than Nothing?

However I shouldn't have been so cavalier about all this, since Yahoo's potential failure affects a lot of real people with real families and obligations. If you're one of them, I apologize.

Comment: Re:I need a reminder (Score 1) 194

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49540037) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

Since you don't seem to understand the concept of net worth, here's some light reading about Yahoo for you:

How much is Yahoo worth without Alibaba? Not much.

Now according to that particular story, Alibaba only makes up 88% of Yahoo's total value. But others have calculated it differently, with their share of Alibaba being worth even more. Google can help you find those.

Comment: Re:more names (Score 1) 194

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49531719) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

To be fair, Yahoo was rudderless and in a nosedive before Marissa Mayer arrived. But she got a huge amount of press when she took the job - almost certainly because she is a young-ish attractive female in the tech sector - and she has failed to do anything that significantly improves Yahoo's fortunes.

Comment: Re:I need a reminder (Score 3, Informative) 194

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49531677) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

Serious question: what does Yahoo! do that earns them money? I honestly can't name anything off the top of my head.

They own some percentage of Alibaba. It's seriously something like 110% of their net worth - people have said that, without it, Yahoo! is actually worth less than $0.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 2) 649

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49515053) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Older cars have more trouble than newer ones. There are exemptions for cars old enough to be classics, but it is effective at weeding out those in the 15-20 year old range.

My 1993 Ford Escort Wagon (yes, I still own it) has absolutely no trouble passing State of Washington emissions laws. It's not even close to the limits.

My vehicle currently gets roughly 35 mpg highway and 30 mpg city. I know it's simplistic to use gas mileage as a proxy for gasoline conversion efficiency, but - it is not obvious to me that there's been significant improvement in gas engines over the past 20 or 30 years. I don't see a lot of similarly-sized new cars that do better than - or even as good as - my old beater.

Comment: Re:Why it did not go further (Score 2) 134

I have known very few people who really care about my choice of phone. But, then, I've never thought about starting the discussion with a drunk person.

Now I do see it here on Slashdot all the time; but in the real world, not so much. On the rare occasion it comes up, we usually end up talking about some feature on each other's phone that we like.

Comment: Re:Makers or Service providers? (Score 1) 350

I can only assume that T-mobile demanded that the FM radio be disabled, in order to get people to use up all their data listening to streaming music.

I'm not sure about the timeline with regard to the phone you mention; but T-Mobile no longer counts the traffic from most streaming music services against your data plan.

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