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Comment Re:WHY? (Score 1) 112

Yes, there are still devices that run on pc/104 and other embedded x86 platforms. The older ones still running ROMable versions of DOS.

Z80 support would be nice for me, I'm still using SDCC so I'm still stuck in C land. Of course I'd also like 68hc11 support too, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

Sure, some people still use Pascal. Some people still use Java even though it's obvious that Oracle is eventually going to screw it up.

Comment Most of the above (Score 4, Insightful) 113

In the long run, a sustainable mix of the above. Whether that includes nuclear, is open for debate. And preferably with the waste heat being put to productive use (as in: heat buildings, use in industrial processes etc).

In the short run, modern design nuclear might not be so bad. Especially compared to coal, which can't be 'clean' imho no matter how you cut it.

Comment Re:How does Pi compare to PDP-11 (Score 1) 209

How does a Pi with a remote text terminal session compare performance wise to a PDP-11 :-)

Way faster, way more capable. I worked with a PDP11 on a summer job. If I remember correctly, it had 2x64KB memory (data and code pages); the Pi has more main memory than the PDP had hard rive storage.

It managed to support about a dozen concurrent users that used it for monitoring an industrial process. It was tight enough, though, that we had to stop people using a full-screen clock application, since it couldn't cope with all terminals running it at the same time.

Comment Re:Don't evolve your business model (Score 1) 216

The freeloaders, parasites really, are the ones buying and selling my personal information for targeted advertising.

I have (almost) no ads now, but for the last few years I still manage to buy services and content. Sites like /. would be in trouble of course, and they might have to move to a wikipedia-like funding/shaming model. Eventually the stuff people aren't willing to pay for will wither and die, and we'll have to learn to accept that. I'm not willing to let my PC participate in blasting me in the face in ads.

Comment Re:Still Crap on Linux (Score 2) 50

It wouldn't surprise me if at some point the open source driver would catch up to the closed source one. AMD would do well to direct their driver-related efforts in converging the two. That is: if they feel a closed source driver is needed, base it on open source components as much as practical. And put improvements back into those open source parts where possible.

From what I've read, AMD has already made some moves in that direction. Which is a good thing. Shared effort (community <-> AMD), limited resources, etc. Regardless of what products AMD kicks out, software is a significant part of making those products successful. And the open source crowd should NOT be ignored in that process (luckily that's not the case, but hey there's always room for improvement :-). Even if it were just a way to offload some of the work to 3rd parties.

Comment Not the first full recovery from space (Score 1) 121

SpaceShip One touched space and all elements were recovered and flew to space again.

BO's demonstration is more publicity than practical rocketry. It doesn't look like the aerodynamic elements of BO's current rocket are suitable for recovery after orbital injection, just after a straight up-down space tourism flight with no potential for orbit, just like SpaceShip One (and Two). They can't put an object in space and have it stay in orbit. They can just take dudes up for a short and expensive view and a little time in zero gee.

It's going to be real history when SpaceX recovers the first stage after an orbital injection, in that it will completely change the economics of getting to space and staying there.

Comment Sell OS and Computer seperately (Score 1) 491

No pre-installed anything, you take the OS you already paid for on your last computer and install it on your new computer. It's just another piece of software. Or you buy a newer OS for your old computer. A lot of our problems could have been resolved if we never had so much damn lock-in that granted one company control over all our PCs.

Comment Re:No Goddamned grey text (Score 1) 491

Hey man, I don't want my CRT to get phosphor burn. It's not "light grey" it's regular intensity, versus "high-intensity". It was for bitmap fonts on CRTs that weren't really capable of multiple font weights, so different intensities were used to simulate different weights.

How would you like it if all text had the maximum weight?

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