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Comment: Oldtimerz setting in (Score 1) 176

by Anna Merikin (#47329349) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

I just checked and you're right about the kernel being in the 2-series, 2.2.x. Thanks for that; apparently it wasn't the change to the 2-series kernel that caused the incompatibilites, but to the 2.4- versions from 2.2.

I was right about the libraries, though.

IIRC Debian 3 was released about the same time as RH 7, which makes using anything Corel doubtful.

Comment: Debian-3 (Score 2) 176

by Anna Merikin (#47326521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

You've got mix of incompatible requirements here. IIRC Corel's support for L:inux ended with the introduction of libc6 and kernels in the 2.0 series. These linux binaries will not run on Debian-3, which had both. I know, I tried to keep WordPerfect for Linux going on RH-6.2 till about the time Debian-3 was introduced but it became a losing proposition.

Worse still, source code for Linux-kernel series 1.x will not usually compile on later kernels which require an incompatible libc.


Comment: Man-in-the-Middle? (Score 4, Interesting) 222

by Anna Merikin (#47293931) Attached to: WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

|(T)he US is particularly keen on boosting cross-border data flow, which would allow uninhibited exchange of personal and financial data.|

Perhaps the traffic between nodes will give the NSA some useful information about people's transactions to "Keep us safe." Or the US IRS about offshore deposits?

Comment: Doubtful (Score 0) 90

This flies in the face of current theory, which says infants flush "excess" synapses and children continue to do so on a lesser scale for years. See

Huttenlocher P. Neural Plasticity: The Effects of the Environment on the Development of the Cerebral Cortex. Harvard University Press; 2002.

Or any decent Google search will support this.

Unless a lchemical ink can be shown in the chemistry resultant from the anaesthesia which might cause the synapses to morph, it will be very hard to "prove" this hypothesis.

Correlation does not prove causation.

Comment: Re:How can I not be a Cynic... (Score 1) 49

OK: Here's both barrels.

It used to take five years or more to develop a new model auto, back in the twenties through 60s. This lag time caused bad decisions like the introduction of 12- and 16-cylinder cars in the middle of the Great Depression and Edsels, planned in 1952-3 and introduced in 1958, after the target market had lost their jobs in a deep recession.

These printers doubtless help reduce the time and make carmakers more nimble.

That's the real story, and it is neither in TFA nor the summary.

Call me a cynic....

A computer scientist is someone who fixes things that aren't broken.