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Comment: Re:Reminds me of Visicalc (Score 1) 38

by Bing Tsher E (#49365407) Attached to: Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors

Visicalc was available only on the Apple II for about the first year it existed. Businessmen would go into the fledgling new Personal Computer shops and say "Can you sell me a Visicalc."

That was actually the origin of Apple's initial success as a company: the exclusive marketing deal with Visicalc. Anything else about the 'origins of Apple' is a myth. They're really lucky they were able to get past that, because when Visicalc became available on the new IBM PC nobody wanted Apple hardware anymore.

Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 211

by Bing Tsher E (#49365305) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

Black tape is considered 'bush league' by any clueful technican/engineer/geek. Anywhere you use it, you should have planned ahead and used heat shrink tubing.

It even says the above (almost a verbatim quote on the 'bush league' part) in the first edition of Horowitz & Hill.

(if you don't know of H&H's book, turn in your geek card. You can get it back after you've bought and read your copy of the book)

Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 211

by Bing Tsher E (#49365291) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

You mean that the pilot rendered the co-pilot unconscious, re-set the height on the autopilot, then theatrically knocked on the door to make it sound like he was locked out?

No, actually Waldo snuck in and knocked the co-pilot out. But since there's no video or even a framecapture photo, we can't look for and find Waldo.

But the truth will come out eventually, when people finally give up on finding 'Waldo' in all the future 'Where's Waldo' pictures.

Comment: Re:Play nice, dammit! (Score 1) 38

by Bing Tsher E (#49365223) Attached to: Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors

We can all play nice on the edge of the playground, while the bullies fight in the middle. I bought one of the 'Arduino Uno' clone boards on eBay a few years ago. It was really really cheap. It had a sticker on it that could be peeled off and beneath it was a counterfeit Arduino logo/brandmarking.

I have also bought 'real' Arduinos, but for my sort of usage the real point in the first place was buying one of the socketed through-hole versions. A tube of the processors is really cheap and the 'Arduino board' is usable as a development bed for the raw chip.

Maybe they need to come out with the 'Microchannel' version and make it work best with the new 'OS/2' version of their software, since the buss spec is out of their control now.

Comment: Re: Because you call it Spartan instead of IE (Score 2) 62

MSIE is still preinstalled. It's not considered their competitive browser by Microsoft. It's there more as a utility. Microsoft will 'compete' with third party browsers on a more level playing field with this new browser.

In fact Microsoft has done nearly everything possible now to level the plaing field browser-wise. You have to hate Microsoft in a pathological way to not let up on some of the old bullshit hate-billyware thing. In continuing to sputter and fury the more infected and irrational cranks will identify themselves to us.

The general fury will die down eventually until it's like it already is with BSOD references, which are only made now by angry trolls who haven't touched a Microsoft product in over a decade.

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