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Comment: Re:Classic Obama (Score 1) 211

Now mind you, I'm not saying that suddenly everyone should vote Republican (I'm registered as "no party" in my own state), but I want to know how the folks who support the President no-matter-what can continue the cognitive dissonance and devotion to the guy in spite of crap like this

Because, sadly, the alternative would have been worse. Do you seriously think Romney wouldn't have done exactly the same, at least as for as Network Neutrality and Patent Reform are concerned?

Even towards the end of the Bush years, you never saw this level of personality cult

You must live in a blue state. I live in a red state, and we have people here who still wish Bush was in office.

please tell me why not support someone such as a Green Party candidate

I'd love to. Does the Green party have any candidates who have even the slightest chance of getting elected?

Comment: Re:Too bad about evolution (Score 1) 161

by Dadoo (#47197003) Attached to: Interviews: Forrest Mims Answers Your Questions

I suppose you could get information about evolution from Time Magazine, but there's this thing, called "The Internet", which allows you to get your information directly from an evolutionary biologist - you know, someone who actually knows what he's talking about: http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/09/23/the-encode-delusion/

Comment: Star Trek (Score 1) 153

by Dadoo (#47132695) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

In the early 80s, my high got a few microcomputers (Ohio Scientific, if you're interested). They had a 6502 CPU, 48K of memory, and two 8" floppy drives, with a total of about 540K of storage. They came with the old BASIC Star Trek game - the one that used numbers for commands, rather than the one that used three-letter abbreviations. I loved the game, but when I heard we could actually make modifications, or even write our own games, I was hooked. I wasted so much time in the computer room over the next couple of years, they had to ban me from it, a few times.

I remember one of the math teachers proudly saying that, if we upgraded to double-sided floppy drives, we could get more than full megabyte of storage online.

Comment: Re:RIP for a slow death (Score 3, Informative) 423

by Dadoo (#46399447) Attached to: RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

8 inch drives never made it to consumer use. They were only for the big computers of the day. Things like newspaper typesetting machines.

No it's your memory that's failing. As other people have pointed out, one of the TRS-80s had 8" floppy drives. The first computer I ever used was an Ohio Scientific something-or-other - 6502-based, with 48k of memory and dual 8" floppy drives. These computers were at my high school, and they weren't multi-tasking systems, so they couldn't have cost that much.

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