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Comment: Re:Man, am I old ... (Score 1) 169

by GNious (#48618657) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

C64 Cassette tape (Datasette I think was the name) here.

One of the best parts - the reader/writer head tended to be off alignment, so there were times you couldn't even share cassettes with your friends - though I was the only one with a Commodore computer anyway (the friends in my pay grade had no comp, my rich friends had Apple II series).

And my first computer had 2KB of RAM, I'm typing this from a 12Gb Desktop.

From memory, some loaders/compressors would display a visual "picture" indicating whether the head was aligned according to the data on the tape - then you could use a tiny screwdriver (hole pre-made for the purpose in the device), to properly align the head.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say... (Score 1) 142

by GNious (#48606587) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Nearest bus-station, people speak a lot of different languages.
Likely the first 15 random people there, speak 15 different languages natively, though most of them likely also have some understanding of French.

How that, by your reasoning, means that Spanish is dominant ... yeah, no idea.

Comment: Re: One should be careful on the logic here (Score 1) 155

by GNious (#48539385) Attached to: Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

just to be that guy ...

It kind of is when the companies are known not to plug the holes properly once they're done with an area. It's a problem in my province, which has caused some uproar, justifiably.

So fracking is not bad, if the companies doing it aren't bad, but because the companies in whichever 3rd world country you live in are not subject to regulations and/or control, fracking is bad ...

Comment: Re:Federal Funding is not contingent on speed limi (Score 4, Informative) 525

by GNious (#48499111) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

After moving to Belgium, I took drivers-lessons, just to be sure I caught the main differences (legal etc) between back home and Belgium.
By the 2nd session, I was getting nervous because of the comments made by the instructors (there were 2, alternating) about how I was doing things in traffic, that they completely had forgotten, like checking blind spots before turning...

Yeah, even their instructors are incompetent, no wonder the drivers are dangerous.

Comment: Re:Yes, it's click-bate, but... (Score 1) 165

There is a slight issue here: Not everything is completely lacking in security, in the IoT world.

Yes, there is likely a HUGE PILE of stuff out there, where security is flawed beyond repair, on devices doing critical things, but there are also companies that at least try to make safe equipment and have their gear reviewed.

So, before we reject all things IoT, how about we start by accepting those shown to be decent?

*Cue observations about nothing corporate is decent*

The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity. -- Edsger Dijkstra