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Comment Re:Pretty cool (Score 4, Interesting) 197

When expanding highway 75, the main North/South artery that passes the downtown Dallas area around 1990, ground from an old forgotten cemetery was disturbed, and some of the construction workers were getting sick. Here is a few details of what they found.

That this "idea" comes from Seattle should be one of your first clues that this is a bad idea.

Comment Re:fast winds (Score 1) 103

I was away from the computer when I heard about this. It is such a laughable event and yet I saw no American media coverage after minimal searching a week later. $2.8 Billion doesn't buy much anymore. I guess this seems like a good idea when you're spending someone else's money.

Comment We used cassettes for more than audio (Score 2) 169

We used cassette tapes for other purposes too... We'd save off a program to cassette for storage, and it usually worked the next time you tried to load the program. Follow the link and check out the three people in the picture, ready to get to work!

The first time I found ample access to a computer (HP 9830A desktop calculator) was at Texas A&M in '76-'77. Its hard to believe that I spent entire nights from dusk to dawn in the math building on campus, learning BASIC, including a Star Trek game. There's no telling how much thermal paper I ran through the printer.

Comment Re:FOSS and ham radio need fully open FPGAs (Score 1) 51

Dude, You need to get out more often. I want to post a stinging response, but I don't even know where to start. I work on FPGAs on a daily basis; they are powerful devices, but I have no desire to know the most subtle details. The work of 100's of engineers goes into the development of this year's best devices. Do you propose to gather and employ their combined knowledge somehow? You'd never finish a project.

Your template comparing FPGAs to the GCC compiler is flawed. There is a great economy of scale for FOSS compilers. There isn't one for FPGAs.

Nice rant, wrong topic, IMHO.

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