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Comment VAXstation 4000/90 (Score 1) 332

We have a VAXstation 4000 Model 90 purchased in 1992, running VAX/VMS 5.4 still in use to drive the device that switches the telescope beam to different instruments. Luckily, we had several of them at one time so we have a source of spare parts, but we've really only had to replace a power supply once and a couple of disks (do you know how hard it is to find 4GB SCSI disks these days?).

Comment Re:When will enough be enough? (Score 1) 130

From the Halliburton application:

[ 0016] The inventor and the assignee of this patent have no intention of applying the techniques described herein offensively but instead intend to use the patent defensively to discourage patent trolls and the like from extortionist practices.

Sure, I trust them...</sarc>

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 1) 600

The Turks have never been allergic to the idea of genocide. Just look at the Ottoman genocide of ethnic Armenians during WWI. I'm sure if the Turkish government thought it could get away with it, it would kill every Kurd it could find

Ironically, the Armenian genocide was mainly carried out by ethnic-Kurdish Turkish troops. The Kurds have, however, acknowledged their role while the Turks still refuse to admit it ever happened.

Comment Re:Nope. (Score 1) 608

groups like IS who are boasting of their long term plans to make use of refugee movement, and just used it to send to mass killers into Paris (were you paying attention?).

Were you paying attention? French authorities have definitively stated that all the Paris attackers were French or Belgian nationals - not a single one was a refugee.

Comment Re:Price/Keyboard vs Chromebook (Score 1) 60

I recommend this: http://www.jide.com/en/mini - it's an Android device with HDMI out, 2X USB, Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth. Works great as a device for Amazon Video/HBO/Hulu (Netflix is broken, but a patch is due within the next week or two). It has a local filesystem, and all the Android apps are available for it.

Comment Re:Err, no. (Score 1) 149

Or you can be a dick, not lend anything out, and not enrich the lives of those around you. Just remember, what goes around comes around.

What if those around you have zero interest in the things you have to lend (whether it's music, books, etc.), because their tastes are all completely different?

Then, you don't have a problem.

Comment Re:Cool. (Score 1) 120

Problem is, the Berne Convention sets copyright terms at life + 50 years - with member nations having the right to increase those terms. So, life+50 is about the minimum we're ever going to see, unless we want to throw out the Berne Convention. If we do that, of course, no other nation is obligated to recognize US copyrights.

The Berne Convention also says copyright is vested upon creation of the work, with no registration required.

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