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Comment: What could possibly go wrong? (Score 3, Funny) 64

by Lije Baley (#46255225) Attached to: A Year After Chelyabinsk, NASA Readying Asteroid Response Mission

Armageddon/Deep Impact 2: NASA mission accidentally brings killer asteroid into collision course with earth. Or maybe a documentary on how NASA is using asteroid winter to cancel out global warming. Carefully done, we can kill only a few million poor folks every once in a while to preserve our precious beach front property.

Comment: Don't break it (Score 0) 308

by Lije Baley (#46140639) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

In today's "speed of business" world, sometimes even good programmers write brittle code. And sometimes we have to deal with it. It sounds like you need to get a better understanding of this code, otherwise you wouldn't have broken it. Then you can band-aid and duct tape it, or come with a plan for rewriting, but which approach is appropriate may depend more on business than technical considerations sometimes.

Comment: Not too bad...for a PC. (Score 1) 178

by Lije Baley (#46090849) Attached to: IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

I bought one second-hand, circa 1986. It had the later, non-chiclet keyboard, and a Tecmar 256K expansion. I modded the Tecmar board to 640K and then it was functionally the equivalent of an XT with CGA graphics. Enjoyed it for a couple years before trading up to an Amiga 1000. Prior to Windows 95, I think most any PC was at a disadvantage in the home market.

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