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Comment: Nothing new here. (Score 1) 198

by LowG1974 (#38153894) Attached to: Malls Track Shoppers' Cell Phones On Black Friday
If you live in an area where the local news reports on "commuting times" from multiple points, you're already experiencing the same thing on your daily drive. Opt out by staying home and turning off your cell phone, tablet, PC, and TV. It's not like any of this is really new, it's just that someone was smart (or dumb) enough to admit to tracking it for a demographic purpose.

Comment: Wait, what? (Score 1) 251

by LowG1974 (#38090716) Attached to: Energy Firm Wants To Be First To Mine the Moon

The company said it will use a mix of industrial astronauts and advanced robotic systems to provide a strategically-assured, continuous supply of propellants for spacecraft.

Did anyone else read this as the "industrial astronauts and advanced robotic systems" will be used as "a continuous supply of propellants for spacecraft?"

Comment: Am I missing something, or are they? (Score 1) 309

by LowG1974 (#37316234) Attached to: Tanks Test Infrared Camouflage Cloak

...It can also make a tank look like other objects, such as a cow or car, when seen through heat-sensitive 'scopes...

Wouldn't seeing a cow, car, or giant rock moving across the field of battle look a little suspicious? Wouldn't the enemy just shoot it anyway, especially after the first shot was fired? The worst that would happen is that they go "Nope, that one was an actual cow." (or an equivalent Arabic phrase). I guess it would be somewhat effective in a land war against India or other Buddhist nations... The tank would have to use a one-shot one-kill weapon for this to be effective.

Comment: Re:Pentium Pro? (Score 1) 422

by LowG1974 (#36742050) Attached to: How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?

"I keep a Pentium Pro CPU on my desk underneath my monitor because it reminds me of simpler times."

You kids and your new shit. Nothing simple about a 32-bit CISC chip. When I was a kid we had 8-bit CPUs and liked it!

I had a 24 bit mainframe with 128Kwords of memory. And loved it.

24 bit? Luxury! We only one second-hand bit that had been wired to ground.

Uphill, both ways! :D

I recall my first computer (that I bought for myself, not the family's) was an Atari 800XL with 64K of RAM. I still have the old box in storage, and I swear it says on the back "What will YOU do with all the EXTRA MEMORY?" Incidentally, it still had a slot for game cartridges on top.

Oh, and to answer the initial question, I watch "WarGames," "Sneakers," "The Net," or if I'm feeling really old-school, "Hackers." Especially the part where they all start rattling off the specs to Angelina Jolie's laptop, while practically drooling on themselves (and not because of her!).

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.