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Comment: Re:Atari 800 (Score 1) 702

by Mad-Bassist (#46798739) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

The 800XL and other post-Tramiel models were very different from the classic 800. It was a tank, but the keyboard eventually died on mine. Unfortunately, those were hard to replace then and probably near-impossible to find now. At least with all the mods I did on mine (GTIA graphics chip, Omnimon, a keyboard speaker-silencing switch, and green power LEDs) I was very good at disassembly/reassembly. The shielding in there is pretty extensive, and the plastic was pretty thick too.

Comment: Re:Old news? (Score 1) 133

by Mad-Bassist (#44317671) Attached to: Colliding, Exploding Stars May Have Created All the Gold On Earth

Heh heh, yeah, I remember those shows. I called on one of the Mel's Hole shows when the subject of an official Mel's Hole drink came up. I suggested it should be served with chili because "dead cows must be involved."

I miss the old show with Art too. These days, I just check it out from time to time and usually switch back to my mp3 player at work. My original comment was about the fact that many of the news stories at the beginning of the show seem to come from here.

The shows where Art interviewed George Carlin and Willie Nelson are classics too.

Comment: Not first-generation supernovae? (Score 1) 133

by Mad-Bassist (#44314547) Attached to: Colliding, Exploding Stars May Have Created All the Gold On Earth

I thought our heavy elements came mostly from the short-lived first generation of hypergiant hydrogen stars going supernova. If this theory is true, then are we lucky to have so much on this planet? I think about all the lead here, much of which is the end product of nuclear decay over billions of years from radioactive elements that must have been more abundant at some point.

I also wonder if our protoplanetary disc acted like a gold pan during the formation of the solar system, so Mercury might have lots of heavy elements as well as Venus (talk about hard to mine!)

Maybe our solar system would be attractive to extraterrestrial miners after all.

Comment: Primary scents and tastes? (Score 1) 117

by Mad-Bassist (#44214617) Attached to: Smell Camera Snapshots Scents For the Future

Interesting article—makes me think of four things:

1) The Harold and Maude movie: she invented a method of smell playback.
2) Scratch and Sniff technology (microencapsulation) may reach a whole new level.
3) Are there "primary smells" like primary colors? If so, imagine people creating new smells and posting the formulas online. I imagine engineered tastes would be possible too, as it's a closely related sense.
4) Imagine if High Times starts using that technology...

Comment: Re:I think (Score 1) 292

by Mad-Bassist (#43025719) Attached to: Plans Unveiled For Full Scale Replica of the Titanic

Why not the RMS Olympic? It was the lead ship of it's class, survived several collisions, served in WWI, and completed 257 round trips across the Atlantic, transporting 430,000 passengers on her commercial voyages, travelling 1.8 million miles (according to Wikipedia.)

Of course, the sister ship with the most casualties was the one most remembered. The third and largest one (Britannic) got one movie, but only thirty died when she hit a mine.

It makes me wonder how many people would feel safe going out on this replica...

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+ - Six strick warning from internet providers for illegal downloads begins-> 1

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mynameiskhan (2689067) writes "Major internet service providers will monitor the internet traffic 'to' the customer's computer and will warn them if they download copyrighted materials using peer to peer network. The article says "A person will be given up to six opportunities to stop before the Internet provider will take more drastic steps, such as temporarily slowing their connection, or redirecting Internet traffic until they acknowledge they received a notice or review educational materials about copyright law.". Furthermore, if you appeal the warning you will be required to pay $35 to stake your claim. Have the ISPs have had enough of RIAA pestering or are they siding with RIAA?"
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+ - Developers key to managing patent risk->

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dp619 (893918) writes "Penn State law professor Clark Asay has written an editorial on FOSS patent risk, saying: "...under the current patent system, it’s entirely possible to obtain a patent that reads on software that FOSS communities independently create. Consequently, FOSS communities and their users are vulnerable to third party patent claims, even absent any sort of wrongdoing or copying on their part." He suggests that developers collaborate to prevent bad or frivolous patents from being issued in the first place. The ongoing work of Linux Defenders and Peer-to-Patent are cited as good examples of how the FOSS community's collaborative spirit can help it counteract potential legal threats."
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+ - When did you learn how to code? -> 3

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coondoggie writes ""I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer — because it teaches you how to think." --Steve Jobs

That's the introduction to a new video and a new organization, which describes itself as being a is a non-profit organization "devoted to the vision that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn how to code. We believe computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science and math courses such as biology, chemistry and algebra.""

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