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Comment Re:This pays credence to my rant about tech (Score 1) 198

I'm not sure if it has so much to do with just the presence of a computer in the home. Thirty years ago these computers were not generally connected to a global info store, nor did they have any large role in 5th to 9th grade education in the school. You couldn't really use them to reduce effort at school unless you were doing something clever.

Comment Re:Net Neutrality is not about Peering (Score 1) 270

If an ISP determines that subscriber usage of new service X in particular is changing their oversubscription model such that significant capital expenditure is necessary to maintain an expected quality of service across the board for all users, is it unfair to try to pass those costs off to service X and ultimately the users of X rather than all subscribers across the board?

Comment Re:Understandable (Score 3, Insightful) 165

Another thing is that you really had the sense that you were on the edge of something new back then. These were some of the first computers that were adopted by the public in significant numbers, and if you had one, you were really one of the few early computer owners. If you happened to be a teenager, more exciting and better yet

In those days using a computer was really a choice of love, because it was NOT CONSIDERED COOL. You had to pay some social stigma price to stick it out. We did. The younger folks never really faced it.

Comment Re:old tech (Score 1) 165

Agreed, if you read the reference guide you really had an understanding of the way it worked.

By the time the DOS architecture machines reached the point that a pointer was a pointer was a pointer, I gave up my grip on trying to fully understand the machine from outside to inside to focus on what I could accomplish within the framework of ANSI C. Things feel increasingly squishy each year with layers upon layers. There's too much for me to really grok in the same depth that I used to. The focus shifts to consistent understanding of a number of adjacent domains in an appropriate depth to get work done.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton