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Comment Re:Colony Collapse Disorder is for BEES! (Score 1) 174

I imagine it is the same for you when you wake up, check the site, look for smug tripe, and then post your own smug tripe which was in response the mildly amusing troll.

Come on, reply again and let's keep taking this to it's "reducto ad absurdum" singularity.

Comment Re:Colony Collapse Disorder is for BEES! (Score 0) 174

I have to wonder about that troll.

What is it like when you have a daily routine of waking up every day, checking the website, only to post the same blather in every thread for no reason.
Only to get up and do it all again the next day.

Comment Re:Where Do I Plug In My Cassette Drive?? (Score 2) 62

The failed loading was basically due to the tape heads being misaligned.
And the woeful speed was also fixed by tape turbos... but again, took third parties to do it.
Also decent data compression wasn't widely used. Most of the data being saved was uncompressed.

With aligned heads, decent data compression, and fast tape turbos.... it became completely possibly to jam around 60 decent games onto a single C90 cassette. .... but by that time, the world had moved on.

Comment Commodore needs to finish the C65 (Score 1) 62

There's no point in Commodore releasing this "me-too" Android phone. Nobody is going to give two-flying rats, especially the people who remember what Commodore was before it fell into bankruptcy.

In the past year, the remaining enthusiasts have seen redesigned clone C64 motherboard (the Commodore "reloaded") and we've seen a successful kickstarter to mould new C64 cases - in new colours including transparent - which could be used to hold a C64 motherboard OR be used as a case for other computer projects (raspberry pis for example).
There are new storage devices for all the old kit that enthusiasts have made (the 1541U2, the Chameleon cartridge, SD2IEC), but Commodore had nothing to do with these at all.

This new "Commodore" who owns the rights has failed to do what other enthusiasts have had to pick up the mantle to do.... and none of these enthusiasts can use the Commodore logo because the new owners start getting all litigious. The new "Commodore" is just hoping to ride off the nostalgia that the original Commodore generated. Nothing more, nothing less.

If the new owners had half a brain, they'd be building raspberry pi-like devices and supporting the computer hobbiest segment of the market.
That's what Commodore was renowned for. Computers for the masses, and enough openness and simplicity so that the beginner could get down and dirty with machine language and the chips on the board.

Why the hell can't they just finish the C65 and give us something new to hack on? I'd spend money on that over an android phone.

Comment Control Panel vs Settings (Score 1) 172

We complained to Microsoft that we didn't want the schizophrenic UI choice of "control panel" vs "settings"
They listened, and then ignored everyone.
There is no good reason for both to exist in Windows 10 at all.

They've pushed this OS out the door minus the polish required to fix this glaring disparity.

Granted, these things will probably get fixed in later versions, but currently Windows 10 has plenty of niggling issues still, and they're pushing it out the door.
Full screen on a number of apps doesn't work properly (being the major one I've discovered)

Comment Re:Looking for a "Good Girl" (Score 1) 293

I'll have you know that many "bad" girls like to prey on men in these churches. The men think they can "save" the bad girls and get them to repent, but all the women really want is a man willing to indenture themselves into marriage. Then they abuse their wallet and run them through an expensive divorce and take their 50%

Happened to a fundie acquaintance. We warned him, but "God" had other ideas. *sigh*

Comment Ask other retro communities (Score 2) 66

There is a fairly healthy C64 community, including electronic engineers and tinkerers, who have been able to build replacement power supplies for the good ol' breadbox given that it had particularly ugly power supply issues as well.

I don't think it would be too difficult to ask them to take a look at the BBC Micro to see what could be done there....

Comment The article is useless without benchmarks (Score 2) 76

There, I said it.

Interesting way to mount the graphics card in the tower case though.

These graphics cards are becoming so bulky, they're just about ready and willing to snap the PCI-express ports with their sheer bulk, assisted by gravity. Perhaps a better question to ask is whether case designers are willing to go along with AMD's proposed redesign?

What is algebra, exactly? Is it one of those three-cornered things? -- J.M. Barrie