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Comment: Vic-20 Tank vs UFO (Score 2) 224

by NeoNormal (#46868877) Attached to: 50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal

I bought a VIc-20 in 1982 to use in my woodworking business. I learned BASIC on it by trying to key in the Tank vs UFO game that was printed in the manual. I don't know if it was all of my typos or errors in the printed listing (both likely), but through debugging that ASCII character game, I got started in the direction that took me to working in IT.

Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 1) 818

by NeoNormal (#46766609) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

I once picked up this book in a bookstore. I read a few pages into the first chapter, where he claims that Republicans believe in beating newborn babies with "sticks, belts and wooden paddles". I stopped reading at that point, figuring that such a partisan shill can't possibly have anything useful to say.

I don't know where and how you were raised, but the references to paddling kids sure resonate with my southern US upbringing. "Spare the rod, spoil the child."

Comment: Re:Actually, he is wrong. (Score 1) 481

by NeoNormal (#44512017) Attached to: Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google

Spreading knowledge of how malaria spreads and how to stop it will stop FAR more cases than a proprietary malaria treatment.

boil water. and explain why, and how (to short a time is almost as bad as not doing it at all). Drain swamps, kill the mosquito.

Knowledge is power...

Correct... internet (knowledge) = long term solution. Treatment = short term. Both have value.

Comment: Re:I'm on the verge of not caring (Score 1) 107

by NeoNormal (#42341705) Attached to: Newest Gov't Tracking Threat: Cell-Site Data Without a Warrant

For the most part you can just live your life. If you are just going about daily business you have little to fear. The problem arises if and when you want to make a significant change to the status quo. Say you want to join the Occupy movement, or advocate against hydraulic fracking, or agitate for criminal proceedings against Wall Street felons. These new law enforcement abilities will be used against you to preserve that status quo that so many powerful people benefit so much from.

Please mod post this up. Explains it all.


Yellowstone Supervolcano Larger Than First Thought 451

Posted by timothy
from the even-superer dept.
drewtheman writes "New studies of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park shows the plume and the magma chamber under the volcano are larger than first thought and contradicts claims that only shallow hot rock exists. University of Utah research professor of geophysics Robert Smith led four separate studies that verify a plume of hot and molten rock at least 410 miles deep that rises at an angle from the northwest."

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming