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Comment: Re:From a user standpoint (Score 1) 376 376

Additional things to bring from Amiga:

  • From the CLI, a directory appears to be just another executable object. Name it on the command line and you are there. Put another way, the "cd" command is just white noise.
  • Device names, volume names and aliases are interchangeable. Program or script needs a particular volume of removable media? Simply reference it by name (e.g. foo:). A dialogue box will pop up asking you to put that volume into any drive and click OK. You never need to click OK, because it will detect the volume insertion and carry on. Did you copy that data to the hard drive? Just define an alias so that, for instance, foo: now points to system:volumes/foo.

That said, don't look to Amiga as a model of stability . . . it wasn't. All it took to bring one to a red guru meditation was to attempt to read past EOF.

Comment: Re:Monster Business School (Score 1) 288 288

It wasn't really his guitar cables that were under discussion at the moment . . . he was going on about the expensive audiophile cables he'd put into his home system.

As for his guitar cable, as long as the 1/4" stays seated and the current flows, it's all good. The hum itself was in his amp, which was a bit vintage. Now, vintage guitar amps are fine as long as they are maintained, but this one needed some help. I know another guitarist that uses the same amp and it sounds great.

Comment: Re:Monster Business School (Score 5, Funny) 288 288

customers who advocate the superiority of your product on faith alone. Because they spent so goddamn much.

The guitarist in a band I've engineered for is stone deaf but thinks of himself as an audiophile. He can't hear the hum coming out of his guitar amp, but swears by these overpriced interconnect cables as well as the special acoustic pad that he puts said humming amp on. One night I pointed out one of the XLR cables to him and said, "You see that $10 cable there? Whatever you're listening to went through one of those." He didn't say another word to me all night.

Comment: Re:Will the robots need passports? (Score 1) 164 164

That's very true, but it is an interesting question.

Now, the further question that comes to mind is whether or not some circumstances might invalidate the passport. Is it still valid if the software is patched (probably)? What if it is upgraded to the next major rev (a bit fuzzier)? How about if the software is erased and replaced (maybe the does the equivalent of installing Linux)? What if the hardware get accessorized or customized? What if parts are salvaged from two different robots to build a third, essentially different one? Etc.

None of these things are out of the realm of the likely. A robot is just a mobile computer with the ability to move something. All of these things that the tech-savvy do to their computers, so . . . why wouldn't these things be done to a robot?

Comment: Re:Other industries (Score 1) 236 236

How will a gun help you with NSA spying again? Are you planning on blowing your own brains out? Because that surely solves the problem. More than one problem, in fact.

You are making the mistake of assuming (a) that the AC was describing a rational actor and (b) that the AC is this actor. I would not be surprised to find that gun sales have gone up, and it has nothing to do with whether or not it will solve this problem or any other. I believe that if there was or is such an uptick, it would be at least partially have been triggered by the NSA's domestic spying.

Comment: Re:Impractical (Score 1) 597 597

I believe it may also be somewhat impacted by the type of building. What I have seen is in industrial buildings, office buildings and malls. I have seen the 208/120 wiring you described.

One particular building where I used to work had 208/120 in the data centre, but most of the building's lighting was 277. 277 was also available in the data centre, as was 100 and 240, because we were frequently hosting our customer's computers, which came from all over the world. I don't think I ever saw the 277 used, but the 240 and 100 were provided by small single-phase transformers in a side-room.

Algebraic symbols are used when you do not know what you are talking about. -- Philippe Schnoebelen