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Comment Re:ADA act? What's their disability (Score 1) 587

I propose a novel treatment: Seal pure water into a container and place it into a microwave oven for 1 millisecond (or a microsecond for extreme cases). Sell it as a homopathic treatment for $50/ounce.

Then shake shake shake. Then shake some more. Once you're done, shake....Shake, shake, repeat.

Comment Re:This matters because... (Score 1) 193

I ran into something like that with one of my netbooks. I forget the exact Intel video chip set, but they had outsourced it to another company. Said company had no interest in either opensourcing the driver or Linux support beyond REALLY slow. They were so anti-opensource, Intel didn't even have the data from the company for them to create a Linux driver.

Comment Re:Fear of guns (Score 1) 535

Let's assume for a moment that the principal spent the last 35ish years off this planet and hence does not know what a Stormtrooper is...

What does he see? A guy in a plastic suit. Why would anyone who has anything indecent in mind put himself into gear that impacts his ability to move and see negatively?

The principal's behaviour is irrational at best. Insane at worst.

What does SHE see?

Comment Re:Not same prices. Cheaper. (Score 1) 201

Remove the licenses for other taxi companies, and they will offer the same price as Uber.

Those companies already got the cars, trained drivers, a complete support network, decades of experience... They would bury Uber in any case where they would be allowed to play by the same rules.

Hell... they could probably forgo on the whole "mobile app" thing. Calling a dispatcher and getting assigned and forwarded the closest car is nothing particularly innovative and has worked since... well since one was able to use a phone to call a taxi. No need for GPS or touch screen or whatever...

Hell... call it a feature. "Retro-Taxi". For all the hipsters out there.

You know, I do need to get from point A to point B, but NOT if it involves skinny jeans...

Comment Re:...What? (Score 1) 171

You might want to look up Edwin de Castro, and Ken Olsen.

I personally, look up to both of them.

Space (specifically the Apollo program) was responsible for a purchasing program that drove logic ICs down to consumer level pricing - without which PCs would not have reached the volume that drove the prices far lower.

Analog ICs would not have got far without the logic ones, because production tolerances were so loose that the concept of "it works or it does not" was critical to volume production of ICs in the early days. (Yield was under 3% for the 7400 family (first TTL logic ICs)).

You want to narrow down the De Castro reference a little? I know of Olsen already, but I am sure the first couple pages of Google were NOT what you meant for De Castro.

Comment Re:Theft (Score 2) 171

Don't get me started on stacker, which was eventually bought by MS and incorporated into DOS (6.20?). It was brilliant for the time and at the same time dangerous. Many lost their data to it. The least hardware or disk corruption and you were toasted.

[looks ashamed and stares off in the distance as he raises his hand]

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