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Comment: Re:6502 to Z80 work per clock ratio (Score 1) 167 167

The 6502 memory access style with the unified map worked well for tickling the registers on coprocessors and on bitmaps; very fast and predictable for display timing. The Z80 bus method was abstracted some although still quite useful.

Regardless, they are such simple devices there's no excuse not to master them both for maximum pleasure.

Comment: He's right. (Score 2) 552 552

Gates isn't saying that we'll all be using tablets, but that for the vast majority of users, convergent devices are more convenient and suitable.

Workstations will become niche as per servers, but they will remain. The trend started half a decade ago when notebooks started outselling desktop PCs.

Comment: Re:Google is not shipping binaries (AFAIK) (Score 1) 136 136

Code is certainly the reason I bought my Froyo phone, I think it's nice that google released the code. I won't get mad at them unless they reneg on the ice-cream sandwich release. Then I won't buy any more.

Until then, I don't own any honeycomb device nor will I buy.

Comment: Re:Yeah can't figure the appeal of the Sinclair (Score 1) 645 645

While I love the Commodore computers, I can appreciate the Speccy as being the "good enough" computer which has some great software. While the c64 has impressive custom silicon, the overall system architecture is a bit slapped together. Whereas the Speccy is clearly a masterpiece of minimalist engineering and design:

- Great BASIC
- Clever use of surplus RAM
- ULA for system logic and video

The original dead-flesh design also looks fantastic and tiny. In 1982 it wasn't clear that the c64 would become the powerhouse it was and if Sinclair hadn't fumbled their supply chain, Commodore may have really needed that c16 line.

Comment: Re:Honestly (Score 1) 283 283

Damn straight. OpenBSD has been free of blobs for years now and that system works great. I'm glad Debian team is focussing their efforts on this as Deb is my favourite Linux system.

With two well supported OS built from 100% free software, even sceptics will always have an escape chute.

Comment: Good luck (Score 1) 494 494

Considering the maze, gameplay, characters and name are all direct copies of the original game by Namco/Midway. Aside from the clear trade of Namco's Super Pac-Man, Pac-Man was the case that set precedent for "look and feel" with its quashing of KC Munchkin, a distinctive yet pac-man influenced title.

Namco have also recently released a new Pac-Man game of which yours is a direct competitor. Don't waste your time on this, do something else.

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