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Comment: Re:Think walls of steel... (Score 1) 135

I don't know. Do you happen to know what type of radioactive material is in those barrels? Once the steel and concrete are gone, don't you think ocean currents could move it around? It's 30 miles from half moon bay. What's to keep it from washing ashore at some point in the future? Look at all the crap that washed ashore from Japan after the tsunami at Fukushima.

Comment: Re:photo too blurry (Score 1) 78

by The Grim Reefer (#49486107) Attached to: New Horizons Captures First Color Image of Pluto and Charon

People don't just watch that show because of that. They can go to their own IT department to witness it on any given day. 20-30 years ago that show wouldn't have been green lighted, and rightly so. It would have bombed because most people would have been afraid of being caught watching it.

Clowns are creepy has hell. No one would want to hang out with them.

Comment: Re:photo too blurry (Score 1) 78

by The Grim Reefer (#49481125) Attached to: New Horizons Captures First Color Image of Pluto and Charon

Most non-nerds are not going to put such images on their desktop background. For one, they risk being labelled a "nerd".

The 1980's are over. Being a nerd doesn't carry the same stigma it once did. I remember seeing a commercial for rice cakes, or something, ten or so years ago where the actor in it listed all of the things she was/trying to be. Mother, wife, blah, blah, and ended with "wanna be computer nerd"

The television show, The Big Bang Theory, is pulling in 15 to 20 million viewers per episode.

So, no, I don't think too many people are worried about it. Hell, back when I had enough free time to worry about what my background was, I always had people comment on how cool the images from Hubble looked as my background.

Regardless, my original comment was meant as a joke.

Comment: Re:Speed isn't all there is... (Score 1) 101

by The Grim Reefer (#49475357) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law
I had an Apple 2 from a couple year prior also. It was a much better computer by every point, other than maybe size/weight. Well, it did have less RAM once I added the 16K RAM pack to the Sinclair. I also had a TI 99/4A from the year before the Sinclair was released. I got the Sinclair for the novelty and because it was relatively cheap. So, no, it was not elegant even then.

Comment: Re:Speed isn't all there is... (Score 2) 101

by The Grim Reefer (#49474753) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law

âoeItâ(TM)s your fatherâ(TM)s Sinclair ZX Spectrum. This is the weapon of a computer hacker. Not as clumsy or as random as an iphone, but a more elegant weapon for a more civilized age.

Um, yeah. I had one of those, and elegant is not a word that was used to describe them, even when new. Being that I was alive back then, I can also assure you that it was not a more civilized age either. Crime and pollution were much worse than now. Racial prejudices were starting to die off, and sexual orientation prejudices were very prevalent.

For years, the hackers were the guardians of peace and justice in the internet. Before the dark times, before the NSA.â

I'll give you that. Hackers were pretty damn benevolent. Most cracking was meant to be more for humor or to see if you could do it, than anything harmful. But the internet was a much different place. You wouldn't recognize it. Nor could most of us afford to be on it more than 10 hours a month, connecting with our 300 baud modems. The NSA were also the "good guys" back then. They were "No Such Agency" and hadn't turned on the population they were tasked to protect.

And yes, I saw that movie you are referring to when it was in the theaters for the first time. That was when it was called "Star Wars". No Episode anything.

Comment: Re:Shall we play a game? (Score 1) 91

by The Grim Reefer (#49465235) Attached to: Killer Robots In Plato's Cave

Perhaps the moral equivalent, perhaps. But a landmine will remain lethal for decades, if not longer, and as far as I know there are none that have been deployed that can be easily turned off. Nor did those who placed them keep any real record of where they were for retrieval later.

There's little chance of a couple hundred killbots being left in place and active after a conflict ends. And hopefully they won't default into a kill children, puppies, and anything that moves mode. Plus they won't be as cheap an plentiful as mines either.

The truly deplorable part about landmines is that a civilian who wasn't even born before the conflict ended could be killed or injured by one 30 years after a peace treaty was signed.

Behind every great computer sits a skinny little geek.