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Comment: Re:Why??? (Score 1) 86

by Thor Ablestar (#49359157) Attached to: Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

Same for me. But you could install a memory rack over the i/o rack in processor box and find a HDD controller instead of removable packet drives. It would give you an usable PDP-11 in a half-height 19-inch rack (Processor/memory, FDD and HDD in it, magtape controller). I fed my PDP-11 from a simple outlet while the electricians invented the special attachment.

Comment: Re:Cut My COmputing eye teeth on the original (Score 2) 86

by Thor Ablestar (#49359091) Attached to: Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

When my first PDP-11/70-like arrived I just took a random book from it's dox. After 2 hours of reading I got a terrible headache, threw RSTS away and installed Unix v.6. It was needed to make a binary patch of Fortran-4 compiler to make it understand Russian but we made a really useful system. We had 5 terminals and forgot about the machine time allocation sheets. And students who did the graduation practice printed their graduation works with printers, not with mechanical types. It was a little victory.

The time allocation sheets went back when IBM PC arrived (1988). It was a good eye candy not applicable to anything serious. And only about 1998 IBM PC became powerful enough to replace the PDP-11.

Comment: Re:Ah, PDP8 (Score 2) 86

by Thor Ablestar (#49359029) Attached to: Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

Oh, the paper tape... When I was a Comsomol member there were FS-1500 tape readers made in Chechoslovakia. They were really high speed - 1500 bytes per second. The tape just flew through them nonstop. When the first Western readers arrived (made in Poland by US license), they were slow as snails. But the Western tape punchers were really good.

Comment: Re:Choice? (Score 1) 220

by Thor Ablestar (#49354947) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

1. He may be the support personnel. If so he must be available 24/7. The office is not a variant.
2. He may need a remote desktop. If so he needs a low ping. The satellite is not a variant.
But the office half mile away where he has a broadband and where he installs a WiFi bridge to his home is a variant.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 1) 220

by Thor Ablestar (#49354499) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

No thanks. I've already seen a CXO shipped from Canada to Siberia. He worked OK during the good times but during the bad ones he managed to get rid of half of the critical staff thinking that he would rehire them after the crisis. It didn't happen. He was educated that the workforce is replaceable. It isn't.

Comment: Re:Pave way for Russia's "polite men" (Score 1) 225

by Thor Ablestar (#49351477) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC

So, if Alaskans were facing all (or any?) of those evils, you feel, Russian invasion into Alaska would've been justified?

No. It would be justified only when 1) Kenyans and Havaiians overtake the USA power and begin a real massacre of white Alaskans with slogans such as "Kto ne skache toy eskimos! Eskimyaku na gilyaku!" (The one who does not jump is Eskimo. Hang the Eskimos!) and 2) There is a request from Alaskans for help. You understand that it's a quite fantastic situation.

And BTW. There are afaik no Ukrainian schools in Crimea but there are 20 totally Ukrainian classes in Russian schools. And it's enough for a Russian-speaking region. But Crimean Tatar language is on the rise, with 50 more schools being built. Which is understandable since Russian, Ukrainian and Tatar languages are state languages there. Now compare it with German language in North Dakota.

Comment: Re:They don't have the funds for that also that pa (Score 1) 225

by Thor Ablestar (#49351311) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC

I'd like to think that there were 3 stages of Russian capitalism:
1) Wild capitalism where everybody wanted to steal. It ended about 2000.
2) The bureaucratic system where the task to sell Russia and transfer money to USA was a priority, and Putin being not an absolute dictator would give bureaucracy a limited right to steal in exchange to loyalty. It ended with Magnitsky affair when USA gave a clear signal that Russians will not be allowed to incorporate their money to the Western economy. We Russians should be thankful to USA for this signal.
3) The bureaucratic system with the task to entrench itself in Russia.

It has been successfully shown that ALL so called "corruption fighters" are not independent entities. All they have got some money from Uncle Sam. They may be innocent old women that fight the corrupt local major and don't know who helps them with some petty money but all these transactions are traced to Uncle Sam.

And the last; Ukraine. It was NOT Russia who began a Donbass war. It was a local Russian movement that falsely believed that Russia will do for them what she did for Crimeans. And Putin possibly had not enough balls to help them with anything except humanitarian convoys. (My opinion is that Putin simply waits the USA-induced transformation of Ukraine goes to the logical end. It's his style).

Comment: Re:Pave way for Russia's "polite men" (Score 1) 225

by Thor Ablestar (#49344893) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC

Have your US federal powers done to Alaskans so much evil that Alaskans should want to secede? You are not required to speak Kenyan or Hawaiian, to serve in army where commands are given in Kenyan, to write official letters in Havaiian, to meet schoolchildren from schools where they are told that their Kenyan-Havaiian ancestors dug the Pacific, and so on (You understand). Why should you invite the polite men?

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst

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