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Comment: Saw this first hand a few years back. (Score 1) 143 143

Really depends on the electronics. I worked at an electronics junk shop for a few years and we had this big scrap bin for junk that we thought was scrap. I look in it one day and I see like 7 PDP8 Omnibus boards. Thing is I didn't know what they were, I just knew the electronics on them was dated in the late 70's. I am sure thats what happened here with the Apple 1.

But yea. Your right about the second hand pickers. Out here in east Texas, some of these collectors are just wierd:P But there must be some money in it with all the "antique stores" out here

Comment: Re:Come a long way (Score 1) 368 368

Everyone says it can fit in the cache of a CPU but CAN it? It seems to load mostly in lower memory and stays there. Sure its footprint is non-existent but I have yet to see an OS that does this feet.

Be nice if it could though. Load directly from flash to the cpu to do memory checks and or dumps when the watchdog dies.

Comment: Re:intentional (Score 1) 416 416

I always kept wondering why they bothered destroying the copy of themselves on the Enterprise. It seems to me it would be far more effective to keep the landing party as clones of yourself, let them do their job and say "oh well" if they got killed. And of course at the end of the mission, you TELL them you're beaming them back up but - are those phaser banks charged yet scotty?

Believe it or not nothing is destroyed. The original Star Trek people didn't want to push the moral boundary's of "Are we murdering people every time we use this thing?" All they wanted was something to move the plot so they made it turn your body into a stream of mater that reassembles at the target. .

It makes some interesting mechanics and episodes. Of course they throw all this out the window when its convenient :P

Comment: Re:all they have to do is lure them to a webpage (Score 1) 134 134

The side channel communication was kind of cool though (Usenix!) But seems completely useless unless there is another application looking for it. Its a web script that has to run at-least a minute and even then the author states it only gets 50% of the cache lines. Its easier to do a code injection in one of the wonderful holes in un-patched XP computers out there than do this kind of mission impossible.

Comment: Re:This dimwit became a grandmaster? (Score 1) 237 237

Looks there was an Indian boy who was using a blue tooth device sewn into his cap and an accomplice. It went undetected for a long time, and he qualified for the nationals as the top seed. Even he shows more "thinking" than "run-to-the-toilet-and-look-at-iPhone" grand master.

I remember hearing that story a few years back. Funny enough it was the awful pun that made it stick with me ( Indian Chess Player Plays With Deep Blue...Tooth - Techdirt:P) Here is the wiki as I loath Techdirt for their puns

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umakant_Sharma

Hey! It looks like his Chess ban is up next year, damn 10 years makes me feel old:P

Comment: Why the hell has no one suggested Lua? (Score 1) 215 215

I mean seriously. One of the strongest arguments for basic is that you don't need to teach someone functions to start a program. With the goto statement in Lua, you got that. At the very least, once the student knows lua and goes on to other things, it will be useful if he ever needs to use it as a scripting language.

Comment: I just don't know what Nokia is doing anymore. (Score 5, Interesting) 109 109

You have this tablet, by pure specs doesn't look that much better than the newer atom tables coming out and the glorified auto app sorter for your android (Z Launcher)? When I worked for US Nokia as a lowly support, developers and managers were just screaming at Finland about trying something to innovate. If you didn't speak Finish, your opinion didn't matter.

To make matters worst, they thought they "won" when they released the N97 and just planned to make reversions off that thing. Sure it was good, but they just never paid attention to Google. Got laid off about 6 months after that.

So now that the non-compete clause is almost over they are trying again? I still think Stephen Elop was a Trojan horse. It doesn't help maters how he and his cronies got a sweet deal after the merger.

I know Nokia isn't "just a phone company". They have multiple divisions and a large part of Finland economy. But to just come out with an Android tablet, branded launcher all relying on Foxcom's support and build quality? I am not saying I know much about Foxcom, but it still feels kind of a big gamble right after you get burned badly from a market you dominated. What the hell are they thinking?

Comment: Re:It doesn't make sense (Score 2) 334 334

Here is another food for thought. Allot of people are talking about fancy "chrome books" or "iPads". Hell, someone even dug up UUCP from the grave as a remote communication solution, baring ssh connections might be scrubbed from the state. The big problem is that, while I can make an educated guess where your family is, I can honestly say it doesn't matter. Whatever solution your going to implement:

YOUR FAMILY IS GOING TO HAAAATTTTEEE IT.

Oh they won't say it to your face, they will just ask if they can keep the old computer "as a backup" and just use that once your gone. I know this. I know this from 10 years of experience of helping my grandma, her friends, her friends friends, and working at Unisys as a drive around tech for both enterprise and consumers. My american born Korean friend knows this as well and has tried hard to find similar solutions. At the end of the day, all people want to surf the web, go to links friends and family talk about, and emal/text. Computer literacy ONLY helps the safety of said activity's. When my grandma discovered her grand-kids were all on Facebook, she didn't care that she set up 3 accounts with different passwords, but I was able to strengthen that out by having chrome force sign her in one. My friends mom would constantly complain about the linux install because it wouldn't play flash properly, so he had to switch her back to XP. These are just a few examples I can mention, and you WILL get these calls.

Just remember, any "teaching" you do must be "with" them. Not "to" them. From their perspective, everything is working on their end. Their computer might be selling their information to the highest bidder and telling everyone how their penis can grow larger with one payment to the Nigerian, but they can still get pictures from family, they can still get messages. They can still see the latest football game scores.

Do the wifi idea. Hell do one better. Set up a small embedded system with a built in modem. They sell embedded boxes, but an old p4 with a modem should work. PFSense is something I would suggest. I forgot the package but there is a way to set it up to act as an email proxy. Have it drop all attachments that aren't images. It can even unpack zip files and check if its just images in those. Have it dial in daily keeping the email box clear. Just say it just checks your mail every day at 1am or such. Its like 4 am and I am half out of fuel and I am sure you have looked at some of these products. They will still get viruses as I don't think it will have the bandwidth to keep the updates up, but at-least you can have it track their surfing habitats and can block country's they have no reason to go to. Talking to you Russia and most of Africa:P

I hate to say it, but this is the best way for someone who is computer illiterate and doesn't use the computer much to care. You come in saying "just plug this between the computer and the modem to make the internet faster/safer" They don't feel alienated on the limited computer knowledge they learned and you can, they keep the computer/interface they are used too, and at the very least, have some control over the data going in and out.

Whatever you decide just ask yourself, "Does this improve their experience? If not, what would happen if they just chunk it and not tell you?"

As a side note, if it wasn't to much of an extreme luxury for the country its going to, I would recommend also an iPad for the interface. That single thing has introduced text messages, Facebook and god help me gaming to my grandma. If it wasn't for the large constant patches it needs and the very high chance it would get stolen, I would recommend it too.

Comment: Re:I'm a WFTX resident (Score 1) 242 242

My grandpa lives on the other side of Dallas, around Tulsa. The whole reason he spent more than 30k on getting a few wells down was because he couldn't trust the water from the lake. "I don't know about you, but I spent 40 years dumping my trash (before it illegal dumping was enforced) , no way in hell I am drinking out of it!" I know we are constantly out of water, but I still think we need to dredge the lakes more than once every 20 years.

Ugh I meant Tyler. Don't know why I said Tulsa:P

Comment: Re:I'm a WFTX resident (Score 1) 242 242

My grandpa lives on the other side of Dallas, around Tulsa. The whole reason he spent more than 30k on getting a few wells down was because he couldn't trust the water from the lake.

"I don't know about you, but I spent 40 years dumping my trash (before it illegal dumping was enforced) , no way in hell I am drinking out of it!"

I know we are constantly out of water, but I still think we need to dredge the lakes more than once every 20 years.

Comment: Solution Unsatisfactory by Heinlein (Score 1) 436 436

One of the first story's that got me reading his fiction. Why go though all the trouble of building a complex bomb when you can just fill the belly of that airplane with as much radioactive dust and you can and spread it over New York or Washington like a crop duster over a corn field?

At most they just need to make some panels blow off at low altitude to spread as much as they can. The result would be worst than any bomb. You wipe out a city the size of New York (Washington, etc) and you also make it uninhabitable for 40 to 100 years. Much stronger physiological impact as there is no way you can clean that stuff up for that time. Heinlein talked about using low half life radiation (5 years) so you could just walk back in. I doubt terrorists would be so considerate.

As a side note, he wrote this thing in the mid 40's. How scare is that shit:P

Comment: If you are 100% you have everything off of it. (Score 1) 122 122

I was recently did the same thing. I had about 2 old OnStream 30 GiG tapes and a hand full of old QIC-80's. Not even mention the CD-R pile in my room.

During the years I never had the space to just extract everything and sort though it all. Not to mention I would move backup data from tape, to CD, back to tape so I have copy's of the same things all over the spectrum. I have recently started consolidating it all, finding an old OnStream tape drive and old QIC floppy drives to restore everything to a single drive, get rid of all the duplicates and save the important stuff on archived DVD media and/or "the cloud" It was a nightmare but now I don't have to worry about trying to get hold of a bankrupt tape drive company's hardware in another 10 years.

I will then delete the tapes and burn them.

If it was hand labeled by a professor he liked or someone famous like Bill Gates I could see that. But there is no other reason to keep it around once it's contents have been properly indexed and stored. The only exception is when you need the obsolete media to be used in another obsolete computer. AKA making a disk for a cC64.

Let me put it this way. What do you think will happen in 10 years, when someone else finds that box of media. Even if he was told that it was all indexed and stored, he might question it and do it all over again "just to be sure" :P

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