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Comment: Re:Pairing? (Score 1) 236

by bkmoore (#47477799) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

MacOS was horrible, and so was DOS and Windows 3.x....Everyone in the real world was going full steam ahead with Unix (Unix wars started around then).

Nope, UNIX was never a factor on the desktop, even ca. 1991. If you had the $$$ to afford a UNIX workstation, you often also had a DOS/Win PC to get real work done. Mac OS wasn't half bad, especially version 6 and earlier. It was when they tried to tack on all the extra stuff in version 7 that it started to fail under its own weight. I feel old now...at my first job I had on my desk, a Mac running version System 6 and a DEC VAX terminal. I think Clinton had just been sworn in.

An old UNIX joke, "What does work do when it arrives at a work station? The same thing a train does when it arrives at a train station."

Comment: Wrong Tactics, Weapons (Score 3, Insightful) 209

by bkmoore (#47072497) Attached to: The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

The article calls a lot of sound aircraft designs failures because they were employed improperly (wrong tactics) or the weapons they were designed to carry weren't ready by the time the war started. An example, the TBD-1 losses at Midway were the result of attacking Japanese battle ships without fighter escorts and by the outdated torpedoes that couldn't be dropped at high speed without breaking up when hitting the water. The Grumman TBF-1 Avenger was "successful" because by the time it entered service, more modern torpedoes were available and military planners knew that torpedo bombers needed fighter escort.

The parallel in Europe is in 1939, both the British and the Germans tried sending daylight bombers without fighter escort into battle. Every time, they suffered unacceptable losses. The point is in 1939 to 1940, aerial warfare was so new that most military planners did not know how to properly employ their air forces, or what the capabilities and limitations of their aircraft were. At the time, Bomber Generals saw fighter production as competition for resources, i.e. aircraft. The Bomber people at the time believed Stanley Baldwin's quote from 1932, "the bomber will always get through."

Comment: Re: Fat Chance (Score 2) 272

A lot of Americans take what they want to hear at face value as well, no matter how absurd it would be to the neutral outsider. The only difference may be that in America, at least there are usually at least two different points of view, each with their own crazy followers. In Russia, it seems it is only Putin's point of view, or at least the point of view he wants to promote. I'm not so sure if all Russians are drinking the Cool-Aid, but those who don't buy into the Propaganda, cannot express themselves openly for fear of being publicly "outed" as some kind of "foreign alien agent".

Comment: Re:Sure we could. (Score 1) 272

It's not funny when a President makes the joke, but I'm guessing that Obama and Putin do not post as an AC on Slashdot.

It's likely pro-Putin propagandists post provocative comments advocating nuking Moscow, genocide by the CIA in Ukraine, usw. Then they quote those comments in the Russian media as somehow representative of western opinion. Haven't seen it here on /., but it seems to come up on some european online news sites.

Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 1) 396

The economics of gas and oil are changing. On average, a new house in the U.S. uses only 25% the energy that it would have used in 1990. In western Europe, the trends are even more extreme where carbon-neutral homes are starting to gain mainstream market share. I plan on putting in a solar heating system in my house, for example. Three years ago, I wouldn't have even thought about it. But the tripling of oil and gas prices in the last five years, combined with continuous price reductions in solar modules as suddenly made solar heating cheaper than oil or gas. I'm not even mentioning global warming, because eventually we'll all need to get away from using oil and gas for energy sources. That is what I mean by innovation. Maybe if Putin turns off the gas pipe to Europe, he'll speed energy efficiency along in the same way the Arab oil embargo in the 1970's led to the first ever fuel-efficiency standards for cars in America. In the long run, that could be a good thing even if it causes problems in the short term.

Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 2) 396

Problem is, ... economy is mostly natural resourced exporting ...

Extracting natural resources, transporting and selling them is very far from a trivial task.

Maybe not trivial, but it doesn't drive innovation. It's like the 16th century Spaniards extracting gold from S. America and transporting it to Europe. Not trivial, but they still went bankrupt. The English innovated in shipbuilding and navigation. The rest is history.

Comment: Re:American Expat - still on the hook (Score 1) 386

by bkmoore (#46759637) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
That's the sticking point. I qualify for citizenship in the country where I live, but do not want to renounce my U.S. citizenship. So I stay American. The IRS needs to understand that people live in foreign countries for a lot of reasons besides to not pay taxes. When people hide their money from the IRS, the money is what leaves the country, not the person. When the person leaves, it's usually for other reasons such as a job, marriage, etc.

"If a computer can't directly address all the RAM you can use, it's just a toy." -- anonymous comp.sys.amiga posting, non-sequitir

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