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Comment: Re:A quote (Score 1) 418

by HBI (#48926863) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Rummy has been demonized, and there's no question but that he's a dick and steamrolls people, but he's always been a pragmatist and relatively non-ideological. He always gets conflated with neocons, but he is not one of them.

I don't think he'd argue all that much with your characterization.

Comment: Price (Score 1) 4

by gmhowell (#48915235) Attached to: Is the Touch UI irredeemable?

No, it all came down to price, not multitasking. There was never an argument that CLI was better than a GUI except from neckbeards and bean counters. Average slobs knew the GUI was better. It took from 1984 until the early 90's for the hard to get cheap enough to tolerably run a GUI OS.

Comment: Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (Score 1) 209

by jawtheshark (#48915003) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Jet fuel is to gasoline what gasoline is to diesel. It burns very quickly which as you can imagine makes it useful for an engine of this type.

Jet fuel is actually so much closer to diesel (and heating oil) than you imagine. Now, I know nothing about jet engines, but I did know that. Mainly because I tend to remember "interesting but useless facts". Link to Wikipedia

Give me a factory and a team of engineers from the 1860s

Typo? 1960, I buy, but in 1860? Not so sure... The birth of the car is generally put at 1886.... The Wright Brothers did they first powered flight in 1903.

Comment: Re:No fun (Score 1) 462

by HBI (#48911997) Attached to: Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Economics is already taking hold. The discount is already built in (ever seen what most games go for on Steam?) and most importantly, the boxes aren't moving off the shelves for most titles. All the MBAs trying to extract every iota of marginal demand by these tactics are instead driving stakes into the heart of their business.

That said, a new generation in school today is learning the same idiocy by rote.

Comment: I'm one of the two (Score 1) 8

by gmhowell (#48887335) Attached to: Well, crap...

I think I'm one of the two who bought from Amazon. I don't care if you put it up for free. If it really bugs you that much, take the two bucks and give it to the next homeless person you see, or in the tip jar somewhere, or whatever. (Actually, I thought I said before that you could do that :)

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 2, Insightful) 418

by HBI (#48877183) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

I'm sure you'd like to believe this, but it isn't true. There are introspective people from all walks and everywhere on the spectrum, but most people are captives of their own echo chamber and don't want to hear a word otherwise. Leftists do not have any special properties in this regard. They are just as eager to squelch speech as any other government, when in power.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 2) 189

by HBI (#48875705) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

Bad form (replying to myself) but, I imagine many readers weren't even out of diapers when the last EISA system shipped. EISA slots supported ISA cards as well - the slots were dual use and had special keyed connectors that reached down lower in the slot when operating in 32-bit EISA mode. To an 8 or 16 bit ISA card, the slots were standard ISA slots for all intents and purposes, except that you had to run the EISA config utility (kind of like a BIOS config, but software rather than firmware) to get the system on board with what you were doing.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 4, Informative) 189

by HBI (#48875479) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

AC, the Compaq Deskpro line implemented EISA. While these systems rarely saw use in homes, banks were full of the things as were other firms. Deskpros were built like tanks up until about 1996. I installed lots of EISA NICs, in particular.

My point is that there were more of these systems out there than you think.

Memories of you remind me of you. -- Karl Lehenbauer