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Comment: I remember Bob. (Score 1) 191

by brackishboy (#31664286) Attached to: 15 Years of Microsoft Bob

My best friend when I was around ten had a computer with Bob preinstalled on it. I had an Atari ST, and it all seemed rather over-simplistic to me- both systems seemed light years behind the Acorns we used at school.

As I recall, my friend killed that system when out of curiosity he flipped the voltage regulator switch on the power supply to 110v :)

Comment: On a side note... (Score 1) 247

by brackishboy (#31284568) Attached to: Virgin Promises 100Mbps Connections To UK Homes

I used to be with Virgin broadband, and their customer service was appalling. I needed to disconnect my service as I was moving, and they made it so needlessly difficult that in the end I just severed all contact with them and let them figure out my disconnection for themselves- I certainly wasn't flushing any more cash down their drain.

I suspect they're called Virgin because they don't give a fuck.

Comment: Re:Nooo ! (Score 1) 440

by brackishboy (#31061606) Attached to: Mozilla Puts Tiger Out To Pasture

The cut-offs for G4 Macs are processor speed and RAM- 867mHz and 512mb to be precise. This would write-off anything below the fastest single-processor 2001 Quicksilver Power Mac, including its dual processor 800mHz sibling- the installer doesn't care that the machine is technically more powerful, it only goes on CPU speed. The RAM thing is easy enough to solve, but the CPU is a more expensive and frustrating issue, particularly if you're just scraping the minimum requirements.

There are, however, workarounds. I have the aforementioned dual-cpu G4, and found the 'easiest' way to do it was to tinker with the open firmware so that it reports the cpu speed to the installer as faster than it is. I can confirm that Leopard runs as well as Tiger did on that machine with 768mb of RAM. Alternatively you could install Leopard using a more powerful machine and swap the disks around when you're done, but who can be bothered with that? :)

Comment: Re:Consumer? Pah. (Score 1) 177

by brackishboy (#30050422) Attached to: Regulator Blocks BBC DRM Plans

Actually, it could be a good thing. Not being able to receive television signals without paying your license fee would mean that people who don't want to pay their license fee won't be hassled by endless threatening letters from the licensing authority. They'd be free to own a television and it'd be easy to prove they weren't using it illegitimately, thus saving them a fine.

</devil's advocate>

Comment: Re:Depends on your criteria (Score 1) 1174

by brackishboy (#29984324) Attached to: Plug vs. Plug &mdash; Which Nation's Socket Is Best?

As a kid I had a small-gauge slot car set that ran off a double-insulated adaptor with a plastic dummy ground pin that only served to open the shutters on the live and neutral sockets. Then it snapped off.

I can still remember the noise my mother made when she walked in on eight-year-old me prising a matchstick into a wall-socket trying to plug it in :)

Comment: Re:the wunnerful 50's, not (Score 1) 496

by brackishboy (#29564575) Attached to: '09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test
It was a Renault Megane. They did another test where the three presenters were driving cars made in the late 80s and early 90s (A Volvo 760, an Audi 80 and a Rover 416) into a wall at 30mph. I believe Clarkson chipped his thumb after misjudging his speed and crashing the Volvo at 40mph, but the others were fine.

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