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Comment Re:Are you freaking serious? (Score 4, Informative) 83

I don't get this submission. I wrote the same thing in 1982 on a TI-99/4A with 16kb RAM and a 3MHz 16 bit chip. It loaded from a cassette deck using an analog stream from the tape. It displayed on my TV. It was written in BASIC. It sucked.

But it *worked* fine, I mean it drew the map in well under 10 seconds, printed it, then used the edge dots of one side as the seed for the next section of the dungeon. Isn't that what this is, and why do we even need an ARM for this, you should be able to get decent performance from a 4004!

This was my first real piece of software, and it worked on the first try (by that I mean I wrote it and bugfixed it, and...it worked). I was 13. You millennials or whatever you call yourselves should be running rings around me - who needs multiple cores or C# for this?? Do it in Minecraft, then I'll be impressed.

Comment Re:Russia (Score 1) 417

That is incorrect. "The only other user [of the nuclear missile Genie] was Canada, whose CF-101 Voodoos carried Genies until 1984 via a dual-key arrangement where the missiles were kept under United States custody, and released to Canada under circumstances requiring their use. The RAF briefly considered the missile for use on the English Electric Lightning." source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIR-2_Genie

The GENIE and Bomarcs deployed in Canada were missiles designed to engage clouds of incoming Russian bombers, and by 1984, that tactic was pointless as the Russians most certainly had MIRV ICBM's, making a bomber attack obsolete.

Submission + - United States begins stealth bombing runs over South Korea. (nytimes.com)

skade88 writes: The New York Times is reporting that the United States of America has started flying B-2 Stealth Bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea during raised tensions in the region. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the US Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The US Military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The US also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting it's allies in the region.

The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' main land.

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Submission + - Ship Anchor, Not Sabotaging Divers, Possibly Responsible for Outage (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: "This week, Egypt caught three men in the process of severing an undersea fiber-optic cable. But Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told the private TV network CBC that the reason for the region’s slowdowns was not the alleged saboteurs — it was damage previously caused by a ship. On March 22, cable provider Seacom reported a cut in its Mediterranean cable connecting Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Asia to Europe; it later suggested that the most likely cause of the incident was a ship anchor, and that traffic was being routed around the cut, through other providers. But repairs to the cable took longer than expected, with the Seacom CEO announcing March 23 that the physical capability to connect additional capacity to services in Europe was “neither adequate nor stable enough,” and that it was competing with other providers. The repairs continued through March 27, after faults were found on the restoration system; that same day, Seacom denied that the outage could have been the work of the Egyptian divers, but said that the true cause won’t be known for weeks. “We think it is unlikely that the damage to our system was caused by sabotage,” the CEO wrote in a statement. “The reasons for this are the specific location, distance from shore, much greater depth, the presence of a large anchored vessel on the fault site which appears to be the cause of the damage and other characteristics of the event.”"

Comment Re:Window 8 game plan - tablets first? (Score 2) 671

>>>That still leave 5.6 billion who've never used Metro because they don't own an Xbox

Windows does not have an installed base of 5.6 billion. More like ~ 1 billion. My point was, that the UI is not completely coming out of left field. They have a strategy that is as every bit as legitimate as Apple's, or anyone else's. If FOSS desktops had used same strategic planning instead of bickering over KDE vs Gnome or whatever the UI du jour is, you would see a hell of a lot more penetration of FOSS desktops "in the real world".

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