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Comment PC-Alien / OmniFlop (Score 1) 277

In the mid-1980s I had a program called PC-Alien which ran on an MS-Dos machine and which could read almost any undamaged CP/M formatted disk. There is a more recent program which appears to have similar capabilites: OmniFlop, but I have no experience of using this. Such a program means a standard IBM PC, still reasonably commonly available, could read the undamaged disks rather than searching for an even older and rarer CP/M machine.

Comment Third approach (Score 1) 142

A third approach is to have a robot independent of the vehicle which can drive it, and presumably can switch from one vehicle to another. The best example of this I'm aware of is Yamaha's motobot which is capable of riding a motorcycle on a track. I'm not sure how much of the article is speculation rather than existing capability. http://pcmag.com/robotics-automation-products/39534/news/this-yamaha-robot-can-drive-a-motorcyle

Comment Re:PL/I on TIOBE (Score 1) 386

Alas, there is no free PL/I compiler for Windows or Linux; certainly not one with anything approaching a full feature set and currently maintained. I learned PL/I at technical college in the 1980s and it was certainly better than the other languages taught then (COBOL, BASIC and RPG). I would like to be able to write a few programs in it for nostalgic reasons.

Submission + - Python 3.4 released (python.org)

gadfium writes: Python 3.4 is the latest version of the Python programming language. It doesn't change the language itself, but adds new library features, bug fixes and security improvements.

Comment 1974, New Zealand (Score 2) 632

I don't think we were taught anything about computers in class, but there was a computer programming club. We used PORTRAN, which is a cut-down version of FORTRAN - I think it stands for Port-a-punch FORTRAN. The cards were sent away to a computer a few hundred km away, and a syntax error listing came back by the following week. It wasn't exactly a productive environment, so we competed to see who could get the most different errors in a single program.

Comment First in the world (Score 1) 359

How could you want to live anywhere other than the place which is the first developed country to see the sunrise every day? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NZST) I understand if you would rather live in the Chatham Islands (45 minutes earlier still), or Kiribati (an hour earlier), but New Zealand has some advantages in comfort and lifestyle.

PlayStation (Games)

Final Fight Brings Restrictive DRM To the PS3 240

Channard writes "As reported by Joystiq, the PS3/PlayStation Network version of Final Fight Double Impact features a rather restrictive piece of digital rights management. In order to launch the game, you have to be logged into the PlayStation Network and if you're not, the game refuses to launch. This could be written off as a bug of some kind except for the fact that the error message that crops up tells you to sign in, suggesting Sony/Capcom intentionally included this 'feature.' Granted, you do have to log into the PlayStation Network to buy the title but as one commentator pointed out, logging in once does not mean you'll be logged in all the time. Curiously, the 360 version has no such restrictions, so you can play the game whether you're online or offline. But annoying as this feature may be, there may be method in Sony's madness. "
Classic Games (Games)

OpenTTD 1.0.0 Released 107

Gmer writes "Eming.com reports that OpenTTD, the open source clone of the Microprose game Transport Tycoon Deluxe, has reached a milestone. OpenTTD 1.0.0 has been released 6 years after work started on the first version, with the help of hundreds of contributors and thousands of testers/players. Over 30 language translations are considered complete, and OpenTTD is available for *BSD, Linux, Solaris and Windows. OpenTTD is a business simulation game in which the player is in control of a transport company and can compete against rival companies to make as much profit as possible by transporting passengers and various goods by road, rail, sea or air."

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