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Comment: Re:I prefer eBay myself. They have the most select (Score 1) 131

by geezer nerd (#47735135) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

Lastly, when paying, use PayPal since they cover your ass if/when a seller doesn't come through. It has happened to me before twice in like 7 years and PayPal has helped me out and refunded my money both times.

I would have to disagree with that. My mileage did vary.

A couple of years ago I used Paypal to buy a product that was never shipped. The vendor ignored my complaint, and Paypal equally ignored my complaint. And I mean IGNORED.

Comment: What idiot? (Score 1) 406

by geezer nerd (#47619577) Attached to: Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway
I have not seen anyone yet comment on the obvious point that the video is a scripted advertisement for the Q50. I think the person leaving the driver's seat is not really deserving of the idiot or moron epithet. He is following the script.

Where is the outrage directed at Infiniti?

Comment: Re:Nice (Score 2) 145

I just looked at the TFA. When I made my earlier comment, I did not realize the Ranger supercomputer was from University of Texas at Austin. UT Austin is, of course, where I spent my happy hours using 6600 serial 13, which was installed early on in my graduate school career. It was the main computer on campus during my stint as Asst. Prof. of CS, too.

Comment: Re:Nice (Score 1) 145

Where would you put it? It needs better environment than the typical garage. Plus, it is HUGE! Especially if you have the appropriate vintage peripheral equipment with it. And your power bill! Oh, the humanity.

I remember my many happy hours spent using 6600 serial 13. Especially because they were much fewer hours than I would have spent doing the same work on the CDC 1604 it replaced.

Comment: Re:Units! (Score 1) 176

Screen sizes are given in inches in New Zealand, though the country is metric for everything else. I don't know for sure, but my guess is that would be the same in Australia. When I was there, I did not go shopping for a screen.

New Zealand converted to metric in 1969. Many people still alive remember the Imperial units used before then (and there are lots of UK immigrants and lots of UK and US television and movies), so references to older units are still understood by most people in everyday conversation. For instance, fuel efficiency in automobiles is still referred to commonly as "mileage".

That does not compute.