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Comment Re:Come on, complete the mystery. (Score 1) 179 179

About thirty years ago I picked up the single-line landline phone on my desk to make a call and discovered that a conversation was already in progress on it. Two people were discussing a divorce, of all things. I quietly hung up the phone and picked it up again and got the dial tone that I expected to hear.

I guess that the telephone company's switch had some sort of a glitch the first time I picked up the phone.

Comment Re:woo (Score 2) 62 62

I used to have a Commodore Vic-Modem (300bps) that came with a rotary-dial phone that had the Commodore name printed on the front of it. The phone was actually made by Norhern Telecom, so it wasn't an actual Commodore-manufactured phone.

To use that modem you dialed the number on the telephone and then flipped a switch to engage the modem.

I just now found a picture of that setup here:

Comment Talk to a lawyer (Score 5, Informative) 99 99

Your only real options are to ignore this issue and have your apps disappear, or discuss this with a lawyer who specializes in US trademark law. And bring your wallet if you choose the second option.

Welcome to the world of doing business in the United States of America in the 21st century.

Is it fair? Not really. Is it reasonable? Not really. Is it reality? Yes.

Sorry about that, Chief! But that's the way the law currently works.

(I don't live in or do business in the USA. And I like it that way.)

Comment Re:Anonymous advertisers (Score 1) 113 113

"Host your own ads" is something only big sites can implement obviously.
I can (and occasionally do) sell advertising to local businesses that want to advertise on my website.
No middleman, no profit-share, and I know exactly who and what I'm advertising on what is, after all, MY website.

Comment Always nice to collect money for no work (Score 2) 148 148

It's nice to be able to collect money from others in exchange for absolutely nothing.

How can you steal someone's idea if you actually came up with it independently? That should be enough to invalidate their patents on its own. If you and I both come up with the same idea at around the same time, then that idea is "obvious".

Comment Now if they will sell them without MS Windows (Score 5, Insightful) 161 161

If they will sell them without MS Windows (and the "secure" bios and so forth and so on) then I'll be interested.

It used to be that I could zip down to Staples and purchase a laptop, bring it home, format it, install my favourite Linux version, and life would go on.

The last time I tried that I spent TWO SOLID DAYS at Staples trying to find a laptop that would boot with my Linux "live cd" flash drive.

I guess that the next time I need a laptop I'll have to mail order it from one of the Linux Laptop vendors that advertise online if I want something that will work properly.

Comment Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 3, Informative) 492 492

the structure of the program is easier to read in C.
I agree, but with the proviso that the C indentation style is what you're used to reading and like to see.
I personally am one of those weirdos that likes whitesmiths style since the functions and whatnot are well separated and program structure is easy to deduce by looking at the indentation.
In fact, I use Artistic Style to convert any C code that I'm planning to study into whitesmiths style just to save my sanity.
I keep meaning to learn to use cscope for this stuff, but somehow never quite get around to it.

Comment Looks like a dud. (Score 1) 98 98

Box Office Mojo reports that it took in $1.4 million on Friday, which puts it into eighth place, and it "could wind up with less than $4 million over the three-day weekend, which would be one of the worst debuts ever for a movie playing in at least 2,500 locations."

It is better to never have tried anything than to have tried something and failed. - motto of jerks, weenies and losers everywhere