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Comment: Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 626

He was quoting Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore International. Commodore's computers enjoyed over a decade of success against Apple and IBM as well as the game systems of the late 1970s through early 1980s because they were unorthodox and clever with their marketing (Commodore computers were sold at toy stores in the same display cases as electronic game consoles, for example), they ruthlessly found ways to cut prices, and they didn't even bother trying to be the next IBM. Commodore was successful because they didn't play in the boundaries of the established computer and electronics industries. That's what the point of the statement was.

Comment: Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 626

The computer company that beat the pants off both Apple and IBM in the home computer market throughout all of the 1980s and the start of the 1990s until Tramiel left (and then it all went to shit due to gross mismanagement).

Comment: Re: And it's not even an election year (Score 1) 407

There are about 60,000 eligible households in the sample for this survey...Every month, one-fourth of the households in the sample are changed, so that no household is interviewed for more than 4 consecutive months.

Approximately 115,610,216 households in the United States.

Despite the BLS claim that "The CPS sample is selected so as to be representative of the entire population of the United States," it is difficult to believe that 0.057% of all households in the United States being sampled monthly results in accurately representative unemployment figures.

Comment: Re:What does this mean for Firefox OS? (Score 0) 38

by Jody Bruchon (#49407227) Attached to: Forking Away: OnePlus Introduces Android-Based OxygenOS
Let's be fair: that was on a $35 phone. Android phones that cost that amount are pretty clunky to use. The criticisms may still be valid but it needs to be clear that the hardware Ars Technica tested was abysmal even compared to the original HTC Dream (excluding the 1 GHz CPU) and to quote Ars directly: "The $35 price tag should color every sentence you read about the device. Though it is so cheap that most flaws can be forgiven, we still feel it's our duty to point them out."

Comment: Re:Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 407

by Jody Bruchon (#49356861) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
Yep...Compute's Gazette and MLX. I remember why I hate that fart-buzz sound now: MLX had a checksum byte and if you typed the line wrong, it would fart-buzz at you and make you punch it in again. I'd have to say it was worth it to play Crossroads II: Pandemonium. Dear god, that game was stimulating.

Comment: Re:Pro-consensual (Score 1) 765

No, they're complaining because having a new trumped-up social injustice to screech about every few days is part of their identity and they wouldn't feel like special snowflakes without it. What's most interesting is that the people complaining about DICSS are being a thousand times more rude, offensive, vulgar, and anti-social than the whole DICSS joke ever was. If anything, he's broadcasting to women who are actually level-headed and socially capable that he has a sense of humor and isn't going to live in fear of some bigoted professional victim admonishing him.

Comment: Re:I can't wait for the Linus Torvalds rant over t (Score 1) 362

by Jody Bruchon (#49309717) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers
Don't forget that OEMs now sell lots of computers with no CSM boot option and only ACPI 5.0 tables which Windows 7 and below can't read and crash on boot claiming that the computer isn't ACPI-compliant. Even if you try to boot Windows 7 via UEFI, the ACPI 5.0 tables will block it completely, so such machines are forcibly Windows 8 or higher with no option to downgrade available.

Comment: Re:Bootablt utilities. (Score 1) 362

by Jody Bruchon (#49309707) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers
A thousand times this. Tons of diagnostic and repair software runs outside of Windows environments. Windows has also been removing all troubleshooting and repair capabilities from consumer operating systems since Windows 8. No safe mode (unless you can boot into normal mode, how fucking useless) and no boot menu (unless you can boot into normal mode AGAIN, and no, *the shift-F8 thing doesn't actually work*) and not even any boot media included with the computers anymore. Hard drive failure? Fuck you and your data too, plus you don't get any media to install with once you replace the drive. Go buy a new computer!

There will be corporate heads on a pike when normal people start being bitten hard by this nonsense.

Comment: Re:Make it DARKER dammit. (Score 1) 233

by Jody Bruchon (#49164175) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek
That's part of the point of TNG. They did an excellent job of chipping away at the sanitized image of all those characters with little hammers over the years. Take a semi-Utopian advanced human society and reveal all their flaws, because our flaws are part of what make us human in the first place. Picard might have been a clean looking leader in the beginning but we learned over many seasons that he's reclusive and dislikes kids and barely avoided being kicked out of the Academy and doesn't always make good decisions, like flying into a big ass meteor only to be sealed in by a Romulan ship he knew was out there. TNG and TOS are two sides of a humanity coin: one shows how we are and what's great about it, the other shows how we think we want to become and how that's not as perfect a thing as we envision.

Comment: Re:Live (Score 4, Insightful) 233

by Jody Bruchon (#49164133) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek
Surprisingly, you've stated my opinion better than I think I could have. The death of Gene Roddenberry and the slow decline of Star Trek seem to have coincided. It makes a LOT of sense if you watch the various older shows and films and "making of" specials about Star Trek TOS and TNG. Gene had a vision and Gene made Star Trek what it was. After his death, some of the people who worked with him (like Jonathan Frakes) did a decent job of keeping his vision around, but few who watch, say, Voyager (and have seen TOS/TNG) would say that Voyager is generally a better series.

The newer Trek creators have forgotten that Star Trek is about exploring the nature and folly of humanity. Futuristic space exploration just happens to be an excellent container to ship it in.

According to the latest official figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.