"Now" is an expensive luxury. Don't be surprised it's priced rather luxuriously.
All of that means that you're buying your discounted hardware with your personal information and your willing agreement to be another statistic in their advertising numbers.
I suspect that's a fair trade for a lot of people, considering how little they actually value their privacy.
go home Sean Young, you're drunk
Fallout New Vegas has a man-portable 25mm automatic grenade launcher. It has an on-screen display scrolling what looks like code while the weapon is firing.
If this was the height of alternate-history pre-war embedded software technology, I can understand why derelict car engines can explode in a nuclear explosion.
TBH, we grub all kinds of dirt out of the ground and make the highest of high tech with it, so your statement is misleading. It's not strictly a dark ages thing. More like a "civilization on Earth" thing.
If you have a meaningful argument, that wasn't it.
True. Oldtimers like me don't really look back fondly on the birthday of the Web.
We did just fine with FTP and Gopher and NNTP. The 'net had a moderately high intellectual entry barrier. It was hard, and it was complicated. It was its own intelligence test. We didn't have to suffer fools gladly; fools couldn't even work the doorknob, let alone enter and sully us with their foolishness.
If I'm going to bravely cheer the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web, I may as well applaud the first day of the September that Never Ended. Damn dirty AOL'ers.
Berners-Lee is an Englishman, a Londoner for God's sake. You'd think he'd know the history of his own city and country.
You're right. The Magna Carta was practically signed at swordpoint. And, more importantly, it wasn't a charter of rights for all humanity: it was principally a charter of the rights and powers of the nobility: the barons on the non-pointy end of the swords. In this sense, perhaps the megacorp oligarchs could get a Magna Carta, but it wouldn't make a damn sniff of difference to us peasants.
At the very end of the 5 1/4" floppy era, the "High-Density" floppy used the same data rate, tracking, and recording density as the 8" 1.2M floppies. They were, in fact, 1.2M 5 1/4" floppies. Which is why their formatted capacity was different from 3.5" "high-density" equivalent, 1.44M.
Other than electrical needs (as 8" floppies often had their spindle motors directly powered by 120VAC line current), the high-density 5 1/4"s were used as a drop-in replacement for 8" floppies in the hobbyist retrocomputing community. (Not collectors, though; they'd want to keep the gear as cherry as possible.)
I'm wounded. I'm a troll, but not that kind; I'm the kind that lurks in caves or under bridges, but harmless because sunlight is an existential threat to me.
I wasn't really kidding, either. Those were my exact thoughts 30 years ago as I sat at my Z-100 computer logged into my local DEC machine (across the flight line) through a 300 baud acoustic modem, manually updating the system's HOSTS file from the latest "master copy" I FTP'd down from ISI.Good time... good times.
Yes, I can come up with a thousand free market answers. And yes, that pretty much answers your question.
Would you buy a vehicle from any company whatsoever if you knew that parts were difficult to acquire? A manufacturer can play a game with parts availability only if they don't plan to stay in business.
Maybe we should go back to renting our phones from ATT as well.
Since the Democrats are so big on propping up social security, then why are they trying so hard to ban smoking, trans-fats and large sodas? It seems the more bad habits people get, the easier it is to make sure that social security is around for future generations.
So you invite everyone in the world to submit their domain name and IP address on postcards?
Yes. HOSTS files. Exchange HOSTS files. Manually merge and edit them.
TBH, I thought DNS was going to be a fad.
(Yes, I'm capitalizing HOSTS because that's what it was called on the pre-historic TOPS-20 system I was using. I also thought that commie-pinko "unix" thing was also going to be a fad.)
Wait, isn't that when it turned into a poorly-concealed marketing vehicle for its corporate owners?