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Comment: Re:Amiga forever (Score 1) 742

by necronom426 (#46333591) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

I could have wrote that. I'll never have anything but hatred for M$. I was a big fan of CBM (PET, Vic-20, C64, A500, A1200) and was using my Amiga until 2001. I still miss the RAM disk (I haven't found a similar one on a PC to this day, that re-sizes) a lot, and the ASSIGN command (in general use as a standard way of doing things), and the URL going into the comments field when I download things, the instantaneous feedback from the OS, screen handling, and many, many other things. It was a joy to use, and M$ took over. I hate them. That is all.

Comment: QNX, fantastic! (Score 1) 314

by necronom426 (#46333113) Attached to: Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

About 15 years ago when I was still using my Amiga every day, there was talk of QNX being part of the Amiga's future. I got a demo on a 1.44Mb floppy and tried it out. It booted from the floppy into a GUI OS with a web browser, text editing program, demos, etc. I was amazed at what they'd squeezed onto one disk. Then of course nothing happened with that and the Amiga, but it's always been there in the back of my mind about how great this tiny OS was.

Fast forward to last week, and I get a new car. A 13 reg. Ford Fiesta. I flick through the Sync manual and was horrified to see the Microsoft logo. Seriously, Microsoft software is in my car!!!!? Arghhh! This is a nightmare I joked about decades ago.

Now my least favourite OS gets replaced by one of my favourites. I REALLY hope I can upgrade it, as I heard a few days ago that they are going to allow people to download the software themselves and install from the USB port.

Comment: Re:brighter? (Score 1) 376

by necronom426 (#46227011) Attached to: Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

I hate those horrible blue lights that some cars have these days. They are blinding. But worse, are the back lights that strobe! They are more dangerous than the headlights. I have to look away from them as they freak my eyes out. So I end up driving along behind a breaking car looking away from the direction I'm going in! How are these allowed? I'm thinking of getting a new car soon, and one of the things I'll be looking at are the lights. If it has LED lights at the back, or the blue blinding lights in the front, I won't consider it.

These laser ones sound worse than the blue ones.

Comment: Re:meeses (Score 1) 361

by necronom426 (#45684669) Attached to: How long do your computer mice last?

I still use a "proper" mouse with a ball. I got it in 2000/2001 and it's still as good as it was on the day I bought it. I probably have to clean it once every 3 months or more (which takes about 30 seconds). It's never been any trouble. I've had optical mice magically start moving about on the screen without me doing anything, so I'll stick with my reliable one (A Genius NetScroll+).

Comment: I loved Myst on the Amiga (Score 1) 374

I got this on CD for my Amiga, and loved it. I think it had the best graphics out of all the original versions (the pre-rendered ones), as I remember reading something about the number of colours being better than the PC and Mac versions, because of the later release. It did struggle a bit with the Quicktime videos, but overall it was excellent. I got Riven on the Playstation and got a PS mouse just to play that one game.

The books were brilliant, too.

Comment: Re:I'm obviously missing something... (Score 1) 132

by necronom426 (#44484407) Attached to: Wi-Fi Pineapple Hacking Device Sells Out At DEF CON

If that's the case, then why not sell bombs in kit form at the show?

It looks like they sold out because they were ready made and you could just pick one up. I doubt a lot of these people would have got one if they had to research it, buy parts, build it, etc.

I can understand government and professional organisations having things like this, but not for them to be unregulated and available to buy from a stall. It seems crazy to me.

Comment: I'm obviously missing something... (Score 1) 132

by necronom426 (#44484277) Attached to: Wi-Fi Pineapple Hacking Device Sells Out At DEF CON

I don't know anything about this type of device, but looking in from the outside, the question springs to mind "How is this legal?"

It's for hacking into networks, right? Isn't that against the law, like, EVERYWHERE? It says "Stealth Access Point for Man-in-the-Middle attacks" - that sounds illegal. It also says "Easily concealed and battery powered " - nothing dodgy going on there!

How can this be used for good? Maybe a few people may use it to test the security of their network, but that's clearly not what it's for.

I'd have thought that the police would be all over this, but like I said, I'm obviously missing something.

+ - Documentary to tell the story of the UK games industry

Submitted by necronom426
necronom426 (755113) writes "For those of us who grew up in the '80s there are many interesting tales of how the games industry developed. The UK has it's own set of unique stories, and two film makers are documenting it in their film From Bedrooms to Billions. If you had a Spectrum or C64, or get nostalgic if someone mentions Julian Rignall, Oliver Frey, Rob Hubbard, Andrew Braybrook, David Braben, Jon Hare, Jeff Minter, Matthew Smith, Martin Galway, Zzap!64, Crash, etc., then you might want to take a look."

Comment: How are mobile phones legal then? (Score 1) 64

by necronom426 (#42279927) Attached to: Current Radio Rules Mean Sinclair ZX Spectrum Wouldn't Fly Today

I've always wondered how mobile phones are allowed to exist when they interfere with anything that has speakers. I remember circa 1999 when I started noticing this strange d d d...d d d coming from computer speakers at work. We eventually realised it was that someone had a mobile phone in the room. Our VT terminals once completely freaked out when someone made a call and ever since I've wondered how this is allowed.

I remember hearing that the Vic 20 was delayed because it needed to have shielding added, and I've never noticed interference from any device apart from phones. Even new ones cause terrible interference on radios. My Dad has a Blackberry and he can't put it in the small holder near his radio as it constantly makes noises on it.

Can anyone explain any of this?

Comment: I stopped watching adverts about 20 years ago (Score 1) 383

by necronom426 (#42279683) Attached to: Ban On Loud TV Commercials Takes Effect Today

The volume was so annoying that every time the adverts came on I was having to press the volume down button for a while, then put it back up again when the programme came back on. I got sick of that quite quickly, so I started muting it, and/or turning over to another channel or going on the internet to read a forum or a site like this. I think I've only seen one full advert break in the last few years when I was watching someone else's TV and didn't have a choice.

It's too late now, as I'll never watch adverts because of that (and equally because of the annoyance/stupidity of them), so if they did this in the UK I'm beyond caring any more.

Comment: In England... (Score 1) 632

by necronom426 (#41588247) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?

I was using mainly PETs (we probably had about 7 or 8 of them), though I did my 'O' Level project on the BBCs (we had about 5 or 6). We also had a Research Machines 380Z, though I don't remember ever using it or seeing it running anything.

This was from about '82 - '87.

The computer teacher also brought his Vic-20, then C64 into school, and we'd play on those outside of lessons.

We learnt to program in BASIC, the history of computing, flowcharts, etc.

Great times.

Comment: Dump the excess on the moon (Score 1) 521

by necronom426 (#40541267) Attached to: Sea Level Rise Can't Be Stopped

What we need is a storage tank in geostationary orbit and a big pipe going from a platform in the sea up to it, with a huge pump on either end pushing/sucking the water up (this might not be possible without it ripping itself apart with the weight). Then a shuttle to run from the tank to a landing site on the moon where the water is pumped into a large lake.

Not cheap, but losing something like 10% of the worlds wealth (in towns and cities) is quite expensive, too.

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson