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Comment: Re:Atari vs. Commodore (Score 1) 655

by racasper (#33094472) Attached to: Tribalism Is the Enemy Within, Says Shuttleworth

The tribalism quote reminds me of the 8-bit computer "wars" of the 1980's. Home computers were new, and there were so many different brands. Commodore 64, Apple 2, Atari 800, Texas Instruments, Sinclair, Radio Shack. There were very few standards, so each system had it's own chipset, languages, software, even data storage formats were different. There were RS232 serial and centronics port standards, but usually a company had their own type of connector, with their own printers, modems, cartridges, etc.

If you spent the money to buy a home computer system, then you had an "investment" in that technology. You kinda became an advocate by default, because if the users didn't promote their chosen brand, the company could fold. Without the company there'd be no new software developed for it, compatible peripherals would no longer be available, you might not even be able to get ribbons for your unique printer.

Computing tribalism was a form of competition.

Comment: Re:Space 1999 (Score 1) 922

by racasper (#30730820) Attached to: What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

I would love to see a "next generation" version of this show, call it SPACE 2099. The cast would be the children and grandchildren of the original characters, maybe an alien or two. Figure they only have one or two Eagles left, hacked together with spare parts. They probably have some new type of spacecraft they designed. There may only be about a dozen survivors left by that time, and they are still drifting through space on moonbase Alpha, experiencing weird space phenomena and aliens who may be helpful, disinterested in humanity, or dangerous.

Or, and please let them still be using the 1960's era computer that you program by pushing buttons and get output on little strips of paper!

In the sciences, we are now uniquely priviledged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand. -- Gerald Holton