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Comment: Re:C=128 (Score 5, Informative) 165

by scsirob (#48010271) Attached to: Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

Too bad no company ever came up with a killer 8-bit machine. Z80 CPU, more than 64 kB RAM, sound and graphics like SID and VIC-II.

Really? Ever heard of MSX? See:
It came with graphics, sprites (TMS9918/9929) and was a standard design carried by several manufacturers.

Comment: Re:Actually against Islam (Score 1) 974

by scsirob (#47930217) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

ISIS is islam in all its gory detail. Muslims all over the world get up in arms, and riot over as much as a pencil drawing of their bloody prophet, but are entirely silent over the atrocities performed by IS in the name of their religion. Therefor I conclude that they all to some degree agree with the methods of IS.

There's a recent video on Youtube, where Brigitte Gabriel puts it plain and simple; The Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant. Look it up.
Islam is the worst cancer ever to come to humanity.

Comment: I can simply ignore all health and diet advice (Score 5, Insightful) 291

by scsirob (#47881067) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Just about everything that is bad for you today is being negated a few years later. Can't find the link today, but at one point "research" showed that jeans were responsible for higher risk of cancer. So I will just continue to live my life and enjoy it to the fullest. If something kills me, at least I had a good time.

Comment: I want my money back (Score -1, Troll) 427

by scsirob (#47862241) Attached to: UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

For the past decade I have been taxed the hell out of, all for the savior of our planet. All to reduce emissions, lower pollution and stop Global Warming (which has conveniently been renamed to Climate Change).

Apparently all for nothing. Taxing the hell out of ordinary people makes zero difference on CO2 emissions. So can I please have my money back???

Comment: Re:The key bit (Score 1) 542

by scsirob (#47799665) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

I find it quite interesting that sharia which has to be taken literally and has not changed in a thousand years, has anything to say about internet speeds. So somewhere over 1000 years ago a bearded guy sat in a tent, writing "Thou shalt not surf the interwebs over more than 14.4k Baud...". These guys are goood..

Comment: Re:Everything old is new again. (Score 1) 193

by scsirob (#47740877) Attached to: Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

^^^^ This. Tape is very robust. Last year I restored 15 tapes with old Netware 5 from SDLT. For test I have read 8mm MP tapes from the early 90's and still can read every bit off of them.

I have more trust in reading back a 10-year old tape than any writable optical media, or even harddisks for that matter. Leave a harddisk to gather dust for several years and chances are it won't start up.

Comment: Re:Why not the "boring" Tape storage? (Score 1) 193

by scsirob (#47740873) Attached to: Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

That is a load of b*ll.. LTO tapes are serpentine recording and tape positioning is pretty fast. The average time to reach any file on a tape is half the time it takes to spool it from one end to the other.

You are not 'trying to find' anything on tape, the software does that for you. Check out LTFS.

Comment: Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (Score 2) 391

by scsirob (#47576849) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Mine was a bit later than that, but around 1982 I built a CP/M system using a Z-80 compatible HD64180. BYTE ran some articles back then (Chaos Manor) but I could not afford the boards. So I designed my own on breadboard (10x16cm experimenters PCB) with an Elektor 64-pin A/C backplane bus. I added 256KB RAM (The HD64180 had some crude bank switching mechanism), and later on build a floppy disk controller. Later on I added a separate Z-80 based video card and keyboard controller, and to top it off a SASI (no typo, Shugard Associates Systems Interface, not SCSI) controller. That attached to an Adaptec ACB4070 SASIRLL controller and a 10MB harddisk. Needed to partition it, as CP/M couldn't go beyond 8MB

I wrote my own BIOS for it, and implemented ZCPR-2. Looking back I just can't imagine how I ever found the time.

Feel free to play on my lawn ;-)

Comment: Minutes ago... (Score 1) 391

by scsirob (#47576777) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

I just literally minutes ago finished soldering the last connections to a NUC board that I will be using in a mobile project. Added RS-232 using FTDI modules, added a CarPC power controller, made a nice little chassis to cram it all in a tiny aluminum box, put an SSD on the bottom of the chassis and it's running!

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir