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+ - What is Nothing? 7

Submitted by Paul Fernhout
Paul Fernhout (109597) writes "Fraser Crain explores the issue of "Whether there any place in the Universe where there's truly nothing?". That article is also discussed at phys.org. One comment there by Evgenij Barsoukov uses the rules for finding mathematical limits to compute the probability of the Universe coming into spontaneous existence out of absolute nothingness at 0.6...."

Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 1) 95

Yes, and I have a big problem with them being called "theories." They are at best hypotheses, and likely pure speculation. Scientists get mad when creationists say, "Oh, but you call it the THEORY of Evolution, that means it's not necessarily true!" and say creationists don't know the meaning of the word theory. Ok, then, use it correctly yourselves.

+ - Website Pays Dearly for Fighting Negative Review->

Submitted by WubbaDucki
WubbaDucki (548885) writes "An online retailer that threatened to "fine" a couple $3,500 for leaving a negative review online a website has now been ordered to pay $306,750 in compensation and legal fees. John and Jennifer Palmer won the verdict as compensation for KlearGear damaging their credit record with a bogus debt claim.

Back in 2009, Jennifer Palmer left a negative review of the company after it failed to deliver two desk toys ordered by her husband. Three years later, KlearGear demanded that the couple withdraw the review within 72 hours or face a fine of $3,500. The fine is for violating a non-disparagement clause in the company's terms of sale, which says that customers cannot write negative reviews about their products or purchases."

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+ - Computer Chronicles Now Streaming 24x7 on Justin.tv

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Some of us might remember the television series Computer Chronicles, created by Stewart Cheifet. It aired on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) during the mid 80's to early 2000's and documented the rise of the personal computer from its infancy to the immense market at the turn of the 21st century. Last week, the unofficial YouTube channel ComputerChroniclesYT announced they were streaming past episodes 24x7 live on Justin.tv."

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 230

by show me altoids (#46881947) Attached to: One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

People with heavy data processing requirements were mostly using DOS/VSE on S/370 and 4300 mainframes. No timesharing in DOS. It was still extremely common in industry to have people sitting with coding forms that were then passed to data preparation teams for punching. I've sat with teams painstakingly writing DOS JCL onto coding sheets.

If you were a larger user that could justify the investment in MVS, you could potentially use the Time Sharing Option, an interactive environment with a reputation for being cumbersome and inefficient - you'd only extend the "luxury "of using it to a comparatively few select people.

You didn't need MVS to do time sharing. 4300 series IBM mainframes ran VM/CMS which wasn't as hefty as MVS, true, but it could support many users.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 230

by show me altoids (#46880767) Attached to: One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983
I started as a freshman in Computer Science in 1981 and we had to use punched cards for the first semester. We had an IBM 4341 and started off in Watfive (the successor to Watfor, Waterloo Fortran). They had IBM 3277s and later 3278 terminals, but the intro class didn't get to use them until the next year; I was right at the tail end. Once again, when I got my first job in 1986 I had to use punched cards for 6 months until my Secret clearance came in because until I was cleared I couldn't log on. My boss just put his job card at the front of the deck and they would grab me the printout afterwards. This was probably against the rules, but we didn't deal with Secret data, nevertheless the rules were it was a secure computer and you had to be cleared to log on. After that, you guessed it, it was a 4341 departmental mini-mainframe with 3277 and 3278 terminals, and there was a large loud line printer and 9 track hand mounted tapes. Good times.

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