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Comment Re:IoT (Score 1) 43

There was a 64K RAMpack for the VIC-20, so if you used that, you wouldn't have run out of RAM. ;-)

That couldn't possibly have worked for BASIC programs, as the parent was talking about. The total addressable space of the 6502 was only 64K, so you couldn't have 64K of RAM and the BASIC interpreter and the KERNAL (not to mention e.g. video RAM etc.) at the same time.

Comment Re:Not like here... (Score 1) 39

I certainly would not be in favor of such mandatory registration, but... where does it actually run afoul of the First Amendment? Would this actually be "abridging the freedom of speech or of the press"? Assuming, that is, that there were no restrictions (apart from those that already exist, e.g. incitement to riot) placed on the content published on the registered sites?

Comment Re:i love infrastructure (Score 1) 465

but this is nuts... if the cost is {Y} and the profit per year is {X} then 500 years * {X} = {Y} roughly the cost, including building the roads/ rails to get to the bridge, greatly dwarfs, by many orders of magnitude

Where did the 500 come from? Show your work, please.

Comment Re:Why build one (Score 1) 465

It would be cheaper, but it would not achieve the same result. Ferries are slow and can only carry so much. Plus you need to load and unload, which adds cost and slows things down more. A train could ship consumer goods, or oil or coal, directly from Siberia or China (or India, if they play nice) all the way to New York without ever having to touch the product once in between.

Comment Re:Why build one (Score 1) 465

Americans seem to have some kind of habit doing that. Often when I go to Amazon to check some reviews, for example for a computer or a portable heater, there's always comments like "great product, have to grab a couple of more". It certainly is not always obvious to me why the reviewer would need the extra units.

I have six or seven computers. I'm sure I'm not the only person here who does. I don't have any portable heaters, but if I did I might possibly have more than one.

Comment Re:Concorde 2.0 (Score 1) 238

According to this article it made money every time it flew, about 30 millions British Pounds a year, but it never recouped the development costs.

Wow, thirty million pounds (i.e. about $50M), really? Compared to how much BA makes in a year on subsonic traffic? I can't imagine why Concorde didn't get more support.

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