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Comment: Re:please explain this obsession w/ C64 (Score 1) 157

by TaoPhoenix (#46752423) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Taking you seriously, this is one of Nostalgia's finest moments.

A ton of us were *exactly* in the right range to use of the three or four Commodore comps from the mid 80's to change the worldview outlook forever. We don't pretend to do much more than hobby projects with them now. But those are the comps that *made us*. It was back when computing, and a little light hacking, was fun. The NSA wasn't (overly) noticeably destroying computer infrastructure. You could get a few long distance calls. Make a few Maze games. Make a couple of Eliza clones. Play seven Pacman clones. Ultimate Wizard. Bang out a homework essay and even get it to print.

It's about the Simpler Time. Nothing _____.

Comment: Re:I had a 128 for a while. (Score 1) 157

by TaoPhoenix (#46752297) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Awww, I gotta chime in here too.

I was at the crucial intersection of age, difficulty, and timing between C64 and C128. C64 proved too difficult to Non-Genius me at 9. C128's extra commands allowed me at 12 to create some thirty programs, just enough to taste programming, but still hit Go64 to play the old games. A couple times in the passing decades Commodore Basic was the only language I could whip up a quick test experiment without learning entire new languages. RIP C128.

Comment: Re:What version are they changing? (Score 1) 294

"I maintain my stance that Windows 9.5 will be the version that changes everything, with Windows 9.8 mostly getting it right."

Nice joke, but I'm actually hoping for this. It would be poetic justice.

Microsoft's new CEO (with a tough to remember name!) Satya Nadella at least seems to be coming from an engineering perspective rather than Steve B's pure marketing. So after he gets settled, I in fact really am hoping he'll be the next Dave Cutler who pulls a stunning new revision to Windows that really makes *almost everyone* happy. Then maybe it will get a Win95-98-2000-2001-Win7 type cleanup but in record time and set the tech world abuzz.

Comment: Re:Internet Exploder!? (Score 1) 1482

by TaoPhoenix (#46632841) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

But you think you're being cute about "Internet Exploder", right?

But go visit the page yourself!

Did they get hacked? The blue link button ACTUALLY SAYS "Internet Exploder"!!?

So what kind of mixed message is that?!

P.S. I saved a copy of the page in case it's actually a hack that gets reverted later. Such reversions could be post-April-Fools...

Comment: More info (Score 4, Informative) 49

by MRe_nl (#46628789) Attached to: Creating "Homo Minutus" — a Benchtop Human To Test Drugs

A homunculus is shaped from a mixture of clay, ashes, mandrake root, spring water, and one pint of the creatorâ(TM)s own blood. The materials cost 50 gp. The creatureâ(TM)s master may assemble the body or hire someone else to do the job.
After the body is sculpted, it is animated through an extended magical ritual that requires a specially prepared laboratory or workroom, similar to an alchemistâ(TM)s laboratory and costing 500 gp to establish. If the creator is personally constructing the creatureâ(TM)s body, the building and ritual can be performed together.

Comment: Re: In Australia (Score 1) 158

by TaoPhoenix (#46571667) Attached to: Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

I swear I've learned more 4th hand about Aussie Law on Slashdot than any year in college!

So the way this site works, we get about *eleven* countries chipping in!

USA of course, Australia apparently, Germany, three Scandinavian countries, four people from China and Iran as AC, Britain, Ireland, and your choice of four more!

The person who's taking you to lunch has no intention of paying.