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Comment Re:Classic Cars (Score 1) 496

But don't you think those old cars have a certain something that makes them worth taking care of? I drive a 2000 Mitsubishi Colt (Mirage for all you 'Merkins) and I seriously doubt that in forty years time there will be a single one left. Not because it isn't perfectly good as a method of getting to where you want to go; more because it wasn't designed in the same mindset as that '59 Bel Air. It's a white good- 3 1/2 metres of car. The Bel Air was sold on the buyers' aspirations- my Colt was sold because the first owner preferred it to riding the bus to work.

Comment "old" computing is still prevelant in retail. (Score 1) 875

I work for a large UK supermarket chain (the largest, actually) and their computer systems and supporting software are pretty old. The tills run NT4 and the SBO/print queue manager is an IBM RS6000 (a PowerPC based machine, I believe) running OpenVMS.

The most up-to-date bits of kit are the checkout servers and the employee terminals- they run XP, but all of the software they run is either 16bit Windows stuff or terminal emulators to talk to that OpenVMS machine or the datacentres; having said that, I know of at least one store in our area that's still using an IBM 3151 orange-screen terminal. The in-house word processor is Ami Pro, a dreadful piece of software. I'd almost forgotten how annoying the 8.3 filename limit was :)

Anyway, with mission-critical stuff, the motto is usually "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". In our case, it seems to be "If it ain't completely broke, ignore it."

Comment Re:Looking forward... (Score 1) 213

I heard Douglas Adams quoted on the radio this morning. Seems to apply here.

"Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things."

Comment Re:Outstanding. (Score 1) 454

Populist, yes; right-wing, not so much anymore. They have Lib Dem deputy leader Vince Cable as a prominent columnist, and his politics are centre-left as far as I can see.

They've also been running a campaign to stop the extradition of Gary McKinnon. I've never been a fan of that particular paper, but they've been doing some good stuff recently.

Comment Re:Premium price, not premium PC (Score 1) 475

accelerometers to shut the hard drive off if the laptop falls

My dad's (fairly elderly) Thinkpad has this feature. It's a very good idea.

On that topic, Here's a cool little program for recent Mac laptops with the accelerometer chip that can measure the G force on the laptop. Has earned me some funny looks on trains :)

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