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Comment Commodore VIC-20 (Score 1) 857

My first computer was the VIC-20, bought in 1983. "3,583 Bytes Free" greeted me every day. I eventually got the 8K expansion card, giving me a little over 8K of available RAM. I used a 1530 Datasette for storage and a 1660 modem (300bps). I still remember being able to keep up with 300bps: so slow I was able to read text as it came down the line. I still have the VIC-20, but the AC adapter is dead. :-(

Less than 2 years later, I bought a Commodore 64 - I believe late 1984 or early 1985. "38911 Basic Bytes Free". I eventually equipped it with a 1541 floppy disk drive, a 1670 modem (1200bps) and a non-Commodore dot matrix printer. I used that Commodore 64 during my last year of high school and, later, through my college career. It was quite the workhorse.

In 1992, I bought my first "PC compatible" computer, a Packard Bell that had a 386 SX-20 processor, 130mb hard drive and, I think, 512k RAM. It also had 5-1/4" and 3.5" floppy drives and I put in a 1200bps modem. It had a 14" monitor which I still used for my nearly-headless NAS server until about 2016, when I decided I wanted more desktop real estate. If you put that monitor into 1024x768 @60Hz, your eyes would explode from the jitter. :-)

Comment Disclaimer certainty (Score 4, Insightful) 133

Probable disclaimer from Microsoft:

Users of Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac OSX may find certain features of Visual Studio do not function as expected under the Mac OSX platform. For those users, we recommend using Visual Studio on a Microsoft Windows-based platform, to improve reliability.


You didn't really expect us to write quality software for a competing OS that didn't eventually drive you over to Windows, did you? Silly user...

Comment Nice summary (Score 1) 361

"...comes with 'incredible extreme' all-metal body..."
"The touch strip offers on-screen button..."
"Schiller, Apple SVP, said it was time Apple gotten rid of the dedicated function keys"
"Apple says, twice as larger than the older one"

Summary written by Tomik and Bellgarde:

Comment Are consumers REALLY asking for this? (Score 5, Insightful) 446

It seems to me that this is an example of corporations quite clearly forcing consumers into something they don't want. They only way to stop them is to NOT buy these devices.

I have 2 older iPods, a smartphone, a surround sound a/v receiver, CD players, MP3 players, ancient transistor radios, etc., and NONE of them work with USB headphones. All of them work with standard audio jacks. I'm not investing in new headphones, dongles, cables, etc.

Comment Re:Hardware Switch (Score 4, Insightful) 107

This would be an ideal solution, however...
In an NSA/corporation controlled world, we must be mindful of what smartphone manufacturers define as "hardware switch". By definition, such a switch would use physical/mechanical hardware to completely deactivate the hardware itself (in this case, the radio). However, I can tell you now that if smartphone manufacturers have any say, any hardware switch" would merely trigger a software action that would put the phone into Airplane mode. Thus, we end up needing Snowden's device to make sure the radio is truly deactivated.

Comment Re:Hardware Switch (Score 1) 107

Taking the battery out is not an appropriate solution in this case. I think the underlying idea here is that certain functions of a smartphone are required in some situations, but the smartphone's tendency to "call home" under those situations may be undesirable. Removing the battery defeats both: sure, the smartphone can no longer call home but, with no battery, I am also unable to take notes, use the calculator or view documents previously saved to the smartphone's memory.

Comment About time... (Score 1) 75

In all of the organizations I worked in over my 15 year I.T. career, we were never able to defend from all of those "shadow IT" computers employees would bring from home. I mean, despite corporate policy specifying against doing that, there's just no possible way to prevent rogue Mac, Linux and Commodore 64 computers from joining secure domains and having complete access to the network.

Thank you, HP, for saving us all!
(insert eye roll here)

Comment Re:Brings a new meaning... (Score 1) 220

> "as you spin out, pulling a 365."

Microsoft won't let you complete a 365. If you make such an attempt, an automated check for an Office365 license occurs; if no license key is found, Windows Genuine Advantage will notify you of illegal software, stop the car's spin at 365 degrees and disable braking functions (I'm assuming brakes are an add-on, only available with an Office365 license).

Comment Re:New news about Old software (Score 1) 92

It sounds to me as though you think nobody is affected by this. The study refers to phones that are already in service and at an age where many people are considering trading up to newer devices -- potentially falling victim to a huge privacy and security issue. I have an Android device right beside me that falls into this category. It never occured to me -- until now -- that the factory reset function could potentially fail to sanitize its data storage. T-Mobile is my carrier and there have been exactly zero operating system updates available to my device since 2013, so I don't get any of the fancy, new factory reset functionality that newer Android versions have.

This study's authors have done a terrific job in warning me of a privacy/security issue. Kudos.

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