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Comment Re:Donkey Kong Anyone? (Score 1) 283

The third annual Kong Off will run this Friday through Monday.

Lots of places to play even if you're not competing.

Denver, CO: The 1-Up (official Kong-off location)
New Hampshire: Funspot
Portland, OR: Ground Kontrol
Vegas: Pinball Hall of Fame (might not have Donkey Kong, but it sure is fun.)
SF Bay Area: Pacific Pinball and High Scores, and many more smaller spots.

Who's missing from this list? Where's your town's reboot of the vintage arcade?

Comment Re:They printed off assembler (Score 1) 211

I remember that. For whatever reason 3d0g would get me out of it. I was just a kid and had no idea what to do with the gibberish that the assembler would spit out at me. I just knew how to get out and back to my prompt.

CALL -151: Think "65536-151" - jump to $FF69, which was the monitor ROM entry point.

3D0G: 0x3D0, "Go": Run the code that DOS put at location $03D0. I believe it was a 4C BF 9D, as in, JMP $9DBF, which was the DOS 3.3 entry point/warm start routine.

Damn, I'm old. After a long and convoluted ride through the IT world, I got to retire early because I spent my early teenage years messing around with that sort of thing. It was pure luck that I got my hands on the right machine at the right time, developed a love of computing at a time when home computers were regarded as nothing more than means to store recipes (mom), do taxes (dad), or play games (kids).

Anyways. Thanks, Apple guyz, for putting a disassembler into ROM. It's only been in the past few years that I realized just how much of an impact that comparatively minor technical decision had on my life.

Comment Re:Helium Leaks (Score 1) 297

>Can I call this planned obsolescence yet?

It's called a tolerance interval.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tolerance_interval

If 95% of your drives should last 5 years, you'd give a warranty that long to persuade customers to buy them over the other brands. Even at the far end of the bell curve you'll cover drives that have a much higher rate of failure because a large portion of the customer base will not RMA them for many issues, mostly because after 5 years something much better is out or they are lazy.

Comment Re:Passwords are property of the employer (Score 5, Insightful) 599

Well, first a bunch of time has passed giving people time to think. It's not an 'unfolding story' either, all the details are out there. And lastly, 5 years is time for many slashdotters to get older/grow up. It's easy to make a weird judgement on property when you're young and don't have any, but all of a sudden you're 30 and you have a house, car, and a well paying job you tend to look at things differently.

Comment Re:Another one that has turned evil (Score 1) 258

If you look to deliver exceptional value in just one market you are going to get your lunch ate eventually. Microsoft dominated the desktop OS market for years, then all of a sudden Apple, and now Google have taken over the phone/tablet market while the desktop market continues to shrink. Microsoft didn't try to provide exceptional value to the phone market for years (WinCE and its 6 versions of the OS were total crap for that purpose). Microsoft has also spent billions in the console market and only has done marginally well, but it has kept Sony and other competitors from making inroads too far in to it's OS/gaming market because of it.

Comment Re:sweatshop (Score 1) 258

>Or will you pass a law against that, too?

No, eventually you make all the businesses pay huge amounts in taxes for using robots to support social welfare, unless you want to end up in a Manna world. http://www.marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm

Unless of course, you want millions of unemployed hungry people to riot and burn your infrastructure down.

Comment Re:"apex predators" (Score 2) 258

>Except Amazon can't consume anyone's business. A customer decides where to spend money.

Yea. You don't understand how 'huge' business works.

Once you're big enough you can afford lobbying solely in your favor. With size you can use the 'walmart effect' by buying so much production the manufactures are more dependent on your then the smaller shops. When it comes down to it, the most powerful influence of consumers is price. If you have a huge enough amount of capitol you can find ways to sell your product cheaper then cost while remaining legal.

Comment Re:Good riddance (Score 1) 292

>their support told us to update the firmware on the drive, which bricked it. They then refused to return/repair the drive because "firmware updates void your warranty."

I think my response to OCZ would have been: "I am contacting my state attorney general and petitioning that your products be banned from sales here."

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