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Comment Re:Failure imminent (Score 1) 165

The cassette recorder can be emulated too. There is a file format for C64 cassettes called TAP.

That said, the tape emulation can be sped up, and with the TAP loading from solid state memory, you get to miss out on hitting a load error, having to rewind the tape, and starting all over again 5 minutes for something to load. I have to admit, having the emulated tape takes all the fun out of it!

Comment Re:8 out of 10 for cool. 1 out of 10 for interesti (Score 1) 165

Said author is brilliant but suffers from schizophrenia. He hears multiple voices in his head and can't control them. He's almost impossible to talk to because of this, as he gets sidetracked and the "voice of God" leads him way off the rails.

That said, his OS is the best April Fools joke you can play on any one in your office. Remove their desktop hard drive and replace it with a disk that boots into this!

Comment What happened to the Romans? (Score 1) 351

This is the argument that usually gets the slam-dunk in discussions with racial supremacists of any ilk.
The fact that all civilizations form, collapse, and remorph is an element of evolution.

As for indigenous populations dying off... many of them interbreed with the local populations, while the rest of them engage in self-destructive behaviour (gambling, alcohol, and other vices) which in turn destroy what's left of their old communities.

Comment Re:That would be a good trick (Score 1) 1037

Humans obviously have a belief circuit that is exploited by organized religion.

Yes, and it's called the placebo effect. Derren Brown did a whole show on it.

Think of a large important building, where very important people work who dress in funny coats, and are surrounded by very expensive objects. These people have some very esoteric knowledge and many people visit them looking for healing. They promise that you'll get better if you do what they say, and follow their ritual a few times a day. People swear that what they do actually works.

So what is this place called?

No, it's not a church or temple.... it's a hospital.... but the principle is the same, although the hospital is somewhat more scientific.

Comment The Prince and the Magician (Score 2) 1037

The Prince and the Magician

Once upon a time there was a young prince, who believed in all things but three. He did not believe in princesses, he did not believe in islands, he did not believe in God. His father, the King, told him that such things did not exist. As there were no princesses or islands in his father's domaines, and no sign of God, the young prince believed his father.
But then, one day, the prince ran away from his palace. He came to the next land. There, to his astonishment, from every coast he saw islands, and on these islands, strange and troubling creatures whom he dared not name. As he searched for a boat, a man in full evening dress approached along the shore.
"Are those real islands?" asked the young prince.
"Of course they are real islands," said the man in evening dress.
"And those strange and troubling creatures?"
"They are all genuine and authentic princesses."
"Then God must also exist!" cried the prince.
"I am God," replied the man in full evening dress, with a bow.

The young prince returned home as quickly as he could.

"So you are back," said his father.
"I have seen islands, I have seen princesses, I have seen God," said the prince reproachfully.
The king was unmoved.
"Neither real islands, nor real princesses, nor a real God, exist."
"I saw them!"
"Tell me how God was dressed."
"God was in full evening dress."
"Were the sleeves of his coat rolled back?"
The prince remembered that they had been. The king smiled.
"That is the uniform of a magician. You have been deceived."
At this, the prince returned to the next land, and went to the same shore, where he once again came upon the man in full evening dress.
"My father the king has told me who you are," said the young prince indignantly. "You deceived me last time, but not again. Now I know that those are not real islands and real princesses, because you are a magician."
The man on the shore smiled.
"It is you who are deceived, my boy. In your father's kingdom there are many islands and many princesses. But you are under your father's spell, so you cannot see them."

The prince returned home. When he saw his father, he looked him in the eyes.
"Father, is it true that you are not a real king, but only a magician?"
The king smiled, and rolled back his sleeves.
"Yes, my son, I am only a magician."
"Then the man on the shore was God."
"The man on the shore was another magician."
"I must know the real truth, the truth beyond magic."
"There is no truth beyond magic," said the king.
The prince was full of sadness.
He said, "I will kill myself."
The king by magic caused death to appear. Death stood in the door and beckoned to the prince. The prince shuddered. He remembered the beautiful but unreal islands and the unreal but beautiful princesses.
"Very well," he said. "I can bear it."
"You see, my son," said the king, "you too now begin to become a magician." -

--Adapted from "The Magus" by John Fowles

Comment Re:Egads! (Score 1) 535

Hahaha! Good one! Next they should partner with a dildo company so that you can only use the Oculus Rift when you have a copy of Zuck's cock up your ass.

Be careful what you wish for.... like the VHS, DVD, and internet before it, all the device needs is some porn to give it the push it needs to go mainstream.

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