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Comment Re:Lame (Score 1) 168

>Less space than a Nomad

In all fairness, I rarely need to control more than one starship in battle at a time with my phone, so a fraction of Nomad's space works fine . . .


Comment Re:Only remove it for California (Score 1) 218

> But the 1st amendment is not a law in that respect

Yes, it is, as applied through the 14th, as are all other parts of the Bill of Rights "fundamental to the concept of ordered liberty." [*]

hawk, esq.

[*] And the establishment clause, which is applied, well, whenever a court feels like it . . .

Comment Re:Only remove it for California (Score 1) 218

>Well Hollywood better put a goddamn end to the
>practice. I, for one, am sick and tired of Hollywood
>using actual children to portray children in movies
>and television. They should be using only actors
>above the age of 18.

Uhm, isn't that that Matthew Broderick is for?

Although I think he's finally ready to play college students instead of high school . . . :)


Comment Re:The author of this software needs education. (Score 1) 80

Many years ago there was a proposal for the "Tux Virus."

The notion was that it would download a linux distribution with FVWM95 as the window manager, use Wine for the windows binaries, and probably include OpenOffice.

Some even deluded themselves that it would take the victim a while to notice.

Fortunately, those that had the actual ability to do this (that is, to come as close as possible; it's not like Wine was up to running random binaries) had better things to do, or had been taught better by their mothers.

Unfortunately, that was not the case for vigor, which actually got implemented . . .


Comment Re:Sorry, no (Score 1) 304

>One is never too old to play with toys

Exactly. They just change over time.

A couple of weeks ago, I got a pneumatic nail gun to put sheeting on the hothouse in my back yard. mmm.

Yesterday, I got the fuel tank back onto my '72 Cadillac Convertible.

Today, I was going to put a new water pump and fan clutch onto that '72, but I bought my wife a mustang convertible, so it's going to be a week or two.

We just get to buy more expensive toys as we get older . . .


Comment Re:It's more fun than ever (Score 1) 449

To the point that there were two 12k variants of the Apple ][.

One had 12k contiguous memory; the other had a gap so that you could use the hires graphics.

If you built your own plugs, you could power off and switch between the two. (there was a dip socket for each of the three banks which hard-wired the bank to it's memory address).

And then 16k chipsets dropped to $100, and everyone had 48k . . .


Comment Re:Fanboys, defend the hive! (Score 1) 268

My 1984 mac 128k still works, albeit with 512k now.

My 1991 Macintosh Potable would work if I replaced some capacitors.

I think I bought the MacClassic in 1991, and it still works.

My 1994 Powerbook 180 would work if I put the pieces back together; it's a victim of the IBM 2.5" scsi drives and their near-100% failure rate.

For that matter, I have a '95 or so thinkpad I bought used that would work if I fixed broken wires in the power supply cable, to say nothing of my working 1987 Tandy 102 . . .

And none of these have any influence on what my next machine will be. (most likely, replacing the HD with SSD on my 2012 iMac)

Comment Re:Why they are slow? (Score 1) 766

More likely a PDP-11 or a Vax, but there are other possibilities.

Gopher, etc. predated WWW.

For that matter, I used to have a program that would connect to a unix server and multiplex 7 virtual VT100 windows, of which about three would be running Lynx, on my 68000 based Macintosh Portable.


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