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Comment TRS-80 (Score 1) 370

I got my first TRS-80 Model I (Level II) back in 1980, when I was 13.

When you turned the computer on, it presented you with a prompt where you could just start entering BASIC.

Many of us would carefully enter BASIC code printed in the pages of 80 Micro magazine. You couldn't help but learn coding...

Comment Re:I might be interested... (Score 1) 78

I'm not interested until the manufacturer puts a sticker on the box (or its balls on the table) certifying full Linux support: hardware well integrated, all features supported, especially graphics and powersaving and so on.

Obviously the loss of you, and the approximately 31 other people worldwide that have the same opinion, will bankrupt HP.

In all seriousness, you and your brethren are not the target market.

Comment Re:And you shouldn't be.... (Score 1) 254

How exactly do you get into an iTunes account to clone an iPhone so it's identical to the one you've swapped out? Including photos, music, texts, emails...

And where inside an iPhone do you implant a bug and how do you keep it charged? And how do you receive the signal from a bug all over a city? Sounds like you've been watching too many James Bond movies....

Comment Re:And you shouldn't be.... (Score 1) 254

So cops never solved crimes before telephones existed?

Of course they did - But 100 years ago it was much easier to get away with crime.

If you robbed or killed someone in Boston and then hopped a train to Chicago to start a new life, odds were very good you'd get away with it - Unless someone paid Pinkerton's to track you down.

Comment Re:Dear god no (Score 1) 331

Do people in the USA lack the basic ability to get along with others?


When I travel to the USA on business trips I'll sometimes go to a movie in the evening (otherwise I'd just be doing email and it's not like you're going to go on a summer stroll in the evening in somewhere like Houston). There are lots of Americans in the theatre behaving well and having a good time.

It's people on Slashdot that lack the basic ability to get along with others.

Comment Re:And you shouldn't be.... (Score 1) 254

Try doing your job the old fashioned way..

The "old fashioned" way used to be to get a warrant and tap your landline. Can't do that anymore because the phone is encrypted, or the suspects chat via text. "OId fashioned" way used to be to get a warrant and search your house for evidence - Can't do that any more because the evidence is in an encrypted file...

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