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Comment rubbish (Score 1) 203

It seems to me that modern kids talk to their friends a lot more that. I ever used to! When I was 15, being social was getting you mate to bring his computer around so you could play linked games by serial port. I had maybe 2 or 3 good friends I saw outside of school. Today our kids regularly talk online to many more people, have better grammar and writing skills and enjoy being social online. P.s. I met my wife on icq.

Comment no idea (Score 1) 562

I used to buy the computer mags for Amiga, Atari St, even as far back as BBC micro. It's certainly how I got my first copies of Bryce, Poser, etc. And faster than typing programmes in on the BBC ! Now I just subscribe to New Scientist. I might buy the occasional photography magazine if the cover grabs my attention. Most of what I want to read now is free and online but in the summer there's nothing better than sitting outside with a magazine. I have no idea what US magazines are like for comparison.

Comment 40MB (Score 1) 163

I bought my first PC compatible Epson Apex in 1991 with a 40 megabyte hard drive. I had so much data on it I was running Stacker to do real-time compression giving nearly 80 megabytes for DOS 4.01 and Windows 3.0. Floppy disks held 720 A few years later I bought a 300 megabyte drive for my Amiga A1200. I remember clearly costing £300, but being massive! Now I have a network server for mass storage with a two 2 terrabyte drives installed and room for seven more drives. I'll just buy them as I need them, as obviously prices plunge as fast as sizes increase.

Comment BASIC rocks (Score 2) 709

I worked for 11 years writing payroll applications in a version of basic. It powered a significant number of payroll systems in the UK and probably accounts for most people's wage slips even today. Now I write web sites in ASP, running VBScript. BASIC lives and will always have a place.

British ISPs Respond On Filtering 163

An anonymous reader writes "UK ISPs have responded to culture minister Ed Vaisey's comments regarding pervasive, opt-out only porn filtering, bringing up many of the technical and civil-liberties issues also raised on Slashdot. In response to the government proposal, Nicholas Lansman, secretary general of the Ispa industry body, said: 'Ispa firmly believes that controls on children's access to the internet should be managed by parents and carers with the tools ISPs provide, rather than being imposed top-down.' Trefor Davies, chief technology officer at ISP Timico, commented that 'Unfortunately, it's technically not possible to completely block this stuff. You end up with a system that's either hugely expensive and a losing battle because there are millions of these sites or it's just not effective. The cost of putting these systems in place outweigh the benefits, to my mind.' Mr. Davies also feared that any wide-scale attempt to police pornographic content would soon be expanded to include pirated pop songs, films and TV shows. 'If we take this step it will not take very long to end up with an internet that's a walled garden of sites the governments is happy for you to see,' he said."

Comment Old parts cost more (Score 1) 102

I decided to buy an old refurbished server last month, except the RAM I needed is so rare now it costs 4 times as much as the server. If I wanted to fit a graphics card, I'd have to pay over-the-odds to get one suitable. People replace old PC's when they break because new ones are cheaper and faster.

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