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Comment Re:MUMPS, ancient and rarely used (Score 1) 166

The Digital Equipment Corporation's VAX line was entirely compatible with MUMPS ( I guess you could say that VAX did nothing to destroy MUMPS, and in fact, was instrumental in its spread, seeing how integral DEC computers were to the greater Boston-area industries in the 80s.

Comment Re:Harbingers? or just early adopters? (Score 1) 300

AKA "Early Adopters"..... early adopters necessarily adopt things before they have had a chance to fail or succeed in the marketplace. Unless they can show these people also don't ever adopt successful products, this seems like selecting the data to prove your theory. Or, maybe these people just recently discovered McDonald's....

Comment Re:What is being missed... is the $2 million part. (Score 5, Informative) 456

The original programmer is still around, and occasionally does some maintenance on the programmer -- he even comments extensively in the comment section for the linked news story about the specific challenges they face. (He's "Jeff").

The $2MM will be used for a general upgrade of all the heating/cooling facilities, which will include more modern control systems. Many of the systems that used to be controlled by the Amiga have already been replaced, and the Amiga doesn't manage those any more :)

Comment Re:Here we go again... (Score 2) 1051

According to this study -->

The growth in childhood debilitating disease is overwhelmingly due to obesity, asthma, and ADHD. The last of which was only in the past decades recognized as an actual condition. Asthma is related to obesity, and obesity is related to kids not being as active as they once were, perhaps because sending your kid out to play can get you arrested and your child taken away from you.

Submission + - Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System (

sciencehabit writes: After a massive, years-long search, researchers have recovered seven interstellar dust particles returned to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft. The whole sample weighs just a few trillionths of a gram, but it’s the first time scientists have laid their hands on primordial material unaltered by the violent birth of the solar system.

Once the sample panel was back on Earth, the problem quickly became finding any collected particles embedded in the aerogel. Out of desperation, Stardust team members called on 30,714 members of the general public. The “dusters” of the Stardust@home project volunteered to examine microscopic images taken down through the aerogel. They used the world’s best pattern-recognition system—the human eye and brain—to pick out the telltale tracks left by speeding particles.

Submission + - Netflix slams big ISPs over Net Neutrality.

raque writes: CNN Money is carrying this story about the conflict between Netflix and the big ISPs.

Netflix is correct is saying that they shouldn't have to pay a fee to ISPs like Comcast and Verizon to do what users, like me, are already paying them to do. I already pay Verizon to provide my bandwidth, and I pay Netflix to access their content. ISPs complaining that services like Netflix generate a lot of traffic ignore the fact that they are already being paid to handle that traffic.

Submission + - The Net routes around censorship in Turkey ( 1

lpress writes: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been embarrassed by social media showing corruption, vowed yesterday to "eradicate Twitter." He followed through by cutting off access, but users soon found work-arounds like posting by email and using VPNs. The hashtag #TwitterOlmadanYaayamam (I can't live without Twitter) quickly rose to the top of Twitter's worldwide trending topics.

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