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Comment Re:Damn this is inconvenient (Score 2) 81

800K 3.5" drives worked fine with the Apple //c later //e's... it was called the UniDisk 3.5, and compared to a 140K 5.25" floppy it was practically a hard drive (well, a Zip Disk, if you remember those things). The //c+ had an 800K disk built-in.
The UniDisk was a little-bit smart, had it's own processor if I recall, which allowed it to be plug-n-play with the // line. External 800K disks for Macs, in contrast, wouldn't work on the //'s (except for the //gs).

Comment Re:Why would you want tech companies in the downto (Score 1) 305

Manhattan has three basic divisions, "uptown," "midtown," and "downtown." The financial district is contained within the geographic area of "downtown" (which starts at the Battery and has a nebulous northern border somewhere between the Village and 34th St).

The "Financial District" is not really "contained" in downtown anymore. The only major players left: Goldman, the NYSE, the AMEX. And Chase still has a building. The other major financial players have moved to midtown on Park Avenue, uptown from Grand Central and the Helmsley Building. For a while, they were building office parks in New Jersey. And what's taking their place? Residential. Yeah, those old office buildings have turned into luxury condos and co-ops.

For me, the upper limit of "Downtown" is the City Hall and Park Row where J&R used to be. Anything North of City Hall Park isn't proper Downtown. It's lower Chinatown, around Columbus Park where the old people do Tai Chi, whereas on the west side is TriBeCa.

Canal Street is the major dividing line running east-west, and hooks up with the Manhattan Bridge. North of that, you have more Chinatown, what's left of Little Italy, and SoHo to the West, and the Lower East Side to the East where you used to be able to get a cheap roach-filled apartment. Then you reach Houston Street, another major dividing line - North of it is Greenwich Village to the West, East Village to the East. The numbered streets start (Houston Street is essentially "0" street). It's all Village until you reach 14th Street.

It's kinda Midtown from there, 'cause it's no longer Village and damn-well ain't Downtown. But really it's Chelsea, Gramercy and Stuyvesant. Midtown, really, isn't until you get past Flat Iron to Nomad, Kips Bay and the Empire State Building at 34th Street. Then it's really Midtown, stretching up Northward until 59th Street which marks the lower end of Central Park... dividing the City between the Upper East Side to the East, and the Upper West Side to the, you get the idea. Get past the Park, you're in Harlem. North of that, Washington Heights and the GW Bridge to Chris Christie-land. Once you reach Inwood, there's nowhere else to go except across the Harlem River to the Bronx.

The town so nice, they named it twice. What I'd do for a slice.

Comment Re:Dear Mr.Ahmad (Score 1) 467

and also thanks for reminding us that Twitter is the place to memorialize things said before thinking. At least you followed-up to soften it a bit after reviewing the, you know, facts. Kudos for that; many Twitter-users who post something stupid would just as soon double-down on whatever idiocy they posted.

Comment Re:This'll go over well.. (Score 2) 148

Like a fart in a Megachurch.

Not sure I get that one. If the service is jumping with all the music and outstretched hands, drool and what-not, not unlike an Metallica concert, a good fart should go completely unnoticed, particularly the silent-but-deadly kind likely to be mistaken for B.O., which from the looks of a typical mega-congregation should be intense. Megachurch services are not quiet, seance-like affairs.

Now, a fart in a confessional, that'll lead to a few Hail Mary's.

Comment Re:Red Box is Cheap (Score 1) 385

True. It gets annoying when there's a queue browsing and looking puzzled at the machine. They haven't learned that that you reserve in advance, online (sigh, get with it people, there's an app on your phone). With practice, if you're lucky to be in an area with lots of these machines, you learn which ones don't draw the crowd of impulse renters, and you can quickly be on your way. And if you're on the road anyway to pick up some chips or a pizza, it's not a thing.

There's bound to be a day when online catches up price-wise... has to. But for some reason, it ain't here yet.

Comment Re:Racism (Score 0) 60

No, welcome to the Internet. A few trolls with OCD have become fixated on posting outrageous shit on any public forum they can find. Slashdot, New York Times, gardener's club, it doesn't matter - if it's public, they want to punk it with something offensive because ha-ha, it's so funny, you'll never catch me, I'm such a bad-ass, and mom I want McDonald's for lunch go get me McDonald's. Slashdot has a mod system for this kind of thing. Screen it out, move on. If you have mod points, mod them troll and mod the informative, insightful posts up.
And if you see his mother at McDonald's (she'll be ordering "to go"), give her a good punch in the mouth.

Comment Re:This is what happens when you fire the older ex (Score 1) 259

I don't think those are the people getting fired. They're just retiring, especially those who had the good stock options back from the Gates years and when the stock price was riding high. I understand most people getting the sack these days are the saps brought in from the Nokia acquisition, who were never real Microsoft anyway (and now, never will be).

But there's definitely a case of turnover going on. Youngsters who want to make their own name for themselves (read: make themselves non-fireable) rather than support some old guy's code. They re-invent the GUI, tossing years' worth of human-interface guidelines down the tubes because they're so young and hip and we know everything like how the desktop is dead and the flat look is just so much better it's ok to just make people use it with forced upgrades. Selling software is so old and balding, we're the future and we're pushing out software as a service! Course, if something breaks, something shitty gets released to the world, just push out a fix sometime. Whatever.

Comment Re:Take action (Score 1) 259

Whoa, there, Cowboy. I'm all for that stuff about votin' and duty (feel a duty comin' on myself). But do you really expect Congress to take action on... Windows 10? You really think that's a good idea?

Think it through, friend. The best that would happen, Congress holds a hearing, which is Beltway-code for "photo-op" and "time I don't have to spend doing stuff that matters". A few Microsoft execs get subpoenas to answer questions and stay in 5-star hotels, Congress-people reveal how ignorant they are about computers, and the execs respond with carefully worded answers scripted by their lawyers. Gets a few mentions on the evening news, then once the cameras go dead they all get together for beers, get toasted and throw money all over the place.

That's the best you can hope for. The worst that can happen is Congress declares Windows as a matter of national security, designates Microsoft a disaster area, and places the company under a specially appointed "computer czar" who will hold committee meetings until all bugs are ironed out or the funding runs out, whichever comes first. Satya might be released from Guantanamo Bay in about... 20 years. Throw Ballmer in there, too, 'cause this is all his fault anyway.

You really want to avoid "downtime"? Linux, seriously. There are pentiums out there been running Slackware since 1998 that haven't crashed yet. Might get boring, can't play the latest games, and plugging in a Kindle might not do anything at all (what part of "no warranty" do you not understand?), but you can completely stop sweating about Microsoft, totally, and feel smug about it, too.

Comment Re: Nah (Score 1) 175

What part of the term "splitting hairs" do you not understand?
Christ, AC's, 2.5 seconds 0-60 in a street-legal sedan that seats five is fuck fucking fast. That's an acceleration of 24 mph per second or 1.09g's.
At a fraction of the cost of a Bugatti Veyron. Probably less for insurance, too. So what if some hand-made toy for sons of oil barons squeaks 0.1 second more? You have better odds of strapping a solid-rocket to your Chevy than driving, much less obtaining, one of these so-called supercars that look so pretty in the magazines.
So, give it up, a little. The Tesla, at least, is on the horizon of obtainable, if you sell your house, raid the retirement and the kid's college fund, or wholesale a couple of keys of... no, scratch that last one.

Comment Re:*The* Quickest, Not *Its* Quickest (Score 1) 175

True. From Digital Trends:

The automaker now bills the Model S as the quickest production car in the world, but there are a couples [sic] issues with that statement. Both the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder are quicker off the line by one tenth of a second or so, which would make the Model S the third-fastest car in the world, not the first. Don’t worry though, Tesla has an explanation.

“Both the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder were limited run, million-dollar vehicles and cannot be bought new,” the brand said. “While those cars are small two seaters with very little luggage space, the pure electric, all-wheel drive Model S P100D has four doors, seats up to 5 adults plus 2 children and has exceptional cargo capacity.”

Perhaps “quickest car in the world that can be purchased new in 2016” would be a better title, however that doesn’t exactly roll off the fingertips. At any rate, the Model S and Model X are now faster than almost anything on the road, and with its new power source, the Model S is the first production EV to cross the coveted 300-mile range mark.

Dubbed P100D, the electric powertrain [with the new, 100kWh battery pack] drops the Model S’ 0 to 60 time down to just 2.5 seconds, and total range has been increased from 294 miles to 315 miles. The Model X P100D sees similar improvements, as the heavier vehicle can now sprint to 60 mph in 2.9 ticks and drive for 289 miles without recharging.

Not bad. If you got the garage space and some change for a charging rig, they've got a superfast car you can use to take the kids to the pool... if you can stand telling them "no" a million times when they beg, beg, beg you to gun it in "ludicrous mode" off the traffic light (I said... DO NOT TOUCH!) and Tesla should definitely offer some super-secure teen-driver proofing so your kid with the freshly minted driver's license doesn't squish himself on a joy-ride whilst you and the missus are reconnecting on holiday.

Comment Re:Need Even more (Score 1) 111

So, make it all public. Then, the only people with a problem will be criminals. And people cheating on their spouses. And your boss might see you interviewing for a better job. And your GF may catch you sneaking into a movie you swore you hadn't seen, just as you watch your GF getting into a car with your best friend. And your boss spending a really long time at the massage parlor, your mom heading to the casino (that ain't no bingo parlor), the minister with the politician at the roach motel, and your kid sister going through the back door of a strip club. All lies exposed, a world gone insane. I can't wait.

Comment Re:Not a good idea (Score 2) 111

Scotland Yard, for one, has a bunch of specialists with a talent for grainy security footage. It's taken a while, but now that super-recognizers are actually looking through all that footage, it looks like the cameras in London are starting to put people in jail.

Where I live, it seems cameras have at least convinced crooks to put on ski-masks before they rob a bank teller or a convenience store. I've got mixed feelings about a world gone all Minority Report, but if you live in a neighborhood where this kind of shit-crime is common, you start to get frustrated at the grainy blob on the 11 o'clock news carjacking a lady at a gas station. It's these assholes who'll make it easy for toothy salesmen to sell politicians on armed security drones, DNA sniffers, cyborg security-dogs, and whatever else crazy shit the future has in store for us.

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