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Comment Re:somewhere in between (Score 1) 8

Not really what I'm getting at. Congress and the Senate are a bunch of establishment politicians. They're only going to try to impeach someone if there's a good reason, or if they don't think the current occupant is there legitimately - ie isn't one of them.

I think Clinton will spend the next four years the same way she spent the last four, being investigated multiple times by Congress over non-scandals. But, if she really is the establishment politician her opponents claim, she'll have an easier time than Obama.

There's no doubt she wants to be part of the establishment, I just don't think she is, and I think she knows that too.

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Journal Journal: Best simple SID to USB connection?

That may not be a good way to describe it but... I have a C64 I never use and I think I shall desolder its SID before consigning it to recycling since they are now officially hard to come by. What can I put it on that will let me use it efficiently?

Comment Re:Commodore engineers (Score 1) 273

The 68000 presented a 32 bit ABI, but was internally a 16 bit CPU and presented a 16 bit data bus. The 68000 Amigas (1000, 500, 2000, "1500", etc) used a 16 bit data bus, even when they had a "real" 32 bit 68xxx CPU card installed. As a result, it is reasonable to talk about the 68000 range of Amigas as 16 bit.

Technically, you could also call the A3000 a 16/32 bit hybrid, as the ECS side (complete with chip RAM) was still accessed via a 16 bit pipe.

Comment Re:Meh. (Score 1) 114

Among the worst are Japan and Spain, but most industrialized nations have birth rates below 2.1.

Japan needs a low birth rate right now. They have massive suicide and make-work employment. I've never understood why a crowded country like that would want to keep their birth rate up. Let it slack for a while and take some of the pressure off.

Comment Re:Pretty shocking (Score 1) 114

The US is a huge country with lots of empty areas that has great air quality.

[citation needed]

I live in the county in the USA which allegedly has the best air quality in the country. The area is volcanic which means more soil radioactives and it contains a shitload of dirt roads which means more soil in your lungs. And the fires, oh my lord the fires.

So, where are these empty areas with great air quality? And why do you think they're relevant given that they're empty?

Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 1) 95

I would think a superior solution to a fixed bunker would be some kind of specialized boat designed for long endurance.

Obviously what you want is a nuclear submarine. But what would probably be adequate is just any small submarine to use as a taxi, and a sub-aquatic "bunker". Nobody will be able to get to you there.

Comment Re:Just give us a damned SATA port! (Score 1) 39

USB boot is possible on RPi, but it's kind of a pain to get working as it is not compatible with every USB storage device.

Is this the case on the new Pis, or just on old ones? Every time I ask if the Pi foundation has got USB right on the newest Pi I get downmodded, even though they have fucked up USB again and again. The original Pi's USB craters under load and yes, compatibility is piss poor.

Do the new Raspberry Pis have working USB? Or is it unreliable shit just like the first Pis? Let's see how quick this comment gets downmodded by the Pi Police for asking really a quite important question.

Comment Re:Commodore engineers (Score 1) 273

I'm going to dissent on the memory protection thing for three reasons: first, technical: CAOS probably wouldn't have been as efficient, expandable, and pleasant as AmigaOS assuming it made a serious attempt to implement memory protection. AmigaOS was those things because it had a message passing architecture that relied upon each process being able to see each other process's data. This worked throughout the entire system, device drivers passing disk blocks to file systems ("handlers"), in turn passing that data to running programs.

The first Amiga designs also barely supported memory protection. The A1000 had hardware in it (which I don't believe was part of the core Amiga chipset) to write protect a block of memory, but that was it.

The second problem is that CAOS was ditched for AmigaOS with Tripos for a very good reason that would have also hit Atari - it was too big a project, and they had a deadline to meet.

The third is we kinda know what choice Tramiel would have made to deal with the deadline issue, because we know what he did for his own Amiga rival: he would have said "We don't need some Unix like system, people are using PCs, they're happy with single tasking and 8.3 filenames. Let's see what Microsoft's rival Digital Research can sell us"

And the Amiga would have run TOS - essentially a first draft of DR's DOS Plus operating system, with GEM.

I do agree that Atari's management would have worked better for it in the longer term, but I think Atari's Amiga A1000 would have been a whole lot worse than Commodore's.

Comment Re:Goodbye, internet! (Score 1) 213

If you are ranking countries by freedom of speech, then the US is only ranked 41st in the world as ranked by the 2016 World Press Freedom Index.


And this, friends, is why America is going down the toilet: American Exceptionalism. "My country, right or wrong!" the idiots cry aloud, as the country goes more wrong by the day.

Comment Re:Here in KC (Score 1) 76

One of these was not a relative but an outright pedophile.

Most kiddie touchers are relatives. Having a kiddie toucher not be a relative doesn't make them more of a pedophile. It actually makes them unusual.

To the detractors who say, "But it cannot be disabled!"... I cite my second experience over the first of my own life and say so fucking what? Are you going to complain about the TV you no longer watch and the radio you no longer listen to?

What the fuck are you on about? I don't complain about the TV and the radio because they don't turn themselves on to tell me about something I don't need to know about. If it's 10 PM and I've been at home all day, an AMBER alert will do precisely no good. The phone has enough sensors to decide whether I need this alert without phoning home.

Fuck off and I hope you never have kids in a situation that makes you oh so personally give a shit.

I won't, because I didn't make any. We have too many people on this mudball already. So not only have I already avoided saddling the earth with another human who will drive the planet farther into toxic debt, but I don't need to kill people through distraction and sleep loss in order to preserve their safety.

Comment Re:It is *MY* phone... not yours... (Score 1) 76

How many kids have actually been saved because of the Amber alert, vs the number of such alerts sent?

Well, they claim 830 successes. If you take it at face value, the program is an abject waste of money. They could improve road safety by a few percent and save more kids... and a whole lot more other people, too. That money would have been better spent on things like correct signage, and dividing roads which commonly have head-on accidents.

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