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Comment Re:Lame (Score 1) 168

>Less space than a Nomad

In all fairness, I rarely need to control more than one starship in battle at a time with my phone, so a fraction of Nomad's space works fine . . .


Comment Re:Only remove it for California (Score 1) 218

> But the 1st amendment is not a law in that respect

Yes, it is, as applied through the 14th, as are all other parts of the Bill of Rights "fundamental to the concept of ordered liberty." [*]

hawk, esq.

[*] And the establishment clause, which is applied, well, whenever a court feels like it . . .

Comment Re:Only remove it for California (Score 1) 218

>Well Hollywood better put a goddamn end to the
>practice. I, for one, am sick and tired of Hollywood
>using actual children to portray children in movies
>and television. They should be using only actors
>above the age of 18.

Uhm, isn't that that Matthew Broderick is for?

Although I think he's finally ready to play college students instead of high school . . . :)


Comment Re:The author of this software needs education. (Score 1) 80

Many years ago there was a proposal for the "Tux Virus."

The notion was that it would download a linux distribution with FVWM95 as the window manager, use Wine for the windows binaries, and probably include OpenOffice.

Some even deluded themselves that it would take the victim a while to notice.

Fortunately, those that had the actual ability to do this (that is, to come as close as possible; it's not like Wine was up to running random binaries) had better things to do, or had been taught better by their mothers.

Unfortunately, that was not the case for vigor, which actually got implemented . . .


Comment Re:Sorry, no (Score 1) 304

>One is never too old to play with toys

Exactly. They just change over time.

A couple of weeks ago, I got a pneumatic nail gun to put sheeting on the hothouse in my back yard. mmm.

Yesterday, I got the fuel tank back onto my '72 Cadillac Convertible.

Today, I was going to put a new water pump and fan clutch onto that '72, but I bought my wife a mustang convertible, so it's going to be a week or two.

We just get to buy more expensive toys as we get older . . .


Comment Re:It's more fun than ever (Score 1) 449

To the point that there were two 12k variants of the Apple ][.

One had 12k contiguous memory; the other had a gap so that you could use the hires graphics.

If you built your own plugs, you could power off and switch between the two. (there was a dip socket for each of the three banks which hard-wired the bank to it's memory address).

And then 16k chipsets dropped to $100, and everyone had 48k . . .


Comment Re:Fanboys, defend the hive! (Score 1) 268

My 1984 mac 128k still works, albeit with 512k now.

My 1991 Macintosh Potable would work if I replaced some capacitors.

I think I bought the MacClassic in 1991, and it still works.

My 1994 Powerbook 180 would work if I put the pieces back together; it's a victim of the IBM 2.5" scsi drives and their near-100% failure rate.

For that matter, I have a '95 or so thinkpad I bought used that would work if I fixed broken wires in the power supply cable, to say nothing of my working 1987 Tandy 102 . . .

And none of these have any influence on what my next machine will be. (most likely, replacing the HD with SSD on my 2012 iMac)

Comment Re:Opera is NOT sane. (Score 1) 766

Opera was sane: it did not reload a tab unless you asked for it. It just reopened everything from cache

No. That is NOT sane, normal, or desired. Webpages are live. ...

Not always. For example, I've been experimenting with portables to see how usable they are for displaying music. (Not playing music; I'm talking about readable "sheet" music".) Scenario: I'm going to an event like a jam session, my phone/tablet/whatever may not have Web access there, so I'd like to pre-load a lot of likely pages that I and a lot of other musical friends have put online.

But when I get there and wake up my gadget, most of the browsers instantly attempt to reload all those pages, find they can't, and display their "not available" message instead of the page they were showing. The buttons showing never include a "show the previous version from cache" choice; the info is just gone. I do a lot of web testing, so I have at least a dozen of the most "popular" browsers loaded on each. So far, the only browser I've found that doesn't fail this way has been Firefox, which just simply wakes up and continues where it was. So it's the only one I use to pre-load things for an event.

I've found it fairly easy to demo this at home. I just load up a few pages into a few browsers, show people that they all work when I switch between the browsers, etc. I suggest that others do the same on their cell phones. Then I invite people to join me on a short walk. When I get about a block away from home, my home wifi is out of range, all the other wifis have passwords, and I show them the screen, which shows an error message rather than the music it had a few seconds earlier. As we walk, the others also show the same thing happening in the browsers on their screens.

The vendors (especially Apple) reply that we should just use their apps, which can be set to not screw up that way. But to test my stuff on all those apps, I'd have to get a whole pile of cell phones and tablets, and also pay for service for all of them, which would cost me more money than I have. So I only test with browsers, which the vendors have (knowingly and with malice aforethought .-) set up to fail this way.

It's weird that Opera also fails this way. You'd think they'd be different. And maybe Opera and/or other browsers have a setting to turn off this automatic reloading. If so, I've never found it. Or, in a couple of cases, I found it in an early release, but it was gone after an upgrade.

Anyone know a general way to turn off this automatic reloading? I do suspect that it's possible with some browsers, but they do a good job of hiding it or renaming it so it isn't very recognizable.

In any case, notice that none of the "pages" I'm talking about are "live". They're just pages of sheet music, that stay the same until edited by a human. So there's no need to reload them at all. And discarding a page because there's no wifi service is inexcusable in any case. It's just pure user-hostility on the part of the vendors.

Comment Re:Why they are slow? (Score 1) 766

More likely a PDP-11 or a Vax, but there are other possibilities.

Gopher, etc. predated WWW.

For that matter, I used to have a program that would connect to a unix server and multiplex 7 virtual VT100 windows, of which about three would be running Lynx, on my 68000 based Macintosh Portable.


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