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Comment will we be able to buy it? (Score 5, Insightful) 92

When the NES Classic was announced, I decided I was going to buy one. Sure, I could have thrown together some kind of emulator, but this was more like the real thing, with no questions of ROM legality.

After the NES Classic's discontinuation was announced, before it was possible for most people to buy one, I build a RetroPie. Now I have no reason to be excited about the SNES Mini.

Comment more wifi hotspots means more contention (Score 3, Insightful) 149

Currently, I live in an apartment, with >12 visible WiFi networks. That means my WiFi connections are often quite poor due to overuse of the same frequencies. I can only imagine how poor my reception would become if these 12 WiFi routers were each acting as 2 WiFi hotspots.

Comment Re:Piracy Vessel (prevailing theories) (Score 1) 104

Yup, same here. When the NES Classic was announced, I got excited. I knew I could get my own emulator cheaper (I didn't yet know about RetroPi), but would rather go the legal route, and felt it would be nice to support Nintendo for producing something like this.

I gave up on finding one, and threw together a RetroPi. So I can say that Nintendo caused me to build a RetroPi. Had they not made the NES Classic, I wouldn't have been reminded of the fun NES games of my youth, and wouldn't have felt the desire to play them again.

Comment Re:What about standby? (Score 1) 575

To your question about why people don't show up, I suspect part of that is also related to airline policies that either don't allow cancellation, or make it prohibitively expensive. I once had a flight that cost me something like $100 that I had to cancel. I called the airline, and they told me there'd be a $200 cancellation fee. Naturally, I chose not to cancel, and just didn't show up at the airport.

Comment What about standby? (Score 2) 575

I've never flown standby, so I'm not completely sure how it works, but I think it's a model that makes more sense.

Let's say a plane has 100 seats. The airline knows on average there will be 4% no-shows. What if, instead of selling 104 tickets at full-price, they sold 100 tickets at full-price, and 4 at a discount? Those people with the discounted tickets would usually get to fly, but would understand they might get bumped.

Comment Re:disingeneous (Score 1) 575

"Empty seats" in the sense of the article are already profitable for the Airline, as someone has payed for the seat but didn't show. They don't "cost the airline money" except in the sense that they are a revenue opportunity to sell the seats of no-shows a second time.

Perhaps airlines should be forced to refund tickets if they manage to resell the seat - which given the way their pricing works they invariable do at a higher price anyway.

I'm not defending the practice, but you are missing one scenario: lost connections. If my initial flight is late, and I miss my connection, then the seat I paid for on the 2nd flight is empty (assuming no overbooking happened). The airline still needs to get me to my final destination, which means they need to find a flight with an available seat. In this scenario, putting a paying customer in my "empty" seat actually means breaking even, since that customer basically covered the cost of my seat in the final flight that I got re-booked on after missing the connection.

Comment Re:What is their time when they are fired? (Score 1) 114

I'm in Canada, and I have seen people being escorted out of work in less than 30 minutes.

Some guy is called in a meeting, he goes there nonchalantly not knowing what is going to happen, then he has to give back his badge/key and is escorted by security outside the building. Some people were not even allowed to say "bye" to their coworker.

It works like this in North America.

When I've seen this happen in the US, although the employee is kicked out, he still gets paid for some length of time. (Usually at least 2 weeks, often a bit more, depending on the circumstances.) I have no idea what the law states. I suspect pay could be stopped immediately, but the company is trying to be nice, figuring that the employee would be less likely to start a legal battle. (Even if an employee is terminated for valid reasons, a legal fight could hurt the company.)

Comment Re:Pinouts (Score 1) 615

RS232 an null-modems are mentioned in TFA, but I'd like to add a detail:
Most of the more hackerish students where I went (ca 1990) knew the minimal pinout for a null-modem by heart so we could improvise one with 3 wires and matches/paperclips/whatever. By the time we graduated LANs and to some degree internet mane that knowledge obsolete, but it sure did save the day a few times, typically for transferring files between different platforms with different floppy formatting.

I guess I'm about 10 years younger than you, and I had the same information memorized. But I guess I was using it more for working with lab equipment, as some sort of a project, rather than for the purpose of sharing data with friends in my dorm. I also used to have the correct ordering for Ethernet and cross-over cables memorized, but it's been a long time since I've had to put together any kind of cable myself. So either I use cables a lot less, or I'm just lazy, and find it easier to buy a ready-made cable instead.

Comment Re:Big Floppy is scamming you (Score 1) 615

Also there was: "no, a standard PC 3.5 inch floppy drive cannot format an apple floppy because the heads don't have enough travel range, so please read the FAQ and stop asking again and again on the USENET forums"

Really? Maybe things changed later on, because I remember buying a software package that allowed me to read/write Mac-formatted disks on my PC - I don't recall having any difficulty using it.

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