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Comment First two home computers (Score 1) 857

My first home computer was a broken Commodore 64 that I got from a yard sale for $10 when I was 13. It had a cassette tape drive and was plugged into a 13" B&W TV.

I think that my parents finally decided that "OK, he's serious about wanting a computer" when I figured how to fix the computer myself by replacing the fuse, so they got me a hand me down IBM PS/2 Model 50Z from work. It had such high tech features like a 3.5 "HD" 1.44M floppy drive, a 30 MB hard drive, and an Intel Above Board memory expansion board with a whopping 8 MB of memory. Most new computers didn't have that much RAM for another 3 years. It was definitely a business machine, because it didn't have any fancy features like a CD-ROM or sound card.

Comment Re:So I will earn $20,000 more a year now right... (Score 5, Insightful) 352

Not really. It probably increases your chances of the entire software team getting outsourced overseas to cut costs, though.

You'll also still have those wonderful IT contracting firms who bring in people on temporary work visas six months at a time. They rotate them out and send the trained guy back home right when they get to the point when they start to understand how the system really works. That shit should be illegal.

Comment Re:Java (Score 1) 383

I remember when people promised that Java was the universal solution to interoperability back in 1998... it didn't exactly work out as planned.

Hell, many modern desktop browsers like Chrome and Edge don't even offer a Java plug-in anymore because it's a prime way to get yourself infected with malware if you're running an older version. I'm not sure if any modern mobile browsers support it anymore.

Comment Re:Oh fun (Score 1) 163

My track record with firmware updates in general is that they stop providing them about six months after the product is off the market. Sooner if the company is having financial problems.

That means that these things will be a moving hacking target about 18 months from now. Lovely.

Comment The Core i7 processor came out in 2010... (Score 1) 551

And it will still destroy the iPad Pro in almost every performance benchmark imaginable.

Besides, most people still using PC's that can afford an iPad Pro probably have a specific use case or software that isn't available on iOS. I'm sure as hell not going to through out my old developer workstation and use an iPad Pro for coding, anyway.

Comment Re:Sad. (Score 2) 132

I guess that the only thing he didn't try was leaking the problem to the press. Something tells me that a "NASA Engineer Warns Of Impending Shuttle Failure" headline in the New York Times would have got NASA's attention.

It would have been more effective than going into the office with a rifle, anyway. They just would have declared him to be a mad man, arrested or shot him, launched the shuttle anyway, and would have eventually had the same problem in either that launch or another one soon after.

Sure, he probably would have lost his job, but if he was proven right he could have sued them for unlawful termination and got a nice settlement to retire on.

Comment Re:Fascinating, (Score 1) 97

Yeah, it says that only the 25 mbps service is available in my zip code. That's not true, since I can get the 115 mbps service from the Xfinity site.

Still, I like the idea of having a one stop shop for getting cable service. This new amazon cable site might actually be useful for price shopping once it gets a few more providers.

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