49 posts • joined 12 Nov 2007
Manufacture in China
Just have these manufactured in China. QC is such that thy will self destruct at the most (un) convenient time
Have a good backup plan.
Backup, backup. HDs are cheap these days. Mirror your drives to external. Why rebuild, when it is so much easier to restore (unless your MB goes bad and you do not have another of the same - get another board for insurance). I replace my computer about every 5 years - but I buy cheap low end ($200 Lenovo desktop). Duel boot. I had VM with OS/2 on it. OS/2 Lotus Suite. Was fun. Have fun with your new system. Wish I could afford such a nice unit.
Duplacate Web Site
Same company most probably did the initial U.S. Obama Care Site. Need I say anything more?
It would make sense it the compression is better for minimizing bandwidth. Then they say that the new routers work better to deliver the bandwidth the companies want. And so on...
Verifyable in NSA means breakable!
Total Overhaul - Really
How many projects failed under the stress of total overhaul. They should build in sections. I'll bet they put the contract to end when their system/software maintenance contract is up. Way too soon. The present system contracts are probably adjusting their monthly/yearly contracts agreements for when that day happens.
Remember Esoteric IBM EBCDIC? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EBCDIC
I was a tech during DOS, Win 3.x and so on. Thank God for QEMM. Lots of Autoexec and Config backups (We numbered them for historical reference - and bat files to load different versions depending on tasks and software to be used). Our facility use to use Wordperfect. Everyone was sad to see it go because Washington DC went to Microsoft office apps. I miss those DOS boot jokes that made the characters fall to the bottom of the screen or flashed some message at the user. Had a lot of laughs within our group playing joke at one another.
The ASCII Guy
Remember The Homeless WIFI Hotspots?
First Homeless WIFI Hotspots http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/technology/homeless-as-wi-fi-transmitters-creates-a-stir-in-austin.html.
Now they want homeless to wear their computers as well!
What will we call these Homeless Hotspot Geeks (HHGs)?
Apps on top of OS
I personally feel that the browsers or applications(that uses internet communications) that run on top of the OS can compromise the OS faster than the OSes themselves. But nothing beats a cinder-block on top of hand written paperwork. Just had to say something for NSA to read.
My problem is that I personally cannot follow moving objects very well. I think it comes from closing my eyes when something came at me fast (reflexes) when I was young. How the eyes and brain work is still being studied. An article I saw was "The Myth of Persistence of Vision Revisited," Journal of Film and Video, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Spring 1993). But I could not understand it. Here are the notes - The article is copyrighted.
 A sampling of recent texts that perpetuate the notion of persistence of vision are:
• Steven Bernstein, The Technique of Film Production (Boston: Focal Press, 1988) 3
("retention of image").
• Thomas W. Bohn and Richard L. Stromgren, Light and Shadows, 3rd ed. (Mountain
View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1987) 6.
• Steven E. Browne, Film Video Terms and Concepts (Boston: Focal Press, 1992)
• David A. Cook, A History of Narrative Film, 2nd ed. (N.Y.: W.W. Norton & Co., 1990) 1.
• Louis Gianetti and Scott Eyeman, Flashback: A Brief History of Film (Englewood Cliffs,
NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1991)2.
• Gorham Kindem, The Moving Image (London: Scott Foresman, 1987) 16.
• Bruce Kawin, How Movies Work (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992) 48,
• Lynne S. Gross and Larry W. Ward, Electronic Moviemaking (Belmont, CA:
Wadsworth Publishing Co.,1991) 81.
• Gerald Mast and Marshall Cohen, A Short History of the Movies, 4th ed. (NY:
Macmillan, 1986) 9-11, 28.
• James Monaco, How to Read a Film (N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1981) 2.
• Edward Pincus and Steven Ascher, The Filmmaker's Handbook (N.Y.: New American
Library, 1984) 2
 For an explanation of the "phi phenomenon" see Lloyd Kaufman, Sight and Mind:
An Introduction to Visual Perception (NY: Oxford University Press, 1974) 368.
 Portions of this historical survey were presented in Joseph and Barbara Anderson,
"Motion Perception in Motion Pictures," in Teresa DeLauretis and Stephen Heath (eds.),
The Cinematic Apparatus (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980): 76-95.
 See, for example, Andre Bazin, Qu'est-ce que le cinema? 4 vols. (Paris: Cerf, 1958-
62); trans (selection) What is Cinema? 2 vols. (Berkeley: University of California Press,
1967 and 1971); George Sadoul, Histoire generale du cinema (Paris: Denoel, 1948); and
George Potonniee, Les Origines du cinematographe (Paris: P. Montel, 1928).
 Joseph A. Plateau, as quoted in Georges Sadoul, Histoire generale du Cinema, Vol.
1, p. 25:
Si plusieurs objets differant entre eux graduellement de forme et de position se montrent
successivement devant l'oeil pendant des intervalles tres courts et suffisamment
rapproches, les impressions qu'ils produisent sur la retine se lieront entre elles sans se
confondre, et l'on croira voir un seul objet changeant graduellement de forme et de
 For discussion of work done by Rudiger von der Heydt and Esther Peterhans on the
response of cells in V1 and V2 to illusory contours, see Zeki 76.
 In the motion picture, a series of rapidly presented, closely spaced images, the
duration of each image (34.72 ms with two interruptions of 6.95 ms each), the interval
between images or interstimulus interval (6.95 ms), and the spatial displacement from
one frame to the next (generally less than 15' of visual arc), fall well within the
parameters of short-range apparent motion.
High School Reunion Contact List
Obama just really wanted to be sure to be the organizer for his high school class next big reunion. They put it under threat of terrorism so that he will not be embarrassed by charges of abuse of governmental resources and authority.
Re: "Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'"
What Microsoft (Apple is not far behind) is not telling anyone is that their operating system is going toward that of Cell phones. A locked OS where you can only add programs from the Cloud or legitimate online store. They are allowing themselves that capability to leave the PCs behind at a moments notice. I actually grin at what big business is trying to do such as Adobe. This is the future - love them or live without their products. Mankind (starting with the next generation) will be assimilated into the Corporate Borg. The rest of us will be sitting on the roadside curb with our pencil and pad wondering what just happened.
Ultimate old type game machine
Why have something emulate such an old technology. Yeah; I owned a Commodore VIC-20 and 64. Got allot of use on CompuServe in 1982-1986 and fun out of them. What we need is a embedded system that has the following items in addition to central chipset - HDTV/VGA out, Wifi, sound chip(HDTV compatable) and output (if VGA setup is used), ports for controllers(again-non royalty), and USB. Must be small enough to fit in pocket. Now all we need is a simple language to have fun programing. It should be new so not to have to pay royalties. Simple enough for the average person to use. Complete documentation as the early computers gave to their users to program and ... Guess what, these products already exist! Such as http://www.viaembedded.com/en/products/systems/1990/1/ARTiGO_A1250_%28Pico-ITX%29.html
SR-71 Intake Design
I wonder if the design of the intake is similar in basic concept as the SR-71 http://www.wvi.com/~sr71webmaster/j-58~1.htm ? I just wonder what this could be used for. Delivering your owed taxes 1 second before midnight!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Mine was my first computer in 1981. The Heathkit ET-3400. http://www.vintage-computer.com/heathkit3400.shtml
It awoke me to the fact that I can program this to do what I want or dreamed up. It was a tool that I can customize to my imagination. It was not anything I had before. Well there was building blocks and erector sets:-). That New Math really came in handy.
William B. Higinbotham, The ASCII Guy, Bellport, NY, USA
Lets try this
Extra fuel can be put into space by a conventional rocket to be rendezvous later. The rocket will have two chutes. One to slow it down, the second to steer it to the location to land. If failure, the rocket will launch it into the drink to be humbly picked up by the ships :-)
My idea of what the android OS is made from
Enbedded system programming.
$25K seems low these days for awards of this type. Maybe he can throw in Bobby Fischer's autobiography signed by him.
I may be crazy, but I am more sane than most folks.
I am not familiar with Apple or Facebook face recognition software. Has anyone tried this to see what they hit? Post hits below.:-)
Use the cloud
Why do they not have redundant Cloud? Fast, reliable, and not affected by disaster, war, political discontent. Though in this case, it will still be hard to not have your cloud become part of the hurricane. Maybe we should think of having a more inland alternate backup Wall Street. The military has multiple redundant headquarters. How about the Poconos? Any site suggestions?
Liquid Nitrogen Safety
This is a great way of showing the dangers of handling liquid nitrogen. I know a story where a home thermos was used for holding liquid nitrogen (never use a non-approved container). Even the persons knew how to handle this gas, the lid was accidentally closed tight enough to cause pressure buildup. Extremely lucky enough, for the individual, he suffered injury which was not permenent. It could have been much worse.
Big Boobs as in implant
So this is a coding implant with big impact on disassembler viewers (male of course)? Silicon implant? Mmmmm.
Reminds me of Cheech and Chong's Dog segment RALPH AND HERBIE - Dogs talk about poo and fiffie.
Re: But the important question --
What type of catapult? Magnetic rail gun as used here - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/02/railgun_durability_milestone/ might work. But the acceleration needed might cause body organs to disembowel, grab a towel and find haven in a Bogon ship.
I think I saw the Gold Particle in the show
All these big machines and we could do it with pyrotechnics <Grin>
Now to sift through the data from the videos and submit to Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics June 22, 2012 • New York • United States
Reverse Polarity without Diodes
Maybe the leads where reversed. Without proper diode protection, if I read it right, the first signal will set them all off possibly - ground loop effect.
I do not see the connection
I feel that Palo Alto Research Center did not fail. What fails with most research centers is the managers decisions on projects. The lack of concepts, ideas/connections to applications or more applicable - fads/gimmicks. Also allot of research is on cutting edge design and development - high cost to manufacture. Most research is only to provide incentive to build patents (to possibly sell to another company) and publish papers. It looks like IBM beat Intel already. See NY Post - Big Blue is turning into your Big Brother
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/big_blue_is_turning_into_your_big_vAJ2J6957DSgTPYGAl1lDO#ixzz1yxMCdohP
Lets do it in stereo
Do not be so negative. This is where universities and amateur astronomy organizations get involved to help redesign. I say we send both up and get stereo views. The design of cameras and instruments are always evolving. Yes, the scientists want to put as much into it as military do to their multifunction hardware. I say make it just a basic telescope, but design the craft such that newer/upgraded imaging modules can be switch in later maintenance missions. Just ensure that the appropriate power sources for all possible instrumentation is in place at the start. PS: How about selling advertisement logo on the outside of the telescope to help fund it. Just do not make it Facebook for the project will fall flat on it's face <grin>.
Lets get them out there!
VIC 20, 150K Modem and CompuServe
I got addicted when my father gave me a Heathkit Microprocessor Trainer. Got trained in the USAF in 1982 as a computer and switching system specialist. Bought the VIC 20, tape drive storage unit and 150k baud modem. Got on CompuServe which had to be done after 7PM and before 5AM unless you want to pay $50/hr. Rest is the greatest fun I ever had. Did it before most of you.
Re: What If Your Buggy Breaks Down?
I think it would be cool to have Dave Letterman take dropping to the next level <grin>. What would he drop on Mars? I have some ideas, but he has rights to his segment of the show.
Re: ADA, Forth, Assembly, etc.
Don't Panic - Need to decode using babble fish
Then have 2 gargle blasters during the end of the universe
For the code only goes looking for the ultimate answer
<What was the question?>
ADA, Forth, Assembly, etc.
Gotta be some cross compiler developement tool.
The ASCII Guy
I wonder how many that was sold is now on EBAY for a higher price?
Who's up there?
We have astronauts from Japan (1), USA (2), Russia (3)
I wrote my representatives explaining that it would be very embarrassing if these astronauts died because we decommissioned the shuttles instead of putting them into storage in case of emergency. Maybe FEMA has a plan.
All Samsung has to do
Show the courts that their product supports Adobe Flash and Apple does not!
What are we feeding our Marines anyway?
What is in these MREs anyway to give our men affluent gas anyway? It is the fault of the company making these meals. The military's health experts will have to redo the MREs recipes to minimize gas.
Kevin Mitnick was the last martyr
Sorry - No more sympathy
This was used on Commodore Game software media to prevent copying. I wonder what happens when you use Spinrite by Gibson Research http://www.grc.com/intro.htm
Billy - The ASCII Guy
You can now buy a atom processor computer that looks exactly like a Commadore 64. Why? Nostalga. http://www.reghardware.com/2011/04/07/commodore_usa_c64_vic_pro_vic_slim/
Billy - The ASCII Guy
Has anyone figured how to protect these poor folks if they get caaried away masterbaiting?
It's got a hold on me!!! Yikes!
What Goes Around
I hope she learns that waiting till the last minute and still no answer, that it is time to make up a story. Gonzo journalism style!!!
Cheeze Wiz and Rats
I knew that it had to be rodents that got on and off Apollo 13. Now they are eating the cheese beneath the surface of the moon.Litter of 12 pups every 25 days. second generation 144. Third 29736 and so forth. How long till they equal the mass of the moon?
The ASCII Guy
Why airports ask us to take our shoes off
Goatan Posting was close to correct: "That'll be cos the CIA engineered the fungus to attack non Americain DNA".
I think this was to make Fidel's beard fall off.
Ooops - It was sneaking thallium salts into Castro's shoes.
This must be what the security guards are actually looking for at the airports.
Why do banks not have live CDs instead
The best way for the banking industry to minimize all of this mess is to have a live cd with VPN logon that then loads the latest browser and other apps such as security suite. Sort of like a bootable ethernet card for server applications. This service should pervent access to the computer but will allow one to use USB storage to copy or store reports of transactions and only show key number to accounts like last four digits which seems to be the way banks do this.
Billy-The ASCII Guy
EPA Enviromental Impact Statement
Where is the statement for EPA???
I remember at the time the different magazines such as Byte. They had articles on most of the platforms. It was interesting to see what the other brand users where doing with their computers.
Billy Higinbotham, Bellport, NY
The ASCI guy
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