285 posts • joined 7 Oct 2011
Re: I love it
I remember it from some truly ancient gaming article in a magazine. I did find this though:
I love it
When the creation of a movie, game, etc. ends up discovering something overlooked in day-to-day science or engineering. An example would be the 1983 Atari 2600 game "Space Shuttle" by Activision. Apparently they actually worked with NASA peeps to make the simulation as realistic as possible. In the course of doing so, they discovered from the game that it was possible to land the shuttle successfully in an unexpected way--which was verified on NASA's simulator.
Looking forward to the movie :)
Just more sleazy behavior
..from a company that I've always personally found to be second-rate anyway. It will bite them in the ass with bad PR and customers that think twice before signing up, as this kind of behavior increasingly does as consumers become (a little) more savvy.
No, the KIM-1 was first, but the Apple was one of the first systems on a board that could be programmed in a high-level language and drive a video display. The KIM-1 was a good bargain for its day, but just didn't have the hardware resources to do a lot.
Model T vs. Willys
If the Apple I was comparable to the Model T, then the Willys Jeep of computing had to be the Commodore PET/CBM machines of the late 1970s/early 80s. A lot of businesses used them, and a lot of industrial automation actually ran on them in the day. (some reliably for decades) It's a shame the versatile IEEE-488 interface never took off much outside of the scientific and industrial communities, as it was far superior in many ways to the RS-232 ports that most machines of that period used. There is still a lot of scientific and data acquisition equipment using the IEEE-488 interface, though I doubt it's pin and logic-level 100% compatible with old Commodore equipment.
I am a Commodore fan. My first computer was a PET. I've always maintained that if Jack Tramiel was a bit less of a megalomaniac, we'd be all running Commodore-format PCs and not IBM's standard. I was not meaning to minimize Chuck Peddle's contribution--without a low cost, versatile CPU like the 6502, a lot of computing history would have been a lot less possible, or at least delayed, The 6502 was a lot cheaper than the main competitor (the Zilog Z80), and while running at lower clock speeds, was more efficient in many ways.
But I thought we were discussing the first microcomputers, not microprocessor design...
Re: How much?
Indeed it was. I think it was the cheapest full-featured 8-bit CPU available at the time.
Homebrew Computer Club
When the Apple I debuted at a meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club, it was practically like the scene in Back to the Future where the kids of 1955 heard Rock n' Roll for the first time. Here were a bunch of brilliant, driven hobbyists that had beaten the odds and cobbled together their own equipment using mostly second-hand parts and bare-knuckle ingenuity, some of which had to have programs toggled in with switches, some could be programmed in hex/assembly language, a very, very few were capable of driving video displays and running a high-level language like BASIC. Prior to this, the most excitement had probably been when someone figured out how to get an IMSAI to play music. (through a radio picking up stray RFI from it) Then Woz walks in with the fruits of his tinkering and here is a computer on a board, ready to hook up to a TV, ready to run BASIC and truly be interactive. (a case is optional--Otterbox, anyone?) This was a game-changer of the same significance to the early days of computing as when someone took a burning branch from a lightning-struck tree and brought fire back to their cave for home use.
Linux is very significant too, but more in the sense of a political revolution freeing the enslaved, and not in the sense of putting the first wheel on an axle.
Those that have read my posts here re. Apple know that I am not a fanboi of modern Apple kit, but please give credit where credit is due. If it weren't for Woz's passion for micro computing, as well as technical prowess, Steve Jobs would likely have still been successful, being the driven man he was, but perhaps his career would have been with another early innovator, or more likely you'd have seen him hawking wares on late-night infomercials, or selling Nordic-tracks or similar.
Meanwhile, I'll keep going to garage sales, hoping for a find like this. The hardest part would be deciding whether to keep it or sell it.
Re. the humble 6502, there probably hasn't been a more used CPU in history. They are still everywhere in the world, in the form of embedded controllers. (think light switches, coffee makers, industrial machinery, medical equipment, etc.)
Building their secret bases and furthering their plans for world domination ain't cheap...
He's right though in one way...
Are any of the modern tech items something that you would want to pass down to your kids, even if they were still relevant? In fact, in these days of cheap, disposable, made in China everything, from tech to tools, is there any item that would be considered an heirloom? I still have some of my grandfather's and father's tools, and a couple of old watches, and a couple of pieces of my mother's jewellery, But is there anything made today that is worth passing down, except maybe a few pieces of better jewellery? I can't see passing down an assortment of "Harbor Freight" tools to anyone...
Maybe if I had one of the Apple I motherboards...
I did not realize that Sony was so hacking-friendly with their devices. I'm amazed that they not only tolerate, but encourage tinkering with their phones. Is Sony's smartphone division a rogue faction that doesn't talk to anyone else in the company? I say this based on their attitude towards allowing owners of PS3s to run Linux (promised, then taken away), and everything else they publish being DRM'd within an inch of its life. Is Sony finally waking up? My next mobile device may be made by Sony then.
I've always thought Sony built decent stuff, but their business plan of the last few years seems to be summed up by: 1) Ignore user wishes/privacy/security/fair use rights. 2) Invoke the ire of everyone. 3) Deny any wrongdoing until it's embarrassingly plain that they're lying. 4) Lose tons of money in settlements to wronged users and hasty after the fact fixes.
Perhaps because I live in the US where gas is still relatively cheap (you may all begin calling me a cunt now), but I HATE being behind someone who is hypermiling on a 2-lane road. And especially hate Prius drivers who are watching their efficiency monitor instead of the road. Thanks so much for making my day a little more aggravating and presuming to be the leader of all traffic behind you, just so you can save an extra $1-$3 per fill up. I am one of those drivers that enjoy driving a decent car in a spirited manner, and it is anathema to me when someone in front of me decides that getting from 0-60 in 2 minutes is perfectly acceptable. All too often these oblivious drivers ignore the speed limits anyway. They will blithely take all day to reach the posted speed limit, only to keep accelerating on past this point, albeit as slowly as though their vehicle has a solar sail and not an internal combustion engine.
Before the flames begin, understand that I have no problem with hypermiling if you are not impeding traffic and will practice it myself when it makes sense, such as when there's little traffic and I know the light ahead will be red by the time I reach it. People that race ahead of you to have to slam on their brakes at the next red signal are a whole other annoyance. Perhaps I just hate everyone...
I would respectfully disagree
While this might be able to be used against ICBMs, the thing is, the US has a LOT of them. China might be able to take out a few, assuming that everything works perfectly (and at those speeds, this is a very big IF), but the US has so damn many that it's just a matter of attrition. Re. an EMP, an airburst could cause a lot of damage to civilian devices, but military hardware has been hardened against EMPs since at least the 1960s. No doubt there would be some disruption and failures, but you can bet there's a dozen twisted contingency plans for such things. Wall St. might not survive, but you can bet that (morbidly) all the ICBMs will likely work pretty much flawlessly until there's nothing left on the planet worth blowing up, and no one much left to blow anything up anyway.
"A strange game.. The only way to win is not to play?"
Yes, she makes a little less than her predecessor, at least at first, which is pretty common in any job. But a lot of execs at this level have all manner of perks that make being shorted a hundred grand or so seem like someone forgetting to kick in a buck for their share of a tip. Some examples include: huge sign-on bonuses, "car expense" (essentially, buy whatever car you want on us), relocation/travel/commuting reimbursement, housing expense, wardrobe, even little things like free dry cleaning and magazine subscriptions are included.
My general point is, trying to measure what an exec at this level actually makes from a base salary is like trying to understand the national debt without taking into account trade agreements and all manner of other arrangements between countries.
Re: Android being Myopic...
Motorola did this with their "Atrix" docking system and it actually worked pretty well, though no one bought it. Motorola "Droid" phones came with "Webtop" and would ask you what you wanted to do when you either docked the phone or connected it with a micro-HDMI cable to a TV or monitor. I used to use it when I traveled with my old Droid Razr and it worked swimmingly.
So we should give up on static addressing and routing? How will that work with legacy devices like printers, for example? It seems to me that this will also open new and more interesting methods of spoofing identities.
Good budget tablet
I don't work for Asus, but anyone looking for a good budget tablet should look at Asus' stuff: quad-core Intel processors, A gig of RAM, and a SD card slot rendering onboard storage mostly irrelevant. The cheaper 7" ones can be had for as little as $99 with KitKat 4.4, if you can forego cellular connectivity and GPS. They seem very well built too and have decent battery life. The only caveat is the speakers aren't that great. I don't know why anyone would spend $$$ for an iPad and have to suffer iTunes, no card slot, no file system access, etc.
I guess it's neat that they "self destruct"
But how is this much different than setting a user's AD account to expire and just reimaging a machine with a customized image? I guess it could be quicker with the VM, if the VM template is already stored on the local disk. But if not, I can't imagine it really helps you too much?
Plus, what about data? If there is data stored on the local machine, say, in the user's profile (and users do love to put gigs of stuff in folders on their desktops), does it too get destroyed when the VM expires? Some stored data, even for a short-term temp, is invaluable to the business or depending on the circumstances of the person's departure, may be needed for a forensic investigation..
Is that a...
...Commodore PET in the Alien cut scene of the space station?
When my cat read your comment...
All the hairs on my pussy stood straight up! (nod to Mollie Sugden)
Somehow I can't imagine any card-carrying nerd worth their energy drinks and pizza downloading an upgrade which has as its main claim to fame improved fitness features.
And for the record, we are telling our users to hold off on the upgrade on older devices, as we have many angry users who now have to charge their 4 and 4s devices several times a day after the upgrade. Fortunately since most of our devices are only 16GB, and the users have managed to fill them up with crap, the upgrade doesn't seem to have enough breathing room to install for most anyway.
Re: Ill give this my best shot...
According to Carl Sagan, we're all made of "Star Stuff" So that means the iPhone 6 is made of sunbeams and rainbows...
..at this point, the planet has a sense of humor and is just fucking with us. (we already know the universe has one, and a dark, twisted, cruel one at that)
..that this guy is on the level, I hope he sues Comcast for everything up to and including the CEO's toenails, and the accounting firm he worked for, for wrongful termination. And I hope that part of the conditions of settling the suit is for Comcast to have to replace one of their primetime commercials with a public apology directed to this guy, though I'm sure this will never happen.
All I can say is..
Booooooooooooooooooooooo! And Adobe can eat a dumpster full of dicks for this intrusive, slimy, and mistrustful treatment of their customers. I'll have to look at what port/cloud site is being used and have my router block it ASAP.
I think Windows NT would be even worse as a touch screen OS. Maybe more stable than 9x, but no USB support, ever.
As a side note, we have some very clever young teen programmers in our Robotics Explorers program at work. I worked on one of the laptops we'd given them and found some beautifully written utilities that they'd crafted. Naturally someone had decided to change the desktop background to something unusual, in this case, a Windows ME splash screen. They got it back with an OS2/Warp splash screen in its place :)
Yeah, and nothing makes customer service more efficient than less people to handle it and outsourcing to somewhere that English is a 3rd language.
I learned touch typing on a manual typewriter in the 7th grade. This was possibly the most useful class of any ever offered. I remember typing sentences such as "Ed will audit the auditors" meant to really exercise those fingers on one hand. The effort to type on an old school (literally in my case) mechanical typewriter was formidable, and after a marathon session all of our fingers and wrists would ache. Yet I don't remember repetitive stress injuries coming into vogue until much later, though people forced to type all day on one of these, every day, must have been far more susceptible than anyone using modern equipment. I then took "Typing II", and midway through the first semester our truly ancient manuals (Royals I think) were replaced by Olivetti electronic typers. You could really fly on these, though the spacing and layout were a little different, so some relearning was necessary. All of our fingers breathed a sigh of thanks when we had to type a long document. Even some secretaries look on in wonder that I, a middle-aged man, can type as fast as I can and (usually) without too many mistakes--I have those old typing classes to thank.
As a side note, I came into keyboard shortcuts in Windows late in the game, but a simple web search for "windows keyboard shortcuts" gave me everything I needed to know. I work with professionals that have been using computers for decades and it surprises me when I casually use a keyboard shortcut and they say "Wait, how did you just do that? Show me what you just did."
"If they have sense the iPhone 7 will be made of spring steel"
Everyone knows that iPhones are always made of unicorns, rainbows, and the bittersweet tears of children and underprivileged workers. (sometimes both at once)
Are all the greymarket phones
...in "Space Grey"? Sorry...
I haven't read through the 6-score comments that came before me, but I too only bother with streaming when I'm at home or on cheap (free) wi-fi. Why would I waste my airtime/bandwidth when I can put whatever I want on local storage and access it instantly? And while "the cloud" is apparently still the current fad, I'm still pretty happy having a local copy.
But I will say that I'm pleased with the way Amazon does streaming and purchases. For about a buck I can get a decent quality download of most anything, unencumbered with moronic and aggravating DRM, and download or stream it as much as I want. And with a Prime membership, I can listen to most anything I want if I want to stream, without relying on ad-driven services like Pandora, etc. that do play songs I like, but mixed in with things I want to skip--and can only skip a few times without getting more ads.
No, I don't work for Amazon, and they have occasionally irritated me, but other music services could take a page from their book.
How was it formed?
In the low temperatures of space, can Hydrogen and Oxygen combine (burn) to make water? Or would all of the water have to have been produced near stars, exploding or otherwise?
Also, I wonder how much water has been added since our atmosphere came into being---since every flame that ever existed has created some water, as well as other chemical processes...
No number keys?
The keyboard might be pretty useful, though as others have said, I'm pretty used to Swype. But why no number keys? (at least I don't see them) I'm assuming that the bottom of the touch screen displays number keys depending on the context, but if this is marketed as a business device, well, businesses use numbers. A lot. And so do users with their personal devices. A lot. Even texting someone something you're going kind of need them. "Hey Bob, I'll meet you at.... oh crap, where's the 8 key..."
Maybe it's brilliantly implemented and I'm just missing something here...
The author draws a lot of unfounded conclusions
It's clear the author is a Fanboi. Nothing wrong with that, as we are all partial to what we like.
"Google's smartphone middleware, will soon look attractive only for budget vendors selling into fast-growing emerging markets." --Wow, that's a leap that defies logic.
Does the author really think that all of us unwashed Android users were just waiting and praying for the 6 to come out so we can cast off our chains and go to where life is warm and fuzzy? It will take a bit more to make me switch to Apple than a phone that now has most of the capabilities that I've been enjoying for years on my last several Android phones. Oh wait, no SD card slot on the Jesus phone? Oh wait, no file system access? Oh wait, I have to use iTunes as an arbitrator for my interface with my phone's files? What, I can't change my battery without taking apart the phone? Bleah.
I think it's a much more reasonable conclusion that a lot of Android smartphone makers are doing badly because there's so many of them doing the same thing, much like the PC Clone explosion in the late 80s and 90s. So the market is glutted and few prosper. Apple has a monopoly on Apple stuff. If Apple's OS was available to manufacturers to put on their own hardware, how well do you think it would fare compared to Android OS? Do you think it would still "just work"? (and trust me, if you've supported hundreds of Apple devices, you know that this is a smokescreen anyway) Android developers have gone through the pain of making sure that it does a pretty fair job of supporting all the crazy hardware that's out there. Apple would be playing catch up for years, if they could even manage it. Which is not to say that iOS doesn't have some benefits. Because you're in a walled village with Apple's ecosystem, apps are better vetted for malware and iOS is inherently more secure, which also means it is less flexible for users unfortunately.
Now let's flip it around--if Apple opened up its hardware and let you buy an iPhone with Android OS, how many would do this? Apple does make pretty devices, and now that its hardware specs are up to snuff (except for the aforementioned lack of an SD card slot), I'd consider buying an Apple phone if I could get Android OS on it. Maybe not enough to give up my S5 though, which has a better camera, better processor, and is likely a bit less fragile than the 6.
If iTunes was revamped so it was more about functionality and less about marketing, that would help a bit. Why does iTunes think that all I want to do in life is play music/video or buy things from Apple? If you want to back up your device, you have to dig for this function. And if you have multiple iTunes accounts in your household, it's truly an ugly mess. With my Android device, I have multiple options, including an excellent cloud-based backup that rivals anything I've seen from Apple. At my last phone upgrade it even remembered the wireless networks I'd connected to.
Sorry, just not buying the observations and subsequent conclusions drawn by the author.
I'll skip it if you can't access the shell or get data in or out without iTunes, which is certainly not a heavenly product.
I'll bet down below you can at least access the file system. Of course hell for me would be being stuck with an iPhone...
If this mission is successful, and India launches more Mars probes, they may eventually need a satellite unit in a fixed orbit to relay data back to Earth. So as a follow up to MOM, they may launch: Mars Insertion Lagrangian Facilitator, or MILF
Assignment of blame and responsibility
If Apple owns and runs the factories in question, then Apple is wholly responsible for how their workers are treated, and if hazardous conditions are found, they need to be corrected by Apple. And if they have been covered up or ignored, then Apple needs to be liable for each "individual tragedy"
However, if Apple is contracting their work to other companies, no matter how egregious you might find Apple's looking the other way, it's foremost the responsibility of the company that the affected people directly work for to provide a safe workplace and to be liable for bad behavior towards their workers.
Yes, you could argue that companies that wish to grab that golden lottery ticket that is the prospect of contracting for a behemoth like Apple, Wal-Mart, etc. are being forced into being slipshod to remain competitive, and this is certainly a grey area. But it's still a decision, and unless Apple is saying "We'd like you to ignore this hazard to meet production", they are not directly liable.
I am no fanboi of Apple, not by any stretch of the imagination, nor of Wal-Mart or any big business that crushes out smaller companies, just because "they can", but you have to place blame where it is due. If I contract with an acquaintance and say I'll give him $1,000 to shoot my neighbour's dog. (and I've thought about offing the barky P.O.S.), I'm partially culpable for creating or allowing the situation to be created, but it's the triggerman that bears most of the blame, having decided to break or ignore the law for their own personal gain.
Well, actually they can be rather nice... Can I get some of whatever the author imbibed prior to writing this?
Re: "old" iPad 2?
I know you're being facetious here, but for all the... fine intelligent human beings... that think EVERY piece of hardware since the dawn of time should be supported forever by the most recent OS update, they should try running Windows 7, 8, (or even XP) on their Packard-Bell "Intel Inside!" Pentium I desktop PC. Or OSX on their Lisa, etc. You get my point.
Now what's the control key on this Commodore 64 to send a message... oh, there it is...
Re: Allways on Top
You don't want MS to buy Notepad++ If they do, you will begin paying $29.95 for it or at least be prompted to upgrade to the "Pro" version to use more features, and it will stop working if it cannot contact "the cloud"
Still some catching up to do...
Windows will have caught up with Linux when the following occurs:
-There are no more "helpful" pop-ups telling us every 2 minutes that something can perform faster, isn't secure, "a problem was detected", etc.
-Microsoft learns to make applications truly not steal focus from each other, which is probably my number one pet peeve with all versions of Windows.
-When Windows begins to hold a candle to Linux in frugal use of resources and just plain performance, all other elements of the same system being equal.
-When my computer is idle, it is truly idling, waiting for my next command, not grinding away at my hard drive re-indexing or doing some other pointless background task on the off chance it may speed something up that I do twice a year, if that.
-When windows updates don't take aeons to install, require a reboot, then another period of installation at the next reboot, followed by 2nd reboot "Preparing to configure windows"...
-When I no longer receive pointless warnings such as "Do you trust this printer?" or "This action contains an unspecified security flaw." What?? Are you just trying to make me paranoid?? (I wouldn't leave that printer alone with my kids, but other than that, I'll vouch for it..)
-When IE doesn't market to me at every opportunity such as "Suggested Sites" whether I want them or not, "Web Gallery", etc.
-When Windows can figure out what to do with a file by what it contains, not its extension.
-When I can boot up a Windows box without just plain feeling like I sold out on what being a geek is all about.
Not that Windows doesn't have a few innovative features that Linux can learn from, and Linux does have some failings, but not bad for a totally free (as in both beer and speech) OS.
Since sound is vibration of atoms or molecules in whatever media, such as air, water, etc., how can one atom influence whatever medium it is in significantly enough to be distinguished from Brownian motion? Admittedly I have not read the paper...
When I really want to geek out
I turn to Greg Egan for dry, insanely visionary sci-fi that I nearly have to take notes to understand. Permutation City is an amazing concept, if a bit lacking in character development.
I just wanted to thank you
...Mr. Dabbs, for brightening my day with that hilarious article.
And I don't disagree with your observations either.
A small observation of my own... People that wear watches expect them to work for more than a day without having to recharge them. The whole point of wearing one is convenience. When I used to wear a watch, I'd shower with it routinely because I couldn't be bothered with taking it off. I figured it and me were getting clean at the same time. No one likes the annoyance of putting a watch back on, or possibly forgetting it in the charger. If they can come up with a smart watch that will last, say, a week between charges, is more autonomous than current offerengs without a phone being in proximity, and is waterproof to boot, I'll consider it. It shouldn't be that hard... older non-smart cellphones had days or even weeks of standby time.
Be sure to deselect the staple option
I hate inkjets. I'll hold out for the laser version. True, the toner carts will cost a couple $M each, but you will be able to print more than one plane before it starts streaking or telling you it's running low on cyan. Or refusing to print any B/W text because of same. Of course lights might dim in neighbouring cities when the fuser starts to warm up...
Re: Android on windows anyone?
Bluestacks. Agreed. I have used it, and it works well. What I don't like about it is that it seems to be partially adware and runs components of itself at bootup, not just when using an Android app. However, since it has been possible to use Bluestacks on Windows for a long time, I don't see why it was so tricky to port Android apps to what is already Linux, essentially.
Re. why didn't Chromebook run Android in the first place, that's a good question. My old Motorola phone was meant to be used with the "Atrix" dock that never took off. But you could plug a HDMI cable into it and use it with a TV or monitor, and the results were very good. It automatically would switch to mouse mode if you chose the "Webtop" option, which was one of 3 given. The other two being "clone display" or more of a movie/photo friendly mode. Throw in a BT keyboard and you really didn't even need a laptop, although the performance could have been a bit better. If the price of the Atrix dock hadn't pushed the overall cost into the land of netbooks, it might have done very well.
Re: Says it is for right handers only
I live in the US, and am left handed, so I do rather insist on driving a left-hand drive car. When I used to wear a watch, I wore it on my left wrist. Oddly, I keep my phone on my right hip and usually use my right hand to operate it. And for other things...
As someone who is tasked with supporting hundreds of iThings, among other duties, I can say that Apple devices, including their batteries, are pretty tired and worn out after about a year and half of use in an enterprise environment. Oh, except for the somewhat fragile screens, they are built pretty well, but I have a drawer full of iPhone 4s and now some 5c devices that have crummy battery life and that exhibit erratic behavior like random reboots, lockups, unresponsive screens, poor radio reception, etc.
To be fair, when we had Blackberry devices, we had a drawer full of those too, though at least you could easily change the batteries and backup/restoration of data was not an exercise in frustration (well, not as much anyway) like it is with iTunes. With BB you could at least selectively backup and restore, not the "all or nothing if it feels like working" that you get with iTunes.
I'm sure if we had Samsung or other Android devices company-wide, we'd have a bin full of problem children too: Enterprise devices see hard use and are not treated as gently as consumer devices.
The iPhone 6 looks a bit fragile to me. The myth that Apple builds better quality hardware than others is only true when compared to the cheapest offerings from other companies.
Forget the article for a moment...
I'm just blown away that someone created something that amazing 17+ centuries ago, and that it's survived all these years intact! Imagine what such an artisan could do with modern equipment and techniques. Truly a genius.
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