* Posts by timrowledge

22 posts • joined 11 Oct 2016

Meet the new Dropbox: It's like the old Dropbox, but more expensive, and not everyone's thrilled


Re: Guido

About time he got suitably punished

Large Redmond Collider: CERN reveals plan to shift from Microsoft to open-source code after tenfold license fee hike


Re: Windows CMD.EXE

... but it can’t even handle their own UNC filenames!

NASA fingers the cause of two bungled satellite launches, $700m in losses, years of science crashing and burning...


Re: Aluminum

Remember, it’s ‘C’, eh, ‘n’, eh, ‘d’, eh?

We regret to inform you the massive asteroid NASA's all excited about probably won't hit Earth


Re: Time enough

If Man is still alive, if Woman can survive?

Microsoft's Edge on Apple's macOS? It's more likely than you think for new browser


No. Just, no. No way, no how. Damn thing doesn’t even work properly on a damn windows lump.

Now here's a Galaxy far, far away: Samsung stalls Fold rollout after fold-able screens break in hands of reviewers


Re: A total failure

Foldable isn’t really the end though - rollable is much more desirable. Think scroll. Think something like an 8” dildo with the screen pulling out to maybe A4 total size. Pull out a couple of inches to see messages or contact list for a phone all. Pull out all the way to get a nice big view of a map.

And you - yes, you boy, stop sniggering.

Surprising absolutely no one at all, Samsung's folding-screen phones knackered within days


Re: Extremely poor

*My* ancient iPhone 3 & 4 are still working just fine, thank you. No screen issues, nor battery problems, at worst a bit of scuffing around the home buttons.

I couldn’t comment about old android phones because nobody seems to keep them very long.

IBM bid to unmask age discrimination whistleblower goes down in flames


Re: Yeah..

In the far distant past when I was an IBM research Fellow, I tried to persuade them to name the workstation window system ‘panes’ purely for the joy of having aix and panes. Didn’t work :-(

Brit rocket boffins Reaction Engines notch up first supersonic precooler test


Turbine blades are not milled - at least, not for RR turbines. Hell, I worked on some of the early single crystal blade stuff back in ‘78/9.

Apple bestows first hardware upgrades in years upon neglected iPad Mini and Air lines


Re: Quote from Saint Jobs himself

Exactly - and you have that option. Problem solved.

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again


Re: Look and Feel

Wrong. Smalltalk had overlapping windows since round about 1974. They saw the Smalltalk 80 system during that visit, despite Adele fighting her management hard. But Apple paid for the visit and the Xerox higher-ups said to let them in.


Re: 1 MB of RAM ?

Look at the August 81 Byte - yes, the Smalltalk edition, relevant here since that is what a lot of the Lisa/Mac ui was replicating - and boggle at the adverts for a 64kb ram card for a mere $695.


Re: As a dev system? No, startup biz!

I know for sure it was a 68008 - I remember having a loud but friendly argument with Clive about it during my RCA degree show, which was broken up by his then girlfriend tell him “you know he’s right so stop arguing “. I was using an NS32032 for my project, which turned out to be about as bad an idea at the QL.

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD


Re: Well, there was this time...

Yow. I actually remember hearing that story from you in some random Cambs. pub circa ‘88. Scary - 30 years ago. I’m even still using RISC OS at least occasionally... and Smalltalk all the time.

Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe


Re: Burroughs/Unisys...

.. and some monster is thinking about trying the jazelle insanity with cobol. Call it ... cobollox ?

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship


Re: You'd have to be a Dummy,....

The entire expenditure for NASA during the Apollo years never got as high as 5% of the federal govt budget, which is a lot less than GDP. I see claims that Apollo cost roughly one third of the NASA budget.


Re: Starship

Sorry, can’t use “Revisionist” because I bagged (with no backsides!) ages ago for my backup server.

But being from California, surely the appropriate name to borrow is my old friend “May contain nuts”?

How one programmer's efforts to stop checking in buggy code changed the DevOps world


Re: Oracle

Did Oracle ever make *anything* it didn’t subsequently ruin?

Raspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads


Re: 300 baud!? You were lucky...

Please don’t expand upon what you were going to use it for...

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back


Re: What else can a move to ARM bring ?

Where on earth do you get that idea from? Are you perhaps confused by the way the the very earliest Raspbian releases used a slightly uncommon FP configuration.

It’s all normal now. That’s why quite a large range of OSs run happily on any recent Pi.

UK good for superfast broadband, crap for FTTP – Ofcom


Good grief - 30Mb is considered super fast? I live miles into the rainforest on a Pacific island and I have fibre to my server cupboard (in my underground laboratory, of course) and gigabit internet.

Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel


Re: ARM is not very popular as desktop

Likewise (hi druck!) but dating from 1986. Never been without an ARM desktop machine since then. Made a nice living almost exclusively from Smalltalk on ARM the whole time.

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