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Finding a Tech Museum For Your Beloved Retired Computer(s)

A Commentor Heathkits wanted... (78 comments)

If anyone has any old non-PC compatible Heathkit / Zenith Data Systems computers, software, manuals, etc.. Things like the H8, H11, H89.... HDOS & CP/M operating systems and related software... H10 Paper Tape... etc... I'm always looking for more. You can find more info on my site:

about a year ago

Aussie Politician Threatens To Contact Employers of Satirical Article "Likers"

A Commentor Looks like we all have an article to 'like'.... (195 comments)

Since the satire story is not directly linked.. just go to the "On Facebook" link above and down to May 3rd... It's the only post that day... Lets see if we can get it over 100,000.... It's only 67 right now....

more than 2 years ago

Mandatory Brake-Override Proposed For All Cars

A Commentor Re:It's confirmed (911 comments)

Are you really that ignorant? This requirement will not add cost or weight to the car. From the car and driver article (Dec '09) linked above:

"Since the advent of electronic throttle control, many automakers have added software to program the throttle to close—and therefore cut power—when the brakes are applied. Cars from BMW, Chrysler, Nissan/Infiniti, Porsche, and Volkswagen/Audi have this feature, and that’s precisely why the G37 aced this test."

So, aready being done by a wide range of companies, it is only a small change to the software they already have, and it allows a very logical override: if you press the brakes then the throttle will close.

The whole excuse of "when I was little we didn't have all these regulations" is total BS. I especially love the "we didn't were seat belts or have car seats, and look I survived." No shit, if you were in a high speed accident, you would have dead or had serious injuries and likely would not be here to say that crap. Does everyone get into that type of accident? - No, but enough, and the injuries are so severe that prevention is the best option.

more than 2 years ago

After Complaints, AT&T Solidifies, Increases Data Limit

A Commentor Re:Bandwidth Calculations (211 comments)

Previously, AT&T slowed speeds for subscribers who reached the top 5% of data users for that billing cycle and geographic location. Customers were outraged, arguing that the percentage method meant they had no way to know what the limit was — until AT&T informed them via text message that they were in danger of exceeding it.' AT&T still maintains the position that less than 5% of its users exceed the 3GB threshold each month.

So if they limit the top 5% of data users for that billing cycle/location, but less than 5% exceed 3GB, then the point where they limit users has to be less than 3GB in most locations.

And how is it done for "that billing cycle". After the first day (hour, etc.) of the billing cycle, did they throttle the top 5%? Once you were throttle, did you stay throttled until the end, even if you were no longer in the top 5%?

I can't imagine anyone thought top 5% would be a good idea. I'm wondering if they did that to get everyone really upset about it, then fall back to this more "reasonable" solution, to look good. Instead of starting with the 5GB limit, and having a lot of people complain about it.

more than 2 years ago

Calif. Appeals Court Approves Cell Phone Searches

A Commentor Re:Not searchable during a routine traffic stop (367 comments)

You must have missed the other story a few years ago, which made it all the way to the Supreme Court, that basically said the cops can arrest you for anything. It was about some lady and her kids who did not have their seat-belts on. SCOTUS ruled it was fine. See the full story here:

So your argument about 'just' getting a ticket does not hold.

more than 2 years ago

Fukushima: Myth of Safety, Reality of Geoscience

A Commentor Who is Shima? (206 comments)

And why are people really mad at him/her.... ;-)

more than 2 years ago

Lucas Loses Star Wars Stormtrooper Copyright Case

A Commentor Re:I have mixed feelings about it. (325 comments)

The problem is the never ending copyrights. Had copyrights not been extended, retroactively, the original term of 14 years, plus one extension of 14 years. Which would mean if this was done in 1977, when he started selling them in 2002, it would have been fine. If you can't make you money back in 28 years, you are doing something wrong, and too bad.

more than 3 years ago

Reminiscing Old School Linux

A Commentor Re:Remember 1.2? I remember 0.12! (539 comments)

0.12 was about the time I became aware of it. But at the time I had a 286 and was in college. It took a while, but luckily I had enough saved up from my Co-Op job that I put together a 486DX/33 system with 4M, and 120M HD for about $1000. Don't remember the first version I used, but I definitely remember the SLS Linux (SLS stood for Soft Landing Software, if I remember correctly). I partition the harddrive 60M for DOS/Windows and 50M for Linux and 10M for /home. I would bring packs of floppies into the computer lab and use the Sun workstations to download the each new version of SLS Linux. I remember waiting for a LONG time before support for X was added to Linux.

more than 3 years ago

How many microprocessors are in your home, total?

A Commentor Re:more than 20 is too many? (559 comments)

I have 20 in just my collection of old Heathkit H89s. I have 10 of them, each has a Z80 for the computer portion, and a Z80 for the terminal portion. Then for my 2 Heathkit H8s, 1 - H11, and 4 H100s (each also have 2 processors an 8-bit and 16-bit). So that is 31, not counting spare boards and loose Z80s (probably at least another 10). Then there are the PCs, that I never turn on but still have a Dell Pentium 90, a Dual processor PentiumPro 180, a dual processor Pentium II - 333, athlon 2200+, 2 laptops. Finally, the current PCs, including a MacBook Pro, Asus Laptop, Sony laptop, HP laptop, Intel Pentium D 805 linux box, Intel Pentium 6950 linux box, 2 gaming desktops with Intel Core i5s. So just in computers, I'm estimating at about 50.

more than 3 years ago

Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

A Commentor Re:Post the IP address (765 comments)

Instead of posting the address, just do a nslookup and/or a traceroute to the IP. That should give some more additional information to track it down. You might have the ISP and other information to go on.

more than 4 years ago

Brazil Forbids DRM On the Public Domain

A Commentor Re:In Soviet Brazil (258 comments)

In the U.S., having this exception doesn't really help. In the U.S. nothing new will EVER fall into the public domain. Every time anything comes close, the government passes another 20 year retro-active extension so Disney can keep making money, and making sure NOTHING NEW WILL EVER FALL INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. Until something is done about retroactive laws, and the payoff of politicians by big corporations, things will not change.

more than 4 years ago

Foxconn May Close Factories In China

A Commentor Re:Poor Planning (476 comments)

The labor being cheap mostly because the Chinese government doesn't enforce labor laws and doesn't give the people their fair share of the profits.

First part about the labor laws, seems like a valid complaint. But the second part, about 'fair share of the profits'. Where does that come from? As an employee, you are getting paid for the work you are doing not any profit that is made. If you want to get a share of the profits, you need to be a share holder. Some companies do offer 'profit-sharing', but that definitely not the norm.

more than 4 years ago

Quant AI Picks Stocks Better Than Humans

A Commentor Re:Bullshit (446 comments)

Alcoa Inc. in May 2008 at 36$, which seems to have dropped down permanently to around 12$. Do you really think that yearly dividends of some say 5%/year would make up for the risk you take that your equity drops 300% overnight and stays there? You'd have to wait a lot of years until you'd have recouped that loss.

300%!!!... nope.. $36 down to $12 is a 66% drop. a 300% drop would imply that you would OWE $72 for each share....

more than 4 years ago

Do Build Environments Give Companies an End Run Around the GPL?

A Commentor Re:It would be nice to name names (374 comments)

Netgear had the same problem. It was probably about 4-5 years ago, they had a nice router that ran Linux and had a USB port for supporting a harddrive. I saw that Netgear provide the source, I emailed their open source person, and he was providing the things I ask for. I ended up picking up the router during one of Fry's sales and thought I was all set to build my own firmware. I attempted to build the new firmware, everything completed successfully, but I couldn't find the firmware to install. I emailed netgear again, the response was along the lines of: "Oh no, you can't build the firmware image, we don't give out that tool, and also our html pages are copyrighted, so you couldn't put that in the firmware anyway." As others have stated, this is what TIVO did and why GPL v3 was created. With GPL v2, it would be a much harder fight to win, and again it would need to be the copyright holders of the software, who need to file suit, not the customer.

more than 4 years ago

Austin Police Want Identities of Online Critics

A Commentor Re:Well, there is a problem here (320 comments)

Where did you find that quote, it definitely wasn't in the article linked to the story. Maybe you should take the time to read the story instead of basing it on the tainted summary. Right from the linked news article summary: "People who misrepresent themselves as officials in online comments could face civil, criminal penalties, Acevedo says." The problem is not the anonymous comments, but people posing as actual officers and stealing officer's identity. Here, from the first paragraph: "Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says he and some of his officers have been harassed, lied about and had their identities falsely used in online blogs and in reader comment sections on local media Internet sites." Stealing someone's entity is definitely not on the same as posting anonymous comments. It falls under this new law: "State lawmakers this year passed a law that took effect Sept. 1 making it a third-degree felony to use another person's name to post messages on a social networking site without their permission and with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten."

more than 4 years ago

Interview With the Author of "Mastering Cat"

A Commentor Re:I'm more intersted in tail than cat. (243 comments)

No shit Sherlock... You do know the concept of taking the joke a little farther?


more than 5 years ago

Interview With the Author of "Mastering Cat"

A Commentor Re:I'm more intersted in tail than cat. (243 comments)

Did you even look:

$ which tail


And for info...

$ man tail

TAIL(1) BSD General Commands Manual TAIL(1)


tail -- display the last part of a file

more than 5 years ago

Google Launches CADIE, the First True AI

A Commentor Re:Enough Already! (246 comments)

/. should at least intermix real stories and fake stories... so that there is some question on what is real/fake. 100% fake news is stupid and boring... Ideally the real stories should be something that at first glance some would consider fake - Like the person arrested for drunk driving on a bar stool.

Mix it up, make it interesting...

If you want 100% fake news... there is a website for that called the Onion...

more than 5 years ago

Volunteers Simulate Mission To Mars

A Commentor They forgot about gravity... (237 comments)

They won't experience the lack of gravity that actual astronauts would experience.

more than 5 years ago

Miscalculation Invalidates LHC Safety Assurances

A Commentor Does it really matter? (684 comments)

Either they are right (the LHC is safe), and nothing happens. Or they are wrong, and no one is left to say anything about them being wrong.... ;-)

more than 5 years ago



"I killed a man", 22-year-old confesses

A Commentor A Commentor writes  |  1 year,12 days

A Commentor (459578) writes "In a dramatic, 3.5-minute video, the 22-year-old describes how he “hit and killed Vincent Canzani” while driving drunk in Ohio and going the wrong way on a highway. “Against all legal advice, Matthew decided to make this video and release it prior to any charges being filed against him,” wrote Alex Sheen, who posted the video to after Cordle contacted him through Facebook."
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Better Batteries through engineered carbon

A Commentor A Commentor writes  |  more than 2 years ago

A Commentor writes "A new plant opened in Albany, OR to make more effective batteries and ultra-capacitors, by using a specially engineered carbon. It can improve ultra-capacitors by 25%-30%. One use for them, would be in start-stop hybrid cars. It also promises lower prices for hybrid vehicles and grid storage."
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Photography rights in the U.S.

A Commentor A Commentor writes  |  about 3 years ago

A Commentor writes "With law enforcement harassing photographers, the ACLU has provided information on photographer's rights in the U.S.: Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply."
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Using copyright enforcement to suppress dissent.

A Commentor A Commentor writes  |  about 4 years ago

A Commentor (459578) writes "Russian authorities, with the help of Microsoft, is confiscating computers, outspoken advocacy groups or opposition newspapers, under the pretext of searching for pirated Microsoft software. Yet they rarely if ever carry out raids against advocacy groups or news organizations that back the government."
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