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A Robot In Every Korean Kindergarten By 2013?

Alcoholist Bad Idea (136 comments)

'nuff said.

more than 3 years ago

Saving Lives On the Battlefield With Green Tech

Alcoholist Or Don't Fight Wars (188 comments)

You know, faraway wars in strange lands that don't matter to you. Seems like a fantastic way to save fuel and lives. Just saying.

more than 3 years ago

Is the ISS Really Worth $100 Billion?

Alcoholist Experience (503 comments)

Because when we do find that habitable exoplanet we're going to need people who know how to get us there. We need to get some of us off this rock. In terms of space research, that space station is the best we've got right now and if we let it fall into the weeds, we've got nothing. I say we push that sucker all the way, because if you really want to get out to the stars, you better goddamn know what it takes.

more than 3 years ago

What If We Ran Universities Like Wikipedia?

Alcoholist Practical Work (380 comments)

How does that work in such a college.

So guy shows up on campus and says he's a electrician and he's going to teach anyone interested. All kinds of students flock over looking to learn a trade. He's got a whole bunch of references, but half of them don't answer the phone and at least a quarter of the rest are just references that lead to the other references.

He explains that this course is just a stub and hopefully some better electricians will come along and make it better and safer. But hey, let's go and get you your ticket!

more than 3 years ago

Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

Alcoholist Re:Don't do it (606 comments)

You're right on the money about the being forced to maintain them and be the scapegoat. I had this problem with an entire city. I own a computer shop and in addition to service and parts, on of the things we did was build our own computers and for a while we were the biggest game in town. We built well over a 1000 of these things, as many as 7 a week. We had five product lines at one point.

I even did some custom rollouts at factories (those sales amounted to least 175 machines). That was around 2000 and the money was rolling in.

But somewhere around 2006 I started to notice sales dropping off but a more disturbing trend was that warranty and support claims had skyrocketed. We were now fixing our own computers and our own parts as often as we were getting new orders and we weren't getting paid for it. Also, people would start to blame you for stuff you had no control over (eg. it's not my fault your hard drive failed and you lost all your family photos because you didn't back them up). It's not that big a city - people would start to talk.

Prices for new towers had dropped to the point where it was becoming too expensive for a serious upgrade. I also figured out why sales were down. The local big box store could sell you a computer with the same specs as one of mine for $100 less and tech support was 24/7.

I gave up building in 2007. These days when clients ask me to get them a machine I get them Dells.

more than 3 years ago

Why the Web Mustn't Become the New TV

Alcoholist Re:lol (240 comments)

I don't think they can change it now. Increasing numbers of people like me are watching 'TV' using the Internet.

As to what financial model, I think the CBC here in Canada is on the right track. Pretty well every show they make you can watch it online. They scatter little ads through it and sometimes there are banners on the right, but whatever. It's just like TV, only I have the freedom to look at past shows whenever I want and they have the freedom to put ads from their current sponsors in those shows. As a bonus, they are much more likely know how many people are watching because it is easy to count the number of streams.

As the number of viewers increases, they'll be able to charge more for the ads. Really it's a win-win situation.

more than 3 years ago

Recently Discovered Habitable World May Not Exist

Alcoholist Bummer (231 comments)

Shame too, because I was hoping to go on vacation there.

more than 3 years ago

How Long Until We Commonly Use Flying Cars?

Alcoholist Re:Never (606 comments)

Reliability, do you think?

If your car breaks down you pull on to the shoulder and call the towing company. If your flying car breaks down it falls out of the sky, crashes into the ground and then you die, doesn't matter how smart the computer is.

Flying cars = bad idea.

more than 3 years ago

UK Scientists Leave Labs To Protest Expected Cuts

Alcoholist War... (315 comments)

One could always quit fighting wars in far away lands that have no real relevance to you. You'd save a whole pile of money right there.

It mystifies me why the Western World spends so much money on the Middle East. Oil? Trust me, if you come with cash in hand, whichever tyrant/dictator/overlord is in power will sell it to you. Do it for the people? Seriously, are you going to bankrupt your own nation to save a bunch of foreigners who hate you?

more than 3 years ago

Visual Depiction of Who Is Suing Who in Mobile

Alcoholist Re:All this money and time (175 comments)

It's like the heat death of the universe. After all the black holes go away all you'll have left are photons.

Our society is going down the same road. After everything is sued away all you'll have left is lawyers.

more than 3 years ago

66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP

Alcoholist Re:old hardware, probably (931 comments)

There is also little point in upgrading the operating system either. From my point of view, XP does everything I need, which is "be an operating system". It runs nice on my Core 2 Duo with 2GB of RAM (tho I do have a monster Radeon 2900XT supplying the graphics).

I use Firefox for web, Miranda for IM, Winamp for music, MPC for movies, Nero for disc burning, Paint Shop Pro for picture stuff, Audacity for audio stuff. I have a bunch of other little programs I use and sometimes I play video games. I have a Fedora box with a massive RAID array inside to store my files. What else do you need? The idea that an operating system should have more 'features' makes little sense to me, because I don't use any of those features.

Other than looking fancier, 7 doesn't have anything more that I need, so why would I spend the money on it? I think a lot of computer users are thinking the same way.

more than 3 years ago

Animal Farms Are Pumping Up Superbugs

Alcoholist Rage (551 comments)

Rage virus. Here it comes.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Test Space Beer

Alcoholist Re:"Packing for Mars" says no... (113 comments)

Carbonated drinks I can see being a problem in a micro-gravity environment. Burping could be very uncool. But this is why they invented Whisky!

Oooo and Vodka. Vodka and Tang isn't so bad, Tang was invented for the space program, wasn't it?

more than 3 years ago

Russian Firm Plans Commercial Space Station

Alcoholist ISS (133 comments)

They could offer to buy the ISS. I hear it's going to up for sale in the next 10 years. I'll bet they can get it on the cheap.

more than 3 years ago

AMD Offers Women Geek Dating Advice

Alcoholist Re:It's funny - laugh (269 comments)

There are times that it feels heavy. That was one of those times.

more than 3 years ago

AMD Offers Women Geek Dating Advice

Alcoholist Re:It's funny - laugh (269 comments)

Some girls are into geek guys, even if they aren't into the business themselves.

I once had this customer, an absolute babe, bring her virused out Dell into my shop. The decision was for a plain re-install (she had all her stuff backed up, smart girl). Installing XP is not a hard task, but to someone who's never done it, it's like going down the rabbit hole. She was fascinated by the process. Simple little things like blowing the dust out of the machine, changing the boot order, partitioning the drive, she was totally into it. She wanted me to explain everything, and I did, if for no other reason than to appreciate her beauty a little longer (my bad). Maybe she'd missed her calling in life.

As the install got underway, I told her the usual thing I do on a Saturday when a machine is doing an automated install and I have no other work: go to the pub down the street and have a couple of pints, watch the football, come back, queue up the updates and then go home. She suggested that she could come along to the pub, too.

Okay. I'm living every geek's dream here, for real. A hot, young babe is impressed by my skillz and wants to go on a date.

I blurted out that I wasn't sure what my wife might think of that. She was embarrassed. I felt like a jerk. :( She never knew because I wear my ring on a chain around my neck so it doesn't get scuffed up.

As funny as the article is, geeks face the same lessons in love as everyone else.

more than 3 years ago

CIA Drones May Have Used Illegal, Inaccurate Code

Alcoholist Illegal Software (279 comments)

The CIA? This is a bunch who allegedly run clandestine torture camps. Use illegal software - oh no, they'd never do that...

more than 3 years ago

Former Military Personnel Claim Aliens Are Monitoring Our Nukes

Alcoholist Re:Correlation (498 comments)

Another pertinent question to ask is, "Who gains by doing this?" Tin-foil hatters always forget that bit. It is possible that the Aliens are up to something, but really, if the Aliens have the tech to come here, they probably have nukes themselves and don't need any help in disabling our defences. So then the question turns into, "Why bother pulling pranks?" There may be lots of answers to that one, but surely there must be more interesting things to do in the galaxy than punk some backwater, pre-stellar world.

So then you go back to the first question, "Who?" Well, if it even happened at all, it's probably a more terrestrial source. Certain other superpowers might be trying to see what they can get away with. Seems a lot more plausible to me. Hell, it might be the U.S. They might even be trying to see what they can get away with; useful against others.

more than 3 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

Alcoholist Mainboard (715 comments)

Asus one too. Socket 939, so good luck finding a decent one unless you are willing to try your luck on eBay.

When I got it back to my shop I realized I had a stack of dead mainboards, all of them Asus, all of them AMD, all of them just out of warranty.

I drive an Intel Core 2 Duo with an MSI board now.

about 4 years ago

HDCP Master Key Revealed

Alcoholist Arrr Matey! (747 comments)

Do what you want 'cause a pirate is free / You are a pirate!

about 4 years ago



The Uber C64

Alcoholist Alcoholist writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Alcoholist (160427) writes "An old school electronics guy I know has just posted a detailed technical description of a very cool hack he did long ago to make a sort of uber C64 which could address up to 16MB of RAM using some kind of strange paging system. Off the shelf parts cobbled together, DIPs stacked on top of each other, custom machine code instructions and something like 1500 wire patches to hold it all together. Basically the guy came up with his own computer architecture. And it worked."
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