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Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

Bill Hayden Nerd City (133 comments)

The machines have an AERO CITY logo on them, but with the weird font they used, I first read it as NERD CITY.

about 6 months ago

Embedded SIM Design Means No More Swapping Cards

Bill Hayden Re:Hardware write locks? (192 comments)

How awesome would a thumb drive with a hardware write lock be?

These exist. I use one regularly to load malware-cleaning software onto infected machines, without risking getting the thumb drive itself infected.

about a year ago

Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA

Bill Hayden Re:Enough (177 comments)

Obama's still getting the checks, and his balance is increasing. Perhaps you misunderstood what he meant.

1 year,8 days

GNOME Aiming For Full Wayland Support by Spring 2014

Bill Hayden Re:It's ironic... (300 comments)

Sorry bud, but all our developers use this "niche" all day every day. It's a fundamental requirement of a display manager.

about 2 years ago

The Chromebook Pixel Is Real, and Expensive

Bill Hayden Re:wow, that's a ton more expensive than I expecte (392 comments)

But an Intel HD 4000 ?

I'm not expecting that to keep up with the high-res display.

It doesn't seem to be a problem for the Retina version of the MacBook Pro 13", which uses the same chip.

about 2 years ago

NASA Loses Contact With Space Station Over Software Update

Bill Hayden Screen is stuck on this: (111 comments)

Applying update 8 of 27...

Please do not turn off your computer.

about 2 years ago

Surface Pro: 'Virtually Unrepairable'

Bill Hayden Re:Yawn. (418 comments)

Nuh uh! All 10 surface pro buyers are furious!

I was confused until I realized you were using binary. Good one!

about 2 years ago

Time Warner Boosts Broadband Customer Speed — But Only Near Google Fiber

Bill Hayden Old Comparison (203 comments)

I'm not at all one to defend the Cable/Internet/Cell monopolies that currently exist, but the linked story about people getting shut off is 4 YEARS old!

about 2 years ago

Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil About the Future of Mankind and Technology

Bill Hayden As tech advances, are we at the mercy of extremism (244 comments)

I've noticed a trend that as technology advances, the ability for a single person (or small group) to wreak havoc grows larger and larger. 9/11 taught us that a mere dozen motivated crazy people can kill over 3000. Nuclear technology falling into the wrong hands could endanger many times more. Now imagine a similar scenario in the far future, with virtually unlimited computing power and advanced technology such as the power to fab any weapon or create any pathogen. A single madman may be able to cause death or destruction on a national or even global scale. What options are there for preventing this?

about 2 years ago

Hit Game Makes £52 In First Week On Windows RT

Bill Hayden Re:You idiots (308 comments)

Odd, I've had the exact opposite experience. I've found things are generally more expensive in the Apple store.

about 2 years ago

The Wii Mini Is Real, Arrives December 7 — In Canada

Bill Hayden No sign of any specs (139 comments)

I don't see any specs or pictures of the rear. I wonder if the Wii will finally get a digital output? Or have DVD playback built in?

about 2 years ago

Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

Bill Hayden Re:Run 98SE on that computer. (642 comments)

Don't torture yourself with the wacky decisions made in stock Ubuntu. It's not representative of what any experienced Linux user would call "Linux". Try a more sane version like Xubuntu. Heck, try ANYTHING else.

about 2 years ago

Apple Patents Page Turn Animation

Bill Hayden BeOS had this in the late 1990's (192 comments)

BeOS had a 3d demo program with this exact functionality in the late 1990's!

more than 2 years ago

Man Charged £2,000 For Medical Records Stored On Obsolete System

Bill Hayden 2000 Pounds? (368 comments)

That's a ton of money!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Mathematical Fiction?

Bill Hayden Re:Ready Player One (278 comments)

I just finished reading Ready Player One which I found to be a lot like Gibson and Stephenson, but better. (For example, RPO actually has an ending.)

Regarding Stephenson's inability to write an ending, amen! He's one of my favorite writers, but he can't tie up a book to save his life. Diamond Age was the worst -- great book, but virtually nothing is resolved at the end. I'd never heard of Ready Player One, but it sounds great and I've already got it on order. Thanks!

more than 2 years ago

Half-Life of DNA is 521 Years, Jurassic Park Impossible After All

Bill Hayden Re:Oh don't worry (315 comments)

Those time travellers would return on a different timeline, so you'd still be out of luck. It would have to have already happened for you to be able to see it.

more than 2 years ago

Steve Ballmer: We're a Devices and Services Company

Bill Hayden Re:Uh oh (295 comments)

When a company starts/has to define "what it is", that means trouble is on the horizon.

That means people are starting to ask, "just exactly what is that you do?"

It means the company has started to turn to jello on the inside.

Next thing you know, they'll be issuing a manifesto.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?

Bill Hayden Re:The DMCA (455 comments)

Yes, they are clearly crazy and stupid. So make a new video mocking them!

"Them" is probably a lone, teenaged troll in his basement. He not only won't care about your mocking, he'll probably get a thrill that you responded to his troll.

more than 2 years ago


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