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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Crimey McBiggles Re:old tech (165 comments)

Maybe there were, maybe there weren't. Point is, now days it's relatively easy for a shit programmer to get their shit app plastered all over the 'net and downloaded into a million smartphones. Back then, if your program sucked, no one would bother redistributing it, since it required floppy disks and physical action. Ergo, those shit programmers never got recognized, and those programmers who could cook up something pretty sick within 64K of RAM got mad street credit because it was actually impressive in the very real sense of the word.

about 5 months ago

Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Crimey McBiggles Re:Politically correct sexism (673 comments)

Google hasn't been private since they day they started selling shares of their company on the open stock exchange.

about 5 months ago

Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

Crimey McBiggles Re:Don't blame others for user error. (394 comments)

When it comes to cars, it's an established industry with nearly all of the UX design kinks having been already ironed out over the past century. If there's a new car on the market and the driver makes an error, AND the driver is somewhat experienced, I think it's safe to say the design isn't as accommodating or standardized as it needs to be.

about 5 months ago

Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

Crimey McBiggles Re:OMG! (551 comments)

Q: Where on earth?

A: We did.


about 5 months ago

Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

Crimey McBiggles Re:I dont get it (551 comments)

Oh wow... Hindsight is 4/Insightful?

about 5 months ago

Lit Motors, Danny Kim, and Changing How Americans Drive

Crimey McBiggles Re:Easiest way to change how they drive... (144 comments)

Define "easy". Last I checked, it requires a lot of public funding for road restructuring projects, whereas vehicles are sold on the open market to individuals.

Not exactly disagreeing with your point, though... there are many MANY examples of terrible traffic patterns in my town alone.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

Crimey McBiggles Re:Degree hype (197 comments)

I find that most folks with "Anonymous Coward" and no name are experts at trolling.

about 6 months ago

South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Crimey McBiggles Re:How is presenting all theories a problem? (665 comments)

No one said anything about "provable" above. You seem confused between "provable" and "testable". Evolution as an origin of species is certainly testable, as we have built models from fossil records into which archaeological findings seem to fit nicely. Intelligent Design is a lost cause from the get-go, as it relies on the absence of evidence to insist upon the point that "you gotta believe" that we were created in our present form, and evolution from ape to human never occurred... because you know... some people find it threatening to think their ancestors might have been apes.

about 7 months ago

South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Crimey McBiggles Re:Your point of view means nothing. (665 comments)

Pretty much. I'd argue that if that's what they want, they should be able to afford a private school to "teach the controversy" to their kids.

about 7 months ago

Pending Apple Patent For 'Inferring User Mood'

Crimey McBiggles Re:Your Move Patent Office (79 comments)

Computers use the binary system to represent everything. Tell me again how manipulating strings using a computer process isn't mathematical.

about 7 months ago

Linux Distributions Storing Wi-Fi Passwords In Plain Text

Crimey McBiggles Re:It's true -- but only root can read them though (341 comments)

We're talking about operating systems and how they handle security, so I don't think the Windows example is completely out-of-place.

What if your Wifi password is the same password you use everywhere? I know that's a dumb move, but you'd be surprised how many people suck at using different passwords for each login. Security is like an onion, it's comprised of layers. If you take away one of those layers, you increase the likelihood of an attack.

about 7 months ago

Linux Distributions Storing Wi-Fi Passwords In Plain Text

Crimey McBiggles Re:Gnome shit (341 comments)

Well, is it not the same people that were behind the changes in Gnome 3 so everything over to tablet mode, udev, and advocating the use of binary configuration files?

about 7 months ago

Alan Turing Pardoned

Crimey McBiggles Re:Not enough, (415 comments)

No, this is definitely not enough. They should have gone back into time before they decided to press charges and altered history. Somebody mod this guy Funny, please. I would if I had the points.

about 8 months ago

Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

Crimey McBiggles Re:How is it their fault? (653 comments)

There was a documentary about this recently, but I think it's one of those programs that's only available via tinfoil hat.

about 8 months ago

"Perfect" Electron Roundness Bruises Supersymmetry

Crimey McBiggles Re:It's a heisenberg moment (150 comments)

Well, the electron is classically depicted as being blue, and happens to participate in the formation of crystal structures. /joke>

about 8 months ago

Cyprus University Accepts Bitcoin For Tuition Fee Payments

Crimey McBiggles Re:Good thing I didn't invest. (157 comments)

$200 isn't that much in the scheme of things. I mean yeah it's a month's worth of a family cellphone plan, or a modest food budget, but for investors not so much. If I'd been more forward-looking when I was a student, I would have put at least 20 bucks in, which would have set me back about two hours of work or a nice dinner.

about 9 months ago


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