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The Ancient Computers Powering the Space Race

Grendel70 Re:This is news? (253 comments)

IIRC the original Mars Rovers weren't even using 386 chips. They were running on Z80 processors.

more than 3 years ago

Copying Trumps Creating For FarmVille Creator Zynga

Grendel70 Re:Patents expire. (319 comments)

You're right. I stand corrected. My point obviously being that Wolfenstein 3D was really the first FPS. (At least that I am aware of.)

about 4 years ago

Copying Trumps Creating For FarmVille Creator Zynga

Grendel70 Re:Patents expire. (319 comments)

How many FPS's are there? They all copied Castle Wolfenstein.

Fixed that for ya.

about 4 years ago

iPad Jailbroken

Grendel70 Re:speedbump (624 comments)

So in other words, even if we accepted the notion that it's a Good Thing that Apple control what you can do with your phone, purely for their marketing purposes and their brand image, you've pointed out that, as with the example of your friend, it doesn't actually work, anyway.

Ummmm, no. If, as he states, his friend has themes loaded on his iPhone, then it has to have been jailbroken. Apple rationalization for locking down the iPhone is to prevent just this scenario. They don't want to have to provide support for all of the devices out there that get hosed by people loading every piece of poorly coded crap software and theme out here. Having said that, I admit that I DO own an iPhone and yes it is jailbroken. I'm just careful about what I load on it.

more than 4 years ago

A User's Guide To the Universe

Grendel70 Re:Yeah, right (153 comments)

No, but you might find a pair of ducks.

more than 4 years ago

Steampunk Con Mixes In More Maker Fun

Grendel70 Re:Damn (50 comments)

A windup toy is not a robot, no more than a top is a robot.

No, that would be a clank.

more than 4 years ago

Has 2.4 GHz Reached Maximum Capacity?

Grendel70 Re:Obligatory (250 comments)

Meh. It's all in the delivery. Some people can tell a joke.....

more than 4 years ago

Electric Mini Cooper Has Rough Start

Grendel70 Re:Regular coopers (308 comments)

The batteries in the hybrid cars don't seem to need replacing every two years...

No, IIRC it's more like every 5 years at an approximate cost of $5000.00 US per. (Labour extra.) Also, I haven't yet heard anybody coming up with a plan for disposal of all of these batteries once electric cars become more common.

more than 4 years ago

Intel Shows 48-Core x86 Processor

Grendel70 Re:Code Name is Offensive (366 comments)

And last I checked, Alaska IS part of America.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Sued Over Bricked PS3s

Grendel70 Re:XCP on steroids! (438 comments)

Yes but a previous poster was correct. If you purchase and try to play a new game, it will insist on upgrading your console before the game will play.

more than 4 years ago

Woman Claims Ubuntu Kept Her From Online Classes

Grendel70 Re:Expected (1654 comments)

I get lots of calls for Windows-related issues, very few for Mac OSX and nearly zero for Linux. This is definite proof that linux has less issues than OS X and far fewer than Windows. Discussion closed!

Discussion opened! You state that the number of calls you get are for, in ascending order, Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows. Could it be that the quantity of support calls by OS is directly proportional the install base?

more than 5 years ago

Canadians Miss Out On Doctor Who Season Finale

Grendel70 Re:Stuff that matters? (303 comments)

News for canadians, eh? Stuff that goes with your gravy fries.

That would be cheese curds.

more than 5 years ago

Drinking Coffee From a Cup In Space

Grendel70 Re:pisswater coffee (176 comments)

Where are my mod points when I need them?

more than 5 years ago




A Fitting Tribute

Grendel70 Grendel70 writes  |  more than 6 years ago A proposal has been made to name a recent astronomical event the "Clarke Event" in honor of the passing of Arthur C. Clarke last week.

While most of us slept on the morning of March 19, hours before the death of famed science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke was announced, a shot rang out in the Universe the likes of which are unknown in human history. By a preliminary analysis, this object was visible to the unaided human eye in the constellation Bootes, and at an estimated 7.5 billion light years, it was the farthest object ever observable by the human eye in all of recorded history.

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