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IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

Norwell Bob Re:...end? (178 comments)

Yop're obviouslu a vetter typer than me.

about 8 months ago

Interview: Ask Forrest Mims About Rockets, Electronics, and Engineering

Norwell Bob Re:Ask him about Darwin (120 comments)

I find it amusing that you question somebody else's publicly known conviction anonymously. Shall we infer that perhaps you lack faith in your own convictions?

about 9 months ago

Interview: Ask Forrest Mims About Rockets, Electronics, and Engineering

Norwell Bob Re:Ask him about Darwin (120 comments)

Why don't you man up, log in, and ask him yourself?

about 9 months ago

Printable Gun Downloads Top 100k In 2 Days, Thanks to Kim Dotcom

Norwell Bob Re:How about society does this (656 comments)

How adorably naive.

A) Many of the same people who want to do away with private ownership of guns also oppose the death penalty under any circumstances.

B) Criminals in regions that still employ the death penalty kidnap, rape and kill despite the consequences of being caught. Crazy, right? Criminals ignore laws and punishment!! We *really* ought to try and reach them. Maybe a PSA?

about a year ago

Bill Gates: iPad Users Are Frustrated They Can't Type Or Create Documents

Norwell Bob Re:And... (618 comments)

Ya, Bill Gates is the last person I'd take advice from when it comes to Apple products.

For me, Steve Jobs would be the last guy I'd ask about Apple products. 'Cuz, you know... he's dead...

about a year ago

James Bond Film Skyfall Inspired By Stuxnet Virus

Norwell Bob Re:No wonder it sucks! (187 comments)

Makes me wish I had mod points for your mention of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Slashdot high-five, bra!

about 2 years ago

$1,500,000 Fine For Sharing 10 Movies On BitTorrent

Norwell Bob Re:$1,500,000 for porn (339 comments)

You know, like, when somebody makes a subtle joke, and then somebody else kind of gets that joke, but doesn't know it was a joke, and then makes the obvious joke based on the subtle joke that they didn't know was the joke and ruins both jokes? And then everybody else just gets a little uncomfortable, and says something like "hm... yeah..."

Yeah, it was kind of like that.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Over 500 Used DIMMs?

Norwell Bob Re:Real old school (291 comments)

Please be near Boston....

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Over 500 Used DIMMs?

Norwell Bob Server or Workstation? (291 comments)

Just in case it hasn't been asked yet, were these sticks from workstations or servers? ECC or non-ECC, buffered or unbuffered, etc.? Can't really mix types, so if it's server RAM, for practical purposes, it's not going to work in home/school PCs.

And this is where somebody needs to out-nerd me and tell me how I'm wrong and call me names.

about 2 years ago

What To Do With Those First Generation Photo Frames?

Norwell Bob Re:Here's an idea! (146 comments)

Actually, that's kind of a cool idea... you could also upload other colors for mood lighting.

about a year ago

EVE Online CSM and Diplomat Killed in Libyan Consulate Attacks

Norwell Bob Re:Batshit Crazy! (680 comments)

Why, you may ask? Because it's a silly double standard - for example, it's a well known fact that Edgar Allen Poe, considered one of the greatest poets of all time, married his 13-year-old cousin less than 2 centuries ago, yet nobody calls him a(n inbred) pedophile, nor do they accuse his readership of supporting pedophilia.

Oh, I thought that was Jerry Lee Lewis.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Found Calculators?

Norwell Bob Re:Beowulf Cluster (302 comments)

That's so crazy... I was just reminiscing about that old gag before logging into /. myself! Must be, like, the nerd hivemind or something.

about 2 years ago

Re: the recent U.S. party conventions ...

Norwell Bob Re:Vote for the Best (342 comments)

Han Solo for President 2012
...He Shoots First

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Disabilities In the Workplace?

Norwell Bob Re:I think the OP mentioned self-employment (292 comments)

No points right now, but I'd mod this up insightful rather than funny... and it's not a knock to OP.

about 2 years ago

PC Makers In Desperate Need of a Reboot

Norwell Bob Re:What about Compaq? (622 comments)

Interesting... I actually worked for them back in 98/99. Where did you interview?

The office I worked at was formerly Microcom, and had been acquired by Compaq shortly before I started. Early on, it was still very much a Microcom atmosphere, and I loved working with such creative and brilliant people in such a (relatively) small environment. Everybody knew mostly everybody else, there didn't seem to be much friction (that I could tell), and opportunities for learning and growth abounded for a young guy like me (college co-op). My time there during that period shaped what my ideal working environment was.

After about, say, six months the corporate hooks began to take a firm hold. The opposite of a college campus. Lots and lots of red tape, waste (projects that people had spent years working on suddenly just scrapped and equipment junked), and commands from afar. Most of the real talent left to begin new companies. Around the same time is when Compaq started buying up other companies, including DEC. Talk about an unhappy marriage. Our manager left, and was replaced by a guy from DEC who told us, flat out, that he didn't want anything to do with our team, we are an inconvenience to him, and the less he hears from us the better. It became a very sad, monotonous place to work. During this period (now as a part-time, hourly employee as I finished school), my wide-eyed optimism was tainted by a heaping dose of reality and cynicism. I ended up leaving for a consulting job briefly before following my former Compaq manager (not the DEC guy) to a software company that during my time there followed a very similar arc without the benefit of being bought out by a larger entity.

I have spent much of my career trying to find the happy medium between the two two extremes. Not sure one exists, but at least I'm pretty happy where I am now.

about 2 years ago



US Adults = More Dumber?

Norwell Bob Norwell Bob writes  |  about a year ago

Norwell Bob (982405) writes "It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either.

In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday."

Link to Original Source

Dad wires up autistic son, 10, to expose 'bullying' by teaching staff

Norwell Bob Norwell Bob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Norwell Bob (982405) writes "A father discovered staff at a school in New Jersey were "bullying" and using offensive language toward his 10-year-old autistic son after he fitted his child with a wire.

Original article includes a like to the father's website. Pretty horrible stuff."

Link to Original Source

Biologists create synthetic DNA capable of EVOLUTION

Norwell Bob Norwell Bob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Norwell Bob (982405) writes "Synthetic DNA and RNA has been shown to be capable of evolving in the lab, carrying hereditary traits with it.

The synthetic form of DNA, life's building block, was able to share information with real DNA and undergo directed evolution into biologically useful forms.

Boffins are studying the fundamental question about DNA: where did it come from?"

Link to Original Source

Teen Who Ran From Chemo 18 Years Ago Now Cancer-Free Read more: http://www.theb

Norwell Bob Norwell Bob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Norwell Bob (982405) writes "Eighteen years ago, 16-year-old Billy Best's story made national headlines when he ran away from his adoptive Norwell home, refusing anymore chemotherapy treatments.

Best had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and doctors said he had six months to live without the treatment. But Best wanted alternative measures.

Today at age 34, Best is cancer-free."

Link to Original Source

Best paper and dice games for younger kids?

Norwell Bob Norwell Bob writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Norwell Bob (982405) writes "OK, forgive me if this has been covered before. I've never really been into paper and dice games; I played some back in my mid-teens, but never really ran with those circles and subsequently never got very good or involved. Anyways, I've got three sons, the younger of two being 11 and 7. I certainly can't fault their love of video games, and they do their fair share of independent, imaginative play... but I'd also like to get them more involved in turn-based games with a defined rule set (the turn-based part being something that video games are lacking these days).

I've gotten them into the game Risk, but my 7 year old doesn't really like it and so most times it ends up being me crushing my 11 year old's army despite my efforts to "take it easy". He still loves the game, and even plays the PC version. They've both got pretty good imaginations (if somewhat limited to WWII scenarios with little green army men), and so I would love to find a more open game to nurture that.

Can any of you ladies or gents clue me into an imaginative, turn-based, paper and dice game that could be played by me with my sons? The 7-year-old is sharp beyond his years, the 11-year-old has been diagnosed with NLD (hence the obsessive focus on WWII and my desire to expand his horizons). My oldest (17) would probably enjoy playing too, and I wouldn't mind it if he and his friends joined us too.


Duke Nukem For-Never?!

Norwell Bob Norwell Bob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Norwell Bob writes "Say it ain't so! Looks like we're possibly never going to see Duke Nukem Forever, as 3D Realms has shut their doors!

FTFA: "Rumor has it Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms is shutting down. Shacknews today cites 'a reliable source close to the company' who said the developer, along with the recently resurrected Apogee name, is finished and employees from both have already been let go."

RTFA:,7736.html [Tom's Hardware]

Hopefully we can still make jokes about it, though, right?"


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