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The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge

Snotnose Hacking the Atari (60 comments)

We figured out the Atari cartridge was nothing more than a popular PROM (2716?) with one of the control signals reversed. We made our own cartridges that used an EEPROM, then used our EEPROM burner to read cartridges and store the contents on a floppy. We'd then burn EEPROMs of the games we wanted, and pop them into the ZIF socket on our home made cartridges.

5 days ago
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Exploring Some Lesser-Known Scripting Languages

Snotnose Who supports it (60 comments)

I remember 7-8 years ago I was lead on a new project and we were deciding on a scripting language. I wanted Python over Perl. It was clearly easier to both read and write, and had object orientation.

What shot it down? My boss telling me "we have a thousand engineers world-wide who know perl, and you 6 will be the Python experts. You really wanna support a thousand engineers learning Python over the next 5 years?"

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

Snotnose Congress should not be allowed to use CPAs (450 comments)

Wanna simplify the tax system? Declare anyone in Congress must do their own taxes. No CPAs, no accountants, no advisers. I'd be tempted to say no tax software, but that might be going to far.

Guarantee, within 1 year taxes will be greatly simplified.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

Snotnose Re:Schedule D?! (450 comments)

I have found that paying a CPA to do my taxes is a waste of money.

Get yourself a better CPA. Mine is a tax expert. First few years I used him I did my taxes in TurboTax to compare, he always found enough magic such that he paid for himself in taxes I saved. Not to mention I just had to shovel data to him, instead of spending a few hours in TT myself.
Gotta find a new guy though, last year he told me he was getting married and moving out of state :(

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Snotnose Mimeograph (790 comments)

My dad used to go to church Saturday to mimeograph the Sunday bulletin. I still remember the smell and sound of that thing.

about two weeks ago
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Short-Term Exposure To Diesel Fumes Causes Changes In Gene Expression

Snotnose Re:No control experiment (132 comments)

Let's try two hours of exposure to pornhub and see what sorts of jeans expression changes are detected.

about two weeks ago
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Intel 5th Gen Core Series Performance Preview With 2015 Dell XPS 13

Snotnose Re:RAM (97 comments)

Doing my taxes

/ way too complex
// how to fix?
/// all congresscritters are required to do their own taxes

about two weeks ago
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Google Sees Biggest Search Traffic Drop Since 2009 As Yahoo Gains Ground

Snotnose Duck Duck Go (155 comments)

I switched to ddg a year or two back because I thought google had too much information on me. Maybe 2-3 times a week I need to revert to a google search, but ddg is fine for 99% of my searches.

about two weeks ago
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Report: DHS Failing On Cybersecurity

Snotnose Gee, wonder why (68 comments)

Take a bunch of overly bureaucratic organizations that have needed weeding out for decades, create a huge new bureaucracy to oversee them all, and WTF can you expect?

/ Bush was the worst president in my 50+ year lifetime
// Homeland security never made any sense to me
/// I vote Republican prolly 70% of the time

about three weeks ago
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Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

Snotnose I sleep better in the cold (234 comments)

In the living room I've got the windows closed, no heater yet, and it's 65. In the bedroom the window is open and it's in the 40s. I love snuggling under my pile of blankets, and sleep much better that way than I do in the summer when it's 80 in the bedroom.

about a month ago
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The New (Computer) Chess World Champion

Snotnose A computer beat me at chess once (107 comments)

Then again, I beat a computer at kick boxing once.
Not original, I read that somewhere not 30 minutes ago.

about a month ago
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Sony PlayStation Network Back Up Now, Supposedly

Snotnose Re:Let this be a lesson (75 comments)

This is also how Uverse works. Lose your cable/internet, you can't even watch shows already recorded. When I move in a few months I'll be getting another Tivo.

about a month ago
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Sony PlayStation Network Back Up Now, Supposedly

Snotnose Up down up down (75 comments)

In San Diego PSN was fine for me Christmas day (when I only logged on to see if I could), down all day the 26th (which was the 1 day of the week I'd planned to play CoD all day), and back up yesterday (27th). Haven't tried it today.

about a month ago
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Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

Snotnose Lucky me (160 comments)

Decided to see if my Fallout New Vegas DLC I'd purchased a few years ago was bugfixed. It was not. The goal is 60 fps? Try 1 frame per minute, or less. grrr

/ Seems if your save file is >10 meg you lose
// forgive me for enjoying the game, completing all side quests and the game before the DLC came out
/// Game is on craigslist, I'll never even start 2 of the 4 DLC I bought
//// Be a long time before Bethesda gets any money from me for anything
///// I'm on a PS3 YMMV

about a month ago
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Librarians: The Google Before Google

Snotnose I still remember bookshelves and bookcases (94 comments)

I'd be in a cube farm with maybe 15 linear feet of shelf space, not counting deskspace. In addition I had a bookcase. All were filled with tech manuals. You had to play games with the reps, convince them you needed their book of datasheets to do your job. Back then my shelves were full of books of datasheets, maybe 3-4 books like Code Complete, or Programming and Principles of C++.

I've still got my Mick and Brick book on bit slice programming, and wish I'd hung on to my TI book on the 74xx chips.

Everything now is google and download a PDF, or the vendor sends me an email attachment with the caveat I don't share it with anyone under penalty of 6 years of bad breath.

about a month ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

Snotnose Study financed by (285 comments)

the institute of No Shiat Sherlock. It was always about the revenue, safety was a smokescreen swallowed by the gullible.

about a month ago
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Extracting Data From the Microsoft Band

Snotnose Re:The Microsoft Band (51 comments)

Except they lose sync after a minute or so, thus after 2 minutes 30 seconds they're all playing a different song.

about a month ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Snotnose Re:Land of the free (580 comments)

If God wanted us to be brave, why did he give us legs?

about a month ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

Snotnose One of the cornerstones (156 comments)

Back in the day Dr Dobbs, Byte, Embedded Systems Journal, and Computer Languages were the 4 I read every month.

about a month ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Snotnose So... (448 comments)

Can I expect a black guy in a virtual white cop's simulation to shoot me as I experience being a black dude in same simulation?

about a month and a half ago

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