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Aboriginal Sundial Pre-Dates Stonehenge

TRS80NT Re:Sloppy Half-circle (145 comments)

That's what I was thinking. Didn't we all just get our sun signs reassigned?
Or something.

more than 3 years ago
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DOJ Seeks Mandatory Data Retention For ISPs

TRS80NT Re:Another unfunded mandate (247 comments)

My ISP at home is literally a Mom and Pop operation.
I'm going to miss them.

more than 3 years ago
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OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

TRS80NT See name (763 comments)

I have nothing more to say.

about 4 years ago
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Actor Leslie Nielsen Dies at 84

TRS80NT Re:This is so sad... (167 comments)

Surely you're thinking of Peter Graves. Wait. He's dead too.

about 4 years ago
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Students Banned From Bringing Pencils To School

TRS80NT Re:Fear mongering 101 (426 comments)

...she eventually got it taken off her permanent record..

Slashdot archive notwithstanding ;) .

about 4 years ago
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The Software That Failed To Compete With Windows

TRS80NT Re:GEOS (347 comments)

Me too. It's good to get the ransom letter phase out of the way early ;)

more than 4 years ago
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The Software That Failed To Compete With Windows

TRS80NT Re:OS/2 (347 comments)

It was fun on the C64 but I didn't really get into it until I got my C128 and a second floppy drive. Program in one drive, data in the other. 80-column screen! Whoo boy that was fun.

more than 4 years ago
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Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Generates a 'Mini-Big Bang'

TRS80NT Re:Sooo..... (570 comments)

I thought it was LibreFreeon, but maybe I'm thinking of something else.

more than 4 years ago
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Actually visible to me right now, IRL:

TRS80NT Re:The poll hates me (274 comments)

Thanks for that Urban. I think I understand Schrödinger's cat thingy now.

more than 4 years ago
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The Secret Origin of Windows

TRS80NT Re:I still have a copy... (402 comments)

"...better file management programs at the time..."
including from Microsoft itself. DOSSHELL, included with DOS 4?, 5? (been too long) was a file management and task switching environment that actually was more stable than Windows at the time. YMMHV (...May Have Varied)

more than 4 years ago
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Parallel Algorithm Leads To Crypto Breakthrough

TRS80NT Re:How do you know when it's decrypted? (186 comments)

Heh, heh. Soon after I got out of the Army, a writer for Rolling Stone was reminiscing about his days in the Navy. They had had approximately the same mission we had, just offset a little bit geographically. I'm not sure if he got in trouble for it, but he "declassified" a LOT of information.
Let me just repeat the motto of the Army Security Agency: In God we trust, everyone else we monitor.

more than 4 years ago
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Parallel Algorithm Leads To Crypto Breakthrough

TRS80NT Re:How do you know when it's decrypted? (186 comments)

A good question. An analog from simpler times:
More years ago than I care to count on my fingers I was a cryptanalyst in...let's say, near, the Mideast. The traffic we were intercepting and working on was in Russian, Italian or one of several dialects of Arabic, none of which I speak, or more to the point, read. But when you are applying decryption techniques you don't necessarily have to know what exactly what the message says to make progress, just what the plaintext should LOOK like.

more than 4 years ago
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Rupert Murdoch Says Google Is Stealing His Content

TRS80NT Re:A simple solution (504 comments)

"...everyone (especially readers)."
There. Fixed that for you.

more than 5 years ago
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New Comic Book About Logic, Math, and Madness

TRS80NT Re:Spoiler requested... (99 comments)

Yes, but unfortunately it's demonstrating Zeno's Paradox, and Captain America never connects.

more than 5 years ago
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Favorite seasonal transition?

TRS80NT Re:Different everywhere? (451 comments)

I'm a Winter to Spring person also. Spring is simply more...optimistic. I prefer sunrises to sunsets for the same reason.

more than 5 years ago
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The Case For Mandatory Touch-Typing In High School

TRS80NT Re:IT Industry (705 comments)

Touch typing can be unlearnable, too. My first job-related computer experience was on an IBM AT using an in-house COBOL program that made extensive use of the F keys, which in those days were on a pad to the left (where God intended them, per Jerry Pournelle). After some time I found that I had shifted my hands to the left and was using my right hand for the right two thirds of the keyboard and left for the rest and the F keys. Now, years after last using that program and years after the F keys migrated to the top of the keyboard, I still type with that offset.

more than 5 years ago
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Mount Wilson Observatory In Danger From LA Fire

TRS80NT Re:Not the observatory! (125 comments)

Sorry, Dude. That was the Griffith Observatory, further down the mountains.

more than 5 years ago
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South Korea Deploys Cloned Drug-Sniffing Dogs

TRS80NT Re:Retirement (154 comments)

"Mmmmm. This dog smells good."

more than 5 years ago
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Wells Fargo Bank Sues Itself

TRS80NT Re:You can Do that? (445 comments)

Effectiveness also depends on the lay of the land. A building I work in (in Wisconsin) has heated sidewalks for the front entrance, which is on a hillside slope. Under certain conditions of snow amount and temperature the heated area produces runoff which freezes into layers of ice which make the nice, clear sidewalk almost impossible to get to. Several times a winter they have to turn off the sidewalk and clear it the old-fashioned way.

more than 5 years ago
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Could We Beam Broadband Internet Into Iran?

TRS80NT Re:An extention of the Sharks with Lasers Idea... (541 comments)

You laugh but it could be true. In the early 70s I lived in Asmara, Ethiopia (now Eritria). Our place was on the edge of town and we often saw camel trains plodding in from the hills headed for the marketplace. The lead camel usually had a blaring transistor radio around its neck. I always wondered if the lead camel driver had a radio because he was the leader or if he was the leader because he had a radio.

more than 4 years ago

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