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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

WMD_88 Re:writers write, right (522 comments)

I have one of those WP function key overlays. It's old and a bit dirty, but still legible. I took a picture of it on a 20MP camera and cropped it. Perhaps that could work for you? ;) http://k-wolff.net/wp51-keys.p... (4MB)

about 4 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

WMD_88 Re:640k isn't enough for everybody (522 comments)

Actually, when Martin first wrote about this in 2011, he mentioned some kind of system (he didn't name it) that made copies of his files on two hard drives inside the system, automatically. Could be RAID1, or something functionally similar.

about 4 months ago
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What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

WMD_88 Re:Cost for a diy (804 comments)

The D700 is just a rebranded W9000. That card costs $3,300 retail. For each!

about 8 months ago
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What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

WMD_88 Re:$11K? Another sites says $14K (804 comments)

Apple then holds onto the original specs for years (the last Mac Pro being a perfect example), until they are forced to retool. I'll even go out on a limb and predict a five year interim before we see another significant revision.

The Mac Pro was updated every year from 2006-2010; it was only the 2010 version that was stuck in place, probably in part due to the development of this new machine.

about 8 months ago
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What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

WMD_88 Re:Ivy Bridge? (804 comments)

Xeon chips are always one generation behind. Ivy Bridge for Xeon is brand-new; 'Broadwell Core' and 'Haswell Xeon' are scheduled for release around the same time (or perhaps a little later for Xeon, if memory serves).

about 8 months ago
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Myst Was Supposed To Change the Face of Gaming. What Is Its Legacy?

WMD_88 Re:I loved those games (374 comments)

It's kind of sad how low-resolution and overcompressed the in-game renders are by current standards.

They actually aren't compressed at all; they are stored on the CD as uncompressed 16-bit images. Perhaps what you notice is the dithering? Myst was the same way, but 8-bit. Computers of the day weren't fast enough to decompress images during game play with decent speed.

I have the original CD version, which still works on XP with a few tweaks. Have loved it since day 1. :) There is a project that is attempting to re-create the game in a real-time 3D engine: Starry Expanse. They have a small tech demo available.

about a year ago
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Nook Failure, Lack of Foot Traffic Could Spell Doom For Barnes & Noble

WMD_88 Re:Are people reading fewer paper books? (330 comments)

doze off reading in bed and drop it on face.

Ah, a comrade in arms! :) No stitches required, thankfully, but my lower lip really hurt for two weeks afterwards.

about a year ago
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Some States Dropping GED Tests Due To Price Spikes

WMD_88 Re:Strange situation (224 comments)

Not really. It depends on the state you live in; in my state, there was an exam you had to take in order to graduate, but it was given in 10th grade instead of at the end - didn't make much sense, except maybe to allow those who didn't pass the first time to re-take it without graduating late. So overall, I'm not aware of the US having anything similar to the GED that students take while actually in school. So there isn't anything to pull from, in that sense.

Of course, your original question was: why privatize it? They probably did it because the college/university entrance exams have been privatized for a long time, and those seem to be okay, so why not? Sounds kind of lazy, but I don't have any better ideas :)

about a year ago
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Some States Dropping GED Tests Due To Price Spikes

WMD_88 Re:Strange situation (224 comments)

It's not the high school final exam, per se. It's an exam you can take *instead* of actually going to high school. Nobody does both.

about a year ago
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Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

WMD_88 Re:Not Supported ... (712 comments)

I recall reading a few years ago that MS will release a patch that disables activation, once support ends.

about a year ago
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Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015

WMD_88 Re:I'm pessimistic! (816 comments)

The mono sound mix was finished last, and Lucas is on the record from that time saying it was the most complete. There is at least one fan DVD that contains this mix (where he got it from, I have no idea). Too bad it's..mono! :/

about 2 years ago
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Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015

WMD_88 Re:I'm Optimistic (816 comments)

Not quite. They are taken from the same master tapes, but are not direct transfers of the LD video. The LD contained much more noise reduction (at the expense of detail). A few other sources were used for some things, too: the opening crawl and first shot of Episode IV (Tatooine and the ships flying in) are taken from a separate, higher-quality source; and the entire audio track of Episode V is taken from a different source (possibly a VHS master). It's not clear why the latter was changed, although, doing this did fix one audio glitch from the LD towards the end of the movie.

Of course, they are still 4:3 matted widescreen, with everything that entails. But they do look better than any other release of the unaltered trilogy, and in some cases, they actually look better than the SE (blue tint, anyone?).

about 2 years ago
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Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid

WMD_88 Re:Because Hybrids Don't Pay For Themselves (998 comments)

I came from Norway, with 35 people per square mile, to Connecticut, with 739 people per square mile. Please explain that one to me again!

Well, most of Norway is desolate Arctic wasteland. The populated parts of Norway are more densely populated than the United States.
 

Yes, mass transit was better there. Given that this lowers demand without changing the supply, that should make the gas prices cheaper, not more expensive.

The mass transit is paid for from very high gasoline taxes, without which gasoline there would actually be pretty cheap.

more than 2 years ago
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Bruce Campbell Confirms New Evil Dead Movie

WMD_88 Re:Sorry, guys. . . (74 comments)

The first ~7 minutes of Evil Dead 2 are a "recap" of the first movie, but with only Ash and Linda. Everything else takes place after the events of the first movie.

more than 3 years ago
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BitCoin, the Most Dangerous Project Ever?

WMD_88 Re:Tabloid trash (858 comments)

Article 1 Section 8 says that the federal government can coin money, but it doesn't say that nobody else can.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Unveils New 10" Retina Display

WMD_88 Re:laptops (155 comments)

You can get 17" and 15" laptops with 1920x1080 pretty easily today.

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T To Introduce Broadband Caps

WMD_88 Re:I wonder.. (538 comments)

It's both of them. SBC bought BellSouth (formerly Southern Bell) and the combination was renamed AT&T - I think. It's possible that SBC started going by the AT&T name before that, but I'm not sure.

more than 3 years ago

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WMD_88 WMD_88 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WMD_88 writes "The Associated Press is reporting that the MPAA has trained dogs to sniff out pirated optical discs, and two of them are being used at an international airport in Malaysia. From the article: "On Tuesday, the dogs found discs hidden among more than 50 boxes scattered around the cargo complex, eventually uncovering a pirated box set of the long-running TV sitcom 'Friends,' among others, in less than 10 minutes. After Lucky and Flo's stint, Malaysia will evaluate whether to employ its own dogs. Shafie said the demonstration showed the dogs were cost- effective and faster at detecting the contraband than enforcement officers.""

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I'm an idiot

WMD_88 WMD_88 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Just in case you didn't know. I do, however, make the occasional decent post. My journals are entirely stupid by default. See?

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WMD_88 WMD_88 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Forget about what I had in my bio thingy - I have the said Linux-compatible networking hardware...that is, thanks to revisions in linux-wlan-ng. Hehe :p

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WMD_88 WMD_88 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Gave myself an account for Christmas...heh. :)
But like anyone cares.

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