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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

bender647 Re:Understandable (165 comments)

Indeed - I still have my original Commodore VIC-20, and a second one, because I was careless with the first one day while poking around in it with a voltmeter as I executed code. Schematic and memory map were not only fun but really needed to do anything powerful beyond BASIC. I'd never want to go back to hand-assembling and poking machine code or laying out arrays of ASCII characters on the screen, then changing their bitmaps to plot graphics on screen, but having done so once was priceless.

about 6 months ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

bender647 Why send people? (392 comments)

How about a smaller sample of people and a large sperm and egg bank instead?

about 6 months ago
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Facebook's Biggest Bounty Yet To Hacker Who Found "Keys To the Kingdom"

bender647 Re:a pittance in ayn rands america. (111 comments)

This is my problem in general with a lot of what we call software "engineering". It isn't engineering. When the price of fixing a problem is just recompiling, as opposed to having a building fall down, it seems nothing is planned well or constructed right the first time.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Protection Plan For Your Phone?

bender647 Too expensive (225 comments)

Quite simply, I wouldn't spend $100 + $50 insuring a $600 product. Especially one that depreciates as fast as a cell phone. Perhaps taking the 1 year agreement with your cell plan provider would work out better. It's usually not that much more, and you play the odds that you can make it out 1 year without doing something serious to your current phone.

about 2 years ago
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Guess My Speed and Give Me a Ticket, In Ohio

bender647 Speeding tickets are older than the radar gun (636 comments)

They used to give speeding tickets before the marketing of the radar gun. Law enforcement officers were called trained observers.

more than 4 years ago
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I suspect my current job will end when ...

bender647 Re:Retirement? (409 comments)

Perhaps retirement is just a graceful way to quit.

more than 4 years ago
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Linux Distributions' Tracking of Upstream Projects Examined

bender647 Stable does not mean "obsolete" (132 comments)

Slackware has the slackware-current branch, where everything is upgraded very often and bug reports are accepted in order to vet the next stable release. If there is a security problem, it will be corrected in the stable releases. I'm sure all the other distros have something similar.

more than 5 years ago
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The Death of Nearly All Software Patents?

bender647 Next step (731 comments)

Can programmers stop calling themselves software "engineers"?

more than 6 years ago

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