Radio Shack TRS-80 Vs. Commodore 64: Battle of the Titans
... (I owned a C=64, worked on a TRS-80 Model III in High School), I have to say that the C=64 blows doors off the TRS-80 Model III. Sorry, but the music chip, color graphics, and all the other misc hacks that were produced for it (ICEPIC, scanning audio files through the tape drive, etc) were fantastic.
I do, however, have a place in my heart for the Model III,. My High School computer lab partner and I wrote a Monopoly game for it, complete with kiosk "graphics" (wrote out "Monopoly" in cursive, plus some other rudimentary graphics), choice of number of players, play the computer, and, of course, a cheat mode where you were presented with a menu of "1) Steal money from bank 2) Steal money from opponent 3) Move houses from your opponent onto your properties 4) Destruct game - (basically swiping the board off the table in a 3am drunken stupor when you're not winning)" and a few others I believe. We displayed 7 spaces at a time - 3 ahead of you and 3 behind, and indicators if you had houses, who owned it, etc. I learned quite a bit about programming from that project!
John McAfee Explains How He Milked Information From Belize's Elite
How did he have time to hang out next to the pool with the 9 hot babes, do mounds of MPDV, and plot his exit from the country when he was running such a big spy network?
And if any of this tirade is true, how did he get back into the USA....alive?
Occam has a big razor. The guy's nuts.
Scientists Breed Big-Brained Guppies To Demonstrate Evolution's Trade-Offs
...a smaller gut for a bigger brain. Alas, it was not meant to be...
Jury May Be Deadlocked In Oracle-Google Trial
...Oracle, on the other hand continues to be elusive and imprecise with their case....
This basically sums up my 20 years of experience with Oracle Salesmen.
The unspoken rule of thumb with Oracle sales is that there is no "list price" on anything. You price it for whatever you think you can sell it for.
This whole affair doesn't surprise me one bit that Oracle hired a team of lawyers that operate exactly like they do - get as much as you can get, and offer elusive and imprecise information during the negotiations.
Snoozing Pilot Mistakes Venus For Aircraft; Panic, Injuries Ensue
Wow, briefly skimming over that whole PDF, it makes it sound like there were two nose dives, and neither triggered by the flight crew. Is Reuters sure about what they're reporting? The PDF describes a design flaw in the flight software, and the reasons for justifying that it is still there...
And those holes in the panels above the seats are classic. I bet that hurt a little.
Audi Gives Silent Electric Car Synthetic Sound
I had this exact same idea almost 8 years ago when my friend bought his Prius and was showing it to me.
Although my idea was to have it sound like the Jetson's car...
Deadly H5N1 Flu Studies To Stay Secret... For Now
Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!
(For the pop culture impaired: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Funniest_Joke_in_the_World)
How Companies Learn Your Secrets
There are ads on Facebook? Really?
(hugs his ABP)
Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"
Rackspace is a large constituent of Lamar Smith's District 21 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Texas.21st.Congressional.District.gif) as they are headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Having this large of an employer in his own district against the legislation should be a big wake-up call to Rep. Smith.
Barnes & Noble Names Microsoft's Disputed Android Patents
I'm only half kidding here. Patent lawyers have replaced Personal Injury lawyers as the scum of the earth. The entire patent system needs to be re-vamped, legislation passed outlawing patent squatting and technology stifling. And a firing squad for the patent lawyers.
Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found On SUV
... and the feds didn't expect it to be discovered?
Sounds like the feds needs to hire a bunch of expert "hiders of things in plain sight" (Geocachers) to give them some advice on disguising these things a bit more. Honestly, I've spent hours looking for some caches only to discover they are literally in front of my face.
Ask Slashdot: Advice For Using a Cell Phone In China?
According to this, it's in your best interest not to use your GPS while there...
Ask They Might Be Giants About Almost 30 Years of Music
Awww damnit, I AC'd this one. Ok, ignore this one and use the one with my username on it! :D
Ask They Might Be Giants About Almost 30 Years of Music
How did you come about getting picked to score and perform the "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" theme for the series currently airing? When I first heard it while watching with my son, I had my suspicions, but then confirmed them when I did a little searching. Awesome song!!
Android Tricorder Killed By CBS
One of the truly useful apps on the market. Yes, I've needed a magnet detector. (Geocaching). I've needed to analyze ambient noise. I've needed a compass and GPS. I've needed to see what networks were around me. I even used the Solar page to see why my GPS wasn't working worth crap that day (solar flare).
Saving it out to an APK now onto my card just in case.
Microsoft Suggests Heating Homes With "Data Furnaces"
I've already been doing this for years, with a Compaq ML370 server, and 4-5 other misc servers in my "server room". During the winter I barely needed to turn on the furnace. Sucks during the summer though.
Internet Use Found To Affect Memory
I agree with this. It's silly to look up the fact that 2+2=4, those things can be easily memorized. But leaving the tomes and tomes of information to the books or the internet in my opinion frees you to assess the situation, have a fairly good idea of what or how you want to do, and then go look up how to do it. That's why I don't memorize Oracle manuals and database initalization parameters - if I need to correct syntax, I'll look it up, but I know vaguely what types of things are available.
Now, if I can ever figure out why my head latches on to movie quotes and pop trivia items like a rare earth magnet to an I-beam, we'll be talking. I can't get those things outta my head for nothing!
Mitch: You know, um, something strange happened to me this morning...
Chris Knight: Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?
Chris Knight: Why am I the only one who has that dream?
Citi Bank Reveals Attack... One Month Late
Can we as the public charge them a late fee? They certainly have a lot of them from me that I'd like to get back! :)
Using Flywheels to Meet Peak Power Grid Demands
When I first read the write-up I was thinking it was a huge farm of wind-up clock-like devices that when needed could be "started" and the potential energy in their huge spring coils powered a generator. When depleted, they were wound back up by power from the grid.
I guess I really am old...
FBI Wants You To Solve Encrypted Notes From Murder
Since he has been using the encryption since he was a boy, I'm thinking it's not a very complicated scheme. I'm betting it had something to do with the area he grew up in - for instance knowing what streets intersect with each other, and coming up with a cipher from that.
If this is the case, you can throw statistical analysis and standard cryptanalysis out the window, as it won't make sense in this context.
The only way they're going to get this solved is to get into his mind. Go back to where it all started. Look around. Talk to his friends about any "sayings" or "pledges" he might have used with them (think secret phrase to enter a fort). Someone somewhere has the answer.
(waves to nice FBI agents who I know are reading all these responses.... :) )
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