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Radio Shack TRS-80 Vs. Commodore 64: Battle of the Titans

dcigary Having worked with both back in their heyday.... (135 comments)

... (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!

about a year and a half ago
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John McAfee Explains How He Milked Information From Belize's Elite

dcigary Re:Why is nobody stating the obvious? (275 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Breed Big-Brained Guppies To Demonstrate Evolution's Trade-Offs

dcigary I'd gladly trade..... (121 comments)

...a smaller gut for a bigger brain. Alas, it was not meant to be...

about 2 years ago
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Jury May Be Deadlocked In Oracle-Google Trial

dcigary Re:Copyright Misinformation (110 comments)

...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.

more than 2 years ago
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Snoozing Pilot Mistakes Venus For Aircraft; Panic, Injuries Ensue

dcigary Re:Shame they don't have cabin video (307 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago
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Audi Gives Silent Electric Car Synthetic Sound

dcigary Jane! Get me off this thing!!! (402 comments)

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...

more than 2 years ago
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Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"

dcigary Something not mentioned.... (213 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago
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Barnes & Noble Names Microsoft's Disputed Android Patents

dcigary The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers (386 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago
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Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found On SUV

dcigary A clamshell case? Seriously? (761 comments)

... 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.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask They Might Be Giants About Almost 30 Years of Music

dcigary Re:Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (188 comments)

Awww damnit, I AC'd this one. Ok, ignore this one and use the one with my username on it! :D

about 3 years ago
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Ask They Might Be Giants About Almost 30 Years of Music

dcigary Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (188 comments)

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!!

about 3 years ago
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Android Tricorder Killed By CBS

dcigary Truly useful app (247 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Suggests Heating Homes With "Data Furnaces"

dcigary Already doing that (209 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Use Found To Affect Memory

dcigary Re:A Smart man once said... (207 comments)

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?
Mitch: No...
Chris Knight: Why am I the only one who has that dream?

more than 3 years ago
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Citi Bank Reveals Attack... One Month Late

dcigary Can we? (111 comments)

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! :)

more than 3 years ago
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Using Flywheels to Meet Peak Power Grid Demands

dcigary I really am old... (325 comments)

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.

(sigh)

I guess I really am old...

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Wants You To Solve Encrypted Notes From Murder

dcigary Re:I've cracked it! (466 comments)

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.... :) )

more than 3 years ago

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