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

filesiteguy Re:Love the 64, but TRS-80 has a place in my heart (135 comments)

I have a 1 (Level II basic) and a CoCo. In all honesty, I bought the CoCo at a garage sale for $1.00 about ten years ago, so I've only used it a few times.

about a year and a half ago
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Radio Shack TRS-80 Vs. Commodore 64: Battle of the Titans

filesiteguy Love the 64, but TRS-80 has a place in my heart (135 comments)

I've got my TRS-80 on my desk. Yeah, the C64 has better graphics, but I learned BASIC on this puppy...

http://perfectreign.com/stuff/trs80_level1_4kb-sm.jpg

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

filesiteguy What about XP? (505 comments)

I've heard they're also discontinuing support for Windows XP. wonder if that means MS is abandoning windows....

</sarcasm>

about a year and a half ago
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Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

filesiteguy Re:Wow, only 13 years after screwing up Linux... (815 comments)

Nah, Linux isn't "better" than Windows. It just sucks less.

I still have a laptop running Crunchbang (http://www.perfectreign.com/stuff/2012/crunchbang.jpg) at home to be used as a gateway. I also have a USB key with Knoppix (http://www.perfectreign.com/stuff/2012/knoppix_desktop.png). However, most things just don't work well with Linux, and booting a VM isn't that much fun.

I did my best to integrate into work, but it just got too much. Here's the presentataion I did at the southern california linux expo a few years back... http://www.perfectreign.com/stuff/2010/2010_SCALE_Presentation.odp

about a year and a half ago
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Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

filesiteguy Wow, only 13 years after screwing up Linux... (815 comments)

I'm still not happy about his whole, "Qt isn't OSS so I'm writing GNOME to compete with KDE" move back in the late '90s. Though I appreciate Ximian, I fail to see why he's even relevant these days.

I was a HUGE Linux fanboi in the late '90s through about 2010. I agree with him, however, that Linux just doesn't work as a day-to-day end-user platform anymore. As it is, I'm mostly using my Nexus tablet and Galaxy phone for tasks, and then resort to Wintendo when I need.

about a year and a half ago
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IBM Turns 100

filesiteguy Re:I'll wager $723.42 that IBM goes another 100 ye (189 comments)

Valid point!

My aunt was one of those layoffs. She spent 25 years with IBM (in finance) and "retired" early at 55. They gave her the choice of take some early retirement package or be laid off outright.

Of course, she's happy living in northern Washington, well away from San Jose.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Turns 100

filesiteguy I'll wager $723.42 that IBM goes another 100 years (189 comments)

It is amazing to me that - back when I graduated university in '92 - people were foretelling the death knoll for IBM. Next thing I know, I'm working on programming ASP.NET using JCL on zSeries machines fifteen years later.

Now, we're using Rational and Eclipse to manage Websphere projects.

Go figure.

more than 3 years ago
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The Hobbit Filming at 48fps

filesiteguy Hobbit in 3D? (423 comments)

what is jackson thinking? is he going to have a shark swim at the screen?

oh, wait - maybe a large flying dragon fly at the screen....

more than 3 years ago
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Workers Will Smash Their PCs To Get an Upgrade

filesiteguy What about compatibility mode? (533 comments)



Very similar process, but I had in a previous live simply booted to x86 compatibility mode - 6 MHz - and Windows 2000 took about an hour to boot.

I got a new machine in a few hours. :)

more than 3 years ago
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CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

filesiteguy I find my CS staff never use math... (583 comments)

...however they use logic a great deal.

Keep in mind when old-timers like me were in college, CS was about determining how to best utilize the 640 KB of memory you had available. You needed to understand more math than now.

OTOH, I actually think that multiple languages are a must for programmers these days. I - for one - speak/write German and Spanish. I have seven programmers with CS degrees and an additional six analysts with CIS degrees working for me.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Cyber Vigilantes Be Cheered Or Feared

filesiteguy Re: But... (232 comments)

http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am1.html

Remember, the document was written to protect the citizens - us - against any tyranny of the Government.

HTH!

more than 3 years ago
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Should Cyber Vigilantes Be Cheered Or Feared

filesiteguy Transparency is always good... (232 comments)

...as long a there were no laws broken in the process of gleaning or divulging the information.

more than 3 years ago
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How Many Solar Powered Devices Do You Own?

filesiteguy Re:12+ (334 comments)

Exactly my point. I always chuckle when I read of some "environmentalist" claiming a superior-than-thou attitude when discussing driving their Prius. (Which - not only is made with ultra-toxic non-renewable chemicals but is produced using almost slave labor. (Here's one of many examples: http://piggington.com/ot_the_darker_side_of_toyota_human_trafficing)

And you can make diesel out of pretty much anything - used veggie oil, soybeans, dead dinosaurs, coal. All those things are FAR less polluting and dangerous than the chemicals used for batteries.

I have a solar system on my house: http://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/EJpk11639

That at least is a beneficial process unlike the supposedly "green" hybrid cars.

more than 3 years ago
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How Many Solar Powered Devices Do You Own?

filesiteguy Re:12+ (334 comments)

Let me guess - you're a person who prefers using ultra-toxic chemicals in a storage system (a.k.a. batteries) in order to propel your subcompact car?

more than 3 years ago
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How Many Solar Powered Devices Do You Own?

filesiteguy Re:How about 225w Solar Panels? (334 comments)

Exactly.

12 * 225w panels = ~ 2700 watts theoretical maximum per hour. You figure a 20-40% loss in converting from DC to AC and also because teh panels are not all titled the same way.

2700 watts * 6 hours of immolation = 16.2 kWh. (http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/calculators/PVWATTS/version1/)

As of this moment - 1:00 PM - I'm generating 2160 watts.

http://www.perfectreign.com/stuff/2011/20110222_solar_output.png

HTH!

more than 3 years ago
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Financial Malware Hijacks Online Banking Sessions

filesiteguy Re:Um, this is news because...? (161 comments)

OIC

Okay, so basically it sounds like the programmers did a poor job of implementing state.

Whenever I've done an application (which I don't anymore being a PHB) I always forced closed a session on either logout or browser disconnect. (You never know when that BSOD might hit for those using windows.)

Ah, well, I guess my 75-year-old father-in-law is right in that he refuses to do online banking and insists on going into the branch for every single transaction. :P

more than 3 years ago
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Financial Malware Hijacks Online Banking Sessions

filesiteguy Um, this is news because...? (161 comments)

AFAIK, session hijacking has been an issue since - well - since Al Gore invented the intraweb.

No matter what browser you're using - unless it is Lynx - you probably can be involved in a session hijack issue. UNLESS you forcibly close that session by closing your browser.

I saw a post about using Wintendo. I don't think that Windows or Linux or OSX are any more or less vunerable. Just the fact that people don't forcibly close sessions.

Now, where did I put that copy of Firesheep?

more than 3 years ago
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How Many Solar Powered Devices Do You Own?

filesiteguy Re:12+ (334 comments)

Oh, come on. Your Hummer (I hope it is an H1 diesel) gets darn good mileage.

Unless they can come up with a 100 mpg vehicle that isn't a sub-compact econobox, you have no reason NOT to drive a normal sized vehicle like a H1.

more than 3 years ago

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Open Source Voting Software Concept Released

filesiteguy filesiteguy writes  |  about 5 years ago

filesiteguy (695431) writes "Wired.com (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/10/open-source) is reporting that the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation (http://osdv.org/about) has announced the first release of Linux and Ruby based elections management software. This software should compete in the same realm as Election Systems & Software as well as Diebold/Premire for use by County registrars. Mitch Kapor — founder of Lotus 1-2-3 — as well as Dean Logan, Registrar for Los Angeles County and Debra Bowen, California Secretary of State all took place in a formal announcement ceremony.

The OSDVF (they couldn't find a better acronym?) is working with mulitple jurisdictions, activists, developers and other organizations to bring "together the best and brightest in technology and policy into a synergistic, meritocratic community focused on designing and developing guidelines and specifications for high assurance digital voting services." The announcement was made as part of the OSDVF Trust the Vote (http://www.trustthevote.org/) project where open source tools are to be used to create a certifiable and sustainable open source voting system."

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Voting Systems in California Given Strict Security

filesiteguy filesiteguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

filesiteguy writes "According to this story in the LA Daily News, California's secretary of state on Friday placed rigorous security conditions on voting equipment used in dozens of counties and limited the use of two of the most widely used machines.

The most affected counties will have to scramble to find alternate equipment just six months before California holds its presidential primary.

Bowen said it revealed some vulnerabilities that would allow hackers to manipulate the systems "with little chance of detection and with dire consequences.""

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