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Linking Mass Extinctions To the Sun's Journey In the Milky Way

freeasinrealale spiral arms? (199 comments)

So if we are moving through spiral arms, and it appears our neighbouring stars appear 'relatively' fixed to our position does this mean that all stars in our galaxy move through the spiral arms? Do the spiral arms move w/respect to all the stars like some sorta density wave?

about a year ago

Canadian Military Developing Stealth Snowmobile

freeasinrealale $620,000 U.S. (187 comments)

($640,000 CAN) ought be enough for eveybody to have one eh?

about a year ago

Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

freeasinrealale 128 bytes RAM (587 comments)

my first commercial pc was Netronics S100 Explorer with 128 bytes - yes bytes onboard RAM. It had 2K Rom boot and simple read/write/dump memory functions. It booted to a 35ASR Teletype w/paper tape punch and reader. It also had audio cassette interface for storage. I also used paper tape for storage. Wrote editor assembler for the onboard 8085 using op codes at first then assembler. Gradually added 2114 (1k by 4) sram chips - so 2 chips per k as needed for editor/assembler and work file. Ended up with 4k Ram on S100 Ram Board!! Completed school assignment on this system and was first to get prof to accept assignment written on home pc. Whoop-de-do!!

about a year ago

Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

freeasinrealale 128 bytes (587 comments)

my first commercial computer (not my homebuilt wire wrapped 8080) was Netronics 8085 S100 Explorer ('79-'80??). It had 128 bytes - yep 128 bytes 'local' ram and 2k rom os. Booted up to a 35ASR Teletype. Storage was Cassette Tape although I could dump to paper tape on the Teletype (and read back - of course!!). Gradually added 2114 Static (whooo!!) Ram in 1k increments (1k by 4) - so 2 chips = 1k to S100 Sram board. till eventually got 4k ram. Wrote editor/assembler using op codes only at first. Was first student to get an assignment accepted by a prof at York University that was done on a home PC. Whoop-de-do.

about a year ago

Samsung Ups Ante In Smartphone Size Wars: 6.3 Inches

freeasinrealale 6.3 (221 comments)

Doesn't microscrooge have a patent on 6.3?

about a year ago

How Newegg Saved Online Retail

freeasinrealale Patent trolls? (259 comments)

oh for a moment I thought they wiped out slashdot trolls...

about a year and a half ago

Free Software Foundation Campaigning To Stop UEFI SecureBoot

freeasinrealale Tit for tat (355 comments)

So can FSF design/modify UEFI/Secure Boot that locks out proprietary (non-free) software?

about a year and a half ago

Boeing 787 Makes US Debut

freeasinrealale New feature (317 comments)

But do the windows open?

about 2 years ago

RIM's Future Hangs On Developer Support For 'New BlackBerry'

freeasinrealale Open source... (148 comments)

Open source QNX. Its their only hope.

more than 2 years ago

Sun's Twin Discovered — the Perfect SETI Target?

freeasinrealale Yellow dwarf (168 comments)

Does this mean our sun is a yellow dwarf??

more than 2 years ago

The Science of Humor

freeasinrealale Actually not a joke... (344 comments)

...apparently this started as a real 911 phone call from a 'Dick Cheney'.

more than 2 years ago

Skype Is Working To Defeat the Reverse Engineering

freeasinrealale Skype Skype (169 comments)

Since 'skype' is Britishism for obtaining by nefarious means skyping Skype seems rather appropriate.

more than 3 years ago

First Pictures of Chinese Stealth Fighter

freeasinrealale Re:Someone help me out here. (613 comments)

The fighter plane you see in the pictures is a Russian YAK-69. The Chines stealth fighter is the one in front of it.

more than 3 years ago

OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

freeasinrealale Data Gen Nova/Eclipse and RDOS? (763 comments)

Coding in DG assembler using Edit/Speed(Super Edit - geddit?). Reading a paper tape file and writing it to paper tape punch - you haven't lived!!! Where else could you yank a page??? (Yes - yank). And all on a Teletype 32 ASR!!! Multiple edits in one command without seeing the intermediate results if you were good - really good (coff coff). Ah those were the days. UE/ESC/H/ESC/ESC

more than 3 years ago

EFF, Apache Side With Microsoft In i4i Patent Case

freeasinrealale The question here... (83 comments) this (lowering the bar) really the goal, ie lowering the bar or actually getting rid of software patents? To me, 'lowering the bar' says that software patents are valid, because we have 'agreement' as to what constitutes a line in the sand for good/bad patents. Somethings rotten in Denmark (& elsewhere). I think lowering the bar IS what M$ is really after.

more than 3 years ago

The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

freeasinrealale Eight level mylar tape 1965? (375 comments)

Eight level mylar punched tape dated 1965. Its a biax (microcode) boot loader for Collins C8401. Just enter V>U; NOP; 620 in start register, hit reset/start and watch mylar tape fly thru tape reader at 9600 baud. Takes about five minutes to load.

more than 4 years ago



how intellectual property (IP) stifles innovation

freeasinrealale freeasinrealale writes  |  more than 4 years ago

freeasinrealale (928218) writes "This paper provides empirical evidence on how intellectual property (IP) on a given technology affects subsequent innovation. To shed light on this question, I analyze the sequencing of the human genome by the public Human Genome Project and the private firm Celera, and estimate the impact of Celera's gene-level IP on subsequent scientific research and product development outcomes. Celera's IP applied to genes sequenced first by Celera, and was removed when the public effort re-sequenced those genes. I test whether genes that ever had Celera's IP differ in subsequent innovation, as of 2009, from genes sequenced by the public effort over the same time period, a comparison group that appears balanced on ex ante gene-level observables. A complementary panel analysis traces the effects of removal of Celera's IP on within-gene flow measures of subsequent innovation. Both analyses suggest Celera's IP led to reductions in subsequent scientific research and product development outcomes on the order of 30 percent. Celera's short-term IP thus appears to have had persistent negative effects on subsequent innovation relative to a counterfactual of Celera genes having always been in the public domain."

how many astronauts does it take...

freeasinrealale freeasinrealale writes  |  more than 6 years ago

freeasinrealale writes "Finally — an answer to the age old question... How many astronauts does it take to fix a ripped solar panel? Ten — with a little help from Houston... and a ride on Canadarm.... Frank Kokot Oshawa Canada"


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