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It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

garyoa1 Re:Reminds me of an old saying (206 comments)

Well, I'm 68 and I got it all down. Just don't know where the hell I put it. :/

about 8 months ago

Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

garyoa1 Re:Amazing how times change. (444 comments)

Seagate does have a few flavors of drives. Barracuda is still their most reliable "basic" drive.

about 8 months ago

You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

garyoa1 For rent? (437 comments)

Once upon a time we bought software. Now we can only license it. (Unless it's Adobe. In their case we can only rent it.) I'm sure the car manufacturers will figure out a way to screw everyone over the same way.

about 8 months ago

Court Victory Gives Blogger Same Speech Protections As Traditional Press

garyoa1 Re:yes! - well - no (137 comments)

I guess you've never watched a political speech first and then went to fox to see what they do to it. Quite often going off in a tangent about something that was never even in the speech. If you want to head to fox first, fine. But do yourself a favor and then go to youtube and watch it "uncensored". They're usually posted there a while later.

Remember, fux is NOT an American company. The owner (Rupert Murdoch) is out for the money. Sensationalism is how he sells news world wide.

But the main problem with all media today... they all have an opinion. Years ago if a journalist had an opinion on air... he'd get fired. Today, if it creates controversy, he gets a raise.

about 8 months ago

Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

garyoa1 Re:Not the sun (320 comments)

It can only get into carbon if it doesn't make too much helium. If it makes too much... it will float away! :::gasp:::

about 8 months ago

Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

garyoa1 Nice try (359 comments)

Nice try barry but... no cigar. The only people who care about spying on foreign countries (friend OR foe) are the foreign countries. Who likely all do it themselves anyway. Spying on your own people reeks of Stalin and Hitler. (the list goes on)

Using a court order? No problem since you'd have to introduce reason. Just for the hell of it? Might as well just burn the constitution.

about 8 months ago

Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

garyoa1 Re:Link to GIF (207 comments)

Yeah, dunno why but I still can't watch it. Turn my head every time it comes on. Just thinking there are pieces of people up there. :(

about 8 months ago

Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

garyoa1 Re:DOS compatability in Win8 (380 comments)

Quite debatable. The user doesn't have to spend a gazillion dollars upgrading progs to the latest and greatest. In fact, doesn't have to find a new program to replace the one that works well but doesn't exist anymore.

about 8 months ago

Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

garyoa1 Re:DOS compatability in Win8 (380 comments)

Actually I'm running win8 pro 64 and do run dos progs. And I mean LITERALLY old pre-windows dos based progs. The old workhorse nutplus database works just fine. Many old games run well too. Of course, on the other hand, it's kinda brutal to stare at the ancient graphics. :)

Now, I'm not saying everything works. But the vast majority do. I think most of the problems with 16 vs 64 bit came from hardware that the vendors refused to update drivers for. A lot of scanners hit the trash pile over it.

about 8 months ago

Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

garyoa1 Re:Does it matter? (380 comments)

The problem I "had" with Mac was, if I wanted to update some programs... sorry. OS is too old. Update the OS and another prog says.... sorry, OS is too new.

And I look over at the win8 machine that can still run dos based progs 20- 25 years old and say... why?

about 8 months ago

First Survey of Commercially Viable Asteroids Estimates Only 10 Are Worth Mining

garyoa1 Re:Why just look near Earth? (265 comments)

Pssst... the moon is a tad closer.

about 8 months ago

The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

garyoa1 Re:This is why... (341 comments)

I think one talented person was Obama. The platform he ran on was incredible. Free health care, end to lobbyists, jobs bills... none of which came to fruition.

Now, was it political bullshit to get elected or did he really try to get these projects done?

Doesn't matter. He failed. At everything. Which makes him really ineffective and a lousy leader. Congress holds all the power. No president can undo that it seems. Which makes us... screwed.

about 8 months ago

The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden

garyoa1 Re:And the opinon of the NY Times matters because? (354 comments)

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety". - Benjamin Franklin.

Snowden seems to be one of the few Americans who actually read the constitution.

about 9 months ago

Reducing Climate Change Uncertainty By Figuring Out Clouds

garyoa1 Re:Insane Cloud Posse (249 comments)

They don't work. They float.

about 9 months ago

Researchers Confirm Exoplanet Has Clouds Using Hubble Telescope

garyoa1 Re:We're exploring space just fine (62 comments)

We'd explore more if the politicians could figure out how to make money on it. As it stands, screwing with the people is much more lucrative.

about 9 months ago

US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

garyoa1 Our forefathers (462 comments)

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

about 9 months ago



New Zealand Bans software patents.

garyoa1 garyoa1 writes  |  1 year,24 days

garyoa1 (2067072) writes "In what can only be described as a win for humanity, the New Zealand government today passed a new Patents Bill that effectively makes patenting software illegal. In what many are calling a major victory for innovation, the bill was passed earlier this week after more than five years of debate and intensive lobbying for multinational software vendors.

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Verio seems to have big problems

garyoa1 garyoa1 writes  |  about 2 years ago

garyoa1 (2067072) writes "A lot of verio sites are dead. Including tech support phone numbers. All you get is "there is a problem with the application. Goodbye.""

Verio ceases to exist

garyoa1 garyoa1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

garyoa1 (2067072) writes "Seems Verio, a backbone, decided... after nearly 48 hours... of flaky email to pull down everything. Been working to restore for 4 hours and counting. So if you have a Verio server... sucks being you."


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