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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

hammarlund flip-phone? (635 comments)

I still have a working and connected Western Electric Trimline rotary phone in the kitchen. Wall mount. Anytime the kids or grandkids want to use the phone, I tell them to use that. Watching the facial expression is priceless.

about three weeks ago

Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

hammarlund Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (241 comments)

Are not the newer versions of OSX 64-bit only? So if you have a 32-bit processor you're out of luck.

about 7 months ago

Edward Snowden is ...

hammarlund Snowden and Wired magazine (601 comments)

Snowden's disclosure of the NSA's data recording activities was already made public last year in Wired magazine: . The most interesting point of the article, aside from the scope of the surveillance, is that they don't need to analyze all of the data in real time. They just need to record ALL of it and then go back and sort through the "good stuff".

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Buy a Raspberry Pi When I Have a Perfectly Good Cellphone?

hammarlund GPIO (273 comments)

Your cell phone does not have an interface bus that you can use to control devices.

about a year and a half ago

Experience the New Slashdot Mobile Site

hammarlund looks fanatastic (384 comments)

Ok, so I'm going to be the contrarian. Again. Surprise. I think it looks very good. I can see three or four summaries without having to scroll (4.8" screen), when I hit an article the font size is very readable. Only when I hit an off-site link does the display look like crap, when you go to a site that is not optimized for mobile devices. Then the font is about the same size as nanites. The pop-up is annoying and not necessary to me. I have a couple of Joomla based websites that use a plugin that automatically detects if you're on a mobile device and just sends you to the mobile optimized site. Not sure why you don't just do that.

about a year and a half ago

NASA: Curiosity Has Found Plastic On Mars

hammarlund perhaps we are to blame (293 comments)

Since there have been several previous spacecraft sent to Mars, I would think the first place to look would be the bill of materials used in these other craft. Just a thought.

about 2 years ago

Ask Richard Stallman Anything

hammarlund Itinerary (573 comments)

I saw you several years ago at the University of Chicago, but missed your two days in Williamstown, MA a few years back. I keep checking to see if you'll be speaking nearby but you always seem to be out of the country. Will you be speaking within a few hundred miles of Chicago in the upcoming year?

about 2 years ago

Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

hammarlund Re:day 1 (229 comments)

Yup, "Google was using GNU/Linux". Need to infuse more caffeine.

about 2 years ago

Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

hammarlund Re:day 1 (229 comments)

Using Slashdot and having a login ID to post here are not the same thing. And I only posted two search sites (perhaps "engine" is not the correct terminology). Alta Vista and Dogpile were both search sites, but that may be before your time.

about 2 years ago

Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

hammarlund day 1 (229 comments)

Been with you since day one. The attraction for me at the time was that Slashdot was using GNU/Linux. Continued since then because it is simply the best search engine out there. I've been trying to remember the other search engines at the time (without googling them) and can remember only Alta Vista and Dogpile.

about 2 years ago

Mt. Fuji May Be Close To Erupting

hammarlund WWF (269 comments)

When I glanced at the headline, I thought it said "Mr. Fuji may be close to erupting", and thought we better call Vince McMahon.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?

hammarlund Re:Best way to watch TV (479 comments)

At our house we call Fox News "The Comedy Channel".

more than 2 years ago

Netflix Loses 800,000 Subscribers After Qwikster Gaffe

hammarlund Yet profits nearly doubled (325 comments)

Yes, they lost 800,000 subscribers, but the company revenue increased from $38 million to nearly $63 million. From a shareholder perspective, that's pretty good. However, they can't continue to lose subscribers at this rate.

more than 2 years ago

Law Enforcement Wants To Try 'Predictive Policing'

hammarlund already done (377 comments)

This was the basis of the thought crimes in "1984". Of course, since Blago was convicted of pretty much the same thing...

more than 3 years ago
top Hacked, Plugin Repository Compromised

hammarlund A great remainder... (110 comments)

and a great reminder as well.

more than 3 years ago

Analog Designer Bob Pease Dies In Car Crash

hammarlund Pease Porridge (187 comments)

I always enjoyed his columns. He was down to earth and not afraid to call bullshit when needed. It's true, always read his column first. He'll be missed.

more than 3 years ago

Iran Says Siemens Helped US, Israel Build Stuxnet

hammarlund They just found this out? (300 comments)

I heard that on the radio many months ago.

more than 2 years ago

How has your opinion on the safety of nuclear power changed after the events in Japan?

hammarlund Re:Seems just as safe as ever... (1148 comments)

Probably in excess of 10,000 dead. Entire towns wiped off the map. Three of four reactors with cracks in the containment vessels. Residents within 19 miles are advised to stay inside. Even the US carrier in the area left and went to the other side of the island. You're right though, the situation is not capable of DEVELOPING into a major disaster. It already IS a major disaster, and it will probably get a lot worse.

more than 3 years ago

White House Warns of Supercomputer Arms Race

hammarlund And while we're at it (123 comments)

"Mr. President, we must not allow a mineshaft gap!"

more than 3 years ago

British Computer Society Is Officially At Civil War

hammarlund "cross" (275 comments)

You just don't see the word "cross" used very much anymore. It's just the perfect word sometimes.

more than 4 years ago


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