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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

havana9 Re:Hardware requirements (641 comments)

I have an EPROM programmer thah works only under DOS, connected via the parallel port. My computer first partition is a 2GB fat16 one with DOS installed exactly fot this purpose. when i have to burn a prom, I copy the .HEX file on the dos partition, reboot and do the work.

about a week ago

Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

havana9 Why put in landfill and not recycle? (440 comments)

I don't know why the jars have to be thrown away in a landfill and not recycled. You could transform it in soap, for instance, and glass or iron jars could be easily recycled. Or if the transformation in soap isn't feasible you could also do the old fashioned way: mix it with manure, or throw in a sewer processing facilty. Actually is the same thing, because the organic sewer waste on some plant is dried and sold as fertilizer.

about two weeks ago

Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

havana9 Re:Stop the emotion, use logic next time. (362 comments)

Running a bus one-way from a neighborhood to a single employer is not going to be a profitable public transit line. Even if Google paid SamTrans what they pay for their private bus, it wouldn't cover SamTrans' costs. Public transit is more expensive than private transit.

I don't understand. Here in Italy, public bus companies (city owned) can also offer charter bus routes for special events and are making special bus routes for factories, that is, they are running only in entrance and exit hours, and sometimes, you must begin or end the travel at the factory terminus.
There are also privately-owned bus companies that make the same arrangments, and have also a public transportation license, so they also run normal public transportation coaches.

about a month and a half ago

TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

havana9 Re:This is why I take the train now (289 comments)

Another big advantage is that if the train engine fails it's a mild nuisance, especially if the train crew manages to coast to the nearest station, so you can wait in the nearby restaurant while a spare engine arrives. Been there, done that.

about 2 months ago

A New Car UI

havana9 Please! (237 comments)

Please, do a new UI with style, with real wood like this The problem is the forced integration betwen car related systems and car "radio". In the Lancia Fulvia, car radio, clock, heating and engine control are totally separate systems both physically and on the user interface. If you need to change the radio station or engage the fast idle on the carbureator, you'll use two completly different knobs. Next the integration makes difficult to mount a car radio with a sensible user interface, they still make 'em.

about 2 months ago

World's Smallest FM Radio Transmitter Created With Graphene

havana9 Finally! (60 comments)

We can broadcast the world's saddest song on the world's smallest violin with the smallest FM transmitter!

about 5 months ago

Galileo Navigation System Gets Go-Ahead From EU Parliament

havana9 Re:What it will be used for... (178 comments)

I have a better idea, that could also give a reward for more efficient cars.
Raise the taxes on fuel. Simple and effective. For lorries and buses, european legislation requires from the eighties that they're equipped with a tachigraph that will record the mileage and the peak speed.

about 5 months ago

Google and Microsoft To Block Child-Abuse Search Terms

havana9 Re:Just the Start? (308 comments)

There were 'official' photographers? I remember that on similar events the presence of a professional photographer implied that unofficial photographers weren't allowed, and one had to buy the official image. If I know in advance that there's a ban on phones, I'll buy a black and white 35 mm film and take my old '70s mechanical camera and its giant and noisy flash lamp. Just for trolling.

about 5 months ago

Apple Developing Curve Screen iPhones and Improved Sensors

havana9 Curved screens are so '90s (243 comments)

I remember curved CRT monitors and TV set. When flat screen CRT appeared was a welcome innovation. Why on phones we have to go back in ergonomy only for the novelty factor? What next? iPhones will be equipped with vertical and horizontal hold knobs and only for US and Japan a Tint Knob?

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Makes It Harder To Avoid Azure

havana9 Re:Azure is marketing hype for the Cloud (164 comments)

My first dial-up ISP was actually born as timesharing service on mainframes. I dialed up on an actual Unix shell then launched ppp from command line. They still had an option to submit batch jobs to the back end mainframes and pay the CPU use and disk space used. Yes, you had the option to upload and download files with xmodem on their computers.
My actual DSL, old big telco, with the DSL contract gives me POP3 server, SMTP server, NNTP, server and guess what? 200 megabytes ona FTP server.
So the idea to save things on the cloud is a bit older, isn't it?

about 6 months ago

First Few Doctor Who Episodes May Fall To Public Domain Next Year

havana9 Re:BBC's most effective copyright strategy in effe (216 comments)

Most episodes were also on 16 mm film. Unfortunately if they were not on modern safety film the temperamentality of old reel was like the one of a dynamite candle. When affordable VCR were available everybody started to telecine the fire liability with images on that they had on storage. Some episodes of doctor who were destroyed because the master 16 mm reels were marked wrongly as telecined and sent to recycle factory.

about 6 months ago

Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

havana9 Re:In other news (663 comments)

Better yet, imagine where the "PC" would be today if Apple had tried something like this.

Imagine if you you were in the early 80s, bought an Apple][ PC, and the only devices you could add were from Apple

People bought Apple PCs and clones because there was so much choice and competition.

FTFY The IBM PC design was a a choice made by IBM after seeing the huge success of the Apple ][ PC. At the time IBM was perfectly capable to build a custom microporcessor. They had the technology to build the IBM 5100 in 1975. A better and faster system in 1981 using an IBM CPU was feasible.

about 7 months ago

Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

havana9 Re:Inspiring... (535 comments)

They are still making winter tyres. They're quite good.

about 7 months ago

My ISP...

havana9 I live in the country (290 comments)

I don't have a cap, especially because living in the coutryside with 2 km of overhead wires runnibg partly in the woods. ADSL syncs at 6 mbps on dry days and 4 mbps on rainy days.
Reason to DSL outage here could be for instance:
* lighting on the phone line melting lignting dischargers in CO
* hornet hive in the patchbox.
* farmer son driving the John Deere hit and run a telephone pole
* chewed cable by wild boars

about 8 months ago

First Laptop With Full-Sized Solar Panels Will Run On Ubuntu

havana9 Aran Benjo Computer (155 comments)

This is the Aran Benjo computer. I see a jerkass giant robot pilot surrounded by pretty girls using this PC. The only proble is that it will boot only at the end of episode, just in time to control the final superweapon and destroy the cyborg of the week.

about 8 months ago

First Laptop With Full-Sized Solar Panels Will Run On Ubuntu

havana9 Re:Errrr.... (155 comments)

Could you run Ubuntu on the Sun? I think Solaris runs better on a Sun tha Ubuntu. Besides I think running Solaris on a solar powered laptop is more cool than a fez and a bowtie.

about 8 months ago

Full-Size Remote Control Cars

havana9 New Top Gear Challenge (91 comments)

Fit three clunkers with actuators on steering wheel, horn, pedals, stick and connect them to an RC car receiver
Put cameras inside it.
Put cars in Dunsfold Park circuit
Give Jeremy, Richard and Dave one RC car controller each.
Make funny Top Gear Episode while the clunkers are trashed.

about 9 months ago

Hollywood's Love of Analytics Couldn't Prevent Six Massive Blockbuster Flops

havana9 Re:Better plots? (1029 comments)

I agree about Casino Royale. Burt Bacharach's soundtrack was awesome. David Niven and Woody Allen were really funny.

about 9 months ago

Iris Scans Are the New School IDs

havana9 Re: lol wut? (217 comments)

Have ever watched "Demolition Man"?

about 9 months ago

Iris Scans Are the New School IDs

havana9 Re:School full of stupid kids? (217 comments)

Or you could teach them to read the numbers on the side of the bus, but that's just my zany, wacky idea. Or are the kids too stupid to get on the exact same numbered bus day after day?

In the 1800's because there were a lot of illiterates, horse drawn trams were using wooden panels with the line numbers with different colours, so for instance the line 5 was using a green panel and line 6 a blue panel. Problem solved. Anyway the actual school buses are using only the colour designation.

about 9 months ago


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