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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

hawk Re:My daughter (205 comments)

Curiously, 17 of their husbands died in battle after being drafted past the age of 90 . . .

hawk

about two weeks ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

hawk Re:What might have happened. (205 comments)

>up and thought 2-digit years would be enough,

When economists actually looked at the *data* for the "Y2K problem," they found that it would have cost, in discounted real dollars, three times as much to prevent the problem as it would have to avoid . . .

doc hawk, economist

about two weeks ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

hawk Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (205 comments)

My Uncle looked at his draft number, and enlisted (more control over assignment).

He was right.

My grandmother forwarded his induction notice to him in Viet Nam.

He had the cook lay down, poured catchup over his head[1], and stood with his foot on the cook--and sent the picture back, from Viet Nam, to the draft board.

hawk

[1] Kind of silly to worry about color for a B&W picture . . .

about two weeks ago
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Improv Project, Vivaldi Tablet Officially Dead

hawk Re:"promising" (71 comments)

Try "Princess Bride"

about three weeks ago
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Improv Project, Vivaldi Tablet Officially Dead

hawk Re:"promising" (71 comments)

*whoosh*

cultural illiterate.

about three weeks ago
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Improv Project, Vivaldi Tablet Officially Dead

hawk "promising" (71 comments)

You keeep using that word . . . I do not think it means what you think it meanz . . .

hawk

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

hawk Re:This is telling (365 comments)

Tablets make it far easier to measure dose on over the counter medication than if supplied as powder. Thus the many brands of aspirin tablet, but it's hard to find analgesic headache powder.

hawk

about a month ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

hawk Re:They Multiply... (365 comments)

Just be happy it was a zune, err, surface, rather than Disco records . . .

hawk

about a month ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

hawk Re:Slashdot editors owe me a new keyboard. (365 comments)

>Now that they've found the Atari 2600 ET cartridges
>in a New Mexico landfill, there's plenty of room for
>all the Surfaces (all variants) that Microsoft can't sell.

wait a minute: they took those *out* of the landfill, rather than covering it i concrete, or calling in an air strike???

about a month ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

hawk I'm going to do it! (365 comments)

I'm going to do this with the Airs I bought for my kids to use at school.

Right after I trade in my Cadillac and some cash for a Kia. Then I'll pay more to trade in this Retina Pro for a Samsung tablet.

hawk

about a month ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

hawk Re:Somewhere at MIT, maybe Media Lab (204 comments)

I thought focus-follows-mouse would be the hardest thing about going from years of X back to a mac.

Turned out that text selection/paste is even harder . . .

hawk

about a month ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

hawk Re:DECwindows ;) (204 comments)

On my parents' kitchen table . . .

Since I was around, it had to be sometime before mid-86 (likely summer 85. I think the family gatherings were July).

A cousin who worked for HP came by with a prototype (?) of a 68000 Unix luggable. It showed off by drawing a wire frame of the space shuttle and then,I believe, solidifying it, at an impressive speed for the time . . . (today, it would be done between frames, along with a couple of navies shooting at it . . .)

hawk

about a month ago
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A Quadcopter Development Platform (Video)

hawk Re:Why the quadcopter obsession? (30 comments)

I don't care *how* it flies so long as I can have it chase anything larger than a hummingbird, yet smaller than a cat, that moves.

@*#(*^% air rats eating my seeds, berries, and other fruit. Go at them while emitting raptor cries . . .

hawk

about a month and a half ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

hawk Re:Lack of intent (323 comments)

Better yet, hire a lawyer without MPD and follow his advice (or "her," if the specific lawyer is female).

Speaking as a lawyer, never, EVER higher a lawyer that can be referred to in the plural . . . :)

hawk, esq.

about a month and a half ago
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GoDaddy Files For $100 Million IPO

hawk Re:like those are hard to see on teh intarwebs (110 comments)

Why do you think I have dochawk.org, rather than dochawk.com?

I checked for dochawk.com. Available. Went to register the next day, and gone. Scratched my head.

Then I checked dochawk.net. Waffled a day, and it was gone.

So I just registered dochawk.org.

And then the bit elsewhere where they double-billed and held data hostge . . .

hawk

about a month and a half ago
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GoDaddy Files For $100 Million IPO

hawk Re:like those are hard to see on teh intarwebs (110 comments)

Don't forget double-billing your account each month, which triggers your credit card company to auto-cancel the fraudulent, err, second charge, and using *that* to cancel you for non-payment, while continuing to charge you each month, and demanding either a year's service contract or $100 to recover your backup . . .

not that they pulled that on me . . .

hawk

about a month and a half ago
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'Pop-Up' Bus Service Learns Boston Riders' Rhythms, Creates Routes Accordingly

hawk Re:meet the new Bus, same as the old bus (51 comments)

>But when I get on a bus, i know where its going.
>These buses may decide my destination is not
>worthwhile, and take me far from where I expected.

Actually, that's not it.

They've figured out that you're *wrong* about where you want to go, and will take you to the *right* place.

So welcome your new bus overlords . . .

hawk

about a month and a half ago
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Haiku Gains Support For Current Radeon HD Cards

hawk Re:Haiku hauku (70 comments)

You can't count to five!
So then why do i bother?
Best your name not known . . .

hawk

about 2 months ago
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Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

hawk Over 25 years too late (174 comments)

This is more than 45 years overdue. Apple was in position to dominate this market two generations*before* you start.

The Mac IIfx had slave processors that were essentially a 6502 with a bunch of other stuff on the chip that could handle the AppleTalk network.

AppleTalk could be run over the second pair of the home phone wiring.

All they needed to do was sell the $10 chip to go into anything that someone would want to control in the home . . .

At the time, Apple would have gone broke selling a $100,000 Rolls Royce they built for $1k by insisting on building the garage to go with it . . .

hawk

about 2 months ago

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hawk hawk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

>(This will go down on your permanent record)

So? I'm a professor--I can make change them!

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