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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

hawk Re:Lemme guess... (179 comments)

Including no undergraduate degrees in business . . .

hawk

p.s., when Santa Clara (first college in CA) first offered a B.S., it was a watered down BA, not requiring as much Latin & Greek, but otherwise the same . . . (yes, this was the 19th century, and a BA still required calculus & physics . . .)

yesterday
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

hawk Re:Arneson (179 comments)

The "glory years" identified were my Jr & Sr years of high school . . .

The "other" things in circulation at the time were largely either supplements to the the original booklets (and supplements), such as Arduinn, Spellcaster's Bible, and Runequest (farther removed), or completely orthogonal, such as Travellers & Runequest (also TSR).

A bit of this, a bit of that, a few articles from Dragon, and so forth.

And the moronic arguments as to which system handled dragon breath more "realistically", for crying out loud. D&D (blast goes off in the middle of people, but the second row doesn't get shielded from the first) or something goes off between two people, but one takes half as much damage as if the other wasn't there (Arduin)

hawk, who has the original Arduin supplement somewhere (before the bra was added)

yesterday
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

hawk Re:When going into business with Friends (179 comments)

Straight out of high school, I ended up as the first employee of a startup in '82.

Both of the principals were recent college graduates (same school I was headed to), and were quite clear that they would be selling out, as they had "no idea" how to run a large company.

hawk

yesterday
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

hawk Re:shift of blame. (393 comments)

Ehh, I think that's on Sprint, not Apple . . .

Not that I'm annoyed that I can't get a Sprint signal at my regular courthouse, and end up roaming on Verizon . . .

hawk

yesterday
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

hawk Re:Hardware ages too (281 comments)

I think, but am not certain, that all the MFM were full height. I remember half-height floppies, though.

hawk

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

hawk Re:Strange censorship (715 comments)

Actually, it already happened, with gnu moving first.

RMS *already* demanded that Linux be called "lignux", and changed the code of EMACS at one point to make that, rather than "linux", the target.

hawk

3 days ago
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Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

hawk Re:Hm (96 comments)

>I don't mind static image ads (although I hate it
>when I purchase something on Amazon and then
>get served Amazon ads for the thing I purchased).
>But if it is not static then I despise it.

It's not just ads; it's *anything* that blinks & runs around while I"m trying to read. In fact, I've never blocked *anything* just for being an ad, and I block much of what sites fancy to be "content."

Stay still, damnit, I'm trying to read!

hawk

3 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

hawk Re:Hardware ages too (281 comments)

the two drive bays were typically side by side in the era of MFM drives. And if they were stacked, and you managed to find a double height drive, you would have had no space for your 5.25" floppy.

And the drives I see listed are something like 41mm, or about a inch and a half--half-height or less..

Full height in this parlance is the old 3.5 or 4" tall, nearly the full height of the PC/XT case.

hawk

3 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

hawk Re:They learned this practice from the most (281 comments)

>. Likewise MS Office- they change the file formats
>with each release to prevent compatibility with older >versions and especially compatibility with freeware
>office suites.

Now *that* one did not originate with Microsoft. Wordstart and Word Perfect were doing that before MS Word was even released; each coul generally read/export the prior, but not current, version of the other.

Word & Excel (except mac) were distant thirds. Then MS leveraged the dos monopoly to install them on every machine for a minimal royalty at about the time of the 40M hard drive becoming standard, and instead of "$500 for Word Perfect or Word?" it became "Spend another $500 on Word Perfect?"

hawk

3 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

hawk Re:Hardware ages too (281 comments)

And that world has come full circle.

That's not a "double height"; today's bays are half- and third- height.

The last single/full height drive I remember seeing was a 1G scsi in about 96, although I'm certain they continued for at least a feww years after that.

hawk

3 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

hawk Hardly new (281 comments)

This is hardly new . . .

I had the original G1, before they were tossing the word "android" around.

It interestingly sprouted a navigation system one day. I thought that was nice, until I tried to use it in general. The "upgrade" needed more cpu power and ram than that thing had.

Add features to use more powerful hardware, and they consume resources on the older phones, too.

The only exception seems to be OSX, which tends to have at least a moderate speed increase for older hardware with each major release.

hawk

3 days ago
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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

hawk Re:An excellent book... (86 comments)

>I saw those as a wrap-up, not necessarily a cash-in.

Perhaps more a monument to his ego, with the bizarre attempt to tie in everything he ever wrote.

>They are still good to read.

I forced myself through a couple, and just couldn't do it any more.

hawk

4 days ago
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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

hawk Re:An excellent book... (86 comments)

I guess you missed the "cash-in, conglomerate it all!" volumes of his lat career. Foundation XXIV, and so forth . . .

hawk

4 days ago
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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 three 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 three 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 three weeks ago
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Improv Project, Vivaldi Tablet Officially Dead

hawk Re:"promising" (71 comments)

Try "Princess Bride"

about a month ago
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Improv Project, Vivaldi Tablet Officially Dead

hawk Re:"promising" (71 comments)

*whoosh*

cultural illiterate.

about a month 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 a month 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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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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