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Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35

lolcutusofbong Re:Model 100 (231 comments)

Is there any clone manufacturer out there still selling them? That sounds pretty damn awesome.

more than 2 years ago
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The Nation Is Losing Its Toolbox

lolcutusofbong Re:Justification of Apathy (525 comments)

The US used to have a colossal pool of engineers, scientists and skilled workers.

We still do. We have so many scientists that they can't find academic work, and industry isn't hiring. The "skills gap" you hear companies bitching about exists only because they refuse to provide training. They expect their workers to emerge from Zeus's head fully formed and armored like Athena. This works when only a few companies are doing it, but it breaks down when everybody does it.

All that went overseas to china who, incidentally, understand this transfer of expertise and it's strategic importance

We didn't get hit over the head with a gigantic rock and lose every engineer we had. China just created more. That's called progress, and I thought /. was all for better science in the world?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Value of Website Design Tools vs. Hand Coding?

lolcutusofbong Re:Hand coding vs. Design tools (342 comments)

Split view should be part of the window manager, not the application. A tiling WM or even "aero snap" with a browser on one side and your editor on the other works just fine.

more than 2 years ago
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Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

lolcutusofbong Re:Then try Ubuntu or such. (1134 comments)

It's because it's much, MUCH easier to tell someone "type this sequence of characters and press enter" than pantomiming how to grope your way through some GUI that might be completely different after the next release in six months.

more than 2 years ago
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Google On-shores Manufacturing of the Nexus Q

lolcutusofbong Re:It *should* be part of the marketing (326 comments)

As a Canadian, you should care very much about buying American. Our countries have each other's biggest trade relationship by a significant margin, so buying American (or for me, buying Canadian) keeps money in the loop instead of it being squirreled away in China.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Posts Audio of Intercepted FBI Conference Call

lolcutusofbong Re:They aren't heroes (336 comments)

What the fuck are you smoking? Those are some pretty extraordinary claims, but I don't see any extraordinary evidence.

more than 2 years ago
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New Hampshire Passes 'Open Source Bill'

lolcutusofbong almost RMS-approved (260 comments)

Seriously, I live in New Hampshire, and I emailed RMS about this bill last year. He said that if the bill called it Free Software instead of Open Source, he'd get behind it.

more than 2 years ago
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Yahoo's Project To Disrupt Mobile Publishing

lolcutusofbong Re:ALREADY DONE (120 comments)

Don't forget Enzo, the webOS framework that supposedly works cross-platform, since it's all HTML and JS. Oh, and it's open source now.

more than 2 years ago
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Outgoing CRTC Head Says Technology Is Eroding Canadian Culture

lolcutusofbong Re:Anachronism (404 comments)

The wheel weaves as the wheel wills. You caught me halfway through The Great Hunt.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Secure Boot Cripple Linux Compatibility?

lolcutusofbong A Blessing in Disguise? (545 comments)

There's a chance, however slight, that this will lead a bigger push for keeping modules in the kernel tree.

more than 2 years ago
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Tackling Open Source's Gender Issues

lolcutusofbong Re:First up, rename Man command (589 comments)

BEGIN STEREOTYPE REINFORCING She could always be a man-hating lesbian married to your female best friend. You didn't provide sufficient context for us to get that. END STEREOTYPE REINFORCING

more than 2 years ago
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Tackling Open Source's Gender Issues

lolcutusofbong Re:Community resistance (589 comments)

Maybe this is what happened with GNOME 3.0?

more than 2 years ago
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BASF Moves GM Plant Research From Europe To US

lolcutusofbong Re:Anti-Science Europeans Chase Business to Americ (288 comments)

The people who think that climate change is a socialist plot are convinced that climate scientists are making claims about global climate change because it fits well with the people clamoring for renewable power, emissions control, and energy saving, and not the other way around. These people are what we like to call "wrong."

more than 2 years ago
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BASF Moves GM Plant Research From Europe To US

lolcutusofbong Re:Anti-Science Europeans Chase Business to Americ (288 comments)

The anti-vaxxers won, didn't they? RISC is everywhere, from ARM chips in smartphones to Watson running on POWER to SunOracle's SPARC-powered database systems.

more than 2 years ago
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Pixel Qi Screens are for Laptops and Tablets, Not Just OLPC (Video)

lolcutusofbong Re:What am I missing? (82 comments)

Well, Pixel Qi screens are a) LCDs instead of ((S)AM)OLED, so when they need backlight, they suck power, and b) they have about half the DPI of most modern smartphones. I personally think we'll see them more at the low end of the phone spectrum. IIRC, there's already a dumbphone that uses e-ink for a screen, so Pixel Qi would be a step up from that.

more than 2 years ago
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Least worthy tech-world cliches / buzzwords?

lolcutusofbong Re:Tablet (297 comments)

Blue-i'd girl?

more than 2 years ago
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House Kills SOPA

lolcutusofbong Slashdot: Serious Business (495 comments)

Come on now, Slashdot opinions barely percolate out to the rest of the technology-aware parts of the Internet. If anything it was Reddit and their "Operation Pull Ryan" that shook up the discussion. We're Protoss with no carriers. Reddit is Zerg.

more than 2 years ago
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Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

lolcutusofbong Re:Just one man's opinion (865 comments)

I think the problem is that, much like PC gaming, there's a few shit-laden genres that overshadow everything else in sales, marketing, etc: romantic comedies, explodorama action movies, stupid guys acting stupid and calling it comedy, tear-jerker everyone-dies-including-the-dog Oscar bait, and kids movies that are even more derivative than any of the adult categories, if not outright sequels. Sure, you get stuff like your list, but except for LoTR, none of those really got the big marketing push.

more than 2 years ago
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Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

lolcutusofbong They're fucked in 2012. (865 comments)

Raspberry Pi B-model: $35 NAS/Seedbox containing torrented H.264 movies: ~$100 46" 1920x1080p TV: ~$500 So, for the price of six or seven nights out, you can get a home theater setup and all the movies you want, with no recurring costs save your electricity and internet bills.

more than 2 years ago

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