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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

necronom426 On the Toilet (310 comments)

I once wrote the formula for a gravity routine while on the toilet, for a tank game written in Amiga Basic. It was in my head, so I had to quickly get back the the keyboard to type it in before I forgot it :-)

about 4 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

necronom426 Workbench (611 comments)

Workbench, with NewIcons installed.

about 4 months ago
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7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

necronom426 Re:Sanity check (197 comments)

In our house we have 2 mobile phones, 5 TVs, and 16 working computers/consoles (mainly computers). These global numbers seem totally insane to me.

about 4 months ago
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H.R. Giger, Alien Artist and Designer, Dead at Age 74

necronom426 One of the most original artists of recent times (92 comments)

I took my online name from his Necronom IV painting. His Alien, Derelict, and many other designs are some of my favourites in film history. His work was truly original. No-one else's work I've seen is as quite as disturbing, original, and amazing as his. I've been a fan since I first saw the films. A sad loss.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect

necronom426 Re:Microsoft misses the point. (227 comments)

I'd also say the fact that PS4 games are usually in 1080p and XBone games are lower res is a factor, plus all the restrictions they were planning on that everyone hated. The whole thing was a PR nightmare.

So now they are the same price, but the PS4 is still more powerful.

If two things are the same price and one is more powerful, then I would expect people to buy the better, more powerful one.

about 4 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

necronom426 Re:In the UK I think we would be better (310 comments)

Absolutely! I'd love BST to stay all the time. We should just leave it after it changes and rename it GMT, as it would be a shame to lose the name of the world standard.

about 6 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

necronom426 Re:Amiga forever (742 comments)

I could have wrote that. I'll never have anything but hatred for M$. I was a big fan of CBM (PET, Vic-20, C64, A500, A1200) and was using my Amiga until 2001. I still miss the RAM disk (I haven't found a similar one on a PC to this day, that re-sizes) a lot, and the ASSIGN command (in general use as a standard way of doing things), and the URL going into the comments field when I download things, the instantaneous feedback from the OS, screen handling, and many, many other things. It was a joy to use, and M$ took over. I hate them. That is all.

about 7 months ago
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Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

necronom426 QNX, fantastic! (314 comments)

About 15 years ago when I was still using my Amiga every day, there was talk of QNX being part of the Amiga's future. I got a demo on a 1.44Mb floppy and tried it out. It booted from the floppy into a GUI OS with a web browser, text editing program, demos, etc. I was amazed at what they'd squeezed onto one disk. Then of course nothing happened with that and the Amiga, but it's always been there in the back of my mind about how great this tiny OS was.

Fast forward to last week, and I get a new car. A 13 reg. Ford Fiesta. I flick through the Sync manual and was horrified to see the Microsoft logo. Seriously, Microsoft software is in my car!!!!? Arghhh! This is a nightmare I joked about decades ago.

Now my least favourite OS gets replaced by one of my favourites. I REALLY hope I can upgrade it, as I heard a few days ago that they are going to allow people to download the software themselves and install from the USB port.

about 7 months ago
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Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

necronom426 Re:brighter? (376 comments)

I hate those horrible blue lights that some cars have these days. They are blinding. But worse, are the back lights that strobe! They are more dangerous than the headlights. I have to look away from them as they freak my eyes out. So I end up driving along behind a breaking car looking away from the direction I'm going in! How are these allowed? I'm thinking of getting a new car soon, and one of the things I'll be looking at are the lights. If it has LED lights at the back, or the blue blinding lights in the front, I won't consider it.

These laser ones sound worse than the blue ones.

about 7 months ago
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How long do your computer mice last?

necronom426 Re:meeses (361 comments)

I still use a "proper" mouse with a ball. I got it in 2000/2001 and it's still as good as it was on the day I bought it. I probably have to clean it once every 3 months or more (which takes about 30 seconds). It's never been any trouble. I've had optical mice magically start moving about on the screen without me doing anything, so I'll stick with my reliable one (A Genius NetScroll+).

about 9 months ago
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Myst Was Supposed To Change the Face of Gaming. What Is Its Legacy?

necronom426 I loved Myst on the Amiga (374 comments)

I got this on CD for my Amiga, and loved it. I think it had the best graphics out of all the original versions (the pre-rendered ones), as I remember reading something about the number of colours being better than the PC and Mac versions, because of the later release. It did struggle a bit with the Quicktime videos, but overall it was excellent. I got Riven on the Playstation and got a PS mouse just to play that one game.

The books were brilliant, too.

about a year ago
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Wi-Fi Pineapple Hacking Device Sells Out At DEF CON

necronom426 Re:I'm obviously missing something... (132 comments)

Yes, very good.

But if the book was actually called a "Terrorist Training Handbook", you might have a point, but the hacking thing is advertised as a device to hide on yourself and to hack with.

about a year ago
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Wi-Fi Pineapple Hacking Device Sells Out At DEF CON

necronom426 Re:I'm obviously missing something... (132 comments)

If that's the case, then why not sell bombs in kit form at the show?

It looks like they sold out because they were ready made and you could just pick one up. I doubt a lot of these people would have got one if they had to research it, buy parts, build it, etc.

I can understand government and professional organisations having things like this, but not for them to be unregulated and available to buy from a stall. It seems crazy to me.

about a year ago
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Wi-Fi Pineapple Hacking Device Sells Out At DEF CON

necronom426 I'm obviously missing something... (132 comments)

I don't know anything about this type of device, but looking in from the outside, the question springs to mind "How is this legal?"

It's for hacking into networks, right? Isn't that against the law, like, EVERYWHERE? It says "Stealth Access Point for Man-in-the-Middle attacks" - that sounds illegal. It also says "Easily concealed and battery powered " - nothing dodgy going on there!

How can this be used for good? Maybe a few people may use it to test the security of their network, but that's clearly not what it's for.

I'd have thought that the police would be all over this, but like I said, I'm obviously missing something.

about a year ago
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Current Radio Rules Mean Sinclair ZX Spectrum Wouldn't Fly Today

necronom426 How are mobile phones legal then? (64 comments)

I've always wondered how mobile phones are allowed to exist when they interfere with anything that has speakers. I remember circa 1999 when I started noticing this strange d d d...d d d coming from computer speakers at work. We eventually realised it was that someone had a mobile phone in the room. Our VT terminals once completely freaked out when someone made a call and ever since I've wondered how this is allowed.

I remember hearing that the Vic 20 was delayed because it needed to have shielding added, and I've never noticed interference from any device apart from phones. Even new ones cause terrible interference on radios. My Dad has a Blackberry and he can't put it in the small holder near his radio as it constantly makes noises on it.

Can anyone explain any of this?

about 2 years ago
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Ban On Loud TV Commercials Takes Effect Today

necronom426 I stopped watching adverts about 20 years ago (383 comments)

The volume was so annoying that every time the adverts came on I was having to press the volume down button for a while, then put it back up again when the programme came back on. I got sick of that quite quickly, so I started muting it, and/or turning over to another channel or going on the internet to read a forum or a site like this. I think I've only seen one full advert break in the last few years when I was watching someone else's TV and didn't have a choice.

It's too late now, as I'll never watch adverts because of that (and equally because of the annoyance/stupidity of them), so if they did this in the UK I'm beyond caring any more.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?

necronom426 In England... (632 comments)

I was using mainly PETs (we probably had about 7 or 8 of them), though I did my 'O' Level project on the BBCs (we had about 5 or 6). We also had a Research Machines 380Z, though I don't remember ever using it or seeing it running anything.

This was from about '82 - '87.

The computer teacher also brought his Vic-20, then C64 into school, and we'd play on those outside of lessons.

We learnt to program in BASIC, the history of computing, flowcharts, etc.

Great times.

about 2 years ago
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Sea Level Rise Can't Be Stopped

necronom426 Dump the excess on the moon (521 comments)

What we need is a storage tank in geostationary orbit and a big pipe going from a platform in the sea up to it, with a huge pump on either end pushing/sucking the water up (this might not be possible without it ripping itself apart with the weight). Then a shuttle to run from the tank to a landing site on the moon where the water is pumped into a large lake.

Not cheap, but losing something like 10% of the worlds wealth (in towns and cities) is quite expensive, too.

more than 2 years ago
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Europe Agrees To Send Airline Passenger Data To US

necronom426 Re:Why? (403 comments)

I went to Florida in 1997 and was talking about going to New York some time in the future. Then they started fingerprinting people and I decided that I wasn't going to give America my finger prints when my own government doesn't even have them. If they are going to treat me like a criminal I'm not going to go there.

I was thinking about this just an hour ago when someone mentioned they had been to America recently. My immediate thought was of them fingerprinting them and questioning them like criminals.

about 2 years ago

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Documentary to tell the story of the UK games industry

necronom426 necronom426 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

necronom426 (755113) writes "For those of us who grew up in the '80s there are many interesting tales of how the games industry developed. The UK has it's own set of unique stories, and two film makers are documenting it in their film From Bedrooms to Billions. If you had a Spectrum or C64, or get nostalgic if someone mentions Julian Rignall, Oliver Frey, Rob Hubbard, Andrew Braybrook, David Braben, Jon Hare, Jeff Minter, Matthew Smith, Martin Galway, Zzap!64, Crash, etc., then you might want to take a look."

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