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Norton Commander Clone for Apple II Released

pilgrim23 Cool! (1 comments)

I have been a Norton Commander and Midnight Commander user for almost 20 years. This is a welcome additon for those of us who still retro-compute

more than 3 years ago
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Is an Internet Kill Switch Feasible In the US?

pilgrim23 Re:The kill switch would be the biggest threat (339 comments)

but... We are the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave... The song says so every sporting event. And the "Kill Switch" Idea came to the front because a Tyrant was doing his best to limit his people's calls for liberty and freedom. Is it just me or do Congresscritters think all Americans are extra special stupid? or. maybe they are right...and they are?

more than 3 years ago
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NASA's Commercial Plans for Kennedy Space Center

pilgrim23 Re:Rust (106 comments)

the could always reposition it as a elder engineer's retirement village. The sad fact is that NASA's mission for space was hijacked by politics. The Future in space looks like it will be more like Firefly: Mandarin speakers.

more than 3 years ago
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US Supreme Court Says NASA Background Checks OK

pilgrim23 Re:They only ask important questions (172 comments)

Speaking as someone who has been interviewed many times by the FBI re High School friends who were seeking a "Q" clearance, I can say the questions they asked about my friends were not intrusive and related directly to the character, honesty, and truthfulness of the candidate. I realize all of these are now outmoded and tired cliche instead of esteemed and admired character traits but that is the evolution of culture right there.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Says 2010 Tied For Warmest Year On Record

pilgrim23 Re:Utter utter rubbish (554 comments)

Well since humans are not natural, did not evolve here, were placed her by a (fill in myth du jours), it is only proper that we slaughter a zillion of us, then place the rest in peasantry under the Climate Lords. Excuse me...is that a glacier bearing down on the eco green house?

more than 3 years ago
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North Magnetic Pole Racing Toward Siberia

pilgrim23 Re:Eeep! (187 comments)

Oh sorry, I meant to say "Previous Administration" but my script writer was late getting it in. Thanks for the update...

more than 3 years ago
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North Magnetic Pole Racing Toward Siberia

pilgrim23 Re:Eeep! (187 comments)

Be the first on your block to blame Climate Change.

more than 3 years ago
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Does Typing Speed Really Matter For Programmers?

pilgrim23 Re:Programming != Data Entry (545 comments)

Indeed. where exactly does Stephen Hawkings fall in this typing speed test? Comparing typing and piano is absurd. I know a jazz pianist who has his own fingering technique and is a flamin GENIUS on the bones. I play guitar but not the standard classical fingering style; I use a funky blues style which every wanna be will tell you is wrong. For one thing I use the thumb in some riffs to hit the low E string. Btw: I am a hunt peck typist and do OK. This strikes me as the clip board aproach to productivity. Someone just finish a performace review and have some of the HR metrics left over?

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA, MPAA Recruit MasterCard As Internet Police

pilgrim23 After all its just for our own good. (421 comments)

Welcome the accountant Overlords... verily they will be with thee always...

more than 3 years ago
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Banknotes Go Electronic To Outwit Counterfeiters

pilgrim23 Re:Go electronic! (441 comments)

A very large portion of the US Economy is conducted in cash. This is all to track that. To Track, to Control, to Tax.... Just another step towards the new economy for the New Age: Barter.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Android Is the New Windows

pilgrim23 Re:Increased IT literacy??? (424 comments)

Certainly. We have an entire generation schooled to a standard. The menu standard of: Click on File, then Open or Help/About or Tools/Options and....oh thats right, Microsoft changed all that.... Never mind...

more than 3 years ago
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Obama FCC Caves On Net Neutrality

pilgrim23 Re:What a suprise (853 comments)

Indeed it does, and since the FCC insists on crafting Law (a job I THINK was left to Congress in our Constitution) I think it is time Congress exercise her other power; that of the purse string: De-fund the FCC!

more than 3 years ago
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iBook Store Features Leave Indie Publishers Behind

pilgrim23 Re:And next week... (146 comments)

the 1629 book (First English edition of Terrence) is worth about twice what I initially paid for it. This cannot be said for any of the others, and Free Bonus! can STILL Be READ!

more than 3 years ago
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iBook Store Features Leave Indie Publishers Behind

pilgrim23 Re:And next week... (146 comments)

I recall back in the dim dark days of the 1970s a book I had on 9 track tape recorded there from IBM cards via a utility IEBGENER. Still have that tape...... I recall back in the 1980s a book I had on a 5.25 floppy recorded in Fredwriter in ProDOS on an Apple II. Still have that Floppy........ I recall a book I had in Newton Book format pruchased to read on my 2100. Still have that book (remind me to change the Newton’s battery)....... I recall a book I bought that was published in 1629 . of all the formats I have listed ONLY THAT ONE is still readable. Now we have various E-Book formats. Oh Joy. Do I need to make space on the closet shelf for these too?

more than 3 years ago
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Smithsonian Celebrates 50 Years of COBOL

pilgrim23 Re:Good Times (178 comments)

I would add ALGOL PL/1 and MIX to that list of oldies. PL/1 was my first. I paid 10 dollars for a programming language manual in about 1976 and didn't eat that week, but I had the most curious week of reading... Proc Options (Main); humm the rest is blue screens and history....

about 4 years ago
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Today's WikiLeaks News

pilgrim23 Re:Police, like it or not? Are "enforcers" 4 the s (312 comments)

Regards the "Kill an Idea" statement. I have what I consider parallel circumstance to draw. Some 60 or so years ago a shepherd in the Qumram area of Palistine unearthed some scrolls. We now know these as the Dead Sea Scrolls. After being reported as "Find of the Century" a small group of scholars started to work on them. and that was it. Few reports, no translations of the more interesting ones. Nothing. Fairly recently a second group of scholars obtained copies and "leaked" the actual scrolls to the Internet. The "Scrollary" scholars were very upset, threatened law suits copyright infringement and everything. But the data was out there now. It could be viewed by MANY people some official some not. But available. One could draw a parallel circumstance with FOIA2009.zip and the global warming argument. When Data is free, many minds can look, determine, and decide. When few know, few control. Internet is Freedom and information DEMANDS to be free. Wikileaks performed a very needful service before all this and, in spite of diplomatic egg on face STILL performs a needful service. As I said: Information DEMANDS to be free.

about 4 years ago
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Stunts, Idiocy, and Hero Hacks

pilgrim23 Re:Rubber Band (208 comments)

it would smooth out crystals in the ferrite matrix of the tape. Seriously. Data at that time was measured as 1600BPI or 1600 bits per inch of tape recorded in 8 discreet tracks or "not very much". If a spot on the ferrite coating bridged the "tracks" this caused a data check (and bridging was the usual cause of issues). Running the eraser over the tape smoothed and broke this connection, resorting in the tape drive being able to read this bad spot. We are not here talking about the femto-micron gap between bits on a modern hard drive

about 4 years ago
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Stunts, Idiocy, and Hero Hacks

pilgrim23 Re:Rubber Band (208 comments)

WAY back in the day when Mainframes ruled the land, data was written to 9 track tape. Occasionally a data check would occur when data was written to a bad spot (crystal int eh ferrite mix coating the tape, wrinkle, etc) on the tape. Old Operator trick: Pop open the Vacuum door on the tape drive, pull out the tape, Lay the spot on that tape over the top of the tape drive door, briskly rub with a big square rubber eraser kept for this purpose, put tape back and hit START on the drive. Usually the tape then works and payroll goes through with no one the wiser

about 4 years ago
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Chrome OS Doesn't Trust Apps Or Users

pilgrim23 Re:Wait, what? (410 comments)

I never trusted the "one Mao Jacket Fits All" paradigm in fashion, and certainly do not with my machine. Somehow the judgement of engineers who "friended" all my gmail address book is suspect. at least to me in designing a total operating system...

about 4 years ago
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IT Worker's Revenge Lands Her In Jail

pilgrim23 Re:What? (347 comments)

What she did was remove all security and allow her Bosses to do exactly what they asked for... 10 minutes later the missiles launched and all was ruin.

about 4 years ago

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