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SpaceX Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

sconeu Re:What a shame. (121 comments)

At least the Canadians will be polite about it.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

sconeu Re:1975 Casio Pocket-mini calculator (674 comments)

Mod parent up. All those mid-70's calculators were built to last. Probably because they were so damned expensive at the time.

I wish I still had my 1976 "Spirit of 76" bicentennial TI 4 function calculator.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

sconeu Re:HP Calculators (674 comments)

Almost any calculator from that era.

I have an ancient TI-30 (red LED display) that still runs great.

Hell, I've got some giveaway 4-function calculators from the early '90s that still work.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

sconeu Re:Atari 800 (674 comments)

So got me an office
With a fat cat-6 pipe
Send me an email
Maybe I'll skype.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

sconeu Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (674 comments)

Came here to mention the LJII.

My father-in-law had one. During the '94 Northridge quake, it fell off the table and hit the ground. We picked it up, plugged it back in, and hooked it back up, and it worked. No problems.

Sigh... I remember when HP equipment was synonymous with "Sherman Tank".

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

sconeu Re:Had more to do with killing Acrobat (279 comments)

Oh, and see the whole OOXML Standardization page over on Groklaw. Yes, PJ is no longer updating, but the archive is still there.

3 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

sconeu Re:Had more to do with killing Acrobat (279 comments)

Disagree. It was about killing ODF. The "standardization" (and I use the quotes deliberately) was an attempt to be able to sell to governments and other organizations that have a requirement for "open and standardized document formats".

3 days ago
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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

sconeu Re:Government picking favorites (91 comments)

I would switch to T-Mobile in an instant.... IF they could somehow manage to get signal coverage where I live.

Note: I live within the city limits of Los Angeles.

3 days ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

sconeu Re:A possum playing possum (270 comments)

I'm assuming you're replying to bazmail, and not me.

about two weeks ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

sconeu Re:A possum playing possum (270 comments)

Excuse me????? IBM never wielded or abused the kind of power that MS had????

Do you recall ever hearing ANYTHING about a 13 year antitrust trial? Or do you know the origin of the term "FUD"?

about two weeks ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

sconeu Re:So no change then (193 comments)

Well played. Well played, indeed.

about two weeks ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

sconeu What version does OpenBSD use? (239 comments)

If it's using one of the affected versions, how did it get past the famed OpenBSD audits?

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

sconeu Re:No jetpacks yet... (630 comments)

Mr. Fusion comes out next year (2015).

about two weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: Best pay-as-you-go plan for text and voice only?

sconeu sconeu writes  |  about a year ago

sconeu (64226) writes "My wife uses an assistive communciation device. She wants to use it for SMS texting... We currently have Verizon, so we don't have a SIM. The computer will take a SIM. I'm looking for a pay-as-you-go plan where I can take the SIM from a cheap phone and put it in her computer. Any suggestions?"
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John Anderson calls for Instant Runoff

sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sconeu (64226) writes "In an op-ed piece in the Christian Science Monitor, former presidential candidate John Anderson calls for Instant Runoff Voting.

Who is Anderson? Most Slashdotters are too young to remember, but he was the maverick Republican candidate who went independent in 1980. He was considered a spoiler, in much the same manner as Perot in '92 and Nader in 2000 and '04."
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sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sconeu (64226) writes "Astronaut Wally Schirra, one of the Original Seven Mercury Astronauts, pilot of Sigma 7, commander of Gemini 6 and Apollo 7 died from a heart attack in La Jolla, CA at age 84.

Schirra was also a commentator for CBS on spaceflight coverage.

The only two of the Original Seven left are now John Glenn and Scott Carpenter."
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sconeu sconeu writes  |  about 7 years ago

sconeu writes "As we all know, John C. Dvorak is almost always wrong. Therefore we need to realize when he gets it right, such as this rant on mobile phones.

His call for the death of the mobile phone industry may be a little overblown, but I'm willing to chalk it up to hyperbole in this case <grin>, because I happen to agree</grin>."

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LUA and iTunes

sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Even Apple, with the knowledge that comes from OS X, where people don't run as root/admin by default, has managed to screw up permissions in iTunes.

I bought my daughter an iPod Shuffle for her birthday. She's set up (under Win XP) as an ordinary non-admin user. She tried to change the CD rip format from AAC to MP3, and she got a permission error. I had to log in as admin, and change the default rip mode for her. She was then able to rip to MP3.

Even those who (should) know better screw up.

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