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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

sconeu Re:Then there was War Plan Red (216 comments)

Robert Conroy used the Trent Affair as the critical point in his alternate history novel 1862.

In the novel, Palmerston was not placated by Lincoln's actions, and Great Britain became an ally of the Confederacy.

3 hours ago

Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

sconeu Re:No way! (508 comments)

They're busy herding spherical cows... And applying for the "perfectly spherical astronaut" jobs.

4 days ago

User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

sconeu Re:Crusty Hardware (188 comments)

Back in the early to mid-90's, I admined a 486/33 (no bloody SX/DX suffix). It ran SCO ODT 2.0, and functioned as a departmental development server, supporting about 20 devs.

It had an Adaptec 1740 EISA SCSI-2 adapter, and an early Diamond S3(?) video card.

I *LOVED* that box, and wish I had tried to purchase it after they removed the classified media and decommissioned it. The thing was a frickin' tank, with a steel enclosure.

4 days ago

Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

sconeu Re:PL/I on TIOBE (382 comments)

Let me guess... WUSTL? I remember that we wrote PL/1 using the PL/C subset in '80 and '81. Go WUSTL Bears!!!

about a week ago

Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime


This is madness!!!

No... THIS.... IS..... MARS!!!!!!!

And this is my Illudium Pu-36 Explosive Space Modulator!

about two weeks ago

SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

sconeu Re:Fix slashdot! (248 comments)

What are these ads of which you speak? NoScript and AdBlockPlus, and I haven't seen an ad on Slashdot in YEARS.... except for Slashvertisements, of course.

about two weeks ago

AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

sconeu Re:ATI/AMD has had shitty drivers for 20 years (159 comments)

Aren't Nvidia's drivers identical for both Win and Linux? I thought the binary blob was the core of the Windows driver.

about two weeks ago

Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

sconeu Re:Look, here's the fundamental issue (479 comments)

Nursing is just dispensing pills and cleaning patients?

Dude, you have no FUCKING idea of what you are talking about. I was married to a nurse for 25 years. It's WAY more than handing out pills and cleaning patients... hell, a monkey could do that.

Nurses are involved in creating patient care plans, providing ADVANCED technical care, and much much more...

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

sconeu Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (639 comments)

Win 7 was qualitatively better than XP in every respect and always has been.

Couple of exceptions:

1. Tweaking network adapter settings. XP: right click on icon in tray. Win7: dig about four levels deep into Network Settings.

2. Full Screen Console Mode. Not possible with WDDM.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

sconeu Re:wowwww (264 comments)

No, but it tends to have a lot of knotty problems...

about two weeks ago

Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

sconeu Re:The theorem part (187 comments)

That's not how I RTFA'ed. I saw it as

  • * Egypt had (undocumented) knowledge of a few right triangles
  • * Mespotamia had documented knowledge of many right triangles, -- including large ones, which would indicate knowledge of the theorem
  • * India has the first documented statement of the theorem
  • * China has the first documented proof of the theorem

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

sconeu Re:Coins on slot machines (790 comments)

Also the slot machine wheels spinning and locking in. Also the handle pull.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

sconeu Re:Seems obvious but... (325 comments)

The one requirement that seemed off to me was "3-6 drive slots".

In what universe does a laptop need more than 2 drives? (I'm assuming SSD and magnetic for the two drives). The need for optical can be handled by USB if needed.

about three weeks ago

Lawmaker's Facebook Rant Threatens Media For "Unauthorized" Use of His Name

sconeu Re:Delauter Effect (136 comments)

Good. Because I wouldn't want to get the wrong rederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter.

about three weeks ago

Lawmaker's Facebook Rant Threatens Media For "Unauthorized" Use of His Name

sconeu Re:Huh? (136 comments)

I was going to post that link.
In addition, it's an acrostic, where the first letter of each paragraph spells out his name.

about three weeks ago

FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

sconeu Re:Someone please aware me: (303 comments)

Someone please mod parent up.

about three weeks ago



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

sconeu sconeu writes  |  about 2 years 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?"

John Anderson calls for Instant Runoff

sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 7 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."

sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 7 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."

sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 6 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>."



LUA and iTunes

sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 9 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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