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James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

vilms Re:Reach out (223 comments)

If I still had mod points.

about 10 months ago

For Your Inspection: Source Code For Photoshop 1.0

vilms Re:Pascal ? (176 comments)

Yup, remember also having that 'Barneyscan' version around the same time that Letraset introduced ColorStudio. Photoshop 'felt' quicker, so allowed more intuitive working (so, the way these things go, who remembers ColorStudio now?).

about 2 years ago

Technical Glitch Lets Reporters Eavesdrop On Obama, Sarkozy

vilms Re:simultaneous translation (411 comments)

In this case it's more 'wetware'. Simultaneous translators are people with the talent to do on-the-fly translation. HTH.

(unless this is a really obscure set up for a WHOOOOSHing?)

about 3 years ago

Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

vilms Re:Myth - my old hairy ass. (988 comments)

Xerox did take that technology and do something with it. Just not something very good. And, at this point, the Slashdot Taco/iPod meme swims into my mind, where the iPod is a Mac Plus and the Nomad is the Xerox Documenter. It sure LOOKED like you got more for your cash with the latter. But, again, it's about doing something right, more than being innovative.

more than 3 years ago

The best computer upgrade I've ever done was:

vilms No question: IIcx to Quadra 700 mobo upgrade (522 comments)

*grumble* to WHOOOSH! in about 5 mins. Suddenly, everything crashed quicker!
(also, my 512k replaced with a Plus was a great 'convenience' upgrade, but I was just getting the rest of the computer that Apple should have shipped in the first place).

more than 3 years ago

Indian Mathematician Takes Shot At Proving Riemann Hypothesis

vilms Re:Indians (160 comments)

Oi! I'm Scottish and I resent the implication that we didn't invent it.

Surely DEEP-FRIED MARS BAR tikka masala?

more than 3 years ago

CIA Shows Off (Formerly) Super-Secret Spy Goodies

vilms Re:SR-71 top speed (100 comments)

Long time since I bothered to look but I thought the Mig-25's Mach 3.2 was a one-time trip that effectively wrecked the engines!

more than 3 years ago

No iPhone Apps, Please — We're British

vilms Re:Maybe something everybody can use? (393 comments)

National Rail timetabling/route information on the BlackBerry is plain and simple and FAST. Which is exactly what I need. It makes the £3.5k I fork out on a season ticket slightly more reasonable...
Then again, I am trying to work up the right degree of anger to vent my spleen about this iPhone app. I can't. Because, you know what? The fact that they're looking this way for application development is probably a good thing. What use would a website that only works -say- in Internet Explorer 6 be? At least they're trying to be contemporary. And £40k? *pfffffft!*

more than 4 years ago

British Computer Society Is Officially At Civil War

vilms Re:Civil war? (275 comments)

Mudchute (very good!) leaves me little room for manoeuvre. So I'll take the reverse shunt option and assume widened lines are in play too: St Johns Wood?

more than 4 years ago

iPad Is Destroying Netbook Sales

vilms Re:After a month of daily use... (911 comments)

Where do I sign up? That sounds delightful!

(got iPad, have hardly used laptop since, will hand in -admittedly tattered- geek card soon, I promise).

more than 4 years ago

True Tales of Tech Hoarding

vilms Re:Just mention "shoes" (268 comments)

Are you serious? Or is this some setup for an introduction to Derelicte?

more than 4 years ago

True Tales of Tech Hoarding

vilms Re:The small stuff (268 comments)

Yup. In my hallway, now stashed APART from the pile of stuff I keep meaning to put on the street with a sign that says "works! please take me!" is a Mode32 floppy disk. This Connectix software "cleaned" the dirty ROMs in early Macintosh II systems, enabling them to address more than 8MB RAM. I can't throw it away. Because, you know, I might need it again.

more than 4 years ago

Bing To Become Default iPhone Search?

vilms Re:Microsoft a pawn? (463 comments)

>a Jobs search engine.

It would be like Google, but the only button would be the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.

And it would announce the results of the search on time, but wouldn't actually "ship" them to you until March.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists To Breed the Auroch From Extinction

vilms Re:Yum (277 comments)

Wow, tasty AND you can wash your hands in it?

more than 4 years ago

NASA Attempts To Assuage 2012 Fears

vilms Re:Flattering, I guess... (881 comments)

Patriot Games? Pah! Blade Runner had ENHANCE a whole decade earlier: Deckard and the low-res photo of the apartment, for example...

about 5 years ago

Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?

vilms Re:"Old ladies of both sexes" approach (978 comments)

Sad that you had to append the "Note to UK readers:"
Sadder still that your previous paragraph about "walking to school alone" raised a red flag.

In any case, a good point about the exercise that surrounds exercise. I walk everywhere and always have (or skated it on four wheels). My kids do the same (because they've had no choice!) and understand that getting somewhere requires a bit of sweat equity.

about 5 years ago

Hands-On Look At the BlackBerry Storm 2

vilms Re:Blackberry would be more compelling (213 comments)

Nothing will really take advantage of WiFi? Except BES (and BIS)! Perhaps I am misunderstanding what you're saying here, but it's useful to have the handset switch between wireless networks and GPRS (or what have you) in the same way that the iPhone does between WiFi and 3G etc. But then I have a Curve (no 3G) and not a Storm, so maybe I am totally missing the point. Eh, it happens...
Looks like a decent rev to the Storm. But, it would have to be, right? It's an Apple-shaped world...

more than 5 years ago


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