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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

zonker Re:Okay, I'll bite (121 comments)

Yes, thank you. Sorry, I thought it was obvious.

about a month ago
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Organic Cat Litter May Have Caused Nuclear Waste Accident

zonker Better headline... (174 comments)

Dumbass Causes Nuclear Waste Accident With Organic Cat Litter

about 6 months ago
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$50 Sound Cards Impress Versus Integrated Audio

zonker You don't say... (245 comments)

$50 sound card produces better audio than a 50 cent onboard chip.... You don't say.

more than 2 years ago
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Mac Clone Maker Saga Ends As SCOTUS Denies Appeal

zonker Re:Too bad, really (430 comments)

Their bootloader code was stolen from two open source projects which they repackaged and relabeled without attribution or source. That's pretty shitty IMHO.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Confirms CPU Bug Found By DragonFly BSD's Matt Dillon

zonker Microcode patch (292 comments)

I assume they'll be able to fix it via a microcode patch. Intel had to learn that the hard way...

more than 2 years ago
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The iPhone Is a Nightmare For Carriers

zonker Kneejerk reaction (438 comments)

A logical conclusion is that the iPhone is not good for wireless carriers

Good. Screw them. Not a single tear shed from me.

more than 2 years ago
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A5 Mystery Solved (Why Siri Won't Run On iPhone 4)

zonker Interesting but wrong (239 comments)

Or at least not the whole story. It has been shown already that a jailbroken iPhone 4 can run Siri just fine.

more than 2 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

zonker Good work Rob (1521 comments)

Been here from the beginning, back in the Chips & Dips days. Thanks for everything. Great work!

more than 3 years ago
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Carmack On the Wii U and PS Vita

zonker Re:Lead. (140 comments)

Only problem is I think Carmack is more interested in rocket engines than video games these days. Honestly, I can't blame him.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Apple Turning Into the Next "Evil Empire"?

zonker Flaimbait article (722 comments)

Wow what a load of flamebait. What kind of conversation do you expect this will turn into with such a leading premise?

Slash can do better... (but I've been around long enough not to get my hopes up).

more than 3 years ago
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Watson Wins Jeopardy Contest

zonker War on Terror, Signals Intelligence, Spying... (674 comments)

I'm curious how long before the Defense Department wants to add Watson to Echelon. This is just the kind of thing that would be perfect for trying to understand context in communications to determine the difference between a normal conversation and one of terrorists...

more than 3 years ago
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Putting Up With Consolitis

zonker Nintendo Thumb (369 comments)

Here I thought this was going to be about Nintendo Thumb.

more than 3 years ago
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A Lego Replica of the Antikythera Mechanism

zonker Re:I must have this!! (74 comments)

Sorry, the Spartans DRMd the design. You'll have to file a formal request for those plans.

more than 3 years ago
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BBC To Dispose of Douglas Adams Website

zonker Missing Doctor Who Tapes (189 comments)

At some point in the future they will regret removing the community. Much like today when we look back at how the BBC taped over the original tapes for (or just threw out) tons of Doctor Who episodes. Gone forever are 108 episodes just to save a few bucks...

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo 3DS Launching On March 27 For $250

zonker seeing it will sell it (120 comments)

They've got to get these things in every retail outlet possible. The 3DS is one of those situations where seeing the system will help sell it. A skeptical public who hears "3D" might think it is a poorly implemented gimmick like the 3D of the 1950s.

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo 3DS Launching On March 27 For $250

zonker seeing it will sell it (120 comments)

They've got to get these things in every retail outlet possible. The 3DS is one of those situations where seeing the system will help sell it. A skeptical public who hears "3D" might think it is a poorly implemented gimmick like the 3D of the 1950s.

more than 3 years ago
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Adding an Olfactory Dimension To Games

zonker Re:*puke* (108 comments)

Just as long as we can't smell each other...

more than 3 years ago
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Palin's E-Mail Hacker Imprisoned Against Judge's Wishes

zonker Re:Too fucking bad.. (502 comments)

Good hackers are the ones that don't get caught because nobody knew were ever even there.

more than 3 years ago

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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

zonker zonker writes  |  about a month ago

zonker (1158) writes "In 1970 the Xerox Corporation established the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) with the goal to develop an “architecture of information” and lay the groundwork for future electronic office products. The pioneering Alto project that began in 1972 invented or refined many of the fundamental hardware and software ideas upon which our modern devices are based, including raster displays, mouse pointing devices, direct-manipulation user interfaces, windows and menus, the first WYSIWYG word processor, and Ethernet.

The first Altos were built as research prototypes. By the fall of 1976 PARC’s research was far enough along that a Xerox product group started to design products based on their prototypes. Ultimately ~1500 were built and deployed throughout the Xerox Corporation, as well as at universities and other sites. The Alto was never sold as a product but its legacy served as inspiration for the future.

With the permission of the Palo Alto Research Center, the Computer History Museum is pleased to make available, for non-commercial use only, snapshots of Alto source code, executables, documentation, font files, and other files from 1975 to 1987. The files are organized by the original server on which they resided at PARC that correspond to files that were restored from archive tapes. An interesting look at retro-future."

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