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  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    Consider Guitar Hero. Knowing how to play guitar may actually be a detriment here. I'm no virtuoso, but I've been playing for 50 years. I just can't get the hang of Guitar Hero...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Back in the 1960s when I became old enough to drive a car, you were required to have a "Drivers Training" certificate to obtain your learners permit (which allowed you to drive a car during daylight hours with a parent...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    Add to that anyone who is never going to be a candidate for lasik surgery, who can't even use contact lenses. I'm always going to require corrective lenses (eyeglasses). Plus I'm old and have bad knees. You won't find me...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I'm reminded of a story "The Fix" from the "Damned if I Do" story collection by Percival Everett (worth one's time IMO). (A google search found an illegal scan.) Local Public Library has a copy on-shelf & will email me...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    One thing I was told quite forcefully at IBM when I first got there is there IS NO and NEVER WAS any "MCA" architecture. "MCA" is the registered trademark of Music Corporation of America. The IBM PS/2 was based on...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Since they were trying to keep the PC from IBM's upper management, I have to wonder who they had review the contract? Was it in fact the Nazgul, or did they hire an outside law firm? I don't know how...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    While they certainly didn't REALISE, in advance, I worked in a related area of IBM after the relationship had gone sour and a lot of their development was distorted because of some wording in that contract. Basically, there was a...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    ... and starlings are on the endangered list in the UK, dammit. I used to see huge swarms of them swirling in the sky at dusk in the autumn when I was a kid; changes to agricultural and conservancy policy...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    New L M Bujold out in the Penric sreies ( just bought my Kindle version): https://www.amazon.com/Prisoner-Limnos-Penric-Desdemona-Book-ebook/product-reviews/B076X2TNRM?pageNumber=2 I'd like to read that, but it looks like it's going to be a real PITA to get it in a "real" book version....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    The "Little Boy" style of nuke is not just called "gun assembly" as a metaphor - it uses actual artillery technology, and the main non-nuclear component is a gun barrel just like a real one: long, strong and heavy. It...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    "And the rest is history." Not quite. What isn't known, as far as I know, is why the Nazgul let Gates write the contract and fail to review it; for IBM to sign a contract that was very one-sided AGAINST...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    There was a healthy CP/M market with many machine makers and software vendors before the IBM PC. DR's strange decision to not talk to IBM about licensing CP/M for the IBM PC led to IBM going to Microsoft for an...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Whichever version of the history of Personal Computers you examine one thing is very clear - IBM screwed up massively. The most successful machine was the IBM PC and so ubiquitous that the name got shortened to just PC. Yet...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    OT(ish) - Why does this speel-chucker think that 'awk' should be 'awl'? Ships with a smallish dictionary. You have to add the words it doesn't know the first time it doesn't recognize them and from then on it won't do...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    The B61-11 has busterish qualities, as did the designed-but-never-deployed W86. So things have gone a bit in that direction. (I have a suspicion that the B61-11 benefited quite a bit from work done on the W86.) Neither of them has...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    You could I guess open both the front and rear doors, make everyone run and change over all the passengers in well under 10 seconds plus the door opening and closing times. If you were going to do it that...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Not quite, IIRC. The problem was that in order for a bomb to work, you needed it to land at the base of the dam, with the water behind it to act as a very effective way of tamping the...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Yeh, a corpuscular bunker buster would be very effective against both dams and probably make a right mess of a canal system, but they're future tech from NAC's point of view. I don't think they appeared in our timeline until...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Hmmm... Maybe I should get the DVD, and then I could surplus my '60s, '70's, and 80's copies of Mother Earth News. But no, you may *not* have my copies of the Whole Earth Catalog, the Next Whole Earth Catalog,...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Given the following: 1. We know how to make smallpox vaccine. 2. We don't have very much of it. 3. Virtually nobody under 60 has any immunity. How long would it take to ramp up production and contain an outbreak...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Anyway, I forgot about locks... You're certainly right. The other thing I didn't think of is that dams are usually needed to supply/control water for a canal system. I think the dam buster squadron proved that dams are vulnerable to...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Why bother with high tech wind farms? That was my thought as well, but I approached it from a slightly different angle. Why not start with low tech wind farms? I used to subscribe to a magazine called Mother Earth...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Read a book a friend loaned me? Gave me? a bunch of years ago, autobiographical, written by a slick pilot about 'Nam. You want *GENUINELY* certifiable? Would that have been Robert Mason's "Chickenhawk"?...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Somewhat less daft is that I've sat in the doorway with my feet on the skids while a Westland Scout was flying us across Dartmoor; it was a wide back door, and we had two of us on each side....
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I was reading about Trump's new tax plan when I came across this interesting statistic: "America's middle-class ranges from $35,000 to $122,500 in annual income, according to The Post's calculation..." Since the Washington Post is paywalled, I don't know how...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    "suppose we got rock-solid confirmation, tomorrow, that 9/11 was partly an inside job...How much impact would it have on the USA right now" The Republicans would lose credibility and probably take a huge political hit for a few years. You...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    "The universe shouldn't exist" here is code for "our model appears to be wrong". When the universe fails to fit the theory, blame the universe. I guess that's a better answer than if they've actually found something and they're going...
  • Commented on Excuses
    It seems that Airbus is thinking of using the reusable Prometheus engine on the new Ariane 6 rocket How would you use a "reusable engine" on an expendable booster?...
  • Commented on Excuses
    So what's Georgia Tech then, cat food? ... a ramblin' wreck...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Ioan @ 304: I grew up in Atlanta, and I completely disagree with you on this. To me, this sounds like a myth the locals tell themselves. ... and again @ 310: In this comment, I'm going to explain what...
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