Rarely does a day go by without a refernce to or memory of the works of DNA brightening up the day.
42 years. My parents were right - the passing of time only accelerates as you get older.
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Personally I largely agree with Mr Musk with regards his opinions of the portions of media he is referring to.
Individual hacks may or may not care about or have a relationship with every company or person they do stories on, but many do have axes to grind, and many more do care about what their boss thinks of them, and who doubts they have agendas?
Even with the "fiercely independant" new sources, the name under the tag line has to be taken into account when deciding how much salt to take along with the info in the article.
After WWII there were food shortages and whale meat was one solution (as was imported US wheat) which changed Japanese tastes. As a result it, and bread and wheat noodles, were widely used in state school dinners. That means there is nostalgia value for many Japanse of that generation. Demand would probably fall off naturally were it not for the other factor, mentioned elsewhere, of no-one liking to be told what they can and can't do.
I never whitelist sites. There is the security aspect, but mostly it's because ads are bloody annoying.
Websites that need the income can raise a paywall - if they are worth the money to me I'll pay.
One or two sites I used to visit regularly now block on sensing an adblocker, but pretty much every site has the same information, albeit maybe rehashed by a different hack, duplicated on many others. El Reg is my favourite IT news site and has been since it started, but there are many others covering the same ground to migrate to were ads ever to become mandatory.
When I was a lad there was a place on High Common Lane that was right at the end of the main runway at RAF Finningley (Now Robin Hood Airport) where we would try and remain standing while Vulcan's took off and roared what seemed like only a few feet above us. I always ended up on my arse. The whole-body feel of the immense power of the Vulcans was literally stunning.
Never a day passes in our household that isn't brightened by some reference to DNA or his work. Whether it's in reference to a piece of furniture stuck in a stairwell, missed deadline or the illusiory nature of lunchtime, a grin is had and an inward nod is made to the great man in acknowldgement of his genius.
HB DNA. If you're up there looking down on us, I know you'll be bloody annoyed, being a fully paid up member of the millitant atheists movement.
Likewise. As are all my, now adult, kids.
It was a ritual. Every time a new PC was built the first thing that had to be got working was Dungeon Keeper. I have multiple backup copies of the CD. There are few games with such longevity, though I still do fire up emulations of JSW II and AMC from time to time.
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Likewise. My weeks spent "training" at Beaumont House are remembered fondly. Regular breaks when concord flew overhead, croquet on the lawn outside, wandering down to the neighbor's house for a bit of celebrity spotting. To be honest, as a training centre I've never come across a better environment.
And I remember those machine the receptionists used - they had a box of those mini tapes and let me have a couple for my QL.
Looks like Beaumont House is a hotel now.
As a young kid Patrick Moore was who inspired my interest in astronomy, but it was visiting Jodrell Bank that inspired me to take up astrophysics. I first saw the dish from afar the top of Mow Cop when I was 10. Pure Science Fiction. I asked to see it up close and recall, as did AndrewC, controlling a small dish.
I revisited several time through my university years too and was further inspired by briefly meeting Sir Bernard there shortly before he retired as director.
It is a rare thing that bestows such nostalgia and is also so prominent in current science.
Definitely more of this sort of thing from El Reg.
A pleasant change to the increasingly poor items posted elsewhere.
I have memories of two childhoods. One of my own very happy childhood, and a second equally happy one set in Greentown Illinois courtesy of of the great Ray Bradbury.
Whilst many of his books and short stories have repeatedly passed through my reading list over the past few decades, it is Dandelion Wine that is always with me.
I first read parts of it to my son when he was six. By the time he was twelve he had read it himself many times, and so another generation began to see the world through the wonderful visionary eyes of Ray Bradbury.
My top two authors. RB and DNA. Now both gone.
... who can recommend a fast and reasonably priced VPN service? VyperVPN?
I'm sick of Governments, ISPs and advertising agencies grubbing through every packet. And now it seems that we'll suffer outages, degraded performance and higher costs (to pay for all the monitoring) to boot. Bastards.
"Who is going to pay for it? The masses want stuff "Free" "
There are people who create an maintain complex code for free several of my PCs run entirely on free software.
I'm keeping an eye on the freedombox foundation and have my dreamplug ready and waiting. It may be years before something comes along that free, secure and gains critical mass, but the world is not entirely devoid of skilled and dedicated people working towards that end. Likewise the number of people who are finally "getting" what the likes of facebook are about and are disengaging from them, is growing all the time.
All Facebook is interested in is making money off the private data provided willingly or otherwise by its users. They don't have the users interest at heart at all and will continue to take liberties with privacy to squeeze every last penny out of them.
The sooner a proper user-centric privacy oriented social media infrastructure is established the better.
Hopefully the vampiric and intrusive "services" like facebook will soon be a thing of the past.
All credit to the creators though, for exploiting the moment and making their fortune.
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As others have already pointed out the great Sheeva and Dreamplug machines should not have been left out. They are cheaper than some of those cited here and the Dreamplug especially offers a lot of connectivity (2xLAN, wifi, bluetooth,2xusb,sdcard,jtag, sata, optical, audio, mic).
My sheeva and dream plugs are used for a variaty of linux based server and monitoring duties.
I have a R-Pi too, though am spending more time on making a case for it than actually using it :-)
I didn't buy a ZX81 for it to be educational, but it was.
I had written fortran programs as part of a physics degree course but never something that would show some real time visual output. With the ZX81 and subsequent 8-bit micros I thoroughly enjoyed creating demos, games and other rpograms. Along the way I learned z80A, 6502 and 6809 assembly and machine code, something that eventually allowed me to break from my mainframe cobol career into a PC C++ career.
My kids are Nintendo generation and they just don't have the same kind of entry point I did into programming.
There's only the Grundy I didn't have at one time or another. Sad sad sad.
Have to agree that the 6809 instruction set was a joy to program with which was why my Dragon got so much of my attention.
Good to see the Ace appearing, I picked on up at an auction a couple of years after it was released. I'd used forth at uni (for controlling radio telescopes), and it was so damn fast.
Anyone remember the Enterprise? That was my dream machine, but I don't think it ever made it to mass market.
Surely at last one of Gridrunner, Matrix, AMC, Ancipital, Batalyx, Yaks Progress or may of the others should be there?
The baffling paucity of Jeff Minter titles in this list aside, it's good to see these games getting coverage still from time to time. The glasses may be a little rose tinted but I still do play these from time to time (on iPad these days) and recapture the essence of those heady days.
Tory leader smooching with sleazy media bitch. That's nothing new.
And will anyone do any time at all over this? Hands up anyone who has the slightest faith that the British Government or the British legal system or the British police will see to it that there is a satisfactory outcome to this... thought not.
The political leaders bleat about how the image of British journalism is being tarnished! How the hell can a turd be tarnished?
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It's disappointing to see Obama adopting the same old stance of telling other countries that they are not allowed to develop the same technology the americans and their friends have had for years and that the americans themselves have previously used to kill tens of thousands of civilians.
Hipocracy in the extreme.
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