* Posts by Quantum Leaper

57 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Jul 2010


China reports local chipmaking boom with output up more than 40%

Quantum Leaper

Re: Quality

Chip Chinese Caps killed a Motherboard company call Abit, early this century. Their caps have ALWAYS been sh*t...

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo

Quantum Leaper

Re: Here's a an option, go retro!

How old the game has to be Retro? 10 years, 20 years? More?

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?

Quantum Leaper

Re: Meatball

A maned mission can do far more Science than an Uncrewed mission. Also get the people to support Nasa more, which is what they need more than anything else if we are to return to the Moon and Beyond.

Windows 7 goes dual screen to shriek at passersby: Please, just upgrade me or let me die

Quantum Leaper

Re: eh?

Old games I want to play are on Good Old Games, Jazz Jack Rabbit Collection is like $10 (US) so I only have one or two more really OLD games I still want but they are not on GOG.

Want to live long and prosper? Avoid pirated, malware-laden Star Wars free vid streams – and pay to watch instead

Quantum Leaper

Re: There have only been three Star Wars movies...

The Reviews are coming in, the current is all FAN service without a Story.

Register Lecture: Can portable atomic clocks end UK dependence on GNSS?

Quantum Leaper

Re: first lecture of the decade

The first use of Zero was in 3 BCE. The only problem was they used a different Calendar back then.

Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

Quantum Leaper

Re: I'd be happy

Windows 2000 was the last time I Blue screened Windows because of a program I was running (which I programmed), it wasn't the last time I had a lock up, that was the 64 bit version of XP, it hated my sound drivers (sound blaster sound card). I have had no problems with Win8 and I do plan on upgrading to 10 when it released. Every printer I have had to dump is because of lack of drivers, that the only problem I have had with windows in a decade, it been lack of drivers after I upgrade the OS. I use Windows on my gaming PC and Linux on all the rest of my computers. Just have up get my Raspberry Pi 2 up and running with Linux as soon as my new SD card come in.

Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

Quantum Leaper

Re: Couldn't you have waited until the official announcement?

I first read about months ago, but the details where sparse.

Quantum Leaper

Re: damn

I wouldn't worry, you will get 2 years of enjoyment out of it, before the RPI2 is release. The other websites that had info on the new version stated 2017 is release date.

Apple patents autographs. Checkmate, eBay

Quantum Leaper

Re: Commission

My guess is 30%, since Apple loves their 30% rake.

Steve Jobs' bio man tackles geeks who 'created the digital revolution'

Quantum Leaper

Woz was innovator, Jobs was a Salesman. If Jobs hadn't sold computers, he would have sold used cars. The only ones who believe Jobs was innovator are Apple Fanbois. I am not putting Jobs down, but every GREAT innovator needs a great Salesman, or the innovation doesn't go anywhere.

US judge Koh won't ban old Samsung gear, tells Apple: Your patents aren't that amazing

Quantum Leaper

Xerox stole it from Doug, Apple stole it from Xerox, MS stole it from Apple. The real problem is they ARE all thieves except Doug.

Apple punts patches for holes in Pages and OS X, Windows iTunes

Quantum Leaper

Re: iTunes

It would be nice if they make iTunes fast, but I guess that will never happen. Even my friend who like Apple iTunes won't use it on Windows, even though he uses Windows quite a bit.

Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

Quantum Leaper

I still have my Dad's Unisonic 840, it still works too. He bought in September 26, 1975, the date is on the warranty card in that in the leather case. I even have a power supply somewhere for it too. I remember my next one was programmable Sharp 5100 or something like that, but the display cracked and you can't see the numbers anymore, I might even have another Sharp somewhere too, I have two case but only one calculator. I still remember in my math class when people saw the Sharp, everyone had to have one. A couple stores had a run on those calculators, the other students from the class.

XBOX ONE and PS4, you'll make us RUN OUT of INTERNET

Quantum Leaper

Re: F.U.D. Marketing

I know the feeling, I remember when my last ISP/Cable company left, and then Comcast took over. My Internet stink for weeks after that, it took almost 6 months to get back to where it was before Comcast took over.

Apple Schill-er: 'I was shocked - SHOCKED! They went and copied the iPhone'

Quantum Leaper

Re: The irony

The Youtube video is from 1968, 8 years BEFORE Apple was founder (1976). So Steve had to first invent the Tardis to go back in Time to ask Doug do invent the mouse for them????

Quantum Leaper

Re: The irony

Xerox didn't invent the Mouse, Doug got there before them, Xerox just copied it.

Quantum Leaper

Re: Everyone does it

You forgot to say, Apple copies Xerox who had already Copied Douglas Engelbart. Microsoft all they did was a copy a copier who had copied something. You have to remember who invented the Mouse and why it was invented. To use the NEW GUI was being designed.

Quantum Leaper

Re: Pathetic lawsuit

Apple has been an Innovator but the problem is when Woz left so did the Innovation.

Top 10 Steve Ballmer quotes: '%#&@!!' and so much more

Quantum Leaper

iTunes slow and crappy, but you're right MMCenter isn't that much better, there are others that are better. I thought iTunes was the worst media player I have ever used at least on Windows.

Court throws out Icahn's demand to stall Dell shareholder vote

Quantum Leaper

It looks like one of the rats has left Carl's sinking ship, I wonder how many will follow. Icahn strips the company and leave the rest vultures.


Quantum Leaper

Re: It's already been designed... over 30 years ago!

The C64 does have a virus or at least a FIX for the virus, I have seen the fix my computer club has a copy of the program, but I have never seen the virus. You don't need to power cycle if you install a reset switch with was very easy, almost all the member of my computer club had one installed on their computer. I used to use a 14,400 modem on my C64. I do believe a TCP/IP stack doe exist for the C64. So the only thing that make it better is not have MBR which the C64 does have but the C128 does have.

Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

Quantum Leaper

Most of the steam games, I have bought are under 10 bux, so what it I get shafted on a game it didn't cost me that much to begin with. I don't mind wasting 10 on a game that may or may not be good, but it is $60 or more, I will care quite a bit.

Apple loses bid to 'cut in line' in Samsung patent dust-up

Quantum Leaper

Re: Samsung

Innovation walked out the door when Woz left the company, ever since they they have taken other products and refined them a little and then claim they are the most innovate company around.

US patent office: Nice try Apple, but pinch-to-zoom is NOT a new invention

Quantum Leaper

Re: US patent office is a joke

How about the toasting bread. Patent number 6080436. There are a lot bad patents out there.

Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo

Quantum Leaper

Re: But... they are French after all

I guess they are all Rats and Gnomes? I never knew that Barcelona was in France, when did they move it?

Voyager ticks one box for interstellar arrival

Quantum Leaper

I have a computer (DEC something with 8 inch disks) from the late 70s the turns on but doesn't work correctly since I don't have a working boot disk. I have a number of game consoles from the 70s, a Fairchild Channel F, a couple Atari 2600s, a Atari Pong (only 2 of 4 paddles) and a Coleco Combat, all still work good. So hardware that old still works, if you take care of it. I have other old electronic stuff that still works, but they are mainly toys.

Google KNEW Street View cars were slurping Wi-Fi

Quantum Leaper

Re: This

What you don't use phones or anybody's products? Almost all companies have done 'evil' in the past, the bigger they are the more likely to happen.

Moore's Law has ten years to run, predicts physicist

Quantum Leaper

Re: Moore's Law - so what

I remember when someone said 640K was more than enough ram in a personal computer. You will never know what tomorrow killer app will be or how much power it will need...

Apple, publishers and ebook pricing – what does it all mean?

Quantum Leaper

Apple didn't want to build a market for Ebooks, they want what Amazon had build for Kindle sales, right now, without the work of building the market.

Wii U graphics said to be no better than current consoles

Quantum Leaper

Re: Innovation

How many Decades ago was the Nintendo Power Glove? The Wii-Mote is just a hand held version of the power glove, in a lot of ways. Sony would most likely not be in the Video Game business if Nintendo hadn't asked the help on a CD add-on for they console.

A little history might help also....

Power Glove - 1989

Wii - 2006

PS Move - 2010

Unless Sony spent decades at thinking how to do it, I think Nintendo is the Innovator in this...

Analyst eyes Q3 2013 for Xbox 720 release

Quantum Leaper

Re: Steam

Also the weekly sales don't hurt either, I can't remember the last time I paid full price for a Steam game.

Hong Kong scientists claim 'self-charging' graphene battery

Quantum Leaper

Sound more like....

Cold Fusion 2.0, or just about as useful....

The Beatles' Yellow Submarine set to sail in 4K by 2K

Quantum Leaper

Re: Well, I'M there...

Everything thing I have read the 3D CGI version from Disney has been sunk before it left dry dock.

Giant planet pileups in far-flung star systems: Computer says yes

Quantum Leaper

Re: The Fermi paradox.

In the Universe one is unique and two is common, just because if haven't on a planet like ours yet doesn't it a rarity. We just have to keep looking and we haven't found many that the planet is about Earth size anyway.

American pies are cooling on the windowsill ahead of Pi Day

Quantum Leaper

I just want my Raspberry...

Death Star SUCKS PLASMA FROM SUN in NASA riddle vid

Quantum Leaper

Re: Obviously not a refueling spaceship

Sorry, it nothing special, just a coronal filament, very common.

It is explained here... http://youtu.be/82l46fpd-ic

Quantum Leaper

Re: But seriously...

Spherical is 3D and circular is 2D, now can you tell me how you can tell from a 2D picture, which is which? Every time I look at the big blue marble (earth) it looks like a circle but we all know it a spherical.

Atari Pong at 40: Alcorn talks plastics, pirates and square balls

Quantum Leaper

Pong was the first Arcade Video game, but not the first Coin Operated Video game, which was Galaxy Game (Computer Space clone) which ran on PDP-11, it easy to be successful when your competition cost over $20,000 in 1971 dollars. Galaxy Game is available for MAME as a free download, but not on MAME's web site yet. Also it the only game in MAME that has the source code available, since it the source listing is convert to make the code that runs the game.

Here is the Google code page for Galaxy Game


Melting Arctic leads to snowy winters

Quantum Leaper

Re: Snowy winters?

I agree but now we get large snow falls and then it melts in a week or two. When I was a kid, the snow wouldn't melt until spring. So we had more snow on the ground but less snow fall over all. Last year my city was shut down because of a blizzard which hasn't happened since 1979, which was more about blowing snow, than snow fall like last year.

Apple to appeal Italian warranty fine

Quantum Leaper

I guess Paul Christoforo would say there is something called Bad Publicity...

Will TWO next-gen iPads be unveiled at January's iWorld?

Quantum Leaper

If you want for some better to come along, you will be waiting forever. You should always buy whatever you can afford now.

Arcade emulator MAME slips under Apple radar

Quantum Leaper

Only 21...

There are only 21 legally distributed roms out of 8000+, which free for use in emulators, Mamedev.org has 20 of them listed, the other legal "rom" is Galaxy Game, which has not be posted to Mame site, yet. Galaxy Game isn't a binary file but a source listing which is converted into a binary when loaded.

How Apple beat IBM in Steve Jobs' first retail war

Quantum Leaper

Commodore and Atari sold better at least on the Low end in 1984, a Commodore 64 was $199, and a 1541 was $249, I think or they could have been $50 cheaper. I know that, it was the year I bought my C64 and got my 1541 as a Christmas gift. IBM had the larger business market and small business market was Apple II and sometimes Commodore. Apple II computers where not that cheap back then, and IBM was even more expensive. I remember looking an Apple II computer, and trying to figure out how to buy one, then I just bought a Commodore which I could afford even though I knew someone who could get me an Apple II at wholesale cost.

Steve Jobs named most influential game guy – ever

Quantum Leaper

Unless your game is in the top 100 apps, you don't make any money, and you only make the big bucks if it is in the top 10. Yep he done a lot for cheap gaming, Nintendo hate the iPhone, because everyone now wants games under $5 or so.....

Ballmer: Uninspiring performance and a small package

Quantum Leaper

Record revenue of $69.9 billon, I think says it all... When you make money for your company, they won't kick you out, the board just wanted more, and that a little hard when the economy is taking a dump.

Provider: Anti-piracy ruling has 'killed Usenet'

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Binaries have headers to tell the programs that they are binaries. Linux groups used to use Begin at the front of their message because Outlook Express was to stupid not to know that it wasn't a binary, but the did issue a patch for it. You would have to read every message but you could filter it without a problem. Also all you have to do it get a premium server outside the EU and you would be able to pirate again.

Samsung-Apple patent lawsuit tally hits 21, and counting

Quantum Leaper

A good feeling?

I think Samsung is now after revenge, more than anything.

Galaxy Tab 7.7 pulled from IFA after new Apple moves

Quantum Leaper

@dave 93

If your developer in Apple App store and your app is in the top 100, you get to share of 61% of the Sales, if your app is in the 99.97% (the rest of the apps) you get to share the rest of the 39% of the Sales. I did remove the 37% of the free apps, from the 500000 apps, it made it easier to do the math.

'Apple is not going to change,' new boss says

Quantum Leaper

Second go around with Games?

They tried video games, it was called Pippin and it failed quickly.... TVs would be just rebranded, which someone else makes, I would rather buy from the manufacturer.