* Posts by slime

14 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Oct 2011

Apple seeks patent for 'innovation' resembling the ZX Spectrum, C64 and rPi 400


Re: Back to the 1970s

Tandy TRS-80 c.1977

I had one of the UK clones, a Video Genie.


Re: 1980s

380Z - first desktop at my school, prior to that you had to go a PDP 11/70 at a nearby polytechnic! All I can, very vaguely, remember is that BASIC loaded from a cassette and resided in memory. One hex editor later and even us barely ZX80/81 literate youths were changing error messages for "syntax error" to "[fumble-fingered-teacher] error" and redirecting "run" to "new". We were the barely technical kids, guy in the year above us did something irreparable to (I think) the user profiles on the polytechnic PDP - Legend!

Takes from the taxpayer, gives to the old – by squishing a bug in Thatcherite benefits system


Re: Language!

Worked at a place that had both in about 1988 - us barely technical RPG III lot were in a different department effectively, apart from fag breaks and pub trips! Can't remember much more, other than getting two 38s talking London/Hk, didn't stay long.

Competitive techies almost bring distributed disaster upon themselves – and they didn't even find any aliens


Re: I Suppose...

"carrier pigeon may have been more effective"

RFC1149 reference! Still amusing even 30 years on


Xiaomi in the UK: Multi-eyed Mi Note 10 hits Blighty festooned with cameras and hefty battery life


Xiaomi kit certainly looks ok, I had a mi2 for a while and it was nice enough until I dropped it! Maybe the 'tat bazaar' was referring to the fairly out-there products on their web site such as metal suitcase, air purifier, electric scooter, light bulb, projector.

Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones


Re: No Sales man then

Thermal imaging already being used as a feature on at least one phone : http://www.catphones.com/en-gb/phones/s60-smartphone

Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time


Re: A beautiful aircraft though - Possibly the loudest thing I've ever seen move.

Saw one at an airshow in the 80s, can't remember exactly where but Harlow was involved somehow. I'd have to agree that the aircraft as a whole was beautiful but my abiding memory is looking up at a lump of metal being pushed upwards by sheer brute force. I dont properly recall the aerodynamic grace or style just the noise and power as it seemed to go almost vertically upwards pushed by those engines.

Seven Great Moments in World Wide Web History


Steve Jobs invented ALL phones, shortly after he invented computers and sliced bread.

Reseller Computacenter LITERALLY smokes out squatters from offices


Re: +1 to Computercenter

If a burglar was injured by faulty wiring they could probably try and sue for contributory negligence since the homeowner should have considered the likelihood that another person (burglar or not) might come into contact with the faulty wiring. I have absolutely no legal knowledge but it sounds par for the course where our system's concerned.

Jack Vance: Science fiction’s master of magic, mischief and sex



My first proper sci-fi book was The Pnume, bought for me by a wonderful grandad who didn't realise it was part of a series. Jack Vance remains a favourite of the genre for me. RIP.

Thirty-five years ago today: Space Invaders conquer the Earth


Re: Boot Hill

Thanks! I was struggling to remember what it was called, remember playing it with my dad at Mannings in Felixstowe. It was the only one he'd play, other than Pong.

HTC struggling as profits drop 70 per cent


Re: Lost the plot

I've got a Desire HD (posting this from it) and would have to agree with most of the comments on this thread: HTC phones have been quite good in the past, HTC preloaded apps are very annoying (coupled with orange for double ridiculousness), last Sense update really spoilt it for me. Won't get another unless these things are resolved and since they won't be...... roll on the S3

Visa shows off data centre 'moat'



" an off-site mail room that can be airlifted off-site "

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56


RIP Steve Jobs - I may not always have agreed with you but you were one of the driving forces behind our world as it is today.