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Re: Court Forces Fingerprint Phone Unlock

On 07/26/2016 12:19 PM, jim bell wrote:

The one really great thing Apple ever did was to choose the Motorola 68000 microprocessor

Was just discussing my ColorComputer 3 on another thread. It had a 68xx chip and at 4mhz could run Multivue, a GUI based on the Xerox PARC model (written in C... the manual had ALL the code) in a unix-like system (Microware OS9) that could run rings around any PC of the time. Multiple shells, it wasn't necessary to hard code memory locations if you wrote code for it (Relocatable Object Memory) and all. I hung onto it until it became totally obsolete.


From: juan <juan.g71@gmail.com>
On Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:49:02 +0000 (UTC)
jim bell <jdb10987@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> There's another set of possibilities.  Usually, a person has 10
>> fingers.  They can presumably be scanned in two different axes (or
>> more), and in two different directions, each.   With some additional
>> software,

>    People could do lots of different things...if they owned their
>   phones. But the phones are owned by apple. The phone users are
>   owned by apple too, and by the US government.

Not MY phone, which is an Android.  I have detested Apple ever since the very early 1980s, when they had a nasty legal habit of suing anybody who tried to make an add-on card for the Apple II computer.  (Which didn't have a SHIFT key, which is why for a long time you could tell a person on the BBS's had an Apple BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS TYPED IN ALL CAPS!!!).   Who forgets to add a shift key?

The one really great thing Apple ever did was to choose the Motorola 68000 microprocessor for their Macintosh computer, which had a 24-bit linear memory address space  (later increased to 32 bits), unlike the foolish 80X86 series, which had a botch called "segmentation".  (Although, I have long maintained that there would be nothing wrong with segmentation, as long as the individual segments could be made as large as any program and/or data that you could ever want to use.  The 8086/88 only allowed segments 64Kbytes in length.  Sure, later iterations allowed larger segment sizes, but by that point the limitation had been locked into software!  A segment size of 4 gigabytes (2**32) would have been just great.

Whatever happened to the R4000???  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R4000  

             Jim Bell

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