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Correcting Poor Typing Technique?

BigBlockMopar OMG. White-Out, Liquid Paper, corrector sheets. (425 comments)

However I have tested myself on a computer, and find I can easily do 50-60 wpm now because I don't have to worry so much about mistakes.

OMG, yeah. I learned how to type on old manual typewriters, without a delete key like the later Selectrics had. Hit the wrong key, and you had to backspace, get out the Liquid Paper (or other correction fluid) and wait 5 minutes for the damned stuff to dry before you dared smack your ribbon against it.

I mourn that today's children and young adults will never know the tactile pleasures of playing music or videos on equipment which makes pleasant snapping and whirring sounds at every command - or potentially losing a fingertip when the reel-to-reel is fast-forwarding through a 20 minute tape - but I sure do envy the word processor as a first typing experience.

OTOH, there is no computer keyboard ever made which feels as satisfying as a well-maintained IBM Selectric. My IBM Type M keyboards are the best I've ever felt (this is being typed on a 1984 Type M) but still don't feel as nice as Selectric III.

Among my obsolete skills, I can also use a sliderule, edit videotape with a razorblade, test a vacuum tube circuit for proper bias, and do a mean A-B roll edit on non-timecoded U-matic VTRs. And I was born in the 1970s! LOL

more than 4 years ago
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Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project

BigBlockMopar Chainsaw in Locker (687 comments)

I found a chainsaw in the garbage on the way to school. Being the collector/fixer that I am, I grabbed the chainsaw and took it to school with me. My friends made jokes. None of the staff even batted an eye as a 14-year-old nonchalantly carried a chainsaw to his locker. I fixed the saw the next day in auto shop. And for the next 7 months, a fueled up and ready-to-go chainsaw sat in my locker because my mom would freak out if I brought home more "junk". A friend got on to a school bus with a rifle. It was seized solid, and wouldn't have fired at all. He walked right into the school with it. AFAIK, nobody freaked on him. It was to be used as a prop for the school play. Dave now has a PhD. Columbine really changed things.

more than 4 years ago
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Hosting a Highly Inflammatory Document?

BigBlockMopar Re:I know where . . . (471 comments)

What the hell did you do?

more than 5 years ago
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First Graphics Game Written On/For a 16-Bit Home PC

BigBlockMopar Wasn't 1979's TI-99/4 the first 16 bit home comp? (159 comments)

Wasn't the TI-99/4 the first 16 bit home computer? While it wasn't until 1981's TI-99/4A that you could play Parsec, there were many classic games you could play on either: Munchman. Car Wars. Hunt The Wumpus.

more than 5 years ago
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CRTC Mulls Canadian Content On the Internet

BigBlockMopar Re:Net Neutrality in Action (269 comments)

And it's "multicultural", which makes the CBC-types feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Now if only you could find some way of making Albertans look like assholes, you could slot it between Little Mosque on the Prairie and Wild Roses and we'll have another show that nobody watches but gets government funding.

The guy from Little Mosque on the Prairie could meet up with some chick from Wild Roses and then he could cut off her head as a pay-per-view event, but still no one would watch. As with all CBC programming, it would be culturally realistic enough, but as with all CanCon, it's all bad lighting, all bad acting, all bad concept, all horribly written, and all horrific direction. Welcome to Canadian television. No wonder I have an illegal satellite dish.

The people petitioning the CRTC to expand CanCon are just bitter that they weren't talented enough to get a Green Card.

more than 5 years ago
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Canadian Federal Government Mulling Open Source?

BigBlockMopar Re:Do not bite, it's a gimmick! (117 comments)

Rem,ember this is one country without a domestic car concern...the only such country in the entire so called G8! Canada? Give me a break!

No, Canada has the Bricklin, and we all know how well that turned out.

You are right, you speak hard truths, but you're right. The Canadian market isn't big enough to support a car industry, except through reciprocal agreements with our best friends, the USA. As for the Japanese stuff, it's ASSEMBLED in Canada, much like Ikea furniture is ASSEMBLED in your living room - it's not a product of your innovation, testing, or manufacture: its factory is a slightly larger Allen key, that's all.

Detroit/Windsor builds some of the most innovative and technologically amazing cars of the day, and had historically done so. The Model T. The Cord. The Hemi cars. The Omni/Horizon. The Chrysler minivan. US leadership and design for a US market, but MANY American cars were built in Canada.

US/CDN cars are well-designed and very innovative. The killer for The Big Three is that when you have a poor quality intake manifold casting built by someone with a 9th grade education making $40+ an hour, you can't afford to scrap it. (Case in point: intake manifold on my Dodge Ram was full of bubbles; it looked and sealed like Swiss cheese. No wonder the truck never had any power and had burned out three sets of exhaust valves.) You have to deal with it - put it on the car and pray it doesn't come back under warranty. The unions have driven the Big Three into their current state. A sock filled with mashed potatoes could make a better brake piston than some of the work I've seen the UAW's people turn out.

You need to kill the unions to save the Big Three.

Pull a Reagan. Fire them all, replace them with a bunch of pimply high school kids who like to ask questions, and I promise you the cars will be better.

As for me, I continue to drive domestics. It's easier to fix bad manufacturing than it is to fix bad engineering.

more than 5 years ago
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Ontario Court Wrong About IP Addresses, Too

BigBlockMopar Re:Is it valid to compare an IP to address book? (258 comments)

The police using an IP Number to locate my address is no different than if they did a Reverse Phone Number lookup. If the latter does not violate my rights, then the former does not violate my rights either.

I disagree. If your IP address is by DHCP, it may change even more often than a teenager's cellphone number. How good is the ISP's record keeping?

more than 5 years ago
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Apps That Officially Support Wine

BigBlockMopar Re:Inaccurate? (354 comments)

db32: I need your e-mail address. I'm slant6mopar@yahoo.com.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

BigBlockMopar Re:Gomco, Mogen, Plastibell. (1397 comments)

The most sensitive nerve cluster in the male body is at the base of the foreskin - and you don't have it.

Really? Ever had it? Ever had sex with it?

How about the frenum. All you guys jump up and down about that being the most sensitive part of my penis.

Neither one is sensitive. They're just *there*, in the way of the head and the shaft.

Well, I had 'em both cut off - the frenum, the mucosal end - and the only thing I regret about the whole thing is that it wasn't done at birth.

Your crappy sex life has to do with whatever whacked-out psychology you have. Blaming circumcision for your erectile dysfunction or your premature ejaculation is pure idiocy.

I wish I'd been circumcised at birth in your place, so I could have enjoyed its benefits all my life, and you could come to terms with whatever your failing is.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

BigBlockMopar Re:Gomco, Mogen, Plastibell. (1397 comments)

Evidence suggests that there is no significant reduction in sensation.

Incorrect.

Oh, I'm so glad you cited the works of a recipient of a Bachelor of Arts degree as scientific evidence! That just clears everything up. Her background in poetry or some other basket-weaving crap makes her well-suited to statistical analysis.

She can't even differentiate a fucking polynomial and you're citing her as a reference in a scientific discussion?

Once again, the anti-circ whackos lose credibility.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

BigBlockMopar Re:Gomco, Mogen, Plastibell. (1397 comments)

It is a mutilation to reduce sexual pleasure and has no other purpose.

Really? My penis has had oral, vaginal and anal sex both before and after circumcision, and I think my penis would disagree with you.

And I know there are glans sensitivity studies which prove the (albeit counterintuitive) fact that a circumcised man's glans is no less sensitive than an uncircumcised man's glans. But you're apparently as oblivious to this as you are to the medical evidence. Another poster cited studies. I shan't bother, you're another one of those anti-circ wackos who blames everything from his baldness to his latent homosexuality on the fact that his glans is bare.

I did a shitpile of research because I was dissatisfied with having to go to the hospital every three months with my foreskin ballooned out to the size of a beach ball. I wanted to know what I was gaining and losing before I elected to the surgery.

The only thing I lost was my first 22 years enjoying the benefits of being a circumcised man. And that I resent.

The foreskin became a liability when man decided to wear clothing. You want me to stop being a proponent of circumcision, either you make mankind give up pants, or you make my circumcised penis more unreliable than the Chevy Vega it previously was.

If I'd known you in 1996 and you'd wanted my foreskin, I would have cheerfully given it to you.

Sit down, shut up, and enjoy the fact that your parents allowed the medical profession to give you an advantage in the world.

I wish I'd been circumcised at birth.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

BigBlockMopar Re:Gomco, Mogen, Plastibell. (1397 comments)

Gomco, Mogen, Plastibell...

Guess where I consulted once.

The Venetian boy's choir?

Good one! Agree or not, that was intelligent.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

BigBlockMopar Re:Gomco, Mogen, Plastibell. (1397 comments)

yay crusader for humankind. and you practice regular life with such rigorous ideology, but probably not. it would take only a shallow reading of your character to reveal an absurd contradiction. in conclusion you're a liar and a hypocrite and knowingly do more to support inequality than you will admit, even to yourself. but that is why i am here. self righteous in my complete and utter lack of moral virtue i can identify you, fraud. go back to your rotation cog, i think the machine skipped a cycle during your amusing little declaration

yay crusader for humankind. and you practice regular life with such rigorous ideology, but probably not. it would take only a shallow reading of your character to reveal an absurd contradiction. in conclusion you're a liar and a hypocrite and knowingly do more to support inequality than you will admit, even to yourself. but that is why i am here. self righteous in my complete and utter lack of moral virtue i can identify you, fraud. go back to your rotation cog, i think the machine skipped a cycle during your amusing little declaration

And why your illiteracy is so amusing.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

BigBlockMopar Re:Gomco, Mogen, Plastibell. (1397 comments)

My parents loved me enough to allow me to make the choice whether to keep my foreskin. Yeah, I'm not getting rid of it anytime soon.

So tape it back. You've got nothing to lose, you can try it out risk-free. I'll even send you your first pair of silk boxer shorts.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

BigBlockMopar Re:Gomco, Mogen, Plastibell. (1397 comments)

If you are actually in any manner related to the developement of devices for genital mutilation, I would gladly break your neck.

And speaking as a man who was circumcised at the age of 22 - as payment for setting up those computers, no less - I can offer a far worse curse. You can have your coveted foreskin back. Of course, it won't help your non-existent love life.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

BigBlockMopar Gomco, Mogen, Plastibell. (1397 comments)

Gomco, Mogen, Plastibell...

Guess where I consulted once.

more than 5 years ago
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New Ads That Watch You

BigBlockMopar Fried Chicken and Grape Soda (238 comments)

some cases, ethnicity -- and can change the ads accordingly. That could mean razor ads for men, cosmetics ads for women and video-game ads for teens."

Isn't ethnicity probably the easiest thing on that list for a computer to determine?

Whatever the case, I love fried chicken and grape soda. Anyone got a can of shoe polish?

more than 5 years ago
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Long-Term PC Preservation Project?

BigBlockMopar People Who Call Themselves Environmentalists (465 comments)

Which is why the RoHS requirements were a BAD idea. We should be mandating recycling of the solder, not using a shittier one that causes devices to fail faster. I bet if someone sat down and figured up how much extra waste is being created by the shitty solder it is more than offsetting any gains to the environment by cutting down the lead content. (...) Maybe all the bloggers out there and engineers ought to start raising a fit and pointing out that it is having the opposite effect on the environment than what was intended. Because I know that I personally having been tossing a whole lot more E-waste since the RoHS requirements came into play.

Absolutely. And hybrid cars which save a little on fuel but won't last as long as a regular car because they're more complicated and therefore more expensive to troubleshoot. And front-load washing machines, which save a little water but have the same problems as hybrid cars. And compact fluorescent light bulbs which save a little operating energy, but at what price to the manufacturing and recycling energy? (Hey, my tungsten lightbulbs aren't wasteful anyway; I live in a northern climate so the heat they throw off still reduces the time my furnace has to run!)

It's a crock. I care about not wasting. I care about not making a mess of the planet. And I think that's the vast majority of people. But when you have people who are so rabid about the subject that they feel the need to call themselves "environmentalists", they're usually sufficiently scientifically ignorant that they're overtly dangerous to the health of the planet.

I have one like that at work. He jumps up and down and yells about how we're killing the planet. Let's see...

  • He bitches at me because I have a 1970 Dodge Dart, which isn't "environmentally friendly". My Slant-6 powered Dodge Dart gets 25MPG; his new Ford Focus gets 30MPG. He drives 35km round trip to work every day because he lives in the suburbs, while I walk to work most days and drive my Dart entirely as a pleasure car.
  • He thinks I'm a horrible person when I shop, because I reuse the plastic grocery bags I pull out of my pocket, while he gets fresh paper every time.
  • I got him to sign the petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide. I explained that dihydrogen monoxide was one of the most commonly-used industrial coolants and it can now be found in lakes, rivers, and every living creature on the planet. So he signed it.

more than 5 years ago
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Dvorak Layout Claimed Not Superior To QWERTY

BigBlockMopar Re:Bias much? (663 comments)

Probably everyone here can think of some examples of inferior products that have remained dominant despite the appearance of superior alternatives, and also examples of the reverse.

Well, how about the one cited in the original post which implies that Betamax failed in the marketplace because it was NEWER than the already-entrenched VHS? What kills me is when the newer product is inferior and still manages to replace the incumbent.

Sony was first to market with Betamax (1975) versus JVC's VHS (1977). Beta was technically superior in every way except recording time per cassette. And worse, Beta was slightly more expensive (both cassettes and machines) than VHS, mostly Sony's greater licensing charges on the superior format.

OTOH, I'm pretty sure Qwerty has the first-to-market win over Dvorak - I've fixed Qwerty typewriters which were over 100 years old - but damn it, ANYTHING is better than Qwerty. Qwerty was, quite literally, designed with the goal of being the slowest layout possible - early typewriters weren't fast enough to keep up with fast typists.

more than 5 years ago

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Learning non-GUI Event-Driven Programming

BigBlockMopar BigBlockMopar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BigBlockMopar (191202) writes "Hey everyone,

I need to learn event-driven programming. I have the basics from University, but it was all GUI-events in Java.

I need to write a console-based application which will be able to respond to events from several hosts on a network and control some hardware accordingly. Event-driven seems to be the way to go, since each host can generate requests for service from the hardware at pseudorandom intervals, and I don't want to keep the hosts tied up waiting for the hardware to service them in a sequential order. Speed isn't an issue — we are talking about software which will manipulate physical objects, placing them in a position the individual hosts may analyze them (a potentially lengthy task).

At the moment, I'm toying with the idea of the hosts sending e-mails to the machine controlling the hardware, but there has to be a more elegant solution. I'm not much of a programmer (I'm good at hardware for real world data acquisition and control), but I'm determined enough to do it once I get a handle on the basics of the architecture I wish to implement.

I'm hoping someone out there can suggest a few online tutorials and maybe a development environment with templates for what I need to do, and give this "brute force and ignorance" programmer a few tips to make life easier.

The environment has to be Linux. I need the stability, security, and device drivers for my USB interface boards. I haven't decided on the language for the event loop — I'm thinking C++ or Perl, depending on the abstraction I think I need based on your suggestions — with event handlers being written in everything from Shell to Assembly depending on which event they're handling.

Thanks."

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