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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Lawrence_Bird Re:J (You can type more than that for your subject (127 comments)

Thanks for the tips. Fortran has come a long way since then but from the code I have seen APL is one of the tersest languages out there. Is there such a thing as a long APL program? Game of life is one line (three if you comment).

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Lawrence_Bird Re:not to defend the utilities, but... (497 comments)

Well I think the AC has hit on at least part of the problem with above ground wiring. These electric networks are very old. Many were probably put up with no idea about using a topology that would be more fault tolerant. And then came explosive growth in suburbia forcing add ons to an already suspect network. A few failures in the grid can really cause chaos.

However, even taking your 10 day outage and doubling it, over 10 years that is still 99.45% uptime per year on average.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Lawrence_Bird Re: Hide your cables (497 comments)

As the head of an hoa that has been debating repaving our roads and parking areas (30+ years old) I can say this is not bullshit. We have "buried" service since the time the place was built. This means "DBC" (direct burial cable) - wire with no conduit. This past year has been exceptionally bad - one home owner has had their driveway ripped up three times to "fix" the problem with service to three neighbors. We had a number of homes running on mobile transformers after either losing service entirely or just one leg. This went on for six months before they arrived with a backhoe. Others had to endure flickering lights for over six months while waiting for the utility to replace "crabs" which split the line from the transformer to a number of homes (and is underground in an access pit that often floods).

We have access pits scattered about the property. Most are in parking spaces or driveways, some in lawns. These are connected to seven or eight transformers scattered around the property. Those lines are completely under the roads as is the line from outside the development that powers the transformers.

It is a regular clusterfuck and it is compounded by the fact that even in the 80s contractors were still using (and allowed to) aluminum dbc. As a result, our roads are a patchwork and the lawns a mess (you don't think the utility really "restores" them to what they were before do you?)

So now we are in a catch-22. The electric (and water for that matter) utility will never replace the entire runs of wiring. They will instead do this bit by bit over how ever many years it takes for everything to fail. We can't put off paving forever, but who wants to spend 500-750K on mill pave and recurb just to have the electric company destroy it?

Unless you plan and oversee the installation of such underground service yourself, assume the absolute worst. Builders do not care that the utility will start ripping up the property 10, 20 or more years down the roads as they will have their money and be long gone.

2 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Lawrence_Bird Re:Yes. (329 comments)

Getting close but I'd be giving up about 4 or so inches width and gaining quite a bit in height, perhaps too much. I think a lot might depend on bezel sizes and ability to position on desk - its easier to look a little lower than higher.

2 days ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Lawrence_Bird Re:J (You can type more than that for your subject (127 comments)

I've always wanted to spend some time with APL but the learning curve was steep enough that I've never been able to block out sufficient time to make it worth starting.

2 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Lawrence_Bird Re:Yes. (329 comments)

I agree with your sentiments as most of my use of the desktop pc is for work and not movies/media. While I would consider a 1:1 format, I would probably not want it this size - its too tall at nearly 19". I'm looking at my two 1600/1200 100dpi monitors now and I think going more than another 4" (16x16) would in the end be uncomfortable to use on a daily basis.

My ideal monitor then would be something like 32Wx16H @ about 150dpi, eliminating the bezel from two mons and giving a bit better resolution. And it would be great if the OS would allow you to virtually split the screen in two when desired.

4 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Lawrence_Bird Re:yes (329 comments)

AFAIK Clear type / sub pixel rendering only works properly in the native monitor view.

4 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Lawrence_Bird Re:"eye sore" (516 comments)

Yes. How many of those plants are there? Compare that to the number of wind turbines and solar farms, large and small, being planted right at road side. Can you say "eco-blight"?

about a week ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

Lawrence_Bird Let me be the first to say (107 comments)

fuck the children. I already pay a small fortune in school tax. Let them find the money for it from there.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Lawrence_Bird Re:Solar power terminology (516 comments)

Yes well.. good luck with the battery part. Per a contractor who presented to me this past spring the battery backup necesary for my small abode (call it 1500 sqft) would be refrigerator size and quite costly. Laughable as I have exactly one coat closet and one utility closet downstairs. I guess I could just get rid of the fridge.

Many people do not realize that solar installs will go dark during a blackout with out these very large and uber expensive battery systems.

about two weeks ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Lawrence_Bird Re:Yes, it includes the subsidies being renewed. (516 comments)

There are also some state subsidies to consider. Beyond that, I won't laugh at how great DB thinks it is that financing costs for solar will drop to 6.5% when the Fed is feeding banks at 0% for the past 6 years.

about two weeks ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Lawrence_Bird Re:Subsidies (516 comments)

You ignore state and local subsidies which obviously can vary quite a bit.

about two weeks ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Lawrence_Bird Re: Hail resistant? (516 comments)

Number three, when you install a system it will be covered by your homeowners insurance. So your max out-of-pocket cost would be the deductible insurance.

Don't necessarily assume that just because yours was covered that somebody else will get the same treatment. And btw, insurance carries deductibles and most people carry pretty high homeowners. Will an "act of god" cover it? Maybe, maybe not - are you in a tornado or hurricane zone?

about two weeks ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Lawrence_Bird Re:"eye sore" (516 comments)

Said by a person who does not live near a windmill or curbside solar panel farms.

about two weeks ago
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Ars Dissects Android's Problems With Big Screens -- Including In Lollipop

Lawrence_Bird Much of this is personal like/dislike (103 comments)

He doesn't like things centered. That's fine. Google thinks otherwise. Perhaps so too others. I would add that most people probably only use their tablets in landscape mode while viewing media, or at least far less than portrait mode. I'll agree that in some cases maybe more effort could have been made to limit the expansion of the app in landscape vs. portrait mode but that involves a lot more hackery in the design. Bottom line, this guy is just too lazy to turn the tablet to portrait mode when the app is clearly designed for viewing that way.

about two weeks ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

Lawrence_Bird Google Tools? (192 comments)

Last I looked neither Eclipse or Intellij Idea were owned by Google. "Android Studio" is for all intents a repacked IDEA

about two weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Lawrence_Bird not about highway fund (554 comments)

as the latter part of the submission makes clear this is all about "gas guzzlers" and poster's hatred of freedom of consumer choice.

about two weeks ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

Lawrence_Bird Re:You gotta back winnners. (224 comments)

Just like sports teams who have payrolls much larger than their opponents often do not win championships, politicians who "benefit" from large PACs do not always win elections. For all the talk of being ready to listen to both (or more) candidates, most voters come in to it with a predefined checklist of positions a candidate must meet (or in some cases, not support). To clear that hurdle the opposing candidate(s) must appear to be significantly more charismatic, confident and competent than the others. Money does not buy that.

about three weeks ago
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The Fight Over the EFF's Secure Messaging Scoreboard

Lawrence_Bird Re:Don't buy American. (63 comments)

Feeding the troll but what the heck....

From early 2012

The company aims to deliver about May 18 a second report on transistor characteristics of the CPU. It will include an analysis of the DC electrical properties of the chip’s NMOS and PMOS transistors, data on its gate and channel leakage current and performance benchmarks measured at three temperature levels.

The analysis will include use of Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy, Spreading Resistance Profiling and X-ray techniques. UBM TechInsights is a sister division of UBM LLC, the publisher of EE Times.

And that is just to see the circuitry. Good luck reverse engineering it to figure out what does what and verify there is nothing there that should not be there.

You might also look at this for an even older take on 486 and pentium tear downs... again with no attempt at reverse engineering the logic.

about three weeks ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

Lawrence_Bird Re:There can be no defense of this. (184 comments)

Yet on the other I don't see why, if you were trying to stop a serious threat, spies shouldn't be able to monitor these communications in principle, with some clear restrictions:

Because the government derives it powers from the people and there are well defined limits on its power? People are not the chattel of government to do with as they please when they please though I fear that the UK and Australia have already reached that point.

about three weeks ago

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Plummeting BDP on High Speed Lines

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "In trying to track down a tcp problem today I've stumbled upon what seems to be a nasty little issue — incredibly low ping times!

I have a 25Mbps line and in checking RTT to places I frequent, I found that the times are tanking. Not that long ago, a fast link was like 60ms with most around 90-120ms, twice that overseas. Now many are coming in the 45-80ms range. But quite a few others, like youtube (6ms) google (7.5ms), apple (15ms) cbs.com (20ms) slashdot (30ms) , are a lot shorter.

This presents a very difficult problem. How to best tune RWIN? The rule of thumb had been to make rwin just greater than your typical BDP and most information on the topic is written at a time when high speed lines were starting to appear but latency was still high (>100ms). But now we have a situation where yes, rated speeds are high, but latency has dived to next to nothing for major internet sites but may still be high(er) elsewhere creating not a 2 or 3 to 1 range of RTTs but instead as high as 25 or 30x!

To optimize for google would require setting it to under 24,000 bytes. In fact, any average ping time below 48ms will (I think) saturate if RWIN is over 65,535 (the point at which scaling would take over). Yet there are still a goodly number of places that are over 80ms (say stanford.edu) and of course europe and asia can be 200ms.

So I am curious what others are doing to tune RWIN to provide the necessary throughput on the longer latency runs against these now incredibly short pings"
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Ron Paul Raises More Than $3M Online in 18 hours

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  about 7 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Republican Presidential candidate has raised in excess of $3 million since midnight. Grassroots supporters organized a 'money bomb' campaign for 5 November — Guy Fawkes day (remember, remember the 5th of Novemeber). At about 5:50pm EST, the total passed the $3 mio mark and is on a pace for over $4 mio by midnight. The NY Times political blog has more details."
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Ron Paul More Cash On Hand Than McCain

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Longshot Republican presidential hopeful and internet phenom Ron Paul (TX-14) reported today his campaign has more cash on hand ($2.4M) than does John McCain ($2M) and only slightly less than Mitt Romney ($3M excluding his personal loans). Paul's spokesman noted(nytimes) that most of the donations were via the internet and that Paul is able to run a much more frugal campaign (he has only 11 staffers) because of his wide spread support via sites such as youtube and meetup. The campaign was also the first to provide an iPhone specific platform to allow access to campaign materials."

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