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Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

MillionthMonkey Re:BASIC vs. Z80 assembly language (165 comments)

I dimly recall that method too but IIRC the array couldn't be saved to tape- you needed POKE statements underneath the DIM. There was also another method involving adjusting the SP register to lower the top of the stack and claiming a few kilobytes of RAM for whatever purpose- but that approach had the same problem with not getting saved to tape.

yesterday
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Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

MillionthMonkey Re:BASIC vs. Z80 assembly language (165 comments)

I remember I had a yellow book that was for kids learning assembler, and it had a cartoon CPU with registers for hands and feet. I can't remember the title- I just pulled the ZX81 out of the closet to look for it, but it isn't in the box anymore. I still have the 16K pack and the awful little ZX Printer that sparked onto rolls of aluminum thermal paper.

2 days ago
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Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

MillionthMonkey Re:BASIC vs. Z80 assembly language (165 comments)

Yes, it was obviously a very shitty system, since they were selling them thirty years ago for about $99. It was like a 1980s version of a Raspberry Pi. But it did have a Z80 in there and that's how I learned assembly when I was a kid; I just dug to it through all the crap it was soldered to.

3 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

MillionthMonkey Car dealerships are a blight on society (331 comments)

Car dealerships have outlasted their usefulness- they're a 20th century solution for selling 20th century cars. If a Tesla can self-drive itself to my house, or if an Amazon quadcopter can drop it off here, car dealerships have no reason to be involved except for an old law that allows them to stifle competition and that will now be cemented into place.

3 days ago
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Catch Oil Polluters With Open Source Tools Using the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

MillionthMonkey Re:Fracking (50 comments)

The methane itself is relatively harmless- but usually indicates the 999 other chemicals in fracking fluid are there too, and when the methane catches fire it creates even more toxins. If the kit can detect 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol without igniting it, it's a better option.

3 days ago
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Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

MillionthMonkey BASIC vs. Z80 assembly language (165 comments)

Back in 1980 my parents got me a British ZX81 kit to assemble, with 1024 bytes of RAM. (I still have it buried in the closet along with my other antiques- AFAIK it still works.) It ran BASIC so slowly that you could actually read the code about as fast as it executed, so I was "forced" to learn assembly language. I was amazed by how fast it was- it ran a million operations in just a few seconds! (wow.) You had to start by writing a BASIC program:

10 REM AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
20 PRINT USR(16514)

Then you had to POKE each assembly instruction into the comment, starting at 16514 for the first "A". The comment line would slowly turn into "10 REM x&$bL;,$_)[vU7z#AAAAAAAA". The next line was 20 PRINT USR(16514) (printing out the return value from the BC register).

Saving any ZX81 program onto a cassette tape was excruciating- they recorded as several minutes of loud high-pitched screeching. Usually you needed to save them twice because it failed half the time. Then to load the program you had to cue the tape you had to find exactly where the start of the screeching was, rewind several seconds, play the tape, and only then could you hit enter on LOAD. (Otherwise LOAD got confused by the *click* noise when you pushed the play button on the tape player.)

You young people don't realize what an easy life you have.

3 days ago
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How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

MillionthMonkey Re:Host versus graft disease (107 comments)

I think the patient in Berlin now has a Wall to isolate himself from incorporated viral entrepreneurs.

4 days ago
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Catch Oil Polluters With Open Source Tools Using the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

MillionthMonkey Fracking (50 comments)

If you live near fracking wells, using this kit is a much better way to determine if your water is safe than the alternative- holding a lit match under your faucet..

5 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

MillionthMonkey Give Bill Gates some credit (as if it matters) (363 comments)

I'll leave aside the fact that most of these "charities" are tax-avoidance scams, and would probably do the world a favor by not existing.

Bill Gates gives about 40 times as much money to charities as do the Koch brothers, who together have about the same amount of money as Gates. The Koch brothers, in turn, are about 25X as generous as all the Walmart heirs combined- 85% of whose donations come from Christy and 15% from Alice. Jim and Rob also each have their $35 billion and together they donate approx. $30,000 to charity each year- i.e. 4 ppm of their total income. If I make six figures and I toss a dollar at a homeless person, I've just donated 10 ppm.

In comparison, the LDS church for example receives approx. ten billion dollars in "donations" (i.e. tithes) per year- ostensibly for charitable purposes- but spends only fifty million for charity, an overhead of approx. 99.5%. The Gates Foundation has an "overhead" of 90% (meaning 90% of his wealth is stuffed in his mattress). Charities would benefit 20X more if Mormons sent their tithe payments directly to scum-of-the-earth Bill Gates!!!!

5 days ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

MillionthMonkey Market opportunity (203 comments)

I may actually buy an iphone... if it can run an app that immediately sells my AAPL shares whenever the phone installs an update.

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

MillionthMonkey Re:Until we have independent testing... (421 comments)

Out of a sample size of ten million people, chances are very good that some of them will do very stupid things (and then claim they didn't).

Out of a sample size of ten million people, chances are very good that some of them work at Apple.

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

MillionthMonkey Re:Third option (421 comments)

There are lines of people at Apple stores hoping for a better reality or at least an improved reality coprocessor.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

MillionthMonkey Re:I've never shorted a stock (99 comments)

My grandmother isn't going to want to buy a PC and configure Linux herself. She'll just get an Apple. Once enough users move to Apple, we'll all have to learn Objective C and our workstations will be a bunch of ipads.

about two weeks ago
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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

MillionthMonkey HP already has this technology (64 comments)

I have an HP inkjet and it usually spits sheets of paper clear across the tray and into the air. Mine is on a shelf so that my printouts can rain down onto my desk.

about a month ago
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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

MillionthMonkey Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (133 comments)

When I was hourly at a place where they weren't allowed to send us home early, they would find all manner of useless busywork for us to do if they caught us done without more work to do.

What were they making you do? Was it extra programming projects, crossword puzzles, or mopping the floor? Just curious

about a month ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

MillionthMonkey Re: A fool and their money (266 comments)

Generally if a dowsing attempt succeeds, people will write posts bragging about it all over the Internet. If it fails, they're not inclined to write posts about being unlucky suckers.

about a month ago
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Couchsurfing Hacked, Sends Airbnb Prank Spam

MillionthMonkey THE SPAMMER - EPISODE ONE (44 comments)

The police kicked down the door, breaking the glass and maneuvering through the room with guns drawn. The living room was empty. They searched the kitchen. Nothing. One of them kicked in the bedroom door and swung his assault rifle in a wide angle as he crashed through.

Immediately he saw that the floor was covered with spam. A computer's hard drive had exploded under pressure and was oozing a liquid discharge of strange attachments and cryptic URLs across the desk and onto the floor. " Couchsurfing sucks... here's a better couch!" they yelled, one after another. Then the fumes struck him.

Overwhelmed, he stumbled backward, spraying vomit across the living room as he fell. He lay on the spammy floor unconscious, convulsing, muttering the same thing over and over. "Delete... delete... delete... delete..." The other officers quickly ran out of the front door, dragging him along by the legs as they struggled to cover their eyes which were lachrymating upon exposure to the spam. One of the units outside called for backup and unwound a yellow tape labeled "POLICE LINE - DO NOT EMAIL" around the residence. A forensics van pulled up, and several officers strapped rubber gloves onto their hands and Pentagon-surplus armored spam filters on their faces. They reentered the building, treading lightly, taking flash photographs, and laboriously stuffing individual spam emails into each of 10,000,000 Ziploc bags.

About twenty minutes later, Detective Protagoniste and the Commissioner arrived at the scene in their unmarked car.

"Well, what do you make of this mess, Detective?" asked the Commissioner, as they approached the building. Protagoniste picked up one of the bags, and held it up to the light, and replied, "Commissioner, as of now, the spam's been caught... but not the Spammer!"

about a month ago
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Historians Rediscover Einstein's Forgotten Model of the Universe

MillionthMonkey Re:But we ain't gonna have a Big Cruch, right ? (35 comments)

Heat death is scheduled to happen a googol years from now. If the Big Rip hypothesis is true then the universe's life is already a half over. Then dark energy expansion will successively disintegrate galaxies, then solar systems, planets, humans, atoms, and protons in a cataclysmic disaster.

about a month and a half ago
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

MillionthMonkey Wikipedia's page on the U.S. Constitution (165 comments)

Corporations are to be afforded the divine rights of human beings! [This article has multiple issues. Please help improvement or discuss these issues in chambers.]

(On the discussion page it looks like all the recent edits are coming from five guys at the Supreme Court.)

about 2 months ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

MillionthMonkey Re:What's the point? (129 comments)

If the average human eye can't tell the slightest difference, what's the point of making displays that dense?

Maybe eagles want to watch TV too.

about 3 months ago

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MillionthMonkey MillionthMonkey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MillionthMonkey writes "Internet star Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), has been implicated in scandal: according to the Anchorage Daily News the senator had the first floor of his house lifted off the ground and a new floor put underneath it with the help of a top executive from Veco Corporation, a local oil company. The addition doubled the size of the house (assuming the honorable gentleman from Alaska can still make it up the stairs). The FBI and a grand jury are still investigating- although the Senator's role is still somewhat murky in the scandal, which had previously ensnared his son, Ben Stevens, an Alaskan State Senator. The initial inquiry surfaced last year in August when the younger Stevens' legislative office was raided by the FBI along with five other state-level offices. Four politicians have been charged and Veco executives have already pled guilty- testifying that Ben Stevens received $242,000 in illegitimate consulting fees. Ted has remained clean until now."

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