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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Ronin Developer GOD and the 10 commands (449 comments)

GOD said to split it into two pages. Then GOD saidth, Upon each, thou shalt place five, not three and not four, but five commands. And, he saw it was good.

2 days ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

Ronin Developer Excellent! (147 comments)

I cut my teeth programming the 68k on the original Mac - well, did 8086/8008/4004/z80 and 6502 long before. Loved programming the 68K.

No easy task getting the home brew hardware to work. The capacitance and inductance of the breadboard and wires is limiting performance. Always fun to write the loader and make it come to life.

its nice reading real 'nerd' stories. Anyone here belittling your work likely has no understanding of the effort and skill required to build an operational computer from scratch. Great job!

5 days ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

Ronin Developer Re: US Gov't Corn Subsides (140 comments)

The first thing they teach you is to watch your diet and to exercise and monitor your glucose levels. When that approach fails, what other cause is there?

The fact that YOU have patients that continue to eat poorly and don't exercise is not an environment thing - it's laziness or they are simply tired of nothing working and have a nurse that doesn't understand their disease but pretends they do. I bet you probably smoke also, right?

Show me the "environmental" factors that can cause Type 2 to flair up. I exhibited no symptoms when I was 160 pounds at age 21. I am 6 ft 1. I fought semi-professionally, cycled, rock-climbed and ran long distance (trained for marathons). I developed the disease regardless. The only mitigating factor is that for four years, I led a more sedentary life onboard a navy ship where I couldn't do all that and performed the equivalent of shift work. Still it was another 20 years, after I got out, before I was diagnosed. I had regained a more active lifestyle.

The only extraordinary environmental factors that I was exposed to might be nerve agents, depleted uranium and experimental vaccines during Desert Storm. When you can drop down 20 pounds in the first several months, monitor and control caloric intake, increase activity only to have it go back up a few months later? Let me tell you, pal, it's a pisser. And, it's not diet as you indicate.

Short of sucking out the fat cells, there is little anyone can do to stop regaining the weight as the glucose that is not processed by the cells go straight to the fat cells and keep flooding the body with more glucose. So, yes, obesity and Type 2 go hand in hand caused by the cell's inability to utilize the insulin it produces - it's a Catch-22 type scenario called "insulin resistance".

As somebody else pointed out, Type 1's on insulin can develop it also. Prior to insulin injections, these folks would just waste away. Now, they can have the benefits of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Lucky them.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Ronin Developer Re: Senator James Inhofe (282 comments)

By your reasoning, when you answer a question on a test in which you are trying to do well and get a question wrong, you are lying.

Models are that - models. They are based on the sum of knowledge you have. Models are meant to be adjusted to fit the facts. Failure to do so and assume you are correct is lying

about three weeks ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

Ronin Developer It was NOT secretly installed (271 comments)

It is a common technique among used car dealers who are selling to someone with bad or poor credit. It is intended to aid in recovery and repossession. The purchaser is aware it is installed. And, it is removed when the vehicle is paid off.

The device our company made and sold ( when I worked for them) could be activated with a court order. Activation was not in the hands of the car dealership because of the privacy implications.

about three weeks ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

Ronin Developer Re: US Gov't Corn Subsides (140 comments)

And, I hope you are NEVER my nurse!!!

Go back to class and learn that Type 2 is not caused just by diet, but by metabolism and genetics and a funny thing called insulin resistance.

I exercise every day, watch my diet, take medications for my Type 2 and STILL the A1C (and weight) keeps creeping up. It is a progressive disease which has some nasty effects on the body. I am wondering when I will be required to take insulin injections as goto drugs like Janumet and Metformin don't get the job done anymore.

Now, go sign up for that continuing education class so you can learn about the disease instead of remaining ignorant about this disease.

about three weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Ronin Developer Re:Rebrand old Windows RT devices as iPod Stands (236 comments)

Oh, come on moderators! I actually laughed when I read this comment (even if it was from an A/C)...It tied in perfectly with the the parent comment.

about three weeks ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

Ronin Developer Honestly Mom! (110 comments)

I can't help myself!!!

about three weeks ago
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Using Naval Logbooks To Reconstruct Past Weather and Predict Future Climate

Ronin Developer Re:HA! (102 comments)

Now, that's funny (Yes, I served).

We had navigation logs, engine logs, bridge logs, radio logs, pretty much logs for everything. And, those were required to be accurate. Even the Boatswain mates had their own logs. Their log, however, I would question ...

about three weeks ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Ronin Developer Re:My take... (253 comments)

In 1979, it didn't matter - I was in 9th grade working at a tech company on weekends. I was more interested in the girls at school who were my age than the women at work.

about three weeks ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Ronin Developer Re: They WILL rewrite your resume... (253 comments)

Most rewrite your resume for their particular style and, as you noted, to remove personal contact information.

Good recruiters won't change the fundamental nature of your resume. Still, you should ask to see a copy of what they are submitting to avoid situations like you encountered.

about three weeks ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Ronin Developer Re:My take... (253 comments)

Sorry if my having experience and relating what I have learned when forced into the new employment market makes me sound like Grandpa Simpson. I will tell you to go read the statistics which indicate that 91% of tech recruiters are female, under 30 and single. And, maybe read the entire part inside the parenthesis next time - pretty tongue-in-cheek. Why must a guy put a ;-) to indicate they are being sarcastic?.

about three weeks ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Ronin Developer Re:My take... (253 comments)

If you are in school, use the employment resources they offer (i.e. co-ops) and strengthen your resume. If already working, optimize your resume. There are plenty of resources (free and paid) to help you do that. You want a modern CV.

I would also suggest using social media such as LinkedIn. Find others you know, professionally, link with them and then see if they are linked to a recruiter. Then, request to link with those you find interesting. Very few will reject you. Or, you can send them a message and introduce yourself. Act and post intelligently. They WILL find you.

Create a profile on, say, Dice with an updated resume and indicate what you are looking for and available. They WILL find you.

Good Luck!

about three weeks ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Ronin Developer Re:My take... (253 comments)

Yup. Good anecdote.

Trick is figuring out which ones are worth working with and those that are not. When you find one that's good, you keep them in your contact list.

about three weeks ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Ronin Developer Re:My take... (253 comments)

You obviously CAN'T read, have tunnel vision, have an axe to grind, or simply are unable to comprehend when something is said tongue in cheek, twit.

As someone who has been working for 30+ years, I think I have a right to be selective in with whom I work and in what positions are appropriate for me and my family. I have learned how to work with recruiters - they work for me and I help them get paid. I EXPECT them to do their job and duty for both me and their corporate client. And, this has been my experience which I have imparted on you younglings.

I have NEVER had an issue with getting a job or keeping one until 2011 when the company I worked for was sold and quickly discovered how other companies view employees has changed. Hard lesson to learn for somebody who never worried about where his next paycheck would originate. It took six months the first time. And, I am gainfully employed having spent less 0 business days looking after the layoff of a whole division. So, no, I don't think am not a relic by any stretch.

about three weeks ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Ronin Developer My take... (253 comments)

Since 1979, I have been employed, able to move between jobs, in high demand and able to ignore recruiters. It wasn't until 2011 when I experienced my first layoff that I had to give recruiters serious consideration as the entire employment landscape had changed.

I have had to figure out how to work with recruiters - understand how they work and separate the chaff from the wheat.

Recruiters come in many different flavors. The younger tech worker will. more likely than not, deal with younger and less experienced recruiters. More experienced prospectives get handed off to the more established recruiters. And, since they get a commission based on things like the salary of the hire, to the victors go the spoils, right? The less experienced have to deal with more perspectives in order to earn enough for a bite to eat. It makes them hungry. And, it can make them rude.

One thing you should never do is piss them off. Yes, you can be blacklisted very quickly. Given how many corporations use recruiters and how frequently they change firms, that blacklist can follow you around and persist based on whether they record your transgression in their systems or not.

You need to stay on top of the recruiter (sounds promising given how many good looking ladies work in the field...good luck with that) and watch how they modify YOUR resume. They WILL rewrite your resume in their style and draw from what you submit to them. You HAVE the RIGHT to see what it is that they are submitted to their client on your behalf. Ask for it. Also, ask for a limited right to represent. More reputable firms will only hold you to a given position - not lock you out or blindly send your resume. But, get it in writing before you sign on so you can work with other recruiters for different positions and companies.

Make yourself accessible but not overly accessible. I use Google Voice to take recruiter calls. It lets me weed out those who I have an established relationship with (and, who I have given my cell number) and those cold calling me. The call transcripts the GV produces can be rather humourous as a by product - good for a laugh. I thought about publishing some of the funnier transcripts (Hi .my name is , I think I am a recruiter).

I ignore most emails from recruiters from those that exhibit too much familiarity, poor grammar, provide limited details, ask for too much information (no, I AM NOT going to give you my salary history for the past 30+ years, my SSN, or my first born) or don't respect simple things like my geographic location or skillset. Additionally, while I might not respond to every email, I do look at the more promising ones to see if two or more emails appear to represent the same position. In one situation, I had three recruiters from three different offshore firms trying to represent me for the same position with the State for a mobile architect. One would say the position was at $55/hr and 6 month duration and another would say it's $70/hr for 12 month CTH while another was saying it offered $85/hr for 12 months (no, CTH). Yes, the were for the EXACT same position (they cut and paste from the same feed). And, when I spoke with a firm in the State and asked if they knew about this position, I found out that the State was actually paying $110hr, it was 6 months (6 months left in the fiscal year), but expected the contract to be renewed for another year. So, it makes sense to shop around.

When you find a recruiter that seems like a good match, work with them. And, keep them on file. I still get calls from many of them hoping I am willing to leave my current employer - I will listen and consider even if it really isn't in the cards. They have gotten to know me. They are keepers. If they change firms, find out where they have gone. I have a short list of those I will seek out if my situation changes again.

As for job sites such as DICE and MONSTER. I have found DICE to be pretty good at sending job descriptions that better match what I might be interested in pursuing (no, not a DICE shill). Not a big favorite of online applications, though. This is where a good recruiter can help you get inside the door where the bulk of online submissions appear to go straight into the bitbucket.

Well, that's my take....

about three weeks ago
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Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds

Ronin Developer Big Deal.... (45 comments)

The Church preaches that if I'm good and just believe, I'll get one someday. Still waiting.

about a month ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

Ronin Developer Re:Competition (265 comments)

I was thinking along those same lines - they compared CurrentC to ApplePay. But, there is another player in field which meets the needs of Android users much as ApplePay for iOS does.

Both ApplePay and Google Wallet protect the consumer and keep them in mind such as by using the protections afforded in the use of a credit card. CurrentC is focused on the mercantile experience and puts all liability for fraudulent transactions squarely on the consumer. Using CurrentC, with its direct access to your checking and bank accounts as well as to your health information, you entire identity could be stolen along with your life savings. This breach highlights why they should not be trusted with your information even if no financial data was compromised this time around (they aren't live yet, right?).

Of course, Apple and Google can shut CurrentC down before they even get out of the starting gate - simply ban them from the app stores. This would prevent the software from being installed on anything iOS other than a jailbroken device. And, if Google choose not to allow it in the store, the only means to install it would be a side-install. Without an ability to have the consumer to install it, it will die pretty quick. Merchants would be forced to reconsider their strategy or face more competition from those merchants who demonstrate a willingness to protect the consumer and use one of the more anonymous systems such as ApplePay or Google Wallet.

As for merchants who say they won't accept credit cards - they do so at their own risk. To me, the smarter move would have been to work with Apple and Google and develop a system that meets merchant needs while protecting the consumer AND get it installed on the widest range of machines. Or, maybe, just rethink their business model.

about a month ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Ronin Developer Who's his favorite character... (669 comments)

On "The Big Bang Theory". Mine is Penny. LOL

about a month ago

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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC to Apple Pay Only

Ronin Developer Ronin Developer writes  |  about 2 months ago

Ronin Developer (67677) writes "From the article:
"At last week's Apple event, the company announced Apple Pay — a new mobile payments service that utilises NFC technology in conjunction with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner for secure payments that can be made from the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch.

Apple also announced a number of retailers that would accept Apple Pay for mobile payments at launch.

However, Cult of Mac reports that NFC will be locked to the Apple Pay platform, meaning the technology will not be available for other uses.

An Apple spokesperson confirmed the lock down of the technology, saying developers would be restricted from utilising its NFC chip functionality for at least a year. Apple declined to comment on whether NFC capability would remain off limits beyond that period."

So, it would appear, for at least a year, that Apple doesn't want competing mobile payment options to be available on the newly released iPhone 6 and 6+. While it's understandable that they want to promote their payment scheme and achieve a critical mass for Apple Pay, it's a strategy that may very well backfire as other other mobile payment vendors gain strength on competing platforms. Subway already has penned a deal with Softcard to accept their mobile payment exclusively. Will other retailers take a similar tact and lock out Apple users who can't use their newly minted iPhone 6's for mobile payments everywhere because of this decision?"

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Say Goodbye to that Unwanted U2 Album

Ronin Developer Ronin Developer writes  |  about 2 months ago

Ronin Developer (67677) writes "Apple has listened to the complaints of those who object to having received a pushed copy of U2's latest album as part of their recent campaign. While nobody has been charged for the download, some objected to having it show up in their purchases and, in some cases, pushed down to their devices.

While it is possible to remove the album from your iTunes library, it takes more steps than most would like to take. Apple has responded and released a tool to make it possible to remove the album from your iTunes library in a single step."

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Key Logging on iOS Devices

Ronin Developer Ronin Developer writes  |  1 year,22 days

Ronin Developer (67677) writes "iKeyMonitor popped up on freecode.com today. It provides key logging capabilities to users of jailbroken iOS devices.

This is a perfect reason NOT to jailbreak your phone and why the Apple walled garden provides a measure of security.

Now, question for you Android folks — Can you install a key logger on an Android device? Any special requirements to do so? If the answers are, respectively, "yes" and "no", it seems to provide a clear indication why Apple still dominates the Enterprise tablet market.

Thoughts?"

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Break-Even at the National Ignition Facility Achieved!!!!

Ronin Developer Ronin Developer writes  |  about a year ago

Ronin Developer (67677) writes "It is being reported that the NIF has achieved break-even with the fusion reactor — getting as much energy out (if not a little more) than they put in.

While a long way off from commercial fusion power generation, this is a significant milestone."

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