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Apple Open Sources Grand Central Dispatch

dave-tx Re:OK, I give up...what is it? (342 comments)

There's a decent article on wikipedia about it. Basically, it's Apple's multithreading algorithms.

about 5 years ago
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Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

dave-tx Re:What would these kids grow up to be? (1345 comments)

Your statement, sir, is not insightful, it is the statement of someone who knows not of what they speak.

Actually, sir, my statement was not a statement, it was a question. Sir.

about 5 years ago
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Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

dave-tx Re:What would these kids grow up to be? (1345 comments)

I know plenty of dishwashers who graduated high school and several, in this economy, have college degrees. At what point do we say that no matter how you progress through school, there may come a time when you are at the bottom rung for one reason or another?

I should have added the disclaimer that I was a dishwasher for years in my teens. I was also damned good at it, and I think that part of the reason was the learned discipline to focus on a boring and unpleasant task. And while that's a backhanded compliment at formal education, it's a real and tangible benefit.

about 5 years ago
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Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

dave-tx Re:What would these kids grow up to be? (1345 comments)

Given the number of children in the current system that aren't remotely prepared...?

A fair comment, but is taking them out of the system entirely going to somehow prepare them?

about 5 years ago
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Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

dave-tx What would these kids grow up to be? (1345 comments)

"Unschooling: For those kids who aspire to be the dish washers of the future"

But seriously, is there any less way to be prepared for higher education (higher, meaning anything from 3rd grade on up)?

about 5 years ago
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AAA Auto service; anyone used them before?

dave-tx My AAA experiences (11 comments)

I've had AAA twice; once when I was a student, and again more recently courtesy of my wife.

The first experience (as a student) with them made it all worth it. I got my car stuck in the sand on the side of the road in Death Valley. Lovely. Had to hitch a ride 50 miles to the nearest town, call a tow truck, and have him drive me all the way back out there, just to pull my car 10 feet back onto the road. He was pissed, but I was thrilled at my parents' insistence that I join AAA before my road trip out west.

More recently, I called them when I ran out of gas. Learned the hard way that my new-to-me car didn't have a warning light when the gas tank was nearing empty. The gas wasn't free, but the tow truck delivered 5 gallons at a very reasonable rate.

more than 5 years ago
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Clowns

dave-tx Not scary. (7 comments)

Hell, I work with a bunch of clowns. The only thing scary is the level of work ethic.

about 6 years ago

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The RIAA sets its sights on....Usenet!

dave-tx dave-tx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dave-tx writes "We all thought...or assumed...that Usenet was the seedy back alley of the 'tubes that the RIAA would never find out or care about. Well, no longer. It appears they're going after their first Usenet service provider, usenet.com. Will others be next?

FTA: "The suit claims that the usenet.com service sells access to content that includes millions of unauthorized music files and "touts its service as a haven for those seeking pirated content.""
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MacWorld's look at what's new in OS X 10.5

dave-tx dave-tx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dave-tx writes "MacWorld's upcoming issue offers yet another preview of Leopard, Apple's new release of OS X.

FTA: "In the following pages, we'll describe what's publicly known about Leopard's new features — and the lingering questions that we're still trying to answer. We'll also take a look at the OS X 10.5 features Apple first unveiled in August 2006, paying special attention to what's changed since then. We'll continue to update this collection of Leopard features as more information becomes publicly available."

New screenshots accompany the article."

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dave-tx dave-tx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dave-tx writes "Who knows why things like this take so long to surface, but conspiracy theorists — Start Your Engines! New footage from just before Kennedy's Assassination has surfaced.

FTA: "The silent color film shows a glimpse of JFK and wife Jackie about 90 seconds before the assassination. They're a few blocks from Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy would be shot.""

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