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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

onepoint Re:Oh yeah, he was a orthodontist (156 comments)

Thanks for the memory...LOL
but I have to ask,
Why not a Gosub, I recall, I did everything with gosub's so I could keep the most used code near the top and the few used routines on the bottom?

5 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

onepoint Re:Move to a gated community (596 comments)

No, it's crappy, like riding the subway back in 1978 in NYC, but not as smelly.
But what people have learned is that you can operate on a schedule and have relaxful time for yourself.
Trust me, driving in southern Florida is a horrible thing, best way to describe it, You will get hit if you don't pay attention ALL the time, in California you only get hit when you do something dumb. It's a stressful drive here. I would rather be stuck on the 405 doing 20, or on the LIE doing 15, then doing 30 to 95.

5 days ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

onepoint Re:It is an end of a era... (156 comments)

See and that is what is happening in the world, Dr Dobb's was a general knowledge publication, where you learned and gained insight from your peers. Now everyone is focused on a solution. Where just 20 years ago, 20 different solution would happen for a problem, now we just see 2 or 3, lack of creativity.

So as I will advise you all, read, and read a lot, and about stuff you never tried. You would be surprised at the solution you will create.

5 days ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

onepoint Re:Oh yeah, he was a orthodontist (156 comments)

I knew, before even looking at your link, it was a Commodore platform. V-20, I had the C-64, and yes, knowing how to use the least amount of memory was just the start. Sprites and all the fun, tape drive, saving, until I bought the disk drive. (It was 8,1 to save right)? I think it was the most amazing platform ever, and it was the best investment of $ 896.00 ( on sale that September or October 1981 or 82 ) from my newspaper route.

5 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

onepoint Re:Move to a gated community (596 comments)

the real simple solution is a simple increase in the gas tax by a thumping amount, hurts like heck, but it will reduce the load, make it so that more efficient forms of transport work.
In Miami, when gas broke to 4.00 per gallon, I would notice that the trains were fuller, then when it got to 4.25 it started to get packed. It peaked and now people have come to like the trains. We are now just full. It's nice to know that every day, maybe 500 to 1000 cars are not on the road.

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

onepoint Re:Move to a gated community (596 comments)

Yes, you do, that's 100% correct.
As a home owner, you sometimes choose a street where there is minimal traffic to enjoy that, the lack of traffic.

The recent solution I've seen effective is speed bumps, and they were tall one's. Keeps traffic at bay on one street.
Another is, speed limits that are enforced, sometimes severely (IE: out of the car, roadside safety check... )

I've seen 1 street block entirely reduced to 10MPH due to a family of deaf children, I bike past it every weekend, I don't think that anyone drives on that block.
 

about a week ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

onepoint Re:Actions have consequences. (191 comments)

While I don't know where you are located, the word "right's" in a business sense, might not be qualified to use in the EU. They have different rules that they play by. Googles stance, of "it's my ball and I'm leaving the game" might be a legit Right in the USA, but in the EU it might not be.

This action might be a painful lesson for both the EU and Google. Google's Spanish subsidiary might be forced into action that is unwelcome ( I believe it happened in google china ), the EU might have to intervene and say a business has the permission to go out of business or you will have to offer it a subsidy, and I don't think google would want a subsidy since that would disclose traffic information.

about a week ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

onepoint Re:Things happen outside US!!! (183 comments)

Well, this rule seems smart "It is illegal to rent out DVDs/BRs not specially licensed to that purpose"
Makes perfect business sense that I own a dvd store, I rent that copy out 100 time, why not pay the artist 100 time ( like a movie theater )
It's leveraging the investment. Sound solid, and I happen not to like that idea, but again, it makes perfect business sense.

about two weeks ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

onepoint Re:Fear the Asian carp (118 comments)

You could be right, but the problem is ... How do you legally sell them the fish.
that's the big problem, how to sell it, document it, and track it.

In NJ and FL (those are the 2 that I know the laws in), you cannot sell your catch.
you can bring your catch and trade for smoked fish in NJ (well that was up to 2002 when I left)
Drop off 10lbs of fish, take 3lbs. Home.
In FL. You can bring the fish to a restaurant to be cooked for you.

Tracking the fish for non-human consumption might lead to better management of the carp, and lead to other discoveries.

about two weeks ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

onepoint Re:Fear the Asian carp (118 comments)

See, a person that is making an effort, While I know it's not a lot, it's a trickle.
Back when I fished freshwater, I would sponsor a fishing trip to the local lake for the boy club of America and my friends tackle store.
cost almost nothing, and introduced fishing to a group of about 15 kids.

if you don't mind sharing your spot, you should post it around,
less of these fish the better we all might be.

note: even if they are an invasive species, permits might be required to sell them to a processor.
here in florida I can not fish for drum without one, and that's off the surf.

about two weeks ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

onepoint Re:Fear the Asian carp (118 comments)

While I know the above is all for a good laugh, but there is a small solution to the carp problem that could stem the flow. Figure out if the fish is any good for pet food. Then, if it's viable, legalize the sale of it to processors for non-commercial fisherman. Once a fisherman knows he can legally sell his catch, he's going to think, fuel is paid from the processor and I've got myself a vacation.
While not the greatest solution, it's a simple and fun way to slow the fish down from crossing over into the lakes. Seems like a low risk solution.
Also, while not a common food here in the USA, I ate carp a while back. It tasted fine, no bones to complain about, maybe it could turn into a retail fish for consumers.

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

onepoint think of all the new math we will learn (132 comments)

While it's not Math, we will add more knowledge to the simulations, we will learn a lot of the bounces, which should teach something about gravity bouncing on asteroids. We just might discover that the "dust" was really frozen solid, we might learn how to glide better.
They did something that was very improbable (speed matching at amazing speeds) which now makes it possible. I can not wait for the future

about a month ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

onepoint Re:The Philae mission is a partial success (132 comments)

The problem is: we are talking about a design area of 1995 to 2002, with flight in 2004.
So, what we can do now, is all based on what we have learned.
All your ideas are valid and we will be better at it in the future.

about a month ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

onepoint Re:I call bullshit (461 comments)

While I don't like what he is doing, I find that his request just might be legal. I really don't know ( IANAL ) and I dislike the idea of what he is doing. But then again, here is a case of nobody guessing that this would happen.
He will most likely go about publicly shaming them. That's what I'm guessing. And reaching real far, he might have sinister plans.

about a month and a half ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

onepoint I find it funny (461 comments)

While this is the funniest thing I've seen posted in a long time, I also think it's wrong.
But this is the great thing about the constitution and the bodies of laws we create.
Where does that line start or end.

I wonder what will become of this.

about a month and a half ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

onepoint Re:Jeep. (272 comments)

Funny, but I went immediately to the ink section (I like fountain pens, and sometimes you are required to use special inks) in Henleys, and they were all interesting (page 399 and 400). I have to guess some of these inks are amazing.

But more to the point, Why not print a book like this or buy a book like this and just keep in case of that frightful day. I think its 800+ pages are well worth the shelf space.

about 2 months ago
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Tetris Is Hard To Test

onepoint Re:Infomercial for a code coverage tool? (169 comments)

You know, I like what you wrote since it brought up a safety issue once I read about. It was about a plane making a crash landing, and the pilots heard a "GONG" sound, they were never trained for that sound, but they were able to find it in the manual. It seemed that that gong sound was the sound of everything is failing including redundancy. Now that gong sound is in all the simulations.

So I look at it as a tool, a tool to test all the code and see if it works in general for most situations, then test again to see if it works correctly with other applications by trial and error.

about 2 months ago
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Tetris Is Hard To Test

onepoint Re:Infomercial for a code coverage tool? (169 comments)

While everything you just said makes sense, nothing beats good testing, and like any tool, this is another one. All that code coverage does is let you focus on what has not been touched, then you'll be able to test it somehow. Also, I could create a similar problem, just like the one you wrote about above and would happen more often. I'm thinking of traffic management in the air. Or maybe even traffic management on land.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

onepoint Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

Really, you think that they have a DOJ and or any fed regulator problem???
Hmm...
Specific chip driver, designed for that chip only
Copycat chip using the above chip driver
Change the driver code slightly for improvement or whatever reason
Results:
Your system crashed, if it was using the fake chip.
Not the fault of the manufacture of the specific chip.
The liability goes towards whom sold that configuration to you with the promise of that specific chip. They lied.

I am guessing that this should be happening more often in the next 5 to 10 years, built in clones killing.

about 2 months ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

onepoint Re:Why? (986 comments)

Debunking is not such an easy task and as the above stated, it's 10x as hard. Really, most perpetual motion debunking was done by highly skilled magicians that had a scientific bent and testing that required the help of physicist ( don't recall the episode of Bullshit with Pen and Teller in which they said that)

Could you imagine what it must cost just to test something like this, just so you can say, Hey it's a scam or not, and then publish it. I'm rather sure no one works for free so.

about 2 months ago

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onepoint onepoint writes  |  more than 11 years ago

just wanted to say that my life is the most interesting thing. failure and success are common at the extreems and I have nothing in the middle. just plain wierd. wondering if there is anyone else having just an extreem life

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just learned about this

onepoint onepoint writes  |  more than 11 years ago

this is an interesting feature. I wonder if over the long term people will respond with Ideas that will improve the quality of my response to the posting I do.

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