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Comment Safer (Score 1) 278

Thailand has two rules for pedestrians: #1 You can walk anywhere, anytime. #2 If you get hit it's your own fault. Amazingly, it's safer this way. Pedestrians are on the defensive. None of this crap about lying in a hospital bed while your lawyer sues the life out of the car's insurance company, Look both ways before crossing the sidewalk. No cops protect you, so you have to be careful for yourself. Defensive is safer.

Comment 124k? (Score 1) 114

The Apple ][ we had had a 64k address space, true. But it was bank switched. Main memory was 60k, as I recall, but the top 4k had an OS function to select an additional 60k that would map into the low-order 60k. So you had a high 4k permanent bank and two low switched banks of 60k each.

If you stuck to BASIC you never knew this was going on, and maybe it was only the later machines that did this. But us 6502 hackers knew it. A total of 124k.

It was many years ago; I think it was the top 4k but it might have been the top 8k. I thought it was so neat that Apple was using address lines to bank switch.

Comment Re:67 (Score 1) 242

I attended various Mormon chuches in Thailand and Vientiane for ten years. They are good people - I like them. I respect them. But I could never commit to believing EVERYTHING that any man says, even their prophet, so I never actually joined. Because of this they finally told me to go away. The next time some Mormon missionary hits on you, ask him about "God The Mother".

Comment Re:67 (Score 0) 242

When I met her she was hired as a cleaning lady . but soon rose to waitress. Too fat and ugly to be a dancer.

Why should I care what you think of me? I walked away from American culture. I would rather die in Thailand than live in the USA.

I am a polygamist. I have a wonderful photo of three women; all three were my wives. If she wants me she can join the club. No 'excusive' option.

I don't use birth control but I'm glad you do. People who don't like people shouldn't make more people. I love people. I love children.

I am an ex-American living in Thailand. Why should I "stick to one woman at a time"? I say "No" maybe 90% of the time, but the ten percents add up.

My Japanese-American ex-wife used to say that any man is fundamentally faithful - to whatever woman is standing in front of him right now. I'm not trying to make you happy; I'm trying to make her happy. Apparently I do.

Probably feminists hate me. There are very few feminists in Thailsand.

Comment 67 (Score 3, Insightful) 242

I am 67 years old, I have more than 45 years experince. My first "personal computer" was an IBM 360/20 with four keypunch machines.

I have a web site (www.andycanfield.com). This year I learned Facebook (bad user interface, dumb pictures). Two months ago I had a stroke, so I'm typing this using 'onboard', which I learned YESTERDAY.

My career path for the past 25 years was learned from the best Patpong hookers: "Find somebody who's got money, and keep him happy. The money will take care of itself."

The company is still making money running software I wrote 20 years ago, and they know it. This week they want a new feature - of course I agreed. I support their servers weekly through my home Internet connection. I live in the town where they asked me to live 20 years ago.

My wife I picked out myself.

Comment Badly written (Score 2) 205

This is a very dumb article. First off, just because he argues that the livespan of intelligence is not infinite, it is finite, as if he knew the number. Second, his basic argument is that entropy reduces the differenctial between the energy levels of point A and point B. Sure it dies. And the amount of energy differential approchases zero. BUT IT NEVER GETS TO ZERO. And the level of energy differenctial needed to support intelligence will probably 'approach' zero also, but never get to zero. Even today artificial intelligence requires a tiny fraction of the energy (differential) that it needed five decades ago.

This guy must be assuming also that Physics will stop dead; that nothing will ever be discovered. What about alternate universes? How's your predictor function there?

No thanks; not well done.

"Falling in love makes smoking pot all day look like the ultimate in restraint." -- Dave Sim, author of Cerebrus.