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Comment Re:It was the first standard for video? (Score 1) 406

And if you don't have at least a dual-monitor setup, you're doing it wrong.

I have a dual-monitor setup at work (one at 1680x1050 and the other at 1440x900 or so, both somewhere near 20") and a single-monitor setup at home (28" 4K). I think the single 4K monitor is more useful than two lower-res monitors, and it takes up less space (as in it still fits on the smaller desk at home).

Comment Re:It was the first standard for video? (Score 1) 406

You're not kidding. Consider this tripe from TFA:

"One of the first computers with built-in video output, the Apple II, simply threw a lot of CPU time at a character generator, a shift register, and a few other bits of supporting circuitry to write memory to a video output."

The Apple II wasted no CPU time on graphics. Memory access was interleaved between the CPU and the video hardware; the video hardware (a bunch of 74LSxx logic, eventually reduced to two chips in the IIe and then one chip in the IIGS) was entirely responsible for drawing the screen contents based on the contents of the frame buffers and some softswitches.

With that error right off the bat, I didn't bother continuing with the article. The author is the Howard Zinn of computer history, if this is an accurate indication of his output.

That this is coming from Hackaday is troubling. Aren't they usually better than this?

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1304

I don't believe it. What about the relentless left-wing social justice stories that blame nerds for everything wrong in the world? What about constant news-today-gone-tomorrow political stories that are general news, at best?

When did the left-wing blame the nerds? Usually they target the anti-nerds: those pegged as right-wing, old, white, anti-science, religious, "out-of-touch" fossils.

Comment Re:Well, that was surprisingly boring. (Score 1) 62

Tried out this code in an Apple II emulator:

10 I=0
20 I=I+1:PRINT I
30 GOSUB 20

It gets to 25 before bombing out with an out-of-memory error. Assuming that it's using the processor's 256-byte stack and not some other chunk of memory, the "out-of-memory" condition more than likely is a stack overflow.

Comment Re:9/11 was an inside job (Score 1) 303

No government would be competent enough to pull off a conspiracy of that magnitude (except maybe DPRK), and not many would be that callous as to kill to their own people in cold blood either, nor do that much damage to their own infrastructure. There's no real gain from something like that, even with increased government oversight. Neither Bush nor Cheney were planning on being in power the rest of their lives, unlike, say, Kim Jung Il. (Though shorter/fewer term limits for Congress would help to prevent such a conspiracy too). But the "truthers" will keep going on with their incredibly ignorant "jet fuel can't melt steel beams" strawman.

Comment In other words, duh? (Score 2, Insightful) 60

Not surprising at all, especially the depression. A major component of stress is realizing or feeling like you don't have control over your life (due to your job, boss, spouse, financial situation etc.) so naturally that can lead to depression. What's the point of living without free will, feeling trapped? Gone on long enough, with cortisol eating at your innards, you'll gain weight too, which can just feed into more depression, as it lowers your health and self-esteem. Dementia seems a bit more complicated, but not I can't say I'm surprised, as paranoia and cynicism, an outcome of the depression, would be likely gateways.

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