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Comment: Re: Incredible! (Score 1) 191

by Kazoo the Clown (#48927729) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record
Obligatory Dilbert reference:

wally: "When I started programming, we didn't have any of these sissy "icons" and "windows". All we had were zeros and ones — and sometimes we didn't even have ones. I once wrote a database using only zeros."
dilbert: "You had zeros? We had to use the letter "O"."

Comment: Re: Incredible! (Score 1) 191

by Kazoo the Clown (#48927669) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record
133M OS? Bloated. My first decent coding job was working on a 4-user OS that ran in 8K. Supported text terminal based business apps written in a tight tokenized language by swapping segments of them in 256 byte chunks from floppy (with a small cache) and the DB stored on floppies as well. And I can tell you we didn't waste bytes on using either null as a string terminator OR a length byte, 7-bit characters with the high bit being the terminator saved us all kinds of space (made supporting international character sets a pain, but we did that too for many of them). When we finally got around to porting the environment to Linux, it scaled REALLY well. The dang thing could run 1000 users from a PC based server (this was in the early '90s with sub-gigabyte memory). This was when the GUI-heavy competition was struggling to support 20 users.

Comment: A zone by any other name... (Score 5, Insightful) 413

I hear there are zones of lawlessness in people's homes and in various public spaces such as parks, parking lots, street corners and alleys, where people actually TALK to each other without being surveilled! And bad guys who talk in code so that even if they are being surveilled, it's as if their conversation is encrypted by their brains! Horrors, whatever shall we do! Think of the children!

Comment: Of course. (Score 0) 126

by Kazoo the Clown (#48921577) Attached to: FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots
The government doesn't want anything to stand in the way of people taking the internet for granted or reducing their usage due to expense. Otherwise the surveillance network doesn't work as well. Also, jammers have a tendency to interfere with their IMSI catchers. Can't have that now, can we?

Comment: Re:Well, what did you expect? (Score 1) 146

by Kazoo the Clown (#48906933) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds
Well, it's a better way to get Media coverage of your protest than camping out in Zucatti park. At least for the first few times until the WH tells the media to lay off covering such incidents. And soon you'll have to go completely autonomous once they set up the radio jammers.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 290

by Kazoo the Clown (#48825399) Attached to: Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure
It does seem like a bad idea to base a virtual currency on the amount of energy wasted to "mine" it. While that may not have been the original intent, the way it's panned out is you mine it by burning up electricity in order to compute them. Unless the NSA has figured a way to utilize those computations to aid them in decryption and wanted to encourage it for that reason, it seems it's devolved into merely burning up resources in order to turn it into money. Then again, I suppose mining for gold isn't all that different. Still, wouldn't it be better to come up with a way to produce artificial scarcity that conserves rather than wastes energy?

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