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Comment: Re:Oh yeah, he was a orthodontist (Score 1) 156

by PhotoJim (#48635917) Attached to: Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

Also, Commodore BASIC lacked IF-THEN-ELSE, having only IF-THEN so sometimes GOTOs were necessary to do what you'd do using ELSE if you had it.

Also, on the stock VIC-20 especially, with only 3,583 bytes of RAM free for BASIC programming (unless you bought a RAM expander), you were coding for efficiency first, not readability or understandability. It had to fit in 3.5kB or else it wouldn't run. Nothing else mattered unless you had spare space.

Incidentally, decking out a VIC-20 to 32 or even 40 kB RAM is a lot of fun. It might still be awfully modest by today's standards but it sure makes for a fun programming environment.

Comment: Re:Can't live with/without them... (Score 1) 353

by PhotoJim (#47416551) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Of course our plan is imperfect. It's just less imperfect than yours is.

Choice is great, and normally I'm a big fan of choice, but when Canadians live about 2-3 years longer than Americans, on average, and spend a little more than 50% of what Americans spend on health care, I view our compromises as being acceptable. I like the economic freedom that detaching health insurance from employment provides. The two times in my life I have had pressing issues, I received immediate care. And frankly, it would be best if the US remained a private health care nation because, if I prefer care faster than my province's system provides it, I can hop across the border for it. I don't expect to have that need, but I still have that choice.

No one is uninsured here, and that means no one consumes health care and free rides on those that can afford to pay (or choose to pay), and even those of modest means will get quality care. Preexisting conditions are a non-issue. To me, those advantages outweigh the loss of choice. (And to be truthful, I do have choice - Canada has 13 systems here, one for every province and territory, so if I don't like the health care where I live, I can hop to another province. That's adequate for me.)

Comment: Re:Can't live with/without them... (Score 1) 353

by PhotoJim (#47409571) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

This is why you need a single payer system. My premiums don't go up because I ate too many ice cream cones, because I don't pay premiums per se. I pay taxes and my taxes pay for medical treatment for anyone who lives in my jurisdiction.

The solution to your problems, perversely to sycodon's preferences, is *more* government, oddly enough, not less.

Comment: DVD still have use. (Score 4, Insightful) 339

by PhotoJim (#47122451) Attached to: The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

I still buy physical DVDs - primarily because they are passively archival and don't depend on me a) having connectivity or b) having my server nearby. I view programming at some locations (like my cottage) where it's easier to bring a few DVDs than it is to copy a bunch of data onto a hard disk and then connect a computer to the television.

I also wonder if the energy consumption considers the issues of ramped-up Internet infrastructure and server capacity required to store, back up and stream the content. This isn't free and isn't emission-neutral. High-def (e.g. Blu-Ray) content is even moreso whereas the cost of a Blu-Ray disc versus DVD is actually almost trivial. Once you own the Blu-Ray player, you're done except for the marginal two or three dollar cost for the higher definition media.

Comment: Re:The actual technical fault. (Score 1) 865

by PhotoJim (#46927139) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

The best solution to this problem is the third pedal - the clutch - but unfortunately it too seems to be falling by the wayside. Still, automatics can be quickly popped into neutral under duress, and drivers with automatics should really practice this. Generally you can just slide the gear selector; no button-pressing is necessary.

Still, I agree with you about physical keys. They're simpler, and simple is good.

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