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Comment Re:Wasn't the C64 just a BASIC interpreter anyways (Score 1) 112

Asking about 80's computers and knowing about 80's computers are two different things. I've read the original post 4 times. There is nothing objectively wrong with my reply. I will agree there are perhaps valid alternative interpretations, but that's no reason to complain about my interpretation in such a rude way. If someone by chance interprets it different, they can give a re-phrasing of it based on how they interpret it. No reason to rudely accuse the other person of reading it wrong.

Comment Re:those were the days (Score 2) 112

Sounds like a fairly good learning experience even if you were disappointed with the game design.

I used to write my own games, watch my brother play and find holes in them and chew me out:

Bro: "Hey, why does the robot say 'meow' when it crashes into rocks? Dontcha know what a @#& robot is?"

Me: "Hey, I'm new at this; do I look like Atari to you?"

Bro: "Atari didn't get big by making meowing robots."

Me: "How did your mouth get big?"

Ah, the good 'ol days...

Comment Re:tom (Score 1) 112

i had one of those could never use it though because we had a windows 95? machine and i couldn't work out how to get BASIC

If my memory serves me, you could download a free version of Visual Basic "Lite" from common dial-up services of the day, and it was bundled with certain VB books. I don't remember what Microsoft called it exactly; it might be this thing:

http://news.microsoft.com/1996...

It supported a subset of traditional BASIC, but I never heavily tested backward compatibility.

Comment Re:Gridlock (Score 2) 183

This shows that a party repeating a BS meme works on some people.

Reagan and W are the biggest "recent" spenders; and did it during non-recessions such that "stimulus" cannot be a justification. Both started during a recession, but failed to shut off the spigot after the economy improved.

W spent on war, DHS, Medicare Part D, and his tax cuts and refunds worsened the debt problem.

Comment Conspiracy test (Score 1) 509

This may test the conspiracy theory that scientists lie or exaggerate to get more government funding. Let's call it the Handout Bias Theory (HBT).

If you get fired when you "prove" it, then proofs should now stop. Scientists would come to nebulous conclusions so as to keep their jobs, under HBT. "We need more research & funding to really know..."

However, the conspiratorial types are likely to replace one conspiracy with another when evidence goes against the original. I don't know what they'll dream up yet to replace HBT, but conspiracies can wild-card explanations almost as well as Creationism: "God did it that way because he simply wanted do." Maybe they'll claim scientists want to shut down operations to hide their dirty deeds now that The Patriots are on to them.

Comment Re:It's pretty obvious what happened to them (Score 1) 213

because the utility is run by people who apparently feel it's fine to sell out their own countrymen to make a buck.

But I don't want to have to depend on company altruism for these kinds of things to not happen. If they don't do it, their competitors will and they'll then be punished for NOT trying to make a buck. You'll be punishing the altruistic ones.

I'd rather see the law changed or clarified to make sure it does ONLY what it's supposed to do: fill actual labor shortages instead of fake shortages to save a buck or have docile workers who can't practically shop around or complain. (I've seen H1B abuses with my own eyes. I personally know they happen.)

This includes more thorough auditing and inspections. For example, all rejected citizen resumes should be saved for say 5 years, along with the reason for rejection. And disallow long chain-combo's such as "must have paid experience in A and in B and in C and in D and in E, etc.".

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