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Comment Re:Base 10 sequences, other bases of interest? (Score 1) 189

Yes, I see my error.

I tought his sequence was listing all the numerical symbols sequentially, adding a digit each time, and repeating when all the symbols have been used. Thus having 1234567890123...etc...

Now I see that after 9 it's ten, eleven ,twelve, etc...

So in binary it's indeed

1, 110, 11011, 11011100, etc...


Comment Re:Base 10 sequences, other bases of interest? (Score 1) 189

I just tried his sequence but in base 2 (since I'm a programmer!)

1, 10, 101, 1010, 10101, 101010, etc...

The pattern is boring, each binary value in the sequence, when converted in decimal, repeats the following:

previous value x 2
previous value x 2 + 1

The same list in decimal:

1, 2, 5, 10, 21, 42, etc...

Comment Re:The old talent doesn't understand the new stuff (Score 1) 229

In the glorious world of bank IT, anyhing we need can be implemented using DFSORT, ICETOOL and a little COBOL.

We're currently investing millions in a new system, and guess what? It's JCL and COBOL all the way (with a little ASSEMBLY thrown in for fun).

Why? Because it fucking works. We still have programs from the 70's that process millions upon millions of transactions worth billions of $ every day, and those programs have been modified less than ten times over their working lives.

It Fucking Works. That's it.

Comment Re:VR is going to land with a thud (Score 1) 174

VR is a lot like 3D movies... it get reinvented every 20 years and flops every time.

When I went to the very last World of Commodore in Toronto, circa 1993, VR was everywhere, it was the hottest subject going on in the Amiga community. I still have some flyers somewhere...

At the time I tought that we would have VR headsets in our homes in a matter of 2 or 3 years, and yet 22 years after we still don't have any practical VR.

Sadly, I don't think we'll have Holodecks or Better than Life headbands in my lifetime.

Comment Re:Brother Guy rocks: (Score 1) 269

Yes, but you must take into account that at the time, if you were poor, the only way to get and education and learn a lot of things was to become a monk or a priest. Those got to learn to read and write, and had a lot of time to study and discuss with each other.

So, if all those Catholic scientists would be alive today instead of hundreds of years ago, do you really think they would still have become Catholics or they would have been regular scientists (and by regular I mean not monks, priests or clerics)?

I think that they were curious, intelligent guys who took the only option available to them at the time to expand their knowledge.

Comment Doors (Score 1, Troll) 323

Those falcon wing doors looks cool, but what about winter? Will the motors be powerful enough to overcome ice? Where will the snow on roof go when you open them?

What a about a ski rack? Where do you put your canoe or your kayak? Your bikes?

Or a luggage rack? Because it's cool to have a 7 passenger SUV, but where do you put the luggage?

When we go camping as a family, we're 6. The only space left for luggage is the tiny space left in the trunk and the big luggage box on the roof.

Every little picofarad has a nanohenry all its own. -- Don Vonada