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Comment Re:Well then... (Score 1) 123

You don't need usenet for these, by the way, it's all torrent driven.

Usenet tends to be faster, however. Torrent download speeds are highly variable: fairly quick for popular files that everyone else is downloading at the same time, not so much for other files. I've had to leave many a torrent running for days or even weeks for it to complete. SABnzbd, OTOH, will usually pull anything that hasn't expired at 5.5-6 MB/s (bytes, not bits) over my connection, which is pretty much as fast as the connection supports.

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: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.

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Comment Re:WTF??? (Score 1) 8

"If so..."?

Yes, it was said by candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton during that night's Democrat's debate between candidates for their party's nomination to run next for the U.S. Presidency. I had recorded the debate from earlier, so was able to replay this part as necessary to get the quote exact.

Its significance to me (while only incidental to this JE) is that I've been saying here that the ACA, AKA "Obamacare", is indeed obviously a path to single-payer in the U.S., and that the American Left's expressed dissatisfaction with it was fake.

With that said however, this Nazi realizes he's actually probably going to need government-mandated and -subsidized (via wealth redistribution) healthcare dispensing. I'm a programmer who'll be 50 this year, and I'm not management material, and with globalism and the deceptively easy appearance of outsourcing what I do, it's hard to imagine I'll be able to keep working until whatever age they've raised my Social Security retirement age to (68?).

If the government was to take a heavy hand in anything in all of this, it should've been divorcing health insurance from employment. (But that would not have headed us in the direction that was intended.)

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Journal Journal: de-militarize the police 8

One good idea from the Dem debate tonight, from Bernie, was to de-militarize the police. I don't recall there being much in the way of specifics, beyond something about them not looking like an occupying force. But it got me thinking, thusly:

1) Make it illegal for the federal government to sell military gear to non-military entities, and make it illegal for civilian police forces purchase surplus military gear. (Whatever private individuals are allowed to buy would be unaltered.)

Comment Re:Europe, land of the sheep and chickenshit (Score 0, Troll) 460

Forcing people into dept so they can get an education.

Nobody forced you to sign on the dotted line for the loan to fund your $55k/year Critical Queer Trans Women's Studies degree that rendered you less fit for a career asking people "you want fries with that?" than you were before you went in. It's your fault you didn't look into more cost-effective options which you might've been able to pay as you go, or at least rack up a smaller, more easily paid-off pile of debt. It's your fault you picked a worthless degree with no real-world applicability. Why should I (with the computer-science degree from a state school) and others like me (not to mention all of the millions who found gainful employment without a degree in the trades, the military, or whatever) have to finance your poor choices?

Comment Re:Replacement?? (Score 1) 388

You were still using DOS as a primary OS in 1995? Dude Windows 3.1 wasn't THAT bad. I know it's cool to like the command line around here but DOS wasn't GOOD command line (no multitasking being a major drawback).

I wasn't using DOS all the way up to 1995 (I had been running OS/2 and early versions of Linux starting around maybe '93 or '94), but there were ways to get DOS to multitask that didn't involve Windows. DESQview, for instance, was pretty decent, and it let me share my 286 between running a BBS and doing other things.

(To be perfectly honest, my primary computer at the time would've been an Apple II. I built a computer to run my BBS so I could have my Apple II back. :-) )

Comment Re: WALDO (Score 1) 27

The problem with EA concepts is that they're presented via EA terminology. And vice-versa. I don't know if I'll ever get there in my career.

And I get the impression that some EA patterns aren't mutex, but at different levels. Making if confusing to try to Goog what EF implements vice what it allows one to implement.

But my understanding is that Active Record is (usually not recommend and) requires your business objects derive from some base class provided by the OR/M. Which I don't think is required in EF (although maybe in early version(s) it was), so I still want to learn it/how to use an OR/M. But I'm just talking about mapping abilities, as except for as a convenient teaching situation, I don't where anyone would want to use an auto-generated db schema.

Comment Re: WALDO (Score 1) 27

I like this from the wikipedia page for it:

"SQLAlchemy's philosophy is that SQL databases behave less and less like object collections the more size and performance start to matter, while object collections behave less and less like tables and rows the more abstraction starts to matter."

Tomorrow I'm going to look more into the Active Record pattern vs. the Data Mapper pattern. (And I've no idea which (if only one) EF conforms to.)

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