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Comment: Jack Tramiel (Score 4, Interesting) 97

by Neo-Rio-101 (#48475997) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Sounds an awful lot like Jack Tramiel's questionable business practices while at Commodore:

1. Make a large order to a supplier for parts
2. Supplier runs up costs and works to complete the order
3. Fail to pay the supplier in a timely manner
4. Let the supplier go bankrupt
5. Buy the supplier at liquidated prices
6. Profit!

Comment: Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (Score 5, Informative) 519

by spooje (#48423261) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?
NASA is almost out of Plutonium. With the end of the cold war the US stopped refining uranium and producing plutonium. There's not much left and it's becoming a real problem for the designers of long term space missions, especially ones that are far enough that solar power isn't a viable option.

Comment: Unless the plant is surrounded in a glass dome... (Score 2) 128

If someone were so morally bankrupt enough to create a drone army to infiltrate certain gaps and structural weaknesses in the plant and detonate significant payload to disrupt cooling/power/containment, surrounding area is going to be uninhabitable for a looong time.

Time for plants to consider netting, maybe? If it would help at all? Perhaps reinforce areas so that drones can't easily fly into them?

Comment: Re:I blame women (Score 2) 306

by Neo-Rio-101 (#48256873) Attached to: We Are All Confident Idiots

...which is funny because in East Asian countries (specifically China, Japan), being and sounding overly confident comes off arrogant and boastful.... EVEN IF you ARE confident about certain things. You'll just sound pompous, to the point where you have to fake inadequacy to get people to take you seriously.

This would explain why nerdy and geeky men typically hook up with Asian women.

Comment: erratum: missing lines (Score 2) 169

by Neo-Rio-101 (#48232433) Attached to: Tetris Is Hard To Test

13 fors=ltol+(m-160-l)*qstep-1:pokes+11,peek(s-29):next:y=y-q:m=m+q*40:z=z+q
14 l=l+40*not-q:next:print"{home}";z:goto7
15 b=0:forx=0to3:b=bor1andpeek(w+e(g+x)):next:b=b>0:w=-t*b-w*notb:l$="a":return

{home} is the home character blob (appears as reverse S character) within quotes

Use A,S,D keys to rotate and drop the blocks
Have fun!

Comment: C64 BASIC version within a screen of code (Score 3, Interesting) 169

by Neo-Rio-101 (#48232409) Attached to: Tetris Is Hard To Test

It's a 15 liner.
Note that the {CBM-x} represents the graphic on that particular key (press the c= key and the letter to produce it)

1 a$="efijefijefijefijbfjnhijkbfjnhijkijfgaefjijfgaefjefjkiefbefjkiefbbfjidefj"
2 a$=a$+"abeieijkaeijijkgabfjiefgehijebfj@abe@dhe":o=207:dime(o):forx=0to111
3 print," {CBM-M}"," {CBM-G}":p=asc(mid$(a$,x+1)):e(x)=(pand3)+(pand12)*10:next:m=2024
4 print," {CBM-T}{CBM-T}{CBM-T}{CBM-T}{CBM-T}{CBM-T}{CBM-T}{CBM-T}{CBM-T}{CBM-T}":gosub6:goto7
5 pokei+e(r),c:pokei+e(r+1),c:pokei+e(r+2),c:pokei+e(r+3),c:c=160:r$="d":return
6 i=1152:r=h:c=32:gosub5:j=int(rnd(0)*7)*16:r=j:gosub5:r=h:h=j:i=i+9:return
7 gosub6:w=i:t=i:g=r:k=240:l=1278
8 gosub15:c=32:gosub5:r=-r*b-g*notb:g=r
9 i=w:w=i+40:gosub5:gosub15:ifbthen12
10 getk$:g=randkor((r-4*(k$="s"))and15)
11 t=w:w=w+(k$=l$)-(k$=r$):l=l+40:goto8
12 c=o:gosub5:m=m-(l0:w=-t*b-w*notb:l$="a":return

Comment: Today's business class is the 70s' economy class (Score 5, Interesting) 819

Judging by images like these, today's business class is pretty much what economy class used to be in the 70s. Some argue that flying has become too cheap. I beg to disagree: flying in a humane manner has not become cheaper, it's just that you'd have to book business class nowadays.

How many Unix hacks does it take to change a light bulb? Let's see, can you use a shell script for that or does it need a C program?