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Comment: meetearl.com -- Crowd funded back-country tablet (Score 1) 214

Earl is the end all to beat all of a back country Android tablets: solar charger, e-ink, BT-4.0, GPS, built in maps, GMRS, weather radio, FM radio, weather sensors,
walkie-talkie", ...

Although not a kickstarter project, it is a crowd funded project with an "advertised" funding of $699,000 of a $250,000 goal. This "project" was supposed to be delivered well over a year ago. The updates are somewhere between sad and funny. Now, it is supposed to be delivered this "Spring". Yeah? That's what they said last year. At first I watched their progress because I'd like to have one of these. Later, it was laughable confirmation why I would never back a project like this. I don't know who these people are who actually fund vapor-ware on sites like KickStarter.

I have only supported one KickStarter project that was recently funded Star Trek Continues: https://www.kickstarter.com/pr...

Read the updates for the Meet Earl project (http://www.meetearl.com/updates/) it's quite funny. Here is a grab of a few of their update headlines:

May 5th, 2013
We're on track to start production in July and if all goes to plan, we'll have Earl in your hands before the end of Summer.

June 21st, 2013
Exciting news! Our forum is now up! ... [This is my favorite update announcement ... wow! it is exciting news that they have a "forum"! Way Cool!]

January 23rd, 2014
We’re still here! Just busy beyond belief. But there is light at the end of the tunnel! ...

May 8th, 2014
May we introduce EARL! ...

July 1st, 2014
One year in. Is Earl ready yet? ...

October 18th, 2014
Simply put, Earl’s delayed.There’s never an easy way to spin bad news. I cringe at the thought of announcing each of the delays we’ve faced over the last 18 months...

January 27th, 2015
Hello? Yes we’re still here! ... but at this point Earl’s release date is a moving target.

Comment: Re:I can't bike. I live in a dangerous big city! (Score 1) 304

by yayoubetcha (#49138629) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

Well if Fred Beckey is OK it must be bullshit. I mean, Fred Beckey!
Because a single data point is absolutely representative of reality. I never did understand all these people claiming to live in poverty, I do just fine. Poverty must be a lie.

You want a fucking citation? Okay?

The results, which were published last week in PLoS One, were telling. The ultra-runners had a low, although not nonexistent, incidence of high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats, with about 7.5 percent of the runners reporting one of those problems. But less than 1 percent had been diagnosed with heart disease or had a past stroke, and few had experienced cancer, with basal cell skin carcinoma being the most common malignancy, occurring in 1.6 percent of the runners. Those percentages are generally lower than among age-matched American adults, especially considering that a majority of the ultra-runners were aged 40 or older.

http://journals.plos.org/ploso...

Glad to help.

Comment: I can't bike. I live in a dangerous big city! (Score 4, Informative) 304

by yayoubetcha (#49121537) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

Get off your lazy asses!

"Oh I live in the big city." "It is dangerous to ride a bike." "Bikes are for pussies!"

I have heard it all. You want a dangerous activity? How about sitting all day in front of your computer. The health risks of inactivity trump the dangers of activity.

I commuted from Fremont, CA to Belmont, CA across the Dumbarton Bridge. I started doing it because the driving commute was two hours and 10 minutes. I rode it in two hours and 15 minutes. In six months I went from 260 pounds to 185.

I didn't start riding to get healthy. I got healthy because I started and kept riding. Now, I also run ultra-marthons and do fast-packing long distance hikes.

Comment: "Free Market" will 'fix' bad ISPs (yeah, right) (Score 1) 237

by yayoubetcha (#49100919) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan

I would switch to one of the many other data providers. If you don't like T-mo, then go with Consumer Cellular, Virgin Mobile, or one of the many quality providers who give you honest data service for an honest dollar.

Certainly, we do not need Government regulations. The free market is auto-correcting here.

Comment: Re:They didn't even mention... (Score 1) 213

I dont have mod points, but if I did, I'd mod this up. The 'O' word should be problem #1.

If the human population would just limit their breeding to one child, within about 200 years the world population would be reduced to pre-Industrial levels of about one billion world-wide. Once that level is achieved, then families could have two children per household. The population levels could then exist within ecological boundaries.

Yeah, good luck with that.

Here is the technology that could save the environment..... " a condom"

Comment: if (i_use_GOTOs) { goto_school(); } (Score 1) 677

by yayoubetcha (#49040403) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

A long-time-ago friend of mine developed the word processor for Jacquard Systems called "Type Rite". It was, at the time (70s), the most advanced word processor around. When the IBM PC entered the market, a major computer company, bought a license and paid him a healthy contractor rate to port it to the PC. After a year of being 99% done, he asked me if I wanted to finish the port to "C" on the PC. I asked to look at his code before accepting. OMFG! It was riddled with GOTOs. No way I wanted to take over the project for him.

He was a long-time assembly language programmer. Basically, he took the structure of assembly, and applied it to C. Very long functions with "if (...) goto".

He was the most financially successful programmer I had met at that time, but his code was, and remains to this date, the worst implementation of 'C' I have ever seen.

"GOTO" should never have been allowed in C.

Comment: Fascinating. I have the complete opposite opinion (Score 1) 277

by yayoubetcha (#49030193) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Look at Stephen Colbert for proof. His spinoff is a great success and extremely funny, but IMHO, it doesn't come close to matching the comedy of The Daily Show with John.

I found that The Daily Show (TDS) did not come close to matching the comedy of the Colbert Report. For me, I get sick on too much of the same thing from TDS... "Look at the double-speak teams at Fox". Colbert changed into a legitimate comedy variety show.

Let me see if I recall who CBS offered to replace David Letterman....? Damn, it'll come to me....

Comment: Warning Horrific! Wanna Watch? [Y]; Really? [Y] (Score 1) 645

We are posting a video of the most extreme graphic video footage. Are you sure you wish to proceed? [Y]

We are applying a fee of $3 (100% of money goes to surviving family). There is NO REFUND! If you wish to proceed, donate here: LINK [Y]

Thank you for your payment. This is your last chance. Are you sure you want to watch the extraordinarily graphic video? [Y]

OK. That's your call. Here ya go...

(Video of an obvious "Ken" doll being burned in a backyard grill) Caption reads, "You are a sick fuck!"

Now, let's watch you go to your Credit Card company to force us to give your money back. "I didn't pay $3 to watch a video of a simulated man being burned alive. I wanted to see a real man being burned to death. They deceived me and I want money back...... hello?.... Is somebody there? ... .hello?" [dial tone]

The sad truth is. A person could probably get several hundred people (or more) do it.

Comment: Intel x86 ASM made me successful, but I hated it (Score 2) 192

I preferred MIPS or 68K assembly. I hated x86 asm.

1992: I wanted more firmware jobs. Screw it, I'm going to learn x86 asm. I developed an RTOS with an x86 kernel. Hired by major semi company in '95 as a contractor. Promoted and led 12 person dev team in 1996 to help build the most powerful supercomputer at that time. Top of my rank group for duration @ company. Cashed in my chips in early 2001 and "retired" from corporate life. Worked part-time since and spending most of my time enjoying the outdoors: ultra-running, mountaineering, ski-mountaineering, mtn biking, world travel, ....

Payoff of popular languages worked for me (C and x86 asm in the 90s).

Overall, screw popularity... seek the path to what will make you happy. For me, it was upward mobility in my career (and $$$).

Comment: Odds have us actually existing in a simulation (Score 1) 226

by yayoubetcha (#48945405) Attached to: There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

With the sheer magnitude of our little galaxy it is likely that many civilizations are running many computer simulations of the universe. So, who is to say what is real and what is simulated. Even the ones doing the simulations may exist in a computer simulation. The thing is you would "feel" as real in a programmed simulation as in a real Universe. With the size of the known Universe it is more likely that we exist in a simulation. It still doesn't change the fact that I have to go to work on Monday.

Documentation is the castor oil of programming. Managers know it must be good because the programmers hate it so much.

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