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Comment: An advanced developer, only intermediate coder. (Score 1) 220

by yayoubetcha (#49405277) Attached to: How would you rate your programming skills?

The difference between an 'Expert Developer' and an 'Advanced Coder' (true story)....

My boss (back in mid-80s) needed to deliver a piece of code for a high-speed document scanner. His code was crucial. He was about a week late. He showed the team his x86 assembly code. Wow, I was really impressed with the efficiency of his software. He used some ASM instruction that I wasn't familiar with too. It was quite a piece of software.

It was a driver for a serial port with a data connection to a camera module that communicated commands at 300 baud.

Yes, it was quite a piece of software, but it wasn't necessary to write highly optimized ASM code, when C would have been more than adequate. Certainly wasn't worth delaying the project by a week.

I would have cranked out the code in under a couple hours with testing in C. Pretty... probably not. Efficient .. meh? good 'nuf.

One more example... again with a Serial port... the 8080 processor wasn't quite fast enough to service interrupts on a robot used to weld the space shuttle main engine. I was brought in to fix that problem and some others as a contractor. I said, "hey, I've got this NEC V20 processor that is pin compatible with the 8080, but 30% faster". We plugged it in and problem solved. No coding needed.

Finally, when I've interview people for a C programmer position, I would ask the same 'Poll' question: "how do you rate your C skill from 'novice' to 'expert'?" God help them if they answered 'expert'. When they did answer 'expert', I wrote this...

What prints out on the terminal with this line of C: printf(1+2+"3+4+5");

Everybody, sans one, answered it incorrectly. Don't claim 'expert', if it ain't true.

Comment: Couldn't read full story. battery going on iPad :( (Score 1) 215

by yayoubetcha (#49399281) Attached to: The Dystopian Lake Filled By the World's Tech Sludge

Damn, I've had it with my iPad, the battery just wont hold a charge any more. I guess it's time to buy a new one. I love how Apple gives me a reason to upgrade by not making the battery replaceable. Thanks Apple - you're the best! I know many of you will comment about how Nexus devices, Samsung, and others do not have replaceable batteries either. But, Apple was the one to innovate here first!

Comment: In India you get 3 years for gang rape and murder (Score 3, Informative) 284

by yayoubetcha (#49209581) Attached to: UK Gov't Asks: Is 10 Years In Jail the Answer To Online Pirates?

The 17 year old "boy" only received a 3 year sentence for participating in the infamous gang-rape 3 years ago. He is to be released in December of this year. He must be happy not to have infringed on a copyright in order to avoid a severe sentence.

Comment: meetearl.com -- Crowd funded back-country tablet (Score 1) 217

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.


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.

Science is to computer science as hydrodynamics is to plumbing.