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Comment Re:Killer App (Score 1) 487

But the Visicalc info given in TFS is totally wrong. It uses 29K of RAM, which is not the same as the size of the binary.
First google hit for "visicalc binary size" gives this page: which tells us that the binary is only 27,520 bytes, and even gives a download link to a working copy of Visicalc. I guess 29K is close enough to 27,520 bytes, but it's wrong, dammit!

Comment Re:This is needed in China (Score 1) 258

Having driven (a motorbike) for over 2 years in India, I'm not sure how it would work.

All rules seem to be optional, the traffic school is a joke, with a short written test (identify 6 traffic signs to pass), and an even shorter drive. Only the golden rule applies - Don't hit anyone else, and they'll try not to hit you.

90% of the effort is spent on watching for other drivers that do something out of the ordinary...

Sample written test:
Video of the drive:
I guess China is similar...

Comment Re:Multiple accounts.... (Score 1) 213

I have gmail accounts for 1) and 2), and Gmail manager addon for Firefox to check on them. Both are about 10% full after years of use.
3) usually goes to or mailinator/spambox. Works pretty well, and I know that any mail coming to 2) is not very important so notifications for that are low priority.

Comment Re:Fitting (Score 1) 54

By your logic, you can make crossing the street seem as dangerous as being on death row.
death toll of some random activity/average time it takes == 0.0001%/a few minutes >= death toll of on death row/average time spent there == 95%/many years

Comment Re:Careful what you wish for (Score 1) 615

I actually did that for a year and a half when my wife got a 3-year contract in India for an NGO.
I got a telecommuting job for a programming company I had worked for earlier. Took a 5-10% hit in salary and had to rent an office space in India (paid in part by the company), and fly home about once a year on my own dime, but was still fine for us financially - especially since Indian visa rules forbid working there (on my kind of visa).

Good enough that when the job went sour (mainly for asinine projects and total lack of communication from coworkers) I could afford to stop working for the last year of my wife's contract and just be a stay-at-home husband - thanks to the visa rules.

Comment Re:Not the point (Score 1) 192

bad research is bad.
There's a whole community around the url shortening in twitter (, and every click on that link is counted. so maybe X people read a tweet AND followed the link in it (possibly filling out a form or buying crap there), but if no one writes a reply it still counts as ignored.

Comment Re:Wait... (Score 1) 117

I don't have a car analogy for this, but can't this be compared to a gas stove that must always have a fire going?
The new chip is like a dual-burner model with the third one acting as a pilot light, which makes a lot more sense than running one of the burners at its lowest setting...

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