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Comment Re:I want to like Donald. (Score 1) 268

I hate Hillary with a passion, but any sentence out of Trump's mouth makes her look like Gandhi in comparison.

Such as, "At this point, what difference does it make?" Oh, wait...

How about, "Who's going to find out? They're trash...nobody's going to believe them!" (That was Hillary, talking about the women her lecherous husband has assaulted over the years.)

"Yeah, I got him off. So what? Who cares? We got the evidence thrown out, so he walked. I mean, sure, we knew he did it, but it didn't matter." (That was Hillary, talking about a child rapist she helped avoid charges.)

"I believe the primary role of the state is to teach, train, and raise children. Parents have a secondary role." (That was Hillary in It Takes a Village.)

Do I need to continue?

Comment Moo (Score 1) 325

At home: Core i5 4690K, 16 GB RAM, two 256GB SSDs (one boots Gentoo, the other currently boots Windows 10), 750GB spinning rust, a Blu-ray burner, and 28" 4K monitor for the main desktop. Server's an A4-3300 with 10 GB RAM, a 256GB SSD that boots Gentoo, and 7.5 TB spinning rust. A couple of Raspberry Pis with LibreELEC drive the TVs from files on the server.

At work: Core 2 Quad Q6600 (it's old, but it's still reasonably quick for most things), 8 GB RAM, 256GB SSD that boots Windows 7, 750GB spinning rust, and a Radeon 6870 driving two 20ish" monitors (one at 1680x1050, the other at 1440x900). We're a charitable organization, so most of what's in my work computer is stuff that I didn't need at home any longer and donated (get to claim a tax writeoff on it). More recently, I brought in an Acer Aspire Revo 1600 that I no longer needed running a TV at's now a Gentoo box with a built-in SD-card reader that mostly gets used to back up and restore the Raspberry Pis we have scattered around the building as digital signage, web kiosks, etc.

Model Ms are on all the machines I work with directly. joe is my preferred editor for Gentoo and Cygwin, though Windows installs also get Notepad++. Linux IDEs all appear to be varying degrees of hot mess, but they've not really been necessary for the things I've knocked together under it. At work, Visual Studio is what pays the bills. Whether on computers, phones, or tablets, Chrome is preferred over SJWfox.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 236

Those TV shows from the '90s and earlier were most likely shot on film, not videotape. Telecine it at 1080p (or 4K, if you that now and downsample it to 1080p so you don't have to do it again when 4K video catches on) and you'll get more details out of the original content than ever aired on TV. That (and a bunch of other enhancements) was what happened for the Blu-ray release of Star Trek, for instance.

Comment Why do I get the feeling... (Score 2) 255

Why do I get the feeling a lawsuit isn't far behind this announcement? The parent's description of the child's horror and emotional turmoil seem ready made for a lawyer to grab up and sue Knightscope, the mall, and every business (with money) in earshot and eyesight of the event.

Comment Re: TMS9918 != MC6847 (Score 1) 96

Hmmm, now I'm intrigued... did the CoCo have the same wacky way of addressing pixels (1 bit per 7 pixels to select red+ blue or green+ purple, then 7 bits to select one or the other, or white if two adjacent pixels were set, and the Venetian-blind ram addressing)?

No, IIRC. It put all 8 bits on screen as pixels, and the 6847 used linear addressing. I seem to remember it didn't always give you the same colors; between two runs of the same program, you might get swapped colors that would be fixed by hitting Reset until they came up right.

This also meant that the CoCo's highest-resolution mode yielded only 4 colors, vs. the 6 that you'd get with the Apple II. (To be completely fair, the oldest Apple II motherboards ignored the high bit and also only produced 4 Hi-Res colors, but this was fixed fairly early on...almost certainly by the time the II+ was released.)

Comment Re:good code too (Score 2) 74

Want to drive a fre grad programmer nuts? have him convert celcius to Farenheit and Kelvin with 4 decimal places of accuracy using only integer math on an 8 bit micro, no you can not use ANY libraries at all, and you need to do it in less than 6 lines of code.

Depends on the architecture. Try doing that in less than 6 lines when you don't have multiply or divide instructions in the CPU. You might not necessarily need to code up general-purpose multiply and divide routines (especially if you're dealing with constants...multiply by 9 with three left shifts and an add, for instance), but I suspect there are few (if any) 8-bit architectures that will do what you want within your constraints. The 6502 certainly won't.

Comment Re:karma's a bitch (Score 1) 393

They probably had it in their minds that this was a guy with a gun, and a black guy with a gun, therefore they felt he MUST be arrested or shot with no other alternatives allowed.

Umm...he DID have a gun. That's why the cops were called in the first place, as he was reported to be threatening people with it. At that point it didn't matter whether he was black, white, red, yellow, or indigo. An armed person confronting police automatically brings lethal force into the situation. Police tried every non-lethal method available to them to subdue Sterling, including physical restraint. During the attempt to restrain him, Sterling disobeyed commands to keep his hands away from his weapon and gave every appearance of reaching for it. In such a situation, lethal force is authorized and legal.

Moral of the story: don't be a fucking idiot. Don't be a felon with an illegal firearm. Don't wave it around at people. Don't fight with police. Don't reach for your weapon when the cops have drawn on you and have you at point blank range. Sterling is dead because he took MULTIPLE steps to create the situation.

Comment Re:karma's a bitch (Score 1) 393

Try digging into the case a little more than watching the video. Sterling was a convicted felon. He had a gun on him, which is illegal for a convicted felon. He knew if he was caught and searched, they'd find it and he'd be headed back to jail.

When police are struggling with a person who has a gun, they have every right to assume that person intends to use it. The escalation to lethal force was due to Sterling's actions. No prosecutor is going to make murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, or anything else stick because none of it is true. Sterling was armed, fighting with police, and reached for his weapon. Shooting him at that point was justified NO MATTER WHAT ELSE WAS GOING ON.

Comment Re:karma's a bitch (Score 1) 393

I've been stopped for speeding on more than one occasion and I carry at all times. Each time, as soon as the officer approaches, I make sure both hands are on the wheel and announce I am carrying. I tell the officer where my weapon is and offer to let them take possession of it for the duration of the stop if it will make THEM feel safer. I'm neither rich nor delusional. It's simply a matter of understanding the cop doesn't know me, doesn't know my intentions, and doesn't want to be shot in the line of duty. Since I'm not a fool like Sterling (who, as a convicted felon, illegally possessed a firearm), I don't want to be shot either. Simple communication and respect for both sides of the situation keeps things from escalating. Sterling knew if he complied with the cops he'd be searched, they'd find his weapon, and he'd be headed to jail again. Like I said, he was stupid and now he's dead because of it.

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