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Comment Re:There's a point when... (Score 1) 495

As a side effect, revisiting your code with someone else is a /learning/ experience.

Exactly a point I was about to make!!

After over a decade intense C++ programming, I finally had found a real world use for the ".*" and "->*" operators. Soon after the review, my 3 reviewers started using them also and our code improved in re-usability and readability.

Comment Cultural necessity (Score 1) 2288

I am a scientist 1st, but an amateur chef a very close 2nd and I live in the US.

In my scientific life, I of course use metric. Nothing else makes sense.

In my cooking life, I've adapted recipes from the 2000s, 1900s, 1800s, 1700s and, yes 1600s. It's bad enough interpreting archaic English wordings and "gas mark" oven settings to degrees Fahrenheit. If I had to translate my 100s, if not 1000s of recipes to kg, ml and celsius as well, I might as well give up and just order Pizza Hut the rest of my life.

Other "specialties" I've heard with similar concerns. Try breaking down a '68 Mustang with a metric wrench. Try measuring for a replacement truss on the Golden Gate Bridge with a metric tape measure.

I don't see it as a concern, anyway. I "grok" that a liter is "a little more than a quart," that a meter is a "little more than a yard." Celsius I usually need to do the math, but that comes up less often. What's the big deal?

Comment Stupidity! (Score 0) 1017

Sugar in insufficient quantities will make you hypoglycemic, you lose consciousness and collapse--I've been there. Too much, and you go into shock and die.

Vitamin D in insufficient quantities will increase your blood pressure, make your bones brittle and give you colon/prostate cancer. Too much and your kidneys shut down and your liver fails.

Is Vitamin D toxic now?

Comment Re:Let's see...backups... (Score 2) 135

When I was sysadmin/programming manager/lead programmer for a mid-sized company in Glendale (suburb of L,A,), I implemented a backup plan with 3 level incrementals and multiple media. I even went in on Sundays to do the weekly full, non-incremental backup. Then, the Northridge quake happened and every disk in house survived without a hickup. What a waste!

Comment Re:Default Software (Score 1) 515

-1 too much time on your hands.

I've used an exacto knife to give my Apple ][+ lowercase. I've built 2 PCs from parts (and installed Windoze and Linux from scratch on them), I've edited the floppy driver on my Linux kernel to ignore the change line and always say the floppy is changed, recompiled and run the new kernel on a box with a broken floppy change line.

The laptop I am typing this on has not had the OS reloaded since it came from Toshiba. Life is too short and I can't be bothered.

Comment Re:Does their channel change dial not work. (Score 1) 374

It will probably burn karma, but Papa Don;t Leech

I helped found a non-profit to help divorced dads misjudged and considered "dead beat" when they are really "beat dead," so the scene where Homer meets Lurleen's Dad at the door and he offers to "Vodka up his Corn Flakes" then "Heroin up his Vodka" wearing a shirt saying "no child support" is making me uncomfortable even as I type this.

I still love the Simpsons.

Comment Does their channel change dial not work. (Score 1) 374

Why do people complain about "offensive" material on Simpsons or Family Guy? That is (partially) what those shows are about. Over the years they've been offensive to Mormons, Unitarians, Hispanics, Texans, Single Dads, Republicans and probably every other niche group in the planet.

I've watched Simpsons since it was a short on Tracey Ullman, and they have once offended me enough that I turned it off. In fact, I turned the TV off for the night and went in the other room. In syndication to this day that episode makes me emotionally tighten up. I never filed a single complaint, wrote a single letter or missed an episode out of spite. If you watch that kind of series, you sign up for your ox getting gored occasionally.

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