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Comment ALGOL-W (Score 1) 613

I played with Basic in high school but did my first undergrad stuff in ALGOL-W. As an undergrad I messed with Pascal, Fortran and PL/I. One of my profs at the time was an author of the ALGOL 68 report, thought BCPL was cool and that C (a relatively new language at the time) was a mental disorder. He gave us an assignment in APL once. I guess I'm showing my age.

Now I do 99% of my work in C. My boss and I agree to disagree on scripting languages. I like Python. He thinks Python is ridiculous and insists on Perl for production work.


Comment Failure to produce good content and good hardware (Score 1) 435

Avatar was the gold standard and nothing has surpassed it since , although I was also impressed by Life of Pi.
3rd rate post processed catch-penny type films make up the bulk of whats out there - the most abhorrent i have ever seen was Tim Burtons "Alice in Wonderland" how that left the cutting room floor is a mystery to me.

Joe six-pack see's the 3rd rate movies and assumes that this is as good as it gets.

3D Blu Ray is the only way to watch theses movies too - knock-off "Rips" from TPB are fine for 2D movies
but somehow a lot is lost in any subsequent transcodings. I've not found any sources for high quality 3D streams (reccommend one to me?)

To sum up .
1) Very few examples of 3D movies actually filmed in 3D and produced by someone who has taken the time to make best use of the medium.
2) Too many examples of poor content with lame storylines filmed in 2D and post processed to 3D. These films are better seen in 2D (if at all)
3) TV Manufacturers, like the bad 3D movies tried to jump on the bandwagon and hence there are a lot of shitty 3D TV's out there.

It still costs too much money to create and enjoy 3D movies the way they were intended.

Comment Looks nice! (Score 1) 114

I have an XPS15 rev (9530). Its really lovely but not anywhere near needing replacement yet. Its well made and easy to look after both inside and out. It runs Ubuntu flawlessley and I've upgraded the mechanical drive to an SSD. It really flies!

This new XPS13 looks nice and ill definitely be investigating Dells offerings when im ready for an upgrade as i am hoping this trend continues.

Comment Re:Retaliatory measures based on no evidence. (Score 1) 821

Very well put: "Basically the only reason you like the electoral college is because it makes your vote count more than the vote of someone who you don't consider as fully human enough to have equal say in a democracy." I'm not even saying the electoral college is "wrong," (I would have stopped short of fully human as overbroad—no part of our federal democracy is majoritarian and that's not necessarily bad :) just that you capture the distortion that is applied. I do think it is time to revamp the system; this popular/electoral vote split is just embarassing.

Comment Re:It might be an issue in the future (Score 1) 304

My guess is if other companies catch up they will pick a more normal sounding name. Well if most other companies catch up, I think Mitsubishi has a fast charge system that seems similar, but since the car has such a tiny range it ends up with a 5 minute charge time so I'm not really sure if it is quite equivalent. I believe at least one commercial bus company also has a fast DC charge system.

Other then that it is like nobody else is even trying...

Comment Re: It might be an issue in the future (Score 1) 304

Or the poster lives somewhere that does it different from where you are?

In CA (my part at least) the gas stations that have diesel vary in how they do it, but a dedicated diesel pump is kind of rare (2 of the ~12 gas stations in my town have one). Having a small number of the pumps have mixed diesel and gas pumps (but only a few of the pumps have diesel) is far more common (about 8 do that), or deciding that diesel isn't worth selling (the other 4). None in town have as many diesel pumps as gas pumps.

I can't remember being to a gas station in CA that does, although I would assume some exist (maybe in or around truck stops?).

It has been over a decade, but I remember MD and VA being similar, but I payed less attention because I didn't own a diesel there.

Comment Evil Bastards (Score 1) 328

Its a shame they are so evil.
Use Palm Oil (a major contributor of deforestation )
Buying up Land and water wells in developing countries, then selling their own water back to them.
and then there was the Infant Formula fiasco.

Nestle care about people ? I think not.

Comment Re:a lot of people who want to run Linux on a Mac? (Score 1) 134

I've done it - I have a Mac Mini which i just found to be unreliable as shit . I purchased it to try out some of the Mac Music / Audio software. After finding it a pain in the ass to use and half of my hardware being incompatible (PC keyboard, Midi Interface , External USB Audio ) I gave up and started using it as a Plex Media server. It ran ok for a while but after a few incremental updates it just became unstable.

So I was - fuck this for a laugh - wiped it and installed Linux and Kodi - and now its useful again.

Go figure . MacOS isnt what its cracked up to be for my use case ,and the hardware compatibility is a complete joke unless you buy into the whole ecosystem, fuck that.

Comment Same for small plane crashes (Score 1) 270

The media are all over small plane crashes much the same way, giving a highly distorted view of just how safe aviation is. Aviation organizations like AOPA have started to get on the media's case about this.

If they reported car crashes with the same enthusiasm the "news" would be nothing but car crashes.


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