I used to work on GCC, and the randomness you describe would have made it impossible to find bugs.
GCC is deterministic. If you feed it the same input and launch it with the same options, it generates the same output. GCC developers would never tolerate random behavior.
Is it possible that you have address randomization turned on in your OS? I used to to use watchpoints & similar in the heap, and this would only work if randomization (ASLR/PAX) is disabled.
The Federal EPA told CA "You're exceeding smog levels in some areas (e.g. Sacramento & Riverside County), so you must add oxygenate to your fuel."
CA objected, saying "Let us deal with our smog in our own way, and judge us by our results. We think we can do it without oxygenate." EPA (under W. Bush) said "No, our rules say you must add oxygenate, and we're not granting you any exceptions" basically as a favor to MTBE and Ethanol interests.
The original decades-old studies said adding oxygen to gasoline makes engines burn leaner. That's true, if your engine has a carburetor. Modern cars all have fuel injection with oxygen sensors in the exhaust; when the FI computer detects the lean mixture, it sprays in more gas, "fixing" the lean condition. Bottom line: slightly lower mileage, *no change* to smog, and a transfer of $$ from the consumer to the oxygenate producer.
CA refiners used MTBE because it was cheaper than Ethanol; Ethanol couldn't be shipped via existing petroleum pipelines, because it's hygroscopic (water loving). MTBE is also hygroscopic, but you need less of it to oxygenate gasoline.
So, CA refiners added MTBE, and the oxygenated gas leaked out of gas station tanks into the water table. It turns out that all underground gasoline tanks always leaked gasoline into the water table, but gas and water don't mix! This was never a problem, until MTBE got into it. Lots of aquifers (wells) were ruined this way; search for "Charnock MTBE" for a typical disaster.
The boating thing was because the existing two-cycle marine engines (outboards and personal watercraft) were grossly inefficient; at part throttle, about 1/3 of the gas you put into those engines blows through the engine without burning. And most pleasure watercraft emit their exhaust underwater. All that raw gasoline in the lake wasn't a problem because gas and water don't mix!... Until you add MTBE. Rain had nothing to do with it; the MTBE put in car engines was generally burned properly; car exhaust has only traces of MTBE left.
MTBE has never been proven to cause cancer. It's apparently very similar to several other chemicals that do, and it's widely believed to cause cancer, but nobody has funded the studies. The MTBE producers and gasoline refiners don't want to know. However, we do know that MTBE makes water taste like paint thinner.
CA never wanted to use MTBE or Ethanol. EPA relented on CA oxygenate right after W. left office. CA gasoline has been essentially MTBE-free since.
RGP lenses don't hurt, after your eyes have become accustomed to them. Admittedly, the acclimatization is
Perhaps you should try some rigid scleral lenses; they ride only on the sclera (white part) of your eye, and don't touch your eyeball lens at all. (Google for: scleral contact lens)
I don't think so. I get lots of junk mail touting UVerse, and on my existing DSL they claim to deliver
one HD video
two lower-def videos
IOW, the broadband throughput is kept separate from the video throughput. This is a farce; Uverse is all IP packets.
I've read elsewhere that modern DSL equipment on a short loop can handle approximately 20-25 Mb/s, but AT&T won't sell me that. The broadband component is capped to leave space for their video offerings.
1) The government mandated "oxygenate," not MTBE. Ethanol also satisfied the mandate.
2) Gasoline has been leaking into the environment for decades; it wasn't a problem because gas and water don't mix. MTBE loves water, and they're very difficult to separate once mixed:
I'm not a chemist, but "5 years" sounds very optimistic to me.
3) Oxygenate (MTBE or Ethanol) is pointless because it doesn't lessen smog, when used in modern cars; the O2 sensor compensates, richening the mixture and lowering mileage, and the smog output doesn't change.
Money is not the problem, accountability is.
Here in California, local property tax money is redistributed throughout the state. Often schools is poorer neighborhoods get more money per student than the schools in more affluent areas. Heck, in some districts teachers get paid more to teach in the under-achieving schools. Nothing has gotten better except the employment at schools.
No. While property taxes get handled by the state, most of that money stays local. Most of the state's income is from income taxes (that's why CA has such a divergent boom-and-bust budget). The difference is due to the variation in the price of real estate; here in the Silicon Valley, a house in East San Jose might cost $200K, while that same house in Palo Alto would be $1.5M. Yes, the school districts in poorer neighborhoods get some money from the state, and rich districts don't. That's because those rich districts are *much* richer than the other districts; a whole bunch of teachers in the not-so-rich districts were laid off last summer (including my kid's school). The state money doesn't come anywhere near to closing the district funding gap. gawbl
C. Northcote Parkinson described this in his landmark work "Parkinson's Law." He noticed that British bureaucracies were most effective when young, dynamic, focused, and invariably housed in makeshift quarters.
As these bureaucracies matured, they arranged better housing for themselves, and the completion of a grand edifice, complete with statuary, limousine parking, &etc. they had invariably achieved institutional senility, becoming utterly ineffective.
While dated, Parkinson's Law (1958) is still relevant today; it's simultaneously too funny to be true, yet too true to be dismissed as humor.
The primary impetus was to cut down unburned hydrocarbons.
EPA is concerned only with results (e.g. smog), and not with means (e.g. how it's accomplished). The amount of raw gas blowing through an old-fashioned two-stroke is the major source of their smog. These engines have variable-ratio oiling systems, but typically run at 50:1. Oil is not the issue.
Google "Mercury Optimax" or "Evinrude Ficht"; they're both direct-injection schemes. Those engines still burn oil, but they never burned very much, and they don't premix the oil and gasoline.
Google "OMC VRO" to see a typical oil-injection scheme.
Actually, I don't think EPA is worried about two-stroke lubricants.
When EPA began regulating two-stroke outboards, the outboards went to direct injection; see Mercury's OptiMax and Evinrude's Ficht. The oiling systems didn't change appreciably.
It appears the problem with classic two-strokes is the quantity of raw fuel that blows through the cylinder and out the exhaust port, without experiencing compression or ignition of any kind.
Amanda Brownell is an ex-classmate of my kids here in San Jose, California. In December 2008, Amanda attempted suicide at school. I understand there were texts left on Amanda's cell phone that suggested she had been bullied. Her family apparently had no idea this was happening.
Today, Amanda lives in a nursing home, and is fed by a tube. You can read her story here:
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