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Programming

Submission + - Ancient Programmer Tidbit

jlbprof writes: When I was a young programmer (back in Apple II days). I had a much older programmer as a mentor. He once told me something that I have not seen anywhere written yet it is an absolute truth.

A Control Character's value can be calculated by bitwise anding the character with 0x1F.

Example: Carriage Return is a 0x0D or a control M.
M is 0x4D & 0x1F = 0x0D Voila!

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Patents

Submission + - America Invents Act (politico.com)

jlbprof writes: "What is your opinion of this act? The article says it should be bi-partisan but specifically does it help or hurt the cause to eliminate software and business model patents?"

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