Stamp Collector's fallacy
If I get one more good piece, this pile of dross will be worth something.
160 posts • joined 31 May 2007
If I get one more good piece, this pile of dross will be worth something.
Used to have tits on the mermaid on their logo. The coffee business never recovered.
That sounds like it. I have not been able to find a copy of the text. Roald Dahl, huh ? Respectable, not at all a hack.
Which I will find sometime later. Back from the '50s or '60s.
Basic thesis is that genre fiction is stereotyped, and selecting among the variations will generate something as good as the hack writers output, at lower cost. Consequence is starving writers with starving families.
No, they remembered the divisor table. 60 was chosen because it has lotsa useful divisors - 2,3,4,5,6,10,12,15,20,30.
The proper way to measure angles is in radians, not degrees. Since any measure is an approximation, "exact" divisors are a fiction. So an irrational measure is appropriate. Besides, any use in mechanics is going to involve a moment, so the pi factor will appear quickly.
True C did not get complex. It lives in a simple world of PDP's and 3B's, Ascii mini's. This world was a much simpler place. It was temporarily reborn with the 8-bit IBM PC.
Then MicroSoft produced their alleged "C" compiler. I know, for a fact, that anything written with this abomination will fail next year, when the C epoch overflows to leftmost bit. The product of this abomination will think that time has become negative, with unpredictable results.
I know, that is not the compiler's fault, but the library that MS copied from somewhere or the other.
I plan on being dead in 2038 when the C epoch overflows completely. If anybody defrosts me to fix old code, I will claim brain damage.
I have, in the basement, a bookcase full of O'Reilly titles, with the aminals on de cover. I am waiting for them to become valuable collectables to Millennial geeks. They strike me as suckers, who will buy anything.
The Manning MEEP I am waiting for is Learn Haskell. It has been retitled before completion, but I am still hoping it will reveal the Secret Meaning of Monad. I was working thru the prelim PDF, but I had to back up to chapter 4 when I forgot what currying was.
Actually, books are good. I taught myself "C" from the White Book, as did all the true C programmers. It was a very rare book that was written as a reference, but somehow also served as a teaching tool.
Classic science fiction:
I have a bookcase in the basement full of O'Reilly. Perhaps the used dead tree business will become profitable. I will consult the underware Gnomes.
...To the Blue Screen of Death.
That's why I/O is a monad. As well as everything else inconvenient.
No, that is why you punch sequence numbers in columns 73-80 of the cards. The sequence numbers should increment by 10, to allow insertions between lines without re-sequencing.
If you look hard enough in the back of the computer room, there is an old electromechanical sorter, with 10 output bins, and you know how to program it (by wiring a punchboard) to perform a radix sort, most significant column first.
And if you are an honor student, you can write a simple program for the computer to punch the numbers for you. If you are a total genius, you can program the 029 keypunch to do it.
Apply it to anything out of TrumpLand.
The Pantex bunkers near Amarillo are full of old Plutonium pits, removed from retired and obsolete weapons. Now, Tritium is another matter.
In the US, it is usually pedo. This is a US case.
Trolley buses, in common with electric rail cars, only use overhead or third rail power for the traction motors. The general power for systems is supplied by batteries, charged by wheel generators that only work when the vehicle is moving. So a completely flat battery is a big deal. The car must be towed or pushed (or jumped, a very dangerous operation) to recharge batteries enough to power systems up.
The archaic, obsolete and expensive TI83 your American High School student child is required to buy (and loose, 3 weeks later) is powered by a Z80.
The student is required to buy this clunk because it is approved for use on the SAT exam. Any more advanced calculator can be used to cheat on the exam, by storing answers, or communicating with the net or confederates.
The TI83 can, of course, be used to cheat, but requires a higher level of skill. Anyone able to cheat with it would score well on the test without it.
Burn the witch Hillary ! We have years of this to look forward to.
If this is going to work, only Russian made hardware and software will be allowed in Russia. So this is also a Trojan Horse for Industrial Protectionism
Have any of you Londoners noticed a rumbling from Marx's grave ?
I remember the PC with the "open" ISA bus architecture.
I am sure the Horsedrawn airplanes were much more reliable.
I hope there is a plastic streamer attached to the plastic cap over the pitot tube, that can be seen from the cockpit window, to ensure no plane tries to take off without removing the cap.
There are no small pay-TV providers.
My bank has replaced free standing ATM with through-the-wall ATM because thieves with backhoes were demolishing the boxes around them, and craning the ATM onto a trailer and away for leisurely looting. Much less sophisticated than hacking.
Now, they are stalling on EMV cards, because they will have to replace the ATM again, or replace and upgrade the card readers.
Is REAL ! Conan Doyle was right !
I am lucky enough to live in an area with an independent broadband provider, I have a 5 gHz wifi antenna on my roof, pointed at a local water tower. I still have cable for TV, but have cut my bill in half by unbundling internet and phone service.
The cable company has responded by increasing basic cable rates. Good move fellas, that will make your remaining customers real happy.
While you are going through the back issues, find the old Henry Kuttner ( you know, CL Moore's husband ) for a story about the Twonky, Or maybe the old film of it, starring Hans Conreid. The film was about a TV, but the story was not quite specific about the nature of the Twonky machine.
You could become rich by selling the spreadsheet to the bigger suckers out there.
Unfortunately Louisville / Jefferson county does not have regulatory authority over utility poles, a state board does. So Gov. Bevin gets a chance to extort TWC and AT&T for bribes to block this. He has already killed a Ky Broadband initiative.
You need an Icon for a politician with his hand out for "Campaign Contributions".
"DOS was a retrograde step that should have been strangled as soon as the 80286 became the dominant processor, "
There was an attempt to do so. It was called OS/2.
Did you every try to write segmented code in assembler for Intel 8086/80186/80286 ? Oh, the horror.
Progress had to wait for 80386, with a big, flat memory model.
I was laughing so hard my eyes teared up, and I saw "fictional languages such as Haskell".
When I recover, I will meditate upon Functional Programming in Fortran. Then I will get really drunk, and try to forget it.
People still use Corel products ?
And potatoes, adding chips to the obesity cocktail (don't forget the vodka) .
Alright, Space Cadets. If SpaceX was handing out tickets for a free ride, you and me and the dog would be standing in line, risk of death notwithstanding. Sour grapes.
The code usually has the quality of Sat morn at 3am, after the bars close at 2am.
Embedded pgmrs still think in terms of a hidden serial port, with a fixed password, that service will plug a rs232 cable in to tweak the gadget, every 3 to 5 years. Not IOT.
Somewhere, I have an old picture of a highway warning sign "hacked" with a serial cable, warning of "Zombies Ahead".
Since these hams are the ones with the huge antennas and long cables, they will need advance warning to temporarily disconnect their antennas to prevent damage to their equipment. Most of them have lightning arrestors on their gear, but it may weld closed on arcing.
"About one in 20 application installations on private US PCs are at their end-of-life, according to Secunia. That means the packages are no longer supported by the vendor and do not receive security updates."
The replacements would cost money, and require dogbrain users to re-learn how to abuse the product. So the old versions live forever, and tech support generates new virtual machines to conceal reality from the senile apps.
Because the most interesting dust collects in dead spots that never get vacuumed.
I suspect EDS - Perot's former company, later GM's has something to do with this. I can't remember if HP glommed onto any of it during Carly's reign.
I am surprised, I would think Michigan would have 1950's mainframes, not 1960's.
I remember a gag he did, where he received a time bomb, and said "What I always wanted, a clock that runs on dynamite !". At the end of the show, he said "It ran down and stopped, so I put some fresh dynamite in, and returned it to sender."
No, but I will show you versions where bugs are publicly disclosed and quickly fixed, and no back doors.
You need to drink more. It makes the spiders bigger.
I own one of the Ford CMaxes, and it has been recalled twice for software updates. It appears that Ford does not modularize or patch the car's software, just reload a large lump over a rather slow interface. It takes about 1 1/2 - 2 hrs.
Then I can yank whatever crap hardware I don't like, install Fedora, and have a usable system. How much will it cost ? (fru is field replaceable unit for you non-wingtip wearers)
The confirmation and navigation buttons are on the top of anaconda because of nitwits like me, who have a netbook with a 1024 wide x 600 high display, who complained about an earlier anaconda, with the buttons at the bottom where esteemed personages, like you, think they belong. I complained because the buttons were invisible on my lowly system. I remembered what the interface guidelines said about tab order, what says, on linux systems, the 'OK' button is the second to last button, and worked by feel.
You, as an esteemed personage, have never read an interface guideline in your entire life, leaving it to lowly tech drudges as I, who view them as Holy Writ, and actually try to follow them. So uncreative.
You would, under such circumstances, would have unable to install the product, and written a scathing review.
Isn't violation of the Do Not Call list a capital offense ? Or is it only at dinnertime, by a non-political agent. Perhaps this is what Randy should filibuster about.
But, if he could collect it, all those nickels would be almost as much money as he makes pimping out his mother. Are you one of their Johns ?
If you are Anonymous, how are you going to collect your nickel for trolling from the Koch machine ?
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