25 posts • joined 28 Jan 2016
It has a MASSIVE advantage over digital, one I hope we'll never need.
As a child I used to beaver away in my dad's shed making radios out of giant antennas, an earth rod, pieces of coal, aluminium foil in between pages of a book (variable cap), pencils and all odds and ends of wire.
There's no way I could ever manufacture a digital radio in anything under a year assuming I can find myself a decent MPU to decode the signal.
Oh, that and TMS and the shipping forecast.
I'm probably being totally OTT but you can make an analogue radio, in times of crisis, out of pretty much any old crap lying around. This is not true of digital.
Even the transmitters aren't that hard. All it is is a modulator & amp and they can be salvaged from plenty of places.
Anyway, I'll get back to downloading me ZX81 programs off MW now. KTHXBAI!
Man. Enough drugs for a major party, or, maybe just enough to keep going for a day or 2 to a major fiend.
This sounds like compulsion, not indulgence.
This guy needs to slow up (or stop) or he's going to burn out physically (and mentally).
He's stuck in groundhog day. I bet he couldn't help himself (or not help himself).
Their use of deflecting share holder payments against their tax payments, whilst legal, is just horrid.
I have to pay my corporation tax and THEN pay out my share dividends.
They should simply have to follow this pattern.
Do the owners of shares have to pay Capital Gains Tax when the exercise them? I assume there's just a numeric bucket of shares, issued by the company, to their employees - then it's up to the employees to sell (I was in a similar scheme and remember open and closed periods for selling)
Last Q - Who is actually receiving these shares? How many of the box packers & van drivers will get one of these tax free windfalls? Does anyone here have a better idea how Amazon operates at this level?
And the rest. Rendition, S3, 3DLabs, Cirrus, Tseng and then there were all the optimisers like VIdeologic (still around in a different guise), Guillemot and thousands more.
The great shake out did for them. A combination of the move to 3D accelerators (well, more than DMA engines with an ALU run the middle) and the eventual (and inevitable) death of the board/optimiser companies.
Building GPUs in now a job for a 1000 people. Only the 5 richest kings in Europe can afford it.
There are many other GPU creators out there. Qualcomm, ARM, Imagination. They just don't play in the PC space.
What Intel got their hands on a few years back was the engineering talent from the once mighty 3DLabs (Ziilabs -> Intel). Maybe they've done something with it but as a company Intel are becoming the new IBM of the 80's. Slow moving, single minded and inflexible.
The last 5 years has seen Intel best everybody on process. The industry as whole is having problems scaling.
He's my local MP. All I can say about him is he's very good at being the very important Matt Hancock and getting his face in the local papers.
A whole f'n page about him, his likes and dislikes, how he likes walking, big picture... like bloody Hello magazine or something. I'm giving them a few weeks to see if they have a right-to-reply page for the other local politicians... all in the name of fairness (no chance in hell!)
I don't really object to him... he doesn't really do anything to object to, or applaud. Just another stuffed suit with the appropriate vocab.
Check this guy - he pulls apart the x86 instruction set from the inside out. Really lovely technique, well thought out. Eventually he finds stuff that can kill a CPU stone dead. Nice! Well worth 45 minutes of time. Gotta say, my inner nerd is envious I didn't get to do this job!
That's how I heard of him. After the initial wave of computer nerdery in the 80s (Sinclair Programs, ZX Computing) had shaken out and I was left with more games/consumer oriented Sinclair User (2nd iteration), Crash, C&VG etc I retreated into the wonderful worlds of Byte, Dr Dobbs and Program Now (whatever happened to that?!).
I must have been one incredibly nerdy teenager... yup... and a goth to boot!
It's for Duff's device isn't it?
Switches inside loops with gotos and breaks & conditional continues FTW! I helped write a data analysis app back in the 80s. IIRC that's how we treated resampling. Why? I don't know. Guess we though it was clever!
Oh. Switch is also useful in for breaking C/C++ compatibility.
Really! The CPU core is implemented in an FPGA along with backwards compatible hardware. It really is a 68000. They've called it the 68080 and it runs a LOT faster than the Amiga ever did.
Given the nature of the board it should be possible to build almost anything you like out of it. Yeah, there are probably cheaper Cyclone V boards but, well, this one has all those Amiga bits.
Really, give it a second look. Not necessarily to buy it but just to see these guys have done something technically and cultural very cool indeed.
I never had an Amiga (I just blagged my mates!) but if this thing comes in at around 300 Euros I'll be very tempted. It just has the right "feel".
OK, I got bitten by this recently. Apple updated their stack (somewhere around 10.12) and this bit me.
It "is legal" but not in hostnames.
I used to have my live sites as "somesite.com" and the local (test) version as "somesite_com" in my /etc/hosts file.
Apparently you CAN have an underscores but not in hostnames. Yup, that took some tracking down! I only found it by careful observation (some local domains worked, those with underscores did not).
Hey, standards eh? Everyone loves them. Next I'll tell you about the hell that is JSON and/or XML parsing libraries. Actually, no I won't. This sort of tedious complexity makes me want to go back to programming 6502's in assembler code. *old man mumble*
Yes they are... sad, confused things. I used to hit "RUN" and enter - Nothing - I'd fucked it up. The machine had no senses anymore - SHIFT+SPACE - maybe... unless I'm on MCode... It can't hear me. The cogs churn but no flour is milled.
It's gone... It only responds to power.
Or a screwdriver in the back.
That moment when an X Session just winks out... maybe you can get back in... maybe.
Now: Shake to reset. Violently... It heard me! *BOOM*
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