Re: It is dark
I always think that when going down into the basement.
569 posts • joined 6 Sep 2007
I always think that when going down into the basement.
"When I lived in Michigan back in the early 2000s, pay-at-the-pump systems were still relatively new in many places and all the kinks weren't worked out."
In suburban Detroit? Maybe in the boondockier areas of Michigan where an independently-owned station can still make a go of it, but in the Detroit area you're going to fuel up in a major oil company's station, which in my experience converted in the 1990s.
... they will call it GitHubris.
The steal the rounding errors "scheme" was around for a long time (I'd read about it in a seventies-era book); it was one of those things that everyone knew had happened but when pressed could never come up with an actual example.
It's not surprising that writers of both films had heard about it. Maybe it was taken from Superman 3, maybe not.
He seems nice.
"... for something they could set up ..."
Who's "they"? I can certainly set up something on my home computer here, but that's not going to help my sometimes collaborators in Canada and France (who, by the way, only discovered my project by searching/browsing GitHub repositories in the first place).
It's not just the version control. Git can be set up on anything. It's GitHub's collaboration features that made it such a powerful tool.
I voted Disney because the entire question was obviously a joke (well done, whoever picked the worst of the worst for the list), and I thought it was the most funny choice.
"And meanwhile all the lawyers' children avoid starvation for a few more weeks."
Good. This is not a case where an ambulance was chased down, this has real consequences, and I suspect it will eventually go to a higher court.
And hurrah to judge Donato for slapping down "similar arguments about extraterritoriality". Facebook's computers may not have been in Illinois, but its reach certainly extended into the state.
Though in this century I had only used it with ... Yahoo.
So it's not like I had a pressing need for it.
No. Read the third paragraph from the bottom again (or for the first time, if you skimmed).
His case had the side-effect of requiring higher standards for searches. Unfortunately for him, he met those standards.
Opening files is not the issue though. No editor I've used has ever been confused by DOS-style line endings.
I can conceive of a situation where one would have to share files with people who only use Notepad, but... honestly, I'd just set up a converter script rather than break mine and everyone else's environment. And I'd at least try to point out to the person in question that they might want to switch to a better editor.
Yeah. This is the sort of article that makes me want to ask, like a passive-aggressive millennial, "You mean you don't use Unix-style line endings?"
I may be biased due to my environment, but I've never encountered a situation where one would want anything else.
(My editors save with Unix line endings, and my git environment is set to check in files with Unix line endings regardless of the file's original line endings. I've never used Notepad.)
If they don't have (distant) relatives who emigrated to Prince Edward Island, then I win.
Or at least a relation so distant that I can disclaim it.
It's not a cure-all, but it does mean that anyone trying to make use of the Spectre flaw can't assume the memory to read is at an easily-deduced address.
It's the same reasoning behind kernel address space layout randomization, or using hash randomization to avoid collision attacks. Making the attack too expensive to use can be an effective counter-measure.
"Doesn't Chicago have a mostly over ground metro rail system?"
You're thinking of light rail (which is what our Metra system is), which is used to feed commuters in from the outlying areas. Which honestly seems like what Musk is describing, except putting it within the city, which makes no sense.
Short-hop transportation is what buses and the L is for. I'm all for increased rail usage, but let's make sure it's put where it makes sense to put it -- medium distance travel (city to city) that replaces otherwise inconvenient car trips.
To be fair, there's talk here about using the Boring company to create another L line between airports, with a stop downtown, but that would be using the standard L cars, not Hyperloop.
"What is this word "Equistrutsup"? Your comment seems to be the only Google result for it. Conglaturation!"
I assumed it was a portmanteau word using "Equifax" and "struts" (as in Apache Struts) and "f*ck up". Google can fill you in on the rest.
Yeah, that caught my attention too.
"The FBI is also unlikely to release the names of those it has been consulting over fears that they would be ridiculed and come under pressure from their peers not to work on such an approach."
The third possibility is that the experts the FBI is citing would be appalled to find out that they've been misquoted for this purpose, and would repudiate FBI leadership immediately.
I'm reminded of Mnuchin's economist survey (not a misquote, but similarly embarrassing).
They do seem to be betting on the convenience of being dockless (Ford GoBike is already in San Francisco), without considering that there are downsides and inconveniences to docklessness too.
Considering that the docks represent an infrastructure investment, something that Uber has been reluctant to do in the past, I'm thinking that they're hoping the savings in one area will make up for the costs (bike losses) in the other.
BTW, Citibike, Ford GoBike, Divvy (my area), and others are managed by Motivate, so it looks like Uber is up against a company that knows what it's doing, as opposed to a moribund taxi company.
Despite the joke icon, you're not far from the mark. Much of Frontier's network contains the networks dropped from GTE and Bell Atlantic (the rural ones) after they merged to form Verizon.
So it tends to serve the remote and out-of-the-way locations.
If you believe this sort of protectionism helps, it might have worked ten or twelve years ago. Now, when it's too late? All it's doing is hobbling a growing industry.
This move only makes sense if your goal is to prop up the coal industry.
Oops, read your response after I installed the update. Fortunately, I survived.
(Athlon II X4 635 Processor running a 64 bit Windows 7 system, for what it's worth.)
"Meanwhile, Microsoft has pulled down KB4056892, the Spectre bug fix that was found to be causing some AMD machines to crash on startup."
Ah good, I can turn on my desktop machine again. No idea if it would have been affected, but I wasn't going to take the chance. My laptop (A6-based -- yes, it's an old machine, but a good machine) survived the updates, although I'm annoyed about the changes to the look of the GUI.
Exactly four episodes were shown (on an irregular schedule, of course), then the series was cancelled. I used to show the four episodes to my friends via that modern device called the VCR player.
When the boxed set of Wonderfalls came out I was amazed, and bought it immediately.
Yes. In my town it came out the same week as Princess Bride. Princess Bride ran for a while, Nightflyers was one week and gone.
I wonder if the channel is adapting that story only. GRRM has a lot of stories in that setting (called Thousand Worlds -- hmm, "Sandkings" is part of it, that would make an interesting episode), and I'd like to see a wider adaption.
"Good enough to make you try it once. Not good enough, in my mind, to make me drink the stuff a second time (too much vanilla in it for my taste)."
I've had a couple of cans (while in the U.S.!), and it was okay. To me it seemed to taste like a variant of cream soda, and if I liked cream soda more I might have had more.
Come to think of it, it did seem overly sweet, so reducing the sugar content might be a good idea, although cutting it in half seems a little drastic. On the other hand, I was also sober at the time.
"Interface is not as nice as the previous verison, but it does work."
The interface is genuinely terrible -- it "guesses" what scripts to allow if you don't have a rule, and doesn't inform you about them in the icon (i.e., no partial "no" symbol over the "S" as in the old version of Noscript).
On the other hand, the old version of Noscript does work on Firefox 52.5.3, contrary to what Mage has stated.
(I'm using the 64-bit version, in case that's a factor.)
I'm using 52.5.3 now, with NoScript working as per usual.
Ah, my apologies, I never have the speakers on so I didn't know.
"...despite its brutalist architecture."
Ah, that explains the comments. I suppose it is unfortunate that the rebuilding occurred when that particular style of architecture was in vogue.
(Paradoxically, the interiors of Brutalist buildings are usually quite beautiful. I've often thought there needs to be a way to turn a building inside-out.)
It's Not That Simpletm.
This sort of thing is controlled by cutting down brush ('controlled' fires near -- or even reasonably far from -- inhabited areas are never going to happen), and it takes time, money and, as you point out, coverage of land that is far from flat.
Depending on the year's conditions, nature can easily overtake human intervention, resulting in lots of fuel.
Or perhaps an improved SETI program:
"Dear aliens twenty or less light years away. You know those electromagnetic signals from Earth that you've been recording? Could you do us a favor and beam them back at us? Particularly the ones from around 51°30′N 0°7′W. Thank you!"
"Going against his own received wisdom of not buying stakes in companies he doesn't understand, ..."
IBM isn't that complicated. I suspect he understands it just fine.
"Just a reminder: none of this is normal. ®"
Welcome to the new normal. At least until impeachment.
Yup, was going to post something similar, though I admit my enjoyment of assembly-code writing (for small useful functions; I haven't done lengthy assembly coding for decades now) is a little off the norm.
In Sparse, No One Can Hear You Scream.
Hmm, no, it doesn't quite work.
But yes, there are lots of problems involving sparse matrices, and tweaking the algorithms to work just so (or finding the correct library to do it for you) can be a major pain. This looks very interesting.
"...the profuse use of special symbols and special operators..."
What special operators?
If sigils are not your thing, well I can understand that. But the operators are mostly identical to the operators of C, and are not confusing.
Most confusion that I see comes from using lists incorrectly. Okay, fair enough, if you fell into that trap, and it scarred you for life, I'm not about to try to convince you otherwise in a comments forum. But it's not difficult to work with.
It says something that one of his victims advised him to "delete this now."
A while ago on a different article I mentioned the Brain Eater. It looks like the Brain Eater has taken more than one bite from Scoble's brain.
"As part of the "open and honest dialogue" that Scoble said he wanted to encourage, he then confessed to writing down his sexual fantasies and sending them to her."
This is the point in the article when I actually did clutch my head. It may be a sign of numbness on my part that I didn't do that earlier.
"When I was a kid in Ireland (Dublin) we hollowed out turnips. VERY difficult. And too small. Basically a fail."
I read a story as a child that had a character do that, and remember thinking "oh, that's where we got the idea from!"
I assumed that the turnips were bigger than what I saw in the grocery store.
Another right-handed user who uses the mouse in his left hand here.
It was out of self-defense: my right hand was typing, using the keypad, and moving the mouse, and my hand hurt. Moving one of those tasks (the mouse) over to my left hand reduced the stress on my right.
It only took a day to get used to it. I didn't bother to switch buttons as I didn't want to bother switching them back if someone else was in the driver's seat.
I'm guessing that was someone's in-joke, because it makes no sense in American English either.
Yeah, you're a victim of language shift (a native French speaker here was similarly surprised). Although apple cider (U.S. version) in no way can be confused with apple juice, if you want the alcoholic variety, you ask for "hard cider".
Woodpecker was widely available (well, when hard cider was just taking off again1 here) a couple of decades ago, but the Big BrewCos have been doing what they do best -- dumping flavored water-alcohol mixtures on the market -- so finding actual hard ciders that taste of apple takes a bit of research.
1. Some sales idiots tried marketing it to bars as "cider beer", which then became the term the wait staff used with customers. That usage got slammed pretty hard by customers who actually knew what the stuff was.
"Oh I wasn't even referring to an optimizing compiler."
Yeah, neither was I. I was referring to machine instructions, which back in the Olden Days one tried not to use in tight loops (using, say, shift & add for multiplying a constant with your variable, or even shift & subtract for the division equivalent). Changes in hardware are just one of the things that also drive changes in software languages.
My point was more toward the fact that what we regard as a compiler will change in the coming decades, because the languages we use will have more features 1 and (one hopes) more safeguards.
1. Julia, in fact has just-do-it operations in it that I could only dream about forty years ago.
Yeah, that was my first thought as well. But what gets compiled will be an even higher level language.
It's been decades since I've had to write anything in assembler -- compilers got much better, and the instructions that were known cycle hogs have been tamed. On the other end of the scale, I'm assuming my former co-worker who specialized in VAX COBOL has either learned new skills or retired.
I can't be certain what the Next Big Thing will be (although I'm seeing signs that explicitly written loops will be the next thing to become a rarity, as ranges-as-objects become common), but it will certainly come, and we will adapt or retire.
'It's not the calculating the hash that's the hard work, it's scanning the hash table looking for matches for every incoming write."
Which, continuing this explanation, is where the Bloom Filter comes in (although reading the article it looks like they're tweaking the Filter for their own needs).
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