David L

David L

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    Eye-roll time Seriously? All those other things were nice and many were superior to MS/PC-DOS but at the end of the day the DOS on the IBM compatibles and others was more and more just a file manager and app...
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    Re: '... almost-certainly hopelessly out-of-date by now' Interesting comment. So how quickly has code 'evolved'? Which aspects have changed most, and which are almost unchanged? (Reasons/guesses why?) Been there and dropped out a couple of decades ago. Picked a career...
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    I think it was having the IBM label on it that made it "respectable" and so gave it an attraction that the alternatives didn't have. Way back in the first years after the IBM PC came out the processors/system...
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    I think you're making my point for me. World wide English is a bitch to parse and comprehend in many situations without a huge amount of context and knowledge about the speaker's past. If that....
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    OK. Answer me this one. "I require your assistance with ..." Is this a question or an imperative? Cause a bit of a blow up on a tech discussion list when someone with apparently a background where their English was...
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    Ahh, Phoenix in the summer. With an end of runway wait. Never done Phoenix that way but have done it in the summer at many other airports such as Dallas and Chicago....
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    open both the front and rear doors, make everyone run and change over all the passengers in well under 10 seconds plus the door opening and closing times. The market departments would hate this. They like perks they can give...
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    One thing that continues to puzzle me is the failure to use ground tugs to move aircraft on and off runways. I assume there are good reasons, but shoving air round is much less efficient what driving wheels. Time. They...
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    Canals. In watching the comments go by I realized this is not something that happened all that much in the US. It is my understanding that many of the canals in the UK still exist mostly as places for house...
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    In the US, we *really* didn't see anything but decks of cards, then terminals, before the IBM PC came out. Where I was working from '83 - '86, they started to come in in later '83, I believe. Quite a...
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    And rails can handle grades: 3% is considered a heavy grade, It is my understanding that anything above 1% is considered a problem to be avoided....
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    you could easily... A phrase that typically makes me run away....
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    And I can't see the chainsaws being much more than toys. A chainsaw engine usually puts out around 3kW or so; supplying that from a battery you can comfortably carry isn't possible for very long, and if you reduce the...
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    With 32Mb of RAM and a smart serial terminal i/o box driving a bunch of Wyse terminals it was quite capable of pretending to be a mid-1980s minicomputer. Well. It should. Because it was....
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    Back in the era we are discussing most of the computing was done on IBM mainframes and imitations. There was a lot of other stuff around in somewhat large absolute numbers but still dwarfed by the number of displays connected...
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    Been there. Done that. Got the shirt and hat. No thanks. I'll stop and write an assembler. At least a crude one. Sort of did once. Way back in ancient times an async controller was not able to do what...
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    In English one word can have multiple meanings with the intended specific meaning understood only once the utterance is completed. Mostly. One hopes. Heck I understood the meaning of the word "and" in Charlie's admonition about DT posting differently...
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    Yes. Maybe. As long as you don't call assembly as a language. It's more of a people friendly way of showing hardware op codes. And then you get to things like SQL. It's a very fuzzy world when you start...
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    A fairer comparison would be the weight of the energy source plus the power train of each. I suspect even with a 4 wheel drive electric the drive train weighs a lot less than for a 2 wheel IC drive...
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    The entire 327x display mode of fill out a form, submit it, wait for a new form, was a big disincentive to the UI that most spread sheet users seem to want. I never saw a UI on a 327x...
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    Basically, hire good people and train them properly. Pick the ones who want to keep learning, not stagnate; and who want to be better today than yesterday. Give them time to think and design, rather than insist that they just...
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    Hmm. I hadn't realized that Kipling wrote about the US Vietnam war....
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    but damn few people can. And only a subset of those actually do. I wonder how much of current production code is really an experiment that was never cleaned up....
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    I decided about 30 years ago that most of what are called programmers are just coders. Only about 10% actually "program". I.E. Write code that does something in a reasonable optimal way. What you did with all of those embedded...
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    Someone else pointed out that the absence of central authority gives you Somalia. Good point. So I will modify my position to that historically over-controlling has made things worse. Worse than Somalia? Not much of that on the planet. They...
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    tuberculosis Is there a place that summarizes all of this somewhere? Looking for a reference, not an argument....
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    Sorry. Didn't parse your sentence it the way you intended....
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    A lot of that change was done during WWII. The administration just did it and Congress mostly went along....
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    Anyone starting from scratch to design CPUs that are useful for general-purpose computing will go CISC since a complex instruction that takes 8 cycles at 1MHz will take four RISC ops in 20 cycles at the same clock rate along...
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    i>Some of us attempted to steer in a direction that avoided the disasters we could foresee (and which came to pass), but the engineers and mathematicians lost out to the marketeers and demagogues. If you take the Internet as an...
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