John Hughes

John Hughes

  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    IKEA is a BV. Closest translation into American is LLC. I.E. IKEA is incorporated. Nothing unusual about being a privately owned corporation....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Hum. ICT COBOL had PERFORM in 1966 (maybe earlier, that's the oldest version of the manual I can find). https://icl1900.co.uk/techpub/tl1588.djvu...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    The only time I ever used a GOTO in COBBLE was to force it into letting me have subroutines. Why not use PERFORM? PERFORM paragraph1 THRU paragraph22. A thing of beauty....
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    YELLOW CARD: On this blog it is known as The slaveowners' treasonous rebellion. And that's official. The slaveowners' [ second ] treasonous rebellion, surely?...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    The alternative to paging wasn't not paging. The alternative to paging was doing it by hand. Or just not running the program....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    One reason would be hardware, or the lack of it. Mainframes of that period simply didn't have enough physical memory for it to be worth using dynamic allocation. What "period" are you talking about? Lisp had been using garbage collected...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    The language definition might be printed in 1977. But it could take a while for the first compilers to come out. For example, ALGOL 68: a draft report was published in February 1968, the official Report was published in January...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Not quite. There are multiple rulings over the years where SCOTUS has said, there's no right to this in the document but you can write a law. You appear to be assuming good faith....
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    suddenly the legislative gridlock evaporates and they pass a Federal law explicitly enumerating rights to this stuff.And the "supreme" court strikes down that law as unconstitutional....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Is the term "vril" too contaminated by far-right fruitloopery for use in fiction? What, you think leftists prefer marmite?...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Seagull is a smarter Qanon....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Well, I guess I was drunk when I posted that because it didn't come out anything like how I meant it. What I was trying to say was more like: I can't imagine how anyone could describe Macron as a...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Charlie apparently tweeted: Macron is a horrible, bad, no-good President Really? Care to justify?...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    But, when HDD makers were pushing the boundaries, the first 10,000 RPM drives were 2.5"; it took close to a decade for geninue 3.5" 10K RPM drives to come out. I've been using 15K RPM 3.5" HD's since around 2005....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    There's also the flip side assumption to watch for: if it doesn't work for me, it's not worth doing at all. True, though I'm not seeing it on this site.Bwahahahaahha!...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    How low can you go? Your claim was that with temperatures of "high/lows (in Celsius) for the next 5 days - -5/-10, -8/-20, -6/-10, -7-25, -13/-21" the result would be: Now in theory in the day the sunlight will thaw...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Except these are the forecast high/lows (in Celsius) for the next 5 days - -5/-10, -8/-20, -6/-10, -7-25, -13/-21 Antifreeze?...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Well this is unexpected (not): Shell’s Massive Carbon Capture Plant Is Emitting More Than It’s Capturing....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Parallel Systems Autonomous Pod Train is an Obvious Grift...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    That was the major impetus for them to start building a large fleet of identical three-loop M910 nuclear power plants in a hurry, using the knowledge gained from their nuclear weapons development program. Arguably the main "knowledge gained from...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    As it happens we are going to have to rip out 80% of the UK's central heating infrastructure over the next couple of decades -- it burns natural gas -- and either replace it with hydrogen burners If you can...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    ...and both were driven by heavy-duty political power from clandestine nuclear weapons ambitions. Please explain why France would have built a fleet of PWRs, useless for generating plutonium, for "clandestine nuclear weapons ambitions" when it already had the bomb....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Africa is rapidly getting wealthier and is almost as large as Russia For values of "almost as large" that are equal to "much bigger than". Russia: 17.13 million km² Africa: 30.37 million km² Mercator strikes again....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Could just be that your USB cable is broken and you're getting intermittent disconnects. In my experience almost all (wired) mouse problems come down to a broken USB cable these days....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    We USAians get yelled at for calling ourselves American's As you should. You're Americans, not American's. Unless, of course, you're a grocer....
  • Commented on Omicron
    It could have been worse; I might have found constant integer C4 = 5; There's a guy on slashdot who's .sig is: const int one = 65536; (Silvermoon, Texture.cs) It's not a joke! https://searchcode.com/codesearch/view/9614781/...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    And they're all members of NATO (the treaty, not the integrated military command structure in the case of France). Ahem, France rejoined the integrated military command structure in 2009. https://otan.delegfrance.org/France-and-NATO-presentation-1217 (Although they're still outside the nuclear planning group)...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Never said it was. Free movement still exists, just not for Brits....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Martin said: “London has a low birth rate. A reasonably liberal immigration system controlled by those we have elected, as distinct from the UK system, would be a plus for the economy and the city." The EU does not control...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
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