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  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    You are indeed wrong. I have records of all my purchases from Apple (tax stuff) and every one of them has the appropriate taxes listed; separate GST & PST or combined HST from that short period when BC worked that...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    “I didn't know the UK use of "Desi" until you popped up "Desi Himmler" and I had to look it up.” A useful reminder that words do not mean the same in every place, in every context. And over the...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    The difference is that it is entirely plausible that Ford/VW/etc will have essentially the same sales next year, but Tesla may well triple. The stock market has a real thing for anticipation of growth. And even more so for anticipation...
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    To make life even more fun, an American fluid ounce is not an actual fluid ounce. “The US fluid ounce is 1/16 of a US fluid pint, and 1/128 of a US liquid gallon, which is equal to 29.57 mL....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    “Just noting that Tesla allegedly has a horrific racism problem at some of their manufacturing plants.” I used to (‘91-‘04) live a few miles south of the NUMMI plant that Tesla bought as their original factory, which is the one...
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    Very slightly off to the side of discussions about complex numbers on computers, I was recently pointed to https://herbie.uwplse.org which claims to help with optimising (for accuracy) equations involving floats. It might even be useful to a few people....
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    I imagine you are asking if Squeak is used via typical terminal window, as opposed to simply being launched that way? The answer is, no, and yes, and kinda. No - the general way to use pretty much any Smalltalk...
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    Reading ‘Squeak50.sources’ won’t tell you anywhere near the whole story. First problem is that it is the sources of the Smalltalk code as of when we released the 5.0 version, which was quite some time ago. If one were to...
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    Nobody should take the GNU Smalltalk system too seriously. It is most definitely not a production level implementation- for a start it is not a proper live image system. It’s basically the back-of-magazine type-it-yourself Space Invaders equivalent. Don’t even begin...
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    Oh, well, gosh, producing correct answers. Never thought of that. Dang. It’s done well enough to run sophisticated machines like the world’s chip-making machinery and the CanadArm, to operate power grids, to make billions of buckaroonies for banks, so I’m...
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    Oops, message cross-over! 'nice' is Nic Cellier, who does lots of clever numerics stuff for the Squeak project as well. Like for example neat implementations of some very sneaky fast mulitply/divide code for multi-million digit large integers....
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    Smalltalk (have I mentioned Smalltalk before? :-) ) has handled Complex numbers perfectly well since about 1972. Along with proper handling of Fractions, which I think is rather uncommon. For example (42 + 5i) * (12i) / (17 + 99i)...
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    “I understood the claim to be more along the lines of "it's impossible to build a language that has dynamic memory allocation that cannot leak memory".” Well I’m sure somebody could make much argument over the precise definition of both...
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    And none of those algorithms are in the slightest manner problematic for Smalltalk. You do not need pointers to arbitrary memory addresses to make a language work....
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    “The dead children were not "those people". “ Sure they were. Children only matter when they are useful to the argument. Otherwise there would be decent schools, proper healthcare and civilized policing....
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    “My mentor there was Paul McCullough, who had worked earlier on the Tektronix implementation of Smalltalk. “ I worked for maybe 10 years with Paul, at ParcPlace and later at Interval Research. Lovely guy, lost too soon....
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    Yup. Graph structures are trivial in Smalltalk. The entire system is essentially a giant graph! Quite why anyone would imagine otherwise beats me. You most emphatically do not need pointers (in the C sense) for any of this....
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    Good grief,no, Smalltalk is a long way from ‘insular’. Every version I know of has ways to call outside libraries and most have ways to handle callbacks. Http requests are trivial to either send or handle - my current day...
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    So, on the Smalltalk thing, some responses to a few messages... I've been using, teaching, and creating Smalltalk for nigh-on 40 years now. I helped to start the IBM Smalltalk product group when I was an IBM Research fellow, and...
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    "Smalltalk!!! :-)" Well, duh. The only actually well designed language....
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    It's interesting that one of their claimed uses is quickly escaping a groper. It's sad that there are enough such jackasses that such a device might actually be useful....
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    A new and exciting way of tracking your spouse/children/mistress/staff/whatever - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001988656858.html Flexible chip to go under nail decorating stuff. Does it work? Should it? Should we nuke the manufacturers from orbit just to be sure?...
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    Re the billionaire/pension thing it is worth remembering that not everyone does things like the US. Not all pension systems work by having special businesses pretending to be Mr Burns. And when you make the law you can, well, make...
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    You impugn El Reg? Jail for Rodgers, jail for one thousand cycles! May BOFH scramble your mariadb (autocockup suggested ‘marinade’) tables!...
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    Like Robert, I’m from UK, in Canada but via a fifteen years stop-off in Silicon Valley. During my school experience in uk I had the no-grade thing for my degrees & postgrad - all I ever got told was whether...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    When we left UK in ‘91 we left behind a washing machine that had a perfectly usable timer system, especially considering the absence of any sort of networking. You simply pressed a delay button a number of times, once per...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    The only game I’ve played with dates (and only after quite a few dates) is strip-forfeits poker, and the details are for quite a different site/blog. We had no power for much of the weekend, because of heavy snow. In...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    “186 - Bun-Bun the Sluggy Freelance character, or the tank with the 16" gun, named after the character?” Yes. I mean, either would do. Rabbits of course breed like, well, rabbits. Though Bun-Bun does rather veer towards Baywatch babes, which...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    “You can't add enough armor to a tank without it finishing up like some of those monster German tanks at the end of WWII, which impervious but unable to go anywhere as the bridges couldn't take them. ” Hmm, sounds...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Robots are people too, even if most of them are, not yet sentient enough to realize it. In my experience they average considerably nicer personalities than many nominal humans...
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