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Martin Rodgers

  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Oh, you mean Forty-Five. ;) Yes, I know a few of his fanbois too. Even a few Nazi-lovers. I had to quit a chatroom because it was taken over by both fanclubs. It seems there was a lot of overlap...
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    Who was the "former guy"? I remember quite a few of them, but there will always be Stalin fanbois. Do you mean that one?...
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    Note to MODS: if the links in my last post are a problem, please remove them. If the whole post is a problem, please remove it. Sorry for this additional post. I should've put this in the same post to...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Speaking of science fiction and Russia, here's a relevant twitter thread: https://twitter.com/sumlenny/status/1535582101621420032 It begins: "THREAD Let's start a long thread about how Russian book market prepared Russians for a full-scale war against Ukraine, NATO, the West, and promoted stalinism and...
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    Some parts wear out slowly, others wear out fast -- tires, for example, need replacing after 2-3 months of short-haul ops, and you don't want to bet 200-300 passengers' lives on a batch of retreads. I fear they might do...
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    I just checked, and the 2004 single has the same line in it. The 1:37 point in the video shows an illustration of the "android replica" looking adult but unconscious. So, even the video is creepy. For some context, 2004...
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    The "Schoolkids OZ" was an infamous trial at the time. If you follow UK legal history at all, you'll learn about this at some point. ISTR there was a TV documentary. Literary link: the defense lawyer was John Mortimer, QC....
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    You might find the Rush song Anthem song easier to criticise, unless perhaps you're an Ayn Rand fan. I've read that Neil Peart, who wrote the song, was a fan in the 70s, but may have become less so in...
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    The cover I recall hearing was much more "poppy", for what I can only guess might be Mongolian values of "Pop". This sounds much too acoustic to be mistaken for what I heard years ago. However, I note that Yat...
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    And then there's Kurb Crawler, another Calvert song. Yikes, the whole song is problematic!...
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    Spirit of the Age by Hawkwind. It was a Robert Calvert song, written and first recorded in the late 70s. It hasn't aged well....
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    I've heard a Mongolian throat-singer covering a Depeche Mode song. Was that "Cultural appropriation"? There was certainly a degree of culture shock; I barely recognised it as a familiar song. Years later, I don't recall which Depeche Mode song that...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    One smart manufacturer in Australia (I think it was Senetas) took the precaution, around the time of Australia's first lockdown, to order 3 year's worth of components for their products. So maybe their supply chain problems won't begin until next...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Perhaps, but it's sure not a mechanical process for programmers. All kinds of things to worry about - error handling, limited numerical accuracy, things that depend on trigonometric functions which have their own boundary problems, etc., etc., etc. That's why...
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    Yes, it can easily be done by machine, question is: when is this done correctly? Sadly, the answer is: not always....
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    Once again, we are in violent agreement. Please note my reference to 1647 in 1695 (basic potty training). Learning to write parsers correctly teaches many useful skills, like how to test and branch correctly, and how to read a specification...
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    Few programmers learn how to write parsers correctly. (See my comments on this in 1647.) My generation mostly learned via Basic, which encouraged the misuse of LEFT, MID and RIGHT string operations. Today's generations are taught to misuse regex tools....
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    It looks very much to me like a simplification for demonstration purposes. However, we've seen demonstration code with bugs in it for decades. So why be suprised when we find similar bugs in production code? There used to be books...
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    False-flag cyberattacks a red line for nation-states, says Mandiant boss Tl;DR Proxies get the job done well enough. The article has quotes from Kevin Mandia and Rob Joyce. Standard disclaimers apply. Standard questions, too, like "Who benefits?" and "What's different...
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    We've had Hindley-Milner based type systems for a long time now, so I prefer the hard-typing/soft-typing distinction to static/dynamic. For clarity: hard = explicit type declarations, while soft = optional or no type declarations. Another useful term is polymorphic. Soft-typing...
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    Self-correction: The same has long been true for C compilers. ISTR the first C compiler had to run on a machine with only 8K of RAM. Actually, it was the B compiler that was 8K. Ritchie described it as "BCPL...
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    That's a rather bizarre looking instruction, but if the BIT instruction was really that rare, we might wonder how it was justified in a CPU using a few transistors as the 6502. Apparently it can used for interrupt handling with...
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    When we consider static allocation for arrays together with the usage of those arrays during a program run, we see some variations. In an ideal program, each and every array will be fully utilised throughout the running of the program....
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    I didn't miss your point. I fully appreciated it and agree. Instead I was trying to make a point (poorly communicated, I admit) about static allocation of memory. These can exist in any Turing-complete language with static storage. I.e. storage...
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    You really HAVE misunderstood! All arrays in Fortran up to 77 were static, with an explicit number of elements; no leaks at that level were possible. That's exactly what I understood you to mean, but we're using a very imprecise...
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    Excellent! I'm very happy to learn that. Thanks....
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    Programmers were still doing this in the 90s on DOS machines. Ugh. Context: tuning code for limited memory space, on personal computers. The practice continues today in the embedded world, of course, for obvious reasons....
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    ISTR reading about a Fortran compiler that used overlays for the different kinds of statement. There's also that old self-modifying code trick used on machines lacking stack hardware. The CS book I mentioned earlier shows how an array could be...
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    Now I want to reread some documents by C.A.R. Hoare. Thanks....
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    Oh, I appreciate the hazards of changing an existing language. There are claims that the Fortran committees have made great effort to avoiding breaking existing code. Without doubting or commenting on these claims regarding modern Fortran, we might still acknowledge...
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