David L

David L

  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    For some reason the original Roller Ball movie comes to mind and should somehow be a part of this discussion....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Water Reading through the comments and thinking about it a bit makes me think that some of this only makes sense if your water supply is local enough to allow it to be mostly inside of the borders of one...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    "I'll talk about personal combat as we see it depicted in popular media. Headsup: it's usually absurd." Now THAT isn't a surprise, but I look forward to what your knowledge brings to the subject. Go ask any emergency room or...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    As one guy I knew said, "there's not a ninja on the planet that's harder than a glass ashtray". Yes. My brother in law is a recently retired policeman. His comment was the best way to stop someone running away...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    I don't just favour breaking up the UK; I favour breaking up the United States, India, and China. Hmmm. Maybe, just maybe India might do it. Slim chance of the US doing it. China is going the other way. They...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    t's also fortunate that fusion bombs tend to go bad over time as the tritium decays. It's my understanding that they become less powerful but still go off with a really big bang. I'll defer to someone with more knowledge...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Writing this I find myself inclined to compare the US to failed states rather than any country I'd like to live in. I'd rather be poor and black in the US than in, say, Zimbabwae. Hooray for the USA! (ex)muslim...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    In Mississippi maybe, but not in greater Saint Louis. People not from the South (US) or even some that do tend to focus on the black/white issues as if it's still 1876. While not the deep south we here...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Referring to much of the discussions about centralized forces in the UK vs. decentralized police and other forces in the US. I grew up in the "mid-west". Far western KY. Outside of a town of 32,000 or so. To get...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    the basic realities of being a patrol cop: You are out among the people. They aren't happy to see you. You will disproportionately interact with the bottom 5% of humanity, and most people you meet are having the worst day...
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    They're basically coming over as demanding that, in the name of a charity I've never heard of, I drop everything to work for free for them. Entitlement, much? Sort of similar to an anti-SPAM mindset I ran into a few...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    None of this is easy. Didn't say it was....
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Last I heard, a 400GbE transceiver (the MSA hasn't been codified, yet), will probably require 16 Tx and 16 Rx fibers, each running at 25Gb/s (25 Gig is about the max that we can put on short range fiber right...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    All of the OS hooks for multiple users are "in" iOS. Since the core of iOS was taken from OS X. It is the GIU and some of the ways you handle files that most of the difference. Now as...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    I also wish to have owner, guest, & children logons with different access. Just isn't going to happen. That would decrease the chance you might buy 2 or more devices instead of just one. Apple really really really wants to...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    I give it a 50/50 chance. If you're right most of the people I know using OS X will get to switch to Windows or what ever it turns into. CAD and all of that with 27" displays being standard....
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Me thinks this does not qualify as a HackInTosh. http://forum.netkas.org/index.php?topic=7512.0 http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=18411621&postcount=26 One client has two MacPro1,1 models. Maybe I'll see what happens. Spare computers that can run Mavericks are useful to have around....
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Didn't realise my hulking old g5 silver ziggurat was drawing so much juice, though I don't use it often these days - my old core2duo macbook is still doing ok as my daily driver. Though ableton 9 is starting to...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    We've been doing this stuff since the 1970s if not earlier. Why is this even a thing? Surely you've been programming long enough to know the rule. Every 10 to 15 years the new whiz kids are convinced the old...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    You might want to think about retiring that 2006 Mac Pro. Seriously, if it's the dual processor G4 model If it's a MacPro (and he says it is later) it is NOT a G4 or G5. Those were PowerMacs. :)...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Its last supported OS is 10.7 Lion (due to 32-bit EFI compatibility issues). There is/are a hack(s) floating around which allow you to flash the firmware to 64 bit. I can't remember if they require you to replace the CPU...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    From an auction site that deals in plant liquidations and such. I'm surprised they take cashier's checks. These are another name for Charlie's "Banker's Drafts". Anyway, yes you can do cash. But you can also set this up electronically. An...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Does/did the US banking system not have something like Bankers' Drafts? If you mean this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banker%27s_draft Yes. Bank check or official check or similar over here. But they have fallen into disrepute over the last 10 years or so. Lots...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    (Long ago, call it 25 years, I heard a few horror stories about the fragmented banking system within the USA, and how it forced a business contact, buying agricultural machinery over there at auctions, to travel with huge quantities of...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Today I read an article in the China Daily about chinese authors publishing their work online on platforms like Hongxiu.com and make a living from it. After reading your ramblings I wonder what do you think about this, Charlie? How...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    So it's a choice between a small income now, and a large lump some in around two and a half years. which takes more of your time. Do you have enough money to pay your bills for that time? How...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    There are many more uses of what free time people have today, the time to devote per 'reading session' is much lower, and books, even ebooks, are basically the same as Dickens would recognise. In short, the product hasn't evolved...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Unless you buy direct from a service like Bandcamp, with no geolocking, and one price irrespective of market Which insures that billions of people will never buy from them. How does the typical person in the bottom 1/2 (under the...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    To be honest I don't think your comparison is valid. A 9 or 10 bit byte wouldn't change the way computers work or how we program them all that much. Tri-state logic would require a rethinking of how we write...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    For example 'driving behaviour' by measuring g-forces (acceleration, braking, cornering) is subjective and depends on having a performance model for every car (some cars are safer going fast around corners than others) mapped against road condition, mapped against driving conditions...
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