William T Goodall

William T Goodall

  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I was diagnosed with amblyopia as a child but never wore the prescribed glasses as they gave me headaches. However since I spent a lot of time outdoors and a lot of time reading what I ended up with was...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Which is why when techie reviewers complain about iOS on the iPhone/iPad completely hiding the file system from users they are wrong. Users do not understand the file system. You can either try and force them to use it and...
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    There's an ongoing tension between the attractive Unix notion of a file as a simple stream of bytes and the requirement to store large amounts of metadata about files as well. This can either be stored as extra 'invisible' files...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    1) In text files, PC used 0D 0A for a line terminator, Mac used just 0D. And Unix/Linux/BSD/macOS uses 0x0A. Since macOS has been a version of Unix since 2001 it has been using the Unix line ending since then....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    There was a healthy CP/M market with many machine makers and software vendors before the IBM PC. DR's strange decision to not talk to IBM about licensing CP/M for the IBM PC led to IBM going to Microsoft for an...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Whichever version of the history of Personal Computers you examine one thing is very clear - IBM screwed up massively. The most successful machine was the IBM PC and so ubiquitous that the name got shortened to just PC. Yet...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I have a household of standard electrical goods like dishwashers, microwaves, TVs, amplifiers, computers, chargers, freezers, kettles and the only ones that seem to go pop with unusual frequency are the lightbulbs. Which are on one of the two lighting...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I did have a run of several SKY boxes fail and get replaced a few years years ago and the technicians joked I had dodgy power... but presently it's only light bulbs that are failing. Unless lightbulbs are more sensitive...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I switched from incandescent to cfl and then spent years taking bags of failed cfl to the recycling centre. Then I replaced all the cfl with LED one by one as they burned out and started taking bags of failed...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Proof by claiming that the man pages are part of the kernel. ;-) I'm not claiming the man pages are part of the kernel, I'm showing they are part of the distro. The vernacular meaning of operating system refers to...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Exactly so - they are Unix under the hood but not normally described as Unix since they don't normally run the Usual Unix UI and user software suite. So even techies think in the vernacular meaning of Unix at times....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Of course both iOS and Android are running Unix/Linux under the hood but neither runs standard Unix user software and neither is programmed using standard Unix programming techniques since both have an extra layer of touchy goodness and security on...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I didn't claim awk was part of the Unix kernel. It is part of the POSIX standard commands, in every(?) Linux distro and on my Mac if I type awk in terminal I get usage: awk [-F fs] [-v var=value]...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Operating System is a term with a specific technical meaning that is also used in vernacular English with a somewhat different meaming. Like theory or multitasking. Technically an Operating System is an invisible under-the-hood program which a computer runs at...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    So... how do you plan to achieve indirection? As a more concrete example, consider a modifiable data structure, say... a list? Insert something half-way-through? References like Java, Python, Ruby or Swift....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    My experience has been that every off-brand and own-brand LED bulb I have bought in the past several years has failed drastically short of its claimed life. I don't think any have lasted more than 5000 hours and most fall...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    You only have to watch any kind of panel discussion on TV / Youtube to see this happening....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Another reason ARM is a good choice is that they provide designs and architecture licenses rather than chips. Apple (A-series) and Qualcom (snapdragon) have both designed ARM variants and fabs like Samsung and TSMC have both been able to build...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    In the eighties when the second wave of personal computers were developed (the 16/32 bit successors to the 8-bit first wave) nobody picked x86 processors apart from IBM. Apple Mac - 68000, Commodore Amiga - 68000, Atari ST - 68000,...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    AI has reached the point where the tools and techniques, software and hardware, are sufficient to tackle most individual tasks that were presumed to require human intelligence. This is still a step short of passing the Turing Test and the...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    The reward function calculates the amount of positive reinforcement for performing the task better. In a game of chess there is simple evaluation function : winning. Winning is the reward. If instead the performance has a panel of judges holding...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Musk was responding to this Machines are predicted to be better than us at translating languages by 2024, writing high-school essays by 2026, driving a truck by 2027, working in retail by 2031, writing a bestselling book by 2049 and...
  • Commented on Excuses
    This was a school where one morning I was at roll call and two boys were whaling on each other at the back of the class and by the time the teacher arrived one of them was knocked out. The...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Someone can talk at me all day and I'll ignore them, laugh at them, or tell them they are an idiot. I learned the art of sleeping with my eyes open to get through high school so boredom based punishment...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Calls for UK-wide ban on smacking children after Scottish move The children’s commissioners of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland are calling for a UK-wide change in the law after the Scottish government confirmed its support for a ban on...
  • Commented on Excuses
    In Scotland the seller provides a Home Report comprising a surveyor assessment, an energy efficiency report and a property questionnaire with other information like property tax band to each prospective purchaser for free or no more than the costs of...
  • Commented on Excuses
    The last washing machine I bought (three years ago) was cold-fill only and I believe that is the trend in new machines for several years as the economy wash programmes don't use enough hot water to draw in hot water...
  • Commented on Excuses
    New build and replacement gas supplies do emerge at the outside wall and then pass through above ground. When they replaced the gas main under the sidewalk at our front door a few years ago[1] the old pipe that entered...
  • Commented on Excuses
    For a decade or so my neighbour two doors along's gas meter was installed inside the back of my garage which is on the back lane sharing a wall with his house. This meant he had to come get me...
  • Commented on Excuses
    But mostly a hobbiest toy That's a perfectly cromulent word....
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