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  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    You write: So ruling made, corporations have no limit on spending for their favourite politicians. Neither Democrats nor Republicans in the USA seem very upset by this. ************* Sorry, that's a "both sides do it" argument, which is demonstrably false....
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I believe you misunderstood the point I was making: I was doing a "you get what you asked for, not what you wanted", like any good computer... I do NOT believe that artificial persons, aka corporations, have *ANY* right or...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    When I was 19? 20? in '69, I had this wonderful job as a lab tech. We had a number of research projects. After the better part of a year, I told my boss that I did not want to...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    As I was saying: corporations, as we know them today, in the US, are based on, um, activist judges in the 1860's and 1870;s, They are, however, *economic* entities. As such, I see no inherent reason that they should have...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nahhh, let corporation remain "artificial persons". However, make the top execs and the Board PERSONALLY* responsible for all criminal actions, since the company isn't some AI, they personally led it in that direction. That will take care of,oh, 66%...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Don't confuse Aleister Crowley with anyone else. Better, try finding and reading the bio of him in The Occult, by Colin Wilson. And then you are allowed to wonder if he was an outside consultant, or whatever they called them...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    You've got that slightly wrong: it does *exactly* as you tell it to do, *not* as you want it to do. And, um, don't step back any further, or you'll smudge and break the line of the pentacle while you're...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Magick. Computers. Yup. I invoke an instantiation with the correct method.... The relationship of programming to magick... around '82 or '83, Tom Galloway (who, with his ladyfriend at the time, was my tenant, working on his MSc at Penn), was...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Picked up Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen from Sally at Windy. Um, the first chapter, were it a short story, would fit perfectly into The Last Dangerous Visions.......
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    That was Lewis and Clark. Gain in agriculture... the twenties, I think, and definitely in the '30s, the US Dept of Agriculture was heavily pushing the three or four field crop rotation, with one field/year being clover (or whatever) to...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    As I've said before, I want artificial stupids. As it is, on my Netbook, when I was in Chicago, it takes seconds to type in a URL 'cause it's SURE IT CAN FIND IT FIRST!!! Crap....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Which I'd blame on the effect of the disaster of the collapse of the USSR on the 99%....
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    Never had to use WP before 5, and *everyone* who had, including my late wife, told me how much improved 5.0 was. And I take incredibly serious exception to "everything in the 80's sucked", given, at least, meeting my late...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    High-test peroxide.... My late ex, the rocket engineer, used to talk about that. Hey, I know how I can shoot your peroxide-fueled rotodyne down, easily: I'll stare at it hard, and cross my eyes. Jeez, so much to catch up...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Another one, here. I've disliked Apple since the intro of the Mac - locked down, open it and you violate your warranty, overpriced... and on the other side, "here, you can Be Creative! You don't need to know ANYTHING about...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Beg to differ about WordPerfect. That was the *best* word processor... once they hit 5.0 (NOT before that). I would willingly use it. Wordstar, um, no thank you. And in the '90s, every secretary I knew, who knew both WP...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    We used pip on the TSRS? on a pdp-ll. I liked it. These days... I use rsync....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    You can get paralellization, but, at least in my experience, you have to code your program to know what's parallizeable. We're very slowly migrating from torque to slurm for clustering, which is all about parpallelization, and that, and the compiler...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    That's Paradise Papers, but yeah... And to answer someone's question, yes, banks are *heavily* involved. I skimmed an article yesterdy where some big sportsball player lands on... was it the Isle of Man at, like 03:00, and has paid an...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Didn't know about python, had forgotten that about perl... but most people using perl *don't* usually turn it into C code and compile it....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Ok, a lot on computers.... About the o/s: you can look up rings of protection in wikipedia, but basically, the way most operating systems work is ring 0 is the kernel, and ring 1 are device drivers. Done this way,...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    No. Let me give you a bigger picture: in the begging were the programs, and they had to do EVERYTHING, memory management, driving printers, driving disks... And this was observed to be Not Good, and so the operating system was...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    "Writing good perl".... One liners? That's what sed and grep, etc are for. I rewrote a... was it call routing? system in perl, when I worked for a small non-LEC telecom. My manager, the VP, who was 20 years younger...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Least popular, huh? 'Bout 15 or more years ago, Dr. Dobbs' Journal had an article about it, and referred to it as "the sysadmin's Swiss Army chainsaw"....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    About fitting in more passengers... I have just one thing to say: you know, you can fit more passengers into that passenger plane, if you cut the legroom, and can add another row or three to the plane.......
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Hmmm... Maybe I should get the DVD, and then I could surplus my '60s, '70's, and 80's copies of Mother Earth News. But no, you may *not* have my copies of the Whole Earth Catalog, the Next Whole Earth Catalog,...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Nope. 1. There's *zero* reason to try to build modern, RW wind turbines in NAC. Smaller, and more of them. I can see them running for tens of miles along the railroad lines, for example. Easy to put up. And...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Thank you, yes, it was Chickenhawk. The damage that war did to the US is still here, and is probably part of the reason we're so fucked up....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    In the US, we *really* didn't see anything but decks of cards, then terminals, before the IBM PC came out. Where I was working from '83 - '86, they started to come in in later '83, I believe. And most...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    *snicker* Jan '87 through Worldcon '88, I was working for the Scummy Mortgage Co, in Austin, TX (I think I can fill 3 pages of why I have called it that since). Around late '87 or early '88, they got...
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