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46  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Distributing Wealth. on: November 14, 2013, 03:34:14 pm
Gee- I thought we already had such a thing. It's called MONEY. You work hard and earn some and some lazy bloke who sits around all day and has never bothered to develop any skills gets him slf labelled disabled so he can take your money, buy beer and sit around doing nothing and complaining about how he doesn't have any money...
47  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Why "Electrons" on: November 14, 2013, 03:23:35 pm
Because it is electrons that are doing the moving. You have a better explanation? Don't like the name "Electron" maybe?

That is like asking why we walk on 2 feet. Because they are there and it turns out to be a pretty efficient way to get around.
48  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Not quite available yet on: November 12, 2013, 05:53:14 pm
Graynomad and Pico - I have the Z80 assembler, dissassembler and emulator working under Windows. Writtten in VB6. Now working on a set for the 65C02...

What i really want is a Z80, 64K of RAM and 8K of ROM (setup so the rom can be switched off and run totally in RAM) along with a serial port (or 2)  all on one chip. Should be possible to put an entire CPM machine on a chip, with just the I/O necesary to hook op a Compact Flash for storage...

Hey, We all have our fantacies.
49  Community / Bar Sport / Re: What happens when they rebel? on: October 16, 2013, 01:08:54 pm
Think there will be anti-quadcopter missile launchers or something like that. A simple glue spray might be enough..

In town a paintball gun would probably be effective while out in the rural areas a 12ga would probably handle it...
50  Community / Bar Sport / Re: US shutdown - safe mode on: October 14, 2013, 12:05:49 pm
So, just because you exist then that places an interminable obligation on me to make sure that you, and yours are provided for? No ,matter the circumstances? And I am obligated to see things just as you see them, because by me seeing things from a different perspective than you, my perspective is automatically wrong? And if you define your needs so much more richly than I define my needs then I am then obligated to provide for you to my own harm? And I am obligated to do thios because you, and some politician feel good by taking from me and giving to others? So you feel no need to support your family because you can use the power of the state to take from me to give to yours?

And yes, I have seen those with a welfare card buy food that I could not afford. My wife worked as the night manager of a grocery store and welfare cards bought steak and shrimp and other high priced goods. Every Month. When the cards got filled there was a run on those products in the store. The real kicker is this - When my kids were born my wages didn't automatically go up. But that means an increase in the benefits for those on welfare. But I suppose that makes perfect sense. Welfare in the USA runs from $12,000 in some states to in excess of $43,000 in others.  That's pretty good wages at the top end, and a real motivation to not seek a job... But I guess I should have to support them because I am so stupid that I try to hold a job and pay my own way...
51  Community / Bar Sport / Re: How tall can we build? (and Voltage Differential of Earth) on: October 11, 2013, 11:02:18 am
Te problem is that this voltage differential is rather variable. ANd can rech quite high voltages. It is normally released in what we call lightninig. Launch a model rocket with a fine wire attached and you can cause teh lightning to hit the launch point. Problem is, that's an awful large amount of energy being released. Many years ago Popular Science had an article about static electricity motors. Problem was, getting a reliable voltage level was a challenge... Changes in weather can really screw things up...
52  Community / Bar Sport / Re: US shutdown - safe mode on: October 10, 2013, 03:38:41 pm
The bigger part of the problem, which most of the arguments try to bury in fertilzer is this, in the United States the federal Government has no business doing a lot of the things that it has taken on. Many of those responsibilities are things that are reseverved for the individual states.

While some of this may seem a bit odd to those from other countries (exceptions might be Canada, Australia and Russia), we have states that are as big as, if not bigger than some countries in the rest of the world. And I am sure that some of you all living in Europe have felt  a degree of irritation at the power the EU has over individual nations rights. We ahve heard of some of those squabbles from time to time...

This is all part of a bigger question - Just how powerful should the federal government be?  And there are a great many here in the US that feel that the power of the federal government needs to be rolled back. Some think a bit, and some think a lot... We do tend to be a more conservative lot, and there is a growing sense that the entitlements are getting a bit rich. I would like to be able to afford a fine steak, and I do get a bit pout off when some yob with a government aid card can buy the steaks that I can't afford. Why should he be able to eat well and get fat when I am working and have to eat beans?
53  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Router recommendation on: October 10, 2013, 03:24:48 pm
I really like my Dewalt 2HP router...

Sorry, wrong kind of router...
54  Community / Bar Sport / Re: How Special Relativity Makes Magnets Work on: September 27, 2013, 09:02:35 am
But how did magnets work before special relativity? That's the question I want answered...
55  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Unfriendly Geek Clique/Arduino hostility on sites like StackExchange on: September 26, 2013, 05:29:56 pm
Some people have to try to prove their superiority by trying to prove everyone is much less intelligent than they are. All the really prove is that they are slightly more intelligent than a moron...

Shield, sketch, object, method... still don't communicate much until you get the translation of what they are trying to say. Don't know why program, struct and procedure had to be renamed, other than to make it obvious who is part of the priesthood...
56  Community / Bar Sport / Re: How Special Relativity Makes Magnets Work on: September 26, 2013, 05:23:44 pm
I see the shows covering the destruction and I see the right wing politicians. They talk about God while they act like demons.


You need your glasses checked...
57  Community / Bar Sport / Re: If Hitler had of won the war.... on: September 26, 2013, 04:37:31 pm
If Hitler had won the war...

And if your uncle had been plumbed different he'd of been your aunt...

Hitler was doomed to failure because the whole premise by which he operated was defective. He preached that the Germans were a superior race. That somehow because they were white nordic peoples they were somehow different than others. The only way he could motivate was by having some straw man he could hold up in front of the people to blame for every perceived problem and to inspire them to hate. He gave nothing to the conquered people to inspire them to see him as anything other than a deluded madman. In every nation he conquered there rose up an underground resistance that used every means in its power to cripple and harrass. If Hitler would of won the hearts and minds of those nations he conquered he would have succeeded, but as is, he antagonized them and they turned against him.

Hilter used fear of, and hatred of specific groups to gain power, but it soon became obvious that anyone could be made into a group that would fit a criteria for the death camps. And his system looked on everyone as being under suspicion. Everyone was looking at everyone else with suspicion. One could not trust their family, their friends  or their neighbors. The populace was lost any motivation to to keep the system going, and fear was not enough.
58  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Crowdsourced Microprocessor Patent Study on: September 19, 2013, 09:54:41 am
The problem is this, many technology patents have been granted because those filing the patent DID NOT properly list pre-existing technology and thus were improperly granted a patent. This has been especially egregious in the area of software patents. I.E. someone tried to patent the ISAM (Indexed Sequential Access Method) which is a very common database file access tool that has been around for decades and taught for most of those decades in college computer programming classes.

The patent system relies on those filing the patent do a good faith declaration of prior are that might exist  in the field of the patent and documenting why this patent is for something unique and different. By not properly filing prior art they are able to get their application through because those handling the application don't have an exhaustive knowledge of everything. In this case Patexia is asking if anyone who might have any experience in this area if there is prior art that would nullify this patent. And they are offering to pay for the information. Yes, they are fishing, because in the field of computers and microprocessors there is a lot that has been done and the information is not widely available, or has been misplaced or lost as the technology has changed. I some cases it has been some article in a magazine that someone had sitting around from 30 years ago that had been all but forgotten.
59  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Best digital multimeter? on: September 13, 2013, 10:29:17 am
BEST is at best a relative term. It depends on the real need.

That said, If you can afford a FLUKE meter you will never regret buying it. They are accurate and reliable and the only thing I have ever seen damage one if the High Frequency used to fire off a plasma torch. Other than that, I love a FLUKE meter.
60  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Which is your favorite programming font? on: September 13, 2013, 10:22:23 am
Downloaded and installed the Dina font that Nick Gammon suggested. WOW!!! Makes my code look really impressive. I wrote some really good code! I set it up as the editor font in Visual Basic 6 and it is a clean readable font.

Thanks Nick.
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