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by Buub
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 56
Views: 4302

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Ah, I only really got on board with LED this past fall when some CFL bulbs started to die and my local stores quit carrying them. I only have the choice between incandescent and LED bulbs right now, which struck me as odd, but the LED bulb prices are down to sane levels, too. Not so odd. CFLs were ...
by Buub
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 56
Views: 4302

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

You're over-thinking it. I just throw mine in the trash. There is no other "official" disposal method, and most stuff just ends up in the landfill anyway.
by Buub
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Ended, 2TB SSD $290 Micron >17 hours
Replies: 4
Views: 5031

Re: 2TB SSD $290 Micron >17 hours

This was interesting... exFAT. vs NTSF formatting and random access. Random Write 4KiB 128 vs 21 MB/s https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RN9EQW9B363DL/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_viewpnt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01LB05YOO#RN9EQW9B363DL NTFS has always been slower than FAT because it's a journaling filesystem....
by Buub
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 3485

Re: Warning about Newegg

I have a strange love/hate view on Alaskans, in part due to having several family/friend relationships with them. I've always envisioned Alaska as this strange, near-mythical, land that attracts malcontents and itinerants and is home to solitary off-the-grid folks that occasionally lose their mind ...
by Buub
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 3485

Re: Warning about Newegg

Oh, and being as that I'm from Washington state, thanks for the $20. :lol: edit: reread your post, I guess it was $40. What are you talking about? You don't get any of that. Shama Sawant is going to spend it all on safe injection sites and taking away car lanes to make more bike lanes before you se...
by Buub
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?
Replies: 38
Views: 2768

Re: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?

They, as a large entity in the internet realm, 'support' all sorts of sites -- from Islamic, to LGBT, to O Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal , to neo-Nazi/socalistim, to Catholic, to the environmentally negligent , to nature worshipers, to whatever. Them being a neutral party re speech i...
by Buub
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7670

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Frankly, I would be highly surprised if the next high end Macs jump to in-house ARM designs. Apple will likely take a generation or two to perfect it at the low power end of the spectrum before moving up. A Mac ultrabook on ARM makes sense for them -- it's basically the next step from the iPad Pro....
by Buub
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7670

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

You would rather Geekbench be known as a benchmark which is only slightly terrible? Forget about Geekbench. ARM has been knocking on Intel's door for a while now. Once the mobile constraints are lifted ARM is going to be a monster. Meanwhile, on planet Earth: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=...
by Buub
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Frustrated with light bulbs under microwave!
Replies: 17
Views: 12452

Re: Frustrated with light bulbs under microwave!

All my microwaves have gone through bulbs faster than I would like. I just ordered some cheapo LED replacements off Amazon and that's worked well for me.
by Buub
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 9574

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

Here is another way to look at it, that lines up with what the "exceptions are exceptional" folks are getting at. If you are throwing an exception in your code, the expectation should be that the execution thread terminates. The purpose here is to log as much state and information as poss...
by Buub
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 9574

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

Bottom line from a C++ perspective: if you have something to return, return it. If not, return nothing. If you have an exceptional situation, throw an exception. (Don't throw exceptions for normalcy, shouldn't need to be said, but sometimes does.) It shouldn't be much more complex than that. If it i...
by Buub
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Basketball
Replies: 22
Views: 5065

Re: College Basketball

A few years ago, I heard a well-respected former NCAA coach and current radio commentator describe the difference between an NCAA investigation and a real investigation like this: "If the NCAA pounds on your front door with dozens of allegations, you laugh. You tell them to go away and stay th...
by Buub
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Basketball
Replies: 22
Views: 5065

Re: College Basketball

I am still struggling to understand exactly how this warrants FBI budget and time. Especially when they're having a hard time stopping school shooters.

Why isn't this a matter between the NCAA and specific schools, with potentially several cases against NBA agents?
by Buub
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 3522

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

notfred wrote:
Someone's been busy in Photoshop, may I present the Falcon 9 Super Heavy Image

Moar rockets! .... and cowbell!
by Buub
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 12041

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

You, JBI, and I all live on a planet called "Earth". ... Remember: End User previously argued that developers on MBP using MacOS was "odd", so just like then, he has absolutely no idea what he's talking about whatsoever but can't refrain from making utterly asinine absolutist st...
by Buub
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 12041

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Who the heck uses an external keyboard with a MBP? Anyone who dislikes the MBP keyboard, and works at a desk for most of the day. That would include me, two of my closest co-workers, and quite a few other people throughout the R&D organization. I also like my keyboard to be centered in front of...
by Buub
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 3522

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

The double booster landing was pretty f'n amazing!
by Buub
Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What cricket products are you eating?
Replies: 31
Views: 2779

Re: What cricket products are you eating?

I've tried a custom protein mix with a certain percentage of cricket protein. It was relatively uneventful. A little grittier than casein/whey, but not offensive. I get my custom mixes from these guys: https://truenutrition.com/p-7449.aspx?s ... -shellfish
by Buub
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 6090

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/949070111083778050.html As a consumer of raw code, you'll witness software behaving in surprising ways, ways which even we as developers couldn't have anticipated. That's exciting to me. Bold Personally, I've never experienced richer, warmer bugs. LOL awesome... d...
by Buub
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 6090

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

On our platform (OpenVMS), our ctime() implementation actually allocates a mutex-locked, thread-specific buffer and then calls ctime_r() effectively deprecating ctime(). Why is a mutex needed when the buffer is thread-specific? That seems overly paranoid to me, and could even result in deadlocks if...
by Buub
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Earbud Replacement Suggestion
Replies: 11
Views: 1183

Re: Earbud Replacement Suggestion

I am going to offer two suggestions: First: If you own an Apple device, I have fallen in love with the Apple AirPods. I know they are a compromise device, but hear me out. These are phenomenal pieces of technology -- my wife got me a set for Christmas, and frankly, I am blown away by how good they a...
by Buub
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 6090

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

Guys, don't get me wrong. I am a hard-core C++ developer and even gave a talk on algorithms at CPPcon. My point was that templates are an "uglier" part of the C++ API, not that they aren't tremendously useful or powerful (they are). I was also asserting that the average user, who isn't de...
by Buub
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 6090

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

The C community is loathe to change the way things have always been. The APIs, IMHO, are much more sane in C++, at least from this perspective. I'm not sure anyone willingly gets into templates, but at least they're logically consistent and can largely be approached from a consumption-only basis un...
by Buub
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 6090

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

CPUs have gotten fast enough, and compilers good enough, that there is rarely a need to do anything in assembly language any more. C is used pretty much everywhere that assembly language would've been used "back in the day" -- OS kernels, device drivers, embedded systems, real-time. The r...
by Buub
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 6090

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

notfred wrote:
Not just the Linux kernel, most kernels are in C.

For what it's worth, the Windows kernel is actively moving to C++. But yes, most kernels are still C.
by Buub
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 6090

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

In the developer's defense, it would be nice if the C API didn't require you to select different functions to perform the same operation based solely on thread safety or lack thereof. The C community is loathe to change the way things have always been. The APIs, IMHO, are much more sane in C++, at ...
by Buub
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 6090

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

I once (like 15 years ago) was using an extensive Python test suite that we used to debug some complex software we were developing. This test software was used by everyone in our office, as well as many people in the parent office in France. The test suite kept crashing on me randomly, and I'm wonde...
by Buub
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 6090

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

Amateur night and multi-threaded are phrases that shouldn't go together in the same sentence.
by Buub
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 12041

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

I'm going to take a slightly more pragmatic twist on this: I know it's a pain, but have you tried going to a different Apple store, or speaking with a manager? Even though they're "geniuses", the Apple Store employees are just following what they're told to do, and sometimes they interpret...
by Buub
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 12041

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

My 6s+ was great for a while, but recently it hangs for a good 30 seconds at random times, such as bringing up a txt message or opening an email. Never happened before. I’m sure my battery is degraded, and Apple claims to be limiting burst performance to conserve battery life, but opening a txt mes...