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by Pancake
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Please help a choosing Processor
Replies: 11
Views: 461

Re: Please help a choosing Processor

Hi, I am using a Dell T-7500 Workstation for day trading stocks, futures & forex.. My current workstation which is 7 years old has processor Xeon E 5645 @ 2.4 GHz, 12 GB RAM, 3 ATI 2460 low profile Cards driving 12 monitors. What software are you running? It doesn't seem to me displaying a bunc...
by Pancake
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Application development or Help Desk, both?
Replies: 98
Views: 1892

Re: Application development or Help Desk, both?

Everyone hates marketing, except for the people in marketing. And they're just weird. :P Why hate anyone? Marketing folk are a breed apart but when you're working out of town they're the ones who'll take you to a strip joint or set you up with some blow, pot or what you want. And who doesn't want a...
by Pancake
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 7 Lineup - Price Shift
Replies: 10
Views: 905

Re: Ryzen 7 Lineup - Price Shift

Only problem is i7-8700K makes even more sense. You'd have to be mad not to but that instead.
by Pancake
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 3302

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

ETA: Too bad that my career has kept me out of programming for over 6 years. I'd basically be starting over if I tried to go back as a programmer. I was never great at multi-threaded stuff, but I got very good at embedded programming in C especially dealing with constrained computing resources. Zen...
by Pancake
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 2121

Re: Average fuel consumption

I still prefer throttle cables to electronic throttles. One more thing to break, one more thing to introduce lag, etc. I don't mind the system on my C5, but I really wish it were simpler. Eh. Can make that argument against any electronic upgrade that automotive engines have seen over the past 60-od...
by Pancake
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 3302

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

Once upon a time I had faith that all developers at least gave their application a cursory run through helgrind prior to deploying anything. Working in the industry for 30+ years will convince you beyond a shadow of a doubt that at least 50% of software developers don't have a f*cking clue what the...
by Pancake
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 2121

Re: Average fuel consumption

Some TBWs get it down to where it doesn't feel obviously wrong, but IME it's still around the bad end of mechanical throttles (with oversized intake manifolds, that kind of thing). At the good end of TBWs, I can see it being personal preference though; between a non-eccentric mechanical throttle, s...
by Pancake
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 2121

Re: Average fuel consumption

Interesting comments from Synthetel2 about gas pedals being closer to binary than linear; I don't think I've ever owned a car with an electronic throttle, so that kind of figures - where just 10% throttle = 90% peak torque at that engine speed. Interesting comment but complete crap. The throttle ex...
by Pancake
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 2121

Re: Average fuel consumption

Interesting comments from Synthetel2 about gas pedals being closer to binary than linear; I don't think I've ever owned a car with an electronic throttle, so that kind of figures - where just 10% throttle = 90% peak torque at that engine speed. Interesting comment but complete crap. The throttle ex...
by Pancake
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 2121

Re: Average fuel consumption

That's where I step in. If you behave like that around me you might suddenly find a large ladder-frame chassis flat bed truck swerve in front of you Mad Max is supposed to be a dystopian fiction, not a how-to manual. Coincidentally enough, that's my favourite series of movies which I've purchased i...
by Pancake
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 2121

Re: Average fuel consumption

I should have titled this thread “Very bad average fuel consumption” or something similar. I’m pleased that my average fuel consumption is so high. :P Why would you be "pleased" with a bad personal outcome? As far as How Stuff Works, the energy embodied in the fuel used has to be transfer...
by Pancake
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Touchscreen instead of touchpad
Replies: 14
Views: 632

Re: Touchscreen instead of touchpad

I like touchscreens on laptops. Especially other people's laptops. It's kind of a power trip thing. If in a meeting I'll look at someone's laptop then poke and prod my greasy fingers all over it. You don't like that, do you? Well, I'm doing it.
by Pancake
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 12437

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

Homebrewing is surprisingly geeky if you take it beyond the "Mr. Beer" kit stage to the next level. Math (recipe formulation), chemistry (mineral profile of your brewing water and how to tweak it, and how enzymes in the grain mash work), microbiology (sanitation, how environmental factors...
by Pancake
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 12437

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

whm1974 is very good at insulting anyone whose thought processes don't work exactly like his. Which is pretty much everyone, I guess. I don't think it's malicious. Like the "No True Scotsman" argument he's trying to find a definition of what a "True Geek" means - to him. So far,...
by Pancake
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 9241

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

derFunkenstein wrote:
Don't do it. Or do. Who am I to tell you how to live?


I think the quote is "Do or do not. There is no 'try'."
by Pancake
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you cooking right now?
Replies: 21
Views: 1528

Re: What are you cooking right now?

Pörkölt That's what my grandmother used to make! She passed away, I always assumed that it was Hungarian goulash. I should dig up a recipe and make it in her honor, it was delicious. It's one of my go-to dishes when there's a few things needing to be used in my fridge. In this case a bit of over-sm...
by Pancake
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you cooking right now?
Replies: 21
Views: 1528

Re: What are you cooking right now?

Pörkölt
by Pancake
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 9059

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

Not sure I'd call it a cop-out. The way you'd likely deal with "one large chunk of RAM" would be to write a module with some utility functions to help you manage it. That module might even end up looking a lot like malloc() and free(). :wink: Oh, totally! Here's Pancake's List of what Rea...
by Pancake
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:31 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 9059

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

I didn't say that programmers should do memory management manually, but they should know how to do it. You've got some strange ideas of what programmers should or shouldn't be doing - for a complete noob! My advice - don't take on any prejudices or preconceptions. Have an open mind about everything...
by Pancake
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 9059

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

I didn't know that you could do ray tracing on a C64/C128/. I bet that was a lot of work setting all of that up. how did you "networked" them together? You can do anything - albeit at a certain scale and speed - with even a lowly 8-bit computer. Start with the basic building blocks. Write...
by Pancake
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 9059

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

The university I attended was very focused on low-level coding and high concepts, which I really liked, but the most useful thing I ever learned is how to deal with floats. (Amazingly, computers can't really handle floats, and it's kind of smoke and mirrors.) It wasn't how a compiler works, AI work...
by Pancake
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 9059

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

I picked CherryTree due to being hierarchical and cross platform. I'm reading the manual now. whm1974, your notes only need to make sense to you. They're really for helping fix the lessons into memory more than later review. I'm not saying that keeping them legible is a bad thing and later review n...
by Pancake
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 9059

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

In all seriousness, I think that learning C/C++ is going to be the easy part. The math, data structures and algorithms parts I will probably struggle with for at least while, maybe even need to go back to school just to relearn the basics. Any good beginner's stuff to (re)cover these subjects? C is...
by Pancake
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 9059

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

I'm actually teaching an 8-year old how to program at the moment. It's delightful to see him "get" a new concept like event handling. No, children absolutely do not learn faster than adults. They have less experiences and learnt concepts to draw on. It's much easier for me to learn a new l...
by Pancake
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?
Replies: 17
Views: 1950

Re: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?

JustAnEngineer wrote:
If you ever played for a few hours with the original Atari 2600 joystick, you'd be a believer in repetitive stress injuries.

Or the even more vile Commodore joysticks. Quickshot Pro FTW!
by Pancake
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 9059

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

In the real world, the process we just went through with that simple program would've been called a "code review". Code reviews are part of the process in well-run development groups. In a nutshell, you get one or more developers other than the original author of the code to analyze it, l...
by Pancake
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 5707

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

Heh. My high school CS course and a couple of the undergrad courses I took in college still used punch cards. The college I went to phased them out shortly thereafter (while I was still there). If that didn't scare me away... :lol: "Programming" BASIC on punch cards on some CP/M thing at ...
by Pancake
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 5707

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

When you are learning don't bother with commenting. Be as one with C. C should be as natural as your spoken language. Visualise what's happening to variables as you're reading through a function and what is returned. When I first learned C, I was torn between thinking in Pascal (and then translatin...
by Pancake
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 5707

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

Now I may not have to worry about this now since I'm in the learning stage, but once I start developing and writing my own programs I would like to document the code properly and keep the code portable across platforms so other people who find my stuff useful are able to compile and run it on their...
by Pancake
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 5707

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

Yeah I was thinking at some point I would have to learn C++ and maybe Java, and chances are two to three scripting languages. However I am thinking that if I learn C first and well this will make picking up other languages much easier since I already done the hard work first. As long as that's not ...