SkillsC++, Python I program other languages on occasion. Well versed in process control and realtime systems. Experience with electronics/electrical design. I am interested in game programming and design. Making things move is fun.
LocationEarth (most of the time)
Joined devRant on 7/29/2019
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I am on a forum where we actually help each other out. However, when I see someone post something, and it feels like they are putting in low effort (post practically empty) I don't spend my time getting info from them. I let others in the forum do the "show us your code" or "explain what this means" posts. I also start getting sarcastic. That is not cool in that forum so I refrain from posting.
So today I saw a post where they posted an ambiguous problem. It had to do with scrolling speed of a list in a gui interface. People made the posts like "not enough info", or "it could be...". The person further explained it was not a performance problem, but a "it just scrolls slow". At this point I can tell they have made zero effort to understand the scrolling mechanics of the object they are using. So I left the post and decided to let others deal with this. I so wanted to post a sarcastic remark though. So I am going to share with you:
That is definitely a case of "pixel drag".1
We have RGB shit in computers...
We have dev ducks...
We need programmable RGB dev ducks that can change their color with a scripting interface.
If you choose to make your duck's color correspond to the compiler warning and errors displayed this can be done. Also, maybe have it plays sounds too.8
People don't read them.
They are longer than they should be.
Mostly to hide evil shit the developers are doing.
I am now going to start including the complete works of Shakespeare in my license files.
This means it will have evil shit other people have done included in the file. Will most likely make it meaningless. Nobody will read it anyway.
At the very end I will just write: Don't be a dick.4
I just had the most evil thought.
I could create a mod for Minecraft that is an interface to the devrant API. Then I could get thousands and thousands of Minecraft players to use this mod. It would be a FLOOD of noobs who know nothing about devrant posting on devrant from within Minecraft!14
Fucking windows updates...
Went to do a job on a tank in 18 deg F Weather with snow on the ground. One guy brought an ice fishing tent (very nice). This is next to petroleum tank. We got guys on top of tank waiting for me to get data using a Windows 10 lappy.
Lappy comes up and tries to get into bios to do a firmware update. WTF! I reboot and it does it again! Go to look for power adapter as it wont do update without power. Not in bag. It has to have power to do update.
So I drive back to shop (with guys waiting on top of tank) which is 5 miles away. I am pissed. Its snowing and I have to drive slow. I find that adapter. I get back to the tank and plug it in. The AC source (battery based) starts alarming as the lappy takes too much power. Fuck! But somehow it boots Windows without doing firmware update. Fuck you Windows!
I get my job done, but don't fucking trust windows at all. Had this been a field tech he would be pissing his pants. Useless shitty software you have zero control over. Now considering changing their OS to Linux for field work. I am rewriting their software anyway with something can run Windows or Linux.3
I get to make icons for our products displays. I made some demo ones using Inkscape. Export to PNG. They look really sharp. Making them have a similar color set as our company logo. Boss likes them so making more.3
Make the analog clocks at work run faster. Might be able to do this with changing the timing crystal. Depends upon the clock I guess.10
Is this just bullshit or did they actually pull this off?
They just trying to patent other people's work before they discover it? I really hate it when they patent shit they didn't even make.12
Been playing Minecraft for years. I had to watch a video on how to eat cake in Minecraft. I had no clue that you could eat the cake. I always thought that the cake was a lie.
Can someone please make a rap song out of this?3
I keep obsessing about the time. I keep looking for patterns as the day goes on. I noticed the other day that these patterns for time have math relationships in each:
15:18:21 ie 15 + 3 = 18 and 18 + 3 = 21
03:18:21 ie 3 + 18 = 21
One time is morning at 3 am the other is evening at 3 pm. I cannot stop looking for these.
Is the descent into madness?6
Are we to the point in technology that we can simulate entire: economic, governmental, social, medical, etc systems with accuracy?
I am fascinated by video games that do this. I play Avorion and it has attempted to simulate economic systems in game. So you can profit from making things that are not in high supply. I am also fascinated by the idea of world simulation to weight pros and cons of governmental structures.
Where does one start when researching models that attempt this?11
Academic Study Finds Big-Tech Elites Are In Their ‘Own Class’, Different To Rest Of Humanity
Yeah, they are assholes. Assholes with money.2
I wrote a bunch of code today that created more problems than it solved. I did not commit it. I used git stash to hide it. It took me hours to write. I didn't do a test on a small section of code beforehand. Literally hours of wasted man hours.
At least I didn't commit this garbage into the repo. The approach was fine, but the architecture made it a non-solution. Now I need to redesign this code or leave as is. It is production code I cannot just "change" on a whim.
I have officially dubbed this week as confession week. This should be a world wide thing. People should fess up to their terrible deeds. Lets start a trend and confess to our misdeeds in code and life. Make the world a better place!
What do you say?7
The hackathons I have been in have been great. The one negative experience was some guy that showed up, didn't code, and kept asking people who were clearly busy about writing some stock trading code. It is like he could not wait until the end of the event (2 hours).2
I have been trying to get fiber installed at my location for over a month now. It is really frustrating. They have been out 4 times and every time there is another reason they cannot get it installed. I finally got all my ducks in a row to make it happen and I have to wait until the 20th for the install. Great, my country is literally going full retard and now I wonder if war will stop the install now. Grrrrr......
This brings me to tethering. I have been tethering my internet right now. I have 20GB of bandwidth of 4G speeds. When that runs out I get shitty ass 300KBPS. Yes, bytes per second. You can do almost nothing at that speed. That is using the built in tethering program that comes with Android. This is where I get to the grey area of tethering.
I decided to try the ClockWordMod Tether app to do USB tethering. Apparently that is full speed 4G. So I can work and do whatever with that. I feel like I am gaming the system. Part of me doesn't care, part of me says I shouldn't.
What are your thoughts on tethering using alternate methods. Am I going to the Nether?6
10 days of darkness coming.
You might lose internet for a time.
You may lose the ability to transact with atms and credit cards for a time.
If you have Apple phone turn off updates. Or you may not get emergency broadcast system messages.
Don't worry, all will be well, I hope.11
A lot of people posting their goal is a higher salary. So my goal will be to: create a program of value that enables me to collect a percentage of your higher salary.
Why thank you very much!2
Posts disappearing off this platform. Should I be worried? Speech seems to be getting dangerous across the web.58
There once was a man who wanted to buy a canoe. He had a friend named Bee that sold canoes. So he went to Bee's outdoor supply store to buy a canoe.
Man: Hey Bee. I would like to buy a canoe.
Bee: You are in luck. We have 10 canoes. I can sell you all 10.
Man: But I only want one canoe.
Bee: Ah, okay, I will tell you what. I will sell you 5 canoes then.
Man (getting annoyed): No Bee, I only want the one canoe.
Bee: Ooh, I got you. I can sell you 2 canoes.
Man (very frustrated now): ONLY ONE CANOE BEE!
Bee: These are not the canoes you are looking for...3
Years ago when I was a kid I was into making things to solve problems. Earlier in my life I remember as a kid seeing a neighbor shove 120VAC into the ground to get worms to come up to the surface. I also remember taking a worm and slapping it on one of the posts and shocking the shit out of myself. Apparently that lesson did not stick.
As a teenager I wanted a device similar to this. So I wired a 120VAC plug and cord to a 1/4" audio connector. I threw this in a box and forgot about it. Years later my sister went through my things looking for a power plug for a synthesizer we had. It had an audio 1/4" plug for headphones. She told me she plugged this cord she found of mine into the synth and it started smoking. She went to pull the plug out and shocked the shit out of her. I don't think that the synth ever worked correctly after that.
Well, today I was thinking fondly about that story. I mean, who wouldn't think fondly about shocking the shit out of your sister (she didn't die, so its okay). However, it was dangerous. Really really dangerous.
The lesson I can take from this memory is this: if you know a software interface (or electrical) is not safe then don't build it. Someone will try and use that shit years later and really fuck some stuff up. I have to wonder. What kind of software traps have I built in the past that are yet to be discovered?3
So I got to thinking about computer systems and how they are all based on binary. So the math we perform is obviously based upon a binary approach. Then I started wondering if there was value in exploring math using a different base. I know in math we can shift things to a different domain to do things more efficiently (like Laplace transforms to get to the frequency domain to do freq based calcs, or quaternions to do various orientation calcs). I thought maybe a base 3 logic might do some calcs better. I searched and found that indeed some ternary computing systems had been built. I then searched for libraries that might employ ternary math as an exploration exercise. I didn't find anything except academic articles (few at that).
This idea of changing the base in the math (and possibly the frame of reference) is interesting. It is like searching for treasure and not being sure it even exists.