Wednesday, 18 October 2017

09:41 – It was 35.5F (2C) when I got up at 0700. Colin must’ve been tired. Instead of following me out of the bedroom as usual, he just stayed crashed out on the bed with Barbara. He finally wandered out at about 0745, looked up at me, and whined. So I took him out.


The antibiotics appear to be doing the job. I’m still not breathing completely freely, but it’s a whole lot better than it was.

I thought it was interesting that Dr. Ambler prescribed both azithromycin and cefpodoxime to be taken at the same time. My guess is that he was concerned that whatever organism is causing the problem might be resistant to azithromycin, and he didn’t want to dick around.

Co-dosing antibiotics and similar dosing strategies are getting more and more common as resistant bacteria become increasingly common. Using older antibiotics that have fallen out of favor is also getting common. For a long time, sulfa drugs were seldom prescribed, both because of their side effects and because many bacteria had developed resistance. After a decade or two of being used infrequently, the side effects are still an issue, but many formerly-resistant bacteria have lost that resistance. Even chloramphenicol, which kills about one in 20,000 or 30,000 patients who receive it, is being used a lot more frequently than it has been for the last 50 years.

One coping strategy that intrigues me is alternate dosing. Rather than administer antibiotics A and B simultaneously, you administer a dose of A but when it’s time to administer the second dose of A, you instead administer B. Then A, then B, then A, then B, and so on. So far, that’s known to work with only a few antibiotics with a few specific bacteria, but research on it continues, and it’s yet another arrow in the quiver. It’s odd that a specific species of bacteria can be immune to either A or B administered separately, and to A and B administered together, but not to A and B administered alternatingly.

105 thoughts on “Wednesday, 18 October 2017”

  1. I am trying to use MS Edge more to become more accustomed to the browser. I need to use it on my laptop due to Chrome consuming too much battery power. Edge is more power aware on the MS Laptops. The newest version of Edge will now support plugins.

    On Chrome I have been running an ad blocker. It is really amazing how annoying some sites are when you actually have to endure the ads. I may just go back to Chrome and the ad blockers until I can find an ad blocker for edge as ads make some sites unusable.

    I also caught an IRS vehicle (known from license which begins with “I”) in Oak Ridge running a red light and speeding. I photographed the vehicle at the next light thus getting the license information. Someone sent me a link to a website where I could lodge a complaint. I did.

    Got a call and email from a “Treasury Inspector General for Tax Adminstration” (note the misspelling of Administration, copied directly from the signature line) asking for more information and a copy of the photograph. I provided all the information and the photograph.

    If OFD thinks he has problems with the IRS I suspect mine are just beginning and will surpass his misery. I predict a lot of detailed audits in my future.

  2. it’s not a good idea to poke a venomous snake.

    Or tug on Superman’s cap, spit in the wind, pull the mask off the Lone Ranger, or mess around with Jim.

  3. 54F with 80%RH this am. Cool. Damp. yuck.

    Lots of stuff to do and not feeling motivated.

    n

  4. Yep, I always use both uBlock Origin and Ghostery. Together, they shut down most of the nonsense.

    I also use the Brave browser whenever I can, especially on smartphones, because it comes with ad-blocking and tracker-blocking baked in. There are a few sites that don’t display properly, but really just a few.

    Dealing with some business problems. There’s the old saying: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.” Just how incompetent can people be? I’m starting to think malice…

  5. Bob,

    That nitazoxanide I sent you a million years ago has some interesting, off the book applications; one being C. dificile infection. I don’t know what’s been bugging you but if you poke around I think you’ll find it’s kind of fascinating.

    Oh, I don’t know if it’s in your armamentarium, but Lidocaine ointment 5% comes in handy… for hemorrhoids to mosquito bites.

  6. Gorgeous fall today, sunny with blue skies and orange and red and gold on the trees, not quite as spectacular as earlier years, though. Still, very nice.

    Wife will be off shortly on a major dump run, check the mail, get groceries and take her mom for a ride. I’m on scads of paperwork and online classes, but may try to stagger and shuffle and stumble out to the yard later for some fresh air and Vitamin D.

  7. “Just how incompetent can people be? ”

    Yuuup, USPS! But not either one of our two usuals. Yesterday, mail was 6 hours later than normal and the items for at least 4 consecutive houses, including mine, were offset one house to the south.

    People who were rejected by McDon….. for gender room cleaning jobs.

  8. The antibiotics appear to be doing the job. I’m still not breathing completely freely, but it’s a whole lot better than it was.

    Most Excellent !

  9. If OFD thinks he has problems with the IRS I suspect mine are just beginning and will surpass his misery. I predict a lot of detailed audits in my future.

    You forgot the anal probes.

  10. Dealing with some business problems. There’s the old saying: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.” Just how incompetent can people be? I’m starting to think malice…

    That saying is attributed to Napoleon. Apparently the incompetence of the French is high, very high. Except for nuclear power plants that they bought from the USA.

  11. You forgot the anal probes.

    Snake torture.

    It was supposedly a specialty of my former neighbor, a Booz Allen Hamilton “consultant” at MacDill. The IRS will hire her to administer the reeducation.

  12. I know many here read The Woodpile Report. From a link there…

    For example, what critical perspective does a black academic bring to microbiology, civil engineering, or the study of African resistance to European imperialism that a white scholar cannot? What distinctive viewpoint does a Hispanic professor rely on to explain French colonialism, the rise of the Land Freedom Army/Mau Mau in 1950s Kenya, or trans-Saharan commerce that a black instructor cannot?
    The idea that one’s ancestry gives a professor insights that others cannot have is indefensible.

    https://www.nas.org/articles/classroom_diversity_and_its_mentality_of_taboo

  13. Our strength is not in diversity. Our strength is in unity – all nationalities coming together to become American.

    We stopped immigration for a while to allow the immigrants to assimilate. We need to do so again. We need to prevent the Balkanization that tore other countries apart.

  14. On another note, my developer gave his notice – he’s going somewhere else for a good bit more in the paycheck. I’m happy for him, but sad for myself. He did good work and took a lot of the load off me. We could not have completed the ERP migration in the time we did, with the efficiency we did, without him.

    We’ll get by, but replacing him is going to be hard. Whoever said that nobody is irreplaceable never worked on complex systems.

  15. “Whoever said that nobody is irreplaceable never worked on complex systems.

    Or worked with a rock star. If you are in the top of your field, and surrounded by lesser talents, then yeah, you are irreplaceable — if the project or company wants to continue delivering that top product.

    If the company is willing to accept mediocrity or merely ordinary progress, then sure, replace whoever.

    In my 3rd career I was in the top 20 in the world and well into the top 5 in the US at what I did. I had established multi-year relationships with my clients. Within a year of my leaving the company they were forced to abandon this region and a whole line of business in the US. Within 3 years, they’d shut down the whole design/build group within the larger company. I wasn’t the only high performer to leave, just the first. Turns out, some people ARE irreplaceable if you hope to continue at the same level.

    n

  16. I guess I’m on my third “career” now; first was mil-spec/cops; second was IT. Academia was a bust fairly quickly so doesn’t even count. And my third career is at the apprentice/intern stage at age 64, which is sort of amusing.

    Mrs. OFD off to go riding around the fall countryside with her mom, after doing a mega dump run and checking the mail. No new med for me today, either; called the VA and was told that the it was initiated on the 11th, processed this past Monday and put in the mail today. Yeah, OK. So it should be here tomorrow or Friday, and Friday I’ll be at the chiropractor again and this time using the walker to get around. Wife is pissed at the VA but what can ya do? Except call and badger them; squeaky wheel, etc.

  17. And we need to open our welcoming arms now to refugees from Madagascar…….

    Meanwhile a nasty hepatitis outbreak in southern Kalifornia. You know, the state where it’s not a criminal offense anymore to deliberately infect someone else with your HIV disease…. And where there is now a legal third gender.

    What was it nasty ol’ OFD used to say? Oh yeah–give ’em an inch and they take miles and miles. Incremental perversion and evil. It’s a slippery slope, folks; from “civil unions” to eventual legal pedophila, incest, bestiality and necrophilia. Crazy? Insane? We’ll see.

  18. Slippery indeed. The problem is that you’re ridiculed if you even mention it. Come on. Bestiality? Necrophilia? You must be sick to even think such a thing. Next you’ll tell me that civil unions will lead to bakers being forced to bake cakes for gay marriages!

    It will never happen, I tell you! Never!

  19. What was it nasty ol’ OFD used to say? Oh yeah–give ’em an inch and they take miles and miles. Incremental perversion and evil. It’s a slippery slope, folks; from “civil unions” to eventual legal pedophila, incest, bestiality and necrophilia. Crazy? Insane? We’ll see.

    Legalized polygamy is next.

    Bestiality is already legal in multiple states due to lack of a laws preventing the practice. It was outlawed in WA State just within the last decade.

  20. “Which reminds me, I am due for another colonoscopy in the next couple of months.”

    IIRC, it is not the procedure, it is the day before.

    WRT Hepatitis A, I’m 90 miles/minutes up the coast from San Diego and have no reason to go there.

  21. Robot and wife, eh? Ima gon take a wild guess as to which partner goes to work AND does all the house chores and errands.

    Men: we’re being replaced.

    Hallelujah!

  22. @Ray regarding Edge:
    I use Edge exclusively in one of my laptops and use AdBlockPlus in all of my browsers in all of my systems. The ad-on for Edge works just fine.

    Edge now also took over Acrobat Reader pdf handling for me in all Win10 systems I have. I kept using Reader XI series refusing to migrate to the DC version. One less product to worry about.

  23. Robot and wife, eh? Ima gon take a wild guess as to which partner goes to work AND does all the house chores and errands.

    Men: we’re being replaced.

    The robot’s first job is to bury the man in the basement.

  24. [snip] Bestiality? Necrophilia? You must be sick to even think such a thing. [snip]

    I agree that people who are sexually attracted to animals or dead humans should be classified as mentally ill. But what consenting adults do in private neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket. And the way to avoid legalized polygamy is simple to abolish the legal sanction of marriage. As it is, the state defines that word as “Two people went to a courthouse, filled out a form, and paid a tax.”

  25. But what consenting adults do in private neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket. And the way to avoid legalized polygamy is simple to abolish the legal sanction of marriage. As it is, the state defines that word as “Two people went to a courthouse, filled out a form, and paid a tax.”

    You realize that would legalize prostitution.

  26. You realize that would legalize prostitution.

    And…?

    Just pointing out the non-obvious (at least to me).

    Men and women exchange stuff all the time in exchange for sex. It is the world’s oldest barter system. The fact that some people want to make it illegal is just wrong.

  27. I generally agree with pcb_duffer and stevef but as a former LE drone I’ve seen other, more sordid and violent criminal activity that gets associated and linked with prostitution, male and female. It ain’t pretty and you wouldn’t like it in your ‘hood.

    Other than that, a huge +1,000 for getting the Almighty State out of the business of licensing us like dogs when we wish to be married, and by marriage, I mean between a genuine man and a genuine woman, period. If other parties wish to call what they do “marriage,” so be it, but I do not and will not recognize it as such. Wife and I wished to be married and did it first via a JP and then were signed off on by the Church, so we’re good. About as married as can be, but didn’t need or want the friggin’ city, town or state license and the fee paid could have paid for more drinks at the reception.

    Continuing on here with tax and VA paperwork and my Salesforce.com training, which is kinda interesting and mainly Winblows GUI versions of stuff I used to do via CLI on VMS and Linux. Little drop-down boxes and check boxes and hyperlinks everywhere, covering every conceivable instance or need, looks like. Security seems to be pretty big with ’em, which is good.

    Rescheduling my chiropractor appointment for a later date than Friday and passing on the vets group tomorrow; I’m having more difficulty moving around and losing arm strength on top of the right leg choosing to ignore brain signals. So the new med should allegedly be here tomorrow or Friday, and we’re getting me set up to manage the house alone for the next week w/o too many responsibilities on the ground floor. To wit, a small fridge, toaster oven and microwave up here in the laundry area, and stocking up by Saturday for the week.

    I’ll work on my PT exercises and the paperwork and pooter stuff and try to make it via the car and walker and cane around the corner to the post office and town hall this next week. What a PITA hassle this is, but it’s given me a whole new appreciation for what a lot of peeps go through every day their whole lives.

  28. I generally agree with pcb_duffer and stevef but as a former LE drone I’ve seen other, more sordid and violent criminal activity that gets associated and linked with prostitution, male and female. It ain’t pretty and you wouldn’t like it in your ‘hood.

    Yup, I would not like it my ‘hood is a correct statement. But put me on the jury for the Jane (the person of the evening) or the John (the customer) and I will vote not guilty all day long.

  29. more sordid and violent criminal activity that gets associated and linked with prostitution, male and female

    Compare the sordid and violent criminal activity associated with the drugstore to that associated with the illegal drug trade.

  30. I’m not a libertarian when it comes to prostitution; drugs were mentioned; they’re inextricably wound throughout the hooker trades, and from there to organized crime and narcotrafficantes. Therein we hath violence writ large.

    Disease was not mentioned, and again, it is rife among that occupation.

    I do not consider it a “victimless crime,” as the victims are Legion.

    Given a jury trial, somehow, involving hooker and john, and given the relevant evidence, I would vote to convict, assuming a jurisdiction that has it as a crime. But I wouldn’t wish either party any jail time, assuming no violence involved.

    Drugs are the elephant in the room, and given Murka’s bottomless appetite for them, legal or illegal, I can’t think of a solution.

  31. “….way too many people arrive in FL looking for Margaritaville.”

    Guilty as charged back in October of 1995 when my first wife and I visited Sanibel Island. It was a melancholy week, as the marriage was ending and young people working the stores and shops and restaurants were also melancholy, not having got to know anybody, really, for more than a couple of weeks or a month and then never to be seen again.

    We hiked through the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, which was nice, as we were about the only idiots out there, nice and quiet. Then we flew home and she dropped the big D on me on Pearl Harbor Day.

  32. And from the Shit We Can’t Do Anything About Department:

    “The Iranian-backed Shiite militia groups in Iraq that helped take control over Kirkuk and the surrounding oil-rich region from the Kurds have begun to eye the capital of Baghdad, where they plan to press for changes that could strain a tenuous peace in the region following the fall of ISIS.”

    “Iran’s military chief of staff Gen. Mohammad Baqeri has warned Israel against further violations of Syrian airspace, saying Tehran may confront Israeli forces if it happens again.

    “It’s not acceptable for the Zionist regime to violate the land and airspace of Syria anytime it wants,” Baqeri said during a news conference with his Syrian counterpart Ali Abdullah Ayoub in Damascus on Wednesday. He promised to increase cooperation with the Syrian military “to confront our common enemies, the Zionists and terrorists.”

    Both excerpts from forwardobserver.com, where I have a subscription.

    Iran basically has a forward base in Syria now and the Israelis don’t dig it and might do something about it. We got ourselves a very real probability of a bigger hot war over there soon. I hope we stay the fuck out, including doing fuck-all for the Israelis.

  33. Guilty as charged back in October of 1995 when my first wife and I visited Sanibel Island.

    That’s pretty far from Margaritaville. One of W’s CIA directors lives out there among other folks trying to keep a low profile.

    If you go back, skip Sanibel and continue on to Captiva.

  34. Win32 forever. Windows 10 has also pledged VB 6 support until the OS sunsets.

    https://www.techspot.com/news/71467-windows-10-arm-battery-life-already-exceeding-expectations.html.

    Sweet ! One of my customers tried to port their big VB6 app to C# and pulled the plug after 10 man years of effort. C# and VB# are not VB6.

    We are going to try out the GNU Fortran compiler and see if we can move our calculation engine over to it from the Open Watcom F77 compiler. I have tried to port to Intel Fortran twice and run into horrible, nasty bugs. One they supposedly fixed from us overflowing the linker symbol table (are you freaking kidding me !) and another I gave up on because to duplicate it required half of our source code and I don’t share well with people I don’t know.

    We have ported everywhere over the years and are extremely compatible which is why I am so unhappy with Intel Fortran. At one point I was supporting IBM mainframes (CMS and MVS, IIRC), Apollo Domains, Sun, VAX/VMS, HP/UX, and PCs (DOS32 and Win32). I ran from port to port trying to keep up and and basically had to tell the customers on those platforms that we left them behind in sheer desperation.

  35. Drugs are the elephant in the room, and given Murka’s bottomless appetite for them, legal or illegal, I can’t think of a solution.

    We have lost the war on drugs. I have no idea how to fix the problem either but I do know that the war is killing the USA. We are stuffing people in jail over getting high and it is high time that we stop it. They go into jail as an occasional user and come out as a hardened criminal who can not pass a drug test after 48 hours on the street.

  36. Given a jury trial, somehow, involving hooker and john, and given the relevant evidence, I would vote to convict, assuming a jurisdiction that has it as a crime. But I wouldn’t wish either party any jail time, assuming no violence involved.

    I will never vote to convict either party for prostitution or drugs. But the minute violence is involved, that makes it assault and/or battery. I will convict that in a minute.

    My wife keeps on telling me that the people involved in this are doing other illegal things. My answer to her is if so, then charge them with those. She worked juvenile probation in Harris County (the main county for Houston) for a year and saw lots of horror situations. And then she worked in the Catholic Charities Home for Unwed Mothers over on Montrose for a year. One of her kids was 11 years old.

  37. … then charge them with those.

    AIUI, it is just so much easier to charge the perps with drug possession than to prove that they’ve done those “other illegal things.”

    It does get them off the street, at least for a while.

  38. Vegas has quickly become the weed capital of the FUSA. Next we’re going for heroin. Hookers other than Clark County. Check. Gambling. Check. Crazy WHITEY! gunman. Check. Liquor store, smokes, massage on every corner. Check.

    Vat a country!

  39. medium wave is correct; the drug busts are just easier to nail ’em with and to prosecute. The system is overwhelmed, and what that was like in the big cities has been rolling on out to the countrysides. We have both opiod and heroin problems here in northern Vermont, and of course no one bothers to mention the alcohol problem which dwarfs those, ’cause of course it’s legal.

    I don’t want nonviolent dopers locked up, period. Need to empty the prisons of them.

    We’ve lost the War On Some Drugs, and we’ve lost a few other actual military-type wars, too. Why are we still in the Sandbox and the Suck? Or Germany? Or Okinawa, Guam, and Japan? South Korea? WTF??? And paying for new multi-billion-dollar weapon systems for the Perfumed Princes of the Pentagon and all the other high rollers, only the systems won’t work as advertised and there will be cost overruns, etc., etc. A total criminal racket, and it gets young Murkans mangled and killed for nothing in every generation of them.

    But rah, rah, siss-boom-bah, we’re the Greatest, and we’re The Leader of the Free World, and an Exceptional Nayshun!

    Instead of a murderously out of control broken empire run by a corporate fascist oligarchy.

  40. … then charge them with those.

    AIUI, it is just so much easier to charge the perps with drug possession than to prove that they’ve done those “other illegal things.”

    It does get them off the street, at least for a while.

    Please see my aforementioned note about taking an occasional drug user and turning them into a hardened criminal. You really don’t want to do this to the 18 to 30 year olds who are experimenting with drugs before they get their head on straight.

    One of my friends just went out to LA to get his 20+ year old daughter. She was living on the street and got hooked on heroin. She called him to come get her out of jail and come home to Texas. He did so and put her in rehab near their home as he promised the judge in LA. I don’t know if this will work this time but putting her in jail was not the answer. My friend did not bail out her boyfriend …

  41. Just home from my 3 hour “First Aid for Gun Shot Wounds” class. Sponsored by Texas Law Shield ( the prepaid gun lawyers.)

    Lots of info jammed into the time. Covered use of all the stuff in a ‘blow out’ kit. TQ, pressure bandage, chest seal, nasolarageal airway. Got to use a CAT tourniquet, and a nice pressure bandage. Took good notes. It def answered some questions for me. Well worth $40 and 45 mile drive.

    As a bonus, if you have to use it, they will defend you if you get sued despite Good Samaritan laws. They are extending their coverage to that besides any time you have a legal issue with a gun use. Good class, good instructor. Real mix of attendees, with a much higher percentage of women than a normal “gun” or “shooting” class.

    Nice looking certificate too.

    Remember, these are the good old days. Get what training and certs you can. Escalate and collect privileges. Training. Meatspace.

    nick

  42. Please see my aforementioned note about taking an occasional drug user and turning them into a hardened criminal. You really don’t want to do this to the 18 to 30 year olds who are experimenting with drugs before they get their head on straight.

    So, it’s necessary to do drugs before you realize they’re not good for you? Really? How about using the ol’ noodle to avoid them in the first place?

  43. What Mr. nick said, plus a million.

    I was on that track for stuff up here and got derailed. Temporarily. I ain’t living like this for another ten or twenty years, fuck that.

    I’ve had the sudden trauma training but it was ages and ages ago.

    More training and certs for me once I’m mobile again.

  44. Trauma and gunshot response has changed dramatically since 2003.

    And it’s continuing to evolve.

    n

  45. “How about using the ol’ noodle to avoid them in the first place?

    Mr. medium wave must not have got the memo about how stupid most of these people are, and I’m looking in the mirror at YOU, Mr. OFD! Realistically, most folks DO use their noodles and stay off drugs, some even never take a drink. I was not among them, to say the least. The damage is for a lifetime, even if you totally and permanently quit.

  46. “Trauma and gunshot response has changed dramatically since 2003.”

    Roger that. My training was circa early 1980s. lol. “Stop the bleeding and call an ambulance!” Well, a bit more than that, and I’d had earlier training from AF and Marine medics in SEA, with a couple of chances to practice it.

  47. … and I’m looking in the mirror at YOU, Mr. OFD!

    And you seem to be one of the fortunate few who are able to pull themselves back from the brink. Hats off to you, Dave!

    But I suspect that most substance abusers, once they’ve taken that first swallow, hit, or snort, are irrevocably headed down that slippery slope.

    “It’s not gonna hook me!“. Pure, unadulterated hubris.

    Thus endeth the sermon for today. 😐

  48. And None Dare Call It Treason….

    A friend suggested just this afternoon that the dirt on the Obamas, Bill and Hillary, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, et al, is well on its way to reaching critical mass, so much so that it will be necessary to charge someone.

    But even he agrees that the Clintons will die of old age before they see the inside of a prison.

  49. Which is a shame; I’ve long entertained the vision of both Larry and Field Marshal Rodham on an old-school southern chain gang in orange jumpsuits.

    Critical mass? I dunno, but am pretty sure if anyone at all is charged with anything, it will be some lower-level drone as was done with the Abu Ghraib caper and a bunch of others over the decades. I’m old enough to remember Lt. Calley and the chain of command above him that skated, including Colin Powell.

    Off to the Land of Nod…Pax vobiscum, fratres…

  50. The thing with prostitution is: as long as it’s illegal, it gets shoved underground. IMHO, that’s when it gets all tangled up with crime in general, and with lots of ugliness. Make it legal, and you can regulate it, for example, requiring regular disease checks. That won’t eliminate all the problems, but it does help.

    As far as marriage goes: on one hand, sure, the government doesn’t need to be involved. On the other hand, maintaining a monogamous society is important. Is government involvement (tax incentives, etc.) helpful in maintaining monogamy? If so, then the government should stay involved.

    Non-monogamous societies are violent, period. The Mormons only pull it off because they are a small group embedded in a larger monogamous society, so their young men still have a chance of finding sexual partners. But look at US urban blacks: Government incentives have pushed them away from stable, monogamous relationships for 50 years, and it has destroyed them.

  51. Legal, monogamous marriage is one institution in which the participants actually DO “do it for the children.”

  52. A friend suggested just this afternoon that the dirt on the Obamas, Bill and Hillary, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, et al, is well on its way to reaching critical mass, so much so that it will be necessary to charge someone.

    Sure, I even believe that. But the “someone” will be a scapegoat, some flunky involved in some aspect of the overall ugliness. The big names will never be charged. Even Trump didn’t dare fulfill his promise of putting Hillary in prison.

    I’ve read a couple of opinion pieces on Hollywood that pointed out that Hollywood has lost a lot of its former political importance. Lots of shows are now being made by companies that don’t have strong ties to Hollywood (like Netflix, for example). The conclusion being that Weinstein can only be nailed, because of this reduced influence. So we’ll see lots more dirt coming out on Hollywood types, because they don’t have as many friends in high places any more. That’s not true of D.C. – so we can’t expect any big names to fall, no matter how obvious their crimes may be…

  53. … so we can’t expect any big names to fall, no matter how obvious their crimes may be…

    True, but, after the Clintons croak, massive security will be needed to ensure that their grave site doesn’t become awash in urine.

  54. @Ray uBlock Origin is available as an Edge plugin now, works fine for me.

    Cheers
    Norman

  55. Vegas has quickly become the weed capital of the FUSA. Next we’re going for heroin.

    No, based on what I saw in WA/OR, next will be hash oil explosions burning down nice houses in the suburbs. *Then* the heroin epidemic starts.

  56. Realistically, most folks DO use their noodles and stay off drugs, some even never take a drink

    I am one of those people. Never did illegal drugs of any kind. Don’t drink alcohol. Brothers much different. Both did drugs in their youth and continued with Maryjane into their adult life. Younger brother quit when he started piloting commercial aircraft. Older brother quit when he realized it was messing up his life.

    Both are now having health problems, have had joints replaced. Me, nothing. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I could comment on OFD’s problem and his prior indulgence but I won’t. The simple fact that OFD got off that crap takes more will power than those of us who never started, well done.

    uBlock Origin is available as an Edge plugin now

    @Norman. Thanks. I installed an ad blocker on the new version of Edge. Seems to work OK. Websites have gone from unusable to just annoying. Websites that refuse to allow a visit because of an ad blocker, well they got their wish. I don’t visit them.

  57. Sweet ! One of my customers tried to port their big VB6 app to C# and pulled the plug after 10 man years of effort. C# and VB# are not VB6.

    They would have been disappointed with the performance. OTOH, while VB6 runtime will be supported until Windows 10 sunsets, the development environment doesn’t want to run on anything older than Windows XP in my experience.

    We are going to try out the GNU Fortran compiler and see if we can move our calculation engine over to it from the Open Watcom F77 compiler.

    Yeah, someone forked Open Watcom a couple of years ago attempting to produce a 64 bit version, but that compiler tech is still at least a decade old and hasn’t received much attention since Sybase cut it loose. The instruction scheduling probably doesn’t even consider Core much less the newer Intel CPUs.

  58. pcb_duffer wrote:

    “I agree that people who are sexually attracted to animals or dead humans should be classified as mentally ill.”

    By that definition most of eastern TN and western NC are mentally ill…

  59. Lynn wrote:

    “Men and women exchange stuff all the time in exchange for sex.”

    Women give love to get love.

  60. That’s amazing about VB6. I had a full-up niche ERP system that I wrote in VB6. When .NET came out, Microsoft started pushing people to move off of VB6, I looked at porting the code. Decided it was too much effort, and we assumed that VB6 support would end soon, so we sold the application on to some other company (who really just wanted our customers).

    VB6 certainly had its problems – but at the time is was a good way to get something up-and-running reasonably quickly. Obviously, it worked well with all of the Office applications, which is important for small business.

    I always seem to end up writing niche ERP systems. Now I have one approaching EOL, written in Java 7. Only (remaining) customer is my wife’s company. The fun part is building an abstract framework, so that the system practically implements itself.

    Unfortunately, Java is a crappy platform for meta-programming. It has “reflection”, but that is very limited, and basically read-only. Same for most modern languages, probably because most programmers are incapable of writing code that writes code.

  61. By that definition most of eastern TN and western NC are mentally ill

    Hey, I never once had sex with a dead person or animal. But I am a transplant, raised on Oregon, moved here in 1988 from Texas. Can’t speak for those born here.

  62. because most programmers are incapable of writing code that writes code

    I have actually done a couple of those projects. One was for a veterinarian that was doing experiments with embryo transplants. Lots of data. I wrote some Basic code that would take his statements and generate Basic code.

    Another project was for the USAF where we developed our own language that was designed for the user to understand. From that we generated Algol that would run to produce the output desired by the user. Some very hush-hush stuff we were dealing with. We did not know the data or have access to the data. The users needed something they could use where the programmers did not require the high clearance. Thus a special language that had no knowledge of the data.

  63. I never once had sex with a dead person or animal.

    Could you clarify the possibly deliberately ambiguous grammar there? Does “dead” apply to both person and animal, or only to person? It might be important in puzzling out your precise assertion.

  64. And then she worked in the Catholic Charities Home for Unwed Mothers over on Montrose for a year. One of her kids was 11 years old.

    Depending on when that was, my wife may have done the OB anesthesia for her, as she worked at St. Joseph’s before the nuns sold it.

  65. because most programmers are incapable of writing code that writes code

    My class project for advanced DSP in grad school was to write a program that generated TMS320 series assembler code for digital filters. You put in the type of filter, the model CPU, and the parameters you needed and it calculated the filter coefficients and spat out the code in a text file. The professors were freaked out because the generated code contained comments. The hard part was making sure the filter coefficients were right, not the code generation.

  66. “I could comment on OFD’s problem and his prior indulgence but I won’t.”

    I’ve thought of that, of course. Besides that stuff, I also ran around for track-and-field and football and soccer back in high skool, worked in factories, and did the street cop foot beat stuff for a while. And two of my brothers, also fairly tall, have been having the same sorts of issues with back, neck, shoulders, etc. But I’m sure my insane substance abuse hasn’t helped much.

  67. “If I’d known I would live this long, I’d’ve taken better care of myself.” – said everyone who had an ‘interesting’ life…..

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  68. Could you clarify the possibly deliberately ambiguous grammar there?

    No dead person, no dead animals, no living animals (I know of no other state than living or dead). No plants either, living or dead.

    Clear enough Kemosabe?

  69. What if they self-identify as non-binary vitality? Check your privilege, living being!

  70. And let us note that the original accusations that most of the peeps in eastern TN and western NC are mentally ill came from a person down in Oz, and one wonders whether that person had ever actually BEEN to that area of the country or was just reciting ancient folk tales promulgated by Northeast libturds for the past 150 years.

  71. a person down in Oz

    Recall that syphilis can attack the brain and cause insanity. And that syphilis came from sheep. Not, we should emphasize, from eating mutton.

  72. And then she worked in the Catholic Charities Home for Unwed Mothers over on Montrose for a year. One of her kids was 11 years old.

    Depending on when that was, my wife may have done the OB anesthesia for her, as she worked at St. Joseph’s before the nuns sold it.

    1980

  73. They would have been disappointed with the performance. OTOH, while VB6 runtime will be supported until Windows 10 sunsets, the development environment doesn’t want to run on anything older than Windows XP in my experience.

    Ok, I won’t run VB6 on my office Windows 7 x64 pc anymore.

    Wait, did you mean “older” or newer than Windows XP ?

  74. True, but, after the Clintons croak, massive security will be needed to ensure that their grave site doesn’t become awash in urine.

    Why would you put security on their grave site ?

  75. Unfortunately, Java is a crappy platform for meta-programming. It has “reflection”, but that is very limited, and basically read-only. Same for most modern languages, probably because most programmers are incapable of writing code that writes code.

    Just about any language that requires garbage collection sucks in my opinion. The ram requirement doubles because of mark and sweep. And when the garbage collection thread goes into a panic and elevates itself, all other threads are halted while the user sits there and clicks buttons, swearing. That is just wrong.

    BTW, most software that modifies itself nowadays is called malware. And Windows x64 has hard rules about code memory pages and data memory pages.

  76. Why would you put security on their grave site ?

    They’re democrats. They vote. Need I say more?

  77. Plus somebody on either end of the political spectrum might dig them up again and really, who in tarnation would care to see them again?

  78. Plus somebody on either end of the political spectrum might dig them up again

    Do you have any reason to believe that both of the diseased bastards didn’t die long ago and already been dug up and reanimated through mad science or black magic?

  79. I was gonna guess, I’d say it was black magic. That Lucifer guy again, always busy here.

  80. [snip] Hey, I never once had sex with a dead person or animal. But I am a transplant, [snip]

    As a native & lifelong resident of that part of the US known as Lower Alabama, I note for the record that his denials *DID NOT* include close cousins. 🙂

  81. 1980

    Ah. The wife was in med school then, so no.

    BTW, most software that modifies itself nowadays is called malware.

    Or AI software. One of the great features in LISP and MUMPS is that you can execute data as code. For MUMPS, my first job used it for handling the differences in how CRTs did screen clears and how printers did control codes. When a user logged on, we loaded a set of variables with the control codes for their terminal into a standard set of variables. When you needed to clear the CRT screen, you executed the appropriate variable.

    AI software is totally dependent on having self-modifying code, which is how neural nets work when doing deep learning.

  82. My next-younger brother worked with MUMPS on UNIX systems back in the day; IIRC, I saw it deployed on VAX/VMS, too.

  83. I note for the record that his denials *DID NOT* include close cousins

    I only had the hots for one cousin. She is much older than I am and is happily married. But had I been given the opportunity at my much younger age, this young lad (at the time) would have been happier than a pig in a mud holler.

  84. Well, at least when I had the hots for a cousin, it was my best friend’s cousin. She used to tease me by bending over in front of me with super tight jeans and swaying around with the upper superstructure. Several years older than us, I always wondered what became of her. Probably a grandma now somewhere.

  85. I started to flirt with a (second) cousin, back when I was 23 or 24. I didn’t realize that she was my cousin. Or that she was 16.

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