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Very senior embedded real-time systems programmer (Texas law is very picky about the use of the term "engineer"), unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Congress, and unreconstructed Cold Warrior.

May
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answered Why is it a good idea for “lower” application layers not to be aware of “higher” ones?
May
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comment What programming related tasks can you do with a “dead” brain?
It's called "baseline shift". You deteriorate, little by little. You don't notice the deterioration, because it is so small, and gradual, but it adds up. A pulmonary specialist demonstrated this to me, in detail, during an office visit several years ago. I thought I was OK, doing all right. He showed me the numbers, from the pulmonary function tests I'd just blown, and compared them to the numbers from my last hospitalization. I was WORSE than I'd been when I was in the hospital. You don't notice it, but it is quietly killing you.
May
15
answered What programming related tasks can you do with a “dead” brain?
May
14
comment How to apologize when you have broken the nightly build
As the old meme goes, there are exactly two kinds of programmers, those who HAVE broken the build, and those who WILL. Say "OOPS! I'm sorry!" and don't worry about it.
May
13
answered Prevent anomalies caused by signal propagation time
May
11
awarded  Populist
May
8
revised Whatever happened to Pascal?
Correct spelling of Niklaus Wirth.
May
8
answered Find the peak of each islands in sparse matrix
May
7
comment Decimal to 17-bit 2's Complement Signed Number
As I recall from when I looked at the protocol spec in the early 1980s, MIDI looks at the MSB of EVERY byte. If the MSB is set, it is a command byte. If the MSB is clear, it is a data byte.
May
4
comment Interrupting Work Productivity: The Name?
You never met a Symbolics LISP Machine. (I speak from experience here.)
May
4
comment Given a situation, and some conditions, verify is that situation is possible
What tournament format? Single elimination, double elimination, Round Robin?
May
2
answered Is it possible in C++ to define several methods at once?
Apr
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awarded  Good Answer
Apr
27
answered What's the formal name of this diagram?
Apr
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
26
answered Does a programming language have to be compiled to be considered a programming language?
Apr
26
comment Is there a way to use a higher level language in a competition that only has C, C++ and Java by default?
You just brought back memories of the ACM programming competitions I attended at Texas A&M in the early 1970s. (I was a UT Austin student.) We could use FORTRAN or COBOL. They gave us IBM 029 key punches, and they wrote the JCL for us, since some of us came from schools that didn't teach on IBM computers.
Apr
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answered Why does Donald Knuth write TAOCP using assembly language?
Apr
25
answered Unit Test code generation
Apr
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awarded  Good Answer