Thread: Back from the brink

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    The worst (and only) virus I ever caught deleted my Snoopy Adventure floppy disc on the Atari ST when I was like 12. Sucker. That taught me a lesson, never caught anything again.

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    (?<!re)tired Mario F.'s Avatar
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    [QUOTE=VirtualAce;1127774This is probably the worst mistake I have ever made. OMG. There are no words. Major facepalm here.[/QUOTE]

    I'm belly laughing now. Noob!

    Seriously though, that's one highly understandable mistake, mate. How about this one:

    double delta = max - min;
    s = k > 0.5 ? delta / (2 - max - min) : delta / (max + min);
    Yours truly looks at that and decides to replace as so:
    s = k > 0.5 ? delta / (2 - delta) : delta / (max + min);
    Because, of course, if I have the variable why no use it?... And probably even worse than the mistake is staring at it for hours wondering what the hell I did wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by rogster001 View Post
    [...]have yet to be brought down by anything - other than as virtualace says, bad shutdowns - which i used to sneer at -unplugging computer when couldnt be arsed waiting but hey - after a reinstall its a lesson learnt, patience, shutdown properly[...]
    I have hands down experience on that. My new location is Luanda, Angola. Power cuts here? You wouldn't believe it. This city is like a Christmas tree. There's really not enough energy being produced to feed the city requirements, so power cuts are frequent and not always pleasant. Generators and surge protectors are as common here as food. I'm not kidding.

    In the past 8 months, I've probably had over 100 forced shutdowns due to a power cut. Power just goes and with it, naturally, the computer.

    Windows 7 is surprisingly tough. Is what I have to say. Only twice I had an issue and both times it was minor stuff to do with Windows Gadgets refusing to launch. Visual Studio is also very capable. Once it did tell me it was setting up user settings all over again. That's it. In around 100 power cuts that's the extent of what I have to say about it all.

    I think however that the worst times for a forced shutdown should be around when stuff is launching and when it is closing. On all occasions that's when I had issues. But nevertheless, forced into experiment by my current surroundings, I am very please at Windows 7 reliability in the face of power cut.
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    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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