Donald R. Cossitt

buckaroo
since Jan 31, 2003
Cows and Likes
Cows
0
In last 30 days
0
Total given
0
Likes
0
0
Total given
0
Given in last 30 days
0
Scavenger Hunt
Ranch Hand Scavenger Hunt
Greenhorn Scavenger Hunt

Recent posts by Donald R. Cossitt

Thanks Marilyn. And it would be an "interesting assignment" to do it both ways
14 years ago

Write an algorithm, using pseudo code, to perform one of the following tasks, and post it to the class folder by day 4. Then, choose one algorithm that was created and posted by another student to solve the same problem, and analyze the differences between the effectiveness of the two algorithms. Post the result of the analysis, and improvements to your algorithm by day 6 of the seminar. Be creative, and have fun!
Given a string of numbers, identify all of the substrings that form numbers that are divisible by 3. For example, applying the algorithm on the string 37540 should produce the following substrings (not necessarily in this order): 0; 3; 75; 54; 375; 540

I was pm'd about this this morning. While I have not been involved in the cattle drive for some time now, I have become intrigued with this assignment and have a question about what is expected in the nit picking. The expected results in any order is { 0, 3, 75, 54, 375, 540 }, but if

identify all of the substrings that form numbers that are divisible by 3

is the goal then what about 30, 45, 57, 453, etc? Or is it not 'any combonation' given the set { 3, 7, 5, 4, 0 }?
14 years ago
Need to be careful when purchasing some of the necessary items. Interestingly, some of those items are also common to cooking meth. As my son found out when the Sheriff's Office came calling after making a large purchase at the local hardware for his, then, experimental bio diesel project.

If you have a diesel you don't need to do anything with cooking oil. Just strain it and put it in the tank.
14 years ago
Usually "The Cowboy Way" is definitely the way to find out how cool you really are. Particularly as it is/was portrayed in the movie with the same name. So, for those of us with the "Cowboy Up" mentality, remember usually your cool factor gets determined by some unassuming fella about 5'7 & 125# (I'm 6' & 200#) ready, able, and willing to give you an attitude adjustment - now that's way cool and definitely and 'awkward situation'
[ January 31, 2006: Message edited by: Donald R. Cossitt ]
16 years ago
No "Java's but I have an aunt named Reva. I know, she doesn't like it either.
16 years ago

The Romans and Greeks celebrated freedom as the reward for virtue (manhood); this virtue included the preference for death over slavery. Those who preferred slavery to death were deemed unworthy, and hence, deserving of their degraded condition.

The 17th century English and Scottish liberal philosophers believed that their nations would be uplifted by the promotion of freedom-and-virtue. Eventually some, perhaps under the Puritan influence, decided that slavery was wrong for everyone. This led to the American dispute over whether the Africans could be virtuous enough to be worthy of freedom. (E.g., whether they had enough intelligence and emotional maturity to keep and bear arms -- the most obvious distinction between free men and slaves. And whether their men would voluntarily bear the burden of providing for their children.)

These questions are still debated today.

Yet the liberals among us today, who are presupposed to freedoms and human rights et al, have hoist upon the masses another more subtle form of slavery yet as profound: dependence upon government. As far as "bear arms" is concerned: those who refuse to do so are condemned to perish by those who do! And no, it is not the responsiblility of government to protect me and mine - they are merely an add-on; the chief responsibility is the individual!

Governments' purpose is to do for people that which they cannot do for themselves; which is not much!
[ January 22, 2006: Message edited by: Donald R. Cossitt ]
16 years ago

The longest i did was one year

I suppose it all depends on the family.

I think it is just fine it is 600 miles in any direction to any of my parents' and their kin. My children on the other hand are 100 miles & 200 miles and that is just too damn far! I see them at least once a month - it will have to do.

But of course, they may feel differently... :roll:
16 years ago
What does it matter youth or old age? I am no prude and certainly have had my moments of crude. But I am often reminded what parents do in moderation children will do in excess. Nothing like having children to remind me of my personal hypocrisies; and now that I have nine grandchildren, well we are all familiar with the effects of compounding.

Having said that, I have had more than one outright guffaw (hearty or course burst of laughter) at some of the 'questionable' stuff here.
16 years ago
I'm ALL IN! ...

aaaa... ooops. Wrong game or right game - wrong place.
16 years ago

you are better off keeping your money in a checking account at 0.25% interest.

With 'real' inflation somewhere between 5% - 7% in the US, you would only be losing more than a nickel on every dollar each and every year. At that rate in twelve years or less the first years' dollars no longer exist!

If you have a sincere interest in buying metals or any other security, then you must do something called "dollar cost average". Figure how many dollars/rupees/yen or whatever, you can afford to put aside a consistent amount each and every month on the same day each month over the remainder of your productive life. You will miss some highs in the market this way, but more importantly, you will miss some lows as well. Thus the the name "Dollar Cost Averaging". Over the long-haul you should best inflation as it is built into the process.

That is, unless you already have excess amounts of cash at your disposal, allowing you to speculate in the futures markets or the craps table.
[ January 22, 2006: Message edited by: Donald R. Cossitt ]
16 years ago
We had all boys (never could follow a pattern very well) but held 'Poly Esther' in reserve for our first girl...

I have three daughter-in-laws: Tara, Hiedi, Jaclin; three granddaughters: Matisan Taite, Taylor Marie, Toby Dawn. (three more on the way - yet to be named) Now my boys can follow a pattern!!

More beautiful names a fellow has never heard!
16 years ago

You never know what's around the next corner!

I check out what's going on here fairly regularly. I am going to be forced into VSTO soon so, hey maybe finish Cattle Drive with .NET(?) :roll:

I just wish for a site as welcoming and learning-friendly as this for .NET or any other pursuit I may undertake - this one is tops!
[ January 22, 2006: Message edited by: Donald R. Cossitt ]
16 years ago

learning to use the API

Have been away from the Ranch for sometime now and have no doubt bagged my final moose at 3.

Interestingly, I found the API to be immensely frustrating and by far the single most difficult aspect of the language (for me); and eventually lost interest as a result.

However, what I DID learn by the process made me a better at coding VB/VBA, LUA, PHP, HTML and other languages I am active in past and present. This is without doubt a worthwhile experience.
16 years ago

Dowsers have been repeated tested and retested. NONE have EVER done statistically better than chance. if your friend can do what he claims, he will be \$1million richer.

Perhaps you should speak of something you have practical experience with and not just heard second hand. There would not be a water well Eastern Oregon and likely, not a well, that was not 'witched' or 'dowsed'. I have done it myself many times (I am 70 for 72).

But then I guess a 97.2% success rate could be just luck - rather be lucky than good.

But I think the real point of this thread is: I have yet heard or seen of even a 'lucky break' produce hard evidence of a ghost (or Sasquatch or UFO or...) A lucky guess at water that eventually produces 7 GPM is hard to deny - especially in eastern Oregon.
[ October 21, 2005: Message edited by: Donald R. Cossitt ]
16 years ago
I haven't been here in a while. I noticed Vickie VII as 100000 - so the 'use real name' thingy went away?
17 years ago