Joe Borderi

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Recent posts by Joe Borderi

I found it a very disappointing fight. Mosley didn't fight to win; he fought to avoid the knockout. Pacquiaio overmatched Mosley in every round and virtually every second of every round. Even the stat line that will read that Pacquaio was knocked down didn't get any mention in the news accounts because it really was a slip and misruled by the referee.

I am happy for Pacquiao, and he seems someone worth rooting for. He is easily the most compelling boxer today and maybe the most compelling athlete in the world today.
13 years ago
I think Pacquiao by a knockout, and I don't see him getting knocked down or taking home any souvenirs from this fight. Mosely is passed his prime, and Pacquiao is the best pound for pound fighter in the world today.
13 years ago

Stephan van Hulst wrote:I enjoy these.

I really like the ones used in Bloch and Gafter's Java Puzzlers too.

Here's another well known illusion:

What is the illusion?
13 years ago

Matthew Brown wrote:If you're using Firefox - try installing the ColorZilla plugin. That gives you an eye-dropper tool that tells you the RGB value of any point on the page. And that will tell you Bear is right: #787878 in both squares.

Pretty sneaky sis....

I do use Firefox, but I didn't want to install yet another add-on, so I went old school. I just cut-and-pasted a swath from square A and juxtaposed it with square B. Now it certainly passes the eyeball test.
13 years ago

Bear Bibeault wrote:

What's the difference between squares A and B?

Nothing... they are the same color.

I am absolutely not buying that squares A and B are the same color.

You can remove any optical illusion part of this by simply using your hands to block out any surrounding squares, shadows, and colors. You can plainly see that square A is some shade of gray and that B is some shade of off-white.

If you told me that the letters A and B were the same color, then I might buy that after some further tests and investigation.
13 years ago

Pat Farrell wrote:Although I think the message was that the trillionth through trillionth and 300 bits were all zero. Which is perfectly acceptable in a random number, no matter that the probability of it happening is vanishingly low.

Well, the probability (2^300 or 2^301 depending how I read the above) of it happening randomly on the trillionth to trillionth and 300 bits would be vanishingly low , but the probability (again 2^300 or 2^301 depending how I read the above) of it happening at some point is a virtual certainty.

In fact if the digits were truly random, the string of 300 (or 301) zeros would appear an infinite number of times. The problem is that the digits are not truly random; they just don't have a pattern.
13 years ago

I'll give you a bump for this topic.

I have been looking for a good book on Java networking. All the books that I have seen seem to have 1999 copyright dates. I know that the RMI spec has changed since then. For example, since the Java 2 SDK implementation of RMI, the new wire protocol made skeleton classes obsolete. RMI uses reflection to make the connection to the remote service object. All the books on RMI and Java networking seem to reference skeleton classes and objects, which are for JDK 1.1 and JDK 1.1 compatible system implementations.
13 years ago
I strongly advise against speculating in currencies. The currency markets are the most competitive in the world. You will be competing against firms in NYC, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and every other financial center in the world. The firms employ teams of analysts that work around the clock. They not only have better access to better information but also can crunch the data.

Almost all independent traders who speculate in currencies get killed. That said, you asked for an online how-to tutorial. Here's the best one: just don't do it.
13 years ago

Originally posted by David O'Meara:
Ulf's Wikipedia link covers most of it, but slightly higher on the page is this:

Therefore if the time to recuperate is more than a quarter of a day, 4 times a day will not be possible.

I see a fence post error.

Has anyone here read Wilt Chamberlain's autobiography?
17 years ago
Hmmmm.... Why not make the joke gender neutral?

Three people went for a hike one day. It was very hot. They were sweating and exhausted. When they came upon a small lake, they took off all their clothes and jumped into the water, since it was fairly secluded.

Feeling refreshed, the trio decided to pick a few berries while enjoying
their " freedom. "

As they were crossing an open area, suddenly a group of other people from town appeared. Unable to get to their clothes in time, two of the original people quickly used their hands to cover their privates. But the third of the original people covered his or her face while they ran for cover.

After the second group of people had left and the original people got their clothes back on.

Two of the original people asked the third of the original people why he or she covered his or her face rather than his or her private part.

The third of the original people replied, " I don't know about you, but, it's the face that people recognize".

[Joke edited by Mark Spritzler and J Borderi]
17 years ago

Originally posted by John Dunn:
It is so cool that we have technology to make ugly girls, pretty again. When all girls are pretty again, there won't be any girls who are insecure.

Reminds me of an old Twilight Zone episode: "Number 12 Looks Just Like You"

(Although I generally like Wikipedia, I remember the episode differently from Wikipedia's summary. Wikipedia's summary (excerpt):

Nobody else can understand why Marilyn does not want to undergo "The Transformation", but the reason is this: by reading her deceased father's diaries and books (banned in that time), she comes to realize that when everyone is beautiful no one is because without ugliness there can be no beauty. That the leaders of society don't care whether people are beautiful or not, they just want everyone to be the same. In a fit of despair she eventually undergoes the procedure and loses her identity, as it is revealed "The Transformation" also alters a person's personality.

I remember Marilyn's reasoning as "if everyone is beautiful, then no one is beautiful." Also, she undergoes the transformation not "in a fit of despair" but against her will kicking and screaming. Finally, I did not infer that the transformation "alters a person's personality"; rather, I inferred that a person is transformed and that as a necessary by-product of this beauty his/her personality is altered.)
17 years ago
I apologize. Your topic read "What is the value...?" Your post, in essence, asked, "Why is the value...?" For "what is the value?" questions, the best answer always comes from your Java compliant JVM. This forum is good for "Why is the value...?" questions.

In short, I believe you have misunderstood "associativity" and "order of operation."

Try the following:
Why don't you write a driver program? The JVM should give you the definitive answer.
Not In My Back Yard!!!
18 years ago