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  1. Re: Biggest Impact - TV/Movie Tech that's doesn't exist

    I don't think warp drives would be that big a deal. After all warped minds are all over the place and that hasn't mattered all that much. Wouldn't a warp drive just be a drive from a warped mind?
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    Re: XNA Shading/Stencils

    Yes, it absolutely has to be XNA.

    Drawing with GDI is considerably simpler, but it's FAR too slow. This project started out with XNA. You can find a series of threads started by me, if you'd care...
  3. Re: The Form are not loading up the variables from the register (.txt)

    Ok, I can see why ident is suspicious, but in any case, the first step is always the same for something like this: Put a breakpoint on a line and take a look at the variables. In this case, the line...
  4. Re: How to know which Exceptions to handle

    That's an excellent link. This time, I stored the link.
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    Re: Relationships to multiple tables

    You don't HAVE to have the relationship in the database at all, at least not as a physical thing. You certainly want the situation to be that for every JobID in the child tables there exists a...
  6. Re: How to know which Exceptions to handle

    Null references are probably the single most common exception I encounter during testing, but I never try to handle them, which is probably what dolot meant, as well. Every one is a bug, and usually...
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    Re: Post Race!

    And so it goes...
  8. Re: Biggest Impact - TV/Movie Tech that's doesn't exist

    Transporters. The rest is entirely secondary.

    Transporters got a more thorough discussion in a book called (I think) The Mind's Eye by Daniel Dennet. The point that was overlooked in Star Trek is...
  9. Thread: lenovo

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    Re: lenovo

    Yeah, that's been my view of the Surface Pro too (or 2): Win8 is a great OS for touch devices, and the ultimate objective of having a single computer for portable and desktop is getting increasingly...
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    Re: XNA Shading/Stencils

    After a bit more research, it appears that what I have to do is add a ContentManager into the plug-in so that I can load the stencil texture prior to the drawing routine. I'm already passing a...
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    Re: Post Race!

    The same goes for that last one....and this one, but the next one has nothing to do with this one or the last two.
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    Re: Post Race!

    By the way, I only added that last post because this is the post race.
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    Re: Post Race!

    Still, very appropriate.
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    VS 2013 Re: help plz send mail attachment

    It's the Load event. If you are on a 64-bit system, exceptions thrown in the Load event will be swallowed without a trace. The result will be that the event handler simply exits at the point of the...
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    Re: Display buttons dynamically

    WOW!! A peerless peet post!
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    Re: Display a string on a Form

    If you got good results from the conversion tool, consider yourself quite lucky. VB6 can often be copied and pasted into .NET with minimal changes, so there are situations where the conversion tool...
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    Re: Exceptions in visual.net

    I'm not sure you want to do it that way. The class AltaFallida would have to exist, but all it does is throw one of two exceptions, so you'd have an exception that threw exceptions.

    What I would...
  18. Re: Best car to date nissan skyline black edition

    Yeah, that had me puzzled, too. After all, the subject line is "best car to date", but the back seat looks impossible, the front seats improbable, and no girls means....date what?
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    Re: Post Race!

    Good reference.
  20. VS 2012 Re: [RESOLVED] Logic Error in Form_Load does stop execution. Why

    Well, there is something of an alternate behavior. I find that there is very little that is essential in the Load event handler. Back in VB6, the Load Event handler was a really big deal, as it was...
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    Re: Display buttons dynamically

    One thing you could do is leave the buttons alone. Have all the buttons on the form, with click events, but the behavior of the button is changed. For example, the click event for button 2 might be...
  22. VS 2012 Re: [RESOLVED] Logic Error in Form_Load does stop execution. Why

    You would expect that. It's not even a bug, technically, as it really stems from a philosophical argument between the OS and VS teams within MS (and that's a lot of XS). The code is working...
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    VS 2012 Re: Sons science project

    I'd agree with Wild Bill, up to a point. A stopwatch is the timer you want to be using, as it is ideally suited for this. What I don't agree with in the solution from either Wild Bill or .Paul. is...
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    Re: sortedlist question

    That's true. I only use ContainsKey. IndexOfKey seems pretty obvious, as a similar thing exists in all other collections, but I can't say I have ever seen it before. Seems pretty dubious for a sorted...
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    Re: sortedlist question

    Figuring out whether the key is in the dictionary is relatively easy (ContainsKey), but figuring out what the index is isn't so easy. The only way I know to do it is to loop through the keys. I...
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    Re: Post Race!

    When my mother died, several years ago, she was buried in a very old cemetary. The place had run out of space a long time back, but some kind of modification opened up a dozen or so new plots. Before...
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    Re: XNA Shading/Stencils

    No kidding! I just spent an hour trying to figure out the notes I had made about adding content to the Content Manager. I didn't notice that I had added a Drawing Content project, nor do I remember...
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    Re: Display a string on a Form

    You are also sticking with VB6 if you are using recordsets, as that would be ADO rather than ADO.NET. The changes between the two were fairly dramatic, but for what you are describing, a DataReader...
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    Re: XNA Shading/Stencils

    You may well be right. If you look at that link, there was a step about adding an Effect file. I have no option to add an Effect file. Of course, I would expect an Effect file to be pretty much like...
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    Re: Display a string on a Form

    While all of that is fine, it's very unusual to do things like that. You get FAR more functionality if you put the text into a control that is designed to show the text, and it is also far easier....
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    Re: Frickin' Lasers for Eyes!

    Everybody turn off their avatars on May 1st so that when FD comes back he'll think he's blind.
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    Re: XNA Shading/Stencils

    I would have written a longer post, but I was headed out the door as I wrote that.

    My ultimate goal is that I have a square region of size H,W (there are different sizes, but only 5 different...
  33. Re: Filling all the lines of Datatable into Dictionary collection

    That won't work. You can turn x into a string, you can append a K onto it, but at that point it is no longer an integer, so the CInt will throw an exception. For that to work, you'd have to leave the...
  34. Re: Produce error message if data searched for does not exist in a database

    You can certainly get an error message, but you probably shouldn't. It's always better to check whether an exception will occur rather than trapping them after they occur. This appears to be such a...
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    XNA Shading/Stencils

    I've been looking into how to mask out a circular area in a rectangle. There appear to be two ways to do this in XNA: Pixel shaders and stencil buffers. Of those two, the pixel shader looks pretty...
  36. VS 2010 Re: Reading text to a string from an image?

    The very first true programming book I ever bought was on OCR. Frankly, I seem to remember that I bought it largely on a whim and largely by misunderstanding what it was about. However, one thing I...
  37. Re: [RESOLVED] One question poll - What does Star Trek have to do programming?

    I think that motion sensors would be more valuable than turning lights on and off for that. However, when you go there, I'm of two minds about the thing: On the one hand, crunching that data may...
  38. Re: How to initialize a null column to blank in VB 2010

    Do you mean that you always want to store "" into the field in the database, or do you mean that the database may have Null, and whenever it does you want to read in ""?

    If it is the latter, how...
  39. Re: Filling all the lines of Datatable into Dictionary collection

    A dictionary would be a key-value pair. You have lots of values you are returning with each record, so do you want the entire record to be the value? If so, then what is the key? If not, then what do...
  40. Re: [RESOLVED] One question poll - What does Star Trek have to do programming?

    Lacking a TV, it wouldn't really matter whether we have the adverts.

    It's an interesting ad, though. To close the windows and the door would require motors, which would almost certainly have to be...
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