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(Barron's)   Hopefully the database column for daily COVID cases was not a 16-bit unsigned integer, because the United States just passed that number   (barrons.com) divider line
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2020-07-10 10:23:50 AM  
Subby, you nerd. I like it.
 
2020-07-10 10:32:30 AM  
Is that Trump's plan, overload the number so we have negative cases, then the virus will just disappear?
 
2020-07-10 11:19:37 AM  
This is a very serious situation. That number better be real.
 
2020-07-10 11:20:07 AM  
At my old company someone used a signed integer when they should have used unsigned which caused the server to crash every 400-something days when it turned negative.
 
2020-07-10 11:20:27 AM  
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2020-07-10 11:20:55 AM  
It won't be long before we have 100,000 new cases a day. We'll be damned lucky if we peak under 200,000 new cases a day.
 
2020-07-10 11:21:07 AM  
Don't worry, everyone.  That Fauci guy said we could get to 100,000 this summer, but Lt. Gov Dan Patrick says he's always wrong.
 
2020-07-10 11:21:09 AM  
I would think any db dev used a long for that.
 
2020-07-10 11:22:10 AM  
yeah at this rate we may end up needing long doubles by the time this is all over.
 
2020-07-10 11:22:28 AM  
Where's Bobby Tables when we need him?
 
2020-07-10 11:22:47 AM  
if(sizeof(unsigned int) < 4) { throwaway_computer(); }
 
2020-07-10 11:23:04 AM  
If it's like any of the databases I've had to work with recently it's defined nvarchar(max)
 
2020-07-10 11:23:27 AM  
// class for keeping track of USA death toll

import java.math.BigInteger;

public class  TheyreAllDeadDave {
......
 
2020-07-10 11:23:47 AM  
Great news!

There are -1 cases of COVID in the US now!
 
2020-07-10 11:24:03 AM  
might as well swap it out for a 64 bit unsigned integer
 
2020-07-10 11:24:47 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Don't worry, everyone.  That Fauci guy said we could get to 100,000 this summer, but Lt. Gov Dan Patrick says he's always wrong.


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2020-07-10 11:28:40 AM  
This reminds me of the days when we'd have to constantly shift numbers left AND right because we had to do fixed point calculations (for real-time embedded software). A farking floating point divide could cost 27 clocks, and believe me, I stormed into analysts' offices with timing estimates many times. And we used lookup tables for trig functions.

// I'm apparently older than Methuselah. My lawn: get off it.
 
2020-07-10 11:29:30 AM  
Ooh, photoshop chalange: CoronaVirus Kill Screen!
 
2020-07-10 11:30:50 AM  
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0 bottles of beer
Take one down
Pass it around
65535 bottles of beer on the wall
 
2020-07-10 11:30:56 AM  

freidog: If it's like any of the databases I've had to work with recently it's defined nvarchar(max)


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2020-07-10 11:34:17 AM  

Bootleg: Ooh, photoshop chalange: CoronaVirus Kill Screen!


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2020-07-10 11:36:31 AM  

Trik: Rapmaster2000: Don't worry, everyone.  That Fauci guy said we could get to 100,000 this summer, but Lt. Gov Dan Patrick says he's always wrong.

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News here is reporting how Trump is claiming Fauci was wrong and made a lot of mistakes, so the whole thing is Fauci's fault. (https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/pol​it​ics-news/trump-says-fauci-made-lot-mis​takes-n1233402). It's even worse when you find out Trump's rant about Fauci saying people should not be wearing masks is intentionally taken out of context because Fauci's comment was from march when there was a mask shortage and he said that people should not be 'walking around with masks' when there are healthcare workers who don't have them due to the shortage. Yeah, not the greatest of words on Fauci's part, but his intent was to ensure healthcare workers had masks. He didn't tell people to not wear them like Trump claims. Even worse when even the CDC and Fauci both were in agreement with how recommendations change as they learned new aspects, but Trump doesn't get that and still whines about how they were 'wrong'.

Anyway, between the nitwits and naysayers, anti-maskers and Trumpsuckers, this is going to be a long ride. Schools start here August 24th and with the way it spreads, I suspect we are going to peak in mid to late September with a following surge 3 weeks after that (the push here is to go back to 'normal' for homecoming events - football games, dances, etc.) which will result in a 2nd peak about the first week of October. My advice: stock up now where you can. And please, go vote!
 
2020-07-10 11:36:34 AM  
Wouldn't be the first time a virus caused a buffer overlfow.
 
2020-07-10 11:46:51 AM  
It's Foxpro but each state is a seperate table with links by names.  For some reason, there are 57 tables.  Maybe Obama was right.
 
2020-07-10 11:47:52 AM  
Uh oh.  Little Johnny drop Tables just got the C.
 
2020-07-10 11:48:11 AM  
If it is, that means the counter will roll over. Hey, we're back to zero cases!
 
2020-07-10 11:55:56 AM  
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[sigh]

Reminds me of back in the way-before when I was in charge of the company's daily backups and we passed 65,536 files which broke the backup software.  Fortunately, one of my roommates worked at "the" backup software company of the day.  I asked what my options were.  The DOS and Win3 versions both had the same limitation.  He said the brand new Win95 version would work but I wouldn't like it.  I don't remember if their NT 3.5 software would have worked but we didn't have NT anyway.  My best bet was the OS/2 version but it was in transition.  The new engine could handle the files but the interface wasn't ready yet.  So he made a build with the new engine and old interface.  "It compiled.  Beyond that, you're on your own."  Used that until NT4 came out and we bought a new server with a DAT drive and properly developed software (from my roommate's company).  No way would I have done that today or even a few years later.  But, at the time, I worked with what I had.
 
2020-07-10 12:02:31 PM  

freidog: If it's like any of the databases I've had to work with recently it's defined nvarchar(max)


On the plus side you're all set if you ever decide to switch to nosql.
 
2020-07-10 12:03:13 PM  

Serious Black: It won't be long before we have 100,000 new cases a day. We'll be damned lucky if we peak under 200,000 new cases a day.


Oh, so is that what he meant when he said "if we keep it under 100,000 we'll have done a good job"?  Because I'm pretty sure the gaslighters are getting ready to tell us that's what he meant all along.
 
2020-07-10 12:04:15 PM  

Fast Moon: 0 bottles of beer on the wall
0 bottles of beer
Take one down
Pass it around
65535 bottles of beer on the wall

Sell them for 2G each, buy end-game equipment
 
2020-07-10 12:09:16 PM  

jtown: Reminds me of back in the way-before when I was in charge of the company's daily backups and we passed 65,536 files which broke the backup software.  Fortunately, one of my roommates worked at "the" backup software company of the day.  I asked what my options were.  The DOS and Win3 versions both had the same limitation.  He said the brand new Win95 version


Reason was that DOS and Win3.1 were 16-bit, thus the biggest unsigned integer they could understand was 65,536. Win95, NT 3.5 and NT 4.0 were 32-bit, so they could understand up to 4,294,967,296 unsigned integers. 64 bit OSes can understand 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 ​unsigned integers.
 
2020-07-10 12:15:30 PM  
Wow, the number of cases is shooting up, but the number of deaths is going down? Libs should be very worried about now.
 
2020-07-10 12:15:57 PM  
My body is doing that thing where it's demanding tasty food, but I'm watching a CNN segment where they're visiting medical tents on the streets in El Centro, CA because it's a farking war zone out there, so I'm basically going to make my one millionth tuna sandwich.
 
2020-07-10 12:19:26 PM  
I mentioned to someone in a database team that BRK.B wasn't going over $32,767 1/2.

I could have made a fortune on insider trading...
 
2020-07-10 12:21:10 PM  

joker420: Wow, the number of cases is shooting up, but the number of deaths is going down? Libs should be very worried about now.


Is it? It sure was for the last several weeks. We've been increasing a modest amount the past three days. The question is whether this little spike is just an aberration like happened at the end of May or is the start of a wave cresting like happened in the end of March.

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2020-07-10 12:42:36 PM  

joker420: Wow, the number of cases is shooting up, but the number of deaths is going down? Libs should be very worried about now.


Um, you don't actually think "libs" want lots of people to die, do you?

/you probably actually do
 
2020-07-10 12:51:22 PM  

mofa: This reminds me of the days when we'd have to constantly shift numbers left AND right because we had to do fixed point calculations (for real-time embedded software). A farking floating point divide could cost 27 clocks, and believe me, I stormed into analysts' offices with timing estimates many times. And we used lookup tables for trig functions.

// I'm apparently older than Methuselah. My lawn: get off it.


My group implemented COBOL, with 18-digit arithmetic, on an 8-bit micro with a clock speed of 750KHz.
We ended up using Trachtenberg's method for multiply and divide.
Worked remarkably well, as it happens.
POS terminal, if you're interested.
 
2020-07-10 1:01:00 PM  
I wouldn't be surprised if it was much lower, like 8-bit. These government run agencies have been complete failures for as long as they have existed.

The song that should have been playing at the CDC when this hit:
Eye of the Tiger
-or-
Sirius (as they were walking into the lab, ideally getting their names announced)

The song that was actually playing when the CDC kicked into gear on this:
Entry of the Gladiators
 
2020-07-10 1:31:33 PM  

OldJames: I wouldn't be surprised if it was much lower, like 8-bit. These government run agencies have been complete failures for as long as they have existed.

The song that should have been playing at the CDC when this hit:
Eye of the Tiger
-or-
Sirius (as they were walking into the lab, ideally getting their names announced)

The song that was actually playing when the CDC kicked into gear on this:
Entry of the Gladiators


The CDC was a world class organization under previous administrations.  You know, Before Trump.
 
2020-07-10 1:37:24 PM  
65551 rolls over into 15 (whether signed or unsigned short), so it would be quite an improvement.
 
2020-07-10 1:37:26 PM  

Bootleg: Is that Trump's plan, overload the number so we have negative cases, then the virus will just disappear?


No, Drumpf is just a farking asshole.
 
2020-07-10 1:49:22 PM  

mofa: This reminds me of the days when we'd have to constantly shift numbers left AND right because we had to do fixed point calculations (for real-time embedded software). A farking floating point divide could cost 27 clocks, and believe me, I stormed into analysts' offices with timing estimates many times. And we used lookup tables for trig functions.

// I'm apparently older than Methuselah. My lawn: get off it.


Those days are not over for people doing embedded work on the low end of the market. My roommate's writing the software for a currently topical medical device with a (small) video display, usb, serial, and bluetooth connectivity, using a processor with something like 24kb of code space - little enough that you can't even use C standard library functions for snprintf, and floating point math libraries are right out of the question.
 
2020-07-10 1:52:28 PM  

joker420: Wow, the number of cases is shooting up, but the number of deaths is going down? Libs should be very worried about now.


Deaths from the first wave peaked 3-4 weeks after the first stay at home orders were implemented. We haven't even begun to pay the cost for this wave yet.

It's almost like you haven't been paying attention at all.
 
2020-07-10 1:59:24 PM  

Enigmamf: joker420: Wow, the number of cases is shooting up, but the number of deaths is going down? Libs should be very worried about now.

Deaths from the first wave peaked 3-4 weeks after the first stay at home orders were implemented. We haven't even begun to pay the cost for this wave yet.

It's almost like you haven't been paying attention at all.


There's some question whether or not treatment has gotten better now than earlier in the outbreak.  IE, it may be more people survive because doctors now know more what to do.
 
2020-07-10 2:03:48 PM  
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/ really? I'm the first one?
// I am dissapoint
/// 3NF
 
2020-07-10 2:16:31 PM  

Geotpf: OldJames: I wouldn't be surprised if it was much lower, like 8-bit. These government run agencies have been complete failures for as long as they have existed.

The song that should have been playing at the CDC when this hit:
Eye of the Tiger
-or-
Sirius (as they were walking into the lab, ideally getting their names announced)

The song that was actually playing when the CDC kicked into gear on this:
Entry of the Gladiators

The CDC was a world class organization under previous administrations.  You know, Before Trump.


I'm sure you could find major problems in their procedures that have existed before Trump, if you cared to look. I don't blame you, it is much easier to blame one person, rather than multiple people from different departments. The guidelines we have received at the hospital have been awful, and sometimes contradictory, for as long as I have worked here. (Much longer than a single president)
 
2020-07-10 5:17:42 PM  

joker420: Wow, the number of cases is shooting up, but the number of deaths is going down? Libs should be very worried about now.


Takes 1 week to get sick.
4-6 weeks to Die after you get sick. Give or take.
1 to 2 weeks for your death to be entered.

The 1k deaths we got today probably got sick 2mos ago.

So let's wait till the end of August ok pumpkin? Thats when the almost half a million cases we've added since July will start to die.
 
2020-07-10 5:22:24 PM  

PirateKing: Great news!

There are -1 cases of COVID in the US now!


Which is probably why His Flatulence said we would be going to zero.  4-bit brain.

However, subby is wrong on this one, it would already have rolled over.

mofa: This reminds me of the days when we'd have to constantly shift numbers left AND right because we had to do fixed point calculations (for real-time embedded software). A farking floating point divide could cost 27 clocks, and believe me, I stormed into analysts' offices with timing estimates many times. And we used lookup tables for trig functions.

// I'm apparently older than Methuselah. My lawn: get off it.


I've never had to do timing like that but I have programmed in the  era when floating point math was expensive enough to pay attention to..

joker420: Wow, the number of cases is shooting up, but the number of deaths is going down? Libs should be very worried about now.


But what are the number of pneumonia deaths doing?
 
2020-07-10 5:24:15 PM  

Luse: / really? I'm the first one?


Nope.
 
2020-07-11 1:06:21 AM  
I think there is going to be more deaths before someone does something, and then it will be too late and the deaths will continue to climb. Even with better treatments, there are still going to be many deaths that never needed to get sick.
 
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