Berkeley CSUA MOTD:1998:March:19 Thursday <Wednesday, Friday>
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
1998/3/19 [Uncategorized] UID:13834 Activity:high
        \_ Doesn't require batteries, yet more useful than a "Leatherman" . . .
           \_ how scary is that serrated blade on leathermans?
1998/3/19 [Health/Disease/General] UID:13835 Activity:nil
        Analyzer busted.  Fool child and friends arrested.
1998/3/19 [Computer/SW/OS/Windows, Computer/SW/Unix] UID:13837 Activity:high
3/18            String foo = "help";
                byte[] b = foo.getBytes();
                ByteArrayInputStream bais = new ByteArrayInputStream(b);
                ObjectInputStream ois = new ObjectInputStream(bais);
                Customer customer = (Customer) ois.readObject();
                FileInputStream fis = new FileInputStream("Customers.DB");
                ObjectInputStream ois2 = new ObjectInputStream(fis);
                /* the next line causes the error */
                Hashtable Database = (Hashtable) ois2.readObject();

                \_ Well, clearly this line is in error.

                This JAVA code gives the following error:

                Assertion failed: GET_RESOURCE_ATTR( r1 ) == RaInt64, file
                /CLO/Components/SLLIC_LITE/Src/lwo/opt_driver.c, line 2514
                SIGABRT   6*   abort (generated by abort(3) routine)
                        location=7B041EB0. stackbase=7B03AF44,
                test.bat: 7927 Abort

        Does anyone know what the hell's going on with that error?  This
        doesn't happen on my PC, but happens on UNIX!!!
        \_ And Sun Microsystem is sueing Microsoft because Microsoft
           claims to be Java compliant.  Seems to me Sun should sue
           the other Unix vendor.
1998/3/19-20 [Computer/HW/Drives] UID:13838 Activity:low
3/18    Does anyone have Win3.1 install disks? I only need the last disk
        (disk 6).  I actually have a legit win3.1, but somehow lost the last
        disk.  Thanks  -acheng
        \_ No, I don't but why do you need win3.1?  -curious.
        \_ Spare 486--wanted to use it for an answering machine.  I put win95
           on it now, and it runs fine.
1998/3/19-20 [Computer/SW/Languages/Misc, Computer/SW/Unix] UID:13839 Activity:very high
        Incidentally, it plays all PlayStation games
        \_ I'm sorry, the web site looks exceptionally unprofessional. I don't
           see why anyone would pay $750 after looking at this web site.
                \_ Yeah, they can't do a good web site, therefore the product
                   they're selling *must* suck too.  How many times have you
                   failed Logic 1A so far?  Maybe Rhetoric 10 still has room
                   for you next semester.
           \_ Lower appeal means lower number of people buying. I highly
              suggest you take Econ10 and BA10 you fuckin' know-it-all.
              By the way psb, next time, SIGN YER FUCKIN NAME
                                \-you know i usually do sign my name. the
        university exempted me from econ1. the economist recently had a good
        ariticle on research on advertising. Having never taking typing, i
        never put two spaces after end-of-sentence. --psb
                        \_ *LAUGH*  Sign your own name, hypocrite.
                        \_ Uh... what was so bad about it?  It loaded fast,
                           it provided tons of info on their product.  What's
                           your problem?  A web critic *and* a logic genius?
                           You've got it made.  How can I be as k00l as y00?
                        \_ I highly doubt it was psb.  Not even a single
                           latin word.                  - not psb
                               \_ motd postum, ergo, sum psb est
                          \_ No, it was me, and I, Sir, am no psb!
1998/3/19-20 [Computer/SW/Languages/Perl] UID:13840 Activity:moderate
3/19    Is there a way to use PERL or some other scripting language to
        create a windows95/nt shortcut?  I want to have something like a
        .bat file create a bunch of shortcuts then delete itself.  It
        can't be GUI based or interactive beyond an initial double-click.
        Pointers, URL's, etc, all welcome and appreciated.  -stuck
                \_ I got it and version 0.03 of the Shortcut module worked
                   perfectly with a recent version of win32perl.  Thanks!
1998/3/19-20 [Computer/Theory] UID:13841 Activity:high 50%like:13522
3/20    Would someone please recommend a good book on
        Black Scholes Option Pricing Model?
                        \-who is asking?
        \_ John C. Hull's book _Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives_
           does a pretty good job - android
        \_ duffie's book also does the job, but hull's is better. -fab
        \_ Beware that some of the Black Scholes formulas have been
                shown to be inaccurate.  Look for Robert C. Merton's
                                \-this is a deep philososphical matter. --psb
                books as well.  I believe he actually did the math for
                Black/Scholes, despite Merton's objections about the
                errors in some of Black/Scholes eqns.  I think
                Merton's book is called "continuous time finance", 92.
                \-David Cox [the finance one of from stanford, not the math
                guy from i think columbia] has some fine mathematical
                finance books. --psb
                \-i know i am going to get it for this, but i am having
                dinner on sat with a friend of the family who was invited to
                merrill-lynch by scholes. if you want me to ask him a specific
                question, send me some mail asap. --psb
1998/3/19-20 [Computer/SW/Languages/Java] UID:13842 Activity:nil
3/20    Java development job available from Tom Sawyer Software right here at
        Berkeley. Sent email to for detail.
        \_ do you get to "teach classes on advanced java" for huge fees,
           and have the "students" paint your fence for you?
1998/3/19-20 [Computer/HW/Memory] UID:13843 Activity:low
3/19    Memory is getting cheaper lately. Anyone know when notebook memories
        will get cheaper? Ie. When a 32 EDO RAM for a notebook will not cost
        $300 like it is now?
                \_ Errr, notebook memory prices aren't *that* high...
                   64MB for my notebook came out to $210.  -nevman
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