39 posts • joined Monday 11th February 2008 21:22 GMT
many years ago, for a project we were doing in a far flung place for her britannic majesty's government, one part required a lot of cabling
it was not easy to get cable from here to there, transport weight needed to be kept down
but we knew the cable routes, very many different paths and lengths, and we knew how much cable per reel
what was the minimum number of reels to do the job?
in a flash, i thought 'knapsack problem', a bit of cunning coding and hey presto, a cable laying schedule saying which run to do from which reel, the others at the site were most impressed by our efficiency
triples all round
word? mention it not
things peaked with troff, a macro package for the job, and eqn, grap, tbl etc., plus you could embed command line stuff to dynamically suck in data to populate tables etc., since then everything has been downhill
for arty stuff, indesign is the bees knees, although bloat has set in there too
run out of cats?
...that'll do for ten years, plenty more after that
'mavericks', ugh, bunch of californians with over inflated egos thinking the rest of the world will bask in their trite place names
i'm sticking with snow leopard, by far the best of all the os x releases, cute kittens too
that small slice is schadenfreude, not happiness
surely a better resolution would've been to give the rest of us 6 days extra hols
this would've increased overall global happiness and slightly improved relative greek competitiveness, trebles all round
instead they've just deepened the hellenic zone of despondency thereby reducing overall global happiness
this sounds wrong in so many ways
expect to be receiving the attention of david cameron's enforcers
the first fund where your investment is a superposition of states
you cannot know whether you made a profit or a loss until you look at your holding and the wave function collapses
although many of my investments seem to work out this way, collapsed, so perhaps it's nothing new after all
Re: I miss the Rockall Times
me too, the domain is being sadly abused these days
so i dredged it up on the iwbm...
utter tosh, i developed a 2fa replacement for /bin/login for our unix boxes in the early '90s, and it wasn't a new concept even then
big disks him go titsup
spin around mix it up
him get up walkaround disk again
snow leopard was the last cuddly release
i'm not upgrading until tabby and/or they drop the ios-ification of os x
it's with some glee that i find the reporter's name to be an anagram of riparian bell end
iris is lovely
it'll be a sad day when the last ones are taken out of action
simple, fast, reliable, i wear contact lenses or glasses, no issues, iris just works
the appalling lack of signage is the only complaint i have with iris, but from the article it sounds like that's deliberate
the long lines of people at the egates, and high failure rate (i stood in the queue with non-iris gf, wathcing the misery of the egate users), are worrying, seems like a step back in reliability
i'm baffled by these cases
if the person was not physically present in usa territiory when the alleged offence was committed, then what fuck has it got to do with the usa? since when did johhny foreigner's laws apply to the uk?
if he committed a crime while in uk, under uk law, bang him up, otherwise, he's innocent
otherwise, i assume we're going to extradite all usa handgun owners and lock them up because they are committing a crime in uk law
only problems i had/have with iris are...
gates out of order/closed
non-existent/hidden signage to show where they are
people thinking iris was for e-passports and spending ages trying to get through before giving up
i, for one, welcome our new wobbly overlords
ok, fair's fair
let's extradite all americans carrying unlicenced firearms, it's a crime in uk law, they must pay for it
well, the only time i've used a solicitor it turned out he was incompetent, he didn't do what he claimed, i'm still stuck with the result
i never heard of the sfh site before, but now that the solicitors have been kind enough to generate the publicity it seemed well worth bookmarking a wayback gander for future reference...
at my desk with tears in my eyes
this is sad news indeed,
c (and unix) genuinely changed my life, my k&r, now battered and old, was the spark that led to two decades of the most fun i've ever had working, plus i got paid for it
i'll be raising a glass to his memory
and yet nothing for the intrepid playmonaut
a baffling omission
so we'll shortly be able to enjoy the shutting down of paypal, ebay, and gumtree, all as happily and knowingly support the payment for, or sale of, counterfeit and stolen goods
not to mention seeing bush the idiot and his cohorts banged up for maliciously blowing the cover of one of their own agents
oops, just realised i'm confusing rule of law with the spite of impotent and corrupt politicians
"Not that one-sided. It seems damn near impossible to extradite anyone from the UK. Extraditees (is that a word?) seem to be able to fight it indefinitely."
Tell that to the Natwest three.
I don't see the USA coughing up the PIRA terrrorists that the UK wants to stand trial.
The facts are simple, check for yourself, under a treaty intended to ease extradition of terrorists, the UK readily extradites white collar crims, while the USA protects people wanted for terrorism.
simple reason he should stay in UK
the UK-USA extradition treaty is a one-sided abomination that Blair and the rest of Bush's poodles rolled over and begged for
now the UK allows extradition to the USA on the flimsiest of grounds, do it in the other direction? dream on suckers!
Blair got that medal for caring more about the USA than the UK, as PM that's treason
flames for the second step in Blair's hanging drawing and quartering
their service is so miserable i've been planning to switch
their tech. support is clueless - they don't even know when outages are due to planned maintenance
their free recorded service status message is a nightmare, even when calling on a vm cable phone line you have to enter your phone number, you get a status message that usually doesn't say anything informative, then you get yet another round of "type 1 to have more of your time wasted" before you finally get a second completely different status message that if the lazy sods responsible for the shite service have been bothered to update might possibly confirm that yet again vm's service has failed to deliver
as for the perky bitch reading the canned messages, she's the last ffffing thing i need to hear when my service is down yet again
vm and good customer service are mutually exclusive
re: @Clemens Wachter
"Rule of three?? Anyway, you have an arbitary figure of 0.001% = 20 hrs. Ignoring the fact you used 0,001 and therfore 1 and also 99,999% where did you get a period of 20hrs?"
20hrs... "So they had 12hrs downtime in April 2007 and 8hrs yesterday. 20hrs in 11 months.", or was that too difficult to read?
in some countries , is used as the decimal point, or was that too difficult to guess?
you have difficulty with english, deductive reasoning and simple arithmetic, i know... you work for virgin media broadband technical support, aicmfp!
mike ashworth - the point isn't about any 'right' to a credit card, it is that egg is clearly either lying or incompetent, neither is desirable in a financial institution
steve - what is 'hilarious' is your ignorance of how the credit card industry operates - operators charge the retailer a fee on every transaction, operators also hang on to the money for a while before giving it to a retailer, and if you spend outside your home country they'll also gouge a bit more on loaded forex rates. if there were no interest charges and no extended credit they'd still be operating profitably
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