968 posts • joined 10 Mar 2008
look at all that command line stuff.
Anyone would think it was running a 10 yr old linux system
<<<runs and hides back under the fridge
Built out of modular components?
NASA have been playing far too much kerbal space program lately.....
Re: anti semitism question
Its all to do with the christain church banning christians from charging interest on loans.
So the only place to get a loan was from a jewish money lender.
Now of course what would happen is King John the slimy would take out a loan to pay for his war again king phillip the bastard.
Unexpectedly king phillip wins so theres no loot to pay the loans back.
So lets mis quote the bible, join forces with the church who dont really like any other religions in their patch and kick out the jews.
And of course you can seize all their goods and default on paying the loans back....
Thinking about it
What we actually need is a well designed UI
De clutter the interface, stick only the options on it you need in clearly readable fonts.
Make everything consistant across the interface, so that the user can easily predict what happens if a different option is pressed. and hide stuff the regular users dont need to know about.
Thats howto design for us oldies, and you'll find that works for the youngies too , as well as those people in the middle that happen to be using your PC-robot comms package.
By the way, I did'nt copy the above from a university textbook, it came from one of the testers for the comms package.
PS. is this the same tescos website that demanded you setup an account with your credit card and address before they'd let you start shopping on their site?
My favourite AV product for any m$ product is of course Linux.
After all its where my Xp VM lives... wonderfuly reliable now I've turned off its net access
<<,scuttling away before the windows fans stamp on him
Or more likely, make a complete clusterf**k of win8 and its updates so that everyone is so relieved when win9 is released later in the year.
Of course, those who look closely at win9 will notice its just win7 with a changed title page .....
Re: Dropbox drops the ball.
Given a smidgen of a choice anyone would rather live in todays western 'police state' than the old warsaw pact countries
100 000 secret police, with 1 in 6 of the population being informers anyone?
Perhaps you'd like a new phone line so you can call your grandpa whos in west Berlin, either it gets refused outright or approved because the secret police want to listen in and make sure you are not hearing stuff you are not allowed to hear.
Or you'd like your communist paradise to implement the human rights declaration it signed upto in 1977... well your country is communist which means its already perfect so you must be mad.. here have a long hospital stay.
And finally, you want healthcare only to find the leaders have spent all the money on building a "people's palace" for the leader to live in and its 3 times the size of Buckingham palace......
So I'll take my chances on having GCHQ listen in on my mobile and e.mails , because whatever happens, I'm not going to get 9mm revolutionary justice applied to the back of my head for saying the wrong thing
<old enough to remember the cold war
Re: The real problem is C
In favour of a language with some bounds checking built in
But then that will ruin 90% of our fun when a m$ product turns out to have a buffer overrun flaw.................................
cover lying in hospital after heart surgery and having the numpties ring up asking how you fix a particular robot?
And for all you workaholics , I'm on my afternoon off because strangely my life revolves around me and my needs , not whatever the hell it is that the boss is demanding I sort out now.
But IF I was paid for out of hours support, then it would be a different matter....
Beer ... because I have one now mmmmmm
escaped Kerbals fleeing in terror because they know all we want to do is blow them up on launch again
wellll.... its as good a theory as anyone else's... eekkk nurse I dont want my medication
gawd I dont use intersnot banking.
And to the the programmer who created this pile of shit:
Did you not follow tech news when windows/microsoft got pwned because they could'nt be arsed with fucking bounds checking.
And then you do the same fucking thing!!!!
Jesus If a msg has a header declaring its length to be 10 bytes , then 10 bytes is all it gets, and 10 bytes is all it gets back
Wheres the fail^20! icon?
I've figured it out why
Merkel wants a Euro only internet.
She wants the german/french/british/swiss/italian/spanish/danish/swedish/dutch/belgium/polish/czech/austrian intelligence agencies to be the only ones allowed to snoop at will on euro citizens.
Re: What's the purpose of the computer again?
I use a 486 powered PC to control the 4 and 5 axis robots we use
The control panels are mounted on the front and the PC itself is buried in the electrical cabinet , next to the power inverter and connected to the axis motor drive boards.
The documentation delivered with the machines says clearly that the machine tool co is NOT responsible for any problems if the end user installs any software beyond what already there.
So if tech idiot 1 installs an AV package and said robot swings round 180 degree and punches a hole in the techie, then theres a whole lotta pain for everyone. heck even installing the manufacturer's service packs gets everyone one so twitchy we get them to do it.
In the case of HDD failure, its manufacturer's HDD only as they have the approved software pre-loaded, we could copy it... but if theres an accident.... we're liable
And thats the thing with CNC gear, if you mess up a printer driver, then you'll get a paper jam and a bit of a inky mess as a result, mess up a driver for CNC gear and you could get a 10lb cutting tool ejected from the spindle while its doing 8000 rpm...... and that aint a pretty sight.
Wheres the double fail icon?
the millions and I'll protect all of the UKs vital infrastructure against cyber attacks
Stage 1. hire a few dozen techies
Stage 2. send them to power stations etc
Stage 3. Install dedicated phone lines to grid control
Stage 4. Air gap the power stations control systems from the internet and any internal network
Stage 5. Fill in all the USB slots with glue.
That should cost 10 million in labour, and all the rest to my offshore account, at which point I'll resign and if it all goes wrong .. well I got my money so I'm ok
Re: There are different definitions of homepathy
The reason big pharma cant patent homepathic remedies is because its very hard to patent water, but in any case, if it worked as claimed, then all they'd do is add a spot of food colouring to it and patent that and flog it for $100/dose
But in any case , whats the remedy for the following
1. 90%+ blockage of the main stem of the left cardiac artery (anything that takes longer than 4 weeks kills the patient)
2. deep seated staph infection in graft doner leg. must be able to bring staph numbers down enough in 3 days so that patient can leave ITU
And as a final question
3. Multiple fractures in patients right femur and tibia, single facture in left tibia and severe damage to left knee.
When homopathy can cure that lot I'll use it instead of calling 999.
<<has more scars than he would like
Icon says it all have an upvote
have done the cost-benefit calculation Ford did with the pinto
Ahhh whats a few crispy drivers compared to the 20 cents moving the fuel tank forward 3 inches would cost?
we can look forward to a VR future that instead of full on 3D blood and gore combat sims , we'll end up with candy crush 3d complete with ads
Re: I haven't had problems...
Yupp thats virgin media service alright... although its now liberty media or something (look forward to another name change in 9 months...)
"Hello... my internet supplied through a set top box has failed, can you book me an engineer to install one of your super fail hubs as you dont do set top boxes anymore?"
"what colour lights are flashing?"
"No I just need an engineer to install a super hub"
"How long have the lights not been flashing?"
"Are you listening to me?"
"Have you tried rebooting your computer?"
"Its not the computer, its the settop box, and it any case I use Linux,not windows so I dont need to reboot all the time"
"Ahh sorry sir, we dont support linux, I'll have to pass this call over to another desk"
"Hello... my internet supplied through a set top box has failed, can you book me an engineer to install one of your super fail hubs as you dont do set top boxes anymore?"
"what colour lights are flashing?"
Repeat until madness sets in...........
Its english Jim
But not as you know it.
all to do with the tax rate... plus the EU does'nt give a fig about local subsiduary companies paying a "charge" to use the parents IP which results in 0 taxable profit in every EU country except the lowest rated one
Wish I could set up a company to do that
its windows 8 only.... which would smell of m$ floundering away to try and get their OS shifted.
But what happens if SteamOs is anywhere near good, and shifts a lot of units?
All of a sudden the consumer finds his PC 100 quid cheaper......
Re: As one of the few people on this forum
Its not a damn stupid law/idea at all
Its a HEADLINE grabbing idea that makes the MPs in question look like they are doing something rather what they actually do,that being sat on their arses collecting 'campaign' funds from various lobby groups.
It suitably fills out the daily wail headlines for a couple of days, when in fact the MPs in question know that how ever much they try to shutdown internet content, little johnny will always find a way to see and get what he should'nt.
But once the ISPs have to put filters on the connections, how much longer before we get other internet content filtered for not being suitable(say how much some MPs are claiming in expenses) and then the 3am knocks at the door saying "come with us, you've asked for your filter to be removed" start up and you are taken into 'protective custody'
Re: Analogue Nuclear?
Yes, our AGR power stations can be shut down by a man in the basement opening a set of vavles to flood the core with boron covered balls.
Trashes the core and the station is completely borked as a result, but yes it can be shut down manually
The control rods are also on electro magnets as I rememebr , so no power to the core , the rods drop in and shut it down anyway
are the activation servers being switched off for XP?
Imagine that, you pay for a car, you drive it for 10 yrs, keeping it nicely serviced , the Ford come along and say "buy our new noddy car"... oh and by the way we're turning off your old car to force you into a noddy car.
But since I still have a valid XP licence, I'm left wondering how much long it will be valid for, even if the thing lives in a VM on my linux box... and do people upgrading want to sell me their winxp licences so I can have a back up for the XP boxes at work in case they go belly up..... after all... us industrial users expect a bit of lifespan to our machines.... like at least 10 years.
(and yes I know I could d/l a cracked version... but I prefer my OS's with only the bugs put in by the manufacture )
Re: A good decision
But you had to contend with the stituation inside microsoft where the important decision makers went around with their fingers in their ears going "lalallalalalalalala we cant hear you"
Actually, it would be nice to read some of the internal m$ e.mails between the various departments while win8 was being built/tested......
I cannot forgive him for making labour totally unelectable between 1979 and 1992
The years of waste when Thatcher ruled supreme while people like the ultimate champange socialist ruined labour with contant infighting and squabbling over what the general public regarded as minor matters, eventually splitting the party into labour and the social democrats.
Yes we have a lot to thank Anthony wedgewood Benn for
Oh and disarming yourself of weapons while your enemy hangs onto theirs is the most effective way of suicide bar firing your own weapons at yourself.
Re: 11-year-old cyber warriors
Letting a friend of the minister run it and get paid a shed load of cash, he/she then hires a publicity agency to get the right kind of exposure in the media to this great new idea, then its off to the various software companies (note: usually the HQ in a far flung foreign land), a nice trip to the US/Canada/Russia/Australia/New Zealand or all of them to see how they do it, followed by several hours brain storming when the PM wants a document to wave at the media who've suddenly remembered this great new idea after 6 months, and finally the ICT teacher (or substitute teacher) gets a 19 page document saying "Read this to the kids" and tick all the boxes too.
And of course after the whole thing has gone titsup, we find the minister is been re-shuffled, the minister's friend gets a 100 000 pound pay off and told to lie low for 6 months until another fuckwitted idea springs forth from the backside of said public school tossers who are not qualified to find their own arse cheeks with either hand
Lower tutition fees please
I thought I'd take up with the open university to brush up some of my skills maybe grab some more points towards another qualification.
The last course I signed up for 10 yrs ago was about £550 for a 60 point course(1 yrs worth of part time study), so I browsed through the website looking for a suitable computer/techie/engie course... found a decent 60 pointer... then thought "whats the price?" thinking it would be in the region of 1200-1500 quid
FIVE thousand quid!!!!!!!!!!
Oh well ... best i remain just a plane ol' unedukated injerneer.
PS if the CBI was serious about lack of skills, why do most of they members play "Poach the decent staff" with each other instead of training up new ones?
I'll wait until Windows 9 before considering an up/down grade from win7
Or just go Linux mint on everything
Re: incomptetence has interesting consequences
Hah dream on
"But it was just a test file to try out my new 4096 bit encryption program"
"A likely story... Officer Tulip.... explain to this peado howto remember all his encryption keys ever generated"
"Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow"
wars are way different to thermonuclear war.
In thermonuclear war , everyone loses, in a patent war, everyone loses except the lawyers
Re: Central London?
You want a crappy train set, try the one that comes down in this direction.... 62 miles by rail to good old 3 miles east of Portsmouth... takes 1hr 22 mins by 'express' service.
Anyways... back to the virtual beer
thats the bit on my map that says "here be dragons and monster most diverse"
And besides... my doc does'nt let me drink ... so I'll have to raise a virtual one
whats f***ed my heart up
All I really need then is a beautiful stress free day without any cares in the world, and to imagine a clear blue lake, reflecting the clouds in sky as they drift past, and I look down into the lake and watch the annoying little f***er drown who blew up one of my robots at 3.35pm resulting in me having to do an emergency rebuild that takes 90 mins while the boss screams about line downtime.!!!!!
Re: Cognitive dissonance
Actually , for most of us, it was one of those court cases where we wish both sides could lose
Hollywood.... if you can make a film out of minecraft , at least give us Team Fortress 2 : The movie
What could be better? its got a bunch of demented morons dressed in silly outfits beating the crap outa one another.....
Where my 10% cut of the profits?
rich people's money, nor was it a sum of money large enough to destabilize a small country's economy, therefore the bit coins are gone
Now if 1 of the 2 conditions above were met... we'd all be paying an extra 10% income tax to help bail them out while being told it was for our own good and yes, we are part of a capitalist economy.....
Re: @ Anonymous Bullard (was: Developer's introduction)
Machine code????? you were spoiled... all we had were rows upon rows of switches for programming, and magnets for memory... still got us to the mun though
you put an extra s in your statement there
No one worried about Bing user?
There corrected it for you
I hope he
For him , he could have sat back and enjoyed his paypal millions and just sunk the lot into shares and investment schemes like nearly every other muilti-millionaire on the planet (which explains why the stock/property markets keep booming even when the rest of us are skint)
Instead , he's sunk money and time and money and more money into making a cheaper space launch system, even if it does'nt work, at least he has tried.
Either that or he hates the same phrase I despise "Thats the way we've always done it"........
The way a cold winter will be laughed off by warmers as "natural variability" and "weather has nothing to do with climate"..... in the following breath they'll say "Hot temperatures in somewhere or other is PROOF of global warming"
And the septics for saying much the same in reverse
And while these 2 groups fight it out, CO2 levels rise because both side oppose spending money on nuclear power generation that could seriously reduce CO2 output by anything upto 25%....
IF CO2 is driving the warmer temperatures of course.........
just silly willy waving to please some sections of the electorate going " we dont need no stinkin NSA spies"
Yeah with our EU only internet, you'll need special permission to connect outside the EU..... and guess which companies would like that... yupp all those US media companies with their region locking, and you'll be able to block access to pirate bay et al.... finally of course, you'll get spied on anyway since the French, Germans, Italians, Swiss, russians, chinese all admit or have been found doing it anyway.
I'm in engineering , well robot controlled manufacturing using a variety of machines to achieve the company aims....
There is one phrase I use over and over whenever the twits in charge go on about 'networking' the machines or 'having them on the internet' and that is "Air gap"
The machines either run a custom OS in the case of Fanuc controls, something called HerOS running on top of a linux OS in the case of the Heidenhain controls, or a custom OS running in Windows CE in the case of the Citizen machines.
All are stable and about the only ever failures are the occasional HDD failures due to vibration.
All of the machines have no firewalls, or A/V software and in the case of the Heidenhain machines, there is a specific phrase saying "We will not pay out any damages if unauthorised software is installed in this machine".
This is especially important because with the right malware, you could bypass the safety lockouts when we have the doors open, and start moving the tables/tools around..... not good if you're a tech stuck down the back of the machine tracing an electrical fault on a limit switch...
So they never get connected and the guy who did install mobile phone software and turn on the wireless networking on the company PC we use for the CAM system had his arse slapped.
Wheres the f***ing idiot icon?
Get him a
organ doners card.....
Re: It's all fun and games until...
Perhaps fitting a mega watt range CO2 laser on the aircraft would be better, and vapourising the idiot with the pointer.
Or the more cynical
amongst us will think the venders object to the kill switch because every mobile/tablet stolen is ANOTHER SALE to replace said stolen item.......
Re: A happy customer?
I'm a sorta happy NTL/VM/Liberty/whoever the fuck has bought them out this year
The superfail hub works because like everyone else... putting it in cable modem mode stops it f***ing up most of the time.
And the only real outage we've had with them was when some twat let a 16 yr old trainee drive a JCB on the northern bridge project here in Portsmouth......
"err boss, whats all these black stringy bits coming up with the bucket?"
Re: I like Virgin(s)
Same here, my one has been perfect for the last 6 months, and it works brilliantly.
Just plug a router into the yellow port, log in and set the hub to cable modem , and hey presto, no problems.
Rest of it is shit
Re: Early Access
And squad is about 10 guys working out of mexico city......including their new interns
And they've been open and honest about , yes its a alpha stage game and unfinished, but everytime it goes through a version, the price goes up .
So us lucky early adopters who played when the world consisted of Kerbin, the mun and bugger all else paid a tenner.... for another years work you're paying another tenner on top.
<<<off to go blow up another contraption
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