A “complex multiplier"
Yeah, those numbers from ℂ are a well-kept secret.
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Yeah, those numbers from ℂ are a well-kept secret.
A rollback to 1953 or so.
Can the Americans now go and look after their own problems before this gets really out of hand?
And please take the stupid NATO general secretary with ya. Time for a visit to the Fletcher Memorial Home.
President Putin keeps bringing up history to justify his assertive policies towards Ukraine and Crimea. This annoys Americans, who know little about history and refuse to accept Russia as a great power- and certainly not as an equal.
Recently, Sen. John McCain, the voice of America’s ignorant right, sneered that Russia was merely “a gas station masquerading as a country.” Gas stations do not produce the likes of Tolstoy, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, or the very smart Vlad Putin. They do, however, produce puny intellects like McCain.
The US and NATO are now trying to impose a second Brest-Litowsk on Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia can not return to being a world power. Stalin undid Brest-Litowsk. Vlad Putin is determined that the punitive eastern version of the “Versailles Treaty” will not be again imposed on Mother Russia. Pity the poor Ukrainians caught between the crushing millstones of East and West.
In fairness, I have been for some time in this business and I *have* seen the case where a superior went completely off-base, dishing out the complete harassment menu. Then the guy's wife called up and accused her. When the lady tried to get a hearing at the posh office level the old boys network just closed ranks and she was basically shunted to the basement and things were being sat on until she resigned.
Julie Horvath ... had her code pulled by a staff member
...but was the code any good?
when she refused to sleep with him, and after female staff hula-hooped in the office while being ogled by male coders
While I do understand the sleeping bit, I do not understand why her code would be pulled "after female staff hula-hooped in the office while being ogled by male coders".
It sounds like a weird conflation of the Monty Python "job interview" and a standard Benny Hill production.
"Our" politicians believe that UKRAINE IS OURS ("we’re going to lose eastern Ukraine", Sen. Bob Corker (R – TN)) and that WHAT'S GOOD FOR ISRAEL IS GOOD FOR THE US (no citations needed) and "our" economists (as well as the Fed Chairman) believe that PRINTING MONEY UPS GDP AND THERE WILL BE FULL EMPLOYMENT BY 2016. This is what Yellen actually said!
Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, agreed with Lefkowitz that such campaigns are a challenge, but suggested that they could be overcome with sufficient public pushback, as was done with smoking and its link to cancer.
Please not. I have had it with the progressive social engineering experiments. They always end in tears and unintended consequences.
> God only knows what he said when he saw SCSI
Well, the Mac had the usual SCSI Centronics port IIRC.
That doesn't make any sense at all. Ethernet for ages used thick coaxial cable and thin coaxial cable and it worked very well unless the terminating impedance fell off. There were even cheap coaxial Ethernet kits coming in something like pringle boxes that you could order up to connect your cheap Taiwan-made PCs together. It took a bit for Ethernet to be moved to UTP cabling and that was done not because of pluggability by the unwashed masses but because administrators liked the star topology. Although the university departments suddenly needed large cable ducts running along corridors...
Course, the coax was killed dead once one needed a medium able to survive high bandwidth while not locking up due to contention.
The wavelength would be similar to voltage in a wire, with the amount of photons being equivalent to amperage.
5 photons at wavelength X are not the same as 1 photon at wavelength X/5.
The former keep you warm. The latter excites your chlorophilll molecule.
Never underestimate the use of a good lobbyist to procure excellent wines and company.
Is that game still in development?
Yes, this is a William Gibson reference.
Jesus Christ Don, are you an elder professional writer writing from a luxurious and well-maintained mountain resort, possibly with a well-stacked gun rack on your right and a half-empty whiskey glass on your right?
I may not agree with everything you write but it is always good reading.
There are no atheists in the IT foxholes.
Firstly - way to go inventing a new word
Not at all. IIRC, in that "Hitler hiding in a resort in Folkstone" Monty Python skit, the words were "I am not a racialist ... ABER ..."
I don't want this to come off wrong, but I think 'the Jews' may have history's worst case of Inerphalangeal Arthrodesis (fused knuckles) and it results in a pointing finger always extended outward. I realize and group of people is going to be comprised of all sorts, but people have hated the Jews since before Romulus and Remus found a hill with good drainage to set their tent on.
Unfortunately you are Not Entirely Wrong and I also laughed. When one pretends to be "part of" some ethno-religious cult of not entirely clean pedigree it is of some use to reflect on oneself. I hear I am am partly Jewish, so I may Abraham forgive me!
Conflation of Israel and Jews is not particularly consequential in this circumstance, but is very harmful in others.
You may want to tell that to the Israeli government and legislature who like to conflate the two, forcefully if need be.
That day will not come if our colleagues in the warrooms of crazy have their day.
Following a 13-year rampage that began in stricken Afghanistan well after Osama bin Laden had fled, then destroyed Iraq beneath a false flag, then invented a “nuclear rogue” in Iran, dispatched Libya to a Hobbesian anarchy and backed jihadists in Syria, the US finally has a new cold war to supplement its worldwide campaign of murder and terror by drone.
A NATO Membership Action Plan or MAP – straight from the war room of Strangelove – is General Breedlove’s gift to the new dictatorship in Ukraine. “Rapid Trident” will put US troops on Ukraine’s Russian border and “Sea Breeze” will put US warships within sight of Russian ports. At the same time, NATO war games throughout eastern Europe are designed to intimidate Russia. Imagine the response if this madness was reversed and happened on America’s borders. Cue General “Buck” Turgidson.
WWIII breaking out with a Presidential Nobel Peace Prize Winner in charge whose prize acceptance speech was an unapologetic statement of his right to bomb anyone, anywhere?
The Goddess of History has a very snarky attitude.
"False flag propaganda. Who'd a thunk it?"
Exactly! But what will stick in the mind of our compatriots? The initial headline. Corrected a day later on page 4.
In "western media", you get either the Rihanna arsewiggle or your 15 minutes of Putin hate. Or an Obamacare success story.
Every. Single. Day.
chocolate rations have gone up from to 10 grammes dailygovernment bond interest rate has gone down to 0.6% p.a. Things are decidedly looking up!
Or let me just cite Justin Raimondo, who is better at pamphleteering than I am:
Putin’s open hostility to Bush’s hegemonist pretensions provoked an ever-escalating blast of fury from the neoconservatives, who idolized the thieving oligarchs the Russian leader had jailed or banished, elevating a bevy of unmitigated scoundrels and outright criminals to the status of “political prisoners” and “dissidents.” In a sane world, someone who has cornered a lucrative market with the invaluable assistance of the Chechen Mafia is hardly a Gandhi-like figure, but the neocons aren’t choosy about their heroes.
This was the opening shot of a major War Party production, with all the familiar scenery and dialogue rolled out in a curious sort of historical drama that, nevertheless, is set in the present. Vladimir Putin plays the part of Stalin, who has been mysteriously reincarnated along with the alleged resurgence of Soviet-style authoritarianism, which Russia is supposedly “backsliding” into. The “backsliding” theme song is played over and over until the mantra becomes imprinted in the public mind.
Which brings us to the latest development in the new cold war: the Snowden-haters are joining up with the Russophobes to construct a grand conspiracy theory that “explains” Snowden’s actions as an operation carried out by the Russian security services from the very beginning. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-NSA) made the accusation on the Sunday talk show circuit in an interview with regime lickspittle “journalist” David Gregory. Snowden “had help,” Rogers averred, and Diane Feinstein, sitting next to him, nodded in agreement. Snowden came out and mocked this absurd idea in an interview with the New Yorker, asking “Then why did I go to Hong Kong?” The conspiracy theorists are peddling the lie that Snowden stayed a night at the Russian consulate in Hong Kong – without bothering to show any evidence.
But who needs evidence when you’re constructing a “narrative” with no relation to truth?
Hey, let's not forget that Putin saved El Presidente's face when after he had painted himself into a corner over bombing Syria to smithereens (and make no mistake, those airstrikes were going to be infrastructure-flattening serious). Over what looks like a Turkey-engineered false flag attack, too. Woops, that story is already down the memory hole, isn't it?
There is someone at the Chocolate Factory tasking with RAMMING SCREWDRIVERS DOWN USB PORTS.
The horror, the horror!
But I served my time using GCOS on advanced military systems in the days before time, and I'm not afraid of the command line, I just can't be bothered with such a counter intuitive, user unfriendly approach these days.
Holy JFK at the Grassy Knoll, you operated operationally back in your youth and consider today's command line "counter intuitive and unfriendly"???? WHAT!
Well, let's just consider what it means when
"I want to do X"
1) Find out whether doing X is possible
2) Find out how to do X
3) Do X
4) Verify that X is done
5) Verify side-effects of doing X
6) Possible integrate "Do X" into an automation scenario,
1) Generally Supported (apropos and man are your friend, I haven't been friendly with the GNU info ever)
2) Somewhat Supported, you may have to use Google
3) Generally Supported but may demand workarounds or Perl/Bash/Python/Tcl etc.
4) Generally Supported.
5) Somewhat Supported
6) Supported if you know Perl/Bash/Python/Tcl etc.
1) Somewhat Supported (the "Help" may help, but generally does not)
2) Unsupported, you may have to use Google and even then will get screenshots and bad path descriptions that changed at last release
3) Supported if some good soul foresaw you might be "doing X", Unsupported otherwise.
4) See 3)
5) See 3)
6) Mostly Unsupported.
Personally, I believe the future is in a merging of these approaches - Graphics on the Command Line, if you will, but only as needed, and without all the crap clutter of modern windowing systems.
I don't have the luxury to put that on the print output.
FIRED FOR CRINGING IN FRONT OF A CALL FROM HIGHER UP!
Talking of which, does anyone think that writing a Prolog program to compute different Microsoft licensing scenarios is a good idea?
And Mickey Mouse CANNOT BUY CHEMO FOR ITS CANCER!
If you don't have political oversight of the economy, you have no mechanism to prevent the rich from oppressing the poor and you end up with a backward society, probably based on warring clans. History shows it hasn't worked well.
This is delusion and please show me when in history this happened. In reality, you wouldn't even KNOW what to fix and nudge to reach some vaguely stated "best situation", or "fixing" things will just make things worse.
big brained economists and lawyers
LOLNO. These things don't exist, and there is a reason for that. The people you see are full of
shithubris and self-importance and the ones who actually can make reasonably humble judgements just don't rise to the top of the political shark tank. Plus, the ones who "can" mostly are not interested in the cocktail circuit.
But here’s the thing. Prime Minister Abe has not been laughed out of the G-7 for being the economic dunce that he actually is. Indeed, his fellow dimwit at the IMF, Christine Legarde, has actually praised him for his perspicacity and courage. Given this kind of leadership in the global monetary system it might be wondered how the VXX remains pinned down at nearly all-time lows. The answer apparently is that the tables at our monetary Jonestown are now getting packed end-to-end.
Well, in that Neal Stephenson story, the submerged RTG was boiling the water, which tended to attract pirates, which then had to be fended off with an electromagnetic gatling gun.
Other than that... you will probably attract tropical fish. And this will then seamlessly morph into the situation where you have to widen Earth's orbit to get rid of all the HEAT!
Why? Are you alluding to Aaron Schwartz here?
This idea is racist to custards!
who cares if everything at the bottom of the food change gets nuked
Planetary engineering sure has come of age!
A nuclear reactor sitting on a platform is a sitting duck for any halfwit terrorist with a grudge not to mention the elements.
Terrorist plows into a large floating concrete platform. Terrorist sinks.
Elements plow into large floating concrete platform. Elements pass.
The stupid "it won't work because a) terrorists b) mother nature" is really getting on my wick. With that kind of attitude, not using fire after the last ice age might have looked like the safe option.
So what do you think?
I'm specifically thinking about the possibility of cod and chips from the local chip shop being a bit cheaper, because they'll get the cod already cooked.
Please explain how you expect this to happen.
What if a well organised terrorist group attacks from sea and steals the delicious enriched uranium?
These platforms are easy to defend.
And the way things are going AI-wise, you will just buy a container of Aperture Science Turrets and put them at strategic points. Problem solved.
SPIRIT OF BRUNEL
It might be made too obvious that political interference in engineering is inadvisable.
Next you will be saying that political meddling in the economy is unwise.
Fukishima Residents Never Allowed Home
The miniscule risks outlined by all these studies do not justify the continued harm and devastation perpetrated upon the Fukushima refugees. Except for the small, highly contaminated areas adjacent to the reactors which should stay off-limits until remediated, the risk of cancer and death from the increased use of coal and gas since the disaster has provided much more risk to the population of the Tohoku region, and to Japan as a whole, than any radiation effects from Fukushima.
Simply stopping smoking, which is rampant in Japan, would more than erase any risk from Fukushima, even for those who do not smoke.
This is cold comfort to the families of the elderly who died unnecessarily because of the forcible evacuation from hospitals and care homes during the accident, something admitted by the government. Since all radiation effects decrease dramatically with age, these people were in no health danger from the radiation at all and died pointlessly.
like my fish with two eyes and a tail
"Anomalocarida, beasts with rotated heads and dangerous finned mutants! EDIACARIDAE!! Protect the world from the encroachment. HELP US STOP THE CAMBRIAN EXPLOSION!"
even greater Green opposition
TROLL THEM UNTIL THEY BLEED!
> For every reason except planning consent
Run those other reasons by me again, I forget. Some commentard let rip on those but never bothered to go into details...
Well, why weren't you at Ballmer's Meeting?
Have you heard about the new rules on Legionella compliance?
I don't have that font, where can I download? Thx.
What's wrong with Jabba the Hutt refusing to adhere to the "mobile computing" craze?
Have you actually seen the way your order is fulfilled in the shop? You might change your mind if you had.
Tell us more, good sir.
This IS the age of Quantitative Self-Easing, after all.
Do transcendental meditation in a GoogleBox cozily embedded in the GoogleSpace, with colored balls in attendance.
ensure the Heartbleed omnishambles is never repeated
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