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And if the PDP-11 is getting the job done, why feel the need to pull it out and replace it (and by so doing unleash a knot of vipers to plague one yea unto the fifth generation - assuming someone doesn't just hold a parliamentary/congressional hearing and have the whole thing replaced by new kit supplied by -c-r-o-n-I-e-s- lobbyists' clients)?
The tech industry has a really stupid outlook - half the time bemoaning the obsolescence cycles of pay-to-play software then sneering at any kit that has the nerve to be functioning with no problems beyond the same lifetime as the aforementioned software.
Clearly the requirements for this machine's need were well-defined and properly implemented. I say that deserves backslapping and beers all round. cf just about anything we Reg Readers have read about here (NHS, local councils, NASA etc etc etc).
So ... the ISS does not have any sort of parasol for passive cooling? Like a shirtload of solar panels? Or a mylar sheet?
No doubt there's a really clever reason why that isn't part of the design.
"Misdirected"? Not so. Some inattentive berk typed in a valid email address in whatever box asked for it. The fact that it was not the address he/she intended is not important. Let's assign blame where it belongs: some techno-tw*t who probably broke umpteen company regulations (not to mention conditions of employment) to steer information to his or her private email account instead of a safe (and probably audited) company one. That this person then didn't double check the address is just par for the course.
If company rules-of-conduct don't make that a fingerbreaking offense, they should.
And where was the firewall nannyware when it was needed? Why aren't all outbound e-mail addresses whitelisted?
The more I think on it the more there seems to be a cultural/systemic problem at the root of this.
Re: who would take a copy
Um ... every server in the chain of delivery I should think. And since the recipient was a gmail account, the Great Farm in the Cloud can be assumed to have backed it all up too.
Re: My main issue
lack of space *and* lack of the expensive smartdevice needed to make it work. Me lack iTat.
Guess I'll have to stick with my RC helos and the off-road RC truck that is toy-like but turned out to be the best fun since crayons and modeling clay.
O'Reilly really needs to put out "Cabling Annoyances for Tea Leaves" and "Spotting The Metal Wires in a Nutshell".
Meanwhile, in the land of the Great Satan, interwebs working just dandy. Cat pics and Pr0n zooming hither and yon without let or hindrance.
Re: What would eBay know about it?
even UK based, no way of filtering non- UK sellers, etc.
Unless you look at the "ships from" bit on the offers list of course.
I always look because I buy a lot of books and try to avoid UK booksellers if I can, as my experience has been that the majority overcharge and underdeliver when it comes to P&P.
It isn't a guarantee of course. I've bought from a vendor I thought was a stateside source only to find I was in for a delay while they shipped the item from the UK.
The main advantage to Amazon over eBay for books is that when a bookseller says "good condition" they are working to an absolute scale agreed on in the trade, whereas an eBay seller means "seems to have all the pages still stuck to the spine".
That and the Amazon guarantee, which I've needed to use twice in perhaps a couple of hundred transactions - each time involving a private individual rather than a business. Instant customer satisfaction result both times. eBay cannot offer the same and certainly does not deliver it.
Re: get it wrong and you risked bending pins
Only if you ignored the rather obvious hint that the plug was not seating easily and hammered it in with your fist like a clod.
Yes I've seen them done in like that. I never bent a DIN (which were common in my teens on stereophonic equipment) or PS2 because I understood the simple fact that if the plug wouldn't seat, ramming it in with increased ferocity wouldn't take either me or the plug anywhere good.
I would expect anyone who graces themselves with the title "engineer" to get that too.
Re: Statistically, americans are the nicest people on the planet andrated #1 at helping strangers
True, but if you happen upon one of the outliers you could end up being shot for knocking on the wrong door to ask directions. Goes double if you are Japanese, apparently.
Re: Not that its any of your business.
You *made* it my business (and anyone else's who cares to comment) when you posted about it in a public forum in such an aggressive manner.
You want to keep your business to yourself, do so with my blessing.
You want to see a prime example of a digital drop box (in the espionage sense) you need look no further than Amazon.
How else to explain stuff like this:
No Martians to respond to this provocation? They'd like us to think so.
We should nuke 'em from orbit.
It's the only way to be sure.
Bespoke equipment out, easily massively hacked infrastructure in.
Job done, baby in the drain.
So the Chinese yoofs are addicted to pointless video games. Excellent.
Now if we can just get their bankers on the same page as ours the playing field should level out nicely once more.
(Not available outside the US) Admit it: *This* is why you hate America.
Won't this open the door for IBM to sue Snoracle over the whole SQL API to a relational database thing?
Re: I bet I could find an example of hateful propaganda that used kittens.
Any picture captioned "Basement Cat etc etc for a start.
Re: And the NSA/GCHQ partnership
A boot stamping on a human face
Rest easy, people. Cthulhu will not rise because The Stars are simply Not Right.
Now if those had been non-Euclidean sats, we might have cause for alarm.
Re: Why don't buy yourself a small 30 minute UPS ?
That's a long time to wait for the power company to react, where do you live , Alaska or the Hebrides ?
Worse. Long Island.
Door bursts open
The chief problem with the the slab is lack of screen real estate. And the pain inducing error-prone software keyboard.
Two. The two chief problems with the slab are the lack of screen real estate and the software keyboard that makes my fingers hurt and is error-prone, and the fact that only one application can be running at the same time.
Three. The three chief problems with the slab are (ticking off on fingers):
Only one application at a time
I'll come in again.
Re: A curse on the inventor of PS2
PS2 connectors were symmetrical but weren't round and had a very well-defined keyway. You had to be willfully thick to hammer them in the wrong way (and yes I've seen the results of just such activity).
As for being under desks, why not simply rotate the cpu case so you *could* see the sockets?
And before anyone chimes in with round
I was actually going to suggest making the 'top' ribbed and the bottom smooth. I dunno why the 'intelligent' people in charge of the standard didn't hit on this themselves. It would scale to the various different sizes too, much better than that four-ended bungee cord they hot stamp into some (not all) usb plugs.
That doesn't stop manufacturers installing the sockets in random configurations though - which they do. I'm forever having to get down on my hands and knees to see where the little tab is on one floor-level device I only plug into once in a blue moon when I can't do it by feel (ooh missus). It doesn't do much for the old gravitas to be discovered with my backside sticking out from under my desk by a vendor.
Re: orientation-neutral connector
They were called DIN plugs.
The concept started strongly but went all naff as the number of different pin configurations bloomed.
@ cornz 1:
If you are that "hard", why aren't you able to just say you aren't going? Surely someone so self assured and aggressive knows how to unvolunteer? In the real world?
(aside) I reckon someone needs to take a break from reading the BOFH archives.
Re: Why don't buy yourself a small 30 minute UPS ?
You answered that in your own post. 8o)
Power cuts are different from "outages". Anything under 1/2 an hour is an inconvenience and I can do without mains electricity for that length of time for gosh sakes.
But if the pole pig breaker trips it could be several hours before LIPA arrive in theater to unlock the padlock and flip the switch. And last year there was Sandy...
"Milk"? I fear in your haste to fabricate a counter claim you have selected the wrong confection.
"Zoom" and its Walls-owned knock-off stick-mounted rocketry-themed refreshment "Sky Ray" were both what is known in the trade as "water ice". A bit of flavoured syrup, some water in a mould. Add stick. Fast freeze. Add more water c/w different syrup and freeze. Do that again to provide enticing three-stage frozen snack. Wrap in paper with secret pocket containing delightful card of same format as cigarette cards and tea cards. Sell to children, who will save wrappers and send 2 shillings or so for an album in which to keep the cards.
Milk superfluous to needs.
For all the cables I have only two give me trouble - the same trouble as it happens.
The cable that connects my laptop to my WD portable hard drive and my iPod connector cable both "want" to orient wrong side down with the connected device sitting in its best orientation. In order to make them stop fighting me I have to put a loop in the wire or put the disc/iPod face down on the table.
I could turn the laptop upside down I suppose, but then it would sleep with the lid down and I would need an external keyboard (whose cable would now be oriented the wrong way up).
It's all go, innit?
So, not really gravity powered then? That would be something that didn't need rewinding at all. More like glorified clockwork if you think about it. My mother-in-law has a case clock that works much the same way.
As for the Proprietary Wonder Device, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest it might be a vastly overdriven gearbox turning a conventional modern brushless motor wired as a generator and connected through various electronics to shape the juice to order.
Replace the weights with a clockwork mechanism and we've seen it before.
Bread and circuses for the credulous. These so-called "images" were all hand painted in a secret NASA studio and photographed using specially nerfed cameras with conventional film. No need at all for expensive spaceships.
Indeed I recognize those so-called "Pioneer 10" photos as being derived from art on a card given away with Mr Softee "Zoom" ice-lollies in 1966.
Re: EMP cannon
That's an excellent plan sir, with only two drawbacks:
1) We don't have an EMP cannon
2) EMP cannons don't exist outside the pages of "Pulse Cannoneers of the Galaxy Rangers"
genuine question, do you need a landline?
Until the cable company offers to fully subsidise the brand new burglar alarm system I would need to enjoy the same level of response to a triggered alarm, yes.
They would also have to agree that they do NOT in fact need to drill yet another hole in my house walls as all the connections they need exist inside the basement.
Both of these have been showstoppers on the last three visits I've had from "installation technicians" who would like to "save me money".
Also - old-school phone usually works during a power cut, voip dead as a coffin nail until I power up Mr Generator and run some extension cords.
Additional: old school phone voice quality is acceptable. Digital cell phone voice capability is beyond execrable.
T'ain't the tech sector that needs to up its recycling game - its the civic infrastructure.
I have a number of lead acid batteries, NiCad batteries and a few lithium batteries that could use a good recycling plant. I cannot put these out for the standard recycling pickup because they are not plastic and not paper. I can take the lead acid batteries to a local battery dealer in theory, but the reality is that they won't welcome them or me if I do any more than a delicatessen will welcome even washed, boxed beer cans it sold me a week before that it has to take by law.
There is a recycling plant. It is about seven miles from my house and is open during business hours weekdays. I commute to work and rarely am in my home during business hours on a weekday. When I am it is typically for a doctor's appointment or illness, neither of which leave me in the position of being able to drive to the town dump.
Recycle a dead iPad? How? I can't even properly recycle a couple of Duracell AAs.
Agree. I have a manager who "multitasks" by doing e-mail during meetings. The end result is that meetings last three to four times longer than they should due to having to go over agenda items again and again, and that the emails are so poorly absorbed (because he insists on trying to read everything on a Blackberry, has the attention span of a gnat on speed and keeps breaking off reading to find out what the f*ck the people at the meeting are talking about) he has to call meetings so the content can be explained.
I got so sick of this I offered to put in some mail filters for him (declined) then pointed out that the first thing most "effective management" books suggested was to stop reacting to email in real time. This got me disinvited to a bunch of meetings so - result, sorta.
How do you reconcile "outside of the slow-moving parking arena" with citing a City of New York report?
Anyone who has been mad enough to drive into NYC can attest to the fact that the place is one giant parking lot. Should anyone discover a quick route from somewhere to somewhere else, hidden spy cameras spot the increase in traffic flow and teams are dispatched to dig up some of the one way streets and double park ten ton trucks in the rest.
I heard about this drone idea on Monday from a colleague, and responded "doesn't make any kind of sense."
We engaged in a lively and frank exchange of views during which I forcefully made the point that even though I hadn't any firsthand knowledge of the story I did have firsthand knowledge of VTOL aircraft of the small kind and the fact that having to pay for keeping its own weight in the air before you factor in payload meant that it would be a non-starter vs goodole wheels.
I went on to mention that if Amazon were truly looking to spend money they could do worse than partner even more closely with the Post Office (a recent agreement has the USPO delivering for Amazon on Sundays) because all the costly route discovery and traversal infrastructure had been taken care of by the taxpayers.
Amazon Delivery Quadcopters. I sometimes wonder if my fellow IT practitioners actually have any sort of intersection with the real world at all.
And next week on Top Gear...
That Droid Retirer doesn't look kosher to me. I've a poor "garage kit" copy of my own and bad as it is it looks closer to what I see in Deckard's hand than that lump of undifferentiated black resin.
For those needing a good start for their own Solo blaster, there's a more-than OK softair broomhandle Mauser that would make an excellent chassis for it that can be had for less than 10 dollars from Amazon.
In related news: Mainframes still plugged in despite press reports circa 1990 and Cobol alive and well and running vast amounts of financial operations despite grumpy 1986-era CS graduate wishes.
Next up: wither three tier client server (the technology of tomorrow)?
Re: Re. Caesium
"portable pulsed X-ray generator"
Just out of interest, how small could one of those be packaged down to using actual technology usable outside of a Star Trek episode? I'm thinking the term "hand grenade" is somewhat optimistic.
I seem to remember during GWB's reign there were hysterical fears of a suitcase nuke making it into some crowded metropolis. Then we changed administrations and took a reality break.
Then there was that whole "cook up Mother of Satan in an aeroplane bathroom using household chemicals" nonsense that had various people in a tizzy for months and filled up I dunno how many hours of congressional hearings.
Color me not very scared, but maybe I lack the imagination to properly assess this NHG threat you warn of.
I do not believe this is IBM technology on the cutting edge because nowhere is it mentioned that to work it must be cooled by liquid helium to work at all - a signature feature of all IBM bleeding edge technology since I dunno when.
I dunno what you guys are doing to your tapes. My olduns work about as well (i.e. not that well) as they ever did. Even in its heyday, my Roland Microcomposer would only accept a tape it had produced that day two times out of three, even using a top of the line Tascam deck and studio quality cables.
I reckon all these tales of tapes self destructing were started by the Blank Tape Consortium in league with the fledgling CD Cartels. Yes they do, but not anywhere near as drastically as claimed in my experience. I wouldn't bet the Bank's archived data on them, but expect an old program to load? You betcha.
I was laughing out loud at this once the terror weapon had been activated and I pictured the mad jihadi trying to get people to stand still in front of the smoking Small Change Gun Of Eventual Small Scale Mahem while at the same time avoiding being shot by someone with a real gun.
Let's hope Mr Terrorist actually tries to use this beyond dumb idea instead of just getting the airport support staff to plant actual weapons on the planes.
I've no doubt taxpayer money will be wasted on this nonsense as politicians convene think tanks and enquiry panels to carry them up to the Christmas break.
"So... er... it's like... not a major crime ring bust, is it?"
Oh I dunno, a hundred thousand quid ain't exactly your Del Boy League, and it would keep me in reasonable comfort for about five years if I just stuffed the notes under the floor and pulled out fistfuls when the bills came due, and it would buy a very decent education and leave no long-term debt hanging around one's neck.
The trick is to not lose sight of the zeroes when big amounts are being discussed in words.
Re: tl;dr - ST:TNG's crappy analogue source makes digital compression harder
Not to rain on your PAL is Better parade but the dithering artifact seems to match up with the DVD compression scheme, correcting every time a full reference frame is decoded and gradually wandering as repeated digital best guesses in the absence of actual information are not fit for purpose.
The actual DVDs played on the same set produce no artifacts at all, which suggests that the additional levels of squeeze needed to fit the digitized signal into whatever crap the cable company wired-up with is to blame.
The irony is that this is experienced on BBC America (who only seem to be able to program ST:TNG from years ago, the same 12 episodes of Top Gear and several days of Gordon Ramsay, the worlds biggest waste of TV bandwidth).
You have a calibration error in that drawing. When I left the UK in mid '84 they were still using non-metric measurements for everything except petrol and packaged food.
Those mines and undersea bits on the left should be labeled in yards and fathoms. Not only that, there is no double decker bus shown for height comparison.
Also: How far away is Skaro? I imagine that it represents a data point that swings way above the Empire State Building and way below the bottom of Loch Ness on a given day. By episode two all these data points are moot.
"Because astronomers and astrogeologists design rockets when they're not working on astronomy or astrogeology, right?
I bet in your world, network engineers design nuclear reactors too."
Because we need scientists who could put geologists next to what these astral voyeurs can only guess at (and argue about renaming) we should be putting money into research to make that happen instead of another bunch of telescope-toting guesstimaters.
I do not acknowledge that people who wire computers together are "engineers", so I'm going with "no" to your assertion. I reserve the title "engineer" for the people who design the stuff the network not-engineers plug wires into and the people who design the things that happen inside the wires (and, by a curious coincidence, people who design nuclear reactors).
And yet, a real scientist who did proper science and discovered useful things thought differently as far back as 1983. You can check it out in "Mirror Matter", cited in a recent Analog article as a prime resource for any new SF author wanting to write about "throw stuff out the back to move forward" rockets and do so convincingly to a knowledgeable hard SF audience. Robert Forward wrote that one. He has a PhD in real science and although he also likes to rename things we already have perfectly good names for, he once made the stuff he was renaming as part of his living and learned quite a bit that might surprise you. He also writes about very complicated stuff in a very accessible way, rather like Einstein did.
Physics includes a bunch of stuff you are taking for granted but ain't necessarily so - if we do the science to make it happen.
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