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I'd like to see those two write an inmate inventory auditing system. They'd likely determine that there were two extraneous inmates in the system who would have to be released to reconcile the difference.
This was exciting only in the aftermath. Many years ago when I was a lowly midnight shift computer operator at a bank, the four of us on duty would fill some of the empty time by tossing round tape canister lids around the computer room like Frisbee discs. We did this, anyway, until I skipped a lid off the top of the 2540 card reader/punch after which it sailed into the big POWER OFF button on the front panel of the IBM 360/40 that was most of the way through the nightly 6-hour demand deposit account update batch run. We did recover by deadline, but just barely.
call the govt
If you get scammed, all you have to do is call the govt hotline at 1-800-F1UCKYO.
I did not make that up. Using the Merkin phone pad, that's what you get for 1-800-318-2596.
for the greater good
I wonder if it is possible to capture enough water from the breath of blow-hard politicians to drown them?
As penises and nipples both undergo dimensional and morphological changes when suitably stimulated, this raises the question of whether or not Apple's software can determine the same body part independent of said body part's engorgement or surface moisture level. If not, then choosing the excitement level for unlocking becomes very important for fanboi (and girl) wankers.
Re: How do you pronounce it?
Bugr me if I know, Cosmo. Typical marketing twadl.
Elop knows the order: pillage first, then burn.
You all assume a ewe when he might have fancied the wether.
Oh good. We have "researchers" who blithely admit being hampered by insufficient information building models of models whose characteristics are unknown. I do see the value in that, yes indeed.
Re: Twas ever thus
Nice troll, John, you coprophagous cur.
Re: "3D-printed parts"
On profound difference is that existing subtractive manufacturing methods do not have the capability to make intricate internal structures in a single-block product. There's no real limit to that with additive (3-D printing) methods.
"Hmm. I wonder why I just removed my underwear," she said.
While I certainly hope so, it's not clear how this work will apply. Your unfortunate friend's brain cannot control some muscles. Somebody else's brain telling your friend's brain to move those muscles isn't bypassing the problem.
I'll be polite
This is a load of fœtid dingo's kidneys.
For a faster fix...
...Copy your monthly Xerox bill on their faulty gear. You've got a 50-50 chance any error will reduce the total you pay. Spend the difference at the pub.
"What do you think of the Yahoo! logo?" you ask.
Judge Chin's arrogance is showing. If a piece of legislation is flawed it is the job of the legislative body that crafted it in the first place to fix it. Each and every judge, heck, each and every individual, can make up his own idea of the "spirit" of a law but there is no authority to appeal to for saying just what that spirit is save the legislators who wrote it and voted for it. Chin's job is to hear evidence for and against the proposition that some party has violated a law or has damaged another party, not to impose his own creative view of what the law should mean.
Re: Let's not forget
@John Smith 19: "Despite the McCarthy witch nuts America has never experience a real repressive regime."
Demonstrably untrue: 1861-1865 under Abraham Lincoln, and during the ensuing Reconstruction in the former CSA. To a lesser (but not much) degree during the Great War (WWI) under Woodrow Wilson.
Re: Tumblr is a website, right?
@DijitulSupport: "tumblr is, basically a blog site. (the lowest possible value for "blog" - ie pictures of cats and boobs)"
ITYM "cats and dugs"
Re: History as experienced by the average forty-something IT boke?
@DrGoon - "As others have noted, DOS-based Windows (as early as WfW 3.1) broke the Netware stranglehold in very many small office environments."
Yes, indeed. Also note non-Windows DOS machines benefited from file and printer sharing by means of the Workgroup Add-on for MS-DOS. Very handy, that, for (at that time) legacy non-Windows applications.
And come on, fellow geeks, the term ABEND is still alive and well in z/OS mainframe shops, Note I say the TERM is alive and well as z/OS shops don't really tend to see many abnormal terminations, at least not like a few decades ago. (Hmm. I'm 64. I wonder what age percentile that puts me in amongst El Reg readers?)
Abuzz with excitement
I'll be following your progress online and will try for the streamed launch and chase video. Who will be operating the Digital Instrumentation Laboratory and Downrange Observatory? I'm sure she's quivering with anticipation.
Re: Big Bang Expletives
По большой голубой Санкт Кирилла яички, кто-то за это заплатит!
Re: Yes, but how good are they as phones?
@David W. "flies walked on the monitor and browsed the internet. I never found out what they were looking at."
Well, if it drew flies my bet is farm pr0n.
Gin: miracle material
Gin is truly miraculous! We've long used it to help us forget, and now we find we can use it to help us remember.
How does it know?!
I'm curious: ground station cost?
@alannorthhants - thanks for your earlier well-informed post with some of the technical details. Does your knowledge of O3B include an estimate of what a ground station would cost and what environmental considerations there are in establishing one? Thanks!
Re: Please fail again
@Eadon - double FAIL, I'm afraid. Please check the very last part of the OED's etymology (and yes, this is a verbatim copy/paste as I actually paid a lot of my own money for the OED on CD-ROM):
blonde, blond, a. and n.
Forms: 5 blounde, 7– blonde, 8– blond.
[a. F. blond, blonde yellow-haired, ‘a colour midway between golden and light chestnut’ (Littré), = Sp. blondo, It. biondo:—med.L. blondus, blundus yellow (explained in a passage quoted by Du Cange ‘flavus qui vulgo dicitur blondus’). Origin uncertain: see Diez and Littré. In English used by Caxton (in form blounde); reintroduced from mod.Fr. in 17th c., and still sometimes treated as French, as to be written without final e when applied to a man, esp. substantively, a blonde; in N. Amer. commonly written blond like the Fr. masculine, but in Britain the form blonde is now preferred in all senses.
"...what dry moralists blamed for misery, poverty, prostitution, murder, theft, and worse..."
Worse? You mean worse such as voting BNP?
Or _really_ worse such as drinking Bud Light?
Stick to what you're good at, Gavin
I don't think you have the background to write intelligently about the mainframe world, Gavin, and looking down the list of your last dozen or two articles suggests that you might have been mis-assigned to this story.
For one thing, you emphasize the replacement of the IBM mainframe as RBS's solution to the problems causing last year's outage but never even hint at what models are being replaced and what levels of operating system are involved. For another, IBM's parallel sysplex environment is specifically designed to make upgrades on the fly fairly straightforward (as straightforward as such things can be, I grant you), and parallel sysplex has been around for more than 30 years and as a result works rather well.
The root of the problem, as has been pointed out by several other commenters, was a failed CA-7 upgrade. This job management package has also been around for more than 30 years and is well understood. True, CA has done its usual half-fast job after acquiring it from Uccel (formerly University Computing Corp.) but the problem still boils down to the wrong people responsible for the wrong tasks at several levels of tech and management. If you have an incompetent team, taking away their old hand tools and giving them shiny new power tools just means they will do more damage more quickly.
"But seeing Uncle Sam lurking behind every shrub is nothing new for Dotcom."
And nothing new for anyone with more than four gray cells hooked up in parallel. OK, OK, maybe not literal shrubbery, but we now know that Uncle tracks phone calls; email; web browsing; your location by mobile phone tracking, car plates, and face recognition; payment card transactions, medical records, employment history (including of course earnings), bank transactions, stock market transactions, home energy use (via "smart" meters), school/university history; and I'm sure there's more that just doesn't come to mind.
They may not need to be behind every shrub to do all that, but they clearly are everywhere they need/want to be.
Re: Specially sheilded?
Not much because dark lightning occurs at an altitude of six to ten miles. That's well above a Zeppelin's operating ceiling.
Re: "omnidirectional terrestrial gamma-ray flashes"
I'm sorry to disappoint you but there is no such thing as airline food. They do on occasion give you material they imply you should eat, but it fails to meet even one "food" criterion.
Except for the beer and peanuts.
Looks like he IS lying
Article says, "According to the director, the US government CANNOT PRISM - which is underpinned by the aforementioned US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - to harvest data on American citizens."
If he said that, he lied. If he had said, "the US govt MAY not use PRISM" then he'd have been within the weasel boundary. But the capabilities of PRISM as described both by Snowden and the NSA make it quite clear that the setup makes possible harvesting data on any and everybody, as it is all stored. Any claim of self-imposed limits on using only those bits allowed by the FISC (which approves over 99.9% of requests anyway) is too ridiculous to be believed.
Re: Of course the baggage theft can continue as usual.
Sorry, the answer is not "not many." The answer is "zero."
In fact, the TSA goons have a negative rate of saving lives. Just ask Rigoberto Alpizar's family. You can't ask Rigo himself because the TSA killed him and then concocted a scenario to excuse themselves.
Re: Less freedom eh?
@Andy Fletcher - Less freedom eh?
A thousand pardons, Andy. That down vote was mine and entirely accidental. I meant vote your post up.
I got better
She turned me into a newt. She's a witch. Burn her.
Oh, wait. I got better. Now I'm just a freedom seeker. Still be best to burn her.
Re: Bill is right this time.
@ecofeco - "The government didn't create those laws. The corporations did. Never forget this"
You state that as though there were a clear distinction. There isn't. Never forget this.
Re: @Alan Esworthy Betting against the MAN
@Vector: "How much of what you like about the location is due to govt services?"
None of it, for the reason given that you evidently did not understand or choose to ignore. I respectfully suggest that you and Orv examine some heretofore unexamined assumptions of yours (you're not alone, not by a long shot): that govt as a coercive institution is required to achieve a peaceful, orderly, and productive society. Hint: how many of your day-to-day dealings with your neighbors and local businesses are coerced? None or next to it, you say? You already are at least partially living the life of a peaceful, orderly, and productive anarchist.
Govts tend towards negative incentives. I prefer positive ones.
Re: Betting against the MAN
The old "move to Somalia" argument, eh? Unoriginal, Orv, and inapplicable. I like where I am: I like the people and the location. It's the govt I don't like. Why don't you suggest that the govt go to Somalia? BTW, I can buy voluntarily on the open market all the military and police services I really need, and get them with out all those ugly wars I don't want to fight, or SWAT raids on the wrong addresses.
Re: Betting against the MAN
@Orv: "Also, taxation is only "theft" if you aren't getting anything in return."
No. Consider this: I tell you that you will buy this TV from me for $1000 or I'll force you to do it at gunpoint. It's a TV that you (a) do not want, (b) have no use for, and (c) could buy for $500 in any case.
At this point there is little that govt provides that I want, and of those things that I do want I could get a much better deal elsewhere from businesses that don't threaten me with force if I choose not to deal with them.
Lying sac of merde
"It's necessary to close fiscal loopholes to restore fairness."
Yah. Right. You could "restore fairness" by dropping the other taxes, of course, but for that option to be mentioned would be only slightly less likely than naming Cheddar the French National Cheese.
For the obtuse: It isn't about fairness. It is about money.
...Paris because, erm, we're talking about France and all...
"...unlocked the secret to letting beer age without it tasting like old socks."
Old socks? No. As a few others have pointed out, old beer tastes like skunk, or at least what I imagine skunk tastes like based on its odor. Really old beer tastes like the asshole of a two-day-dead-in-the-hot-sun road-killed skunk, or at least what I imagine etc., etc., etc.
badge reel again
Thanks, Martin. I did think about using the zinger line as the main tether line but was unsure of its tensile strength and the total weight of the truss, electronics, and spacecraft.
On further thought, running the zinger line from the truss to the Y in the tether might work even better/faster and eliminate or at least greatly reduce any chance of tangled lines interfering with the backup function if needed.
...Paris, because she's the real zinger!
OK, let's see if I understand the requirements. We need a backup firing trigger in case the balloon bursts prematurely. The backup must fire the rocket within a second or so after the burst, must be (relatively) immune to turbulence induced false positives, and must be a mechanical system, the simpler the better. OK?
My proposed solution will take a little trial and error testing but seems sound in concept - at least to me. Take an ordinary security/ID badge reel of the sort that clips to your belt and allows you to pull the badge out on a string for normal use and then reels the badge back in by means of a spring powered reel. At the reel end, place two electrical contacts which, when shorted, activate the firing mechanism. At the badge end of the string, place a metal washer or equivalent. Place the reel on the truss in such a position that when the string is extended it is parallel to the upper tether, the part above the Y, and attach the washer at or just below where the tether attaches to the balloon.
When the balloon bursts, the reduction in tension on the main tether must be sufficient for the reel-in spring to bring the washer down to hit the contacts on the reel, firing the rocket.
The trial/error part is finding such a badge reel with just the right strength spring. If you can locate one, the time it takes for the string to reel in should be, if not right on one second, a fairly short time. An advantage of the time it takes to reel the washer down to make contact is that temporary turbulent induced reduction in main tether tension ought not to be long enough for a false activation, and when the turbulence passes the badge reel mechanism will tend to reset itself.
LOHAN must suck HEAT while mounted on rigid rod
Let's take a step back and consider whether it is a good design to place the heat source in LOHAN herself. Yeah, yeah, you have that nice heating pad and it would be a shame for it to be cast aside. However, if the truss-mounted electronics enclosure also enclosed a small heat source and a very small fan, then simple plastic soda straw duct-work could deliver heated air to LOHAN's innards. For the connection itself, consider two straws of different diameter with one fitting inside the other, perhaps gently sealed with a little bit of that Molykote 33.
The resulting weight reduction of LOHAN would mean that the mighty rocket thrust at the exquisite climactic moment would push her to heretofore unimaginable heights of ecstasy.
Re: Some Hot Lube action...
So, you're suggesting pulling out just at the climactic moment?
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