Iraq not Iran.
32 posts • joined 16 Feb 2009
Re: "delicious example of the challenge of science writing in non-metric America"
Re: Lingua Franca
What used to be Indochina (Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam). To which you can add Pondicherry/Puducherry in India, ruled by the French until 1954.
'Septante', 'huitante' and 'nonante' are used in Belgium and Switzerland. The French use 'soixante-dix', 'quatre-vingt' and 'quatre-vingt-dix' (except in certain financial areas where (ac)counting errors tend to be on the expensive side when calling out numbers)
Re: Do you have any tea?
Cue the old joke:
Q: Why do the English drink tea?
A: Have you tried their coffee?
Things seen in a distant past
Reminds me of a gig I did as a contractor in the mid 1970's. Client company was running a small IBM mainframe (370/135?) with removable disks.
To make things 'easier' for everyone (operations and programming staff) TPTB decided the production and test disk packs would have the same volume serial numbers.
They did until the day the production disks were overwritten during a test run.
Re: I like the idea of Schroedinger's hosting
Well I've witnessed a version of your option 1 in the late 1960's. A production program (PGMA) blew up after three and a half years of faultless running.
The actual cause was an uninitialised numerical variable. Why didn't PGMA fail earlier?. Because the program (PGMB) that ran before PGMA left memory contents in a state such that the uninitialised variable in PGMA actually contained valid numerical content. Then one day PGMB was replaced by PGMC that left memory contents in a different, i.e.non numeric, state and PGMA subsequently failed (during the graveyard shift IIRC).
Re: Running 24/7
Saw something similar to this in the late 1960's. The IBM 360/30 in question had removeable hard disks (2311's with a whopping 7.5MB capacity if you must know) and the operators would 'speed up' disk swaps by opening the enclosure before the disk had stopped spinning and use their hand to stop the disk.
Management put an end to that after the platters on a disk were warped by such operator antics.
Actually he is a seventh dan in Aikido.
Re: French Foreign Legion
Not the officers. The troopers are (supposedly) foreign. Management is French.
Re: Google Waze
I'm in France.
The monthly fee for the Coyote I have is 10 or 12 euros depending on your subscription plan.
For your, ahem, research and if you can read French
http://www.moncoyote-forum.com/t20178-radar-mobile-mobile-dit-mouvant (about 1/3rd down the page)
Re: Google Waze
Are you sure about the Coyote dynamic updates? I'm not. When I upgraded my Coyote, the salesperson showed me the undocumented way of reporting the new mobile radar trap zones (unmarked police cars with radar hidden behind the front number plate that snap your rear plate if you are speeding when overtaking them).
The drivers in this Rodez case are appealing their sentence.
Oh and a better subtitle could be "Vous rigolez n'est-ce pas?"
Re: I am shocked!. Absolutely Shocked!
Actually Israel does have spy satellites. Just look up Ofeq with your favourite search engine.
Re: COBOL and Reverse Polish notation (not really!)
Later versions (as of 1976?) of COBOL allowed one to write
DIVIDE CAKE BY 8 GIVING SLICES.
Re: all your base belong us
"What's next - tapping the hotel sewers to extract DNA and biological samples?"
Has already been done.
When Nikita Khrushchev visited Vienna in 1961, for a summit meeting with Kennedy, the CIA allegedly rented the hotel room below his and tapped (groan) the plumbing to gather K's bodily waste. Similar operations have made against other world leaders such as the late Syrian President Hafez Assad and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev by the Mossad and the CIA.
True IBM mainframe COBOL programmers don't use columns 1-6.
Re: ::pops some corn & grabs a beer::
To quote Clark Adams:
"If atheism is a religion then being in good health is a disease"
Re: Why not 2?
The police/security service in some countries work in teams of three. Why three? The reasoning is it is fairly easy for two people to collude but much more difficult with three.
After all these leaks will The Grauniad be named as a criminal "co-conspirator" by the US?
Re: Roaming charges not the only problem...
Works both ways! Driving along the west coast of Turkey north of Antalya one is constantly flip-flopping between Greek and Turkish networks.
Re: Ancient news.
"But France never had an analogue cellphone network."
Are you sure?
France operated an analog system called Radiocomm 2000 (my SO is French and had a Radiocomm 2000 carphone in her car back in those days).
Re: Let's not forget
Minor nitpick: Iran is not an Arabic country (Iran means 'Land of the Aryans' in Persian). Persian is an Indo-European language. Iran is an Islamic (Shia) country though. Muslims are already members of the nuclear club courtesy of Pakistan.
Re: Yet another reminder
As the T-shirt says, Singapore is a fine city. A fine if you do this, a fine if you that or a fine if you don't do something else.
The European Union,through the Schengen Agreement and the Schengen Convention, did away with internal border controls between participating countries and even some non-EU countries.
During the Cold War a former Belgian colleague managed to drive unintentionally, on back roads, from Italy into Albania. Fortunately for him, an Albanian French language teacher spotted the Belgian plates on his 2CV before the local plod and guided him back to Italy.
Re: They only kidnapped, drugged and raped her...
Didn't a rapist walk free recently in California because of a quirk in Californian law? I can't remember all the details but it had something to do with the fact that the victim was not married.
Re: No. I asked: you for coffee?
I don't know about Germany but in France one asks for 'café au lait'. Café blanc is meaningless to your average French waiter/waitress.
Actually France and the US signed an extradition treaty (in Paris) on 23/04/1996. Ask Ira Einhorn.
The subtitle should read "C'est le plus merdique passcode dans le MONDE. Et l'espace"
Concept maps and beyond
Another neat program in that category of mind tools is Axon Idea Processor.
Very powerful but only runs on Windows 2000/NT/XP/Vista and Windows 7.
Another neat program in the mind tool category is Axon Idea Processor. Very powerful. Only runs on Windows 2000/NT/XP/Vista and Windows 7 though.
Le la le la
Quick course on some pitfalls of the French language:
La France refers to the country.
Le France refers to the ship of the same name (i.e. le navire France).