Trying, but unable...
...to understand why he would feel wronged in any conceivable way.
1056 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
...to understand why he would feel wronged in any conceivable way.
(deleted sexist comment about letting the wife handle it)
I never found ironing to be all that difficult. Probably because I seldom do it. If it needs to be ironed, I pay a couple $ and send it to the dry cleaners.
"Everything should be just as complex as it needs to be to do the job, and no more."
My wife''s a teacher, so I get to see into some of this.
In my opinion:
- the textbook companies see a huge payday for little outlay on their part
- the schools buy into the "elecronic classroom" dream
- tears ensue when reality sets in -- typically the second or third week of semester
- websites hang under the load, textbooks with "smart content" too intense for platforms, etc.
- no way back...kids end up printing out homework pages and handing them in.
Sometimes, the old ways are best. Nothing wrong with using technology, but making it a key part of the education process is, in my opinion, a mistake.
// won't even go into the issues of kids without internet at home
I once worked for a company that went for the rings...
...also called the "missing link logo" by haters. Also..."3cow" if inverted.
// went down the tubes before they could put in the giant version and the reflecting pool in front of the building.
Is this my chance to whine about the lack of quality pencils nowadays? They all seem to use this polymer-bound graphite dust and write like cr@p. Not like the pencils we had when I was a lad...
I've always loved you...
"Idiot, everyone knows that as long as he hadn't stolen from the wrong Russian citizens he'd not have been bothered by the Russian police."
"It sounds like this company has both severe systematic problems with recruitment, and also with how they are treating employees..."
I'd say the complete lack of lighting in the "server room" was a good clue that they're running on a shoestring and cutting every possible expense.
If I were the author, I'd make sure to get paid in full before any work was started.
I should have been clearer in my previous post. When I said "real", I was referring to the Science Museum reconstruction of the Babbage machine. There were two built, the one built for Nathan Mhyrvold is on loan to the Computer History Museum.
The gentleman turning the crank on that machine was, if not a weightlifter, in very good shape, and exerting a good amount of effort.
I have done some reading, and it seems that the Missouri Meccano Differential Analyzer to which I linked was built under the guidance of Mr. Robinson. He appears to be the go-to man for mathematical mechanisms in Meccano :-)
I've seen the real one in operation at the Computer History Museum in California.
The best part is, it's got a bloody big crank on one end, and while the boffin comes out to explain what's going on, from the other side, a weightlifter type guy comes out and applies himself to the crank to make it all go.
Oh... and I'll see your Difference Engine, and raise you a Meccano Differential Analyzer:
We will never have widespread underground wiring in the Northeast US. Too much granite.
In the USA, there's a small subset of nutcases who believe the Government is installing smart meters to emit mind control rays and spy on what they're doing. This small group of people is quite vocal.
We also have flat earthers, geocentrists and chemtrail paranoiacs.
// makes life interesting, but good God, whatever happened to old fashioned thinking?
Why would a smart meter explode and not a regular one?
Smart meters are full of electronics and capacitors, I suppose. For something to explode, you need to have an expanding material constrained by a housing. Like an IC in its epoxy packaging, or an electrolytic capacitor in its epoxy or metal package.
Dumb meters are coils and bearings and gears. The coils could vaporize and there would be arcing, but not much to explode because nothing's tightly contained.
No, I don't really know, and maybe nothing actually so much exploded as vanished in a bright blue flash.
But at least we have an appropriate icon.
They'll just lob it through one of your upstairs windows!
"... forget about Hawaii and Alaska."
Well, a trip to Hawaii is pretty expensive, and all this snow is making me want to go, so it's probably best if I do forget about Hawaii...for now.
Sarah Palin lives in Alaska. Isn't that a good enough reason to forget about it?
Your grandkids can see how it used to be. Film negatives are physical. Digital bits only last until the next hard drive crash. I'm about to help my daughter drive across country. I'm taking my Nikon F3 and a roll of Ilford HP5 to document the journey.
// stainless steel tank and reel in the pocket
While the two most popular were drum or chain, described above, band printers (cheap chain) had a steel band with the letters impressed into it, very much like a steel credit card.
And IBM, always looking for an opportunity to make money from old hardware, once offered a printer for the 1130 (1401's baby brother) which was the print unit recycled from a 407 accounting machine. It had a bar for each column, with all the characters on it. Bar was raised to whatever height was needed to print the character. It wasn't very fast.
I notice this short article about the zombie firm we know and love is by none other than the creator of the BOFH. Perhaps if the BOFH were to pay a visit to tSCOg (if he can find them) he might:
1. Convince them of the error of their ways...with extreme prejudice.
2. Bend the to his own uses.
Votes on which one is more likely?
"GCHQ is not collecting or reading everyone’s emails: it does not have the legal authority, the resources, or the technical capability to do so"
So, ha, ha, we got the NSA to do it for us!
"It's not illegal when the President does it"
- Richard M. Nixon
Methinks PayPal can just flush that investment away. I'm highly skeptical of a company that says it can predict the future, and you should be, too...especially if they're asking to be bought.
Is it a coincidence that Microsoft Bob appears to be a cartoon version of Steve Ballmer?
Sometimes someone who walks and talks like a scammer *is* a scammer.
ISIS is the vanguard element of the looming death of reflex dictated cognition due to orders of magnitudes greater resolution in our perceptions of every day reality as a result of our immersion into a tsunami of data intake technologies.
...and the 2015 prize for the most obtuse run-on sentence is awarded to...
If things would have gone differently without the "help" of our strong and loyal allies, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia (those two stalwart defenders of the democratic principle)
Best address ever!
It's the website developers who:
- use the default "IE optimized" settings which break non-IE browsers
Why would they do that when ODF is vastly inferior to Microsoft's own formats?
Call me when Microsoft stops changing default document formats with every new release of Office...so we're all forced to upgrade if we want to read the documents someone just sent us.
I generate all my Word documents using the Word'97 format, haven't had a complaint yet.
I'm on a first name basis with our IT guys. While I'm not entirely sure that's a good thing, I have worked for companies who have Maximized Shareholder Value by outsourcing IT services to a third party.
This is most assuredly NOT a Good Thing. Aside from the fact that you end up dealing with jobsworths who try to avoid doing anything, you're much less likely to be on a first (or any) name basis with the folks at the other end of the phone...and so, much more susceptible to this kind of attack.
Willie, Willie, Harry, Stee,
Harry, Dick, John, Harry three;
One, two, three Neds, Richard two
Harrys four, five, six... then who?
Edwards four, five, Dick the bad,
Harrys twain VII VIII and Ned the Lad;
[g]Mary, Bessie, James the Vain,
Charlie, Charlie, James again...
William and Mary, Anna Gloria,
Four Georges I II III IV, William and Victoria;
Edward seven next, and then
George the fifth in 1910;
Ned the eighth soon abdicated
Then George the sixth was coronated;
After which Elizabeth
And that's the end until her death.
Tesla was all "I can do this, but it's so easy, I won't bother"
Marconi was not only a scientist, he was a very perceptive entrepeneur who managed to build a business out of his discovery, defend it in court *and* make it pay. He should be celebrated for that. Someone would have "invented" radio sooner or later, but the man who made it pay was Marconi.
Being a smart inventor is no use if you can't make a buck at it, which is something Marconi realised and Tesla (whether he realised it or not) was unable to accomplish.
We have one here...at least, we used to. After the past few years' big storms, you have to swim out to it. When I visited it as a youth, there was still a tower base to be seen. Still, nice bit of history. The first transatlantic transmissions were from Glace Bay, in Canada IIRC, but once he began regular service, he built the one at Welfleet.
...and nail the relevant directors of Lenovo UK to the wall.
And the chance of that actually happening in your lifetime is...
...significantly less than your chance of winning big at the lottery.
Quit buying consumer-grade cr@p from Best Buy, and look at off-lease commercial grade hardware.
I've had good luck with Dell stuff, which is what we use at work. Not Inspiron, which is their consumer junk, but the mid-range Latitudes. I'm currently using an E6430, which is holding up quite well after 3 years.
You don't want something too high-powered, because Dell do have a reputation for trying to cram too many BTUs into a poorly ventilated package, and their "high performance" video cards tend to become "no performance".
Anyhow, that's what I use. And a mid-tower, which has multiple DVD drives and such, and is extremely well ventilated. Both, of course, run Linux Mint.
Superfish's developers may have got their code. Komodia is a computer security firm which makes software called SSL Digestor, which works in a very similar way to Superfish to break SSL encryption and inject advertising.
My idle mind wonders if there isn't a fourth party involved in this debacle...an advertising provider, would be my guess, who made a deal to obtain what appears to be an image search engine from Superfish (whose website doesn't indicate that they're a platform for ads) and an ad-insertion mechanism from Komodia (whose website doesn't indicate that they're in the ads business, but does give off a slightly creepy vibe), and combined them with a view towards making money by having Lenovo install it for them, and then serving ads through it.
Just wondering how deep the rabbit hole goes here.
Colossus was a Newman project, designed to break the 5-level teleprinter cipher. Aside from recommending Flowers to Newman, Turing had little to do with it.
I was sad to see that this premier example of the military application of Photoshop had not been included.
Maybe next time.
// Iranian copies are probably bootleg anyway
On one hand: Shocking! Terrible! How dare they?
On the other: Damn fine work, guys...except for the getting found out part, of course.
It's pronounced like it's spelled:
Well, they are "s" holes, but in the olden days, "s" was written like "f", so that's the explanation.
// fo full of bullfhit it'f not funny...
Of course, the downside is, that since it's China, if you get caught, that was one mighty expensive bullet to the back of the head.
// win big or lose it all, I guess.
Total bunk. I use "zip cord", regular 2-conductor, stranded AC line cord, for my speakers. They sound just fine. It's 18AWG with a DC resistance of .04 ohms/meter. 2 meter cables have a series resistance of 1% of the speaker impedance. Skin effect at 20kHz is non-existent. I don't even know what "conductor non-linearity" is, but I bet it's undetectable..
In a good conductor electrons travel millimeters per second.
Anyone who had attended one of the late RADM Grace Hopper's lectures knows that electricity travels about a foot in a nanosecond.
You do, I'm sure, realize that TPB hosts nothing, except pointers to trackers which act as connection points for people wanting to share?
TPB is two levels of indirection away from the actual stuff being shared.
In the US, it's called a "third party billing block" and I've activated it on all my accounts.
Just call your carrier and tell them to put one on your account. it shouldn't cost anything.
...take a picture of him nude and post it online...
Oh, please don't!
That would punish us more than him, if the rest of him is as ugly as his mug.
If m'lud was a customer (or a former customer), I wouldn't discount the possibility.
It's not just the government -- the NFL refs can't even spot an underinflated football until it's pointed out to them.
// Go Pats!
OK when he does it to you (or, at least, if you object, you're told it's to keep you safe)
Now that the shoe's on the other foot (or the drone's in the his back yard), it's an outrage not to be tolerated.
// Sauce for the goose, I say.