Re: Optional extra
1265 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Backup is RDF and they still have that, even on cruise ships.
Identify a few AM stations, take bearings and plot an estimated (within a few miles, at least) position.
It won't get you into the harbour entrance, but it might tell you which way to look for it.
My cheap and waterproof quartz wristwatch is accurate to a few seconds a month. John Harrison would be amazed.
Addition and subtraction and looking up values in tables mostly. As long as you have your copy of Bowditch, there's no heavy math. Adding and subtracting hours, minutes and seconds is about as tough as it gets.
Always, always have a backup, and a backup to that backup. Mother Nature is a cruel, heartless bitch, and she will kill you without a second thought if she thinks you're not giving her the respect that she deserves. And that goes double at sea (as the crew of the El Faro, RIP, found out recently).
I'm frankly surprised that the Navy discontinued celestial navigation courses. The Army's still teaching Land Navigation with map and compass.
This is not "Joe's Software Shop", this is a large, German corporation that does business all over the world. Additionally, the ECU was manufactured and programmed by a third company (Bosch?) -- likely to VW's specifications. Which will be produced at the appropriate time. We've already heard the caution from the ECU vendor -- "make sure you don't leave this bypass code in for production, it's for test only"
To suggest that some disaffected software engineers somehow took it upon themselves to add the bypass code to the shipping product is to indicate complete ignorance of how these things are done.
Being a German company, process and procedures are likely paramount. So there will be specification documents with signature pages for every single thing in those cars. Of course, some of those documents may have been misfiled...and some signature pages may have fallen off. We shall see. And, there will be written test procedures for that ECU. Test procedures and code review notes. And a source control log.
But it sure wasn't a rogue software engineer who put that code in there because he wanted to bring down the company.
Wouldn't MS have a record? They're so obsessive about control, I find it hard to believe some intern's job wasn't de-authorizing all those product keys before they sent them out to be recycled.
And who cares, anyway? Have they not perused the various bittorrent sites?
I expect their MOT is a bit lax over there at the moment.
Yeah, but they behead you if you don't pass. Actually, they may behead you anyway.
Maxim licensed his gun to all sides in WWI to his extreme profit.
And his son, with all that money, founded the American Radio Relay League, our national ham radio organization. Can't say much bad about them, but the founder...don't much care for how he got his money.
Linux has no momentum.
But Android does...
I'll just leave this here:
// child of the 60s
Rush Limbaugh is a paranoid xenophobic fool.
// and feels the need to constantly demonstrate that fact
My university took delivery of a previously owned (they got a deal) CDC CYBER 74 while I was there. It was on this machine that I took my required assembly language programming course from the CDC applications engineer who came with the machine. 60 bit words, hardware floating point operations and a "count ones" instruction. "Anyone know why that's in the instruction set?" he asked. No one did. "By special request from a three letter government agency", he replied.
// much more fun than waiting in line at 3AM for time on the PDP-11
Once you've paid off the infrastructure, there are years and years of nothing but profit ahead.
Data costs literally nothing to move, once you have paid for the highway. And if you're at all competent, that happens in the first few years.
That $60/month pays salaries and shareholders, not costs.
// I'll be happy when those and ear gauges go the way of the dinosaur.
No, it's far worse -- it's US Government bureaucracy!
// I wish I could help...
// probably spent all their money on JADE HELM 15
Ob: "That's no moon!!!"
Walk in, sing a bar of Alice's Restaurant, and walk out.
// they may think it's a movement
// FBI -- wouldn't be surprised if they did
That's me hanging up.
At the most, they get "Sorry, mate, only Mac and Linux here."
HP, Tek and IBM also included complete schematics for their instruments, so you could repair them yourself.
I once built an optional 500MHz LO for an HP tracking generator, based on the schematics in the manual. Plugged it in and it worked a treat.
Those were the days. We shall not see their like again, I fear.
I'd love to see the comments in the code that decides whether to enable or disable emissions control, and in the source control system when that change was checked in.
// turn off emissions controls unless on dyno
"I know nuzzing! I zee nuzzing!"
// pull the other one, Martin
Piiiigs in Spaaace!
// we just need to get Satan on skis and wonderful things will happen, right?
Whatever happens, don't audit the US Congress credit cards...
// will make these expenses look like chump change
Knowledge is Good
A very little goes a long way. Except, I suppose, with lighting power cords...
I predict the varnish on the wooden tub will start peeling within two years, and the tub will develop a crack (and therefore, a leak) within five.
As long as Disney wants it to be, apparently.
// Sen. Sonny Bono
Never mind the rings.
What are you going to do about those four calling birds?
They sh*t all over my coat...
Hey, it worked for Nixon...
Is thewe somthing humowous about my pwoduct's name?
I use Linux Mint on the desktop, and it works just fine for me.
// doesn't suck any worse than Windows.
Here's the problem: the device was harmless. He showed it to a teacher who realised this. In spite of that, he was detained, arrested and suspended from school, AFTER it was clear the device was exactly what he said it was.
You might assume that police officers would get training as to the basic characteristics of an explosive device: timer, detonator, power source and explosive material.
I'm all for caution, but one look at the device tells you that two of the required items are not present.
Yet the police on scene, instead of smiling, patting Ahmed on the back and telling him "best not bring any more of these to school, someone might get the wrong idea", decided the best course of action was to arrest him for "posessing a hoax device".
The stupid is overpowering. With, it's pretty clear, just a touch of "we're going to make sure you never step out of line again"
The school administrators could have defused the whole thing by calling in the engineering teacher, to whom Ahmed showed the clock when he first got to school (thereby fulfilling any requirement that he notify school authorities). Instead, they convinced themselves that his device was a bomb...wait for it...because it "looked like a movie bomb". It's difficult to comprehend how people in this day and age -- professionals who must have had some kind of training -- could be so damn stupid.
However, they chose not to listen to Ahmed, not to speak with his teacher, and to railroad him. This is not "zero tolerance", this is hammering down the nail that sticks up. When they realised they'd "f'd up", they doubled down, published a press release and had a 14 year old student, who had not committed a crime, arrested on trumped-up charges of "possessing a hoax device".
The school administrators and the police department deserve to be sued for this, and I hope Ahmed and his family can find a lawyer to do this. I read this morning that he's planning to transfer out of the school. Smart decision. Clearly, there's very little education to be had there.
// the FAIL is for the school administration and the police in Irving TX.
// I believe JADE HELM 15 ended yesterday
// Sorry...my country is populated by idiots
And the new one 'from' PayPal - We Need You To Help Us.
"F" PayPal, and the horse they rode in on.
// not a chance of me ever "helping" them
/// except over a cliff edge.
As long as Palin (either Sarah or Bristol) is the VP candidate, I'm supporting the winner!
// Vote Cthulu...why settle for a lesser evil?
Out of the fog, into the smog...
// I wonder where Ruth is...
$10 for the Kindle version, $3 plus $2.99 shipping for the used paperback?
I'm buying the paperback.
Guys, this doesn't make sense.
And Trump has already claimed Sarah (or is it Bristol?) Palin...
"There's less jurisdictional issues down there and no FAA."
[bad Mexican accent]
Si, but the desperados down there, they have mucho artillery! Is perhaps not such a good idea to mingle with them, senor...they don' like strangers so much.
[/bad Mexican accent]
Nice job. Congratulations to the team on a tremendous accomplishment!
Sweet dreams are made of these.
Who am I to disagree?
>> who the f**k cares what a logo looks like on tiny screens?
marketing people do.
who the f**k did you think decided new logos were needed?
I knew there was a use for them.
// first against the wall, etc.
Cyanide. "Between Silk and Cyanide"
BE SURE TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE
// all caps and no punctuation for authenticity
I thought that Canadians were quite an intelligent bunch..
Well, they seem to be intelligent enough to get $168 for a can of pure Canadian air.
Have an upvote for the Bored of the Rings reference!