774 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
I demand that high resolution images of this object be released immediately!!!
Re: #3 - terminal blocks
I prefer the pluggable ones (but they only work for PCBs). Don't need to unscrew each wire when the PCB needs replacing (or repair or whatever).
Oh, and +1 for the "Mumbai Multiway" -- I shall be using that from here on, in place of "rat's nest", when referring to spaghetti wiring.
Who is Rhawn Joseph?
First sentence is probably all you need to read:
Rhawn Joseph is a neuropsychologist who worked at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in California. Since then he has become involved with the Journal of Cosmology and known for his eccentric views on the origin of life on earth.
An expert in his field, well regarded by his peers, then.
The Internet may be a gift from God...
...but Linux is from Linus. I know, I saw the email.
All Hail Linus, giver of Linux!
Get the patent first
Then worry about defending/asserting it.
There are an awful lot of crap patents out there, mostly due to management's expressed need to create a patent portfolio. At my previous company (3Com) there was a huge push and anything that even *looked* like it might be patentable was run through the applications process. I can't believe that other companies are much different.
Hey, at least it's full employment for patent lawyers.
Re: Expected lifetime
Just wanted to amplify this point: designed for a life of 90 days, still going after _10 years_.
That's not an "excellent" design, that's a f*cking AWESOME design!. The team that designed these two bad boys should be getting free beer for life from their management. Well done!
Re: Can we have?....
I think I have an illustration for the Bulgarian Airbags conversion section...
// Daily Fail link suppressed
Re: Tees and mugs?
I had a rather nice BOTH T Shirt a while back.?
Surely - BOFH?
I could go for one of those...
// F as in "Fine", right?
I refer to them as iZombies, because they're mindless (or rather, their mind is elsewhere). Very annoying, especially when they're driving the [still stationery] vehicle in front of you when the light turns green.
Re: Oh that is all kinds of wrong!
Proving that once again, just because something is technically possible, actually *doing* it may not be advisable (or in good taste)
Re: I stopped reading when......
How can you have a Guinness cert, but no Guinness?
Props for the inspirational and patriotic art, though. A very nicely done work area.
// England expects...and all that
Re: Odd timing.
...I think it was an African Grey.
You can tell by the lovely plumage.
Re: That sweet goodbye
$100m sounds like a lot, but all those essential expenses soon add up.
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money.
Re: That sweet goodbye
OK, so taxes take $50m of that.
I (and my family) could live out the remainder of my life in pretty nice style on $50m.
The interest off $50m, actually.
Re: Sub! Editing! Failure!
Have the people respponsible for the Yahoo! titles been sacked?
To my Data General days...and the "other" Mr. [Edson] de Castro.
It's a requirement, right?
Driver MUST be from a country other than the one he's driving a cab in.
Driver MUST not speak or understand more than 10 words in the language of the country he's in.
Driver MUST not use turn signals.
Driver MUST have working horn, and is required to utilize it at every opportunity.
Cabbies -- the same the world over...
The only way to stop these extortionists is to take them to court.
I, too, have read their patents. They're reaching. They'll be laughed out of court.
Any computer will scan to email with a simple script. The reason it was not done in 1980s was not due to technical inability, it was due solely to the lack of processor and/or communications channel speed.
Re: The book about how
Almost certainly the only good thing to come out of the Third Reich - the VW Beetle
// need to deduct points for the ICBM though
"I have a cunning plan..."
// hizonner seems to have been a fan
Re: @ Dalek Dave
I sincerely hope you're too young to remember watching the Apollo missions on TV.
If you had seen them, you would have no doubt that men walked on the moon. For $DEITY's sake, man, ham radio operators listened in on the transmissions. And what's the motivation for all the people that supposedly worked on that soundstage to keep mum for all these years? You'd think someone would have sneaked a camera in and could make a fortune selling the photos of the soundstage to the tabloids.
We really did put men on the moon. More than once. And brought them home safely.
// With slide rules and IBM 360s.
// ...and Real Engineering
Re: even more impressed....
Real Engineers did that.
(not to minimize the present-day accomplisments of all who design for space exploration, but there has to be some bonus for doing it first)
// Beer's for them all, and the astronauts as well.
Re: I don't get it
Because this small group of huge companies does two things extremely well:
- identifies, bids on and wins government contracts
- contributes to politicians' election campaigns
You'll notice that neither of the above involves producing a usable product.
Re: As far as I am concerned the lady is well named.
Still sounds a bit fishy to me.
Re: IT can be a pain in the arse too
As another poster pointed out. So when a outsourcing company offers to take the hated IT dept off the companies hands - and makes loads of wonderful promises about 'making people happy' - don't be surprised when the whole IT dept is outsourced.
DO NOT allow this to happen in your company! If it does, prepare and circulate a resume.
I have been at a company (3Com, Massachusetts), where this happened. It was NOT a pleasant experience. We went from having IT bods who knew the environment and were employees, vested in the company's success, who wanted to help you succeed, to jobsworths who would do only what their contract said they would do. To be fair, this wasn't entirely their fault, they were not allowed to do anything outside what they were contracted to do. The outsourcing of IT indicates either a company cutting costs to the bone (why?) or an out-of touch management team. Both are valid reasons to begin a job search.
Re: IT can be a pain in the arse too -- or not.
I, too, work for a company in the "creative" field. Many, probably most, of the artists and designers use Macs. The engineers and administrative and sales people tend to prefer PCs (though a few use Macs). Our IT department supports both platforms, plus smartphones (we have a standard iPhone 5c platform) to a very high level. This is handled by *four* IT people for a company of around 250 in four worldwide locations.
IT's biggest gripe is supporting Windows apps on Macs. For this, they use Citrix, and they are, as I understand, less than thrilled, but it is the "standard way of doing it", so they suffer through. Incompatibilities betwen the Mac and Windows versions of various tools (notably MS Office and Outlook), and the continuing pressure from Microsoft to "upgrade" to the next version of applications or OS are also sources of stress.
In spite of all the above issues, everyone can work from home (up to the limits of the VPN server) and Mac users are *definitely not* treated as second class citizens (the Mac/Win7 split is about 50/50). Identifying, hiring and keeping quality IT staff is challenging -- the bar needs to be set high and there are many candidates out there whose opinion of their capabilities is overly optimistic. We are lucky to have four very capable and experienced individuals supporting us, and that definitely has a positive effect on our bottom line. "You can't do good work without good tools" is true, and you need capable mechanics to keep those tools working.
Try as I might, I can't seem to care much about CES. I suppose there's a modicum of productive work done, but to me, it seems like a week-long whirlwind of announcements of products you might be able to buy someday, vaporware, and a lot of pushing and shoving by companies trying to get noticed (they'll worry about offering something useful later).
Oh, and spoiled children masquerading as C-level executives.
Re: McDonalds on the moon
Oh, yeah. They had a GT40 setup at the DEC Westfield plant where I worked a couple of summers while in Uni. I was miserable at it, but impressed by the game.
Stumbled onto the Chinese landing and watched the whole thing "live" on the web as it touched down. Very impressive and totally autonomous, even to the point of hovering while it searched for and chose a suitable landing site.
Re: I wonder what the Pirate Bay stats are
Damn Pirate Bay!
Hated by all media producers, who nevertheless religiously watch the download numbers to see how their product stacks up against the competition.
If they manage to put it out of business, the stats go away as well...so what to do?
The media companies should form an association to *buy* and run Pirate Bay. It has everything anyone would ever want to download, all in one place. Charge a $10/month access fee. Profit! Of course, this would never happen, but it is fun to dream, especially when Netflix doesn't have the movie I want to watch.
Re: Eddy, have an upvote...
"...always been a chronic problem at Microsoft. Namely, executives' perception of what users want always trumps technical considerations."
That explains the "ribbon", then.
Re: Slightly off topic
The trick to avoiding disaster is to hire a firm that knows something about successfully completing large IT projects, as opposed to a firm (e.g.: CGI Federal) whose area of expertise is limited to winning government contracts.
Providing recommendations for the thirsty explorer at the end of the article!
Dad spent some time at the old PRO in the 1950s, researching his PhD on the Naval Career of Admiral Sir George Pocock. Which is quite a good read, actually.
Although, to be fair, if one *is* trying to be a political activist, one can be much more effective if one mingles with the political elite.
// just need to try not to get any on you...
Looks like it was her phone
I thought Obama was forbidden to use an iPhone?
Re: Looking at old photos
It's because we were all younger then!
Re: Great article.
Just picked up an F4 from KEH this week. $150. I'll shoot film until I can't get it any more. And now I can do it with cameras I couldn't afford as a kid.
// digital, too, but film builds more character
Re: One million lines of code
Frequentis: a division of CGI Federal?
You'd think, when updating software in something as big and important, as the touch screen interface on an air traffic control system, that the software company concerned might do a bit more than the normal "yup, looks OK to me and it's out the door" variety of testing...
...but, apparently, you'd be wrong.
Re: Always carry a torch
"Fenix make excellent torches."
And the Chinese, not to be outdone, make excellent copies of them, for a fraction of the cost. I have several, and on e in the glove compartment of each vehicle. The ones that run on CR123 Lithium cells will be fresh and ready to use when you need them, unlike those that use AA cells.
Re: Power Generation
"He wonders whether gravity – "
"...free power generation"
// because I'm trying very hard to get the final image out of my mind
// old guy here, my coworkers are younger than my kids...
Yesterday, in traffic, I sat watching a woman attempt to park her car on the side of the road, one-handed, while having a conversation on her mobile, held to her ear with the other hand. Traffic was stopped, so I had a good opportunity to watch as she went back and forth, back and forth, never really making much progress.
It was only when she finished her conversation and directed all her attention to the task at hand, that she successfully got her vehicle parked. I felt bad for the cars in the lane she was blocking during the course of her attempt, but they also had a red light, so not much harm done, I suppose.
Sadly, the one-handed driver is a serious problem here. They don't even see you if to do so would involve turning their head. Don't even get me started on the ones checking their Facebook status in their laps. They think they're being subtle, but it's pretty obvious.
"Now if he'd mentioned the CCTV stills he has of you, the proxy logs of goat porn, or even just the location of a quiet and deep pit with adequate lime supplies, that would definitely have shown promise..."
That would have made it BOFH material...
I think perhaps only if he had succeeded in his attempt.
B+ for effort, though.
Re: This *obviously* doesn't look like a vagina.
What do you expect, they're all guys...
[ ducks while running away]
"Plunging down silently out of the sky is the easy bit. It's been done many times before."
Well, you don't have to be silent, exactly...you just need to get there before the sound does...
In every photo of him, he's always wearing the same self-satisfied smirk.
...and a damn hoodie.
//yeah, sour grapes
...and sometimes they rain...bits
Dam Martian kids...first, they short out the rover's electrics, now they're chucking rocks at us?
Re: Another mug...
(you will need to print it out on clear sticky film and wrap it around the glass)
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- Pic Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe