21st century and we still can't do anything without coffee...
1423 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: So the rumours are true
Rule of thumb: If you're working for a company and you start hearing the phrase "maximizing shareholder value"...polish up your resume.
// should be focused on doing business, not share price
// share price follows if business is good...
Re: So the rumours are true
It's called "maximizing shareholder value".
// trying to imagine how I could spend $18M/yr.
// would be many donations, methinks
Three isn't enough
Come on, if you expect civilization to involve (admittedly, that seem s to be asking a lot, nowadays), the number should be open ended.
I couldn't leave any of these off the list:
1. Language (extends to written language, and a common language) - to allow ideas to be passed efficiently between generations and continents
2. The wheel.
3. The boat.
4. The airplane
5. The (general purpose, digital) computer, including software for the same.
Turns out, it doesn't mean "move your ass" at all, it means "to butt in", as to a conversation:
On dit d'une personne qu'elle "ramène sa fraise" lorsque, dans une discussion, elle intervient souvent sans que le sujet de conversation ne la regarde ou sans qu'on lui demande son avis. Ici, la "fraise" n'est autre que la tête. En effet, il s'agit d'un vocabulaire argotique désignant le visage. En réalité, "ramener sa fraise" signifie tout simplement s'"approcher", ce qui a également donné l'expression "la ramener". Quant à ce verbe "ramener", il pourrait provenir des plus anciens "ramoner" et "ronchonner" qui signifiaient familièrement "râler".
We say someone "ramene sa fraise", when, in a discussion, she intervenes frequently in a discussion that doesn't concern her or which hasn't asked her for her opinion. Here, "sa fraise" refers to her head. It's an argot term referring to the face.
Perhaps also "come over here"...when used as "ramene ta fraise", literally "bring your [face] here"
They often have a crease running down them, like pears. I suspect that's where it comes from.
Re: Could be worse
It's pronounced "AH-noose", TYVM!
So, I guess Ford Prefect would be out as well, then?
Re: Optional extra
Re: USCG & USN binned the eLoran system for GPS
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.
Re: "Next you won't get a position at all, what you get is a line"
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.
Re: Coast Guard?
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.
Re: Or just vague requests
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.
Re: But why?
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.
Re: Stones and Glass Houses @cirby
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...
Re: The Volkswagen saga
I'll just leave this here:
// child of the 60s
Re: Just goes to show
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
As AT&T found out years ago
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.
Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her
// I'll be happy when those and ear gauges go the way of the dinosaur.
Re: Come on....
No, it's far worse -- it's US Government bureaucracy!
// I wish I could help...
// probably spent all their money on JADE HELM 15
Re: mystery particle blast which rattled the probe's sensors
Ob: "That's no moon!!!"
...and if three people do it...
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."
Re: @A.C. -- The dangers of embedded software, at last the world knows.
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.
Re: he was unaware of the "defeat device"
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
Sgt. Schultz defense
"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?
Re: Young stupid kids with a company issued credit card.
Whatever happens, don't audit the US Congress credit cards...
// will make these expenses look like chump change
Re: For the nice people across the pond
Knowledge is Good
As with most things
A very little goes a long way. Except, I suppose, with lighting power cords...
Re: Have to admit...
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.
Happy birthday to you, the ruling was true, no charge for this headline, 'coz the copyright's screwed
Re: How long is the copyright?
As long as Disney wants it to be, apparently.
// Sen. Sonny Bono
Re: now... what about those rings...?
Never mind the rings.
What are you going to do about those four calling birds?
They sh*t all over my coat...
Sings about her dog...
Hey, it worked for Nixon...
Re: New Dawn
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.
Re: just a question
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.
Re: Nerd radar
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"
Re: Nerd radar
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
Re: And the non-stop emails from Transport For London
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.
Re: McAfee -v- Trump smackdown
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...
Re: Shift to paper?
$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.
Re: Shame Hunter S Thompson is no longer available
And Trump has already claimed Sarah (or is it Bristol?) Palin...