761 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Make great bookmarks and shopping lists. They also fit neatly into a shirt pocket. At Christmas time, they can be made into decorative wreaths when spray-painted gold.
Paper tape for Teletypes came in both 5-level (Baudot) and 8-level (ASCII) widths (along with some other special-purpose formats for typesetting and from other manufacturers)
Kids nowadays will never experience the joy of seeing their names spelled out in holes on tape or cards.
That's the mark of a great man - one who takes time to explain what's going on to interested kids.
What a life -- but I disagree with the poster above that those days are gone. There are still folks building electric motorcycles in their sheds, along with electric conversions for cars and the random homebuilt aircraft.
And let's not forget our own SPB team!
The spirit is still alive, and we owe it to the meomory of those like Wallis (and ourselves) to get back in the shed and keep building!
// the one with the aircraft drawings in the pocket...
Re: Who really owns the seal?
The NSA do, and by law it's only allowed to be used for official purposes...that's why it's called a "seal".
They have no right to the letters NSA, regardless of what TFA says. It's the same for most government agencies with seals -- they and they alone have the right to determine how they're used.
//proud owner of a coffee mug with the NSA seal (purchased at the NSA museum, just outside the gates...
It's not that *no one* wants satellite phones
It's more that the intersection of those who want them and those who can afford them is quite small. Small enough that there aren't enough customers to sustain a satellite phone business.
You'd think they would have researched that before starting the biz...
An asset management system for a government?
Surely, these have been done before? 250k people can't require too many assets, can they? And how much managing can these assets require? Geez! Any medium sized town probably has software that could be converted or used directly.
SAP seems to have done an epic fail here. If only because they didn't check their files to see if they had recently done something similar for someone else.
Re: Dear Mark, they don't exist
Hey Mark -
How about working on literacy and equal rights for women first?
...that the long-suffering and generous Claire is receiving something for her trouble. A portion of the contents of the warehouse you mentioned might be appropriate. Claire is the personification of the Good Sport.
And well done, for finally getting your broadband -- bigger antenna, higher up = Good Thing!
Re: @Roo - There are some brilliant technical minds out there
"If they have brilliant technical minds, why do they seem to think..."
Because, while they do employ many brilliant technical minds, they also employ the not-so-brilliant. And they outsource hard-drive smashing to the Police, who employ include a much smaller percentage of brilliant technical minds.
There's nothing like the "clank" of a titanium Centurion card hitting the table to announce yourself...
// don't have one, don't know anyone who does
So...the Space Shuttle had cupholders, then?
I wish Comcast would use their "considerable engineering resources" to do something about the way my cable throughput seems to drop every evening from 5 to 9, as the online gamers chew up the shared bandwidth.
Is it too much to ask that they just provide a big tube to the interwebs, and stop trying to "add value"?
Re: Limbaugh is so far to the right that everyone is a 'Leftie'
I'm constantly amazed at how much media exposure this guy gets, simply for spouting complete drivel.
I guess it's all about marketing and appealing to the lowest common denominator.
// Paris, because...intellectual equals, right?
We're getting ours a cake after lunch...they don't suspect a thing yet...
A friend of mine, who claims to be a distant relative of Morse's assistant, Alfred Vail (so perhaps not the most objective authority...) claims it was Vail who made the code a statistical one.
// de KA1AXY
Re: Problem is the cost of originals.........
Re; "Atherton" "Would bringing the misdirection of the seller to the websites operators have an effect - I didn't think it would."
And you are correct in that -- "Atherton" increasingly seem to be relying on outside suppliers and they do not really care about those independent suppliers' business practices. 30 day limit on defective returns, etc. I received a product that was considerably different from the image shown on their website (not in original mfr's package, but was shown as such in the image). "Atherton" showed a complete lack of concern when I pointed it out to them, vendor merely offered a refund.
She may not even have known it was counterfeit. When I was buying a replacement battery for my Nokia, the warnings were not to check that it had a hologram sticker, but to actually check the hologram did the correct thing (right number of fingers on the hands, and that sort of thing)
Apparently, the fake holograms are now almost as good as the real thing and very hard to spot.
// too cheap to believe isn't reliable either -- selling off old stock at a discount as a new phone comes out, etc.
"for pedestrians - it's a narrow, winding lane wrapped tight around the building, where drivers are not expecting to see pedestrians. They should be going slow, but pedestrians shouldn't be there."
Maybe they've figured it out by now, but the geniuses that designed the McD's restaurants near me (are they all built to the same standard plan?) thought it would be a good idea to put the entrance door right in front of the drive up window...so people coming from the parking lot walk right in front of the punters picking up their bags of goodies, while checking to see if they got enough ketchup packets as they hit the gas...
Snowy Mountain Scheme
When I was a little nipper, we used to spend parts of school holiday at the Mt Buffalo Chalet in Victoria, Australia. One of the excursions offered was to the as-yet uncompleted hydro scheme. Tours through the control rooms, turbine halls and at least one tunnel. All very impressive for an 8-y.o. (who was constantly listening for the trickle of water coming down the tunnel behind him)
Re: I'm No Fan
"The CE on many of thsoe devices is china export, not the europian conformance mark. "
"China Export", my ass!
It's a fake of the CE mark, designed to fool people yet be just different enough that the manufacturer thinks they can get away with it in a court of law.
Re: I'm No Fan
I have personally seen ... and disassembled, dodgy Chines-manufactured kit with all kinds of official looking certification lables on it. After looking inside, I highly doubt the labels were genuine (in the sense that the equipment they were on had been tested and certified to comply with the regs).
I have also seen Chinese stuff with counterfeit branding, some of it very good.
It's a real problem. How do you know that the cheap wall-wart you just purchased is safe? Short answer: you don't. The solution? Use it safely. Don't handle it when you're soaking wet, just out of the shower. Wear shoes, or stand on dry wood or vinyl flooring. Think before you grab. Use a GFI outlet.
// need an electric shock icon...
"...practically all the sexiest, highest quality and most expensive computing devices we use here are manufactured there. And they do it because we can’t."
My iPhone is manufactured in China because labor and components are cheap over there. If labor were that cheap here, it would be built here. We're perfectly capable of building that stuff over here, we just can't afford the labor.
In addition to my iPhone, other, not-so-well-built stuff comes from China (different factories, same country). The power adaptor that fell apart, the kitchen timer that doesn't and the rest of the junk. That's not racist, it's a fact. You get what you pay for. Chinese factories will build it...well or poorly, depending on your cost target.
It's not racist, more like slavery. Chinese workers are, even at the factories that make the high end stuff, paid far far less than a western living wage. And environmental, health and safety regulation is, shall we say, unevenly enforced? Everything comes at a price.
Re: "they've been about being in the market"
I'm sure they'll be lining up outside the Microsoft stores for an opportunity to run Office on their wrists.
Re: Affinity for treetop landing?
Trees are magnetic.
So are balloons, kites, aircraft, etc.
Well done, team!
All those fields and one magnetic forest. But we knew that would happen, right?
Love the Burberry plaid title.
Our IT dept installs it on all machines here. Because it is the only one they need.
I can't help but notice
The team seems to be growing.
You're going to need uniforms. Nothing says "professional" like uniforms. Remember how sharp the Mars rover team looked in their control centre in their blue golf shirts? Of course, for the SPB, they'd need to be red.
Oh, and well done. Very well done.
//extra points for dry land :-)
Re: You're being chased by a giant paperclip...
_Clippy is to Gates what Windows 8 is to Ballmer (or so I think)._
I always thought there was a strong resemblance between Ballmer and Microsoft "Bob"
Re: Farewell, old firiend
_Where's my old SCO Unix distribution disks...?_
Screw them, Linux is your best bet at this point.
Re: Use case
When I was at university (in the dark ages, not quite Wilkes era, but not too long afterwards), we had a Control Data CYBER74. It ran exactly this way -- big motor-generator sets in the basement converted line voltage to 400Hz AC -- allowing the power supply components to be smaller was the reason I was given -- which was then used to power the beast.
I believe it was a case of "horses for courses" -- the electronic converters available at the time were more expensive and less reliable than the good old electromechanical way of doing the job.
Re: Not Orthanc
It doesn't *have* to be an ugly concrete tower.
You could hold a contest and paint it.
Of course, then you'd have to re-paint it periodically...
Ahhh...just leave it the way it is.
"Just bags and bags of white powder."
Coals to Newcastle?
Re: More to come?
"The launch codes for all the Minutemen"
I thought that was "0000000"?
"The combination of the bathroom immediately off of the Oval Office where US Presidents go for some quality time."
(Wouldn't want it to be the same as the nuclear missile code, would we? That would be stupid!)
Re: Question for you enterprise chaps
Ours do. 100 person design company with four IT bods and a mix of Apple/MS gear. The networking is primarily MS, and we're pretty much Win7 at this point. It was XP before that. No real impetus to go to Win8 and I don't believe I ever saw a Vista machine.
// not in IT, but work with them enough to know how they think -- good folks, all of them
Re: The rot has firmly set inn
Mint/Mate 15 is on my second machine at work, and will shortly be on my main machine at home. I've been running Ubuntu for ages, but their Unity interface ha driven me to Mint and Mate (Gnome 2). I run a copy of XP under VirtualBox at home, for those gadgets (cameras, cellphones, iThings and GPS) which require a Windows program to configure them.
I find Linux meets my needs at home, and except for the Microsoft network environment at work (Outlook/Exchange, shared drives, printer servers, etc with MS's network login protocol) I could use it here, as well.
New work lappie came with Win7
Now, tell me again why I *need* Windows 8?
Windows 7 seems to me to be pretty much the same as XP, in terms of what it does for me. Except for the fact that the "show desktop" button is now on the far right and HyperTerminal is nowhere to be found (thankfully, it can be copied from an XP system), it does everything I need it to, pretty much the way XP did.
My point here, is that, aside from annoying UI changes, there doesn't seem to be any reason I need to "upgrade". Except, of course, to improve Microsoft's bottom line? And, of course, the joy of trying to rearrange the UIs (OS andOutlook) to something I can actually use...
They don't need to worry about worker retention?
// captive workforce, amirite?
What OS are these mainframes running that makes them more reliable than clustered UNIX?
I can't argue that mainframes are probably more reliable than individual rack servers (better cooling if nothing else), but UNIX is pretty damn reliable. I would expect mainframes running AIX to be right up there in reliability.
Re: Robert Roberts
@Caff - gets the prize for mentioning Lyons, and thereby providing the IT angle to this story :-)
Re: Just wondering
I prefer the spring-loaded double strainer gadgets. Just enough for a cup, and the same utensil can be used to scoop it out of the tin.
Re: I too
You can still get that PDP-11 feel when you look at the registers in a 68000...
I am a proud graduate of Digital's "Intro to PDP-11" course (Westfield, MA, 1977)
Re: 'The bigger problem is that there is a cold calling industry'
They would claim (though for some reason, nobody else would agree) that a small segment of the population actually *appreciates* their calls.
Our elected officials, for some reason loathe to offend this miniscule segment of the population, and the industry that reaches out to it, refuse to make unsolicited commercial calls illegal.
Re: This will only end when the case is ruled on
@AC "There is a possibly apocryphal story..."
Re: This will only end when the case is ruled on
Your summary is dead on.
SCO claimed that portions of its valuable UNIX source code had been stolen after being shared with IBM during an abortive collaboration. Never mind that IBM has probably forgotten more about writing operating systems than SCO ever knew. Also please ignore the fact that SCO, when pressed, was not able to show examples of where this valuable source code was located in the publicly available Linux sources.
Looking forward to seeing these bozos slapped down hard. This has gone on long enough.
Re: Yes, by all means call the Ambulance but this is a waste of time
...apart from the car which was crushed by the Plods.
Oh, I wish they did that here (USA). Instead we have guys who are celebrating their 15th DUI arrest. Crush their cars on the second one and perhaps they'd either get the message or run out of beer money.
Massachusetts actually has posters in the shops around here that list the escalating penalties for your 2d and subsequent DUIs...up to 8th or 9th, I believe.
Re: Guaranteed not to track you
No antenna => no tracking
//dikes in the pocket
From my (long ago) experience
I went to a middle tier University and learned the basics of Computer Engineering (hardware design) with a large dose of programming languages and computing theory. Also Discrete Math and Coding Theory. Loads of fun.
But, the university education was pretty much a background to what I learned in the jobs I had -- worked at the computing center on campus (which provided me with a mainframe account: unlimited computer time and storage) and at the local DEC plant over the summers, where I learned firsthand what product ion was and what real engineering documents looked like. I have never regretted those jobs. Learning the theory is fine, but go out and get yourself summer/night/weekend work (for free if you must) in the industry. That's where I learned the most.
Re: Pascal had a use (for me at least)
I agree with your evaluation of Pascal being better than FORTRAN or BASIC, but only as a stepping stone to C, which I wish had been an option when I was at university. Pascal always felt limiting, in terms of data types and I/O options, C never does. It took me ten more years (I'm a hardware guy) to start using C and I wish it had been much less.
_The C Programming Language_ and Steele's _C: A Reference Manual_ are always near to hand. Well written and densly packed with useful nuggets, both of them.
Understood, and agreed.
From the other side of the coin, though -- we now have an entire box full of USB cables at work, since every *other* device we buy seems to come with one!
//it's the USB-OTG ones that are hard to find
- Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
- Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
- Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
- Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
- AMD demos 'Berlin' Opteron, world's first heterogeneous system architecture server chip