They were trying to spot Obama's invading Jade Helm force...
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They were trying to spot Obama's invading Jade Helm force...
For those of you counting on the UPS to hold up your systems while the genset cranks over and starts up...make sure to test regularly.
A friend in the broadcast biz had a nasty surprise when his genset didn't crank over.
Given that most have already PAID to dispose of their lead-containing CRTs, the judge would have shown extreme perception if he had mandated that all unclaimed funds be used to recycle CRTs, not revert to the lawyers...
Ahhh. Wet wipes.
Amazing how useful they were, and yet, there was one company that didn't "get it".
My favourites were J&J in the rectangular blue container, with the flip up lid. Easy to open one-handed, take a wipe off the top of the stack, utilize and discard. Nice and stable, so it didn't get knocked over.
Then, there was the "yellow tube" company. My lovely wife, deciding to try something new (or because the J&J brand was out of stock), brought these home one day. It was the standard cylindrical container, with a small flip up lid, and the wet wipe protruding through a small hole. Seemed OK. Until, I tried to extract a wet wipe one-handed. Couldn't be done. Pull on the wet wipe, the container, not heavy enough to hold itself down against the friction in the dispensing hole. Other hand occupied, holding two legs and a poopy bottom suspended off the table. Finally managed to extract a wet wipe, by waving the container/wet wipe until the container went flying across the room.
Bottom cleaned, new diaper installed, wet wipe container recovered, and words were had with the wife, explaining that the remainder of the container would not be used. Sometimes, the packaging is important.
That thought, had it occurred to the gentleman subject of the original article, would have resolved the "problem", more or less immediately, I am positive.
It's the per aspera part he doesn't get, I think...
There's a tradition over here of cute names for legislation that are the exact opposite of their effect.
For example, a bill which doubles or triples the number of H-1B visas would be called something like "Getting America Back to Work Act", while legislation allowing industry to pump more pollutants into the environment would be the "Increasing American Competitiveness Bill"
The PATRIOT Act needs to die. Now.
// We're not the only ones who do this, BTW. See: "Peoples' Democratic Republic of..."
I used it for years -- until Unity. Around the same time, Shuttleworth started raising his media profile. Ubuntu got too complicated for me, seemed like they had some kind of agenda, but damned if I could figure out what it was -- I just knew they were taking Ubuntu in directions that didn't appeal.
I'm using Mint now.
And he'd be a good right-hand man for the current Governor of Florida...
Ham's an ex-science teacher from Queensland, which is often referred to as the "Florida of Australia".
// EX-science teacher...I think I can see why
Aw...let's go to the stoning.
Not so much "purchasing" as "renting", I would say.
As opposed more rural areas, where the objects of affection are more wooly
He's no Fidel Castro, that's for sure!
Isn't violation of the Do Not Call list a capital offense ?
It is if I ever get my hands on the buggers.
Mmmm...I could go for some pulled pork right now.
Chiming in from the US here - I was working a summer job at DEC's Westfield, MA plant. Got to the parking lot early enough to have two F4 Phantoms take off from the adjacent Air Reserve Base, right over my head. In formation, on afterburners.
It was a good day.
Except, of course, in the US Embassy, where they have a contraption that counteracts the coriolis force to make the water spin the AMERICAN way.
I never thought I'd find myself agreeing with Rand Paul. In this case, though, he seems to have the intestinal fortitude that our other elected representatives lack.
The PATRIOT Act needs to go. All of it.
Second rule, is that if you are operating in a country that *might* care (e.g.: Former CIS), be sure to offer gratuities to the appropriate persons (lest you end up face down in a drainage ditch somewhere).
No, they haven't.
What they *have* forgotten, is that all of the hijackers were in the US legally, and many had overstayed student or tourist visas. The Immigration Service had done squat to locate them. The FBI had been alerted to those taking flying lessons and had done squat about it. All the agencies had their turf and viciously defended it, to the extent of not cooperating with other agencies.
That is what caused the creation of the Orwellian "Department of Homeland Security", which excells at detecting bottles of shampoo and pocketknives, and placing surveillance cameras everywhere.
There are those (myself among them) who believe that a US airliner will never again be taken by force, because the passengers know their fate and have nothing to lose by resisting as strongly as possible.
Joke -> (It's all a distraction anyway -- while JADE HELM 15 allows Obama to occupy and subjugate Texas) <- Joke
I thought that was the Oprah episode involving the couch?
(oops...that was the *other* crazy Scientologist actor, wasn't it?)
"What IOActive have unwittingly done is demolish an entire business. Cyberkey has a thriving business based on an extensive range of now shown to be unfit for purpose products and systems. "
Don't shoot the messenger.
And if I were a CyberLock customer, or potential customer, I'd just as soon know that there were holes in my security, because I'll bet the Bad Guys already do!
CyberLock can either keep selling what they're currently selling, or use the information provided to improve their product. Their business fortunes will change according to their decision.
If ever you are working for a company, and the CEO starts rambling on at a staff meeting and includes the phrase "maximizing shareholder value"...RUN!, don't walk, and start looking for another job.
// Buzzword bingo
On my list for the next time I'm in your fair city.
Assuming, that they exist at all.
Here in New England, we lose them regularly. Mostly, it's due to snowplows, but also traffic accidents (usually drunk or distracted drivers taking them out). Sometimes, they just vanish. Others are so badly faded or non-reflective (if they ever were reflective) they're as good as invisible. The nice lane markings vanish each spring, due to plowing and abrasion from sand. You haven't lived until you;ve driven on 128 in the rain. Four lanes of mayhem, and nobody can see the lane markings.
If you were born here, you probably can manage to find your way around. If not, good luck.
Assume the LOHAN crew has a phone call in to Elon, to ask him how he managed to get his flight permit?
// Suspect it has to do with campaign contributions...of the largish kind.
It looks like a giant...
Dick! Old buddy! How are you?
But only if they hand the keys over to the government...you know, "for safekeeping".
Seems like only a short time ago, they were whining that unbreakable encryption would create a playground for pedophiles and terrorists.
Geez! Make up your minds, already.
...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.