761 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: Thinking Machines
"It was a lot easier to get on with than the CDC-6600 (aka Cyber 74) on which I did my first computer practicals."
My (required) assembly language course would normally have been on PDP-11s in the Computer Science lab. As EE students, we were guests, which meant we would get secondary access (i.e.: early morning) to the machines. But the semester I was to take the course, we had a one-time opportunity to use the newly installed Cyber-74. The course was taught by a guest lecturer, a CDC software engineer we got as part of the machine purchase (actually, I think we go it used when someone else upgraded).
Anyhow, I learned assembly programming on a machine with a 60 bit word, hardware floating point and was introduced to the "count bits" instruction. Totally useless to me in my future career, but fun, nonetheless. As was watching the vector graphics operator's console and distributing the contents of the card punch chad box among the underwear of a particularly obnoxious neighbour in my residence hall.
As a graduate student, I was able to take the PDP-11 assembly language course during a summer job at Digital, so I didn't miss out.
For those who are fans of brighter colors and bolder designs.
Real Computers have switches and lights.
//used to work at Data General, where the carpeting was bright orange
Re: Wot no SGI?
Have a working Indigo on my desk.
Had been used as a footrest for 10 yrs before I resurrected it.
//adapters for VGA, Ethernet and PC keyboard/mouse
//missing the disk bay door, though
Reg measurement standars
Have we found the constant which relates volume in Bulgarian airbags to dosh?
Re: Hmmmmm 3 or 4 hours in my workshop....
On the other hand, the guy who paid $250k for it could probably afford it, and that's money he won't be spending on hookers or blow...
Re: Air Power
And just wait till they see their first Wal-Mart.
Re: You'd be surprised
"Plus, he must know where Dior hand bags for his wifey are coming from..."
Re: Oh dear
Well, just barely distinguishable as...
but Space Invaders!
//have played it a bit...running on a DG Dasher D200 terminal.
Worse....the GPS automatically detects your location and transmits anything interesting you see straight to the People's Committee for Industrial Espionage in Beijing. No more having to send "students" who get caught trying to board planes with one-way tickets and briefcases full of documents.
Re: Only in America
Would it even be *possible* to spoof caller ID. Seems like it should be under the control of the carrier to whose network you are connected.
//missing option: "press 3 to deliver a lethal shock to the caller"
The whole sciencemadness library seems to be full of books about things you (and your neighbors) would be better off not trying...
//thumbs up, or explosion???
//shame we can't have both
Max Gergel: Excuse Me, Sir, Would You Like To Buy a Kilo of Isopropyl Bromide?
This looks like a good read.
There is another, similar book. I have a PDF at home and will post the details. The author was somewhat of a "cowboy chemist". He started a chemical company when there were no regulations and left behind him a trail of Superfund sites. It's an interesting and exciting read...you come away from it wondering how he lived long enough to write the book.
7 hours before
Didn't get the point of the video in the article. I find I'm totally unable to mentall construct a sequnce of events when those events are presented to me in random order, like they are in the video.
Maybe I'm just not the target market...or maybe I just don't feel like trying to pass a Google employment test when I'm watching a video...
I recommend to my "clients" that they go to geeks.com or someplace like that, and buy a refurb Dell office machine (but NOT the ultra-small form factor ones!). When they say something about the Dell Inspiron they saw on sale at Best Buy for only $399, I bring up the page with Latitude laptops for $250 and tell them they're older but they will have far fewer problems with them. No complaints yet.
I've had this happen twice
My brother and a couple who are close friends. Converted them both to Linux. I told them I could fix their PC, remove the malware ("My computer's running slowly") and reinstall Windows, but that it was highly likely they would be calling me again next month. Linux would solve all their (and my) problems, if they'd give it a try for a few months. If not, I would come back and reinstall Windows for them (because I convinced them to buy a larger HDD and set their old Windows one aside)
For the applications they needed to run on Windows (camera software and iTunes), I installed VirtualBox and a copy of WindowsXP. Firefox works on Linux the same way it works on Windows, and that's 90% of their use.
It was worth the gamble. Both are happy after several years as Linux users. I have had one or two calls, usually because a wifi link needed to be reconfigured or something minor like that.
One of life's little puzzles...
Where on earth are all the hot 20-something women who don't know anything about computers?
//and who do they ask for help?
Re: what's swedish for bollocks ?
We have the Pythons to thank for that misconception.
//the people responsible for the tiles have been sacked
Re: Competant Staff
"To say Polish or Nigerian programmers are the best in the World would also be incorrect."
Now, Nigerian fiction writers, on the other hand, *that* is a different story altogether...
Really good read!
Well done. The quality of the first two articles has been outstanding! Keep it up, Reg!
Re: There is a simple explanation
Word *used* to be fine. A fully featured word processor. This was back in '97 or so. Soon, everyone who needed one had a copy, and Microsoft's revenue stream from Office was drying up. THIS is when the troubles began.
Yearly releases were decreed...incompatible file formats were mandated and frivolous "features" were added. And the "ribbon" was born! A time-tested UI, with which every user was familiar and comfortable, was replaced with something that took up more room and required more clicks to use. Because it's so big and special, you have to have tabs. And, of course, there's no going back to the clean, simple, functional menu interface that you were familiar with, because Microsoft just KNOWS you're going to LOVE the ribbon, if only you'll give it a chance!
Such mind-boggling stupidity does not deserve to be rewarded.
Re: Red-rag Last Paragraph
Let's not forget the mechanical geeks:
The first question should be
Why should we, an organization that handles sensitive government information and does basic research, hire a foreign national from a country we know to be interested in both those topics?
//granted him a security clearance, as well???
Re: More proof...
And...if Microsoft thinks the Enterprise market is going to sign on to the "completely new and different UI every two years" bandwagon, they're in for an unpleasant shock.
Re: Telling if a number is a cell?
You can't tell from the number alone, but the phone company knows, and those autodiallers are supposed to pay for access to that data, so they don't call cells or business numbers.
If you're running a robocall operation, you want to make as much money as possible before you're shut down, so you don't bother checking said database...or, needless to say, the Do-Not-Call list.
Re: LOHAN II
As usual, the SPB is ahead of the curve!
//I stand corrected, thanks
For the next flight, has the SPB considered using Hydrogen as a lifting gas rather than Helium? Far cheaper and saves the scarce Helium.
//playmonaut not a smoker, is he?
Coke: "OK, we're sorry. To preven this kind of error in the future, we will henceforth be making no Coke deliveries to government facilities of any kind."
"Why the Westphalian FUCK do we even still have roaming within the EU?"
Because there's shedloads of dosh to be made by all concerned.
//always the explanation for things that should have been fixed long ago
Boy Scout Games
When my son was doing Scouts, an indispensible accessory on all camping trips was the pack of "Magic" cards. The boys spent hours with them. No power needed (except for a light) and portable enough to go anywhere.
RADM Hopper at UMASS in the 70s
She came to speak when I was a graduate student. In full naval uniform and clearly not to be trifled with. She delivered her presentation (and nanoseconds for all) with the authority of one who has been there and done that. As a yet-to-be-employed EE, I was impressed, and the "nanosecond-a-foot" rule of thumb has been in my memory ever since.
Re: Feminism was created to destabilize society
You know how I know you're a guy?
Feminism was created because some women were sick and tired of being second class citizens. As the father of a daughter in IT, I think it was a d@mn good idea.
You can find anything on the Internet:
encrypting Welsh would look like plaintext.
Wouldn't there be frequency spikes for the letters L, W and N?
Re: If you have any interest at all in the subject...
Well worth the trip. And send 'em some money as well.
Regarding the Bombes -- they used wire brush contacts, similar (if not identical) to those used in tab card machines. Don't underestimate the amount of maintenance required to keep one of those electro-mechanical beasts doing its job. When I worked with punched-card machines, one of the skills you needed to know was how to replace brushes and plugboard contacts (and to know which relay, when removed, doubled the speed of the machine -- in direct violation of your lease agreement!).
//Mum was in "the business" at Nebraska Av during the war
Imagine being one of the designers? "You can use anything you want except nuclear. Just make it go as fast as you can and as high as you can."
Probably less fun for the camera designers: "You want *what* resolution, from *what* height at *what* speed?"
Passendale on 1st pg
Passendale on 1st pg
Should be Passchendaele.
Since so many died there, it seems important to get it right.
//sorry, not funny.
Re: Does it need pointing out.
You probably pick it up from the Embassy, it having beed delivered via diplomatic bag.
But getting stopped with it by the police could be uncomfortable...
Re: Vandalising government property?
Ohio is, of course, a "stand your ground" state. That should give him an airtight defense. He'll probably get off with a slap on the wrist.
I'd say Bob was wasted in his current position and should have been promoted to management.
Re: How long before El Reg authors outsource their job to China?
I'm fine with that, as long as they don't outsource the BOFH.
...or the SPB!
Not all of us!
Some of us have lived to other countries, read and listen to media other than CNN, FOX or the local "Top 40" station, and are a tad embarassed about our country's behaviour on the world stage. But we're outnumberd...by a million moms who spend their time worrying about the quality of our TV commercials (which, I admit, are not up to the quality of those shown in the rest of the world). Some of the best commercials I've seen would cause rioting in the streets if shown on US TV.
We're trying, but it's an Sisyphean task...
That there are a million moms offended by this stupid commercial.
//men are pigs, but are pigs men?
Very few. And they're keeping their heads down, for fear of being burned at the stake by fundies.
Gee, *thanks*, Mom!
Best birthday party, ever!
//the norm in some cultures, I guess
Well done. Full marks!
Re: Tricky balancing act
I remember a dynamo powered flashlight (torch) we had when I was a kid in the late 50's. Palm sized with a lever that had a toothed gear section on the free end (near the bulb). You squeezed the lever and spun a generator and a flywheel inside. Keep squuexing as long as you needed light.
While I feel sorry for Mr. Bayliss, he did himself just come up with a new twist on an old idea. His contribution was a more efficient radio and power system, and lower cost to manufacture. He'll be remembered for that, if not remunerated.
Re: Miniature Surface to Air Missile system?
//Purina Owl Chow in the pocket
Nothing that can't be fixed with a piece of black electrical tape.
- Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
- FOUR DAYS: That's how long it took to crack Galaxy S5 fingerscanner
- Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
- Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
- Wall St's DROOLING as Twitter GULPS DOWN analytics firm Gnip