969 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: A communist hotel
Rumored to be unusable due to poor construction quality (bad concrete, crooked elevator shafts, etc)
The deal was rumored to be that the Orascom (Egyptian) telephone company would get the contract to run Pyongyang's cellular phone system if it put an outer skin on the skeleton. As far as I can tell, we now have lipstick on the pig, but the only profitable use to which this monstrosity is being put, is as a (very tall) cellular base station for the NORK glitterati.
On BOFH Day?
Re: off topic
"I don't think he'll be clicking on any links we send him today..."
Not after the first one, at any rate...
// the one with the bottle of eye bleach in the pocket, thanks
This seems like a minor "issue" with which I needn't concern myself...
"An ounce of appearance is worth a pound of performance."
...as true in this context as it is in the workplace at review time.
Well, hello, Dick!
It's "Richard", thank you very much.
East coast of the US
Hurricane season is about to start...hope they can reef those sails quickly., or they'll be in deep...water.
//arrrr...sextant in me pea coat...
Re: If proof were needed that police are theives [lying and bribery proof currently in the courts]
"...the seized items are returned..."
...eventually. Maybe. If the owners ask nicely. If the cops can "find" the evidence, which seems to go missing at a rate proportional to it's potential for use in cops' homes.
Re: Cool..but also oddly disturbing
The wife was just mentioning that [some terribly smart astro-boffin] warns us against looking for aliens, because:
- they'll find us, because they have mastered interstellar travel
- they'll have mastered interstellar travel because they are looking for resources (or slaves)
- they will be taking these resources if they find them
- they won't be saying "please"
- if we get in the way, (or maybe ieven if we don't), we'll be eliminated (or enslaved)
Perhaps we should just shut up and keep a low profile?
"it seemed like a good idea at the time..."
And somebody has to be the first to try it.
//RIP Mr. Thornton, and thanks for being a good sport about it.
A couple of thoughts on the photo of the attached thermistor...
- The ring-terminal appears to be floating in free space -- it should be thermally attached to whatever you wish to measure the temperature of (the thermistor itself is inside the crimp area of the terminal)
- You're on the outside of the heater -- will this not give you an artificially high temperature (as opposed to being thermally bonded to the aluminium tube)?
Heh - kids make mistakes...
...but only rarely do they have such widespread impact. However, he paid his debt to society and went on to make himself quite a bit of money and get hired as a prof at MIT. Kid's done OK, I'd say.
He probably leaves the worm off his resume, though
// the one with the floppy disk in the pocket
Re: ahh, chairs
MY nice office char (north of $500 new, I believe) came from a former company. They were moving, offered the chairs to the employees for some nominal amount. As I wasn't going to be in town, the day of the sale, I handed the sum to a co-worker and loaded a chair in my vehicle the night before.
Came in on Monday and was told by the co-worker, that the sale had been cancelled at the last minute, the chairs (minus one) were going to be left with the building. I told him to keep the cash. Chair still in use, and doing very nicely, thank you.
Re: What is it this week?
"... but Windows doesn't do what you describe by itself."
Oh, yes it does, and more!
Moving a device from one USB connector to another, borks everything up royally. Apparently, each USB connector maps to a different port on the internal USB hub, and Windows gets all confused. At least, XP and Win7 do, from my own personal experience.
Re: Read this, it explains everything
The Mythical Man-Month
Somebody didn't read it.
"I got one for our CEO ... it has a slight whiff...... "
Strange that every other unit in the shipment didn't smell at all, innit?
If you want to outsource to Infosys
You should consider carefully the attitude of the management of a corporation that would pull something like this. Then, ask yourself if you want to bet your company on code written in an organization that thinks that finding "creative" ways around visa restrictions is a good idea.
// Wouldn't touch them with a barge pole myself. Plenty of older contractors out there who know what they're doing, laid off because some bean counter though outsourcing would save money.
...because the Russian press, like Pravda and Izvestia before them, are known for their high quality, objective reporting.
// as the Chinese are known for the safety and reliability of their low cost electrical gear
Re: from the distant past
// brought the (thick ethernet) network to a crawl
Office rowing team
Points for coordination...
I think it would be a nice gesture if you could send Ariadne a signed photo of the actual craft, painted in her design, along with a team photo.
It may not mean as much to her now as it will in a few years...
Well done, SPB, for encouraging the next generation!
Re: It just goes to show....
"You don't need to spy on your own population. For any reason."
I'd modify that to say "You may not spy on your own population".
Because the security services certainly feel justified in what they're doing...it's just that the masses aren't privy to the tippy-top-secret reasons that support the "justification".
Oh, it *is* against the law to spy on US persons, except in these special circumstances where the security services say that the law doesn't apply, and their "yes man" secret court agrees.
Security organizations always seem to have an elevated sense of their mission, which makes them the only possible arbiters of what's legal and what's not...and very little is "not", from their point of view. It's them against a world of evil-doers..a thin blue line, as it were.
Nixon had the same view. And look what happened to him.
Even the US wants Ariadne's design!
Ooh! Does it have a SMITE key?
// Far Side icon appears to be missing
Twenty years or so ago, I worked with some folks who had tried something similar in the office environment.. They were plagued with coverage and multipath problems, as well as the low signal-to-noise ration and the large size of the required detectors. Uplink wasn't an issue, as the transmitters weren't in the lights, but tacked on top of cubicle walls, using the ceiling times as passive reflectors.
It never worked to spec. I don't think networking-by-light has ever worked in free space, at least I have never seen a successful multipoint network with anything but carefully aligned lasers on rooftops.
// light meter in one pocket and telescope in t'other
Why do the makers of bedside clocks make them bright enough to light the room...even on the dimmest setting?
A cellphone alarm would never work with me, I'd knock it off the table while attempting to silence it, then step on it as I got out of bed.
My alarm's in the bathroom...to force me to get out of bed to silence it.
// The wife gets up when I get out of the shower...
Re: Not to be racist
Not in the US -- it's a MONTH before 9/11 :-)
Re: A day to celebrate
Now, the only question will be: gold? or chav-tartan?
The bottom picture on page 1 ("even Teletype machines get a look in") does not show a Teletype. However, the bottom picture on page 3 does show a Lear Siegler ADM-3 "glass teletype".
When you're writing for geeks, it's important to get these details right :-)
// roll of yellow paper in the pocket
Sounds like someone didn't make the right payoffs in time.
// envelope in the pocket
Re: Ballmer’s bonus was just 79 per cent of his eligible total
I suspect bonus calculations are done with an Excel VB script.
// author of which is long gone, so no-one understands the inner workings
Most fun I ever had
When I bought a $6 item and was issued $40 in change!
They had apparently mixed up the $1 and $10 cartridges in the base of the machine.
// yes, I told them, but I think they were more worried about how many previous customers hadn't...
Re: Register Red of course!
Silver fuselage and orange wings/tail.
You'll want the wings to stand out as you try to maneouver it...silver will be harder to see than orange.
Safe flight, good luck!
Re: 5v 3A
A bit piggish with the power, innit?
No heatsink shown, though.
Wonder if I'll be able to pick the chips up at Digikey?
(underlines the importance of weatherproof labels with name and phone number, I'd say)
I, too, suggest a going over with some fine grit sandpaper before painting. Otherwise, you'll have a lumpy, painted surface. She deserves the best, so don't succumb to the temptation, take a while and get the surface glossy smooth before you paint...
You won't regret it!
Re: Pix or it didn't happen.
As a friend once said: "If it's a digital photo, it'll end up on the web...so DON'T TAKE IT!"
// rolls of film in the pocket, thanks
Re: This does not surprise me
AVN shared the building for many years and offered discounts to CES goers....
...the very definition of synergy :-)
Re: Serious Business
Sorry, I don't have an hour and a half to find out what they're spraying.
Could you summarize, please?
(and while you are at it, please explain how spraying stuff at 30000 feet gives you any control at all of where it lands)
// Hmmm...maybe *that's* why Canadians are so mellow?
Re: vid opening
Anyone worked out the Morse code?
"SPECIAL PROJECTS BUREAU"
Hottest 25 under 25 -- at 30
Please, oh, please: come back in five years, with a second look at all these folks, and tell us how they have changed? It will, I guarantee, be worth the effort...
// old guy, wishes them all well
Here's wishing you a successful launch, safe flight and easy, goat- and tree-free recovery!
Google for "beaver vanilla"
This is what you get -- vanilla bean dyed beaver fur trooper hat:
// folks, you can't make this up!
"...vanillin makes such an effective flavouring agent...very little of it is needed."
Ahhh...so one beaver's worth will flavour *how many* containers of ice cream, then?
I think I smell a new Reg measurement standard here.
// and it smells like...[where's the beaver icon got to?]
Re: Come on
I call BS.
There's no way catching beavers is easier or cheaper than growing vanilla plants. The number of beavers required to meet the world demand for natural vanilla flavor would be astronomical.
Sorry, but this has "urban legend" written all over it.
// Bull $#!#, not "beaver scent"
The dashcam was a teriffic idea. Sorry we missed the hike, though.
Best of luck on the second mission.
Well done, the SPB Mountain Rescue!
Playmonaut safe, debrief to be held in the nearest pub, ASAP!
Re: SPB Drone?
+1 for an SPB drone. It's just not an option -- you NEED one (with lots of cameras, please)!
Thrilling video from the chase car, great fun watching the comments scroll by in one window as the tracker updated in the other and the scenery flew by. Well done (except for the whole not-getting-to-the-landing-site-before-dark thing), but there's always tomorrow, and that climb will be easier after a few beers, a good dinner and a night's rest, which I hope you got!
//drone is cheaper and more portable than a gyrocopter
Re: Keeping up the family traditions...another LOHAN in the news.
You go girl!!!
"traveling at 77 mph in a 55 mph zone"
So, just barely keeping up with traffic flow, then?
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