926 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
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
Re: Ah, I get it...
-> Let me guess... $YY multiplied by several necessary providers is going to end up being pretty close to $XX.
Not in our case. Netflix, Apple TV and Hulu Plus = $30/mo. Cable was $60/mo
Re: NSA have no sense of humor
Ummmm...the videos "a friend" downloaded off bittorrent were for private, non-commercial use within his own home. Apparently, that's still illegal.
//Sauce for the goose, etc.
Re: Thank You
And to our elected representatives (who "knew all about this"), charged with oversight of the intelligence services, a big _digitus impudicus_ for doing f*ck all to keep them in their place. Thanks for nothing, boys.
Re: Ah hah!
Emergency re-design of LOHAN necessary?
Enhanced capabilities to be added?
Re: Chances are its all true but.....
Seems like a good start to the next John LeCarre novel...
Re: One small mistake here..
Talking about it.
Just do it, anonymously and behind TOR or enough proxies, and from an IP not your own. Don't talk about it and do it from a computer that disappears afterwards. That way, even if they track you down, there's no physical evidence to find.
Is it a crime if it's done to uncover evidence of a crime?
Re: He's right. We need to make a choice.
You know what? I'm fine with 80% security.
And we will never have 100% security (at least, not in Boston), so I'm good with 80%
Re: Google does not have a 'back door' for the government to access private user data
Govt: "Google -- give us access to all your users' data!"
Google: "Sure, glad to help. Just as soon as you hand over that check."
Gov't: "But...but...National Security!"
Google: "Get to the back of the line, you're no better than anyone else. And when you get to the front, better have a check ready."
Re: Human swarm
"With so much data on me being processed by all these businesses..."
What's amusing to me is they think all the data's accurate :-)
//lies, all lies...
Re: Give him some credit.
Not quite a big enough leap, apparently. Maybe next year.
//good on him, though
Re: Subtitles for the song anyone?
Subtitles present, comrade!
(utility somewhat diminished by the fact that they're in Korean, rather than English, though)
Anyone care to attempt to translate them?
Back in the day
In my first job out of university in 1978, I was a member of the team which developed the Dasher D200, Data General's low cost, microprocessor (MC6802) based serial terminal. I wrote the assembly code which scanned the keyboard.
As this was a microprocessor-based product with a display, the bright minds on the team were looking for interesting things to do with it. We added a pair of control sequences which would allow you to download and execute code (downloaded as S1/S9 ASCII hex files) from display memory. This was done for our own amusement, and made it into the release ROMs. Of course, malicious hacking was far in the future and we gave not a thought to the fact that this feature could be misused in any way.
Now that we had the ability to run random code on the processor, we needed some "tests". One of these was an implementation of Pacman, another was Space Invaders. We tried (and failed) to make either of these games fit into the amount of display memory on the final product (our prototype units had 2x the standard amount of display memory, so the games fit easily). If we had been able to fit the either of the games in standard display memory, the terminals would have shipped with the code stored in an unused part of system ROM, accessible with some secret keystroke sequence. It was only because we were a few bytes too big for display memory that this didn't happen.
Including extra flotation and a waterproof return address label?
Best of luck to the Playmonaut and his (her?) ground crew!
Someone should tell the Sun-Times
It's not the equipment, it's the person using it. News photographers have lots of experience taking photographs. Some have even gone to school for it. Sure, your reporters can use iPhones. They might even be able to get them out, enter the unlock code, and bring up the camera before the moment to be photographed passes. Then, they might even get a shot.
No zoom lens, no flash, tiny sensor. I guess that's god enough for the Chicago Sun-Times.
//feel bad for the photogs, but maybe they'll be appreciated at their next jobs.
Er, no, indeed.
Motif window manager was my favorite. I think I even *purchased* a copy to run on an early Linux release.
I'm pretty sure that was pre-Win95. Before that I had run it on my Sun workstation.
I notice nobody has brought up the window managers or "root menu" on Unix systems. Linux didn't (necessarily) want to look like Win95, it wanted to look like Unix. At least, that's why I started using it.
Re: Still waiting!
Seek no further:
Re: @Parax they are doing it all wrong!
"The best sailors are always on shore"
I like that, and how very true!
And..for afterwards, one of my favorites:
"It seemed like a good idea at the time!
Re: attempting to hide in a cactus?
...and while naked at that. Points (sharp ones!) to the man for being so intoxicated that this appeared to be a Good Idea.
Re: Oh dear
And when the PLA Generals looked at the secret plans for those money-pits..."
...or they'll go broke trying to build their own copies of them. All part of a cunning plan!
"Intelligence was more use to bomb the launch sites in Northern France etc"
For which I happen to have copies of aerial reconnaissance photos. I give those photointerpreters credit: I can't find the damn sites. "No Ball" missions, I believe they were called.
Those WWII bomber crews must have had trouble getting into the air, what with the weight of their big brass ones and all.
//The beer's for them (and all the others) on Memorial Day, and especially for my friend Louis Paltrineri, radio operator on a B17, shot down and ended the war as a POW...thank you.
Re: British Intelligence
(Recommend R.V Jones - "Most Secret War" book for more details)
a.k.a. "The Wizard War"
Re: If I were Google
Naah...Ballmer can't put anything larger than an office chair in orbit.
Around here, they had underground ones that were supposed to rise up on hydraulics after the big boom.
1. Assuming the hydraulics hadn't rusted from groundwater
2. Good only until the second boom.
Even Dick Cheney was shocked.
Even more so, I expect, when he learned that the secret warhead enable code was "0000000"
Re: Wasn't it DECtalk?
Sure sounds like it, but here's the scoop, from the "Hawk" himself:
"Speech Synthesizers (3 copies):
Manufacturer - Speech Plus (Incorporated 1988, Mountain View, CA)
Model - CallText 5010"
and more, from that unimpeachable source, Wikipedia:
Why is it so hard for Microsoft?
Commercial users want stability and reliability. They don't want the latest whizz-bang UI, or tiles, or widgets. They want computers on the desks of their employees to run whatever software they need to run to do their jobs, with minimal support requirements. Don't go changing things, just for the sake of changing them. That just costs us more money in lower productivity, while our employees learn how to use the new features at our expense.
Is this so hard for Microsoft to understand? Just give us something that works and will be supported for "a while", the longer the better. Of course, if it's robust and resistant to malware, all the better, but perhaps that's a bridge too far...
Re: "Ah. I see."
He'll raise the dosh in no time.
Re: '...releases an album of "motivational business music".'
"Ever Onward, IBM!"
(they play it at the Computer History Museum in Silly Valley)
Someone should do a "greatest hits" collection and sell it on late night TV.
//well, I guess there's always YouTube
Re: Happy with mine
Around here, that's against the law, no matter what the reason. And just in case the supplier messes up, I have a wood stove to keep me warm while they figure out who to blame.
Seriously, I've had a smart electric meter for 20 years. Never had a problem with it.
Re: Shoddy reporting
Sun Sentinal link in the article has the photo
Howard Johnson's and the "old" Bell System logo, for me.
IIRC, Bell changed their logo to the "outlined bell" very shortly thereafter.
//still my favorite movie
Re: Ah yes...
I built a copy of The Internet for my daughter's birthday. She's in IT and a fan. She thought it was brilliant. Only the most refined of her coworkers appreciated it.
Re: Missed marketing angle
Can you purchase previously used ones from a vending machine?
- Review Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. How about... oh, your battery died
- 'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
- +Comment EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper
- Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia
- Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst