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Re: Just blame BP
-- Britain subcontracting patrolling of the Atlantic during WW2 to the Germans --
Fair's fair. IIRC, a Standard Oil (U.S.) tanker was caught refueling a U boat.
The company claimed it was a rogue captain what done it, but I have to imagine a bit more security than leaving the keys to ships on a hook at the guard shack.
Chat, Power, and frog-boiling
To the chap who extolls chat for its anti-weasel properties (logging what was said by whom), I note that a former coworker (still at the weasel-farm I left years ago) has informed me that they are now forbidden to log chats. Not surprising from a company that shunned email for coordination in favor of flaky wikis and meetings that reliably started 18 minutes after the scheduled time and consisted mainly of "Oh, did you expect me to do that? I'll get to it this week." repeated weekly.
The pictured dock gave me shudders as it seems that all device manufacturers have taken up the position that Toshiba took in 2000, when I was shocked to be told, after the battery in a month-old laptop had failed, that it was my fault, as I was not meant to leave it on the adapter/charger once it was fully charged, and by doing so I had killed the battery. SInce I was familiar with IBM and Apple laptops that could be "docked" for days and still retain full capacity, I thought Toshiba were clueless feebs, but my most recent Apple laptop has the same sort of warning. I'd hate to think how often one would need to replace the battery in a docked iPad.
Voice Quality? I pine for that days that a phone, while far from perfect, did not regularly sound as if the call to Dave in Accounting was via satellite to Ulan Bator. I wonder how bad voice quality will get once all us old farts who can remember those days have gone permanently on-hook.
Re: Has It been a year already?
-- Not that Gmail is remotely intuitive until you've used it daily for a month
Wait, there was a month during which gmail's interface was reasonably stable?
I've been on gmail since back when you needed to be invited (fortuitously right about when my previous ISP was going titsup), and all I recall is an endless round of "Now, where did they hide that functionality this week?" and later "WTF can possibly take so long to load". Still miles ahead of any of my other webmail accounts, but...
I've gone pretty much completely to IMAP today, other than that day when gmail IMAP would not work until one had logged into the the web interface and clicked the "Yeah, I see what you did there" button to "accept" that they had hidden yet more commonly-used actions behind a layer of indirection.
Based on other comments, IMAP does not (yet?) work for HoTMail. As a former Outlook (and OWA) victim, I feel their pain.
Silicon Valley is not Heaven
So, just to say, I don't think living here normally provides an illusion of living in the future. Working for a major company and having "Business class" ($100+/month) service, paid by your employer, might.
You might want to check with the lady above left about how secure such systems are.
Anybody who cares can probably find all the answers to a typical company's "security questions" for any person who even has a presence on the Internet. (My first use of the Paris icon, but then, you don't have Ms Palin)
Yeah, what's with that loss figure?
The loss does seem excessive. I recall several years ago some boffins at MIT did this sort of thing, just in time for the collapse of broadband market. So, since their main (achieved) goal was low loss (hence increased repeater spacing) they pivoted to selling the stuff for surgical laser guides. It seems folks get uncomfortable with the waste heat from conventional fiber delivering surgical power levels.
Now _there's_ a vivid image. Canadian MPs huddled in the cellar, beset by ravening hordes of ActiveX-infested voters. At least they may be "exchanged for masses of people out of control", which sounds much more amenable to paid political advertisments.
Re: Penguins console
If it's a boot problem, more like ash, or busybox.
BTW: Back when I was "qualifying" servers, and writing tests for add-in cards, it was not unusual to get a demand that my tests run under DOS (Usually FreeDOS). Apparently many manufacturers don't like taking the time to boot either Linux or Windows. Big fun explaining how a DOS program to test a 10Gbit NIC with 64-bit DMA was going to cost them.
And yes, I ran across Mobos that had lots of "PCIe" slots, which were only "qualified" as graphics card slots. That is, "We do not respond to bug reports when anything but one of our approved video cards is plugged in to those slots. Oh, and some "8-lane" slots were on the far side of a 1-lane HT link.
Re: the 'expected distance' for car keys would be very small
You need to be far enough to sustain minimal damage when the pipe-bomb wired to the starter goes off.
Or at least that's the use-case I would expect for at least some buyers of keyless starters, in some lines of business.
There's a reason it was often referred to in house as "StoneVision". :-)
BTW: the Amiga was designed by Ex-Atarians, while the ST was designed by ex-Commodore folks. Corporate shenanigans lead to strange bedfellows. (And that's not even counting the ice swan left in a certain Marketing VP's bed)
About those Windmills
ISTR Cervantes was actually making a point with them. The windmills in his vicinity were run as government monopolies, with home-milling forbidden, so that taxes could be levied on all grain, even that used by the farmer and his family. The fact that the monopolistic millers could now charge exorbitant rates for the milling itself, and were all "connected" to the rulers, was, I'm sure, a mere unintended consequence.
Re: Nice try, but consider
Start/stop bits are not needed for 8b/10b encoding. There are more than 256 usuable k-codes, so some are used for IDLE and other SYNC purposes. (Pedants: yes, things get more complicated with multi-lane versions)
That said, I do wish they had made this RFC1926 compliant.
1) EDSAC had Wheeler's "Initial Orders" from pretty much the beginning. This provided a Higher Level (than toggling in binary) language somewhat like a Forth assembler, and a subroutine library on paper tape. EDSAC was also based less on ENIAC than on EDVAC, although that machine did not appear until later.
2) While I agree that the PDP-8 was very significant, small (i.e. fridge-sized) computers such as the LGP-30 and G-15 (designed by harry Huskey, who had worked with Turing) pre-date it. They did, however, cost about the same as a suburban single-family house (still cheap at the time), while the PDP-8 could be had for the price of a (very nice) auto.
Re: How about ..
Problem with "Sender" and "Receiver" is that in most non-trivial cases, there are multiple messages, sent both ways. So it really helps to assign fixed names to the endpoints rather than names that depend on only one message of a group. Thinking back to Modems, even half-duplex ones could both send and receive, just not at the same time. What distinguished roles in the original call setup were "originate" and "answer".
(Me for symmetry. I even like the concept of the old hermaphroditic connectors on IBM channels, although I suppose today they'd be forbidden in U.S. government installations due to the Defense of Marriage Act)
Tech vs Legal jargon
I assume from the comments that many have not actually read any patents. They are most definitely not written in Tech Jargon. They are written in their own special dialect of Legal Jargon. I can barely recognize the inventions at the base of my own patents, so what hope does a jury of non-patent-lawyers have?
And yes, it doesn't help that juries are expressly forbidden to use anything that they know independently of the testimony. That leads me to wonder how one could inject his own definition of "prior art". In theory, you are not even allowed to know that the sun sets rather later than 6PM in mid-summer, if neither side introduced that in testimony
Re: I'm still hurting
Seconded (well, fifthed, from the other comments). Looking better would not help. They need to actually go back to making non-crap products. Not that it would really help with me. They are dead to me after my last (home) all-in-one and constant pain of their blade servers.
Why buy it?
"Greater Fool" theory, I suppose. Mind you, I was apparently the greater fool back in the early 80s when a mate had three of these for sale, asking $75 each. If I had bought all three maybe today I'd have a chance at a house near the new FaceBook HQ. Well, a small one. But I didn't even buy one. Sigh.
I'd like to see a laptop that delivers on battery life measured in calendar months as well as running hours. My daughter's "Space Clam" iBook could sit on her homework desk, plugged in, for weeks at a time, then be unplugged and get 4 hours on the battery charge. My mid-2000 Toshiba killed its battery after less than a month of such use, and while Toshiba replaced it, they chided me for expecting any different. Now everybody seems to take the same line: "You _must_ unplug when the battery is fully charged, and re-plug when it is close to fully drained, or we cannot guarantee battery life". IIRC my Thinkpad T-40 worked decently, too. Later Dell and Apple laptops, not so much.
So what is it that at least Apple and IBM used to know about chargers and power management, that everybody has forgotten?
Before cat's whiskers ...
we had coherers. Typically called "Branly Coherers", due to Stigler's law ( Nothing is ever named for its actual discoverer). That's for the receiver. Transmitters were spark-gaps, internationally forbidden in the 1920s, but I have beside me as I type a toy using both these items, from the 1950s.
Also from the 1950s (and more relevant) Sylvania's ceramic multi-component modules (think: macro-scale I.C.s). incorporating thermionic valves, and intended for space use.
Re: Yes, DRAM
You seem to be mixing generations in your mind. Back when DRAM was multi-supply and only 4Kx1, contemporary SRAM might also be multi-supply (or slow, we're talking pre-ion-implant days), and only 1K bits, e.g. 256x4. So to get the same number of bits of memory, you needed more chips.
Yes, there were "toy" computers with only 256 bytes of RAM, but seriously, 1K bytes was a minimum practical system (for some definition of "practical", like "able to run Tom Jennings' MicroChess"), and that would have been 8 256x4s or 8 1Kx1's no matter how you sliced it.
If you are going to compare devices without taking time of introduction into account, you might as well ask why IBM was faffing around with "spinning rust" back in the early 1950s when 32Gig flash drives are so cheap.
One of the nifty things about the 6502 was its very simple, regular memory interface. This allowed some clever stunts to do, say, video DMA (and incidental refresh) without using so much of the bus that the CPU was starved. So, yes, DRAM. In pretty much all the 6502-based systems. At about one quarter the cost per bit, it was, how you say "a no-brainer".
Yeah, I'm an old enough codger to have designed with 1K through 64K _bit_ DRAMs before I went to the dark side (management, and software)
Lack of problem
may be more due to lack of people using OTA TV. Once the Digital cutover was complete, a lot of folks found their antennae of more use to birds than humans, and had to move to cable or equivalent.
Not that I'm suggesting there was any sort of agenda there...
has been around for over 50 years.
(With a bonus video about the computer itself)
I was hoping
that this story was really about a Telegraph Web Site. Something like GreenKeys, but older yet
"Mr Wheatstone, come here...".
I suppose that the telautograph would be a better fit for today's graphics-heavy web, though.
Re: will this update work?
Glad to hear you have had such success with Ububtu. My own experience is "not so much", in that after three tries I could not find a distro where both authentication (PAM) and WiFi (at more than WEP level) worked, until Canonical finally had mercy on me and dropped support for my system. What was that about Linux being "great for older machines"? That would be some other distro, or using the definition of "older" that means "but less than three years old".
Having done _many_ installs of, e.g SLES and RHEL on servers, I doubt I'm exactly a novice at Linux installs (even had some driver patches accepted), but you _did_ specifically mention Ubuntu. (Full disclosure: it does amuse me that a "server install" includes stuff I'd call more desktop-y, like games and media-players, but the config process lets me fix that)
To forestall any plaints of "Apple fanboi!", I was also not amused that Apple chose to break Migration-assistant from 10.4PPC to 10.5x86. They must have been _really_ pissed at PPC fans.
As for the poster with the Mac Mini and EyeTV. I agree that, modulo a few annoying bugs that I wish had higher priority than messing with new remotes, is very nice. Too bad I have Comcast, which is apparently hell-bent on eliminating ClearQAM, and thus any option of avoiding their box.
Is it still a game...
That would be about 1978, IIRC, with "Atari Football". First game I ever saw with "pay to continue" as opposed to "pay for another game". Worked a treat, as the player currently losing would often pay up in the hopes of reversing the situation. But if the world has been going downhill since then, why aren't at bottom yet?
I blame the Lydians. No money -> nobody stealing your money. And it's darn hard to pass a sheep over an SSL connection.
I'm amazed that none of the folks demanding that ISPs respond to all spam complaints haven't considered how common (hint: nearly pervasive) the use of fake "From" addresses is.
If the subject line doesn't ring a bell, I can only say "How quickly they forget"
Steve Jobs (as clearly correct as the average "from" line)
Interesting to hear of the Adabas connection, since Omex (Ellison's job before starting Oracle) used Adabas, according to a friend who worked there at the time. IIRC, their document-storage system stored images on a Write-once optical unit, with indexing in Adabas on a PDP-11. So, how few people were actually involved in the birth of the database?
But the real question is...
... WTF would Paul Allen have a debit card?
Debit cards are for people with lousy credit ratings, or who are blissfully unaware of the security implications of the difference between them and credit cards (or both). How does that apply to Paul Allen?
It's like "Susanne Klatten's Trabant recovered after high-speed chase".
Re: Implicit in this thought...
Is nothing new, to those of us who recall the test for an acceptably IBM-PC compatible enterprise desktop. No good trying to get mgmt to consider a major-brand actually 16bit (8086, not 8088) machine with more memory and a faster clock, that could run all the official apps, for less money, than the beige-box from nowhere that could play Flight simulator.
Put on your mu-metal cap
And consider that _they_ (you know who, nudge, nudge, wink wink) are gung-ho for whitespace because it will be rife with "cheaters" who ignore the databases or pollute them with false data, or simply use a few hundred times the allowed power. Most of us will consider this a bad thing, but then we would (like those who make excuses for porn-scans and junk-touchingl) support "vitally needed new legislation" making it illegal for anyone, anywhere, to build or operate anything capable of emitting R.F. (except CFL bulbs, those are grandfathered) unless it is subject to control by "the authorities". Eventually, possession of a 1929 copy of The Radio Amateur's Handbook will be a one-way ticket to the gulag.
Have a nice day.
From errant emails and the like I conclude that there are at least four individuals with my name and significant "footprints" on the internet. Larger than mine anyway. If one of them made this sort of request, would I be "un-personed", just in case?
More to the point if Sony were to demand that "All references to Michael Jackson not appearing on Sony sites" be removed, how would fans of beer or software be affected?
Note that embedded systems (like, oh, my Linksys NAT-ing router) may overuse the "shiny parts" of the whole web experience. Such that I have to keep an older version of Firefox around (on an older computer) to talk to mine. New Firefox (or Safari) on a newer computer blows chunks.
RE: Redirect all sites
Exactly how is a person who has been fairly clueless for 120 days meant to distinguish that particular infect threat from the other dozen or so per day?
It's like my bank, who send me notices indistinguishable from phishing attempts, and can't understand why I don;t want to sign up for online banking.
The point of scanners?
It is neither to catch terrorists, nor to let some mouth-breather exercise power over a nicer woman than will ever speak to him, not even (fully) to get folks to reflexively obey the new Stasi.
It is to make money for Michael Chertoff and his pals and fellow investors.
Follow the money.
As others have noted, the TSA folks who steal from your luggage are not (precisely) the ones that grope your kids or ogle you, although they may rotate positions.
text: those "letter viewed through a bottle" and "incriminating note curling as it burns" effect from 1930s movies.
Cat Videos: Who wouldn't want to tweak them with custom css to turn the original cat into one's own?
Porn: Likewise, a webpage with a single, not-particularly interesting "actress" could, via CSs, look like the celebrity of your choice. A natural Freemium business model: give away the porn, sell the CSS.
What constitutes a "transfer"? It is almost certainly not a transaction, unless 4.0 is logically very different from its predecessors. Perhaps "transitions"? or maybe they mean "signal elements", which we used to call "baud" (max signal elements/sec.) before the PC muppets (no disrespect to Jim Henson) decided that every signal was strictly binary. (Hint: take a look how GigE, or even 100BaseT are done)
How does it differ from the "Coffee Grinder" used by Union forces in the "Recent Unpleasantness" (aka "War Between the States" or "U.S. Civil War")?
That weapon suffered from the barrel-heating problem and so was eclipsed by Doctor Gatling's invention. Of course, Gatling is better known because both sides got to use his version, thanks to a conveniently located factory... ("Allegedly"...)
8008, not the child of 4004
8008 was based on the Datapoint processor. Had little to do with the 4004. I had wondered why the interrupt was not really usable until I read that the original had two register sets. Ah!
Those crazy segments? The 286 finally did them almost right, if by "right" you meant "well tuned for a Multics-like system". But by then all the new kids were running DOS and Unix, so...
Interesting how AMD is touted as just a minor goad. Forgetting both Sledgehammer (morphed into x86_64) and HyperTransport (aka "father of QPI")
And don't get me started on 6502s vs Z80s for graphics-intense systems. Been there (CPU eval "shoot outs") Done that (chose 6502).
Lead, Gold, and Apples
I suspect that the "death by tin whiskers" part of the life equation is nicely balanced by the "gold on the connectors so thin it might as well not be there" side. Of course both MSFT and Apple are working on the other side, de-supporting hardware _almost_ as fast as it can wear out. And Canonical seems to be moving that way as well.
Meanwhile the single dumbest financial decision I ever made was to turn down a friend's offer to sell me one of his three Apple I computers for $75. If he did manage to sell them all at that price, though, he was dumber than me.
Moving to ARM
"Time to move"? Nope. Win8 will run on ARM.
Communication Company Information
You might want to look into how that worked out for Qwest, and its CEO.
"Nice little comms company you have here. It'd be a shame if something happened to it, and you..."
I'm just waiting for some Somali warlord to take the copyright boosters to court for using the term "Piracy" in a manner likely to confuse consumers. "It's a dilution of our brand and trademark, guv"
AC had it right
The threat is not that your precious bits will get lost. At least not the _main_ threat. Rolling from one generation of HDD to another works fine for that.
The threat is that when you try to open your PageMaker4 or Word3.0 files, you will be darn lucky to get anything recognizable back. Similarly for any other application (nearly all of them) that uses a proprietary binary storage format.
-- This is a no-win situation - but there are a hell of a lot more sex offenders than freedom fighters, and the enemies of sex offenders are much better placed to raise hell. --
This sounds like a bizarre statement. I realize that there are not yet heads on pikes on Capitol Hill over the Patriot Act renewal, but I wonder just how many such incidents it will take before a fair number of "Freedom Fighters" pass the fear/duty threshold and take action. Of course, that's counting only U.S. freedom fighters. And for "better placed", I'd suggest that even in these days of swat teams for copyright infringers, the actual army is capable of raising more hell than the vigilantes and "Moral Majority".
And I suspect that you are counting everybody who ever watched a X-rated video or read an Evergreen Press book as a Sex Offender, to get that side of the ratio up.
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