Re: Grey Dwarf?
For «dirty dwarf», may I nominate Tyrion Lannister?
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For «dirty dwarf», may I nominate Tyrion Lannister?
I had fun with that too, only I used John Cleese's 'Are there any women here today?' from 'The Life of Brian'. The consternation it caused was immense. Ah, happy days.
This machine is 26 years' old. The caps on the motherboard, the analog-board or the PSU are likely to go soon. I would strongly recommend that you get at least the first two and preferably all 3 re-capped. There are people on sites like 68kmla.org that'll do it for you or at least sell you the capacitors themselves to allow you to do it themselves. The internal SCSI on mine went 2 years' ago and I had my motherboard recapped.
Also, invest in a new PRAM battery. They are 3.6V ½AAs. They cost about €10. The red and white Maxell brand batteries have a notorious reputation. They are known to explode and destroy keyboards. I don't think that anyone expected that machines would still be in use well into what was then the new century.
Lastly, I would recommend that you invest in a SCSI2SD. It is an adaptor that allows you to plug a micro-SD card into the 50-pin SCSI inside the SE/30. This has three benefits — it makes your SE/30 much, much quieter, it improves the airflow inside the Mac and it reduces the amount of heat generated, this putting less heat stress on the internal components. If you are lucky with your choice of HD, you can put in a 80-pin U320 SCSI drive with an 80-pin to 50-pin adapter. If you get one, be sure that it has jumpers for termination. Many U320 drives, but not all, support 8-bit SCSI. These are quieter and faster than HDs from 1990.
I would have thought that the simple answer to the demand that the Internet be made faster and better is to say 'sure' and send boss on his way. Then send said boss an official report two days' later stating the Internet has been made faster and better. It's in a report, so it must be true.
The two of them should start work on the Pinternet. A similar project but it involves measuring throughput in order to get more delivered and of a better quality. It may involve some out-of-house research nearby though in order to, em, validate the results.
Is there any coincidence that the Eye of Sauron will be making an appearance?
For those with an interest or a knowledge of Irish history, Michael Fitzgerald has written on this topic in 'Autism and Creativity: Is there a link between autism in men and exceptional ability?' and it is published by Brunner-Routledge.
One might also add the great Irish politician, Robert Stewart (a.k.a. Lord Castlereagh). He represented the United Kingdom at the Congress of Vienna in 1815.
Mark Harkin has a book review here:
Isn't that the purpose of Facebook & Twitter, namely to spew out whatever's on one's mind without thinking about it first?
The In-Memory-OLTP in SQL Server 2014 looks as if it is the start of something very promising. Once they get referential integrity (it ain't got no support for foreign keys...) within it sorted out — as well as all of the other notable omissions — it looks to be the most worthwhile addition to SQL Server that I can remember (v6.5 back in 1999).
This being El Reg, I'll settle for a Playmobil reconstruction, Mr. Snowden.
Wot? No hair styles specified?
I expected to see detailed specifications of afros and shoulder-length hair  as well as permitted perms for the female staff.
Helvetica — the font of the 1970s. It is unusual to see it specified in inches rather than in points.
 'Who can try to understand | the New York Times' effect on man | whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother | you're stayin' alive ah-ah-ah stayin' alive...
Wow. This guy is brilliant.
It's about time that someone nailed that filthy cheater Newton (see point 7).
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The pure truth about Ilya Geller :
1. Fulfilling his duty as that of a Jew Ilya translated Bible into a contemporary scientific theory : Bible is the Theory of Strings.
2. Ilya formulated the One Law of Nature, realizing the dream of almost all Nobel Prize Winners for the past 100 years. He did what nobody of them could.
3. As of 2003, Ilya made the humanities exact sciences .
4. Ilya recreated Philosophy of Cynicism, attacking Idealism of Plato-Hegel-Russell.
5. The first time ever Ilya used practically the Geometry of Lobachevskiy, applying it to the US Patent #6.199.067 .
6. Ilya formulated the basics of Differential Linguistics.
7. Ilya created Differential Mechanics, nailing the filthy cheater Newton.
8. And many other amazing things made Ilya.
El Reg» Don't drink and derive, kids
The project managers. It is their job to get the complex organized. If it fails, it is their fault. They failed in management. Project management is stressful - on account of the unknowns that inevitably occur, on account of the slippage in time that inevitably occurs, and so on.
If the requirements or resources are insufficient, they need to say so at the earliest possible time that the project can not be met with the given requirements and resources. Devs are resources. If they are working sloppily or not to spec, they are a poor resource and should be given a task force on website usability.
Why do I get the eerie feeling that stage 2 of this story arc will involve the bandying about of the term «innovation management»?
 It was originally an eyrie feeling, but then the bloody eagles came and dropped me off in Mordor,
Oddly enough, this has never given up on me. the worst that I've had is a tripping of the switch. I lost the page being printed. I forgot about the computer type.
If you are a mac user, be sure to know other mac users.
If you are a *nix user, you probably have several computers lying around and, if not, certainly have the parts to build one and can do so faster most people can re-install software. Besides, if nothing else, you install some flavour of Unix onto your spouse's old PowerBook and use that just as easily. I never cease to be amazed at how *nix people can make old machines perfectly usable.
I'm well used to these buggers' finicky ways. After many, many poor performances from ink-jets, I have only used laser printers since the late 1990s.
Rules to be obeyed when dissertations are to be printed off:
a. Have at least 2 laser printers and access to a third;
b. Have at least 2 computers that can print the thing and access to a third;
c. Have enough paper for at least 1 extra print-out;
d. Have enough time for printing. Order pizza if necesary.
e. Have a copy of dissertation online and on USB stick.
The magic word is 'redundancy'.
esteemed poster» A bit of digging showed a query that was JOINing umpteen tables for no apparent reason, and missing every index in the process. Turned out that this query was servicing the little “Your current dataset” box that appeared in the corner of every page (and whose content got refreshed every time you clicked to a new page).
Ah, that sounds like Entity Framework. Our application is infested with it and it makes debugging and performance optimising a real nuisance.
I would have thought that if you (as a contractor) are being paid by the hour, that a simple e-mail to the beancounters would get this problem solved very quickly. In my experience, contractors get a lot of attention and get their way without too much hassle.
If anyone can get you senior management moving quickly, it is the thought of the beancounters telling them that their budget is being depleted on a mere technicality.
It depends on how much extra you get done with your e-bike. I now do a 34-km round trip with the e-bike that I wouldn't do with my ordinary bike on the grounds that I'd be too sweaty afterwards. And I cycle in the lowest support mode (because these bikes are *very* heavy) by default. It might be that Iim doing the equivalent of 90 mins walking per day (each way takes me 45 mins), but it is still exercise that I wouldn't be doing if I were taking the train.
Our company has 2 Flyers  which I'm allowed to use to cycle back and forth from home. I have a 17km (10½ miles) journey each way and each journey takes about 45 mins. It's not especially fast — support stops after 25Km/h and you only realise then how heavy the bugger is. The main reason that I use it rather than my ordinary bike is that I don't need to shower when I get in. It's a very comfortable and agreeable ride. I look on it more as a 45 min walk.
 These laddies here: https://www.flyer-bikes.com/int/range/t-series/models/#secondPage
Go on to eBay, buy yourself a Performa 475  and load up System 7.1.1 onto it. Go get Civilization from the Macintosh Garden, download it onto a zip-disk (remember those?) or burn the file onto a CD (likewise) and load it into the aforementioned Performa with a SCSI zip-drive or CD-reader.
You then have the glory of playing one the best games from the last century running on the might of a 68LC040 25MHz processor. Stay up all night playing, drinking coffee and eating pizza and then note that you aren't 22 any more.
If you don't mind emulation, there is also Basilisk and SheepShaver.
 Note, if you are unfortunate, you may need to get the capacitors replaced. The 20 year old PRAM battery will not work no more.
I got my ass kicked about the Americans last night at Emperor level on Civilization on a Performa 475  running Mac OS 7.1.2. I'm going to give Marathon a go afterwards. I know, I should be beating them at this stage.
Not as vintage as the commenters above but still quite usable after 21 years,
That being said, I had to have the capacitors on the motherboard replaced last year and it is on its second PRAM battery.
 25MHz Motorola 68LC040 processor; Now upgraded to the then very desirable 50MHz 68040.
Is there a difference between mainstream politicians any more? Except maybe that the Tories  are more popular in the south of England and that Labour is more popular in the North of England?
 Originally Irish highwaymen [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tory]. Hmmm.
The LIKE operator can be used with In-Memory tables with ordinary (i.e Interop) SQL queries.
It can't be used in the natively-compiled procedures, but then almost nothing can. Microsoft specifies what *can* be used, rather than what can't be used.
What I would like to see in SQL Server 2016 In-Memory OLTP is:
• the ability to create indexes on nullable columns;
• Constraints — Foreign key, check und unique;
• Outer joins in natively-compiled procedures;
• Alter Table — at the moment one has to drop a table and recreate it if you want to make a change, add a column, rename it etc.;
• cross-database queries — although linked servers work;
• Sub-queries in natively-compiled subqueries;
This technology is only half-way here. It reminds me of using MySQL back in the 1990s — promising, not yet ready for migrations of currently used systems and maybe suitable for a new application so that the DB and application can be designed around its limitations.
From a DB-Migration point-of-view, restoring a DB from SQL Server 2005 on a 2012 server is not at all a painful process. It's what surrounds it is where the pain starts: SSIS packages and the like. What tripped us up was the .NET application that had been written for and ran on Windows Server 2003. That wouldn't run on Windows Server 2013 and the migration was cancelled.
I will echo the sentiment about overkill — if you have a small DB (under 10GB), then the Express Edition can be made to work. It only supports one processor (possibly only one core — I'd have to check that up) and has no SQL Server Agent, but the Scheduler in Windows can be used to run sqlcmd. And if your DB is not that much over 10GB, then a careful refactoring of datatypes (DATE instead of DATETIME for dates, VARCHAR instead of NVARCHAR when you don't need Unicode, SMALLINT instead of INT when your field only has a couple of thousand varying entries etc) and a regular archiving DB policy, so that seldomly-used, older data can be offloaded to the archive DB and thus bringing the main DB down under 10GB.
It runs 64-bit software nicely and it runs on 64-bit hardware well. Indeed, Windows 201x will almost certainly be slower on comparable hardware.
It don't need no new drivers. What it runs, it runs well and our consultant tells us that it's pretty much secure behind the firewalls and proxies he's set up.
Damn, new software and hardware is expensive. Tell me again why I need to splash out 30K for a new version of the server software (and the hardware, of course, required to run it).
Our technical person (read DBA-Support-Sysadmin-etc) has finally mastered Windows 2003. He doesn't really have the time to start on a whole new server. And he has exams coming up soon.
I suppose that Facebook would be concerned, after all they own the photos.
I have a child who is not allowed lactose and gluten. The latter makes her very aggressive and the former causes her to lose control of her bowels. Not life-threatening but certainly worth the effort of cooking lactose-free and gluten-free meals.
As a consequence, I do the bulk of my shopping in the supermarket that has the majority of the things the family needs. My local Aldi and Lidl have a limited assortment of cheaper foodstuffs but not enough to cover the aforementioned child. They are cheaper but multiple trips to supermarkets to cherry-pick what they have is time-consuming.
Another factor is the necessity of a car. We have no car. We have gotten by without one for the last 13 years. I can walk to my local supermarket but I need to drive to my nearest Lidl.
All of these factors mitigate against the large out-of-town stack'em-high-an'-cheap supermarkets in favour of the conventional supermarkets nearby.
You are either with (the) US or you are against (the) US.
Or so it would seem.
It might explain why no country has offered Snowden asylum, despite the fact that he is one of the most obvious cases for it in the last decade or so.
Title says it all really.
This is a tragedy writing itself.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
I was expecting a Ballmer story actually. Can't think why.
As with all things, it depends on the nature and frequency of the binging.
For example, when my wife and I get a new boxset , we tend to watch 2-3 episodes at night together after the children have been dispatched to bed. I suppose that we could hire a babysitter and go down to the pub. That would be less anti-social but also less liver-friendly. There may be a correlation. We buy about 4 or so boxsets per year.
The last time we seriously binged on DVDs was all 6 Lord of the Rings DVDs over 10 or so hours back in 2006. I borrowed a projector and screen from work and we ordered Thai and pizza for our meals. At the end, I had a headache and vowed never again, well not soon, anyway.
But I see no reason why binge-watching, like binge game-playing, can't be a social activity. Organise an all-day session with friends — say, this sunday we will go through series 1 of Game Of Thrones and make an occasion of it. Then we'll organise another Sunday for series 2. Hell, it's even an excuse to go out and buy a much bigger monitor.
 We don't have a TV, just a DVD player. We are definitely anti-social people.
Wzrd1» let alone color (colour for a minority of the world, if I recall native English speaker number correctly). ;)
If you go by the numbers of native speakers, that is, people with some flavour of English as their mother tongue, then you are surely (Shirley?) correct.
However, if one takes into consideration the number of people who have English as one of their languages, then I think that the vast majority of English speakers on the Indian subcontinent would make that minority a majority.
On the contrary, if I were to meet him (and recognise him), I would stop him, shake his hand and thank him very much for all that he has produced and to please keep on doing what he does so well. I would tell him that I am giving his books and posters to friends and family as presents.
Finally, I would tell him that he is one of the poets of our generation and that he should be proud of it.
Gushy sentimental stuff, I know, but if you can't gush as a fan, then who can you gush to?
You have misspelled «grammar» incorrectly.
You live in Switzerland and you reckon that the British have a problem with flag-waving?
Have you not noticed that those who live in countries with red and white flags ( CH and Japan as examples) as well those with red, blue and white flags (U.K., France and U.S.A. as examples ) are very, very fond of their flag-waving?
I can't say that Swiss beer did much for me. I stick to Süüremoscht and Jägermeister when I'm out in a pub.
 Can any residents in Norway or Iceland validate or refute my theory?
You were going about it the wrong way. Try this approach:
me» The law is defective and not behaving as expected.
her» But it is the Law.
me» This is true. It requires to be changed though. How do we go about changing it?
And which point you enter a new conversation.
Just think of Vlad the Impaler and what he did. Less blood, though.
Now this would be an interesting battle.
Whose will would be dominant?
Is Big Business bigger than the Government?
I miss the fake virus warnings from the turn of the millenium. It was always good to read what Microsoft, IBM and AOL had posted that morning and what incredible damage the virus would do once you opened the e-mail.
If you receive an email titled: "It Takes Guts to Say Jesus"
DO NOT OPEN IT. It will erase everything on your hard drive.
This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; AOL states that
this is a very dangerous virus, much worse than "Melissa," and that there is NO Remedy for it at this time.
Some very sick individual has succeeded in using the reformat function from
Norton Utilities causing it to completely erase all documents on the hard
It has been designed to work with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet
Explorer. It destroys Macintosh and IBM compatible computers.
This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it. Pass
this warning along to EVERYONE in your address book ! and please share it
with all your online friends ASAP so that this threat maybe stopped.
Please practice cautionary measures and tell anyone that may have access to
your computer. Forward this warning to everyone that you know that might
access the Internet.
Bodyless John Brown» The real problem is that they asked men to be honest about how much sex they get.
The Onion, my news source of choice, covered this recently:
Teen Boys Losing Virginity Earlier And Earlier, Report Teen Boys
The names of all of these hotspots are surely recorded in the airport and kept in a database somewhere. I hope that the application or stored procedure validates the hotspot name properly, otherwise some fellow or gal with a hotspot name like Bob'); drop table HotSpots;-- would cause havoc with their systems. But then I'm sure that they often take backups, as we all are supposed to do.
This would make a great film (in the Sharknado sense rather than the Raging Bull sense of the term). A sort of trashy Jaws — Hai Fisch! or something along those lines.
Would the Nazis in the submarine be the good guys or the baddies, or maybe just the less bad-ass guys? Allowing for some historical revisionism, we could have the real reason why Megaladon went extinct, why the Third Reich really collapsed and how the American really won the Battle of Midway. In fact, this film should be able to let pupils gain such an altered version of the past that they'll be failing history, biology and politics exams for years to come.
Hmmm. I think that you are wrong.
On the evening of September 11, I remember colleagues in the pub surmising that Al Qaeda were to blame. My guess is that Al Qaeda groups were not organised in the same way, say, that the IRA was organised.
I'll have to go watch said documentary though.
The NSA is a chronic problem for us all and, for most of us not an acute problem. God help us should NSA and friends become an acute problem and the spectre of 1984 becomes reality.
Ebola and IS are very acute problems for some and, for most of us not an acute problem. Like the NSA and friends, they have the potential to make the lives of all of us a misery (and short at that).
Here's a link to FU.
It's the difference between quality and quantity, if I remember my WWII history correctly.
'Scold' is such a lovely word. I have heard it used in a long while. It brings back memories of wicked masters scolding miserable slaves in Latin class.
Most people who use Windows XP are happy with it. In their opinion, it is good enough for them. It's a security nightmare, but that is another problem.
Most people who have a DVD-player and a DVD collection are happy with it. The quality is not at all bad, even on big screens. They have forked out once to have their video collection replaced by DVDs and the last thing that they want to do is to replace the whole bloody lot with 4K.
The entire industry has to leave a gap with technology so that one can appreciate the leap. Blu-ray was a mistake because it came too soon after the introduction of DVD. We are being metaphorically boiled alive in video standards. Now, DVD was so measurely better than VHS that moving up to DVD was an obvious thing to do (what the leftpondians refer to as a 'no-brainer'). Likewise 4K has to be so much better than DVD that upgrading is worth their while, rather than just worth the industry's while.
It seems to me that the likes of NetFlix and video-streaming is the way that people have chosen. Consumers pay a regular fee (not often, just regularly) and get whatever standard they wish. No need to replace the DVD collection because it is all available online. If they want to buy a new 4K telly, then let them do that.
I remember 1993. Powerful machines then had, maybe, 64MB of RAM and a 40MHz 68040 Motorola processor or a 33MHz 486. High-end machines could hold around 128MB which cost more than the computer running it. High-end hard drives were in the 1-4GB range. Put 10 4GB drives in a RAID-5 and get 36GB space.Added to that is the fact that 16-bit SCSI hadn't yet been introduced.
How in Heaven's name did they manage to digitize a move like 'Snow White' in 4K? I can see why they didn't keep it. You need a lot of DLT tapes to keep a 100GB+ file for machines that came with 160MB hard drives.