100 posts • joined Wednesday 12th August 2009 16:50 GMT
Re: VMS: The God of Operating Systems.
"Now, if only OpenVMS could be ported to run on the Raspberry Pi... how good would that be? :-)"
Not only could be, but has been (through SIMH).
Shit. Not just the end of VMS (the Open is silent), but in a way, the final nail in a great company, laid low by beancounters in the executive suite destroying the good efforts of engineers at the working face.
For what it's worth, OpenVMS runs very well on the remarkable SIMH emulator. No telling how long HP will make available the disk images, but a search for 'OpenVMS Hobbyist' should prove useful to anyone who wants to see the OS running on their own PC.
Re: First female Doctor
Instead of dying / regenerating, perhaps the Doctor could just go on a little sabbatical, and his wife River could take over the doctoring for a year or two. That takes care of the storyline and avoids the icky questions and keeps Alex Kingston on the scene. Eventually, sadly, the Doctor regenerates off-screen for some hilariously-alluded-to reason, and River swaps roles again.
Re: failure to comply will result in additional sanctions
"I wonder how far down that list disbarment is?"
Already in play. When the judge dropped the hammer, he explicitly said (IIRC) that he was personally referring his findings to every bar association AND every judge they still had cases before AND the US Attorneys (criminal prosecutors). I believe defense lawyers in other Prenda cases have already started using those findings in front of their own judges.
http://www.popehat.com has a pretty complete chain of events documented.
Re: Well, if US politicians want to screw/destroy Apple
More likely the politicians want to make it clear they're unhappy with the amount that Apple is funneling to them personally. Haul in some big shots, make them sit and sweat under lights, call them names for a while, and act very stern, while the only real message is, "nice company you have there; shame if anything were to happen to it." Then Apple's lobbyists step up out of sight, and it all goes away.
Could have been worse
I wonder how many votes PHP got?
Searching for diamonds
If you don't know what a diamond even looks like to begin with, sifting through a bigger bucket of shit won't help you find one. And if you do know, you also know that's not where you should be looking anyway.
Re: John Jay High
"Whoa, looks like a prison, maybe there's a reason for the tags!"
No, it was fairly typical of high-school construction at the time it was built (1967), and not really unpleasant to attend. (that was my school, but long before the SEA was created).
I suspect (and hope) that the Southern Baptists in the area will be suffering great cognitive dissonance over this -- support the student, with her somewhat insane Biblical interpretation of the RFID as evil, or support the administration under the theory of 'Obey' and 'Don't question authority' that they believe in so deeply.
Personally, whether RFID is a good idea or not, whether the student is being an idiot or not, I'm on her side just for standing up for something and following through. The involvement of external script-kiddies is not helpful to anyone though.
Re: I still use ecomstation ...
I cannot find anyone who has ever touched it [edlin] twice. Either they're already dead, or it's too embarrassing to talk about :)
I used and loved edlin right up to its bitter end. Eventually, it became a secondary, rather than my first choice for most tasks, but it was easy to use, fast, and did the job.
But then, the first editor I used was TECO.
Millennium hand AND SHRIMP!
Re: An important idea here.
"I was surprised to read that though trained as a chemist, he practised as a doctor for some 40 years."
I assumed from the wording that he majored in Chemistry as an undergraduate, then went on to medical school for an MD (or DO). That would be a very typical progression for someone in the U.S. wanting to be a doctor. Among scientists, neither degree would imply 'scientist'; that would require actually doing publishable research.
Or to have the crowd collect the data necessary to invalidate other people's patents through the tool, while entering their own into it somehow never turn up any prior art at all.
Indeed it will
'The cloud' certainly will have an impact on drive manufacturer's bottom lines - instead of your data being on one cheap consumer disk, it will be on 2 or 3 or 4 more expensive quasi-enterprise level disks.
It isn't actually a literal cloud you know, where bits just float around in space.
Re: These should increase the number of Darwin Award nominees.
Actually, cheap personal HUD seems like a pretty good idea for driving, assuming the content and display are useful and not just 'look what we can do'.
Re: RE: what else do you want - parallel printer ports?
'Perhaps you should upgrade the software - I've not seen a parallel port in years and years. You must be the 0.01%.'
Typical IT. "You shouldn't do what you've been doing that has always worked. You should pay more money and do what we tell you to do."
Re: A few hundred quid an hour?
"... and expect a massive completion bonus of at least five figures on there too..."
What the hell, go whole hog, executive-style, and demand a retention bonus for every day you show up.
Not really bought, per se
As I understand it (I welcome correction by the knowledgeable), the underwriters (not 5 random banks) had a large fund that they used to prop up the price by buying at $38, and the amount of that fund they used was subtracted from the amount they owed FB. It seems to me they were just 'buying' from themselves and other insiders, and every share accounted that way was a share that wasn't flogged onto a retail rube at inflated price, so okay by me.
To be fair, 'cunning stunt' is almost exactly what I think of when I see Zuckerberg mentioned.
Re: Ice, ice, baby!
It looks to me like a giant covered wagon on the back of a vulture. Has El Reg already landed the colonists?
As suggested, if you haven't tried it yet, you might want to give OpenSuse a shot. Stable, but flexible, and everything works pretty well, as far as I have experienced. (except for the damn KDE automatic updater thingy, but that is relatively easy to make go away.)
Wouldn't do you any good
"Can someone actually invent something please?"
Sorry - it's already patented.
" I have this little vision of a few of them mounted in a case with built in switch fabric, like a little cluster"
I'm thinking more of just a loose box full, running purely distributed workloads.
Whatever, I want some.
"The only area this seems to be excelling in, is the extremely lowcost."
That's what they said to Henry Ford.
And not only that. Once they had the 30 bn from payers. The 5 bn from data-mining suddenly becomes worth much more than 5 bn, since it now is pre-sorted for people willing to pony up.
"Yes, yes, I'm a rapacious psychopath who dreams only of being rich, rich, rich! but if you give me 30 bn, I'll let another 5 or so lay around for someone else." Right.
Not to pick on you, in particular
You (and many other Stallman critics) are describing what has been and what is here now.
Stallman describes what he sees coming. Despite his seeming lunacy of various sorts in the present, he has been describing what he sees coming for some time; long enough to have a track record. Many of us see his track record being one of success - what seemed like bizarre ranting 20 years ago is visible every day as accepted (although deeply lamented) practice in the software patent and 'intellectual property' sphere.
Look beyond ad hominem at the substance of his rants, and do it with an eye to the future.
Nah, it could be better
I'm thinking big-screen terminals, with big flashing "ACCESS DENIED" while Turing hammers away faster and faster at the keyboard until he (being a genius) figures out how to hack umlauts into the mainframe or something.
I'm pretty sure we all agree it's likely to be bad.
But of course, you'll actually be paying a fiver to be put on the list of people willing to pay a fiver, which is then sold both to the normal advertisers, and the advertisers looking for known payers.
Orlowski's contention that rapacious money-sievers will be content with one stream of money and forego another when they can have both while they dream up more, is bizarre and not supported by any modern business history I've ever seen.
One glaring mistake
"[attacks] only began to tail off last year, as security countermeasures became available, according to Alperovitch."
No, appropriate security countermeasures have been available for a long time; really since before computers existed if you want to take a 'block diagram' rather than a 'detailed operation' view. Too many people can't be bothered though.
Dynamiting the pond
...is hardly sporting, Page old chap, but it certainly has washed up a ton of fish.
" However many professional climate scientists do not believe that variations in the Sun have any significant effect on the Earth's climate,"
Something doesn't add up
How can a Hasselblad sell for $80,000? Is it broken?
You're assuming they aren't all logging in to the same account.
Bad, wicked, naughty Zoot!
what the keyboard manufacturers said about Cue Cat.
ASCII-art Snoopy for good use of presentation or statistics in an article,
pacman/pie chart for bad use.
Punch card for old-timey IT.
A picture of a Great Tit might be a little too obscure (or not), but most would probably understand a blue-footed booby for the appropriate discussions.