* Posts by Stoneshop

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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Overall, my experience of OS/390 is that it is a rock solid basis for a system. I remember a power outage that took out all the DASD. OS/390 sat there bleeping that it couldn't access disks, but otherwise stayed up and restarted itself once the DASD were IML'd back online.

I'm reminded of a situation where some cable-laying monkey had removed an entire single row of floor tiles behind one of those washing machine-like disk drives. So, after a vigorous bit of seeking, the legs underneath the drive inevitably started diverging from the vertical, and the drive decided to take a plunge into the chasm.

After undoing this mishap (I'm unaware if the cable monkey was made part of the solution) and spinning the drive back up, VMS merely reported "Drive improperly dismounted".

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Re: TSG is not SCO

Now who gets the award for idiocy:

SCOG. They went from repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot to machinegunning their knees with gay abandon after there was nothing substantial left in the pedal department. Only lack of funds to obtain ammo withheld them from operating their groin-pointing Gatling

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Dunno about warming

hydrogen fuel cells

There's also the option of building various hydrocarbons (for which we already have the distribution infrastructure) out of carbon dioxide, hydrogen and energy.

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Re: User submissions need pre-check

I want a flying shark,

The guys who built Orville the CatCopter are working on one (sorry, I don't have pics available)

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Re: Such surveys are invented by marketards.

Glad to hear you find your parent's basement so safe and comfortable.

It's Jake. He's built his own jetliner, which he's flying himself everywhere he needs to go.

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Go festive this year with Christmas carols, baby Jesus and CLITORAL STIMULATORS

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Re: A bit rich...

I found that the snag with a Teasmade is that part of the process involves having a small jug of milk sitting next to it.

This is the only worthwhile application for those soft-drink-can sized peltier refrigerators.

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Re: A bit rich...

Ever since encountering a Teasmade (or Teasmaid ?) and a cheap pair of binoculars with a transistor radio built in, I have been less than convinced of the convenience of combi-products and similar technology.

Well, a lot of combined products indeed do their best to combine the worst aspects of their constituent parts, but not so the Teasmade. It allows one to be woken gently by the chirping sounds of its gears, not unlike bird twitter, some time before it's set to start brewing tea. This is so you can fully enjoy the auditory and olfactory aspects of that process, and allow yourself more time to change from sleeping mode to ready-to-ingest-tea mode.

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Einstürzende Neubauten's haunting World War I tribute

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Compressed air

“We must have the only recording studio with a compressed air supply,”

At Robodock in Amsterdam, several years back, there was a "band" which consisted of IIRC two dozen or so instruments, powered by compressed air. These were wind instruments as well as pneumatically driven strings and percussion. The ensemble was controlled by something akin a music box, using a slow-turning lathe. Sound-wise, it gave Einstuerzende Neubauten a run for their money.

Compressorhead's drummer was at Robodock too, although I didn't see him in action.

Icon is for the Large Hot Pipe Organ, also present.

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HP boss Meg Whitman shuffles exec pawns just before biz splits

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Speeling error

Should be HP Ink.

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Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years

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Re: Cool

Any designs up on Thingiverse yet?

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Re: Cars...

Motorcycles don't steer by leaning

There's a negation missing in that statement.

How easy and effective steering by leaning is depends on the bike geometry and the tyre size. Superbikes tend to be at the "needs extreme input" end of the scale, on a light offroad it's peanuts.

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: "Most tech firms running online services have remarkably little time for the dying or deceased."

and you're not going to be looking at any more ads on Facebook.

No need to die for that; just install Adblock

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You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

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I think the safest way to surf the net is an unpatched, unprotected Windows 3.x OS/2 machine.

Ran one, unprotected, well past its expiry date; never had a problem.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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SH888

Had one, together with the 5MX mentioned in the article. Sending mails while on the move, back in 1998.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Re: I really hope they use dynamite..

So, has El Reg's Standards Soviet already determined the explosive force of a decomposing whale, and expressed it in Pepcons and/or Mythbusters Cement Mixer Trucks?

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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WTF?

Someone's been there before

and drawn the outline of Australia in the dirt (second pic)

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Re: What will replace the robots

And, erm, "robot" derives from "robotnik", the Polish word for "worker"...

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Race is on to touch down on COMET 67P before WHIFFY SPACE DUCK breaks up

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Re: It would be embarrassing

Is there a convention for numbering the resulting parts?

"It appears Philae is dangling from 67P-LXVII"

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Official: Turing's Bombe BETTER than a Concorde plane

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Re: I can't think of Alan Turing without thinking of the radio series Hut 33!

Have you tried turning it off and on again Alan?

"The engineers who came to install it and switched it on, told me not to switch it off until after the war."

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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@Andy Prough Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

When you're installing Gnome, you only get what you deserve.

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Re: Bias

And he's playing this card because he, a white, middle-aged male, is feeling unjustly harrassed?

It may be a problem in the Linux communities, but it's not the problem he is confronted with.

Just stop writing bloated, buggy, boundary-violating code and maybe you won't have as many adversaries.

Better yet, stop writing code. Period.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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Re: A pondering...

With the split of eBay/Paypal we are well into the downward swing of the cycle.

And another one: the company that used to be referred to as "a large lightbulb manufacturer in the south of the Netherlands" is going to be two not all that large manufacturers, neither of which makes lightbulbs (or even its current equivalent: LED bulbs) anymore.

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Re: "But if almost no-one has an HP tablet"

Make one call

to India. And another one. And another one. And another one. And another one.

and everything IT is good and done.

Not been using their "Enterprise" services much, have you?

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Re: All aboard the redundancy train...again

In the short term it should create jobs rather than make staff redundant.

This split is expected to create -55k jobs.

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Re: Mechanical typewriters

I've had someone, who apparently had never used a keyboard before, ask why the key arrangement wasn't simply "ABCDEetc".

In 1991.

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Re: Your shortcut gems?

I think a knowledge of short cut keys is on the decline but may be replaced with voice commands.

So we'll see, for instance, a lot of files, macros, command aliases etcetera, called [redacted expletive].

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Re: Text editting

You missed out 110 and - my favourite - 134.5 baud.

We've got a PDP8/f that's got its serial interface modified for 110 baud, by having a different crystal fitted, for use with an ASR33.

And if you have ever looked under the hood of an ASR33, you'll know why it can't do any speed but 110: its serialiser/deserialiser is a contactor disc driven by a synchronous motor.

Typically asynch terminals would do either hardware (X-on/X-off) or software (Control-S, Control-Q) flow controls.

Err, Xon/Xoff (Ctrl-S/Ctrl-Q) is software flow control. Hardware flow control requires at least RTS/CTS or DSR/DTR to be wired as well as Tx/Rx and Gnd,

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Re: It's the IT sixth sense

So the tab key is a couple of right-facing arrows

On my Cherry 3000, the tab key has left- and right-pointing arrows as well as the word "Tab". Backspace and shift also bear text as well as the somewhat appropriate arrows.

I'm not sure about the Model M, but those are only used by True Aficionados who know what each key means (even though they've probably remapped it), why it's called that and its keyscan code. Mere punters don't use them, especially since they don't have flag and menu keys, so explanatory text (which they won't read anyway) is irrelevant..

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Re: Keyboard commands for select, copy, paste and find

"I've drunk a lot of free coffee and gained a (totally undeserved) reputation as a clever chap from showing people CTRL-A, CTRL-C click in the other windowAlt-TAB, CTRL-V."

FTFY

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Report: HP to SPLIT OFF PC, printer biz from enterprise wing

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Re: Bound to be a success

Which will get the "Hewlett" name,

Keysight.

and which the "Packard" name?

Keysight

The new parts will have to fight over the names "Hopeless" and "Panic"

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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

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Or a toolbelt

With room for the charger, the external battery packs[1] and a straightedge[2]

[1] so you can multiple or longer phone calls

[2] to check if you bent it back just right

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German data commish makes a Hamburger out of Google

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Re: Idiots

Don't use Googles services.

And don't use online shops, newspapers, whatevers that use Google services. Because even if you don't use Google directly, there's a gazillion websites that use stuff provided by Google. And that is also collecting user data, but in a way much less directly visible to the average burger, in- and outside Ham-.

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Re: Burner phones?

Meanwhile you sneak off for the real wedding the next day,

s/next/previous/

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Streaming

living in the past.

An album by Jethro Tull

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@Diogenes: Re: have an upvote

On the whole I agree with you, but using the word "real" for pre-1900 music spoiled your upvote. There's a lot of "unreal"music I can appreciate that 's not X-FactorMTVTop40 junk.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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Pint

Next step

Single Malt Transfer Protocol.

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Re: it makes sense

The problem is that people have heard about these underground beer aquifers and misunderstood. This is why so many pubs connect the large plastic pipes they find underground directly to their lager pumps. Not realising that these pipes link to the outlet of their urinals. Fortunately no one has yet noticed...

Once every two weeks or so I see a beer tanker from a large brewery replenishing the cisterns of a conference centre near where I work. The pipe joint is under a manhole cover; there are three more in close proximity, but none of them is marked 'beer' or 'not beer', and anyway, he could just use one of the others to get rid of the beer, it won't make any difference. But then, why bother driving out from the brewery in the first place? Don't they have sewers?

Glass of locally-brewed and bottled stuff, instead.

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" Which is why the council don't want lorries full of heavy beer "

And indeed, Belgium is not known for brewing light beers.

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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"But we're still in the dark about how it rained down on us"

Evidently, England[1] already existed as a fully-formed entity[2] in the dust cloud out of which the solar system would form.

[1] rain and all

[2] but possibly excluding Scotland

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

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Not just once

The very minimum I want a thermostat to do is drop[1] the house temp a couple of degrees at night and when I'm out for more than an hour or two. And it appears I'm not the only one to operate them this way.

The first can be achieved by the humble clock thermostat, as developed at least as far back as 1960[2], although it's rather inflexible regarding what it considers 'night'.

W.r.t. the second requirement, with a simple thermostat it's a matter of twisting the dial a bit when you leave and when you return, but the less human intervention you want, the smarter the thermostat needs to be to detect absence/presence. And thermostat vendors appear to have decided that remote access is a feature that conveys smarts.

[1] on the condition that it does not require the house to be actively cooled to do so, as that option is unavailable.

[2] I have one from that year.

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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

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Google is helping survival of the dumbest.

Google is helping survival of the dumbest. its income.

Dead people don't click on ads much.

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Re: Have any contacts at SpaceX?

An ever increasing rate

No.

At some point it will stop decelerating, ultimately when its speed reaches zero (which will happen when its height reaches zero), but also at some point earlier when drag and gravitational pull reach equilibrium. So the increase of deceleration will have stopped before that and turned into a decrease of rate of deceleration, and ditto the rate of increase of increase.

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Re: Have any contacts at SpaceX?

Now I'm wondering, if you were to throw a model plane out of the ISS window, so to speak, would it survive descent though the atmosphere? Initially it'll have a speed of about 8km/s, so throwing it backwards, forwards or just letting it drop won't make a noticeable difference. But at some point it'll start encountering drag, and start dissipating its kinetic energy (64000kJ for every kg the craft weighs) as heat. The question is, at what rate will it decelerate, and, from that, can it shed the resulting heat fast enough to prevent its Playmonaut pilot getting roasted? What model shape (and material) would be best suited? Would it need Additional Stuff to help keep the craft cool?

And, given the land/water area ratio, the project will need more than just a car to retrieve the Playmonaut at the end of his journey, lest he join #1 in his watery grave

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: Avast, there

I fail to see how anything novel could be introduced into this basic premise.

WiFI, tablet, application, Apple.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: Indeed, and it gets worse (not really)

The USA never dug a hole for themselves

Rocket engineers don't dig holes. In their field of endeavour, holes tend to appear semi-spontaneously, accompanied by sudden loud noises and impressive pyrotechnics.

The root cause may well be human effort, like the desire to see whether some concoction with lots of double-bonded nitrogen and such makes a good propellant, or the way a control circuit is wired, but stating that rocket engineers are the ones digging holes there would be similar to saying Bomber Harris was digging holes all over Germany during WWII, i.e. only methaphorically.

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Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

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Re: Hollerith cards in the pocket

Paper tape can hold ten bytes per square inch, which at 0.1mm thickness would result in a data density of 100 bytes per 64.5 mm^3, or roughly 1478MB per m^3. So that's 709 m^3 for a terabyte, a cube a little under 9m each side.

And it's silverfish you need to guard against.

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Re: 1000 years?

If you didn't have to migrate your data because you can still easily read it, use it, have it supported with no special device or service, didn't take up power or cooling, why would you migrate? This is the media I'm talking about.

You forgot one thing: physical storage. Every storage location can only hold so much stuff (and stuff with data on it tends to require qualified storage locations), and if you're running low on space it may well be worth it to migrate if every box of storage media now can hold four times as much data as before.

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Re: 1000 years?

Please READ that article by StorageBod. He does know what he is talking about

Err, migrating a petabyte worth of tape data using only two single drives? I assume that's just for illustration porpoises, otherwise it'd just be daft. Which would then also hold for your statement that he knows what he's talking about, unless you left out a negative there.

If you have a tape collection that size (1000+ LTO3 cartridges of 3.58 million cat pics each) you don't have just a single tape drive; the very minimum is a two-drive multicartridge loader per technology. The problem that someone is blocked from retrieving data from a tape you're not currently handling also disappears as soon as you have multiple drives, although it will temporarily slow down the migration process.

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Re: M-Disk: 42,000 pictures of cats

or 42K pictures of your cats.

Elsewhere on their site it says:

Using estimates with average file sizes, each M-DISC™ DVD:

Holds up to 8,000 photos

Holds up to 1,200 songs

Holds up to 240 minutes of video

Holds up to 100,000 documents

So, it apparently takes just over 5 cat pictures to comprise a photo

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BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha

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I need glasses

A good day for privacy as invisble.im also reveals its approach to untraceable chats

First read that as "untraceable cats".

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