128 posts • joined Friday 18th May 2007 21:21 GMT
Re: while we're on fake...
Changing screen saver, ......
Oh -- damn I'm WFH.
someone stop me
They played the worlds smallest violin for him on his way out?
(we need a facepalm)
You do realize that the presence of common sense in your comment to this article marks you for removal from the internet? Its just not allowed any more.
Start my day with my Timmie's doubledouble. Sorry - need the 18%cream jolt of fatty goodness.
For Tea however,
Red Rose. Tetley always tastes like the broom that was used to sweep it off the blending room floor.
Boiling water -- at least 45 seconds on full boil off the burner, electric kettles don't run on *boil* long enough to really get the water hot enough. POT dammit. One teabag in a cup? you're making 3 cups worth of tea in one shot.
2% (or partly skimmed) milk is acceptable if one is on a really low calorie diet, otherwise, whole milk. Come on -- ENJOY the tea please.
Sugar - I'm not one for weird stuff normally plain white works for me, but an occasional treat is unbleached granulated sugar. Honey goes in things like chamomile.
I know you folks over the pond can't get Red Rose. Its sad really. I cant drink tea in the states. They just plain don't get it.
Mind you - a nice jasmine green with my sushi is good at lunch.
Oh -- speaking of which - off to lunch I go
Re: Humans aren't responsible enough for nuclear power
Chernobyl still has some residents inside the exclusion zone. They never moved. They still eat the food they grow. They have not sprouted a second head. Not to say that its "Safe" to live there -- but there is discussion about the original estimation of scientists having been a logical extension of "take the worst case and multiply by ten to be safe".
Fukushima is being hyped into a "worst case possible" situation - primarily due to overall media ignorance of the reality and helpfully pushed over the edge by the hypergreen types.
IAEA estimates put our waste levels at 180,000 metric tonnes of spent fuel world wide, plus 730,000 cubic metres of low level radioactive waste products (from generation, reprocessing and processing steps) plus about 1,800,000,000 cubic metres of mill tailings from uranium mining.
The real nasty stuff, the spent fuel.... well -- the issue of disposing of it is more how to transport it to the location where we can bury it. I believe that Canada's disposal locations were built to handle everything our reactors were putting out times 10. Admittedly there are very few geologically stable locations, we Canucks are lucky on that front.
The low level reaction byproducts and production byproducts aren't likely to be as difficult to move about, although the vitrification plants will have to eventually consume themselves -- its still *far* less than the waste produced by burning coal. At all.
Where we have a serious concern are mill tailing from the mining process - this volume is huge, and some of the heavy metals in there are ugly indeed. Mostly this is being reprocessed for rare earths and where possible being put back where it was found. The uglier part of this is the liquid components. Sadly I don't see relevant data on how the waste liquids are handled outside of Canada, and in that case there is a successive process of sedimentation and floculants - although I cannot find stats on what volumes were produced and then processed, or what is done with the sedimentary waste.
It was an interesting afternoon's read, but I think you've bought the green hype on the waste product front. It seems the IAEA has a reasonably good set of data and there are at least in a couple of locations decent material handling processes to cope with the waste.
Finally, in several cases, Thorium salt reactors have been proposed to finally consume the last waste products from PLWR and PBWR and Gas cooled reactors. So -- following UP on the techology could well help mop up from the errors and things overlooked in the process so far.
Thank you Lewis
I know that many many will disagree with quite a few of your points.
I however am a pragmatist and a realist, not an ideologue. Thus although some of your data points will never be *either* proven or disproved, I must wholeheartedly agree with the overall sentiment.
We NEED nuclear. ITER is 15 or 20 years from fruition at best, and 50 or 60 years from being functionally working in the real world. There are nuclear options that *can* provide the energy we do need and will need in the future. Fossil fuels will come to an end. Perhaps not this decade or in the next 5. But they will end. Renewable energy sources are subject to the same vagaries of nature that we are saying will be horribly negatively affected by the carbon levels in the atmosphere.
Stop the evacuation from the nuclear energy lifeboat that is sitting here for us. Lets get back to reality and work on IMPROVING nuclear energy and start building the plants that will provide the energy the human race needs to keep moving forward.
I'll eat the downvotes for backing Lewis. This is something I believe.
The best "how to" documentation I've ever seen was the blue on white manual that shipped with my minix disks.
/ducks and runs
I just peeled off a three page rant.
And then decided not to post it -- a lot of it was almost incoherent.
Its bad enough that the objectives in here feed only CORPORATE interests, but that the effort was done entirely or at least attempted entirely in secret turns my stomach.
Government of the people by the corporates for the corporates.
This makes it clear how wrong things really are in the world today.
10 minutes of relevant listening
(yeah its youtube, you don't have to comment ya know)
How about domainparking.com
Harpy Birfday - enjoy sir.
"What has always struck me is the immense personal satisfaction you can experience when you successfully run your own macro, batch file or script that saves you, ooh, all of three minutes – despite the fact that you spend the best part of the previous three days trying to get it to work. OK, clearly that’s just me, but you get the point."
Umm no, its not just you. Perhaps its a trait of Alistairs the world over.
And have a beer on me if you'd like
I'd say having a bare dome before the first snowfall will require the addition of that Canadian Tradition.
Time for a toque. Preferably a Molsons Canadian toque.
(Kudo's on the numbers so far, and go get 'em on Movember -- I'm too babyface to compete)
Cooo loo coo coo coo coo coo coo
(sorry -- patriotic moment there, icon as its the closest thing we have to a REAL Canadian hat)
phone batteries -
I've had -- Ericsson, Sony, Blackberry, Samsung, some unknown chinese binfiller - phones.
The Ericsson ate three batteries, proprietary, and annoying, (but oddly cheap) in one year. 30 seconds to replace.
The blackberry(ies) I easily trashed a battery a year -- but tended to have two on hand since I spent so much time on conference calls --- not cheap but easy to swap, and the the wall charger for the battery was cheaper than the battery itself.
The chinese binfiller phone managed for 6 months under the stress, then overheated itself one night and melted most of its internal solder. -- no idea about the battery on that one other than the fact that it stank to high heaven when it died.
The Sony -- 8 or 9 years on the battery still works and takes a charge, my youngest is using the phone as an music player. (no sim), but I did buy the replacement. Its still in the sealed plastic bag in a drawer somewhere - that was horribly expensive.
Sammy -- at almost a year -- I clear the battery out in a day easily - -but again -- lots of time on the phone, and now fairly heavy data usage -- but the charge takes about 2 1/2 hours and seems to be holding steady. Prices seem to be reasonable and it takes about 30 seconds to swap one.
what we really really really need is for these damn phone manufacturers to do away with these stupid battery things. Give us permanent nuclear energy in our damn phones right now.
/oops/ did I type that out loud? /oops/
trackball. Trackball again, and once more.
Dual screens at a minimum (16:10 dammit, 16:9 is for youtoob), trackball to get rid of mouse, trackpad and the ridiculous little red button pointer, although I DO use the little red button pointer when I need to keep fingers on the keyboard, just that a trackball does much better on visio.
Chair. Lumbar support and *very* tall. I have a short torso and looooong legs. About 40% of office chairs just plain don't go high enough. And armrests that can be tilted forward to line up with the keyboard area.
I have chewed through at least 12 bluetooth headsets in 7 years -- mostly due to internal batteries going south after several thousand discharge/recharge cycles, and a couple due to a gallivanting 4 year old deciding that daddy's headset was cool. Currently -- Creative WP250's that took about a week of twiddling about with to get the in ear positioning right.
Most of this -- other than the footrest -- is not in my territory for "right" -- and especially if it doesn't ship with linux based management tools or applications -- there are more and more offices going linux
Re: Spam HandlIng Therapy
teamviewer works on linux
Gentoo. Xvwm. teamviewer.
This is an excellent article on Aspergers in the workplace. I'll have to get my middle child (HFA) to read it. He's just started a work placement/internship out of school.
Me on the other hand, if I don't have 6 things to work on at the same time, I get bored. Oh -- look a squirrel,
I've been ADD for lets see ...
Hey -- look, update for RHEL5!
many years now... but sometimes it
(edited that for ya, you should be good to go now)
And some folks just thing I'm plain insane.
Raspberry PI. Pie. Piiiiiie. -- oh look pumpkin!
must be lunchtime.
What my pottering about on a PET, Sinclair, ZX80, and a TRS 99 did not really teach me:
how to code (although I did learn several good basic bits)
how to use a computer (although I did get a pretty good basic idea)
how to create pretty pictures (something I've never done)
it taught me how to understand the inner workings of a piece of machinery that did not have obvious cams, cranks, connectors, wheels, or springs. It taught me the fundamental bits of logic used still, to this day, in managing systems, solving problems, and setting up environments. Now admittedly I've added a hell of a lot to that knowledge over the last 30 years of this, but the basics came from there.
And dear god, I've been doing this for far too long I think.
And -- just because they're cranking out a really neat item, that is apparently selling reasonably well, BEER.
I'd love to know
Why did they not rank Canada?
Is it me, or is video dolt driving and filming at the same time?
and can we find it and beat it till it promises to never touch a phone while in the drivers seat?
I think that the issue is that the firefighters came at it with water at all -- it is a Tesla, know as an all electric. Personally I'd be inclined to use CO2 from the git go on that beast for *any* fire -- not water. Just on principle.
How it caught fire -- this is what we'll have to be paying attention to. What I've read is that it "ran over a large metal object" - something that could well have damaged a gasoline or propane vehicle as much as the Tesla. **that bit** I want to see how Elon deals with.
27 8x10 colour glossy photographs with circles and arrows and diagrams on the back of each one
I found this book ....
Glass etching for dummies.
I wonder ......
Larry Ellison apparently needs to get himself new luggage.
Mines the one in my carry on bag in the overhead......
Who thinks Nokia is in wind down?
I have a couple dozen firewall rules to get implemented.
And oddly I think Cisco should be checking over their collective shoulder shortly, once Nokia gets rid of that fop in the top seat.
been reading these commentary for too long.
Dunno why everyone has a problem with AMfM1's posts. They appear to be making more and more sense the longer I read this site.
Either that or the caffeine overload line on my TfH is getting lower and lower.
I can see some insane compromised tech somewhere telling a spook "Yeah, .... yeah ... Look! we can do THIS !!!!!" and selling it on to the collective management. But then I've seen what passes for a CMDB these days.
Us canucks will just tap em on the shoulder once in a while.
And remind 'em where all those radars are located.
I'm reading this and wondering if its a time warp
------ but then I realize where I heard all this before and why it all sounds familiar --
We have C's in our library -- the instant they show up we'll be putting in Ds.
As for restore time, so long as your backup isn't 100% single path linear you don't end up with all the data for one target restore on one tape, it usually (in our case) for REALLY large backups ends up spanning 4 or more tapes -- if you have the same number of tape drives on restore its actually quite skippy.
Grabbing one small file off one of those tapes however is something painfully slow.
And what all night? all weekend for some of these critters.
Re: What is left to do?
Had to read that twice .. Keyboard please!
I'm sorry -- the whalesong was too loud, had to leave.
Inconsistency insisted on for profits
Yes, AC there is inconsistency here. And the inconsistency will be swept under the rug,
As DJ points out, its quite clear there is some alarm being manufactured.
And the alarm will serve to increase profits for everyone.
(Wonder how much
short selling inventory insurance Hynix has on that plant)
SF/Fantasy as a genre is sadly thinning
Although I would not have put Fredrick Pohl on the top of my list of authors in the genre, I certainly considered him in the top ten. I have memories of reading SF/F magazine and being able to see his influences in lesser known authors' works. I can still recall Gateway, although I might just have to re-read the series (I have them either on my shelves or on my mother's) for refreshment. (pun intended) Truly a sad occasion to loose any of the grand old leaders of the era of science fiction, and I'll have to admit -- I'm off to read his blogs just to see what he's been up to of late.
Cant decide between a sadface and a glass, he did have a hell of a good run.
dude, yer dating yourself.
Heck there are American mercenary corporations that would do it for cheap.
just a thought:
Re: Larry Crapbeans "I have done it before, and I will do it again....."
Whilst I agree on the Woffice/Linux(Ooo/Aoo/Loo) statement, I'm not so sure that linux is a "Minor Player" in the server market.
Certainly not "minor" on my accounts.
Certainly I've not heard or seen any references to windows running any supercomputing environments either, but then, that might be just me.
I can hear the phone call now.....
Excuse me, Mr Icahn, I think we've found a great opening for you .......
dammit. I have to chirp on this one.
To hell with it --- I can live with the down votes.
If we want to catalogue "which energy source is killing more than which " we have to have comparable studies on the life cycle of the energy sources. And effectively there are no comparable studies.
There is in this thread a lot of good data, and some good debate. There is also a lot of hyperbole.
What I will say is that there are technologies ( sorry -- canuck here) that use nuclear to generate electricity that are NOT based on the fast breeder technology that was rampant in the late 60s and 70s and are somewhat safer than those. There is also a lot of research going into thorium salt based reactors which could well be safer still, and have the advantage of eating (albeit slowly) through the "garbage" from both light water fast breeder tech and deuterium based reactors.
In the long run, **if** the planetary ecological changes are indeed driven by carbon output, then we have to remove the carbon outputs. That means bye bye fossil fuels. Renewable resources are limited at this point to a) HydroElectric b) wind c) Solar d) tidal (some would lump a and d together, in reality we shouldn't) Only a) and d) portend consistently available supply, since b and c are subject to the day to day variances of mother nature. And even then a) and d) are subject to longer term vagaries of nature (lack of rain will cut into your hydro reservoir and tidal effects can be altered by silt deposits)
Now, supposition being that the "ecological change" we may see from "too much carbon output" will cause horrendous problems -- we've seen that there are scientists on all sides of the issue (the change is natural, the change is man made due to carbon, there will be huge sea rises, there will be no sea rises, and various combinations of these) -- since there are still arguments going on in the scientific community we need to be open minded. But for the sake of this argument, lets suppose that
a) man made carbon in the atmosphere is the problem
b) there will be horrendous sea level changes as a result.
Renewable power sources are subject to the same ecological changes that will cause b). This makes them a less than reliable resource to head off a).
(yes - this is a bit of a jump, but here's a pivotal point - we're supposed to be causing a horrendous affect on the global ecology, why would we make our energy dependency on something that will be horribly affected by change?)
Thus we as humans have to rationally accept that we need to change our energy sources.
We need to accept that renewable resources may be as negatively affected as much as the rest of the ecology by this terrible affect of carbon in the atmosphere. We are left with ....... very few options.
ITER will be a great testbed for a wonderful concept. But our ability to deploy that in a useful form cannot in any way be compressed to meet the time lines of destruction that the ecological change theories used to panic everyone predict.
There are reasonably stable forms of nuclear technology that are available now, and can be deployed in time frames that *are* likely to meet these cases.
What does *not* exist anywhere is a modern, updated robust infrastructure that will carry that energy out to the folks that will use it. Yes infra does exist, but not to meet the needs of charging all those electric objects that will replace the currently fossil fuel burning objects.
Thus -> economic implosion is occurring world wide? -> rebuild the electrical infrastructure and build a whole lot of small scale, non-breeder nuclear reactors. Design the reactors to include an upgrade to (some other form of nuclear, to ITER, to ???) ... And THEN start including the renewable sources.
damn could solve two problems in one go.
too bad the politicians don't have the will to make it happen.
I'm sorry, I live between 8 (count em) active nuclear reactors 4 east of me and 4 west of me, and I'd quite happily take the 4 that are offline and in decommission and have them spun up again as thorium salt research reactors. Yes I am pro nuclear. And until fusion comes along and actually works I will be.
Re: The author attended the summit as a guest of Intel
@handle - someone suggested a correction to remove it?
Governments and interest in science.
Not sure I've ever been exposed to Phil Plait before, but have to agree with him on a heck of a lot of that interview.
Sadly, on this chunk of terra firma, the government has decided to gag the scientists it can put a leash on, just in case. In case they might make the government look like utter idiots that is.
The problem with specialization
Part of the issue is that with specialization, ones focus can become too narrow.
If you happen to be the guy/gal who is specialized too narrowly, its possible to have the specialization override your view of business process. This immediately makes you less valuable.
25+ years into the business I realize that my utility to my customer(s) comes from a very broad range of knowledge and the ability to understand the business processes that these customers (use/need/rely on). I'm far from afraid of adding to my pool of knowledge, indeed, quite happy with learning more.
Automation, be it puppet, cfengine, chef, or some proprietary tool(s) from a large commercial vendor are absolute requirements. And being willing to dig deep and hard into *small* issues to resolve them before they become large ones (and recognizing which small issues will blow up) is a skill that one needs to hone as well.
As with all tools, however, your automation can and will break. If you don't have the patience or skills to tear it apart and find out WHY it broke, you are in very very deep trouble. Usually your automation has allowed your task pool to expand far beyond your ability to fix things *manually* by the time it breaks.
A broad general skill set and a very healthy understanding of the business processes your customers use and need, and strong automation skills. This is what will keep you employed in my view.
But then I could just be a cranky old fart with no patience left.
I am currently on vacation ---- I think I need another drink.
You have a point, I have a solution:
Yes, environmentally friendly BAMBOO Iphone!
(sorry -- too many late nights fixing things people keep breaking)
God what I wouldn't do for a (red/green) Pepper that *TASTED* like one. Sadly, even the local "farmers market" suffers from the issue.
At some point I will get to putting some of my monster back yard to work. I do recall how to do this "grow yer own" thing. I also recall the amount of effort to get it off the ground, I'm not 13 any more, and I doubt the 'teen's I have are interested.
Sperry Rand band printer - 6 line band. Unisys cheque printer
I recall working an SR band printer that had a 6 line band. It ran something like 40 or 50 pages a minute -- multipart paper with carbons. Loud as hell. I was present just once when the band snapped, with both covers down - it still sliced through the covers AND 2 fiberboard "soundproofing" partitions before slapping into the lexan windows between the print room and the computer room floor. The noise when it was running normally was something like standing inside a DC10 engine. When that band went, the systems manager (two floors away) heard it ....
The beast of my experience were the two unisys laser cheque printers. And hours fiddling the damned alignment around since we printed cheques for CA US EU AR BZ and AU -- all at the time with subtly different requirements.
Inkjets? we have one of those toys at home. I played it smart and spent the better dollar on the HP unit. Its gone through 4 complete sets of cartridges, over about 10 years. Yes it still prints. Yes it still looks good. Photos are decent, if not great. Ink? oddly -- still available. No -- we don't print much around here - -mostly resumes. For everyone in the neighbourhood.
Good BOFH on sysadmin day. Now --- where DID I leave that clipon?
Sadly Trevor I have but one upvote to give.
Personally I'd be happier if the moronic financial statistics generators out there used an actual, realistic "shopping basket" to come up with inflation numbers. But then -- all the NA and EU corps would suddenly be utterly worthless since they didn't have revenue increases > rate of inflation, and the economy would indeed have to finally collapse.
(another ridiculous benchmark "Wall Street" sets on corporate numbers)
Keep this up Trevor and I'll have to invite you to the summer BBQ in the backyard for ribs and beer.
" implement it robustly and document it to death so that when you're not there, the poor sod who's tasked with fixing a system-down problem has a fighting chance of doing so "
Best sentence in article.
Re: Do Not Track
Well Don, I'm afraid its time to let your pet NSA agent out of the cage in your basement for a phone call....
I'll go home now. Mind was read. Have an upvote.
Back to fiddling with ILO and IMM settings .... from my linux box. With you guessed it.
Re: Please help a Canuck out here...
I'm astonished, your letting the side down here. Perhaps you've just not yet seen a working shed. Mind, that would be the term I'd use for it rather than just "shed". I've a basic shed, however it is indeed mostly stuffed with .... umm ... stuff .. but at one point I'll turf the stuff and stuff it with, well working stuff, like oh - that weird saw with the arms and sliders and the spinny thing. And maybe one of those things ya use to put holes in other things.
Right now the shed out back is mostly stuffed with stuff that I need to pull out since its summer and we need the summer stuff out. And I'll have to stuff the winter stuff back in the stuff. Or something like that.
am I the only one around here that throws out the mouse and uses a trackball?
I still have the dead carcass of the first trackball I ever found. It just plain made so much more sense. Especially on the tiny desk I had in my room. And yes, I am a computer packrat.
Re: Not good @ twits R 4 Twats
ahhhhh. Now you've hit on what has driven murph to his position. Sadly -- far too many folks believe these entertainment(s) that effectively mandate a "centralized repository" of information providing swift and certain answers to "whodunnit"
Reality however is far from what shows up on CSI, Criminal Minds, Numbers, etc etc. Furthermore should the several hundred law enforcement agencies in the US ever manage to come up with a coherent database of such information and the ability to glue it to other relevant databases I suspect that we'll be on the T6 or T10 model by then.
That the NSA has the ability to suck up this much information, be it actual conversations, metadata, or simply connectivity references should have the entire American population thinking twice.
The question I have for all of the political spin doctors that are out there attempting to recover from this episode is:
"What mandated lifetime is in place on this data, who is auditing the destruction of the data, and what process is in place for auditing the collection filtering elements?"
I'll guarantee that the answer to each of those audit phrases is "there is no audit". At which point I don't care what government you are or what you THINK your collecting. The justification fails.
The functionality exists, and there are justifications for using the functionality to mitigate criminal, "terrorism", "spying", anti "national" actions etc - things from which you expect your government to protect you. Without putting a lifetime on the data and having audit controls in place for how its collected, why its collected, and how long its retained, the issue becomes "Okay -- now we've gotten rid of the ***(example used here)*** folks, what ELSE can we clean up?"
Today its perfectly acceptable to run around in the street in large groups and bitch about Monsanto. Or, at least, that is what you've been lead to think.
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