Only a trolley?
I caught a whale!
But there wuz nee spawkes in it
133 posts • joined 8 Dec 2009
I caught a whale!
But there wuz nee spawkes in it
Dear cynic, I use Motif window manager. The close button has been top-left since the 90s. I think MS windows put it on the right. The old slash/backslash annoyance comes to mind here.
It's a minor problem. More annoying are the fancy desktops which don't have hints and keyboard shortcuts.
Moons ago, I built a little utility to get a time signal from a radio clock. After trawling through the Java headers, I realised that some timezones were not included. The copyright notices in the headers were issued by the (big and failed in the 80's) IBM Taligent project. Many hands tried to make this light work.
Google could throw the baby and get another one, but we will probably see the same outcome.
There are 40 years of effort invested in this stuff. Yeah, call it a day, and start another one. Why not?
I love your image of the shed of doom. It made my day
What is this deflationary usage. I remember Algol 57?...
As far as I know, Algol60 was the first definition of the Algol language. I did a lot of work in Algol68, the revised edition. Maybe you meant 68, not 58.
What is Algol59? Really, the mists of time are floating round me
I dont care if it rains of freezes,
but that dancing plastic Jesus,
pushes things a little bit too far.
Mosquitos are one of many pestilential insects. They provide a service, if you like. There was a swampy area in Papua New Guinea which was uninhabitable by humans, and even a local fellow was smart enough to say "It keeps people out".
We are not the only creatures that think they are more important.
Sorry to sound criticising, but we are all dust, and modesty and tolerance are implied.
Trevor (my name)
* Hey dude, that shirt real sucks
* Why, thankyou, My wife bought it for me
* I'm going to stalk you on the Reg and downvote all your posts
FFS, nobody died (but my downvotes really hurt, sortof).
We know he's been told to give the apology. Give the ignorati a point, so what. If he had said "I've been told to apologise", there would just be another shitstorm. I'm sure he is smart enough to ignore their rancid opinions.
No good comes of saying "Yeah, piss off", as I have found.
I don't understand how people come up with these bloopers, but my favourite was a sign on the 'card punchers' door (long time ago), which read 'DATA IMPUT'.
Priceloose. Me upvote u
It would have been better to let the King Cobras lose, I was so pleased with your unconventional correct spelling that I made the mistake of reading the rest of the post.
Jake is back. Good stuff. I Think you work too hard.
Well, I always used Nutscrape
Mr. G. D, I thought I was going mad.
I, too, was confused. This method may be to reduce the multiplication of errors. If k is < 1, then the error in k is not magnified. There are other schemes for matrix operations and polynomial evaluation. None of them make *much* difference, except to boffins.
I always wondered how Google search works. Well done.
I worked on an Algol68C compiler long ago, and have a disturbing memory of a single awkward situation where a space was needed. I hope I am wrong. It was so long ago...
By the way, FORTRAN was supposed to be simple too, but I wrote a helloworld type program with one character per card (using continuation flag thingy), and it didn't compile with a particular compiler. How dumb is that?
When I were a lad, I think a light went on in the exchange when you lifted the receiver. The operator would then plug her (usually her) headset into your socket, and say, "Which number do you require?". So, I suppose, tappy tapping it would cause a flashing light alarm. My phone number was Honiton 709, when I was six years old.
Is Big Dumb Guy 555 tampering with your keyboard? Screen lock is advis(z)ed when getting more beer from the fridge.
Remember your BODMAS from early schooling. Brackets, Powers(Of), Division, Multiplication, Add, Subtract. The Bing result is correct, and interprets it as - (4^(1/4)), which is a +/- real result. The other interpretation gives +/- Root2 +/- Root2 i (there are four roots, with evenly spaced arguments. By the way, I'm a little rusty too. The unary minus is interpreted as (-1) * 4 by Mathematica, so I can see the confusion here.
Before you go, I would like to mention that toilets have S bends. There was a lovely lass at my university with that nickname. (No malice intended, of course.)
Oh, go on then. Electro-Convulsive Therapy. I'm just waiting to see if we can score eadon, bazza shitpeas, and obviously! like earlier.
I wondered about that too. Strings vibrate initially in a plane, but then the plane rotates. Maybe the speed of the rotation is affected by gravity. This would affect the sound produced, say by reducing the rotation.
Someone I knew (?) told me that his band sang "Ten days of felch" instead of "Ten days of hell", just because they were bored. (btw felch is a silly rude word).
My dad would listen to football on an earphone, watch the news on the telly, and snooze at the same time. If you changed the channel on the telly, he would wake up and say "Hey, I was watching that". Is that multitasking?
You won't get 100'th downvote from me. You could have written some rubbish. Good luck in your quest.
Does this have to use the Completely Underground Network Tunnel?
The OP is right. My old chemistry teacher taught that "oxidation occurs at the anode", which is equivalent to removal of electrons. Batteries are the other way round to electrolysis cells.
I grant you copyright. It's cool
My ancient Sun Workstation runs CDE, and most of the software is Motif (I run Motif MWM on my laptop too). It's clunky, but no-one has pointed out that it has a good facility for sysadmins. You can install menu items at user-level, server-level, and network-level. It's still pretty primitive, though. I've got used to the consistent button-press behavior, hints, and shortcuts of Motif (missing in many other desktops for Linux).
And my favourite application is xteddy :-)
There might be a selection box at Guns R Us
That picture is worth a thousand. Anyway, what about pickled onions? I just ate a whole jar.
The strength of carbon fibre comes from the absence of fractures. Often rockets etc. are wound with fibre, and then embedded in epoxy. Once you chop it up, it's useless.
I told a chap that his ip address appeared on the cbl blocklist, even though the router got a different ip address each time it rebooted. He just didn't care. It's good business for the spammers. I don't know whether port 25 is used, and could just be blocked, but many PC owners aren't going to do anything about it.
Agreed. I thought I was the only one who thought that. The industry gangs up against ignorant customers, inventing new things that don't need to be invented.
If you hung corks on the front, then you wouldn't have to keep stopping to wipe the flies off.
I haven't been paying enough attention to this thrilling story, but I thought he died recently. Duh.
/040, damn this body thing.
I've never seen so many people in agreement Depressing, isn't it.
I worked for Yahoo 10 years ago, and they had 12 home-page servers dedicated to delivering the static home pages. The engineers mandated it. I look at it now and despair. Obviously, the engineers do not run the show anymore.
You are a lucky chap. You don't need a god when you have this experience. I have been close to a deer that zipped off in a flash. It doesn't happen very often.
I only stopped using Yahoo mail because they deactivated my account every time I didn't use it for 3 months or so. I got fed up of adding extra digits and creating new ones.
This reminds me of the dumbed down world in the Ben Elton book, "Blind Faith". The Government cross-correlate data on every tiny thing, to home in on the 'dissidents'. The populace are kept in an uneducated Facebook existence. Most amusing was an observance that their computers held more data than there were atoms in the universe. Needless to say, there are plenty of folk who don't understand the logical impossibility of that one He has a government mole with a whole team to fabricate a bogus profile.
I read something today which said that the carbon is only captured until the plants die and rot. Woody trees will store carbon for longer, but even they rot, unless they become peat and coal. So some forests aren't even long term carbon sinks anyway, unless they become waterlogged and fossilised, like good old Scottish peat bogs.
Asgard is the new Shakespeare. And why can all the commentards spell on this article thread?
Humans have shared their shelters with cows since the bronze age. It's a bit smelly. I wouldn't want to spend more than 5 minutes in a house with a running automobile in it.
Malthus observed a basic truth. All life produces more offspring than will reach maturity. He also concluded that doom will fall on humanity soon, which didn't happen. This does not mean that his observations were wrong. Seedlings shrivel. Children die. It's life. And that is what influenced Mr. Darwin greatly.
I used to do most of my computational stuff in a macro assembler (under Primos). When I disassembled compiled code, Fortran77 compilers were almost as good as assembler. Other compilers produced utter tripe (especially C). The Fortran model is good, although I really didn't like using it. F77 was far enough: all the guys with problems could still present me with non-indented (etc) POS's and ask whats wrong with them.
A previous post mentioned orders of magnitude. This is my recollection. I haven't got the hang of assembly programming in unix. It just seems like too much work.
Down with complexity, I say.