Re: Great example
"because he couldn't get a grant unless he toed the line" even with his Nobel. What's wrong with this picture?
92 posts • joined 9 Apr 2010
"because he couldn't get a grant unless he toed the line" even with his Nobel. What's wrong with this picture?
Well, I gave the AC an upvote (second I've ever granted, I think) because it's absolutely spot on. A Multiprise 2000 isn't even the end of that product line (3000). Almost a decade ago I was supporting both for a client. By 2009 the 2000 was out of support (IBM would provide a CE for $400/hour though). However, parts availability was becoming a big concern. I failed to convince management to buy one or two 2000s on eBay for parts cannibalization. I don't want to know what supporting a 2000 entails these days. While this failure does not seem to be in the hardware, the infrastructure is an accident waiting to happen. It's not the systems programmers (they have at least one, right?) that are at fault here, I'm certain.
I meant to add "An average modern smartphone is far superior to the 80386, to be sure, but the totality of the S/390 infrastructure dwarfs the smartphone's--there is no way it can get near the throughput of the S/390." but the edit timed out.
"Well, there's probably more processing power in the avereage[sic], modern smartphone."
Impresively off the mark. I will grant you that an actual S/390 platform is nowhere near as capable as a zSeries platform of any vintage (almost like running Windows on a 80286 these days). If this is true, the PHBs need to explain why that is what is being used. But you served up a massive failure concluding a smartphone is more capable than a S/390. If we compare the 80286 to an entry-level S/390, it is immediately obvious the 80286 is rudimentary. Comparing the 80386 is more sporting but it's still not even close.
You are clearly no greybeard (and I gather proud of it, too).
Perhaps they're using the RT patches (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RTLinux). That's what I would do, anyway.
As Alan Cox observed, Snowden should have run to the only place on Earth beyond the reach of U.S. law enforcement: Wall Street.
Even before the advent of Plug Compatible Machines brought competition for the Central Processing Units, the S/360 peripheral hardware market was open to third parties. IBM published the technical specifications for the bus and tag channel interfaces allowing, indeed, encouraging vendors to produce plug and play devices for the architecture, even in competition with IBM's own. My first S/360 in 1972 had Marshall not IBM disks and a Calcomp drum plotter for which IBM offered no counterpart. This was true of the IBM Personal Computer as well. This type of openness dramatically expands the marketability of a new platform architecture.
I presume the person responsible for the mention of DIE is unaware that z/OS systems DIE all the time. The acronym is Disabled Interrupt Exit and coding one requires knowledge and authorizations beyond that of most applications programmers.
Now they're starting to think like a mainframer... ;-)
CMS started life independent of the original CP-67 hypervisor development, so it is not a good comparison. GCS, OTOH, was later developed to provide all the MVS facilities needed to support the port of VTAM into the VM suite of products. CMS maintained its ability to be IPLed on bare metal for long time, but GCS never had that ability (or need). CMS did have some MVS (and VSE) facilities including VSAM but nowhere near what was needed for VTAM, particularly multiple task support (process in POSIX-speak).
I have the beard, too (moustache isn't grey, though) and started working with VM around 1978. The VM community inside and outside IBM developed virtualization into a powerful paradigm despite much resistance inside IBM and that history is well-documented. A major pillar was the VM-specific hardware development throughout the process that provided crucial performance gains and also allowed the hypervisor to itself be IPLed in a virtual machine. To our minds, z/VM provides industrial-strength virtualization, as the number of busy Linux instances a mainframe could handle with great stability even over a decade ago testifies. In general we would like to see desktop computers get there, too, while hoping mainframe virtualization will always continue to lead the way.
This reminds me of the time some guy named Linus announced he'd just thrown an experimental, GPLed 386 kernel over the wall for other Minix users to try out. Today's version is quite a bit more sophisticated. If the fundamental concepts are indeed sound, this could prove to be a very interesting homesteading within ESR's Noosphere.
"I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid."
I think many here do not get the point. Unless computer controls have been developed to offset the natural instabilities of the system, you cannot let go of the cyclic when flying a helicopter unless you want the machine to rapidly come unglued. Flying a helicopter has been compared to staying on top of a ball, especially when hovering in gusty conditions. Of course, an autogyro cannot hover.
Bob Hoover is another great pilot, one who is no longer allowed to fly in the USA because the FAA will not renew his license on a medical technicality. Last I checked, however, he was still performing in airshows in other countries, still killing the engines of his Twin Commander and gliding through loops and other precision maneuveurs enroute to full stop safe landings as his signature demonstration of conserving momentum.
Hmmm... Am I the only one around here to notice how those self-identifying Christians are in turn picked on by non-self-identifying Christians, even to the point of being subjected to hate crimes (violently objected to by some non-self-identifying Christians) by some non-self-identifying Christians?
Then, if possible, he does the typically human thing and tries it again, establishing a closed loop for all eternity.
[blush] Kindly substitute "force" for "light" in the foregoing post.
The force you impart to the rod propagates through the entire rod much faster than light speed, but all the molecules only increase velocity per the force imparted. This does bring up the question of gravity propagation, however. If a mass pops into space-time, is its gravity manifested everywhere in the Universe instantaneously or does it propagate out from the mass, and, if the latter, at what velocity does it propagate? Inquiring minds want to know.
El Reg has astonished me with this move and lost me patronage. How sad.
I really hope you guys can demonstrate impact to the bottom line sufficient to justify your continuing efforts at innovation there. Of course, you'll need the help of marketing, won't you?
...the aggregate smarter infrastructure he's left behind. I doubt Dell has anything approaching what he had access to. However, it may be they really aren't expecting any great innovation to obtain, only increased customer buy-in due to his rep.
For now, only the geekiest of geeks will be working on the project. Maybe mere mortals can have a go at it around Java 9, when GPU monitors are likely to be more mainstream, wouldn't you think?
I'm interested in what the Scala crowd thinks of this initiative.
Or in a universe once contemporaneously shared by Chiang and Jonathan Livingston Seagull ("IT WORKS!" "Well, of course it works, Jon. It always works when you know what you're doing. Now about your control...")
(before the Borg get it) and put it on display at Udvar-Hazy.
"I thought Warp10 was transwarp or is that when you turn it up to 11 ?"
Only if you have a Marshal warp drive. ;-)
So what's you LinuxCounter.org number, hmmmm? (;-))/2
Indeed, SCO should be most grateful IBM never got their day in court. Instead, they got off relatively easily.
How about unearthing a patent covering patent application infrastructure and methodologies?
Inquiring minds want to know if the down-voter of the second instance also up-voted the first instance. Somehow, that possibility feels somewhat resonant with the subject matter.
"Apple can 'have an effect on the landscape', but 'they affect the landscape'."
Or "they can effect a change in the landscape".
If you don't want us to go to war any more, simply stop lending us the money to do so. Please.
"And the 99.999999% are not thick, stupid, ignorant users, they are people that have more important and interesting things in their little lives than tinkering about in a forge...."
This includes Linus, you know. He's not interested in tinkering with desktops nor having one dictate how he goes about pursuing the "more important and interesting things in [his] little [life]." I believe he has made his position exceedingly plain. Last I heard he was running Linux Mint Debian XFCE. Me, too, but not because it's what Linus uses--I use it because of why Linus uses it; i.e., he and I agree on how to choose and have very similar priotities.
"Why haven't medical devices used it for decades?"
Repeat business model?
Most likely it's M$ via the CIA. ;-)
Possibly the right [pun intended] answer is "None of the above." If you want to motivate good global citizenship by corporations, you have to "vote" in the only terms they understand. Or perhaps you could motivate government to motivate them on your behalf. Unless the right answer to government is also "None of the above."
Indeed. And if they fell off on the Autobahn and you managed to survive, you'd likely be in a litiigious mood regarding the matter. Unless you missed the merchantability and fitness for purpose caveats in the purchase agreement, of course; then, you'd have no case.
This feature strikes me as a primordial Watson systems programming expert system. It is only advisory and can only process console messages produced by z/OS at this time. It doesn't matter if zAware functions completely locally or "phones home" to a Watson infrastructure for advice (unless the network is out, of course). IBM mainframe marketing has long considered itself hindered by the need to "install a systems programmer" at every customer site. This feature will likely grow into a crucial capability for winning new customers.
...who continues to marvel how clearly John Brunner was looking into the future when he wrote "The Shockwave Rider" that was copyrighted in 1975?
Oh, yeah (long night, I'm tired), they STILL DO, in case it wasn't obvious, the OCO aberations notwithstanding.
And before UNIX, RSX-11, and VMS, there were mainframes with OSes in assembler, customer-developed patches and enhancements, and tools tapes put together by customers and vendors. Indeed, one of the earliest user groups (if not the very first) is named SHARE--it's not an acronym, it's what the participants DO.
It has been for decades--it just turned 40, as a matter of fact, so it's pretty well shaken out. It's homogenized as it only runs on one architecture, but that architecture does everything (although localized KVM processing is usually a superior approach from all angles). So I'd say they have their work cut out for them unless the potential customers maintain their long-held animosity toward the proven product lines. In other words, it will all come down to marketing again.
...NASA's entire annual budget is spent every two weeks or so on the ever increasing interest payments servicing the U.S. National Debt? There's another contract we ought to give to JPL.
...the longest chain of dominos the species has set up that executed flawlessly? Even the Odyssey link they dreamed up near the end that required a new twist worked out. Heck, the weather cooperated, too. They definitely stuck that landing. Oh, and that descent shot with the parachute, too.
How do we take the global financial systems away from the blokes responsible and give the contract to JPL?
"The martian overlords are actually cats."
Ah, that explains Yoko Kanno's "Cats On Mars" composition for "Cowboy Bebop," ah reckon.
M$ themselves haves have shown us all how. It is quite simple. Refuse to ratify all such NDA clauses in potential agreements. They have demonstrated they most emphatically do not want those 235 patents identified to the world. I believe this requirement will even trump filing a lawsuit against your less than Fortune 1000 firm. Just tell everyone the Boss is rather scantily clad from your point of view. Because he is.
I think a simple modification to the definition of distribution that includes appliances with a very clear definition of what is and is not an appliance would suffice.
But nobody ever DOES anything about it. Until now.
Now that is exactly the type of lesson in the law I would deem reasonable to encounter in "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress." Heinlein would approve.