97 posts • joined Thursday 31st May 2007 12:13 GMT
for the illiterate, by the uninterested
Remember RTFM ? My experience was the users (or the tech support drones) would call me up, and ask me to read the manual for them.
Followed by windowbreaking ?
scuze me, microsoft breath.
"The average user" is abandoning PC entirely for phone and tablet, because they never understood PC in the first place. "They" made them use them. Now "They" (who must be obeyed) are using web-cloud apps that just talk to browsers independent of architecture, os, etc. Soon the only ones left with PC will be us nostalgic techs. And we can run whatever we damn please.
why am I bothering ?
Despite the fact I seldom use it, I have XP on a couple of dual booted computers at home. One is a "desktop" that I use for a file server. It has been rumbling lately that the pata disk that I use for a primary disk is failing. I have the pata because unpatched XP cannot run sata.
So I shopped about a bit, found a 1 TB sata disk, and an OEM 64 Win7, total cost under $180. As soon as the boxes arrive on the porch, and it rains (I have a driveway to seal), I will pull the pata, replace with sata, split in half for use with a linux fit for humans, and install the Win7.
I use the XP to run a TV tuner card, the linux DVB does not quite work yet. Unknown is what will happen to the data on a sata data disk in the chassis when I turn off pata emulation in the bios. Will sector mapping change ? I have backups, matters little.
I still don't know why I am bothering, the tuner is connected to a settop box for cable, I just use it to record the occasional movie. The other XP computer with is a netbook with a GPS nav application that I need once a year or so. Nostalgia ?
Re: Thorium reactors and A-bombs.
Yes, it is possible to make weapons from U233, the US did it back in the 50's when they were not sure how much Uranium was easily mined. U233 is to Thorium as Plutonium is to Uranium, it can be produced in a breeder reactor. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium-233 for sketchy information about two U233 weapons tests in the 50's.
My opinion is that the other uses of thorium are raising the price. Thorium is used in vacuum tube cathodes, and gas lamp mantles. There is a US patent 3692689 from 1972 about a Thorium Phosphor used in lamps of unspecified type. Perhaps a CFL lamp ?
stream DVD from my computer ?
A quick read of the sketchy documentation for this wonder leads me to believe that I can use VLC to stream to it, from my computer.
Whatever it does now, the API and some code will allow me and my programmer buddies to do all kinds of interesting (at least to us) things. Being able to write code for it changes a lot of things.
Just wait until Amazon gets the next batch, and we register them.
perhaps the chief gnome is named Balmer ?
Although using Gnome and Balmer in the same sentence is very difficult. But put Balmer in a cap and costume, and leave him out in the yard - your yard, please.
speed of sound ?
Only in Earth's atmosphere at STP. Try just MetersPerSec, do not be Terrocentric.
closed source is OUT !
Any closed source operating system can be, according to the martyr Snowdon, regarded as insecure, as they have back doors for NSA access. Unless each and every line of the OS source and toolchain can be inspected by suspicious minds, such as the Unix anarchists, and compiled from source, the OS will have a back door for NSA to insert its Iron Fist up the rectum of any system using it. Any back door used by the Iron Fist can also be used by third parties.
Further, according to the martyr Snowdon, other security holes can be unpatched and unpublic, until the Iron Fist allows them to be patched and publicized, because they are not being exploited by the Iron Fist.
My Finnish is not good enough to translate the response to "Please Mr Linus, can we put a back door in your kernel ?", It would start with "F no !", and contain a graphic description of your grandmother having sex with a reindeer. Similar responses would come, in various languages from the BSD authors.
I trust these boys a damn sight more than the sons of Balmer and Cox, even if the Sainted Jobs did not allow it.
The instruction set and runtime libs are forever preserved as "C" language and the std C runtime library. Don't tell me that "C" is a high level language. It depends what level of abstraction you want to (or know how to) write at.
you are wrong, VMS breath !
The PDP-11's (and PDP-8's) did not (at least in the late 70's) run VMS, they ran a group of OS's named RTS/E, RSX and Ultrix. Ultrix was a clone of Unix, which was born on At&t 3B systems, which were clones of PDP's.
The PDP (Peripheral Data Processors) were used in process control and industrial automation. They succeeded TI 960 in these applications. Universities and others used the larger boxes to run data centers, and there was a two-chip implementation called LSI-11 that was one the first "personal" computers. The process control application is what the Nuke industry is using them for, controlling the pumps, control rods, indicators and alarms of the melters.
VMS was a creature of the 1980's, living in VAX hardware. I am not even sure there was a PDP version of VMS, but I cannot say because I had moved on to the IBM 370 architecture, or at least the 43xx air-cooled variants. VMS was really for running data processing, either a data center or a PC ("everybody needs a little VAX"). When M$ abandoned OS/2, VMS was cloned into WindowsNT, later Windows2000 and WindowsXP.
You have not been corrected previously because all the programmers from that age who were not teenage hackers are Alzheimers or dead. You are an ignorant GenXY moron. Whine about the Boomers some more, we were Men with Wooden Pencils and Slide Rules who wrote for the Big (and Small) Iron.
American call phones are required BY LAW to be locatable, either by GPS hardware in the phone, or by triangulating delay times from two or more cell towers. It is required for enhanced 911 service, so calls to 911 can be located, without user intervention or knowledge of their location. How convenient.
cough... Nitric Acid
IRFNA will form Nitric Acid, rather than Hydrofloric acid, on contact with moisture in the air.
I bought a new Samsung 305 laptop to replace a 2003 Dell with a lowgrade Nvidia graphics controller that can run neither recent Ubuntu nor Fedora desktops (except for XFCE).
I installed Fedora 18, after pushing the Win7 installed on it out of the way. No problems so far (2 days), but UEFI is not turned on or needed. I even found good artwork for the desktop, a spherical cow at the origin, from Berkley.
Anybody want a old Dell, runs XP real well ?
Re: C++ put me off programming
Too lazy to learn the concepts ? No, too old to live long enough to finish the program.
Re: C++ put me off programming
Not harder to use, more dangerous.to use.
Kentucky's junior Senator, Rand Paul is not only opposed to more efficient light bulbs, he does not like low flow toilets. Being from KY, he thinks we need to burn more coal, and pollute more water.
He is busy this month with his newest stooge, Rep. Massie, legalizing "Industrial" Hemp.
Yeah, we need some of that Industrial Strength Hemp, if we smoke enough of it, we will become wacky enough to agree with him.
you don't have to be demented to use a computer if you are over 65...
But it helps, especially if you are using Windows 8.
Re: Why not just rent the proper Cape Canaveral?
Nasty cynic that I am, I am gonna guess that State of Texas offered a whole big pile of tax incentives, subsidies, and just plain bribes for this facility.
Re: still quite impressive
Best data I heard of was the Sandleuk supernova, Kakamonde detected neutrinos within seconds ? of light flash, over about 100 million light years ? A while ago, knowledge decay.
Depends on how tightly you wrap the cable around their necks.
Russian Booster ?
Well, not likely. North to South track means polar orbit. Few satellites go for polar orbits, very energy expensive. But useful for observation, good ground coverage.
Re: Isn't 1024 x 768 good enough for them?
Who cares ? I have had develper's preview running on a 1024x600 netbook with a touch screen since last fall, using strictly the desktop interface. It's still there, if you know where to look. The start menu may be gone from the lower left, but all the start menu shortcuts are in the usual place in the file system. Same for control panel. Just put some desktop shortcuts to 'em, and F microsoft.
4 years my *, how about 60 years
The difference in volume has been obvious since the beginnings of TV broadcasting. I could find old cartoons from Mad and the New Yorker and other US mags, dated from the 50's, observing the phenomena.
Neutrinos are an explanation of the violation of conservation of energy in Beta Decay, made up by Fermi, in the 1930's as a joke. Their existence was not demonstrated until the 1950's, in observations at Nuclear Reactors. Almost every experiment involving neutrinos, like the Solar Neutrino observations, has produced puzzling results.This joke has gone on long enough, we do not understand neutrinos.
citing Heinlein, Asimov already cited.
Heinlein thought low orbit was the best place for fission power plants. But then "Blowups Happen".
for foot injuries
I have XFCE installed for the inFrequent occasions when I shoot off my foot, trying to "Improve" the gnome or unity desktop. Until recently, wifi required a graphical desktop to start, so I would have to find the ethernet cable to run a command line when I had improved the system too much.
Having driven through the array, on US60 west from Socorro, NM, the best name is "WTF is That ?" No, we knew it was there, but were unprepared for the scale of the thing. Then we got directed off the road by a NM State trooper, to make way for a portable building being moved.
The thing is between a long stretch of NOTHING, the array, then MORE NOTHING. You should drive it someday. It is just west of the Trinity site. After visiting, you understand why they blew it off out there, it is nowhere.
title for Hydro-Despot
Perhaps Pharaoh ?
up the supply chain
This, and the reports of "Apple Stores" in China, leads me to suspect the manufacturers are running the production lines overtime, and shipping production to somebody other than Apple. One of the hazards of outsourced manufacturing.
If you don't know
And if you don't know how to root it, they will sell you a howto book, published by O'Reilly. And a couple of books on Android development, a book on java programming, one on python, maybe a tune or two to listen to while you read....
as expensive as good beer
No, liquid nitrogen is not expensive. I suspect that having done this once, AMD will redesign with a closed loop cooler, and do it repeatably (a bit slower). Anybody (engineers please) know how to build a liquid nitrogen heat pipe ?
Fusion power has been 10-15 years away for almost 60 years now.
but no tanks
Well, not as many tanks, The armor school and the Patton Museum were moved to Georgia.
you forgot Amiga
Maybe there will be a Commodore phone someday.
I actually have an Intel classmate netbook, and I hunted down a MeeGo image for it, copied it to a USB drive, booted it, and then said "Why ? I already have Ubuntu on this thing, I need another linux like I need a spare..."
Ruins of Halo
The previous ruin left behind by this looter was Halo, head quartered in Niles,Illinois. From some very non-descript industrial park buildings, they custom-built a 14 story building on Toughy Ave. The building was completed just before the collapse, and included a tubular sculpture that sang in the wind, annoying the neighbours no end. The building is now ? was ? occupied by Shure corporation, an audio manufacturer. It is down the street from another legacy from a corporate looter named Ilg, a 1/2 scale copy of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Since Apple users are sheep, they would be happier when they are surrounded by other sheep. So my app idea is a Location Coolness score, by the local density of Sheep (other Apple users). This data makes the job pretty easy.
So a Lady GaGa concert would be a really Cool place, and shopping for tires at WalMart Not Cool at all.
second system effect
Confounding any performance comparisons is the "second system effect" - recoding ANYTHING, even in the same implementation, will boost performance. Compare the C++ implementation with a second PHP done on the other side of a "Chinese Wall" ? After dropping the "rarely used features" ?
Do It Yerself: Get a new disk and an OEM retail copy of Win7, back up your data (if you can figure out where it lives). New disks are cheap, OEM Win7 cost about $110.
This option comes without useless MS tech support. You already know more than they do, guaranteed.
Hammer and Pliers
I read something last week about some hedge fund crooks erasing flash drives with hammers and pliers. Perhaps I can find my old UV eprom eraser, once I get the opaque cases off. Moving up the spectrum, an unhealthy dose of X or Gamma will work without removing the cases.
the difference is...
Between Jobs and Shuttleworth, the difference is, if I don't like Steve Jobs handiwork, I cannot walk further in the Mall, and get one at the other Apple store. If I don't like Mark Shuttleworth, I just walk a bit farther, to the Fedora store, or back up to the Debian workshop, or whatever.
Right now, Mark's problem is that Unity and Wayland don't quite work yet. I am running Narwhal on a touchscreen netbook, and I am using the xfce desktop most of the time.
penguins don't catch cold either
But I have to:
1) Have a copy of clamav on linux to check and scrub any files I give to or get from windows victims.
2) Same on bootable linux usb for scrubbing infected windows systems
3) MSE on the dual booted systems that I run windows on for my own purposes
I share the general tech consensus that MSE is as good as anything, better than most, but any monoculture is dangerous. But windows itself is a monoculture.
MSE is a damn sight better than the 90's MS Anti-Virus product.