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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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SDS-930

The first to use transistors instead of valves, and a binary front panel.

24 * 24 bit multiply too, and if you paid extra you got FORTRAN (I only used assembler

on it though)

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SourceForge responds to GIMP grump with crowdsourcing caper

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Yes Oracle that bloody annoying ASK search bar.

I thought you were reputable sensible database company, not some dodgy web outfit foisting stuff on us.... lost alot of credibility from me with that annoying/difficult to remove ASK toolbar, its made me very suspicious of anything "oracle".

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Volvo: Need a new car battery? Replace the doors and roof

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Re: Bang the car, short the battery

Yeah, you have a crash and there gonna be a fucking great FLASH!

Maybe even cause a fire

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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

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Happy

Re: Never any danger

Learn about EMC and testing and EN standards.

Safety critical equipment is heavily tested for `radiated immunity' as they term it.

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JPL wants to fire a laser at MARS!

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We should be nuking it not lasering it

http://www.marspapers.org/papers/Mole_1999.pdf

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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Re: Sigma Series

On the SUNOS debugger program, adb (a debugger---of course)

you can type in hex 32 bit numbers and it converts them to human readable dates

$ adb

0x80000000=Y

2038 Jan 19 03:14:08

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Re: Sigma Series

I worked in flight simulation in te late 80's and wrote assemblers for SIGMAs 2, 3, 5 and 7.

Very nice reliable old computers, size of a fridge freezer.

Bet alot are still working away, doing stuff correctly using binary scaling to do stuff we would noe do in floating point

a bit faster, but actaully with less precision...

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Re: Pah

I used to use a PDP-11/73, and it was multi-user unix, there were about ten people using it most of the time, working on C or with a Z80 cross compiler. vi was in use, a fantastic leap ahead from ed.

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Re: if it aint broke....

sparde parts, 74 logic series is still made/

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Standard Model goes PEAR-SHAPED in CERN experiment

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Happy

Re: Matter/anti-matter

Exotic matter. Lets build a stargate!

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UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

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Headmaster

you could I suppose use an MD5 sum

If you have an original work, you could register it (by posting it to flickr say) with an MD5 sum of the full size orginal, with the exif data in it. That way you could proove it was your image at such and such a date

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Federal lawyers, MIT threatened following Aaron Swartz' death

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WTF?

It was a gross overreaction though, threatening prison for what really was a university prank involving computers. Anyone with a uni account can download papers, and its common practise to email them to people who you want to read them after that.

It was the criminal justice systems weapons designed for hardened criminals aimed at someone intelectual and sensitive. A criminal criminal justice system IMHO.

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IT Pro confession: How I helped in the BIGGEST DDoS OF ALL TIME

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Meh

Re: You are right.. and wrong

Ah I thought DNS worked by looking at /etc/hosts and then always doing a recursive if it was not in there.

The plot thickens, thanks for explaining this point.

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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

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FAIL

Re: The sound you hear

Its probably like the archer cartoons in there

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

robin48gx
Meh

the matrix

how did they miss that one.

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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

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FAIL

Re: Wrong, but not ridiculous?

I cycle and drive, and 99% of the time what holds me up when driving a car, is other cars....

(cars hold me up occasionally cycling as well actually)

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Meh

Re: Facepalm... @ AC 12:26

Are your elderly disabled neighbours physically fit enough to drive a car safety ? Also 8 months pregnant congrats, but should she not have her husband/partner help out ?

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Re: UK: Cyclists already pay for the upkeep of roads, as do pedestrians

Lots of people cycle the A27 near where I live. When it rains we all get in our cars.... and guess what, congestion gets worse...

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Re: On this logic

fatties should be taxed, they produce far more CO2 at rest than a fit person, and they are a burden on the NHS, with demands for heart/diabetes/blood-pressure/anti-inflamatories/stroke medicine.

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Re: I seem to recall...

I pay VED but cycle about 4 days out of 5 (well it rains sometimes and I like to go for a 2k swim now and then).

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Joke

Re: This is it!

I am a cyclist and have a resting HB of 45. This means that for the 2 hours or so of cycling to work, I may output a little more CO2, but the obese person is worse, They produce more than me when they are at rest. Nd I bet they use a car too. Tax the unfit!

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Happy

Re: This is it!

I am a cyclist and have a resting HB of around 45....

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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

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Meh

Re: 3.2 Million reasons to love speed cameras

I have seen someone die trapped in a car in front of my eyes in a road accident.

It was a very upsetting experience.

Not silly talk. 3000 deaths a year on our roads is pretty amazingly high.

Any other `industry' would be shut down. Back to the incident I saw...

The police got there first, I was putting out the fire on the dripping exhaust pipe on the upside down car.

The ambulance and free service were probably lost (I hear they are pretty bad at navigation generally

I guess Rabiit80 if your are really an ambulance driver, you mostly arrive too late)

But I do think, on a lateral tangent here, that technology may well be the only thing to

reduce road deaths. Automatic braking systems to aid the awful human reaction times, and

monitoring via GPS to prevent people speeding (and doing a runner).

All things just around the corner so to speak.

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FAIL

you obviously never used FORTRAN, or DEC plot, or gnuplot ...

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Re: 3.2 Million reasons to love speed cameras

Its mostly third parties that get harmed by speeding car drivers---speed cameras in theUK are placed where someone has died. often a child. Imagine, the child in shock half under the car mangled crying for mummy... but you would rather get from A to B 3 mins quicker....

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The driving test should have subtle questions in it to determine if the candidates fully understand

the equation

E = 0.5 * m * v**2.

If they cannot grasp this simple bit of physics they should not be allowed a driving license.

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Boffins use DVD burner to scale graphene supercapacitors

robin48gx
Meh

How many uFs per cap did they get?

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Telecom bigwigs: 'We're all friends – really'

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Happy

Re: Cry me a river

or the practical compromise. Buy a new battery for the phone off ebay and go to a minimal 300 texts 100 mins 10 quid a year contract

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Clarkson: 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me'

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Re: Silly man

Anyone who punched peirs morgan in the face is ok with me.

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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FAIL

Re: What is the UK's take on a drone camera?

that helicopter looks very unreliable from the reviews

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Any storm in a port

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FAIL

Thought it was a stupid design when I first saw it

Obvious people would get annoyed with it, should not have been visually symmetrical. What committe designed that ? Who was on the board ?

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Samsung laptops can be NUKED by ANY OS – even Windows: new claim

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FAIL

Re: Sweet Jesus H Christ On A Bike

Ah I see, the BIOS detects an `overrun', thinks its under attack, and then self destructs.

Bit like a Japanese WWII soldier, rather commit suicide than be captured.

I pity the poor owners of these machines...

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FAIL

Samsung loosing the plot

Lots of their tellys are failing (replace the "sam young" capacitors they start working again), now their laptops brick. Sounds like they are putting profit b4 reliability...

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Irony alert: Pirate Bay accuses anti-piracy group of illegal copying

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Re: har har!

Whats worse than being raped by ten pirates ?

Being fingered by captian hook !

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Nokia's Elopocalypse two years on: Has Microsoft kept its side of the bargain?

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Happy

Re: ELOP FAIL

Eadon, keep pointing out the truth. Thankyou.

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WTF?

Re: ELOP FAIL

Only reasons I still run windoze:

* Black Mesa Source

* Legacy code on MPLAB 8.66

* Portal 2

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FAIL

Re: ELOP FAIL

I would never buy a phone with windoze on it. that would be just asking for trouble, totally agree, nokia used to be OK, must have ditzy management now

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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

robin48gx
Trollface

original image here, though the NASA channel number 4

Before the NASA censorship department have time to shoop de woop on it

https://images.4chan.org/sci/src/1360593572190.jpg

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Mushroom

Re: Periscope.

http://www.marspapers.org/papers/Mole_1999.pdf

This scientific paper shows us how to deal with it.

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

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Meh

Re: Another bit that isn't original

Starship troopers was 1958.... What rubbish to start yelling about IP on the concept of a space marine.

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Earth-like planets abound in red dwarf systems

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Happy

Re: Lemme know...

Like a ring world ?

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Re: Entropy: Big Problem!

Ever noticed some seaweeds are red not green ? Thats because, the UV and even the blue and green light is not available a few meters under the sea. Nature adapts. Even here on earth we have photosynthesis that can use much lower wavelength and engery EMR than UV....

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Re: Entropy: Big Problem!

Ever noticed some seaweeds are red not green ? Thats because, the UV and even the blue and green light is not available a few meters under the sea. Nature adapts. Even here on earth we have photosynthesis that can use much lower wavelength and engery EMR than UV....

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Re: Space is big but time is big too

The cosmic seeding idea. Absolutely, what is all that junk DNA really for. Bet its for a creature with a big brain, four arms (it lives in micro/very low gravity) and a 1000 year life span... we are mere monkeys compared to what the seeding has in store for us...

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US military advisor calls for McKinnon pardon, recruitment of "master hackers"

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Meh

And sack Carmen Ortiz....

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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FAIL

self destruct built in?

Does this mean there is a KILL LAPTOP call, that is called if the OS checksum fails? Who would buy a computer with a built in self destruct feature ?

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I am only going to buy new PCs after consulting the ubuntu compatibility lists now

Never again will I buy a computer without checking first it runs Linux, or whatever else I might want to put on it.

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Lotus 1-2-3 turns 30: Mitch Kapor on the Google before Google

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Re: Ability Plus?

I had a summer job as a lifeguard and the beach inspectors used that to keep track of all the beach hut problems.

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Happy

visicalc

I had visicalc on my artari 800 in 1981.

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