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The REAL question is ...
Will "Whole Foods" have the balls to sue over the "365" copyright & trademark?
Actually, Mr. Tick Tock, I've had no trouble using ASL in the British Isles ... Not that I generally need it in technical situations, mind ... But it's nice to have as an option :-)
For the record, I'm not deaf ... but I do enjoy having the ability to communicate.
Our guys typically do between 50 and 100mL per session, with a maximum in late spring/early summer & a minimum in late fall/early winter. That's (roughly) one or two 1.5 US oz (~44mL) shots per session. Thanks for asking; sorry if it ruins your horse porn fantasies :-)
Cool. If you're willing to sign a contract, I'll pay you twice that ... $30 per collection ... if you like. The mandatory vet charges twice that, and the two helpers adds another $60 to the total, and that's just for the collection. Should be good for a giggle, and maybe I'll finally have something worth posting to YouTube.
 Safety first ... Keeps insurance rates low.
 I pay my field hands well ... I want to keep 'em!
 That's sarcasm ... There is no way I'd put my horses in the hands of a rookie.
@Anomalous Cowturd et ali ...
That poor stallion needs to get cut, as he's obviously not worthy of breeding. If he was, he'd be making a lot more money ...
By way of explanation, our main stallion, an 18 year old with a good track record, sells for US$3500 per mail-order cryo-packed AI application. We offer up to ten repeat applications for proven brood mares, or until they produce, whichever comes first. It's 4500 for room & board if your mare needs to visit us for "live cover" (he doesn't travel anymore), which is required for some equine disciplines. Our youngster (his grandson, 8 years old) is USD$1750 & 2500 ... as will be our two-year-old (great great grandson) if/when we deem him ready.
15 bucks a shot is silly, at best ... the cost of harvesting the stuff, plus keeping it fresh long enough to get it "to market" would be close to ten times that price. Gut feeling is that they are selling tapioca to idiots who don't know any better ;-)
Halt and Catch Fire.
Or the ever popular "You should never see this error."
Similarly, I looked at the clock this afternoon & it reported "4:04" ... My brain immediately interpreted that as "time not found" ... Nice temporary personal "WTF?" moment :-)
I taught my daughter how to use alternative base numbering systems right from the git-go ... A little over two decades ago, when she was around 7 or eight, she started using the phrase "132 you" ... it took me almost a week to figure it out ... When I did, I busted a gut laughing.
Smart critters are a joy to train, two-footed or four-footed :-)
OS/2 failed as a mass-market OS because ...
IBM chose not to roll the Windows 3.0 API into it ... *probably* because Apple had a hissy-fit at the very idea. Am I the only one who remembers Taligent and Pink? The concept of Apple and IBM dating sounds daft these days, but back in the late eighties ...
As a side-note, OS/2 isn't actually dead. I still use it in some places. See:
"Open source is hard, precisely because it requires significant human investment"
Oh. I see. And closed source requires no human investment?
That would explain why most closed source is crap, then, right?
Gopher? Nah. Only me Great Aunt still uses Gopher ...
... She's been using it to publish the 95+ years of her life's story these last 17 years. It works for her, so who am I to suggest she get a trifle more modern? (True, I maintain the server-space ...).
I can't remember the last time I used a search engine, outside of Wikipedia.
And no, I don't just use 80X24 ... Sometimes I need to crop pictures ;-)
 I don't trust Wiki, mind, but occasionally I'll look something up there in the hopes of finding a more authoritative link for my nieces & nephews ... After over a third of a century online, I pretty much already know where to find anything I personally am looking for.
Out of curiosity, slightlyoff ...
What flavo(u)r was the goolaid?
What comes around goes around ... Or, if you prefer, if you don't want it don't bring it ... Or, if you prefer, you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
The kids have no idea of the scope of the situation that they are playing with ... Nor do they realize that their future employment is being compromised.
Pianos & organs have any number of pedals.
And a standard keyboard has 88 keys.
I'd expound on this, but Wiki has a couple pretty good articles on the subject:
The device I experimented with started life as a Moog Taurus. The eight pedals provided (theoretically) 256 binary "cord" options, but in reality with only two feet I couldn't manage quite that many. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure out exactly how many ;-)
 I almost never recommend Wikipedia ...
 You do know how to count to 1024 using your fingers, right?
I fiddled with something like this years ago ... mid-late 1980s.
I used the foot switches for the control, alt & shift keys, function keys, Sun's "L" keys, and a couple other key bindings in EMACS. Was more trouble than it was worth, so I never pursued it. A friend of mine took my breadboard rig & used the basic idea for alternative input devices for disabled folks while getting his Masters at Stanford.
Don't use microsoft or google products. It's been working for me for coming up on a year and a half now, with absolutely zero negative impact on my "internet and computing experience", whatever that is.
Quick! Hire some Cloud Developers!
That should fix it!
There's a word for what you just did: "stalker".
I finally figured out what a "lady gaga" was, and now you hit me with a "kesha"?
I realize this is a redtop, but Shirley all y'all at ElReg are trying to reach out to folks with at least a tiny little bit of an education?
 Basically, a later-day Ms. Ciccone, only with far less talent. The mind boggles ...
I think I'm awake ... Care to expound on that?
Or maybe I can condense your message:
"Please don't feed the establishment, trolling suckers out of their dollars".
Where do I start ...
"abundantly clear that cloud computing is top of mind for a majority of enterprises … "
None of whom actually employ computer-savvy folks in the upper echelons ...
" ... and that no one really has a clue where to hire cloud developers."
Well ... first define "cloud". Then define "cloud computing". Then define "cloud computing development". Then define "cloud computing development language". Which should make it obvious who all the so-called "cloud" developers are, no?
Face it, folks, in the bottom-line "the cloud" is simply a marketing gimmick that computer illiterate MBAs have bought into.
This is about intelligent minds observing reality, not IT.
Ice dams break, true. But there is no record of that happening regularly in the cores from the Colorado Delta.
We know what the life-cycle of the desert plants is, we know what the precipitation cycle is, and we know what the rate of rock erosion is. And we know what the deposition rate is in river deltas. All from direct observation.
Suggesting that that those rates have somehow changed within the last several million years is intentionally disingenuous, at best. That makes you a liar, if you have half a clue as to what your are discussing. If you don't have that half a clue, why are you commenting?
 Judging by the current crop of Web sites, there are very few intelligent minds in IT ...
@Denarius, Re: "consistancy"
Which of your four gospels got the last words of Jesus right?
Has to be one of 'em ... the other three *must* be wrong.
OK, to be fair, Mark declined to comment ... But Matthew, Luke & John all report differing accounts. Which one is closest to reality? My money is on Mark ;-)
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
"You fire PowerPoint dweebs for a living?"
No. I clean up b0rken corporate computing culture for a living.
"I sooooo want your job"
You can have it. All you have to do is bid on, and win, the contract(s).
"you just can't buy the level of job satisfaction inherent in that."
Nah. Firing people in this economy leaves a bad taste in the mouth ...
Daftest thing is ...
Kids have been flashing each other since before there was writing. It's part of growing up. When the chemical soup that makes us "grow up" turns up the wick, we start exploring our sexuality. It's totally, completely normal. All animals do it.
As technology improves and becomes inexpensive/mainstream, the kids will use it. My girlfriend in 10th grade (15 years old) slipped a naked SX-70 photo of herself into my locker in highschool.
My grandfather had a daguerreotype of my grandmother naked, sent to him via post from "the old country". We ran across it when going thru' his things after he passed. According to the date on it, she was 14 and a half ... It was almost shockingly pornographic, and the accompanying letter was quite steamy & indicated that they had been having sex 18 months prior. We chose to bury the letter and photo with him; it seemed fitting somehow :-)
As a side-note to the Euros in the audience: not all us Yanks are prudes.
Adults, on the otherhand, should know better ... Even congresscritters.
 Don't worry, legal eagles, it's long gone ... She broke into my house and destroyed it 35 years ago, or thereabouts, after I dumped her because she was a slut ;-)
 What, you kids think *you* invented it?
Rude & confrontational.
Like the "good Christians" outside family planing clinics, right?
Want to make a "young earther" cringe? Ask 'em how many years of obvious high organic/low organic deposits there are in the outflow of the Colorado River ...
Ah, well. It'll be October 21st any day now ;-)
 Spring floods from melting snow wash organic material into the river's delta. The rest of the year, it's pretty much all inorganic. The layers are easily counted in core samples ... There are a lot more than a million layers.
 Nicely halted by the Imperial Valley drinking it all, but that's another rant.
::Nods:: at amfM, and uploads beer :-)
You have a point. And a good one.
Me, I tend to head for the lex parsimoniae ("Occam's razor", to the GreatUnwashed) ... The most obvious answer is that people (as a whole) are completely ignorant, and easily lead by any old idiot.
See tulips & Holland for an "early modern" example.
Today, see Al Davis's Oakland Raiders, and their Tradition of Flatulence.
Or morons purchasing "GoldenDoodle" puppies (and the like) for US$2500 from backyard breeders, thinking they are getting "pure-bred" dogs.
Or anyone tithing to the religion of their choice ...
Or the iFadThingies currently separating fools from their money ...
Or idiots purchasing "distressed clothing" from upscale marketers ...
Or idiots purchasing intentionally skunked beer ...
Or idiots purchasing "big, buttery, oaky Chardonnay" ...
Need I go on?
I have a serious question, amanfromMars ... Any ideas on how to collectively increase the logical processes in the brains of the proverbial ManInTheStreet? Because I sure the hell don't ...
@AC 21:15 ... Power Point? Waste of (corporate) time ...
"take away powerpoint(c++) and watch as all the big companies are brought to their knees :)"
Uh, actually, the first thing I do when brought in as a consultant is ask "who are your Power Point experts, and who relies on their presentations within the organization?"
And then I promptly fire the lot of 'em.
Power Point has wasted more billable hours than anything else ever invented by the global corporate infrastructure ...
 Yes, I have that power ... it's in the fine print in my standard contract ;-)
Most programming that isn't close to the hardware is frivolous. Think about it.
It's not the HLL that makes you a sheep, it's the mind-set (see "app stores" and the like, and what they mean in the great scheme of things).
I lost interest in managers over thirty years ago ... I'm my own boss :-)
@AC21:13 ... Where did I say I didn't use different tools for different jobs?
I was commenting on real programming, not the likes of "Farmville" ... If the underlying hardware+OS isn't stable, none of your toys, bells & whistles will mean squat.
Ah. I see. In your mind, it's a vast conspiracy by "the elite few".
In my mind, it's the stupidity of the GreatUnwashed[tm] buying into Madison Avenue, and there is no "elite few" ... I mean, seriously, when was the last time you saw an advertisement for a product, political idea or religion that wasn't immediately ignorable? You think of the originators of this crap as "elite"? Seriously?
Break it down to basics: Centralized computing is still centralized computing, no matter how many bells & whistles you hang on it.
We all have a CPU, memory & storage at our fingertips. We don't need to borrow from multi-national data-mining advertising organizations.
Can we not move away from the nanny-state "take care of it for me" paradigm?
Or perhaps men from Mars actually enjoy advertising and being marketed at?
::eyeballs Heidelberg Windmill & KORD and Chief 217 in my own printshop::
OK. If you say so ... But from my perspective, printing's always been a home industry, kinda like growing veggies, baking bread, making beer & wine and smoking bacon.
"Define real work."
Coding close to the hardware, which should be obvious from the comment your replied to ... but for some reason you seem to think I'm not allowed to comment on that ... I mean, "stick the mucking out"? WTF?
"Can you conceive of a problem space where you need to think bigger to solve a more complex problem?"
Yes, I can. Are you equipped to understand my commentary?
I prefer "capable".
I prefer "knowledgeable".
"and, here's an irony"
God is an iron ...
Says the AC, with no actual rebuttal to my post...
"One CTO" says it all, really ...
"As one chief technical officer says: “What really interests me about cloud are the kinds of applications we haven’t even thought of yet.”"
So it's kinda nebulous, and nobody can really grasp it, eh? And that's from a CTO! Drop the whole cloud meme, ElReg. It's a marketing gimmick, at best.
Whatever. When doing real work, I'll stick with K&R C and inline assembler ...
I don't want the compiler to tell me what I can & can't do with the hardware.
But then, I'm a hacker, not a sheep.
 Old jargon meaning, not modern journalistic meaning ...
For longevity, get an AOL email account ...
Seriously. While I have had my own domain since before they generally existed (I was one of the geeks working on implementing the domain name system in the early 1980s), my AOL email address seems to be un-killable. Gawd/ess knows I've tried :-)
I got it back in the early 90s, before the Windows version was available. Why? So I could talk MeDearOldMum thru' the mysteries of email ... TheWell, Delphi, TheSource, BIX and even CIS were beyond her capability. After a couple years, Dad took on (most) of her tech support needs, so I called to cancel the account. Instead, I was offered 6 free months. I figured "what the heck ...". Soon after that, I was offered a contract at the then new AOL Arizona call center ... One of the terms of the contract included a free lifetime AOL account.
In the early 2000s, I tried to cancel it as superflous several times, but every time I get a wild hair & login to it, it's still there. I've since given up on trying to get rid of it.
Yeah, sure, right ...
How many sheep are there in Oz? How many feral camels?
How many feral humans, for that matter ... do the math(s).
Tim Moore's a con artist, at best. A self-serving publicist, at worst.
Troy Hunt gets PAID for this?
The mind boggles ...
I don't get it.
You DO have a secure link to your own systems when on the road, right? Extend the favo(u)r to friends & family, to the benefit of all ... How? I'm glad you asked ...
Get three (or four, or five ...) freely available Pentium systems. They should come with enough disk & RAM ... Load any of the freely available OSes on each machine. Install one at home (Sonoma, CA), one at DearOldMum's (Duluth, MN), one at Great Aunt Florie's (Padstow, UK), one at the ubiquitous Uncle Bob's (Christchurch, NZ), and etc ... Hook the machines up to their so-called "broadband" Internet modem.
Install encryption software, and simple scripting to automagically backup user generated code (personal files) at all locations to all other locations on a regular basis.
So-called "cloud" sorted ... without the hype, or the privacy issues. Or the cost.
If you can be arsed, add in FTP, Usenet, email, HTTP and other servers over the same encrypted links. It's been working for me since before Flag Day ... although granted, I didn't have the encryption capability right from the git-go ;-)
Earth to idiots, re-read this bit: "on his own time, off campus".
That means PARENTAL responsibility applies. Not school district responsibility. But I think you'll find that (according to the article), he is 18 years old and an adult (by law) in his own right. If I were in his shoes, I'd take out the entire local school board for their heavy handed, illegal tactics.
My mind boggles at how many people seem to not only enjoy the nanny state, but actually invite it into their lives ...
Ms Bee, are you absolutely certain that "sheeple" is a cuss word?
 Oh, to be in my late teens again ...
Watch APPL's market cap after a couple principle share holders decide to cash out. THAT will determine the real value of the company. And it's only a matter of time ... Share holders only own stock to make a profit. Think about it.
Well ... from an OldFart's perspective ...
Personally, I have every single piece of information I have generated since I started using computers archived ... That's from the late 1960s. It's not exactly difficult. ASCII and redundancy are fairly close to immortal, in the right hands.
Note I'm talking about "information", not "formatting" ... There is a BIG difference, which is often lost on kids these days. Alphanumerics, punctuation, CR/LF, and white-space are where it's at when you want to retain information indefinitely.
Now ask me what my .fav programming language is, other than assembler :-)
Not mass murder.
Chlorinating the gene pool.
When I were a lad, two wrongs didn't make a right, but euthanizing dogs with Parvo was considered "best practice", because it was better for the humans and the dogs over the long haul.
Don't get me wrong ... I like the idea of an open internet. I was sad when I had to kill the guest accounts on my internet facing servers in 1988. These annonytwats are a symptom of the problem, not the answer ... Don't glorify them. They are just as bad as the corporations they are trying to vilify. Maybe worse, in that they are intentionally causing the casual/ignorant user's data to become accessible to any and all criminals who care to access it.
Again, I'm anticipating plenty of "thumbs down" from people who aren't thinking this thing thru'. Enjoy, if that makes your weekend. Me, I'm trying to educate :-)
The REAL question is ...
How many people will be prosecuted for intentionally distributing, and making money from, Simpson's porn after the 2012 Games are over?
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