101 posts • joined 15 Dec 2011
wrote this up nicely in his "Do no harm" (p.268 &on)
Job was someone else; Job control language was invented to torment him (&others)
Shall die by the rounded corner
By the rounded corner ...
I believe Arthur Clarke's billion is a Eurpoean billion (=10^12)
I had a project run on 2 Winchester disks (75+75MB, I think); the tape backup was delayed &delayed. I was told "back up 1 disk to the other". "what if there's a power-cut?" -- "you're on an uninterruptible power supply!"
Then the same technician plugged a vacuum cleaner 4 times running into that UPS, killed it. I inquired as ti why she was not shot at dawn.
The high bar is to _WIN_ the suit, _NOT_ to file, scare, and force the defendant into big legal expenses
jab701 did _not_ buy from Intel; he bought from Dell/Microsoft/h-p/... -- so _they_ are responsible
Mit die dummheit kaempfen goetter selbst vergebens
The 1862 emancipation proclamation, using the president's war powers, liberated the slaves in areas which shall be in a _state_of_rebellion_ as of 1/1/1863.
classified information-recovery method:
(1) pull finger out
(2) switch brain on
(3) run away from failed lawsuit
to decide http://www.paddypower.com/bet/politics/other-politics/us-politics?ev_oc_grp_ids=2288451
remonds me of a NJ (EWR) taxi guy
(at end of trip) me: is your Visa machine working?
he: do you have cash?
he: it's broken
I thought Waze is already doing this
When Grace Hopper's people checked out COBOL compilers, they found of them insisted on using the keyword THRU. The "variant spelling" THROUGH was not accepted.
I had a techie who did that 4 times running. She was NOT shot at dawn, for some reason or other.
At the time, our group's only backup was disk-to-disk (nonremovable). When I asked a bout power cuts, was told it's OK -- there's a UPS ...
Henry Marsh's "do no harm" has a good section on hospital passwords
Rather, _TOO_ floppy ...
The Wang word-processor had files named 3756j etc. (case-sensitive, of course). I was told "this is a system for secretaries, not for computniks!" ...
I was told an H1 visa is $15K+- in lawyers' billable hours
MIT song: "We don't care a **** for anyone that won't care a **** for us!"
Loyalty is a TWO-way street ...
It is said the writing part of the US SAT can be graded from across the room ...
I believe that Win 'phone updates cdon't come until the 'PHONE COMPANY (e.g. at&t) feels the planets are propituous
For those who want to return to a past state, the term is "reactionary"
The glass doors of my building, seen from outside, have "pull" on then -- but also (effectively) "push" in mirror writing; and I can read mirror-writing pretty fast ...
Ahmadinejad had a photo taken during 2009 vote -- and it came out that he was born Sabourjian , changed name later
I thought ex-felon == felon. ?
If it's "a rare occasion", and "under scenarios that arise infrequently", why can the bank not _pay_, rarely&infrequently
sounds better in German
"Bite the bullet" was what soldiers did when flogged ...
The Android Touchdown client for Outlook get me out of this mess.
zero-IQ policy (aka "zero tolerance") at work
Exception: over-the-air updates APPROVED BY DRIVER (preferably using a hardware switch)
Ron Rivest (of RSA fame) says "the cloud" should be renamed "the swamp"
At one place, half the people complained it's too hot, half that it's too cold. The aircon crew were going around with a thermometer, trying to adjust, but had no humidity meter.
One employee would bicycle in in the morning, hang her sweaty T-shirt on her chair -- and it was just as sweaty 9+ hours later.
Absent a humidity meter, I suggested that that thermometer be replaced by an astrology book
A Lyft car had a bad seat belt. I complained, was told the driver was told to fiix
A NYC taxi had a bad seat belt. I complained, was not willing to swim to taxi commission HQ, they dropped the case on the floor.
people have Sprint 'phone account?
A remotely -hackable car is the worst of both worlds. Distracted driver can kill, hacked computer can kill.
If the driver is in control, he, and no other thing, should be.
If some other thing is in control, let that thing (or its owner) be 100% responsible.
And they call themselves _LAW_ enforcement?
is reading large-font, white-on-black, when I don't have my glasses on. Tablet PCs do that OK; does either Kobo or Kindle?
no BSOD; but my T-mobile iPhone6+ refuses to leave messages on my voice-mail at home; the other 'phones do it A-OK.
This was the Obamacare web-page's mistake #1
Insulting the dead is NOT called for!
I knew a guy who called everyone Giovanni ; he ended up being (nick)named Giovanni
text is "ein volk, EIN REICH, ein fuehrer" !