1051 posts • joined 29 Mar 2012
Thanks to Chekia for leaving the faces recognizable.
21 before they can own anything on their own.
I got to Tandy in 1989 or so, and working in R&D was a fantastic job, even if I did have to bark back at my manager from time to time. But they never sold enough computers (only marketed to their own stores -- and DEC, with that firm's nameplate) to reliably profit from building them.
And where else could I ever claim credit for a software compatibility lab's engineers all having to sit on wet seat cushions? For Origami ribbon cables? For an unpowered electric coffee-warmer (NOT our set-top-box) changing the colors on a TV set in the boardroom?
If you know things others don't, and can imagine what they can't, they'll think it magic ...
And without either a degree or engineering coursework. I had FUN!
When Tandy's computer business was having trouble showing a profit in the mid to late 1990s, cost reduction assumed a much more important role in its planning, and Samsung offered Tandy what it it called a "strategic partnership".
After some time, this strategic partnership turned into a takeover, one of whose first overt symptoms was the replacement of 6 foot cubicle partitions with much shorter ones, the objective being to have each manager identify who was sitting at his or her computer at precisely 8 AM
It was when I learned that – as one of the engineering team – I was no longer allowed to make changes necessary to meet regulatory and performance requirements, and that only Korean engineers had that authority; it was then that I decided to leave AST, and as the full impact of the Korean management philosophy descended on the others it appears they all decided "the handwriting on the wall" was in Korean. An article on the AST bankruptcy once described what happened then as a "mass exodus of talent."
My next job was at a telecommunications manufacturer specializing in the digital loop to subscriber equipment. It was a very good job, one with a good deal of responsibility, and I enjoyed it – and when that firm was acquired by a French multinational, those conditions did not change.
Those were the times, my friend…
Well founded, that.
Who once sold a monochrome CRT monitor that apparently would emit smoke if f the computer used allowed higher resolutions to be set than the monitor power supply could support.
Whose 5MB HDD [for the Tandy 2000] acted similarly (unless modified*) because the stopped/stalled motor surge current was too high for the windings.
* IIRC, the fix was a series resistor that required a number of those HDD's be twisted back and forth to break stiction and start up.
Good. Quick. Cheap You only get TWO at a time.
"My understanding is that hitting moose can be very bad for the occupants of the car."
Heard on a Amateur Radio net one night; a Washington State net member in a backwoods SUV missed his turn in the conversation and came back in as the net was closing to explain why; a moose had decided charging an oncoming SUV would be fun.
I don't know if he got to keep the meat, but the vehicle was a write-off.
If the problem is BATTERIES, expect more flaming phone frenzies to follow.
Are there transcripts?
If, at the end of the month, one discovers he has gone 5 GB over his limit, and must pay $90 US for having done so, a lot of that guilt will be erased with anger.
The vice president of my employer's corporate division told an all-hands meeting – with a straight face – that [we*] can't make money selling hardware
I am still wondering if she meant that as an admission or an order.
*To protect the guilty.
Put up barrage balloons in our back yards? Oh, it'll be a nuisance, and expensive, too, blowin' up all them balloons at night just to be sure of our privacy, but worth it to keep the drones out of our yards...
Be sure to put Aluminium foil strips under 'em, mind, to confuse the microwaves. Heh, heh, heh.
Called out of retirement, to fix a technical problem in a product, I told my manager that the problem wasn't technical, but structural.
When there are several competing managers telling one engineer to do three different things before the next day's conference call; when it will take three days to assemble the test equipment, and when they will have changed their minds by the next day anyway; that's not technical at all!
As the outside expert, I was listened to somewhat more readily than I would have been were I still on the payroll; I told them the objective was to put equipment in the customer's hands and what they kindly let the engineer do that.
They've yet to call me back again!
So now the humans will not have to read them.; Goodie they are already ignoring a great many of the, and now they can claim ignorance.
I spent a few decades working in electromagnetic compliance. What is that? Our electronics is not supposed to interfere with our radio and television; reception and if we have a transmitter our computer is not supposed to shut down whenever wiki the Mike. That is a pretty course reading of things but it is.
Computers can't make that happen. Computers cannot make manufacturers leave parts out because it is hard to put them in, or to expensive, or are hard to find. Computers cannot make manufacturers perform incoming quality tests on the parts they do buy and statistically valid outgoing tests on products they make. Computers cannot make businesses protect the public from their own products.
Now, if we could get computers to replace lawyers…
And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.
USB smartphone tethering. More secure, too.
It's possible thongs and Sumo uniforms might allow cheeky comment without putting expressive commenters in arrears
"For want of anal" etc....
Well, if you know people in the pharmaceutical industry, here's an opportunity; a new NATURAL cure for ED.
Should sell like (cough, cough) "gang-busters".
In commercial terms, it'll have legs.
You can get 100 round drum magazines, but here's a test someone a ran manually loading 30 and 50 round (drum )magazines into a modified AR – 15 on full automatic. He used up most of the table full of ammunition before the barrel failed at 830 rounds.
Prior use since about 4000 BCE
Sects, all right.
0.0015 percent taxes?
On every corner -- and over head too! Tacoheads RULE.
It would be instructive to make a distinction between sex and biological hydraulics, no?
At a crossroads. At midnight. With garlic. And a silver crucifix.
Ah! THERE'S reason to not DL the latest "required update". I'm only 72, FAR too young to be allowed to bypass parental controls.
I thought 640x250 was fantastic resolution on my old (bankruptcy sale) Hyperion. Of course, I came to it from a TRS-80 Model 4P!
AFTER Tandy acquired GriD, and after it sold its whole computer business to AST Research, I got to work on FCC qualification of the GriD convertible, a clever laptop whose screen could be pivoted on its hinges to cover the normal keyboard and allow operation with Microsoft Windows for Pen. A number of them were sold, too. An RF-emitting pen device could be detected by electrodes in the screen, and it was a decent enough laptop for its time, if a bit of a power hog. I'd worked on worse GriD's, tho..
A color version was in development when AST was taken over by Samsung and basically imploded.
Sic transit etcetera ...
But as I understand the law here in the US, income not taxable abroad is taxed in the US, if any of it gets back here.
I wonder where Apple wants to spend it?
“The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft must maintain direct, unaided visual contact with the aircraft sufficient to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft, persons, vehicles, vessels and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions.”
Are there transcripts?
"Resistors are futile."
Feudal. ain't it?
NATO leaving Turkey?
It is no part of the defence of Europe and the US to prop up a regime as Islamist as ISIS (if presently less violent) and as democratic as North Korea.
Are there any transcripts?
I've been long away from Blighty but *I* thought one had to boil tea until the spoon either stood up in it or dissolved.
Or was that Army coffee.... not sure: I think COFFEE came by the slice. US Army coffee, that is.
There'll be an app for that. Google's, of course.
" and the ITRS says the current trajectory is self-limiting: by 2040, as the chart below shows, computing will need more electricity than the world can produce."
LOGICALLY impossible, technologically unlikely and practically impossible.Will the Master Breaker at the Fortress of Solitude trip and the Earth go dark? No more will a teenager playing VR Thrones bring the world of business to a halt. VR Pron now; that's another matter.
No tupping, eh?
Cameron can't; Theresa MAY.
Hmm. Your reference to Newton Minow's characterization had me thinking that in the kase of klan K, TV is s a "half-vaste wasteland". Did I spell that right?
For what it's worth department: http://adage.com/article/rance-crain/minow-tv-a-vast-wasteland/227002/
For unabashed failure to know what one is doing, this is not nearly as bad as losing a Mars Orbiter in 1999 when someone didn't convert pounds to Newtons for every system on the spacecraft. Not even close
But it'll do for just plumb dumb.
Pratchett called us Pan Narrans; stoyy-telling chimpanzee.
There's a state prison in California where beekeeping was a permitted activity for good-conduct prisoners, but this had to be prohibited after some of them were discovered breaking out in hives. ...
Now, don't go throwing a spaniard in the works.
"SHOULD the United Kingdom... " is only advisory, right?
-- if we pretend the comet is round --
Assume a spherical cow... ( http://scienceblogs.com/principles/2006/06/21/assume-a-spherical-cow/ )
Male and Female created It Them.