We should still stop throwing garbage -- solid, liquid or gas -- onto the ground and into the air and water.
924 posts • joined 29 Mar 2012
We should still stop throwing garbage -- solid, liquid or gas -- onto the ground and into the air and water.
Looks like ... sardines!
US news? It is easier to to hide suborning government officials and lawmakers than judges, and in the long run, cheaper, overall: Buy a decision and you'll have to buy another; buy the law and be done with it.
the Privy Chamber?
-- you can spend an afternoon arguing, for example, over whether it's absolutely necessary to fit a resistor costing fractions of a cent --
Not just consumer electronics; "been there, seen that" in other markets. Though getting things changed in the consumer realm is a veritable Augean stable, so to speak.
May I see your licence, sir?
A footprint. ONE footprint...
Bless them Father, for they have sinned, Its SIX terabytes, not 666.
"So the question arises: have these researchers assumed that we all process information in the same way"
Of course; doesn't everyone? (heh)
"Would you like your water in a bag, sir?"
"Leave it in the bottles -- the bags leak."
Yes, since you ask.
Verizon's new data plans max out at 12 GB/month before $15/GB overage charges accrue.
The Western hemisphere stretches from 0 to 180 degrees, which "technically" excludes much of Europe.
We are preserving a Eurocentric usage when we say "Western" and "Eastern" to speak about nations, languages, cultures, myths and mines. A Wikipedia entry notes there are *four* hemispheres, in usage, anyway. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Hemisphere
the callsign of a German Amateur Radio station.
Chief of codes for SOE; read his book "Between Silk and Suicide."
MIspelling of "droyed". One who has been droyed has been treated like a robot.
[NB: still under review.]
Wood sensitivity! Having been once shot in the buttocks with a wooden arrow , Hrerarry [not a real name] was never comfortable thereafter sitting on a wooden chair.
Diagnosis may be accomplished using nothing more than a balsa-wood antenna painted silver to resemble a real one. Point it at the subject to see if she sues...
From the "However!" department: Some of these seemingly crazy psychosomatic reactions can have a real cause. I recall the long ago case of a (Swedish?) auto plant where CRT's said to have caused illnesses due to EMF were actually making workers in one office (but not another) ill, which turned out to be due to paint flecks getting into the HVAC ducting from the plant's painting operation nearby; attracted by the static charge on CRT screen, paint flecks were then being being repelled into the faces of CRT terminal operators, causing rashes, and eye and respiratory problems.
A similar effect may explain problems said to be caused by HT power lines; chemical reactions between air pollutants can be be facilitated in the electric field near cables and across insulators, higher voltages having a stronger field, with the reaction products being inhaled by those living close-by.
It is apparently too expensive for actual operating concerns to confirm electrosensitivity by running silver-painted rope instead of metal cables. Perhaps someone will apply for a grant.
No pockets are lined.
47 U.S. Code § 504 - Forfeitures
The forfeitures provided for in this chapter shall be payable into the Treasury of the United States, and shall ...
USB tether is the answer.
or "Press any key to continue"
It wouldn't open files I could see in preview, or any of my PDF readers/editors; that's how wrong it was acting. Cost me re-downloads of some photo-editing applications, too, some lost email and (of course) "overages"on my monthly bandwidth.
Verizon's top plan for *new* subscribers [not me] is 12 GB per month. That's just four Win10 installs, eh?
For my AST 10 MHz AT, even WITH a sixpack memory board, eh? The 12 GB HP quad core Phenom, though, that might work.
All files scanned, saved on a backup HDD along with a full disk image -- and a boot DVD prepared. If they force the update, I'm ready.
Onward! Onward! Swords against the Foe
Forward! Forward the lily banners go!
Sons of France around us,
Break the chain that bound us,
And to Hell with Burgundy!
If I buy a new Win 10 equipped computer online for $US 199 haven't I just bought the HARDWARE (new!) for $80? And haven't I got six computers downloading humongous updates already?
My Acer Iconia W3 (Atom) has been thrashing away at a year of accumulated updates for two days... mea culpa!
"Boffins turned off ..."
By request of their wives?
" we wish to remember the good times, and we encourage hitchBOT’s friends and fans to do the same.”"
Lop off heads and remove contents? Hmm.
As President Lincoln said of General Grant's drinking, "Find out what he drinks and send some to my other generals."
If we can't get good law from them, maybe some imported "Kung Fu" would get at least a rise out of Congress.
They should be.... handcuffed to an uncomfortable chair, have headphones placed over their ears, and be made to endure a month's worth of their concerns' robocalls, that's what they should be. However, the US' Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, so being made to watch all the reruns of "I Dream of Genie" - consecutively - will have to do.
Robocalls sometimes tie up the line while they are playing, preventing emergency calls (in the US, 911) and a lot of callers can face fines for calling numbers on the national "Do Not Call" registry.
For US residents: https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us/articles/204979530-Rules-and-Resources-for-Dealing-with-Unwanted-Texts-and-Calls
Leaving out the certifications and persuasion needed to build the desalination plants;
Leaving out that concentrated brine kills marine species nearby;
Leaving out the pipelines needed (can't tear up the landscape) and the municipal expense incurred (we won't pay higher taxes);
Be it ever so cheap to actually get the salt out; it's neither cheap nor fast to get there from here.
"Don't worry, boy, I know the trick,
And to you I'm gonna show it.
If you want your boomerang to come back,
Well first you've got to... throw it."
"Business-friendly" Congressmen don't LIKE regulators, even if some those regulated want someone to keep rogues in line.
The FCC recently proposed closing most of its regional Field Offices across the country and was only grudgingly persuaded by licensed radio services to keep a few more open. See
We have seen the Commission, let us say, "swayed" by people with dollar signs in their eyes who occasionally have been able to slip something by the Commission, but it sometimes looks rather as if Commissioners have been willing to be fooled. BPL (PLC) and the LightSquared fiasco come to mind.
Some "business friendly" Congressmen and not a few would-be Congresscritters are talking about abolishing the agencies that enforce occupational health, clean air and pure water regulations.
"And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic mills? "
Yes, for sufficient profit.
Psychology, say, or management courses, and and just about any electronics; if arrays of PlayStations® can be turned into supercomputers, NOTHING can be exported.
AFTER age 15, and that is interesting. See http://www.iqcomparisonsite.com/sexdifferences.aspx
Personal observation; I can't STAND women who use what I'll call the "dumb blonde" tactic to attract men.
Possibly relevant anecdote: Asperger's syndrome didn't help _me_; when a female colleague in an R&D department appeared at my cubicle to ask for help connecting a TV antenna at home, I reminded her she was an engineer, then asked if she was trying to perpetuate a stereotype. My brother, who seemed to attract exotic girlfriends, laughed uncontrollably when I described that later.
THERE'S a Freudian slip!
Even boys; a truly dreadful teacher destroyed any early interest I had in in maths and number play, and I never did catch up. I was still smart enough to work around that on my own (NB: still with dismal marks) and had a 30 year career in engineering after I retired from the military, without a degree nor even any engineering coursework; THIS boy read dictionaries and encyclopedias (and a lot of other books, too) for enjoyment -- and played with with electromagnets.
It's been said that EVERY joke made since may be found in the long out of copyright _Joe Miller's Joke Book_.
If you get spies wandering around R&D, outbid their sponsors and hire 'em. If they're savvy enough to glean your secrets from just wandering through, they're probably smarter than managers who wander through counting ties and coats.
Some 30+ years ago, a manager at [redacted] told a tech to stop showing up in torn blue-jeans and ratty T-shirts. He was told, in fact to wear clean, pressed slacks, and a good shirt and tie . He seems to have acceded, showing up the next day wearing clean pressed jeans and a clean T-shirt -- with a tie silk-screened on it.
I seem to recall a later incident, this involving an instrumented briefcase. Guess which tech got to make things work? Dowels blocking in a clockwork accelerometer were later said to have been painted red, stenciled DYNAMITE, and wrapped in wire. In those days, flying West to Asia, the briefcase would not have been X-rayed until just before boarding in San Francisco.
It might not have helped that the person carrying it had a Russian accent.
Security updates barred for being to slow to upgrade features? It CAN'T (can it?) have escaped notice that can/will create a permanent reservoir of malware/robots.
"He's not led a normal life"
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Warning: May contain nuts.
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
Hmm? Someone say my name? Oh, never mind. They'll call when something goes wrong. When a post-downsizing "center of excellence" run on the cheap, lean six sigma, goalposts, gatekeepers and checklists turns out to be not quite excellent. And not cheap at all.
-- A technocodger
Is there a transcript?
An ELEPHANT crisper?
I once saw a person who had been rendered unconscious and in uncontrollable spasms after being hit on the temple with a jar of mayonnaise. CPR was needed to be sure he could breathe, and (luckily) it was effective.
Never mind; I thought it said French RESTAURANTS.
These days, gentlemen DO read each others' mail.
"If humanity fails to die out on cue this time ... the prof's chances of ever being taken seriously - already pretty poor at this point, to be honest - will plunge to zero."
If we DO die "on cue," no one will be around to congratulate him.
Reminds me of the 10MB drive I got with my used "it's really good deal" es-Radio Shack Point of Sale terminal TRS-2000. It was sometimes necessary to hold the drive enclosure and twist it around its drive axis to get the thing to start turning. Apparently, some had caught fire, and Tandy designers had to insert a current limiting resistor in series with the motor to reduce the power-on surge . Since a stopped motor has no back EMF and needs more current to start ...
I gave the Model 2000 to my mother to replace a TRS-80 Model 4, and its proprietary monitor was broken during a move, but she'd been canny enough to insure everything, and as there WERE no replacements available, she got $400 to replace the monitor -- when the whole setup had cost me $50.
Good old days, etc. When I later worked for Tandy R&D I heard a lot of stories, and one was about R&D staff frantically adding jumpers to get the initial 2000's on the shelves in time.
Bye Bye Google(tm) Books.
Those who've worked in the TEMPEST field, as I did quite a few years ago, may as the phrase goes, "neither confirm nor deny". However... in an amusing aside, I once worked as an Electromagnetic Compatibility engineer at a Fort Worth (Texas) computer maker now in bankruptcy.
One day, the board of directors was touring the lab where I was testing a vendor-supplied CD drive in a new product. Explaining why testing was needed, I let them hear music playing on a computer CD drive by turning on the loudspeaker of a spectrum analyzer outside the shielded chamber. Since we are talking TEMPEST, then, "As they smelt music: so I charm'd their ears"; the signal was from a cord and headset plugged into the drive's front panel jack, and at a level more that the FCC Rules (also see see EN 55022) allowed.
The drive vendor having refused to accept return as unsuitable, we shipped all of that model with a plastic rivet glued into the drive's headphone connector.