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SEND MORE CHUCK BERRY.....
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My (younger) sister had the autographs of all four of the Beatles. Complete with Aerogram written to her by Ed Sullivan himself. I wonder how much that would be worth today?
Alas, it was lost many decades ago, but it did exist! We should have had it framed properly, but I believe it was stuck in some Beatles album somewhere, and lost not much thereafter (*SIGH*).
Basically what he was doing. It has been done in several instances before. One instance, a programmer who was "contracted" to do a job, found someone else to do the job "cheaper". The contractor sat back and collected the difference (ElReg even reported this).
Entrepreneurial initiative at its best.
No, I do not condone it. The procedure is a very good example if "slime"
Wouldn't have gotten such a "big deal" if they hadn't done the "competition". If they stated before hand we're doing HQ2 at ..., then there would be no incentive for the towns/states to give up anything.
Amazon needed something to bargain against. If you are the only one playing the game, then you are the "lowest bidder" no matter what you price yourselves at. Two bidders makes a contest.
They needed to "play the field" and they did it very well.
Our local sillycon valley mayor of San Jose, said "no thanks", and passed. He probably saw the writing on the wall and decided that any response wasn't worth the effort. Others took the bait, and went through the motions and got nothing for their effort. Oh, well.
Most notably houses. They (here in the USA) have 30 year mortgages, which indicate that somebody thinks that they will last that long (the house I'm in is older than that!). The items that are installed in it (wiring, walls, etc.) have lasted that long, and I expect them to last longer.
Maybe the law should be: If you don't support it then you can't claim it is proprietary and its design is public domain for all to tinker with, including software! That might be a worthwhile ting to do.
Oh, if you DO support it, it must have security updates, or you aren't really supporting it!
Then again I live in a dream world.
We here in the good 'ol USA have a First Amendment. Other countries aren't so lucky. Hopefully someone will read it correctly.
Pirate radio is another thing. Those who do it probably don't know what they might interfere with. The RF spectrum is much like a multi dimensional real-estate bonanza. I doubt that mobile phone users would like their usage interfered with (governments seem to be excluded in this regard though).
Life goes on.
Before something devolves to WW2 antagonists (I'm trying hard here), it first gets political in some respect.
I suspect that a mention of a current US President will also be in the chain as well, but that is not international in scope.
Be careful for what you ask for, you just might get it. As always, life goes on.
You might just get it.
EU please take note. Some cases the "cure" is worse than the "disease". This may or may not be true, but the regulators need to be careful. Sometimes they just do things to justify their existence and say they are "helpful".
"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you" is a very dangerous phrase.
Of course Google is getting a bit big these days, but how do you stop it in a meaningful way that satisfies everyone? Good luck.
Long ago, in a galaxy far far away, I did some work with answering services. The "operators" there were mostly of the female persuasion and many smoked. We installed a system that had CRT terminals (yes, it was long ago), and sometimes we would come in for "servicing", and one of the things we would do is clean the face of the CRTs using Windex or some such.
The reaction we got was "boy this works MUCH better now" (or similar). Of course not much operationally changed, but the CRTs were MUCH cleaner.
As for answering service operators: It was almost a truism that the voice quality (of the operator) was the inverse of looks, and that weight was a factor as well. Yes, I know this is not politically correct, but more often than not it was true.
I've been told that the surname of "English" is most likely an Irishman, and the surname of "Irish" is most likely from England. Go figure.
Then there is what I post by. It is more unique than the real alternative, and it was a name "given" to me when I was in University. Seems to have stuck.
One should always have a couple of identities when online. It just works out better that way.
What would happen if you left a USB stick lying around with "important" information. Probably some BOFH type information that might get the "boss" in hot water.
Of course, it would all be made up, but convincing.
Then wait for the after action and laugh very hard.
Project. HAL 9000?
There are special circuit breakers that exist that have an extra set of wires to allow remote tripping of the breaker for whatever reason. Usually there is some fire code involved. The power for this extra circuit is usually a separate circuit from the one that needs to be tripped.
In the case mentioned, I suspect that the wires in the ceiling were those intended to be wired to the "big red switch" somewhere. They will nicely read line voltage (USA: 120 volts) since the meter is of such high impedance. In fact this reading is probably through the extra coil on the "shunt trip" breaker. Fast forward to turning off the breaker for the circuit, then turning it on with the outlet in place of the "big red switch", and any load will impress enough current in the shunt trip breaker to let it do its job (turn off a nice (probably 3 phase) circuit that powers the rest of the floor.
So the projector took the place of said "big red switch" and killed power to the rest of the place.
In the end, somebody should have labeled the wires!
Let's say I have an older device that has been idle for a while, and I want to re-purpose it (or some other activity). The vendor has nicely provided a "factory reset" switch. I go through the process and connect y nice browser to the device in question. The nice online manual indicates that if I give a call center a nice multi character string, they will give out the factory password.
Ah, there is one problem. It has been a while, and they vendor no longer supports this model. They just don't have said password, or the algorithm to get it.
You have a brick. Have a nice day.
Yes, this happened to me. I lucked out in that the user (a friend) remembered the older password, and all was well again. But still......
Mosfets: In my PFY days, when attending university, I had occasion to work with mosfets (RCA 40468's) which were EXTREMELY static sensitive. In one experiment I had the device in a curve tracer and hit the "open base" (in this case gate), and walked back a few steps. With black comb in hand and using it to attack my hair, I could make the curve go from bottom to top of the trace by just moving the comb about 2 feet in front of me. It was very instructive.
Fill-up (gasoline/petrol) stations: Yes, Oregon makes "attendants" pump fuel. Every time I visit it is weird to have pump droids at Costco. As for the auto shut-off, sometimes they removed the mechanism that engages it (lever that latches from the back). Then I saw the "bug fix". It involved propping up the fuel lever with the filler cap. I subsequently used this "bug fix" and it was wonderful. I could scrub my
windshield windscreen while the tank was being filled. Bliss renewed.
As usual, life goes on.
We here in parts of the USA have nice little devices near sinks that produce bloody hot water on demand. While it may not be exactly "boiling", it is HOT. Oh, they also get their funny kilowatts from a normal 15 amp/120 volt outlet with room to spare. No need to even get out a kettle or wait. It is very instant. Oh yes, it is bloody HOT.
1) Make phony caller ID illegal.
2) Require a license for origination of ANY robo calls (there may be some, not many legitimate ones).
3) Add a new *xx code that says "I believe this is a robo call". If too many pile up with no license, haul them to jail. Lots of enforcement refunds from this.
4) If the call originates from overseas, kill it immediately. I don't need Windows/Mac/IRS calls.
5) Require audits against the "do not call list".
Got any more?
Just take those old records off the shelf
I'll sit and listen to 'em by m'self
Today's music ain't got the same soul
I like that old time rock and roll
Still like that old time rock and roll
The kinda music just soothes the soul
I reminisce about the days of old
With that old time rock and roll
No disco for me!
He posts here as an "anonymous coward".
I wonder if when he shows up in court, somebody just follows him out the door to where he lives, or the vehicle he drives. Sounds like a job for a bailiff or something.
Somehow I suspect that somebody does KNOW who he is.
You are Number 6. Who is number 1? You are[,] number 6. And so it goes.
Yes, sometimes your machine won't work if the system teletype (it was the 70's) is on the fritz. Luckly, we transported the inner workings of the ASR35 (EBCDIC) off to get fixed. On the way back from doing the transport, I thought a bit, and hooked up an idle computer (HP 2114) to take the place. A little software later (translation from EBCDIC to ASCII) and it worked. Good thing as well. The repair was to take a day, and ended up taking three as I remember it. When returned, it snapped back in, and all was well.
Of course things like this are hard to forget. I needed to a more urgent repair a year or so later, and took out the old hardware and slapped it together again. We had it that way for about 5 days as I recall. Somehow those "temporary" lashups have a life of their own.
I am reminded that shortly after the launch of the spacecraft, there was an update on Saturday Night Live (Weekend Update).
This just in from space.....
SEND MORE CHUCK BERRY.
Yes, Johnny B. Goode was on the record!
Me? I was in my PFY days helping out some on the Radioscience team. The PI was in an office upstairs.
You might want to be careful here. Some scanners attempt to do OCR on the text to make things "better" and screw it up sometimes.
This was documented in a story a while ago (1-2 years?). I think the brand was Xerox, but I'm not sure.
Somehow the "paperless" office is a long way off.
I will admit that they are getting closer. My MD has a computer in the exam room to do all the silly stuff (record vitals, enter prescriptions). I get emails telling me to log in and read the "secure" messages. Still paper is a fact of life!
Seems to be an ongoing problem. Just about everything is offensive to SOMEONE, and people who want to make a name for themselves complain.
Names are names, and descriptive as well. The terms described are well known in the computer industry (I worked on a computer form the 60's that had such terms) and no civil rights people bothered to notice. Now on over 50 years later someone is offended. Give me a break!
Of course some names get changed for bad connotations:
When it started it was "NMR" (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance), but given the bad vibes of the word "nuclear", it was changed to MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). In the end it is the same thing.
The prices of the tickets. That might make them a little bit more concerned.
Maybe "discount fares for all" might be a good marketing tactic. Or as someone (salesman in a company I worked at) confirmed as a good idea: "Lose a little on each one, but make it up in volume".
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