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Of either persuasion (Cricket, or Baseball) is revered to as "Impact Therapy". If applied all at once, it may also be termed "Impulse Impact Therapy".
As for project managers, they need a constant dose! Multiple times per day!
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My Mac might go to system 8 or so, as its a Quadra 840AV. While it is a bit underwhelming at this point, it is a pretty nice Mac, and with System 7.6.1 running on it, it does what I ask it to do (not much currently).
A thought for Apple: Maybe have an option to install Libre Office/Open Office at the same time, free of charge. It is pretty much compatible and will up the user base of that product (might make the people in Redmond unhappy, but Apple already does that). It would be a great service for those who are using Macs for "real work".
Just a thought!
As the article says:
Any thoughts as to the best way to achieve this?
Actually, there is no real "safe" way to archive much of anything. There used to be a Library in Alexandria that went to ashes bunches of years ago (they are making a new one). That was thought to be long lasting. Here in the USA, our census records are pretty long lived, but one has gone to ashes (1890?) already. Stone edifices have lasted quite a while, but weather takes them out after a while (and they have low storage capacity anyway).
History is a fickle thing, it is usually written in the current era, hopefully using "sources" from days gone by. Sometimes things CAN be saved (my family has company documents from a covered wagon company headed out to California during the gold rush in 1849), but good historical documents are the exception.
What to do? Lots of copies, and keep making them. Hopefully they will be on media that can still be used in 10-20-30 years. Nice to keep old units (anyone have 9 track tape drives?) just to make sure.
So, keep those 8 inch floppies, they may be needed!
All of this discussion has yet to yield an answer to the basic question of why did they attack the person in the first place? Was this ever explained to the wearer in the first place?
From the looks of it this attack was just because he looked weird, and not much else. It also appears that (again from the reports given here) that there was no explanation given to wearer before the attack. Back in the late 30's in another country, attacks for having hooked noses seems similar, but I'll leave that discussion to another time.
All in all, a bad sign.
Advise to all: Get out of Paris and enjoy the countryside. Generally there are better people there (or at least it was that way when I visited last in 1991).
Even though they none of them actually reside in the state of Washington. This yields to the saying:
Vote early, vote often.
Look for those headstones and register even more bodies. Do you need to be alive? Do you need to be old enough (over 18 years currently)?
In regards to the last question, there was a discussion I saw that indicated that it was not very easy to verify a person's age on the client side of a browser. I have doubts that this function will be any easier in this instance.
My take: This is a bad idea (but that is my opinion!).
That a fool (in the form of an "audiophool") and his money are soon parted.
The scary thing is that the SELLERS of this stuff actually believe the propaganda they produce to sell the kit. Most of the buyers think: "It MUST sound good, I spent lots of money on it."
The effect is similar to wine. Some inexpensive wine is pretty good, but after about $30 or so, the price does not accurately predict quality.
Another item where high price does not necessarily mean better is watches. After about $30 or so, the money spent has NO correlation to accuracy (I assume that is why you buy one in the first place). Above that limit, it is almost ALL jewelery! A cheap Timex keeps as good time as the multi thousand Rolex. While this is now true, 40 years ago it wasn't the case, and mechanical movements that worked well WERE expensive. Now days they are all battery powered crystal controlled movements, which are VERY accurate.
Will they "support" this signing stuff two years from now? Will you need to sign with another key when motherboard vendors do a change? But I want to upgrade to the "next" version, and this motherboard only supports "this" version. Sorry, you need to get another hunk for hardware. Sound implausible? Not really!
An Example of such stupidness:
I had to work on a nice 2Wire DSL modem/WiFi/Router to change its credentials to access the DSL line proper. The unit was "locked up" needing a password. Not to worry, there is a "I forgot" button that (eventually) gets you to a page that says "use the 20 digit number displayed below and call support they will get you a temporary password". The problem is that the vendor (2Wire) and the DSL provider (who the vendor had pawned off all (and I mean ALL) support had lots all knowledge of the (I assume) simple program that translates the 20 digit number to a temporary password. So, the solution was to buy a new box to replace a perfectly good one that I lacked a password for.
Could this happen for signing and motherboard vendors? I don't know, but we will be at the mercy of a SINGLE vendor for all of this mess, and things could change on Steve Ballmer's whim. This is NOT good!
On eBay there are lots of nice receipt printers available. It takes a small bit of software to make it look right and maybe a bit extra for the expense of the receipt printer. You could even add nice logos and make it look VERY official. Even better to make up receipts for others, a cottage industry. As a side comment, I see a BOFH episode here.
You want a receipt, I'll give you a receipt. Kinda like if you want a green coat, turn on a green light!
Down at JPL in Pasadena (California, not Texas) and an auxiliary site a city or two away, LOADS of people are going to visit. All sorts of politicos and "distinguished visitors" of every stripe. Having a brother in law in charge of working the antennas (the deep space network, Hi Wayne!) didn't get me a seat at all, so I have to watch it on a computer as the Satellite service (DirecTV) doesn't have it on the default channel list (curse, curse).
The weird thing is that by the time the telemetry gets back to Earth, the whole thing will have done its deed (pass or fail). When we get word of it entering Mars (little) atmosphere, it will all be over. Hopefully the Mars orbiter will snap a pic like it did on the last lander. At 8:30 we'll get nice pictures and all will be well! I'll then go back to bed.
Is the effectiveness of the adverts. If you make unique adverts (the late night ones usually have a different telephone number or some such) one can judge the penetration of what you are offering. To a company that DOES advertising this is the only thing that really counts. The program content is secondary. Unfortunately the rating people concentrate on the program content, and assume that the commercials will be watched.
Thankfully on the Internet, you have 'click-thru' to see what works, and charge appropriately.
Bottom Line: If you are selling ad space, measure THAT.
p.s. I'm over 60 and actually have a DVR. My wife uses it to skip over commercials and repeat program content (between yelling at the politics on the TV. For me, I just do things like bring up this page during commercials. Go figure!
Somehow this evolved into a nice beverage that is best enjoyed with a splash of vermouth and a nice olive (I prefer a nice onion, but that is another story). In fact two weeks ago I enjoyed a nice juicy steak (it was around 12 ounces). Mighty tasty.
In addition I have a nice grill fired by propane (the one that uses charcoal briquettes hasn't gotten much use since I got the propane one). It produces wonderful tasty devices that are wonderfully fit for consumption.
So yes, I am a member of People Eating Tasty Animals.
The spacecraft were launched in 1977, 35 years ago. It was probably designed a few years before that as well (microprocessors were a little primitive in that era). If I remember correctly, the Voyager spacecraft didn't have much of a micro to speak of anyway. So, does anyone out there have a computer from that era that is in working order?
Oh, and the speed of 7200 bps was pretty fast in that era, and consider the distance the data travels, it is a few km/miles between us and the spacecraft is only a few watts of power in its transmitter.
Quite an accomplishment if you ask me!
Buy for $666.66 and sell for $350k (what the seller got), a better investment might be Apple stock, well almost. $666 got you around 222 shares when the company went public (equivalent, taking into account splits), and at Friday's close that was worth around 127k or so. So if you got 2 Apple 1's (one that failed and had to be discarded) and added in the improvements (power supply, etc) you may have been better ahead with the stock. Of course you wouldn't need an auction house to sell it either.
Now if you were Steve, and looked at your investment (he sold a VW bus to finance the circuit boards of the Apple 1), and look at what HIS stock was worth, well you get the idea...
...is that there are so many of them. It would be nice if the "digital" was common between the cable companies and the over the air companies. You buy this nice new wide screen TV and then need a converter box to hook it up to cable. WHY? So the cable companies can have their "OWN" digital distinct from everyone else to limit your reception. What a mess!
If the FCC does allow cable companies to go "digital" they should force them all to go with "wonderful" ATSC format.
I long for the days of more reasonable things. Analog TV worked quite nicely around here and at one time we had channels up to number 83 (around 890 MHz). Now cell phones were allocated the range from 800-890 MHz, but since that was the 'analog' (generation 1) phone system, it isn't being used much. Perhaps the FCC should force users to actually USE their allocations or have them removed. Since you can't buy an analog cell phone anymore, why do they need the allocation? The answer usually is "we fought for it and need it for ...". Life goes on!
Back in the 30's they had this machine called Enigma that worked pretty well. Didn't have CALEA to bother with, only Bletchley Park which didn't "exist" until the 70's. One can only suspect that something will "exist" in about 40 years, who knows.
Spy #1: I've got the yo-yo.
Spy #2: I've got the string.
Spy #1: It's OK, I Can keep a secret!
Spy #2: So can I!
Is this "UP!" car from some people here in sillycon valley. I thought that Yahoo! was the only brand that had a '!' in its name.
Now for a comparison: The original VW Bug had a 36 HP engine until about 1960, and then it went up to a whopping 40 HP. All with a 1200 cc engine. I drove a 1964 one, and 'upgraded' it to a little peppier 1400 cc. It found hills a little easier after that. Of course in the 60's VW Bugs sold for $1995 (they put it on a billboard).
That allows countries like Iran and Algeria to head human rights commissions.
Of course they accept our (USA's) tax dollars and pay off corrupt officials, what else is new. The organization has probably outlived its usefulness. Maybe if they move the HQ to a nice country near the equator (Africa has a couple) they might sweat a bit.
You did something like:
Generated software that took down botnets and their control channels. Reduced the amount of unwanted email by 50%. Aided in the prosecution of those involved. Recovered millions for end users.
The above is pure fiction, of course, but if it actually happened, I'd be willing to hire the guy!
...Voting day in California (ans some other states). We here in sillycon valley get to cast votes on a variety of issues. Oh, yes there IS that Venus transit, if you miss it, there will be another one a few years from now (maybe your clone might attend!). Didn't you see it a few years ago, as these things happen every so often. Sorry the intervals are measured in years, but there was one in 2004.
...pure politics, no more , no less.
I guess the current people in the White House don't know what the word "secret" actually means. Then there is the propaganda ministry (aka New York Times) that prints whatever they are told to do by the higher ups.
In any other administration, there would be ALL sorts of congressional inquiries with calls for prosecution (see Scooter Libby case!).
Than again, maybe the worm invaded the New York Times and the story "just appeared".
...you may just get it.
Oh, scientific report requested on Global Warming? Here it is, but not what you expected.
It seems that politicians do this quite often. Ask for recommendations from well meaning people, and then refuse to implement them for some reason. It works the other was as well. Implement something without ANY recommendations from well respected people.
P.S. there is a whole comic strip devoted to this and IT (Dilbert).
Lots of vacuum tubes and all that. 200 bytes per inch on "standard" 1/2 inch tape. They took 2400 foot (10.5 inch) reels. The 727 had a nice feature that if you went far enough into the reel and asked for a rewind, it would "de-mount" the tape (wind out of the columns and raise the tape head) and rewind until it got closer to the beginning of the tape. Generally you didn't want to be just on the far side of the dividing point as the mount/de-mount sequence took quite a bit of time.
For the curious: The tapes (two fo them) were interfaced to an IBM 1620. Great fun (it was the 60's)!!
Currently my nice D-Link router doesn't seem to support IPv6. It nicely obtains IPv4 addresses from my DSL line and does lots of NAT work along with WiFi stuff.
Even with the nice Russian updates that D-Link doesn't publish in the USA, this thing won't even touch IPv6. Of course, another point is that for equivalent data on an Ethernet packet, IPv6 has a larger header, so fragmentation happens sometimes, but IPv6 is the best there is, so.....
One of these days I might change, but not real soon.
I believe that that is the name. There was a version running the Radio Shack (aka Tandy) Color Computer. I saw it demonstrated by the author that did the porting job from the arcade version. It was pretty cool, and according to him, he had to reproduce the "errors" of the arcade game.
Yes, the Color Computer was pretty cool, producing a TV-out signal. I remember buying one and upgrading it form 4k bytes to 32k bytes before the first day was out. Then there was a nice multi-tasking OS (OS-9) that it also ran. All before the PC-AT came about (1984).
One only remembers (usually) the "true" predictions, and not the "false" ones. There was a proposed (I assume) scheme where you would pick 1024 random people and give them up/down stock predictions. Every time you would give half one way, and half the other way, continuing with the "true" half and abandoning the "false" half. After 10 of these predictions, you would have one left over "sucker" that you got all 10 predictions correct. Then you would "sell" the sucker a great something that would continue the streak for big bux. Of course the sold "predictor" wouldn't do anything, but it sure cost a bunch and had LOTS of history (selective in nature).
Somehow I believe that this "climate change" stuff fits into this type of model, but I have no evidence, just a belief.
Another fact: There has been "global warming" on Mars as well. Must be our increased CO2. :-)
I thought it was the Radio Shack (Tandy in UK) TRS80 Model 100. These were used by field reporters for newspapers for quite a while as I understand it. They came with a "built-in" modem (you needed a special cable, and it didn't dial). They are actually pretty nice machines (I have one).
The one I have I expanded its RAM from 8k to 32k using chips that weren't available in 1981 (its release I believe).
Now for the real trivia: This was the last machine that Bill Gates actually worked on the software.
For the ancient ones, have you:
Used a machine with real core memory?
Used Punch cards?
Made up a drum card for a keypunch?
Assembler on 5 different machines (with different instruction sets)?
Entered a program with the front panel switches?
That did some actual work?
Found a hardware bug?
Fixed the hardware bug you found?
ASR 33 Teletype?
Bootstrapped the operating system from the console with out using the "boot" function?
Build up a microprocessor system from the raw parts, and wired it yourself?
Replaced a defective core memory stack with a working one (soldering it yourself)?
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Maybe it is time to just regard IPv6 as broken, and start all over with something that will actually WORK. For the most part the first step is to have all the nice consumer grade routers to at least do IPv6 on the WAN side. Then I can deal with the IPv4 on my own local side. Unfortunately, my routers that I use (4 sites) don't have a clue. I use an "obsolete" router that has ALL sorts of nice features, like being a print server and allowing VPNs between the various routers. Oh, one additional thing, there is code in the router to setup dynamic DNS names so if the address on the WAN side changes (which it does if I restart the router) I can keep accessing my internal NAT stuff from the "outside".
Currently most DSL lines here use PPPoE to get their address and this might continue when my ISP thinks about IPv6.
Of course, we can go back/forward to IPv5, but to do that we'll need to talk to academics down the street (Stanford University) to find out what it actually does.
Summary: Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
As time goes by, they go faster and faster (being closer together). What has the Redmond people worried is always the first domino, thus their thrust to prevent it. When others wake up and start smelling the coffee, more dominoes will fall. Unfortunately it won't be recognized until it is too late.
Of course, I really like the patterns that the falling dominoes make, but that is just me!
Your children to play in the center divide of a freeway (aka motorway in the UK). I mean that the space is not used normally, so it is nice and available, and we need to accommodate children with play spaces. Look the government already owns the space and it isn't being used, and allowing playgrounds in center divides of freeways would put the space to "good use".
Sounds about as logical as white space networking.
We have 'A' planes: Airbus
We have 'B' planes: Boeing
Now we have 'C' planes: China.
We had 'D' plane: Douglas (now part of Boeing!)
Then there is a saying a friend of mine has (he works for United maintenance): It's Boeing, or I'm not going! (He didn't like Airbus much).
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