Re: A space mine
3281 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
I will remind the kids ONCE MORE, that if they get odd documents sent to them, they should NEVER open them unless they have consulted me, and I will add that MACROS ARE BAD, and anyone enabling them without my consent shall be ousted from all computers in the house, and will have to hand in their smart phones for at least a week (now that REALLY hurts them).
They have been very good so far, but a reminder is in order.
a pain in all the diodes down its left side?
At least the robot was allowed to open doors, imagine its chagrin if the doors all had a sunny disposition, and opened automatically just after generating an intolerable air of smugness.
a couple of spare identities, just in case the original one gets stolen.
Albert Spangler sounds good
As Niklaus Wirth said:
"Software is getting slower faster than hardware is getting faster."
We now need the equivalent of a Cray Y-MP to run an office application. I used to have MS-Office running happily on a 80386 at 25MHz with 4 (later 8) MB of RAM.
I do not think this will change my many decades long habit of ignoring the event
"The design: to me looks like the child of a VW beetle and a Citroën 2CV"
with a helping of early Saabs thrown in for good measure
All operating systems I have worked on (including RSX-11, CDC NOS, CP/M in various flavours, VMS, Xenix, IRIX, AIX, MS-DOS, Windows in various flavours, Linux, MacOSX) have had their share of SERIOUS errors, growing more hazardous over the years as they become more complex, and machines become more interconnected. An OS for me is a tool, and I will pick such tools as work best for me given the application. I will also realize all have their hidden flaws because they were made by a bunch of ape-descended life forms who are so amazing primitive they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea (just like me ;-)). Our eyes evolved to pick out juicy fruit and crunchy beetles from foliage, not to find bugs in code.
Thus I do not worship an OS, just as I do not worship a hammer. I will say "OUCH" when any OS I use goes wrong in this manner, just as I say "OUCH" when I hit my thumb with my hammer.
Unless they evolved from slime moulds in the recent past
or they could simply look at the hairy feet to see if they were hobbits. Any round windows or doors in the cave would also be good hints
All right, I should be going. The one with a ring in the pocketses
I enjoy language, literature, history and art, which enhances my understanding of fellow humans. I admire the poet's skill in going to the heart of the matter in very few words.
I enjoy mathematics, science, technology, and coding. These expand my skills in logical reasoning and thinking in more than a mere 3 dimensions. They also teach me more about how the physical world may work. I admire the coder's skill to go to the heart of the problem in a few statements.
I am not a good enough writer to make a living that way, but I am a good enough coder to teach others its joys.
I still need both coding and literature to feel remotely complete.
well, you can get the feeling you are slowly drowning, so aquarium may be appropriate
Because it's a vampire?
And definitely not a black ribbonner
That's not limited to cartoons any more. Many an action movie suggests a nine stone woman can kick a 20 stone gorilla of a man through a wall without any recoil.
The sound-in-vacuum technology present in most SF films is much more puzzling than the faster-than-light stuff
Given this further evidence, "Senate Intelligence Committee" seems like a contradiction in terms.
In a desert-like piece of Pascal code, devoid of any real oases of comments, with single-letter variable names throughout, and naturally lacking any proper documentation, I came across a lonely comment
(* Wulf *)
And no, that wasn't the culprit's name. If he is reading this column, he will know I am talking about him. Having said all this, I could by dint of quite some effort make sense of his code (which algorithm-wise and structurally was fine), but I can still recognize those bits of code I contributed to that system after decoding his work: My variable names grew longer, my comments more detailed, my documentation actually existed!
both with the creativity of their research, and their creativity in cooking up acronyms
BRains Invent Lasting Legacy In Artistic Names for Technology (BRILLIANT)
Raises pint and doffs hat (the black Mayser Trekking today)
might be a better word than rant, as it is indeed rather too coherent and even well-crafted for a true, foaming at the mouth rant.
I persnally tink it is discrimnation against us Trolls!
Still remember that, and Mosaic (which still supported gopher)
There were of course so few websites in the days of Mosaic that you could conceivably test your browser on all of them
Now I tend to use Firefox under Linux and Windows, and Chrome on Android. Works for me.
Reminds me of a single coding error (or horror) that caused trouble when switching from 32 to 64 bit machines on code initially written by two students. The interpretation of "long" and "int" was the same on the 32 bit machines, but differed on 64 bit machines. Storing an array of longs in an int array gave, let's say, "interesting" results. Not underhand, of course, just stupid (and easily fixed once found).
I for one do not relish the idea of a future with a load of chatty doors, self-satisfied fridges, and a nutrimatic machine making me a cup filled with a liquid which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.
Alternatively, we end up with a computer that tells me:
"I am sorry, Dave, I can't do that for you"
And my name isn't even Dave
And now it's beer o'clock!
Must look up more about these men
because nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Sorry, I think I should be going. The red monastic robes and matching hat please
Oh wait, no numbers
So far, they haven't
does it taste like a duck?
Hmm, hungry now
Sorry, couldn't resist. The one with the cookery book in the pocket please!
Raising awareness of the appalling conditions kids have to work in is never a bad thing. Solving the problem is rather harder, however. Rather than bluntly stopping "artisanal mining" at gunpoint (which isn't going to work) there may be ways of improving the conditions by educating the people so they employ safer methods or providing safer alternative income. Even simple measures such as providing some protection for the lungs (simple face masks even?) might do more to actually improve the life of the people involved than an outright ban (which will be circumvented).
Still, it all starts with being aware of the problem
The media language of propaganda these days is utterly ridiculous.
"Pacifying Falujah" - Bombing large Eastern town back to the stone age.
"Civilian casualties" - Innocent people killed
"Liquidation" - People killed.
"Expedited removal" - People killed faster.
You could add:
"Revoked", you know, k-i-l-l-e-d: revoked
Alternatively "inhume" is popular with the guild, or "inhume with extreme prejudice" if you want to make a clear statement
Doffs hat to the late, great Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett
I was wondering whether the star was moving into a dust field (much like the Pleiades are moving through right now). However, that should show up in IR quite readily, I would think, so that cannot be correct
Would be to attach the business end of a remote-control cattle prod on steroids to the other side of a metal lock (or simply the metal doorknob). Doesn't work on plastic keys, perhaps, but just stiffen the lock so you have to use metal ones.
The remote control handed to beancounters or various bosses might of course be faulty. Shocking, really shocking, the lack of proper QC in those (cheap) remote controllers the beancounters wanted us to buy .....
Are the rumours true that the short haul pilots have to take a spin in a 109?
To stay with Junkers, they could perhaps also try a Stuka
with my 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain, but could someone first hoover up all these bleedin' clouds?
The phrase "heavy metal" also made an early appearance in musical context in Steppenwolf's "Born to wild" in the line "Heavy metal thunder!" in 1968, so late 60s early 70s is about right
Motörhead was fun whatever label you wish to put on it. I do not think Lemmy would mind being remembered as a heavy element that is born in a burst of energy, and disappears in a flash after a (too) short, (radio-)active life
There is also UFRAW:
I haven't used it yet, but will probably do so shortly.
I do a lot of multi-channel deep bit depth work in astronomy, and Gimp's lack of support there has caused me to use it only in the latest stages, if at all. I will certainly try the new version.
And I can live with the GUI (yes, it is a bit clunky), heck, I can even live with ImageJ and MatLab, or even ImageMagick command line stuff. However, I cannot live with Photoshop's software rental approach. I am quite willing to buy their older version, but they don't sell that any more (at least, not via any legal site I have found). Adobe is free to choose its business model, and I am free to look elsewhere.
I also cannot live with their reliance on the cloud. I might be in the depths of Uganda, which means I might be far from (decent) internet connection, and I do not want a pop-up saying: "Sorry Michael, I can't do that for you." Yes you can be away from authentication for a while, but I do not like this kind of time-bomb ticking away in the background waiting to go off at some moment.
For others it may be ideal, of course. Horses for courses
As I tell my students over and over again: adding hay doesn't make finding needles any easier. Getting a big magnet by contrast, does. We can only hope the powers that be listen, but I am not holding my breath.
Great work by all involved!
may I suggest Dorkium?
Seems to complement Nerdium and Geekium well
Not only do these methods not necessarily scale, they need an ever increasing ground truth of identified code for training. This is not trivial to obtain. Besides, as more and more coders are added, you have to worry about the number of degrees of freedom in coding anything, i.e. are there enough different coding styles to distinguish the millions of coders on this planet. Besides, you have to deal with code developed by teams (which is the normal situation), which will either show a mixture of styles, or predominantly show the style of the loudest mouth in the team, with a small admixture of the other members. Similarly, what happens when a new coder refactors old stuff? I know I have seriously refactored a program written by some students to adapt it to new use cases. It is still not really like my
You could of course show that a certain style is consistent with a known sample of some hacker's work, but even then people might slowly change their coding style. Having had a look at some of my earlier efforts, I know I have changed style a great deal (thank goodness ;-)), if only by incorporating OO techniques
My students tend not to fall asleep during my lectures. That might of course be because I am LOUD rather than interesting. And I don't need no steenking megaphone to reach Brian Blessed's volume levels
ARE YE DEEEEF???!!!
Is all I can say
Why of course, it's called the Glooper and is run by Hubert (assisted by Igor).
Lot better than an abacus, but you will need a raincoat or umbrella
I do not for a moment doubt the ability of politicians of ALL parties to get things wrong, often deliberately because it suits their purposes. As stated in the Hitchhikers' Guide:
"It is a well-known and much-lamented fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it"
Well, freedom of speech does include the freedom to speak foolishly. I rather like major Winchester's pronouncement in M*A*S*H that "It is the inalienable right of each and every person to make a fool of themselves in public".
Wise words indeed
Such wise words were sorely lacking in the debate, it seems
In this context that suggests insulting politicians is 7.4 times less bad than insulting a dog. Sounds fair enough
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