Piiiigs in Spaaace!
// we just need to get Satan on skis and wonderful things will happen, right?
1442 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Piiiigs in Spaaace!
// we just need to get Satan on skis and wonderful things will happen, right?
Whatever happens, don't audit the US Congress credit cards...
// will make these expenses look like chump change
Knowledge is Good
A very little goes a long way. Except, I suppose, with lighting power cords...
I predict the varnish on the wooden tub will start peeling within two years, and the tub will develop a crack (and therefore, a leak) within five.
As long as Disney wants it to be, apparently.
// Sen. Sonny Bono
Never mind the rings.
What are you going to do about those four calling birds?
They sh*t all over my coat...
Hey, it worked for Nixon...
Is thewe somthing humowous about my pwoduct's name?
I use Linux Mint on the desktop, and it works just fine for me.
// doesn't suck any worse than Windows.
Here's the problem: the device was harmless. He showed it to a teacher who realised this. In spite of that, he was detained, arrested and suspended from school, AFTER it was clear the device was exactly what he said it was.
You might assume that police officers would get training as to the basic characteristics of an explosive device: timer, detonator, power source and explosive material.
I'm all for caution, but one look at the device tells you that two of the required items are not present.
Yet the police on scene, instead of smiling, patting Ahmed on the back and telling him "best not bring any more of these to school, someone might get the wrong idea", decided the best course of action was to arrest him for "posessing a hoax device".
The stupid is overpowering. With, it's pretty clear, just a touch of "we're going to make sure you never step out of line again"
The school administrators could have defused the whole thing by calling in the engineering teacher, to whom Ahmed showed the clock when he first got to school (thereby fulfilling any requirement that he notify school authorities). Instead, they convinced themselves that his device was a bomb...wait for it...because it "looked like a movie bomb". It's difficult to comprehend how people in this day and age -- professionals who must have had some kind of training -- could be so damn stupid.
However, they chose not to listen to Ahmed, not to speak with his teacher, and to railroad him. This is not "zero tolerance", this is hammering down the nail that sticks up. When they realised they'd "f'd up", they doubled down, published a press release and had a 14 year old student, who had not committed a crime, arrested on trumped-up charges of "possessing a hoax device".
The school administrators and the police department deserve to be sued for this, and I hope Ahmed and his family can find a lawyer to do this. I read this morning that he's planning to transfer out of the school. Smart decision. Clearly, there's very little education to be had there.
// the FAIL is for the school administration and the police in Irving TX.
// I believe JADE HELM 15 ended yesterday
// Sorry...my country is populated by idiots
And the new one 'from' PayPal - We Need You To Help Us.
"F" PayPal, and the horse they rode in on.
// not a chance of me ever "helping" them
/// except over a cliff edge.
As long as Palin (either Sarah or Bristol) is the VP candidate, I'm supporting the winner!
// Vote Cthulu...why settle for a lesser evil?
Out of the fog, into the smog...
// I wonder where Ruth is...
$10 for the Kindle version, $3 plus $2.99 shipping for the used paperback?
I'm buying the paperback.
Guys, this doesn't make sense.
And Trump has already claimed Sarah (or is it Bristol?) Palin...
"There's less jurisdictional issues down there and no FAA."
[bad Mexican accent]
Si, but the desperados down there, they have mucho artillery! Is perhaps not such a good idea to mingle with them, senor...they don' like strangers so much.
[/bad Mexican accent]
Nice job. Congratulations to the team on a tremendous accomplishment!
Sweet dreams are made of these.
Who am I to disagree?
>> who the f**k cares what a logo looks like on tiny screens?
marketing people do.
who the f**k did you think decided new logos were needed?
I knew there was a use for them.
// first against the wall, etc.
Cyanide. "Between Silk and Cyanide"
BE SURE TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE
// all caps and no punctuation for authenticity
I thought that Canadians were quite an intelligent bunch..
Well, they seem to be intelligent enough to get $168 for a can of pure Canadian air.
Have an upvote for the Bored of the Rings reference!
They were selling a dream...
Now I know how Chinese manufacturers generate their English documentation.
...the Americans laugh at Polacks...
Not any more. We laugh at Florida (yes, the entire state), Texas and Trump now.
If you switch to Linux, try Mint MATE. Has been working well for me since I ditched Ubuntu over the UNITY interface (tiles, like Win 8, non-starter)
For those Windows apps you just can't live without, I've been using VirtualBox. I run XP in it, because I have install media for it.
I have found, that a spare HDD is handy. Unplug your Windows HDD, install the new spare HDD and install Mint on it. Now, you can play with Mint all you want, and always go back to Windows by moving the plug to the other HDD. Should you decide Mint is for you, you can mount the Windows drive as a secondary drive, and access it as a slave drive from Mint.
Marketing named it.
The choice was between "Turbo" and "Sluggo"
// first against the wall...etc.
My moment of revelation came in 1994, when I downloaded (Slackware?) Linux, installed it on a second drive and used it solely as a remote Xterm to our Unix system. The contrast between the speed of a remote Xterm and local schematic editing software under Win3.1 was enough to convince me that Linux and not Windows was what was going to be on my home PC.
Took a few years (!) before I got god desktop apps, but I'm quite happy with Mint 15.
Windows 3.1 was fine...unless you actually wanted to DO anything with your PC. Like edit a document more than a page or two long, or work on a multipage schematic.
Remember QEMM? Worked fine until you really needed it to manage memory, then it fell on its @ss.
Well, it's a necessity if you didn't buy an Apple product :-)
// there's always Linux...
Shit I feel old.
// Linux user (on and off) since 1993
We (the public) will tolerate user interface improvements, but not changes, for change's sake (unless we have the option to retain the previous UI).
Microsoft doesn't seem to "get", that users make an investment of time and effort in learning how to efficiently use a UI. They do this, not because they enjoy learning a new UI, but so they can efficiently do... whatever it is they are using the computer for. Often, this is Real Work, the kind they get paid for, or yelled at if they don't do it quickly enough.
Hey! Microsoft! I have some news for you...your product is not a choice, it's a necessity. People need to have it, in order to use their computers at all. We don't enjoy it when you make us re-learn the UI. We enjoy it even less, when you do it EVERY G*DDAMN YEAR!
Pick a UI, and stick with it. And take those tiles and that ribbon, and shove it where the sun don't shine.
// and your "Clutter" folder, too
// didn't ask for it, don't need it
// spent the better part of an hour figuring out how to turn it off
1. Anything you build will get overloaded at some point. Murphy's law. Nobody designs a system like this for the maximum possible load (think 9/11 in NYC), it's just too expensive to pay for capacity you don't use daily.
2. Agree that it will probably be digital, but digital doesn't degrade gracefully in low SNR conditions like analog does (which, among other reasons, is why ATC comms are still analog AM), and encrypted digital does even worse (because you need to recover crypto sync as well as voice codec sync after a dropout)
3. My fault...by "GSM", I meant "wireless telephone infrastructure". If there was a way to piggyback onto that, you'd have a readymade network available to you. Prioritize police traffic over civilian mobile calls. But they'll probably end up building a complete new nationwide network...the best you can hope for is colocation on existing towers.
The system will be late, WAY over budget and will be found to underperform (perhaps badly). At least, all the ones built in the US have been. The sales people will over promise, the engineering managers will assure us that everything will be fine, and the odds are still that the system will fall on its face when the first really heavy load hits it.
1. System load (variable, but must degrade gracefully under full load)
2. Analog vs digital (advantages to both, but the messages MUST get through if at all possible)
3. Infrastructure cost (leveraging GSM infrastructure is attractive, independent infrastructure more secure but costly)
4. Profit must be made
5. We need it yesterday and for free, please.
Good luck. I predict it will be late, unsuitable for purpose and several times over budget.
When the salesmen, lobbyists and consultants have more power than the engineers.
When fielding something very complex, where the consequences of failure include people dying, it is important to design and test it well. Only engineers can do this, and they need to be good ones. There are probably several hundred of them in the UK.
Taking away the permission in US law would be a "taking". Something that they must compensate for at full value.
Uh...true, except they define "full value" as the value at which the property is appraised for tax purposes, which is often significantly lower than the market price.
// this does vary by state, though
Looks more like Silicone Valley in this case...
Ashley Madison's closest kept secret seems to have been the male (95%)/female(5%) ratio of their subscriber base. Either those 5% are awfully busy (!!!), or there are a lot of unsatisfied men paying money in the hopes that one of those 5% will pick them. Now, how many of the 5% are "women of negotiable affection" has yet to be determined...
Some sociology postgrad is going to mine this database for all it's worth and get a PhD out of all this.
...any photo of said captured marine mammal, or its equipment.
// slow news day in Palestine?
"Thunder is good. Thunder is impressive. But it's lightning that does the work."
Good on her!
// not there yet, but well on my way
(and probably WAY longer than that)
REAL Rocket Scientists!
Impressive. Although, we've done this once before with Saturn V.
Mnemonic phrase for the resistor color code.
So politically incorrect, I can't type it here, but it starts off: "Bad Boys..."
I am so glad resistors do not have colors on them any more (they're barely visible at this point), and that I do not have to teach this mnemonic to incoming engineers (female).
// vestige of a former time.
@ Phil O'Sophical - I (male) have been asked the same question by a female engineering intern. It was one of the few times I was at a loss for words (anything I could think of saying had undesirable consequences).
After what seemed like several minutes, I replied with something innocuous and the tension was diffused. Can't for the life of me remember what I said.
// "give it a little more thought, it'll come to you"