"systematically crushed to death between IBM's sweaty corporate buttocks."
I'm not sure there is enough mind bleach anywhere to wash that image from my head.
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Given that most of what they do is
a) Hold meetings
b) Make Powerpoints
c) Email Powerpoints
IOW they move nothing physical, apart from a consultants backside (unlike a supermarket, where pretty much everything is a physical object), who if they are any good might well be actually a sub contractor (although they will be under strict orders not to say so).
The whiff of the farmyard was very strong in the original statement.
Under what circumstances should a mal formed message ever attempt to be processed rather than discarded?
Another classic failure of a SW development pattern.
*Hint. If the protocol can be expressed in a state diagram design the core of the handler in an FSA design tool and have it write the actual code.
Just how many message protocols are so complex they need a Turing complete language to handle all the possibilities?
No one knows how to build a quantum computer that's actually a computer in the sense people hear understand the term, IE whose functionality can be changed by changing its programming.
I'm starting to think finite automata may be the way forward. MIT were leading this in the early 00's with their CAM 8 machine, then someone trashed all the data after 1998 (which seems rather strange to put it mildly).
FSA can make very small tiles on an ASIC and have very high density. Their function is governed by a look up table (LUT) much like a single cell in an FPGA but with the proviso it's an SIMD. Like a RISC, it's all down to how good a compiler can compile the task into the LUT, and how often it has to trigger a LUT reload.
Once again TOTC becomes the thin end of the wedge.
Data fetishists know you just have to shout "But children must be protected from this filth" loud enough, and often enough, for them to get their way.
What they really fear is not the corruption of kiddies.
It's people saying things they don't know about subjects they don't know.
and medicine, undertakers, social welfare clerks, special constables, immigration and custody officers, citizenship police, prison warders, the list goes on."
Now, who's paying for them? Because "Taking back control" is expensive.
Given the taxbase has suddenly shrunk recently.
"Streaky" claimed this another thread but never actually named one. Any one.
Purveyors of offshore tax havens? Estate agents to Russian oligarchs and gangsters?
I'm curious what the UK has to offer now its being unplugged from the rest of the EU single market (especially in services, which the City of London deals quite a lot in).
Nice qualification of "initial," Mr AC. A nice little verbal get out clause.
My prediction of Brexit was that within 2 years the number of people who would admit in public they voted Leave would be less than the number who admitted voting for British Fascism in the 1930s on VE night.
But it seems people are starting to go anonymous already.
One things for sure. The UK (and it's citizens) will find out which side was the bigger bu***hiters in the referendum. The only thing I'll guarantee is that Somerset Asset Management will do rather well.
Funny, many of the British Asians I've talkted to voted Leave to increase it.
Isn't it handy how Facebook lets you tell two different groups two completely different messages to support exactly the same course.
And quite a few of them died over the last 2 years (something over plus people died in the UK since 2016).
Of course repeated Conservative governments have put a "Triple lock" on cutting pensions, mainly because they know pensioners actually vote, unlike the yoof, who've become convinced that "It's all a con, doesn't change anything blah blah."
Naturally it never occurred to them to wonder who pays those pensions, and how the number of people who pay the taxes that fund them will change (or shrink) post Brexit.
And you were never going to get it, because the brexit you voted for was a blank sheet of paper.
That's all it was. A blank sheet of paper that has now been filled in.
That way Dominic Cummings (the "Career psychopath" as David Cameron called him) could tell each group of (potential) Leave voters whatever story they wanted to hear (once Cambridge Analytica had provided the necessary data to create those stories).
Because he knew that actually offering a plan would be so divisive to all the different Conservative sub tribes that it would tear the Leave campaign apart. Which it now seems to be doing.
Will it have to be renamed when NH has an encounter with something further away, because it no longer will be.
I'm thinking of the two competitive laboratories where one gave a lecture on "High Vacuum" and the Director of the other asked "Can be give a lecture on 'Higher Vacuums'? "
I'm pretty sure it wasn't
The launch film shows an Atlas V with a bunch of smallish SRB's on the base but the Voyagers were sent on 2 Titan's with monster SRB's
Looking up the on orbit masses NH was about 65% of either Voyager (I'd guessed it was smaller)
So it looks like the big thing was the trajectory plan (especially Jupiter)
Which may just be the fact you can pack a lot more science in a lot smaller weight.
I note also the shift in technology. From 4bit parallel/18 bit serial processors with custom instruction sets to rad hard but OTS processors.
Let us hope it keeps going for a long while yet.
I'd agree, but I'm not sure how many supposed SysAdmins (especially in SME's) are up to the job.
They are either unfamiliar with what's available or think the stuff they have to process too variable in structure, so any automation would be too fragile to cope with variations.
You're right though. Boring, repetitious s**t is exactly what computers were built for.
You have actual evidence of this?
I mean real statistics gathered by impartial observers?
Because there is actual evidence of JLR relocating to Slovakia and BUPA relocating part of its operation to Dublin and Somerset Asset Management (Prop. J Rees-Mogg) setting up a branch in Dublin rather than growing in London
Do tell whose coming to the UK.
Let's be honest, when Brexit starts to bite some of those Banjoes are going to start looking for someone to blame when they realize how well they were played.
Naturally these kwitters won't blame themselves for being too ignorant or too gullible to fall for this BS, even though many are.
Sadly I fear the best option (them turning on their leaders and stringing a few up from various lamp posts around Westminster) is unlikely to happen. I'll leave others to nominate preferred candidates.
by 13/25s of the 72% of possible voters
Many of the rest of whom (I suspect) would have voted Remain but thought the vote was a colossal waste of their time since only a small group of nutters would think leaving the EU was a good idea.
And in which the Leave campaigners told each different group of potential voters exactly what they wanted to hear, wheather it was true or not.
Obviously they stay at homes were wrong. OTOH with a million UK people having died in the meantime and everyone (that is everyone who's not a delusional idiot) having a much clearer idea of the impending s**tstorm (starting with the delays to the 110000 trucks a day going through Calais/dover) Brexit will cause I wonder how many will still be thinking "Brexit Uber alles" ?
It's 2018 and mfg are still fitting "hidden" API's to their hardware.
Either the system needs these calls to run properly (so why are they hidden?) or they don't, so why was any effort spent in writing them in the first place?
Or was it they didn't mind writing them, but they did mind doing the security testing for them (and then the re-writes if they failed)?
Possibly a late entrant for the worst named consumer product of 2018.
Sounds like the bean counters are trying to include potential profits to be generated by the (expected) increase in performance of the system.
Rather like when a certain
gambling den investment bank had it's whole currency dealing operation taken off line when someone had dropped a spanner across two phases of the buildings 3ph supply. They were moved in first (to a small office block) that was being refurbished because the poor darlings didn't like to have their routines disrupted. Sueballs flew through the air that day.
It'll also be interesting to know if this would have fixed the (alleged) bug in the car insurance quote generation system that let salesman magically move prospects from some crime ridden inner city hell hole to rural Perthshire (or some equally safe place to park your vehicle) and which (allegedly) lead to the phasing out of many (all?) of their direct sales staff. No doubt this alleged bug was unknown to senior sales staff of the time.
Which suggests there would some kind of "skip list" mechanism in Chrome. Examples would include
a) Hard coded list
b) Download from site as part of the download/render process
c) Skip tags in a specific part of a page through some kind of "relative addressing" mechanism.
If Chrome is "open source" then this would be in the source code and if not (but included in pre-built versions) it should show up rendering the same site using pre-built and source code versions of the same release.
Which suggests this is a statement that could be proved, or disproved.
Or systems your government can hack. The dream of every data fetishist.
And (once that is known) world + dog will be looking through their code for those deliberate holes to hack as well.
The TLA's (and the political sock puppets de jour) will whine the usual 4 horsemen of the infocalypse BS.
Rights. Everyone should have them and everyone's should be protected, even if you don't like them.
"1990" is actually about a Left Wing police state Britain. Greatorex seemed pretty Right Wing
But the real truth is that there would be little practical difference between a Left Wing authoritarian police state and a Right Wing authoritarian police state.
The politics is just window dressing for the Authoritarian state of mind.
The real "enemy" is the democratic process and the people who practice it. IOW Everyone. not them.
We already know Farage was going to press for yet another go around.
All because an arrogant, over privledged PR type (one of those "power brokers" you seem to dislike) reckoned the referendum was the perfect way to a)Stop defections from the PCP and b) Kill off UKkip.
Which it's done. Superbly.
Of course the UK economy will probably end up economic road kill but that's a small price to pay for the key goal. Keeping the Parliamentary Conservative Party united.
WELL DONE YOU.
"That's one way of looking at it, although I certainly took it a tad more seriously than you are implying - I'm not treating this as a game. "
Most of the voters I'm familiar with seemed to view it as little more than some sort of petulant gesture against "something" ("Europe, innit" to coin a phrase) that they couldn't manage to articulate beyond "I don'ts like it."
"Any more than you need to guess that I was hopelessly idealistic in my faith that, when it comes to the crunch, people would pull together and show some solidarity."
No.Your mistake is not seeing the actual situation as it is. A stand up fight with odds of 27 to 1 against. In a Steven Segal movie he wins. IRL the 1 gets the s**t kicked out of him and if he's lucky an ambulance picks him up before he bleeds out. The accuracy of that metaphor you could have discovered for yourself with about 5 minutes work on Google.
"I won't apologise "
No one's asking you to.
If you're right and Brexit really is the precursor to going to getting to those "Sunlit uplands" people were spouting about during the referendum there will be nothing to apologize for.
OTOH (assuming you haven't fled to some offshore bolthole, as various Conservative MP's and former MP's seem to be planning to do. Why would they sacrifice their standard of living when they can sacrifice yours instead ) you'll be living with the consequences of your handiwork for some time to come.
Provided you don't have any conditions that needs some of the 45 million units of medicine the UK ships in from Europe whose supply might get delayed at one border check or another. In which case you might not be around so long.
"but for me it's about the ability to stand up to the power brokers who see the little people as nothing more than cash cows to be milked and discarded, "
And it never occurred to you to notice most of those "power brokers" you're talking about are actually British? and you actually expect them to be more restrained with less external influence?
You really are gullible.
"Lest we forget, the people of this country might have voted to join the EEC (an economic agreement) "
Since we're not forgetting let's not (also) forget that Margaret Thatcher and John Major both had absolute majorities. If they'd wanted you to have a referendum in 1992 you would have had one. when kwitters whine about "Remonaers" asking for a 2nd vote they discreetly forget they've been whinning on about a 2nd vote for 26 years.
Which is admirable.
Until you try to do it.
People of Charlemont.
You'd better make sure that the operators document everything they have and change.
Architecture, settings, box locations, all current and default passwords etc.
Otherwise when you try to exercise choice it'll be "Sorry, we don't have to tell you that, and we won't."
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