But is IS an Emeeeeeeeergency
In tonight's news, people were requested NOT to ring 000 (911, 999, 112 for left & right pondians) to complain about facebook being down down
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Travelling from Sydney to Brisbane, I wanted to catch the train & book a sleeper. ABSOLUTELY NOT !!!! All old timetable from the 90's Could have left the Sydney office @ 4pm to catch the overnight XPT leaving at 4:30pm (literally 500m stroll) , arrival at Brisbane @7am , quick brekky at Roma St Station, then up 13 flights in the lift for my 9am meeting in the tower above Roma St. Total cost <400AUD
Instead, my choices were 1) leave the office @ 2pm to catch a cab to SYD, so I could be on the 4:30pm flight to Brisbane, cab from BNE to hotel (can I stay in the hotel that is in the next tower over ?(Roma St has 3 towers - no !). or 2). Get up @3am, catch cab to Springwood Station, then 1.5 hour train trip into the city then cab to the airport for 7am flight with potential to be late as Brisbane's Kingsford Smith Drive in those days regularly clagged.
First option cost >1000 AUD, second would have cost > 600AUD . Not wanting to get up at 3am, I wisely chose option 1.
To add insult to injury , I had a flex day on my return, and would happily have paid a motel for a night myself and caught the day train home (yes I am a railfan- anorak)
I open my new class rolls with dread - J'Mia-Glory (have to use both parts),Jakson, Jaxson, Cleopatrah, Mikena(McKenna), Kalais,Dakoter - these are the reasonably sensible ones
After those then we have the boy 'J's - all spelt correctly buuuut inevitable PITAs, especially all the variants on Jack & Jai
Nah a NSW AD60 class garrett or an SP cab forward. 40 years ago a mate of mine owned a mini and fitted it with a nsw 59 class steam whistle and a small compressed air cylinder. The reaction of airbud wearing pedestrians when they stepped out in front of him was hilarious when he hit the horn
RE: "When a commonly used word is co-opted as a racial slur, should we stop using it for it's original intended meaning?"
I am outraged that Microsoft has called its popular presentation software what it has as I have heard that word used to describe Asians.
If you are in the UK this makes no sense as Asians are from the sub-continent, everywhere else Asian tends to mean people with pronounced epicanthic folds .
It also makes no sense outside the countries that have diagonal pins and a vertical earth (like Australia - google australian powerpoint)
the ones who when using a mouse & keyboard, and need to correct a spilling error, will put the insertion point at the end of a line , and backspace until they hit the offending letter & retype the rest of the line, exactly as they have been trained by their phones and fondleslabs.
This describes my year 7, 8 and most of year 9, about half of year 10, and some of my year 12 students. It drives me insane to watch them, as for keyboard shortcuts - pffft !
We did one of those stupid challenges (the rules said the numbers recorded on the device, not the steps taken)which my project team won by a country mile , but we were disqualified for cheating...
One of my guys taped his to a metronome, another constructed, what in impolite circles would be called a reciprocating rod (think the bit on a steam loco connecting the cylinders to to wheel) and we attached all 8 in the team, we just had to be careful not to exceed the roll over from 99999 steps to 00000
Over past 2 decades with all that usage, weird arsed requests or suggestions made by bosses and other finger painters, there has not been a feature that I have used or needed that was not in Office '97
That may be you, but my low literacy/dyslexic students absolutely love the immersive reader & dictation tools that appeared over the last year. The accessibility checker feature is really handy for me finding issues with documents that trip these tools, and screen readers up.
For knocking out something really quickly , very little could beat Word Perfect 4.2. Simple function keys to bold underline etc, and you open the a window to untangle the formatting when it invariable went bad after a bit of a changing/moving when you didn't quite select the hidden formatting character
Everything in OS400 was an object.
Nice mix of CLI & 'GUI' - the CLI used simple commands , remember about half a dozen base prefixs and the name of your object & you were good to go.
A simple list of objects , numbers & function keys quickly got you to where you needed to go on the 'gui'
It doesnt help when airlines trash the brand(yes QANTAS, i am looking at you) by cramming them in . I know at least 6 people who have sworn never to fly in the A380 again,. Just this morning one of Mrs Diogenes friends posted on FB... "never again on an A380. Thankfully have a few days in Singapore to recover from 12 hour flight from London on QANTAS. Crammed in, not enough toilets, took for ever to check in and load, bags took ages to be unloaded" followed by airline specific complaints such as inedible food, no service etc and lots of "yep same for us, never again"
Back in the 80s I was told that during the Vietnam War, CMF soldiers on an exercise at Appin (just inland from Wollongong,NSW,Australia) were surprised to have a real contact in progress involving US troops come over their net.
All received on the classic "Pr*ck 25" (AN/PRC 25)
Seen on another site ...from an article in that well known right wing low rent mag the Wall Street Journal by Kimberly Strassel
Lawyers have scoured other statutes for legal outs. It turns out that Congress’s latest spending bill, the continuing resolution that ended Dec. 21, contained a provision allowing the government to pay certain obligations that came due within 30 days.
That’s allowed OMB to rush food-stamp payments for millions of Americans through February. It was the Interior Department’s own reading of prior statutes that allowed it to use entrance fees to keep national parks open.
Then there’s the past OMB legal finding that unfunded agencies can continue providing services that are “necessary” to funded ones or to mandatory services. An easy example: The Social Security Administration and Treasury Department, both technically shut down, must nonetheless process Social Security checks that operate under continuous appropriations.
This reminds me of a Thomas Sowell thought experiment
Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?
The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.
The example was deliberately extreme as an illustration. But, in the real world, the same general pattern can be seen in local, state and national government responses to budget cuts.
There is no reason these certs could not be renewed.
When I worked for a large qango, someone noticed a pattern that the Director of IT would be on leave when the results of the salary review came out, so an enterprising db admin wrote a dbtrigger that would notify him, and thus everybody else when the review was about to emerge , sorry director was taking leave (always after 5pm on a Friday), so instead of doing a POETS, we would all stay back
d. According to the ABC, Victoria Police told a magistrate they will use 15,000 intercepted phone calls and 10,000 text messages as evidence that brothers Ertunc and Samed Eriklioglu and Hanifi Halis were allegedly planning an Islamic State-inspired attack.
Right on cue, the minister claimed the investigation was hampered by the three using encrypted chat apps, something backed up by Victoria Police's counter-terrorism assistant commissioner Ross Guenther. Something, of course, must be done about it.
One of these things is not like the other ones
At work, a school, it was a Saturday as l had to install some software, it was going on dusk as i headed back to my car, and heard a cheery "Hello Sir !" , turned to a boy who looked about 15, and noticed he had the old school badge on shirt, hackles started to rise, went to reply and then he was gone. I later found out that that "Charlie" as he is called, is a boy who was skylarking upstairs and went over the verandah railing , dying instantly due to skull damage. The teacher that shares my office claims to have given Jenny Dixon a lift https://www.centralcoastaustralia.com.au/news/the-ghost-at-jenny-dixon-beach-urban-legend/.
Back in the day when our venerable coding sheets and punch room were being replaced by 3270s on every desk, we were supposed to lock our machines when we walked away, which we didnt.
Threats and punishment couldn't do the trick so my PM asked me to write a script that would be mapped to the F3 (save) key. It was to do a line by line ascii art middle finger salute with a 10 second delay between lines with a reminder to log off ... after it did the save it should do. Hapless dev walks away pm remaps f3 to 'the finger' dev returns no sign until he (and we were all hes) goes to save his work, and 10 minutes later has access to his machine again. A week later the leaving machines unlocked problem was solved.
I have many failed installs of 1803 (spring creators update) because the install can't/won't handle a junctioned User directory (or Applications or Program Files according to the reports on the error I get ), and I have way more stuff sitting in my user folder than I have room for on my SSD - can't be bothered shrinking it down & faffing about 'unjunctioning' , there is nothing compelling enough to make want to waste 4 hours of my life doing it
First ever flight was a 707 on Lufthansa as an unaccompanied minor ..
Sydney Singapore Bangkok New Delhi Athens Rome Frankfurt. Still remember the awful stench about an hour out of New Delhi, forced to disembark at Athens for 3 hours so the toilets could be fixed and cleaned, but the stew who assigned to look after me was stunning bit of German engineering
Home a year later same stops but a DC9 no issues
Also remember being on beach near RAAF Sale when they still flew Neptunes as maritime recon. The sqn flew right over us, mum grabbed the 2 of us from 5m away, has a shell scrape dug and was on top of us shaking like a leaf in the time between the first sound and them going over - mum was a 10yo in Hamburg during Gommorah
Indeed there are people out there with no formal education, or just up to A-levels, but who had a talent for software engineering and became good through being self taught.
Sounds like every engineer responsible for the industrial revolution , thinks Stephenson (pere et fils) , Trethevick, Newcomen, Bazalgette, Edison, Otto
Add to that the fact that in most parts of the states to the east of Cali give the homeless a one way bus ticket to SF as it is so liberal & welcoming .
And the spending is worse than the number you gave...
For fiscal year 2017–18, San Francisco budgeted $305 million to provide services and housing for the homeless and formerly homeless
In February, the Fire Department requested an increase of $100 million in its budget for next fiscal year to provide emergency ambulance services that mostly go to homeless people
The Public Works Department recently estimated that it spends more than $30 million a year to clean up things like faeces, needles, and tent encampments,
City Hall also spends nearly $38 million a year responding to calls for service regarding homeless people, with the Police Department footing most of that cost
Add to that business NOT relocating https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Vacant-Businesses-Rising-in-San-Francisco-Real-Estate-Agents-Believe-Dirty-Streets-Partly-to-Blame-479041303.html
If the cost of that laziness is that the police can force me to show them pictures of my dogs, or my inane ramblings on El Reg, then I'm not fussed.
If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.
Attrib Cardinal Richelieu
'Sir , its not working', walk over lay hands on the computer & lo it works.
Also when they are coding. 'Sir I have checked and checked and I got little Johnny to check it as well !' , looks at code for 2 seconds ... "you have missed a semi trailer here, here and here, missing a bracket here, and somehow you you have munged 3 lines together , and since when is 'print' spelled 'pint ?' ;
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