Re: So ask them
How did you get away with such profanity. I posted something similar, but not as amusing and the durned thing didn't appear. I hope I'm not blacklisted.
137 posts • joined 8 Dec 2009
Yahoo had a "stitcher" which placed vetted ads in reserved places. This was back in 2000. The ads were vetted, but even though, some bogeys got through. Moving gifs were frowned upon. Those were the days of dialup, and pages would display in less than two seconds. Times have changed... (and I got sacked).
Dear cynic, I use Motif window manager. The close button has been top-left since the 90s. I think MS windows put it on the right. The old slash/backslash annoyance comes to mind here.
It's a minor problem. More annoying are the fancy desktops which don't have hints and keyboard shortcuts.
Moons ago, I built a little utility to get a time signal from a radio clock. After trawling through the Java headers, I realised that some timezones were not included. The copyright notices in the headers were issued by the (big and failed in the 80's) IBM Taligent project. Many hands tried to make this light work.
Google could throw the baby and get another one, but we will probably see the same outcome.
There are 40 years of effort invested in this stuff. Yeah, call it a day, and start another one. Why not?
Mosquitos are one of many pestilential insects. They provide a service, if you like. There was a swampy area in Papua New Guinea which was uninhabitable by humans, and even a local fellow was smart enough to say "It keeps people out".
We are not the only creatures that think they are more important.
Sorry to sound criticising, but we are all dust, and modesty and tolerance are implied.
Trevor (my name)
We know he's been told to give the apology. Give the ignorati a point, so what. If he had said "I've been told to apologise", there would just be another shitstorm. I'm sure he is smart enough to ignore their rancid opinions.
No good comes of saying "Yeah, piss off", as I have found.
I worked on an Algol68C compiler long ago, and have a disturbing memory of a single awkward situation where a space was needed. I hope I am wrong. It was so long ago...
By the way, FORTRAN was supposed to be simple too, but I wrote a helloworld type program with one character per card (using continuation flag thingy), and it didn't compile with a particular compiler. How dumb is that?
When I were a lad, I think a light went on in the exchange when you lifted the receiver. The operator would then plug her (usually her) headset into your socket, and say, "Which number do you require?". So, I suppose, tappy tapping it would cause a flashing light alarm. My phone number was Honiton 709, when I was six years old.
Remember your BODMAS from early schooling. Brackets, Powers(Of), Division, Multiplication, Add, Subtract. The Bing result is correct, and interprets it as - (4^(1/4)), which is a +/- real result. The other interpretation gives +/- Root2 +/- Root2 i (there are four roots, with evenly spaced arguments. By the way, I'm a little rusty too. The unary minus is interpreted as (-1) * 4 by Mathematica, so I can see the confusion here.
My ancient Sun Workstation runs CDE, and most of the software is Motif (I run Motif MWM on my laptop too). It's clunky, but no-one has pointed out that it has a good facility for sysadmins. You can install menu items at user-level, server-level, and network-level. It's still pretty primitive, though. I've got used to the consistent button-press behavior, hints, and shortcuts of Motif (missing in many other desktops for Linux).
And my favourite application is xteddy :-)
I told a chap that his ip address appeared on the cbl blocklist, even though the router got a different ip address each time it rebooted. He just didn't care. It's good business for the spammers. I don't know whether port 25 is used, and could just be blocked, but many PC owners aren't going to do anything about it.
This reminds me of the dumbed down world in the Ben Elton book, "Blind Faith". The Government cross-correlate data on every tiny thing, to home in on the 'dissidents'. The populace are kept in an uneducated Facebook existence. Most amusing was an observance that their computers held more data than there were atoms in the universe. Needless to say, there are plenty of folk who don't understand the logical impossibility of that one He has a government mole with a whole team to fabricate a bogus profile.
I read something today which said that the carbon is only captured until the plants die and rot. Woody trees will store carbon for longer, but even they rot, unless they become peat and coal. So some forests aren't even long term carbon sinks anyway, unless they become waterlogged and fossilised, like good old Scottish peat bogs.
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