* Posts by jake

9420 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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I still use 'em for driving.

Contrary to popular belief, horses are still with us doing what horses do best.

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Re: Nothing wrong with sliderules

What's your point, Flocke?

A sliderule's more accurate than guestimating for fencing, fertilizer, seed, roofing, paint, roadbase, DG, working loads on beams and the like ... and I keep a circular slide rule in each of the aircraft and larger boats. Just to really make you think, I also use an abacus nearly daily. It's in the feed barn. I use it to calculate livestock feed & supplement needs. Electric calculators tend to die in a matter of weeks in that kind of environment.

Horses for courses and all that ...

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Nothing wrong with sliderules (or Subjects^WTitles)

I have, and use, several on a near daily basis. My .fav:

http://sliderulemuseum.com/Hemmi/S071_Hemmi_255.jpg

Now THAT's what I call a Sun Workstation!

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Morse ain't dead yet.

The wife & I use it for short messages when we don't want to be "overheard". If we're in contact physically, nobody knows we're talking ... and even across a crowded room it's easy to get a message across without notice. Granted, it's usually along the lines of:

--. . - -- . - .... . .... . .-.. .-.. --- ..- - --- ..-. .... . .-. .

Archaic maybe, but it works without embarrassing anybody.

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Segway hoverboard hijack hack could make hipsters eat pavement

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Re: I mustnt be a hipster...

.. because i honestly cant see ANY reason to have a Segway.

FTFY, no charge.

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Re: Gobsmacked

You can talk to virtually all industrial controllers with ASCII. It's not a problem if it's airgapped. The issues arise when the airheads in charge insist an internet connection is needed.

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Re: US Portions

Of course, until recently the food eaten out in most of the UK wasn't worth taking home to be enjoyed later. There is a reason that Blighty has an international culinary reputation as "The island where good ingredients go to die" ... although this is changing, and rather quickly.

As a side note, originally the food wasn't scrapped. Even as late as the early 1980s, larger hotels and restaurants put the scraps into the pig bins. Nice even trade, farmer takes away scraps & returns sausages, proper bacon, etc. Win-win. Why do I have an 'orrible feeling that this logical practice is illegal nowadays?

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Re: I see your invite and raise you, moiety ...

I poke at religion because I see it as a waste of human minds. Religions, by definition, teach the young that it's bad to learn to think for yourself. If by poking at archaic belief systems I can start even one kid thinking for him/erself instead of looking at the world by rote, I will have accomplished something useful.

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Re: "see-through luncheon meat"

Kobe is tasty, as are various other variations of Waygu, but it's not worth anywhere near what they charge for it. Me, I find the breed to be entirely too finicky, I'll stick to my Belted Galloways. (Although a friend in Nevada has shown interesting results crossing Waygu and Belties ...).

Yes, there are some bad country hams. In fact, some are downright awful. But there are many more that are wonderful ... which can't be said for any of the city hams. IMO, of course.

If you absolutely must liquid brine a pork hindquarter, PLEASE cook it in a smoker over apple wood at about 210-215F (100C) for around 18 hours ... but don't call it a ham. Because it ain't, and because soggy pig isn't good eats. (Don't get me started on that British abomination "watery bacon" ... )

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Chuck,

Re: the so-called "vote"[0], please read this page:

http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=120652&p=576562#p576502

Until then, kindly refrain from talking about matters you clearly know nothing about.

Note: I don't use SysV init, I use BSD init (albeit with a few of SysV's init ideas grafted on where it makes sense to the Slackware maintainers, and a few of my own tricks).

[0] More like railroading ...

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Re: "see-through luncheon meat"

Tinned meat, of any kind, is e-rations only. Tinned ham is worse than city ham, and city ham isn't worth eating.

Having eaten on 6 of the 7 continents, I can reliably inform you that North American meat is better than that in 90% of the world, and is easily the equal of the other 10%. It is certainly better than anything mass-market that I've ever purchased, cooked & consumed in Blighty.

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I see your invite and raise you, moiety ...

ALL supposed $DEITYs are cordially invited to kiss my pasty white butt.

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Re: Where is the faster bootup time?

I have a laptop running Slackware. It only gets rebooted when required due to a software upgrade (usually kernel related these days). The last time I rebooted the Wife's computer (for Slackware's June 30th Kernel upgrade) it had been running since mid December. I never did understand the supposed importance of faster boot times. Linux ain't Windows, it doesn't need rebooting regularly.

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Re: Cannonlake, kabylake, coffeelake, skylake

That's "Whiskeyriver".

I'll settle back to watching the bubbles in my beer ...

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Re: Cannonlake, kabylake, coffeelake, skylake

"Butty" isn't a geological feature. But "Butte" is.

Baconbutte, Eggbutte, Chipbutte ... Nearly breakfast time here in California.

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Re: Women Linux Lord ?

I dunno ... one of my ex- girlfriends seemed to have several personalities.

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Graham, claim it was a demonstration ...

"See what happens when you let the computer's programmer attempt to "think" for you?" Or words to that effect ;-)

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Re: Cannonlake, kabylake, coffeelake, skylake

Baconlake, there is a great demand.

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::coff::

Not quite "everyone".

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Ah. Missed that. Ta, ElReg.

The first death rendered-into-obscurity knell for systemd has sounded. About bloody time.

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New Column Width

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Re: New Column Width

I've given it some time, and it still looks ... well, not exactly bad, but "wrong" covers it. The best way I can describe it (for me!) is that the actual content looks lost on the page. On the other hand, if the columnists are paid by the column-inch, as in days of yore, perhaps they can buy me a pint next time I'm in San Francisco ...

The right hand side is fine. I never do anything with it anyway. Come to think of it, I hardly ever notice it's there anymore.

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Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy

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In the words of daughter, age nearly 5, re: Small World:

"Daddy, make it STOP!"

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And here I thought ...

... that Disneyland already was a wretched hive of ... Forget it. Too easy.

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Nutanix CEO smacks down VMware exec over claim it's a new Enron

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Fucking children.

Both need a healthy slap from the investors, and/or to get a room and get the inevitable over with. This kind of shit has no place in public.

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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Re: C90 cassette, as that medium was the dominant way of storing Speccy programs and data

Your car cassette player could record?

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Re: lot of negative comments

Bad troll. No cookie.

(Oh, wait ... it's a serious AC, isn't it? Now that is sad ... )

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The old ways aren't always the best ...

... but sometimes they do bring a smile to the faces of jaded old sysadmins.

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Vendors rush to call everything AI even if it isn't, or doesn't help

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My large animal Vet came in the other day.

This guy's in his second career ... he became a Vet after 25 years as a DBA working for IBM. He knows I'm a computer guy, and thought I'd be amused by a bit of advertising he had received. It was for a large animal veterinary practice management software package "NOW WITH AI!

The Vet was laughing, and wondered how many times the company in question got Vets inquiring about their new Artificial Insemination package. Without a pause, I dialed the 800 number ... the answer was over 80% of calls! The guy on the other end wasn't amused when I suggested they fire their marketing genius and hire an AI expert ...

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Re: Same thing...

My soon-to-become-wife pronounced it "Howse Qwap".

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Beginning of the 2000s?

That was the mid 1970s ... Neighbor across the street from my parents bought a new mailbox with a "programmable" LED display for the house number. Ran off the low-voltage doorbell circuit (new LED doorbell button included!!!). The user's manual was plastered with the word "DIGITAL!", in all CAPS with the exclamation point ... I was asked to "program" the silly thing for him. For values of "programming" that included placing jumpers properly ... Only five digits, they didn't even scroll. But it was DIGITAL! with a low, low cost $499.95, in 1975 money. At least it wasn't battery powered ...

And of course, during that decade, we had "digital" alarm clocks, watches, microwave ovens, televisions, VOMs, indoor/outdoor thermometers and the like, all of which were "digital" only in display. But we were going DIGITAL!, if you believed the marketing hype. Sound familiar?

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Re: over-promise, under-deliver

And DevOps.

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One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

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Re: So the other 75%

Indeed. Sounds like a crap study to me ... When did ANY government, anywhere, at any point in human history, do 75% of anything as advertised? If the Ministry of Untruths and Fake News were to exist, it would be the only department telling the truth most of the time ...

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

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Re: "paying out the nose"

Hurling is similar to slow-motion hockey lacking the necessary ice.

(The armor is kinda required; the human body isn't really designed for the kind of forces that can be generated when moving several times normal speed.)

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Re: Shit article

Wanted one really, really badly, eh?

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Re: "paying out the nose"

Stick and ball games with "safe zones" for runners go back at least a couple thousand years, long before the concept of "England" existed. In Wales[0] they still play a variation called "Baseball" that goes back centuries.

That said, as a Yank who enjoys both sports, I'm equally happy watching quality Cricket or professional American Baseball. But if I had my druthers, I'd rather be playing County Cricket. We're trying to get the sport to catch on here in the US, but it's been a bit of a slog ... the the way I see it, if the Soccer folks can make headway, Cricket has a shot.

Yank football is conceptually a good sport, but the salary cap and arbitration ruined it.

Basketball sucks. End of discussion.

Ice Hockey is the sport of the gawd/esses. If you don't believe me, learn to play it.

[0] For values of "Wales" that include Merseyside ...

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Re: "paying out the nose"

There is a reason that Bottom was an Ass ... Not that I know anything about British Literature, y'unnerstan' ;-)

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Re: "paying out the nose"

Strangely enough, I grew up saying "through the nose (Palo Alto, California), When I got to Blighty for the first time (Bude), my friends at the Primary school used "out the nose".

Ain't nowt daft as t'English Language ... thankfully. When you think about it, this place would be awfully boring if we all spoke^Wtyped the same dialect and with the same slang.

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Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

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Re: Bullies

And what about the Catholic Church? It's worth how much, world-wide? And yet they still insist on tithes from the poorest of the poor in the third-world (whatever that means these days).

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Re: "Boston is a muddy backwater?"

That song was describing half a century ago. Do try to catch up.

(Note: I'm an "out of control" Californian, through and through. I dislike the entire East Coast[0], and see absolutely zero merit to living there. But please, calling the Charles River polluted? C'mon. Find something real to gripe about ... )

[0]East of the Rockies, actually ... I could easily get behind the concept of splitting the US in two, right along the Continental Divide. Sorry, Denver.

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I wouldn't say it was ALL downhill.

Auntie Beeb did wind up with John Peel, after all.

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Re: Pastor la vista, baby!

One translation might be "The shepherd's view".

South end of a sheep heading North?

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Re: Bigger Fish

Boston is a muddy backwater? And here I thought the cleanup after the Big Dig was just about ovah.

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To be fair ...

... that map, and list of numbers-per-state-in-the-lower-48 (apparently Alaska and Hawai'i don't have an issue with pirate radio!) contains take-downs dating back to half way into the first term of TheShrub's administration.

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Burglary in mind? Easy, just pwn the home alarm

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Re: This is California. In July.

Or, you can save a lot of time and money (and typing, apparently) and get a dawg. Or several.

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This is California. In July.

The water has dried up.

The grass is brown.

Damn near everything IoT is insecure, though.

Burglar alarms do nothing but let the burglars know who has shit worth stealing.

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

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Re: Instant space travel

I could make a case that anyone stupid enough to pay to get their DNA attached is, by definition, contributing junk DNA ... The Tardigrade's DNA isn't junk by virtue of longevity.

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Re: Pfft, the last living thing on Earth will be lawyers...

I'm pretty certain They Live ...

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Re: Tardigrades will Inherit the Earth

Art Nouveau? Now THERE's a name from my past ...

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Sow bugs or roly-polys ...

... over here. They have many other names, world-wide. Second handiest critters to cultivate (after worms) if you are into composting.

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'Bio-hacker' embeds public transport ticket under his skin

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Re: Frictionless

Francis, I think the indifference is because your concept is a work of speculative friction. But don't despair, with modern social media, you could probably slide it into the minds of the GreatUnwashed ... but don't go too far and make it into a religion! The last thing the world needs today is yet another example of bad Zions Friction.

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