* Posts by jake

11019 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

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Re: The man is 53, for god's sake!

Around these parts, the saying is "60 is the new 40". Even doctors are commenting on how much younger "retirement age" folks seem to be compared to thirty years ago ...

Beer. Can't hurt.

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I'm not surprised.

It was so much easier back in the old days.

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Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11

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Re: The PDP-11 lives on

"Another extremely elegant machine was"

Was? WAS?? WAS??? My TOPS-10 and TOPS-20 boxen are still alive and doing useful work. For values of "useful work" that includes "supporting a couple long term contracts that should probably have been ported to more modern equipment over two decades ago" ... Hey, don't blame me, I can only give advice, I can't force 'em. And as long as they're willing to pay the bills ...

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Re: Brings back memories...

That's odd. In my experience, Jerseys don't need help when breeding. All you gotta do is turn 'em out into a field with a bull, and sure as sunrise, 9 months later you've either got another heifer or a bunch of proto-steaks. Computer programs certainly never come into the equation ...

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Re: How noisy are the cooling fans?

That's the Foxfire books, of course. Obvious brain fart is obvious. Mea culpa.

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Re: I cut my teeth on a PDP-11

Real programmers use inline assembler often, regardless of language.

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Re: How noisy are the cooling fans?

About 30 years ago, my daughter subtitled my CRC handbook "Post Apocalypse Science Rebuild Notes" and insisted on shelving it next to the Firefox books, the UBC, and various other bits & bobs :-)

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Re: How noisy are the cooling fans?

Waseem, it actually makes perfect sense. When you think about it, farming is a form of computing ... analog computing, perhaps, but computing nonetheless.

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Re: Grammatical point

Here's the definitive blinkenlights page:

http://catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/B/blinkenlights.html

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Nah.

Prior art.

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Re: How noisy are the cooling fans?

The definition of basic might have changed in your eyes, but the heap and the stack still exist and knowing how to use them is just as important as it was 40 years ago. Unfortunately, I've interviewed new college graduate so-called programmers who don't even know they exist. Hell, I interviewed one poor kid who couldn't convert from hex to decimal to binary on paper, much less in his head. Worse, he didn't understand why that kind of "skill" might be handy ... in his words "Why should I know that? That's what the computer is for!".

As for your example, I use sliderules almost every day. Here's my favorite. Now THAT's what I call a Sun Workstation!

Why? Because a slipstick's more accurate and faster than guestimating for fencing, fertilizer, seed, irrigation, roofing, paint, roadbase, DG, working loads on beams and the like, and a lot easier than firing up a computer. 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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How noisy are the cooling fans?

Can't get into the proper zone to toggle front panel switches without cooling fans properly roaring away in the background^W^W my ears. Can I connect my line printer? Acoustically coupled modem? PC11? CR11? RK05? TU56?

More seriously, this might be an excellent teaching tool. IMNECTHO, DEC kit is the absolute pinnacle for ease of explaining and demonstrating computing concepts to students. Although, in today's world of DevOps App builders, understanding the basics no longer seems to be all that important. Sad that.

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Boffins detect antimatter thundering down from Hurricane Patricia

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Re: in effect, storms causing nuclear reactions

Million volt Tesla coils are easy to make at home. You can probably get a copy of Transtrom's 1913 book Electricity at High Pressures and Frequencies through inter-library loan, should you wish to pursue this. Mine's a second edition, published in 1990 by Lindsay Publications, ISBN 1559180544.

Got curious just before hitting "submit" ... try this link:

https://ia801406.us.archive.org/9/items/electricityathi00trangoog/electricityathi00trangoog.pdf

That should keep you occupied for an hour or three. Have fun :-)

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Wrong FLA ...

The flights on a parabolic curve weren't NOAA's arc, rather they were NASA's barf. Unfortunately, NASA's out of that game now. However, as a civilian, you can contact Zero Gravity Corporation if you're interested in riding the vomit comet ...

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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Re: Nicely Done Reg!

And besides, from what I've seen on the news recently most people demanding "justice" are actually actually asking for legalized retribution.

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Dancing rodents.

There's hope for parts of the world's legal systems after all.

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NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

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Re: There is nothing like:

All y'all forgot two vital bits of maintenance gear: Bailing wire and chewing gum.

Bailing wire in both the metal and the polypro versions come in handy in so many places that trying to list them all here would be a fool's errand.

There is no commercial product that seals small leaks in most liquid fuel tanks better than chewing gum.

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Re: One wonders how long the tool will be able to handle the abuse.

Unless it shatters and buggers up something important. Like the charging system. Razor sharp bits of metal can play merry hell with wiring.

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The proverbial television repairman.

I'm not charging you for thumping your telly with a screwdriver. I'm charging you for knowing where and how hard to thump your telly, and for showing up to do it.

For the big old diesel: Tap on the starter solenoid (or the solenoid for the pony motor, if so equipped) while attempting to crank it over. I've won a lot of money firing up "dead" boat engines with this little trick.

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Hammering on drill bits ...

... is usually contra-indicated.

Unless, of course, the bit is designed for it. Seeing as Curiosity wasn't equipped with a hammer-drill, chances are the thing isn't so designed. One wonders how long the tool will be able to handle the abuse.

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Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

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Re: You were lucky...

It wasn't overheating at the time of the story, it had overheated prior to our heroes physically moving it from the client site to their home base. It was clearly not an immediate danger to life or property, and as such not worth bothering the emergency folks over.

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Re: A little off topic, but...

"red wax paper" ... That would be road flairs. Dynamite is yellow.

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Re: We shut down central Edinburgh with a fridge

Still used in refrigeration, yes. Not, however, used in domestic refrigerators. And hasn't been since the 1930s, or thereabouts.

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Re: We shut down central Edinburgh with a fridge

Ammonia in a mini fridge? How old was it? I didn't think mini-fridges were even thought of when the last house-hold unit using ammonia was manufactured ...

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Re: You were lucky...

More likely, you'd get ticketed for making an unnecessary call to the emergency number. 999/911/112 etc. is usually reserved for "urgent assistance". Life and death situations, not cat-up-a-tree or leaky old batteries that are obviously not in any immediate danger of hurting someone.

Around these parts, lead-acid batteries can be dropped off at any number of hazardous waste disposal sites, usually with no fee. Transportation is not illegal; its a DIY thing.

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Re: You were lucky...

duplicate reply - removed

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"Why the massive emergency services response?"

Obvious answer: They was using up all kinds of cop equipment that they had hanging around the police officer's station.

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If you're a Fedora fanboi, this latest release might break your heart a little

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Re: Make your own.

If you're that determined to drink swill, who am I to argue? Enjoy.

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Re: Make your own.

"And, if everywhere sells the same tired old beer-flavoured E-numbers then the choice of "don't go there then" or "just drink water" is not really a solution, is it?"

Of course it is! Are they holding a gun to your heads, forcing you to go there and purchase their swill? Or are you CHOOSING to go there and purchase their swill? Shirley the proverbial "thinking man" would say to himself "fuck that, I can do better!" and then proceed to do same.

Get your friends together and form a homebrew club. The cost of admission is not all that high if you share the costs. Make beer together. Drink beer together. Save money drinking EXACTLY the beer you want to drink. It's how I started. But be careful, it's addictive. I'm up to 6,000 gallons once or twice per month ...

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The harbingers of Doomwatch: Quist is quite the quasi-Quatermass

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"I borrowed it from a friend and sharpened the wooden needle on my DVD player."

Might want to splash for a bone stylus. Longer wearing and better frequency response. Don't bother with the "Monster Ivory" brand, that's just separating fools from their money.

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No root for you, or how to stop worrying and love AWS China

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Re: "the internet treats..."

No, China hasn't found a way to break that. TheInternet (whatever that is) has detected the damage, and is routing around China's b0rken intranet.

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Re: Goddamn, F China

But AC2, for all you know AC1 is Chinese ...

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WOW!

Just exactly what I've been waiting for!

::rolls eyes::

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Void Linux gave itself to the void, Korora needs a long siesta – life is hard for small distros

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Re: Most 'small' Linux distros seems to be a wasted effort

"At this moment in time, Distrowatch is listing 308 Linux distros, which is at least 300 too many in my books. A vast majority them will basically be forks from one of the big distros, which is a pointless exercise in my books. Why not contribute to one of the big distros directly instead?"

Kindly replace the concept of "Linux distro" with beer, cheese, bread, wine or boots in the above paragraph. Ponder. Report back.

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Re: You forgot the Grandaddy

I think if you look you'll discover that Slackware is more than a one-man show, and the development community behind Slackware is quite healthy.

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Missing in article.

"At this point, if you don't want to use systemd, your options are seriously limited (Devuan, Gentoo, and perhaps some other small ones like Void)."

Or the longest lived distro: Slackware. A quarter century in development, and still going strong. If you haven't tried Slack in a decade or so, try it again. I'll bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets

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Re: The only part that is debatable is the level of intelligence behind the mask.

I suggest you look up some common symptoms of dementia ...

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Re: I can't believe y'all are still falling for this

To date, what exactly has the Trump administration done? Other than piss off pretty much every person on the planet, of course. And Trump's personal high-point: inventing a new word. Shame he forgot what it meant before he could let the rest of us know ...

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William of Ockham suggests ...

... dementia.

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Running Cisco DNA Center? Update right now to get rid of the static admin credential

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1978 on line 1

They are asking for their vulnerability back.

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Pointless US Congress net neutrality vote will take place tomorrow!

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Anti-Semitic?

Where? I see nothing anti-Semitic.

And fucking odd is the only way to go! Try it, you might like it. :-)

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Re: Bah!

The Outlawries Bill is a mere nipper, only been around since 1727. The Select Vestries Bill of 1698, now, that has some legs.

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Re: One good thing

"It keeps 'em occupied from doing anything stupider!"

Assume facts not in evidence. They ARE politicians, after all. I never met one that had risen to it's level of maximum stupidity and stayed there; seems there is always room for improvement.

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Re: Just Political Ad Fuel

Of course. What's your point?

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"terrorist apartheid state in it's illegal occupation"

Let's not forget "invented by Great Britain in 1948 to give Jews a place to go that wasn't Fair Albion".

"He is an embarrassment to America."

A joke, anyway. At least his tenure will be short. Should only take a couple years to clean up the mess after we take out the trash. Mid-terms in a few short days should be a start as to how the country really feels about the rotund orange idiot-in-chief.

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John McAfee ‘goes underground’ in motorcade to flee SEC

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Most of what Zippy says makes sense.

Unless he's talking politics, of course. Even then, he's such a caricature that I'm still not all that certain he's not trolling.

He does have serious issues with flat user interface design, to the point of being well over the top about it. But he's absolutely right, it really is fucking ugly and of negative benefit.

The random CAPS thing, though, that makes no sense at all.

Other than that, he's just another jaded old techie. Pints all 'round?

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No no no no ...

... it's Spot that is NOT ALLOWED, as any fule no.

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McAfee has form being weird.

For values of weird that include "apparently batshit crazy".

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FTC names its dirty half-dozen half-assed tech warranty bandits

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Re: The DRM thing has to stop

I know where you can purchase a slightly used proprietary juicer.

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Re: FTC staff searching websites for infringing language

So don't buy Apple kit. Simples.

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