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"- Code which has been written to demonstrate how well the developer knows the language, at the expense of readability and reliability - developer arrogance"
I may have posted this on El Reg before many years ago, but anyway ... In my comparative youth my boss mentioned an anecdote, whereby the Chairman of the Gas Board promulgated the Edict "Sack all clever programmers ! " :D
I nominate Zaphod Beeblebrox to steal the drive
" Perfect for the job?
If it had been perfect for the job they'd have been able reliably to find and hit their targets and we probably wouldn't have lost more than 200 of them in the last full month of the war in Europe."
The 'Perfect for the job' item under discussion was the special improvised bomb-sight for the dams raid.
Nothing to do with finding other targets.
"The Blob" extending it's tentacles into yet another area ...
Only yesterday I was at a talk with laptop slide & movie presentation. 3/4 way through, up came Windows 10 ... updates ... reboot now or later. The latter was efficiently and rapidly selected.
For a while I was involved with the (Concorde Air Intakes) Control Unit Test Equipment.
It was CUTE.
On a non-related project (1970s), a bunch of us visited an air museum near the Cape in Florida one weekend. There was a prototype of the US SST there. For display purposes it was wearing engines that looked as if they might have come off a 707 or similar.
@ Norman Nescio
Sir, you are a scholar and a gentleman. Have a pint :)
This story also appeared on El Reg recently, found it again here -
'Linux Ubuntu comes from Debian, i am not sure if systemd is built into that one, it'd be a shame if Debian had sold out too.'
Yes, Debian uses systemd now.
Devuan is a non-systemd fork of Debian.
'English policy is to be allies with the French against the Spanish, the Germans against the French, the Germans against the French (and Americans), the French against the Americans, the French against the Germans part II, the Americans against the French ....... '
As Sir Humphrey explains ...
Have you tried Trinity (the fork of KDE 3.5) ? Preserves the 'traditional' setup, still with the nice utilities.
'plus the random atoms and other doodads getting back in of course - given that space isn't a perfect vacuum.'
Where's Maxwell's Demon when you need it, eh.
The scatterings from a game of Interplanetary Billiards.
Decades ago I was on a project where the use of ADA was mooted (to my relief nothing came of it - we didn't have the infrastructure for it, and btw I'm not a s/w specialist). Anyway I was at at conference where a professor of computing piped up from the front row to say (I paraphrase from memory) that in the long run everything would be written in C ; I assume by that he included C++ .
"... Or you can use OCaml. It generates C directly. ..."
Doesn't that belong in this thread ? https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2018/01/24/saudi_camels_disqualified_from_beauty_context_for_using_botox/
"... And that's why the first thing my A Level Physics tutor told me to forget everything I had learnt at GCSE because it was either a lie or an over simplification.
I was then told exactly the same thing at degree level, seems a perverse way to teach to simplify things to the point they are factually incorrect and then have to "correct" that knowledge at a later date. ..."
One of our degree lecturers said it thus: "We teach you by diminishing deceptions" .
I thought it was fair enough, *if made explicit*, for e.g. starting with Newton, which is practicable enough for some purposes, before moving on to Einstein.
With you on pointless, ambiguous or not-even-right-or-wrong questions ;-)
"I teach physics, and one common GCSE question is "What is the mains voltage?" The "correct" answer is 230V, if you write 240V you'll lose the mark. Few kids are interested in why it's changed, so I just warn them to ignore their parents if they use the "wrong" value."
Is that a 'Physics' question these days ? ... and there was I trying to be open-minded about the dumbing-down of exams ...
Back in the '80s we had as part of test equipment a Honeywell with the run-time system only. This was only run when the contractor involved was on site. Thanks to the front panel register switches it was possible to enter programs manually in machine code. Took a bit of time, mind, for anything bigger than 'Hello world" ;-) .
I'm currently reading
"Searching for the Catastrophe Signal"
"The origin of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change"
by Bernie Lewin
This describes the history of successive environmental concerns, from the policy over-reaction to the damage caused by saturation use of DDT (loss of public health benefits particularly in the 'third world'), emissions by SuperSonic Transport, CFCs and the ozone layer, and so on ...
As one issue loses traction over time, for whatever reason, the next one comes along.
The book contains plenty of detail.
A bit of a historical aside; it is sometimes implied, or 'accused', that KDE was inspired by Windows. The inspiration of early KDE in fact goes back well before 21st century Windows; desktops with that flavour were to be seen on 'grown-up' systems such as the Unixes, Digital Equipment Company's VMS ....
"KDE shite is never fast or light, if they had any experience they'd use anything else."
Er, to which version(s) of KDE do you refer?
The whole point of (KDE3-derived) Trinity for me is that is free of the arty-farty GUI artefacts that came in later versions, while still offering a handy suite of tools, some of which got degraded in functionality/friendliness for my purposes in later KDE releases. On any hardware of within, say, the last decade, the responsiveness is not perceptibly slower than the 'lightweight' desktops - I've tried most of 'em.
I run Trinity 14.0.4 on Debian Jessie on my Acer Aspire One 10-incher for travelling. Dual-booted with W7 for when I need a Windows program that won't run on Wine/Crossover-Office.
Debian+Trinity is the 'snappier'.
And now, remind me, WhoTF sold off the Harriers in favour of 'vapourware' :(
Oh, of course.
Upvoted - yes, air-gap FFS
Off-topic, but it reminds me of an anecdote from an ex-RAF colleague at work.
AVRO Shackleton approaching east coast of US. Two Delta Daggers appear behind to shepherd them in.
Pilot to Captain "Would you like me to lose them Sir ?"
Pilot throttles Shackleton back to just above stalling speed.
The debrief after landing was not the most harmonious ever.
"Norgrove was right: post-Brexit gross £350m a week? Nope"
Oh, should he have said £349, or £351 ?
This is a side-load of politics into the Register; the views of one of the unelected 'experts' who see their power over us slipping away as we become a sovereign nation again.
"Apple seem to do a remarkably good job at supporting old hardware. ..."
My Brother-in-law recently passed on an iOS6 phone to the Wife. The first thing I tried to put on it for her was Facebook (we communicate with Far-Flung-Family).
The current Facebook refused to install on anything older than iOS8.
Can the handset install iOS8 ? Nah, unless anybody can advise me of a work-around.
"Then it's a finite probability. Plug that number into a... (insert rest of HHG skit here).
When do I get my money?"
You get a bowl of petunias.
Did the team at El Reg have a sweepstake on how many reactions there would be to this theme ?
A couple of years or so ago I read a report of a bloke in US who took out a 'peeping Tom' drone, that was above his garden, with a shotgun or rifle (Can't remember which).
" The manner of his arrest is also interesting. While Britain has an extremely favorable extradition treaty with the US – thanks to Tony Blair bending over backwards to accommodate his buddy George Bush – it appears the Feds decided not to go that route. "
Perhaps because Theresa May (Home Secretary at the time) grew some balls and refused to extradite McKinnon (I think it was) (?)
Good question from the Wife - "Will it tilt us?" to which I think the answer is "It will make the earth vary its orbit a little bit - the amount To Be Calculated".
I remember, back in the '70s, my boss telling me the following anecdote:
The Chairman of the Gas Board (as it then was in the UK) issued the following edict "Sack all clever programmers"
"There are easily found youtube videos of hunters shooting rabbits at 250-500 metres."
"Kill the wabbit"
"Duck Season !"
That'th dethpicable! Rabbit Theathon!"
" "We've got to be as good as zero," he said, speaking of the number of deaths the public would tolerate. "
Shirley that ain't ever gonna happen.
"... As an electrician, the simplest ways I can think of of getting 415 V where 240 V should be ..."
Up-vote for the first post I've seen getting the square-root of 3 relation correct.
Not that it affects the arguments ;-)
"... In 15 years, the scientists will be scratching their heads at the lack of 200F summer days and flooded Denver streets and claiming some new global catastrophe is on the horizon. ... "
"the scientists" here being *not all* of those who understand climate, but those who have built tenures, departments, budgets and political power in academe on having panicked the politicians with alarmist-level forecasts which, a couple decades on, have already been shown to be based on insufficient modelling, stacking up of worst-cases, and ignoral of the long-term historic data. Now there are additionally $mega-million pork-barrel and world-wide political vested interests behind the boondoggle, and the lay population has been subjected to years of propaganda about it being virtuously 'green'.
These suggestions may often be applicable in the world of business/clerical software, which I suppose is the environment of many discussions on this forum. In the world of engineering, medical(e.g.MRI) and scientific control/research machinery, the equipment may be unique and needing long-term support. There might be multiple x$100millions of project on the end of it. The system builder may have used a computer(s)/cluster system from a respected computer supplier, that gets taken over a few years down the line, think DEC->Compaq->HP... or Sun->Oracle...
Assuming a system of which the usage requirements are frozen, you pay the support to NOT update the software, only patch bugs if necessary and with rigorous regression testing, on a reference system if possible.
And, of course, it's air-gapped from the outside world.
"A MiG-15 would have reasonable chances against an F-35. Especially in a dogfight."
I call the Hawker Sea Fury.
Reminds me of the Millenium Bug panic and the 'due diligence' we had to do irrespective of relevance ...
" I actually think that most (Western?) countries have the people who could be trained and deployed for the purpose, with adequate pay so the "right" people will apply and stay. "
Hmm... but I wonder, would 'non-discrimination' legislation allow you to profile the people that you were recruiting ? Hmm...
"The Trusts who did patch their machines have had no trouble - so how is it the Government's fault?"
'Cos there's an election coming up.
No smirking at the back there !
Another vote here for Trinity, the fork of KDE3. Rock solid, not greedy with resources, and contains a rich suite of convenient tools - some of whose functionalities, that I like, have been removed in later KDE whilst eye-candy proliferated.
You can get Devuan with Trinity default at http://exegnulinux.net/index.html
I keep that on one partition, Trinity on Debian Testing on another.
"... The MOAB is a 10.5-ton bomb ...It was dropped from a C-130 Hercules transport plane – the MOAB is too large for conventional bombers ..."
Re-open the Avro Lancaster and Grand Slam production lines !
Interesting. You could arrange to maximise the emissions of PlantFoodThatSupportsCarbonBasedLifeOnEarth (aka CO2) for the benefit of the world.
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