Re: I see oppotunity
It's somewhere in africa
53 posts • joined 10 Nov 2012
I did not use my 2001 Mercedes Benz E200K for around 6 months because BOTH keys stopped functioning, and I refused to be ripped off by an official dealer.
The short story is that the "key" seems to use infrared communication with the car once inserted into the socket on the dashboard - years of use eventually left a hole in the plastic shell (both keys) through which dust and other rubbish entered and obstructed the lens at the tip of the key.
Problem resolved by cleaning the inside of the lens with a small brush, at no cost.
Used my bicycle while the car could not be started - lots of exercise and quite a saving on fuel costs!
Some years ago out on a run training for the Comrades Marathon (in South Africa many of us are quite unusually fond of running long distances!) I had completed a fairly steep uphill section when my bowels decide to move as well.
The only thing to do was to head for a service station a kilometre or so along the road that I knew had public toilets.
The bowels became more and more insistent the faster I ran and by the time I reached the service station I was on the brink of being (literally) in the brown and smelly stuff.
Without any regard for signage,or anything else for that matter, I vaguely was aware that I caused a stir as I entered the toilet.
Once relieved - of the bowel problem and that I had managed to avoid disaster - I realised that in my rush I had run into the ladies.
Came out trying not to look too flustered and set off again after thanking the staff for the use of the facilities!
The bank I worked for was moved to TCP/IP while all the others in the country at the time were captive IBM accounts using SNA.
When Burroughs became a problem and a move to IBM s/390 and onwards was done I refused to succumb and used Cisco channel-attached routers - tunneling the SNA between sites and avoiding the FEP and associated software costs.
Imagine my astonishment when the person in charge of IT enquired about our SNA network!
It took 2 days to craft a suitably snotty reply that pointed out that while he was being a big-shot and contemplating his navel we had saved a bundle of money and had only a single IP network,
Execs usually cannot discriminate between execute as in kill and execute as in carry out operations!
Sounds like my wife's laptop running Windows 10!
Just installed Ubuntu MATE 18.04 on 4 machines - 2 laptops, an old HP microserver and Raspberry Pi and all are working flawlessly - and fast, and updates actually work, and, and, and . . .
Have fun with Windows :)
The disease that managers only need to know how to manage and have no idea of the area they are managing pops up everywhere!
In my 70 years I have only come across 3 genuine managers (and hundreds of fakers) themost impressive of whom told the MD of the company publicly "not to f*ck him around, as he had been f*cked around by professionals".
Surprisingly, he was not fired or "punished" in any way.
Was it because he was actually an asset to the company who got things done?
Strange that I have found so many people who have trouble using Windows - especially Windows 8 & 10 when the UI changed so much.
Yet some of those people who opted to change to Ubuntu MATE from XP have no trouble at all?
The fallacy that Linux has no GUI tools and is all command line is just male bovine excrement spread around by (mainly) Windows bigots (who have probably never put in a fraction of the effort learning the Windows way than they did when trying Linux - if they ever did).
Registry changes are WAY more dangerous than running a somewhat cryptic command line in an unusual case using LINUX.
Even if a Windows user finds someone who can explain what registry entries to change the procedure can quite easily end in tears.
Most LINUX admin tasks can be done using a GUI that most users can understand - I can't say that for Windows, especially Windows 10 that usually has problems after an "upgrade"
I recently found a laptop so old that it has only 384MB RAM - after some scratching around I discovered ANTIX which turned this geriatric device into a usable device again!
The biggest issue I have found with reviving PCs and laptops by installing LINUX is that those users that give credence to the forecasts of doom by Windows bigots find fault (even though the evidence that they are better of is ignored)
Not quite 50 years ago I worked on a range of mainframes where the bottom machine in the range had loops in the microcode to make it slower, and therefore cheaper, than the next model in the series!
So "switches" may actually exist in the Intel microcode for some purpose/s of which we are unaware.
Get out the tin foil hats - thay may actually be required!
In the 1970s I worked on ICL System4 mainframes which were IBM360 instruction set compatible - the big difference between the two was the System4 had 4 sets of registers (one for each processor "state") which avoided the save / restore overhead when switching context. Quite clever.
I think the real problem is that while many architectures and implementations were explored around 50 years ago most were too slow / expensive given the hardware technologies of the time - they seem to have been forgotten.
Perhaps the old stuff should be dusted off and considered again.
About 15 years ago when the company was moving into it's new head office building I received a call from a colleague asking for assistance because the clever little Microsoft boys sent from the UK (we are in Johannesburg) to fix the Exchange problems had informed him that the network was the cause of the email system's ills.
I rushed over and asked one of the M$ people how they were accessing the servers - via the network, of course!
After some harsh words and advising him to extract his digit and look for the actual problem and not blame the network that treated all traffic (more or less) equally the problem was fixed.
It is surely way past time that processor architecture be revisited?
All the research decades ago that would have avoided buffer overflows, null and dangling pointers, unauthorised access, . . . but which could not be implemented at the time as the hardware was too slow and expensive seems to be ignored today.
Building faster and faster hardware with minimal safety and "living" with the consequences thereof seems like putting a V10 engine in a Morris Minor and being surprised that handling was appalling but continuing to drive it anyway!
I suspect this happens everywhere, but is worse in some places.
Read The President's Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and out of Prison (its freely available as a PDF) for a South African sad tale of far worse than "brown envelopes" and "holidays in Seattle"!
Here in South Africa it is common practice to tear of burglar bars with what we call a "bobbejaan spanner" - I believe these are known as a "monkey wrench" in the US.
Simply lock onto the round bar and twist it off.
Burglar bars are simply to keep the insurance companies happy.
(In Afrikaans bobbejaan is the word for baboon)
When I was still young there were many projects that proposed solutions that provided protection in hardware - IBM's SWARD had hardware protection against 19 of 21 programming issues (if my failing memory is correct :) ).
As I recall, the hardware technology at the time was just not powerful enough to make any of these proposals yield acceptable performance - although I am reminded of the comment in "The Elements of Programming Style" that turning off (software) array-bounds checking allowed the generation of faulty results as fast as possible.
Perhaps we should be digging out research material from way back and reexamining it for implementation now.
"If attacked by an aggressive neighbour"?
The numerous attacks on Israel since 1948 are nothing short of attempted genocide - were these attacks trying to finish what the Nazis had done?
Is that ok with you?
The Palestinians have NOTHING 70 years down the road, yet Israel has a thriving high-tech economy.
So why the amazing difference?
Yet the palestinians find the resources to build rockets to fire into Israel.
The point is that despite bad / stupid behaviour on the part of users the root of the problem is companies like M$ (and so many others - watch for the flash!) that despite enormous resources produce flawed software consistently. And in M$ case the update mechanism has been odd for years - how is granny supposed to deal with this?
Go back a little and try to remember how the world and dog crucified the Heartbleed fellow - be fair and go after M$ in the same fashion now.
If we have to rely on humans to produce flawless designs, flawless operation (especially when things start going tits-up, and make everything resistant to natural events such as earthquakes and tsunamis then. even though the likelihood of a nuclear disaster is small, the consequences are too serious to take a risk.
Containment at the Chernobyl site is currently in its second attempt (costing many billions of dollars) which only emphasizes the point that we simply are not smart enough to take a chance on nuclear.
Interesting book by Sternglass (there is a free PDF download) "Secret Fallout: Low-Level Radiation from Hiroshima to Three Mile Island" - I learned a LOT from this book, including that even x-ray exposure can have serious repercussions.
All very clever, but is the very small human population since the disaster (it was NOT an accident!) taken into account?
When the area was far more densely populated I suspect that wolves would have been exterminated as "vermin" which probably had a limiting effect on the total number of wolves.
As for the "see, radiation is not that bad" story try reading the book "Secret Fallout - Low-Level Radiation from Hiroshima to Three Mile Island" by Sternglass (free PDF download).
So where is the proverbial wailing and gnashing of teeth that accompanied Heartbleed?
Microsoft and many others (eg Adobe, Oracle) pour immense resources into their software but still have regular OMG! patching cycles.
How does the open soutrce community take a beating for each bug in their extremely useful software but MS has inflicted their "quality software" on us for decades with hardly a murmur?
No prizes for guessing that my machines do not run Windoze.
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