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In the late 1970s and early '80s I was systems programmer for a large Canadian hospital. After designing my own online CICS registration/admissions system and successfully getting it up and running, I was gradually implementing more and more features into it.
Then the IBM suits walked in with their inferior (in my modest estimation) system, and sold it to the top brass for beaucoup $$.
Anyway- one of the demographic boxes on this "new" IBM system had exactly that: WHITE, BLACK YELLOW. I don't remember if there was a fourth "MULATTO" box - this may have come in a later release.
BTW, our IBM sales "engineer" had just come back from Rio de Janeiro, where he had helped to install this vaunted IBM hospital system. Perhaps this is where Brazil picked up these descriptions.
Anyhow, I was gladly outa there, and let several COBOL hacks, um.. programmers (not hackers!) take over its implementation, replete with an older version of CICS.
Finally, by the 21st century, I had thankfully retired, as the suits with their "Master of Hospital Administration" and MBA degrees had increased at least tenfold, running rampant. Then the hospital became embroiled in huge financial and operating scandals, with the CEO and his wife escaping arrest by fleeing to Panama, where he eventually died. But I think it's still safe to have an operation or other medical procedure performed in this hospital - the medical staff appears to be competent enough....
I don't care. I use whatever system / machine does the job.
Exactly. And 30 years ago Apple (and its weenie fanbois) COULD NOT do the job. I was there. I saw them. All they could do is whine "But my APPLE is sooo much better than this cheap DOS machine!"
"OK, shithead. Do the job!" they were told by a boss who would not even use a Windows mouse! (it was too effete)
And they failed. Then they were tossed out. Their expensive company Apples were then raffled off to us.
Yet strangely, nothing has changed! The incessant yammering nerdyboys here no doubt still mutter "BILL GATES? HE'S THE ANTICHRIST!" (yawn...) Well.. at least they no longer shout it.
Hey- I'm STILL waiting for Linux to take over the business office. Gee! Is it 2016 yet?
Mind you, I'm still waiting for my 2008 Hydrogen-powered BMW that I ordered in 2006...
People actually still buy Apples? I mean beside the El-Rag faithful and their weenie acolytes?
What do they actually DO with their Apples? I mean the overpriced iPads, iPhones and iCraps..
Just read https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/technology/huawei-europe-china.html
In particular, read the reply from "Godfree" in California.
Anyhow, I've used Huawei phones for 5+ years. A pox on your Apples.
And DON'T be afraid of the Yellow Peril spying on you! Nor are the Huawei phones filled with opium to hook you.
Oh wait! I'm mixed up. This is what the British did to the Chinese a hundred years ago!
Great! As a Canadian living next door to the US, I have to remember this one.
Besides the US, does any other "developed" country in the world still use Faren,... uh, Freedum degrees?
The local US radio stations drive me nuts with their antiquated weather reports.
hmmm... So one KM is now approx .625 Freedomiles.
And it takes 2.54 cm to make a Freeduminch. Yeah, that's about right
How many stone does a Brit weigh? ??? Oh! A Stone = 14 FreedumLb
Uhh.. I mean ONE Brexitstone of course!
> ...as China can't go beyond Moon, it's still fifty years behind.
Really? India has sent probes to Mars. And Japan has gone to asteroids. I am sure China could easily land on Mars, but they seem fascinated by Selene.
While Elon Musk et al mutter about Mars, the Chinese are pragmatic. They know what is quickly attainable.
Too bad the USA petulantly kept them off the ISS. So? They understandably said "Fuck YOU, USA! We will build our own space station!"
Expect the next Moonwalker to be Chinese. And the next, i.e. the FIRST permanently-manned moonbase to be (mostly) Chinese.
The following was from 2013, when all the silly elRag Winbashers (you know who you are) were saying they would NEVER give up their WinXP / Win7 systems, and the desktop world would be all using Linux by 2017 or so....
Ah... Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
Re: I'll update
I've upgraded a desktop and a laptop to Win-8. One of them has already been upgraded again to 8.1 - I realize I'll have to re-install when the "real" 8.1 comes out, but that's OK. Unlike you, I went the $39 route each.
I've a 3rd PC that may be upgraded if MS does a another bargain-basement offer like this when the final 8.1 comes out.
I wonder what all these tedious eight-bashers here are gonna do 2 or 3 years from now, when their old XP and Linux systems become unfashionable, or perhaps a boss starts asking questions as to why his IT dept. is so out-of-date....
It would be amusing to keep some of these comments here and repost them publicly a few years from now.
Alas, most of these folks are anonymous cowards.
Hey, maybe you guys could give me a few more downvotes this time? I love collecting them here.
"... glories of 10 and it's increasing size and poor condition I am seriously exploring alternatives to see if we can migrate to a more modern operating system."
Sure, Dude. I bet you've been saying that for years.
Yes... I too predict that the desktop world will finally dump this horrible Microsoft product and migrate to Linux by 2017!
And Microsoft wonder why people are not upgrading to Windows 10
Hello... people are not upgrading? lol.
Just about everyone I know (and a lot of them are non-savvy folks (except for their thumby li'lAndroid chocolate bars) seem to upgrade their laptops (and the occasional BIG MONITORS desktop) every 2 years or so.
And when asked if they want to replace the installedWindows-10 with Win-7 (or perhaps el-Reg's favourite Win-XP), do they still moan
"OH YES! YES! I WANT WINDOWS-7!"
The few that made this mistake a coupla years ago have since realized their shortcomings and have actually asked later if they could re-U/G back to Win-10. LOL. Not sure what replies were.
Geezzz... Who are you old troglodytes here anyhow? WTF rock are you hiding under?
Just ABOUT EVERYBODY I KNOW who buys a new laptop or perhaps desktop (I need that big 27" monitor!") accept windows-10 and, AND! have now grown used to it. Understand yet?
And some like me, have indeed installed a Linux variant (usually Ubuntu 18.04LTS) on their old PCs that they refuse to junk. Sigh... sooner or later that HD will have a headcrash...
Migod. Is El-Reg the last refuge for old dying Mac users?
OK- I'm in Canada. Perhaps the nerds in Old Blighty still masturbate to pictures of Steve Jobs....
Fly through Beijing or HongKong much? Are you Canadian? Don't be surprised if you are "detained" at the Chinese airport while in transit.
Anytime. I know lots of people that pass thru Beijing airport on their way to somewhere else.. Let's see what happens.
Are you asleep?
This is just ONE instance. Going to HongKong? Or just passing thru? Like that Huawei lady did in Vancouver?
Just how far have these brave spacey nautical fellows ventured from the Earth's atmosphere?
Any American been to the ASTEROID belt yet? And how far into the "cosmos" have those Russkies travelled ?
OK- A dozen+ Americans have been as far as the Moon. Sorry guys- you're still under control of Earth's gravity.
But is this really waaaaay out there?
When these things "burn up" will our atmosphere slowly be polluted with Cesium, Cobalt, Xylunkium and Transmogrium, And whatever the shit else is in their chips and circuits?
What next- a bunch of low-flying birds that are powered by plutonium?
But what I REALLY wanna know is- will my present rural geosat internet connection with its 800ms ping and 5 Mbs DL speed be improved? At a lower price?
Well, I have Alcohol and FOUR cats!
After reading the usual and predictable nasty anti-MS comments here just now, I changed my insider Preview status from Slow to Fast, just to see what all this kerfuffle was about!
Oh-oh! Another 4 GB 2-hour download has just been initiated! This is the fastest that the Insider Preview system upgrade service has ever responded! And it's Friday PM, my trolling hours!
I've been using Build17763 for a week or two now. ( as well as 2 or 3 flavours of Linux)
OMG. Now I have to read all the El-Rag comments here?
From the usual gang of weenie suspects (yes I know who you are) that said:
- " I WILL NEVER GIVE UP MY XP FOR SOME WEE LUCKY CHARMS!"
- "Hey! Yes, Vista was BAD! But M$ has improved it!"
- "Windows 7 is the best EVER! Who would upgrade it to some shitty M$ Windows-10?"
- "You will HAVE TO PRY MY WIN-XP OUT OF MY COLD DEAD MOUSE!"
- "FUCK YOU, M$ ! I AM SWITCHING TO LINUX! And by 2017, we will all be running LINUX on our desktops!"
And so it goes..(sigh) why is this even a news item on El Rag?
OH! You have actually read this far? OK- Look below. There is a downvote button to click on.(but you already knew that) Hey, just making it easier for you tired old unimaginative bozos. I expect AT LEAST 100 downvotes by Nov 15! So I can impress my girlfriend with what I comment on....
Hey it's simple, you dopey limeys! Need some extra cash to pay for the new subs? Brexit got you down?
Easy financing is available!
Just sell four more of your old subs to Canada! Like you did before. We are suckers for these deals. You think Theresa is dim-witted? Hah!
But Canada, with our Liberal gov't, may balk when we hear that these things are nuclear-powered.
NUCLEAR?? EEK! That stuff is EVIL!
So? Just retrofit the old leaky subs with oil-burning diesel engines, and to hell with the pollution! And hope they don't catch fire or sink halfway across the Atlantic, like one of the previous ones did.
We ARE CANADIAN! Hewers of wood and drawers of (sometimes salt) water!
When this topic ever arises, all I can usually say is that some of my ancestors might have been "masters" but I have no doubt that the great majority were slaves.
And of course, many were thieves and cutthroats. Note abobe that my surname is "King". How did I get this? Ever heard of the "Droit du Seigneur"?
Soon, the niggardly language arbitrators of the USA will decree that, just like the Enword, the words "slave" and "master" must be stricken from THE dictionary. (I believe the only one they follow is the Webster.)
These nasty words will be replaced by "S-word" and "M-word" respectively, so that no culturally-sensitive person of colour (Kipling referred to them as the "Lesser breeds") will have a heart attack, or worse, draw out that shiv hidden under his trouser ankle, and slash some "white" man's throat. All good liberals know that every young Enward carries such a shiv, right?
Soon the USA will run out of alphabet letters to describe offending words.
The question is- which will come first? This, or MS-Windows running out of letters to describe the partitions on a hard or network drive?
Why cannot we get our newspapers (yes, the paper ones) printed in these colours?
An ALL-BLACK newspaper, with white or faint grey lettering on it. It would look just like my old VT220 monitor of 1992! Perhaps GREEN text on the page would be even more agreeable to today's generation.
This would be a boon to the failing newsprint companies! Not to mention the ink companies.
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