In addition to the 2700 Liberty ships….
of 10,000 tons, and up to 11 knots, the US also produced, starting in 1943, ~ 540 Victory ships of 15,000 tons, up to 15 knots.
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"It is a sad indictment of Britain's socialising habits if struggling with a hangover in the sullen company of similarly afflicted friends is more fun than the evening that got you there."
Or is getting absolutely pissed by binge drinking next to other people but able to have no meaningful interaction with them when you're paralytic perhaps just a tad inferior to healthier food and drink the next "morning," under a broad definition of morning?
I worked for many years in a largish organization that allowed us a small data center. So small that its kludgey HVAC system was totally inadequate for the amount of gear (mainly RAID racks, but a number of servers, too) stuffed into the place. After years of complaint, the Borg refused to respond by adding cooling capacity..
The most spectacular failure, which we had foreseen, was when one of the frequent electrical storms we have in the summers hereabouts took out not only the HVAC, but also turned the electronics for the keycard on the (totally inappropriate) ordinary wooden core door to the data center. Such things are meant to fail open, but instead (of course), it failed locked. Wouldn't have been a long term problem but for three other foreseeable failures: the HVAC unit in the data center needed to be restarted manually (of course), and the Borg had refused my repeated requests for a manual (key) lock override for the keycard system. So with temperatures outside in the vicinity of 35 C, and all the machines inside the data center up and running — and no way to turn them off remotely because the network switch had failed off as well, we were faced with how to get through the damn door and start powering things off.
Life got more interesting when the electricians showed up, popped a dropped ceiling panel outside our door, and found — nothing. The keycard lock electronics were... elsewhere, but nobody knew where, as no one had an accurate set of drawings (fourth unexpected failure?). So owe called in the carpenters to cut through the door. "Are you sure you want us to cute the part of the door with the lock away from the rest of the door? Then you won't be able to lock the door." Feeling a little like Group Captain Mandrake speaking to Col. Bat Guano in Dr. Strangelove, I omitted the expletives I felt like using and simply replied, "Please do it, and do it now, before everything in there becomes a pile of molten slag." They did, we got in, powered off everything but the minimal set of mission-critical hardware, and tried to restart the in-room HVAC unit. No joy, as it had destroyed a belt in failing (not an unexpected maneuver, as it had happened a few times before in "normal" operation). Took the Borg a few days to find and install a replacement.
Meanwhile, the head-scratching electricians had been wandering up and down our hallway, popping ceiling panels to look for the missing keycard PCB. One of them got the bright idea of checking the panel outside the dual, glass doors to a keycarded office area 10 meters or so down the hall. Sure enough, there were two keycard PCBs up there: one for the glass doors, and one for our door. No one could figure out why it had been installed that way.
And a few days later, the carpentry shop had a new door for us.
But wait — it gets better (worse, really). The Borg decided we'd been right all along (scant comfort at that point) and decided to increase our cooling capacity.... by adding a duct to an overspeced blower for a conference room at the far and of the hallway. That's right, now we had two, single points of HVAC failure. But the unexpected failure came when, despite the wrapping of our racks in plastic as they pulled, cut, reconfigured, &c, ceiling panels and installed intake and outflow hardware, as well as the new ducting, we got a snowstorm of fiberglass all over our racks (fortunately powered down over the work period). We cleaned up as best we could, but after a week or two, our NetApp RAID controllers tarted failing, at unpredictable intervals (iirc we had eight of the monsters at the time). It turned out the fibers were getting sucked into the power supply fans, and then — bzerrrt — the power supplies would short out. Being NetApp gear, they were all redundant and hot swappable.... until we, and NetApp ran out of power supplies for such ancient gear. We managed to find previously owned units on eBay (which required an act of Whoever to relax the normal rule against sourcing from them) to complete our preventive swapout of all the remaining, operational power supplies we knew were going to fail.
So many, unexpected failure modes.
I worked for 39 years at an extremely high tech place just outside a national capital, and a good fraction of the sys and net admins for shorts, flip-flops and Hawai'ian shirts for at least six months of the year.But then again, we were valued for our tech performance, not for massaging the bosses' egos.
At the place I used to work before becoming a (in US sense) bum (that is, retired), the IT folks used to advise us, when filling out the "answers" to those silly "security questions," to use the same word that made no sense in the context: "Birthplace?" "Green." "First sweetheart?" "Green." (Well of course I was.) "Street you lived on as a kid?" "Green." And so on.
If nothing else, when the "We didn't secure your PII, now you're responsible for everything" letters appeared, it made for an easy system of what nonsense word not to use the next time around.
Sounds like one of those sentences in Chomsky's original textbook that's an example of something that's grammatically correct but syntactically (and logically) impossible. When did Google ever keep anything to themselves, except by combining it with cross-site trackers and other, third-party sources of information, in order to sell some version of the data on to third-party advertisers?
....while drowning in their crocodile tears.
Theres a certain illogic to the likes of Spotify complaining that Apple is using some nefarious monopoly power against them when Spotify is raking in the cash from people who use apple hardware. Forgive me if I see greed all around.
Wondering if the author has been covering Apple for very long. They monetize everything; the pencil (erm, Pencil) is an option (and a US$129/£119 one at that), not in the box with the fondleslab. (Disclaimer: Happy vibrating, light-up, Internet fondleslab user, sans pencil, erm, Pencil.)
.... what in the world makes you believe that "Pro" Apple Silicon machines will use the M1, demonstrably (1) the SOC for the first production Apple Silicon machines, and (2) limited in RAM? Here's a prediction on which I would happily bet a pint with any El Reg writer: when 16-inch MacBook Pros and 27 (or larger)-inch iMacs with Apple Silicon are released, it will be with something beefier than the M1.
I carried my first-generation PowerBook along with me on a visit to my sister & family's place in Edinburgh. I got to sleep in a spare room across from the kitchen that had two outlets. Because it was used as a spare dining room, I had to stretch the charging cable around a table leg, with the machine sitting on a chair. The next morning, in full jet lag and mind fog, I tried walking past where the cable was, dragged the PowerBook off the chair, and watched it fly halfway across the room, where it landed with a bang on the hardwood floor. The machine itself was unfazed, but one of the two, small, polycarbonate, flip-down legs had broken off and couldn't be returned to service because some of the internal, metal fitting had gotten broken in the fall. I don't know if it was my winning way on the phone, or that Apple knew me as a customer from a rather large organization that had its own military and naval forces, a national park system, and a sizable bureaucracy to who them wanted to sell Macs (Macs being pretty much all they sold in those days). Imm any case, they overnighted me a replacement leg ,no questions asked.
So yes, I thought the MagSafe was A Good Idea™.
That said, USB cables come undone with about the same amount of force as an old MagSafe connector, so frankly, I have to wonder if Apple isn't trying to unify all of its charging apparatuses, and planning to wedge a circular MagSafe charging apparatus in its larger (M2?) MacBook Pros. Then no one will ever have to wonder if they've got the proper USB-C cable for charging. They'll have to buy a US$39 charger cable instead.
Apple likes everyone to buy everything from them and live in their walled garden — or so I learn from reading El Reg.
If that's so, an SD card reader is pointless. iPhones and iPads come with as much memory as you buy them with, period. Photos can be transferred over a cable (which may or may not include USB-A, USB-C, and/or Lightning Connectors). Or wirelessly. Or maybe uploaded to iCloud.
An SD card reader might be useful if the user took pictures with a digital camera other than an iPhone. But that's a Pro-ish sort of thing, right? Oh boy, does Apple have a Pro machine or two they'd like to sell you. One of them even has an SDXC card reader. Come to think of it, so does a plain, old iMac.
I've pretty much been in solitary since last March, if you consider a fibre optic Internet connection "solitary." I'm not much crazier than I was before.
Actual solitary, without access to books, news media, communication with others is inhumane. Then again, for some incarcerated persons, it might be a lot safer than integration with the general prison population.
"Fictional bad guys, can't, for example, use iPhones and MacBooks. During the run of espionage thriller 24, it became immediately apparent who was the antagonist, based on their computer of choice. If they used Windows, they were suspect."
And how is that different from what used to be (before this year) so cavalierly referred to as "real life?"
.... complaining about Apple being good at what they do.
Why should Apple, or anyone else, be everything for every commuting need? Attempting that sort of thing almost always produces the lowest common denominator. Should you be criticizing Microsoft for never producing their own silicon to change the world, or Intel for failing twice in a row to get smaller chip processes to work reliably?
Bit of a double standard, much?
No, it's all right, you're just permanently shirty about Apple given a lot of people what they want, rather than what _you_ want. Got it.
Care to guess what percentage of Mac users use even one piece of open-source, user-installed software on their Macs? Or perhaps I should say, what fraction of one per cent?
As you clutch your pearls and cry, "Think of the devs!" please remember that Apple provides several good ways of developing apps without third party libraries or code.
His so-called "smart" TV is making recommendation, purportedly based on his viewing preferences.... or just trying it on for size.
This is only one of the several reasons, when I purchased a new TV a couple of years ago, I did not allow the onboard Google software to connect to anything. I use it as a dumb monitor with a perfectly good Apple TV 4K that never suggests anything, thank you very much.
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