A similar story involving core store
A previous post of mine:
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A previous post of mine:
Me again, after posting yesterday about 1st Word+ on the Archimedes.
ARX was a highly buzzword-compliant project from the Acorn Research Center (ARC) in Palo Alto – neighbor to the famed Xerox PARC, where the graphical user interface as we know it today was pioneered. The design was ambitiously Unix-like.
UNIX did come to the Archimedes
On the 8th March, 1988, still working for GST in Cambridge, I worked on a "UNIX Kernel Validation Suite" to test the port of BSD 4.2 (and shortly afterwards, 4.3) to the Archimedes
Some history here: Chris's Acorns: RISC iX
It exercised all the (2) system calls with expected arguments to check correct functionality and invalid arguments to check error returns.
I've got lots of scribbles in my daybook on the design and implementation, paper is definitely more persistent that bits on Winchesters. I wonder whether a historian might be interested in some of my jottings?
From my daybook: Wed 24-Jun-1987
4 hours Monotype
3.5 hours Acorn
RISC Machine 1st Word+
[Porting from the Atari ST / DR GEM]
A few snippets:
'Only 1 "short slower than int message'
'sscanf corrupts its 1st arg"
'Bug in the linker: cannot create non-contiguous files'
This means that the ICO could hold individual directors to account where the company fails to pay the fine or is placed into liquidation; and where the individual is no longer in a senior position, for example through resignation.
This sounds very similar to the "Samsung Blu-Ray bootloop issue" last year
"Upon reboot, the player parsed the XML file again from its flash storage, crashed and rebooted again"
"The problem with the XML file, sent out on June 18, 2020, is that it wasn't formatted in a way compatible with the device's code"
VMS (since 1977) has stored time as 100ns clock ticks since 17 November 1858 (the start of the Reduced Julian Day (an astronomical timescale, the "reduced" variant was introduced by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in 1957 to record the orbit of Sputnik). It will run out of bits in the year 31,086.
I only contacted the FCO because the bank said to do so, and I didn't want to run out of "statute of limitations" time if the ICO didn't help.
So I contacted the ICO at the same time, via their web page. I attached several PDFs and PNGs of snail-mail letters, but they kept saying that "I never supplied supporting information". I finally attached them to an e-mail, but I haven't had any confirmation that they received them, despite a follow-up e-mail asking them to do so. I suppose I'll have to chase them, too, to find out why their workflow is broken.
The Financial Ombudsman clearly had a problem with their workflow, I sincerely hope that the new system solves it.
A few weeks ago I contacted them through their web form with an issue I had with a bank seeming to have leaked the unique e-mail address I had given them. I received an automated reply to the different, unique address I had used for the FO. A few days later I saw a rejected connection in my mail log: a1 "1" had been mis-transcribed as an "l" in the address! Why on earth did they have a system that required an e-mail address to be re-typed? How many times previously has this caused an e-mail to either not be delivered or to be delivered to the wrong person?
In: EHLO mailgate2.financial-ombudsman.org.uk
In: MAIL FROM:<firstname.lastname@example.org> SIZE=25646
In: RCPT TO:<.l.@wylie.me.uk>
Out: 550 5.1.1 <.l..@wylie.me.uk>: Recipient address rejected: User unknown in local recipient table
"CDC", when I was in uni, stood for Control Data Corporation
From the Jargon File:
In 1989, a random of the journalistic persuasion asked hacker Paul Boutin "What do you think will be the biggest problem in computing in the 90s?" Paul's straight-faced response: "There are only 17,000 three-letter acronyms"
First I knew was an e-mail:
"Subject: Critical security alert"
"Someone just used your password to try to sign in to your account. Google blocked them, but you should check what happened."
Why can't Google show the IP address that the attempt came from? It would have saved me a lot of worry.
Then I checked my logs: lots of these messages starting at 08:31 GMT, triggered by fetchmail
System error during SSL_connect(): Connection reset by peer
pop.gmail.com: SSL connection failed.
Connection errors for this poll:#012name 0: connection to pop.gmail.com:pop3s [2a00:1450:400c:c0b::6c/995] failed: Connection refused
A couple of Geek's Guides, covering the sites where Blue Streak rocket motors were tested.
sadly FourKingMaps doesn't yet have a linking function so you'll have to visit it by copy and pasting.
The Yorkshire Dales have seen a huge increase in visitors since lockdown. Many areas (and not just the tops, but roads down valleys) have no coverage at all.
Visit The Ofcom map and look at the area around Hubberholme (BD23 5JE). Even "Outdoor", "No 4G" there are huge areas of white.
Indoors some towns have areas with no coverage at all. Even text messages don't get through, making the new two factor authentication for online purchases a pain, Settle for instance (BD24 9DJ).
much the same: Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame, including my memories of red faces when the contents of the squid logs were read out at a sales meeting
It reminds me of the emergency stop button on Multi Wheel Journal Grinders that I used to work on.
(I was out in Cleveland for 10 weeks in the late 80s installing one of the three shown in the photo in the above link).
There were, IIRC, 9 large grinding wheels for finishing the journals and oil seal on a Ford V8 crankshaft. If the emergency stop was hit just as the cut started, power was removed from the motor rotating the crankshaft, the inertia in the grinding wheels would start spinning it backwards faster than it was ever meant to turn, it would pop out of its head/tailstocks, be thrown into the bed of the machine, shatter, and the pieces bounce out at high speed..
The NIST provides a calculator. On their page for a particular CVE, e.g. CVE-2017-5550 click on one of the two "CVSS" versions, then on the "Base Score" button, and you can tune your score depending on your particular circumstances, e.g. external network access, Privileges Required.
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