Re: Wheeled office chairs
I think the name changed because something happened in the past which made the Germans unpopular in the UK.
About the same time as the royal family changed their name from "Saxe-Coburg and Gotha" to "Windsor".
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my first 32K of RAM set me back around US$2,000 in 1978
When I started using computers in the early 70s core memory was approximately 1 currency unit(¹) per memory unit(²). In 1979 we were flabbergasted by the drop in price when we bought 16 kwords (16 bit words) of semiconductor memory for a PDP-11 for a mere £2000.(³)
(¹) Dollars or pounds. Pounds were worth more in those days, but the dollar/pound ripoff was even bigger than today.
(²) Bytes or words. 24 bit words for ICL 1900s.
(³) I also remember paying £2k for a 1GB 12" Winchester drive circa 1986/7.
We'll accept that you say Aloominum because that's what it was originally called
As ever, things are even more complicated than that. From the webelements site:
In 1761 de Morveau proposed the name "alumine" for the base in alum. In 1807, Davy proposed the name alumium for the metal, undiscovered at that time, and later agreed to change it to aluminum. Shortly thereafter, the name aluminium was adopted by IUPAC to conform with the "ium" ending of most elements. Aluminium is the IUPAC spelling and therefore the international standard. Aluminium was also the accepted spelling in the U.S.A. until 1925, at which time the American Chemical Society decided to revert back to aluminum, and to this day Americans still refer to aluminium as "aluminum".
Someone else can explain why our transatlantic cousins dithered in 1925.
It usually works on Mormons too.
My in-laws from my first marriage lived on a rather interesting(¹) housing estate which was about 45% Jewish and 45% Mormon(²). If the doorbell went when they weren't expecting anyone it was a 50/50 chance whether it would be a little old lady asking if they would knit socks for the Israeli army(³) or a pair of clean cut young american chaps in smart suits asking if they'd heard the word of Jesus. My FiL found the quickest way to get rid of the latter was to say he was a communist(⁴) - this made them back off like he'd just asked them to help sacrifice a baby to Satan.
(¹) i.e peculiar.
(²) There was an LDS church/temple/whatever by the estate entrance.
(³) I'm not joking.
(⁴) He was actually chairman of the local Labour Party, back in the days of Harold Wilson.
It's already happened, starting long ago. Here's a very old story about Texans objecting to a Beastie T-shirt (in 4.3 BSD days), and here's one of the many threads on the FreeBSD forums.
Generally it's evangelical Christians, not SJWs, who have problems with Beastie.
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This is proof, if any more is needed, that Google is a monopolist and needs to be broken up. Being able to hike your fees because your company's tax is increased (rather than an indutsry-wide levy) is good evidence that you are a monopolist.
No. Any company can hike their fees any time they like, by any amount they like, for any reason or none. It's when a company hikes its fees and doesn't lose business that one starts thinking monopoly. Take a look at Google's next few quarter's advertising revenue in the UK (if they publish details) to see what happens.
It's Oracle lawyers that must approve that. Yep, same lawyers who are about to extract billions of dollars from Google
Google has billions of dollars to extract. Open source projects like FreeBSD don't, so any attack on them would only bring (more) ordure down on Oracle's head.
It could, if the design is formally verified.
Unless you control the silicon foundries you have no idea whether the actual hardware is built to the proven design. Hardware back doors can be very small and spotting a handful of extra transistors and wires in a multi-billion chip design is difficult.
Early on in the life of our first startup (~30 years ago), tendering for a 7-8 digit contract from a UK utility, we made the short list of two. The other contender was IBM. There was a meeting to decide who got the contract, both IBM and us to provide up to three people to answer the client's questions about our tenders. The three IBMers were there in expensive suits. One of our number, the domain specialist, was also in a suit because he'd been an IBMer until we hired him. Our sole marketing man was in chinos and sports jacket. I as main techie wore DMs, black jeans, black T-shirt and a motorbike jacket. It soon became obvious that the IBMers were all marketing types with no real technical knowledge, and they were somewhat undermined by our ex-IBMer knowing that the software they were pushing was vaporware. We answered all the clients questions from domain specific stuff right down to what hardware and networking we'd install.
We got the contract. We continued to beat IBM afterwards and first they asked us to port our software to AIX(*), gave us machines for free, and ultimately when their project got canned, they started selling our product into their contracts.
(*) Doing the port I also had direct access to their compiler team, because our code gave the C compiler a more vigorous workout than it had got up to that point. Getting compiler bug fixes in less than an hour was the best service I've ever had from a vendor.
I had VAXstations & X-terminals on my desk in the 80's.
I had a Sun workstation and a Symbolics Lisp Machine on my desk in the mid/late 80s. I also briefly had an HP Smalltalk-80 machine(*), but it was a prototype and failed almost immediately. They took it back promising to return it in a few days, but then HP management changed their mind and "it never happened, I must have been dreaming it". Shame, because I probably could have taken it home otherwise.
(*) Based on a NatSemi 32032, which was unusual.
I would, FSVO "robust". I've got a friend in the Cabinet Office who says their mail system is so secure it's been next to impossible to use during WFH. As a civil servant he's forbidden from forwarding anything to his personal mail account, but the politicians do so for convenience, hence Liam Fox's little mishap.
I wonder if he used TalkTalk for his personal mail?
See, that's a training issue, and the person handing over the laptop and dock should have taken a couple minutes to explain how to dock and undock the kit.
I believe the conversation went along the lines of "Have you used a laptop dock before?", "Yes, of course I have, just leave it there."
One hopes it was taken out of his check, or his department's budget.
The latter. His punishment was much mockery from the software devs.
HeThey used... sarcasm. HeThey knew all the tricks, dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes and... satire. HeThey waswere vicious.
when we lend out 3 to 400 pounds worth of kit
Cheap kit. At one company we had a line manager who was given a shiny new workstation grade laptop worth about £2.5k, plus a docking station for it. He destroyed both within 20 minutes.
"Nobody said you had to unlatch it from the dock, so I thought it was a bit stiff because it was new, and levered it out with a screwdriver."
Of course it will be packed with the super-rich.
The super-rich are the top 0.1% or maybe 0.01% of the wealth statistics. These days ~14% of UK households are worth more than £1 million, so could afford a VG ticket if they wished to(*). 14% isn't super anything, even if they're richer than the average.
The super-rich buy a ticket on Soyuz or set up their own space program, they don't fly Virgin.
(*) Before anyone states the bleeding obvious, yes it might involve remortgaging or selling their house. Obviously every choice has an opportunity cost, which is why most of us wouldn't take a suborbital flight even if Branson wasn't involved.
I know a couple who are signed up (AFAIK they're the only married couple with both going, they certainly were a few years back when the Observer interviewed them). They're well off, they're Cambridge techies, but definitely not super rich(*). It's just that the husband has wanted to go into space since he was young and when he asked his wife she said "well, why not?"
(*) Not even a second home, never mind a yacht.
However, I often wonder if engineering mindsets could also reshape other areas, where rationality and the will and capability to make things work (instead of the opposite) often appears to be in short supply.
Politics comes to mind, national and international, where engineers are strongls underrepresented.
The problem is that politics involves people, and they are generally not too happy if you try to force on them an upload sequence that makes them operate in a different fashion. Hardware is a lot more biddable than meatware.
I once worked for a firm where the owner had a thing about equipment being left on and "wasting money".
I've found security guards particularly bad for this. When I worked for the MoD all our labs and offices had emergency power off buttons outside by the door and the night patrols would wander along hitting them, sometimes even when you had an "experiment running overnight, leave power on" sign. I also know of one university that shall remain nameless where a security guard turned off power to a lab for the Christmas break. It was the lab full of freezers containing expensively obtained ice core samples.
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