* Posts by EatsRootsAndLeaves

14 posts • joined 2 Sep 2009

Mortal wombat: 4 generations of women fight for their lives against murderous marsupial


Another wombat reference from the Fortune program

the wombat lives across the seas

among the far antipodes

he may exist on nuts and berries

or then again on missionaries

the wombat's distant habitat precludes

conclusive knowledge of his moods

but I would not engage the wombat

in any form of mortal combat

- From the Unix 'fortune' program

Publishers sue to shut down books-for-all Internet Archive for 'willful digital piracy on an industrial scale'


Re: Unusually

If you're thinking of Public Lending Right (PLR) or Lending Right Schemes (ELR/PLR) then this does not exist in the United States.

It does exist in the UK, much of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and a few others.

So the IA has zero responsibility once they've purchased an initial copy (and therefore the royalty portion of that cost) to pay anyone anything for any lending in the USA. Whether the IA tracks and pays these fees for loans to UK or other residents, no idea. To my knowledge, these schemes generally only apply to public libraries and in some cases (e.g., Oz) educational libraries and institutions so the IA even being included would be a base question.

Most of these schemes only pay if an author (and publisher and other eligible folks) live in the country in question, e.g., Australian authors, publishers, etc. (https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/lending-rights).

From attacked engineers to a crypto-loving preacher with a questionable CV: Yep, it's still very much 5G silly season


Re: Fall of empires (and civilization too?)

"(ECs are not legally obliged to take the ballots into account)"

Based on constitutional strictures, true. But many states, for example, Washington, have state laws that require the electors to give their votes to the winner of the majority of popular votes cast in that state.

But, after 2016 multiple lawsuits were brought against these various 'faithless elector' laws and at least one is going to the US Supreme Court. If the court strikes down these laws then yes, it would truly be that the American people do not vote for President. They vote for slates of electors that the vast majority of the population has zero clue who they are, what they do or even why they exist. These electors would have zero constraint on them as to how they vote.

Another level of problem is that these electors have traditionally been low-level state party workers and other random folks. No specific laws regarding acting in the public benefit, don't take bribes, etc., apply to them, usually named to recognise their volunteer efforts or perhaps notable people in the community. In the 20th Century they simply became little more than a bookkeeping artifact but without these laws and with the full corruption of the orange terror to bring to bear the US may as well not bother anymore with voting 'for president.'

It's Black Hat and DEF CON in Vegas this week. And yup, you know what that means. Hotel room searches for guns


Motel 6

But who wants to stay at a Motel 6?

Hey! Back in the 1980s my soccer team stayed at (probably that off strip) Motel 6 every year!

When you play the game of Big Spendy Thrones, nobody wins – your crap chair just goes missing


Re: "disk drives the size of top-loading washing machines"

Pah. You don't know fun until you get told (the halcyon days of 1982) by the Ops guys that one of those washing machines has crashed. Ok, sigh. I enter the machine room and walk to the indicated disk drive. Yes, all indications it has joined the choir invisible.

I popped open the lid. The disk manufacturers I don't recall (the mainframe clone was an SEL, Systems Electronics Laboratories steam-powered behemoth) but they had a fan when the lid was opened blew filtered air up and out to discourage dust from falling in while you switched disk packs in and out.

In this case I was struck in the face and chest by tiny bits of paper and bits of now free-floating oxide disk coating.

One of the morning operators had put in the "daytime" systems disk but there was a piece of paper stuck to the bottom of it. He'd not noticed, closed the lid, spun it up, disk heads emerged, and made contact with the paper. Not only was the paper shredded but the heads and paper hit the disk drives and freed oxide.

Much fun was had when I had to rebuild the system disk from base tapes and install all updates (backups were, um, corrupted).

Also fun when I had to call it in for service.

"What? Did you say paper?" Even with his hand apparently over the mouthpiece the torrents of laughter as he relayed this to the rest of the office were clear.

Bulb smart meters in England wake up from comas miraculously speaking fluent Welsh


Tough, sinewy men

How is it no one has posted this as yet?

Blackadder: Have you ever been to Wales, Baldrick?

Baldrick: No - but I've often thought I'd like to.

Blackadder: Well, don't. It's a ghastly place. Huge gangs of tough, sinewy men roam the valleys, terrifying people with their close-harmony singing. You need half a pint of phlegm in your throat just to pronounce the place names! Never ask for directions in Wales, Baldrick; you'll be washing spit out of your hair for a fortnight.

- Blackadder the Third

Apparently the rumours of a fifth season are just that, rumours.

In the US? Using Medicaid? There's a good chance DXC is about to boot your data into the AWS cloud


Re: The countdown to disaster has started

Not even that. As it's Medicaid the victims whose data will be released are poor people. While they won't deserve it they won't have the wherewithal to complain and no one will likely champion their cause.

DeepNude deep-nuked: AI photo app stripped clothes from women to render them naked. Now, it's stripped from web


Re: Time passes...

Another person who fails to understand 'consent.'

Plenty of adult people willingly post nudes of themselves on the internet. That isn't the problem.

But the people being targeted by this app have not likely consented to their nudes being publicly posted.

Is that so hard to understand? Apparently.

Open Compute Project testing is a 'complete and total joke'

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SILENCE of the OWLS may mean real-life 'Whisper Mode' for Black Helicopters


Silent plunging

It's not exactly silent during the plunge. There is all of that screaming going on...

Think enterprise software is complex? Check out the licences


Oracle Licensing and Hard Partitiong

"Only servers virtualised with Xen-based OracleVM can get the discount of "hard" partitioning. According to Oracle, every other hypervisor - including other Xen-based hypervisors - can deliver only "soft" partitioning."

Oracle recognises numerous hypervisors that offer hard partitioning, IBM's PowerVM as one of them. Your article equates "x86 hypervisors" = "all possible ways to virtualise systems".

Stare into the abyss at http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/pricing/partitioning-070609.pdf

Habitable HEAVY GRAVITY WORLD found just 42 light-years away


What? No 'Mission of Gravity' reference?

Pshaw. The children today.

Oracle, Cisco crow new database flash dash record


3rd lowest? Try sixth...

How do you get third lowest? Right on the TPC-C site there are five Price/tpmC results ahead of this one. You had also better be satisfied with web support since that's all you get.

Oracle to talk Sun hardware on October 14


But it's a useless benchmark

Or so Sun have been saying since, oh, 2001 or so. They've been relentless in publicly saying this. I'll note that they aren't the only ones who say this but they've not been shy.


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