Re: Just the academic staff ?
7747 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009
And the word circuit wasn't attached to hybrid. Hybrid was attached to the distinction between circuit switching and packet switching, and suggesting an intermediate situation where circuits where switched to convey traffic from one routing point to the next routing point rather than being established end-to-end, used, then torn-down. One might say that packet switching does similar, but the ROUTE is not laid down or pre-defined in packet switching, whereas with railway switching it is.
The signalling might be thought of as that... but it's the railway itself I was referring to, with the information about the train being considered as an analogy to header information and the train as the payload. There's an element of the whole route of the train being known in advance, akin to circuit switching, but during the journey the route is set block by block in response to information "carried" by the train, akin to packet switching. Though the train is not broken up and arrivies at its destination in one pieces rather than needing to be reassembled... apart from the old system of slip coaching of course which sounds like a horrendous idea.
Actually it was John Saxby in 1856 that was granted the first patent for a system of interlocking railway signalling to ensure the correct sequence of operation and prevention of conflicting route setting. Although as early as 1843 a system of mechanical points interlocking was operating at Bricklayers Arms Junction in England. I suppose one could view such mechanical computers as the first programmable railway infrastructure. There was also a complex system of electrical communication between signal boxes and even between stations by way of coded bells, and all train movements and communications used to be logged in massive ledgers in the signal boxes. It's a fascinating insight into process... there were special bells for direction, line, the class of train (goods, passenger express, special service etc.), destination... and it was all signalled downstream ahead of the arrival of the train itself, like a virtual representation of the train travelling ahead of and parallel to it. A Victorian version of a hybrid circuit/packet switched network.
It got on the naughty list because of a made up etymology and an association with KKK lynchings.
The generally accepted etymology, though, isn't anything to do with the patois word for young black children, but that it comes from the French for pique and nique literally translated as take a little, referring to a sort of "bring a small dish" communal meal, often eaten outside at a location where the attendees all meet up together like a park or a beach.
Oddly that's exactly what our newest staff member was asking when she was confronted by the legacy of her predecessor who almost got how the Microsoft filing landscape and permissions worked. Anyway the data she wanted was almost inevitably somewhere in SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, Office application storage, her computer's hard drive. Even if she sometimes didn't have permissions to see it because someone had moved a folder whilst tidying up and all the permissions had reset...
I take it you mean in an n+1 scenario if you put one mains supply into the UPS and the other into the mains then you get double loads. You're not supposed to use the load indicator to gauge the UPS capacity. It should only be done on the electrical specs. If you run both mains supplies off different UPS then you won't get exactly the same runtime from both units so eventually one or the other will flake first and you'll get double load on the other. By then though you should have shutdown your server! What I've not yet come across is how systems can deal with dual UPS for remaining time shutdown.
why rolling 3d6 is used in this context (the 'd' in 3d6 actually stands for 'dice' so the headline makes little sense anyway).
Surely that must be a reference to generating character traits in the D&D game system?
A determination of success or failure in such a system would be a 1d20 roll, which is also the same roll as 'a saving throw', which is scored against the appropriate aforementioned character trait. In this case it would make more sense as a saving throw against a spell or magical attack rather than a physical one, but there is no saving throw against the Maze spell... at least not in the first round following a successful cast. In later editions, there's a roll against the victim's intelligence once per round for every subsequent round, up to 10. But in plain old AD&D, the victim was trapped for a period simply determined by their intelligence.
Am I missing something?
Actually... it DOES all sound a bit... familiar.
This was a triumph!
I'm making a note here:
It's hard to overstate
We do what we must
because we can
For the good of all of us.
Except the ones who are dead.
But there's no sense crying
over every mistake.
You just keep on trying
'til you run out of cake.
And the science gets done.
And you make a neat gun
for the people who are
I'm not even angry...
I'm being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart,
and killed me.
And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because
I was so happy for you!
Now, these points of data
make a beautiful line.
And we're out of beta.
We're releasing on time!
So I'm GLaD I got burned!
Think of all the things we learned!
for the people who are
Go ahead and leave me...
I think I'd prefer to stay inside...
Maybe you'll find someone else
to help you.
Maybe Black Mesa?
That was a joke. Ha Ha. Fat Chance!
Anyway this cake is great!
It's so delicious and moist!
Look at me: still talking
when there's science to do!
When I look out there,
it makes me glad I'm not you.
I've experiments to run.
There is research to be done.
On the people who are
And believe me I am
I'm doing science and I'm
I feel fantastic and I'm
While you're dying I'll be
And when you're dead I will be
The construction of illustrations for publication is a major use case. Adobe gives one much more control over multiple layering and colour merging, adjusting grayscale images to get a good illustration. Of course, one doesn't use Adobe products for the actual science bit, but they do come in handy... once in a blue moon, which is why I object to this paying through the nose every month, and you can't get access to the education pricing a month at a time, only in year-long blocks. There's a lot of administrative overhead in swapping Adobe identities around so you can transfer licensing to different people as they enter their writing up phase... it's honestly a massive PITA. Adobe were just money grabbing SOBs when they killed the box products and the concurrent licensing. Now if they had a more generalised network licensing key server like Autodesk it would REALLY help the scientists out. Just buy as many licenses as you need to run concurrently, using the reporting function of the on-prem or in-cloud license server, and there you have it!
I've got an annoyingly smart Hoover washer. Washed a rug the other day and it went nuts beeping and flashing a phone number and error code on the display... "Service required... phone 0800 xxxxxx... Fault code F05. Quote serial number WSLxxxxxxxx..."
It was a rug with tassels, and I noticed a lot of fluffy debris in the excess water in the drum. The pump was probably blocked by the fluff.
Why not just say "Clean button trap and drain pump chamber."? Took about half an hour to do and that was mostly draining the drum. Didn't need to call the service number at all! And why make me look up a code for a user performable maintenance task?
Actually, I got one. It electrocutes rats and mice. Apparently it knows when that has happened by measuring the HV charge bank or something, and flashes an LED and sounds a beeper to let you know there's a corpse to remove.
Since I installed it, it's never gone off once or caught a thing!
Oh, I don't know... I mean, our fridge that I inherited from the ex-wife is totally on the fritz by way of some form of broken wire that connects the door mounted display to the gubbins in the main body. Thus if the alarm goes off, it whistles like a bastard for an hour and there's no display to say why or button to shut it up. I have to couple up the right hanging door wire, re-liven the door panel controls, and kill the buzzer. Same for setting and verifying the temperature.
Now, if they had a simple API available to access all the sensors and set the various parameters, I'd have been chuffed. Don't mind writing my own little web interface for that - I've got ones for the smart speaker that only came with a phone app, and one for the doorbell that likewise only had a phone app. Now both can be accessed from a web browser as well.
There's some research that suggests the white / black & good / bad association is related to personal hygiene. The classic experiment is the Stroop test, where you use coloured words and measure reaction times. They did all sorts of tests with words, virtues and morality words and cleaning products... and found that things like Dove soap and Crest toothpaste were more desirable to people who showed the strongest bias in white/black moral/immoral word associations, whereas there was no such association with Windex and Floor cleaner. Personally, I like Dudu-osun soap if I can get it.
I've no idea how representative the subject group was for that research, by the way. Probably biased as hell.
The cowboy thing doesn't hold up to close scrutiny either, by the way. Nowt queer as folk, as they say.
Doesn't that come from master / slave circuit terminology? It's a device or circuit directly controlled by another. Other terms like primary / secondary have been used for other descriptions of the operation - it's a different thing. Subsidiary has the same connotation, but it's harder to say.
Really? I thought it came from cowboy movies. Good job we didn't settle on Cowboys and Indians...
Mind you, if we referenced 1960s adventure serials from the UK instead of Hollywood, the good guys would be driving English marques like a Lotus Elise or a Bentley, the bad guys always seemed to roam the streets of London in Citroens, BMWs etc.
One wonders if long-term use causes enough heating to stress the comb and shift the frequency spreading. Although I guess with that kind of device it has to have rock solid thermal management - i.e. a massive heatsink, like a lump of silver, and a Peltier to bleed off the excess heat in a controlled way.
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