Re: Almost accident free
Should have been wearing a storm troopers suit...
452 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009
So I'm officially old. The university I attended in the late 70's had a Pascal Micro Engine (link ) which always intrigued me. Pascal has had an enduring influence on me, although it's I/O sub system sucked . Of that type of language I always liked Modua-2, a sort of grown up Pascal before N Wirth got obsessed with OO and Oberon.
The IT industry in general and the USA large IT corporates in particular, are ageist by design. That's not to say they don't discriminate in other ways, but the cult of youth is very strongly embedded and structures and practices are in place to support it. Having lived and worked through the change, it's not been good or pleasant. When I started it was common for technical colleagues to have been working for more than forty years at the firm (or it's predecessors). When I was last working for a USA corporate, the average tenure amongst the doers was five years. If you didn't shuffle up the greasy pole and slide over to the dark side in management, the large growing target on your back was plain for all to see. And don't get me started on the incredible shrinking number of women and the obsession with reinventing the wheel.
I'll get my coat, it will be the one with specifications, designs and testing plans in the pockets...
Beer keeps for a very long time as long as its sealed. It does age. Which in wine is considered a good thing, in beer, not so much. That's a fashion thing. The USA,ians seem to have developed an obsession about freshness with beer. Slapping born on dates as well as the more usual use by dates and other marketing gimmicks on their beverage containers. I can't help thinking this has more to do with trying to conjurer up a analog of built in obsolesces than any reasons that might improve the lot of their customers.
Anyway, I'm rambling. Mines the one with bottles of homebrew in the pockets...
can have liquid cooling without putting your computer in a bath. You have to design for it but it's not too hard. ICL's SX mainframe range were all liquid cooled even though it wasn't much talked about as it was deemed it might scare off customers given the not so good experiences with IBM's attempts at liquid cooling.
If you would like a trip down memory lane: link (pdf)
"A company exists to make money for its stakeholders. No one puts money in for National Security. Sooner or later the highest bidder gets the company."
A company exists to do stuff that an individual can't. Governments put money into companies for products and services that the country needs for it's security. And as you yourself indicated, companies do not have to be sold.
Only if you believe the mantra that companies merely exist to make money for their owners, would that make their greed the inevitable precursor to an eventual sale.
Or as another said: "Folks REALLY like Vegas."
Back when Sun was a thing, I had the misfortune of spending 10 days in Vegas, occasionally busy but mainly bored in the endless Vegas twilight. Being cooped up in 24/7 gambling central is not my idea of a good time. Perhaps not being a gambler, a fan of US beer, or any of the other 'entertainments' on offer didn't help. Each to their own I guess.
Beer, because I'm missing supporting my local pub.
The point is to reduce the rate at which the virus is spreading. Taking a trip out of one place and spreading it around another place does not help with this aim. Even if the other place might already have some infection it might not be the same strain or in the same quantities. And don't forget the in between places such as garages. We spread disease everywhere we go irrespective of how careful we might think we are being. Staying close to home limits the local of this gift.
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