Re: Intense raspberry confiture
Excellent name for a Gunge Rock band!
64 posts • joined 28 Feb 2010
They can call us simple but it's far better than being so stupid is to (want to) be crammed into tiny overpriced apartments, enduring hours long traffic jams, and listening to every argument your neighbors have. I endured that on both coasts for many years. Now we enjoy life near a town where gridlock is three cars at a four-way stop, where traffic jams are caused by the tourists stopping in the middle of a main street to look at elk grazing a block away, and the beating wings of the hummingbirds is the loudest noise on summer mornings while I sit on the porch drinking my morning cuppa.
All the Coasties are trying to do is pull us down to their level of unhappiness.
I'm unfamiliar with the concept of "unsafe convictions" which appears in the first sentence of the linked Wikipedia article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_failed_and_overturned_convictions_involving_the_West_Midlands_Serious_Crime_Squad). Does that refer to a guilty verdict for someone who has the wherewithal to do harm to the judge/jurors? I figure it's a product of the British Orwellian Government Uninformed justice System (BOGUS) but my lack of familiarity with your culture forces me to ask.
Their malfunction report will read something like:
"As the drive span(sic) up, it stopped working."
The complete lack of awareness of cause and effect - demonstrated by moving the faulty disk pack from drive to drive - is almost as astounding as the idea the bean counters wouldn't go to General Quarters over the near simultaneous failure of several thousands of dollars worth of separate pieces of equipment.
All because Sysop Jr feared a tongue lashing for not having games ready to play? Gimme a break!
This tale smells suspiciously like Limburger Cheese gone bad.
The number one problem with modern society is lack of penalties for bad behavior. Perhaps, and only perhaps, the idiots who ignore instructions about not opening attachments in emails will get a small part of the message as a result of the uni's approach.
The profession seems to be doing a good enough job as a group. I am tired of having to be a beta tester, at a minimum, for every product release I have paid for, sometimes substantial sums. I am aware that "management" is at the heart of the problem, what with unrealistic schedules and budgets. They, too, are members of the profession and probably most responsible for reputation damage.
IT: One label to bind them. One brush to tar them all.
what people are saying as long as they're talking about you. It's called publicity.
Elon Musk is no dummy despite what all you box dwellers may think. Whatever is the final form of this urban cowboy trinket - it certainly isn't designed for those of us who use our pickup trucks to earn a living - he has EVERYONE talking about it, if only for the "stunt" with the windows. It's all Free Advertising.
The requests will be stonewalled.
Congress will huff and puff for as long as it takes for the inquiry to completely fade from the 24/7 news cycle. The 0.01% of the population who will pay attention will give up hope for any meaningful action before the story fades.
Some Senators and Congress Critters will be ridiculously enriched for looking away and my tax dollars will be wasted even more.
"You still have to be able to take over at a moment's notice though, which is presumably what FSD will be for."
Therein lies the problem. FSD does the opposite of what the marketing hype pretends. By having to monitor the performance of the supposedly autonomous system(s) as well as the actual environment, the workload on the operator/passenger is actually increased. Hypnosis By Boredom(TM) will be a contributor that isn't presently being addressed because of the blindness caused by so many shiny new objects.
"* If anyone knows the actual legal position in the hypothetical above, please let me know. My reasoning seems correct to me, but I know that the law may be completely different and would be interested to know how that would play out."
You have obviously never experienced the thrill of being the target of a horde of ambulance chasing lawyers. My experience is the "actual legal position" is dependent on what the presiding judge will allow into the lawsuit.
My example isn't automotive but it is relatable: I once was employed as a repair technician in a General Aviation Avionics Repair Station. One day, a small Cessna was flipped inverted by the wake turbulence of a departing airliner and contacted the runway with its wheels pointing skyward.
Our company was named a co-defendant in the lawsuit because we were listed in the maintenance records as having performed a repair on the aircraft - over 12 months prior to the incident we had replaced the loudspeaker for the navigation/communication radio.
Here is the way the ambulance chasers work here in the States: If your (company's) name can in any way be associated with the accident, you're going to have to spend time and money defending yourself against scurrilous and logically unfounded charges regardless of what the laws and regulations might say.
I conclude you're saying with the exception of replacing the quill and ink with an electronic doo-dad, not much about the human element of cartography has changed in the past 500 years: Still only the brave and adventurous travel into areas of the not so easily known. I'll have a cold one ready to greet them.
MCAS is a subsystem on a commercial aircraft! It doesn't THINK, it primitively responds to sensor inputs in a pre-programmed manner! If computers are so "gee-whiz" to the author, maybe he is working for the wrong publication.
"There have been 2 incidents." Wrong!
If you define an incident as MCAS running away, there have been at least three, still a very tiny number. The first one being on the Lion Air aircraft that crashed on a subsequent flight (the first accident) due to a seemingly identical failure. The first time, the flight crew pulled the circuit breaker on the MCAS and continued the flight.
I would love to see the System Safety Hazard Analysis to learn if the potential for these failures was (allowed to be) identified during development.
Regardless, by poo-pooing the idea that there might be a fundamental flaw in the MCAS, Boeing management has harmed the company's reputation and lost a lot of confidence from those of us that fly as passengers.
In the 1980's the large-ish company where I worked trotted out a new email system. Many members of management were unable to adapt and continued to dictate messages to their secretaries to be sent by email with a typed copy placed in a file drawer, followed by an interoffice FAX of the identical message, followed by the secretary hand carrying a printed copy of the email to the recipient's office. The behaviors improved over time, but is still amazes me the company was profitable.
Recently a site at which I had registered through their "secure server" returned a clear text email with my login credentials, including my Carefully Crafted Unique Password (TM!). When I poked the site owner, he responded his IT staff said it was impossible to retrieve a password. Obviously someone was lying.
My point is many site owners are PHB's who are out of their technical depth on any matter relating to actual system operation.
A few decades ago, I managed a small general aviation avionics repair shop. Around that time, Cessna introduced BEIGE panels on the front of their radios because their marketing geniuses had concluded grease, oil, and dirt are never present on a flight line. We had one customer who would come in weekly to complain that the navigation receiver was out of whack and needed recalibrating. Every week we would connect the test set and every week the Nav functions were better than spec.
One week, after performing the ritual check and again finding nothing required adjusting, I noticed the BEIGE front panel was looking rather krufty. I fetched the bottle of Panel Cleaner (Windex (r)), gave it a couple of spritzes and wiped it off. A few days later, the customer came in to say how happy he was we had found the problem with his radio and it was working perfectly!
As with so many of the other anecdotes in this thread, the moral is don't spend a lot of time looking for a technical solution when psychology can accomplish so much more.
Copied from merriam-webster.com because I wasn't interested in subscribing to the OED.
"Definition of ordnance
a : military supplies including weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, and maintenance tools and equipment
bombers dropped heavy concentrations of ordnance on every targeted airfield — Ron Dick
b : a service of the army charged with the procuring, distributing, and safekeeping of ordnance"
My question: Is this another color vs colour spelling mismatch or is something more sinister afoot?
To explain further (same source):
Definition of ord.i.nance
a : an authoritative decree or direction : order On that day the king signed three ordinances.
b : a law set forth by a governmental authority; specifically : a municipal regulation A city ordinance forbids construction work to start before 8 a.m.
: something ordained or decreed by fate or a deity
Let ordinance come as the gods foresay [=foretell] it. — William Shakespeare
: a prescribed usage, practice, or ceremony observes the ordinance of abstinence during Lent
"we are moving to the realization of the neocon wet dream fast."
WTF does that mean?
Given a choice between a socialist, a candidate under investigation by the FBI, and a businessman who isn't part of the DC cesspool, I think the outcome is acceptable.
What's a "neocon".
"But he had no concerns about stinking up the IT department and also, more importantly, had rank."
It generally applies when referring to management compared to people who actually perform useful work, this manager was "ranker" than the IT department. While he was in Jim's office, he was the rankest person in the room.
[quote]On the other hand, Microsoft – like other American tech companies – can be compelled to hand over this sort of customer information to the Feds, who are about to be under the control of a remorseless bully who loves to hold a grudge.[/quote]
Give it a rest!
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