Or even the BBC Micro's Advanced User Guide. This is what system manuals should be like.
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Back in my early days as a VMS operator, the IT director once came down into Ops central, marched onto the machine floor and boldly flipped the Big Red Switch that switched the power off to the entire data floor.
Cue clenched sphincters as we waited (and waited ... and waited) for the backup generators to kick in before the UPS died. Then they marched out and simply said, "We've had a power failure. Call DEC and put the disaster recovery plan into action."
This was, apparently their way of conducting a full resilience test - no, DEC had not been pre-informed of the test either - as far as they were aware, it was a genuine disaster - and the recovery plan involved them trucking in duplicate hardware for all our key machines on what was effectively a mobile data centre. Must have cost [i]someone[/i] a hell of a lot of cash to put that thing into mobilisation.
Didn't we hear the same arguments when automation and robotics became commonplace in the Automobile/Manufacturing industries, or in the business world when computers first started appearing in the office?
The reality is that some jobs will invariably go. However, it is far more likely than not that a whole raft of new jobs and industries will spring up around those industries that have automated. After all, someone needs to program the computers and service the robots.
Analysts simply attempting to scaremonger as usual.
Re: I had a somewhat similar problem
Ahhh ... the 'fun button'. Always a good prank when group riding and pulled up at the lights. Get someone to the left of the rider to distract them whilst someone on the right of the rider flicks the kill switch to the off setting just as the lights change to green.
In the '80s, spaceflight sim Elite was nothing short of magic. The annotated source code shows how it was done
Orders wrong, resellers receiving wrong items? Must be a programming error and certainly not a rushing techie
Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids
Re: Trickle-down effect?
Frankly, autonomous vehicles need to be built with lifetime updates in mind. Not necessarily for new features, but certainly for updates to core function.
Anything less, and the autonomous functions will degrade to the point of uselessness and/or danger, and I would strongly foresee lawsuits being bought against the manufacturers that let their vehicles get into that state.
I'm currently crying like a baby here. This has hit me a lot harder than I thought it would. This marks the end of the line for the largest chuink of my formative years, and possibly the greatest influence in my entering the career I have.
RIP to a massively flawed genius. A man with ideas often far ahead of their time. I'll be setting a glass of decent malt aside for you tonight.
Real world not giving you enough anxiety? Try being hunted down by the perfect organism in Alien: Isolation
Boston Dynamics spends months training its Atlas robots to perform one minute of parkour almost perfectly
Happy 60th, Sinclair Radionics: We'll remember you for your revolutionary calculators and crap watches
Re: Sinclair pocket calculator
It's because the early calculators didn't actually have a square root function properly programmed either in their software or in the hardware. Instead they used Taylor Polynomials to approximate the answers so would always be slightly off when it came to rounding to a fixed number of decimals.
Re: Big credit
Absolutely. Although Doug Engelbart seemed to have a pretty good handle on it back in '68:
11-year-old graduate announces plans to achieve immortality by 'replacing body parts with mechanical parts'
Wish you could play tabletop Dungeons & Dragons but have no friends? Solasta: Crown of the Magister offers a solution
Mayflower, the AI ship sent to sail from the UK to the US with no humans, made it three days before breaking down
BOFH: But we think the UK tax authorities would be VERY interested in how we used COVID support packages
Re: Ace PFY skills
Works every time...