Re: Printers are the Devil's work
The perverse burglars who broke into the company where I was working in the early 1990s stole the printers - the PCs were too low spec to bother with.
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I decided that the stress of working out if I could to afford to retire was less than the constant head-banging against a manager who would put the whole company ( approx 80 people) in "required" and the people that were needed in "optional". And don't get me started on the colleagues who would lob up 15 minutes late, interrupt progress to apologise for being late then demand to know what they'd missed.
Oh, and I needn't have stressed the financials.
Off to walk the dogs.
When Spanair flight number JK 5022 crashed in 2008 one of the "holes in the cheese" that lined up was that the maintenance database (or the computer systems attached thereto) had been infected with malware, which meant that it wasn't flagged that the plane in question had suffered multiple problems over several days and so should have been taken out of service on the first failed take off.
Subsequently the crew made a configuration error and theconfiguration warning did not sound, so the second take off attempt was made with fatal consequences.
... most existing EU countries have ID schemes already, a large number compulsory. (I think it it is only the UK, Ireland and Denmark that don't), and the non compulsory ones make having some form of Identity compulsory.
The UK's been bringing it it by the back door anyway - notice how you have to use your NI number now, for example to validate your driving record when hiring a car.
I do indeed. In 1995 we set our new recruit the boring task of setting the clock calendar chip on our kit to just before midnight 1999, No problems. He then used his initiative and repeated the test for 2000, 2001, 2002 , 2003 at which point we were back in 1897! Was a bug in in a calendar library. Updated the library, issue fixed. Many of these bought for our persient apprentice.
@Steve Todd - I never knew it went back to the 9900 - all the early technical press referred to it using the 9995. The 9995 was designed to be cheaper by having a lower pin count - hence the multiplexed bus. I'm pretty sure that the 4 phase clock went as well. We used the 9900 where I worked, and looked at the 9995 as a possible cost saving but decided that the re-design was not worth it, I've also a vague recollection that the hardware integer divide was removed from the instruction set which was the USP for the 9900 in the first place. (memory may be clouded by the passage of 35+ years).
From memory, that actually depended on which version of which data sheet you read. A new circuit was being built at the first company I worked for, using aTI9900. At board bring up, the data bus was fount to be "the wrong way round". The PCB design team had a V1 data sheet with D0 as the MSB and created the library shape thus. The HW designer had a V2 data sheet with D0 as the LSB. I also recall that the programming manual had A16 as the MSB and a long philosophical discussion about A0 which didn't actually come out of the chip, but was replaced by a "byte selector".
The real advance aill be a squad of nano-bots, which will correctly position the headphones, mould them in real time, and operate the balance deck to maintain the optimum sound. The mind reading will be an illusion, as nano-bot scouts will be recording you actions and reporting back, thereby giving the illusion of mind reading.
Mines the very small one with the Pitman shorthand pad in the pocket....
My commute takes me over the undulating road round Windsor Great Park. Correctly aligned or not a Range Rover/ BMWX5/Whatever (and there are loads round there) on a crest coming the other way is straight into the eyballs. The worst aligned headlights, conversly, appear to be on MINIs (Kraut Krap ones, not Austin/Morris/BMC/BL ) which can blind even when they are coming down the opposing down slope.
Back in January, a couple of regional newspaper sites that I visit to keep in touch with areas, friends and relatives, started putting up pop-ups and diabling content, because I was using an ad blocker. This came as something of a surprise, because it I've never installed an ad blcoker. Turned out out that Firefox's default 'do no track' setting was enough to somehow translate to 'Ad Block + installed'. Somewhere in the middle of February, this behaviour was itself disabled, once again allowing me access to the sites. Not being a web guru (low level HW is my bag), I'm none the wiser.
Under the Sea,
No little signals are coming to me
Under the Sea,
Under the Sea,
Something has surely gone wrong,
And it’s broke, broke, broke;
What is the cause of it does not transpire,
But something has broken the telegraph wire
With a stroke, stroke, stroke,
Or else they've been pulling too strong."
James Clerk Maxwell, The Song of the Atlantic Telegraph Company, 1857.
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