Re: Simplified English
21 posts • joined 8 Sep 2012
Yeah, plenty of those in my area, at ~40 EUR and change. Made in China, obviously.
The major drawback is they have to be powered somehow from the wall socket and their User Manual is mostly useless. They can vary the pressure, the temperature and the spread of the jets trhough a control panel akin to the remote control of a small toy helicopter.
Installin such a device in a household with kids can provide endless joy...
I once had an "internal" UPS on ISA bus with a lead-acid battery (industry standard by then) stuck inside the mid-tower PC case and secured with 2-sided adhesive tape... It ran flawlessly for almost 6 years until the electrolyte dried a few weeks before a power outage... And it had almost no monitoring capabilities (more than 20 years ago)... That piece got to rest a while in a "spare" equipment for 2 more years before some beancounter decided that the residual value was NIL.
I just used the full-sized GPT-2 from https://talktotransformer.com/ on the opening paragraph... the result made me chuckle a bit.
"Buying a house is a major ordeal. You go from door to door, months zip past and something's never quite right... then you find it, "the one". A five-bedroom home in Pinner, Harrow, northwest London. It's exactly the size you had hoped and dreamt it would be. The price? £1,395,000. You're a good man - you've made it.
Or is it? The only way to find out is to buy it.
The first thing you see when you knock on the front door is a man holding a broom handle in one hand.
This is the house's "landlady", and she greets you with a smile as you step inside. But that smile is broken when you realise she's wearing a wig and a dress and you're wondering why she's so happy.
Inside, everything is perfectly normal. It's a family home, but the children are not. In fact, they're probably all dead.
And the family has left their home in a different part of London - the one you live in now.
This is one of the most incredible real estate deals."
Microsoft is pretty adept at ignoring trends. MSFT ignored the commercial Internet and spun out their own dubious and vague Microsoft Network that almost nobody used, only to rush to patch up a lot later in the game and doing a mess in the process. MSFT also ignored the clear and open standards for the web and birthed the most despised lineage of browsers ever. They also missed the start on mobile connected devices (even though their WinCE worked surprisingly well in many cases) only to shoot themselves in the foot with Windows 8/RT and enslavement of Nokia to the Evil Empire. They mocked the Open Source movement and achievements for decades only to embrace them towards the end of the second decade of this century...
They are changing their coats those years, but the nasty habbits are still there. They have enough glamour and business prowess to attract some brilliant people from time to time, though (Sysinternals comes to mind first, but for sure there are many unsung heroes in the pot).
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