Tow Law in Weardale. We were out for approximately two hours. The Post Office told me that areas further south, in Darlington, were also out.
55 posts • joined 26 Apr 2013
The good old days
Writing and testing COBOL IMS DB programs was a relatively easy process and I was going to say that our testing was 100% rock solid. Then I remembered...
As a junior programmer, working for a bank I was given the job of debugging an abend in a batch program that happened in the privatisation of a large UK company. This was pretty serious stuff. I had about five managers looking over my shoulder at one point. I actually turned on them and told them to sod off and let me get on with it, which remarkably, they did.
This was something I was fairly familiar with, our junior programmers most common error, an 0C7. This was before abend-aid was released so there I was digging through a huge printout. I hasten to add at this point that I hadn't written the program.
To my absolute delight, and free of managers, I spotted the problem. The author had only defined a total field as S9(9).99. The privatisation was so over subscribed that a billion quid and more flowed into the bank's coffers and the good old 999,999,999 was as big a number of pounds as mere mortals could contemplate. To those non 0C7 chaps, it was a case of "overflow", more properly known as a data exception. Apologies for any syntax errors above, it was a long long time ago.
So yes, even in those day, with no random input from screens, people were fallible. I left the bank after 30 months of experience to go contracting. My best decision ever.
Oh, btw, it was Barclays and Jaguar ;O)
I was sitting at a bus stop with a new colleague and client recently. We'd just had a lovely Sunday Carvery lunch. My colleague suddenly swatted his arm at a wasp, saying that it had stung him. I was dubious and thought that he might have actually "pushed" the sting into himself.
He then told me that he had to be very careful about these things as he has previously suffered anaphylactic shock. Not only that, he told me he carries an EpiPen, normally. Today he'd left it at work, as usual. Having just done a first aid course, my first thought, which I said aloud, was, "What's first aid for anaphylaxis?
We both said aloud at the same time, 999!!
I kept a very close eye on him and had my phone in my hand. We were just five miles from the nearest A&E but thankfully he just had a small red blemish and had no other adverse reaction.
Wasps? I've always hated the buggers. I delight in swatting them by hand and hearing that satisfying thud as they hit the deck. Followed swiftly by the crunch of them underfoot.
Any by the way, he wasn't just winding me up!
Re: Is correlation causation....?
"But, who is really that bothered, we all die of something."
I have also worked with people with dementia. To be precise it was in a care home which specialised in people with dementia.
Every single employee in the place was of the opinion that if they ever got diagnosed with dementia, that they would somehow arrange to "off" themselves. It's an absolutely dreadful terminal disease. You can "live" with dementia for as long as ten years. Thirty out of thirty two clients were doubly incontinent. It takes a lot of wet wipes to clean up twenty four hours a day.
So, "But, who is really that bothered, we all die of something." ?
I am seriously bothered. I should drink more red wine and cut down on the beer. Dementially, errr, dementedly, or, something like that.
Re: Not the worst of it
You remind me of my student days in Manchester 1979/1982.
In Rusholme in Manchester, there was a very cheap curry house called "The Palace" . It served a curry called "The Killer". It tasted delicious and lived up to it's name as half way through it became very unpleasant.
AFIK, in later years came the "Suicide". I can't find any evidence that it still exists. Must be burnt out.
Edinburgh 1986 - End of the world
Way back in 1986 I was a contractor at Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.
One morning I was woken in bed by a very loud siren that went on for sometime. I had no idea that such a system existed so I could only guess what it meant. My assumption was that it might be a hazardous chemical leak or just maybe an early warning of a nuclear attack. It stopped after 90 seconds with nothing further happening.
When I got to work the the consensus was "I haven't got a clue". I was most amused by one of my colleagues saying that he thought that "The Queen has died".
I found this newspaper "clip" on flickr . Apparently the alarm was controlled by the police and was actually sounded over the whole of Lothian and Borders". "Later, police said BT engineers traced a faulty piece of equipment, which had been taken away for investigation". It doesn't say if the faulty equipment was put in a straightjacket or not.
Apologies for a non-technical post.
I have switched twice from TalkTalk/Tentel to BT, for the cheapest cost over 12 months, we have FTTC.
On both occasions our speed dropped significantly, most recently from Tentel/TalkTalk. We were averaging 36+ Mbps and just six weeks later with BT we are now averaging 18+ Mbps.
It's halved. Are we not using exactly the same cables/cabinet and wiring? How is this even possible? Oh, it would be unfair to not mention that our upload speed has actually increased from 2.5/3.5 to a 4.5+
Any ideas? Thanks.
Re: ANY i.o.t
"An internet enabled fridge or freezer that tells me its getting too hot is useful if it stops me throwing lots of food away".
More than 27 years ago I bought a freezer that made a loud beeping noise if it got too warm. I believe it utilised a revolutionary device called a "thermostat".
I fear the day when your car is incapable of judging that the three cars in front of you, driving tail to tail, behind a truck/OAP doing 40 in a 60 are actually possible to overtake all at once.
The only improvement will be safer stopping distances while we all travel far too slowly for the road/traffic conditions.
Re: Every time someone prefers Hillarycon, Harambe has to die again!
I assume that you're on the other side of the pond. Here in the UK, the media is almost as bad as over there.
The BBC continually support Hitlery and constantly join in the ridiculing of Thump. In a similar fashion to their bias about the Brexit campaign.
This test looks suspiciously like one from 64 years ago but far far less impressive. The test also had some very interesting G forces measured, and it was manned.
December 10th 1954
A sled powered by 40,000 lbs of thrust from 9 solid fuel rockets
0 to 632 MPH in 5 seconds
632 to 0 MPH in 1.4 seconds, more than 45Gs
I would guess that there were less Gs on the acceleration phase
Done by John Paul Stapp. Blood vessels in his eyes burst, cracked ribs, both wrists broken. He recovered and wanted to do 1000MPH but the USAF said "nope".
Hyperloop? Pah, it's for sissies.
Just because you don't have a TV, or you took your aerial down, you may well have to pay.
221 comments so far and nobody has pointed out the actual facts.
If you have any means at all of receiving/watching a live TV broadcast and you do then you need a licence.
Any normal internet connection lets you watch live TV, do you ever do it? If yes you need a licence.
Any smartphone lets you watch live TV, do you ever do it, even on the tube? If yes then you need a licence.
Just because you don't have a TV and/or an aerial doesn't mean you don't need a licence.
From the authourites themselves:
The free credit monitoring offered is "Noddle".
You can currently sign up for Noddle for free anyway. Part of the sign up process for Noddle involves handing over a lot of private information so that they can verify your identity.
I signed up for free about six weeks ago and had highly suspect junk email within 48 hours. Getting Noddle to delete my account took them approximately two weeks..
I'll monitor my own accounts thank you very much.
Much nicer than DEET
"I have the preferred flavour of blood in our household."
Me too. That's been applicable in several different households of this serial monogamist.
The most effective repellent by far that I have encountered and used is the regular consumption of Ouzo.
On arrival in Greece on multiple visits I suffered considerably more bites than fellow travellers. About one week after commencing drinking Ouzo in fairly large quantities, the mozzies left me completely alone. Locals attributed this to one or two things, the odour of the herbs in the drink reaching your sweat glands and acting as a repellent or your blood tasting so repulsive that they didn't get around to injecting the anti-coagulant that causes the irritation.
As an aside, candles galore laced with citronella were almost useless. Ouzo was cheaper than candles, well in the old Drachma days anyway.
Re: NASA = End of Life
"One nano-millimeter or orbit alteration would change life as we know it"
I think you might be wrong here. The moon has been in retreat from the Earth for millennia. In fact it is retreating at 3.78 centimeters (1.5 inches) per year. We only know this of course thanks to NASA leaving reflectors on the moon way back in the Apollo program.
I think you can relax. California is basically a desert anyway, You'd be much wiser to ration your water consumption properly because it could get very desperate over their very soon. Don't blame NASA!
Human Rights? What are they?
""I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" .
That famous phrase was written in 1906 by Evelyn Beatrice Hall. Of course it is laughable now seeing as expressing your opinion online can land you in jail. Pirating is still quite easy by comparison.
Personally I blame the Twatosphere for everything. Oops, did I just overstep the line?
Define vast majority
"Specifically in the US that includes health care insurance (the vast majority do get it through their employer"
I suggest you update your knowledge. According to Wikipedia, just 61% of employees in the private sector received health care benefits in 2009. You can be certain that this figure has declined since then due to a large trend away from full time jobs to part time jobs.