* Posts by Fred Bauer

21 posts • joined 27 Jul 2010

If we can't fix this printer tonight, the bank's core app will stop working

Fred Bauer

Re: Old devices and methods

"My grandkids shake their heads in disbelief when they hear about how we loaded a bootstrap into a PDP-11 through the front panel."

Heck, sometimes you were lucky and the boot code wasn't overwritten... and was still in core on the next power-up. It's probably just as well that I've forgotten the RP-02 boot code (about 8 words if I recall correctly).

Elon Musk says SpaceX Falcon 9 fireball investigation is 'biggest challenge yet'

Fred Bauer

Who's satellite?

Exactly, along with the fact that it wasn't Facebook's satellite, it was Spacecom's. Facebook just had a contract to use it, and is out exactly $0 because of the failure.

'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

Fred Bauer

Re: Insurance? Because someone can't even pump liquid oxygen? For a TEST?

I doubt it was Hydrazine leakage... the video clearly shows the payload dropping to the ground almost 15 seconds after the initial explosion. A hydrazine explosion would have taken out the payload first.

Fred Bauer

Re: Launch insurance

There is typically separate insurance that covers pre-launch.... unless the insurance excluded this test it should have been covered under that.

Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

Fred Bauer

FAA enforedes airspace restrictions to ground level

The FAA *DOES* exercise authority below 500 ft, and over model aircraft. They have recently banned the operation of any model aircraft within 30 miles of Washington, DC, and have shut down AMA fields. They don't recognize 83 feet or anything else, if it's airborne they assert that they have authority over it.


So, what's happening with LOHAN? Sweet FAA, that's what

Fred Bauer

ATA Carnet

Lifting a pint to Miatta Momoh, dealing with the ticking time-bomb that an ATA Carnet is can't be fun. I know from experience.


Fred Bauer

Re: sadly not "available at WalMart" here either

Thankfully, after a protracted legal battle a few years back high power rockets in the US are no longer classed as explosives, making their use much easier for the hobbyist. You still can't get them at Walmart, but all you need to do is prove you are competent to one of the two US hobbyist rocketry associations (or the foreign equivalent.)

As for FAA certifications, yes they are required, but they are routinely issued. The main reason for them is so the FAA can warn pilots that rockets (and balloons) may be in an area.

Comcast dragged into muck in Oracle's Solaris fix-it lawsuit

Fred Bauer

Public Tender

"That's exactly the point, if the manufacturer designs the product so only they can support it, then it any contract to support it can't be put out to public tender."

There's nothing to say the support contract can't be put out to public tender... anyone can bid on it, but most likely only the manufacturer will be compliant with the requirements. Happens all the time.

Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE

Fred Bauer

Does the US healthcare.gov site run XP?

Mine's the one with the DR-DOS disk in the pocket.

Fujitsu reveals data transfer protocol 30 times faster than TCP

Fred Bauer

Re: Not new

Devices and protocols for improving TCP throughput over high bandwidth x latency links have been around for DECADES, for about as long as TCP has been carried over satellites. This is not a new problem, the question is what would make Fujitsu's solution any better than what's already out there.

Atomic time boffins build better second-watcher

Fred Bauer

The second is already precisely defined

as the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium 133 atom.

So, you just have to count cycles, until you get enough to make up a second.

The issue is how to count and average the radiation. It's the error in generating and detecting the radiation that's key.

Last mystery of first recorded supernova laid to rest

Fred Bauer

@Loyal Commenter

LC Said:

"You are free to believe whatever you like, but please don't present your beliefs as facts."

in response to:

"...you will have created a simple error of chronology, by attempting to relate two separate and unrelated things."

OK, I might be a bit slow, but I don't see any presentation of beliefs as facts, here. He merely stated that the "fact" of the supernova was not related to his "belief" in what happened on the vicinity of 1 AD. I don't see him saying that his beliefs are fact.

I believe mine's the one with the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in it.

Gas bill climbed £13,000 after correct online reading given

Fred Bauer

So, if the estimate was 9998, and you submit an actual reading of 0002 within 2 weeks, they will owe you money? But after two weeks, they will bill you the correct additional amount?

Before the PC: IBM invents virtualisation

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Fond memories

Wow! I'd forgotten that there were UK Universities running MTS. Somewhere I still have some MTS manuals from my days at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, along with my yellow card. Thanks for the memories!

Bitcoin collapses on malicious trade

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Yes, you are still ignorant

at least of US tax code. As an individual, you only have to declare income, profit, etc. There is no requirement to tell the IRS every year what you OWN; they only care when you sell something. They don't even care when you buy something, as long as you can prove what it cost when you sell it.

Now, corporations are a different matter, but I expect most BitCoin users are individuals.

BOFH: Attack of the Global Corporate Overlords

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Not all American companies...

My boss at a former company would make similar remarks about the sexual harassment training. (The same boss who had a small stack of "artistic" magazines in his bottom desk drawer.)

'Course, then we were all let go when we "merged" with another company, and the other company had a group twice the size of ours, doing the same amount of work. I guess they figured they could handle the increased workload. (They really couldn't, and had to resort to cooking the books. The rest is history.)

Tesla Motors sues BBC for defamation

Fred Bauer

Comparison to Petrol car

True, you have to push a discharged electric car to a charging station. However...

A few years ago, I ran out of gas in my car, so I called the AAA (American Automobile Ass'n) to help me out. However, instead of bringing me gas (as they used to do), they towed me to a gas station. Turns out they aren't allowed to carry a can of gas, as they'd have to have hazardous materials permits.

The hazmat flame seems appropriate.

DEC founder Ken Olsen is dead

Fred Bauer

Brings back memories

Ah, I haven't seen $U in a loooooong time. Does anyone else remember what it means?

Prince Wills and Cameron push England World Cup bid

Fred Bauer

Nice try....

Having ridden both UK and Russian rail, I'll take the UK's system any day. Unfortunately, FIFA chose Russia.

US may disable all in-car mobile phones

Fred Bauer

Handsfree use

There have been studies in states that have required "hands-free" devices for in-car cellphone use. The results are that using a hands-free device doesn't reduce accidents vs. handheld use. (In face, putting my own cellphone in hands-free mode is MORE distracting than just putting it up to my ear.)

I hope that this will go nowhere... as I have often reported accidents while driving. But usually there is no place to safely stop, so if my cellphone was blocked, I'd be unable to report it.

Having said that, if they could block the driver from texting, that would be great!

Withings Wi-Fi bathroom scales

Fred Bauer
IT Angle


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