Are you sure you want to go from amber to red alert? It would mean changing the bulb.
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Software engineer jailed for 2 years after using RATs and crypters to steal underage victims' intimate pics
Trump's gone quiet, Parler nuked, Twitter protest never happened: There's an eerie calm – but at what cost?
COBOL: Five little letters that if put on a CV would ensure stable income for many a greybeard coder
My first programs were in COBOL
Written out on datasheets.
Given to the Data Prep department to be turned into punched cards.
Submitted to the operators for an overnight compile.
Next day, check errors, correct and resubmit for another compile the next night.
Once it compiled successfully, start to debug, one run a day.
Once, when the Data Prep department was busy, I produced a program on punched cards using a hand punch.
Mind you, from the article - "2 million coders producing 1.5 million lines of code a day". Must be still using the same process.
Re: Potentially a good idea.
-> thinking the other person MIGHT want to see it, and if the other person says "do not send me this ever again" and you do NOT, there's no JAIL involved, just irritation and need to apologize.
"So if I whack you painfully around the head with a baseball bat, and you tell me that you didn't want me to do that, it's OK if I apologise, and I won't be charged with assault?"
It also sounds like a flasher's charter "Didn't you want to see that? Sorry - I won't do it again".
Re: "WTF do you think you're doing?"
"Depends how you worked. I started at a place where we wrote on coding sheets (it was assembler) so it would have been sensible to get a fast typist to bang it in after you'd written it."
I started COBOL programming on coding sheets, which then went to the data prep girls to be typed up and a card deck produced.
You tell that to youngsters today and they won't believe you.
User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?
Two true stories
These were told to me in the Eighties by a PC supplier, and I have no cause to doubt them.
The first was one told earlier, where a user had sent a floppy through the post with evidence on, and a compliments slip stapled to it.
The other was where a new PC was supplied, and the dealer gave the user two floppy discs to start them off as backups. Let's call them A and B. Things worked well at first - as the data on the machine grew, floppy A no longer had enough space on , and floppy B was inserted when asked for. The problems started when the amount of data grew further. Floppy A was inserted - when full, floppy B was inserted, and then, when full, floppy A was inserted again....
Them wardrobe lights
Once slept at a friends flat which had one of those motion-sensor lights in the wardrobe. I like to sleep with the window open, and every time there was a gust of wind, the wardrobe doors moved, which turned the light on. As it was a friends place, I didn't want to dismantle the light.
Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface
What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs
Mobileye's autonomous cars are heading to California. But they're not going to kill anyone. At least not on purpose
"At its heart he's denying the value of predicting the actions of others. I know I predict while driving - constantly and unconsciously, using judgements of their position speed and acceleration, but also the make and condition of the car, the age and sex of the driver, where we are."
Of course you are. The central premise of driving is that you only drive into a space that will be empty when you get there, which involves the prediction of what everything around you is going to do. If you just drive by reacting to others, then you are an accident waiting to happen. In fact, I am not even sure that is possible.