Re: Early version numbers......
You know what? You may absolutely right - and I can't even remember that. :'(
I now believe I never even owned a 286 - rather that 386 was the first Intel machine I owned after switching from an Atari... err, 2? 4?
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Moi! Was the first time I got to play with it. Installed on an 80286 IIRC.
I think I even sent in a patch for some obscure sound device my machine had at the time. Wracking my brain but can't for the life of me remember. Curse you, old age and post-Covid brain fog. :'(
Once again, Pterry may have been a visionary: just introduce a Ransomware Guild, with the proviso that they also enforce unlicensed gangs.
<company gets hit by ransomware>
"But we're fully paid up! What do we pay our fees for?
<guild, likely with better resources than most law enforcement agencies anyway, hunts down the freebooters and turns them into dog food>
Companies that pay their fee get a nice little icon on their website! Maybe introduce another EV system so your browser can show it right in the bookmark bar. May I suggest the silhouette of a person with dropped pants bending forward?
I read the dimensions and of course, immediately thought that it has to be a massively scaled down model. No way would 130 people trundle across the Atlantic in a 15m boat.
Then I read that the real one was merely twice the length. Even accounting for multiple decks that just blows my mind. How they didn't all murder each other...
Having moved with pets and having them travel in air carriers in loud aircraft or sitting on even louder tarmacs, I've long wished for some technology that can add noise-cancelling to the already compact, nay, crammed pet carriers/cages. These could be ideal as they wouldn't take up space on the inside.
Provided they can produce the required frequency range of whatever sounds need to be cancelled.
I thought if I'd post my comment, I'd be laughed out of the forum, but I'm so gratified and relieved that I am NOT the only one who plays games in easy mode.
I never played DS and from all I've seen I would have zero interest in it. For the same reason Elden Ring has no appeal. Too old, too slow, too focused on "I want to play games like interactive books or movies". Dying 20 times to some obscure boss is like getting interrupted at the same page in a book over and over until you've forgotten what the plot was about.
If they didn't reply, then let me have a go:
"These allegations are baseless and IBM will vigorously defend itself in court. That is, until our lawyers get together with their lawyers, resulting in a settlement that leaves plaintiffs getting nothing and the partners of law-firms on both sides shopping for new yachts and private jets".
In the last few weeks I've dived down the rabbit hole that is NFTs, the other new blockchain darling.
No, not to invest, hell no! But reading up just what a scam it is for the truly brain-damaged taken by the completely unscrupulous and the lowest dregs of humanity known as "influencers".
I would have thought it would become far more interesting for criminals to jump into: far fewer resources required, all you apparently need is an Andy Warholified cartoon of a chimp. Or something along those lines. Some idiotic cult phrases (to the moon! line goes up!) and you have the gullible beating down your door without having to do much of anything. No GPU farms, no malware battles in the cloud. Pull off something like Earth 2 and you even managed to invent something that currently can't even be categorised as quite a Ponzi not a MLM scheme, total legal greyzone.
A MSM article on the topic I just read had a throw-away sentence about it being used for clean production without further explanation. However this
says it's for the lasers used in production.
Shirley, they were insured?
But crap, I would reckon they were some of the nice new 2.0 sats with friggin laser beams and all.
Alternately, if they *were* insured and they were still the old model, Musk gets an upgrade for his premiums and doesn't have to use the old shelf-stock.
Wait... you don't think it was insurance fraud and he triggered that storm?!
I confess, I *like* working with GCP!
Having used the "Big 3" extensively, I found GCP is really great to work with as a dev/devops guy. Whatever else I think about Alphabet/Google, at least they managed to put together a great cloud platform.
However, with Google's record of cancelling on short notice whatever doesn't bring in as much profit as ad flinging, I'm worried.
I'm such a reprobate that I effectively still, more or less, run any Windows I'm force to use into... XP!
I reactivate the Quicklaunch bar, install Stardock's Start* and then configure it so my UI has barely changed since then. Start menu on the left with as Classic a look as possible. Quicklaunch (no matter where you try to hide it Microsoft, I will find it, because apparently even your own people don't dare remove it completely and it's always in some package or sub-directory!) for the one-click stuff.
About the only thing I've happily accepted is Dark Mode.
Having had problems replicating that with Windows 11 - Quicklaunch is gone, though you can grab and install it from somewhere and Start11 only does the already discussed "move the taskbar" but still only give me the horror that is the new Start look - I will remain a refusenik.
This morning I spun up the machine and was greeted by a "would you like to upgrade to Win11" screen. With a huge, default Yes and a tucked away Fuck, No. Bastards. Had to warn my wife as she, like many, would do the click-through.
... for every friend, neighbour and family member complaining about their internet speed - while trying to use their single WAP in the house, tucked away in the furthest corner from all users, I'd be rich, they'd be poor and none of us would be on speaking terms anymore.
As it is, I refer them to the "professional installers" who put the shite in, after running a speed test and showing them the perfectly fine results with a device plugged directly into their Internet modem/router.
"But I don't want that ugly box sitting in the middle of the house! The installers said it would be fine to tuck it away!"
Well then, ask your amazing installers to also install the WAP model with the round-the-corner-bending radio waves!
As someone has already mentioned, burner phones is a good idea.
According to an article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung a few days ago, the Dutch team is issuing burners for their entire team. The German team is advised that if they don't want to use burner phones, to do an immediate factory reset the moment they out of China again. With some demanding that they should follow the Dutch team's example.
You save me from posting effectively exactly this:
The last 5 organisation I worked with or for in the last 3 or 4 years all pursued what you described: OSS was allowed by *license type*: as long as they could use the hell out of it, make money with it without paying *and without having to give back*, it went on the pre-approval list. Anything else went through legal and frequently denied.
Gently pointing out Linux and its license caused blank stares: in the heads of beancounters it has fully become commercial software "because we pay license fees, don't we?" (they meant subs to Redhat...)
Well written, almost poetic!
Now, for contrast, I'd like to see what Linus had to say about it. I'm always on the look-out for new swear words. Wish he still used his mother tongue more!
Is there a "pull request declined with most extreme prejudice and unkind words about the submitter's mother"?
Interesting to see that their scores *were* actually astonishingly high: 4.1 is almost paradisaical by GD standards.
Then it falls off a cliff on Dec3 or so. Wonder how many who were still raving before that date are now among the 15%.
And this, ladies and gents, is why I'm never going perm again and staying in contracting from now on.
Disclaimer: not expecting actual legal advice, just a sort of general "should be fine" or "seek council right away":
In a similar situation on a much smaller scale, where my employment contract stipulated similar things regarding "you write it on company time, it's ours", however the tool I wrote was explicitly written under the Apache Software license - not just by my own decision, but by manager request.
I plan on removing company specific sections and putting it all up on Github, maintaining the same license. However, there is/was talk to embed the tool into a wider proprietary tool stack of (soon to be former) employer. There it may play a small but crucial role.
Who owns what, if anybody owns anything?
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