Re: I upgraded last night
So you didn't run two monitors with the taskbar docked to the right of one of them then.
28 posts • joined 7 Dec 2014
There was the time I broke the Marks and Spencer Christmas ordering system in the early 90s. I was asked to run custom SQL reports against the production database (as you do) to provide up to the minute reporting for the buying department.
One of these reports took a little while to run, so having tested it in dev I went off for a quick lunch. I came back to find my query still running, but the online ordering system completely down, and a lot of senior managers and execs running around like headless chickens. As you can imagine, losing the whole ordering system in the run up to Christmas was a bit of an issue.
Turned out that my query was such a monster that it slowed the whole mainframe down just enough for the CICS-COBOL ordering system to run out of threads, so sessions were just dropping out all over the place and the more that queued up, the worse it got.
The funniest thing about it was that my query finished eventually, provided some really useful information to the buying department, and I got a shout out from their exec for front-line service to the business, and a promotion at my appraisal a short while later. Ops were less than impressed, it has to be said, and I was the butt of much piss-taking for a long time.
The most disappointing thing about this article is that the Reg obviously thinks its readers are complete f***witted morons.
Thanks, but you didn't need to put the asterisk in and actually tell us that "Stealth Anti-Tracing Intelligence Remote Exfiltration" was an acronym for 'satire'. I mean really???
Fleece the sheep - agree. If the regulator enforces a 'lowest price available' policy on the providers, then I will end up paying more, as the provider will have to put prices up to compensate. Why should I subsidise people too lazy to ask for a lower price? Of course this only works if there is competition - when each company has an effective monopoly the consumer is screwed.
The thing about a technology-capable species, is that it doesn't have to be smart. It only has to be just barely less dumb than would render it unable to invent technology at all. It absolutely doesn't have to be smart enough also to figure out how to use technology sensibly.
So it wouldn't surprise me at all if the reason we haven't found ET yet is because they all get smart enough to invent tech, yet are still too dumb not to destroy themselves with it, as humanity seems to be hell-bent on.
Getting smarter still, and having a chance of lasting millions of years, may be less likely than eukaryotes evolving from single-celled life. The dinosaurs only lasted so long probably, because of their silly little arms. If they'd had opposable thumbs, they'd have wiped themselves out long before the Chicxulub meteor did them in.
The first BA Concorde passenger flight after the Paris crash was on September 11, 2001. I saw it on the approach to land, about 4 miles from touchdown around lunchtime.
The reason I remember is I was out with the dog, and my brother phoned me, saying "Have you seen what's happening?" I replied, "Yes, it's fantastic to see Concorde back in the air again". He said "Er, no... go home and put the TV on...."
I started .NET with C# during the v1 beta. But the auto-complete and precompiler were much inferior to VB.NET's.
So we went with VB.NET (Option Strict and Explicit On!). Over a quarter of million lines of code later, with a commercial application that's still being intensively enhanced with new features and the deadlines that come with them, taking time out for a C# rewrite isn't practical. So we stuck with VB.NET and still find it far more readable. Auto-complete and intellisense make verbosity simply a non-issue.
I'm sure C# is intrinsically a superior language, though - tell me again how in the 21st century a language should still be using semi-colons as statement delimiters and nested blocks of curly braces that the IDE often can't even indent right...
As a PPL with approaching 1000 hours in light singles, I have a mate who flies A320s for BA, and he invited me to join him for a sim session (a proper sim, not on a PC). I flew a few visual approaches, initially using the ILS and the PAPIs for orientation, and did Ok - although smacking it down pretty hard the first couple of times, I would have failed to kill anyone.
But don't underestimate the difficulty. I already knew what to do in principle, and I've done it over 1000 times in small aeroplanes, but it was still hard not to over control. A big jet has a lot of momentum, and if it gets away from you, you just have to go around and try again.
The aircraft may have been entirely simulated, but the adrenaline was entirely real.
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