Surely here is proof that Windows should never be used in medical (or other life threatening) situations (Or Xboxes).
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"Two factor" verification includes a typical set of predefined questions that could be answered by anyone creeping your facebook
a) you should not be using Facebook, for anything, ever
b) Never tell the truth - when they ask for "your mother's maiden name" what they actually mean is "the name of the porn star your Dad imagined he was fucking when you were conceived" (hyphenate if more than one). (Names of dogs and sheep are acceptable here).
We used IBM-compatible PCs (remember them?) running Attachmate 3270 emulator, so arguably we had a graphical display too.
Presumably with CGA - "Crap Graphics Adaptor" - I doubt IBM would have given you Herculeses.
(I wrote a 3270 emulator for the BBC Model B)
Error at or near line1, column 1
Of course, the first thing you do on powering up the board is to measure the rails.
I worked for Xerox UK in the 1970's. We had a new test rig delivered. Some military type had replaced our tradition of using colour codes to indicate the use of a wire (red = +5, black=0V, green = -5, etc) with a system in which the colour represents the revision level (pink= original, while= revision 1, etc).
The new test rig (1.5m x 1.5m x 2m high) had a wiring error (the +5 wires and 240V AC wires were switched). When switched on, all the ICs in the pie-crust (died-cast) metal boxes started popping like popcorn.
At this very moment, the alarm went for the Friday fire practice. Xerox had a very good record for evacuating rapidly. Even before evacuation was complete, the smoke was filling the room. Someone called 999 and asked for "Fire". The switchboard explained that it was a practice - they had already been notified. The staff explained to the fire brigade that there really was a fire. <this exchange continued for some time>
Fortunately, the fire was confined to the test rig, which was 2 metres from anything else.
No buildings were destroyed in conducting this experiment.
There were a number of documented cases where games had identified actual faults that the official diagnostics either did not detect or could not locate accurately. Not only were these well known to DEC engineers, but also to most customers.
In those days, the users were a relatively small number and talked amongst themselves.
[Speaking as a former designer of disk controllers, although not for DEC]
Taking the piss was the Met's strongest suit even in the 1950's*. and I am sure that anyone who was alive in London in the 1930's will fall over laughing at the idea that things were better in earlier years. Just how difficult it to stop mail bags from leaving trains without due care and attention?
* Since the Kray gang featured regularly in the Daily Mail, you would have thought the idea of arresting them could have come to an ossifer or two.
Almost all the tech websites are absolutely filled with posts complaining that the manufacturers are removing the features they want and replacing them with ones they don't want.
I won't bother doing the research for you, since you won't be paying me, but Google is your friend (ok, not your actual friend, but can help you search for things)
the cheapest private health insurance PER person is around CHF 7000 per annum!!!<P>
According to my Swiss relatives, that insurance will also cover rescuing you from the top of the Alps with helicopters if necessary, or repatriating you if you fall sick in another country - even if it requires chartering a plane. Given that Switzerland is a small country - so people travel to other countries a lot, and the population is prone to Skiing, these are substantial benefits. <p>
As I understand it, without Obamacare, even a sticking plaster could cost you CHF7000 in America, once you include "medical charges".
Being involved in data entry, I have long wondered why I could get more performance out of a PDP11/70 than a Sun Enterprise server with 32 virtual CPUs.<p>
After a careful investigation I discovered that, while a picture is allegedly worth 1,000 words, it probably consumes something closer to 64k words, and delivers the equivalent of one word. After removing all the Icons from my data entry screens, and replacing them with a single (bold) word, they now go "faster than a speeding PDP11".<p>
Icon - no you can't! (Its behind you).
a naturalised citizen, of colour and a woman to boot should show up the idiocy of our current set of politicians.
While I congratulate and thank her for doing so, in the circumstances, one would have thought that a tame guinea pig could show up the idiocy of our government.
Make her a Dame of the Empire or similar, for services to democracy and the law.
Surely an honorary LLB at the very least.
"Any place in the country" is not necessarily the solution : I, and most of my family, were unable to vote in the Brexit fiasco because we were out of the country for a family event (Wedding?)
Postal votes can be submitted early. Only my mother managed to do it - she is 90 years old and bedbound and planned a postal vote in good time. We did not bother - thinking that most people were sensible and Brexit would soon be forgotten.
As I have spent the last 30 years pointing out to anyone in earshot:
The disadvantage of written descriptions is that, being in a specific language, only speakers of that can understand them. With pictograms/icons/pointless squiggles, no one can understand them. (Although, now, with Google translate, almost everyone can misunderstand).
Hell, if we do have to learn symbols instead of written language, please make it Kanji - at least the symbols have stayed the same of 4,000 years, and are not replaced every 3 months.
The penalties are not severe enough yet. I got an "about your recent accident" call from 0117 030 8248, and I tell them to report themselves to the ICO and delete me from their database. My sIster-in-law said "I hope you have an accident, and all your family has accidents".
I get about 2 calls a week pretending to be from BT* saying my PC has a virus or I have been downloading illegal stuff on my IP, and my internet will be disconnected. When asked which of my IPs do they refer to, they can't answer. <p>
*BT does indeed stand for Bloody Terrible.
I had a collection of over 20 Haynes manuals, but was forced to leave them behind when we moved to a smaller house - the family said "Dad - you are never going to fix any of those cars again" - I promised not to fix any 1970's Fiats ever again - although I could probably fix them without a manual - but the odd pre-electronic Mercedes or Volvo might get a look in.
Can't remember which car, but my favourite Haynes instruction was "Using Ford tool XY7/900695* - or any suitable piece of wood" - this was around 1976 - so probably an Escort of some kind.
* Obviously after 50 years, this number may be remembered incorrectly.
I wrote assembler for all those machines.
CDC6400, 6600 and 7600 were 60 bit machines - with 10 6-bit chars in each - or, with huge struggles, 12-bit punch card column images (don't try that at home).
PDP-8s had 12 bit words, and also used 6bit chars.
NO ONE EVER called a 6-bit char a byte. If you did, IBM would probably have sued your pants off. IBM had 8-bits. everyone else did not (until 16-bit machines and Unix).
None of the above machines had any standard way of inputting 8-bit bytes. Nor was there much agreement on how to read 7-bit or 9-bit mag tape - the only agreement seemed to be "Don't use the IBM card punch codes or EBCDIC" - but then again, most sane people would agree not to use EBCDIC.
The ASR33s connected to them processed 8-bit character patterns - but mostly by discarding at least two bits. You either had all lower case (Algol) or all upper case (FORTRAN, COBOL). Of course, real British computers used 5-hole baudot punched tape (Numbers, numbers, letters, letters :-)
Yes, we had IDRIS - UNIX in ALL UPPER CASE - and my ears till hurt 50 years later!
If you have to pay for the tests to simulate "on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier at sea" you will know where some of the money goes.
And the design briefing begins (or used to) "remember the chaps using this may be upside down in a ditch with people shooting at them" - which is why you have too be able to identify the controls by feel. Pig ugly is a design requirement.
To what extend was it shared in the context of "Hey, can you believe the kind of crap young people put on the Internet?"
I agree there is definitely a component of older people who think "It was in writing, so it must be true" - this is partly because they are of an age group where a large part of the community was illiterate - being literate meant being educated and informed - and possibly from a rich background and financially more likely to be conservative. And being "educated" was somewhat relative.
After having the legendary "My keyboard does not have an any key" call, I got the instructions changed to "space bar" - only to discover that "any" did not include the space bar!
This replaced software featuring the legendary "press any key to continue or any other key to abort". My personal tape backup script still says this 30 years later, but _I_ know that Ctrl-C will abort, and no one else uses the script.
I still have mice without scroll wheels, and a lot of people have only ever used laptops.
Personally, I favour public humiliation for the shitbags who create scroll bars three pixels wide, and/or hide them, or who create windows with boarders one pixel wide (Seems to be the default for Mate).
My screen is quad HD, and you can't click on such tiny features. Other people have higher resolution than me, and the display manager bloody well ought to know about PPI - I get at least 3 PPI related phone calls a day!
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