Re: Quibble:- Trident...Triton... Neptune
Bit late to the party, aren't you? Did the Visigoths say you could come, or what?
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Ahh, I hope the prospective PI, Ms Louise Prockter is, umm, less than (click click click of the calculator, click, click click, darn!, click, click click) ummm 45 years of age, lest she be subject to future forced retirement rules.
We'd all hate to have her have to sit on the sidelines while the project of a lifetime is pulled from her thoughtful, skilled and insightful fingers.
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Many people have commented on the plane (or similar situations with other planes).
I think the article is about the FAA.
As in, how totally screwed up they have been for years.
Refusing to permit a software fix for a software bug. And the vendors are presumably ready and willing to do the recertification.
Can't fly anymore due to corona virus. Now I have another reason not to.
Would Thaler's AI appear for examination at a trial? And who would claim the machine met all criteria for being a witness? Age of majority (ha!), religion (willingness to swear an oath to truthfulness), speak and hear in the language of the Court, give evidence relevant to the case?
And of course Thaler's legal representative woulda/coulda/shoulda been replaced with a machine!
Popcorn time (and suitable beverages to match!)
if GitHub was so sure the country needed those immigrants and worried for their welfare then, er, why exactly was it working with the controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency?
Because it's just business. You don't see oil companies denying gasoline to tree-hugging Greenpeace-loving anti-carbon-lifeform semi-literate politically exasperating humans trying to refill their 30 year-old Toyota smokewagons do you? Think of the consequences if they tried.
Actually discriminating against customers is not good business. You can sell them the github service *and* you can complain about the government policies of the politicians at the same time. And do it with a straight face. People who think otherwise should sit down and think about consequences of not allowing a separation of personal politics from business.
Here in lower Canuckistan the local paper is now pleading for cash contributions from readers. Several regional papers have closed permanently.
My Android phone shows "news" with a mis-swipe. Sometimes, the local rag's pages are shown. If I click, there are ads (and the local paper's original content), but of course those are ads by the Google not the ads seen on the origin website. Those poor folks get nothing from those page "views".
In France the Google claimed they were expanding the visibility of the various media outlets. I get this and I would agree it happens. But the Google also used their content as bait for their own ads, paid nothing for the bait, and kept the resulting fish.
Time to regulate the fishermen.
Curious to see if this line was, um, "original", I yahoo'd it and google'd it.
Yahoo gave me 11,700 results, including El Reg as the top one, and several Register "fan"(*) sites quoting the article completely.
Google gave me one. Two if you count another "fan" site.
Apparantly it is an El Reg original. Good one!
(*) A "fan", short for copyright violating cryptocurrency-flogging counter-social fanatic. With html skilz.
I was at SC conference (supercomputing, defined as the ones you can't afford) back in, oh, 2011 or so.
We had a quote for a big piece of SGI iron, about $900k USD, intended for a customer, and we had authority to proceed but lots of time before issuing the order. So I went to the show.
Wandering around the show floor, lo and behold, the same unit on sale on the convention floor for $300k USD. (That's 66% off for you millennials). That saving was going to pay for my next 100 conventions! Except the software buggers seriously underestimated their estimates and ran into bugs and...and...and spent the savings on their salaries.
Can't do that on video (save $600k I mean, not underestimate your estimates).
IBM ... were hit with "large" change requests
Lol. CRs are normally requested by the customer, then quoted by the vendor (IBM) with costs, scope, schedule changes listed as part of an optional quotation for the CR. The customer must then accept the quote, or decline it. IBM weren't hit, they were gifted with CRs.
And now they complain. Or, their litigators complain. Ahh, the blindness of justice.
Ditto for a Sun rack with a few 420 sparc servers and some disks in it.
The sides of the rack were a bit bent, and the paint somewhat peeled. The peeling was from me, screaming at the stupid c* that spun that c* F* S* F* R* and d* the * 100k ** ... etc etc. you can guess the rest.
You tell someone. I suspect these folks think they've kept a "Trade Secret" which is one of several forms of protection for intellectual property.
Anyone remember the old Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet license terms? The features, software and methods of Lotus 1-2-3 were a "Trade Secret", known and licensed by millions of people. And, hopelessly, kept secret.
Look, it's HPE (ex-Cray), and we know they used to be able to make products, but, really? Three years from now?
After Cray gets homogenized into being yet another HPE subsidiary, what will happen? Will the staff that make things happen still be there?
Look at the former SGI product line (SGI was also assimilated, remember) and see if you can find any of it on their website. Or any news releases bragging.
Ampere claimed an 80-core-per-socket dual-socket Altra overclocked to 3.3GHz is on a par with a 2.25GHz 64-core-per-socket (128 threads per socket) dual-socket AMD Epyc 7742, in terms of estimated SPECrate2017_int benchmarks.
Note: not safe for ears!
If the patents are referred to in an international standard, like 5G certainly is, then they should be licensed under FRAND policies of the standard -- not free, not unreasonable (terms), not discriminating, not refusable (*).
Possibly this is a proxy war against Nokia or Samsung or even Ericsson. Whoever built Verizon's kit.
(*)I am paraphrasing.
The OpenBSD installer is a small (optionally large) iso image. It takes about 2 minutes to answer the installer questions and 10 to download and install all of the o.s.
It works with Dell desktops. It has an auto or manual update feature for patches. It has a single-command auto upgrade to the next release (well, you have to "pkg_add -u" to update packages. ) Altogether about 18x better than windows.
And by "large" I mean 450MB. Linux Mint is 2GB. And yes you should install all of it.
I remember KSAT putting in the satellite dishes and me helping them out with the geosat link, way back in the day, for a company later acquired by Digital Globe. Their staff were at Troll, which is about 3000 km from anywhere and anyone. About as remote as you can be on this planet.
We were warm and comfy in the US chatting on the satphone for hours a day at istr $5/minute, troubleshooting the data compressor.
They did get to play a little hockey, courtesy of the sticks and jerseys we packed for them. Road hockey, as there was no ice, (and no roads!)
But, on the other hand, we have
without limitation, includes reporting on, designing or directing the construction of public utilities, industrial works, railways, bridges, highways, canals, harbour works, river improvements, lighthouses, wet docks, dry docks, floating docks, launch ways, marine ways, steam engines, turbines, pumps, internal combustion engines, airships and airplanes, electrical machinery and apparatus, chemical operations, machinery, and works for the development, transmission or application of power, light and heat, grain elevators, municipal works, irrigation works, sewage disposal works, drainage works, incinerators, hydraulic works, and all other engineering works, and all buildings necessary to the proper housing, installation and operation of the engineering works embraced in this definition
Which would seem to leave the software engineers out of it (*). Shame, really. Software is at least as important as, oh, say, aircraft engineering.
(*) Not really; they're included along with others with a clause that allows additional types to be defined later.
Here in my part of the world, we have the definition of "engineer":
includes reporting on, designing, or directing the construction of
Which seems to include management. Eh?
And also implies all the good stuff managers do: planning (objectives, budget, controls, taking credit/giving blame, etc etc).
Which the respondent in the article was in fact doing. Hence, he is acting as an engineer (though I not his company name doesn't imply so).
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