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EDT on VAX/VMS (later OpenVMS) that I used starting in the early eighties was the best. Digital had the best before DOS or Microsoft even existed. Keypad editing, learning sequences, macros,... - lots of very useful bells and whistles. I don't know about CUA. It needed a VTxxx keyboard or mapping so that you could use the keypad editing keys under your right hand (wcf the Gold Key?). you could get really good and fast when editing with this. Still have a PC compatible VT220 keyboard and working editor (ED) on Linux. Who still has their EDT Editor Reference Card? Never cared much for follow-ons TPU and its sidekick EVE, because so long as I could continue editing EDT style, I was happy. What a shock it was when the migration to UNIXes started. WTF? vi? But I got used to it.
It still freaks me out that Digital is no longer a prominent computer company or brand name. DIGITAL!!! That, and the fact that EDT wasn't even mentioned in the article.
Turn! Turn! Turn! is another, but I was focused on the cause, not the effect. I also went with a classic.
I like smoke and lightnin', Heavy metal thunder, Racing with the wind, And the feeling that I'm under
Yeah, Nauka, go and make it happen, Take the world in a love embrace, Fire all of your guns at once, And explode into space
* With apologies to John Kay, born in Tilsit, Russia.
While reading The Reg, I began to chew my first bite of the first hot banana pepper from this year's back-yard crop, just picked and roasted and now on my dinner-plate. I waited in anticipation for the desired capsicum kick as I read the following words:
"Scoville – who wasn't even supposed to be working that day, and was..."
Castors! Fitting, that it sounds like a cuss word. Never met one that didn't eventually cause me trouble.
While Google works on the latest design revisions of its custom-built racks, beefing up the castor specs, no doubt, they could do better.
If the racks have wheels, I assume that one design goal must be quick and easy physical swapping/removal/addition of fully loaded modular rack assemblies.
Ditch the castors for something like a custom-built roller jack to raise and move the custom-built rack. Two mating jacks, front and back, joined by lifting bars inserted through the rack. Foolproof quick connect fittings for all cabling, fibre, cooling. Solid footing. How about a super-rack system - like a rack for racks, maybe, while you're planning your next 1000-rack deployment?
I was quickly scanning through posts, stopping at the eye-catching "TU-144" in yours, and started to read it from its beginning.
By that time, my brain had already processed "TU-nnn", "Russian...copy" and the article context together, and provided its analysis: DEC TU series 1/2" tape drive, unknown model number. Possibly Russian-made to go with the VAX 11/780 they copied.
Even though we used drums, it was a couple of years before my time, so I never saw one, but I heard one good story at a DECUS symposium, as told by Bruce Ellis or maybe some other VAX/VMS guru of the time (faded memory).
Seems that these big heavy drums that were normally spinning pretty fast could be physically locked so they couldn't move during transport.
The story was that some poor unfortunate managed to engage the lock while the drum was still spinning. At this point, sufficient force was available and was instantly transferred, sending the whole unit crashing through the cinder-block wall behind it. Believe it or not.
Not many talk about VAXes these days. Fond memories for me. People don't say "disk packs" too much anymore. Those washing machines were wonderful. Malfunctioning top-cover interlock switches that allowed you to open the lid while the platters were fully spun up. CDC disk pack inspection tools with their cool mirror-comb assemblies. When you set the tool case down and opened it, onlookers were amazed and intrigued. It was like opening some secret agent's or hit man's tool bag.
The best WM story? Someone at the firm had written a backup/restore program that was loaded into the PDP or TI computer (rows of mini-toggle switches and lights up at the front) from a compact audio cassette. One day, the program entered an infinate looping state. Smoke was seen to be emanating from the CDC drive (around 10 platters/300MB per disk pack). The heavy head movement solenoid was going from limit to limit once every second, and the whole thing had slowly "walked" across the raised floor until it reached the end of its tether (power, data cables), and luckily, did not fall off the edge onto the concrete floor below. Nowadays, everyone has portable disk drives. We were on the cutting edge.
Re: My boss did it
How could anyone's tenure survive such an insane reaction? We would have tied and gagged the boss (maybe put him under a tile somewhere) and waited for the nice men from the mental hospital to come and fit him with a new jacket. This and more would have been easily justifiable under the circumstances. Tackle the bugger before he crashes another!
I can't criticize his personality based solely on the media reports and SM posts that do not lavish praise on his tremendous ambition, drive and achievements.
I can easily look past relatively unimportant things when it seems to me that Musk has rather quickly and successfully built a few now globally leading industries that are answering some of the most urgent needs of the future - extending our domain beyond the earth's atmosphere, and finding practical fossil-alternative ways to store and use electrical power. This path also hints at some real concern for mankind's future. Some would call that a noble quality. We could use a few dozen more like him.
With continued work and good fortune, in a few decades, I wouldn't be surprised to find Elon (or someone like him) commandeering asteroids and building artificial planets.
Not so fast. 50 percent of those "people" voted for the current state of disgrace, and probably will double down after their huge folly and do so again. Sorry, but the other half isn't doing nearly enough to restore the USA's once golden but now dead-and-buried international reputation. The USA IS its people. Government of the people, by the people, and for the people. They were taken in by the world's most successful confidence man, and now, everyone is constantly "winning". Well, there's a sucker born every minute, as it is said, and it seems that there is an enormous supply of them in America. It's a damned shame.
It boggles the mind!
I used to subscribe to a US IT trade rag called Digital Review. In the early 00s, I, along with many other fellow IT veterans at a large firm in Canada, always enthusiastically supported change. It meant newer, bigger, faster - more fun to be had. So it had been from the Honeywell mainframe and VAX days onward. We were not accustomed to failure. We rolled our own.
Then came ERP along with the concept of the out-sourcing of some of its key elements. Where it made "sense", of course.
A few years in, the people who made the promises were in denial, and the old wise ones were thinking "I told you so." We had missed dates (years, really), skyrocketing costs, unexpected challenges, and shifting scopes, to name but some of the horrors.
Around that time, a new DR issue landed on my desk. I flipped pages to get to the cover story on ERP project success rates, and there it was. One image that pretty well summed up my thoughts about our ERP.
It was a full-page picture of a pig wearing lipstick. I forget the article title, but it had the word ERP written above the pig's head in big bold-face letters. I quickly tore out the page, and before I could stop myself, I had pinned it up on the wall in my cubicle. The most amazing thing was that no-one ever told me to take it down.
Yes, they're focusing on the breaking brownface news because they know people like you will lap it up. At least something on a slow news day and in a quiet election run-up, guaranteed to send Trudeau's haters into joyous convulsions. This minuscule "scandal", will be forgotten in a few days, and the 3 anti-Trudeau comentards here and their ilk will have left their usual dinners of nothing and nothing with an extra helping of nothing. Nothing to do except troll around IT forums spreading hate.
Wednesday evening I first read about this, at the Guardian I think, and came here next. Couldn't find it. Been finding everything I've looked for here since around Y2K at least. No time to check every headline with the name Facebook in it and I was scanning for something like "Millions of Shocked Users Left Frantically Rubbing Smartphones as Social Media Heavyweight Falls Flat on Its Facebook - Ongoing Global Outage Knocks Out Services" or at least the word "outage."
What I overlooked was "What today links Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram - apart from being run by monopolistic personal data harvesters?"
My bad, but it just did not register. I'd seen news about Google's problems late Tuesday EST (again elsewhere and didn't find it here) and did not put 2 and 2 together to come up with a title that sounded like a quiz, so I really can't be hard on Jon Smit myself.
Anyway, I think I liked Jon's post better than kierenmccarthy's, even though he made a mistake. For myself, I could have used a link. When you're reading this at 150% (because eyes) with AdBlock, "on the right. Over here --->" is somewhere else, I don't know.
"the evil ones"
That would be evil indeed.
Mouse balls ran over everything on the user's desk for months and years - dried sugary coffee cup rings, lunch remnants, dead skin particles, hair, all manner of dust and dirt - over time resulting in very sticky dirty balls and accumulations of the aforementioned filth behind the balls.
Mouse first-aid was always to remove the seizing ball, wash it with soap and water (never, God forbid, in your mouth - YUCK!), and replacing it after picking out the dust bunnies from inside the ball sockets. If that didn't fix it, it went into the bin. Balls would frequently be salvaged and kept as desktop novelty items (relatively heavy for their size - good for fidgeting) and were often used for fun and games to relieve boredom during night Ops shifts.
Can you simulate this? Marketing wants to know.
Well, big chiller/blower on top of the sim bay, big flexi-hose to the sim roof, integrated air ducting (nice whooshing noise) to the retracting-window-weather-injection system. Beefed-up pressurization. CO2 fog and maybe a little snow thrown in. Real oxygen masks. Barf bags.
Instructor's station completely sealed off, of course. Lexan.
Yup. 0/0 for me too here in The Great White North. Don't see them, don't hear about them. Noone I know or have met wears them or talks about them. I don't even see any advertising. I don't need gyms to stay fit, so I don't know what goes on there. The wearables are yet another fad that I have no interest in, and it seems that I am not alone.
Maybe most people are still too busy getting over the novelty and thrill of playing children's video games and texting drivel back and forth with their smartphones in the subway (underground for you chaps) to pay any attention.
PS. Fitbit? Is that the part of me that never gets tired?
"You've nailed the essential point of a smartwatch. It's more or less not very much without a smartphone, but functions extremely well as a "remote access" terminal for the phone."
I once would have said that now I've heard everything but I'm sure there's plenty of craziness yet to come. If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs...
I'll just keep repeating that as necessary. Give me the strength.
"Most people get paid once to do a day's work, they don't expect to get paid for that day's work over and over for 70 fsking years."
You make it sound like it's a terrible thing and Neil's fault that he created music that people still love and that he and others can still sell and make money from 50 years (not 70) later. Why should anyone else benefit from the fruits of his labour more than he himself? You are way off-base. You are quite correct though when you say that you don't know.