* Posts by someone_stole_my_username

6 posts • joined 2 Jun 2020

For every disastrous rebrand, there is an IT person trying to steer away from the precipice


Re: UK Crayon Departments are just as bad

"S5 is the Dutch military designation for failure to pass the intelligence test"

No, that would be I5. I for Intelligence.

S means (emotional) Stability.

And since long before I entered the military in the early 90s, S5 had such a stigma that it was never awarded, making S4 the de facto "maximum" score (range 1 to 5, lower is better).

Housekeeping and kernel upgrades do not always make for happy bedfellows


Re: Versioning - still not an option

I can tell from personal experience, that even the VMS versioned filesystem did not protect you from yourself, if you were determined enough!

It was far too easy to type delete *.*;*

Pure frustration: What happens when someone uses your email address to sign up for PayPal, car hire, doctors, security systems and more


Re: Other casual people

GPS accuracy was improved significantly for non-military use shortly after the (first!) Gulf War.

Since 2000 it can give an accuracy of 12 inches, provided the receiver supports that signal.

A tale of mainframes and students being too clever by far


Re: The days before memory protection WAS (less) necessary...

You seem to have your timelines mixed up.

The first virus was created in 1986. By that time, the C64 was all but obsolete.

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft


Re: Not really new..

If you really want to, you can go out today and buy a Pipistrel Alpha Electric.


Tradeoffs: it has a very limited endurance, and a limited payload.

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds


IIRC both Word and Wordperfect for DOS used white-on-blue as the standard color scheme.

Or green/amber-on-black when using MDA/Hercules. ;-)


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