* Posts by EagleZ28

73 posts • joined 15 Jun 2020


This PDP-11/70 was due to predict an election outcome – but no one could predict it falling over


Re: Telephone dog circuit

That poor dog needed a new pet human...

You *bang* will never *smash* humiliate me *whack* in front of *clang* the teen computer whizz *crunch* EVER AGAIN


Re: mea culpa - always check compatibility

Damn! That IBM1403 is older than *I* am!

(Although, not by much...)


Re: mea culpa - always check compatibility

When not reading my e-books on my desktop or laptop, i read them on my...

PalmOne Tungsten E2

which still works, and has no problem letting me read my new .mobi format ebooks,

and which also fits comfortably in my shirt pocket.

I can't recall exactly when it was new... mid 90's, at best guess.

I'm also still using my AT-style 101-key Keytronics keyboard on my desktop.

I bought that keyboard in the early 90's... circa 92-93, when I bought my first PC, a 386SX.


Re: Embarrassing?

Back in the late 90's, I was working tech support...

A customer called in and said his monochrome monitor, a CRT, had died on him... no output

to the screen.

The power LED was on... the cables were plugged into the correct places... and snugly.

All was to no avail, until I had him swap out the monitor with a known-good one... which

continued to work.


The monitor WAS bad!

Great... ship a new replacement monitor to the customer, have him return the bad one so

that WE can send it to OUR supplier for a replacement... all is well.

The next morning, courtesy of express overnight shipping, he's got a new monitor, plugged

it in... and WORKING.

A few days go by... we get the old monitor back via snail mail...

Just in case... we try it... to confirm it IS bad...

The monitor was an old-style amber monochrome CRT... if you turned the brightness down...

the screen would go *completely* blank... not even a faint hint of an image.

Yes... the brightness and contrast were turned all the way down. We turned them up... and yes,

it worked just fine.

A week or so later, the SAME customer called in again... with a bad CRT...


Yep, solved it again.

Pew, pew, pew! Our galaxy is shooting cold, gaseous 'bullets' of high-speed matter. Boffins are baffled


Re: Either someone's firing up the stardrive, or...

Maybe the black hole had something to do with the Darkover?

UK national debt hits 1.46 Apples – and weighs as much as 2 billion adult badgers



Sperm? or killer?

Shocking no one, not enough foreigners applied for H-1B visas this year so US govt ran a second lottery



Hollerithevo -

I think that any 'sneering' in the original comment was intended towards the COMPANIES who hire/import foreign workers, rather than those workers.



Hollerithevo - Yes, "H1-B applicants" runs the gamut of probably EVERY race and most nationalities.

The H1-B visa program is intended to allow companies to "import" workers who have skills that CAN'T be found within our own borders. It was NEVER intended as a source of "cheaper labor".

It was also intended to allow the immigration of extraordinary talent... ex., Albert Einstein...

and 'special talent' such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Anthony Hopkins, etc... short term to do concert tours and movies, etc., as well as "visiting academics" to teach a semester or two at a Uni.

This latter case, movie stars, is probably a big part of the DROP in the H1-B applications, with movie theaters and studios and concerts being cancelled/postponed due to Covid.



Gerdesj - I'm not sure which of the comments you intended this as a reply to, but...

H1-B applicants come from (almost?) every race, and most nations... so "racist" doesn't apply to any perceived criticism of them as an entire group. Indeed, that post didn't criticize H1-B applicants except to say that they weren't any BETTER.

Americans, likewise, come from just about every race, so, again, saying "American" isn't a racist comment, not even by a sloppy definition, much less a "dictionary definition".


The H1B and Covid things are seperate, although there's a bit of overlap.

IBM takes Power10 processors down to 7nm with Samsung, due to ship by end of 2021


Well... either 2.1 or Warp 3.0... strictly 32-bit

although, really, I was just joking.


Oh... can I run OS/2 on this thing?

Sun welcomes vampire dating website company: Arrgh! No! It burns! It buuurrrrnsss!


Re: Inappropriate garb? Me? Probably daily ...

I guess you weren't the droid it was looking for, OB1.


Re: Inappropriate garb

"Standard there [Denmark] (if you are technical, not sales) was jeans and shirt (or polo), all in decent condition. Probably even ironed."

WOW... I knew I liked Danishes, oops, I mean Danish, for a reason!

Ironed jeans? Sounds like home!

How about a cowboy hat and boots?


Re: Inappropriate garb

I'll never again work a job that requires me to wear a noose... oops... a tie.

If they expect me to wear slacks, they'll have to pay for it.

I'm strictly a jeans and nice shirt type of guy, except on formal occasions.

How do you feel about single-use plastics? OK, interesting. Now tell us your views on surprise Windows updates


Re: Fear

Reminds me of their old (?) marketing strategy... FUD... FEAR, Uncertainty, and Doubt.

Still, it also sounds like job security for all those MSCE's etc...


Re: Keep New Zealand on the map!

Remember... when you go to the Home Depot, the toilets on display are NOT connected to plumbing.

Please don't poop in the dis-play toilets.


Re: Tiny?

Flock -


Texas alone more than 676K km^2

I guess "tiny" is relative.

Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected


Re: Work with facts

It's been a while, but...

According to "The Concise Oxford Dictionary Of Current English- 1912"

definition of "gender"

1) defines it according to the grammatical usage in "gendered" languages, such as French, Spanish, Italian, German, etc...

2) "sex"

That's it for the second definition... gender=sex


Re: Work with facts

It was used as a more "socially acceptable" term for "sex" because "gender" was NOT something that... ahem... two people could do together.


Did anyone else notice THIS little gem?

From the article:

"Constanza-Chock said. "Or the harm in opportunity cost of not showing employment ads to people based on misgendered assumptions.”"

NOT showing EMPLOYMENT ads... based on wrong gender assumptions?

That sounds like "sexual (gender) discrimination"!


Re: The complaint seems confused

"I'm dubious that any data available to an advertiser is of any use at all, to be honest."

Well, let's say a manufacturer, or retailer, of brassieres is looking to advertise their products.

They have to pay for each ad "pushed" to a viewer.

If they don't send those ads to... to people without "boobies", they can reach more *potential* customers with their advertising budget.


Re: Work with facts

Yes... In ENGLISH, and when referring to members of "the animal kingdom", including humans, sex and gender were the same thing.

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects


Re: Ban all Homonyms!

"Racism now includes a "power" element..."

Only if we the people LET them change it.

We can refuse to accept that new one, and keep using the word in its older meaning, and thereby refute the new one.


Re: Ban all Homonyms!

Is it just me, or does that "boo tcamp" sound a lot like a "re-eduction camp"?

An effort at "policing thoughts", as well as language...


Re: Human Nature

In my opinion (and experience), "JDX" put the cart before the horse.

Language does not "inform" behavior and culture... but REFLECT it... both.

The language and culture adapt... change... grow... and then language changes to reflect those things.


Re: Human Nature

It isn't a matter of them projecting FEARS...

Do you remember the old saw/aphorism, back when you were a kid... that "the first to smell the fart (and point the finger), was probably the one who farted?"

Did you ever wonder why the first people to cry out "Sexism!" are the extreme feminists, aka feminazis?

What do you want to bet that most of the people complaining about how this or that is racist... are, themselves, quite racist?


Re: White dwarf

No... they'll allow the "white dwarfs"... so that they can get them to pay reparations for all their guilt and privilege.


Or choice...

c) Scared of losing funding from hyper-woke S4B Congresspersons.


Re: Languages


I was thinking mostly of the...

Romance - French, Spanish, Italian, Rumanian... (Portuguese?)

Germanic - German, Dutch, Scandinavian, (but not, of course, English)

Slavic - Russian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Bulgarian (?), etc...

Finnish... well... I know almost nothing about Finnish, including even which group it might belong to, other than (probably) Indo-European... other than that it has so many damned CASES that it seems rather improbable that they could possibly have overlooked the added complication of genders. <grin>

And I overlooked Celtic, Gaelic, and Welsh...


Re: Ban all Homonyms!

I can give most of these people the benefit of the doubt... believe that they just have good intentions.

(Innocent until proven guilty, as SOME have already confessed to being racists.)

At the same time, these people are a good example of why we have that old saying...

"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."

No matter what their INTENT might be, SOME of the RESULTS of this crap are going to be...

Very Bad Indeed.


Re: Languages

You left out an interesting one...

"Das Maedchen"...

Das is neuter... but "Maedchen" means "girl".

If "we're" going to get rid of every gendered language... that's pretty much all of the European languages except for English.


Re: Languages

No! Not "neuter"! It's "neither", darn it, as in "nonbinary"... and I think the count is up to something like fifty versions of nonbinary? (This week. It'll be more next week!)


Re: Ban all Homonyms!

No! Then we wouldn't be able to have pun!


Re: Ban all Homonyms!

At least some of them, of the "Race Studies" variety, have redefined the word "privilege".

According to them, it now means "an ABSENCE of IMPEDIMENT"... instead of the ADDITION of something special.

Of course, it's just a mere coincidence that the change of definition yields the result of making far more White people "privileged"... and yes, he was referring to White privilege initially, but paused and changed it to "all privilege really...".

Likewise, they defined the word "microaggression" so that ONLY the dominant cultural group COULD commit a microaggression, thus giving all other groups a "free pass"..

They are also trying to redefine "racist"/"racism"/"prejudice" so that minorities are somehow unable, by definition, to be "racists" or "prejudiced".

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault


Re: It sometimes works the other way

In general... USUALLY... I agree... life IS too short...

On the other hand... "once bitten, twice shy"... and "Screw me once, shame on you. Screw me twice, shame on me."


Re: It sometimes works the other way

To the best of my knowledge, Seagate doesn't have an industry-wide "dodgy rep".

What got me so angry was the added insult... they'd send me a new one... for MORE than

the going retail price, with S&H being extra, of course, when they should have replaced it

for FREE, since it was under warranty when it failed.

At the time, I worked for a company who assembled and sold machines which came with full computers.

If our customers had a drive go bad at 50 of 52 weeks into a warranty, it could easily be that long before the bad drive came back to us and then we'd have to get with the supplier...


While your #1, ending the suffering too quickly, is certainly a valid point, I most respectfully submit that your #2 is variable...

After the keyboard has been... ahem... put through those paces, I'm not certain anyone would WANT to use it, so any damage sustained might not be a problem...

... and if someone might want to use it anyway... try using a Keytronics 101-key AT keyboard. Those things could (can) survive a trip to hell and back.


Re: It sometimes works the other way

I once bought a Seagate hard drive, which went bad on the SAME morning when I had to make an international flight, and so was unable to address the issue.

On the day that I returned from my trip, I contacted their customer service, as the drive HAD still been in warranty when it went bad.

Nope. No luck, even though their own date of manufacture on the drive meant that my story was quite likely true... and I had offered to send them pictures of my itenerary and passport stamps to prove it.

The best that they would do for me was to offer me a special replacement price on a new drive... which was actually HIGHER than common retail price, even BEFORE adding shipping and handling fees.

That just added insult to injury.

Since then, I've never bought another Seagate hard drive... nor has any company I've worked for, when I was the one making the purchasing decision... and I've never recommended them, either, when I was asked for advice concerning which drive to buy.

That was 26-28 years ago... and I've bought enough hard drives for my OWN systems, not counting my employers', to cost them WAY more in lost sales than what simply honoring a single "potentially barely expired" warranty would have cost them.

Of course, if they HAD honored it, then I would STILL be bragging about how good their customer service was, stil be recommending them, and probably ONLY them...

SOME people know how to carry a grudge until it dies of old age, THEN have it stuffed and, ahem, MOUNTED.

(Sorry, I just couldn't resist!)

First alligators, then dogs, now Basil Fawlty is trying to standardise social distancing measures


Re: But what would the measure be...

" I'd be too engrossed in admiring the plumage!"...

and for this reason, perhaps the distance which one can throw the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch might be a better measure.

Provided that one doesn't spend too long reading the manual.

Amazon gets green-light to blow $10bn on 3,000+ internet satellites. All so Americans can shop more on Amazon


Re: serve the public interest

The article states that the purpose is to provide HS internet in areas that don't already have it.

In my home area, AT&T phone lines SUCK... even by 1980's standards, never mind TODAY'S standards.

There's also no cable TV.

Cellular is metered... but otherwise not bad in my local area... good cell coverage...

OTHER than satellite, the only option that I have is a radio-freq-based provider... and soon the trees are going to grow tall enough to block that weak signal, and I can't very well go around "topping" other people's trees to clear a line-of-sight. (Yes, tree leaves will block that signal.)

Also, for more competition, isn't Google supposed to be doing something very similar?


Re: Use of personal data ?

MITM/Man-in-the-middle -

I think (might be wrong) that there are already laws in place in USA... and probably all of EU and Canada and Aus/NZ to prevent that kind of thing...

Or our existing ISP's would already be doing it.


Re: Use of personal data ?

"Disney *and* Disney+ is a thing? Both content creation and distribution? Seems sucky for the consumer."

It's nowhere near as bad as the UK's BBC... The government and the content creation and distribution.

It's also like Amazon Prime and Netflix... both of which are also both creators and distributors.

Copyright law provides some protection to the creators from anti-competitive business practices.

"Variety is the spice of life" provides even more, since people are almost inevitably want several different distributors in order to get different creators... the shows they want to watch.

With the US election coming up, when better to petition regulators for a controversial way to chill online speech?


Re: More obvious signs ...

How do I calculate?

YOU appear to be referring to COVID19? I don't count it on Trump's "scorecard"... HE didn't cause it.

If people choose not to wear masks and not isolate as much as is possible, that's on them... THEIR choice.


I recommend large frame glasses to help PROTECT your EYES from being a point of infection.

Safety glasses... tinted/not-tinted as appropriate.

Back to Trump's "butcher's bill"...

Has he started a WAR? No. Kennedy and LBJ dragged USA and thus some of our allies into Vietnam.

Clinton is at least partially responsible for 9/11... Clinton had a perfect opportunity to try to reset relations with Russia, but he was "too busy" playing with Monica and cigars... and "Black Hawk Down" and Somalia...

Obama and his drone strikes... ISIS/ISIL... Syria and his "line in the sand"

ILLEGAL immigrants DIE trying to "break in" to USA, because of "coyotes", desert/dehydration and heat stroke, etc. STOPPING that (which he appears to have SLOWED) helps PRESERVE lives...

Bush II - Iraq and Afghanistan.

Truman - Korea and the start of the Cold War.

The "sanctuary cities" on the other hand ENCOURAGE people to try to immigrate illegally.


Re: "The Fairness Doctrine would have made Fox News [..] illegal"

You've got a pretty clear take on the US media.

Back in the 80's, it used to be slightly Left/Liberal/Progressive, BUT it was also often (not always), BALANCED out by the individual LOCAL news stations.

As time went on, the nationwide MSM kept drifting further and further Left... the "spin" became overwhelming... blatant... to the point where Conservatives were no longer WILLING to put up with it, which they HAD been... and often still are... to a point. Conservatives became accustomed to having the Left-view crammed down their throats.,, at least when they had no other choice.

Then, along came Fox... and they suddenly HAD a choice... Likewise with talk-radio... and a few surviving newspapers.

IMO, the NYT and WaPo and CNN (etc.) would have done FAR better to try to serve both sides of the stories equally... to try to EDUCATE their readers/viewers... Instead, they chose to alienate half in order to "gratify" the other half.

If Fox is a "devil", it was the MSM that gave birth to it.


Re: "The Fairness Doctrine would have made Fox News [..] illegal"

FOX News ONLY exists because the other (TV) news outlets became so heavily Left-biased.

FOX News is #1 in US because it's the ONLY Right-leaning (national/international, as opposed to purely local) TV news, while the MSM is so numerous (and completely Left) that it divides up small pieces of the total Left-leaning viewership.

Also, it's not simply that the MSM is Left-leaning... they often insult the Right... and quite frankly, slander and/or libel them, as well.

Just some examples...

"Flyover country"... as if the only part of the US which matters are the two coasts.

"Covington Kids" - the MSM universally panned them as Christians (probably correctly) but ALSO as RACISTS... without evidence... AND as the instigators of the "racist incident"... definitely NOT correctly.

"Deplorables" - This single comment by Hillary probably was enough to cost her the election... by itself. A lot of Americans who had voted for Obama, TWICE, decided to vote for Trump instead of Hillary.

Russian Collusion... They've been on an don about this since Trump won the election... but it wasn't Trump and his team who colluded with a Russian to put lies into the Steele Dossier and then used that to weaponize our own legal system... AGAINST Trump. No, that was the Left, the Dems, and the MSM.

More... I could list more, but that would turn into an entire book...


Dems more focused on who could/might beat Trump...

Yes, I agree...

Universal healthcare in USA?

The Dems aren't REALLY for that... too many doctors are Dems... and the insurance companies have too much power... with BOTH parties... INCLUDING the Dems.

Medical malpractice lawyers tend to be OVERWHELMINGLY Dem... because the Dems are in favor of UNlimited lawsuits, while the Reps are in favor of limits. If we in USA go to gov't healthcare, like England, Canada, etc., it would be, in THIS country, FAR harder to sue for ANY amount... because we have to have the Fed. Govt's PERMISSION to sue the FG. Essentially, it would put the ambulance chasers out of work... along with the medical insurance companies and all of their employees, as well as quite a few employees at the hospitals who handle billing... and that is a LOT of votes/voters... not to mention money... which is MOST of the reasons that Obamacare went the way that it did.

Universal Basic Income -


Okay, this sounds nice... getting a paycheck for just being a warm body...

Beyond THAT, though... if it's "universal", then who the hell is PAYING for it?

The government can't give anything to anyone without first taking it from someone else.

So, if everyone is getting it, then who is the gov't taking it FROM in order to... give it to everyone?

Are they just printing money like it grows on trees? Maybe. Of course, that causes inflation... which

means that they are just giving with one hand and taking with the other...

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?


Re: Nope

I've been using MS since MS-DOC 3.1

I'd add that Win98SE was also pretty solid and reliable.

IMO, every 2nd iteration tends to be absolute CRAP... and then they get the NEXT one pretty good.

98SE, 2K, XP, 7... all good and solid.

95 (a &b), ME, 8.0, 8.1... all crap.

Oh... and back in the day, I also ran OS/2 2.0, 2.1, and 3.0

I had a lot of VERY high-end DOS-based programs... VERY expensive... and OS/2 ran them beautifully... better, in fact, than DOS... and likewise, it ran some critical specialized hardware device drivers quite well.



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