154 posts • joined 27 Sep 2007
On a ten-by-ten playing field?
For added obscurity you code encode everything in BCD....
And one abbreviation for a battleship is "BB", so you'd be playing
BB in BCD over BGP.
"the many Thinkpads of 2018" ?
Did nothing happen in the P-series? Power users who need big screens for old eyes want to know!
Can we coax you to stop? Find a new Gig?
Or are you too twisted?
PEIFOTS - Problem Exists In Front Of Touch Screen
640 bits should be enough for anyone...
oh wait. wrong thread.
ADSL slow? Shurely not!
Here in the wilds of Pennsylvania, two hours west of NYC, I'm getting well over 200 KBps on downloads - so better than 1.6Mb/s for short bursts. LUXURY. Thank you, Verizon!
Re: Top Xmas tip
What if it's not preventative?
Before or after, there *will* be boozing....
Thank you, Lenovo?
Their list of laptops includes the T440s - "not affected", and the T460s - "affected". So where does that leave my T450s??? "Sort of affected"? "Deeply moved"? "Concerned, but not really bothered"?
Fortunately, Lenovo also listed the relevant firmware numbers, and a reboot and BIOS check suggests that I have an older, unaffected version of the ME firmware. Sure wish they'd included my machine in the list though, makes me feel somewhat abandoned.
Re: "It has a mass of about eight Earths and radius of about two so it's no golf ball."
Poul Anderson had a short story as well... its point being that high-gravity inhabitants would be smaller than humans, not larger as other authors at the time had imagined.
Much too long ago for me to remember the title, alas.
Are these things really 32-bit-oriented processors? Or are they x86-64 compatible? (Or - shudder - Itanium?)
Re: "What was wrong with ECC in older RAM?"
In a lot of personal computers post-IBM-PC, the RAM didn't use ECC or even parity bits, because it was cheaper not to (and "it's only a personal computer").
I had a Zenith system (Z-150) with a jumper on the motherboard, that you could set if you wanted to buy and install the additional memory chips to support parity. The default was "no parity memory", though.
Re: "an Ohio Scientific Instruments Challenger 8P"
Wow, someone else actually bought Ohio Scientific! My first personal computer was an OSI C4MP --- 6502 processor, something like 16KB of memory, and a 5.25" floppy.
Sort of an Apple II alternative, but OSI's attitude was that they built the hardware, the OS was your problem. As in, create a disk file by first loading the monitor routines from the system floppy, using it to manually allocate as many sectors on the target floppy as you expected the file to need, then load the editor from the system floppy, edit the file (typically in BASIC), swap the target floppy back in and save the file to the disk. If you got
cheapthrifty and allocated too few sectors, nothing for it but to discard all your work, de-allocate the file and start over with more sectors.
Double-sided floppies? Cut a read/write notch on the other side, and put the floppy in the drive upside-down.
Old phart icon, 'cuz that was in the 1970s.
Re: Who stuffed the headline then?
"Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city."
I was expecting 20-meter blood-thirsty freaks!
Re: Confused units
Q. "How high is green?"
A. "The faster, the smarter."
Methinks you're conflating http/https with html.
Of course there's a right answer!
Mine! Spaces are the ONLY way to go!
Do you KNOW what happens when you press the TAB key on an IBM 029 card punch? Do You?? DO YOU?????????
NOTHING, if you're good! Card punches don't have TAB keys --- the 029 has an Error Reset key there, like the Good Lord Watson intended! You tryin' to put spaces in your FORTRAN source, you're living in a state of SIN! Repent! Space out!
There's a reason it's called "whitespace", not "whitetab".
Arthur C. Clarke quote
Shurely more apropos:
"...the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." - Calvin and Hobbes
“Today was a great exercise in our whole team coming together to solve a singular problem.”
Yes, they have now worked out a rock-solid methodology for closing a barn door once the horse has bolted.
Annoyingly, the listed patches are for Samba 4.6, 4.5, 4.4, and some 3.x versions. My just-updated Ubuntu 16.04 LTS system is using Samba 4.3.11 --- I had to go into the changelog to verify that this version is in fact the patch for CVE 2017-7494. Done on May 19, BTW.
An attractive idea?
So what --- did they put a big magnet on the craft, so the asteroid just naturally pulls it to itself?
Re: Quality? Assurance?
Than again, we've also heard of excuses, and we got lots of those.
Reading the end of the article, it would seem there was a dearth of those, as well.
Re: Can you hold down the power button
> You've told people not to use jargon, but I have no idea whatsoever what 'top-up the jets' means*.
> I'd hazard a guess he's American and means topping up the screenwash, but it is only a guess.
As an American (pity me), I've never heard of "top-up the jets", and I refer to "washer fluid" when I think of the windshield washer. In fact, "top up" sounds like a British-ism to me.
...as I look forward to restructuring an undergraduate "Computer Organization" course for the spring...
Should I de-emphasize the CPU organization? Is it time to pay more attention to how various elements are interconnected, than to what the elements are?
Even the processor? After all, what is a processor? A CPU? A GPU? Some application-specific FPGA? Does it matter, if the system has all three, or is their mutual interconnect more important?
Maybe I'll cop out, and just hide behind discussions of "Moore's Law".
And yet Notepad hasn't changed since the Win3 days...
Gvim. I keep my shell busy doing other things whilst I'm editing.
Or SciTE, if I happen to want proportional fonts (say, for a pretty screenshot).
Re: Dead Data
I'd say that's just happened...
"Stem cell-derived hart tissue was sent into orbit and will not be assessed to give data on the health risks of a Mars mission. "
I don't understand (a) why they wanted to send deer tissue into orbit, nor (b) why the won't assess it once it came back. Although maybe they realized they sent the wrong tissue sample and just don't care anymore?
Great. Now I have Bowie and Queen stuck in my head.
Re: This is the end result of decades of outsourcing.
> they have at least moved on from 7 bit
This isn't really an improvement - 7-bit ASCII, stored in an 8-bit byte, is compatible with UTF-8. The various 8-bit codepages aren't.
Re: Altitude or attitude?
The article I'm seeing says "attitude" --- referring to the orientation of the telescope in space, i.e. which way it points.
The reaction wheels would have no significant impact on the altitude.
"Two post-war Prime Ministers ..."
Which war are you posting? The Great War, WWII, Vietnam, the Falklands, Iraq 1, Afghanistan, Iraq 2, some other war I've overlooked...?
Re: My first thought was:
> "2020! That's ages. :(" <
That's unbelievably soon! They'll never get a working plane by then!
Well, maybe (probably) a drone.
Seems rather strange to me.
Re: “one-man-and-a-dog computer dealer"
>"So Gerald and his boss ..."
>That may answer your question.
Maybe, maybe not. Was the boss an SOB?
> "The Pi has HDMI and composite video outputs but they are exclusive"
Actually, they abandoned the composite video with the Raspberry Pi 2 (and 3...)
"Oh, and F4 Phantom FTW for modern."
"The triumph of thrust over aerodynamics."
A furniture store in Boston used to have a slogan on its building: "34 years without a sale!"
I always wondered how they managed to stay in business. Rentals, maybe?
Re: GWX Control Panel might help here
Works great for me, I have it installed on a physical machine and on a VM. Recommended if you've a reason to stay on Win7.
Re: Acceleration pedantry
Properly speaking, 1024 bytes is a kibibyte. 1024 cats is a kibblecat.
>I can't find any airlines that fly to the Southern Ohio Medical Centre......
Maybe some LifeFlight helicopters?
Re: I don't want to pile on...
Just want to point out that Massachusetts, at 27,336sq.km and 6.745M people, and Maryland, at 32,133sq.km and 5.976M people, are both comparable in size but more rural than Belgium at 30,528sq.km and 11.2M people.
Granted, Belgium wasn't in the top10,but then it only houses the EU and NATO.
Thanks for that link
I now know that my Subaru Outback uses HERE maps.Outdated ones...
Re: How about
'I wonder if it runs the GIMP?"
Yes. It installs via apt-get, and runs. "Fast?" ...Don't get greedy.
disclaimer: this is actually on a Raspberry Pi Zero, as my RPi2 is presently offline.
Re: "sounds much more like incompetence than government interference"
These two are by no means incompatible. Why not offer incompetent government interference?
Marketed under the Joo Janta brand name, no doubt?
After all, the homeless represent a source of peril to the affluent....
747 in old Microsoft Simulator
Back in the Atari 400 days, we used to put the MS Simulator's Boeing 747 through loop-the-loops. Hard to get up enough airspeed...
Landing was easy, though. Just point at the ground and wait.
Legality trumps morality
While I sympathize with the faculty on this (to some extent), I would be surprised if they didn't explicitly acknowledge that their uses of university equipment are not private. After all, it's not their gear.
At my school, I click through an agreement not to abuse the system every time I log in. Of course the admins can see what I do, and they need to.
Re: Who the hell...
"...tests suspicious cables with expensive equipment..."
Someone whose employer is buying the equipment?
Re: Office nasty
Or just super-glue the handset to the base.
A less permanent one was to replace the bell with a portable klaxon alarm (or whatever they're called). Some people did that to their own phones, just so they could recognize when theirs was ringing.
Re: Ya'll left out one biggie
No, not "you will". Best understood as "You all", not to be confused with "you-uns" ("you ones") or "youse" (ummm.... New Jersey).
Re: Felony wearing of a mask in Public?
"Virginia borders Washington DC, where anything even remotely related to "terrorism" is considered illegal."
Yes, and Germany borders the Netherlands, where marijuana and prostitution are sort-of legal.
Is there a point there somewhere?