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Three phase power is fun!!
Some equipment I was with when it was installed in the late 60's needed 3 phase power (before low power stuff) for operation. It also included a nice rotary machine (disk drive) that used three phase power as well. While the techs were there wiring it up, they actually tested to make sure that the phases were in order. They were, and all was fine. Later I found out that the equipment also had a phase sequence detector ahead of the motor relay to MAKE SURE that the phases were in the correct order. Pretty good design if you ask me.
Oh, yes all the 3 phase circuit breakers had the phases linked so if one tripped, others would as well.
That was 120-208 'Y' three phase. Then there is 120-0-120, 240, 240 "delta" three phase that has the "high" leg 208 volts above the "neutral" which isn't actually neutral, but the center of the other phase. It makes for interesting wiring if you think it is the other type as you smoke one of the three phases.
Live and learn.
Revealed: El Reg blew lid off Meltdown CPU bug before Intel told US govt – and how bitter tech rivals teamed up
Problems abound when "everyone" does the same thing. Sometimes you need a different take on things.
Of course, I long for a 68k processor that might have lots of modern features, but that train left the station long ago (SIGH*).
Obvious need for..
Nice home routers that work well with IPv6. Most of the ones I see are woefully inadequate in this regard. We also need to have the DSL & Cable modems work with IPv6 addresses.
Then there is the addressing of IPv6, which allows for an IP address for every grain of sand the world has known (*SIGH*).
I suspect that IPv7 (whatever that will be) might be more to the point, and possibly backward compatible with IPv4 with little effort.
Then again wishing and hoping will only get you so far.......
I'm beginning to believe.....
...that nothing is really "secure" anymore, unless it DOESN'T have an embedded processor.
I'd say toasters, but I understand some of those are "connected".
All roads lead to the pub (or not)...
I'm sure that our friendly BOFH will have something like this for miscreants he encounters.
Probably just as easy...
To get the title and send an order into the Pentagon. They will deliver you a nice printed copy for a small (<$10 sometimes) sum. All you need to know is the proper report/publication number.
Spying made easy. You may even be able to order it on Amazon for some titles, I suspect.
Now where is the ISBN for that......
Don't do the crime, if you can't do the crime.
As for the threats, I don't think I'd like my kids threatened like this, names and school addresses. Not too good.
If it ain't broke
Don't Fix It!!
No, Californian. It probably doesn't make any difference, but somehow we are unique.
Thankfully I can enter my zip code and continue most of the time. As for fueling up, when last in Italy, (2007), it didn't seem that difficult. Navagating in Rome was an entirely different story. For even more humor, I think back to 1969 when I traveled with my brother in Italy. Then you used silly things like "gas coupons" so as a tourist you could get "cheaper" gas for your Lira.
Yes, I use a nice credit card, and it is "better" than the folded green stuff we have (with pictures of dead presidents, and other elder statesmen). It gives me a 1% "cash back" which can over time add up to a dollar or two. The only cash I carry around most of the time is an "emergency" $100 bill, or a few bucks for paying my "stupidity tax" that I walk to the local package goods store to get exercise. For the record, a tank of petrol for my vehicle is getting more expensive, as I just filled up for about $65 or so.
Life goes on...
Probably not cp -R, but rather something like "scp -R offsite.com:."
Pretty sophisticated if you ask me. Amazing what this internet thing does these days.
Then again, thumb drives with large capacities are pretty cheap these days.
Yes, Tesla uses Linux for things.
Now if they as zealous as this on spam...
I might get a bit enthused. When you get so much in your mailbox only to have most of it discarded, it really does "cost" people money to deal with it.
I'm sure that there are people out there who would willingly help in this law enforcement effort if they could haul their a**es to jail pronto!
Of course the same goes for robo phone calls to.
Oh, I'm not holding my breath.
Why doesn't ElReg sponsor...
A true BOFH certificate for all of us. I'm sure there is a profit center there.
Yes, there is "technical", English", and "idiot".
One must add another category:
"Wife". Or in some cases "Significant other".
Bastard Operator's Manual.
What great title. Maybe Simon will accept contributions. I'm sure we have a bunch as well as standard BOFH episodes.
The boss yells as he approaches work central.
I'm surprised that nobody (at least as of this writing) has commented on the fact that the
knob dial has a max value of 11. Must be a Marshall amp!
Yeah, they keep warning me...
I've gotten a bunch of emails from them, and what do you know I've tested my connection a multitude of times and all is well.
Please stop sending me the emails. It is getting frustrating!
Of course they could do what my bank did, and just stop accepting connections. THUD!
Just a little bit late...
Only about 34 years or so. We all need to discover "what is the truth" in our own ways. Somehow it was done pretty well before film, video, and computers, so we ought to survive.
That the boss's phone and desktop weren't "archived" to obtain future blackmail topics. You never know when such jucy items might be useful.
Of course, the might be, and we don't know it yet.
Life goes on.
An interesting idea...
Maybe the new domains should only be listed in IPv6 space. Then we might get a handle on them.
Just an idea, there was a thread a few days ago about IPv6 uptake, and this might "help".
The case isn't heard in the eastern Texas district court in Tyler. Many cases have gone down that rathole.
The FBI (and others) attacked spam as much we all might be better off!
Yes, I've driven this section of road a few times, some before the silly flyover for the carpool lane. Please note that I drive the vehicle, even when it has cruse control. Sometimes I tap the brake to disengage it, but I still drive the vehicle.
Sorry, I don't need a silly sparky vehicle that is truly unaffordable for all but people who want to be snobs, or just need to drive in the carpool lane. Yes, I drive a nice SUV that gets terrible mileage, but DOES have a 300+ mile range that I regularly use while driving down I-5 to southern California to visit in-laws (nice people, by the way). I sincerely doubt that I could make it there in any sparky car in under 6 hours like I do in my SUV.
I see many Waymo vehicles around, and they all have their Lidar beacons scanning the countryside. I have doubts that they will replace drivers soon for longer distances. I'd be willing to try one from the driveway of my house, down to my in-laws parking lot behind her condo. I suspect that it might run out of gas somewhere along the way, and probably take more that the requisite 6 hours. These companies have a LONG way to go. The silly sparky car isn't even close.
Don't do the crime...
...if you can't do the time..
Words to live by!
All I can say is:
"There goes the neighborhood".
There is a certain understanding that data is fungable, and can be moved anywhere.
As an outsider (I don't have anything on GitHub), it seems to be that somebody has bought all the marbles, and MIGHT not let everyone play without changing the rules.
We can only hope that the previous owners might start up something new (It could happen, you never know). A couple of billion goes a pretty long way.
Will they get serious about spam email. They tried once, but it really had no effect. Who knows, if "we" post more things in a congressman's name it might start something.
But I still have doubts. *SIGH*
It all boild down to "Prior Art".
Which is all fine and good, but the patent office only thinks that "prior art" is that which is patented. Something outside that has been know for eons, just doesn't fit the bill.
In some cases, fortunately, we get judges, and (hopefully) juries that understand "common sense".
So, the patent office will patent, and the courts will continue to rule invalid. Life goes on.
History repeating itself??
We all know what happened last time, and given the zeal (or lack thereof) of government agencies, I suspect that history will repeat itself on this one.
Nothing to see here, please go away.
Maybe is is because the IPv6 address space...
...has room for every grain of sand on earth.
When IPv6 was "invented" they needed a proper method of "transition" to the new way of things. As far as I know, this was never published. IETF is wonderful for standards and engineering, but the "transition" is a very political problem, and they really aren't good at it.
Of course, if Google only allows IPv6 connections sometime tomorrow, it could take place pretty quickly.
Oh, if spammers could be trapped by it as well, there might be another good case for it.
Obviously the wrong drug...
Please use the most common "recreational" drug (which I suspect we have all used) which is CAFFEINE.
Me? I take mine now as Coke Zero. Sometimes Coffee.
p.s. It is a much cheaper habit.
Think Apollo Moon project.
Sometimes it can be done. It takes time.
A backdoor for one...
...is a backdoor for all.
Moral of the story:
Can you keep a secret?
So can I!
Yes, conveyor belt toasters...
They work just fine on sliced bread, but at one hotel I stayed at had one of these devices, and they found out that unfortunately thick bagel slices just don't work too well. Well, they get jammed up in the works, and stall the conveyor. Then the heating element gets in contact with said bagel, and after a short while the organic material decides to turn itself into global warming gasses and other combustion products. Usually this isn't bad, but the smoke detector was positioned right above said toaster.
No, the alarm didn't sound while I was there, but there was a hurried scramble to release the burning bagel of shame.
Older stuff WAS simplier...
Back when I first got a microwave oven (late 1970's) it had 3 controls. First one was a small power level know, that usually was at 100%. The second was a nice logarithmic time control (the first minute was about as much space as the distance from 30-35 minutes) that was a nice round dial linked to a mechanical timer. The third was a nice button that basically started the whole process, that ended with a nice 'ding' at the end.
I have been looking for a microwave oven that has similar simple controls ever since. I haven't seen any, as somehow marketing droids have seen fit to encumber the panels with more and more buttons and displays ever since.
The only saving grace is the "Easy Minute" button on my current microwave oven that you can thankfully press multiple times to get nice even minute increments on cook time. I consider all the other buttons a big waste of time and effort.
Yes, I long for simpler days.
Sorry it isn't in the 'info' pages Mr. Stallman.
Of course, it may not be a joke, but that is for another time.
I remember that one version of make had a cookie (easily recreated in the Makefile):
sh-3.2$ make love
Process 1 IS complicated.
That is the main problem. With different processes you get different results. For all its faults, SysV init and RC scripts was understandable to some extent. My (cursory) understanding of systemd is that it appears more complicated to UNDERSTAND than the init stuff.
The init scripts are nice text scripts which are executed by a nice well documented shell (bash mostly). Systemd has all sorts of blobs that somehow do things and are totally confusing to me. It suffers from "anti-kiss"
Perhaps a nice book could be written WITH example to show what is going on.
Now let's see does audio come before or after networking (or at the same time)?
How about Boris Badenov.
Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat...
Microsoft will truly endorse Linux...
...when you see Word or Excel running on it.
As I really doubt that is going to happen, I will continue to use LibreOffice.
While I haven't seen the Ely Cathedral, I Have been to Ely, Nevada.
Word to wise: Just gas (petrol) up and pass through. It is the original inspiration for the phrase "Nothing to see here, please move along".
Names ARE curious.
Quicklime and bodies??
This is good information. How about sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide, like they did on mythbusters a few years ago? Of course, you need a good bathtub, preferably well coated so as to not corrode. Of course, every BOFH knows how to clean up crime scenes.
I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space
Stating the obvious...
The only people who actually make out in a class action lawsuit are THE LAWYERS. Perhaps something should be done about this. Maybe the lawyer's fee out a single class participant. So, they get 33% of the $1.00 settlement. That would work for me!
Of course, one might try using a Raspberry Pi for the computing, as it has close to the same power as an original VAX.
The prices for computing power have come down a bit over the years.....
As for data, good old nine track tape in 2400 foot reels works on just about any reader that can mount the tape.
He forgot the most important thing...
He should have printed up a "Get out of Jail Free" card and mailed it to the guy inside. People have been let out for less.
Sadly these don't work for stays in the "Big House", they look at ALL the paperwork.
if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders
There should be a few rules for SO
2) Have you tried a search engine
3) Think about it for a day or so.
4) Did you look at old answers in Stack Overflow?
5) You might have a reasonable question, so ask it. Please be brief and concise. Check your spelling grammar as well.
Maybe the beer should be only dispensed in the afternoon (for various times of "afternoon"). Then it might produce coffee and crumpets (doughnuts in USA) in the AM hours.
I wonder what the proper procedure for elevator phones is. My parents house has a small (two story) elevator, and it has a nice phone inside the elevator car. There is NO WAY I'm going to have anything other that a proper POTS line serving the phone. If power goes out (the elevator gets stuck), you will need to summon help to get "rescued". My 99 year old mom can easily reach for the phone and call for help. A VoIP phone WILL NOT DO! I refuse to put one in for this service. I have my doubts about others in this circumstance would wither.