599 posts • joined 18 Oct 2010
Re: Feeling Old...
> ...we attached a CD ROM to one of the (3?) interface options. Panasonic, Soundblaster and.....? Not IDE but can't recall the third one. Any one remember?
ATAPI, or SCSI?
ATAPI?? Pfft. Mitsumi, I believe is the word we're looking for. It was Panasonic / Sony / Mitsumi.
Re: Feeling Old...
I'm getting the impression that the whole development of personal computing was driven by the desire to play games?
Hah - I know one guy whose first word of English was SoundBlaster. Further words came out of the copy-protection schemes that required the game manual...
Re: Feeling Old...
I seem to recall reading how Doom had crashed WAN links back in the day, as every bullet from the minigun was a data packet
Indeed it did, but not simply because of that. Because every packet was a broadcast. In DooM 1.0 you could have 3 computers on a network act as left / front / right views, so everything was broadcast.
I think that was taken out in DooM 1.2, but not before it had tanked the fibre line between George Square and Kings Buildings at Edinburgh University.
Typo? We have it all the time
User phones up.
"The system's not working"
Remote into their terminal. Watch them put in the wrong password 3 times. Advise to restart their terminal.
2 mins later - "It's fine now - I guess it's fixed itself", only with the undertone that we've been spending our spare time just breaking shit for laughs, and we shouldn't be mucking about with it...
Re: Feeling Old...
Remember wrangling with the order things loaded in autoexec.bat and config.sys too, just to be able to get a game or program to run properly.
Worst one I saw was DOS 5 + Falcon 3 + Gravis Ultrasound. Kids these days will never understand the trauma of trying to get 600k of base memory.
(The Gravis was a really nice card. A friend had it. I saw the pain he had to go through and bought a Soundblaster instead.)
The real reason for the delay...
The production lines were snapped up for the Vega+. Atari will just have to wait until that production run is complete.
Too soon? :-/
Re: That's a lot of space...
That truly was mental at the time. Good show.
I was the only person I know who could play Magic Carpet in 640x480! Worth every penny.
Also, a few months later I found that the "reserved" jumper on my Intel Plato board cranked it up to a mind-blistering 100MHz!!!
Kids these days - they'll never understand the efforts we went to for an extra 10MHz...
Re: That's a lot of space...
I'm going to guess that at late 1994 / early 1995.
Not far wrong. Christmas 1993. I think it was from Admincure. P90 with 16MB of RAM. People thought I was mental.
Then in 1994 I put OS/2 Warp on it, and people thought I was mental.
Later I got a 2x CD writer that took caddies, gold CDs at £10 a pop at the time, and would fail if the screensaver cut in, and people thought I was mental.
Then I bought an Orchid Monster 3D (<click>) - that showed them!
Re: for the cost of a tape to copy them to and delivery.
Guess I'll have to give a little respect to them...
Alright. I'm leaving.
Re: 1PB of capacity in a rack
Hell, even hotswap - 21 x 2U x 12 spindles = 252 x 14TB drives. That's 3.5PB right there. That's a lot of RAID.
That's a lot of space...
Meanwhile, in SSD land, 30TB in a 3.5" drive. However, I expect I wouldn't see much change out of my mortgage for that kind of nonsense...
Still, it appears that the sweet spot for SATA is still 4TB (although I see Ebuyer listing 8TB at £173).
I remember my friends marvelling at my 540MB drive that I got for only £153+VAT. And it feels like yesterday.
Re: OK, that's it!
Nah - it won't last that long. You can hire JCBs by the day.
Re: out of paper!
Been there. Over to Glasgow to check a non-functioning Kyocera. Paper tray was empty, and when I filled it, it promptly emptied again. I think I went through 3 reams of paper before it settled down because everyone's solution to the problem was to hit <print> <print> <print> <print> <print> and see if the printer fairies would sort it...
Re: "This NAND stuff is getting too cheap"
Yes, the way they suffer earthquakes, floods and fires
To be fair, the Kobe Earthquake probably wasn't planned to spike RAM prices. That's a little heavy-handed even for the Illuminati. Or is it...?
"This NAND stuff is getting too cheap"
Samsung - you know what to do!
It always seems that when these things get nice and cheap, something happens to spike the price. Or maybe I've just been around long enough to have seen this played out before...
A lie to solve a problem?
"I never touched it" is the usual one...
Nnnnng!! Pet hate!
You mean 30-40MWh/hour, or MW as the kids are calling them...
Re: Well at least
<you can't really properly see what you're getting until you're getting it. >
Yeah, but I've turned around whilst still at the counter and said "this isn't what I was after", and the change it no trouble at all in Screwfix.
Annoyingly, the thing I changed it for simply didn't bloody work reliably in the screwgun, but they refunded me completely, even though one of the packs was open. I'm trying to fault Screwfix, but I really can't from my own experience.
Re: Well at least
Amazon Prime Now.
I tried to buy coffee off Amazon today because I'm working from home due to the weather, and they won't deliver until Friday!! Bloody savages.
It's only a bit of snow...
Re: It looks like she's trying to file a law suit...
Two people who don't love Clippy? Who'd have thought!
Re: Strong passwords
So I had no choice but to set it to "password".
That was silly. You're supposed to set it to "strong_password". Much more secure.
Re: What's wrong with Anthrax Candy?
automated SSH attempts must make a massive chunk of those malicious ones
My home SSH server finally got broken into last year. Should have had Fail2Ban installed before. I now have a VM in a different VLAN with only one user on it, that only accepts SSH. If I want in further then I have to tunnel into the internal network.
I remember the days when a DMZ was fancy for big business. Now I need one at home.
Also, if the SSH server gets compromised, I can whip it offline, rewind it to a clean snapshot, change the password and set it going again. Yay for VMs.
I think we're both on the same side here, but three of the people I know who hold guns use shotguns to control vermin on farmland. I think it would be short-sighted to ostracise farmers for using these tools to do their jobs.
Others have guns for fun, and that is a much more difficult case to argue.
If this were a rabbit and hare forum, we'd probably reach a fuller agreement :)
It need to become socially unacceptable to own a gun.
I disagree. It's not socially unacceptable in the UK. I know several people who own guns. I also know that these guns are subject to license and periodic inspection to ensure they're properly stored, and the owner is subject to background checks and license renewal.
It's the ludicrous ease with which people can acquire firearms (registered and unregistered) in the USA that bewilders me.
and I'm saying don't look at the weapon, look at the user.
Of course, but what I'm saying (and many others) is that these acts take a level of determination above and beyond what it appears to require in order to buy an assault rifle and empty it into a crowd.
Bad people will do bad things with what they have to hand. Some bad people, as you've said, will go out of their way to use every day materials to do truly reprehensible things. But it seems that the USA makes it unreasonably easy.
Good gun owners are not bad people. But the level of weapons that can be acquired easily is pretty unbelievable.
Remember, Oklahoma City and Bath Township both used materials readily available to any farmer.
Yep, and those are two examples from the last 91 years. How many mass shootings have there been in the USA in the last 91 weeks?
I appreciate playing Devil's Advocate and all, but you should try to pick your fights...
Re: Not so great for anyone usign Intel CPUs or those who violate security command structure
never forget intel did it first and IMHO intentionally to gain an edge on their competitors.
You don't remember 1996, do you?
Of course they fucking did! Everything was about going faster. We'd finally hit the Holy Grail of one instruction per cycle, and people still wanted more speed. So let's try sneaking in extra instructions onto idle silicon. It's genius! And if AMD had thought of it first, or ARM, Motorola, MIPS, Zilog or any of the others had thought of it, they'd have tried to do it first too. That's business - getting an edge on your competitors. And for what it's worth, out-of-order execution is an astonishingly clever way to do that.
In 1996 you could log into most FTP servers as "anonymous", and it didn't even check if the password you gave was an email address. In 1996 almost all comms across the internet was unencrypted. In 1996 every internet-connected device had a public IP address. In 1996 you could bounce whatever emails you wanted off whatever SMTP server you wanted. In 1996 the Internet was like the Garden of Eden it was so innocent. Nobody thought like this. Then it got filled with dick-pill adverts and went to crap.
Everybody trusted everybody else in computing (as a rule). It was like Shetland 30 years ago - everyone left their doors unlocked and their keys in their car. If somebody took it, they'd bring it back with a good reason why. Of course Intel made it faster, and of course they didn't think about a bafflingly complicated way to sneak a peek at unauthorised memory. We were using Windows 3.11 and Windows 95 in companies! Security? That just wasn't thought of back then...
Re: Oh that's just great
This is the internet. "Sorry" has no place here...
I swear I say YouTube comments the other day that managed to retreat from the usual name calling to an acceptance of each other's positions and an apology. It's the End of Days, I tell you.
Re: Obligatory Simpsons Reference
Tomacco was _exactly_ my first thought. Glad I'm not the only one.
Re: I preferred the musical version
He can talk, he can talk, he can talk
I can SING!!
Re: Don't bet against Elon Musk
they will be an interesting footnote in history before the decade's out
Does that really matter, though?
Elon Musk has strolled into three different industries where the incumbents have simply said "it can't be done", and he's done it. If his personal goal was to change the world, then mission accomplished:
- SpaceX are undercutting everyone in the launch business by recovering their rockets which was deemed "impossible". Now even ULA are saying they have plans.
- Tesla made electric cars sexy when the best of the rest was the G-Whizz, which is a pile of shite. None of the major manufacturers saw it as a viable market. Now they're falling over each other to get in.
- Renewable energy has always been hamstrung by its intermittent nature, and nobody's reckoned it was feasible to store it. Then Musk had his people string together a field full of batteries, and Australia doesn't have shagged electricity any more. And now other large projects like this are underway.
Just because he doesn't win the race, it doesn't mean he hasn't accomplished something. He's changed the world. Well done to him. And I don't imagine he'll have trouble paying for cornflakes in the near future.
Came here for this comment. Was not disappointed.
Very good, all.
Re: BFR wrong
It was initially Big Fucking Rocket, in homage to the BFG 9000 in DooM.
It has been retrospectively Stalined to something more in the Party Line. And also something that I'm happy to discuss with my 8-year-old kids, who stayed up to watch the launch.
Re: Ahh...the old 'drain the power...
Just for clarity, I didn't die
Glad you cleared that up. The suspense was overwhelming!
I doubt ground stations would need to be *rebuilt*
Aye, but I didn't say ground stations - I said ground systems, so whilst radio receivers will work fine, they may need different antennae for different frequencies (unlikely), extra hardware allocated to receive the data (which will need assembled and configured), extra systems to decode it and store the raw data, and then you have the systems for people to look at it (which, to be fair, can be put on ice until extra funds are available, so long as the data is being stored safely).
I was wondering about that, but it struck me that the ongoing costs of running the science, reserving comms bandwidth and broadcast slots, having controllers keep it in position from time to time, not yet considering the task (in time and equipment) of rebuilding the ground systems would be non-trivial. And those funds will have been allocated elsewhere.
It may be that they can slip in a request for additional federal funds, or shelve it until next financial year or something...
I tried the TV one of the credit card to trip the lever but it was not strong enough.
It used to work great at one of the Edinburgh University buildings. Perfect for evening project work when you'd forgotten your key... :)
Re: Belly's goona get ya!
Ewww. Even I've realised that it's bad to get to that stage. And I'm peculiarly lazy and snacky!
Re: #metoo with a big arse
That sounds remarkably like a certain brewery in Tadcaster.
I'm thinking a solicitor in Edinburgh. That being said, I know somebody who worked in both buildings...
I don't believe it.
The clue is where the boss signed off for overtime...
Re: Free ride available
He can make broom-broom noises all the way.
Hoping for no boom though.
Sales tax in India
My brother looked at buying a motorbike in India, but anything over 180cc (I think) was hit by such staggering tax (import, registration, whatever else) that it nearly doubled in cost. Which is why everyone is on a 125 in India. Over here we look on 125s as toys...
(Behold my snob-power!)
But yes, importing into India can be a bit expensive...
Escom? Escom... Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time.
Didn't they own the rights to Amiga at one point? Or at least believe they did?
I once saw Phil Mitchell from Eastenders in Luton Airport. The horrors never end!
Sad that this should end like this.
I'll take that as "sad that RCL should fuck things up so consistently and so completely" rather than "sad that somebody should take them to court over it".
I mean, by now they've screwed the pooch so comprehensively that they could write the definitive book on the subject...
Re: And where will they be?
Only issue I have is having a vehicle that's 2.1 metres high as some are height restricted to 2m or less.
/me is jealous of your Unimog.
Re: And where will they be?
I'll play the "I'm alright, Jack" card here, and say that EV would be ideal for me. I generally clock <50 miles a day, and I park in my own driveway overnight. On the odd occasions I'm going further, I'm generally on a motorbike or somebody is paying me to be there (and can pay for my transport then).
I reckon once a year I need a car that'll do >100 miles in a day.
However, I was in one of the dormitory towns outside London last week, and there was not a parking space to be had. No driveways. Cars nose-to-tail on the streets. Narrow pavements. EV just isn't going to work there (even if the power supply were adequate) unless people can plug in at the station or the office all day. Or they all invest in armoured extension cords.
I do wonder what the capacity of the local grid is to support them if every house was to actually use them.
It's fine. If there's a shortage in the grid, they'll just draw from all the car batteries... :-/