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  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Aaargh!! Re novellas... Yes, they do seem to work best. A perfect example of such is the movie "RollerBall" (1975), based on the novella, "Roller Ball Murder", by William Harrison, screenplay by William Harrison. Okay, when the author writes the...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    reynoldsward @84: I've been under the impression that novellas translate better to movies than books. Makes sense....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    _Moz_ @752: , and a virus (sic) which would eat plastic. That's "Mutant 59: The Plastic Eater" by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler, 1971. Allen Thomson @753: IIRC, Niven's Ringworld civilization collapsed when a mold appeared that found their organic...
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    Robert Prior @431: Question for Australians… I see in the news about the Melbourne anti-lockdown protests that a number of protestors are wearing MAGA hats. For example: https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-lockdown-protest-melbourne-australia-fd96c8a4-35bc-4142-9e60-1a8e26999c45.html Is this common, or an artifact of the pictures I've seen? First...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    whiitroth & JBS: Get over yourselves. I've got friends who were born in Vietnam, both before and after, and are now Australian, and they indiscriminately use "Vietnam" or "'Nam" - although it's particularly amusing to watch their Mother wince as...
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    Martin @1326: Aaargghh!! You've mentioned K*****n, the next time he vanity googles his name he'll turn up....
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    whitroth @897: Ok, maybe it was the Aussies who were boiling their water for tea.... And Damian @907: They would certainly have been interested in tea, rather than the nasty instant coffee of that era, so maybe. They officially got...
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    Troutwaxer @572: The elevator pitch for the book is "After the war an Orcish noblewoman with PTSD arrives in a small human town and hijinks ensue." Bit of a riff on the plot of "Grunts!", by Mary Gentle......
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    Re: "long long" in C - yes, it's a problem, but Microsoft coerced noone, they went the IL32P64 path, DEC went ILP64 with the Alpha (modulo 32-bit mode, which was ILP32, just like a VAX), and everyone else went I32LP64....
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    ESR: I went off him long ago, I wonder if the hole in fetchmail was ever fixed? Y2K: Oh, I just love the "it only affected accounting applications" as an attempt to minimise what was at risk. Practice Management Systems...
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    Bowel Prep: I've got Crohn's Disease, and have had a few clear-outs over the decades. The stuff they use, here and now, is a doddle compared to the older stuff. I had one two weeks ago, they've used Moviprep (https://www.norgine.com.au/our-products/moviprep)...
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    Greg @1479, and Damian et seq. My cousins, who own a fair swathe of the Wimmera, have spent the last fifty-odd years re-planting the trees that their great-grandfathers, grandfathers, granduncles, and so on cut down. A lot of the clear-felling...
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    _Moz_ @920: In my part(s) of Melbourne - the South-East - mask-wearing is pretty much at 100%, not that I really travel anywhere except the local supermarkets and up the highway to Mum's to do her shopping. I can't recall...
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    _Moz_ @632: The Australian Constition is primarily designed to ensure that trade between the states is not impeded. Which is usually taken to mean, "no taxes on border crossings". So Palmer would have to somehow prove that preventing him from...
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    That's a bugger _Moz_ - here in Victoria, since the start of the first lock-down back in March, it has been illegal for an employer to require an employee to attend a place of work unless the task(s) to be...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    whitroth @2380: I guarantee that the Gnu COBOL compiler is free and OSS. And that can be a problem with certain levels of management. They've been forced to accept GCC and G++ on Linux, "Because that's what the Operating System...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Gah! SotMN is back, again. Oh for the really old days of Usenet, prior the Great Reorganisation, frex, when The Cabal (There Is No Cabal) w^Hcould have sent around someone and had their terminal removed. And if you want a...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Elderly Cynic @2056: That's an amusing aspect. Two of the big four of the 1950s (Fortran, Cobol, Algol and Lisp) Ahem! You mean three. Fujitsu still makes quite a bit from sales of NetCOBOL, and I mean sales, not renewals,...
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    whitroth @1918: I'm a tad confused here. make has bee a std. Unix utility since the eighties, I think. Certainly, it wasn't vaguely new when I turned into a make expert in '96-'97. You aren't thinking properly. VMS (well, OpenVMS...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Poul-Henning Kamp @ 1907: Assange is the proto-incel, he absolutely hates women he cannot fuck at will. Ah, nope, Assange is one of those "Narcissistic Personality Disorder" types, so, so very much smarter than any and every body else that...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    @Ongaku 1857 & 1858: Re; VMS. That would have been version 1, and possibly version 2 (the "Blue Wall") of VMS, by Version 3 ("Orange Wall") the dread "PIP" program had gone, and it had "ODS-2" disks with a directory...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    And it's back, five posts is a couple of hours, doesn't seem to be able to count, or hold to agreements......
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    Well, Victoria is back into lock down, 191 cases today... SotMN gets less rational the more it is ignored, I've been using "Blog Comment Killfile" on Firefox for a long time, but this particular nym-shifting idiot seems to really have...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    And on a COVID-19 note, here in Victoria, Australia, we are closing the state borders, and putting whole suburbs, and, indeed, clusters of High-rises into lock-down. Looks like we may be heading for a second spike. :-(...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    whitroth @ 484: ...'12 SGI (sorry, HP, with service about to be outsourced to Unisys....) UV-2000, 512 cores, *mapped* memory.... The UV boxes were one of the last things I worked on at SGI - after I got the "we...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    JBS @479: ... but we did PT every day. Every time I see a variation of this, I am reminded of the old joke: "They get us up at five, fill us full of coffee, and then expect us to...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    David L @474: Re: Backblaze - it's been interesting reading their studies, since I got out of storage and nowadays just argue with people about coding and design. What I've been told by those still in the game is that...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    @431: Whitroth - Oh, beowulf, recent, then. :-) I was first exposed to parallelising stuff on an Elyxsi, which was a vector processor machine, so SIMD not MIMD, then later in the Real World when VAX Clusters arrived there was...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Charles H @414: RAIT - Redundant Array of Inexpensive Tapes - we played around with that when we were decommissioning some HP MPE3000 systems back when the Spectrum (later "PA-RISC") machines were coming out, and got it working. I have...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Repeat aftyer me: "RAID is NOT backup" "RAID is NOT backup" "RAID is NOT backup" ... Ad infinitum. I worked in the "File Serving Technologies" group at SGI (before they went completely titsup and were bought by Rackable) (alas post-IRIX),...
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