John Hughes

John Hughes

  • Commented on What happens now?
    The interesting question about "meritocracies' being who decides what is "merit". We all know how that works, don't we kiddies....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    French: 1e9 == milliard 1e12 == billion 1e15 == billiard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales Oh, and: 70 = soixante dix (sixty ten), or septante (Belgium, Switzerland) 71 = soixante onze (sixty eleven), or septant et un ... 80 = quatre-vingt (four twenties), or...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    My system is not brokenBy definition if a non-root user mode program causes a Unix like OS to crash or reboot then the system is broken....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Bring in a radio or TV. Zoom tells you, up front, that they do *NOT* play well with anything else on the same system trying to use sound. I'm on Linux, and last Sat? I was in a zoom, accidentally...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Iran issues Interpol arrest warrant for Trump over Soleimani killing as tension rise -- The Independent....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Unions not only can work they do work, which is why shitty managers spend so much effort on trying to get rid of them....
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    So if you can create a drone with wings near the back (maybe with a canard for stabilisation?) Waterfowl aren't going to be freaked out by a flying thing impaling a duck?...
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    I've lived in Leeds, Bradford and Liverpool. I just found the casual writing off of Naples as being less of a big thing than Manchester a bit odd....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    If all the politicians died, how well would the country keep running?See Belgium for a worked example. The politicians didn't die but they have repeatedly been able to form a government, thus leaving the ship of state with no defined...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Not quite the same as a volcano in Manchester, UK. But in the direction of Vesuvius going off again.What an odd thing to say. There are about 600,000 people who would need to be evacuated from the red zone around...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Aren't the UK's laws and the EU's laws currently the same? If I understand things correctly, after Brexit is finalized, the laws of the EU and UK will gradually start to drift apart, right? Yes, but why should Facebook care,...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Dark Star: One of the very few films with an (unaccredited) starring role for an IBM model 029 card punch....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Fine: then food suppliers selling from the mainland into NI are going to be running into customs barriers (and NI is only going to be exporting via the EU). It's still going to be a fucked-up mess.Make the A75 to...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    the government have already announced that they'll deploy military logistics capacity to ensure the Turkish-designed and German-manufactured doses arrive in the UK without getting stuck in the lorry queues at Felixstowe Well, no. German designed and, if I remember correctly,...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Next task: stock up on cans of chick peas and airtight containers of rice.Air tight containers? We buy 25Kg sacks....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Because (a) omitting accents on systems than can't handle them is normal practice, Unless you're typing this on an ASR-33 connected to a PDP-11 then you are not using a "system that can't handle accents", you just can't be arsed...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    That said, long uptimes are now considered bad - it means you aren't applying security updates The number of security updates that need a kernel change is tiny, and very little else should need a reboot. and it also generally...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Meanwhile, some wacko had a version of Linux - I always assumed it was slackware, that had an uptime > 1900 days. Not sure what they did on it, but.... One of my main servers currently has an uptime of...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    a really bad disaster - which we have not yet had bollocks Chernobyl Chernobyl was not a "really bad disaster". Fukushima will almost certainly kill more people in the end -- by making the Germans give up nuclear and burn...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    The Eater of Souls eats souls, OK, but what exactly does it do to them?It increases the total entropy of the universe while reducing its own entropy....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    And there is also no electioneering allowed within 100' of the polls (or the door to the building), and that's been true in every state (and commonwealth) I've lived in. In France it's not 100', it's 24 hours :)...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    The movie Rhinoceros was released in 1974. The Rhinoceros Party of Canada was born in 1963And Ionesco wrote Rhinocéros in 1959....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Oh, in Australia and Aotearoa at least, and I hope anywhere democratic, any random can go along to watch the counting.In France if you want you can ask to take part in the count after you've voted. Sometimes they'll ask...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Under systems with no randomisation of order (does such idiocy exist?) In the upcoming Cote d'Ivoire presidential elections candidates are on the ballot in alphabetical order. Normally Ivorians write their names "family name, personal name". For some reason the sitting...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    It should be 12, or maybe 10 if a 1U space is left between each chassis for cooling purposes.Insulation maybe, not cooling. You don't want air in a rack other than that being pulled into the front of boxes and...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    - shard your SQL database and let the drives do your searching instead of firing up a no-sql database which doesn't have solid consistency.So one bunch is making a new DAP and another crew is revisiting CAFS....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    With easy access to comedy elements for exactly what the inner monologue of various animals sounds like. Just be careful with the squirrels....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The ADSL connection went down.. Ow....
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    It also knocked out my broadband every time I turned it on. I don't know what it did to next door's. Just to be clear here, by broadband do you mean your WIFI? Your DSL? Your cable? Crashing your router?...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I am not surprised that I have not met that as a dystopian apocalypse in fiction. Bacteria causing plastics to decay faster. In John Barnes' Daybreak series one of the weapons used by the (spoiler) to destroy civilisation is a...
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