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Comment: Re:Correct me if im wrong (Score 2) 187

by TheOldBear (#43324785) Attached to: NetWare 3.12 Server Taken Down After 16 Years of Continuous Duty
The special enclosures and controllers in server class hardware supported hot swap [e.g. rebuilding a RAID after disk failure]. The segments of a RAID array comprising a Volume could be on more than one disk controller. Really fancy systems had cold spare drives that would be spun up only when needed to rebuild the array.
Only volume sys: needs to be mounted at all times, other volumes could be mounted and dismounted by console commands. [And again server class hardware supported physically swapping the dismounted volume]

Comment: Re:1972? (Score 1) 632

by TheOldBear (#41580141) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?
DEC TOPS-10, ASR-33 Teletype, Acoustic coupler for the modem [and a rotary dial phone to stick into the coupler]. Available languages were a BASIC interpreter, and PDP8 and 10 assemblers. You could call the operator to have your DEC tape mounted - but paper tape was more commonly used.

Comment: Re:Being ridiculous (Score 2, Funny) 539

by TheOldBear (#32829894) Attached to: Sidestepping A-to-D Convertors For Town Government's Cable TV?
[disclaimer]I work for a cable provider but not Comcast[/disclaimer]

Last year, to support CableCard / mCard / Tru2Way [the technology has been renamed several times] deployment, we tried to get a Panasonic Tru2Way television for our development lab.

The distributor refused, as the local Cable company [that would be us] did not support Tru2Way


Doctor Slams Hospital's "Please" Policy 572

Posted by samzenpus
from the paging-doctor-manners dept.
Administrators at England's Worthing Hospital are insisting that doctors say the magic word when writing orders for blood tests on weekends. If a doctor refuses to write "please" on the order, the test will be refused. From the article: "However, a doctor at the hospital said on condition of anonymity that he sees the policy as a money-saving measure that could prove dangerous for patients. 'I was shocked to come in on Sunday and find none of my bloods had been done from the night before because I'd not written "please,"' the doctor said. 'I had no results to guide treatment of patients. Myself and a senior nurse had to take the bloods ourselves, which added hours to our 12-hour shifts. This system puts patients' lives at risk. Doctors are wasting time doing the job of the technicians.'"

Comment: I was waiting for the movie reference (Score 1) 288

by TheOldBear (#31009988) Attached to: Courts Move To Ban Juror Use of Net, Social Sites
In the movie, Juror number 8 demonstrates that one piece of the People's evidence [a distinctive switchblade knife] was not unique, by purchasing a copy of it while on a break. The electronic equivalent would probably be finding a picture [Amazon, ebay] and passing it around. This is much less dramatic than jabbing the duplicate into the table.

Comment: Re:cablecard is dead (Score 2, Interesting) 222

by TheOldBear (#30360038) Attached to: FCC May Pry Open the Cable Set-Top Box

The old CableCard standard was one way only. The newer 'MCard' and the OCAP / Tru2Way boxes are much more capable, and [speaking from the inside of the cable industry] a bit puzzling to deal with.

We are looking at revamping our entire provisioning infrastructure to permit the new generation boxes to function, but that has run into some comical snags. For example, we can't get a Pannasonic Tru2Way set delivered to our lab, because the distributor will only ship to areas served by a Tru2Way compatible cable provider. We're working on it, but we're not fully compatible.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe