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Comment: Tricky (Score 1) 81 81

BSD style kernel
MacOS X multithreading
Solaris networking and filesystems
MacOS 9 system layout and management (auto install/remove via drag and drop)
Windows 7 start menu
System level support for IL - such as .NET or Java
Control strip from MacOS9
BeOS multimedia engine
Linux device drivers
AppleScript/REXX application scripting
OpenBSD code auditing standards, firewall
OpenVMS system partitioning, file versioning and backup

Comment: Posted this before (Score 2) 339 339

But it's worth repeating in this context. Thankfully, it wasn't me.

When I worked at a KC bank, we had a Wire Transfer team manager who loved golf. He was supposed to come in Saturday and test a firmware/OS upgrade, then restore. Nice, sunny day Saturday, so he decided golfing would be better.

Came in Sunday. Installed firmware/OS upgrade. Tested fine. Forgot to reinstall previous firmware and powered up old OS.
Incompatible. Froze the machine solid. He panicked and tried for maybe four hours to fix things himself. No go. Finally called Cupertino for help 4+ PM.

The techs had to be found, gathered and flown out from CA to disassemble said machine and reassemble. No wires until 1 or 2 PM Monday. Much money loss for all customers.

To answer the obvious question, no - beyond my understanding, he wasn't fired or even demoted.

Comment: Re:Last Out Queue (Score 1) 184 184

True story: A couple decades ago the City of Detroit bought a couple parcels of land downtown to build a parking garage. They never combined the parcels with the county, though, so one looked like it was still owned by a private entity. A few years ago the county got their act together and started foreclosing on landowners delinquent in their property taxes. The city of Detroit ignored the mail about the property taxes being due. The county put one of the parcels of land for the parking garage up for sale, and a sharp-eyed investor bought it. The investor is now asking for half the revenue of the parking garage, as he owns half of the land that it sits on.

The city is, of course, taking the investor to court, but they don't have much of a leg to stand on, considering:
1. They screwed up the registration of the property in the first place
2. They ignored the tax notices
3. They ignored the foreclosure paperwork
4. They ignored the notice of sale for the auction

Comment: Re:Why force her to do something she doesn't want (Score 2) 246 246

"Give a woman a child" - You're an asshole. A rational man doesn't give his wife a child, they share one. My daughter was the best thing that ever happened to me and I don't regret any 'inconvenience'. I pity any partner you end up with because you obviously only see them as that wallet you referred to.

Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 1) 288 288

The USA built a working molten-salt reactor, which Nixon ordered abandoned because it wasn't useful for plutonium production.

the temperatures, pressures and the levels of radiation that occur in those designs.

It sounds like you're not at all familiar with the design that Sorensen is talking about. It operates at one atmosphere.


The computer is to the information industry roughly what the central power station is to the electrical industry. -- Peter Drucker