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Comment Re: Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 590

You in any industry that cannot be discussed by me in polite terms. But you know that, and I'm not ready quite yet to tell you to find respectable or honest work. It's mostly not illegal, and of not proven illegal then I will not further condemn you.

I don't doubt it's an unforgiving place. The price of failure is tangible.

Comment Re: Simpleish (Score 1) 159

Don't get me started on turning Mag Card I/O into terminals. The selectors and solenoids were fairly straightforward, and the transmit was sufficient for keyboard data.

The 5218, I think that's the model, was a Selectric Printer for the DisplayWriter. Letter quality, reliable, not too noisy. The 5219(?) Daisy printer could not be repurposed to print from PCs , but you could run MS-DOS 2.11 on the DisplayWriter. Just needed the 8" floppies.

Many Selectric models were controlled electrically, Composers and Executives, Mag Tape (MT/ST) and Mag Card (MC/ST), several system printers for old mini systems, and they used a variety of interfaces interfaces.

The Selectric selected the character on the by its tilt and rotate position. Capital and shifted characters were on reach hemisphere of the ball. Impression was accomplished by driving the entire element carrier on a pivot towards the paper and platen, lifting the ribbon in so that it was pressed against the paper. Correcting, when implemented, lifted an adhesive tape in place of the ribbon, lifting the not-yet fully adhered Robin material from the paper. Functions such as escapement (moving the carrier to the right {or left for Hebrew, Aramaic?, etc}), paper feed or indexing, carrier return, tabulation, etc. Were handled by dedicated mechanisms, and were v electrified to be actuated by solenoids. Reed switches etc would signal the state of the machine. Printing was driven by the operational shaft, a half turn per character.

Selectrics are indeed remarkable machines. Frustrating to service, but worth the effort.

The Electronic 50, 60, 75 are advanced Selectric IIIs also electrified. Faster and not as reliable, the electronics advanced features. Before that, the Memory 50 and 100 used a tape loop to store data, functioning much like MC/ST. After the Electronics, it was WheelWriters. Not nearly as mechanical. Soon after this, PCs and WordPerfect took over.

People are still repairing Selectrics, and still converting the electrified ones for various uses. Certainly a good substitute for an ASR/KSR-33, the original single-element printer. I can refer you to some Selectric groups.

Comment Re:this is not a *space* flight (Score 1) 97

Alan Shephard flew nearly twice that height and that didn't count as a space flight.. If it did USA probably wouldn't have gone to the moon.

All the training that goes into sending someone to 80K flight indeed does qualify them to be an astronaut but thats still not a space flight. It just isn't.

Comment I take it back (Score 1) 159

> As an aside, it was a few years later when we got an actual IT staff (and before we hired the database wizard) who kicked out of my own server room. Again, I listened. That was why I'd hired them too. They, like the programmers, could do the job faster and better than I. I mean, yeah, I could make it work and did make it work but they were far more adept than I.

Sounds wise, uncommonly wise. I think I've recently called you a fool or a jerk. If so, I take it back.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 590

That's exactly what Linus *doesn't* want. "How to Win Friends and Influence People" is all about manipulating people, stroking their ego and trying to act in a way so that they like you.

So that they like you? Wrong, it's about being able to identify what you need to say and do to a particular person in order to get that person what you need or want them to do. In other words, management, influence (it's right there in the title!). It's about how to effectively lead a group of people that each have their own personal needs. You identify the needs they have, what motivates or de-motivates them, and apply that to get them to effectively do their job as part of the team. It's exactly what being a manager or team leader is all about. In practice the bad managers are the ones who don't understand how to do that. There is a very good argument to be made that Linus is a very bad manager.

For example, I'm a developer and I have zero interest in getting involved with the Linux kernel specifically because I don't want to be yelled at while I'm learning the thing. I have other things I could be doing than getting yelled at while I'm trying to learn something. I studied the architecture of it in college (we had an entire class specifically on the kernel code), and I was interested to see how it worked and how they chose to solve various problems, but I have no interest in trying to actually engage with the people who would sooner tear me down than answer my questions or point me in the right direction.

It's not a work environment I want any part of, so Linus is free to refuse to do anything based on being able to work in his bathrobe from home, but in the end he's only going to attract the kind of people who want to work in their bathrobe from home. I'm not one of those people, shit I don't even own a bathrobe. It's like the women I know who have trouble finding a good guy, and decide to dress like a whore (I say this with the utmost respect for these women, it's a term they freely and jokingly use to describe their own outfits) and go hang out in bars. If that's how they dress and that's where they hang out, then they're only going to attract a guy looking for those qualities (which, incidentally, is not the kind of guy they really want). The same goes for Linus, he's only going to attract the kind of people who think that sitting in a bathrobe at home yelling at people is just the thing for them. That's great, but there are a lot of us who want more from our relationships, and Sarah Sharp, like my single female friends, is apparently one of those people.

The same way I'm not going to start wearing ties, I'm *also* not going to buy into the fake politeness, the lying, the office politics and backstabbing, the passive aggressiveness, and the buzzwords. Because THAT is what "acting professionally" results in: people resort to all kinds of really nasty things because they are forced to act out their normal urges in unnatural ways.

I'm split on whether Linus' logical fallacy is the slippery slope, or black and white. Apparently he thinks that putting on a tie and not calling co-workers names will always lead to what he's describing. The fact is that a lot of people manage to treat their co-workers with respect without resorting to lying, backstabbing, and passive-aggressive behavior. Linux is only saying that he's incapable of doing that. It's his failure personally, not a failure of being professional.

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