I think we were talking about two different things. When I wrote my comment I was referring to your comment about the use of Excel for database functions. I think you read way too much into the comment as I was not referring to the examples that you cite or the environment. In fact, for the two examples you cite in your latest post, we agree. The process used by the military for getting software applications is as convoluted and inefficient as the one used for building construction. Viven was talking about using non-approved methods for his support job because of the time factor and my post was written in the same context.
Hussain invaded Kuwait on Sunday, my unit called Monday night and we deployed Tuesday. You go with what you have and make it work. I did backups to floppy disks because that is all we had, the backups were critical, and it worked.
If you have been in the service it's not hard to understand at all. I received an Aerial Achievement Medal during Desert Storm. Some of the things that I did was to write a DOS Batch file that backed up our flight plans (routing etc. was coordinated with other units to prevent midair collisions), fixed a glitch in the Mission Planning software (ANGPLAN forever!), and prepared more mission packages than I can count. This helped our unit earn a Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (we did not miss a single refueling) Everybody has to do their job for a unit to perform at peak level.
In regard to: "Internet sales" for the win. Get a bid, no negotiating. You walk in and THAT'S the price you will get. No ripoffs... no talking to the manager.
That's how we bought our last car, except they forgot the doc fee. Our old car was dead and we were in a bind. They stuck us for that, an extra $100. The delivery consisted of here are your keys, good bye!
Next time I buy a car, I'll be ready to walk as soon as the bull starts. The previous posters are right, most dealers are scum!
The Air Force developed celestial precomp programs for the HP 41CV. It was nice because if you were doing day celestial you didn't have to remember whether or not the declination of the sun was "contrary" or "same" and it supplied the GHA and declination. (No Air Almanac required for sun shots) You could plot out of your DR position and not have to worry about an assumed position. (This made for small, easy to calculate intercepts) It also applied the coriolis/rhumb line correction. Also, with regard to Hamsterdan, Wikipedia is correct in that you needed to plug in a card reader to update the programs. The N size batteries were kind of a PITA to find, but all in all it was a really useful piece of technology. It kind of funny that this thread was spawned by someone posting in a SAS context. I use Enterprise Guide every day so I guess I span a long range of technology. (Or I'm getting old - but I keep updating my skills)
The 911 location technology has its limits. I use Vonage and I had to configure my account to enter the address information so that it will come up on 911. I suppose that I could have entered the address of the police station. I think it's time to look at modifying the system to make this more difficult to accomplish. I originally used prevent, but I'm sure that no matter how rigorous the security is, someone will break it.
You seem to have the wrong website for this. You should post this on Schneier on Security, https://www.schneier.com/blog/...
You'll need to work in the NSA as being behind it. However, I think you missed this year's contest, but there's always next year!
There is some substance behind the charge that the current system favors the cartels. The Institute for Justice, https://ij.org/milwaukee-taxis... has some interesting background on this. The current system freezes all newcomers out of the market and gives the current (limited by law) permit holders a monopoly. The present system has been ruled unconstitutional: http://www.jsonline.com/news/m... The ordinance as drafted: "The proposal requires permits for all public passenger vehicles, and all vehicles must be inspected. In addition there are penalties for operating a public passenger vehicle without a permit and driving a public passenger vehicle without a license." so public safety is protected. Lyft and Uber could require drivers offering rides to have the proper licensing. These services aren't going to go away, its time to completely legitimize them.
The proposal, expected to be outlined on Friday before the Common Council's Public Transportation Review Board, not only lifts the cap on taxicab vehicle permits but accommodates new smartphone app services such as Uber and Lyft. Both Uber and Lyft are already in the marketplace."
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The additional information certainly changes things. You said you contacted the State Department. How about the constituent services office of your Congressman or Senators? Most government agencies don't like to have to answer congressional inquiries. It may or may not help, but it will draw a lot of attention to that individual - something that his supervisor's won't appreciate.
Why didn't you just apply for a State of California ID? The card can be used for identification in place of drivers license. http://dmv.ca.gov/dl/dl_info.h...
If your friend was willing to vouch for you at the post office surely he could have driven you to a DMV office.
Perhaps we could work something out in July. My wife wants them out of the house.
SAC had lots of acronyms like LRBWYP. Let's see if you can google that one.
I have a couple of those drives and they supported the IBM 3270 format. They are Heathkit drives and this was in the documentation.
Is something obsolete if it can still perform it's design function effectively and economically? About 5 years ago, I gave a friend a Windows 98 computer as a backup for the one he had running an engraving machine. (For plaques that go on awards and trophies) The system is stand-alone and is designed for that type of computer. A replacement system would cost thousands and would not provide any additional benefit to his business. I wonder about the supportability issue, but otherwise I don't see a problem.