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Comment: HP3K (Score 1) 62

by zeugma-amp (#48091971) Attached to: Vax, PDP/11, HP3000 and Others Live On In the Cloud

I downloaded the HP-3000 VM for VMWare about 6 months ago to check it out. It seems to work pretty much as expected. It really brought back some memories. Now, if they would include a copy of Warp from the CSL tape, it would really rock.

Someone had an HP-3000 online that you could telnet to and play Warp online a few years ago. I'd host one of those if I could get it working.

Central Plaza.
You are standing in what appears to be the central plaza
of a small seacoast resort. There is a large fountain in the
center of this square, and the plaza extends quite a distance
to both the north and south. You can see the ocean in the
distance to the west, and to the east there is a large
building on which there is a sign that reads "WARP BUILDING".

I can see the following:
Round Peg

>look at fountain
The fountain is obviously neglected, its bottom is covered with mud
and old leaves.

>get in fountain
That's not a vehicle!

>get peg
Round Peg taken.

>look at it
Round. Made of wood. Not very big.

Comment: Re: Anything but the number (Score 5, Insightful) 57

by zeugma-amp (#48087919) Attached to: Twitter Sues US Government Over National Security Data Requests
The layers of secrecy the government surrounds itself with these days is astounding. It gets continually worse every single year. A government that shrouds itself in such secrecy can scarcely call itself legitimate. There are legitimate reasons for secrcy, but we passed the bounds of reasonableness long, long ago.

Comment: Re:The Lonely Assassins (Score 1) 48

by zeugma-amp (#47786563) Attached to: Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

The only issue I had with the Weeping Angels is the part about them not moving so long as they are seen by any living creatures.

It would seem that birds, mice, rats, squirrels, etc would qualify as living creatures so when Rory and Amy were sent away, how could the last Angel have moved when presumably some other creatures was watching it?

Then there is the episode where the Statue of Liberty was a Weeping Angel. Are they really trying to say that noone was looking at it for long enough for it to swim across to land, and walk to where Rory and Amy were? The concept of the angels was cool, and the "Blink" episode is one of my favorites, but sometimes writers don't know when to stop.

Comment: Re:And other stuff (Score 1) 378

Figured I'd respond to the AC in this little sub-thread just for the heck of it.

Somthing that I've found to be extraordinarily interesting over the years of watching the police state in America continually ratchet up their insanity, vindictiveness, and brutality is that it's being noticed in all quarters.

YOu see comments about the police killing chihuahuas on sites dedicated to political disccussion on both the left and right. Over the past ten years I've watched a major political discussion site on the conservaitive side go from having huge contingents of "cops can do no wrong" brigades, to those posters being a very, very tiny (though vocal) minority.

It has been fascinating to watch.

Comment: Re: Not surprising. (Score 5, Insightful) 378

Kids in the USA, DO NOT try and be a white hat unless you can do it untraceable and anonymously. You will be severely punished for doing something good here.

Damn. I had mod points yesterday. This is absolutely true, and I would hope that everyone understand that by now. Sadly, many don't see the police state until it's boot is stomping them.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 234

by zeugma-amp (#47166617) Attached to: Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

It's stressful continually failing to do a job you're just not able to do, and it's painful working with these guys, trying not to get completely frustrated. Meanwhile onshore workers get dumped on and we end up doing more work to cover for the offshore guys while salaries drop and it's hard to move because a lot of the big guys are going with the management fad... Code quality is visibly dropping worldwide.

I've been noticing that the offshore 'resources' I've been dealing with have been getting worse and worse over time. In recent years the level of incompetence of both the offshore 'resources' and the H1B folk I've been dealing with has reached levels I'd have never thought possible.

Comment: Re:Earth is flat? (Score 1) 129

The notion of a spherical earth dates from around 400 B.C.


Eratosthenes (276 BCâ" 195 BC) did a pretty good job of calculating the actual size of the Earth. The wikipedia article on this is pretty well done. Given the tech he had at his disposal, I think his assumptions and calculations are pretty amazing.

Comment: Re:A brazilian point of view (Score 1) 432

by zeugma-amp (#47090061) Attached to: Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

Brazil is considered one of the world leader in ethanol, the country with the most successful alternative fuel program, one of the cheaper (if not cheapest) ethanol technologies and, by using sugar cane, one of the most energy efficient. All cars here can easily handle up to E40, and most cars can handle any mix of gas and ethanol. Oh, and the flex fuel technology for any kind of mix? Mostly developed here also.

I'm not one of those gaia worshipping eco-nuts but I've long thought that we should be producing more flex vehicles that will run on just about anything from e-0 to e-100, then we should let market economics deal with pricing. Making alcohol out of corn is stupid. Sugar cane, as you mention is one of the more efficient ways to do it. From what I understand saltgrass is pretty good for it too. The basic problem is, none of this is really based on economics. It's all politics and power, with a rather unhealthy dose of religious zealotry thrown in the mix.

I would love if if I had a choice of what kind of fuel to power my vehicles with. If instability in muslim lands cause the price of gas to skyrocket, which seems to happen occasionally because death and destruction seems to be built into their religion, then we'd be able to switch to other alternatives. You'd take a hit on mileage, because as has been discussed here up thread, there is nothing you can do about the energy density of alcohol vs. petrol. However, you'd know that up front and be able to make intellegent decisions about it. As it is, with government mandating this and that, and making sure their political buddies are paid off in the front-loaded primary states, we're living with the worst of both worlds, we're still hostage to those muslim nut-jobs, and at the same time are subsidizing inefficient methods of alcohol production.

I don't give a crap about carbon. what I care about is that you need energy to run an industrialized society. We should be going about it intellegently, rather than the haphazard ways we are.

Your own mileage may vary.