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Comment Re:No no no. (Score 1) 275

In my youthful years of building valve-audio, with the faithful Mullard book, the biggest issue was usually mains hum. Rectifying heater current was not a total solution, and the big AC around seemed to jump any gaps however careful the wiring. Anyone remember 'humdingers'? Does the best valve kit nowadays really not hum when no-input is turned to full volume?

Comment Re: Rationale aside... (Score 4, Insightful) 1592

There was an attempt to write a 'Constitution', which the UK vetoed as an attack on natonal Sovereignty generally. But most of the words in the big draft were then imported into the Lisbon Treaty with its 'ever-closer union' ambition on page 1. (I know because in the job I had then I had to compare the two texts word-for-word, then get on Eurostar). This time, Cameron got the promise of a derogation on the 'Union' bit, but it wasn't enough to persuade us Brits who only had ever voted for a 'Single Market' (and didn't get even that, at least in my sector). Today we're celebrating with (French) champagne.

Comment Re:What's wrong with using COBOL? (Score 1) 217

I wrote COBOL direct to punched cards. You agreed the flowchart with the client, and provided you were disciplined about data-names (and modules), the whole thing was self-documenting in plain English. Keep the big flowchart, and a print of the finally-debugged source, and what could possibly go wrong? Spent a whole career looking for an object-language that was as tidy.

Comment Re:Opinions on upgrade...potentially off topic. (Score 1) 407

I keep a dozen cousins' kit clean via TeamViewer. It takes me ten minutes each a month to sort out the messes they've made, on XPpos, 7 and 8. Of course I locked out the Win10 nags, but having tried 10 myself, and found I could make it look just like XP and kill telemetry, I no longer recommend against 'upgrade' to 10. Seems big daddy Microsoft will keep them all a bit tidier with 10, whether they like it or not, and what do I care? Sure, Mint is on their HDDs as dual-boot, but they won't use it because it doesn't run their heap of ancient programs (tell me about OED full-install?)

Comment At end? (Score 1) 403

I wondered why there were fewer news items in the list, then realised after a few days the row of videos was not the 'footer', but in the middle of the list! So, put them at the end and those of us who don't like them, or simply don't use that 'readership model', can just ignore them. Still there for folks who fancy TV.

Comment Plugboard Queenbee (Score 1) 264

At my place of work, we had n+1 programmers (the '1' being female, Carys where are you?) and 3 x n punchgirls in another room. Too dangerous for chaps to enter there, but the queenbee knew how to plug up the hitherto-vital tabulators. So the COBOL compilers soon ended her reign, poor Dear, but I tell you... those were Good Times.

Comment Re:Interview "Grilling" or "Testing" is Poppycock (Score 1) 227

In distant days, when compiling 80-column self-punched card programs on an ICL1901 with tape drives (for defence-sensitive applications of which I cannot even now speak), the most reliable man in our team was also the thickest. After him came the (only) girl, who was determined. Then a 'recovering' junkie who was very good, whenever awake. They were lovely people, and the cheerful heart of the team. That's all, from history.

Comment Re:Don't overthink it (Score 2) 174

Agree - keep all the gigabytes you like, nobody will ever browse them (and they'll be unbrowsable by the Standards 50 years hence). Now and then, or after family etc occasions, curate an 'album' of say 50 printed pages. Plenty of services to bind them nicely, much cheaper than hardware. In 100 years, that's all anyone will remember of you. Just possibly by then an AI system will have your virtual ghost communicating with questioners, but don't bank on it - they might not ask.

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