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Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

Suzuran Re:No escape (2416 comments)

Vote for someone else? What someone else?

This is like saying "You can always pick up the turd by the clean end."

about 2 years ago
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Raunchy Dance Routine a PR Nightmare For Microsoft

Suzuran Anyone else remember Microsoft Mambo #5? (322 comments)

I remember when they rolled out the Microsoft Mambo #5, it was so bad I had to leave the room so I wouldn't laugh in front of the customers. I don't know who thought this was a good idea, but they should be dragged to death behind a truck.

more than 2 years ago
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Living Fossils: Old Tech That Just Won't Die

Suzuran My PDP-10 laughs at your VAX (388 comments)

Still runs as it did the day it was shipped.

Remember children, if it's not 36 bits, you're not playing with a full DEC!

more than 2 years ago
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Server Names For a New Generation

Suzuran Re:How it really gets done. (429 comments)

No, it gives an imposing illusion of "My managers dictate every action I take down to the smallest detail."
Because only management things names that retarded and unpronounceable are a good idea.
The first time someone tried to recite one of these over the phone to a new user it should have become apparent how useless it is.

more than 2 years ago
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How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

Suzuran It's easy! (659 comments)

After his frontal lobotomy, he should fit in just fine!

more than 3 years ago
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United Pilots To Use iPads For Navigation

Suzuran Re:Scale of the problem (253 comments)

That one big map is called a sectional chart.
What's on the iPad are approach plates, which are a completely different product.

Sectional charts tell you how to get from airport A to airport B and what's in between to avoid or use as reference points.
Approach plates are used by instrument-rated pilots to fly the approaches and departures for a given airport.

more than 3 years ago
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Atlantis Lands, Ending the Shuttle Era

Suzuran Re:All That Knowledge... (256 comments)

We didn't know NASA was patching the code; We thought they were just generating the trajectory constants.
We asked IBM first; IBM Federal Systems transferred all their NASA stuff when they were divested, and they lost track of it.

Anyway, thanks for asking , and send my thanks to your father for the work he did.
If you google for "Orbiter NASSP" you can find our project and its forums. You're more than welcome to check it out if you want.

more than 3 years ago
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Atlantis Lands, Ending the Shuttle Era

Suzuran Re:All That Knowledge... (256 comments)

Yeah, this kind of stuff is what we're banking on. NARA has the code somewhere, but they're so understaffed it'll take them decades before they can consider beginning to consider finding it.

more than 3 years ago
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Atlantis Lands, Ending the Shuttle Era

Suzuran Re:All That Knowledge... (256 comments)

We would be eternally grateful. Even something like the names of other people we could ask would be immensely useful.
We have lots of hardware documentation so far, but nothing in the way of software or documentation for it.
Pretty much anything is potentially useful, as leads for other things if nothing else.

more than 3 years ago
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Atlantis Lands, Ending the Shuttle Era

Suzuran Re:All That Knowledge... (256 comments)

We aren't the US government, and even if we were, we'd have to be in the right department to have access to pension check data. We're an open-source project working on systems level simulation of the Apollo spacecraft. Our goal is to simulate every aspect of the missions with the original checklists and software.

The technical term you want is "Apollo Guidance Computer". There were two AGCs, one in the Command Module, and one in the Lunar Module. These were the CMC and LGC respectively. We already have the software for both of these. The LM also had a backup computer of completely different design, called the Abort Guidance System. We have the software for that. We're missing the LVDC software and the software used by mission control. The LVDC flew the Saturn, and the ground control guys used lots of software for lots of things.

more than 3 years ago
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Atlantis Lands, Ending the Shuttle Era

Suzuran Re:All That Knowledge... (256 comments)

No, he gets all his stuff from the Iranians.

more than 3 years ago
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Atlantis Lands, Ending the Shuttle Era

Suzuran Re:All That Knowledge... (256 comments)

Does your father have any Saturn guidance software source code AT ALL, or any knowledge of where it might be?
We have been desperately searching for the Saturn LVDC guidance software for years now, even to the extreme of obtaining core planes from a LVDC and trying to read them out.
If your father has any prints at all, or any knowledge of where the software might be, we DESPERATELY need to hear from him!

more than 3 years ago
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Fukushima: What Happened and What Needs To Be Done

Suzuran SEO spammers like this one (370 comments)

Can we have a special moderation level for SEO spam that causes the links in their post to be deleted?

more than 3 years ago
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Computer Industry Mourns DEC Founder Ken Olsen

Suzuran And remember, children: If it's not 36 bits... (172 comments)

...you're not playing with a full DEC!
PDP-10 into eternity!
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@info ver
Bamboo Forest of the Lost, Eientei TOPS-20 Monitor 7.1(21733)
PANDA TOPS-20 Command processor 7.1(4453)-4
@systat
Tue 8-Feb-2011 07:43:09  Up 1958:51:50!
0+9 Jobs   Load av   0.03   0.01   0.01

No operator in attendance

more than 3 years ago
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Last Available IPv4 Blocks Allocated

Suzuran Re:Get a tunnel. (312 comments)

Usually.

more than 3 years ago
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Electronics In Flight — Danger Or Distraction?

Suzuran Re:For the Nth time now! (532 comments)

Of course they aren't. The current rules are about maximizing airphone profits. What makes you think the rules are about safety?

more than 3 years ago

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