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1) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1632893)
Posted 1 hour ago by Profile James Sotherden
I think this is interesting. Out of 21 posters so far, We have now 11 traits showing. But 7 of us stand alone, So far anyway.

Im going to have to look up what my ESFJ means.
2) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1632432)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile James Sotherden
I just took the test and it says Im ESFJ.

Is that who I am. Who knows, But it was a fun test and if it helps to figure out who we are as Setizens, Then worth it.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Win 10 will be a FREE Upgrade to Win 7 & 8 Users!!! (Message 1631160)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
... [Edit] http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/01/21/the-next-generation-of-windows-windows-10/

A blog post from Terry Myerson clears up what "Windows as a service" means, though the duration of "the supported lifetime of the device" is still foggy. "This is more than a one-time upgrade," writes Myerson. "Once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device—at no additional charge."

There has just got to be some catch or some sneaky gotcha!

Really?... Microsoft giving away their OS for no cost?


Even if 'free-of-cost', what other "tie-ins" are there?

IT is what we allow it to be!
Martin


At this point, I think the only gotcha, if you can call it that, is the bragging rights about the popularity of their new OS. I also think, given the new update model, that this will encourage most of the more adventurous early adopters to try the OS risk-free.

I think really, the goal is to make Windows 10 as successful as Windows 7.

Win 7 is very good. If Win 10 proves to be better, Then good for MS. I will read the reviews after others try it first before I jump to another ship.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Man Cave (Message 1630193)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
We have to stick together here lads. As we all know, that jar of assorted old washers we've had since 1984 will definitely come in handy sometime, and that MSDOS 5 manual will be a collectors item one day worth money. Right?

OK, hands up all those here that have lost a spare bedroom that has become a "sewing room" for the lady of the house? The fact that not much sewing seems to go on appears to be irrelevant to the matter.

sticks hand up ....

I bought my wife a singer sewing machine way back when we dated. Its in her walk in closet. I havent seen the thing in 14 years. She says its still in there. I ask her why she dosent use it. She states she cant figure out how to put thread on the bobbin. My one and only response was to ask why she asked me to buy the damn thing then? The sewing machine is a topic we now no longer talk about:)
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Man Cave (Message 1629674)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Our whole house is a damn man cave. Its full of men and I am a lone female trying to carve a space of nice pretty things amongst a sea of beer cans and dirty socks. :'(

We suffer from "metastatic man cave disease" here. It started with a den full of Eric's junk, then his junk multiplied and metastasized to take over the garage, and now it is creeping into an extra bedroom!!!

You've not seen "metastatic man cave disease" until you've seen this house. I just drape flowery tablecloths over the worst of it and hope no one notices.

I think ES that I can relate to that a little bit. When My Grandsons visit its like that Jeremy charcater in the Zits cartoon.
They seem to destroy the guest room in minutes. I guess their Idea of a man cave is clothes and bedsheets thrown asunder and soda cans and chips bags dispersed willy nilly. Drives me crazy.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Kittyman (Message 1629639)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Happy birthday Mark.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Man Cave (Message 1629261)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Im quite happy to have a den filled with books to call a man cave. Plus I have two sheds. One of which is a secondary cave. More than once Ive taken a radio or a TV out there just to get away:)
8) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases Part Two (Message 1628311)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Ebola virus death toll nears 8,500 - WHO

GENEVA, January 14. /TASS/. The number of people killed by the Ebola virus has reached 8,429, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report Wednesday.
A total of 21,296 cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported, the statement said.

http://itar-tass.com/en/world/771254

Amazing how ebola has faded into no news. And people are still dying.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 7: the first stab (Message 1628304)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
They will have to do something if they want people to accept Windows 10. If you check out the market share for Windows 8 versions. They are not really taking off.
http://marketshare.hitslink.com/ > Operating Systems > Desktop Trend by Version

One of the things they're doing is cycling out 7. 8 will be three years behind it. I wonder what they'll call the one after 10.

I suppose no one will miss Vista much. I'm typing this on Vista, but I'm not in love with it.

Windows versions seem to be kind of like Star Trek movies. They alternate good and bad.

One of the things in the current beta of Windows 10
-Traditional Calculator app has been removed
Well... that's just annoying.

I was very unhappy when they didnt include Cardfile On my Vista machine. Jeez I had cardfile on my 3.1.1 system and migrated it right up to XP. I found a good alternate but had to manually type in 400 movies. Boy that sucks.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday AnnieT ! (Message 1627844)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Happy Birthday Annie. And happy birthday to your twin sister.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1627840)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
All im asking is that people use common damn sense when leaving things unattended.

They won't take security seriously until after the first incident. Who knew about shoe bombs? ....

Close the damn barn door after the horse gets loose?
Just seems to make sense to me to remove that type of temptation. We all saw what happend to that town in Canada just from a runaway train. Just think what a real terrorist could have done with it?
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 7: the first stab (Message 1627835)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
They will have to do something if they want people to accept Windows 10. If you check out the market share for Windows 8 versions. They are not really taking off.
http://marketshare.hitslink.com/ > Operating Systems > Desktop Trend by Version

One of the things they're doing is cycling out 7. 8 will be three years behind it. I wonder what they'll call the one after 10.

I suppose no one will miss Vista much. I'm typing this on Vista, but I'm not in love with it.

Windows versions seem to be kind of like Star Trek movies. They alternate good and bad.

Vista isnt bad. Its was a lot differant than XP and its a lot differant than Win 7 I call it the tween windows. As vista is my daily driver I dont have a problem with it. At Least it has proven( in my case anyway) to be as stable as XP was.
My other two crunchers are Win 7. Havent had a problem with them either. But for the most part they just crunch. I use Win 7 at work but just the programs I need to use for my job. I havent got into the nuts and bolst of Win 7 like i have had to do with Vista.
13) Message boards : Politics : Exploitation of Humans (Message 1627381)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Unions are no better than non union shops. My last job was Union, Had to join or get fired. Was a membertwo days short of 24 years before the company packed up and moved to China. And beleive me I was glad to be in a union. IT seemed this U.T.C. company required the foreman and higer supervisors to go to BUTTHOLE school. It was a nasty place to work. And yes the union did seem to keep the deadwood around. Lots of relatives on the dole so to speak.
The company I know work for is non union. They get rid of the deadwood. And treat us employees fairly. Im in a better job. No I sure dont make the money I did. But I dont have to work with useless sligs either and carry their weight.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1627373)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Thank you David for pointing out that the devices abound to steal a train.


Strange how different people see different things.

I took from what David said that it is particularly complicated to steal and drive a train.

However as has been pointed out you can learn anything, mostly these days on the internet, and if terrorist were planning to steal a train then I suspect they will already know all they need and the best place to steal one. A spur near a gypsum mine would probably not be ideal.

The only thing I see wrong in that video is the doors were left unlocked.

Not so strange. I would'nt know what that device was that David talked about if I was standing right next to it.
But lets face it we live in nasty times. If terrorist can learn the rudiments of flying two airplanes into buildings I cant see any hindrance to stealling a train.
All im asking is that people use common damn sense when leaving things unattended.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1627027)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
The idiocy is infuriating. Not only that of the poster himself, but also some of the commenters.


So what would be the reason to leave them running? The employees are apparently nowhere closeby, or that guy doing the video would have been caught.

Long-haul truckers leave their rigs running at truck-stops in freezing weather. Keeps the engine and transmission from freezing up.

I could speculate on several reasons to leave an unmannd loco runnig at idle, but I'll defer to David or someone else more knowledgable than I.

I'll add speculation that they can be incredibly hard to start and cold starts can be a fire hazard. They also may be pulling a Lac-Mégantic and using the air compressor to keep the service brakes applied.

However I agree, in this day and age, the knowledge to rig some kind of dead-man device and send a runaway off is too easy to obtain and the cargoes too volatile. Security needs to be posted.

Yes, it is normal practice, at least on large railroads, to leave engines idling because they're so hard to start. For one thing, they don't have antifreeze in their cooling systems, just plain water. For that reason, if an engine stops running and the temperature of the water gets below 40F (I think), it automatically drains out. In the last 10-20 years, they have started installing systems that shut them down to save fuel, then automatically restart them when the temperature gets down to a certain level. Another reason is to keep the lube oil warm, not to mention the diesel fuel (it gets thick enough to not flow freely when it's cold). There are also add-ons similar to the APU on a jet aircraft -- a smaller engine that runs to keep the fluids warm and the batteries charged while using less fuel than the prime mover idling. These are not used widely, however.

Maintaining the batteries is also a huge pain. At the museum, many of the engines we use regularly have to be kept connected to chargers or jump started. We had an engine die out on the main line last year with not enough battery power to restart itself and they had to run another one out to pull the train back in. I also heard the story of the engine that was too stupid to die; to shut it down, you push a button that energizes a relay, which cuts off the power to the fuel pump. So someone would push the button, the fuel would stop flowing, the engine would wind down... until the auxiliary generator wasn't making enough voltage (and the batteries were too shot) to keep the relay open, the fuel pump would start again (slowly, I suppose, but enough) and the engine would come back up to idle.

So yes, it is standard practice, and always has been, to leave engines idling when not in use.

Besides the reverser handle not being present, there are various other things a crew does when tying down a train. Turning off generator switches and such. Again, not hard to learn if you are planning to do evil, but not something the average idiot off the street could figure out. I haven't learned it at the museum yet.

Also, in this case I will point out that the engines were by themselves, not coupled to a train. On the one hand, easier to get moving. On the other, less potential for disaster.

I read somewhere that the location of this video is near the interchange with a railroad that mainly serves one particular mining industry, hauling something non-hazardous. Gypsum, I think.

Yes, the crew should have locked the doors. I don't know why they didn't. I doubt they left the front door wide open, though. The guy says he already went though all four of them, so I think he left the door open before he started the camera. I bet he also turned on the bell.

[edit]
Locomotives haven't had a "dead man" for a long time. They now have an alerter. At short random intervals, it beeps. The engineer has to touch some part of the controls, then let go again, within a certain amount of time or it will put the train in emergency. Really hard, maybe impossible, to rig any kind of mechanical device to replace the conscious human the way the bad guy did with the tool box on the pedal in the 1974 "Silver Streak." But a terrorist could do it as a suicide mission, I suppose.

As for why there were no employees around, no doubt they went off duty and were picked up by a taxi. Trains don't only stop at yards with staff always working.

Thank you David for pointing out that the devices abound to steal a train.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1626723)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
The idiocy is infuriating. Not only that of the poster himself, but also some of the commenters.

In this day and age. WHY would you leave an unattended locamotive running with no security? IT's stupid and criminal. That bozo who boarded that engine could just as well have thrown some switches and let that monster go full power down line.
Lets not give terrorists any freebies.

Actually as was pointed out, the "reverser" was not in it's slot so without that the train won't go anywhere.

In simple terms it's a bit like having a removable gear shift on your car, the engine is running but you have no way to put it "in gear".

And I ask how hard would it be for a terrorist to get one ? Geez they got flying lessons back in 01. Why not train lessons in 2015?
Remove the temptation and the ability to do so.
Why ask for trouble?
17) Message boards : Politics : Exploitation of Humans (Message 1626678)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
EXPLOITATION!

First you are going to have to define it. I can just hear the word fair being said over and over. That word will have to be defined.

Is it exploitation to buy something at the asking price, or does the seller have to be given several times more than the asking price because the buyer is willing to pay that?

Is it exploitation to purchase when there is a glut on the market? Is it exploitation to rig the market to stop other sellers to get a high price?

Showing up with a army to "buy" is something I think we would all agree on being exploitation, but a better word is theft.

So we get to the hard part, a willing seller and a willing buyer. If no one rigs the market can it be exploitation? Or can this only happen in hindsight when a fact not known to one or both parties emerges after the deal?

Or is it when one party is cognizant of all facts, but the other is not and it becomes obvious to the party with the facts that the other does not have them?

Good points.
How about the savy buyer going to yard sales or estate sales. He or she sees something that they know is worth big bucks and buy it for a song. If they buy it on the cheap is that exploitation? Or just good business sense?
Now slavery on the other hand is definatley EXPLOITATION. Is that what you are talki8ng about Martin?
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Some inventions need to be banned before manufacture (Message 1626677)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Mine's arrived!



Flat form:



Folded form:



One thing you can't see from the photos, it's completely blunt! Fortunately, as a scout, i have a pocket sharpener. How long it will hold it's sharpness for remains to be seen.

A guy I work with orderd one from Amazon. His blade was fairly sharp. It would not shave the hair off of my arm but was sharp enough to do what they advertised.
However it sure seemed really flimsy if you had to use it in a knife fight. You have to hold it realy close to the top of the handle and blade to make sure it wouldnt fail and come back and bite your own fingers.
As cardboard box opener yeah its ok. As a last ditch defense weapon. Maybe. As an offensive weapon to do criminal misdeads. I will whip you death with my leather belt and its substanial belt buckel. I
Its being way over hyped as a terrorist weapon.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1626672)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
The idiocy is infuriating. Not only that of the poster himself, but also some of the commenters.

In this day and age. WHY would you leave an unattended locamotive running with no security? IT's stupid and criminal. That bozo who boarded that engine could just as well have thrown some switches and let that monster go full power down line.
Lets not give terrorists any freebies.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Strange, utterly strange MB v7 run as MB v6 with MB v7 app.... (Message 1626663)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
2 issues, it needs to get fixed and we need to crunch thru this.

You might as well Abort them. They are going to be sent to the next person anyway. Either you Abort them and they are sent on, or you run them and they are labeled Invalid and sent on anyway. The only difference is you save time and energy if you Abort them.

I received one GPU task and let it run. It ran as a MBv6 task. It would have been labeled Invalid. I reran it as a CPU task and it finished Waayyy too fast. From my observations the CPU tasks are being labeled Invalid as well. So...I vaporized it and took the Error rather than the Invalid. Small victory I suppose...

It's No Win....Kobayashi Maru ;-)

Yes its a no win. And Im no Captain Kirk:)
So I will run them anyway. It stinks but as I said I hate aborting work. Let the chips fall as they may.


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