Bad, because the knee that I twisted while in Colorado has become quite painful. For the past several weeks, I've been unable to sleep in my bed and have had great difficulty sleeping in my recliner since finding a relatively-pain-free position is a huge challenge. Oh, well. Come Jan 14, 2016, my new physician will take a look at it. Since my knees have taken turns giving me a pain since 1974, I've become accustomed to putting up with pain for periods of time. Wasn't it just about eight months ago that I went through (nearly) this with the other knee?
Good, because it is a sunny day and I, at last, figured out the fix for my computer problems that kept me from getting audio with most (but not all) of the online-posted videos - all YouTube videos were beyond me. I simply uninstalled Adobe Flash! Duh! Why didn't any of the help/community websites suggest that? I had to figure it out myself.
Since I can now play videos and hear them, here are a couple that I enjoyed. The Boogie video is a re-posting from Ronni's blog (Time Goes By), while the Supercool video is from a website suggested by one of the videos that Ronni had also posted, today - but not the same one! BTW: I never cared for Coca Cola as a kid (as if I got to try it all that often!) but learned to like it when I discovered that the little refrigerator in the office of the branch library in which I worked cooled the 8-ounce bottles of Coca Cola to the precise temperature needed to have the Coke instantly freeze up in my mouth. Yum! (I still only like it at that temperature.)
And the following video is for any family who may have missed it.
Posted by Soulskillon Wednesday July 22, 2015 @12:15AM from the if-at-first-you-don't-succeed dept.
dcblogs writes: An Ivy league graduate, with a Ph.D. in geophysics, Cheryl Fillekes, who also specializes in Linux and Unix systems, was contacted by Google recruiters four separate times over a seven year period. In each instance, she did well enough on the phone interviews to get invited to an in-person interview but was rejected every time for a job. She has since joined an age discrimination lawsuit against Google filed about two months ago by another older worker. "The amended lawsuit also alleges that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 'multiple complaints of age discrimination by Google, and is currently conducting an extensive investigation.'"
Posted by Soulskillon Friday April 17, 2015 @01:01PM from the what-you-leave-behind dept.
HughPickens.com writes: Aaron Kinney reports in the San Jose Mercury News that scientists have captured the first clear images of the USS Independence, a radioactivity-polluted World War II aircraft carrier that rests on the ocean floor 30 miles off the coast of Half Moon Bay. The Independence saw combat at Wake Island and other decisive battles against Japan in 1944 and 1945 and was later blasted with radiation in two South Pacific nuclear tests. Assigned as a target vessel for the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests, she was placed within one-half-mile of ground zero and was engulfed in a fireball and heavily damaged during the 1946 nuclear weapons tests at Bikini Atoll. The veteran ship did not sink, however (though her funnels and island were crumpled by the blast), and after taking part in another explosion on 25 July, the highly radioactive hull was later taken to Pearl Harbor and San Francisco for further tests and was finally scuttled off the coast of San Francisco, California, on 29 January 1951. "This ship is an evocative artifact of the dawn of the atomic age, when we began to learn the nature of the genie we'd uncorked from the bottle," says James Delgado. "It speaks to the 'Greatest Generation' — people's fathers, grandfathers, uncles and brothers who served on these ships, who flew off those decks and what they did to turn the tide in the Pacific war." Delgado says he doesn't know how many drums of radioactive material are buried within the ship — perhaps a few hundred. But he is doubtful that they pose any health or environmental risk. The barrels were filled with concrete and sealed in the ship's engine and boiler rooms, which were protected by thick walls of steel. The carrier itself was clearly "hot" when it went down and and it was packed full of fresh fission products and other radiological waste at the time it sank. The Independence was scuttled in what is now the Gulf of the Farallones sanctuary, a haven for wildlife, from white sharks to elephant seals and whales. Despite its history as a dumping ground Richard Charter says the radioactive waste is a relic of a dark age before the enviornmental movement took hold. "It's just one of those things that humans rather stupidly did in the past that we can't retroactively fix.""
There were several good items on Slashdot.org, today; but, I'll suffice it to end with this report of small progress toward our becoming cyborgs.
Posted by Soulskillon Thursday April 16, 2015 @06:35PM from the adding-purpose-to-twiddling-your-thumbs dept.
itwbennett writes: Called NailO, the prototype trackpad is similar to the stick-on nails sometimes used as a fashion accessory. It attaches to the user's thumb and can be controlled by running a finger over its surface. The processor, battery, sensing chip and Bluetooth radio are included on a circuit board that sits under the capacitive trackpad. The two are connected via a small ribbon cable, which means the trackpad is not quite as thin as a stick-on nail, but reducing the size is one of the aims of the researchers.
If, like mine, your last name falls near the end of the alphabet and, if like me, you subscribe to at least one magazine, you'll probably have noticed by now that most of the world reads "your" magazine before it graces your postal box. Everyone else has already read and digested The New Yorker, January 26, 2015 issue, I'm sure. My copy came in today's mail.
I'll keep this brief; but, I can't ignore the article entirely. First off, the article was so much fun to read. Secondly, it answered a question that I didn't even know I had.
As you can tell by the sub-title, the article addresses Internet archiving. One of the enterprises engaged in such activitie is the Internet Archive, based in San Francisco CA. In the article, we are told:
"The address of the Internet Archive is archive.org, but another way to visit is to take a plane to San Francisco and ride in a cab to the Presidio, past cypresses that look as though someone had drawn them there with a smudgy crayon. At 300 Funston Avenue, climb a set of stone steps and knock on the brass door of a Greek Revival temple. You can’t miss it: it’s painted wedding-cake white and it’s got, out front, eight Corinthian columns and six marble urns."
"“We bought it because it matched our logo,” Brewster Kahle told me when I met him there, and he wasn’t kidding. Kahle is the founder of the Internet Archive and the inventor of the Wayback Machine. The logo of the Internet Archive is a white, pedimented Greek temple."
And now, we've stumbled upon a question that I didn't know I had. For some years, I've never faltered when running across the term "Wayback Machine" - understanding from context what it meant. I did not know that the "Wayback Machine" had its genesis in a kids' TV cartoon. A later paragraph in the article educates me.
"Kahle is long-armed and pink-cheeked and public-spirited; his hair is gray and frizzled. He wears round wire-rimmed eyeglasses, linen pants, and patterned button-down shirts. He looks like Mr. Micawber, if Mr. Micawber had left Dickens’s London in a time machine and landed in the Pacific, circa 1955, disguised as an American tourist. Instead, Kahle was born in New Jersey in 1960. When he was a kid, he watched “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show”; it has a segment called “Peabody’s Improbable History,” which is where the Wayback Machine got its name. Mr. Peabody, a beagle who is also a Harvard graduate and a Nobel laureate, builds a WABAC machine—it’s meant to sound like a UNIVAC, one of the first commercial computers—and he uses it to take a boy named Sherman on adventures in time. “We just set it, turn it on, open the door, and there we are—or were, really,” Peabody says."
Returning to the Greek Revival temple much later in the article we are told that:
"On the wall on either side of the altar, wooden slates display what, when this was a church, had been the listing of the day’s hymn numbers. The archivists of the Internet have changed those numbers. One hymn number was 314. “Do you know what that is?” Kahle asked. It was a test, and something of a trick question, like when someone asks you what’s your favorite B track on the White Album. “Pi,” I said, dutifully, or its first three digits, anyway. Another number was 42. Kahle gave me an inquiring look. I rolled my eyes. Seriously?"
One hundred years ago, and again some years later, I worked for The Big Bomber Store (TBBS - see Terms Used by Cop Car). At both times, I was surrounded by 100s of my closest work pals - without partitian of any sort. Telephone sets were at a premium. One set was shared among two to four workers - and - one or two phone numbers were assigned to the whole group in which I worked, meaning that if the phone rang, there was a 1 in 50 or 1 in 20 chance that it was for any one person. Usually, the lowest ranking person in the group (invariably a woman and, in the former instance, me!) had the privilege of answering the ringing phone and pressing a buzzer to alert the workers at the appropriate telephone set that one of them should pick up the handset.
Furnishings: Each worker had one desk, one chair, and a 24-to-30-inch high bookcase that contained two shelves. In addition, each person might have a 2-page/day flip-over calender - if they let it be known in December that they wished to have one for the coming year. We were provided pencils and erasers and, if our jobs required it, a mechanical or electro-mechanical calculator and/or a stack of "in" baskets; but, we were expected to bring our own slide rules, drawing gear, and such.
As I noted above, we were each a part of a sea of desks. Now, a posting on Slashdot.orgsays that was a bad thing.
Posted by Soulskillon Tuesday December 30, 2014 @10:03PM from the not-literally dept.
HughPickens.com writes: Lindsey Kaufman reports in the WaPo that despite its obvious problems, the open-office model has continued to encroach on workers across the country, with about 70 percent of U.S. offices having no or low partitions. Silicon Valley has led the way — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg enlisted famed architect Frank Gehry to design the largest open floor plan in the world, housing nearly 3,000 engineers within a single room that stretches 10 acres. Michael Bloomberg was another early adopter of the open-space trend, saying it promoted transparency and fairness. Bosses love the ability to keep a closer eye on their employees, ensuring clandestine porn-watching, constant social media-browsing and unlimited personal cellphone use isn't occupying billing hours. But according to Kaufman, employers are getting a false sense of improved productivity. A 2013 study showed many workers in open offices are frustrated by distractions that lead to poorer work performance. Nearly half of the surveyed workers in open offices said the lack of sound privacy was a significant problem, and more than 30 percent complained about the lack of visual privacy. The New Yorker, in a review of research on this nouveau workplace design, determined that the benefits in building camaraderie simply mask the negative effects on work performance. While employees feel like they're part of a laid-back, innovative enterprise, the environment ultimately damages workers' attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction says Kaufman. "Though multitasking millennials seem to be more open to distraction as a workplace norm, the wholehearted embrace of open offices may be ingraining a cycle of underperformance in their generation," writes Maria Konnikova. "They enjoy, build, and proselytize for open offices, but may also suffer the most from them in the long run."
Personally, for the type of work that we were doing, I thought the "sea of desks/drawing tables" worked well. People worked quietly, for the most part; but, if there was anything going on, each of us had the opportunity to pick up information from conversations going on around us. Perhaps it doesn't work well for younger generations who have been bred to have split-second attention spans.
Something else that Bev* Hodges, Chief Engineer, had right was that when we went home at night, nothing was to be left atop our desks and/or bookcases (drafters were allowed to cover their drawing tables with roll-across oilcloth covering, leaving their in-progress drawings taped to the table.) "In" baskets and calendars were left in the seats of our chairs, at night. Most phones were on a 360-degree-swing support, mounted to the side of one desk in a group of 2 to 4 desks. Telephones not so mounted might also be put in the seat of one's chair.
P.S. I should let you know that TBBS did not house the largest sea of desks in which I ever worked. All of the aerospace engineering spaces in which I worked (or that I visited) had the same type of layout. Only when working for the Little Engineering Company did most of the engineers work one-to-four-to-the office. (Fortunately, with that company, I always ranked highly enough to rate a private office. At the Little Airplane Company, I did rate a private office once I made it into management. I fought it at the time I was first promoted into management feeling that I would lose too much valuable information by being segregated; but, my boss was adamant. By the time I had made it to the Executive Payroll, I had become accustomed to not knowing what the Hell was going on! ; )
I don't know about your email provider, but my providers (2) do a great job of protecting me from scam and spam emails. Why can't my phone service providers (2) do a great job of protecting me from scam and spam phone calls?
A few years ago, I got into the habit of reporting scam emails to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). I don't know that it did a lot of good, but it could not have hurt. Eventually, incoming email filters were improved to the point that I don't recall the last time I received an actual scamming email.
Please tell me: Why have I not been reporting scamming phone calls? *shoulder shrug*
The following is from the FTC website - The FTC Complaint Assistant. Note that this site is not just for reporting phone calls, but for any type of problem that affects interstate commerce. (As consumers of internet and phone services, we are a part of the commerce equation.)
Complaints from consumers help us detect patterns of fraud and abuse. The FTC would like to know more about your complaint and the Complaint Assistant will help guide you. To use the Complaint Assistant:
Choose a complaint category on the right [See below - CC].If you can't find a match select "Other".
Answer a few questions related to your complaint.
Tell us what happened in your own words.
This is a listing of the menu items - not linked, here, but found at the linked website.
If you don't already avail yourself of the opportunity, join me in a movement to start reporting the scamming phone calls. It won't stop the annoyance of the spamming phone calls; but, one step at a time! Bitchin' ain't enough. I need to start telling the people who can do something about scamming phone calls!
P.S. Did I tell you that a few days after my previous posting (Pet Peeve#7),Hunky Husband picked up a similar call to the same phone line?
Posted by samzenpuson Thursday August 28, 2014 @07:57PM from the I-see-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this Ars piece about the executive order that is the legal basis for the U.S. government's mass spying on citizens. One thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state within the US today. The problem does not begin with political systems that discourage transparency or technologies that can intercept everyday communications without notice. Like everything else in Washington, there's a legal basis for what many believe is extreme government overreach—in this case, it's Executive Order 12333, issued in 1981. “12333 is used to target foreigners abroad, and collection happens outside the US," whistleblower John Tye, a former State Department official, told Ars recently. "My complaint is not that they’re using it to target Americans, my complaint is that the volume of incidental collection on US persons is unconstitutional.” The document, known in government circles as "twelve triple three," gives incredible leeway to intelligence agencies sweeping up vast quantities of Americans' data. That data ranges from e-mail content to Facebook messages, from Skype chats to practically anything that passes over the Internet on an incidental basis. In other words, EO 12333 protects the tangential collection of Americans' data even when Americans aren't specifically targeted—otherwise it would be forbidden under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978.