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  1. As I have oft declared, I hate to be cynical. I have spent the better part of my existence, since I was a wee lad, being always positive, optimistic, always with a we can do it, no problem can stand before a committed mind attitude and belief. Through most of that time, I didn't care about politics other than which party or professional liar would give my employer more taxpayer dollars, thus, I kept my job. Like you all, I have a keen sense and appreciation of fairness. Don't lie, don't cheat, don't steal; work for it or do without. Forget the editorials, ignore the television pundits that predict a profound shift from the hippie Marxists/Save the Planet to America First/MAGA. It isn't going to happen. No red wave. Our votes are meaningless other than to reinforce the myth, the lie, that we, the people, rule. We are being played again, just like in 2020. The hippie Marxists and the Church of Climate and Social Justice succeeded in massive cheating and outright stealing enough congressional seats and the presidency to seize more power than a republic should ever have; fascist, dictatorship level of power. They rigged the last election, what makes us think that they won't do the same for this one upcoming? They will lie, cheat and steal again and as before, they won't even bother to try and hide it. The professional liars and the swamp creatures are all bought and paid for by communist China and have been for years. Our votes mean nothing. What China wants means everything and China will determine the results of the upcoming election through their stooges in state houses and state election bureaus. Our only recourse is to shut up and obey or greet 20 FBI agents armed to the teeth one morning soon. Or it might be 20 armed IRS agents. Or 30 armed Department of Transportation agents. The federal government has over 200,000 armed employees of all departments. The man dressed in camo with a bullet-proof vest and an assault rifler, a real assault rifle, might work of the Department of Agriculture, but he knows his real job: arrest anyone and everyone that dares to disagree, that refuses to obey. Next stop, a detention center -- for the rest of your life. Those that refuse to shut up and obey will be replaced by the millions of foreign invaders walking over the border. They will do as they are told. This was a good country, a noble experiment, while it lasted. So, there. Yes, I know: tl;dr
  2. I understand the technology and procedures they used; I was being somewhat sarcastic. However, my whimsical remarks expose a precept of logic that is often overlooked, but usually frustrating. If one asserts that, say, Sasquatch exist, another may counter that as no one has seen a Sasquatch and there is no evidence of a Sasquatch extant, therefore, they do not exist. The annoying rebuttal oft used, especially by hippie Marxists and pseudo-intellectuals, to this argument is one word: yet. No one has seen a Sasquatch -- yet. One may appear just around the next corner, in the nest minute. And, logically, yet seems true, but I maintain that it is completely invalid and casts the entire argument from the concrete and provable to the ever-hypothetical. In short, bullshit. Don't fall for it. Do not allow it. I need a nap.
  3. tous

    WTF vehicles

    It has a step. Note the stowable cinder block, er, step, by the port rear wheel. Remove to enter, have assistant replace by tire.
  4. tous


    Good for you, sir.
  5. Politicians and international oligarchs, those that truly matter, are making money and gaining power. Shut up and obey.
  6. So, obviously the newspaper of television station dispatched an intrepid reporter to count the actual murder hornets, right? How else could they make that claim? And just because said reporter, or reporterette, didn't find a hornet to count, it just means that the reported didn't find any hornets to count. I think hey were all disguised as invaders from Cuba that walked across out border and as we all know, the hippie Marxists do not want to count them. I could be wrong. Frequently.
  7. Ah, the famous Lotus Look and Feel lawsuit. If they gave the engineers the money instead of the damned lawyers in the '70s and 80s, we'd have colonies on Mars by now. With no lawyers allowed.
  8. My office was in the building where Lyric Enterprise's office was. Saw Barney a lot. Didn't shoot him. Don't judge me. By the way, anyone remember the Windows 3.1 screen saver that was a Barney graphic that appeared and stomped all of the icons on the screen to dust? I made that. Got a nasty letter from Barney lawyers. I didn't care. It was fun.
  9. South, the going to, is what we do best.
  10. I just discovered that there are 700 Whataburgers in the state of Texas and 1 in the state of Georgia. Sorry, gwalch. Y'all come on down and we'll get you a good burger. Florida has 43.
  11. Good for you and your grandsons, amigo.
  12. Mebbe he can search for another of Al Capone's vaults.
  13. My father had me help him with all sorts of household and automotive chores and I wasn't always happy to mow the lawn, change the oil, lube the cars, fix the dishwasher or garbage disposal, clean a drain, fix the television, re-wire some rooms and add new circuits from up in a blazing hot attic. I was about fourteen or fifteen when I realized that he wasn't laying his work off on me, he was teaching me. After that, I went to him for something new to teach me. Thanks, Dad.
  14. I predict that since the domestic automobile manufactures have gone full-woke and will soon offer only electric vehicles, they will all go near bankrupt since they can't sell them outside of California and lo and behold, the government will bail them out once again. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundia, Kia have records sales during those years.
  15. If there were, she should have a tennis racquet with her.
  16. That has been tried before. Remember Day Without a Mexican? Interesting idea, but how would a large scale worker absence convince the professional liars in government, at all levels to do anything? When I lived in France, they had all kinds of strikes. They would actually schedule them so people knew who was coming to work and which parts of the city to avoid. Everyone was pretty blase about it and no policies were ever changed.
  17. Might could work well as an anti-hornet weapon.
  18. Solving problems was what we were paid to do and what we enjoyed. Many times, we didn't just think outside of the box, we discarded the box entirely. Drove some of the bosses nuts, but those that had been in the trenches just smiled, nodded and told us, Interesting idea, but the Navy is paying for a Ford, you're trying to design a Rolls Royce. Stay on budget. McDonnell Douglas had a program that if an employee submitted an idea that was adopted, there was a very nice bonus paid. The idea couldn't be in your group, you were already paid for that, but a lot of people suggested changes, both in engineering and operations, that were very good. I made a few bucks that way. The suits in the corner offices were very supportive of us. Except for the pens. Black stick pens with the company name on them. If you exhausted one, you had to surrender it to the supply ladies before they would give you a new one. A multi-billion dollar contract and the worry about fifty cent pens. Probably ten cent pens since Mac bought them by the truckload. Did they think that we were selling them on the street corner? Handing them over to a foreign government? Besides, I'm sure that they billed the Navy for pens. It is said, and I concur, that no engineering project is ever completed; they just take it away from us and sell 'em what we have so far.
  19. I feel the same way. I would have done what I did my whole career for free, it was that satisfying and often exciting. And nearly everyone around us was very smart, often genius and I still value the discussions I had with them about everything under the Sun -- and often about the Sun, space, galaxies, the Universe. The young'uns will likely scoff at how we did our work 40 years ago, but we made some damned good stuff, didn't we?
  20. It is not wise to try and kill fat ladies with anything less than a .45 ACP. Shooting them with a .40 Smith and Wesson just makes them mad and a 9mm or less just bounces off. Pull out your .380 ACP and the ladies will laugh maniacally, just before they eat you. Mebbe a 10mm, but to be sure, nothing beats a .45 ACP. Except a .44 Remington Magnum. .454 Casull? Or a .460 Rowland. .480 Ruger? 500 Smith and Wesson? .50 AE? We need a passel of fat ladies to test the results of all of those cartridges. Since he seems to know where fat ladies congregate, send Batesmotel to round 'em up.
  21. One thing that the young'uns will find totally incomprehensible is how programming was done back then. One did not sit and type on a keyboard staring into a monitor and the IDE would tell you about syntax errors, allow you to compile and link instantly as many times as you wanted, let you run the application in the same IDE with a full symbolic debugger to let you step through instructions and display variables. Oh, if you have a question, you can look nearly anything up on the internet and get an answer immediately. In the late 1970s and 1980s, one sat in their cube, surrounded by boxes of punch cards, magnetic tapes and stacks and stacks of printouts on 14 7/8 x 11 inch green bar paper. Bosses organized their printouts in fancy Acco binders. Worker bees just dumped them in a corner. Coding was done on coding sheets that resembled an IBM punch card, print layouts were down on, printer layout sheets. You had 132 columns. You had a choice of typeface and size Pica: 12 points. I did most of my coding in FORTRAN66. I would fill out a coding sheet, submit it to the keypunch department. They would punch cards and return them to me. I would then submit the deck to the computer operations department, they would run the program and return the deck and listing to me. We got maybe one run per week, so you made damned sure than there weren't any typos or stupid logic errors in your program. If you depended on the computer compiler to spot them you would never get anything done. When you got stuff working, you then created test data, again, initially entered on cards but copied to magnetic tape. You were lucky to get a test run a week and engineers with seniority or more critical projects would bump you back to the end of the lie often. We constructed some very sophisticated and complex models, so a successful run might take hours, even on one of the most powerful computers of its day. Repeat. NB all of the major engineering groups at McAir had their own dedicated lab computers, tape drives and printers and that's what we used. The gold badges (senior management) didn't trust us not to break the production computers and yes, there were a few times that someone killed the lab computer usually an IBM 370-168. Sometimes just to prove he could, but most often because of logic errors when we were coding assembly language. It was better in the avionics group. We all had our own workstations (Perkins Elmer, Stratus, Microdata) since you really couldn't easily simulate the components on a mainframe and why bother if you could work with the actual hardware. Programming was done in the assembly language for what ever processor you were working with, a soldering irons and wire wraps. A lot of wire wraps.. I keep thinking, well, it wasn't that long ago, but it was 40+ years ago.
  22. That's because your football and baseball teams suck and you don't have an NBA team. Unlike Dallas, where we do have an NBA team and our football, baseball and hockey teams suck. You doing all right since the hurricane, amigo?
  23. Don't you Georgians bathe in moonshine as babies?
  24. You grew up in Minnesota and didn't play hockey?
  25. Body Mass Index. Graph shows that the more pronouns one claims, the fatter one gets.
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