Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

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Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Post by Warren » 29 Sep 2019, 00:14

Pham Nuwen wrote:
28 Sep 2019, 23:16
I can't tell if Warren intended to make me laugh out loud or not. Because he did.
I uh, really didn't think I was being subtle there.
I'll leave it to the reader to interpret.
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Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Post by Pham Nuwen » 29 Sep 2019, 08:04

That's why you confused me.
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Post by Aresen » 02 Oct 2019, 14:20

The conspiracy theorists are going to love this:

Mint's new glow-in-the-dark coin features Canada's most famous UFO
The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a glow-in-the-dark coin that captures the eerie scene more than 50 years ago when awestruck witnesses reporting seeing what was officially documented as a UFO crash off southwestern Nova Scotia.

The colourful image on the rectangular coin shows three fishermen aboard a boat, staring and gesturing as the ghostly image of a flying saucer appears to plunge into the dark waters near Shag Harbour.

But something special happens when the included black-light flashlight is used to illuminate the coin in the dark: the spaceship disappears, but four orange lights remain in the sky, as described by those who reported seeing something that moonless night on Oct. 4, 1967.
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Post by JasonL » 04 Oct 2019, 21:47

Hanging at my local bar - apparently the band is fronted by Bronson Arroyo - former pitcher for the Reds.
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Post by Warren » 04 Oct 2019, 22:57

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Post by JasonL » 04 Oct 2019, 23:11

He seemed to like Pearl Jam. Nice guy tho.

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Post by JD » 08 Oct 2019, 13:52

From the Annals of IT Screwups:
On 2 September 1988, the expected transmission from Phobos 1 was not received. This was traced to a faulty key-command that was sent on 28 August from ground control in Yevpatoria. A technician unintentionally left out a single hyphen in one of the keyed commands. All commands were supposed to be proofread by a computer before being transmitted, but the computer that checked code was malfunctioning. The technician violated procedure and transmitted the command before the computer could be fixed to proofread it. This minor alteration in code deactivated the attitude thrusters. By losing its lock on the Sun, the spacecraft could no longer properly orient its solar arrays, thus depleting its batteries.

Software instructions to turn off the probe's attitude control, normally a fatal operation, were part of a routine used when testing the spacecraft on the ground. Normally this routine would be removed before launch. However, the software was coded in PROMs, and so removing the test code would have required removing and replacing the entire computer. Because of time pressure from the impending launch, engineers decided to leave the command sequence in, though it should never be used. However, a single-character error in constructing an upload sequence resulted in the command executing, with subsequent loss of the spacecraft.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobos_1#Malfunction
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Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Post by Ellie » 08 Oct 2019, 15:32

Awww, the poor technician! I would die of guilt if I did something like that.
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Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Post by Solitudinarian » 08 Oct 2019, 16:49

I’m sure he died of something.
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Post by JD » 08 Oct 2019, 17:20

Actually, if you read the Wikipedia entry, they do discuss the consequences of what happened. Nobody got shot (I think) but it is not encouraging when your project director quotes Lavrenti Beria saying "Let's make them work for now. We can shoot them all later"...
After the incident at Yevpatoria, an investigation was immediately ordered to determine who was responsible for the failure. Nevertheless, disciplinary action was postponed until the completion of the Phobos 2 mission. This was to prevent the demoralization of the Phobos 2 team. Any penalization of the Phobos 1 team would create anxiety among the Phobos 2 team and reduce the chances of mission success. This postponement of punitive measures was urged by IKI director Roald Sagdeev. He quoted the former secret-service chief under Stalin, Lavrenti Beria, who said, "Let's make them work for now. We can shoot them all later." The investigation concluded with the dismissal of the ground control commander at Yevpatoria and the acknowledgement that the computer system was poorly designed.
And, in all fairness, the incident stemmed, like most incidents, from a bunch of causes. You really should not leave a "shut the whole thing down" command in a remotely-controlled spacecraft. If the proofreading computer is in the critical path, it should absolutely be redundant. There was apparently a policy "no running commands manually if the proofreading computer is down", but there doesn't seem to have been any mechanism to enforce the policy. Etc., etc.
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Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Post by JD » 11 Oct 2019, 10:53

In 1915, the German government, facing food shortages in the nation, decided that pigs were an inefficient use of vegetables and grain that could go to feed people instead, so millions of pigs were slaughtered. However, they did not take into effect the overall economic impact of the plan, and so it had no practical impact on the food supply - and, apparently, as the pork supply dropped but demand remained constant or got even higher, there was that much more profit to be made in raising pigs.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schweinemord
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