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Дикий холод. Снег, ветер, шубы, сапоги, перчатки. Все укутались, посмотреть не на кого. Лишь изредка мелькнет над мохнатым шарфом девичий взгляд — и тот угасший.

Мужчина в такую погоду становится вял и безынициативен. Он даже подмигнуть не хочет мимолетной девчонке. Приходит домой – и спать. Как тупой медведь.

Приезжала ко мне подружка. Говорит: холодно у тебя дома. Надела шерстяные носки, свитер, так и в кровать легла. Спрашивает из-под глубин одеяла: "Ты поцелуешь меня?" Ну я, знаете ли, не геолог, чтоб находить романтику в колючем свитере. Она бы еще в спальный мешок влезла, с ледорубом в придачу. Зимой секса нет!

Так и продолжался бы мой ледниковый период, если бы не социальные сети. Там все тоже жалуются на холод, но одна резвушка вдруг выложила фотку в купальнике: ах, как было ей хорошо на Бали год назад! Я эту девушку даже и не знаю, мы просто френды. Да и не важно это. Тело смуглое, бикини тесное, грудь томная. Тут я приободрился, расправил чресла и сказал "Хо-хо!". Потом поглядел вокруг орлиным глазом: а все не так уж печально. И глубже внедрился в сеть. Нашел свою подружку в купальнике, минувшим летом: хороша, чертовка! Как мы с ней жарко веселились на море. Потом еще какую-то девушку, тоже в купальнике. Потом еще и еще. Все в купальниках. Стало мне вмиг радостно и хорошо. Жить захотелось.

Мужской витамин Ю – очень простого состава. Увидеть девушку в бикини у моря. Причем достаточно фотографии. Нам вообще много не надо (Кто не знает, а витамин Ю - это чтобы не было морщин на х.ю).

Результат мгновенный, у мужчин вообще все быстро. Это лучший способ мужчину взбодрить, сделать активным и страстным.

Я призываю… Нет, я требую! Требую от всех девушек устроить флешмоб назло кризису и морозу. Начать вывешивать свои фотки в купальниках. Таких у каждой сотни, а то я не знаю, чем девушки на море занимаются. Они же не отдыхать приезжают, а принимать томные позы и фоткаться. Привозят с собой пять купальников и пока в каждом не сделают 127 фоток – не успокоятся. Некоторые даже и без купальников, но это уже разврат, нам такое не нужно.

Девушки, конечно, тут же эти фотки вывешивают во всех соцсетях, подсчитывают лайки. Только кому интересны летом полуголые девушки, они и на улицах такие. Этого добра завались. Среди зимы и холода – совсем другое дело. Нет, девушки, фотки в бикини надо вывешивать именно сейчас. Тут вам и будут лайки-шеры-репосты. Тут вы станете популярны как Бузова. Всякому овощу свое время. Крепкие дыни хороши именно в мороз. Мы ждем, мы хотим впиться в них алчными взглядами.

А главное – самим девушкам станет жить веселей. Вывешивать фотки с хэштегом #назломорозу. Начнут кадры перебирать, вспоминать счастливые мгновения прошлого лета и как было хорошо там, на море… Короче, у всех настроение тут же улучшится.

Так и протянем до весны.
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Мужчина на приеме у врача:

- Доктор, у меня проблемы с женой в постели. Последнее время ничего не получается. Можете вы мне помочь?

- Конечно, вот вам таблетки и их вам хватит на один месяц...

Проходит месяц и мужчина снова на приеме у врача:

- Ну как вам помогли таблетки?

- Спасибо вам доктор, все работает прекрасно!

- И жена ваша довольна?

- Доктор, я месяц дома не был...
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The Swiss government has issued a 150,000 Swiss franc (US$149,790) challenge to online hackers; break into our new generation electronic voting system and we'll reward you.

The federal chancellery announced a dummy run election will be held from February 25 to March 24 and invited anyone who wants to display their online piracy talents to sign up at https://onlinevote-pit.ch.

They can then "try to manipulate the vote count, to read the votes cast, to violate voting secrecy or to bypass security systems," it said in a statement.

The amount of the reward paid out will depend upon the level of intrusion achieved by each hacker.

The biggest single prize, 50,000 Swiss francs, will go to anyone who manages to manipulate the vote count without being detected.

The Swiss authorities hope this exercise will help assure, or perhaps improve, the security of the new generation electronic voting system.

Regularly called upon to take part in referendums and votes, many Swiss electors prefer to cast their ballots over several weeks by post at polling stations and, increasingly, online.

Electronic voting has been on trial in several Swiss cantons since 2004.

Late last year the government launched an initiative to establish online voting as a third option nationwide within two years.
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On February 4th 2004 a young website with a baby-blue banner was born. Founded in a dormitory at Harvard, TheFacebook.com tapped into people’s instinctive desire to see and be seen. Few guessed how successful it would become. In 2008 Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul who had bought the social-networking rival MySpace, called Facebook the “flavour of the month”; the following year this newspaper warned in an article about Facebook that it is “awfully easy for one ‘next big thing’ to be overtaken by the next.”

Birthdays are an occasion for reflection. In the 15 years since its founding, Facebook has altered America in three notable ways.

First, it has shaped what it means and feels like to be young. The company has done this twice: once with its flagship social network, which became the pastime and addiction of college students and high schoolers in the mid-2000s, and again with Instagram, which is the digital drug of choice for their successors today, along with the rival app Snapchat.

Second, Facebook has changed attitudes to privacy. The social network thrives through trust. After Facebook was launched, for the first time people felt comfortable sharing intimate details online, including their phone number, relationship status, likes and dislikes, location and more, because they felt they could control who had access to them. Users were vaguely aware that Facebook was starting to make a fortune mining this data and selling advertisers access to specific types of users, but they mostly did not object. Opinions about privacy may be shifting again at Facebook’s hands, this time in reverse. Public scandals about outside firms getting access to Facebook users’ data, including last year’s Cambridge Analytica fiasco, have shone a light on the firms’ massive data collection. Around half of American adult users are not comfortable with Facebook compiling such detailed information about them, according to a survey by Pew Research Centre.

Third, Facebook has left a lasting mark on politics. The social-networking firm has become an invaluable tool for politicians seeking office, both through paid advertisements to reach voters and free content that spreads on the social network. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a politician who’s been elected in the last ten years who didn’t use Facebook,” says David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect”, a history of the social network. Two presidents, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, won election in no small part thanks to Facebook. In Mr Obama’s case, Facebook helped him fundraise and drum up support. In 2016 Facebook’s role was more controversial: false news spread wildly and Russians meddled with messages on social media, which may have helped Mr Trump gain an edge.

Though it has just posted record quarterly profits, it seems unlikely that Americans are going to increase the time they spend on Facebook proper. Time on its core social network is declining, probably because users are questioning whether it is as enjoyable as it used to be. Adults in America spent 11.5% of their online time on Facebook’s main platform, a fifth less than two years earlier, according to Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research. Instagram use is rising, but not enough to make up for the core social network’s decline. As more people question whether social media are good for them, Facebook could loosen its grip on America. The relationship with Facebook continues, but the love affair is over.
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A U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) filing on Jan. 25 alleged Oracle discriminated against black, Asian and female employees, as well as international workers with visas, funneling them into lower-paying roles and ultimately underpaying them to the tune of $400 million dollars (More details: https://src.bna.com/EXa).

The OFCCP, which enforces equal pay and ensures government contractors comply with anti-discrimination legislation, states: Oracle “impermissibly denies equal employment opportunity to non-Asian applicants for employment, strongly preferring a workforce that it can later underpay. Once employed, women, Blacks and Asians are systematically underpaid relative to their peers.” The practice allegedly goes back to 2013.

The OFCCP also alleges Oracle discriminates against those who have visas, often putting them in low-level jobs. The vast majority of hires from Oracle’s college recruiting program, the suit alleges, were international students with student visas. These students required work authorization to remain in the United States after graduation,” the suit alleges. “In other words, Oracle overwhelmingly hires workers dependent upon Oracle for sponsorship to remain in the United States.

The OFCCP filed the suit against Oracle last January, following the Labor Department’s 2014 audit of the company. That suit was followed by an employee-led class-action lawsuit last September alleging Oracle pays women less than men in similar jobs (More details: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/29/former-oracle-employees-sue-company-for-alleged-pay-discrimination).

Oracle isn’t the only large tech company the OFCCP says has engaged in these practices. In 2017, the OFCCP found that Google violated federal law based on information showing that systemic pay discrepancies exist within the company (More details: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/07/google-pay-disparities-women-labor-department-lawsuit?awc=11152_1549046646_0cd8af42a5e75f758ddd13a4aa69877f&utm_source=afl&utm_medium=awin&utm_content=IDG+Communications%2C+Inc.).

That same year, the OFCCP sued Palantir for racial discrimination. Palantir, several months later, settled with the DOL, agreeing to pay $1.7 million in back wages and other types of monetary relief to those affected (More details: https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/26/u-s-department-of-labor-sues-palantir-for-racial-discrimination).

Sometimes, it doesn’t even take a lawsuit; Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has said it's "so easy" to close the pay gap using human resources management software "with a push of one button, every CEO in the world can know exactly what their pay discrepancy is between men and women," Benioff said in this video interview: https://money.cnn.com/2017/04/04/news/companies/salesforce-equal-pay-women

Oracle, of course, says the discrimination lawsuit is “meritless.” Oracle’s EVP and general counsel said, “This meritless lawsuit is based on false allegations and a seriously flawed process within the OFCCP that relies on cherry picked statistics rather than reality. … We fiercely disagree with the spurious claims and will continue in the process to prove them false. We are in compliance with our regulatory obligations, committed to equality, and proud of our employees.”

We know the wage gap exists. We know pay discrimination exists, even in tech. We know sexism and racism and unconscious bias exist — so, Oracle, maybe instead of wasting time, money and energy denying and fighting these claims, perhaps admit your mistake, make amends, and move forward.

IBM 704

Jan. 30th, 2019 02:36 pm
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The IBM 704 was IBM's first commercially successful vacuum tube scientific mainframe. It was announced in May, 1954 and the first machine showed up in 1956 with a $2M price tag and weighing over 30,000 lbs, the IBM 704 was not a casual purchase. But 123 customers decided that its advanced capabilities were worth the heavy investment.

The major advances over its predecessor, the IBM 701, included core memory, instead of the Williams tubes previously used for main memory in the 701 and support for floating point in hardware (supposedly the first mass-produced machine to do so).

The instruction set of the 704 was not compatible with the 701 and the later IBM 709, IBM 7090, and IBM 7094 did use an upwardly-compatible instruction set, so the 704 founded a major family.

FORTRAN was produced for, and first implemented on, this computer. LISP was also first done on the 704.

Bellow sample of Fortran program from the IBM Manual for the 704:

Unix

Jan. 29th, 2019 01:51 pm
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Unix was originally developed on a PDP-7 minicomputer, starting in 1969 at Bell Labs. They used this computer for two years.

Then in 1971 they got funding to upgrade to a PDP-11, and ported Unix to run on that. This machine was a 16-bit powerhouse with up to 56 kilobytes of ram, and cost 20,000$ in 1970. That's about 133k$ today!

It had a lot more storage. Bell Labs bought the PDP-11/20 with a RK11 controller (supporting up to EIGHT hard drives), and initially fitted it with two RK05 hard drives. Each of these drives had a MASSIVE 2.5 megabytes of storage!

So originally Unix was running on the PDP-7 with one hard drive. One big partition, containing all the files. It had directories /bin and /usr at least, and /usr was USER DIRECTORIES and not /home (which is user directories now, if you're not a unix-er). /home came later. Originally it was /usr.

And when they upgraded to two drives on the PDP-11, they thought: hey, let's split this up logically: disk 1 is root, disk 2 is users!

So disk 1 contained /bin and other files, and disk 2 was /usr. All the users now had NEARLY INFINITE SPACE and everything was great.

The Unix was under active development, and all sorts of tools were being added. And they were running out of space, quickly. RK05 hard drives were expensive, so just adding a third drive would be a pain... and /usr wasn't very full...

So they duplicated the layout of / onto disk 2: /usr/bin & /usr/lib were created. Some utilities and libraries were moved there. Which ones? Which ones would fit, mainly.

The only real limitation on what could be moved there and what couldn't is that they had to make sure not to put anything that was required for basic booting onto disk 2. (Because if /bin/mount got moved to /usr/bin/mount, they wouldn't be able to mount disk 2).

So that pseudo-rule exists because of the chicken-and-egg problem you'd get into if important early-boot tools were on disk 2. So less important stuff ended up on disk 2, important boot stuff on disk 1. Other than that, the only guideline for placing files was "where it'd fit".

That decision made sometime between 1971 and 1973, to reuse /usr as a second drive of /bin & /lib (and possibly /sbin, I can't recall when that started), still echoes into modern Linux.

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