We are not alone

I used to think it was just us. …

"At the time, Don Estridge and his team considered using the IBM 801 processor (an early RISC CPU) and its operating system that had been developed at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. The 801 processor was more than an order of magnitude more powerful than the Intel 8088, and the operating system (AIX) many years more advanced than the DOS 1.0 operating system from Microsoft"

This little vignette is from the Wikipedia biography of the modern computer, the IBM PC.

It is nice to know that gross mismanagement isn't the sole domain of Britain.

Over in North Africa the megalomaniac in charge of Libya is attempting to crush the idea that an whole country doesn't want him in power. What usually happens in that circumstance is that someone close to him kills him.

Such is politics.

In Japan the nuclear industry is about to go into melt-down because the idiots have been running civilian electricity generators on Plutonium.

There is no margin for safety with that stuff. The safety requirements for using plutonium are simple:
Use Uranium.

If you don't and things go pop, you can't put the genie back in the bottle. It's difficult enough to cope with Uranium when things go wrong.

You can still pick up pieces of nuclear reactors -bits of plutonium and uranium even; on the beaches of Britain left over from the gross mismanagement of our nuclear industry.

We've had any amount of Three Mile Islands, even a Chernobyl or two.

I don't have much to say about any of this. I wish it were not so. I wish all mankind were capable of living in peace and love but we really are despicable as a species and I can't imagine what god sees in us.

What really interests me at the moment is the "low threat" earthquakes supposedly engendered by a waste disposal project going on in the oil industry in the USA.

At the moment more civil rights in that country are being taken away. Something akin to British laws early on in the Industrial Revolution. (Look up the term "Peterloo".) But we have all got that recent American bug for doing away with our freedoms for the sake of a few miscreants in foreign lands.

So disposing of the junk oil from the wells into other wells is going to make another seismic assault over there before too long. It's just a matter of finding the right palms to cross with silver in what passes for "democratic process".

Still, it's not as bad here in Britain and most other enlightened western countries as it is for instance in Iraq or Afghanistan where the rich mineral resources have made the locals subject to a Third Reich style regime, complete with the UK and US Kommando and SS.

But it will get worse no doubt. Sometimes I think I am lucky I might be dead before long. Isn't that a sad outlook for a citizen to have?

Everybody knows the skies are loaded everybody rolls as the waves are tossed.
Everybody knows that the peace is over, that the sons of the fathers lost.
Everybody knows how things are fixed; the poor get shafted and the rich stay rich.
That's politics.
Everybody knows.

Everybody knows that the banks are thieving.
Everybody knows the cartel lied.
Everybody has the stinking feeling that the hopes of their fathers died.
Everybody knows, everybody knows, that's how it goes.
Everybody knows, everybody knows, everybody knows, everybody knows.

Every body knows they really love us; that they would never lie to you.
Everybody knows how they've been faithful except for the treachery they do.
Everybody knows that they are discreet; all the heads of state they have to meet without their clothes.
Everybody knows.


So what happens next?
Wouldn't you like to know?

"Other manufacturers soon reverse engineered the BIOS to produce their own non-infringing functional copies.

Once the IBM PC became a commercial success, the product came back under IBM management. IBM restricted the performance of lower-priced models to help sell higher-priced models."

And the rest as they say is history.
(History being the science of getting the right sequence of managerial self destruction. Some people think that's important. I don't.)


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