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- Mgt has decreed this code obsolete, so there is no traction to fix it;
- the tool is rooted to it's launch location, careful how you branch;
- Some of the processing is spreadsheet driven. There appears to be limited error checking;
The last one is on me. I missed the double entry. I missed my Sunday too.
Going back to my mushroom cave sleep deprived.
<italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013
Read somewhere today that some people have recently completed a BitCoin transaction using Ham Radio. No idea if this can circumvent the trcing, but thought it worth noting.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
...but if that's the case, some things are definitely falling through the cracks.
On many distributions, if I try to shutdown the system at a command prompt (typically with "shutdown -P 0"), I'm told I have to run sudo and I'm prompted for a password. Great feature, you wouldn't want any dumbass you share your computer with to be able to bring it down without showing he's got at least some amount of authority.
Yet that same user can select Shutdown from the UI, and it'll happily comply without prompting for anything else (or at most, a confirmation prompt).
If this was some sort of oversight, it would've been addressed years ago, no?
Wasn't the source code for VMS released to the public a few years ago? Then I guess it would just to rewrite the HAL - VMS was ported to both the Alpha chip and Itanium, so they probably have defined some useful hardware abstractions ... and Wikipedia also claims that "a port to the x86-64 architecture is underway".
Wikipedia says that OpenVMS is closed source(!), but the section "Hobbyist programs" suggests that it is open for hobbyist and non-commercial use. So even if my memory is wrong about it being made "fully open" fairly recently, you could at least call it "ajar software"
We had a pair of VAX 785s (I think - my memory of the last millenium occasionally fails me) and were running real-time flight telemetry and analysis on them. So cool and, since we very close to the runway, very noisy! Jet fighters on reheat make a LOT of noise on take-off.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
Maybe there were good uVax implementations. But the first attempt to build a small Vax was the 730. From a performance point of view, it was a nightmare!
Friends of mine were using it and reported that had timed the filling an 80 char input buffer with spaces to take 20 milliseconds. A process switch took 100 ms - 1/10 second(!). In their project, they had to change the software architecture from three to two processes (and redistribute the functions) in order to reduce the required number of process switches; that significantly increased the performance of their application. It took just a few weeks before someone got hold of a big yellow-green "Turtle Wax" sticker to put on the front panel of the machine.
The 730 was an extremely microcoded machine, with a highly vertical architecture: While the 780 had a 96 bit microcode word, so that it could issue 96 signals per microcycle, the 730 had 24 bits, heavily multiplexed. So the meaning of one bit could depend a lot on other bits, and had to be decoded by a logic network before sent to the actual circuits. The hardware itself was also far simpler, so it took a lot more microcycles to perform one complete machine instruction.
Even the 780 had some hardware limitations, the strictest one (for the performance) was that all page tables had to be resident in memory; it couldn't handle a page fault in the page fault interrupt handler. In 1970 or 80, our university had one 780 with a whooping 1 megabyte of RAM. Whenever the electronics guys ran their circuit layout program, which used immense amounts of virtual memory, they had to reboot the machine with a large page table configuration so that more than 600K was taken by the page tables and resident part of the OS, slightly more than 300 kbyte was available for paging of user programs and non-resident OS parts. You may call it "CPU abuse" to run a VAX 780 CPU on 1 megabyte of RAM, but if you weren't there at the time, you would never believe the cost of RAM in those days...