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betajet
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Re: "The Machine Stops" for cheapskates
betajet   12/16/2016 4:53:13 AM
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I'm also getting exactly that behavior: 405 + no notification.  When I got the 405 I checked eetimes.com in a new window and saw that my message had been posted, so no double message.  But, yeah, I feel I'm serving The Machine instead of vice-versa.

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405 and other bugs
perl_geek   12/15/2016 7:40:32 PM
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Just bit me, too.  While the Web people are fixing whatever's causing that, they might like to look at the second line of the daily notification, which begins:

<http://www/eetimes.com?_mc=NL_EET_EDT_EET_daily_

That error's been there for months.

 

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Obsolete technologies
perl_geek   12/15/2016 7:33:47 PM
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Not a specific book recommendation, and this may be a bit late for this year, but Camden Miniature Steam Services http://camdenmin.co.uk/ is a source of fascinatingly anachronistic publications. They're more about the mechanical than the electronic, but early electrical gear is covered. Anyone into steampunk should find something worthwhile there.

(No interest to declare, other than occasional customer.)

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Re: "The Machine Stops" for cheapskates
David Ashton   12/15/2016 7:19:10 PM
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@Antedeluvian... Yes, I got both those conditions (405 error on posting, no advice of replies) yesterday.  Seems everyone is getting it.  Once I try and post this I'll put a PS on and tell you if I still get it.

PS Yes, it's still happening.  It's the Machine's christmas present to us :-)

PPS You don't get the error msg when you just edit an existing post....

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Re: "The Machine Stops" for cheapskates
antedeluvian   12/15/2016 6:44:48 PM
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@betajet

Just before The Machine stops, it will generate bogus error pages so that people double-post their comments.  You have been warned

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I don't know who else is experiencing this( and it certainly seemed that Elizabeth did yesterday)- when you hit "post" in order to complete your message you end up with an Internet error "HTTP 405 Method not allowed". In fact the message does get posted after a few minutes, but in the meantime you are left wondering what happened. So you try again. Yesterday I had 9 identical messages as I tried IE, Firefox and Chrome, all with the same result. I deleted those, but I left this as a double to show Max what is happening.

The system has also stopped sending me notifications when someone answers my post (as you just did).

Is anyone else experiencing this?

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Re: "The Machine Stops" for cheapskates
betajet   12/15/2016 6:21:13 PM
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Just before The Machine stops, it will generate bogus error pages so that people double-post their comments.  You have been warned.

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Re: "The Machine Stops" for cheapskates
betajet   12/15/2016 6:16:43 PM
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My hard copy of "The Machine Stops" is in Science Fiction: The Future (1971).  Used copies available starting at USD 0.01.  Excellent collection, which includes (IIRC) "The Power of Command", "Harrison Bergeron" and "Repent, Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman" -- one of my all-time favorite titles.

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   12/15/2016 5:31:41 PM
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@betajet: ...The full text is available on the Internet, for example here...

I still prefer to hold a real book in my hands, and at $5.50 I think this is a real bargain -- it shoudl arive today or tomorrow, in which case I know what I'll be reading thsi coming weekend (Paul McCartney's biography will have to be placed on hold)

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antedeluvian   12/15/2016 5:24:12 PM
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"the Machine Stops" was one of the setworks for my "O" Level (English/Commonwealth nationwide school exams at age 16)  English back in 1967. Ever since then I have wondered about its prediction staring from when I moved from slide rule to calculator.

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antedeluvian   12/15/2016 5:23:10 PM
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"the Machine Stops" was one of the setworks for my "O" Level (English/Commonwealth nationwide school exams at age 16)  English back in 1967. Ever since then I have wondered about its prediction staring from when I moved from slide rule to calculator.

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