Markov chain redditbot? I wrote a Markov program in REXX back in the early 90's that would produce passing semblances of meeting minutes. I also adapted it to create English-sounding nonsense passwords based on letter probabilities. Basically, I invented predictive text before Nokia, Apple and Google. Lightweights the lot of them
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What is the air-line ? Not being from London these things are not always obviously hilarious to me
Grains of sand on a beach
Actually, a billion grains of sand would only fill a bathtub (well, grains of salt actually). So it's not like finding a virus on a beach, more like finding one in a half-filled bath.
I'll fetch my sunhat..
I make it 2500000/(1500*4.54*500) = 0.73 olympic swimming pools
Err, they do actually. I've come across a couple of news sites in the last few weeks that stop you reading the content if you don't disable the ad-blocker
This is so simple. I mean, it's not rocket science is it?
Re: New names for things...
"compounds are not ambiguous as they are in English..."
This is not entirely true. Adjectives have an order in English so that we we would expect (for instance) a big bouncing baby to be a child that is of a good healthy size rather than one that is able to bounce quite high.
Ahh yes... I remember when we replaced our 3081-era IBM mainframe that took up about 100 square feet, with a phone box sized Amdahl, which all us PFYs and BOFHs afectionately referred to as the Amstrad
"I wonder of one person having more than one zero-hour contract is regarded as several people in 'employment'?"
Yes it is:
"Employment increased by 1.08m between January to March 2008 and June to August 2014, but only 26,000 were full-time employee roles." http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/nov/12/one-40-jobs-created-recession-full-time-employee-tuc-employment
"much though they don't speak English in China, India, Poland or Russia "...
Almost a third of the Polish population speak English, 10% of the Indian population - around 125 million - and 7.5m and 10m from Russia and China http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population
I'm curious. If you are crypto-locked and pay the ransom fee, do they send instructions for unlocking the drive?
Re: back to wetware to wetware direct interfacing
Only if you use a loyalty card
ditto for the UK if Cameron has his way and does away with our ECHR responsibilities
One thing that is not always taken into consideration is the fact that a lot of Aspies (myself included) have a huge sound sensitivity issue. If too many people are talking at once either in a meeting or even just in the office, I feel an almost overwhelming urge to tell them all to stop shouting and to talk one at a time. It's not only very difficult to separate separate sound streams, it also makes it almost impossible to hold phone conversations. I've often left the room if I'm just sat at my desk and there is too much talking.
Recently a radio was introduced into the office and the battle over which station and what volume was quite possibly the most stressful episode I've ever had to deal with in a ~30 year IT career. It's settled down now, so if it stays on 6 music at volume 5 or below I can just about work, but its introduction has been instrumental in me moving on to another job for another company.
Re: They can **** off ...
Except there is a bill at its 2nd reading to reintroduce National Service for 18-26 year olds....
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'm crap at poetry
I had an idea for an estate agents house-sale aggregator website back in 1993 or 4 but there were only about 30 people on the internet back then so I didn't bother. Bugger.
Re: Not so good for real time...
I still ring the speaking clock twice a year - dial 123
Reminds me of the story I read yesterday about Michael Foot being made commissioner for nuclear disarmament or something. The Times's headline was "FOOT HEADS ARMS BODY"
...unlike the Beagle 2 app, which just crashes.
I happily run Skype for Linux on my Ubuntu machine. Note, this is a native Skype for Linux client, not the Windows one running under Wine or something
Still in beta, but hey.
Minerals and fuel
So who owns the rights to all these resources up on the moon?
Autorun attacks from CD
"..Microsoft has yet to see in-the-wild attacks that exploit Autorun on “shiny media.”..."
Err, Sony DRM?
you gotta face the TV pretty much head-on... and if it's up on the wall over the fireplace, you gotta stand up. All for a crap film. No ta.
"The motives for the attack, much less its perpetrators, remain unclear."
Perhaps it was because the company is called "sitelutions"? What an abomination of a portmanteau
All he had to do was put "j/k" at the end.
Dilbert had it right in 1993
Lost on a non-touch-typer
I really can't see any benefit from this at all for people who don't touch type. I've been looking at the keyboard as I type for over 25 years and I'm not about to learn touch-typing any time soon, so all these instant suggestions are lost on me until I've finished the search phrase. At best, they save me one key press (the enter key).
FreeOffice would be a better name. And less confusing to pronounce.
Join your local library and you get free online access via your library membership. I've been using it this way for about 4 years. One of the unseen benefits of public libraries, that the gummunt is trying to close down.
I thought I'd check it out on ITV Player to see how long the "offending" stuff was there. Surprise surprise, that particular episode has been pulled!
I was similarly annoyed when Internet Explorer moved the Home button to the right instead of the left of the address bar. I got used to it.
And out of all the reasons why one would choose Ubuntu, the placement of Window controls is not high up my list.
Yes you can.
I bought a Dell Mini 10V preinstalled with Ubuntu. Next.
Why are "recycling centres" euphemistically named? My local one has separate collections for batteries, paper, cardboard, large electrical items (TVs etc.), small electrical items, white goods, garden waste, wood, yellow pages and catalogues, waste oil, lightbulbs, tins, glass bottles, plastic bottles... etc etc.
Sure, if it doesn't fit one of those categories then it goes into the great big skip, but recycling centre is hardly a euphemism.
Mumbo jumbo numbers
Finnish is one of only two European languages that is not descended from the ancient Proto Indo-European tongue which ultimately produced Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, German, Celtic and English, amongst others. So it's hardly surprising that the numbers sound odd.
1 to 10 in Finnish: yksi kaksi kolme neljä viisi kuusi seitsemän kahdeksan yhdeksän kymmenen
Say that again?
"Bing's biggest additions were online shopping comparison engines such as Nextag, k8yel.com, bestcompare.net, shopwhiz.net, and underpay.biz"
I've never even heard of any of those websites. Moreover, what does k8yel and Nextag bring to mind in terms of comparison price websites? Errr. nothing.
Horse, dead, flogging springs to mind. Get out while you can.
"one advert for which features a cartoon fingerprint unveiling the identity card to an admiring audience of other fingerprints"
I'm so glad I got rid of my TV a few months ago.
MS Office 2003
Yep - it runs in Wine.
So instead of encouraging people to leave their cars at home and catch public transport instead, this system will replicate the road system, but a bit higher up, and have travellers boarding little "cars", moving the traffic jams vertically by a few metres. Great.
Tackling the wrong end of the problem
The biggest cut in emissions would not be if we all drove leccy-tech, but if more of us made those small journeys by foot, cycle, whatever, instead of jumping in the car to drive a mile and a half (what's that - 20 minutes walk?). 25% of car journeys are under two miles
So how do I opt out of this service?
Wrong way round, surely?
"the software sometimes makes mistakes, labelling part of the image as containing a face or a license plate when in fact it doesn't."
Surely the privacy aspect is where the software *fails* to recognise a face or a number plate, and thus doesn't blur it.
I can't imagine too many people complaining that the slot in a letter box, or top of a Belisha beacon for instance, would be incorrectly blurred for looking like a number plate or a face.
 Okay, that'd be a pretty big face!
Clever computer answers Jeopardy questions? I think not - shouldn't take a great deal of processing to map the lexical items and grammatical structures from the given info in order to arrive at a possible answer or at least a range of good guesses.
No, what I would like to see is a computer that can solve a cryptic crossword like The Times, for instance. In fact, if a computer could do that without just using pattern matching, then I reckon it'd be a good candidate for beating the Turing test.
Then again, I don't believe the American press carry cryptic crosswords (in the UK sense), so maybe the IBM boffins just aren't aware of how challenging they can be.
Of course, all the surveys about banning smoking in pubs showed an overwhelming number of the population in favour of the ban. I wonder what the results would have been if they had surveyed just those people who actaully go into a pub now and then, rather than the ones who sit at home reading the Daily Mail and working themselves into a lather over something that will never affect them directly.
Back in the day
I bought the first PC for my business from Evesham in 1994 or 95 - drove there and picked it up (I'm fairly local). I remember the sales guy demonstrating the 4x CD ROM's speed by pointing out how quickly the drawer popped out when you pressed the button... 32mb ram, 2gig hard drive, 17" monitor and a colour printer - all for around £3,500. Bargain.
Mind you, it's still being used by my ex-wife's father for putting newsletters together - not bad for a machine almost 15 years old
A bit slower here
So why does the UK have to wait until 2012 for it all to be completely rolled out?
So they're looking at the effects of the current climate change, climate crisis / climate catastrophe / climageddon (take your pick). Let's hope they do the sensible thing and send all those batteries for recycling once they're dead.
Or maybe they'll do the old trick of just sitting them on a radiator for half an hour then sending the sub out again...
"The majority of people don't smoke, and most of them find the ban an exceptionally good thing."
The majority of people don't visit pubs regularly either. I can't help thinking that if they had surveyed the people in my local (one of the few remaining real locals amongst wine bars, brasseries, gastro-pubs and teeny pick-up joints), the overwhelming majority of respondents would have been against a smoking ban in pubs.
Hmm.. nothing much new here?
From the screenshots, all the keyboard shortcuts still seem there, the lines of text and options are still in a fixed-width font, and there is still hardly any description of what the settings are about - the "help" for the option to "Enable ACPI Auto Configuration" says "Enables or Disables BIOS ACPI Auto Configuration", for example.
It looks to me as though all they have done is taken the BIOS as it was, and wrapped it in some fancy paper. A bit like putting tinsel round your telly at Christmas....
If I want to check my University email first thing in the morning, it takes me 7 minutes from powering on a (Vista) PC at college to being able to read the contents of my inbox. It's obvious that Microsoft are aware of these slow boot times if you think about the "power off" icon on the menu, which just hibernates the PC.
As a Linux user at home, I love the way that once you are logged in the disk activity light just stops flashing, and you can get on with whatever you want straight away.