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Surely the Beeb will complain
My solution ...
... phone with a 'VIP' mode - and distinctive ring. So i have my non-VIP ring set to silent, and my VIP ring set to normal.
Answering machine message goes like this: "You'll need a PIN to proceed. Don't worry if you don't know it, I'm going to tell you. But before I do, I should also point out that unless you are a colleague, friend or relative of someone who lives here, using the code will be considered an offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. If you accept these conditions, please feel free to use the PIN: it is 1990. Otherwise you can leave a message ..."
The phone lights up at least 20 times a day. But no-one has ever dared risk the CMA which handily makes it a crime to access a system for which you are unauthorised, even if you know the password.
Most calls fail at the point that the 'grunt-detector' on the autodialler detects that it has reached an answering machine. Some people hold to leave a message, but where I have put the ellipsis above I have recorded a very long diatribe, lamenting the use of telephone spam. At the end of that message it tells them that the answering machine is currently off. I love seeing some calls lasting the full 3 mins.
line up tripod ...
... blah blah. Don't be silly - just take tonnes of somewhat overlapping shots. Stuff into a moderately powerful PC running Hugin. Wait. Enjoy.
"The erstwhile Soviets have already been there"
... you're welcome
Absolutely ace ...
... O/T - don't forget to check out 'Storm' by the same genius
Until they brought the case ...
... the costs were zero. The 'costs associated with his crime' to which you refer appear to be costs payable by the UK taxpayer for the ensuing circus.
great blog ...
... thanks for pointing it out
... just read that wikipedia article and it says "A portmanteau (Listeni/pɔrtˈmæntoʊ/; plural portmanteaux or portmanteaus) or portmanteau word is a blend of two (or more) words or morphemes into one new word". So apparently it could be whole words - although I'm struggling to come up with one. Portmanteau itself is pretty close.
Here's looking forward to ...
.. cases made of other materials. Brick?
learn some stats...
... before opining on sample size. Hint: around 2000 *randomly* chosen voters is sufficient to get +/- 3% polls for *national* elections.
Activation required ...
... Mrs Woods says it's only hard to find because it only becomes active after one's partner has cooked an elaborate meal AND TIDIED THE KITCHEN BACK TO THE STATE IT WAS IN BEFORE.
I can't tell if she's right, because I'm only allowed to look for it when those conditions have been fulfilled.
... not the word that comes to mind when we are talking about beating televised confessions out of people and then sentencing them to death on that basis.
It's fairly well established that midnight is 24:00:00. In other words, midnight on Dec 31st is the same time as 0:00 on 1st Jan. But because of the potential ambiguity many legal documents like to use 23:59 or 0:01 just to be sure.
... makes me wonder if you mounted two together would you have made a Raspberry Tau?
PDF Creator ...
... should get a mention here. It's a free open source product that "looks" like a Windows printer. You print to this printer, fill in the dialog and boom, nice .pdf to do whatever you want with. Can't for the life of me work out why it is not more popular.
Try reading ...
... The Art of War (decent annotated copy in Guthenberg) then you'll know whether he really wrote them or not. More importantly, you'll be better qualified to judge how 'stupid' they are :-)
"The Sparrow" ...
... required reading for any one with the specified missionary zeal.
A child tax?!Children are already expensive. I pay for my own children. They will be paying for your pension. And you want to tax me for having them?
I thought this was interesting ...
... 720 degrees would be spinning round twice then continuing to walk TOWARDS it
... because it's potentially a crime scene? You can't just bin evidence because some people might be delayed by a few hours, especially when there are fatalities.
So the Queen has publicly acknowledged Ive's abilities more than the late King ever did.
I've no objection about Ive getting a Knighthood. But I'm pretty sure Ronnie Corbett should have got one. Was it just because he played a crack-addled version of himself alongside Ricky Gervais that time?
To boff ...
... doesn't this mean 'to hump' ?
Seriously though, a lot of these 'pejoratives' are nothing of the sort.
Many scientists are happy to call themselves boffins, many technical people are happy to be called 'geeks'. And quite a few black rappers refer to themselves as ... well you know.
Consider 'techie'. There's a huge difference between my boss saying 'hmm, we are going to need a techie for this' and the sort of people higher up who say 'well, let's not worry about the techies' concerns - we need to get the contractuals sorted'.
Sensitivity to context - the most underrated foundation component of critical thinking.
Amazon 1 star syndrome
Guys, when something is this bad, you owe it to us to check it isn't a faulty model. Otherwise you are no better than the green-ink brigade raving on Amazon: "The HDD arrived in a badly damaged box but I opened it anyway. It only worked for a bit and then it stopped. One star."
I don't want to touch a screen that's been touched by hundreds of ill people - especially dermatology patients!
I'm always worried when I see that the best picture on a TV is achieved by having various picture processing machinery in play. In my experience that causes two problems for gamers: 1) you can get artificial sharpness (banding in sunsets or other diffuse light) and (2) LAG LAG LAG.
The amount of lag on the last LG plasma I used was so extreme (>0.2 seconds or so) that I was totally slaughtered online by people I can normally dispatch with ease. This amount of lag is totally irrelevant for non-interactive TV, but we really do need stats on this in reviews especially as no manufacturer is forthcoming about this on on their published specs.
... neutrinos won't go round a fibre optic loop. In fact they pass through pretty much everything, which is why creating a neutrino detector is such hard work.
if working from home is fine if you send a robot to the office, the staff could also send their own robots to work?
Free gifts to employees
Reminds me of when I were a lad ... I was told (but I haven't checked snopes) ...
A worker at a chemical plant in Middlesbrough was allowed by the foreman to take home a piece of perforated shiny scrap metal with that looked just right for sieving his garden. Sure enough, when ICI bods turned up to reclaim it, he was actually sieving his garden soil with it ... a piece of platinum catalyst worth considerably more than his house.
The story goes that he returned it, the foreman got a mild ticking off, the employee was given a large high quality steel sieve for giving it back, and the process for tracking the catalysts was substantially improved.
Sorry, it's you that's wrong this time ...
The units of the coefficient of thermal expansion are length per length per Kelvin - therefore just per Kelvin (or per degree C, if you prefer). This one means that per degree C it expands by 3.4 millionths (of its original size). Not quite sure why this was expressed with the exponent -7 though.
If you don't have an employee that can do this, you also don't have any employees who are qualified to keep an eye on those to whom you have outsourced it. Unless you outsource that too, and that's probably going to be more expensive than doing it yourself.
time to call ...
... sure it was. Everybody but the tiny minority of which you are part must just be an idiot then?
Not typical ...
Exactly. I have a house which often (if you include nieces, friends etc) has the same population as your IT Company. We could easily have the girls on Youtube, the boys on the PS3s, wife doing IPTV and me doing RDP. whilst listen to IP radio. That's even before updates (to 6 or so devices), offline iPlayer recording, and the occasional bit of Skyping, sometimes with video.
I'm sure this wouldn't be acceptable in an 8-person company, but it's not that abnormal for a household. A *steady* 2Mb/s each (enough for std def video) would be good, and that puts us at a requirement for 10Mb/s minimum whilst everything is fully legal.
What actually happens is that the nominal 7Mb/s is progressively traffic managed so that if do a quick speedtest and then think you can start watching something on iPlayer it becomes unwatchable after the first 45 mins.
"Lesser artists borrow - great artists steal" Igor Stravinsky. But I don't think he ever attributed the quote, so that must make him a great artist.
In case you are wondering...
... why you've been downvoted ...
boot FUCKING notes
Too tabloid for the Reg? There *is* a reason for the Red Top styling.
If it's important enough ... DO IT YOURSELF. Not just data destruction, but software development, equipment maintenance (Railtrack?) and every other safety or privacy critical component of your business.
All of these major failures are, in the end, due to a manager who streamlined something, making the business slightly more efficient, getting a fat bonus, and going on to do the same at other businesses with an ever expanding CV of 'successes', with none of the consequent failures ever catching up with them.
Nice one ...
... I laughed in agreement. But actually I disagree. Expanding all human knowledge is an important cultural objective, by my reckoning the overarching one. Science and engineering have often done themselves a disservice by suggesting their PhDs are *useful*, and that Arts degrees aren't. Sooner or later, the result of such thinking is bad for blue-sky research or other interesting stuff which may only become technology in the far distant future. With the consequence that such technology retreats further from 'far distant future' to 'never'.
If you stick to what is 'useful to the community now', on paper that has to be management degrees. Can you see where I'm going with this?
If you think about it, 'singability' is an interesting hybrid of musicology, neurology, psychology and anthropology. Doesn't quite sound so airy fairy when you put it that way.
How about these rules?
If you advertise up to x Mb/s, then 20% of your customers should get better than 80% of this speed, and 80% should get better than 20% of it.
If you advertise a service as unlimited, the correlation coefficient between usage and speed should not be significantly different from zero.
If you claim 24 hour service, 80% of the time you should provide 20% of that users maximum service.
never gonna happen, I guess ...
I agree about R4 news programming, but...
... Humphrey Littleton's characterisation of the Today Programme as '20 minutes of news and comment packed into an exciting two hour package' has never been truer. Even in the 30 minute six o'clock news they stop about 17 minutes in to give 'the headlines again'. For goodness sake, if my attention span was that poor, I'd be listening to Radio 1.
Rolling news is just the same half dozen stories over and over again for hours. *THAT* is why the Internet is so much better for news, and why the serious news programmes are starting to bore people senseless. Just as someone pointed out above, you get actually get a greater breadth of news from satire: waiting a week then watching Mock the Week / HIGNFY or listening to the Now Show or the News Quiz. Or waiting a fortnight, then reading Private Eye.
another correction :-)
Didn't you mean he'd over-estimated by about 2000% rather than 95%
You step back ...
Most people think that it's completely wrong for companies to buy huge numbers of tickets of highly anticipated events such as pop concerts, for the sole purpose of selling them at inflated prices later. I'm struggling to see how your justification of squatters doesn't apply to ticket touts. Or do you think that ticket-touting is legitimate business?
You've got it backwards
If you are travelling at half the speed of a bullet and you measure a bullet going past you it looks like it is going half the speed of the bullet.
If you are travelling at half the speed of light and you measure a beam of light going past you it looks like it is STILL going at the speed of light, not half the speed.
It is this behaviour of light - that it does not behave like bullets - that gives rise to relativity - something has to give and that something is TIME (simplifying a bit here).
... Feb 2010. Had to argue with the school that it really was worth taking my kids out during term time for what was going to be the last ever night time launch, followed by the (daytime) launch of the SDO a few days later. This article brought it all back for the second time (the first was seeing the Aurora Borealis over the West Midlands as predicted by the SDO). Thank you so much for reminding me - especially of the sound which was simply unbelievable.
Can you please tell us ...
... which roads you drive on, and what sort of times we should avoid them?
Have you tried a different keyboard...
... and a mouse replacement? I developed RSI 20 years ago and although it is still occasionally a problem I have found that avoiding mice (e.g. by using a nipple, a tablet, a touchpad or a head pointer) and using a Dvorak keyboard I have managed to get it under control. Anecdotal, sure, but you could give it a go and see if it helps. Very best wishes for your recovery.
1.60 euros per person?
yeah ... right.
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