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It just goes on
"IBM won the immigration casework management system gig in 2008 but it is unclear if IBM was then appointed in 2010 ... "
Another example of poor record keeping? Who did the government contract database?
Out of life autoreply:
I'm unable to reply to your e-mail right now, because I'm dead. I hope to return at some time in the future (if you believe in that sort of thing).
How would you verify that the correct people have been 'pained'?
Re: Shades of Couch Potatoes of the World, Unite
"They can still make contributions to the economy by their consumption of other people's creative efforts, ..."
I could make some people richer by making myself poorer but I don't see how that would benefit me.
Camera phones at sports events
How will MAP know where the phones are? I'd have thought that this would be vital information for 3-D image reconstruction.
"... difficult to arrange a test with actual PETN or TNT ..."
Surely all they would need is a few milligrams to do a controlled test if their detector is really as sensitive as they claim?
re. François Beaufort.
Should that be 'François (Zeus) Beaufort' from now on?
The word 'sourceress' might be better. However, according to Pratchett, wizards/witches are roughly equivalent whereas a sourcerer/sorceress has a much higher level of magical power/ability.
The handsets are stacked in boxes on a pallet and the employees get to pick one from the pallet. It's actually the range of handsets that is limited, not the pallet.
re. the stupidity of the USPTO
If it was in my power, I'd grant almost identical patents to rival companies. Not because I'm stupid but because it would give years of entertainment.
Re: More ports is still the wrong answer
Am I correct in assuming that Verizon sells its own TV and streaming video services to its customers? If so, it may not be a technical issue.
Further to Andrew Jones 2 post
I read the article and watched the linked video and even followed a link in there to someone's blog about this (more of a fan-squee note than anything useful). The article says:
"The Rickmote Python configuration available on Github was prepackaged with Astley's internet-wrecking hit set to loop."
Does this mean that the device contains a stored video (possibly a few tens of Mb) that it sends to the Chromecast as a continuous locally sourced video stream?
Does the device contain the stored Internet address of the YouTube video, with some parameters causing loop-play and force the Chromecast to connect to it via the Chromecast's 'normal' internet connection?
Does the device have its own internet connection and obtain the video feed from this connection to send to the Chromecast?
The exact method is not clearly explained.
Always wear Google Glass when having any kind of interaction with anybody else. Store the recordings for two years and ... oh, wait a minute .....
Re: Point of Order
Some rocks, that might be found on Mars, could have originated from early Earth especially during the formation of Luna and similar violent activities. So, they may be extraterrestrial now, but they didn't used to be. If these are ever identified, I propose that they be called ex-terrestrial rocks.
When I hear "saccharine Disney charm" ...
... I reach for my reprogramming axe.
Re: Lot Of Sick F*cks Out There...
It's interesting that there weren't any cops in the bag, but ex-cops. Does retiring from the police force make a person prone to paedophilia? Perhaps the police have enough reputational problems going on that they don't want the embarassment of arresting serving police officers.
re. Japanese smut sites
Did you say online 'banking'?
@m0rt Re: They haven't noticed me
I haven't tried adding anything to the circles and I'm sure I never will. Good luck with using it.
They haven't noticed me
My Google account (with Google+) is not my real name, it's a mildly humourous made-up name. When I read that Google would be hunting down pseudonyms, I thought that I'd be culled. I was fine and keep using the account. Having said that, I only use the e-mail and G-Drive; I don't have any real visibility on Google+, such as photos, posts, friends in circles, etc.
re. Another World
Is that a buffalo with a frickin' laser strapped to its groin?
Are the Microsoft, Google and MPEG/ITU offerings also open source? If not, is there any possibility of Mozilla being hit by patent sueballs?
I'll go pedantic
I wouldn't call it a router. It's a switch.
Just tell them you've sold your house
That should do it. Ask them to send you an info-pack and say that you'll be sure to recommend them to the new owners. They always lie to you so why shouldn't you lie to them.
Re: Call the fire brigade...
Was it an underground factory? (I thought I'd raze the question.)
re. " ... digital vagina analogues ..."
That made my head spin for few seconds.
This is what can happen ....
... when you ask for an extra helping of hot sauce. (Is that a sloping roof?).
Harrogate? We used to dream of going to Harrogate. That was where all the posh, sophisticated, cosmopolitan people lived. You were lucky!
[I got my Os & As in the early 70s in the West Riding. You are largely right about the parochialism.]
re. " ... the chains of digital bondage"
Will the ISPs in Scotland be blocking such sites as a matter of principle?
Aluminium oxide and aluminium are physically tough but I'd be worried about chemical reaction with body fluids, which are chemically complicated. Aluminium is also quite reactive when the thin oxide coating is removed. It's not a good idea to have strange metal compounds inside your body. Stay with the various plastics which are approved for this type of application.
Re: All in favour say Eye
Apparently, there are drugs which improve blood circulation in the brain that can delay the onset of the major symptoms of senile dementia. (Alzheimers is a name for one of several possible causes of dementia.) However, these drugs have to be started at an early stage and they give a delay of maybe a few years before you're where you would have been anyway if you didn't take them. It would be nice, perhaps, to have the option. I would agree with anyone who says that taking these drugs for many years and suffering possible side effects may not be worth an extra three years (or whatever) of 'normality'.
Re: Watch it, asteroid pirates...
You have been offered an assassination contract. Will you accept it?
Re: Tricky problem
"Messaging is very interruptive ..."
The 'problem' with IM is that you need the applications and the computers to be running all the time. Apart from that, you can send it anytime you like and could read a received message anytime you like.
Is there anything that doesn't have security holes?!
I'm just wondering.
It's not that they won't do the engraving ....
... it's just that they can't find it.
re. Katarina's trainers
Does this indicate a tendency towards astroboffinry? It might be a good idea to get her a telescope for Christmas.
Even better, would be a massive rock carved into the shape of a 'wiley'.
Re: Gas gets compressed and cools down?
(Sorry Neil, my withdrawn post made an incorrect assumption about the subject you were asking about.)
It may be that the shockwave forces 'order' onto the hot, dense and diffuse cloud, thus inducing a phase change and effectively 'flushes out' thermal energy. An expert might come along if we wait a while.
" .. the Deathstars can give rise to a multitude of cosmic fireworks ...."
I saw a film about that.
" ... text-revenue leaks as customers turn to ..."
My £10 a month SIM-only contract has 5,000 texts and 1GB of data included in the bundle. Is this text-revenue from the PAYG owners?
" ... the dorky spectacle that is Google headgear."
I see what you did there.
"Glider said his business had suffered, with traffic figures plummeting off the back of the Google advertising ban."
It can't be very good. Maybe if he improved his product......
Is that the Australian spelling of 'telly'? This could be an interesting cultural difference.
Re: If only...
I'm paying £17 a year for the enhanced service, so I'd like to see a pro-rata compensation from Microsoft. Additionally, there should be compensation for disruption to my legitimate use of my subdomain followed by damages for publicly associating me with criminal activity, personal inconvenience, mental anguish and emotional distress and ....er, ... that's how the legal system works isn't it?
re . Poopy
Poopy: adj. OldFrench: with receding hairline and great intellect.
You'll be fine Tim; go ahead.
Have you considered Virgin Media? Oh .... er .....
Re: Consumer advice
I read that as "... expect a call fron the rendition team ...".
Re: I liked the Windows 2000 interface...
MATE is a bit more 'sophisticated' and helps to give me a WinXP-alike experience. I'm very happy with it.
Re: Them 'Lumpa's sure aren't playing 'round....
That's a comma, not a colon.
He might have used a telephoto lens. I would.
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