Re: whatever happened to
I'd call it living off the fat of the land.
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I'd call it living off the fat of the land.
" they wouldn't be any more unhappy than they would with any other change"
Well that just about wraps it up for product evolution strategy; go for minimum user unhappiness. The alternative being, of course, what we do should make people happy.
and over metrication of research is a real ball and chain for both the up and coming scientist and the more established figures. I hope this article isn't going to sing the praises of such metrics. The highest rated paper in the biosciences, for example, is the original methods paper for Western blotting. The engineering equivalent would be some reference work on Whitworth threaded bolts. Having said that, of course, Whitworth threaded bolts would be essential to secure a mechanical heart into a 1950s tin robot.
"Yup. That's handwriting, all right."
It was a reworking of the idea that astrophysicists failed to realise that the missing matter of the universe was accounted for by the packing materials for their ever bigger, ever better telescopes.
A 1°C rise in global temperatures was attributable to a 10,000% worldwide increase in new computing power coming online in order to simulate a variety of climate change models.
F*** Sheldon. What about Johnny 5?
They used to have the coupon in the front of their diary. I still have a few of those. And diskette club.
IIRC, Tandy's original business was shoes.
And then there was the young Irish lady I helped choose a telephone for.
Standing at the pay-desk, new telephone in hand, the young lady said to me, in a beautiful Irish lilt,
"T'ank you ever so fer all yer help now. Oh, while 'am here, tell me now, do you have a box for tips?"
Flattered, I replied,
"Thank you, but I'm afraid we arn't allowed to accept gratuities."
Laughing gently she said,
"No, no, I meant a case for putting all me music tips into fer when I go back te Ireland."
...known as "The Bottom Sixteen Hundred", and an absolute PITA to stocktake.
I used to work at Tandy (Radio Shack) in Salford, that's a city right next to Manchester. One day I was seconded to the Bolton store a few miles away to cover during an outbreak of 'flu.
At this point I have to explain the Bolton accent for those who haven't heard it. The best example I can think of, that people may have heard, is that of Brian Glover, who does the voice over for Tetley Tea, and was the prison govenor in Alien3.
Anyway, this red-cheeked, weather-beaten, man wearing a flat-cap and Wellington boots came into Tandy and said to me,
"'Scuse me son, but does tha' sell turps?"
"I'm sorry sir, you could try FADS the DIY shop around the corner."
To which he replied,
"No lad. I heard how tha' sells turps in 'ere."
"Well, we do have a range of cleaning products for hi-fi's, records and the like."
Getting quite agitated now the man replied,
"No, lad, no. Turps; for me turp recorder."
I used to work for them, and they were fine. Mind you, that was way, way back like 1985-1988, when the company was actually doing OK.
I've just looked it up on Wikipedia, and there's an image of the exhibit there from Liverpool Spaceport...
HOW DID THEY KNOW?!!!
Seems wasteful having that large surface area parachute canopy... now if there was a material that was, say, flexible and photovoltaic, bonded to a polymer that became rigid after being heated by the descent through the atmosphere...
If you sent Rover, it'd spend the next however long just sniffing the Beagle's bum.
I could see it working as a component of a helmet or visor, say in extreme sports, but for day-to-day use it's just so obvious and ugly. Now if they'd gone with just a camera in the glasses, no unstylish pokey-out display module, linked to a wrist mounted unit?
Wing a Wong number?
but no twats were involved, if I read it correctly.
I mean, does the addition of 'nads really make a vas deferens to the taste?
In which case, this problem reduces to exactly the same one as e.g. VPNs, SSL...
The keys are asymmetric, so the decryption key is never sent over the wire. It has to be looked up in a table. New media are supposed to carry a blacklist of compromised keys which sinks and sources update in non-volatile memory and never use once marked as compromised.
Presumably there is a defined supply chain for hardware, so I envisaged the company's own CP key table being blown into every device before deployment rather than being generated on the fly and transmitted over a presumed un-secure wire.
It's just moving the problems of secure data exchange from e.g. the internet onto another wire; a wire that already has an encryption standard.
It might be possible even for an encrypted version of the key-pair to be downloaded from e.g. a trusted server. I believe there's a protocol for ethernet over HDMI already.
The goal in this scenario is to at least detect unauthorised data removal.
If a new HDCP standard emerged with the ability to, say, flash upload a unique key pair between source and sink, then you could pair the graphics card of a PC to a specific monitor and any interloper on the HDMI line would see not a lot at all.
I see a further revision of HDCP coming with more user/owner configurable encryption key options.
I rather like it. Some of the metaphysical imagery is particularly effective. And there are interesting rhythmic devices which seem to counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor of the humanity or vogonity of the editor's compassionate soul which strives through the medium of the page structure to sublimate this, transcend that and come to terms with the fundamental dichotomies of the other. And one is left with a profound and vivid insight into... into.. whatever it is the website is about!
No, I'm only fooling. It's shit. Take it down to number 2 airlock and throw it out. Shoot it first if you want.
I don't use those category menu items anyway. I just like the news in one big steaming pile that I can sift through in a few seconds flat looking for pop-out words of interest. Like Boobs or The Doctor or BOFH.
Or is 12/12 now Trolling Day?
But there are many routers set up in such a way, by default, that the administration system is only available from the LAN, and that account has a default password. So once you have the WiFi password, you are in and able to administrate, change DNS/default route etc.
I think that is not a design feature...
I use a separate WiFi access point, router and DHCP/DNS server. So they'd have to guess at least two passwords to change the DNS setting. And I don't use the defaults anyway. But at least Sky etc have been blowing unique default passwords into their kit for the last few years, so it's not quite as bad as it used to be. I think this is more scaremongering headline grabbing demi-marketing by Avast.
Oh yeah! That's the one.
Great idea, and it's followed through.
I wonder if Apple are working on integrating e-Ink pixels into an OLED display? They should be. This could give them a serious run for their money.
Ah yes. Janet and John start coding.
Fetch (the ball)
Run, Spot, Run."
can be mended with a software patch comprised of vinegar and brown paper?
You could tell which of our fighting forces he'd been making cloth for that day by the colour of his skin when he got back. Blue-grey for the RAF, yellow for the desert forces, navy for the Navy, obviously.
He got drunk after work one Friday and fell asleep in a garden hedge on his way home. He'd been dyeing for the army that day; DPM or camo as they used to call it. We didn't find him until Sunday morning.
My grandfather dyed during the war. Up at the local uniform factory.
Erm... whatever you say.
It's about this point that I give up and set up a stall selling batik died tee-shirts.
For, you know, people who like to read crime fiction, Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes etc. You have to workout whodunnit by the time you reach Oxford...
My brain started whistling about half-way through that. :(
They've also cut down on tunnelling costs by simply painting a railway tunnel onto the side of the hills and training a flock of road runners to drive the trains.
And somehow it calculates its height above some object below it? How, just HOW?
Reminded me a bit of that StarTrek film that Jar Jar Abrams did. You know, the bit with the Enterprise coming out of the water, and the bit where space ships were doing atmospheric dives...
Well, that feature has been available from British Airways for like, the last century or something. Fsch!
lovely hand crimped edges.
You'll be wanting Robert's Robots in there as well. And Metal Mickey.
If you included AI, you'd have to allow Proteus from Demon Seed.
Muffit II the Daggit would have to be included if you allowed film length TV series things.
Does it have farto go?