Re: Water on Earth is ELEMENTAL, my dear Watson !
I only looked at the landing page of your site, but it was enough to suggest that you've discovered the HTML equivalent of green ink.
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A great idea.
But am I the only one to feel that reading the family histories of sheep would have a similar effect to counting the sheep? Even the short paragraph about Swaledales and Scottish Blackface is venturing into the "more than you ever wanted to know about sheep" zone.
Presumably a +1 channel is cheap, as there's no additional editorial cost. The programs on BBC3 may look like they cost nothing, but it's still the more expensive option.
I don't watch commercial channels much because I find it annoying when programmes are interrupted for ads. I was horrified to discover that BBC3 interrupts films with non-ad breaks in which some witless totty recites "news" about "celebrities". The sooner they close it the better.
One interesting side-effect of the ETA shown on the satnav is that you can see exactly what difference your speed makes. On long motorway journeys the time taken is a fairly direct function of speed, but elsewhere it seems that driving as fast as I dare makes so little difference that it's not worthwhile.
There seem to be more and more average-speed cameras, and these seem ro be much more effective than the old fixed cameras. Sometimes I wonder, when I'm sitting in a tailback on the A14, whether I'd be entitled, or even obligated, to complete my journey at 150 mph in order to achieve the required average.
in the UK, disguising the things was made illegal over a decade ago
It didn't really work. I think the law says they have to be yellow, but fails to specify what kind of yellow. The small, presumably digital, cameras that are replacing the big square boxes all seem to be painted a dull buff colour.
So here are a few techniques to pay your way:
1. Install an ad-blocker that saves all the ads, instead of displaying them, so you can view them later when you have lots of free time. The trouble with this is that it may fill your disk before you get round to viewing.
2. Set up a service where people with lots of free time and not much money get paid for looking at other people's ads. The ad-blocker can re-route all your ads to this service. Not very PC, and it costs.
3. Adopt the same solution as for other mindless repetitive tasks: get a computer to do it for you. This is my favourite. If the advertisers complain that I'm not viewing their ads, I can honestly assure them that my computer has examined every byte in far more detail than I would be able to manage.
Anyone know of a competing Ad Blocker?
Try Privoxy. An ad-blocking proxy server is a bit more fiddly to install than ABP, but it blocks ads everywhere, including Chrome, IE, email etc. You can also set up a single proxy server for your entire network, so ads don't even get across the threshold.
A stunningly impressive mission.
But am I alone in finding the name "New Horizon" slightly naff? Also inappropriate, as the one thing you don't see much of in deep space is the horizon.
Bentham may have lost his head, but even without it I expect he knew the difference between "lose" and "loose".
Not long ago I had to have a new electricity supply and meter installed*, and I feared that they might install a smart meter. They didn't, but they did position the tiny new meter up by the ceiling because that's where the big old electromechanical one was. When the meter reader next called I had to fetch him a ladder so he could read it.
* The old supply consisted of a cable that branched off my neighbour's supply, went over the roof of his house, then connected to a pair of lethal bare copper cables on brackets along my side wall (evidently too hard to remove when they originally decommissioned the overhead supply in the village).
I have to rise to this because I "studied" at Oxford and live near Cambridge. Both score equal points for their historic centres. Oxford has nice Victorian suburbs that are mostly lacking in Cambridge, but it also has Cowley, Blackbird Leys, etc. The countryside around Cambridge is something of an acquired taste; the Oxfordshire environment is mostly picturesque, but it's a bit Chipping Norton.
So, the UK government is banning hard porn on the Internet, the EU is going to dismember Google and Amazon. And I hear that my local Council has plans to reduce gravity.
* Apparently the tide stunt was actually staged by Canute to show that he wasn't omnipotent. It's a pity today's rulers are less wise.
I use LibreOffice a lot and it hasn't messed up any docx files
I recently used LibreOffice to edit a .docx created in Word, and sent the result back to the originator, who couldn't open the file in Word because of malformed XML. Fortunately, saving it from LibreOffice as .rtf and .doc produced readable files.
You normally find Paydaynpawn Place at the end of Bettingshop Boulevard.
to quote Sir Isaac Newton "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants"
It's thought that by "giants" he may have meant "people taller than Hooke", who quarrelled with Newton and seems to have been short. It's a gratuitous personal slur rather than a lofty philosopical reflection.
"As this POS malware market is evolving, new security measures are needed to combat the seemingly continuous strains being developed by the underground," the researchers said.
I suppose the underground is trying to win business from the overground.
The self-service tills in B&Q (the ones voiced by Annoying Naggy Woman) appear to run a Linux distro, to judge from the lengthy scrolling log that appears when they're rebooted.
I notice that it offers speeds of 78, 45 and 33⅓, but not 16⅔. I wonder if 16⅔ records ever existed - I've certainly never seen any.
the name R.U.R. has an excellent pedigree
R.U.R. is the pedigree!
It's the play by Karel Čapek where the word "robot" first appeared (in 1920). The name stands for "Rossum's Universal Robots". Čapek seems to have imagined organic androids, rather than mechanical robots, though that may have been mainly to simplify stage presentation.
Why is Barbie's sister called Skipper? Does she wear a beard and a greasy sou'wester? Does she look like a tinned pilchard? A penguin?
With all the names in the world to choose from, it seems an odd selection.
have you ever seen a fat terrorist, or a drunken one?
It's going back a bit, but Brendan Behan* was an IRA volunteer and pictorial evidence suggests he sank a good few Guinesses with consequent effect on his girth. He may not actually have been a fat, drunken terrorist, but I bet a few of his co-volunteers were.
* Lest I unleash a storm of Hibernian protest, let me say that I intend no sleight on the man's literary output.
A simple solution might be to check the byline before you read the article. But you sound like somebody who never misses an opportunity to be outraged, so I suppose that would spoil your enjoyment.
I'm for the "Logans Run" option
Don't you mean "Logan's Waddle"?
And I live on the left hand side of the country and concur. Improve the M5 and the M6.
What about the right hand side? Have you ever used the travesty that's the A1? Before you even reach Peterborough you'll drive on normal motorway, a joke motorway where the inside lane disappears at every junction, a dual carriageway that runs past people's front doors, and a massive eight-lane superhighway that connects the villages of Alconbury and Stilton. The only "improvements" it ever sees are more speed limits.
I think Vinyl makes you lisiten more, with digital, you can flick 'next' way to easily at the slightest glint of risng boredom
I think you've made an important point, Teiwaz.
I've noticed something similar when watching films. In the cinema, I watch through to the end unless the film is unspeakably bad (and not just because I've paid). At home, I'll often stick with a broadcast film once I've started to watch. But films streamed from Netflix etc have about five minutes to capture my interest before they're off.
I tried this and I now have one very thick LP.
Evo-Stik is a wood glue, isn't it?
I wondered if it might be a chameleon standing in front of a gecko, but that's the wrong way round, and geckos don't change to look like their background.
"validate input" - certainly worth doing, but not a protection against SQL injection.
"quote all strings" - emphatically not. This implies that user-entered values are still being used to cobble together a SQL statement by string concatenation.
The safe way to protect against SQL injection is to use prepared statements and parameters. There is no way that parameter values can be converted into SQL commands, regardless of quotation marks*.
* Unless your database is a Walt Disney production, or you're using some kind of "execute immediate" feature, in which case you deserve whatever you get.
But sadly most comments state the bleeding obvious while ignoring the obscure - "i++; // increment counter" type of thing. The best advice is to pretend your code is going to be maintained by a homicidal maniac who knows where you live .
25GB? I have a data allowance of 0.5GB. I mostly use my phone for data. But I still can't use the massive 0.5GB in a month. With the crap data rate I get I couldn't use 25GB in a month of continuous downloads.
I've ridden a recumbent for about 10 years. It doesn't attract as much attention as it used to - I had to run a gauntlet of jeering teenagers when I first used it.
It definitely isn't an alternative to this electric bike. The author of the article uses the power to help him ride up Archway Road. Most recumbents are fairly heavy, and you don't have the option of standing on the pedals when you're climbing a steep hill. The theory is that you drop down to a low gear and "spin up", but as with any reciprocating engine, your legs waste a lot more energy in low gears.
Err, you normally pedal bikes*. It's drugs that you peddle.
* Unless you own a bike shop.
I used to drive a Mazda 6 estate. Nice car, but suffered from appalling road noise. It finally met its end when the corner of an articulated trailer scraped across the bonnet while it was (legally) parked. I was rather shocked to see how flimsy it was.
As far as snow handling goes, despite FWD, the Mazda got stuck on the ramp of an underground car park in the Alps. I had to buy snow chains to get out, and even with those I spun 180 degrees at the first bend in the pass. Mind you, the AWD SUV in front of me was basically skating down.
The Mazda's replacement, a BMW 5 Touring was indeed a little difficult in snow. The worst bit is going uphill, when the weight of the engine causes the front to slide down, while the rear wheels continue up (this at about 10 mph). The car ends up straddling the road, which is embarrassing if there's anyone else there. At this point there's nothing for it but to pray you can complete the U-turn without driving into the ditch, go back down, and find another route.
I know about the cache control meta tags and I know about F5 and Ctrl-F5. But I've still found plenty of occasions when IE has had to be restarted to force it to forget about a CSS or script file that it has sqirrelled away somewhere.
I spend an inordinate amount of time commuting by train. On the journey home, suffering from a kind of burn-out, I occasionally like to get out my Win7 laptop and play a few games of Freecell or Hearts.
The other day I tried to find these in Win8.1. The Games tile just directed me to the Windows Store (luckily I wasn't on a train, or that would have been the end of things). I found the games I wanted and installed them.
Bleah! Hideous graphics and intrusive flashing ads. Kill it!
If this is Micosoft's vision of the future, they can crank their Windows version number up to 999 for all I care - I won't be buying. Have they done this with all the applications that used to ship with Windows?
I've been with EE for a few years, and I've never found a data connection fast enough to enable me to use more than about 60% of my allowance.
Example: I commute into London on the East Coast Main Line, and I try to read the news online. Most of the time my phone screen blanks before the page loads. Frequently I get "No data connection" messages when I can see houses, offices, and mobile phone masts out of the window.
Meanwhile, I see people on the train apparently watching movies on tablets. Are they streaming the data over the net?
Tea Partiers deploying Freya Desktops
In the olden days, when people used to give meaningful names to servers, our first generation of Vaxes were all named after Greek gods such as Zeus, Juno and Ares*.
When the time came to replace these, we decided to use the names of Nordic gods, so we had Odin, Thor and, yes, Freya. Whereupon people started to say the IT department was staffed by Nazis.
* This was in the days of terminal servers, which were called Melpomene, Terpsichore, Calliope, Euterpe... after the Muses.
a newbuild 1 year old. why not just install FTTP?
About 5 years ago I bought a flat in a development newly built by Wimpy. You can tell how much foresight went into the building from the fact that every flat has gas that is supplied through 15mm copper tube that runs up the outside of the building*. I'm surprised that's even legal.
Inside the flat there are wall sockets for phone, TV arial and satellite dish. I can only suppose these aren't actually connected to anything. The BT installer drilled through the outside wall and ran cable along the skirting board to a surface-mounted box in the good old way. Nearly every flat has a satellite dish screwed to the outside wall.
* Like the Lloyds building, only less stylish.
The young men, who took part in mandatory military service in Sweden between 1984 and 1997, were psychoanalysed while in the army and subjected to intelligence tests.
Are you sure about that? In Britain the military pioneered the use of intelligence tests, so that part's wholly credible.
But are you really saying that these conscripts were treated to hours of talking about their unresolved complexes and infant traumas with a psychoanalyst? Or do you really mean that they were subject to some kind of personality or cognitive profile test?
That's what I thought, too. I bought one of the Samsung 9 Series a couple of years ago, and I haven't regretted it.
keeping a phone in you pants is maybe going a little too far on the security front.
I expect they enjoy the vibration when somebody calls.
Why would you have pockets in your pants?
The most annoying thing about SATA cables is the power connector, which for some reason is much wider and more complicated than the data connector. It all appears to be show, because you can use an adapter to connect to an old-school Molex connector.
"Creepy footfall" - it sounds like they are identifying criminals by the way they walk.
@Yugguy Because people will describe themselves according to what they WISH they were like, not what they actually are.
I know the social sciences are extensively, and perhaps justifiably, derided in this forum, but market researchers aren't completely stupid. There's a bit more to survey design than just asking people to describe themselves, and a competent researcher would go to great lengths to eliminate this kind of bias.
I have this thing called a "wallet" that is really convenient because I can carry all my cards in it, but there's currently a recorded announcement on the Underground that tells you not to keep your Oyster card next to your credit card.
My view is that they should have sorted that out when they designed the Oyster card. It's not like credit cards were previously unknown.
@WalterAlter The experts are always quick to conveniently brand anyone who questions the black hole as a crackpot.
I'm not an expert, but when I read your post I could see why they might come to that conclusion.
Also, none of your "here"s seem to go anywhere. I think you're several hrefs short of a hyperlink, to coin a phrase.
I can say F*CK U iilii to rayban I would never buy their products.
I wish I could say that. I was doing OK until I got to "iilii". How do you pronounce that?
FWIW, I will never buy Rayban products either. Nothing to do with spam, just that I know how much a pair of sunglasses is actually worth.
I'm afraid you're chasing a fantasy. Any nation (and that includes the putative independant Scotland) will be governed, and have its resources allocated, in a way that leaves a lot of the voters dissatisfied.
The solution is not endless subdivision. What next? Independence for Wessex? Bring back the heptarchy? I live in Huntingdonshire, where we've been ground under the oppressive heel of Cambridgeshire for decades. Can we vote to secede?
If you're not getting your fare share, then persuade more voters to support your side of the argument, rather than changing the system. I don't think any of the flavours of PR you suggest would make much difference. It doesn't seem to have led to much harmony between the northern and southern Italians.
The answer is that membership of any political grouping involves trading individual and sectional needs for wider benefits. If don't accept this, then I presume you don't want your independant Scotland to join the EU.
I'm still puzzled about the allegedly disguised filename. The story is that the text is reversed so the scanner won't pick it up, but the display presents it in such a way that it reads normally. When you click on a link or a filename it doesn't matter what it looks like, the thing that is executed is whatever is in the text, and that's what the scanner will see too.
I think the attachment/link example is made up.