"The phone performs some dimensioning using sound waves on your skull"
It does what?
And when you put it in a trouser pocket?
434 posts • joined 30 Oct 2007
It does what?
And when you put it in a trouser pocket?
Remembering happy times looking through the windows into the CD-pressing plant in the basement....
From: THIRD WORLD DRIVING HINTS AND TIPS By P. J. O’Rourke
"Drive like hell through the goats. It’s impossible to hit a goat. On the other hand, it’s almost impossible not to hit a cow. Cows are immune to horn-honking, shouting, swats with sticks and taps on the hind quarters with the bumper. The only thing you can do to make a cow move is swerve to avoid it, which will make the cow move in front of you with lightning speed.
Actually, the most dangerous animals are the chickens. In the United States, when you see a ball roll into the street, you hit your brakes because you know the next thing you’ll see is a kid chasing it. In the Third World, it’s not balls the kids are chasing, but chickens. Are they practising punt returns with a leghorn? Dribbling it? Playing stick-hen? I don’t know. But Third Worlders are remarkably fond of their chickens and, also, their children (population problems notwithstanding). If you hit one or both, they may survive. But you will not."
Given the nature of the original allegations in Sweden that sparked this whole sorry saga off, Assange and Trump might find they some interesting anecdotes to swap, and maybe some hair-care tips too.
interestingly expensive for them. Nice big fine from the ICO PLUS a fair chunk of the named students reaching for personal injury lawyers, given the kind of intimate situations usually claimed as extenuating circumstances...
(We had one such claim, back in the 90s, where the student stated the University had rendered them unable to complete their coursework owing to us restricting their IT access due to their taste for late-night viewing of inter-species relationship tutorials in the PC labs)
Everyone should read the Rogers Commission appendix by Richard Feynman at the very least:
"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled."
"IT staff rarely go near the electrical stuff, it's far too dangerous for that."
As a significant percentage of BOFH plotlines have taught us ; )
I've mentioned previously in these forums my encounter with a senior member of academic staff back in the Win '98 era who kept all his folders within the Waste Basket, because "it's always where I can find it". Which didn't help me at all when I Ghosted a new image onto his PC and then found that said location was specifically excluded from the University backup regime...
"The requirement for companies to remove "electronic protection applied to ... any communications or data" was written into the Investigatory Powers Act last year"
Excellent: that should make all those DVDs so much easier to, uh, 'back up', not to mention the output from my Sky Q box. Oh, and the pesky encryption on the Sports and Movie channels too...
That's OK. Neither does he.
Quadriplegic brother-in-laws very expensive powered wheelchair ground to a halt one Christmas Eve. Nightmare wait until after Boxing Day, plus expensive engineer call-out, to diagnose and remove novelty Xmas decoration applied to the mouth controller by doting sister, which was holding open a vital internal relay...
Teh Interweb I̶n̶s̶t̶a̶g̶r̶a̶m̶ has become a Wild West of d̶i̶s̶g̶u̶i̶s̶e̶d̶ advertising
"Industrial vacuum cleaners can be just as lethal, if someone was dumb enough to inspect a blocked intake too closely it could suck the air out of the chest collapsing the lungs."
To be fair, that's not the usual failure mode for human / vacuum cleaner interaction. At least, not for the male portion of humanity...
"that's why you breath in deeply and hold it. To capture as much "carbon" as possible. It's all very green."
Not if you're leaking methane from t'other end...
Darn you, lentil-fueled vegan tokers, darn you to heck!
'Weirding Modules' killed it for me; a major part of the genius of the Dune universe is that FTL travel is possible, but projectile weapons are useless (and lasers worse), so combat is gladiatorial. Giving the rebels guns was such a cop-out...
Some of them were working on Climate Change mitigation, so now Climate Change isn't happening, they have more time to Tweet...
*orders caffè latte*
*flirts with barista*
If you don't want to identify the make and model of a flawed IoT device, best not copy and paste the feature list from the manufacturers website. Or was that not an accident?
On a related note, it will be interesting to see how well the new vented BT/OpenReach roadside cabs stand up to being buried in snow*, particularly that nice solid stuff studded with rock salt that gets chucked up by ploughs, now they are packed full of FTTC kit...
*assuming we ever have snow again
A Spectrum being delivered on time? Nah; we'd have a female Tory PM, a socialist Labour leader and the Liberals going nowhere before that happens...
“910 doses of an amphetamine type substance, 380 LSD doses and 72 capsules and 15 grams of MDMA
So about a weeks consumption in a regional nightclub. Phew. I'll bet the citizens of Oz feel safer already...
We are on economy 7 too, and do run the washing machine overnight. Quite agree with you about tumbledriers though; a 3 kilowatt heater full of lint is basically a time-fuse...
I was assuming he's currently paddling a black canoe up the Tigris with a Fairbairn–Sykes in his teeth...
At our school gates, parents don't wear watches. If they need to know the time, they ask Facebook. If they need to know where they are, they ask Facebook. If they need to know what to think, they ask Facebook. If they need to know their heart rate, they ask, oh, wait, why would they want to know that?
"the primary function of the jeans, that is keeping... your underwear hidden"
N.B. Does not apply to school-gate mums.
Uh, what's a 'milk float'?
Actually, being a 60s kid, I know, but my kids wouldn't have a clue: some kind of cocktail, perhaps?
P.S. One entry from the Tesla 'First Responder' guide (https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/firstresponders):
"Warning: Handling a submerged vehicle without appropriate PPE can result in serious injury or death."
*'Launch', of course...
Dennō Senshi Porygon*
*The Pokemon episode in '97 that made hundreds of Japanese kids fall over.
Then the strobing segment was repeated in TV news reports of the incident later that day...
Really big stir-fry, while watching the video on a loop?
"It is not fair the people living in London can enjoy 4G... where in many parts of Wales people can't even get a single bar"
It's also not fair that people living in, I don't know, say Finsbury Park, can enjoy the Royal Opera House, Regents Park Zoo, the Natural History Museum and the Tube, when here in Wales, I can't.
I look forward to a brave new Socialist future where, under the enlighted rule of Comrade Jezza, we all get to host them in turn, just like the nice young SWP chaps in the pub say is our democratic right...
but I'm very much enjoying the distinguishing biometric features of the young lady in the picture.
"...In other words, it was a training simulator that built their confidence that they could deal with it...."
Don't know about the more modern robot ones, but in our school the simulated babies of the time were issued to the, um, 'less able' contingent, presumably because they were judged most likely to procreate before failing their CSEs. I guess it's not entirely unreasonable to suggest that having the simulosprog survive the designated time period (I think they had embedded frangible capsules to indicate if they had been thrown against a wall) might actually have encouraged the recipients to generate a real one...
Yesterdays 'Guest' DHCP, which is essentially a record of tourist visitor devices, showed 41 'droids, 37 iPhonze* and 6 Winthings, for a 49 / 44 / 7 % breakdown. I think I saw a Blackberry appear on there once...
*probably a bit inflated by the Japanese student group who appeared to own matching sets of airs, phones, pads and pods. There's probably also a skew towards Apple owners because we charge for admission ; )
In my FF, the banner advert at the top of this comments page is now for McD 'BBQ Smokehouse Range with smokey BBQ sauce'. Sadly, no hazardous 'lectronic crap appears to be involved...
Never encountered stray dog walkers on Century, but the most memorable afternoon was shooting Long Rang Pistol there* when bullets started zinging overhead; turned out someone to our right and a few hundred yards further back had a badly adjusted optic on an AR15, and was bouncing rounds off the track in our direction. We did ask for permission to return fire (those in the 'Free' class firing .308 could probably have reached out and touched quite effectively), but the R.O. wasn't amused...
* or possibly Siberia; it was nearly 30 years ago, I shudder to realise ; (
Fullbore indoor pistol ranges were always a bit on the toxic side; the hole under Court Garden Leisure Centre in Marlow comes to mind. Lots of soft lead wadcutters impacting steel baffles, with a suspiciously heavy dustpan when sweeping up.
Having said that, it was always the noise that felt more hazardous, particularly when the chap with the Mauser C96 was in; the muzzle crack from 7.63x25 is not nice to be alongside....
With the bonus that it's easily hackable with some whitewash, by blanking off the T and modifying the R to an F ; )
30 is too fast to count towards the walking you need to do to incubate eggs, though.
Did see one tip that suggested leaving the app running while at your desk, and GPS drift will add some metres to the necessary kms, but that's not working for me so far...
Nice to know that Teslas log so well, and transmit back to the mothership for safekeeping. I'm looking forward to the first court case where it is demonstrated that
at time x, vehicle on route from location 'office' diverted via cashpoint (bank record below) at low speed through warehouse district y and continued with additional passenger (seat adjusted) to secluded area of carpark z (ANPR image attached). Vigorous motion detected for seven minutes (rear shock reset, aircon increased) while vehicle stationary, followed by ignition of heat source in cabin (particulate filter enabled). Passenger returned to location y (weight decrease noted), then vehicle returned to location 'home' via late-night florists (googled).
O brave new world
That has such (tech) in't...
I don't think you're supposed to say 'both genders' now. Did they not cover that in the lecture, or were you laughing too much to hear?
"...apparently victim had told him he had a licensed concealed weapon before shooting and cop then asked for ID..."
I'm wondering if that was the cause right there; person in car announces to officer that 'I have a gun' or something similar (meaning 'I have a legally carried concealed weapon')*, while reaching for permit/licence, but officer hears the one word 'gun', sees the movement, draws and fires. Doesn't make the event any less tragic, doesn't mean racism wasn't a factor, but possibly worth considering.
*There are lots of tips online about dealing with a traffic stop while posessing a legal weapon:
"The following phrase is commonly recommended “Officer, I want to let you know that I have a concealed carry permit in this state and am currently have one on my person. How would you like me to proceed?” Notice we said ‘have one on my person’. This is very important, as the last thing you want is another officer coming up on the other side of your vehicle and the first thing he hears is GUN."
Or her parents were Dylan fans.
There's a cracking clip of him performing 'Isis' during the 1975 Rolling Thunder Review (presumably filmed for 'Renaldo and Clara') that does the rounds on various video sites. One suspects that facepaint might not have been the only white powder backstage...
Featuring gentlemen in a state of flaccidity, perhaps?
Rule 34. Natch.
Very true. I currently have at least six mugs on my desk. Two feature Kenny from South Park, and contain about a dozen mini screwdrivers (none of a useful size), some PCI slot blanking plates, two WAP aerials, superglue tubes (partly used), cable ties, wire twists, HDD rails, dead flash drives with mismatched caps, badly crimped CAT5 plugs, dodgy SATA leads, and a tiny scale model of an Uzi SMG. Another, with a rather nice 90s 'smiley' logo, houses my collection of fake £1 coins (107, at last count). Three are coffee reaching various states of solidification, including one with blue-green fur growing on it, and a trapped spoon. There are probably more under the monitor shelf, but I'm a bit reluctant to investigate...
We get our air delivered in little plastic bags; it's free if you order small components that arrive in big boxes, and having it pre-bagged means it's much easier to cram into the cabinets.
Having said that, I suppose it could be Chinese air...
"Finn," Sally said, then tilted the flask and swallowed, wiping her mouth with the back of her hand, "you gotta be crazy. . . ."
"I should be so lucky. A rig like this, I'm pushing it to have a little imagination, let alone crazy."
Nope, my hope is that OpenReach actually get around to terminating the fibreoptic they strung and pulled all over this bit of mid-Wales almost exactly one year ago. There's kilometres of their black-with-a-yellow-stripe visible, coiled up on poles, leaning against walls, hanging off broken brackets, left on drums by the roadside...
£425 million public money, 1 tender from the ex-state monopoly supplier. What could go wrong?
Bonjour is a requirement for using networked FileMaker* (also an Apple product, though not really marketed as being so).
*I know; the answer would be not to use FileMaker, and I wish I didn't have to...
"I put up a QR code for our guest wifi access at work"
We tried them here. It turns out that while many people recognise they have something to do with a smartphone camera, that's the limit of their knowledge, so while a handful of folk who had a QR app installed prior to arrival could use them successfully, the rest just ended up with a nice picture of a blotchy box in their Gallery to remind them of their visit...
" A quick vacuum from the outside does the job, you could even tell the cleaner to do it, it's pretty fool proof."
Except the cleaner is 100% guaranteed to either
a) crash computer by pulling plug to power industrial vacuum machine
or (slightly smarter facility hygene operative)
b) plug industrial vacuum machine* into empty socket next to computer, thus tripping circuit
*floor polishers are also good for this, as we discovered by correlating our regular teaching PC lab failures with the caretakers weekly rounds...
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