Also I think from the place where the bloke took some platinum mesh home to make a trellis.
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It's now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on
Never assume soon means less than lifetime of Universe
Likewise always assume that temporary means permenant.
This includes locations of downloaded files that have been placed in a temporary directory until I can think of somewhere better, temporary one-off scripts to fix an imediate problem, and the temporary location of last weekends curry that I was planning to reheat.
We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD
Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn
Re: Not my idea of sport
Actually I think shooting a deer in the wilds of Jura (an area I know quite well) does take quite a lot of skill, you'd need to be a pretty good marksman to get a clean kill at half a mile regardless of your rifle (and you'd have to be able to demonstrate your capability before the Ghillie would let you take a shot).
I absolutely agree with the sentiment of "don't kill it if you won't eat it" but carcasses from trophy hunters will end up in local restaurants on Islay or the main land.
Re: Cruel and Unnatural punishment
Cruel and Unnatural punishment is exactly what I thought when I heard this on the radio. I also thought that there is possibly no better way to inculcate a permanent and psychotic hatred of deer.
But maybe, just maybe, the judge has a sense of humor. I reminds me of the story a few years back about the young Sudanese(?) goat-herd who was sentenced to marry the goat with whom he'd be caught in flagrante.
Good news: Largest, most ancient known galaxy supercluster is spotted. Bad news: It's collapsing on itself
Re: In what universe is this hard science?
I think that that is a rather simplistic view of the way in which scientific ideas develop. The reality is more nuanced, and indeed the authors of the paper state that:
"The mechanism could therefore be a natural explanation for the observed correlations between past climate variations and cosmic rays, modulated by either solar activity or caused by supernova activity..."
Furthermore, there was a degree of hypothesis testing. The authors, after having used some nifty mathematical modelling, raised the hypothesis that cosmic rays could increase the size of cloud condensation nucleii, and tested this experimentally, and in doing so failed to disprove the hypothesis.
Very few things are absolutely (dis)provable in science: hypothesis are put forward, tested and evidence accumulated. This leads to a "best current view" of the world, although what "best" is is rarely uncontentious, and most scientists would anyway acknowledge that their "best current view" is a best incomplete, and very likely incorrect in some aspects.
Re: Black arm bands for everyone
May I be the 93rd person to point out ...
"Imagine if in the plain old telephone days that AT&T owned a share of Pizza Hut. They easily could have blocked all phone calls going to Dominos or even rerouted them to Pizza Hut."
Funnily enough, it was almost exactly that scenario that led to autoamtion of telephone exchanges in the first place: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strowger_switch
Amazing how what goes around comes around (with maybe a few extra clicks and beeps)
Me too! Obviously a few commentards of a certain age on here.
I often think Andrew Tannenbaum is one of the most overlooked pioneers in computing history and deserves a lot more credit than he gets. IIRC correctly, he never really "got" the open source thing until much too late and MINIX had been eclipsed by Linux.
Anyway, I'll raise a glass to him
Re: Turtlenecks, boybeards...
The Bible also mentions people living hundreds of years - like Methuselah at 956 years.
New testamant, written mainly in Latin and Greek: 3 score + 10 or if you're lucky 4 score.
Old testamant, written in ancient Hebrew: 956 for Methusala etc. Almost certainly mistranslation/misunderstanding by translaters whose knowledge of Latin and Greek was better than Hebrew.
Obviously this is very much "Oh god think of the children!" territory, buuut...
I don't think that's an unreasonable point of view.
Firstly the technical difficulty doesn't absolve the big social media players from all responsibility for what is put out on their systems. In any event, solving difficult technical problems is supposed to be their forte.
I'm also not entirely convinced about the level of difficulty involved (although IANAE): YT and FB both have "no pron" policies, and it's hard to find much on those platforms (or so I'm told).
Re: Execution speed...
@ BeakUpBottom (At some point ...)
That is an example of the social problem I mentioned. When I teach short course to non-programmers (for very secific tasks), the first thing I say is along the lines of "you will be learning to use a programming language, but this is NOT going to turn you into programmers" (and repeat several times thereafter!)
Re: Execution speed...
is it a "game changer"?
For me absolutely, for at least a dozen reasons, including resource management, the ability to use it interactively and the fact that you can easily interface to C (or other low level language) libraries. Although it's probably true that there's nothing you can do in python that couldn't be done in C, and the C would ultimately run faster, the development time in python is orders of magnitude faster, which in a scientific, especially research, context is far more important. Consider, for exanple, some real world data set which could be represented by nested dictionaries in which keys can either be real numbers or strings. This is trivial in python and can be taught to science students without a programming background, doing it in C would probably be a 2nd year undergraduate programming exercise.
Yes, there are potential drawbacks to Python, but in my view they are mainly social (untrained people tend to try run before they can walk), not technical
Re: Conservatives + DUP = IRA?
It's not all the nasty foreigners that means a hard brexit will lead to a hard border, it's smuggling. If there's a difference between tax regimes between NI and Eire, then the one or other govt will have to prevent tax avoidance by imposing import duties. People not wanting to pay them (or see a lucrative opportunity selling duty-free imports on the other side of the border) will simply avoid the official border posts, if the soft border remains.
A hard border was a massive bone of contention in the bad old days and did a lot to fuel the violence. Please don't let's go back there.