Bent coat-hanger and curtain wire
I think I've still got my official cable-running kit of bent coat-hanger and curtain wire somewhere. Budget would never run to a trained ferret.
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Thanks to google maps for taking me up a steep path which started OK, but then turned into waist-high wet grass and no lighting. I'd have turned back, but I didn't want to lose the height and then have to climb again with a heavy rucksack. Wrong decision = wet trousers.
In the morning, I saw that it had saved me all of 100 metres or so, bypassing a perfectly walkable minor road.
Austria, since you asked. I'd have used the OS if it was the UK
SNCF kindly reserved us coach 12, seats 11 and 13, on the intercity train to Boulogne (don't ask). Unfortunately, the numbering in coach 12 started at 21 and went upwards, as the first compartment (presumably with seats numbered 11 upwards) had had all the seats removed to be converted to a bike compartment.
As my other half suffers from saddle soreness at the slightest mention of a bike ride, we picked some random empty seats in the next coach, expecting an interesting conversation with the inspector.
Neither sight nor sound of the inspector for the 1h30 journey, and we could have had a free ride in first class.
We picked the print-at-home option, with two A4 sheets giving a nice large barcode, rather than the app.
"At the moment, it can only deal with commas and full stops, the most common and easiest of English's punctuation marks."
If they were that easy how come so many people do without them writing enormous walls of text without so much as a pause as if their taking one deep breath and just letting out a single massive belch of their stream of consciousness ooh look a cat video ?
We had a "burster" machine, with two rotating knives to slice the tractor-feed sides off, and a device to rip off the perforated sheets and stack them neatly. Made a hell of a racket when it worked, and despite hiding it in a soundproof cupboard, we were all tuned in to the remaining noise, so that any change in tone had us running to the rescue for the frequent hiccups, slips and general paper mangling/automated origami.
Cut them some slack - PIN number is common enough. And in spoken language it might conceivably eradicate some ambiguity (PIN the number versus pin the pointy thing). Admittedly the context usually gives it away.
And we're using natural language, not a programming language, so it doesn't have to be complete:
- my car's passed its MOT --> MOT test
and it can be redundant:
- 5am in the morning --> 5 in the morning / 5am
- it's got an LCD display --> it's got an LCD
Excel, yes a similar problem, non-joined Arabic letters. As well as all the other problems with text in Excel not behaving like text in Word (double-clicks also select trailing punctuation etc.).
What did they use instead? There were specialist Hebrew/Arabic word processors, Mellel was/still is one.
We're on bog-standard broadband, and for the last few days, we have had web pages loading half way, then stopping, only to load instantly the second or third time you try.
Intermittent problem though - just loaded The Register instantly first time, but clicking to get to the comments section took two reloads.
- surely we need a phrase in the other language which means "something really good", and which is also slightly rude in that language. A literal translation won't carry the positive meaning of the English.
And anyway, how come a description of a dog's gentleman's parts means "something really good"?
Is it by analogy with the "bee's knees"? Which doesn't make literal sense either.
And while we're there, is it a dog's breakfast or a dog's dinner to describe something that's a bit of a mess?
I'm confused. And I'm a translator.
How many translators does it take to change a lightbulb? - Depends on the context.
Looking at the Unicode listing given in the link above:
1F638;GRINNING CAT FACE WITH SMILING EYES
1F639;CAT FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY
1F63A;SMILING CAT FACE WITH OPEN MOUTH
1F63B;SMILING CAT FACE WITH HEART-SHAPED EYES
1F63C;CAT FACE WITH WRY SMILE
1F63D;KISSING CAT FACE WITH CLOSED EYES
1F63E;POUTING CAT FACE
1F63F;CRYING CAT FACE
1F640;WEARY CAT FACE
"Also if you get one of those 'new customer' flyers through the letterbox addressed to the Home owner with a great deal in it, they'll match that, even if you are in the middle of a contract"
IF... what do you mean "if"? We get those flyers twice a month at least*. I'm collecting a year's worth just to be able to go up to their caravan sales thing in town, dump them on the table and say "Still no, thanks"
*26 of them since 1 Jan
"We do have a treaty which is called the Treaty of Lisbon and in this treaty – and maybe not everyone has understood this – there are no more pillars as there were before, where [for instance] you had a pillar for security and that was completely in the hands of the national states and where the rules of the protecting of the individual, which had to be adapted to this pillar, were a little flexible.
There's none of this anymore since December 2009. Now the rules are horizontal."
That was described as an insight?
Pillars? horizontal rules?
The article mentions "repeated digits" as part of the "not-so-random" codes. Why? Surely random codes would occasionally* lead to repeated digits, and forbidding them would reduce still further the available pool of numbers.
*someone with better stats than me can work out the frequency of occasionally.
A footnote at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/media-centre/news-releases/2011/identity-fraud-continues-to-rise-with-4-million-victims-in-uk-alone-65446565446
says "For this report, quantitative research was carried out with 2002 Great British adults aged 18+ as part of an online consumer omnibus survey"
and it was weighted for sampling deficiencies.
Still don't know what it actually asked though
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