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From how I understand it, the US based detectors wouldn't detect a gravity wave approaching from directly above the United States because it would affect all four arms of the two detector equally; or at least with a much lesser difference than a gravity wave approaching from the horizontal direction.
About a quarter of the way around the Earth would be the ideal place to have another detector and India seems to fit the bill for that.
Some time ago in Germany (I forget when or where I read it), the police were very suspicious of a man they stopped because he didn't have a mobile phone. They said to him that this indicated he was probably involved in criminal activity and didn't want to be monitored or traced.
Suppose an ISP/telco had a background music streaming service hosted internally, containing a selection of old instrumental tracks for which they'd paid a one-off licensing fee for that purpose. They could offer that as a zero-rated data service. Many people enjoy background music at home and barely notice what they're hearing.
They could set up a simple weather forecast website (internally) for farmers etc. that was updated regularly and was zero-rated.
On simple consideration, these seem harmless and useful. But are they harmless? I'm not sure.
Or anywhere I'm responsible for safety/security.
"The Complex stands on North Korean soil, .... Workers from the North are paid in cash but must hand over their hard-earned at the border."
Would that be the north-side factory gate, not the border?
The reason the satellite started tumbling was because of its sheer joy of having got out of North Korea.
"... Parliamentarians fought and won the right to see the text being negotiated on their behalf by bureaucrats."
I think they mean that the NSA (and police, etc) hold a 'magic key' and can use that to decrypt any message they feel they ought to, for the detection of lawbreaking and safety of citizens of course.
Instead of calling on Silicon Valley to "do something", perhaps they should call on the NSA to "do something". After all, the NSA has experience in this area.
"making a facebook and twitter presence", "making a web presence" , "webifying"?
"... at 300GHz, would break the terahertz frequency barrier."
How does a 300GHz transmitter break the Terahertz frequency barrier? Are they talking about the upper sideband limit when modulated at 100Gb/s? If so it seems like a terminology cheat.
I knew that somebody would say something like that. I accept the principle but I was hoping for better grammar. I wonder if you type command lines with the same care as you type sentences.
Why did they put the 'f' (force, no prompts, ignore nonexistent files and arguments) in 'rm -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host_*' ?
A simple finger slip could give 'rm -f /etc /ssh/ssh_host_*'.
For something so important, I'd have thought that 'rm -i ' (prompt before every removal) would be more sensible.
I'd never be able to remember how to spell his surname so it's not "all-too-obvious" to me.
How about "all-too-obvious1" as a password?
Which came first, the acronym or the meaning?
"... without deviating from the behaviour of the version of Excel in which it was created, ..."
That's the problem right there. The vast majority of people who use computers for things that are useful, imporant or essential to them have got used to using the MS Windows suites and all their characteristics, as well as the characteristics of the underlying OS. There's also a massive installed base of computing software assets and associated data files with their ingrained ways of working.
You could say the same thing about Photoshop vs GIMP etc. for doing the things that most people do with them (not counting pro-level graphics people of course).
The other problem is lack of general awareness of the availablility of SOHO Linux solutions and the learning curve associated with getting them up and running and doing what you need them to do. Most people don't "know about computers" because they're interested in them; it's something they've had to learn because their job demands it (and did so slowly, over time) or they want to surf the internet, send e-mail, etc.
Windows has massive presence and inertia and I can't see how that situation will change in the near future.
The Networking Security Association strives continuously to protect all consumers. Rest assured, citizen.
I just had a look at Machine Code For Beginners :) I remember the Z80 and the 6502 very well. I used to be able to do mental arithmetic in hexadecimal.
These are wonderful - a big THANK YOU to the publishers.
Let's hope that the Director doesn't open a sealed envelope that says, "It was an injected test signal". This has happened before.
A truly wily manager would have a friend who ran a PC maintenance company and they would be paid $10,000 a year over several invoices.
My package manager says that I have libgraphite2-3, so I'm ok?
"But one Virgin engineer who contacted us laid the blame at the feet of developers.
He said: “I see this all the time, developers will not allow Virgin Media onto new build developments even though Virgin Media are willing to pay the costs involved." "
That's interesting. Does anyone have any idea why this might be so?
.... 'Data security is our top priority' ?
"... wildly overestimate what constitutes a “knob” of butter."
It depends what you're used to handling.
I think that needs to be re-worded. Perhaps it's open source code that implements a patented technique or method? I assume they intend to charge license fees for commercial use.
As I remember from his book, the Colonel told the idiot, "Stop boring the arse off tired soldiers with your stupid fairy stories. By the way, I'm a friend of Lord Northcott and he's never heard of you."
"... some staff were promised a significant bonus upon completion. ..... and the bonus wasn't forthcoming. ..... Norse agreed to stop withholding the bonuses after one of the programmers threatened to sue."
Every competent manager knows that it's money which motivates people to do a good job and that it's easy to lie to technical staff and get away with it.
That would have been £38 on ebay + £24 p&p from the USA but the supplier has sold out. I also felt the urge to own one.
Note: If the event is only for US people, then it's the ability to 'soder' that they need :)
That was a clenched fist compliment.
If I store my private documents under rocks in the park, I can't complain if people find them and tell other people where to find them. I should store them under lock and key somewhere.
I realise that it goes beyond this with 'unauthorised' copies being made and stored under other rocks in different parks, but when will people learn not to store stuff on public facing websites?
I'm sure that all Gmail is scanned, automatically, and targetted ads are placed according to keywords. The use of the word 'intercept' implies that Google somehow went out of their way to get their hands on the emails. In fact, Google 'handles' everyone's Gmail. Is Apps For Education somehow supposed to be different?
'Mutti' is the German word for 'Mum'. Can any German commentards tell us if this is used affectionately or in a different way?
I get media/tv people mixed up all the time.
"while(status == SUCCESS)"
That's assuming that getStatus() returns a 1 or not_1 as appropriate. Often, it's assumptions all the way down, especially if other people have been writing/modifying other parts of the system.
Wikipedia! it tells you :) It's an weather phenomenon involving cyclones moving from sea to land and getting stronger. It could be that he means that any problems intensify when the kit is installed in its final site. However, I suspect that the spokesman was using the expression as a euphemism for a vast quantity of crap.
I'd have thought that a Vulture brand saddometer would go up to 11.
The Patrician used to pay very careful attention to anyone who scored well in the Ankh Morpork Times crossword puzzle, for that reason. He sometimes went so far as to 'persuade' the compiler to put certain clues/solutions in to see if any spies allowed their pride to overcome their caution.
After three years of using only Linux Mint, I've found that Windows 7 Pro (I bought a recycled OEM license) is not a replacement for Linux Mint and is also a pain in the arse.
Did they use Tor and Bitcoin for all their interactions and transactions or did they get careless and sloppy?
This has been done. I raised a similar point some time ago and it is available in the form of a USB 'dongle' that contains a noisy zener diode (if I remember correctly). I can't remember when and in which article someone gave the link to its maker's website.
If you Google "USB random number generator", there are lots of hits. The bits are out there.
If many people on the same mobile network are getting 'free' mobile video, isn't that a strain on the network, giving poor quality for the video and poor delivery for other applications? Does anyone have experience of this service?
"... the majority of those younger than I are utter twats with no ability to see anything outside of their own narrow experience."
Like the ones who shut down the account of a woman called Isis, because she was obviously a terrorist sympathiser?
"Cookie is an English borrow word from the Dutch ..."
Actually, it's called a 'loan' word. That's ok though because (as I understnd it) the Dutch language use of "lend/borrow/loan" doesn't map onto the English usage.
Then again, we did take it, with no intention of returning it, so is it a theft word?
Oh, .... wait a minute.
Not frozen, no.
"Dictaphone ... encrypted .... locked to remote access."
They have some fancy dictaphones nowadays. (Am I behind the times?)
"lost in the home of member of staff"
The kids didn't need a Christmas present that year.
A quick Google and a look in Wikipedia will tell you everything you need to know. We live in interesting times.
I've been caught out by that. Why doesn't the compiler or some pre-processor spot it?
"Unless a judge has explicitly allowed it you aren't supposed to publish any of the court proceedings from within."
Criminal trials are public events (in the UK) and what is said and done there (if "newsworthy") is reported in the newspapers the next day or sooner. Jeremy Hunt didn't report what was said; he gave his public opinion of the case in such a way that the judge decided it might prejudice the trial.
I have the Dropbox client on my Linux Mint machine and also have Insync (an independent Google Drive client). Both of them give me a synchronised folder on my machine. I used to have a Copy client which is a similar free cloud storage offering but I never used it so I took it off.
I have the Dropbox folder inside the Google Drive folder so that the contents of the Dropbox folder get dual cloud storage backup.
I tried it three years ago; it worked and it still works.
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