Re: "We have always been at war with Eastasia"
As anyone who's read Good Omens knows, that was just the almighty messing about with the Pleistocene.
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[...] These lines match the number 6 [...]
Yeah, erm, no: because the encoding for each digit is actually 7 stripes wide, so "6" isn't "two narrow black lines", it's:
There's three encodings for the other digits, too, then a way of encoding the first digit (in EAN-13) by swapping between encodings for the first 6 digits.
Barcode scanners work out which way round the barcode is by attempting to decode it: there's only one correct way.
A smartphone app which ties up to a real person, and can monitor which shop you're in (and when) sounds like solidly useful customer data.
If the app is so convoluted that a vast proportion of potential marks give up trying to access the benefits, that sounds like a win for the app owner.
Especially as many ex-users are likely to never uninstall the app, so it can continue surreptitiously slurping the data (with explicit user consent).
Trebles all round!
(Yeah, never attribute to malice and all that, but in our office we're convinced that the shiny web-based expenses thing newly foisted on us is designed to make you want to give up 'cos it was only a couple of quid...)
It's quite clever, that page. You've got a supposedly sceptical author, a reasonably well-written story, the appeal to (anonymous) authority who spouts some erudite-sounding bollocks.
The best bit is that the link to the net-file for your own cardboard pyramid is broken. So if you were mildly interested in this, you give up at this point, but are left with the miasma of "pyramids sharpen razor-blades" hanging in your sub-conscious. But if you really want to try, you give it a go, but does it fail because (a) it's all bollocks, or (b) because you built your pyramid wrong?
8/10 Well constructed hoax.
Given that a passport is valid for 10 years, and that 82,000 applications is only a 28% increase, that means ~64,000 applications in the previous year.
The most pessimistic assumption (that prior to that there were no applications), would mean over 9% of NI has an Irish passport. If 64,000 is assumed as a baseline, that's over 40% of NI has a non-expired Irish passport.
Have phones* got GPS or not? if so why this constant fucking around trying to guess where you are by other means?
Yes, but using GPS continuously is quite a power-hog. My phone can last two days between charging if I'm doing nothing much with it, even with all the radios enabled. If I actively log my position using GPS, that reduces to about 6 hours.
Reading the comments, it seems that the (old, unmaintained, switched-off-by-default, won't-work-on -Wayland) option to put icons on the desktop is to be replaced with an extension to provide the same functionality.
(Mine's the one with the "Not upgrading from 14.04 until 18.04's been out a few months" lapel pin.)
They don't want to go full fibre as they want to keep their line rental slush fund.
Line rental is a contribution towards upkeep of the wires (whatever they're made of) between a property and the exchange.
I'm not sure why changing over to a fibre-optic line does away with the need for that upkeep, or the need to fund that maintenance.
Of course, you could be arguing that the amount of maintenance vs cost of line rental is not balanced, but that's a different argument to the one I inferred from your comment.
The dearth of passthrough sockets on PC PSUs is actually down to the combination of:
If your PC has a passthrough socket for the monitor, there's additional earth leakage current for the system, but no change in the limit.
I chanced on Terminator Genisys recently on Netflix (other streaming movie services are available) and was pleasantly surprised by it - it didn't take itself too seriously, and there was a reasonable attempt to address all the "going back in time to kill X" paradoxes.
And (obligatory reference to The Fine Article) it did rather pointedly wag a disapproving finger at the ongoing attempts to
slurpunify our online presence.
Well, that's a bit of a non-sequitur. If tax minimisation is immoral, then companies should welcome paying a "fair" share.
But if tax minimisation is amoral (instead being simply "doing business"), and a company makes no value judgement as to what is "fair" or "unfair", then the EU altering its rules is similarly just "doing business".
TL;DR you can't complain that it's the EU's fault, then complain when the EU do something about it.
There's some opinions being expressed in a fairly dogmatic way here.
For what it's worth, the best Full English I've been served was in Grangemouth, about 5 minutes' walk from the Kelpies. Diplomatically, it's called neither "Full English" nor "Full Scottish".
Haggis and black pudding, back bacon (thickly sliced), decent meaty sausages, fried egg, mushrooms, and a potato scone.
Baked beans I can take or leave, tomatoes (fresh, grilled) are hardly ever cooked properly, but I do enjoy a hash brown or two, and they tend to be more consistently well-cooked than fried bread.
If I'm at a Premier Inn this'll be preceded by a bowl of fruit with yoghourt, and followed with a croissant.
I continue to be baffled by the "Full Welsh" breakfast - there doesn't seem to be any distinguishing characteristic from the English variety.
Coronal Mass Ejections (that's what the Carrington event was) have the potential to send the ionosphere into scintillation (it's what makes stars appear to twinkle) for a few days after impacting the Earth's magnetosphere.
The GPS receiver picks up the signals, but they're being continually, and rapidly, altered in terms of the apparent path length they've travelled from the satellites. This means either very poor resolution, or (more likely) that the GPS signal is told to send a Do Not Use flag until the ionosphere has settled down.
I thought a 50m range from backscatter was, erm, heroic, and so it turns out to be. They got that by "utilizing the [cellular] uplink [...] when the backscatter node is placed next to the phone".
In "not cheating" mode, they got 158 bps at 22m, with <1% BER.
However, in all of this, they're using a solar cell to scavenge energy on the node.
IEC-61000-4-3 2006 [...]
That's merely a basic standard, containing the test method. It doesn't require testing to be undertaken over the entire frequency range. The product standard for IT equipment is CISPR 24, which calls up IEC 61000-4-3, but only specifies its use up to 1 GHz.
And yes, I am an EMC engineer.
Amusingly* the immunity standards for IT equipment stop at 1 GHz for radiated immunity tests (which are harmonised in Europe and give a "presumption of conformity to the essential requirements").
That being said, even if your immunity tests do cover the Wi-Fi ranges, it'll generally be at 1V/m. If your Wi-Fi router is at full power, anything closer than ~4ft will be illuminated at more than 1 V/m. So there shouldn't strictly be any expectation of satisfactory operation.
* for some value of "amusing".
Ideal until they fizzle out in about six months.
You might leap to conclusions about CFL factory location and quality, I couldn't possibly comment.
They're coming up for their fourth or fifth winter, so they're not going too badly.
We also have some 20W daylight bulbs which get used every day, and are now noticeably dim for the first 20 seconds or so. I guess I'll need to change them at some point.
CFLs are actually the ideal light source for this. The old incandescent tungsten bulbs generally give off a yellowish light, whereas CFLs with the right phosphor can be coaxed into a sunlight-equivalent colour temperature.
We have three 30W daylight bulbs in the lounge which are brilliant for banishing those wintry shadows.
So aren't they forced to ask for your details?
As a counter-example of (arguably) doing it correctly:
Premier Inn's free wi-fi doesn't require a phone number; it doesn't require that the name you give matches the name you booked the room with; and it hasn't yet sent any spam to the address I signed up with.
The thing that gets me about the SSL code is that the two paths (bad packet length and cert length mismatch) have their meat in different parts.
truncated could easily be in the earlier
if block (like the other one is), and then simply
goto f_err; (like the other one does).
a1 is zero when there's no errors), you could write the final
if(!a1) for better readability.
Well, you're wrong. CMEs in 1989 led to the destruction of an HV transformer in New Jersey, and the collapse of the Quebec power grid (90 seconds from normal functioning to a full system failure).
Surge protectors provide microsecond-long absorption of high voltages, not the quasi-static huge currents that are induced by CMEs. Thinking that surge protectors would help is like thinking that a waterproof jacket would help stop your house flooding.
As an aside (i.e. OT!) we don't want a more efficient boiler as it all likelihood it would require a complete rebuilding of the C/H system
It depends how exotic your system is: certainly you can get a condensing boiler that's a plumb-in replacement for a system boiler, leaving all your existing system (hot water tank, pumps, controller etc) intact.
Browsers should be completely blocked from being able to communicate with *any* other program on a device...
I disagree. mailto, phone numbers and addresses are things that I frequently click on, to open in another app.
The alarming issue is the apparent programmatic/automatic nature of it.
As an aside, the messaging app on my Moto G warned me recently that I was about to send a chargeable (out-of-bundle) text message; this is probably the appropriate app to know about these things, rather than the browser.
Your entire thesis seems to be that because flexibility in non-cash-worker-rewards vs extra cash is beneficial to you, that we should all have this extra "flexibility" imposed on us.
Which is fine for those who truly do have the freedom to pick and choose ("career women", you write, and "those not on minimum wage"). But for those who don't, you're effectively giving their employers the freedom to "allow" their employees the chance to work themselves into an early grave.
And I'm sure that would never be abused.
Oh, hang on, we already have zero-hours contracts. And they've turned out to be an untrammelled force for good, haven't they?
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