* Posts by Allan George Dyer

1866 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Re: Revenue Streams...

@ZeroSum: "No ISP charges for IPv6. Customers will not pay for as it."

OK, there isn't a separate item "IPv6", with an item cost, it is part of service package, and only the top level package includes IPv6. For example, I got this answer from one local ISP in Dec 2016 (contract length 24 months, I'll be shopping around at the end of this year again):

"For your information, the broadband service that we currently can provide is IPv4 and there is no planning for migrating IPv6.

By the way, we can provide Secure DIA Premium Always on service (using IPv4) which is able to support IPv6."

There are 3 levels of service package, the monthly pricing I was offered:

Broadband

4M/4M, 8 fixed IPv4 addresses HK$698

1G/1G, 1 fixed IPv4 address (free O365 license, laser printer) HK$648

Secure DIA Always on

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Secure DIA Premium Always on

10M/10M 16 fixed IPv4 addresses, IPv6 HK$3500

20M/20M 16 fixed IPv4 addresses, IPv6 HK$4300

30M/30M 16 fixed IPv4 addresses, IPv6 HK$4600

The DIA services include guaranteed international bandwidth, mean-time-to-repair, proactive fault management and network management.

So do you think the infrastructure they have to support 1G broadband is not capable of supporting IPv6? If it is capable, they could roll out IPv6 at minimal cost. I conclude that they choose not to because, for them, squeezing the customers who really need it is more important that supporting the transition to IPv6. For me, IPv6 is a desirable feature, not a pay 5x as much essential requirement.

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Revenue Streams...

With the current situation, ISPs have two revenue streams:

1. Renting fixed IPv4 addresses

2. Charging through the nose for IPv6

Why would they destroy those streams by making IPv6 a standard service feature?

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Re: 7 million people, less than 10 gun deaths in 10 years?

@Charles 9 - Sure, there's a massive cultural difference, so it might be worth looking into the differences. Cultures can change, look at sexism, sexuality and racism over the last 50 years, if enough people want the change.

I wouldn't lump the whole Far East together, there are big regional differences. As for trusting Governments, plenty of examples of... uh forcible leadership change.

The China mainland's effect on crime in HK is complicated.

I'm not saying HK is perfect, just that you're missing an opportunity for comparison if you dismiss it with "large cultural difference".

Note: I was inadvertanly misleading with the HK gun homicide figures for the past decade, I checked: the most recent gun homicide in HK was 2006. Fortunately 0 < 10, so my claim was technically accurate.

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Re: 7 million people, less than 10 gun deaths in 10 years?

Hong Kong.

city: a large town {Cambridge Dictionary]

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Re: $0.02 from a gunless veteran

@mrobaer: "I live in a town with a population just under 52,000 and it's rather diverse. I believe we've had less than 10 homicides by firearms in the last 10 years."

My town has also had less than 10 homicides by firearms in the last 10 years. Population: about 7 million.

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Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit

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Re: Found the solution. Tim Cook give me a shout if you are reading this

@Solmyr ibn Wali Barad - "Maybe using jack-type connectors on both the wire and the iDevice"

But that could give the consumer the idea that any accessory with a similar jack-type connector could be plugged in, which could be dangerous [to Apple profits].

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Biometrics: Better than your mother's maiden name. Good luck changing your body if your info is stolen

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Re: US Verification

@Adam 1 - "Date of birth + gender + post/zip ... uniquely fingerprint a single person in well north of 80% of occasions"

So it's an Identification system that fails 20% of the time. Meh, I suppose it's good enough for targetting ads and vilification.

It isn't an Authentication system.

It isn't even sufficient Identification for "beyond reasonable doubt" that should be required for a criminal conviction.

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Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year

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Re: Great Scott

@Lee D - "It's not like they aren't PAYING for the electricity"

Are you sure?

Power spike leads Chinese police to 600-machine mining rig

"That someone legitimately pays for a product, transforms it, and sells it on... why is that a problem?"

Externalities, opportunity costs: We die from pollution and global warming, and don't solve world hunger because of the extra electricity used and the rising cost of power.

Also, it makes Governments look dumb for asking people to use energy-saving lightbulbs.

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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Re: Surely though

@Adam 52 - It's not a 98% false positive rate, but it isn't a useful result either.

The problem is, we have no idea how many people in those hundreds of thousand were in the "wanted" database. It's sort of infeasible to find out, I suppose you could ask everyone there, "Are you wanted by the Police?", but there's the possibility someone might lie.

However, big crowds attract pickpockets, and at least some of the pickpockets would be in the "wanted" database, so it's safe to say there were some people in the crowd the Police would like to find. The facial recognition found NONE of those people, but it did cause 94 interviews with entirely innocent people, and one with a person no longer of interest. This was a waste of Police time, those officers could have been looking around for people sneaking wallets out of pockets and bags instead.

Cancel the facial recognition system, and charge its developers with Wasting Police Time.

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Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency

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NCA warned... "Investment in UK property"

We all know Landlords are thieving bastards but it's a surprise to hear the NCA agrees.

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Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

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Re: AFAIK audio CD has no way to name songs...

@windy_miller- Could be worse, I have a CD of a Mongolian children's choir which I uploaded to my media server and found had the Artist "Dixie Chicks". Much hilarity whenever it comes up on a playlist (for small values of hilarity).

I assume the CD mastering kit was once used for a Dixie Chicks album, and no-one could be arsed to change the info. Icon: our final defence against the robopocalypse will be Bad Data.

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Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

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@Fursty Ferret: Wait, Jeremy Clarkson is still a thing?

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Scrap London cops' 'racially biased' gang database – campaigners

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Re: Problem with nominative determinism

@batfink - "in North London. ... they were a mixture of black, white and asian. A proper sign of integration at work..."

I can personally attest to the long history of integration in North London, 20+ years ago, I was accosted by two muggers near Archway, one white, one black.

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@Lost all faith: OK, the GDPR doesn't apply to prevention or detection of crime and capture or prosecution of offenders, but the report says the data was shared with borough officials and other public authorities:

"Typically, however, the police openly shared information about named individuals on the matrix with all who attended, with little clarity or safeguards around how the data should be used or shared," (my emphasis)

There is a big difference between:

Chief Constable: "We're seeing a high involvement of black youths in violent crime, we should discuss ways to change that"

Mayor: "I'll see if we can organise some youth training schemes and get them into jobs"

and:

Chief Constable: "We're putting Joe Bloggs on our gang database, we're sure he's involved, but we can't pin anything on him yet"

Mayor: "Joe Bloggs? I think he was applying for an internship, so you think he's high risk?"

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Microsoft reckons devs would like an AI Clippy to help them write code

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"shows top recommendations based on 2,000 open-source projects on GitHub to second guess what you are likely to want"

Aren't the code fragments that are most discussed going to be the ones that were going wrong?

So it plagiarises someone-else's errors?

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UK's Royal Navy buys £13m mine-blasting robot boat

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Why mine the Strait of Hormuz?

Wouldn't a more effective plan be to take your own tanker(s), blow the tanker up in the middle of the strait to block it, then blame the 'attack' on your enemies?

Cheaper than paying maintenance on tankers that aren't doing anything because of sanctions.

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Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

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"I mistakenly plugged the motherboard's two side-by-side power connectors in the wrong sides of their common socket.

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Swapped them round - and to my amazement the motherboard still worked. "

Me too...

I later noticed that all the 0V wires are towards the centre of that connector, so swapping them shorts all the other voltages together, presumably triggering the PSU short circuit protection. I decided not to test whether the motherboard would always survive.

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More Brits have access to 1Gbps speeds than those failing to muster 10Mbps – Ofcom report

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Re: Price...

@ZanzibarRastapopulous - But why do you need 10Mbps when your PC only has 640K memory? 640K is enough for most people, right?

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Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password

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I assume Parag Agrawal was making an entry for the Most Inaccurate and Confusing Technical Explanation Award.

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Offline Help?

Is this a good time to mention man?

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BOFH: Guys? Guys? We need blockchain... can you install blockchain?

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@Nick Kew - Good news, there's a vacancy, and it's a job for life.

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Re: Unfortunately he hits the nail on the head again.

@AC - "But they kept him on. I guess, like Theresa May and Rudd, they really at that point had no alternative."

It is surprising how quickly a comment can look dated. At least it is still half right (tempting fate...)

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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Did someone mention trees? Re: Won't someone think of the children... doing Family Trees!

@not.known@this.address - "scanned by the people at Kew and kept"

And the Botanic Gardens later produces an exquisitely detailed study of 'Tree species used in British Government papers in the 20th Century'. "But you didn't say the writing was important".

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@RancidRodent - "Well, you could argue they became British after Labour passed their 1948 nationalities act"

But it would be a very weak argument - they became British when Britain annexed their territories as part of its Empire. British Subjects, to be exact. The 1948 act changed subjection to citizenship.

Imperialism created this mess, and the prejudices of the imperial mindset live on.

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No simple solutions

While an ID card system works very well in many countries, it is not a panacea against discrimination and injustice. Take a look at the Chinese Hukou (household registration) system, which divides rural and urban residents, enforced mass rural starvation during the Great Leap Forward, and provides impoverished migrant workers to make our smartphones today.

Other examples risk invoking Godwin's Law.

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PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs

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MS admits Windows is dangerous

If the checksums match, the risks are the exactly same for the genuine software.

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Turn that bachelor pad into a touch pad: Now you can paint buttons, sensors on your walls

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So what happens when I hammer in a nail for a picture hook?

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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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Re: breeding ballpoint pens

@Oh Homer - It's not your tumble dryer that you should be investigating, try The Back Of The Sofa, it is a portal to dimensions that exceed even L-Space.

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The only way is Ethics: UK Lords fret about AI 'moral panic'

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That's where it starts...

@veti - '"Personhood" in this context is mostly about liability for damage'

Then someone suggests taxing AIs. Next thing you know, robots are chanting "No taxation without representation" and tossing shipments of SD cards into Boston harbour.

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*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

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Re: "it shouldn't take months to sort out a new circuit board"

@The Oncoming Scorn - "when they did a test, it then caught fire"

So it worked according to spec... they ordered an "Emergency Generator", and, when tested, it generated an emergency.

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How machine-learning code turns a mirror on its sexist, racist masters

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Re: Actual stereotypes versus desired sterotypes

That link about BBC pay discrimination makes it clear that the study result was contested: 'In a statement, BBC Women said: “There’s been no transparency on which individuals were included or why. The BBC has chosen who to compare with whom, and what factors justify any gaps in pay.”'

The BBC China editor Carrie Gracie resigned over the issue, saying that she was doing at least as good a job as male colleagues in equilvalent positions who were paid more. Having watched many of her reports, I think the BBC has lost a valuable employee who would not make unjustified accusations.

Can we agree more independant studies are needed?

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Re: Actual stereotypes versus desired sterotypes

@Long John Brass - "Seriously how many times does garbage like this need to get debunked with links to solid data and references;"

Once would be a start! You dismiss a view you don't like as garbage and say it needs links to solid data and references, but provide none supporting your view.

As HildyJ pointed out, it is difficult to distinguish between stereotypes and reality. Ingrained stereotypes form a societal pressure that can overwhelm personal life choices.

@HildyJ - Be careful, today's trends are not necessarily in a desirable direction.

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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Is that the hospital with the live feed from the theatres and treatment rooms?

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"If he comes busting through the bedroom door on the opposite side of the room, how is he going to somehow use my gun against me?"

In that scenario, how are you going to use your gun to defend yourself? The intruder sees you trying to open your safe, thinks, "shit, he's going for a gun" and, if he's armed (gun or other weapon) attacks you first; if he's unarmed, then he might run, or might try to wrest the gun from you before you have it ready.

OTOH, if you jump out the window or cower in the corner, unarmed, he's got the option of grabbing a few valuables and leaving. Robberies motivated by greed are more common than psychos wanting to hurt people, the presence of a firearm turns a robbery into a potential life-or-death struggle on both sides.

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Re: Of all places

Excerpts from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearms_licence_(New_Zealand) with comments:

"Licences are issued at the discretion of the police. The possession of firearms is considered a privilege, rather than a right."

So, already far stricter than the USA.

"The "general" (or "type A") licence gives permission to own and use "sporting configuration" firearms. A sporting configuration firearm is a rifle or shotgun that does not meet the legal definition of any of a Military-Style Semi-Automatic (MSSA)"

Directly contradicts your assertion that AR15s are available to anyone with a basic license.

Can any Kiwis around here confirm whether GrumpyKiwi or Wikipedia is right on this?

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2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

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2001 was optimistic

"Kubrick painted a dark and disturbing portrait – homicidal artificial intelligence and technology creating a sterile human future"

The Sentinel was pessimistic, IIRC, it ended with the warning: we've set off the fire alarm, now we wait to see what responds.

2001 has benign ETI, that triggers the development of hominid intelligence at the beginning of the film, waits for the result and takes Bowman to the next stage of development. The homicidal AI is a challenge overcome in the process, and the book explains the reason for that being man's lies.

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Re: spaceship was rather more submarine-ish

@Mage - "Spaceships and deep mission hidden nuclear subs are somewhat similar"

Totally agree with all your points, but also consider the major differences (pointed out by Clarke):

* No need for streamlining

* No need to support weight

So a ship designed for use solely outside an atmosphere can have a very different appearance. 2001's Discovery is dominated by the long pylon (not streamlined, and too small to support the structure's weight on the Earth's surface) separating the crew quarters from the reactor; the Apollo Lunar Module is devoid of streamlining. Another feature of subs is they are invariably cramped, adding to psychological pressures on the crew; I recall inflatable spaceship extensions (perhaps from Niven?), so you can increase living space, when acceleration allows.

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Re: a crystal tetrahedron pyramid

@DropBear - I'm seeing the Louvre Pyramid

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: legal?

So it's illegal for an American Embassy in a European country to ask the questions legally necessary for a visa application, effectively stopping all travellers from those countries to the USA?

Time to sell airline shares, perhaps?

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Fatal driverless crash: Radar-maker says Uber disabled safety systems

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Re: Human-To-Vehicle communications

@Smooth Newt: "a man carrying a red flag walking in front"

Remember "Sudden unintended acceleration"? Who are you going to find who's stupid enough to intentionally walk in front of one of these?

OTOH, perhaps it could be offered as a "community service" alternative to a prison sentence for Uber executives?

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Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

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Yeah, I've noticed that...

"It is not easy for human drivers to see cyclists on the roads, to predict their movements"

As in, "Sorry mate, I didn't see you". It is extremely difficult, having been told by work-colleagues that your attire is... somewhat garish and reflective, to resist the temptation to respond with, "Are you FUCKING BLIND!"

Cyclists movements are quite easy to predict, they react to uneven road surfaces and potholes, they move their mass before turning. Many good ones even use the approved hand gestures for signalling their intentions (some use unapproved hand-gestures for signalling their emotions). Conversely, on most other vehicles, you can't tell what the driver is doing, windscreen reflection can obscure the driver entirely.

I'm wondering whether the low accident rate in the Netherlands is related to more drivers also having significant cycling experience. Perhaps it should be compulsory to pass a cycling exam before being allowed to learn a motor vehicle?

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NASA fungus problem puts theory of 'Martian mushrooms' on toast

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Re: Why not.....

And for second, you've still got the problem of cleaning the equipment before you send it up.

For third, you don't want to send a live researcher, so you send a robot and AI, and from there you have no way of knowing when the AI contacts the aliens to plot our extermination.

Has there ever been an AI + alien fungus sci-fi movie? Do we do the script now, or wait until it's a documentary?

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He He He: Seagate's gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB

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Re: Limits?

Except that red blood cells have no nucleus and there aren't many white blood cells in comparison. I don't have the figures to say you're wrong about the drop of blood... how big a drop is it?

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Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Re: Not useful

@RealBigAl - "too much interbreeding?"

So why isn't Amish hospitality more infamous?

Or did you mean inbreeding?

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It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

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Re: Dates

> > "fourteenth of March" what sounds incredibly backwards

> How about "Fourth of July" then?

Is that near the Firth of Fourth?

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Re: Dates

@Pen-y-gors - I can't decide whether you deserve an upvote or downvote...

For recipes, think significant figures, "about 220g" is 2 s.f., so from 210g - 230g, or specify the error margin: 228 ±15g. Changing units depending on whether you are working on "natural", "human" needs or calculations is a bit crazy,

"My lounge is 10' x 15', how many floor tiles will I need?"

"Uh, can you re-measure in metric?"

But then you redeem yourself with a pint of beer, 20 fl. oz.

Getting back to time, another advantage of YYYY-MM-DD is that there is no confusion over which format is being used (now someone is going to tell me there is a country using YYYY-DD-MM, to mess things up).

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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

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Re: Penny pinching...

It all depends how you write it...

CV of Anonymous Coward

Reduced per-ticket costs of backup restores by 52 grand

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Bots don't spread fake news on Twitter, people do, say MIT eggheads

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Re: Basically falshood is like candy and burgers. Designed to be very appealing

@Alister - Don't be sorry, the original was a typo, you're was the intended version... probably.

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Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email

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@veti - "It's a bar association, not a college frat"

Yes, so they were correct in their first response, to say it was "inappropriate" and investigate. There is nothing "offensive" about breasts, and "horrified" is an extreme reaction so priggish seems a fair description of the association.

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Got some broken tech? Super Cali's trinket fix-it law brought into focus

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How far does this go?

Can I get my microscope and eye-dropper of acid out to fix Meltdown and Spectre on my Intel CPUs?

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