It could have been ...
... a game of two halves.
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... a game of two halves.
Carbon-18 and Carbon-16? Only if you've REALLY gone nuclear. Natural decay of Carbon-14 to Nitrogen-14 (or Potassium-40 to Argon-40 or Calcium-40) is more plausible.
If you must insist on loading up your life with Insecurely Designed Internet of Things (IDIoT) devices, don't be surprised when a single failure in the Cloud wipes out your entire existence.
ISO 9000 and its brethren are not intended to prevent the next disaster. They will, however, ensure (if consistently followed) that the next disaster is fully and properly documented.
Yes, but the article's author also thought the PM was the head of state. In this country the head of state is Her Majesty. So ... free reign.
I was involved in the 2011 UK census, which also had (in the UK, for the first time) a facility for the public to complete the forms online.
I do not intend to detail our solution, save that one of our assumptions was that everyone and his/her dog (all over the UK) would attempt to use the system as soon as it went live - thus creating a usage profile *from legitimate users* which closely resembles a DDoS. We therefore had a very heavyweight Internet-facing gateway which filtered out the Internet's usual cybercrud, and which had behind it a traffic management system which, if threatened by overload, would show a "graceful delay" screen along the lines of "Sorry, we're busy right now - please try later".
We also had a plan (to be performed in the event of loss of functionality in our control centre) to move operations to a secondary centre in another part of the country. One of our test exercises, before the system went live, was to perform exactly this transfer of operations.
Sadly, after the 2011 UK census went live, the team was scattered. However, those planning similar exercises in future might do well to recruit the *individual* members of that team. We've been there and done that - and our system worked.
... that the local drone enthusiasts haven't already put on YouTube.
Wouldn't it be easier to use the device to melt its way through the window?
shouldn't they just swap him out for a virtual instance?
... would they send in a SWAT team?
Checking my coat for unwanted insects.
There's a new film out (this month) about this diva ... probably the worst singer ever to grace Carnegie Hall.
There are nine surviving recordings of her in action. Any one of them would finish off most callers.
... pendant une Journée?
One of my previous employers sent round a H&S person to check that desks and chairs were the correct height, and to supply footstools for my more vertically-challenged colleagues.
I am well over 6 feet tall. I was just waiting for them to recommend digging a hole in the floor...
No, pushing the power button is a job for the second coffee of the morning.
Corpse paint. Especially relevant for RIP visitors.
Do GCHQ / NSA have a program to decipher amanfromMars?
Shouldn't ESA be claiming the credit for the second and third comet landings as well as the first?
Can anyone tell me how they might do a Moon flyby from an altitude of 26200 km?
... is when it reads your mind and finds nothing there.
Years and years ago (early 1990s), I was on a project which did static analysis on a safety-critical system. By static analysis, I mean automated code verification using a tool which checked for all sorts of consistency issues (but it could not deal with anything which involved concurrency, e.g. shared memory).
It would easily have picked up both the OpenSSL bug and the recent Apple GotoFail.
The technology exists, and has existed for a while now (the tool was written in Algol and was old even when I was using it). But it is slow and expensive to use (the tool's users need to be experts).
You get what you pay for.
Given that Bitcoins are untraceable by design, what is the point of laundering them?
Paragraph 3: heating the magma *decreases* its viscosity, making it more mobile.
Texas Industries may be better known for chips than calculators (at least in the UK), but a quick trip over the Channel shows many TI models on sale in France.
I went to university in 1978, using a TI-58 and a TI-59 for everyday work (I had to have two as sometimes I would put a program on one and have it running for literally weeks). You could run either one continuously with its mains adapter (I never bought the printer). Eventually the rechargeable batteries would, die, but I suspect that if I rigged up the right power supply I could have both machines working again. I also had a TI-30 - the early version with LED display. Unfortunately the TI-30 would silently give wrong answers when the battery was low. One reason for the TI-30 was that the TI-58 / TI-59 program modules were banned in University exams.
A quick search of the usual available-to-the public sources reveals the following extra information:
Nova Centauri 2013 = V1369 Centauri, possibly identical to a 15th magnitude star seen before the nova event. There is no reliable distance estimate yet. The rise in brightness of about 12 magnitudes (from pre-event to peak) is a factor of about 10^5, and is fairly typical compared with other classical novae.
The evidence so far suggests that the star is double, with one of the components being a white dwarf accreting mass from its partner.
The primary peak brightness for classical novae is an absolute magnitude of about -8.8; the observed peak brightness of magnitude 3.3 gives a distance/extinction factor of 12.1 magnitudes. In the absence of extinction (absorption by dust clouds etc), this corresponds to a distance of about 8600 light-years.
Southward of about 67 degrees south, the Sun becomes circumpolar at about this time of year, so the observer could not see the nova at all.
Your article states that "If you're at about 38° S or even closer to the South Pole, you're a chance to see it near the southern cross before dawn.". This figure is incorrect.
The nova's declination is about -59 degrees (i.e. 59 degrees south) so it will just touch the horizon for an observer at about 31 degrees north of the equator (neglecting atmospheric distortions, horizon obstructions, etc.); an observer at the Equator can easily see it. Southward of about 31 degrees south of the equator, the nova becomes circumpolar, so an observer can see it at any time of the night.
After the review, he got his peerage.
Yes, one significant figure becomes 12 significant figures after conversion...
The over-50s aren't getting a look in either ... even with a PhD.
Given that they apparently held CVV data (a big no-no) and held all the data unencrypted (another big no-no), may I suggest that they should be held liable for any loss sustained by holders of the affected cards?
Drives fail shortly after the warranty expires. Vagabondo's drives still had the warranty expiry timer set to 5 years.
I scrapped a laptop last year when its HD failed after 6 years (not replaceable because the design has changed fundamentally in the interim). The spooky thing was that I had cancelled the extended warranty on 18 September, only to have the HD fail totally on 23 September, just 5 days later. How did it know?
Of course, San Francisco is just the place for an earth-shaking announcement.
How does this one score on the Richter scale?
As an undiagnosed-but-pretty-certain Aspie, I fully sympathise with most of the Aspie commenters above. I also have problems with sound sensitivity, to the extent that I would stay late at the office so as to get some quiet time to get all the work done.
I, too, went on a course and got some off-scale results on a Myers-Briggs assessment a few years back.
However, having been made redundant a couple of years ago, I ran into another problem. I have a difficulty with job interviews - in normal times I can cope, but in the current economic climate I have been frozen out of the job market for more than two years.
I have about the best possible presentation of Asperger's syndrome (multiple interests, which is unusual, strong mathematical and linguistic performance, and extremely strong academic performance, up to and including a PhD). My IQ is off-scale one way and my EQ off-scale the other way.
My self-assessment is that I am technically very strong but would struggle with either management or sales. Also, I am extremely non-confrontational (so I am prone to being bullied), I do not interview well, and I am prone to near-panic over the telephone.
Yes, we know. The open WiFi is connected to our honeypot.
"Big Company X's share price crashed by 300 per cent. last Friday".
So their shares, previously valued at $10 each, now sell for MINUS $20.
I've known companies like that.
"Any one who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin."
Thus said John von Neumann ... who died in 1957.
This is hardly news.
It's actually an encrypted tinfoil hat.
To go with a Toq, you need a Tiq.
And who controls what is typed in the history books?
How many engineers does it take to secure a lightbulb?
I take it he's not going to be asking his ex-employer for a job reference any time soon.
What's the reference datum here? If the navigational airspace starts at 500 feet above sea level, then that's below the local ground level.
Water isn't very good for electrical fires ... and the innards of a lithium battery aren't very water-friendly either.
Of course, Switzerland isn't in the EU.
How can they tell?
It's cat-speak for Woof.
More likely, talking lack of pants.
I'm not wearing a coat.
... via a classified ad.
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