Re: ...reading the cooking time guide on the box...
Wow! So someone actually reads those? I usually just nuke until it glows.
Funny how most ready meals taste of charcoal;, innit?
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Wow! So someone actually reads those? I usually just nuke until it glows.
Funny how most ready meals taste of charcoal;, innit?
"The universe has an equal mass of antimatter to matter..."
Nice story bro. Needs more dragons though.
"Did she give some to Donald?"
Well he has been looking taller recently. I thought it was just elevator shoes.
Not my phone as such (or indeed at all), but I seem to have fewer intrusion attempts on my home wifi since I renamed it 'ASIO Surveillance Van XK437' (used to be called 'LAN Down Under')
Many years ago, doing a stint with a very oldschool solicitor firm which had just gone computery (ah, the old CADO Cat!), they had a signing in book. Each staff member had to enter their name and arrival time.
Part of the office manager's duties involved drawing a thick red line under the most recent arrival's name at 9:00 on the dot so people couldn't fake their arrival time.
"yes, they do have a supply of SD cards"
Yes, but who's going to volunteer to pass one out through the open window?
Wasn't there a machine translation doing the rounds years (OK, decades) ago about thow
"The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak"
"The wine is agreeable, but the meat has spoiled"
same goes for the BBC training centre at Wood Norton. The basement is just a basement, and there's absolutely nothing to see down there. It's not even worth you going down there. In fact, it's a sackable offence.
The fact that, once a month, a diesel oil tanker would turn up, the driver would unscrew one of the ventilator shafts and proceed to pour diesel into it until the tanker was empty, was just one of those odd coincidinks
On the other hand, IBM do give back to the community in their own unique way.
The road outside their Cumberland Forest offices in Sydney gets resurfaced every year, and the lines repainted twice a year, come what may.
Of course, this only extends about 300metres either side of the building, but they're not made of money!
Well, the big thing round these here parts is 'Activity Based Workplaces'.
Basically, if we assume only 70% of staff are in the office at any one time, we only provide 70% of desks, requiring 70% of the floorspace, saving us money in both office hardware and space rental. Then we give each person a notebook PC (which we generously allow them to lug home with them every evening) and tell them to 'find a space' when they come in to the office.
This means every desk area is 100% anonymous, because nobody has a permanent desk.
This has immediate and massive benefits to our staff because ... well, you know, having a team spread across many different floors (or even buildings) within the campus makes for more efficient... no, wait, you get to sit with people who do a completely different job to you, so you get to try to concentrate on some tricky coding while a salesdroid yells into his phone at the next 'workstation' and ... hang on, I'm not explaining the advantages very well here..
Did I mention we save money on office equipment and space rental?
"When you're driving you have a constant state of heightened awareness of what is going on around you"
You've not driven in Sydney (or as we like to call it, Pinball Alley) have you?
I imagine the only thing ever said to the 'safety driver' was "How would you like to earn 50 bucks? Easy money, just sit in the car for a couple of hours"
You're not wrong. Sydney is often full of desperately confused arrivals from Auckland, trying to reset their watches simultaneously 1 hour back and ten years forward.
Thankyou. I'm here all week.
I only ever use DuckDuckGo. I believe they have their own management team. What would I be expected to 'manage' with this exciting new feature?
Just afraid of missing out on the fun, really.
And was the 'disorganiser' not an invention by Pratchett?
Bingely boop, bingely bingely... Appointment with the Thieves Guild 11:00 am
It's 2 in the afternoon. And that was last Tuesday
So do you want me to take it off the Things To Do list then?
Just (re)reading Feet of Clay and getting some funny looks from my fellow commuters as I try to suppress my sniggers.
No, but it's the model for those of us who have a "Grandad's Broom" PC, where the PSU is original, Mobo replaced after 3 CPU upgrades, SSDs added and then expanded, AM expanded and upgraded at least three times, GPU changed every other month (or so it seems sometimes) and only the case (quick release bays, cover plates and side panels - no screwdriver required), fans and lighting rig are original. And with my new MSI X299 XPower board coming any day now, that makes me pretty much future proof until, oh, at least teatime.
An Italian company would openly
admit celebrate it.
"Is wales running out of sheep then?"
No, it's just running out of the sort of pure, unsullied sheep you can take home to meet your mother.
Or sacrifice to the technology gods.
I thought the accepted response was 'return to sender, securely taped to a breeze block (other heavy objects are available)'?
"... Chinese made stuff-that-no-one-really-needs-but-gets-bought-anyway-cos-its-cheap tat"
Are you including Apple gear in that? Or is Foxconn the only Chinese manufacturer employing unicorns?
Ok, I have some very specific things I want from a smartwatch:
At least a couple of days battery (mine has that)
Stupidly cool watch faces like animated Matrix dropper, incomprehensible binary watch with blue lights, mechanical flip watchface and a watchface based on circular bands wiv numbers onnit and a text based watch that displays stuff like 'It is twenty past four' (mine has that too!)
TV Begone clone for surreptitiously switching off all the TVs in JB HiFi (well, would you believe it? mine has that one as well!)
I'm a man of relatively simple (as in childish needs)
"... the Russian's had collected a load of the machines from the Nazis at the end of the war for their own use"
Not only the Russians. Many of our European allies continues to use Enigma machines after the war, as did a number of commercial companies.
Part of my father's job in the late 40s was intercepting encrypted military and commercial transmissions from ships in the Med on behalf of the supposedly decommissioned Bletchley Park 'monitoring station'.
It's commonly said of our model of democracy down here in the Lucky (and apparently imaginary, according to this link) Country, that nobody ever wins our elections. Elections are never won, they are only lost by governments.
Having seen a succession of variations on "This lot are rubbish, let's give the other lot (you know, the ones we booted out in favour of this lot because they were rubbish?) a crack at it"
Is it any wonder we drink?
During my brief but unhappy period of dealing with DWP muppets, I had been arguing for several months (without any sign of benefit) that being a company director (of a £2 company) did not necessarily mean I could live off my investments between assignments.
I finally got notification of a job interview and a hearing to determine whether I was going to get my hands on some of those juicy welfare millions, both scheduled for the same day. The telephone conversation went something like this:
"well, you'll have to attend the hearing, or we can't pay you"
"But I have a job interview!"
"well, you have to decide whether your interview is more important than getting your benefit"
"..arrogant to think that everyone agrees with your point of view on any topic.."
Ah, but that's where I unleash my secret weapon (no, I don't want to do an evil laugh now - why does everyone assume I want to do an evil laugh?). I simply ensure that I am always, and invariably, right about everything, thus making the downvoters expose their nature by attempting to contradict my awesome truthiness.
Muhahahahaha! (Ah, there you go)
What about an object crossing the road perpendicular to the line of travel? It's moving but not with a component in the direction the radar's looking.
Well, we could always test it out in the real world. You drive your Tesla on autopilot and I'll cross the road, and ... ...
Ah. Second thoughts, I'll drive your Tesla on autopilot and you cross the road in front of it.
What kind of prat waits for the car to decide?
Probably anyone who is in a Tesla on autopilot. If you don't trust the car to drive, you'll probably never use the feature. If you do, you have an expectation that the car will drive correctly and safely, an expectation that will be reinforced every time it does the right thing. After a relatively short time, you'll be seeing obstacles and hazards and believing the car will deal with them because it already has n times.
"Irving, there's a hole in the moon!"
"Relax Myra. It'll be charted. We'll be programmed to go around it"
We all know how well that worked out.
I think even a good driver (although one has to ask why a good driver would be ignoring the road) would have to add to the normal 'thinking distance' the time needed to switch back to 'I'm driving a car' mode from the 'I'm on autopilot' mode. As earlier posters have pointed out, initial reactions would still be from a mindset that expected the car to do something about the situation, and realisation that the car was going to do nothing might well come far too late to take over and respond to the threat.
The halfway house of 'assisted cruise', and even fully autonomous cars is fraught with pitfalls. The only way to introduce autonomous vehicles safely is to replace all vehicles with fully autonomous vehicles in one go. An autonomous vehicle can predict or query the behaviour of every other vehicle on the road, but it can't predict that the meatsack in lane 4 is going to cut across 3 lanes of traffic at the last possible moment and at very high speed, because he suddenly realised this is his exit. An autonomous vehicle would already have positioned for exit some time back and alerted all other traffic to its intentions. You'd need to get rid of all human directed vehicles over for such a scenario to exist.
That just isn't going to happen
Well, why not? If anyone can make the bloody thing work (and it's clear the septics can't), it's the Chinese. And they'll probably be cheaper, with good deals for bulk purchase.
Well, Cardiff is about the only place in Wales the English speaking world has heard of (apart from 'hey, don't you guys have that place with the longest name in the world?' - we don't. That honour goes to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu), and it's so close to the border it's barely in Wales.
It's as though, when they decided Wales could have its own capital city in 1955, they looked at where it could go so that they wouldn't have to go too far into Wales if they ever needed to visit.
Nothing to spy on in West Wales, mate. I lived there for 40 years.
I wonder why the downvotes. I'm Welsh by birth, and I've flown over Wales enough times to know that it's just lumps.
Lumps and sheep.
Lumps and sheep and angry, red faced men in clapped out Escort L's with 'RS turbo' written on the back in felt tip pen.
I was once behind a Vauxhall Cavalier in Talbot Green (it's in Wales), whose owner had managed, with some deft marker pen wizardry, to change the 'L' into an 'i'.
This is Wales once you get out of the cities.
"meter thick stone walls on the outside of a building aren't a problem - I assume few buildings have those on the inside?"
Funny you should say that. When my parents bought their first (and last) house in Havefordwest back in the 70s, every wall, interior and exterior, was 2'6" (or thereabouts - medieval construction wasn't, apparently, a high precision system) thick and comprised very irregular blocks of stone held together by what appeared to be crunchy, granular mortar and a lot of hope,
My father's renovation and rebuilding efforts led to 'interesting times'.
Ah, memories of the Windmill pub, Chipperfield. Not sure how they managed it, but mobile signal would drop to zero as soon as you entered the bar. the landlord took quite a few calls on the fixed landline along the lines of 'Who? No, haven't seen him all evening', often followed by 'Bill, June just called again'.
"only two pictures was of myself"
Ha! Got you beat, Not a single picture of me, even after several 'Show More' clicks. Fear Me! I am invisible to teh interwebs!
And no, my full name is not particularly common. I started getting pictures of ducks and cars after a while for some reason, though.
"not all Russians fire missiles at civilian airliners". From what I've seen, the official accusation against Russia on the shooting down of MH17 is that, in the words of the UK Prime Minister "Russia must bear sole responsibility" because the missile was manufactured in Russia.
By that token, when are we going to condemn America for every Palestinian child killed by a US manufactured bullet, or Japan for every rocket fired by IS out of the back of a Toyota Hilux?
Worse than that is having coherent conversations about politics with people who were barely born when 9/11 happened.
I hardly think Apple have anything approaching 'most' of the wearables niche. With Garmin and FitBit belting them out like there's no tomorrow, and any number of manufacturers supporting Android and even (say it's not so) Tizen still chugging along, I think Apple's market share is likely to be on a par with its share of the phone market - tiny but very vocal.
Holy Flying Scotsmen, Batman! that is one of the weirdest articles I've ever read.
- type in the serial numbers of your lightbulbs
- remove all your dimmer switches
- reset your configuration and start again
- give the lightbulb full access to internet, sms, contacts, location and breakfast menu
- sign out of your iCloud account
- be careful not to delete all your contacts
- sign back in to your iCloud account
This is how a lightbulb install/debug/operation should go:
screw bulb into fixture
switch on (at wall or via remote)
Of course, it means your lightbulb can't try to sell you shit, but sometimes you have to take the smooth with the even smoother.
.. or, as you can with most cars these days, park so the 'follow me home' lights illuminate the pathway (and learn to walk fast if you haven't figured out how to adjust the timing yet)
On the Hue note, I have LED light fixtures manufactured by some 'Happy Electrics Corporation' in China. They have a short range remote (actually many of them, but each works on any light inside or out) which allows you to switch the lights on and off, dim them, and set them to any one of (so they claim!) 16 MEELLION colours, as well as a relatively efficient dimmer function and various hideous colour changing 'pulse' modes.
Dirt cheap, and no infernalnet connection required.
Of course, I can completely understand that being unable to switch your kitchen light on and change it from white to blue while you're on holiday in the Cocos islands could be a major problem for .. .. fucking NOBODY.
Yeah, you've kind of given one of the main reasons for *not* going to Venus. Burning like a silver flame looks good on a book cover, but it's actually bloody painful.
At a company I've done some work for, they have the old Half Life iris scanner at the door. Great for that Gordon Freeman feeling, and generally pretty quick and accurate.
If I want to change the playlist on a Sonos, I wonder what I'm doing in someone else's house.
For all (and I mean all) serious computing tasks, I use a serious computer (big box, 32Gb RAM, RAID array, water cooled GTX1080, cold cathode lighting, the lot). The only laptops in the house are for shunting media between devices. And my tablet is simply a glorified eBook reader to use while commuting.
I guess that makes me a curmudgeon. At last!
"Is there a way to share the live feed to the police, for example?"
No worries. It's in the Cloud. You're sharing it with *everybody*
Japanese humour is mostly to do with humiliation. So pushing sticks up pompous peoples' bums is very popular, as is burning nipples with magnifying glasses.
It's a brave new word, alright.
Lovely girls, both of em.
Not really bothered on the 'Save Pluto' front, but I do remember, years ago, reading that, although a ninth planet had been predicted from planertary perturbation (gravitic influence on orbital motion not accounted for by observed masses) for many years, Pluto did not appear to have either the mass or the orbit to account for these effects.
Essentially, there was an undiscovered planetary mass (or lots of small masses in a relatively small region), which was the real 'planet nine', and whatever Pluto might be, it certainly wasn't that.
Does anyone else remember that, or have I been carrying around my own personal Mandela effect for all these years?
"We take the welfare of our staff and the security of all personal data extremely seriously." .. .. .. every time we get caught out.
"1) Emissions/fuel efficiency - a lot of the engine electronics (EFI and using ECUs) are to increase fuel efficiency and lower emissions."
..While undergoing certification testing
There you go, FTFY. You're welcome.
"A chrome plated box with blue LEDs "
Oh, we vapeheads have the pipe thing well covered, thanks
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