Re: You can only be a "Centre of Excellence" ...
We can go one better: "Majestic Australian Ray Mass Institute of Technical Excellence"
Yes, I went there.
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We can go one better: "Majestic Australian Ray Mass Institute of Technical Excellence"
Yes, I went there.
The name can be improved upon, however: The Australian Research Society of Excellence, Gravity Rays And Bosons or something along those lines.
The interesting question is what will happen once they can't just blame the big bad EU for everything that is unpopular?
"Don't rule out the possibility of a careful, well resourced third party being behind this."
But also don't rule out the possibility of Occam's Razor being applicable in most cases. I don't know whether there is anyone playing five-dimensional chess out there, but when you can follow the money to a logical explanation, going out of your way to search further could be a poor allocation of resources.
I think this is by far the most plausible starting point for a war between humans and machines - once everyone else is out of work and they start to get a bit tetchy the 1% or the 0.001% or whoever it is now owns all the resources just turns the war mahines on the rest of us.
Hopefully the Pew institute is going to be preparing us for this by designing anti-robot weaponry, allowing them to become the "Pew pew pew" institute the moment the trouble kicks off.
This certainly sounds like an Edge case.
Every time something like this happens it's one tick closer to me getting off my ass and finally moving my account somewhere more competent. It's not like they have a significant ethical standpoint now anyway, all owned by hedge funds and vulture capital same as the rest, so it really is inertia by now. The extended downtimes for online banking are chipping that away rapidly by now.
Azure is the colour of a totally cloudless sky, so I guess the name should have been a giveaway from the start.
Nice to have an Azure story that isn't just another Blue Sky Of Death though.
I guess what I'm saying is there must be a lot of red lines for pen testers.
For some reason my break read "Skills Kit" as "Shills Kit" right through the article. Until I noticed my mistake I assumed it was an unusually frank piece of naming.
In terms of DAW the best thing I've found on Linux is Ardour, which is as good as anything else I have used, but I have only really tinkered with other products on Windows and it is a few years since I did that. I can't say how it matches up to a current Cubase but I will say that once you have the routing figured out it is pretty great as a midi controller and works well for multi-track recording. It's not easy to use but no more difficult than any equivalent tool I have tried in the past.
Of course where VSTs are concerned it is pot luck whether something will run under Wine, I haven't spent as much time looking into that, but for the results I have been aiming for I've found Ardour to be pretty good.
"Not well documented" is the curse of anything Linux when you get off the beaten track, which is a shame because the tools are often pretty great if one can ever figure out how to make them do anything and utterly frustrating when one can't.
If you need real audio you're running Jack at minimum latency though, right?
Pulse is fine for day to day work, but with Jack I've managed to get some fairly nice sounding music on an entirely Open Source stack.
How has it got to this point without anybody making a joke about a catastrophic junk collision???
Honestly most of them are written by people who figured out a solution to a problem that was bugging them. If they knew more they probably wouldn't have had such a hard time figuring out the solution so they wouldn't have written the tutorial.
"Badly reviewed tutorials" is all well and good to complain about when one is dealing with a large corporate distributing a development platform, but most of these are volunteer efforts and one is often lucky to find any documentation at all around whatever edge case one is currently working on.
From what I could follow, there is definite potential to use hydrogen to get energy from out-of-the-way renewable locations into power networks ( or cars or whatever ) when it is impractical to build massive powerlines. It may also make a good balancing medium to allow us to smooth out renewables production against demand. So there are certainly uses for it in terms of energy infrastructure and if it does fall into those usage scenarios then bringing it into usage as a regular fuel is not so far fetched.
The best thing about a Snap election is that the winner gets the power.
Well I for one do not sulfur this foolishness gladly!
Seems like the other big LiveJournal story is the fact their new T&Cs require you to accept being bound by Russian law and all their non-Russian users appear to be engaged in an exodus.
A big part of the problem is that all the in-house software expertise in the civil service got privatised in the 90s, so they have nobody of their own with any knowledge of software development at all. That makes it really hard to get solid co-operation between the in-house people with domain knowledge and the development teams or even for the in-house management to appreciate how important that is.
I can't see how Agile is a good idea except for the smallest trivial projects.
It works well if you are in an environment that is built around it and working towards a clear vision. If I was creating a startup, I would definitely use an approach built around Agile because it allows you to get something working quickly and to build new functionality together, adjusting it as you need to, in order to grow your product. A lot of the things that work well about it are related to keeping everyone in a team communicating and aware of the work you are doing- it would be fair to say that a good team will probably do that anyway.
The problem comes when you are working in an environment that is not built around so you end up with diverging expectations - if you are trying to move fast but it takes three months for someone to come back with a key requirement, you're going to have to wait or you're going to implement something half-assed and have to change it when the requirement does come through. If there's no clear vision then you don't know what you are working towards. In government it seems to have been seen as an excuse for changing specification every few days, which in the past was very costly because charging for changes was built into the contracts, but now because they're "agile" it just holds the project up for longer and keeps it in an incomplete middle ground where it is no use to anyone. The charges come from the project taking longer rather than from an upfront cost for changes, but in either case the solution would be to have a clear idea of what the product is supposed to do way earlier. Agile does tend to discourage a complete architectural overview of a product as it is developed, which can be a problem on large projects for sure, but that is quite avoidable if you have competent leadership.
Developing solid, reliable, software is a result of culture more than methodology and unfortunately the culture within the civil service in this country seems actively opposed to it.
"Those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it, those who do are condemned to watch everyone else repeat it."
A few years ago I heard a rather brilliant story about someone whose computer appeared to be psychic. Often while they were using it, an erroneous word would appear that they hadn't typed. The creepy part was that it would be something they were thinking about at the time, as though the computer was somehow reading their mind. They would be on the phone and look back at the screen to see the topic of their phone call had appeared somehow in their document.
This spooky behaviour occurred fairly consistently for some time before someone realised they had accidentally enabled the speech-to-text system and the computer was picking occasional words that it could make out uncallibrated.
I'd just like to point out that not having a job is not a terrible situation if you have another way of deriving a living. At that point it's actually pretty sweet.
I would love to be able to get by without needing to work. Finding ways to accommodate that across most of the population will be one of the big challenges of this century.
The Netflix take on Dirk Gently was a whole lot of fun as well - whimsical and odd but also full of twists and making something reasonably coherent from the ideas in the books. Definitely worth watching.
Then you still had books on the windowsills but you were going a lot faster.
It is unravelling, but between the crisis there and Brexit, a united Ireland has never seemed more plausible.
If Northern Ireland go and Scotland go, what will those of us left do about the Union Jack? We will be left with two flags, which are literally St George and The Dragon, so I imagine that will go well.
If they charged every media outlet that lazily compiles four tweets and calls it a news story it would either make Twitter profitable or turn Journalism back into a profession...
The modern equivalent of this is playing the music you have just recorded on a car stereo. When it sounds good there as well as on regular speakers, you're probably in a good place.
There will also be a third group of people who don't want to put themselves and their families through a total economic collapse and choose to find a less small-minded place to live. Britain, and in particular England, is going to be an increasingly rubbish place to live over the next couple of decades. But the people have spoken etc etc.
"Bottom docking" heh heh
My dad is a bit of a numbers man and when the electricity bills started showing up a little high he got sceptical about the ( non-smart ) meter in their house. It turned out that one of them didn't understand British Summer Time and was adding an hour when it should subtract one, causing their off-peak usage to be misjudged by two hours in the summer. They replaced it at which point the off-peak and regular charging rates were backwards on the central database of electricity meters ( that is a thing that exists apparently ) so that whenever they complained to the electricity supplier and got them reversed, the central system switched them back to the wrong order the next night.
That is what can be done with a regular non-smart meter. With more technology in the loop, we can anticipate a whole new degree of trash fire...
Of all the places to ask that question...
I don't think you're ready for this jelly.
The annoying thing is that InDesign is apparently the only product that is any use for publishing. Annoying when it feels as though there is no choice although rumours of Affinity Publisher on the horizon are hopeful and the new Quark may be alright. By and large InDesign is the thing everyone seems to use, though.
Another way to look at this is that if the CIA say an election has been tampered with, they really are the experts on this topic.
KellyAnn: No Mr President, these are pictures of Saturn.
Trump: What? I told you to before you have to refer to the vice president as "Vice President Pence."
Trump: Also he doesn't pronounce it that way. It's SatAN.
But can Libratus read Lady Gaga's poker face?
What the Republicans might see is that his legacy is going to be so toxic that they will be tarnished by association for decades if they don't put a sharp stop to him. That is probably the quickest and easiest way for America to get out of this, although lets not forget that Mike Pence is Actual Satan and his version of the USA will be a kind of hell consequently, but it may at least feel a little more stable and predictable.
On the upside there is a lot I agree with in this article.
Unfortunately as an Emacs user I am forbidden from agreeing with it by ancient contract.
"Web browser became mini-OS onto which whole applications are run. "
If that is your differentiation between text editors and browsers, you are clearly not an Emacs user.
In a few years I suspect that not having dived face-first into the raw effluent of the Trump administration - even if not by choice - will make them seem like principled and legitimate luminaries of the American right once the public get tired of lies and kleptocracy. So it may serve them well after future elections, which there almost certainly will be.
As far as I am aware the most reputable numbers nationally come from the British Crime Survey - another regular source of idiot press reports that "the British Crime Survey doesn't include murder" without any explanation of how a victim-reported survey would implement that.
The only computers they use are Acorns.
Consequently they are heavily ARMed.
Wait, this thing has a warranty on it?
Creationists don't tend to worry about science much, so they might ignore that, but I think I've hit on a compelling argument for anyone coming from an Abrahamic perspective.
The problem is the foreskin. Why would a designer deity add something to the male body and then the moment they get in touch with their creation immediately demand that it should be cut off? Surely either the designer would be imperfect or the insistence on removing it would be an insult to the creator. Either way the core tenet of a perfect creator is undermined.
If foreskins don't make sense you must acquit my client!
I had an automatic update break my Mint install a little while ago ( not their fault - a proprietary Nvidia driver didn't work, to much astonishment from everyone ) so a "don't break my computer" update strategy would be quite helpful sometimes...
I have run into that too, it's mildly annoying but there is a keystroke that can instantly lock the screen.
I don't know what the keystroke is, but I run into it from time to time when I'm trying to edit sound files in Audacity and lock the screen instead.
Moon: To me!
Earth: To you!
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