Is it these Union Jack shades I'm wearing, or are British rocket names so much better than the rest? ;-)
302 posts • joined 23 Jun 2010
The point is that if Starship works out (which it probably will, as Musk seems to have the money and determination to do it), it will drastically change the cost of putting things into orbit. And also make it easier to launch larger items - a lot of the problems with the JWST are to do with having to fold it up into a small fairing for launch and then get it to unfold itself.
Mine is plugged into a MacBook Pro running Ubuntu, connected through Citrix to a Win10 machine at work %-}
While we're talking about Model M keyboards, I turned mine over to see when it was made and it says "Date: 03-04-19". It has been in my possession since 1995 (or maybe 1996) so I can't make head or tail of this! Does anyone out there know what it means? Did an early Y2K issue truncate the year? Virtual pint for any help! -->
It's very subjective of course, but I like the feel of mine (IBM Model M "borrowed" from a server which ended up in a rack :-) more than any other keyboard I've tried in the last 30 years or so. It is too loud for a crowded office but is getting a lot more use now than it has in the last few years!
It's like using really good hand tools instead of cheap and cheerful - they both get the job done (usually) but one feels better than the other, and that makes the whole experience more enjoyable. I think it's well worth paying a premium for something that improves your life for eight hours a day or more.
This reminds me of a proto-BOFH I knew at university. Faced with a choice between working all night on a project which was due the next day, or going drinking, he spent all afternoon reading up on and experimenting with the "at" command so that he could send an email in the middle of the night begging for an extension %-}
Alright, maybe I was being a bit picky :-)
My main point was that you would have had a lot more trouble ordering pizza via your computer in 1969 than in 1999. Networking had been around for a while, but the Internet as we know it today was if not in its early days at least in its early years, and still mostly a time-wasting toy. Maybe some things never change :-D
It didn't really work for me. I "studied" latin at school until I had the chance to drop it. But I still have a vivid memory of my Latin teacher asking each of us in turn whether we knew any Latin expressions and I trotted out "timeo danaos et dona ferentes" (Asterix the Legionary). Then he made me translate it, or at least tried to.
Thank you, Goscinny, Uderzo, Bell and Hockridge!
the developer has to be a DBA, security engineer, systems engineer, and programmer who understands the flows of *everything* in and out of their environment
Sounds like rubbish to me. Just because a service is, er, micro doesn't mean that it has to be developed in isolation by one person. Even if the function of each service is distinct that doesn't mean that you can't use the same security layer in each one, call on a DBA for support, and so on.
And surely "the flows of everything" becomes a lot simpler for a microservice?
As the article says, microservices are not the answer to everything but they should be understood for what they are, the same as any other tool in the box.
Definitely not Spartacus:
Can't you have paper at a similar distance to the screen?
I hadn't thought of that, but it doesn't really suit how I work. If I'm reading from paper it usually means that I'm
scribbling making notes on the same piece of paper. Or (more likely) I'm fiddling with my phone.
I know what you mean, but I'd have to say you've got to roll with it: accept that you need glasses and work around that.
I didn't wear glasses at all until about ten years ago, when I started getting frequent headaches. Reading glasses cured those immediately, although they were a bit of a pain to carry around, take out of the case and then put away again, especially on my commute. I tried one of those neck chain things but didn't get on with it.
Then I needed distance glasses as well. I tried varifocals but couldn't get on with the blurry transitional areas, especially in my peripheral vision. So now I have one pair of bifocals for computer work, and another pair for everything else. And I have to change glasses every time I leave my desk. It's not ideal but better than eyestrain. All part of the fun of growing old, and on the whole better than not growing old.
I have what my (UK) optician describes as "occupational bifocals" for work: the lower section is my reading prescription which works for the keyboard and the upper section is a mid-range prescription which works for monitors.
I have to wear different glasses for walking around, driving and so on. Such is life :-/
It mostly works. Searching seems to be a bit hit and miss
A few days ago I wanted to find an email from the previous week. I knew the date and approximate time, and that it was still in my inbox. Except that it wasn't, not in Thunderbird. No problem, use the search and there it is! Except that when I tried to open the email from the results tab, there was nothing but emptiness. And of course it doesn't tell you anything useful like which folder it's in. Eventually I found the email through my phone (using K9), in the inbox where I'd thought it was in the first place!
And then there's the random order in which search results are presented by default....
There's a developer near where I live who's been trying to build on Green Belt land for years, so far unsuccessfully. One of his scams was to sell off "building plots" to the general public, without mentioning that they wouldn't be able to get planning permission to do anything. As a result, his large parcel of land now has several chunks out of the middle, the owners of which hate his guts!
Some time ago, as the resident Emacs-head I was called over to another team who couldn't work out how to save and exit from Emacs (or just exit, they didn't care at that point!). I walked over, already basking in the nerd-glory that was to be mine for solving the insoluble, to be presented with Emacs running on a Prime computer. So what? Emacs is Emacs, right? Not always, it turned out. C-x, C-c did nothing. M-x did nothing. Swearing at it did nothing. I eventually had to retire, defeated.
While I sort of agree with @ArrZarr, big social media companies not having enough moderation is a problem of their own making. Adding moderation cuts into their profits? Well boohoo. If they can't control what they've unleashed, maybe they shouldn't be allowed to do it at all.
I used to agree with the "common carrier" defence, i.e. FB et al. just provide the medium and can't be held responsible for the content posted by their users. But seeing how that has played out has brought me around to believing that there does need to be some sort of control, either voluntary or regulatory.
There will always be a few bad actors who will game any system for their own benefit regardless of the consequences for others and as a society we need to be able to protect the majority from these people.
"With great power comes great responsibility".
Meanwhile in the UK the Information Commissioner's Office has recently dropped the requirement to register with them, put up signs and pay an annual fee if your CCTV covers the world outside your property, and the police are encouraging people to set up their CCTV at head height to have the best chance of getting recognisable mug shots of
suspects members of the public.
I don't think you know how VAT works.
VAT is a tax on the end user, only raising revenue on retail goods and services. A VAT-registered contractor charges VAT to the client and pays it to HMRC (roughly, there is also the Flat Rate Scheme), from whom it is then reclaimed by the VAT-registered client. So in this case VAT raises no actual revenue for HMRC.
Only replying to use one of my favourite icons, which feels particularly appropriate in this case :-D Particularly in light of one of the JCB guys giving permission to max out the engine for the last runs, saying something along the lines of "we've never run it like this, even on the dyno"!
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