Here in the States, meerkats work in offices. I saw it in a GEICO TV commercial, so it must be true.
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Here in the States, meerkats work in offices. I saw it in a GEICO TV commercial, so it must be true.
"Comrade, computer is on the blink."
"Nyet, comrade, computer is on the blini."
That way the aliens will shoot their photon cannons at the moon instead of Earth. What could possibly go wrong?
And corporate rules will supersede federal laws. That's all you need to know.
One forum I visit allows the insertion of the typical emojis. But with uBlock Origin engaged, half of them don't display. No big deal. But just to see, I turned off ad blocking and, sure enough, ads started popping up left and right. Bye-bye emojis. Google's
well-intentioned fix PR stunt is too little, too late. To paraphrase Bill, "First we kill all the ads."
We as the prefinal testers would regularly see amazing errors that people would do.My first new car was a 1969 Pontiac, which I kept for many years until it was destroyed by another car striking it while it was stopped. I was still driving it when the state I lived in instituted emissions tests. It failed because of excess hydrocarbon emissions. Compression test looked okay so let's look at the carburetor. Removed top cap on carburetor, then the dried-out gasket. In the top rim of the main housing was a _serious_ dent, where something pretty heavy had fallen on it, or the carb had been dropped before assembly. That carb never should have found its way into a car. The gasket had sealed the dent for many years, until it dried out. Put a little dab of gasket sealer on the dent and let it cure, then replaced only the gasket, and the car passed its emissions test well below the PPM limits for that year. I forget which company built that carb, but that wasn't the only quality problem with the car. The first month I had it a rear-window regulator let go and the glass disappeared inside the body. Then the latch that held the seat in place front-back let go. Buy American? Call me a traitor, but I don't need the drama.
Space vehicles undergo rather more stress than that carburetor, so even if a problem isn't immediately apparent, poor QA can result in catastrophe later on. As John Glenn famously noted, every part of an American space vehicle was built by the lowest bidder. The problem is, once the thing is assembled, it's impossible to know if something was damaged or mis-assembled. As someone else noted, you have to trust in the quality culture of the organizations responsible for making the beast.
By 'just fine' you mean 'didn't have many roads'.Only the plebs need roads. Smart people work from home.
They would do things to software no one in their right mind ever would. And blow it up. Then come to Tech Docs are suggest changes to the manual, to the effect of Don't Do That. Later in life I got into PC tech support and realized, people otherwise in their right minds are capable of doing anything. Viva QA!
Not being a Brit, I kept reading it as Thame Slink.
My phpBB board has an Atom feed, that I read on Fossamail. I can monitor posts without having to keep refreshing the browser. A favorite site of mine, American Bird Conservancy, switched from RSS to Twitter. I don't see their updates anymore. I miss the days when everything online didn't have to be monetized.
I can foresee some very angry US citizens when a cop shoots down an expensive (in terms of both money and time building it) model, just because he's taken a dislike to it!Based on my experience with police marksmanship, the odds of one shooting down a drone are small. If they're shooting at yours, just hover until they run out of ammo, then retreat while they're reloading.
Typical. Lab assistants always get screwed.
Once had a contract doing a QA manual for a HD named Aztec. There were process problems, one of which was pretty clear. The person assembling the heads wore latex finger tips to keep oil from places it didn't belong. As she assembled the heads, she'd occasionally scratch the outside of her nose with a gloved fingertip. Then there were the tolerance stack-up errors when machining the base plate....
OMG! Maybe this will give them ideas as to where to price the next iPhone....They need to get Jobs to sign one. I'm sure they're working on an app for that.
The seniors home entertainment circuitA fancier name for Fox "News."
Trump has finally found his calling.
From Observator, translated by Google:
But, surprisingly, they made a mistake that cost them expensive: they sent messages on these addresses from their personal mail and so they got naked, which relieved the work of the US authorities to identify the two Romanians .
Police figured out something was wrong after checking CCTV systems ahead of the swearing in of America’s 45th president in January 2017.Finally, something good that came out of the inauguration!
Yep. The only thing worse is the "experts" who think that non-ionizing radiation is, axiomatically, "safe", regardless of dosage.There are billions of cell phones in the world. We aren't seeing a significant increase in brain cancer. While not absolute proof, I have no fears about using mine. You're more at risk texting while driving or walking.
Microwave ovens don't use ionising radiation but would you stick your head in one?Do you understand the differences between a cell phone and a microwave oven? If not, I'm glad you're not making dinner.
They're everywhere, self-proclaimed experts who don't know the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. "We don't need evidence, we're experts!"
"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past," repeated Winston obediently.
"Who controls the present controls the past," said O'Brien, nodding his head with slow approval. "Is it your opinion, Winston, that the past has real existence?"
I predict an increase in sales of the stuff in certain quarters.
"Like any large organization with a global presence, we know the Department is a constant target for cyber attacks."
Well, I was hoping.
But here's a case where corporations operate more efficiently than government agencies tasked with similar responsibilities.
Remember all the Fake News you've ran about Trump? Need a reminder?Nope. He's still a comedy-act bully, racist, sexist, and bigot, who won by appealing to the basest instincts of a minority of people who voted, but managed to swing the Electoral College. He may be president, but that doesn't make him any less reprehensible. And the wolves are closing in. Manafort's about to flip. And that, buddy, ain't fake news either.
I'm miles away
And after all I'm only sleeping
This is not only a clear abuse of Microsoft's position, it also reeks of desperation. For that reason, I'm a bit amused by it.Agree. They're clearly afraid of losing their Edge.
Thanks for the heads-up. I fixed the problem before it became one.
Netflix U.S. ran a UK-produced series on video surveillance there, touting its excellence in catching bad guys. It's not as though this is something new.
What are you, a software wizard? ;-)That has to be a twist.
But his supple wrist seems to have problems with the keyboard.
Your flight is low on fuel, you're circling the airport in minimum conditions -- and the controller's PC suddenly begins an unstoppable Windows 10 update.
If you have to flog your stuff on credit with 0% APR, you probably know it isn't going to be that popular. And, when a 0% APR program fails, you cancel it. M$ has hit the Trifecta: Software: FAIL. Hardware: FAIL. Marketing Program: FAIL.
While doing tech support for a major PC manufacturer, a caller just would.not.shut.up while I tried to research his problem. Early in the call, he said, "I hope I don't have to unplug things because the PC is under the desk." To shut him up while I worked -- yep, sent him under the desk to unplug everything and then reconnect it. By the time he came whimpering back, I'd figured out what to do and we fixed his problem. When I got off the call, my supervisor, who'd been monitoring, came over and congratulated me on doing a fine job. I think he missed the part where I sent the guy away to give me some peace.
Lost count of the number of people who had dial-up modem problems, and the phone plugged into the back of the PC. Reconfiged the modem, they initiated dial-up, and disconnected the phone. Well, now we know that part works!
Ms Underwood clearly hasn't been reading the Times lately.
So you don't expect to feel better any time soon, then?
There's always this to help --->
Would-be spammer registration attempts to my phpBB board had been scarce for a while, but now I'm seeing a few a week, from Chinese IP addresses. Then there was the meaningless set of search strings resulting in 404 errors, reported by Google, that looked like someone trying to look for vulnerabilities. My board would be as interesting to a Chinese hacker as a recipe for egg drop soup, so I figure it's being used to train entry-level hackers, the kids destined to do Great Things to our cyber infrastructure when Winnie the Pooh pushes the Big Red Button. If someone in power over here would stop whining about the so-called "witch hunt" and pay attention to his duties, I'd feel better, as we really should be prepared for some push back on every conceivable vector.
Colvin blows the whistle on Courage. Where this will end one can only imagine.
There are some new Chromebook ads running on TV over here, and they specifically target Windows error pop-ups and the BSOD. Will be interesting to see how they work their way back from that marketing strategy. "All the power of Google with all the inconveniences of Windows!" Maybe with a photo of Big Brother as the default desktop background image?
Who says you can't make this stuff up? Is Johnny Depp old enough to play Nicolas in Part 2?
No shit Sherlock, you can wait until Hell freezes overI would pay -- PAY -- for a browser that would say that out loud to the owners of sites that require enabling scripting to view them.
Winnie the Pooh Xi Jinping get a well-deserved slap down. When Nixon "opened the door" to China by legitimizing the Mao regime (while the Cultural Revolutionaries brainwashed thugs were still murdering anyone who knew more than they did), many of us who had reached the age of consciousness knew no good would come of it. Western Capitalism, who thought they saw a gold mine in cheap Chinese labor and a willingly-complicit government organized criminal enterprise can surely take credit for Xi Jinpooh. Like so many other chickens hatched for similar greedy reasons, that one will eventually come home to roost.
So the story goes, the attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise. Now we know the attacks are ongoing and we even know the targets. But the response from the White House continues to be "meh." Note to self: Stock up on batteries and candles.
We are experiencing characters and a dramatic developments in the world, which indicate that we are approaching the end times and Jesus' return (Google wouldn't lie, would they?)I'm putting off transitioning my site to HTTPS.
Best of luck, Simon. You'll be missed.
Couldn't people just stop dropping phones, rather than relying on phones not breaking when dropped?Next you'll be telling us to stop using this kind of glass.-------->
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