When your adversary does it for you? Glad to see the U.S. getting proactive against Putin.
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The numbers given for DHS furloughs are misleading. The U.S. Coast Guard is part of DHS, not the Defense Dept., and civilian and uniformed employees are also not being paid. Earlier this week, the Coast Guard was recommending affected personnel have garage sales, take up dog walking, or become "mystery shoppers" (whatever the hell that is) to get by. I'm sure we can count on the service to continue working, but what happens when they run out of fuel for the boats or food for the crews? Wouldn't you love to see a Coast Guard vessel hijack a cruise liner? In the name of national security, of course.
SIDEBAR: Trump should stop eating until his shutdown ends, in solidarity with all the people whose lives he's destroying with his childish tantrum. He could stand to lose several pounds anyway.
Some time ago, someone at TBird decided the name of some field had to be changed. It looked like rearranging the deck chairs, so I switched to FossaMail. The cat-like carnivore was abandoned, but it still works for my minimal email and RSS requirements. Being abandoned, at least I don't have to worry about an update that changes something that didn't need to be changed.
14 December 2018 Editors’ Note: The editors have become aware of unusual aspects to the ‘Extract fecal DNA’ illustration in figure 1. We are investigating, and appropriate editorial action will be taken once the matter is resolved.https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-20427-9#change-history
I got an expensive commercial ham radio power amp for free. Didn't work on one band, returned to mfr, who found no problems. User (licensed ham, as am I) gave up. When I went to get it, he had an expensive transceiver, with a microphone hooked up but no keys in sight. Correctly assumed the radio was accidentally in CW mode, so the transceiver went into Transmit when he hit the PTT button, but there was no audio and thus no RF. Sure enough, got the beast home and it worked perfectly. Could have straightened the guy out at his house, but sometimes you just get on that gift horse and ride it away.
Oh, Amazon, please stop recommending cat food to me by email and push notifications. I don't have a bloody cat, never had and never clicked on anything cat-like. How can I remove this from your dumb AI's brain? :-(They've obviously mistaken you for Julian Assange. Seen any black helicopters lately?
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.
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!
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.
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....
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 .
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.
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