"... a new hinged box of clear plastic to avoid accidental shutdowns in future...
We got one of these in the machine room following a school visit.
We certainly thought of the children following the incident - and banned them!
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Go into any South African butchers and ask for a "smiley". It'll be a skinned sheep or goat head depending on locale. Cheek meat and the tongue are supposed to be good eating.
I only ever used them for dog food, boil it till the teeth fall out.
Oooo matching icon :)
The whole solar system was made from stuff older than it was, so no surprise that the left over bits are still older than the solar system.
A vanishingly small proportion of the current system could well be newer synthesised elements or particles from more recent supernovas or even sol itself.
Yes, but the article states "... a roster that included working for 12 days straight (a total of 76 hours) immediately after the New Year holidays", which is only 6 hours and 20 minutes per day. Which is shorter than the core 09:00 - 17:30 which is 7 hours and 30 minutes working time (lunch hour not counted as work).
The story indicates the complaint was she didn't want to work 12 days in a row as she needed her rest day. IIRC the law allows 14 x 14 hour days straight before it becomes a legal necessity to take a 24 hour rest period. There are other regs covering those working in the human cargo industries (pilots, drivers, rail maintenance workers, etc) but no one recognises accountants as being a safety critical group* even in those industries. (* except for skimpy budgeting on safety materials quality)
However she does mention a 76 hour week in her email which is not mentioned the story line. So who is lying the reportee or the reporter?
Interesting idea of being "managed by your sick leave". How is that done? Small dose of thallium tea if your annoying, escalating to polonium if you are a real PITA?
Don't need a smart meter for load shedding, South Africa has been doing it for decades with hot water heaters. They are fitted with a device that switches the water heaters off via a ripple put through the electricity supply and a similar ripple turns them on again; was used mostly for peak demand time like cooking dinner. Now they just blackout whole areas*.
*Since the ANC's energy ministers famous "Why do we need these extra giga-watts when we have so much more mega-watts now?" comment! It has become standard practice for rolling blackouts during the winter months as a load balancing method. Eskom (state supplier) publishes the time table of when you need to light the candles.
Old joke - What did Zimbabwe use for lighting and cooking before candles and paraffin burners? Answer - electricity. SA is headed the same way. So damned sad.
Jules can sit and rot in Ecuadorian comfort for another six years of well earned, self imposed isolation for all I care.
Hope he does, then the idiots at the embassy can continue to enjoy his aromatic company and paying for his living expenses, which they so well deserve.
Oh it has those too. Don't think they were running a mini genset for the electrics :)
With the electrically powered gyros bust they had to use fuel to point the comms at earth just to transfer the collected data, doubled the drain probably.
If they had used imperial gallons it would still have a little life left.
Went OSX in 2001 and have been fighting the schadenfreude ever since.*
Three weeks into a major release and still problems, well done M$.
I avoid any MS product that I can. I have used Skype to stay in touch with friends but have a feeling that will end when I try the enforced new version.
* - unsuccessfully :) , but in this case I am starting to feel sorry for the poor sods stuck with it.
Back in the late seventies when I was living in Paris the local councils would have your apartment sprayed twice a year for roaches. All along the skirting boards and bottom edges inside of floor level cupboards, whether you liked it or not. The older buildings were permanently infested due to wooden floors and loads of hiding places.
Yep. Also, both ribose and deoxyribose are carbohydrates and contain no phosphorous; it's the phosphorous groups which link the sugars to form the backbone of the respective RNA and DNA molecules. DNA is double stranded and RNA is single stranded, no helix shape.
Epigenetics is not evolution nor is it mutation. It is the expression of "suppressed" genes due to changed environmental factors. The genes are already there by normal inheritance but another set or even the same set are just expressed differently due to need; think lung size when changing from a low altitude to a high altitude environment and vice versa.
Native High Andes dwellers have larger lungs than the norm, move them to a coastal environment and in three generations their lungs are the same as the norm. Move them back up and three generations later they have large lungs again.
Basically it's 'stored' responses to conditions experienced by the ancestors and allows fast adaptation to changing conditions.
And thus a single point of failure if not backed up to an external device.
I am still on spinning rust but my next machine* will be all SSD for speed and physical shock resistance.
Apart from the big-iron exchangeable disc packs (8MB) my first hard drive was a 5MB Winchester on a CPM machine with 8" floppies, the HD replaced one of them. 1980 IIRC.
*assuming I outlive this one!
Probably just 1,100 of the new staff will be in new roles. 700 will replace existing roles in the IT division which have become vacant due to previous incumbents being condemned* to the hell desk (customer facing roles).
So just 1,800 "new" roles. I do agree with your escalation observation.
* a harsh but somewhat deserved punishment :)
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