My little contribution ...
Well, at least I got the dependency of 'get time and date' on AWT removed from 1.4 ...
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Yes but "those of us who knew much about computers " also knew that
a) the potential scope was, at the time, unknown
b) doing nothing was not an option
Additionally I recall that much robustness improvement came out of the "Y2k" work as a by-product of the reviews and testing work.
Aircraft falling from the sky was not likely, but it was not possible to say how unlikely at the time.
More likely was out-by-one (or worse) errors in flight navigation systems or air traffic control, or counters logging flying hours that scheduled component replacements.
Failure to replace components _could_ have resulted in aircraft loss when the component failed.
Having read this item last night (and being engineering type too) saw a Sony battery/mains DAB (-only) in nearby Sainburys for £30, and thought, "what the hell - good make, Sony".
Well it works fine (on mains) and BBC7 (80kbps) was great fun must admit. Signal at 99/100 at the B&B in rural Yorkshire, and no bubbling mud yet, though I have heard that effect at a friend's house near Hursley, Hants.
R4 (128kbps) and R3 (192kbps) seem OK for the money too. (Wouldn't have minded pause/mem card feature on the set, but hey ...)
Good S/N, but still picks up mobile phone incoming ring interference - as do most electrical appliances ...
Yep, two common 'puns' on numbers-as-words don't strictly work:
a) "to" - pron. "tuh"
b) "two" - pron. "toow"
c) "too" - pron. "tooh"
a) "for" - pron. "fohr"
b) "four" - pron. "foor"
Whether it's just ignorant yoof, we should also have,
"you're" - pron. "yoowr" - which I txt as "ur" (you are)
"your" - pron. "yawr" - which I txt as "yr"
A little later (10^12 years, or a _proper_billion_ years hence), there won't be much of the rest of the universe left that we can see
since space will have expanded non-gravitationally-bound galaxies outside of the region of space that we can see ...
So - people have been voting by being given a chunk of of plasticene which they could then split up and throw into boxes depending on how much they liked each candidate/party, and then the outcome was determined by weighing the boxes on election night ?
Hmm, come to think of it, it might have some advantages ...
Another reason for the outcry is that AD is also scrapping indexation which means that assets held before 1997 (ie. pre-GB's first CGT "simplification") will no longer be inflation-indexed, thus capital gains purely due to inflation will also be taxed when these new changes kick in.
Hence for some the increase in tax paid could be (say) 1000% - not good.
No side of Mercury is actually 'hidden' except insofar as you might happen to be on the other side as you go past, or on the unlit side. It's not in a locked orbit, as our moon is, either. I expect you could probably see this 'side' using Hubble, were it sensible to point it so close to the sun.
No, the side now revealed by Messenger is that which was unseen on the previous visit by a spacecraft, ~30 years ago.
It's possibly a cyclical thing.
A some point, there's a big problem, people set up systems and procedures to fix and catch the problem.
Then a new generation of hardware comes along, the people who had their fingers burnt have all moved on or retired. New generation of whiz-kids arrives - why do we need all this crap, it's not 'agile', it's bureaucratic. Get rid of it all.
Big problem (that would have been caught / never happened under previous system) arises. Oh my God, how can this happen !
So it goes ...
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