The ninth planet was discovered some time ago. Gerry and Sylvia Anderson did a film about it's discovery and exploration back in 1969.
27 posts • joined 15 Nov 2012
Spooky! Solar System's Planet NINE could be discovered in the next NINE years (plus one to six), say astroboffins
Fancy a .dev domain? They were $12,500 a pop from Google. Now, $1,000. Soon, $17.50. And you may want one
Re: From a user's point of view...
I'm one of those people that go by their middle name. I haven't had any problems getting companies I've worked for to honor my preferences until the latest company I ended up at through a corporate acquistion. It took me four months to get them to correct the problem.
Whenever I have people that are expecting a baby tell me they are going to call their children by their middle names I tell them I know from personal experience that's nothing but trouble and if they want to call their child by a specific name then make that the child's first name.
At my previous job I had people that would schedule meetings with me and then get upset when I rejected the invite. They would assume that since I didn't have a meeting scheduled I was obviously available for whatever (usually pointless) meeting they wanted to hold. After several complaints I just added a recurring private meeting Monday through Friday starting at 6A and ending at 6P.
After that people would start contacting me to see when I might be free for their meeting. That gave me much more control, although there were a few people that thought it was unreasonable that I didn't show any availability. I'm sure wasn't a coincidence that these were the same people that liked to schedule meetings when I would be eating lunch.
Re: Old school hacking ...
You must have the newer model of wife. I've got an older model and she keeps turning the thermostat down.
I think there's a common fault in the temperature sensors and after running for a few decades the sensors start reporting the external temperature to be several degrees hotter at random times. I'm told this will pass after a certain time but there's no way to know the duration.
The temperature sensors aren't a user-replaceable part. The only options are to live with the problem or replace the whole unit, but replacing the whole unit can be very expensive.
Re: Other online book stores are available
Unfortunately Amazon controls a large percentage of the physical ereader market and many non-technical people think the Kindle is the only ereader available. And if they do own a Kindle and buy an ebook from another vendor that doesn't support mobi then they'll have to learn how to convert. That's a hassle most non-technical people don't want.
What it comes down to is if the ebook isn't available from Amazon then there are going to be many missed sales.
 I know from talking to many of my friends that can convert that most of them don't like it. I know I don't. I have epub and mobi books and every so often I have to take my purchases from Amazon and convert to epub and take my purchases from other places and convert to mobi (I have a Kindle DX and a Nook and I like to have all the books available on both). Usually it works but sometimes the formatting gets messed up during conversion.
I've been downloading firmware updates for IBM servers without having to put in a serial number or support ID for quite a while.
This crap from HP started with their Integrity systems. Entering the special maintenance mode requires a secret code which is generated on the fly, which means some parts replacements can't be done by the end user, so no self-maintenance.
"Self-parking cars are nothing new. Volkswagen showed off a self-parking car in 1992, Toyota has its Intelligent Parking Assist System (IPAS) that comes with some Lexus and Prius models, and Audi and Volvo have also got similar systems. Ford hasn’t given a data for the release of its try in the area, but has promised some news by Christmas."
I think Ford's version is already out. My mother's 2013 Ford Explorer has Active Park Assist and it works very well. I had to give it a try when I was visiting the family last month.
Years and a few companies ago I started receiving faxes on my voice line. It kept up so I started quickly forwarding them to the office fax machine which revealed they were being sent to a mortgage company and had all sorts of financial information. I called the mortgage company and asked them what was going on. They said they had the wrong number printed in the documentation they give out to people applying for mortgages as well as all their new business cards, so there really wasn't anything they could do about it since it would cost them quite a bit to change everything and perhaps I should just see about getting a new phone number if it was bothering me.
After that I started calling the people sending the faxes to let them know what was happening and why. A few irate customers later the mortgage company decided it was perhaps better to reprint their documentation and business cards.