Re: "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Isaac Newton.
Thank you Roland6 for the BBC cameos. I hadn't seen the one with Brian Cox and I laughed so hard I woke up the cat across the room.
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Thank you Roland6 for the BBC cameos. I hadn't seen the one with Brian Cox and I laughed so hard I woke up the cat across the room.
When I read the subhead on the article, I thought it was the Russian aide in the WH.
(Sobbing) In the boonies in the States, I get 1.5Mbps, on a good day. And, there is no "competition". The "competition" has written this little group of houses off as unprofitable....
@Paul87, I was agreeing that due to factors correlated with but not caused by gender differences, the difference was understandable. As a woman who has experienced wage discrimination for no good reason other than being female, I still disagree with your last paragraph. I don't want the playing field tipped in my direction, just level. If I drove Uber, I would take these findings and, if I wished to make more money, adjust my work to more closely match male Uber drivers. Would I make the bar closing hour runs? Still, probably not. But I might pay more attention to, for example, commuter train schedules.
"Normally a supplier for a rural or small town market will always charge more than in the big city, for reasons of greater overhead. Sometimes only one company is willing to take it on, and then they may be tempted to gouge customers. This angers customers and makes competitors take a second look. Over the long term the market dictates prices, not the suppliers."
Well, Now you have just given the perfect case for government to declare the internet a nationalized necessary utility, and to take over putting up ALL the infrastructure to ensure that rural customers are served at all! Thanks!! The Tennessee Valley Project and rural electrification in the 1930s were the only way that the USA could get the electrical grid out to us in the boonies, and as a result everyone had access to the wonders of electric light, radio and later, television. The local electric companies still sent you the electricity and charged you for it, but the structure was already there. It worked for them because the government got the first structure up, then they got more customers, and then that gave them to capital to improve the existing structure.
We once had a dog that taught itself to open doors... inwards!
I had a pit bull that could do that! The old, crafty black cat we had could open inward-swinging doors, and since he had basically raised the dog from puppyhood, the dog could do so as well, using both paws to turn the doorknob in the same method as the cat. I miss them both. My current dog and cat, while personable, are not as smart.
@Neil Barnes: I regret have but one upvote to give to a person who believes as I have for several decades....
@ Haku. Transcript of one of Trump's speeches
Do think Google Translate could do anything with that to help me see the wisdom of the man?
Google does not currently translate into "Psychotic", so, no.
In my area of rural USA, a four person family (two driving age kids plus parents) has four cars, because there is no public transport, and the distances are too long to walk or bike. In this case, that might be pared down by one or two cars. My husband's car, driving him three towns away to get the train into the major city, then sits in the lot all day too far away for me to use. I would happily give up a second car and use one car for the both of us, since I have a much shorter commute, and closer errands to run, and can get the car to go back to the train station and pick him up. I can't see sharing with neighbors or strangers, but it would be convenient for us. If I had driving age kids living at home, they could either share parent car or split one between them. Given teenage driver accidents, that would be less worry for parents as well. So, might remove some cars from multi car families.
Firsts thing I did when I HAD to get an iPad for work: I throttled the bitch Siri.
"You would see a lot of angry tweets threatening sanctions and military action against twitter and the norks.
The norks because they must be involved somewhere along the line."
And President Obama, and Hillary. Because they are to blame for everything, according to tiny hands.
I now live in a real, live third world country, complete with absurd tinpot dictator, his corrupt minions, and no services. And being told "we are no. 1!". Remind we what's the difference between the US and NK? Oh, yeah, we can grouse about it (currently, that will change). There's NO POINT in commenting, publicly or otherwise. When the net neutrality comment period opened, we still thought we had a government that might take the public's views into consideration. So, we commented. Now, we know that the fix is in, and nothing we say or do will change that. Hence, the apathy.
How many Europeans? Most Americans would love the chance to get out from the Orange Cheat-o. Many retirees already have. Search term "American retirees in Mexico".
Only occasionally, the executors of an estate find the right collaborator to finish an author's work in progress, and only when they are reasonably certain of a good outcome should they proceed. One of my other favorite authors, Dorothy L. Sayers, had an unfinished Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane novel that took half a century to find its collaborator in Jill Paton Walsh. The novel lacks some of the classical scholarship of Sayers, but the characters are given the chance to breathe one more time (with a nice afterword as to all their fates during and after WWII). A worthy addition to that series, Thrones, Dominations.
@Alister, first I've heard about the Good Omens film, cannot wait to see it! Tennant is a great choice for Crowley.
The IoT reminds me of a Victorian house crammed with those goofy gadgets that you see in patent submissions of the era: automatic potato peelers and Rube Goldberg-like devices for turning down the bed. Only with a gossipy maid who knows everybody thrown in. Thanks, I'll pass.
"The domain name has disrupt, as in stop, hinder, interfere with, the inauguration in its name. That's a bit more than free speech and anything against the president is a crime, be they right wing or left wing."
Ooooh, The Axe, you're SO right! AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, has a WHOLE WEBSITE called "Disrupt Aging", where we are indoctrinated in things like healthy eating and exercise to stay fitter. We are obviously dangerous radicals, and need to be monitored carefully! In fact, I'm so fired up, my next jewelry line (I'm a jewelry craftsperson) will be called "Disrupt Pearls" and obviously will be dragged off the art fair table to incarceration. Free the Beads! Or, string us up, if you prefer....
That's my husband in the pic at right, you didn't have a crone icon.
As a cis gendered female, I am d*nmed TIRED of being told what I do well or ill is dependent on my gender. I suggest that if a company wants to hire IT workers, they audition them like musicians. In the not too distant past, symphony musicians were overwhelmingly male. Then, the auditions started to be conducted with a screen between the musician and the judges, and symphonies started to gain more women. For each applicant, pose a problem in the area being hired for, and ask the applicant what steps that person would take to begin to solve it. Do this online, before meeting the person, and have members of the department being hired for judge whether the applicant had the necessary knowledge for the task at hand. Weeds out the b.s. merchants, gets you a look into their analytical skills, and then you can interview to see if the personality is a good fit for the team.
I am in a rural area on the Illinois-Wisconsin border in the USA. I have two supposed "competitors" for "broadband" services. AT&T (the traditional phone company) and a cable provider (I think it's still Charter, but they sell themselves off so often it is hard to keep up). The cable company says it will give us service, IF WE PAY THE $3K to install it to the "neighborhood" cluster of three houses on our side of the road, AND then pay the $80 or more to use it monthly. AT&T charges us about $50 (bundled into the landline bill, of about $80) for .5Mbps. It WAS .3Mbps, but a call to the Federal Communications Commission (before the Current Occupant dismantled it) got them to do some fiddling to "improve" it (and charge us more). The US is great for broadband, so I hear, but not outside of big cities.
"By your reasoning Messrs Smith, Wesson, Colt Glock, Kalashnikov etc etc etc etc etc should be clogging up the American courts on multiply counts of homicide, shareholders in car companies should examine their consciences"
Well, yes. Except for your aerobatic bacon, yes.
"The"requirement"is in fact window dressing. A Stats Canada report this week shows Tagalog as the fastest growing immigrant language group in several provinces.
This isn't because of an influx of Filipino doctors and lawyers, it's the result of tens of thousands of minimum wage employees being flown in to work at Tim Hortons Donots and McDonalds"
OK, sneer at the burger-flippers, but their kids will be eating your kid's lunch. The people who immigrate may not be the best educated, but they came because they saw a better chance for their kids. They push them and work like crazy for them. They are flipping burgers, doing some side business like hairdressing or housecleaning, and saving up to be better or have better for their future. As a second generation USAian, my family valued education, and instilled a work ethic that says you do any honest job that pays or start your own business (sometimes both) to keep thriving.
I live out in a rural area of the USA where God lost his sandals. Cellular phones are hit-or-miss, load up your software travel map route BEFORE you start from somewhere that does have coverage, and don't expect the turn-by-turn directions to arrive before the turn. Self-driving cars may work fine on freeways, in the city or suburbs, but good luck out by me, even before you factor in the deer and other wildlife.
(side topic) How big or dense does an object have to be before the car registers it? Friend showed me a picture of her half-ton pickup. Looked like a shotgun blast to the front grill. Nope, a tom turkey that was low-flying across the road, his skull took out her radiator.
Paltrow is an actress, my primary physician is, while a nice-looking lady, not an actress. I do not confuse them. Can't understand why people do get these things confused.
I have read with interest all the "why didn't the autopilot/driver see the truck?" I won't speculate on white truck/sky contrast, but from personal experience there are vehicle and environment colors or conditions where an otherwise visible vehicle is hard to discern. There is a bright metallic blue that comes out every seven or eight years for US cars which looks lovely and quite vivid on the carlot, but somehow disappears on a sunny day. My mum had one, had three wrecks all adjudged not her fault, the last one totaled the car, all in under two years. You never see an older model with that color. IIRC, it was a Tyrol Blue Pontiac Tempest. Giving away my age here.
"In New Brunswick, Canada you are given a paper ballot inside a cardboard shield with the top of the ballot slightly protruding from the shield, you pull out the ballot, mark your choices, put the ballot back in the shield, take it to a vote counting machine slide the protruding end of the ballot into the voting machine which then reads your votes and stores the ballot."
"We do the same here in Michigan. I've been voting in Michigan since the 1996 election and an optically scanned ballot is what I've always used here."
Netflix has a documentary "Hacking Democracy". It details how easily the Optiscan (optical scanner of paper ballots) can be undetectably hacked. It is frightening.
In one page of the comments, and the topic (polling, and its limitations) is discarded in favor of proving one poster is "wrong" and this poster is "right". Back to the topic, I LOVE what a Chicago political columnist (Mike Royko) once suggested: when accosted by a pollster, LIE. You are under no obligation to tell some random stranger anything about the way you vote. One day I'm a rabid Republican, one day, a raging Democrat, the next a Libertarian, the next I can't recall who's running and would the pollster please explain the issues? If enough people do this regularly, he argued, reporting would perforce fall back on actually asking what the policies are, and to fill space explain them or make the politicians defend them. The downside to this is that my phone messages and mailbox are crammed each election by all sides, but the amusement value outweighs the inconvenience.
Mine's the one with "Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics" in the pocket.
Sounds like he should run for president. All the current qualifications. Mine's the one with an actual paper check (cheque) in the pocket.
"You do not use a debit card to pay unless it is a place you really trust.
Words to live by.
And most certainly not at a hotel, where the staff know you're only there for a short time, and the odds of at least one of them being paid to swipe credit card details is fairly high. As are the odds of their payment system being compromised by a card number grabbing trojan, if recent news reports are correct.
I see the interest on a credit card as payment for insulating me from this sort of thing."
Well, there is an American financial advice guru named Dave Ramsey whose advice includes NEVER getting a credit card, and cancelling all the ones you might have. Many people who have gotten into financial trouble use his Financial Peace system to great advantage, and become debt free. For some otherwise reasonable people, having a credit card is like having a bottle of booze for an alcoholic. Not a great idea.
And, if you do have a credit card and pay interest instead of paying it off every month, well, that is just foolish. Ditto being charged an annual fee for having a credit card.
BTW, our family followed his advice. We are entirely free and clear, no mortgage, nothing. We went from "were did it go?" to "we have more than we ever believed". And, our bank has been very good at informing us when some hinky debit card payments tried to go through, reissuing us cards after the Target Store debacle.
OK, if I read correctly, so these kids were on a forum hosted by Harvard, and they started a group for memes on this forum, and they got really offensive and over the line. Were they physically injured? Were they heavily fined? Were they imprisoned? No, the host of the forum, Harvard, decided they weren't their sort after all, and rescinded their acceptances. Wow, they might actually have to go to (gasp) another college! Oh, the horror! Sounds like a very good use of self-selection criteria by a university to head off future problems, kudos to Harvard.
Not really. Property taxes are covered by the mortgage since it's still the bank that owns the house, not you. Once you're free and clear, the burden falls to you.
Not in the US! They are ADDED TO the mortgage, unless you have a whopping lot of equity and request that you pay them separately.
Firefighters often don't have to go into incomplete buildings, working on incomplete structures where one needs to step carefully to avoid falling, with potentially loose and heavy stuff over one's head
Firefighters do, however, run into buildings where unknown materials are burning/outgassing that in their own right or in combination with other substances are likely to be harmful. Yes, there are modern breathing apparatuses, but they have limited air supplies, are cumbersome, reduce mobility and vision, and do not protect against the toxic substances getting into exposed skin. I worked with many firefighters, and emphysema or other breathing problems, as well as lung and blood cancers are very common as they age. Look at the 9/11 responders for confirmation on toxicity exposures.
So, the worker delivered package arrives damaged/missing part/gets left on the porch as per posted note, and goes missing? Is the associate responsible for the package? Some Wal-Mart customers have purchased boxed electronic gizmos (iPods come to mind) to discover that the package did not contain anything but packing materials, or in the case of one gizmo purchase, a brick to make the weight plausible. Or, the customer claims that the package arrived with something missing, or damaged, even if it did not. Wow, so much to go wrong, I cannot even imagine.
"Put a high tax on profits (say 50%) made on stocks or other equities held for less then say ten minuets. This is nothing but straight up gambling."
Even a tiny tax, say, 1/4 of a cent, on each trade (not per share, per trade regardless of the value or the size of the trade) would generate a great deal of revenue, be essentially no burden to the individual investor making the occasional trade, and rein in the worst excesses of the high-frequency AI trades.
"Here is the part I don't understand: If I can' t fly to the US with a laptop on a flight that originates in country a: what is to stop me from flying to country b, then booking a flight to the US from there? Or handing the laptop off to someone else in country b to book a flight?"
Or just FED EX the laptop to your destination? With or without hard drive which apparently could be carried on the aircraft?
@Polardog, is the Washington Post bleeding heart piece of sky news enough for you?
What's the median income of people in the UK with two degrees and an 80-hour working week?
Well, in the US, my niece teaching special needs students needed three degrees for her job, works the same hours during the school year (and about half that for summer terms) and would LOVE to make 40% of that.....
I had to get an iPad for business, and the first thing I did with Siri is throttle her. She kept waking up as I typed in a query with the daftest off-topic misunderstandings.
One wonders if the residents of places like La Paz also suffer higher than average rates of battery fires, given their similarly lofty altitude...
The rapid change in altitude is likely a factor in the battery's ignition, so unless the residents of La Paz are in the habit of helicoptering or teleporting from sea level, probably not a worry.
"I bought some phones with call blocking/screening built in. Not had a single spam/scam call now in 6 months. I got some for my mum as she was getting half a dozen a day and now gets none.
Takes a few minutes to set up, and for new numbers it's a single press of either 1, 2 or 3 to allow screened call once, permanently or to deny/block entirely."
In the States the spam calls can display on caller ID a number that is not the number they are calling from, i.e., spam call purporting to be from Police Department, or with proper number displayed, but not actually calling from that number. Does this blocking work on the actual number or the displayed number?
I have always liked George Takei's "Twitler"
When I ran a stable in the USA, I was always very mindful of traffic laws if transporting horses to and from shows. We carried an equine medical kit that would have caused a traffic cop to fall over: partital list of contents = needles, Bute, and a gallon-sized bag of white powder. The latter was aspirin powder. I wonder what would have happened if I were stopped.
Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon, who had not yet been charged with any crimes, although it was certain he would have been if he remained in office. It was the first thing Ford did as President.
obscene.("repulsive by reason of crass disregard of moral or ethical principles", or "so excessive as to be offensive" - Merriam Webster)
Wow, that means I get NO political news out of Washington DC? Sign me up! If I never have to see the Orange Cheat-o's face or his porn queen third wife again, it might be worth it.
Im convinced that its an upbringing thing, boys tend to go out and help their dad's whereas girls seem to help their mum's more. so its not surprising that after a childhood focussing on tasks outher than technical, they find it difficult to comperhend what to us seem obvious.
Every math and tech proficient woman I have even known was either the eldest daughter or only child of a dad who had really wanted a son. Especially if her name was a feminized version of her dad's - Charlene, daughter of Charles.
If your PC is a tool of the job, surely it is in your own self interests to know how to use your tools?
OK, I just took your regular automobile away this morning, and replaced it with a Learjet, no training period, no warning, and MAYBE I left a pilot's manual, which only makes sense to somebody who has a background in aviation, in the cockpit. You HAVE to get to work this morning, or you will be fired. See, I just gave you a much better, much more expensive vehicle to do so, with many more features and capacity, and you're complaining?
I am a computer user but not an aficionado. I know just enough to do what I need to do. It is not rewarding. financially or otherwise, to learn more than necessary to get my job done.
You wear clothes, for comfort and propriety's sake, but you are not forced into learning every detail about how to construct your clothing, how the fabrics and other components are produced and how they interact to make up each garment.
Apple crumble can be vegetarian if the crumble topping is made with margarine or butter. It can be vegan if the fats are entirely vegetable in origin. But it can also be neither if it is made with lard.
Unless the vegetarian querying is an "ovo-lacto-vegetarian", butter is not vegetarian, as it is a milk product. It also needs to be disclosed if the asker is keeping kosher, as butter (milk) or lard (meat product) may not be consumable until a suitable length of time elapses from the person's last meal.
Really? Most of the world probably wouldn't have heard of her if she's not been married to President Bill. She's a terrible public speaker. Her apparent acceptance of her husband's questionable behaviour (only the second US president to be impeached) didn't help. If she's the best the Democrats could dig up the rest must have been truly terrible
No, there were credible alternatives, but the established Democrats were either bought off or warned off, and the very credible Senator Bernie Sanders was scuttled by a Democratic National Committee that had a heavy thumb on the scale. The Dems thought that they were invincible, and they were not listening to their own base on this one. I was involved with local Democratic party organizations where the rush to do "something historic" outweighed the sense of actually field-testing their candidate to all likely voters, not just the party elites. I voted, most unenthusiastically, for Clinton, but wound up with the worst President I could ever imagine. His main historic achievement may be to make Bush the second look decent.....
No worries - that sweet hunky lad down the block who works second shift has a working telly, and a few other bits working, too.....
Both stem from the same problem, that nobody is able to articulate a coherent vision for the future based on how things are at the moment, explain why this is for the greater good, and say how to get there from here. If that could be set out first, then it might be possible to have a somewhat decent debate which isn't just finger pointing and name calling.
We tried that. A guy named Bernie Sanders noted that the people of countries with government paid tuition and healthcare seem to not go broke as often, and that being the world's policeman only got us a bunch of grief, and tried to suggest going about things differently. If the powers that be had not decided that, having been blindsided by a skinny black guy once, they were not about to have that happen again, we might have gotten somewhere. Maybe not anywhere better, but at least different.
To all the posters complaining of picky feline appetites: I use Mrs. Noble's Rules for Cats. She was a lady of my acquaintance who rescued and fostered numerous cats in her time.
1. Ain't never found no cat skeleton up no tree. (If it got there, it will get down eventually).
2. Ain't never found no cat skeleton next to no full bowl of food. (Picky eaters are made, not born).
My cat happily survives on decent-quality dry kibble, with occasional additions of once-live fresh food, as opportunity and initiative (his) coincide.
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