Re: serves him right
"In terms of individual charitable giving, yes, the US ranks very high"
Which equates to tax write-offs for the person/organization giving the donation.
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In the mid 90's we were using 4GB SCSI's on our SGI workstations (in external enclosures) and may have had at most 25-30GB of total disk space (which at that time seemed more than enough storage space). The biggest issue was the weekly backups (on a single DAT drive running over 4 to 6 tapes with swapping) took so long it was time for the next one before the last one finished.......
In the mid 90's when I was in grad school at a London medical school the admins freely admitted browsing the pron alt.binaries usenet groups.....
On leaving the UK and moving to the US and finally getting into the pharmaceutical industry I would hear these stories about why web filters had been put on all of the machines.... It turned out a low-level scientist was caught viewing porn in his cubicle not once but on 3 separate occasions..... The first time caused "counselling", the second was more counselling and web filters. On the 3rd offense he a proxy and that caused his firing...
From a facebook post from ABC11:
Governor Pat McCrory and city mayors appeared with executives from Google Tuesday to announce that Google is bringing its ultrafast internet and TV service to Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Morrisville, and Raleigh.
More here ---> http://abc11.tv/1wzkfkX
I particularly liked the Gawker headline of "Michael Wolff Accuses Journalist of Committing Journalism".
I've never used Uber and probably never will after a conversation I had at a local bar where a regular had too much to drink and sensibly left his car and got an Uber ride. It apparently took 45 minutes and $90 to get what should have been 3 miles..........
I had the Spectrum version of Elite for my birthday as soon as it was released and have always considered it to be my favourite game. I Kickstarter backed Elite:Dangerous for £40 and was hoping for an offline single player mode. I still need to purchase a PC capable of playing it.
I have recently started doing the player vs player activities in Destiny and was surprised to find I quite enjoyed it (aside from usually being the worst or second from worst player) so I am willing to give the "open play" version a go but am also glad a "solo" mode still exists just in case.
"gaming is most satisfying offline and solo"
That's also how I prefer to play video games. That said, I have had fun getting to level 8 without the need to form fire teams of enter the Crucible so "single player" is possible. The issues I had on Sunday with needing multiple attempts to log in were a tad annoying.......
I use my Lumia 920 to play music, its nice you can load files directly or use iTunes (I am glad that having to use the Zune software with the 900 was not a requirement for the 920). My only gripe is there is a noticeable gap on playback on tracks that segue on the CD and do on my ancient iPod Touch.
Also noticed a vast difference between Apples white earbuds and my Sennheiser earbuds.......
He came across as a posturing 6th former in the "Rolling Stone" article as well.
In one respect though showing that a functioning machine (unfortunate that it had to be a gun) can be made from ABS on a 3D printer shows there is real promise for the technology. In the past I've had rapid prototypes made (10 years or so) from what appears to be a silica material (I don't remember what it was) the results were pleasing but fragile but having a plastic model made really opens up the possibilities.
I had LASIK performed a couple of years ago in the USA at a large hospital "aesthetic" center (rather than one of the cheaper choices). I now have 20:20 or better vision. The procedure was not very pleasant and the smell of "burning hair" (or more strictly cornea) was a little off putting.... There were cheaper choices available but I think with any surgery it is prudent to air on the side of caution.........
"They're the ones asking you every 15 seconds if you need any help and lying to you about product features".
We get the same kind of "help" here in the US at the lamentable "Radio Shack" but here they are trying to sell you a cell phone plan. Sad to see so many of them closing but they are not the store they were 15 years ago for replacement components etc.
"In our large pharmaceutical company, the home-grown applications have been systematically replaced over the last 25 years by configuable standards, the residual home-grown applications will have disappeared in the next few years. When they go, the get replaced with some standard with reduced functionality, some were even sold to external IT specialists to turn them into "standards"."
Same at the biopharm company I work at. 10 years ago there were hand built programs to do time off, expenses, data management. The company was split and my bit sold to a VC company and the majority of the IS people stayed with the old company. New software tools were no longer developed but at least the old ones were updated. The company was sold on a couple of years ago and all of the internal webpages have gone along with the perfectly functional software tools to be replaced by a fricken SAP "portal" and internet that seems to be dialup.
"Honestly there are some things that the phone does really well, but then the majority of the time it seems like it has been completely abandoned".
I have a Lumia 920 (WP8) and my wife has my "old" 900 (WP7). There have been barely any app updates for her, she wants to like the phone but once its renewal time she is probably going with android or iPhone because she wants to make sure she can use a fitbit and there does not seem to be a native WP app for it.
A hundred years ago I got in a little bit of bother at the Human Genome Mapping Project where I legitimately had an account and (stupidly) ran a setiathome client on one of their Sun bioinformatics servers. I had fantastic through put but it slowed down legit work for the other users. They found it, deleted it, and I received a polite email telling me they had found it, deleted it, and please don't do it again....
My guess is yes. My wife has a Lumia 900 and I have a 920. The number of updates I've had compared to her (on AT&T) and how lots of the apps for the 900 dont seem to be being updated gives the impression that WP7 is unloved and becoming obsolete. She is now thinking about an Android or iPhone (where as I really want the 1020).
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