I've only just noticed...
...I don't have edlin any more.
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Easy to write off Yahoo! as a dinosaur from the past, with nobody, surely, still using their email service.
But they do the under-the-bonnet stuff for various ISPs, including (a large chunk of) btinternet.com and sky.com, probably others.
So an awful lot of people affected who didn't even know they were using Yahoo in the first place.
No, this is actual fibre. After a mostly-used drum of the stuff had been sitting abandoned in the hedge for a month, I snipped a few inches off the end to see what was in it.
The outer sheath is about 8mm × 4mm, and inside is a central sleeved bundle of fibres, flanked by two incredibly tough and stiff 2mm solid plastic cores.
The centre core holds 12 individual strands of fibre, each about 0.25mm in diameter, each a different colour.
Two years ago, Openreach rolled up and nailed coils of fibre to lots of poles up and down the lanes in several villages around here. And then left them (along with discarded empty and part-used cable drums in the hedges, the litter louts).
Fast forward to today, and the coils are still dangling from the poles, having been blown about, the adhesive tape coming loose so they're now just untidy messes hanging down, risking being accidentally included in the hedge cutting.
Always wondered what that waste of effort was all about. Obviously it was waiting on an OpenStack installation.
I have an old iPhone I use for contributing streetview-type photos using the Mapillary app. That's all I use it for, nothing else installed, no SIM card, nada.
It sits in the car window taking photos until the memory fills up, then they all get uploaded and wiped from the phone.
Did this the other week; filled the phone up with photos, but didn't immediately upload them. By the time I came to do that, iOS had offloaded the app. If you're not familiar with the system, when you're low on space iOS can delete applications (but keep the data) to free up some room. When you next launch the app it automatically reinstalls the app.
Problem was this was the only app on the phone, the phone's storage was completely full, and the photos are part of the app's data (not normal photos in the camera roll), and the only way to access/prune out photos is via the app.
The app is offloaded, but won't reinstall because there's not enough room - space required to download, unpack and install is greater that the space freed up by deleting the app.
So I can't reinstall the app, I can't delete anything else to make room (because there isn't anything else to delete), and I can't prune out the photos taking up the space because that needs the app installed to do that. It thoroughly painted itself into a corner.
I thought this had been mostly debunked over the last week?
Apparently modern astronomy tends to use stacked multiple short exposures, rather than one long exposure. Take one image, a satellite streak ruins it. Take 1000 images, a satellite streak ruins one, so you chuck that and stack the other 999.
> Where is the energy going in your model?
No idea. Radiating out of the universe? Seems no less bizarre than the universe having to expand. Reformulate thermodynamics into the other frame of reference, and tell us if anything interesting pops out.
> (plus, when vibrations decay the frequency goes down a little and hence the wavelength goes up.)
Didn't know that. Makes it look like redshift, does it?
...and if you want flippant, the Big Bang was the universe falling on the floor, setting up all those vibrations; the perceived expansion is the decay of those vibrations; the variation in the damping factor over time is the universe being handled, picked up and put back on the shelf.
It's as good a creation story as any I've heard. In the beginning was the word, and the word was probably "oops" (with apologies).
I've argued this for years. To an observer inside the system, I'm not sure how you could tell if the universe is expanding, or the contents of it are shrinking. Just depends which frame of reference you choose.
And if it is just a case of choosing a frame of reference, it makes more sense to me to choose the contents-shrinking one.
If the stuff in the universe can be thought of as vibrations (you can tell I have a deep understanding of string theory here), then isn't it more likely that those vibrations gradually decay, rather than them staying constant but the universe expanding for no readily explained reason?
The expansion version also feels hubristic in a sun-goes-round-the-earth sort of way - we're the invariant bit and the whole universe has to expand to keep us that way?
So choose which frame of reference you find easier to imagine: universe expanding with an inexplicable expansionary pressure, or contents decaying with a damping factor.
Time to fill in my tax return. Oh, hang on, no, don't need to.
The taxman already knows all the relevant numbers from my employer, and the tax has already been worked out and gets deducted automatically from my monthly pay without me having to do anything.
Last year was a bit more complicated - had to do a full tax return. Filled it in and submitted it online on HMRC's website; took about 20 minutes and cost £0.
This is another one of those situations where the rest of the world stares open-mouthed in disbelief at how America does things (q.v. guns, healthcare, party politics, and the use of the word "burglarize").
My wife was struggling to understand the differences between mobile data, wifi and bluetooth on her phone, and why she might want to turn them on or off depending where she is and what she's trying to do.
A process of explanation immensely complicated by the fact that she's with British Telecom, so the toggle for mobile data is labelled 'BT' and the toggle for bluetooth is also labelled 'BT'.
So far I've seen one photo of the drone - just a white dot in the sky, could be anything. You would have thought photos and mobile footage would be all over the interwebs by now.
So the thought occurs - all of this is in response to "reports of drones". Where did those reports come from? Far easier to muck around with a radio using airport frequencies than actually fly a drone, perhaps?
...may I wave a flag for Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator?
It's been around since the days of XP, but I've only just stumbled across it. Define your own keyboard layout on Windows - so I've now got lots of AltGr-combinations for things like ° µ Ω ✓ ⌘ ½ → and dead-key combinations for óôòöõ.
Wonderfully geeky fun.
Well, here's the idiot who vandalised the OpenStreetMap data:
...and is currently banned until 2038.
The edits were made 20 days ago, and were reverted within a few hours. But presumably Mapbox grabbed the changes in the brief window they were live (or accepted the edits but not the reverts).
I actually wonder if Mapbox's filtering of changes actually worked against them on this one, as the OpenStreetMap community undid the vandalism pretty quickly.
...we need AI to implement a thermostat nowadays?
(shuffles off, muttering about the youth of today, and how discrete electronics should be enough for anyone, all started going downhill with those fancy-pants op-amps, don't get me started about when microcontrollers came along, and now everything needs plugging into the internet to work, not that anything turns on instantly any more, oh, no, in my day... cont. p.94)
Has huge parallels with GDPR.
We've all known it's been coming for two years, but when did you get your please-please-can-we-keep-spamming-you emails? In a steady trickle over those last two years, or all in a mad rush in the last week or so?
All working now? Crisis in the future? Nah, it's all working now, we'll deal with it later.
So death by lack of white paint. That's nasty - especially as there are comments saying that section of protective barrier was missing because of repeated accidents at that junction.
Needs something like this (UK): https://email@example.com,-2.5646672,3a,75y,264.91h,88.69t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTKudFnVgYMSZ8EUuhfQuMQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Is the sudden barrier in a bit of plain tarmac a common US thing?
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