Re: Interfering mice
I gave up on wireless mice after losing one on a boat .. slide bounce splash.
90 posts • joined 16 Nov 2015
"The "One-Liners" were typically written in BASIC, concatenating the expressions up to the character limit per line of about 244 [?] "
Try that on a Beeb and you'd encouter a 'musical' buffer overrun
10 G.20:G.20:G.20.... until the line's full.
the numbers didn't matter, but when you hit Return the line expanded thus:
10 GOTO 20:GOTO 20... and overran into the area allocated for sound!
I've a TRS80 sitting beside the daisy wheel printer and a handful of BBC Micros .. I doubt I'll ever power them on again, but can't bear to throw them out.
"DVDs come in cases with writing on the side. Often, this makes a reference to the content. So merely by putting the DVDs next to another on a shelf, you get a self-maintaining list of them."
I tried that, but reordering by title or artist or genre proved to be a bit too time consuming.
I now just use random access
If my memory serves me correctly.. the French ones had to be from an approved manufacturer, sealed and in date. If you were stopped, the police would test you with your own kit, with presumably any indication of booze in the system resulting in a trip to the station for a test with an accurate machine. Potential nice little earner for the manufacturers involved, and savings for the Gendarmerie, but now there's no penalty for not carrying them.
Many hotels don't have rooms with '13' on the doors.
I ended up with a frustrating networking problem when helping install an IPTV system in a Spanish hotel a few years ago. The contractors had wired an IDF on each of several floors in the hotel. The job looked neat enough but we were seeing some unexpected behaviour, so we started tracing the cables..
- port 1 was connected to room 101 (201, 301, 401...)
- port 2 to room 102, 202, 302 ...
and so on, as expected, until ...
- port 13 was connected to room 114 (214, 314, 414, ...)
and so on for all the remaining rooms and floors (fewer than 13 thankfully).
One of the earliest VAT computer frauds involved accounting software on an Apple IIE in the early days of VAT (1974 ish).
Following suspicions, the computer investigation branch (Customs & Excise in Southend) identified that the software would provide accurate records, but by appending digits to the password it would do something similar to the zapper in the article. For example, password "qwerty" would show clean acounts, but "qwerty25" would produce accounts with 25% of the records removed.
Agreed, there are some nice beers in the US, but sadly few and far between. Of the mass market beers, the only one I can tolerate, nay enjoy, is Samuel Adams.
On a business trip back from SLC recently I packed a few bottles of Polygamy Porter for a larf ("why have just one") .. on arrival in the UK there was broken padlock on my suitcase with a nice note from TSA or homeland security, but at least they left the beer intact.
Why is it that in the US if you order a beer you're handed a bottle of Bud Light, no glass, and expected to tip?
I have a Raspberry Pi on my boat, about 150 miles away, with a couple of sensors and a webcam.
The sensors sample atmospheric pressure and temperature every fifteen minutes, and upload that to a web server at home whenever it can connect to the local wifi.
So, with that small amount of information: I can see the current and past weather, both visually and from the sensors; I can see pressure trends for the previous few days; I know the boat is still afloat and not been moved; it confirms that my wind generator's providing enough power to run the automatic bilge pump if it's required; it confirms that the marina's intermittent wifi is up and running so I'll be able to work remotely if I drive over.
That's not flimflam in my eyes.
Back in the 1980s I used Mentor Graphics' document scripting language on an Apollo workstation to calculate tidal gates and generate tide tables.
[When I lost access to the Apollo I ended up converting the script to GW-basic .. it now gets fired up once a year in a Windows 98 virtual machine. It still works, so I don't see a need to bring it into the 21st century]
"Maybe because they might also demand the right to be able to drive a car, buy a drink, or fags, or open a bank account or get a tattoo or make a will or take a selfie of their own arse or or.....
In the framework of what we trust 16,17 years olds with giving them a vote is ridiculous, only suggested by politicians desperate to try to cover up the huge apathy most of the electorate show towards them."
16 & 17 year olds had a vote in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum and anarchy didn't ensue .. maybe because they could already do some of the things you list (drive a car, open a bank account).
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