You fall for it every time.
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You fall for it every time.
This is a real question from the UK driving theory test:
You have been involved in an argument before starting your journey. This has made you feel angry. You should
a) start to drive, but open a window
b) drive slower than normal and turn your radio on
c) have an alcoholic drink to help you relax before driving
d) calm down before you start to drive
If US sites want to do business here - and that includes selling advertising - then they have to comply with our laws.
If it's the end of the advertising-based world wide web, then so much the better.
Obama is not a Liberal, or even a liberal. He's just a less extreme conservative.
In the 1980s Edinburgh University had a Prolog system called NIP. It stood for New Implementation of Prolog. It was a pun on NIL, the New Implementation of Lisp, but in the light of the Japanese Fifth Generation project it was often interpreted as a reference to Japan.
"Yesterday a neighbour's kid asked me for an example of a plant that survives salty environments."
The modern answer would be "samphire".
"Virgin Galactic’s previously said it expects to fly paid missions in 2018, but it’s unclear if that remains a feasible deadline."
Or as the BBC reported in 2008:
"The Virgin system ... has been increased in size to take eight people at a time on a sub-orbital trip, starting in 2010."
The better compressed a radio transmission is, the harder it is to distinguish it from random noise. A DVB transmission looks more like noise than an analogue one, for example.
We will only be able to detect transmissions from civilizations that have not yet developed efficient compression algorithms.
... as a native American said in 1491.
22/7 is actually closer to pi than 3.14 is.
"Ad blockers endanger this unwritten agreement between user and publisher". Nonsense. There isn't any agreement, just an attempt to impose advertising, and it's because we don't agree that we use ad blockers.
Not doing what Google wants doesn't mean you're not in compliance.
So how are you supposed to get funding to develop a prototype if you can't publish until after you've already got one?
And why do *you* get to decide what's published?
"With ESPN we were spending time rendering the navigation bar when what people wanted was the content".
How can it possibly be that rendering the navigation bar makes any perceptible difference to anything?
patroni, second declension
We had a PDP 11/40 with 32k (words) of core and 96k of semiconductor memory. On one occasion decorators pushed the Big Red Button by mistake, shutting off the power. When we turned it back on, the system resumed (because the OS was all in core), but the programs in higher memory all crashed immediately.
That joke is 80 years old:
at around 14:55
What country is this in?
Other reports present it as if it were a US website problem.
Trotsky, not Lenin.
As the "stop press" says, the number of accounts is nothing like that.
We don't need any new top-level domains, let alone ones controlled by companies.
"For reference, an X2 is twice as powerful as an X1, and half as powerful as an X3."
No, an X2 flare is two-thirds as powerful as an X3 flare. Within a class (A/B/C/M/X) the scale is linear.
Since when did "DVR" come to mean "ip camera"?
"It was believed that the proton was about 0.877 femtometres, less than a trillionth of a millimetre. But now scientists have found the subatomic particle is 30 billionths of a per cent lighter than that estimate."
0.877 femtometres is a length. You can't be 30 billionths of a percent lighter than a length.
"every malloc and free maps on to an OS call" - not true. No version of unix has ever done that. It would be unusably slow.
You seem uncertain as to whether it's the LPC Clock Bus or the LPC Bus Clock. Presumably the latter, since the idea of a low-pin-count clock doesn't make much sense.
"Huawei originally offered to stump up 0.34 per cent of revenues on 4G equipment [...] the court decided to award Unwired 0.051 per cent on 4G equipment and 0.052 per cent on handsets"
Surely the award is not six times smaller than what Huawei offered?
Here's the page it comes from:
A sunspot rotated round on the 22nd.
The DEC 10 was also known for its Prolog system, much the fastest implementation at that time, which was developed in the AI department at Edinburgh University.
It ran under TOPS-10 rather than ITS, however.
In 1992, Unix System Laboratories (USL) sued Berkeley Software Design Inc for, among other things, violating USL's alleged trademark on the word "UNIX" in their phone number, 1-800-ITS-UNIX. Disappointingly, MIT didn't sue them for using "ITS".
Yes, just before it split 7-for-1.
Define "validaddress()". moz://a has the form of a URI; there's no way for browsers to know that "moz" isn't a new or experimental URI scheme that they haven't implemented.
I've been buying digital music since the 1980s, on CDs.
My electricity meter is in a dark inaccessible corner, so to read it I take a photo of it with my phone. Recently, every time I do this the phone suggests that I might prefer a photo of it that I took several months ago instead.
"Java SE is free for what Oracle defines as “general purpose computing” – devices that in the words of its licence cover desktops, notebooks, smartphones and tablets. It is not free for what Oracle’s licence defines as “specialized embedded computers used in intelligent systems”, which Oracle further defines as - among other things - mobile phones, hand-held devices, networking switches and Blu-Ray players."
So Java is free for smartphones and tablets but not free for mobile phones and hand-held devices. Surely some mistake?
If the article is correct, he should be imprisoned.
"more than four times the legally permitted height" and "heights of up to 2,000m (6,500ft) ... the maximum legally permitted altitude is 400ft."
I suppose 6,500 *is* more than four times 400, but it's probably not what you meant...
This is most impressive.
API does not stand for "application protocol interface".
It's particularly easy to see what's going on in the Scientology "personality test". Every tenth question is in the same category, so you can easily score 100% once you've worked out what the categories are. More amusingly, you can chose your scores so that the graph of them that they show you is a picture of a house or something like that.
All but one of the numbers appear to have been converted from metric tonnes to pounds, but with the conversion factor (2204.6+) rounded down to the nearest integer:
2,204 pounds of gold = 1 x 2204
6,612 pounds of silver = 3 x 2204
44,080 pounds of lead = 20 x 2204
23,101,000 pounds of steel = ???
189,544 pounds of cobalt = 86 x 2204
13,422,360 pounds of plastics = 6090 x 2204
That "mistake" is there to disguise the fact that it's *not* about Snowden.
It has certainly worked - the Register has now reported it twice.
When Sun introduced shared libraries in, I think, SunOS 4.0, dozens of standard unix utilities and probably thousands of user programs failed, all with essentially the same bug.
In C, local variables are not initialized by default, but at program startup the stack would be full of zeros, so that local variables in main() at least would be zero, and many programs inadvertently relied on this. But when shared libraries came along, the dynamic linker ran before main() was called, and the stack no longer contained zeros.
Of course, more modern compilers will generally warn about uninitialized variables.
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