Re: That does seem kind of sha/n/dy
105 posts • joined 8 Aug 2018
They do rock that rock. Exciting to see boundaries pushed back. Now... NASA, ESA, get your s**t together!
(I know. No money. Makes me really sad, so: EU and USA, get your act together and get some exciting space stuff done! Really bad we have no spacecraft to reach Hubble any more, among other things...)
 Yes, landing on a comet was really cool! More of that!
That's really more like a simple statistical model that I ran a few decades ago, at least the output looks really similar. Basically, you make a lookup table on what is likely to come after either a certain word or a letter combination - the length of which is the epoch length. Great fun for a few minutes.
Still, it's Friday, let's have a couple of cold ones! This reminds me: I'll need to drive to pick up some beer later.
And I do mean decades: one was written on a C64, the other back in school on a.... 386, I believe. I guess most of us wrote something like this. One of them even had a very rudimentary grammar module to actually construct sentences with subject, verb, object, but no sense... (module taken from an issue of the C64 magazine, I think)
I am all for that move. It might strengthen high tech companies in other countries who hopefully now can hire the people they want to - not what is left over after the silly valleys had their pick. Folks can get a nice job elsewhere and not be afraid to be forced out of the country (I especially liked the part with the renewals...)
But do you want to be the person that said "naah, there is no drone, no need to do anything"? So, yes, I can get their response. And to the "why no cell phone pictures?!" - person: do not assume everybody has a phone that can take a picture of a small object more than a few 10m away.... Most phones cannot, while you could still see and possibly identify the object. Phone cameras are optimised for a very different use.
Well, if they would be treated well, earn a decent pay and their work would be appreciated they likely would not leave. Why would one think they treat the younger people better than those they (in theory) should replace, always being told they are just a human resource, cheap to replace etc.?
We have a friend who got shown the door (early retirement, my a...) at a large company designing and building power plants, conventional and nuclear. He was one of the head engineers.
A year later they rang and hired him back for big money as consultant on a project. When he had earned as much as he could without the retirement money being reduced he made them install a new heating system at his home (that or he would leave).
Get rid of your greybeards on your own risk, be prepared to hire them back as consultants. They will charge you through the nose for that.
In my current job people still do this. When I started I asked about version control, development and test systems, things that I have been using for my own projects for... a while, let's use that (getting depressed about my age? Naaah...). Blank faces all around. I have to do some (a lot...) educating colleagues. or leave again.
I am a long time Linux only user (still am, at home), or was until very recently. At the new job I am forced to use win 10. Do I like it? Not really, missing all of my favourite things. It is not bad though (imo), and intuitive enough for me to get stuff done. Except for the f*ing ribbon, but that got introduced earlier into the applications.
Same here. Our department assistant had a secretary. While he was a nice guy and good with all admin stuff he was responsible for his knowledge paled in comparison to hers. She even called me when I was close to missing some exam deadlines. Knew every student I believe, and saved the bacon of quite a few. They don't make them like this any more :(
I know what a percentile is, and a quantile. Penile just looks wrong to me...
That said: I like bashing Apple as much as the next Linux geek, but the calculations of "real" pixels from unreal subpixels is just horrible. Additionally the pixel density, whether real or perceived or whatever, is really high enough so this should not really matter. I wonder whether they looked at the phone before they bought it and. If it sucks in the shop don't buy it.... (unless it is a vacuum cleaner, those should indeed suck)
Well, there is quite a long, sliding scale between the extremes. So, rolling out your own broadband and levying some extra taxes to pay for the infrastructure can make sense. The infrastructure then is actually owned by the town. Sure, with the responsibilities that come with it, but it is better than paying another party to install it, but having no say in how, where and when - and then being charged for the disservice. Just don't give the network away to some soon to be privatised company...
Cider is supposed to be fully fermented. At least where I come from. It has around 6% alcohol, and the added sorbus domestica gives it a nice bitterness. When working in a highly-priced-alcohol country I made my own from apple juice and sorbus aucuparia berries. Actually quite nice and not much effort. Just bloody long wait...
And when I look at my collection of electronic equipment there are not many things that have a similar age. My dad's electric drill and my granddad's record player (well, "compact" stereo, like voyager stuff keeps failing, the core function, for me the turn table, is still good, as is the amp). Both very simple devices. I doubt that any of the stuff I bought will be around in 50 years (or even 20). Except for my Harmann Kardon amp...
We-ell... Not anywhere, not anytime. There are measurements that suggest those constants are in fact not. Constant, that is (cannot remember which ones, though) . And I'm not taking about the first moments (big bang, inflation, etc).
... and to boot, it was not even one of the throwaway $(servicename)_$(qualifier)@$(mydomain) ones I expected.
(and now if they could give me pointers on how to get the front cam running reliably on my laptop I'd be chuffed, might even send them money for a coffee...)
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