Jam on both sides and then cream in the middle.
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It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?
Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021
If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything
Re: Chocolate teapot
You're all forgetting one big thing. Huawei's biggest market is (surprise surprise) the domestic China market, who have been living very well without Google Apps for years now.
Yes, it's irritating for them that they're not able to configure these phones now to the general tastes of the Western market, but they are surely playing the long game here.
We're going underground, and this time it's not an inebriated banker crapping themselves, but Transport for London
Better late than never... Google Chrome to kill off 'tiny' number of mobile web ads that gobble battery, CPU power
Re: How about no execution whatsoever?
I came to post something similar to this, although I disagree that the Computer Misuse act would cover it because inevitably you are agreeing to Google dumping crap on your system by using the sites that have the ads installed.
As usual, Google are doing something about this not because they are keen to "do no evil", but because they're losing ad-revenue because more and more frustrated people are installing ad-blockers.
Meteorite's tiny secrets reveal Solar System's sodium-rich, alkaline liquid past – a clue to formation of life
Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink
Google pre-pandemic: User-Agent strings are so 1990s. Time for a total makeover. Google mid-pandemic: Ah, we'll reschedule to 2021
What we need as a web developer
There's only a few bits of information that are actually important for a legitimate web developer to know about your system.
Which actual browser you are using shouldn't really be important. All that's important is to specify what level of HTML standards it is complying with.
There are few actual browser-specific differences between HTML5 implementations these days, and in general if your code is relying on sniffing the browser type to determine which HTML5 to generate either you're doing it wrong or there's a bug in the browser which needs fixing.
Similarly, I don't care if you're using Mac, Windows, Linux, Atari ST or CP/M as long as your browser is compliant.
What I *do* really care about more than anything else is the physical type of device you have. Is it a phone? a tablet? a computer? This is something that can be sniffed currently to some extent from user agents, but for me this is really the only thing that's really important.
The final bit of information that the browser headers can tell me which is really important is which languages you prefer the content provided in. I don't care *where* you are. But knowing what language you'd like me to serve your content would be great.
So "I'm using a phone, it's HTML5 compliant, and I prefer my content in English, but I can also read German" is really all the information we need.
Anything else is useful for the marketeers but not for me as a developer.
OK brainiacs, we've got an IT cold case for you: Fatal disk errors on an Amiga 4000 with 600MB external SCSI unless the clock app is... just so
Re: Whoa, that was a nasty gremlin
Ok, "Agnus" here!
Some more details, although my memory is a little sketchy after so long.
I *think* the machine had both a Commodore A4091 SCSI card *and* a GVP Zorro II SCSI card in it, because the GVP card was maxed out with the extra (slow fast) ram because we were too cheap to get the proper ram to expand the A4000 (the card had been recycled out of another machine that it replaced)
I can't remember which the external drive was connected to (I do remember it was a Fujitsu drive) but I suspect it was the CBM card.
It was one of the early production A4091 cards sold to developers which was, to put it mildly, a pile of crap. I know there was a ROM upgrade but I don't know if it had been installed or not.
Who wants Handwriting Recognition anyway?
Unless you're the sort of person who uses your iPad to remote-control your Stannah Stairlift I really can't see what the market is for handwriting recognition in the modern world. Everyone's tried it in the past, but handwriting itself is a dying art.
How many of us here would genuinely find it easier to write by hand rather than type (or even stab at an on-screen keyboard). There are a few people for sure that would benefit, but it's hardly mass market.
> So If I set up a camera that has an infra-red trigger that is set off by an animal,
Then you're fine because you have set up and targeted the camera, you have framed the shot as you want it to be. It's your copyright creation.
In this particular and highly unusual case this did not happen. The photographer did not frame the shot or have any real creative input into how the shot would come out. He even claimed it was a lucky accident. As such, his involvement in creating the shot was pretty much limited to a) being in the right place at the right time and b) having the camera set up to take shots at the right exposure levels, etc - but as it was clearly set to autofocus and probably at least on either automatic exposure or automatic aperture setting (but none of us can tell that without the exif data) his argument for creative input on this is pretty week.
Similarly, if you and your family are on holiday and ask a stranger to take your photo, you still tend to own copyright of the photo because the assumption is that you are setting up the shot yourself, you are in control of where you and your family stand and the stranger is little more than a 'meat tripod'. This is where that differs from hiring a professional photographer to take your family photo.
The monkey example would be a bit analogous to you being on holiday, leave your camera on the table, someone runs up, takes your camera, takes a photo of themselves, and runs away. You wouldn't own the copyright in that case either. But then you'd probably just delete that picture (or pass it to the police!)
From his Daughter's blog (https://sites.google.com/site/sophieinnorthkorea/home) describing their trip to North Korea.
" We left our phones and laptops behind in China, since we were warned they'd be confiscated in NK, and probably infected with lord knows what malware."
Mmm yes, leave your laptops in China. Good advice there :)
Not really news
As the majority of meteorites pre-date formation of planets, there are dozens of these"proto-minerals" already known.
My favourite one is the utterly bizzare icosahedrite (www.mindat.org/min-40647.html) - a natural quasicrystal - which was found in terrestrial rock, but analsys suggests the grains were derived from an ancient meteorite that were then redeposited within earth rock.
> but as developers are unable to issue updates and fixes,
> it could gradually become buggy and incompatible with the software.
Ah yes, the inveitable bit rot that introduces new bugs into existing working software. If the app works now on an ipad, and the ipad isn't updated in any other way, it's going to continue to work, isn't it?
Microphone input NOT removed
>Muzos will also be surprised to discover that – apart from the pair of built-in microphones
>– there’s no audio input at all
Not true. All they have done (in common with other manufacturers, my 2 year old Lenovo laptop has exactly the same) is combine the two into a single extended socket much the same as is on the iPhone and other mobile devices.
So you can plug your iphone headphones/mic straight into it and use it. No need for headsets with two plugs on the end. I've found it much more useful when using skype, etc, on my Lenovo that I can plug in my iphone headphones/mic rather than carrying around a headset with two connectors.
Re: Economic harm?
"I can't believe you are stupid enough to think that there's a difference in the technology involved."
Did I mention technology at all? The technology allows me to listen to music that I have legally paid for. The fact that it allows people to listen to music they haven't paid for doesn't stop the technology working well for my purposes. Should I have to subsidise those who pirate music by paying an additional fee on my music player? No, I don't think so.
The problem is DRM can't work with audio because CDs are unencrypted 16-bit uncompressed audio. By creating a system that requires DRM, you're preventing people from using music they have already paid for (ie, format shifting), it's not just the pirates who are getting annoyed.
So, without pissing everybody off, you can't make an audio player that refuses to play pirate files. Simply isn't going to happen. If you want to blame anyone, blame the music industry for really not thinking the whole thing through in the late 70s/early 80s when they dreamt up going to digital.
"Just because an article is written by Orlowski does not mean it is completely irrational and without merit."
As Carl Sagan said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”. I've not seen any.
Re: Economic harm?
The original article, and my comment, had nothing to do with piracy, and everything to do with format shifting. Despite what record company executives may want to believe, the two are not the same thing.
If hungry musicians who sold me a CD want to eat, they can jolly well record a new album which I will buy, they should not expect me to bail them out because skanky kids are pirating their music. That's not my problem.
What bullshit. We are meant to feel sorry for companies trying to rip us off by wanting us to buy the same music twice? What is the author thinking????
If I have paid for music on a CD that I can play in a car, on my computer or on a CD player, then there's no moral justification for stopping me listening to that same music on my iphone.
Don't give the music companies a single penny of "compensation" for this. I, for once, am proud that in the UK we're holding out and not paying this fee to the music companies.
Yes, Apple could afford to pay it - but that doesn't make it morally right.
although it wasn't accepted by the client, was a big box at the top which says.
Cookies are essential for modern websites to work. Get over it [ ] I've got over it.
Once ticked, cookies are permanently enabled for the site.
The whole thing is a complete nonsense. The ONLY sensible solution for this is a browser-based one, with browsers keeping track of what sites you have enabled cookies for or not.
The Ucyclopedia list of 100 WOrst movies of all time:
contains such classics as:
"Close Encounters of the Third Reich"
Adolf Hitler returns in a UFO, and he's pissed.
"Titanic vs Godzilla"
At the end of the original Titanic, Bruce Willis (played by Leonardo Di Caprio) destroys the iceberg after drilling into it and planting a nuclear bomb in its core. But the RSS Titanic is far from safe. Blown off course, it heads into Japan, home of the notorious Godzilla
"Andy Warhol Controls the Universe"
Mr. Warhol hits new experimental heights in this film about a filmmaker making a film about a film whose filmmaker filmed it entirely with the lens cap on.
"Paul Allen vs Predator"
Can $21 billion protect you from an invisible alien hunting machine?
and so on...
One problem with polished meteorite *
* Assuming you mean a shiny metallic one, and not one that just looks like a lump of roadstone.
The problem is rust!
Meteorites are not good at being handled, and rust easily. Meteorite slices are best oiled and kept out of humidity to avoid decomposition.
So, neat but utterly impractical.
What to do with 90,000 tonnes of radioactive water?
Only one simple option. Dump it (carefully) at sea.
90,000 tonnes of radioactive water added to 1,400,000,000,000,000,000 tonnes of normal seawater = problem gone.
Don't forget there are 4.5 billion tonnes of natural uranium dissolved already in the oceans. 90,000 tones of radioactive water (even if with more dangerous isotopes) is next to nothing.
This assumes of course that it can be dispersed and spread relatively evenly, rather than just dumped all in one place. But take a few slightly leaky radioactive barges on a tour around the pacific and it'll be good.