> follow some bots because they provide useful information
Yes, but who is the information useful to and which direction is the flow?
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Guys 'n' gals, we have a problem with declining subscriptions. What can we do? What's that? Adverts? Yeah that's bound to work, people are never going to end their subscriptions because we slap a few adverts into the programming. Easier than providing programmes people want to watch. Such an outdated concept!
Largely because it's not even close to what was deployed in the 70's and 80's.
We can't assume that the US has only just built these. Think stealth fighter or bomber. They were around for years. The U2 would have been kept under wraps had Powers not been inconveniently knocked out of the sky.
More interesting is what the parallel development there has been of anti missile systems. Are we back to very big lasers or rail guns as the only things that'll knock something like this out of the sky.
That it has few predators is a factor. There's no pressure to be small and nimble to run away from things.
If it's carnivorous is there a chance it might start to eat its rear end without realising and come over all ouroboros? Or tie itself in a knot it can't get out of...
Anyone remember the 'centipede' from a Piers Anthony novel? One of Orn, Omnivore and Ox IIRC but don't remember which one.
> Discovered in the resource-rich Goldfields-Esperance region, [it is] threatened by encroaching surface mining, documentation of this species and conservation of its habitat are of critical importance
Clearly this one was not unhappy to use a drill hole as habitat. Perhaps there's a chance that the 'damage' done by mining is actually providing new habitat the millipedes can use.
The problem with turbines+bats is that no-one really has a good handle on the flight paths that bats are using. It's very easy to site turbines in the wrong place.
Next problem is that ground scavengers quickly remove carcases.
Next problem is that wind farm operators are reluctant to allow large scale studies of the problem.
Next problem is denial that there's a problem, any problem, with wind turbines.
But you can see the turbine companies think there's a problem because of the different things they're experimenting with to make turbine blades more obvious to stuff that flies. I'm assuming they wouldn't be spending this money if there wasn't a problem to fix...
Cats. Yup, wouldn't argue that belling is the best solution. But, ironically, it's probably going to be easier to sort out the turbine issues than to get a majority of cats owners to care one bit about what their cat is doing when it's out and about...
They do harm wildlife. Particularly, but not exclusively, bats. The rarest are migratory and particularly affected, but it's a fairly general problem. As they get near the blade tips the rapid pressure change causes their internal organs to rupture.
They're also an issue for birds that're scavengers because they try to get to the stuff the turbines have already killed.
But, apparently, foxes do very well out of them...
I was there, plugging away with Kawa and and pre Swing JDK and still thinking it was bucket loads easier to write a Windows application with Java/AWT than using MFC... There was a time when I wondered if embarrassment was what drove Microsoft to try and fork Java.
Did anyone ever use J++ for anything serious? Imagine being a person who devoted a year to help write it...
IIRC if you're contact traced, you'll be offered a test. But. It doesn't get you out of jail if it's negative. You still have to do the quarantine. I guess they're wary of false negatives, though that doesn't exactly fill me full of confidence if the Test part of Test, Track and Trace.
Well, around 50% of the population are female. So that's them covered. Then there's religion and skin colour. Some will be one or more of: old, short, fat, have red hair, be a goth, a hippie, homeless, disabled. They could be European immigrants, English living in Scotland Ireland or Wales, or vice versa.
In modern terms of reference, I suspect that those who've **never** been the subject of discrimination, hardship or oppression are probably in a fairly small minority, the subject of discussion is the **extentt**. Which, I guess, is why someone thought up intersectionality.
This sort of stuff brings useful, powerful software to anyone that wants to use it regardless of the depth of their pocket. If children grow up using it they'll be advocates for it in their work environments and for most normal people, this, Libre Office, Thunderbird and others are good enough.
As for Adobe's subscription model, it's been a boon, have you seen the number of alternatives to Adobe product who're making a big thing out being non subscription alternatives to Adobe. It looks like they've generated an entirely new industry :-)
Some companies have at least seen sense and offer free, un-crippled, non commercial versions. But not Adobe. Yet.
True, battery saving algorithm nonsense can even affect Foreground services. Never investigated the possibility of an app switching off attempts to stop itself being 'battery optimised'. I do know that having disabled battery saving for the apps I've written, their foreground services continue to run unimpeded.
So in theory I'd have thought that aspect of the UK app would work. But I'm not an Android expert, hence the original question.
On Android I thought this was what a foreground service was intended to do, to chuck out a notification that persisted for the duration of the foreground service and that the service continued to run when the app is backgrounded. The sort of thing you'd use for downloads or to run a media player.
I've been reading this particular red-top since at least 2007 when I posted my first comment, and it just seemed to highlight the changes there have been both at El Reg and in the base of the readership. It intended to be an observation, *not* a criticism. But I could have phrased it better to minimise the whiff of snark.
As you say, the IT business has shifted, technologies have moved and, naturally El Reg has moved with them because what floats the readerships boat has also changed. So there *was* a time when GCC would have been assumed knowledge, now it'll be other stuff.
Nothing wrong with that. Evolve or die.
> GCC is the GNU Compiler Collection, a free software suite of tools that compile source code written in C, C++, and other languages, into applications and other executables.
When did article authors start to think the readership wouldn't know this?
It's a wormhole. Best not to travel down it, any nation that's ever been able to exert significant power has shat on its rivals and weaker neighbours whenever it could.
Oh, the other characteristic they all share is that they claim that *their* people are uniquely blessed and that, if the rest of the world had any sense, they'd all live like the people of <England, The US, The USSR, Sweden, Holland, France, Germany, Japan, China, Russia, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Turkey, The Ottoman Empire, The Roman Empire, ...>
It would be because that's the way of the world.
One side doesn't want people to know where the bodies are, the other is keen to discover them. The trouble is that *all* of them are magicians, keen on making sure you're not looking where the trick is being done. They're all guilty, charities, political parties, businesses.
> Great that you do have time to do all this. Those people would rather have code that works now, and get back to the real science.
Great that you do have time to do all this. Those people would rather have code that **looks like it** works now, and get back to the real science.
There, fixed it for you.
If the only way you've got of sharing your results is through your code & data then the code is *part* of the science. By sending out buggy code you're distracting all the other scientists who each find discrepancies, can't use your data, then have to refer back to you to find out WTF is going on. So you're probably preventing even more science from being done by wasting their time...
Things have moved on a bit since I started programming on ICL mainframes. They had 20MB drives. The covers for the removable disc packs made excellent garden cloches....
I keep looking at these increasingly arcane schemes to squeeze more onto a disc and wondering how resilient they are. Evidence says not so much, so thank heavens for raid arrays and cheaper SSDs.
Years ago (2010) I purchased copilot for my then spiffy HTC Desire smartphone. Been receiving free app and map updates FOC since then. This after a brief and painful TomTom experience.
I've been amazed they've not fallen to the whole subscription thing...
BBC science and nature documentaries have declined in bitrate in the last couple of decades to the point where I couldn't watch them live any longer, the urge to FF through the filler is too strong.
I don't watch soaps or reality TV, and, recently, even the drama has started to test my patience. The little sport I'd like to watch has been on satellite for a decade or more.
Couldn't see the point in sticking with it.
Radio's going the same way. If I want to listen to music, there's the stuff I own, and plenty of opportunities to stream to listen to new stuff. So, no R1, R2, R3, R5. News, current affairs from R4. Occasional drama. But there's little that's worth the time and the 'Sounds' app is *still* not as good as the iPlayer Radio.
To me, the BBC isn't quite dead, but it gets a little closer every year....
Ditched TV License about 2 years ago, and subsist on Prime and Netflix for the little I want to watch.
Can't say I miss much of BBC TV or commercial channels except occasional docs, rarely drama and some of the news/political coverage. I'd rather pay for the Economist.
Can't see anything is likely to make me pay for a TV License again.
> If you stick a case protector on it, as you should with any phone
Dumb question, but if we're all supposed to be doing this, why don't manufacturers just make the phone with them integrated and save us the trouble...
After all, what's the expensive shiny back for if the phone spends it's entire life in a protective case...
You mean the button that says "Whatever you do, please don't listen to anything I'm going to say because it could be used against me"?
That's a bit like "trust me, I'm not a spy. No, honest, guv, I won't listen to a thing, no really, really I won't. Sorry, how many nipple clamps did you say you wanted. Oops..."
to publish a photo of the guy and put his life at risk. not only that, I see he looks a lot like the guy from "the it crowd" so I hope the register will be paying for a personal protection team for him as well.
I would have typed this in upper case to emphasise my outrage, but the shift and caps lock keys are broken. But here are some !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Perhaps he meant "fug". I'd go for Flip, it worked well in the censored version of the original Repo Man. Or Frak.
Or, perhaps, not be a dick, and leave things as they are.
We're getting worse than the Victorians lobbing the genitals off statues. I always wondered where they stored them afterwards. In a big hanger like the one from Raiders Of The Lost Ark, but crammed full of cocks and balls cut off statues...
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