Protection against hostile ET's
Requires sharks with frickin' laser beams. In low gravity thruster suits equipped with saline based breathing apparatus. Sharknado 28?
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There have been symposiums, consortiums, thingiums all aimed at trying to solve the problem of why different browsers render different parts of the spec differently, and these efforts have been ongoing with varying degrees of success (and failure) for 20 odd years
I’ve got a radical idea which would side step this need - JUST IMPLEMENT THE DAMN SPEC!
It’s not rocket surgery. Some engineer has to rework a layout engine to render a box 2px smaller than it did yesterday to comply with the spec and the overflow will no longer occur in browser X, therefore behaving like browser Y, which met the spec yesterday
But, and this is a serious question, I’m not trolling or a schill for big hydrogen;
Emitted CO2 will remain in the atmosphere for years, decades, even centuries?
But won’t water vapour just precipitate in short order? Maybe a matter of days, hours, possibly even minutes if emitted in subzero temps?
… back the very early 80s, my dad treated himself to a very expensive Japanese hifi (my mum wouldn’t let him get a motorbike as he approached his 40s)
It came not only with schematics but also a parts list, and I pored over it, with the aid of a couple of books from the “big” library (remember them?) trying to figure out what went where, why, and how it all worked.
A couple of years after that, I leaned about this shop called Maplins….
If my dad had gotten himself a different hifi I might never have got into electronics and computing
That’s desperately optimistic. I fully expect them to produce an app that shows a mugshot alongside a phrase such as “I haz had vaxxxine, innit”
The Daily Fail will be first to break the story of how easily hackers can fake the app using Microsoft Paint. Microsoft will of course be monstered for selling a tool like Paint, which allows hardened crims to fake Vaccine Passports, the proceeds of which, an exclusive investigation can reveal, are used to fund human trafficking using hacked e-scooters
I had a few banner ads some years ago, overlaid on top of the TV picture. At the time I was willing to believe it was an isolated incident, a test gone wrong etc, but it was shortly after I’d setup the smart hub.
Promptly reset back to defaults and removed network access.
Still a great TV - in dumb mode, but that’s all I ever wanted. A DUMB TV. A panel to attach to my Xbox and Virgin media TiVo (and apart from advertising actual TV programs in the TV guide, never had any issues there).
This smart TV stuff is irritating - they can’t (yet) replace my STB, they can’t play my Xbox or PS games (without the console) so they’re intrusive and pointless, slow and the UI is usually shit. Just give me a dumb panel, that has the same picture / sound quality, the same aesthetics, and at a lower price point as the smart equivalent, seeing as I won’t be paying for the additional electronics
“Though I'm not quite sure why "sanity check" is considered pejorative by any group.”
Perhaps people with mental health problems world consider it offensive. I would not (I have ASD and ADHD and know someone who is bipolar, they wouldn’t find offensive either, although I know that doesn’t speak for all those afflicted)
Regardless, Sanity Check should be banned for one very good reason. In my experience, everyone who uses it in every day language is a complete and utter cnut.
Very surprised HP haven’t yet started selling printers that recognise only the chemical signature, or invisible to the naked eye micro dots, or a RFID thread woven into their paper, so that they’ll only print on HP branded paper.
Counting the minutes until another commenter points to a link or patent that says this is on the way....
I've got a "bag for life" bursting at the seams with ethernet, disk drive, kettle, micro USB cables and jiffy bags full of screws that didn't quite make it into a PC build.
At these levels of mark up, that bag is probably worth more than the new beemer on my neighbour's driveway.
I worked for a small biz where network admin was everybody's responsibility. After a couple of backup woes, they made one of the developers assume full responsibility of the network.
A month later, sick of fielding password resets, he enforced everyone having the same password - the name of the company.
I went back there as a contractor, some ten years after I'd left - and my username and password, with full rights, logged me in at the first attempt.
How they're still in business I'll never know.
A good few years ago a mate was getting into photography in a big way and spent loads of money on cameras and gear.
He called his insurance company (on the phone) and added "valuable items in transit" cover.
When his car was broken into and his gear stolen the insurance co. refused the claim - because he couldn't prove he was transporting his high value items to or from a safety deposit box, as specified in the small print.
A few years ago I was contracting for a firm creating an application for an NHS body.
Somehow the NHS body had managed to wangle clauses into the contract that said if the firm made a mistake, it had to be fixed at the firm's expense. However, if the NHS body made a mistake, it had to be fixed at the firm's expense.
The people at the NHS body were spectacularly useless - they didn't know about the clauses and actually thought their jobs were on the line, as NHS england was threatening to close this body if the project failed - and they were still unable to deliver the simplest of requirements until after deadlines were missed or beta versions were delivered. And we are really taking basic stuff - what role of person would be responsible for progressing a document through a workflow, for example.
The firm eventually pulled the plug, after losing about £5m and being no longer able to predict clawing any losses back. Chump change I know, but big money for a smaller firm.
And the guys at the NHS body are still there, and they fucked up the next attempt to get their project implemented, too.
The point being, when the gov body has this power over the firm creating the deliverable, they will fuck it up anyway.
My local postoffice closed and was re-situated in the convenience store a couple of hundred yards up the road.
It's open, including the PO counter, from 7am to 9pm. I don't use it often but it's handy if I need to call in on the way to / from work, as the "old" postoffice was strictly a 9-5 affair.
I was a contractor working on an NHS portal about 10 years ago.
One of the junior devs turned to me and asked "Shall I try to update my local database or start again from scratch?"
"Take off and nuke it from orbit" I replied "It's the only way to be sure"
"Take off and nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure!"
"WTF are you talking about, Adrian?"
At this point, virtually the entire office rounded on the poor lad and meme-bombed him with quotes, ending with "Aliens is arguably the best sci-fi action film ever made"
30 seconds of googling, and he let rip an utterly contemptuous snort, followed with "I wasn't even *born* when this PoS came out..."
Gawd, I feel old.
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