Re: A couple of funny ones I can remember hearing from mates
I thought that was the Heisenberg compensators?
1878 posts • joined 11 Sep 2008
I had something similar when I moved into a new build. It was the middle of a row of 3 terraced houses, the three water meters were grouped together in the road in front. The meter reader would only read the meters for the other two houses, even though the third meter (ours) was clearly visible alongside the others. We wrote to the water company several times to alert them to our existence (and to avoid any future accusations of avoiding payment) and after a couple of years they eventually added us to their system and made us (over)pay by installments to make up for the lost time (how kind of them!).
...however, in the south of France (like me) you'll need a 1-metre dish (minimum) to get a good signal from the Astra 2 constellation, and they often turn the power down in summer.
Still waiting for that fibre broadband, they laid the cable in the road outside the house almost a year ago, but they haven't actually got around to connecting anyone yet, though.
...are those sites where they ask you to upload your CV, and then you have to retype the whole lot again in their own format (or worse, have to correct a form that they've attempted to auto-fill from your CV). I guess it's a way of filtering out those who don't have a capacity for pointless additional work...
Also, if you're applying for jobs in a foreign country with a minimum expectation of a qualification that you don't (or can't) have because you were educated elsewhere (looking at you, France, with your "BAC+5"), bury it in white text on white background somewhere on the page so that it gets picked up by the scanning software but is invisible otherwise.
> There is no attempt to explore reality with an open mind, the mind is closed and the 'facts' must be made to fit - ignorance and prejudice at work
More projection than the Cannes film festival! The onus is on the person making a claim ("there is a god/gods") to prove their argument, not for others to disprove it:
"The burden of proof lies with whoever is making the assertion. If there's no evidence, either way, it's a matter of faith, or lack thereof. Expressing a personal belief/disbelief in the existence of a certain god/goddess is sound enough, but claiming their opinion is factual or denouncing the opponent's claim as false without any proof supporting one idea or disproving the other is fallacious. While an unfalsifiable claim/hypothesis can be proven neither right nor wrong, it is reasonable to dismiss it as non-factual if it lacks logical supporting evidence."
> have no desire to extend my skills to my smart phone, which incidentally has had every app removed and all internet connections ripped out or blocked
Same(ish) here - I was obliged to get a smartphone for teleworking (inherited one of my daughter's castoffs) as my landline internet connection is unreliable, so I needed something to act as a 4G hotspot in emergencies. I spent some time learning how to lock it down and degoogle/debloat it as far as possible (it can't be unlocked, otherwise I'd have put LineageOS or similar on it). I only have a few F-Droid apps on it and usually keep it in "extreme power save mode" (i.e. dumbphone mode) which still allows 3 apps of your choice anyway and doesn't require constant recharging.
I ran the earlier incarnation of MintPPC (based on Debian) on my Blueberry iMac. I needed the right xorg.conf file installed before running X, however the current version of MintPPC appears to do it automatically (booting to an LXDE desktop):
I'm not sure about Mesa or acceleration, though.
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