Re: Linux flavours
"Are all the cool kids still using Mint"
Highly unlikely, I'm using it and I'm deeply uncool.
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"Google Assistant exists in many guises such as on smartphones and watches, TVs, PCs, and also on dedicated hardware, such as the voice-only Google Home and Google Home Mini, or with "smart display" screens on the Google Nest Hub or devices from Lenovo and Harman."
This is the lie (or rather one of many lies) Google would like perpetuated. Google Assistant is not in these devices, only a bit of software that switches the mic on and off is in these. Google Assistant is in a dark data center somewhere, one you cannot access, influence nor control. Racks of blinkenlights acknowledge the receipt of another packet of your private existence for processing, monetisation and long, long term storage.
Do I win anything for the full set?
- Working for a global corporation ~55,000 employees - check.
- Laptop supplied pre-imaged by Dell - check.
- Laptop yesterday self-updated SupportAssist for Home PCs without asking - double WTF?
- Call to IBM to get it removed - painful.
HP printers are no better. They print for a while then stop - claiming the toner has run out.
Not all HPs do that, e.g. CP5225DN:
Once it can no longer accurately measure the toner level then on the supplies status you no longer get xx% and a pages estimate, it just says 'empty'. However, there's no forecast of doom if you don't replace it, quite the reverse. It says in black and white on the printed status page that you can go on using the cartridge until the print quality degrades to an unacceptable level. I ordered a new black black toner as soon as it reached 'empty' and it sat around getting in the way in my office for almost a year before gaps appeared in the printouts.
.. With move to LED lights dazzle seems to be getting worse
I don't find LEDs as bad as Xenon. Sure they are worse for dazzle than filament but the beam cut line of an LED doesn't seem quite as sharp as Xenon. LED are just as bright as Xenon but the slightly softer transition as the cut line crosses the eye makes it not quite so bad. I am really glad Xenon is getting superseded without ever becoming mainstream. FOAFs who own Xenon really rate them however.
At least that's the way it seems to me , YMMV.
Thrust SSC came very close to killing Mr Green. It was little more than two of the biggest engines Noble could scrounge strapped to something with wheels, there were good reasons as soon as the bangs were heard they packed up and came home rather than push for a bit more.
The amount of design effort in Bloodhound is in another league. It should be capable of breaking the sound barrier in a controlled fashion rather than with fingers firmly crossed. It's worth doing just to prove the aerodynamics of that feat are solved. If anyone is thinking of posting "but but but aircraft break the sound barrier all the time" I strongly suggest you go do some reading instead.
I agree though that once above the sound barrier numbers are pretty arbitrary. Damn shame.
One of my mates got fined for speeding on his bicycle. The cops were so impressed that he'd managed 36mph on a winding country lane that they didn't notice he'd inadvertently admitted he was cycling home from the pub
No he didn't. He might have been fined for cycling carelessly or without consideration for others or somesuch but he was not done for speeding. More likely he was simply stopped and given a talking to and inappropriate speed may well have been a factor in that.
The wifi driver is not in the kernel that ships in the 18.04 LTS images (inc Mint 19) but it is in the live update line. This means that you need to install and then perform updates using a wired connection (USB dongle). Once the kernel is fully updated the wifi works.
There is also an issue with the 4 speaker system, only 2 work straight off but one user claims a fix. The camera works fine, the fingerprint reader doesn't.
The former as this is another nail in the coffin of the 16:9 fixation in the tech industry. The latter because the RAM is soldered on the main board. Battery appears to be replaceable though.
If it were whiskey lake (which has some hardware spectre & meltdown mitigations) I think I'd be opening my wallet for this despite the RAM. I just might anyway. Time to read up on getting Mint on it.
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Run your business from anywhere
So that'll be cloud then meaning all my confidential data is held on a server god knows where with god knows who having access to it and I have zero backup on systems I control. Shall I look to see if FreeAgent will compensate me for the fines I'll incur when it goes TITSUP on the last weekend before the submission deadline?
And all for the bargain sum of £261 per year. That works out as £65.25 per VAT return to fill out 7 boxes for me.
Errrrr, no thanks.
The launch of the geostationary satellite is the 18th of the year for SpaceX, equalling its 2017 record. Of course, a pedant might point out that the figure is higher, since the Falcon Heavy used three of the things in one go.
Falcon heavy was one launch, the 2017 has not (yet) been beaten. If the same pedant wished to count landings + splashdowns + RUDs then yes the 2017 record has been beaten.
I had one gratuitously embellish my CV once. I responded to a motorsport job which sounded like it might fit me but was very short on details. I sent over my CV and was told I was a good fit. A couple of weeks later I sat in a small office at Williams F1 while I and the interviewers tried to work out what the hell I was doing there. I had most of what they wanted but not the one key must-have skill - DSPs. Never been near one then and still haven't.
I call them nutgeg and mace, until now I had no idea they were the same plant so I thank you for the education. It does rather reinforce my opinion that using different one word names for different parts of the same plant is the more confusing. If our larder contained a jar of nutmeg aril next to the nutmeg not only would I have known they were from the same plant but I'd likely have learned what an aril is before today.
giving him such confidence in a launch system that a few short days ago nearly resulted in tragedy.
There are so fantastically many things that can go wrong I'm really not sure this launch got any closer to tragedy than a launch that achieves orbital insertion. A failure mode was anticipated, instruments detected it and mitigations in place performed faultlessly. I would imagine that pretty high on NASAs list of goals is something akin to 'Don't kill anyone', this launch achieved that goal.
Had there been a catastrophic failure that they survived, stage 1 blowing as stage 2 departed for example, that would be a near tragedy. It appears this was simply something wasn't right in the lightup sequence of stage 2 so it didn't go ahead. That's just a malfunction not a near tragedy. Anomalies abort launches all the time, they aren't described as near tragedies. It just so happens that this stage 2 anomaly was detected after launch.
Nor do I but I do understand this is not about the guns. Owning guns is legal, making guns is legal, sharing knowledge is legal, sharing knowledge about making guns is legal. So why is sharing knowledge about making guns when in a format downloadable to a machine illegal? It's about what knowledge the government is going to decide it is illegal to share next.
(I'm not arguing for or against anything)
Flywheel, you've just given me an idea. Hack IoT toilets to create a botnet that downloads Adam Sandler movies over and over consuming all available bandwidth, bytes stored to /dev/null. This would a) save any poor sod from accidently downloading 90 minutes of Sandler arse gravy and b) what better receptacle for the job?
They might well have a complete history of what AnonymousUser142857 has done the web, but I'm not sure how they could connect that with Joe Bloggs from Ipswich.
Dear Faecbook, please provide a copy of and then delete all data held by yourselves regarding the owner of phone IMEI aa-bbbbbb-cccccc-ee. Regards, Joe from Ipswitch.
Every time I see 'Apple like' or 'targeting the Microsoft Surface range' or 'for professional power users' or similar on a laptop review I excitedly open the page. This time like every other I'm disappointed, I didn't even have to scroll beyond the picture at the top to see it was yet another 16:9 DVD player on steroids. Why are Microsoft and Apple the only manufacturers that can grasp that for a professional user having a screen optimised for movie watching is just stupid?
I've had exactly the issues Dabbsy describes. Multiple times. First time returning a car at Pisa last July I fluked it, no idea how. The next three times through Nov & Dec the befuddlement differed, <Impossibile verificare la carta</I> had that, cannot select a pump - had that. I ended up with a fistful of zero recipts. Those times resulted in me driving off to find somewhere else to fill up. This year I've admitted defeat and just use the one a couple of miles round the perimeter road.
By the way, cash only works if you know how much you need and it is exactly a note (no coin slot). Change is only given in the form of a printed code to type in at your next visit within two weeks. Fantastic con for the only station at an international airport.
What? Really? In what universe?
This universe. Ask your project manager about the comparative book cost to his project of permies vs contractors. In the oil & gas project I'm on now permies are the more expensive by far. Contractor rates have taken several hits in the last few years, everyone get's an email one day that basically says take a 15% cut or there's the door.... Contractors at Fluor are going through a 10-25% cut right now. What are the chances of a permie getting hit with that? Nil.
It was closer on the project I was on 6 years ago but the permies doing the same job as me were still the higher book cost.
The comparison is not fair. VW cheated for their own benefit, Ofcom are unlikely to cheat for the benefit of Virgin.
It is not clear but I think the chap from Which? might be acknowledging something amiss with their methodology. He certainly shouldn't be questioning Ofcom as Ofcom's testing methodology is the fair one. Ofcom tested the speed of the broadband to the building (92% of the advertised 200Mbps). Which? tested the speed of WiFi in the house, their result (26% of 200Mbps) is the slowest link in the chain and beyond the control of Virgin. Even if Virgin supplied the router they are not responsible for someone running the Which? tool from the end of their garden.
If I ran a Pi off a 9600 baud serial link what would that say about the broadband to my premises?
Thanks for the link Walter, interesting reading.
It is good to see that US law makes the distinction between writing malware (legal) and deploying it (illegal). Without that most security researchers would be inside by now.
Based on the evidence disclosed so far there's nothing to suggest Hutchins was involved in packaging and deploying Kronos. It seems he wrote some of the code in it but then so probably did hundreds of others if you look at all the dependencies and libraries down to the core. So looking good for Hutchins. Except of course that he'll be a Brit in front of 12 Trumpistani jurors and as any follower of Hollywood movies knows the Brit is always evil.
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