There's a perception of busyness
Certainly the M1 in NSW is a lot busier at 5:00 am than I remember it before the pandemic. Maybe people are just really eager to get to work these days.
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and here in Oz I can live on the Central Coast, with a lake on one side and about 100km of virgin bush (hehe!) on the other while holding down a job in Parramatta.
For those who don't know, Parramatta (Sydney's Second CBD) is a nightmare landscape of Industrial Brutalist office architecture, currently enhanced by the most ill conceived and disruptive road closures a car hating civil servant could dream up. Plus, it costs $58 a day to park in my building. Plus it's about 2 hours away.
And next week, I shall be working from the tropical paradise that is Hamilton Island.
As a piece of art, they chose to display whizzbang screens full of laughably optimistic fractal patterns and faux cgi blocks and buildings to represent data, which is arguably more interesting to a general audience than watching Rami Malek typing accurate bash commands into a terminal.
But as someone who was at least peripherally involved with the 2600 community in the late 80s and early 90s, the fashion (such as it was), patois and general manic edge was pretty much spot on how we imagined we looked to the 'danes.
On reflection, perhaps using the likes of Bernie S, Phiber Optik and Emmanuel Goldstein to advise on the whole hacker ethos of the time was what made the movie a camp classic rather than an also ran.
Pretty much every house in Australia has screens across every opening window and door as standard. It's very effective at keeping out all but the most determined Death Mosquito or Murder Gnat.
I imagine, if you're only after the sparrows, you could probably manage with a larger mesh.
Not so extreme, but I always register, where unavoidable, with the next cab off the rank on my mailserver, so that when I get a spam from dodgybarstewards.co.za coming in to DiViDeD4357@, I know they got their mailing list from wankstain.co.uk (it's a specialist site about church architecture) and can send an email to abuse@ asking if they were hacked or whether they have a tidy little side earner.
More recent drivers (half gB monster) for graphic cards pretty much rely on you having a Windows 10 machine to run them on. And with RTX still introducing better and smoother implementations, you need the latest drivers (except they're not called 'drivers' anymore - I am currently stuck in the nightmare world of GeForce Experiences) to run the latest games in all their rendered beauty.
But at least I'm not bitter - much.
Firearm control laws are feel-good legislation. All they do is placate the voters into thinking politicians are "doing something about it".
You're absolutely right. Since they tightened the gun laws in Australia, every single law abiding citizen here has been shot dead by a crinimal.
Some of us several times over!
that door-opening sound?
A few years later and a different game (Thief - all that hiding in the shadows and listening out for enemies in the 3D soundscape stuff!):
A colleague got his hands on the game as soon as it was released, and was in hes "den", playing away and really enjoying the SoundBlaster "real" quadrophonics. He hears a door open and close behind him, scrabbles to the nearest shadow, while mouse looking to see if he was being crept up on by a nasty. Phew! Nothing there.
Just as he recovered his nerve, his wife laid her hand on his shoulder and asked if he wanted coffee.
He reckons that moment still gives him nightmares!
Thank fuck I only have another Five years or so to retirement...
Don't be too sure of that. They have a tendency to offer you a wedge of money to stay on "for a while" when the bright young things in the Dev Team get confused over what colour the button needs to be and it escalates to open warfare.
They need an older, wiser head (I still can't believe that's me!) to make sure the button actually does something.
Since I discovered the joys of Zoom background videos that still work when the camera is covered, I don't even have to attend the meetings where I am no more than a spectator.
Of course, it means I occasionally have to shoot a new background video in case anyone asks me if that's the only shirt I own!
Unfortunately, working as I do for a major state government department in NSW which has a very "flexible" attitude to retirement ages, Retirement is looking less and less likely, despite me hitting what I thought was the milestone birthday at the beginning of the year. My immediate boss is 74, ffs!
That said, if I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't keep doing it, so mea maxima culpa (as usual).
It's just that they keep coming up with new fun stuff to play with!
we just re-colonise Africa
Sorry, too late there. China has already moved into several African nations, providing new roads, schools, hospitals at no cost to the local government except a proviso that, when their new infrastructure has been improved to the point where they can exploit their mineral resources, they remember who built that infrastructure for them.
You know, the sort of thing we could have been doing a century ago if we'd been more interested in long term opportunity than we were in short term profit.
There certainly was such a time. We used to regularly get frost patterns on the big west facing half landing window on many mornings when I was an Icklun, and occasionally on the 2'6" thick walls - especially in the kitchen for some reason.
And this was in Pembrokeshire! Mildest microclimate in the whole of the UK (THREE potato crops a year, doncha know?)
Seat belts aren't designed to stop cars crashing.
I don't think that's what the OP was saying. When people feel safer, they take more risks. ABS has led to drivers driving faster and braking later because they are relying on the ABS/EBDF to sort it out for them. Adaptive cruise control and autonomous braking mean that people are more at ease texting or playing with their phones.
Anyone remember the Intel 80486, The DX version, with the coprocessor, was eyewateringly expensive, but you could buy an SX, where an additional manufacturing process had been applied, namely an engineer snipping off the coprocessor pins, for half the price.
And the speed setting of the CPU itself - all 486s were designed to be DX2 66Mhz, and the speed was downgraded depending on the point where the samples for that batch failed.
Ah, heady times!
I kid you not, when I worked for <Major US Bank>, we had a senior sales director who kept a desk calculator on her desk for that very purpose.
She would type in her column of numbers, do the old border total thing on the bottom cell, then reach for the calculator, add up the numbers in her column, and type that into the total cell.
Her expression of cynical disbelief when I showed her "=SUM()" was faintly disturbing, coming from a woman responsible for billions of dollars of product sales!
there are those who would pay extra for the level of obfuscation provided by ink and quill pens
Yes. Isn't it odd that these people are simply looking to protect their privacy by using a legitimate business to keep their financial dealings confidential, while if an ordinary citizen is discovered using Tor, it's "Paedophiles, terrywrists and criminal gangs" all over the front pages
Well, from the actual trials side, far more than encrypted. Generally, a preloaded and locked down laptop supplied by the company, companies or trusts running the trials, loaded with the software required to record the trials, including any peripheral input devices and sensors. These machines are generally so locked down they can be considered black box clinical devices (boot directly into the trials software environment, no desktop, can't even play Solitaire on them, generally no access to the results or patient information). Occasionally they even have GPS tracking devices to record the movements of the laptop (test centre to office is fine - Tracey's apartment for the weekend, results invalidated).
At least that was the case in Australia a couple of years ago when I was peripherally involved (as an IT consultant - not a trial subject) with an institute doing clinical trials in Sydney.
To be fair, you'd find the same with Photoshop, except that you'd be paying $60 a month to be bemused. Professional editing software (for tis wot The GIMP and PS is be) is very powerful and complex.
As such, it takes some time to learn and a lot of time to master. PS has a few tools to "get you started", but it's still a fair old learning curve if you want to get the most out of it.
To be honest, if your needs are less intense, you could do worse than Paint.Net for touching up, and canon's excellent little Digital Photo Professional (free if you have a Canon product - I imagine Nikon & Sony will do something similar). Shoot in RAW, make wonderfully creative and beautiful edits in DPP, output as a jpeg and crop/rotate/oversaturate in Paint.net.
After a while, you'll get used to workflows and the sort of edits you regularly make, and you'll be in a better position to move up to the GIMP and maybe Raw Therapee.
No hissing required. I could probably easily afford Photoshop/Lightroom/Premiere, but I've yet to see that lot do anything I can't do better with The Gimp, Raw Therapee and Shotcut, tbh.
And I'll be buggered if I'm going to sign up to a subscription model and learn a whole new set of workflows, just to be able to impress people with my Adobe T Shirt!
if you have an old desktop them buying new ram / graphics / cpu is trivial
Tell that to RoG, who got a grand out of me for my RTX2080 last year and are about to get close to three grand out of me for the 3090. Although I'll probably get most of the 2080 cost back in resale.
There's still big money to be made in selling to PC upgraders like me, with large wallets and small brains!
I had the misfortune to use a colleagues PC recently - it was like suddenly finding myself in the 90s! Ads on every bit of whitespace, crawlers blocking the article I was trying to read, even popunders yelling at me invisibly!
I was forcibly reminded of the horror that my blockers are protecting me from, and it wasn't pretty.
That's the true engineer's way. When your arguments and protests only bring accusations of not being a team player, make sure you have every email, every memo, receipt, conversation, sets of meeting notes etc in a safe place for the time when they start blaming you for their cockups and monumental failures.
That's why we have plenty of old, bold engineers!
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