"Smart ones you can, yes."
Not come across any smart lifts, in my experience.
1211 posts • joined 17 May 2007
"get those bids in ..."
I think what's happening here is a public reaction to the scalpers selling their wares. This was mentioned (my memory of the last week is a bit hazy...) I think on a LTT youtube video; Bidders bounce up the price to absolutely staggering amounts and then pull out of the sale when the auction finishes. Scalper is left with admin fees, relisting fees, out of pocket just in time for the next batch of cards to be released, which means the scalper can only sell the cards they have at the normal retail price.
Anecdotal, of course.
"Even at many times the speed of light it takes a rather long and boring time to get to them from Earth."
At some point in the future (probably not within my lifetime) we will be able to "catch-up" to the Voyager probes with such ridiculous ease, I can imagine new exploratory probes whizzing past V1 and V2 and waving their
hands antennae and sending a signal all the way back to Earth that translates to something like "Wheeeee!!!!!"
"This may require several Christmases..."
You are allowed to buy more than one for yourself, you know!
Link for the curious: https://haynes.com/en-gb/practical-lifestyle-manuals/space
"The Cambridge Analytica scandal resulted in a database of over 70 million people that was used by the Cruz and Trump campaigns for directed propaganda.
Makes the Chinese effort of 2.4 million entries look amateurish by comparison."
What does the volume of records have to do with anything?
Wait, wait...I know this story...
There was some kind of civil war between the richer inner planets and the poorer outer planets, there was a spacecraft, a small crew making change running (semi) legal transport...there was a guy who had a lot of guns; no really, a lot of guns, some of which he slept with, and he also had a town named after him, but it was a girls name?
"The "My First Ministerial Portfolio" set will be coming soon. It will include an empty suitcase (for storing your empty suits), one way air tickets to a variety of destinations in Africa and the Caribbean, and large bundles of £50 notes to give to your friends and family."
I thought the empty suitcase was to store the bundles of £50 notes?
"... who watches the watchers?"
Obligatory Sir Pterry quote incoming:
'Yes, your grace. Nevetheless, I must represent the public interest here. I shall try not to be obtrusive.Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? your grace.'
'I know that one,' said Vimes. 'Who watches the watchman? Me, Mr. Pessimal.'
'Ah, but who watches you, your grace?' said the inspector, with a brief smile.
'I do that, too. All the time,' said Vimes. 'Believe me.'
"Then what happens when (not if) a SWMBO insists on one? Would you consider that grounds for a breakup/divorce?"
We've already had this conversation at home, and I have made it very clear there will be none of these shenanigans in our house. No smart speakers, no Internet-of-shit devices, none of it. I explained all of the various reasons why (poorly implemented security, data harvesting, voice recording etc, etc). When visiting a friend who has an Amazon Self-Spying Device™, I did the XKCD thing, which I think opened her eyes to what is possible. Much fun was had that day, I can tell you.
"The solution to this problem is another phone app that can be used to operate the Über app"
Yeah, came here to ask exactly that. An app that talks to an app because lusers can't operate the original app?
It's apps all the way down!
Whichever beancounter came up with that bright idea must be keeping themselves cosy at night with the warm fuzzies that generates.
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