El reg is becoming a member of the ipv6 club.
Which really has nothing to do with web redirection. You can have AAAA records on a .co.uk just as easily as on a .com.
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I came down to London early 80s … almost very single one was a variety of Cheddar.
This may well be because of the Milk Marketing Board, which was the big cheese(*) in charge of dairy products until the 90s. Monopolistic quangos are not known for useful innovation. For useless innovation however, see Lymeswold.
katrinab is correct, it's about ease of reading. Manual typesetting is long gone except for hobbyists.
From Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographical Style:
If the type is well set and printed, lines of 85 or 90 characters will pose no problem in discontinuous texts, such as bibliographies, or, with generous leading, in footnotes. But even with generous leading, a line that averages more than 75 or 80 characters is likely to be too long for continuous reading.
One can argue that vertical spacing in code makes it more like a bibliography than running text, but even then the line width should be restricted otherwise, as katrinab says, it's difficult finding the next line. Unless your text background has alternating green and white lines like old school line printer paper.
a couple of oddities (such as the character map not having A follow 9)
If you mean immediately following, 'A' doesn't follow '9' in any character set I've ever worked with. Quite possibly what you're misremembering is that A-Z (and a-z) were not 26 contiguous characters in the IBM EBCDIC character set.
If you haven't grown up with the internet, it's often difficult to distinguish fact from fiction online
The Internet (i.e. networking using TCP/IP) came into existence in 1982. I was in my late 20s then, so didn't grow up with the internet(*). Nevertheless, I'm a cynical bastard and was even in my early teens.
(*) I had however been internetworking for 2-3 years at that point. Balham, gateway to the south. :-)
C has had a boolean type for over twenty years.
Yes, but it's merely yet another unsigned int storage type(*) and the expressions in if() or while() can be any scalar type, whereas languages with genuine booleans treat them as a type in their own right, separate from integers, floats and pointers.
I guess you're one of those hippies who can't accept that the world didn't buy into the LSD soaked world of Lisp and its obsession with parentheses.
(fun arg1 arg2) has no more parentheses than fun(arg1, arg2), and there are Lisp variants that use Algol function calling syntax or that drop the parentheses when unncessary. Lisp is most appreciated by computer scientists who know that semantics are what counts and that syntax is for fashion victims.
(*) C11 standard 184.108.40.206
I still have both the yellow 1971 first edition and green 1974 second edition of the users guide, plus a library manual circa 1974/5, both much used(*). They're surprisingly small compared to modern language manuals.
I also (mostly) remember an evening's drinking with Ian Currie at a conference.
(*) To seriously get into greybeard one-upmanship, I also have a draft copy of the blue Smalltalk 80 book printed by Adele Goldberg on a Parc laser printer.
During normal times, it's sold for as little as £12 on Amazon UK
Currently showing(*) at £99.99 on Amazon UK. Economics 101 in action. Fortunately I bought a cheap 4:3 ratio web cam as a toy back in 2012. It's had more use in the last few weeks than it had in the years before.
(*) For me, YMMV.
As Bruce Schneier has been telling the world for years. If the threat is your little sister a reasonable password will do, if it's the NSA/GCHQ just send them your documents to save everybody's time. In between it's horses for courses.
"I think it’s safe to say most of the working population have a smartphone "
Not sure why you would think that (no supporting evidence provided)- you could of course be right.... by accident.
A quick trip to Wikipedia suggests the UK has the highest smart phone penetration in the world - 82% in 2018.
I find that the older folks have generally embraced smartphones and they are quite popular in the over 70s
If they have a full set of marbles. I've got a couple of elderly family members with Alzheimer's, there's no way they could use a smartphone, even though one of them can use a old Nokia "feature phone". They don't even remember that they shouldn't go out. It's making life (even more of a) hell for their carers.
Or, in the case of the British Government (and governments the world over): never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by arrogance and paternalism.
Whereas I'd agree about the British Government (having worked for the Civil Service at one point, and having friends who still do, including the Cabinet Office), to apply that to all governments is to fall into the Wykehamist Fallacy.
Declaring variables with specific widths like BINARY(17) or DECIMAL(7). Or more likely the abbreviated forms BIN(17) and DEC(7). PL/I also had the wonderful "feature" that the checkout compiler handled a subtly different language from the one the optimising compiler supported so code deemed valid by checkout would fail to compile under optimise (or vice versa).
And going back to the subject of volcanoes, how about Pompeii?
While fossicking around Pompeii a few years ago I kept on remembering that Pompeii was relatively small compared to modern day Naples (pop ~1 million and ISTR that about 3 million live in the area that would have to be evacuated if Vesuvius decided to get tetchy). Yes, they have motor vehicles these days, but the roads aren't going to cope if everybody has to GTFO in a hurry.
Fortunately I had the house CAT 6 wired when I had major building work done about a decade back. Combined with a 72/20 Mb/s FTTC link from Zen we've been able to run two simultaneous video conference sessions with no problems (at our end). It's been noticeable that friends and colleagues with crap WiFi have real problems even at reduced video resolution.
My mum's bank stopped payments to talk talk after she passed away; repeated calls to customer 'service' did nothing to stop the tide of threatening letters.
You quite possibly have a chance of getting them charged with harassment under those circumstances. See the Citizens Advice page here and remember you're not even a debtor.
A few years back friend of mine was being hassled by carrion eating debt collectors over a debt that was more than 6 years old and no longer enforceable. One snottagram to them threatening to take the matter to the police made them vanish.
You aren't supposed to use the wet mozzarella on pizza, it should be the grated dryer stuff.
According to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana:
The buffalo mozzarella (chopped in slices) or the fior di latte (chopped into strips) have to be spread uniformly on the pizza.
The grated cheese (if used) has to be spread on the pizza with a circular and uniform movement of the hand.
I'll be straight onto the conspiracy theory/anti-vaxxer sites selling these for a fortune. It's a ready-made target market of gullible people, after all.
In my more misanthropic moments(*) I've considered selling kits to suppress 99% of electromagnetic radiation from computer monitors. I reckon paying £100 for a black bin liner and some double sided tape would be good value for the priceless education.
(*) People who know me go "more misanthropic???"
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