Re: Makeup detection
What's wrong with a stocking over the head? Works in The Sweeney. Deconvolve THAT!
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Unfortunately the education version straight jackets you in certain ways, meaning it's a collaboration tool focussed on educating and teaching rather than education, administration, research, business activity etc.
For example, at least at the start of 2020 individual users on education couldn't create their own custom sidebar of shortcuts - after a few hours it would revert and insist on you having Classes taking up one of the vital 6 spots there, even if you were an administrator working in student records or a manager for in-house facilities like cleaning and maintenance where you would find, say, Shifts a more useful application to shortcut.
I was in Wales once, waiting on the seafront promenade to meet my father who was driving down for a day out. The beach was nearly deserted, and I had my camera out due to it having an excellent zoom function. I was there for quite a while.
Then I heard a voice from down below screaming up at me "You pervert! Stop taking photos of my kids you nonce! I'll have you! I've called the police."
I looked down and this woman was screaming up at me from the beach. There was about a mile of footprints in the wet sand leading back to two tiny pink dots near the water's edge.
"Huh?" I said.
"You heard. You're taking photos of my daughters in their cosies and when the police get here they'll have you and your camera!"
"Ma'am", I said, "when the police get here I'll happily show them all the photos I took of the off-shore platforms that are under construction, which is what caught my eye, along with the service vessels that are building them. I'll be sure to point you out when they turn up so you can explain why you think there's only one thing to see at the seaside. If they can be bothered to spend 10 minutes walking out to speak to you and 10 minutes walking back that is. Sounds like a waste of their time, to be honest."
Freak. Super protective, but happy to leave them on their own near the sea on mud and sand flats for half-an-hour whilst they went to shout at someone doing nothing more than enjoying the day.
The only embarrassing thing I was doing was showing possibly too much interest in energy infrastructure.
I was on a board recruiting for a music technician - there's a certain level of IT literacy required for any of those kinds of jobs now... anyway, one fly-guy, dodgy geezer, when asked about their software experience, said that they had worked in the industry for over 5 years now and had loads of contacts and they could get hold of any industry standard software we wanted for free because they had loads of cracked copies of just about anything.
"I see", said my colleague sitting next to me, making a note on their interview pad using the FAST pen they'd picked up at a conference on preventing software theft the previous day.
A group of people I knew once had a native Swedish speaker amongst them, and for amusement they had a game called The Ikea Game, where they picked a product name out of the catalogue at random and (1) had to try to pronounce it correctly and (2) the others then had to guess what kind of product it was.
Well... I suppose it must have helped pass the time.
Worse still, in order to activate the FreeView application in some TVs, you have to have a strong enough TV signal via an aerial that it can detect the region data in the MUX broadcast. And it needs to check that every time you start the application. Kind of buggers the idea of having a smart TV for those bits of the house where you can't get a good signal from the terrestrial digital TV masts but the WiFi / Internet signal is OK.
in my PC running Windows 95...
But I only had IDE cards which sat in a specific range of memory, and you only got a single choice of location within that using a dip switch on the card... so a maximum two cards per PC, with a master and slave* on each - so 4 hard drives only.
Quick bit of jiggery pokery with wrapping wire, a spot-face cutter, some through pins and a soldering iron and I was able to fool the card into thinking it was on an address it expected when in reality, it wasn't. Unfortunately Windows 95 only expected those kinds of devices on specific address boundaries, so I had to make a few registry changes as well in order to get it the driver working half-way through the next address block instead of at the start...
But I did it! And it worked. And it only took a day of reading/planning and a few hours of messing around.
* Let's get HISTORICAL not HYSTERICAL - this is what they were properly called in those days - it said so on the cables and the devices!
Presumably because one could reverse engineer a nonce image which could then be used to flood the system and render it useless. Unless there's some kind of double hash thing going on. I don't know. But there are enough 'privacy warriors' around who would join in I think to defeat this.
Possibly, possibly, but then when various governments around the world start playing the 'Think of the Children' card as part of their electioneering, and then when they get into power then kick those lobbying TechGiants right in the 'nads by NOT giving in to them about technical infeasibility in ensuring that they are not a vehicle for the distribution of whatever kind of immorality is the flavour of that four years... Apple can say "We're doing everything feasible and reasonable to ensure that the spread of kiddie pr0n / donkey pr0n etc is not something we are facilitating"... and STILL be able to say their messaging is e2e encrypted, backups are securely stored etc etc...
They effectively dodge the feds thumbscrews on encryption etc by putting an AI fed agent into every device on the inside of the user encryption wall.
I mean, they're getting nail gunned by the press now, BUT (and this is where I'm probably being somewhat naive and too optimistic), if they can present a mechanism that satisfies the feds and gets them to back down from pressuring the law makers into weakening encryption... then that's a win, no?
A few years ago, reference Office 365...
Can't I download the Office applications to my computer? I prefer the non-web version for when I'm working offline.
OK, you click on the field of 9 dots on the top left of the page in your web browser next to where it says Office 365... No, not on the words Office 365, that takes you somewhere else, it's the 9 dots... Yes I know it's not very obvious... don't shout at me! I didn't write the bloody thing.
In a master stroke of genius not only did Simon exchange the real money for some vaguely passable forgeries that he ran off quietly on a few reams of that plastic impregnated "long-life" paper bought a few years ago to print "permit to work" and "storage permits" for contractors working in outdoor/harsh environments, you know, the stuff certified for cleanroom use, but that the "Sustainability Champions" managed to get banned due to the high plastic content (so now they have to print new permits every time it rains) and has been sitting quietly in the corner of the paper store for the last 5 years, but he also videoed the whole shebang, including a running commentary, of 'How the boss burned two grand' which he then auctioned off as an NFT and made a further £20k from.
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