I'm definitely on-board with Linus on this one. I know we developers can be a sentimental bunch, but the 80 column de-facto limit has seemed pretty anachronistic now for a very, very long time.
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After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts
Coronavirus masks are thwarting facial recognition systems. So, of course, people are building training sets from your lockdown-wear selfies
Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain
Coronavirus didn't hurt UK broadband speeds in March. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, on the other hand...
I use Hyperoptic as my ISP, and haven't noticed any slowdown at all in my connection - could be because it's a 1:1 user ratio, so no peer contention from the neighbours. Consequently, I've not noticed any drop in quality on Netflix or Amazon - downloads from Steam suffer a little during peak times, but to be honest, Valve's servers were pretty crap even before the lockdown.
Mid 2015 MacBook Pro here (so the model just before the butterfly keyboards came in) ... still going strong, never had any issues with it (other than the battery recall from last year). Still snappy enough for me to do my work on - although I wouldn't want to use it for any serious gaming [I have a very beefy Windows rig for that].
I reckon, barring catastrophic hardware failure, that I'll be using that laptop for at least another five years, and possibly longer.
Lars Ulrich makes veiled threats of another Metallica album during web chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff
Yes, Death Magnetic was a very welcome return to form for them. Still has a little cruft that could do with being trimmed.
Still prefer listening to the new up and coming bands these days though - they still have the ambition, hunger and drive to produce bloody good music.
(Currently listening to some Those Damn Crows and will follow up with some Blackballed)
Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word
Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct
Virtually – no – actually borked: We'd slap ailing ATM's 'OK' button but it's probably against government guidance
It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin
What we need, before we start tracking individuals by use of phones that they may, or may not, have with them is a consistent method of testing and reporting infection and mortality rates across the globe.
For example, Italy's mortality rate is so high because everyone who dies that is infected with CoV-19 is recorded as having died of the disease rather than the true cause of death.
As it stands at the moment, all this comparison of how well or how badly countries are doing in the fight against the virus is comparing apples with oranges.
Sadly, the web has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase 'nothing is true; everything is permitted'
BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?
Aww, a cute mini-moon is orbiting Earth right now. But like all good things, it too will abandon us at some point
Oh freddled gruntbuggly,
Thy micturations are to me, (with big yawning)
As plurdled gabbleblotchits, in midsummer morning
On a lurgid bee,
That mordiously hath blurted out,
Its earted jurtles, grumbling
Into a rancid festering confectious organ squealer. [drowned out by moaning and screaming]
Now the jurpling slayjid agrocrustles,
Are slurping hagrilly up the axlegrurts,
And living glupules frart and stipulate,
Like jowling meated liverslime,
Groop, I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes,
And hooptiously drangle me,
With crinkly bindlewurdles,mashurbitries.
Or else I shall rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon,
See if I don't!
... the one with the poetry book in the pocket please.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago
Re: Hybrid children watch the sea
In my first job working in Ops back in the dim mists of time (OK, OK, mid 90's) we had a naming convention that all the Servers would be named after male Star Trek characters, and all the Routers, Modems, Mulitplexers, etc. would be named after female Star Trek characters.
Except for the router we had up in the North East, which for reasons of linguistic piss taking was called WAYAYMAN . :)
Re: Seems a bit cheap
... or as folks have commented elsewhere, he didn't manage to prove whether the Earth was flat or not, but he did manage to prove that it is very, very hard.
RIP Mr Hughes. Whilst I might not agree with your Flat Earth exposition, the world needs more contrary nutjobs that are prepared to push the boundaries, if only to get the rest of us thinking.
I'm sorry, Elon. I'm afraid I can't do that... SpaceX touts robo-rides for orbital vacations, lift-off in 2021-ish
MWC now means 'Mobiles? Whatever! Coronavirus!' as Ericsson becomes latest to pass on industry shindig
Re: They needed an "extensive internal risk assessment" ?
The figures from the CDC still show the mortality rate at around 2.04%
This article gives a fairly good, measured analysis of the outbreak and what it might mean leading into the future...
"Yes, but how would we know that you didn't pick up a couple of dusty old relics at a car boot sale?" the Boss asks.
"Just tell your wife and sister-in-law not to go car-boot-sale-ing that weekend," the PFY chips in.
Bollocks. New keyboard time.
Now, where did I put that requisition order for a nice shiny Steelseries Apex Pro?
So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance
Couldn't agree more with the comments made in this review.
Whilst it's a beautifully realised world and concept, and something that [i]should[/i] have been right up my alley (being a full-on 100% RPG nerd) there's just [i]something[/i] about the whole thing that's put me off playing it after around a couple of hours through sheer boredom.
As a case in point, I'm now back to re-playing the venerable Baldur's Gate series as a precursor to BG3 being released next year (or year after, let's be honest) and thoroughly enjoying the experience (again).
Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands
She then embarked on a “contextual analysis of literature” and decided that calling someone a boffin was equivalent to the worst racial slurs. "The N-word was common parlance in the UK until at least the 1960s,” she said during her book launch, before noting that "other insulting slurs about age, disability, religion and gender identity remained in widespread use until relatively recently.”
Personally, I find this statement from her highly insulting and disgusting. Comparing our treasured epithets to racial slurs simply devalues the negativity of racial slurs (and slurs in general).
Frankly, everything in this article shows that Dr Falck has many personal issues with dealing with those of (lesser, greater)? intelligence than herself, and should probably go see a shrink to work them out.
Remember the phrase from the original bible (sorely mistranslated over the years) "... and the geek shall inherit the earth!". And Lo! in the 21st Century we have done so, and continue to multiply. Long may it be so.
Geek and proud of it for nearly 50 years!
Many local authorities refused permission for the InLink booths due to their association with criminality — specifically the drug trade.
So, what's the difference between a traditional BT Phonebooth and the InLink booths that would merit this reason for rejecting planning permission? I mean, it's been many years since I last had call to use a public phone, but last I recall, a BT payphone didn't require any form of registration or proof of ID so would be just as susceptible to this form of use.
[... and just pipped to the post by the previous poster :) ]
Re: end UK dependance on GPS?
I was just about to ask the same question.
I always thought that the whole purpose of having the signals beamed from satellites was that you could triangulate from the three known coordinates, and the only reason for the clock signals was to measure the tiny variances in the time taken for the signals to reach the receiver.
So how does having your own portable clock absolve the need for the satellite signals? How doe the unit triangulate?