Re: a curious idea
And what do you get when you do that? The SLS program.
American spending on space is a drop in the bucket compared to their entire federal budget (NASA is the little red square at the bottom right).
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Human nature. If you need something from a high shelf and there's a taller person next to you, do you follow the regulations to the letter and go and get a step ladder (or a cherry picker, picking up the Cabin Pressure theme again ;-) or just ask your mate to reach it down? Unfortunately in this case the downside was a bit worse than getting the wrong breakfast cereal.
Orbital flight isn't just about height, it's also about speed. Branson and Bezos are both going up a fair distance, but with a horizontal speed of essentially zero, which means that they fall straight back down again. To stay up there they would need to add a horizontal speed of around 18,000mph.
Voting: while you are technically correct (the best kind ;-) I think that the list of countries which sided with Russia is quite telling: Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Zimbabwe. 11 out of 193 countries. And according to the footnote, "Armenia officially does not recognize Crimea as Russian territory."
Posturing: I should have been clearer: I meant the posturing on the Russian side. As I understand it, the majority of Russian citizens are unlikely to see any news from outside Russia and so any posturing by the UK would be lost on them.
The history is fascinating and as usual nobody comes out smelling of roses. On the subject of hypocrisy, Russia accused the UK of breaking international law by sailing through Russian waters - but the UN doesn't recognise those waters as being Russian.
It's a complicated situation, but in my opinion the rest of the world shouldn't just let Russia get away with invading its neighbours. Having voted in the UN to not recognise Russia's sovereignty over Crimea, why would a UK ship not sail through Ukrainian waters with permission from Ukraine?
There's a fine line here between provocation and appeasement, and I don't think that appeasement is the way to go.
I also think its rather silly sailing warships inside territorial waters, its just a provocation -- the Russians will have to do something, shoo it away like an annoying fly, but realistically they could blow the thing out of the water if they thought they had to.
Nobody except Russia recognises their occupation of Ukraine, and if we keep on letting them get away with it where will they stop?
Sinking a NATO ship is eminently possible, but would be very unwise. It would be very hard to pass it off as an accident, especially after explicitly threatening to bomb them. And it would effectively be a declaration of war against the NATO nations, which would not end well for anyone.
As usual, this is posturing for internal consumption in Russia. Putin is like a playground bully showing off for his mates, but acting innocent in front of the grownups. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, this playground bully has nuclear weapons.
The rules are:
* The year must be evenly divisible by 4;
* If the year can also be evenly divided by 100, it is not a leap year; unless...
* The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.
So 2000 was a leap year, but 3000 will not be a leap year.
How quickly they forget ;-)
Argh! I get that from some of my "customers": "this isn't working, please investigate", with a screenshot of the results from a SQL query, carefully cropped to cut off the query itself and anything that could identify which environment it's from. I suppose at least it's an actual screenshot, not a phone pic.
CPython is written in C, but I wouldn't say Python is based on C. It's an imperative language, but designed to be Object Oriented.
I imagine it's just like any other application - it can be fast or slow. Start by writing it to be correct, then work on improving performance.
According to Fairphone, it's Qualcomm that's the problem - they only support their near-ubiquitous SoCs for three years (now four), after which you're on your own. Or, preferably for them, you buy a new phone with their latest SoC.
This may be why nerds in basements can support phones for longer than the OEMs: the nerds are probably not as worried about any legal or commercial repercussions.
On the subject of Google and passwords, are they leaking like a sieve or am I just unlucky? About three or four times a year I get a Google security alert telling me that someone else knows my randomly generated, 20 character password. I haven't told anyone, so what's going on?
And do YourDearOldMum and Great Aunt look after it by themselves, or do they use:
A cut-down version of Slack, made especially for them. And they've been quite happy with it for around 15 years now ... although they still insist on calling it "jake's version of Windows".
That's a bit different from managing your own system.
I used Linux as my main OS from Christmas 2000 (when I totally borked my Win98 installation somehow and couldn't be bothered to fix it) until 2006 when I got fed up tweaking stuff all the time and bought a Mac. After 14 years (2 Macs) I'm back on Linux (Kubuntu 20.04) and while it's improved there are still semi-regular issues. Like trying to use Syncthing as a Snap installation and finding that it couldn't access some files because they were in a hidden directory, with no way to allow access due to security decisions taken by the Snap developers. The hidden directory is in my home directory and is owned by me, but apparently is still a security risk. I worked it out eventually and now happily use a non-Snap installation, but how many "normal" users are going to be able to do that?
To me, the concept of open source is more about giving what you can for the common good. Fixing it yourself is certainly encouraged, but I don't think it's essential. I don't know the details of the incident above, but if your project has non-developer users and some sort of feedback mechanism then I think you should expect feature or usability requests. Especially if your project has a GUI.
If you're just writing code for yourself you can do what you like, but as soon as someone else uses it or looks at it, they may have suggestions or requests. I don't contribute to any open source projects but I am a professional developer and I have learned a lot from code reviews and user feedback. You have to be able to open your mind a bit and see it from someone else's point of view, which may be difficult for the stereotypical lone coder.
It seems unlikely (to me) that rival technologies will not be able to reach nearly all of Musk's potential customers, with a significantly faster and cheaper service, with a combination of more down-to-earth tech like fibre backbones and 4G/5G radio links. Don't bother telling me that those aren't happening, because if *they* aren't commercially viable then Starlink certainly isn't.
While what you say may be technically feasible, from what I've read of the American broadband market the incumbent operators are more interested in milking their existing subscribers and pocketing federal subsidies than in building out any more infrastructure. They're following the American Dream and trying to litigate the competition rather than actually compete.
Also, don't underestimate the difficulty of running physical cable/fibre to a large and geographically sparse population.
As far as I know Android One isn't some sort of cut-down version of the Android OS, but a program which guarantees a minimum duration of updates and near-stock Android UI. I think it was intended to cut down on "landfill Android" phones which were dirt cheap to buy but then never received any updates.
I thought the article was fairly neutral in Reg terms - a bit tongue-in-cheek but that's the house style.
I agree that paying their own way is a good thing, but seeing as their major asset so far is fame/notoriety expect to see more stories about them in the media.
As for royal security, apparently that was withdrawn when they moved to Canada. When you leave the firm, you lose the perks. Is that unfair? Probably. I guess even princes don't live in fairytales any more.
Absolutely. This is from an email I received from Uber this morning:
From today Uber drivers in the UK will be paid holiday time, automatically enrolled into a pension plan, and guaranteed to earn at least the National Living Wage.
Drivers are an essential part of our everyday lives and we are proud to be making these changes to how they earn with Uber.
Proud? Proud?! So proud that they fought it through the courts for five years, but no mention of that from Uber!
I accidentally signed up for Prime in the middle of last year. I like to think I'm fairly savvy and careful, but I still managed to click on the wrong thing at some point during checkout. I think there were three options at one stage, along the lines of a big bright button "Yes, sign me up for Prime and take my firstborn!", a smaller plainer button "No but yeah" and a nondescript link on the other side of the page "Beware of the leopard". I may have misremembered the wording ;-)
Fortunately it was fairly simple to cancel it after my free month.
Can you use a port with t.co? You can add that to the pattern, or alternatively use your favourite language's URL library: Java's
java.net.URL class will parse the URL and then you call the
getHost() method to retrieve just the hostname, which you can compare with a fixed string. Other methods will give you the other parts of the URL if you're interested.
Where is that army of Russian hackers when you need them?
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