Re: Self driving trucks and cars
> You're right, it's a government conspiracy to take over DHL
At least DHL have some pretence at professionalism. Unlike other couriers I could mention (Yodel - from hells heart I stab at thee!)
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.. much hilarity is involved in using a UK-spec motorbike in Germany - the standard UK spec (used to be) that bikes with two headlights have both lights enabled on dip.
In Germany, the standard is one light enabled on dip (for no obvious reason - logic kind of indicates that having both lit is safer as, if your bulb blows, you at least still have the other) with both lights only enabled on full beam.
Que lots of flashing by oncoming drivers..
> Demon was the only show in town
Not quite - you could go with Pipex and pay through the nose. But only Demon had proper FAQs about how to get linux autodial and sendmail configurations working..
Ah - memories. Running Slackware 0.99pl15 on a 386sx25 with a honking great (physically anyway - full-height) 330MB ESDI drive that wouldn't fit into the case and so sat on the floor next to the case. The cats enjoyed the heat output..
Kids today eh?
> but even I have trouble being understood sometimes when darn Sarf
A former (Californian) manager had great difficulty understanding my wifes soft south Devon/Plymouth accent (which has now morphed to a Devon/Wiltshire accent complete with the complete loss of everything resembling conventional grammar..)
> anything I'd contributed to United's or Continental's portfolios of whoa woes
> had to have aged out of their systems by at least a decade or two
I suspect some of the middleware code I worked on while at Galileo in the early 90s might still be in place. Which is a pretty scary thought.
 Assuming they are still using TPF
> I don't think Waters is a great, solo, song writer; he needs others
A bit like the Genesis boys - much, much better together than any of their solo projects. Apart from (maybe) the first Steve Hackett album - usually called "the best Genesis record that Genesis never made" (largely because Mike and Phil both played on it and helped with the music..)
> bottom of the diabetes epidemic, glucose or artificial saccharides
Part of the problem is that pretty much *any* carbohydrate that you eat will get eventually converted into glucose (or excreted). So, the thing is to look at glycaemic load rather than glycaemic index (GL measures bioavailability over time - so eating 3 apples is better than drinking the juice of 3 apples because your body has to work much harder to extract the carbs and break them down for use whereas the juicing has already done most of the work and your blood glucose rise isn't so much a curve as a vertical line..)
> There are natural fruit-flavoured drinks which are almost calorie-free and
> free from any unnatural chemicals
Really? I've yet to find one! (Diabetic, despise the taste of saccarine/aspartame/sucralose. Don't mind the taste of xlyitol but it has an unfortunate effect on the gut..)
And I've yet to find a fruit-juice that was almost calorie free - most of them have a far worse effect on blood glucose than eating the amout of fruit required to make the juice.
More info desired.
> The ads pay everyone's wages here and we quite like having food and a roof overhead.
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So do you get paid for just displaying the ad or only when someone clicks on it? If it's the former then I'd be happy to whitelist but if it's the latter then whitelisting you would be pointless because I don't click on ads..
> You will find that changing the channel doesn't help much these days
It does if you live in a country where decent, free-to-air TV exists without adverts (like the BBC). Sure, we pay for it other ways but I'd far rather subscribe to a set of channels that have watchable content without adverts than zillions of free-ad-supports channels full of crap..
But I wrote a little utility (in assembler - my then job was writing IBM S/370 assembler on a TPF mainframe so it wasn't a big jump) to query all the shares on our (OS/2 LAN Server) servers on the network (after doing a broadcast to find them all) and query all the shares to find all the stuff that people had secreted on them..
This was the early 90's so the stuff I found wasn't very exciting and I couldn't tell who had put the stuff there. And if I ran it too often the broadcasts would temporarily lock out my segment of the token-ring network..
There's probably a reason why I stopped doing programming and started doing support instead!
.. in miniture anyway. I worked/was employed/went there on a daily basis at Windriver when those rovers were made. Windriver USA made (without checking with NASA) a whole load of RC miniture rovers with NASA and Windriver logos.
NASA pitched a bit of a fit about unauthorised use of their logo and so the minitures never got sold - instead we were allowed to take away a couple each on the strict understanding that we didn't *ever* try to sell them..
I gave one to my nephew and kept one - both (as far as I know) still in their original boxes.
It's *always* Yodels fault.. especially when they comprehensively fail to read the simple (not using long words or complicated grammar) delivery instructions and leave £200-worth of wine on the doorstep in full view of the road..
I suppose I'm lucky that they just don't chuck it over the fence. But that would involve the driver putting in some thought and effort..
> reasons beer was a drunk by all was that compared to water it had minimal dangers.
Unless you were from ancient Athens (beer was a foreign drink - proper civilised people drank well-watered wine. Well watered because it was uncivilised to be drunk in the morning and wine because it killed the bugs..)
What did the ancient Greeks ever do for us anyway?
> boiled with malted barley and hops
And then made into whisky?
(Beer gives me bad hangovers. Even after one pint. Whisky isn't so bad. Cider and red wine [not neccesarily at the same time] don't give me a hangover at all..)
And I like the taste of cider. And red wine. I never really got the taste for beer because of the issue above.
> I think the feature was a bit of a bad idea by Microsoft to begin with.
I suspect it's also the first step in Microsoft trying to provide the facility that Mac machines have - the ability for a bare-metal machine to do a full install from Apple via the Internet.
Of course, Apple has much tighter control over the hardware and firmware - Microsoft would have to trust that the OEM does a good job of making sure that all the relevent h/w drivers are also present to allow the machine to connect. And we all know how fully trustable the OEMs are eh?
> My local practice mailed out forms allowing you to opt out of everything.
So did mine. With the rider that opting out would mean my electronic prescriptions would no longer be delivered to the pharmacy of my choice (or any other). So in order to get my diabetes meds I'd have to put in my repeat request as usual, go back two days later, pick up the prescription forms, wait for them to be signed (30 minutes to two hours) then take them to the pharmacy (and wait 30 minutes for them to be filled).
Do-able but a pain in the fundament. Especially given that I work..
Which has a pretty wide selection of accents (one of my previous (Californian) managers had great difficulty with my wife's soft South Devon/Plymouth accent).
And lets not forget that wonderful Geordie or Northumberland accent. And lets please forget that Essex accent..
> Now that is what I call a secure PC!
Crush it with a Victorian Steam Press (hack that!)
Collect crushed bits in hand-forged steel box and weld shut
Cover steel box in concrete. We recommend at least 30cm thickness.
By rowing boat, take box to nearest deep ocean trench. Preferrably one of at least 2KM depth
Push box over side. Before pushing, check to make sure you are not actually tethered to it.
Run like hell when the Deep Old Ones come after you for littering.
> " .... To a general air of "when has a chip ever had a bug ?". ... "
> classics as the FDIV bug.
I remember (many many moons ago) arguing with a colleague about the use of non-Intel chips (in this case AMD). He was adamant against the use of non-Intel on the basis that "Intel were the premier chipmakers and produced chips with no errors - you always knew where you were with Intel". Then the next day the news of the FDIV bug came out..
Sadly, he didn't change his worldview even when faced with the evidence. So we carried on buying Intel-only computers despite the cost premium.
> "eat the equivalent of 32kg of chocolate" is 16Kg. Apples are 10%
Apples contain a good bit more than that - but it isn't generally available. The sugar in chocolate is generally sucrose which is only one step from glucose and easily converted so your blood sugar levels tend to look like the north face of the Eiger..
Apples OTOH, have a lot of their sugars as fructose and locked up within nice cellulose packages that your gut has to work harder to open. So your blood sugar rise looks more like a small roundabout in profile and the broken insulin feedback system has more time to adjust.
Also, Apples contain citric acid and acidic things seem to also slow down sugar take-up (dunno why!).
 Which is why drinking sweet fruit juices is generally not a good idea for t2 diabetics - all the sugar is now in solution and much much easier to absorb. Even things like rhubarb juice contain a suprising amount of sugar..
> if you end up with diabetes, the cost is horrendous. Meds, dialysis,
> amputation after amputation (and the prosthetics) before the Grim Reaper shows up
None of which are inevitable (apart from the meds). It doesn't take a great deal to successfully manage t2 diabetes - just some will power (no - I won't stuff myself on cream cakes and sugary snacks) and a sensible diet (and not relying on "I know I've just eaten lots of sugar so I'll take an extra tablet" - the feedback loop itself is broken..)
And ending up with diabetes isn't always as a result of lifesyle - sometimes (like me) you end up being t2 as a result of having a mother with a very large family history of it. Despite being (reasonably) fit and watching what I ate I still ended up t2 after a period of intense stress. And none of the (largely snake oil) 'therapies' that promise to end t2d actually work except in certain fringe cases.
> It had airco fitted and that summer it promptly died
A bit like a new computer room project I was involved with - merging two separate computer rooms in a new building. We offered to do a proper calculation (but being the support team were not trusted to do anything related to the new computer room) but the managers chose instead to just install double the capacity of one of the old ones. They chose the wrong (smaller) one. Likewise with UPS capacity.
The end result was a 2-chiller aircon system where theoretically we could take one chiller offline for maintenance but actually had to run them both at about 70% load all the time. Likewise with the UPS - about 80% of the way into the merge, the UPS went into bypass mode as we we were pulling too much current and we couldn't put in a bigger unit as the UPS was surrounded with fixed frames and racks.. It ran on bypass for months with us praying that the power supply in the new building wouldn't crap out on us. Especially as restarting the systems had to be done in a very specific fashion otherwise transactions would almost certainly be lost.