Re: Blame the Indian guy
It really doesn't matter. He could have said "blame the brown skinned person" and it would be just as correct, because sadly that's a thing. And don't think OP was arguing that it's a good thing, quite the opposite.
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You could say the Taliban are probably a very popular government based on the amount they have been searched for in the last few months, but does that mean they are any good?
* we've moved away from the Taliban analogy at this point.
"You can say a lot about Facebook's insane parasitism of human society. Like the fungus that infects an ant and takes over its nervous system, making it climb to the top of a plant and erupt in an explosion of spores, Facebook has mindlessly evolved to exploit us with maximal efficiency.
There is no moral guiding the act of hyper-categorising people and feeding them to whatever entity wants them most, but it delivers cash. So it will be done. Democracy may falter as a result, pitting families against themselves in a new civil culture war, but the spreadsheet looks good."
Am loving those first two paragraphs. This is why I don't use Facebook any more.
One the one hand, it seems the story is true and someone has died after taking the vaccine. Could be related, perhaps not. A very very small number of people do die from an adverse reaction. However, it does seem we're not allowed to know this because most people on Facebook are too stupid or just innumerate and can't work out the stats. Which is also probably true.
So, do we take the position that people are just too dumb to understand? They should be protected? "You can't handle the truth!"
It's starting to look like vaccines don't actually reduce the chances of you catching or passing on Covid by very much, especially with Delta. With that in mind, forcing people to take the vaccine doesn't really seem to make sense as people who have had the vaccine can still pass on covid. It does not give you a magical cloak of protection.... or has it now become more about politics and "virtue signalling" ?
This is coming from someone who has been double jabbed for months, but would like to still be able to participate with others in society who decide they don't want to be jabbed, for whatever reason.
Not that I was going to go to CES anyway, but I won't be going to anything that requires en-jabbment as a condition of entry. Except perhaps snowboarding, as my principles only go so far.
Ahh, but you assume lockdowns actually work. I'd like to see some evidence for that? Other than delaying things for a few months, or basically kicking the can down the road (and even then not very much - as most of the working class still have to go to work) I'm not convinced.
Is there any recourse, or do the property firm get away with the "punishment" that they have given someone for having them arrested and questioned?
Seems that some compensation should be in order, partly from the property company and partly from the Policy (or the CPS) for not doing any form of checks before arresting someone?
Yes, Perl does make it easy to write ugly code... but you can do that in most languages, it just takes a little more effort. You can also write concise and readable code, if you so choose.
I've also not used it in over 10 years, but would be happy to if a project came along. Although, I'd be happier with Python or Go because... well future prospects really.
I really have no clue what this story is about. Someone said some things, which upset some people? But it was on IRC ot Twitter, so outside of the jurisdiction of Community Affairs Team?
But we can't say what it is they said, you'll have to do your own digging for that?
Can someone summarise what this is REALLY about? It it Trump? Covid? Trans right? I can bet it's nothing to do with Perl.
Many managers will want things to go back to the way they were, but that's not going to happen as those who have talent will be able to work flexibly from now on.
As for The Great Reset, it's either a sinister plan to take over the wealth of the planet or some crazy vague aspirations depending on who you ask. I'm pretty sure the governments around the world are not organised enough to come together and "build back better". Either that or they are all just pretending to be inept, and it's all part of the big plan. ;-)
I've been doing Unix/Linux for 25+ years and I'm pretty sure that's not a command. However, if you kill a process it does tend to kill the children processes as well. Unless you kill -9, in which case sometimes the children turn into Zombies. Or Kill -15 which will force the parents to turn into werewolves.
... rich people who want to donate to some kind of cause that they support, and at the same time the value of the NFT *might* even go up over time, so it's a (very risky) investment also.
So, a pretty limited use case, and not really for the rest of us who will just use Patreon or Fiverr do give people small amounts.
But then people pay millions for a shark made of blood or a piece of shit in a box, so who knows? There's no limit to stupidity.
Yes agreed. They are going to have to offer flexible tickets. Perhaps you buy a block of 10 and use them whenever you travel in, rather than buying an expensive monthly. I can't see demand getting back up to 2019 levels for a very long time, so they should have plenty of capacity.
OTOH, all the train companies might go bust due to lack of demand.
Personally I've been going to the gym (home gym when real one closed), sleeping longer and spending more time with the family in those extra couple of hours.
We always have breakfast together, and I get to work feeling ready for the day... rather than drained and frustrated by the selfish c**t who would not shut up on the train about their problems on a very loud phone call, and felt the need to share it with the whole carriage. Or stuck waiting for "signal failure". Or crammed in for 1 1/2 hours with no seat, because previous train was cancelled.
So, yeah my "employer"* seriously benefits from all that, as I can focus more easily on the work as I'm not as stressed by all the daily commute and the crap that goes along with it.
*contractor, so client really.
Having said that, I'd be quite happy to put up with that commute for 2 days a week, just to get face time with my colleagues. But 5 days a week (or 4)? Really don't want to do that again. Perhaps for project kickoff, etc. but for the rest of the time, no thanks.
Agreed. Spotify things I like "Fallout! Boy" because I like "My Chemical Romance". They are sort of audibly similar, to a dumb computer, but not to squishy humans.
However, given enough time and enough data I suppose they might feasibly be able to find some great music for me. But not there yet.
I like Alt-J, Metallica, Tchaikovsky, Caro and hundreds (or thousands?) of other things.
Some of the things I like are "hard" Queens of the Stone Age (and I even like some Hip Hop from Public Enemy to NF).
Saying I don't like to listen outside my genre is utter rubbish.
Just recommend stuff that's "Good" because that's all I like to listen to.
But it has to be subjectively good (to me I mean) and not necessarily what the next person likes.
And some people (many people I think) don't like something because it doesn't fit into their self perception. I happen to also like some Britney Spears songs, in addition to the above... so good luck recommending things to me. But I know if I like it when I hear it.
Surely this is going to be delayed by another year, because Covid? If that was the reason last year, then it still applies this year.
Also, the who MOO thing is ridiculous. If you contract an electrician to rewire your office over the next three months, you can't really then turn around and say you don't want them to do the work, once you've agreed on the contract. And they can't really turn around and say they don't feel like doing it any more. Of course you are obliged to offer the work agreed in the contract. How is this a test of employment?
I first saw it on Twitter, then on the BBC and now on El Reg. Is it possible this guy is having a laugh at our expense, and making himself a bit Twitter famous at the same time? Can the NHS really be that inept? (OK, at this point perhaps I should just not bother hitting submit - of course they can). LOL
I read the whole thing. Some of the paragraphs I even read twice. I'm still none the wiser as to what any of this is all about? I had a big lunch, and a little sleepy, maybe it's just me?
It's like Microsoft marketing wrote all the buzzword filled middle bit and the "author" wrote the first and last paragraphs.
Can anyone explain to me, in English, what this is and if I might find it useful?
Yes, I thought exactly the same thing. Microsoft don't seem to be that way any more under Satya Nadella, and genuinely seem to have moved on. Shame that Red Hat (well IBM) are becoming the new Microsoft. How weird to be even saying that, but that's 2020 for you.
Wrong. Because for most organizations, even large ones, you can't pack them to the gills in the same say a super massive one like Amazon, Azure or GCP can. So, there are actually fewer servers. But still not server-less, just you don't have to care that there's a server at the end of it.
I sorta remember that too, but perhaps you have just planted that memory in my brain.
Presumably we would have had to record the game* onto tape first to load it onto the C64 (other computers may have been available at the time).
*Yes, it would have to have been a game for you to bother going to the effort of recording it yourself onto a tape, wouldn't it?
I don't mind going in a couple of days a week, but 5 days in an open plan office just leaves me no time to concentrate on hard problems. Like today, I've been reading through a NIST Guide for container recommendations, which I could never do in an open plan office. I supposed Noise Cancelling Headphones help. :shrug:
How did you get Martin Clunes to sing Gary Numan? I bet he wanted more than £60 for that voice gig.
Or was it Kipper? Actually, it sounded more like Kipper the Dog.
I could tell what the song was on the first hum. I tried it myself with "The Night" by the Four Seasons earlier in the week (which was an earworm for me, and I genuinely couldn't remember who it was by). Likewise Google: 0. Me: 1.
That's what I thought. When I read "some premises may still lack superfast speeds, let alone gigabit connectivity". I thought "Let Alone!?" Gigabit is pretty damned fast, and should be enough for even the hungriest of bandwidth needs for quite some time for the vast majority of people.
Same thing here. Except the muppet who severed the cable was ME, and it was the phone cable into my house which runs up the wall behind a wysteria bush that needed trimming. I soldered it back together rather than using a choc block, and it's been fine ever since. :-)
Not really, no. It comes down to market forces as a poster above stated.
There is less demand for contractors now, so they can get away with paying lower rates. When the market picks up again, they will struggle to find people and the rates will go back up again. People will switch from contract to perm, and some will switch back again. Depends on how tempting it is to take that risk, and when rates are high it's more tempting.
Nothing to do with Covid though, if anything demand for BT services must have gone up massively over the last 6 months.
However, Covid has screwed the contractor market (along with Brexit and IR35). so I'm not surprised BT are making this move. I guess the banks will see this and see if they can do one better. If they have any contractors left.
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