Re: Poor proof reading
Monetize gets my goat. Make money out of...
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I only install Firefox (with ublock and noscript). I will *never* install an 'app' when I have a browser. If I can't use their service with a browser I just move on -- t'internet's a big place.
With Firefox you have a hell of a lot more control of the data you leak. With apps, zero control. Steve Jobs fuck off.
My problem with LISP is that I can never think of anything to do with it.
Just a bit of fun. :-)
If you have 20 horses in a race, what is the number of ways you can choose first, second and third? Well, the first could be any one of 20. The second, any one of 19 and the third any one of 18. So 20*19*18 ways
or 20!/17! = 20!/(20 - 3)! = 6840
And in Lisp:
Type :h and hit Enter for context help.
> (defun fact (n) (if (< n 1) 1 (* n (fact (- n 1)))))
> (/ (fact 20) (fact (- 20 3)))
Recursive functions, aren't they beautiful.
 And this is read, of course, as 20 bang over 17 bang. :-)
Just indent your Lisp code correctly, so the parameters to the function calls line up. Then it's easy. Lisp is a great language. It's simple syntax is a plus, and used properly it is extremely flexible, with so many other languages using ideas that were first demonstrated in Lisp.
It won't go away for a reason, but because it makes you think about programming differently, it is often seen as difficult to learn. But once you get it it's easy.
The job of SLS has only been to keep funding jobs in the space industry. After the shuttle was shut down if they didn't have SLS all those skills would be lost. And there's lots of votes right across the US to be won, so pumping stupid amounts of money into SLS ($2 billion per launch?) was the only way to keep everyone happy.
Now Musk has upset the apple cart (or you could say he's the one who has come along and proved the private sector can step up) SLS is less important. I expect it to be retired once Starship becomes operational. I expect Starship flight 3 to get to Hawaii -- it's akin to software development: the first version has huge bugs, but you have to run the code to find them. You tweak it and it runs better but still has problems. Eventually after rinse and repeat you perfect the product.
I've never used Chrome. And I agree with the stupid UI change, especially the status bar.
But I can get the menu bar back as you say, so not a total disaster.
 I did buy a Chromebook once, but it would only work if I logged in with a Google account, to tell them everything I was doing. I didn't want to do that, and I couldn't work out how to blow it away and put Linux on (= I want to do things my way, so fuck off), so I sent it back and got a refund.
It would be nice to see a version that gives the user a choice: to keep the hardware they have just bought but ditch the virus, along with a process to recoup the cost of the unused software.
I haven't used Windows for decades but seeing the amount of shit that seems to be loaded onto a new laptop I'm glad that my first task is always to format the entire drive. The feeling of total control Linux gives me is wonderful. (Using Firefox with AdBlock and Noscript helps too. :-)
That' why they are so good. They've adopted the build it, test it, fix it approach, like you do with software development. Lots of hardware means lots of real-world experience. Their first launch of Starship, widely reported as a failure, was far from it. It gave them lots of data about how such a monstrous vehicle performs in reality. That's how they learn. That's how they are so fast.
I take my hat off to them.
Oh sorry, we were talking about Boeing.
Quite. It's just pandering to the base -- pig-ignorant pensioners who think democracy means if enough of them vote for it it will have to happen.
Just to support my claim they are pig ignorant, very many of them, probably a large majority, left school aged 15 (some even at 14). School leaving age in the UK did not increase to 16 until 1972, 51 years ago, so 67 year olds are the first forced to stay on to 16. This group were key Thatcher supporters. And now polling for UK in a changing Europe shows they are the least likely to have engaged with the issues with brexit and still think leaving was good. But then again, the University of Live has never offered a critical thinking course.
They hate immigrants. They hate Europe. They hate paying tax -- but love to take everyone else's tax in the form of the Socialist pension payment. And don't you dare think of taxing these buggers. We are not allowed to raise far more Council Tax against hugely inflated property prices to help pay for government services. Hell no! And there'll be no sneaking of tax payments after they've gone. They vote Tory for a reason. It's their house. They bought it when it was a good price and now, with clever investment kudos, some of them live in million pound assets. Wow. My kids will look forward to that when I'm gone.
No siree. It's computers innit. They can do anything. We want them to spy on the paedophile scum so go ahead and force these humongous tech behemoths to do our democratic bidding. No, I'm not listening. Just force the to do what I want. We are Engerland. We are the bestest country in the world. Britannia ruled the waves, and with brexit it will again.
Nurse? NURSE? Do you know where my pills are?
 I know, I know. They've paid their stamp for forty years, a piddlingly small amount, but now expect to get far more back for maybe another thirty years. And they don't have to think how that works. They were never very good at maths.
Probably because RL is a US company. They have a launch site in Virginia. While they can launch from NZ, most of the business is via the US, so they are tightly tied into the US regulatory system.
It just makes economic sense. It is rocket science after all! It's bloody hard, and what RL have done to date is amazing. So too, BTW, is what SpaceX is doing, but Peter Beck seems to be of the methodical sort, taking his time, paying attention to detail. Whereas Mr Musk takes the software approach to development -- build something, light it and see what happens. Then debug the problem and correct it, and light the next one. Either way no one else is doing what RL and SpaceX are doing, which is throwing up rockets regularly.
Fingers crossed RL can sort this quickly. It appears to be a second stage problem.
So when will I get Gnome to:
* change the mouse at the window boundary, not some distance outside it?
* Keep the scroll bar visible when you move your mouse outside the window?
* put the menu back in gedit (I've stopped using it because I can't save a file with ALT-F, S; something I've done habitually for over 30 years)?
Still, on the plus side it's not Microsoft Windows. I stopped using that decades ago.
Quite. When GDPR came in the US tech company I used to work for shit themselves, and MANDATED everybody to take a training course (online, obviously) and to commit to complete it before the GDPR deadline. I had to get a certificate from them to say I'd done the training and understood my responsibilities. It was very clear if the shit hit the fan they would stand me in front of them.
The EU's influence is global, and 'a percentage of your global earnings' is very powerful. I wonder what the EU's take on this will be? And I wonder what 'lil ol' England's response will be.
Isn't that the shouty version?
* 'Was kann ich für Sie tun?'
* 'I need some assistance here.'
* 'Wie kann ich Ihnen helfen?'
* ' I. Need. Some. Help. Here.'
* 'Ja, ich verstehe. Wie kann ich Ihnen helfen?'
* 'I. NEED. SOME. HELP. HERE.'
That sort of Englsh. (Or is that just British English?)
Seeing how TSMC fits into the entire silicon processing supply chain I heartily recommend the book reviewed here: The material roots of the weightless. The book is called Material World and is written by Ed Conway, economics editor at Sky News. It covers other raw materials as well as sand (silicon dioxide). Well worth a read, and you will learn a lot!
Aren't Fujitsu also implicated in the this DWP fracas: Thatcher-era ICL mainframe fingered for failure to pay out over £1bn in UK pensions.
It's not rocket science -- if you want a decent society for all *everyone* should contribute. Everybody puts in and then everyone can take something out. We need proper funding for education because that's all our futures. Try and turn them into starving criminals because some Daily Fail article winds up the gullible and in a few years they will bite back.
Of course wanting to protect the untaxed capital gains in one's home is more attractive, so that wins every time.
All UK political parties should be funded via public funds. That would take the abuse and corruption out of the process.
But that's unlikely to happen. We have an electorate that's not even willing to pay to support their beloved NHS or care workers to wipe their arses when they become incontinent. Another 30 years I guess, before it has got so bad that a 1945 moment returns and a new cycle begins.
Haha. Plus I wish I could upvote you twice, another one for using Internet, ie capitalised. It is a proper noun because there is only one Internet. When my ISP goes down then true I have an internet, but it is no longer connected to The Internet. (Thanks to the late W Richard Stevens for pointing this out.)
As to the FTS testing there is some detail here: