It was cardiac arrest in the bedroom with Miss Scarlet.
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So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?
Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much
Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42
BOFH: When was the last time someone said these exact words to you: You are the sunshine of my life?
It not just remembering passwords
it's entering those long random strings in to the right box with the right userid. It's hard enough on a proper keyboard, on a phone it's much harder though to be fair some can link the login to biometrics so you can use that sometimes. Yes cut/paste is available from a different store.
Re: Nice to read this
To really annoy cheque processing:
If your branch is in Wales, get a bilingual cheque book and fill them in in Welsh. The report I had was someone had to phone the branch and spell out the amount in words (numbers are pretty much the same). And the bigger the amount the more words the more spelling. And sometimes Welsh has multiple ways you can write amounts 20 can be dauddeg or hugain (ugain) - I think the latter is closer to the old form of score - so 40 can be pedwardeg (4 tens) or deugain (2 twenties).
Just make sure you get it right. (Sorry for any spelling errors above, it's been a long time since I used the language of Heaven)
In a galaxy far, far away, aliens may have eight-letter DNA – like the kind NASA-backed boffins just crafted
Re: 8 letters not needed - here anyway
All that "redundant" code is turning out not to be redundant but can control gene expression and a whole host of other functions. It's part of how different cells can have the same DNA but be very different and it turns out that mutation in the "non-coding" parts of DNA can be more catastrophic than changes to the coding part which as has been noted may include redundancy.
Re: Because computer dates are numbers but real dates aren't
xBase did store dates with 4 character year but lots of coding just used 2. This did mean that rewriting a hospital PAS from Clipper 87 to Clipper 5 didn't need huge changes to the data. And you could change the epoch such that 2 digit year could be interpreted differently depending on usage. So in 1990
DOB : 31/05/91 would store 31 May 1891
Appointment : 31/05/01 would store 31 May 1991
Re: Lighten up Francis....
Absolutely and who knows if this now turns into a new efficient design that no one every thought of because it's just silly. OK at 7 the chances are the child just drew something but good things have come because someone who doesn't know it's impossible does the impossible.
With these bases unless there is risk to flyover (actual risk to work, transport, sensitive information) why bother enforcing a no-fly. That just indicates there is something "going on" and attracts attention.
A collection of domes in a field with some supporting infrastructure is hard to hide from physical view and not preventing flyovers really isn't compromising things. I'm sure they'd be aware of the difference between some hot air balloons occasionally passing over and repeated intrusions of a more suspicious nature.
One way around this if you have multiple hard disks is to put GRUB2 on to another disk's MBR and then set BIOS (or whatever) to boot from that.
When Windows needs to update with multiple reboots, switch back to the primary disk and let Windows do what it needs. Then once all stable again, switch back to booting from other disk and there is the Linux menu in all it's glory. And you can still select Windows if you need to.
As a Christian I condemn this action entirely. If the disto is good enough then it will be used and doesn't need this sort of approach. Many of the applications used are easily added to other operating systems. This action is more harmful both to the distro, the organisation and the wider Christian community than it helps.
My parents relate that just after moving us to South Africa (around 68/69) they went out to a cinema in Pretoria. This was a proper fleapit with the owner showing whatever film he could get that hadn't been in the locality for a while. They were amazed that many patrons were still dressed up with furs, jewellery, suits.
We also were in South Africa when the first Star Wars came out and that initial scene with the Williams fan fair then the essentially cowboys in space fast pace of the film. But you did have to get through lots of ads, 2 news reels and the "B" feature first but that was part of the experience.
I think that if you did see the film in a good cinema it stuck far more than maybe the better made later films.
Since this should be a controlled document it's not the (just) author but who ever signed the document off. Authors can make mistakes (likely a cut and paste from their production screen) but it should get spotted when the document is approved for publication which should have multiple signers to ensure technical correctness, non containing of "classified" material and so forth.
Preview email in plain text only
This is my tip and it's easy to set up. Most good users send plain text equivalent or you can get a "mess" but with something readable. You can see the actual links are from www.twesbarcoyd.co.ru and tracking pixels also show in just their HTML glory.
There are a few senders who don't make the effort and you see nothing. And where you do trust the sender (and their links) you can read in formatted form.
Nothing is fool proof but it adds another layer to the existing processes.
Ours is the one with the door wide open that means everyone thinks we are in even when we aren't (OK happened once).
More seriously our road is the one with "P" living on it since almost when it first opened, who knows everyone and has an interest in what's going on. That means we could leave our door open and any misinformed individual who came around and found the door not shut by "P" or another neighbour would likely find a "taxi" with blue lights waiting to take him to his next appointment on his exit.
Re: Biometric systems
What biometric? Hands in gloves, covered in blood and other fluids, maybe mask on, face shield.
Maybe a solution is to have separate terminals and requirements in different zones, so terminals more open to "outside" use need more security than one in a clinical area where access is more restricted. You can also change what can be done so in areas like emergency treatment where getting info is more important that changing it make terminal read-only or limit what can be changed without additional authentication.
When I was at growing up in South Africa we had a cub field trip to the local crisp factory (at a time when RSA had loads of flavours) and then to Jan Smuts (as was then) airport where we toured the airport hangers and were shown around a 747. The "upstairs" cabin on this model was more than the turn left on boarding. There were only about 4 or 5 seats, each big, luxurious and separate from the others. Had own toilets and washing facilities.
My SatNav used to work like this (sort of).
Plan your journey and points of interest on Google and send the points to the SatNav. Then you just join it together on the satnav. It has a built in phone chip so remained in the car.
Then it all started to fall apart : on board search changed from Google to Here, petrol prices withdrawn, Send to GPS removed on Google maps. It still has some features I like, checks for parking, has a tracker system (I can send an invite to someone and they can see why I am late).
I don't have a smart phone nor want one but the newer units don't have much of this unless you pair with a smart phone.
If TomTom have now started to provide some of this it may get my custom next.
My Nexus 7 (2012) was horrible with Lollipop until I factory reset it. Now it runs fine. Wireless is better but battery life isn't. (I would use Lux to keep the screen less bright but then the NatWest app doesn't work.) I did loose some data not backed up (surprise) but most apps had stored config/status to servers on-line so they recovered nicely.
My 2012 Nexus 7 is like one of those old cars in movies now.
It splutters and crawls along, then suddenly (like in those movies where the protagonist talks to the old girl for one last race) it speeds along very nicely and then it sort of falls apart and the System UI dies and I go to bed/work/lunch.
The old 4.4 did similar but not so badly.
And every time I restart it I get an "Android updating ... starting apps" screen.
Re: letter of the law
38 in a 30 is well over the limit but I think the police need to look at other factors that just the speed and the limit. Doing 30 past a school at end of school day could be in the limit but could be dangerous and careless (maybe variable limits so reduce limits at those times) where as exceeding the limit (slightly) when there is lower risk could be more easily overlooked. Hopefully a live police man (as opposed to some automated system) should be able to take these factors into account. It's not simply they let someone "get away with it" but use judgement about how to respond.
Re: It's gotten better.
I've often found Linux easier to install than Windows. The former has only ever once failed to see my hard disks whereas the latter wants a driver disk. Windows has been installed by the "builder" and so it works but try to repair the booting and no disks found. Fortunately GRUB can boot Windows for me so all is not lost.
The wild haggis of Scotland may be a myth but here in Hampshire it's the new season pork pies that are becoming available. With children now going to school the nesting sites are much safer and the recent dry weather has helped improve survival by allowing their coats to fully dry out much more quickly giving protection from predators.
Just ask Jake at Hampshire Farmers' Markets http://www.stanstedfarmshop.com/2014/09/10/finest-pork-pie-ever/