Bought stock in GameStop?
You know what he could have done with that money? Two chicks at the same time!
Now where's the red stapler icon?
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Sir Pterry said it best. What people think they want is news. But what they really crave is OLDS.
And from the same book: "A lie can run around the world before the truth has pulled its boots on".
We all have an inherent bias, and many people want to read things that reaffirm their opinion on how they think the world should be. Somehow a significant number take it as a personal affront to have their views challenged by truth, and just double-down on the crazy.
I have a Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000. Got it 14 years ago and it's still going strong. It's quite sturdy, but not cast-iron heavy. Whenever I changed jobs, the keyboard came with me. Also helps that nobody in the office is used to the ergonmic shape so it will never be used by anyone else.
Got another one Xmas 2019 for my daughter, so they might still be available somewhere.
I had those annoying malware ads using Microsoft's OWN Soltaire Collection App. Just finished my game of FreeCell and BEEEEEEEEEP! with a browser window opening saying "you have been infected". And they kept popping up, until I closed Solitaire.
It seems to be fixed now. Just the regular annoying ads, which can safely be ignored (no I won't cough up just to remove the ads, that's bloody ransomware)
I never found out the real cause, thanks!
Imagine working in Tech Support for Iomega at the height of this problem (1998), and being ordered to tell customers "no it's not a design issue, we'll replace it under warranty". And you had to keep a straight face doing so......
The response was usually, "fine I'll buy a SyQuest". Then CD-Writers became affordable, followed by USB sticks.
Crikey, that was over 20 years ago....... get off my lawn!
I think so. It's in Augsburg, where I live. Pretty glum news. Hope the staff can find something more that just working as Jeff Bezos' slave down the road in Graben.
Though it probably means even more cars on the Autobahn and even more people on the already full trains to Munich (which I, like many others, use to commute to work)
The late, great Sir Pterry summed it up well:
"People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things…well, new things aren’t what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don’t want to know that a man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is OLDS"
- Lord Vetinari in "The Truth"
€400 "warm" rent for 75m² is not all that expensive (relatively speaking). Depends on where you are. I'm at about €1000 per month for 88m² for a family of 4, but this is in southern Bavaria about an hour outside Munich.
As far comparing costs of living, I think Dublin is far more expensive. Healthcare and childcare here are brilliant compared to Ireland. Food is much cheaper, too.
The UK would have been able to restrict "New EU" immigration after certain eastern european nations (including Poland) joined the EU several years ago. Most EU countries passed legislation through their national parliaments for a grace period where new EU citizens would not immediately have full freedom of migration/employment. In Germany, I think it was 7 years. Only a few EU countries did not pass such laws, including UK, Ireland. Guess where a lot of those people went as soon as they were legally allowed? So for all the "polish plumber" complaints, Westminster had the ability to restrict it but did nothing. As Binky said, ask yourself why.
I think the pun is somewhat appropriate for this article, as Kraut, or rather its plural "Kräuter" is the German word for herbs....
The Germans also take the piss out of the British for what they consider culinary blasphemy. Like warm beer, the contents of a fry-up, mint-sauce with lamb, and vinegar on chips (and this from a country that considers mayonnaise as an acceptable condiment to chips, the heathens!).
Fat chance. They won't even use it to plug the gaping holes in the national pension reserve fund. It's all going to pay off a fraction of the Anglo-Irish Bank debt. So some senior bank managers in Paris, Frankfurt and whoever else lent Anglo the money can get even bigger bonuses.
Well, some might be used to finance the next well-earned pay rise for the glorious elected representatives of Dáil Éireann (apologies if anyone's sarcasm detector just exploded)
Erm, don't know about the english-speaking world, but here in the Fatherland, DHL already have stuff like that:
(the page in in english, don't worry)
I've used their free Packstation service for about 10 years, maybe longer. Any online retailer worth their salt can accept Packstation addresses. Amazon were one of the first to offer it. In fact, I think I first found out about this on Amazon.
32 counties, not 36 :-)
But you're right on the rest. Though I don't think they're targeting the Irish government. Their target is to be IN the next Irish government. The main political parties have each proved they're useless and can't run the country, so I fear the Shinners will do rather well at the next election. Taoiseach Gerry? Ugh!
Zip-Ties + Fibre Cables = Bad Idea
Maybe the cable might have been slightly damaged. Not enough the cause the port to go offline, but just a weak signal. Sometimes that's hard to pick up without appropriate monitoring parameters on the SAN switch (the default thresholds might not have picked it up).
Also, the disk firmware issue can affect multiple disks at once. I saw one advisory that said after a certain amount of running time (about 3 years), some flash disks could shutdown and restart themselves. Since all disks in a SAN Array were started at the same time, it could have caused the affected pool to go offline. Prevented by installing a new disk firmware before the 3 years were up.
What galls me is how many Turks in Germany are pro-Erdogan. If they think he's such a great führer why are they not on the next plane to Istanbul to live in the paradise he's creating for them?
What's scary is what's happening to anti-Erdogan Turks here.There's reports of people being spied on or beaten, simply for saying they disagree with Erdogan and are voting No in this upcoming referendum. The Verfassungsschutz need to have a good look at what some turkish organisations are up to.
The comments of the turkish regime have really shown their true colours and their desperation. I hope EU companies with business interests in Turkey are considering their positions (e.g. VW/MAN has a bus factory in Ankara, MediaMarkt has plenty of stores there, too)
The MSA was a Compaq product. I think it was based on their Smart RAID controller for Proliant servers, just in an external box. And the EVA was based on the HSx Controller originally developed by Digital (DEC), who were acquired by Compaq, and then by HP.
Clariion was a DG product. Even today, an EMC Unity LUN identifies itself as DGC