Re: The d in £sd
The shilling's symbol is the solidus ⧸ (U+29F8), derived from the long-s, ſ (U+017F) and is not a slash / (U+002f).
£4 7⧸8, four pound seven and eight. £1 10⧸–, one pound ten shillings. 2⧸6, half a crown.
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The thing that baffles me is how does one make the fuel cell system overall more economic than batteries in a static installation such as a data centre.
To charge batteries the infrastructure already exists. The national electricity networks bring the renewable-generated (by whatever means) to where you store it. The efficiency of a hydrogen fuel cell is impressive, but there are so many other things from the robustness of the cell itself through the need to create new infrastructure to handle the hydrogen to the costs and inefficiencies of producing it by non polluting methods in the first place.
I'd like to see some references to research and stuff because I just don't know, and I'm not seeing how it all adds up.
Last load of corporate master were mostly a Windows 10 shop and with the efforts of a significant (and surprising competent) team kept it well corralled. Acceptably stable and fast, UI made as classic as possible to minimise the learning curve and so on.
Mostly it just worked. The odd places where it didn't — such as Edge not working with Sharepoint — were irritations rather than blockers.
But it wasn't impressive in any sense. It was not going to persuade me to move desktop or laptop back from Linux, or upgrade a VM and other laptop from Win7.
Microsoft's commercial advantage never has been and still isn't the absolute quality of their product but their market share.
My own, and therefore purely anecdotal, experience is that the stores are less durable, quality household goods and more shiny, shiny, bling.
You'd hope that retailers would have a good grasp of their market, and maybe they do, but if so I — middle class, middle aged, willing to pay for nice things — no longer seem to be it.
On one occasion a $software_vendor was in to do an upgrade. Upgrade successful… then clean-up with rm -rf * as root in /
It was a very clever system that replicated data very fast (for the day) to a partner machine for failover in case of failure. Sadly the deletes were replicated just as fast.
Okay, so the good news was that we had backups of the data and we knew they were good because they were tested. But the OS needed a bare metals install first. The OS was SCO Unix. It came on floppy disks. Boot from the first and see the message…
"Please insert disk 2 of 96"
It was a long night.
The quantum of truth is, of course, the iota.
As in "There's not one iota of truth in that." Or "Beneath all the blather there is an iota of truth."
By a special application of Pauli's exclusion principle only one iota of truth can exist in any location. Two truths in close proximity will result in mutual annihilation causing irreversible confusion of the facts.
The classic one from the Geniuses is "But there's no way to recover your data."
Naturally this was not true. The simplest way was to remove the SSD from the old board and put it on the new one.
It is assumed that forcing life to conform to Apple's Genius Script was why they started soldering SSDs onto the boards.
Now there really is now way to recover your data... unless you have a soldering iron.
Ships generally get what is current, or slightly behind the current for stability and development time, when they are built and then stick with it. So ships running ancient OSs are no surprise.
Equally it would be unsurprising if the the newest built had some Win7 aboard... and downright gob-smacking if they had anything as old as XP.
Curiously this subject was addressed in this venerable publication less than six months ago. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/11/09/royal_navy_old_os_at_sea/
The price difference between any cellular and non-cellular device (not just Apple) is usually around £100.
For a Kindle Paperwhite it's exactly £60 but that includes lifetime (of the device) data use.
iPad you pay a premium to have a sim added and still have to buy a data plan of some sort do you not?
Agricultural subsidies are ultimately limited by World Trade Organisation rules.
For the European Union the permitted quota is held by the European Commission. When the UK exits the EU it will have no WTO approved subsidy quota in its own right.
Post Brexit the UK will have to negotiate its own WTO agreements. However long that takes in the interim it will have two choices: either cease paying farm support or continue paying illegally and consequently creating a block to the necessary negotiations.
Frankly DEFRA's inefficiencies are going to be the least of the problems facing farmers who rely on CAP payments for significant parts of their incomes.
More practically in a datacentre which did have CAT6a* structured cabling but did not have similar OM3 10 years ago*, even 5 years ago SFP+ switches and nics were expensive but readily available while 10Gb BaseT switches and nics were excruciatingly expensive and rare as hen's teeth.
Whatever the other benefits fibre was the only realistic choice for a number of years.
[ * I'm aware the CAT6a standard wasn't formally defined until 2009 ]
What's not mentioned is that because of inheritance laws dating back to the Kingdom of Hawaii a lot of Hawaii land has what is termed clouded title, which is to say uncertain who has a valid claim.
The equally long established process of quiet title is designed to locate potential title holders and compensate them. Not mentioned in the Star Advertiser piece is that not only known claimants are involved but searches are required to locate as many potential claimants as possible.
There is nothing scandalous here, thousands of such suits are filed annually. This one only makes a headline because of Zuckerberg's name.
How would you do that? the AO should present a focused image to the CCD. How would a CCD correct an unfocused image?
In addition the large CCD camera will be just one of a number of instruments that will be attached to the telescope — 4 currently being built plus a fibre-optic feed, more will be developed. The adaptive optics technology on the mirrors means having to do the job just once and hopefully do it well.
The alternative would be to have correction systems on each instrument, some of which might not be suitable to such manipulation.
I said this in 2013:
For me at least. As a hobbyist user of Photoshop I've been an Adobe customer since for ever and, to save money, bought only every other release these last few.
Doubtless this behaviour is what riles Adobe. But the subscription model is far more expensive than I can justify for a hobby. My guess is that the same is going to be true for many, perhaps the majority, of private users. So Adobe rather than make more money out of me you've lost a little.
However what will make the difference will be the take-up by corporate customers. That I cannot guess about. So far it doesn't look good but corps. are notoriously slow so maybe Adobe will keep them as CS6 becomes too old to use.
I guess we've now seen.
A while back I discovered that a new camera needed a new RAW plugin that needed a newer version of CS. Seems that Photoshop is now, after 25 years, no longer useful to me.
Yesterday someone told me that they'd bought an oven with built-in webcam.
Great. Now you can watch your soufflé rise from the comfort of your armchair. And so can the rest of the world.
I can't help feeling that the IoT might have jumped the shark, but only if the shark is 802.11b/g/n enabled.
"A long time ago* in a galaxy far, far away...."
Or in a windowless cubbyhole in the depths of IT we ran a Usenet server for legitimate business reasons.
Enter person demanding (also for allegedly legitimate reasons) to see some pron. Preferably really nasty pron.
No, quoth we. It would be against all policy. So pron-fixated person goes to boss who dutifully gives him the same chapter and verse. On to boss-squared for the same result. Boss cubed and so on through the exponents until it arrived at the very top. From whence came the diktat "Do it!"
We quailed and genuflected and timorously prayed "Put it in writing." And lo the verse of the chapter was amended to say "...yea dismissal and dole will be upon ye except for this, which you must do." And we read the Revised Version and in obedience thereto added numerous binary groups to the server, supplied the means to assemble and view whatever might arrive and righteously averted our eyes.
Each day the valiant pron-seeker waxed wroth and wrother verily until the fourteenth dawn when he went full Lucifer and accused the minions of censoring his feed, impeding his noble purpose and even keeping his pron unto themselves.
We minions were puzzled. Had we not offered up the finest pron the interwebs had to offer? We mused, we pondered long — about 15 seconds — and dug out a binary viewer...
Now good and bad are often subjective values but we all (five of us) agreed that the "worst" a fortnight's binary collection had produced was a scantily clad lady of substantial build interacting with a widely available root vegetable.
Sadder and not notably wiser we returned the server to it pristine condition, scrubbed the evidence (such as it was) and turned our attention to less stimulating affairs.
[ * 1996. Any connection to other events of the time or the creation of the IWF will be denied.]
I know that when I tell vendor that the budget is £X they'll come back with an overspecced quote nudging £2X.
Weeks will then be spent paring down the spec and "negotiating" the discounts until I get what I wanted in the first place at the price I was prepared to pay.
Vendor's seem to think that this ridiculous process will endear them to you for offering an extra special "good deal" but it doesn't.
Amazingly however it still seems to work on whole classes of PHBs who will, with apparent sincerity*, offer congratulations on said "good deal."
The willingness to forego the stupid price/product merry-go-round is why Dell — through a re-seller — got my last order over potential vendors $c, $h and $i. I have no idea if that was good vendor or good reseller but I do know that enquiry Monday, quote Tuesday, purchase order Thursday resulted in delivery following Tuesday. 9 (7 working) days from interest to install will result in return custom.
[ * Yes, I know it can be faked: but few PHBs have the skill-set.]
> Koçulu seems to be less than professional and not particularly polite in his responses.
Not impressed with Kik and not entirely convinced by NPM either.
But frankly when interacting with a community there's a minimum degree of politeness required and interacting with a business a minimum degree of professionalism.
Koçulu displayed neither and stamping his feet and taking his toys elsewhere just reinforced that impression.
The negotiation of publishing rights has yet to catch up with the EU's internal market.
Typically US/US English Language books will have three rights sales. North America, United Kingdom ( sometimes including Aus and NZ) and the rest of the world (with translations being another set of contracts). The details vary for other languages and origins but the principal is much the same, French being typically divided into France, N. America and ROW.
When you had the rights for one region case law said that it was okay to sell into any market to an individual but it was a transgression of another holder's rights to market a book in areas other than your own.
In practice this meant that a bookshop could order you a copy of an out-region work but could not shelve such copies for general sale.
Amazon's US and UK operations — on the advice of lawyers — has tried to replicate this model to stave off being sued by publishers who might claim their rights were being infringed and the same was done as other national markets were opened.
Unfortunately within the EU this is antithetical to the EU's borderless trade laws.
In my view it's long past time that the Commission shook both the retailers and the publishers out of their traditional practices and mandated EU-wide retailing which would in turn encourage similar scope in publishing deals.
"moving from a high cost relatively low volume house targeting pros to the mass market for hobbyists"
Really? As a hobbyist I'd maintained a licence for Photoshop through upgrades from version 3.1 onwards. The subscription model pricing is what finally decided for me that it was no longer justified for my light use.
I'd rather assumed that I was typical in this — and that work forking out massively for CC was also, suggesting that Adobe's only interest was the corporate market.
So I'd be interested to know if there is any evidence that this in not in fact the case and that individual users are taking up CC in large numbers.
In the UK there is funding for on-street residential charge point installations which means that in principal it's possible.
But it means getting your local authority to do it, which means the practice might be very different.
And nothing there will solve the bar steward parked in my spot problem even if you do manage to get one installed.
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