So you pay the same as everyone else?
So you pay the same as everyone else regardless of how much or little you use the features?
I had no idea the US had embraced Socialism so warmly.
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> Unfortunately there is no way motorcycle makers will remain on the side of the road weeping. They will find ways to do the same
No "will" - future tense - about it. KTM already fit all their bikes with the mechanics, electronics and switch-gear for quick-shifter and cruise control but you pay extra to have it enabled.
A colleague once told me that he'd been driving long, early start commutes on essentially empty motorways and one day had had a dream where he was driving along and there was a slight rumbling sound from somewhere within the car. He concentrated but couldn't quite work out where the rumble was coming from but it got a bit louder and a bit louder until eventually he woke up and found he'd swerved off into the central reservation and was scraping along the crash barrier.
Can't they just tweak one of the corporate phone apps to listen-out for the sound of a coffee shop and the words "Large skinny soya decaf..." and respond with an announcement played out loud two minutes later, just as they've settled down at a table, saying: "Well, I see you can find the time to go out and visit a coffee shop, but you can't even pop into the office once in a while."
> when I wanted to do apprenticeship (completely new area) and mentioned this and that, including ma, I received an honestly brutal assessment
Including the fact that your mother has approved your search for a new job is likely to result in a "brutally honest assessment" from any recruiter.
> the way it leaves no sharp edges at all and the lid doesn't fall in is a great improvement on the old kind
Is the top of the can not sharp though? In the sense of covering a half-used can with clingfilm to put into the fridge and finding the can edge cuts through it?
> and the lid doesn't fall in
You need to practice your edging technique: take a traditional opener, work around the rim and just as everything is about to let go - hold back!
Leave the last 2mm and this makes a hinge that stops the lid falling in. When the can is empty, you just fold the lid down into the can and the sharp edges don't slice your trash bags open when emptying the kitchen bin.
The cans I hate are the ones with a ring pull - you have to remove the whole lid; the edges are razor sharp; it needs a lot of force so risks slopping the contents; and if your fingers are even slightly arthritic you have to buy a helper gadget from a disability shop. :-(
[Icon: an example of produce that comes in cans that no one has a problem opening.]
> why can't the people who do the ACTUAL work get pay rises?
If they actually paid you what you are worth to the company then you might start to think about wanting time off to enjoy the money. They can't allow that because then you wouldn't be earning for them.
Reading through the comments is interesting and enlightening as usual but no one has yet asked the obvious question: why on earth does it matter to Facebook?
They can't seriously be suggesting that they have all their servers time aligned to the nearest picosecond? They'll be using NTP servers like the rest of us so perhaps all they need is a custom NTP client that can be informed when a leap second is coming-up and apply it as it would any other clock change - either instantaneously or spread slowly over a predefined number of seconds - the smear that they are talking about.
They may well have APIs that are time sensitive - e.g. which distributed DB change happened first - but then if picoseconds matter I suspect they'll find that there are instances where the client they think came second actually tried to make the a connection first (in the real world) but packet collisions and a retry meant it came second.
> I'm surprised so many advanced countries are at the bottom of the list and I think taking into account the above, the real situation is many users have cheaper mobile data than the study shows.
That is because they don't appear to take purchasing power into account. So Senegal, for example, might be very cheap but it's still a week's wages in local terms.
> You really couldn't make it up. Too good to be true!
Sadly (for the state of average human intelligence) there's no need to make it up because it's all too likely. I give you this real-life example of a budding-genius from the Isle of Man who thought he could get away with notes that had been copied on one side only.
In addition, the number of tokens available is reduced each year, meaning they become steadily more expensive.
Steadily more expensive means that companies unable to reduce their CO2 emissions suffer more and more financial pain until they have to change.
The corollary to steadily more expensive is "steadily more valuable" to companies that are able to reduce their CO2 emissions and are, therefore, able to profit from selling their excess permits. This gives an incentive to keep reducing emissions even after they've met their "target".
It's this double incentive that makes pollution permits very effective.
> and there was a CP/M-86 that shipped on some NECs I remember (were mainly used for pabx management I think.)
I used Concurrent CP/M on 8086 PCs at the Department of Trade and Industry, as was, back in 1986. These were used for office work: so WordStar and a spreadsheet - presumably Lotus 123 - with Epson dot matrix printers.
There were 30-plus machines on a token ring network around the offices over two floors which worked very nicely. My machine had a "huge" 10MB hard drive and doubled-up as the backup file-server. The only time I noticed other users accessing the disk was when the LED came on. And this was "cooperative" multi-tasking which, as we all know, is supposed to be rubbish. Someone forgot to tell Digital Research that.
Some of the secretaries even worked in pairs, sharing a single PC: one used the normal screen and keyboard while the other used a VT220 terminal connected to the serial port, with both running the word-processor simultaneously.
 Of Millbank Tower
 That was a very nice place to work because we were on the 20th floor, so we had the same views over London as you get nowadays from the London Eye but for free. :-)
> When your keyboard selection is wrong, use the ALT number keypad to enter your special character. [ALT]156 is £ in high-bit ASCII. [ALT]35 is #, which is £ in 7-bit ASCII character sets.
Window Key + Space cycles between the installed keyboards on a system, even on the logon screen.
Except when it's a beaver.
> build 22622.290 released last night introduces suggest actions (where Windows 11 will suggest making a call or creating a calendar event when copying a number or call respectively
Of course! I'm kicking myself: all these years I've been receiving emails from people and I've never once thought about ringing them up.
> …but how does this improve on PGP's web of trust?
It doesn't. The PGP web of trust means you actually trust (albeit indirectly in many cases) the other party.
Because this new system is blockchain driven, you're not actually being asked to trust that someone is who they claim to be, just being asked to accept that they got control over the 'name' they're using first and can prove it via the BC.
> Anyone but me remember "bursting" mainframe print jobs?
Oh yes. My brother worked as an AS400 operator for a small financial services company. They also had a 8-way or something ridiculous de-collator but they only used 2 or 3 copy printouts. So he worked out that if you used alternate bins, rather than adjacent, it could run a bit faster than normal.
One time he set the thing running, slowly turned the speed controller dial up, got steadily faster until the paper was stacking at incredible speed and then ... whammo! ... suddenly it would all go wrong and paper and carbon paper would go everywhere as you raced for the stop button. :-)
He also experienced that classic: set off a batch job; went home to get something to eat; came back later in the evening to finish the job and burst the printouts only to find the cleaner had unplugged something important.
> 2. Release it publicly before anyone could plagiarize so the person who did the work gets the credit. This could be a commercial publishing if you can convince a publisher, but it could be as simple as uploading it to a website. If you don't want to maintain a website, there are library/archive sites willing to do the hosting and presentation
SocArXiv is an ArXiv-like service but covering the Humanities that he could publish his research to.
The work can still be stolen of course but proving plagiarism will be a lot simpler than referencing a book published in a single library.
> I'm taking the summer off and starting a new gig in Sept.
Perhaps you can persuade Apple to sort themselves out, what with AppleScript being left to languish; then Automator supposedly being a fresh new start, only to also be abandoned; then Shortcuts which is trailblazing only because it's been abandoned on both iOS and MacOS. <sigh>
They must be due a new one by now?
> I'm not sure of the appeal of the recumbent design
It's a nonsense design - there're plenty of electric bicycles that are either faster, or have longer range, or are more suited to transporting kids/goods/luggage. And there are electric scooters (think Lambrettas, not skateboards with a handle) which are faster and cheaper.
It's just an electric recumbent with a fairing.
> But, nearly a decade later, I still covet Mark Shuttleworth's dream of Convergence : smartphones are getting ever more powerful, such that we are at a point where it's possible to do desktop processing on them.
Me too. It would be great to just carry a phone to a client instead of a laptop. The failure, as I see it now, was that there was far too much focus on fancy docks that phone manufacturers thought people would queue-up to pay large sums for.
Maybe if they now accept that convergence is a feature that needs to work with nothing more than some sort of USB hub (for the external screen and keyboard) then the idea might take off.
So instead of holding all your customer's data centrally the idea is to store it de-centrally and somehow this protects from ransomeware attacks?
1) Ransomeware will evolve to encrypt the remotely held data.
2) The author assumes that the only valuable data a business has is its customer database. What about payroll, tax payments, bank information, product designs, supplier contacts and details etc.? There's plenty of data that a business needs to survive which is not linked to customers.
> All paths should be of the form
> with especial emphasis on the version number.
Close. It should be something more like:
i.e. addressed by a service name and you don't care where or which machine it is on.
Even better would be to give every file a unique id - an inode on steroids - and then the translation of whatever the user wishes to use to represent that file into the uuid can be done by a local service. That service can appear as a traditional hierarchical file system; or it could be shown as a skeuomorphic representation of a library with books on shelves; or even as a messy desk that you have to leaf through. The advantage being that I'll still be able to find a file that I created months earlier, even after various managers and project management office staff have "efficiently re-organised" the project's file system.
Versioning with a 7 - 10 year retention should be enough to deal with most accidental deletions and editing screw-ups. ;-)
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