Reminds me of "slow glass" <https://reactormag.com/slow-glass-seen-from-all-around-bob-shaws-other-days-other-eyes/>
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Personal or population level?
At the level of population statistics, this sounds like an extension of what pension providers, insurers, and so on, have been doing (or trying to do) for centuries. If anyone tries to apply it at the personal level though, great care will be needed to protect us from Big Brother, and possible attempts to pre-empt predictions.
Usenet Improvement Project
This dates from 2008, founded by the late and sorely missed "Blinky the Shark" (and with a minor anonymous contribution by me), but might still be an interesting read. Also has useful information about setting up filters for various Usenet clients and servers.
Interesting. I was a self-taught oik when my customer-facing office had "personal computers" issued (one between 2 or 3 initially) in the mid '80s, so my technical knowledge started from nil. A few of us did learn enough to usefully supplement the corporate mainframe system but we got little or no official support.
What a clock up: Brit TV-broadband giant Sky fails to pick up weekend's timezone change, fix due by Friday
Re: The Japanese had it all worked out
We can thank the ancient Babylonians for the 24 hour day currently in vogue.
In early mediaeval Europe daylight was divided into four 'tides'; there are still some sundials indicating these tides along with the 'canonical hours' for Christian prayers (which were timed on the basis of 12 daylight hours as used in the middle East). These tides or hours varied in length with the seasons (and latitude); fixed-length hours are a side-effect of mechanical clocks and a European inclination to let machines dictate behaviour rather than the other way round.
The French Revolutionaries tried to decimalise the day, but it didn't catch on (although Folkestone has staged a quiet local revival recently <https://www.creativefolkestone.org.uk/artists/ruth-ewan/>).
<reluctantly dismounts from hobby-horse>
Perhaps we could go back to what some places did in the Good Old Days and start counting the hours from observed sunrise (&/or sunset). Local priests or government employees could visit every timepiece to adjust it - a particularly useful service if the hours were also required to vary in length with the seasons.
The Japanese had it all worked out <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_clock>.
Re: Last paragraph
Tried to respond to the quesstionaire, but got too angry at the loaded questions and gobbledegook to continue. Even if normal people were aware of it, how many would persevere to provide a complete response to what seems to me to be a deliberately skewed quesstionaire designed to generate responses the "researchers" want?
That's a common fault of "opinion polls" and so on, not only government-sponsored ones.
Computer shuts down when foreman leaves the room: Ghost in the machine? Or an all-too-human bit of silliness?
Re: Power socket on the lighting circuit? @Whiskers
I can only report what I saw, I was a child at the time so wouldn't have been aware of what wasn't visible. I agree that old insulation can't be depended on.
I've encountered some bad wiring since then, of course - including 13A ringmain sockets with no earth connection.
Re: Power socket on the lighting circuit?
There were Y-shaped lamp socket adaptors so that you could plug your shaver/iron/toaster into one side and an incandescent bulb into the other. Or indeed have a 'tree' of Y adaptors plugged into each other and various appliances all running at once from the light socket ... I've seen it done, in an old house with no power sockets in the kitchen but one central light fitting. I associate the crackle of the electricity with the paraffin (kerosene) fumes from the room heater/stove.
Re: Power socket on the lighting circuit?
In the '60s we moved into a house in the UK with mixed 15A (each one individually wired to a big fuse board under the stairs) and 13A ring-main power sockets, plus 2A and 5A sockets wired to the lighting circuit in some rooms. I remember the 15A plugs had switches, whereas the 13A sockets had them - although some 13A plugs also had switches. The 2A and 5A sockets had no switches.
It was handy being able to move table and standard lamps to different places in the room and still control all the lights from the switch by the door. There were a couple of non-switching 5A sockets too, for powering wireless sets. And there were hard-wired electric clock connectors too, I had one for my alarm clock. We had a large box full of assorted adaptors and extension leads.
We also had a 'transformer' buzzing away all day and night, adapting the local 220V supply to the 240V used by the appliances we brought with us from the next county; that may have been a slick bit of salesmanship by the local electrician.
In the '70s I worked in a '50s office building where the lack of power sockets for calculators had been ameliorated by wiring a 5A socket for each desk as a spur from the nearest original 13A socket So workers then built their own 5A to 13A adaptors so that we could use the power warts our calculators needed - each one of which had to be checked by the house electrician, and given a sticky label, along with instructions to hide all such adaptors at night to stop the cleaners from plugging their machines into them.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the BBC stage a very British coup to rescue our data from Facebook and friends
"We didn't pay for content before Facebook, Twitter and Google."
We most certainly did. In my family, it was a Sunday ritual to visit the newsagent to pay for the week's newspapers and magazines. Some people still do that, even though there are also "free newspapers". There is paid-for content on line too; many people seem to be happy to pay for their entertainment and other stuff.
"What it is" is somewhat arbitrary, depending on how certain terms are defined mathematically, what assumptions and measurements are used to determine the actual shape of the planet and of its gravity field, how accurate those measurements actually are, how many of those things things change over time, ... once the axis of the original transit telescope is too far away to touch, it's remarkably difficult to describe precisely where it (or anything else) actually is with respect to anywhere else on the planet.
Re: Here in the EU...
The printed "NHS COVID Pass" I received the other day after applying via the NHS web site, doesn't seem to have an expiry date.
The barcode "Your unique reference use this to confirm your NHS COVID Pass" printed at the top of the letterhead is read by my smartphone as a meaningless 8 digit number (not resembling the long alpha-numeric code number printed below it).
Although it shows my name address and birth date, it doesn't reveal my NHS or NI numbers.
Re: A Good Thing
For some reason, this discussion brought to my mind the once-famous government job of "President of the Board of Trade". Not something I've heard anything about for many years, but it would seem to be pretty much what's needed now; someone to guide and inspire and enable "Trade". Not "Brexit", that's history, nothing can be done about it now.
Whimsically, I referred to Wikipedia <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_Board_of_Trade> and found that not only does the job still exist, there's an incumbent. Someone called Elizabeth Truss, who's been in post for nearly 3 years. I wonder what she's been doing and is it her "thinking" that the successful applicant is expected to "change"?
upcoming "Fake or Fortune?"
I look forward to the episode of this BBC4 TV series where experts discuss whether ot not the intangible artwork is genuine (which so far in the series has effectively been defined as 'made by the/a person whose other works have fetched silly high prices', rather than the far more reasonable 'is it any good as art?), and what difference this makes to the estimated price it might fetch if the present owners ever try to sell it.
Will costly or rare intangible artworks be used as currency to launder the proceeds of intangible crime? Will cheap intangible works be sold in newsagents and gift shops?
Claws Mail can handle usenet quite well, and is cross-platform, more or less (essentially a Linux program, but there's a fairly usable Windows port). There are Android apps too, although they have limitations and can produce posts that annoy because of faulty formatting.
Slrn and Gnus are probably the ones to go for if you use Linux and get serious about usenet.
I seem to remember Mac users have always been rather poorly provided with newsreaders.
It's wild the lengths Facebook engineers will go to find new ways to show you inane ads about tat: This time, AR...
Facebook and Australia do a deal: The Social Network™ will restore news down under and even start paying for it
Re: No free lunch
Peraps readers of news need to be reminded that someone has to pay for it. Not so long ago it was assumed that you'd pay for your newspaper - even if it did carry lots of paid-for advertisements too. Some publications still manage to survive on that model; some have modified it to get money from on-line readers instead, or as well. Some local printed newspapers in my neck of the woods get all their income from advertising (in imitation of commercial radio and TV stations) and are given away free of charge to readers - generating a mountain of waste paper. Any of those arrangements seems more realistic than hoping that Google or Facebook will voluntarily pay for anything if they don't have to.
Whoever pays for the news, gets to choose what is reported and how, of course. Do Google and Facebook users really trust those corporations that much?
No free lunch
Until this story came to my attention, it hadn't occurred to me that anyone could (let alone would) rely on Facebook for "news". Gossip and rumour, yes, and conversation, certainly. Given that they do, though, it seems only fair that the providers of that content should be reimbursed - and it's slightly shocking if they haven't been.