Re: They should be banned globally
Come on, no Judge Dredd-like execution? You're going soft there...
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A colleague of mine used to have a book to read while stuck in traffic. Once she was interviewed by a TV reporter who was doing a piece about the really bad traffic jams on that particular road As you might guess, she wasn't moving much if a reporter managed to have a conversation while standing outside her car...
Mercury, gallium and indium are all liquid at NTP, and all are metals too. In physics, being a metal is more commonly regarded as being electrically conductive. Lots of elements not classified as metals become metallic under high pressures and temperatures, while other lose their metallic properties under those conditions (like sodium)
When there was at thing called ‘tourism’ in the world, I did a cruise on the Nile river.
Enjoying myself on the top deck, I didn't understand what the fuss was about when the boat's employees started dismantling the tents that provided some well needed shade.
Then we passed under a bridge that I could touch with my hand if I'd wished to.
Watching more carefully, I noticed that every other boat we passed by also had those removable tents on top.
Never read about any accident resulting from that particular set-up, though.
Just an example of one of those subscription scams a close friend fell for: https://www.trustpilot.com/review/bilablau.com
She had to cancel her credit card to stop payments being sent
They've been going on at it for years and the authorities don't seem able to stop them - although they've been reported to the police in 2018 (and probably earlier, they most probably are the one that has complaints from across Europe)
Just the other day I was talking to a friend about derivatives (the calculus type) and she asked how I'd define them. After I gave her a brief expo, I picked my phone to look for a more exact definition.
I typed d-e-f- into the google search box and the first suggestion was "Definition of derivative"
What are the odds?
On a side note, I don't have google's voice assistant enabled
ah yes, I remember sometime ago a coworker learning that deleting records from an in-memory array meant it could also delete them from the database, depending on the parameters used for creating the damn thing.... not a fun weekend for him, recovering information from backups and transaction logs.... at least he learned (as did others - natch - by example) that everything should be thoroughly tested before deploying in production, even seemingly small changes.
"(...)111 who will transfer to Capgemini under the Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (TUPE) regulations.
The Register understands that of the 111, 80 former Partners could be made redundant."
Funny how the part about "protection of employment" doesn't seem to mean what it says...
You say it's not security by obscurity and seem to advocate using that? It doesn't really work, you know... Systems should be public knowledge so that any failings can be quickly found and corrected
I would say they're likening it to security by obscurity just because the system is pretty complex, enough to make it hard to replicate (not impossible, obviously).
Well, I called 112 by accident once.
I was trying to call an internal extension number stating with 112. Usually you would dial 0 beforehand for an outside line or the extension number directly for an internal one. Only I wasn't using my own phone but the one on a trader's desk. As they would primarily call clients, their phones were configured to call outside lines by default.
A pretty pissed emergency operator lambasted my for trying to speak to a "Javier", insistently, as he was known to be a kind of a joker and I didn't believe it wasn't him answering his phone.
Own PEBKAC goal...
I once did some consultancy work for a bank (whose name sounds like you have a sort of rod, or pole, and something little kids play with... doh!).
The client's IT manager was the proud gatekeeper of an in-house designed software interface that worked as a presentation layer for mainframe screen I/O, on which I was to do some work. He gave me a user manual he'd written and I went to work. As there were no description of the option buttons I needed, I had to design around the SW specification for a way to make it work.
On the day internal SW validation was due I got the message my solution did not work - because I'd designed it not exactly according to what the manual dictated, it was the manager's *opinion* that it didn't work, and he didn't even let his team test it. I went to one of his juniors and showed how I'd made it work and all the tests my team had done... She told me she'd already knew it worked, but could not contradict her boss.
My options were: 1) go back and find a different solution to the problem (with no guarantee of acceptance); 2) go over his head, to the client who originally asked me to do the job.
Without going much into it, I never saw the manager's face again for the remaining few days working there and, to my knowledge my solution worked without a hitch for - at least - the next 10 years and has been adopted by others since.
Oh, and I left in very good terms with the juniors on his team. It seems I wasnt the only one annoyed with his attitude.
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