"coastal areas and rice paddies in Fukushima (...) where many rare creatures live"
Like the two-headed calf, the three-eyed fish and the four-legged chicken (besides the mentioned, probably fluorescent, nuclear pig-boar)?
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When I bought my new apartment there was a conveniently placed laundry space, which seamed perfectly made out to fit a washer and a dryer side-by-side. Until the builder doing the renewal told me it wasn't wide enough. The architect, probably a sadist, made that space 115cm wide.
Long story short, did you know you can shave 5 centimetres from an exterior, although non-load-bearing, wall?
This is quite different, those agreements usually mean you must stay for some predefined period before being due the payment. In this case, the employee had already been paid and Big Bad Blue is asking for the return of the money, although it was Big Bad Blue's decision to terminate the contract. It sounds even worse than when they renege due commissions...
Once I stopped by a PFY trying to fix an user's Access application that had stopped generating email reports. He was at wit's end, having tried for hours everything he thought might possibly solve the problem. I nonchalantly asked the user if IT had done any upgrade that day. "Hm yes, they installed new printer drivers".
After changing the default printer to PDF, the emails started once again being generated. It seems Access (at least the old version in this case) needs the printer driver to generate reports, even if they're not being actually sent to be printed.
In the following tale it wasn't ransomware but, to the effect, it's the same as if it were.
In the (late) 90's I was called to "rescue" a largish occupational health company that had all of their information (I really mean everything, client info, contracts, test results, payroll) in a single 700 MB Access application. They had an hardware failure that crashed the .mdb and their most recent backup copy was over a month old. Unfortunately (for them), we were unable to restore it, we only managed to salvage parts of tables, unlinked to anything else.
They ended up losing several contracts over the issue but, hey!, they weren't in IT and didn't know any better at the time.
BUT.... do you think they learned the lesson? Well think again because they just rebuilt from the backup copy and manually re-inputted all that could be saved from the crashed file, leaving everything else as before.
I really have no idea if this was part of the reason but they are now, in fact, out of business.
That depends, lots of brands set their own store price as the indicative market price which some stores undercut and others don't (larger chains will sell at exactly the same price point).
It's also a balancing act between low price and wide distribution, if brands set their own store prices too low, where's the margin other stores need to justify selling that brand?
I once spent an hour and a half on the bottom of a ski slope watching all my mates ski on (initially) pristine snow while I did remote support for a piece o SW I'd had the misfortune of taking over mid-development some weeks earlier... adding insult to injury, when I came back, I spent days knocking on doors until someone at my company "magnanimously" signed-off to pay me back the roaming charges
Of course none of the other members of my team, who were not on holiday, could take the call...
They're so nutty that they even booed T**** at a rally when he told his audience to get vaccinated!
In my first employment, as a junior dev, I was working with an expert just contracted for his extensive DB2 knowledge. He was supposed to set up a battery of DB tests on a Friday for me and my mates to follow up during the weekend (as this was a Y2K project and time was running short, we, the minions, would be there - but not the expensive contractor).
The bad news is that he managed to screw up on every single test he was supposed to prepare by not allocating disk. space - and the leaving logs of it for us to see. That meant he had just wasted the whole team a Saturday By the end of the day I'd managed to redo - this time correctly - everything the expert was supposed to have done for us and our team got it's work done for others to take on next Monday.
The good news it that the following Monday, our manager heard us arguing about what had happened (I may have been expressing in not very pleasant terms how pissed off I was about all that sorry affair) and, after investigating it, called me apart and told me I didn't need to worry about it any more as the 'expert' was no longer working there.
Even better news is that I also got promoted a month or so later, with the way I handled that incident being a factor.
Paper manufacturing is intensely pollutive and energy consuming, and the kind of trees used for it are mostly eucalyptus, who are among the worst water draining and soil exhausting species, so paper production is very much a problem.
Almost the same here, only I started with a ZX Spectrum - I started programming simple BASIC games and sharing them among my friends, then moved to assembler (making it probably the only academic subject I was interested in at the time - but my parents saw the positive in that, owing to an engineer uncle who told them that I was doing great). It allowed me to start making money writing small programmes and games, until it was enough to buy my first proper PC (a Schneider with - not one! - but two floppy disk drives!), rinse, repeat. And still going strong (although, through the years, it's less and less hands-on and more SW design)
You know a place where it was tried and went really well (/s)? In 2003's Iraq, after Saddam was overthrown and the new US-supported government decided to exclude every ex Ba'ath party member from any public service employment. Not only did those services lose most qualified people (as it was almost de rigueur that you should be a Ba'ath member to work in public service) but many of those excluded turned to crime and insurgency, with a profound impact on the country's security situation and economic outlook.
Research "de-Ba'athification" for some more, if you'd like.
Firefox supports exactly that (allowing several separate workspaces, not forcing you to log in in each tab) through container tabs. Each container (with n open tabs in it) is a separate workspace and you can log into different Google accounts (or Microsoft or anything else) simultaneously
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