Re: Someone should create a Twitter lawsuit directory
I second that request.
Perhaps a popular vulture-branded online tech journal would be willing to take on the task...?
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I stopped reading at the point where smartphone integration got touted as a good thing.
You spend x-thousand on an e-bike/e-scooter, only to cripple it with a piece of shiny that's guaranteed to be obsolete within a year or two? And that's supposed to be a desirable feature?
Presumably a relatively cheap way to learn some of the hard lessons early on would be to attempt something similar on Earth first. Maybe by setting up shop in an old quarry and using the material that's right there on and in the ground. It's hardly Moon-conditions, granted, but as a simple feasibility study it must have some merit.
Has such an endeavour ever been attempted?
Or, maybe, damn near ALL the servers for specific contracts? I wonder which ones?
Back in the day, C-word contracts were typically siloed from each other, separated from pretty much everything except the mothership (I don't know if anything's changed since things went all cloudy...) It certainly made things nice and simple when it was time to wind a contract down and they decided to do a bit of pruning. Snip! And you're all gone.
Surely you can't steer if you don't have something to "push" against? A sailing boat can be steered because the keel & body of the boat meet the resistance of the water. Steering a solar sail would be more like trying to steer a hot air balloon - impossible to do in any direction other than the one that the wind is taking you, even with special sails for steering.
So in that sense, no, it wouldn't be possible to tack into the solar wind, because there's no resistance to space. However the idea of using orbital mechanics to "cheat" and slingshot closer to the sun is quite neat.
(Disclaimer - I am not a sailor and know bugger all about boats really, so am looking forward to being proved wrong and learning something new...)
"High" resolution (i.e. greater than 1*1 pixels) photos of exoplanets would definitely be cool, but I think that concept art should be taken with a huge grain of salt.
Given enough time, surface features could theoretically be resolvable, even with the planet in question constantly rotating & slipping in and out of shadow, etc. But individual clouds...?
IANAL, but I understand that in the UK it's perfectly legal to record telephone conversations without disclosing that you are doing so. There are limits to what you can do with those recordings, although if you make all parties aware beforehand ("This call may be recorded for Training & Monitoring purposes..."), then those limits are reduced.
There's no legal basis for crippling this functionality in the UK (or in many other jurisdictions, presumably), but Google decided to force this change on the entire world just to play it safe.
But real news, properly presented, is a far cry from unregulated inanity. My earliest memory of similar would probably be the John Craven's Newsround coverage of a famine in Bangladesh in the 70's. Pretty harrowing stuff, but still important to know about, even at that age.
(Edit: But yes, there are limits of course. Truly evil stuff can't easily just be "talked through".)
Hardly surprising. My kids' secondary school "encouraged" all parents to make sure their kids all had a smartphone - Partly for some of the on-line aspects of the coursework and also for "safety" reasons e.g. So that they could always contact someone in a real emergency, never get lost, that kind of thing (sigh).
That said, they were also never allowed to actually use them in school unless specifically instructed, which almost never happened.
"dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, anxiety" - "tinnitus, visual problems, vertigo, and cognitive difficulties"
Textbook migraine symptoms.
Speaking as someone who gets combinations of the above 3-4 times a month, they have my sympathy, but it doesn't scream "conspiracy" to me.
Starting a year or two ago, I noticed the emergence of a style of IT troubleshooting "how-to" web pages that had clearly scraped the technical steps from another source, and then padded it with a lot of infuriating waffle, with a real "English is my second language" vibe.
I'd originally assumed that it was just lazy wannabe tech-gurus, with nothing new to contribute, but it seems likely now that they are completely auto-generated.
They can ruin your search results with identical copies of the same obvious solution to a problem, making the truly useful and obscure nuggets of info so much harder to find.
We occasionally had to temporarily add some "interesting" sites to the whitelist during my time employed at a mental health hospital, to help facilitate treatment. The old adage that "there's a fetish for everything" is pretty close to the mark.
But we did have to tell one beardy doctor exactly where to go when he demanded that one patient have access to some scarily illegal stuff (to help wean them off it, apparently...). Even if he had come back with a court order granting full exemption (he didn't), I'd still have said No way.
That's a phrase that gets misused too often by companies. Hopefully not in this case though.
I've only worked at one place that officially had a Blame Free Culture, and plenty of others that just naturally didn't feel the need to blame individuals for faults and errors unless it was genuinely deserved.
The place with the official policy used to go to a lot of effort to identify exactly who it was that we shouldn't all blame, and made sure that everyone new who it was that wasn't getting blamed. They even held high-level meetings to discuss the individuals who weren't being blamed, because, officially, they were so caring and people-focused.
I can vividly picture the school-sanctioned calculator that we were allowed for 'A' level exams in the Midlands back in the late 80's, but I can't for the life of me remember the make or model. The exam boards were understandably strict when it came to preventing cheating in exams using new-fangled "programmable" technology, so this model wasn't programmable or have graphics (neither of which would have been allowed back then).
It was possible to store eight (or ten?) twelve-digit values in variables/registers though, and a creative person <cough!> could hide some quite useful "memory aids" encoded into the 100-ish numeric characters available.
If there are still hangers-on out there who want to upgrade to Win10, it can still be done for "free".
When it first rolled out, Windows 10 was officially available as a free upgrade for a year, for users with valid WIn7 or Win8 installations. But after that year passed, Microsoft never shut down the free upgrade path - and it's still possible to upgrade for free even now* (well, this time last year anyway, which was when I gave it a go)
There are plenty of How-to guides online to step you through the process.
A legal grey-area maybe (Or not - heh), but Microsoft are definitely turning a blind eye.
Dieting really is cruel if you're addicted to overeating. You have to both eat AND be in control of your addiction 24/7. Smokers and drinkers ultimately have the option to go cold turkey, but you can't just "give up" food.
How many recovering alcoholics would manage to stay sober if they had to have a drink each day, I wonder?
"Is it not the point of the journals...?"
Hah - It is, but only in the same sense that it's the point of estate agents to provide "quality" housing.
With enough people providing a product, and enough people queuing up to buy it, they can just sit back and let the fees roll in from both sides. Minimal effort required.
“RailTel’s Public Wi-Fi network records more than 1.1 million unique users per day."
But how many of those actually manage to stay connected for more than a few seconds?
And how many of those are genuine interactive connections, as opposed to auto-connects to a known network despite the phone never leaving the users pocket?
My experience of similar Free WiFi on UK public transport is that it's invariably shit and not worth the frustration. How does that compare to India's setup?