That reminds me of the time Rocketlab demonstrated how trivial it was to snag a rocket by its parachute. You know, the far cheaper and easier and more reliable option.
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Musk is a denier of things being able to grow exponentially. David Suzuki had a famous quip about exponential growth: in a jar of bacteria that doubles in population each minute, it only notices a problem when the jar has finally filled to the half-way mark.
It runs XP just fine, thanks. Microsoft and IT professionals the world over issued dire warnings of, what, impending doom, calamity, destruction. Look it's just for playing Solitaire and Minesweeper, ok? Maybe a bit of 3d pinball. That's about it. Get over it, I still like me old Sony UX533.
The virus has anywhere from 2-6% death rate, which is terrible, but about 12% get “severe” symptoms, possibly leading to the need of a medically-induced coma, as in the case mentioned. So it’s a lot more life-threatening than you might think.
Probably people need to be shown footage of patient’s suffering so they can become patient enough to wash (with soap) for the recommended minimum 20 seconds.
Here's a boggle that defies the collective might of everyone's IT intellectual powers. It has persisted for decades with not a single human able to solve it.
"If your download doesn't start within 30 seconds just click here to start it manually".
It's interesting you lot are still stymied by Y2K, 20 years on.
If starlink consists of 24 launches of 60 sats, that adds up 1440 sats in total. Surely not nearly enough cell towers, for all of Earth? Particularly since a majority of them are whipping over ocean, Sahara/Gobi/Outback, polar barrens at any given moment?
I’d love to have a proper working sat smartphone though!
I’d love to converse with my N.Korean chums finally too!
Look, you can get em practically free, plus you can snap on a FLIR One for next to nothing. It WORKS, man. I’m surfing here on it at this very moment in fact. And did I mention the two actual cameras?
I sincerely use freephoneline.ca and a PAP2T, no foolin! You dopes are paying 95£? For Finnish tech?!
My working theory is the helmsman had a sudden case of trots, ran to the head, heard the "turn aboot!" order, dashed out without properly drying his fingers (wiped all over his dungarees), and was aghast when the touch screen wouldn't register commands from soggy digits.
Also, he didn't use soap. Or water.
I made an awesome antenna out of cardboard & tinfoil (had to trim sort of a zig-zag shape with a modeling knife). Picks up all the local channels. Fantastic!
I do have a HW150PVR which works "ok" (for $30), but only on one TV. I'm considering getting Homerun Extend to transcode OTA & put it on the home network, except it only has 2 tuners (per box). Hmm, hmm.
Apple, I want the $0-per-month solution. I know you will never deliver, nevertheless, that's what I want.
I got Kevlar knit refractory gloves, the working hypothesis being, if they are for handling red-hot forgings, they ought to have unusually good insulative properties (and also remarkably tough, and cut-proof). And if that is true, they might be warmer than the average glove. They should make remarkable winter gloves!
I paired them with a set of US military windproof gauntlet mitt covers I got from the surplus and now I've got me a kick butt pair of winter mitts !
Unfortunately, they are like 1 step down from boxing gloves.
Okay, wait a minute.
YOU are telling ME that, even though the President can have anybody pardoned for any crime at any time he wants,
* he is not able to commit any crime he wants?
* he cannot stop any investigation into any crime he wants?
What the F man?
This guy is Judge Dredd - He is the law!
The only thing I'm surprised is he doesn't just repeal the constitution and put the country under Trump law. Cancel all elections, repeal democracy, and set himself up as King Trump and Kiss My Ass.
The only Americans who love Trump are assholes, everybody else already knows Trump is a piece a crap.
There's no direct evidence to win a conviction, furthermore Trump would have to be impeached by his own party, who are probably not keen to do so.
So, what does it prove? Trump is immune, and now emboldened to do even worse crimes.
Good work team!
Tabs and spaces are for BABBIES. You don't "need" any of that overhead. Oh right, this is the internet. Ok then, *I* do not need any of that overhead. *You* who need spaces & tabs also need gentle words of support from your MAMAs.
No matter which you use, the compiler summarily ignores all that extraneous trash.
Meanwhile I finally got around to fixing my old WD20EARS which was factory programmed to park the heads after 8 seconds. I had to figure out how to disable AHCI to boot into FreeDOS and set the idle to 300 seconds. The poor drive had been parking once a minute for 14,000 hrs! Its a wonder it didn't park itself to death.
WDC is the devil.
My work is taking phishing more seriously since some viruses got into the network storage & had to be excised. So management started sending scam phishing emails to everybody on staff - and there are some that just cannot figure out the difference between legitimate communication and a suspicious phishing attempt. They click every link sent their way, probably in like 2 seconds without a care in the world.
So the company is (I imagine) working its way toward barring certain individuals from being able to communicate using company email.
It seems like they may also have to consider barring the same individuals from talking on the phone, or even receiving visitors for that matter.
The sad thing is that social-engineering phishers could easily get to those individuals merely by taking them for lunch, at which point they'd probably have to just be let go.
This seems like a logical conclusion, except I think just about anyone is susceptible to being fooled at one time or another...
To Be Fair: at least in Canada, you can fire anybody you hire within their first 3 months with no notice or explanation and no legal problem. Similarly, the new hire has the right to quit on the spot, within the same time period, without giving any notice or reason, either.
(Because giving notice goes Both Ways).
Firing the ignorant clumsy new guy who wrecks the whole operation seems wrong, but is it?
No, it is not.
Well to be fair, most of the time the documentation people don't know what they are talking about.
They rely on "SME" or "subject-matter-expert".
That's probably the guy who should be fired. Or one of them...
Or the guy who never proofread the docs, or the guy who never asked them to be corrected/updated, etc.
A couple years ago I finally responded to the marketing suggestion that had been implanted into my psyche and I bought a Bose Wave radio, first gen, $50 off Fleabay.
I AM SUCH A LOSER ARRRRGHHHHHHHHHH.
I mean, it has nice bass response, but the reception kinda sucks.
A terrorist fights with aircraft security, presumably.
Think about what security personnel are doing: securing YOUR LIFE. You're going to fight those people and impede that process?
Rather than 'fight the system' like a dope, why not think of a technological solution.
For Instance: why does your mobile computer need a battery anyway, why not bring something like a Mac Mini that has no battery.
Whats all this BS about "innocent until proven guilty" that's only for the courts, who must be impartial if not "blind" to all matters.
People, sheeple -- we are allowed to think for ourselves. NOBODY is required to believe in "innocent until proven guilty", as a matter of fact, I personally believe in "Guilty the moment you do the crime".
With respect to A-hole Assange, sadly I know nothing about his case so I dunno. I am not such a fool to assume he's innocent though - he's definitely guilty of something.
Somehow or other, he deserves the scrutiny he's under.
What makes any of this worth anything?
I guess it's because Facebook can exploit that data to compel a certain portion of the population to buy something or other, for which Facebook demands a commission.
(Sorry, I remember there was some question from the 'social network' movie which was: what exactly is the value of Facebook, what is it that makes it a business - and I guess ultimately this is what it is? I'm actually not sure.)
Especially since the government & advertisers know for a fact that people pretty much cannot think for themselves.
This is the whole advertising game, you don't waste time & effort trying to convince people to buy smokes/drinks, you merely show images of people enjoying whatever poison you peddle (literally: poison) and let "freely thinking" people do the work for you.
Next thing you know, the addicts are doing the recruiting. For free!
Two nasty things about big tobacco, from top-of-head:
1. You can sue them for damages, and you can win billion$ or hundreds of million$ in damages, but they will never pay you. They will appeal and appeal and appeal until the day you die.
2. They advertise the hell out of the third world. They advertise the hell out of third world children. They go wherever the regulations are not - they have to, in order to survive.
Just because it's legalized, doesn't mean it isn't pure evil in its heart, and that's not bombast, that's a sober true fact (ha ha, "sober").
Elbow's up, lads! That's an order :)
Rich 11: there's a tragedy about democratic voting wherein one is allowed to cast votes only in support of one candidate; even though most often, none of the candidates are all that acceptable.
My proposal is to permit the choice of casting a negative vote. The premise is that if enough people are PO'd enough about a candidate that they achieve a net-negative vote (more votes cast against them than for them), then they are declared un-electable.
Here's the best part: let's say many people hate all of the offered candidates, let's say it was Hillary vs Donald. Well in this scenario, it is highly likely that BOTH candidates would generate net-negative results, and so both would be declared un-electable.
In other words -------
neither candidate would win, and the election would have to be a do-over, with new candidates.
And there's the possibility of a distant, third runner who somehow squeaks in with +5 votes, becomes declared King of the Kountry.
(I've had people tell me this idea is ridiculous, but I promise you, there is precedent: sometimes if you answer a customer satisfaction survey they allow you to craft your response on a scale from "highly satisfied" to "highly dissatisfied". Somehow this isn't too complex to judge your satisfaction with a burger stand; yet I'm told it's far too complex for selecting an elected official. Hmm, I'm not convinced.)
I always thought Net Neutrality was an issue of contention between the 99% of users VS the 1% of internet service providers.
You would think (democratically) that the needs of the many would automatically outweigh the wants of the few (especially since the ISPs do not actually "own" the internet, it's certainly not their turf that the 99% majority are accessing).
I suppose so long as the marketplace is fractured & people have options, they will have to keep that in mind if their ISP isn't giving satisfactory service - and as long as all ISPs don't all start working together as an internet access bloc.
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