Yes it is. So much so that all the Cargo Dragons that have been rattling up and down have been fully pressurised, and crewed by a team of specially trained Space Mice.
All they had to do was add some seats and screens and jobs-a-gudun.
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... that a bunch of
money grubbing lovely helpful lawyers* were prepared to work on this pro bono. I strongly suspect that fending off patent trolls is way beyond the financial means of any open source project, so it's nice to see some hungry sharks lovely helpful lawyers* actually doing some good for a change.
*I'm sure *some* of them are lovely. And helpful. Aren't they?
Like this one?
Although I'm not sure what a low profile Cherry MX would be like compared to a full profile one. Anyway, I have their Master Keys Pro with Cherry MX Brown switches to help retain my
hearing sanity, and I've been impressed by it.
Well worth going if you get chance; Skye's lovely, and as I remember the Talisker distillery is in a wonderfully remote spot (as I remember; it's been two decades since I went (gulp; where'd time go?!)
The tour I had was very good, although the highlight came at the end when we'd been herded into the shop: I witnessed an American gentleman purchase a (very, very old) bottle of whiskey.
It had a price tag of £10,000.
Talisker Cask Strength (when they do it) is usually released at around the 60% ABV mark, so that should do the job.
Of course, if you're heathen enough to waste it outside of you instead of inside, you'll get what's coming to you ----->
Edit: Where'd that post from Micheal come from? That wasn't there a moment ago! Never mind, there's obviously another with good taste around these parts :)
Every time a computer goes wrong these days, I find my self involuntarily chanting "Bork! Bork! Bork!" in the fashion of some demented Dalek on it's last ever extermination.
I would say that colleagues who have heard me think I'm going loopy, but I suspect they actually just think it's normal.
(Icon: nearest thing to a Dalek ---------------------------------------->)
...what about the keyboard? That thing looks as solid as one of the old IBM monsters*, which I'm sure could survive such treatment ----->
(*I had one of those once, with a DIN5 plug; I ended up with a computer with no DIN5 socket, so I used a DIN5 to PS2 adapter quite happily. I then ended up with a computer with no PS2 socket, so with eternal optimism I tried a DIN5 to PS2 adapter connected to a PS2 to USB adapter. Alas, it was not to be...)
I was curious if that Buskill would work on Windows, and it turns out, it does!
1) Open Event Viewer, and drill down to "Application and Service Logs - Microsoft - Windows - DriverFrameworks-UserMode"
2) We need the "Operational" log which is disabled; to enable, right click -> Properties, tick "Enable Logging", OK
3) Find a spare memory stick of a make/model that you don't otherwise use. Plug it in, wait a few seconds and unplug.
4) Refresh the view, then open the latest entry with EventID 2102
5) Switch to the "Details" tab, then "XML View". You will need the the data from the "InstanceID" field
6) Paste the following XML into your editor of choice (you can remove the extra white lines; the forum inserts those automatically on line-breaks):
<Query Id="0" Path="Microsoft-Windows-DriverFrameworks-UserMode/Operational">
*[UserData/UMDFHostDeviceRequest/InstanceId="Your Instance ID"]
Replace "Your Instance ID" with your InstanceID data from the event log, then replace all special characters with their ASCII hex codes. For example, my InstanceID of:
7) Copy your completed XML. Open Task Scheduler, create a new task. Create a new "Trigger" and from the "Begin the Task" drop-down, select "On an event", Select "Custom" and click the new event filter button. Switch to the XML tab and tick the "Edit query manually box". Paste in your XML from above.
8) OK back out a couple of times, and finish setting up your task. I set my Action to lock my computer: Action: start a program; program: "rundll32.exe"; Add arguments: "user32.dll, LockWorkStation"
9) Tweak final settings, mainly allowing the task to run if not on AC power, and you're done :)
Africa is a continent, not a country. To assume things are the same from South Africa to Egypt, from Mauritania to Tanzania is like assuming things are the same from Spain to Finland, from Greece to Ireland.
That is, they are not.
Some governments are corrupt, some are not. Some people are corrupt, some are not. That says nothing about the governments or peoples of their neighbours.
Do not tar all with the same brush.
"...amount of palladium, a rare silvery heavy metal element that can only be forged via a stellar process, known as slow neutron capture."
I think you'll find that pretty much any decent Dwarven blacksmith worth their salt can easily forge a +4 Vorpal Dwarven Axe of Smiting from just a few palladium ingo...
... oh, wait, sorry, wrong website. Carry on.
How about this poor chap:
Ok, he didn't die, and luckily escaped with minor injuries, but it's that sort of utterly irresponsible drone flying that's causing these laws. If that cyclist had fallen into a culvert, for instance, it could have been a lot nastier, as it was for poor Bjorg Lambrecht.
N.B. I realise the accident that killed Bjorg was not caused by a drone, but it does not take much for a road-bike ridden at speed to crash with potentially fatal consequences. The drone that hit the American cyclist could easily have caused such a crash.
@ Benson's Cycle
So your handle commemorates someone who discovered the photosynthetic carbon cycle, but history attributes the discovered to someone else.
Your post claims history attributes the events you describe to someone else, but the patterns, the patterns cannot be ignored.
You are the young lad, and I claim my five pounds!
From the article:
"It's not entirely clear why Astrobotic chose the Vulture Central in what CEO John Thornton described..."
Congratulations El Reg on having your very own rocket program selected for a real space laun...
Wait, what was that? Vulcan Centaur, you say? Oh drat! Mis-read. Never mind, have a beer anyway. Carry on!
"Does Linux work on it?"
I'd be very wary before splashing the cash. I had a Thinkpad a while ago, (I forget the model) which ran various Linux's and FreeBSD just fine apart from the wireless card (some dodgy Realtek thing as I recall) which had schlonky Linux/BSD drivers and dropped the connection continuously.
Not a problem, I had a spare Intel one lying about that was reputed to be great with open source drivers. I swapped it in, turned my laptop on and was greeted with a fantastic wireless connection.
Err, no, I wasn't. I was met with a BIOS boot screen proclaiming "Unauthorised hardware detected. The laptop will not boot."
Turns out Lenovo (and others, HP I seem to recall) are famous for this. The BIOS checks the hardware in the laptop and if something is not on the approved whitelist, it doesn't boot. Gee, thanks, you twats.
I worked around the problem with a USB wifi dongle, but it gave sub-par performance compared to an internal card with a proper antennae.
So yeah, be wary of Linux support on Lenovo (and HP (and probably others)) laptops.
"These people need to understand that we, the people do not want this type of spying..."
Except that we are not "we, the people." We are a very small, technologically aware, privacy conscious subset of the people.
The people generally don't seem to give a toss. I've explained it on occasion to mainstream members of the people, and they have listened carefully, nodded in agreement, and made appropriate comments like "that's awful", or "how very dare they!"
They have then promptly gone back to not giving a toss, so long as they can access Farcebook, Instaspam et al. Whilst commentards here, the great folks at Privacy International, and a few others may protest facial recognition, nothing much will change whilst the rest of the population are drip-fed their dopamine.
"FFS FUD SNAFU is not a normal lifestyle choice, it is a perverse abomination and corrupt amalgam of an horrendous few. Change the Master Program."
That is the best summary of Brexit I've ever read. Have an upvote, and a pint on me.
I can see external hard drives being one, if anyone still uses those (well, apart from Mac users without up-gradable internal storage), but for anyone else? My mouse transfers a few KB/s, my keyboard something similar. USB 2 actually suffices really well for the vast majority of [at least my] use cases.
In the meantime, I'm stuck shuftying files around my network at 1Gb/s. Plz can we haz 10Gb/s network kit at affordable prices, rather than faffing about with ever faster-faster-faster USB?
(Icon --> my over-loaded switch going nuclear)
"Can a woman be a dick?"
Maybe this depends upon whether you're left-pondian, right-pondian, or upsidepondownian, but going by the Urban Dictionary's first definition for "being a dick":
"conducting oneself in an inappropriate manner to the annoyance of others"
then yes, a woman most certainly can.
(As can men, cats, and photocopier sales-people ;)
"Once upon a time during the minor warming period in the dark ages, England grew some acceptable varietals for a short time."
"There's been wine produced in the UK pretty much continuously since the Romans arrived, it certainly didn't require the Medieval Warm Period to make it viable."
There is a distinct difference between acceptable and viable.
My guess is that it would be unfairly penalising third party retailers by depriving them of a revenue stream, when it is Apple that may be at fault, not the third party retailers.
It isn't "JoBloggsMobilePhonez4U.de" that's (allegedly) ripped off patents, so it seems fair (to me) to leave them out of the dispute by allowing them to carry on selling iPhones.
I'm glad to hear the researchers earned their stripes and beehived themselves by treating the bees fairly.. Animal cruelty can create such a buzz in the media.
I'm sure they will continue to hone-y their skills in this area, and wax lyrical about their results.
Anyway, time for me to stop droning on... mine's the white one with the mesh hood.
"and whats that? names please"
In a word, Photorec:
It's FOSS, works on (pretty much) all platforms, recovers (pretty much) all files from (pretty much) all loss scenarios.
No association, but it is my go-to recovery tool and has never let me down. Highly recommend it.
Hello AC, my old friend
I've come to spy on you again,
Because Alexa softly sneaking,
Took your privacy while you were sleeping,
And the dystopia that was planted in your home,
For the profits of Besos.
(Of course, Paul Simon was railing against the death of conversation caused by the telly-telly-bunkum-box. He was so prophetic with his vision, yet utterly failed to see how far things would fall...)
"...stand at the stove for hours stirring the jam..."
ah, a bar stool (I suppose obvious if I'd thought about it...); I had this silly vision of someone sat on a milking stool, stirring jam over a Trangia.
Shame about not making Courgette jam though. I was rather curious as to what that would be like (though I'm sure chutney makes a good substitute!)
Well, actually, yes (though I'm not the AC to whom you were replying...)
"whether or not I should grow courgettes next year and whether or not I'll ever get around to making jam with this years harvest (not until I get a new stool I won't)."
Two questions arise from this statement: 1) Why do you need a stool to make jam, and 2) what on earth does courgette jam taste like anyway?!?*
(*Well, courgettes, I suppose...)
It's an oldie, but a goody...
"Didn't we? We won?":
The European Commission has announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU, rather than German, which was the other contender. Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had room for improvement and has therefore accepted a five-year phasing in of "Euro-English".
In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make sivil servants jump for joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of the "k", Which should klear up some konfusion and allow one key less on keyboards.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f", making words like "fotograf" 20% shorter.
In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e" is disgrasful.
By the fourth yer, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".
During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and everivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer. ZE DREM VIL FINALI COM TRU!
(With all due apologies to all the lovely German folks, especially those who brewed the bier I'm now drinking...:)
When I scroll down the article, the "ink" from the skull's eyes and mouth flows briefly down the page, as though the undead skull of Windows XP had returned from the grave to consume my very soul.
"After all, there are still 1.5 billions of capitalists on this planet (as the result of ignorance) and such states as America and the EU will use AI in any form to get warfare advantage. Open your eyes and see imperfect world you live in.
I would write FTFY, but I doubt it's fixed even yet; we're all as bad as each other, and, as the saying goes, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.
They're at it, we're at it. I keep hoping for a Star Trek style world, where nobody feels the need to shoot / bomb the living hell out of anyone else just 'cos the grass in greener on the other side, but I fear I hope in vain...
(...and besides, my neighbour has a new car that I wanna drive...)
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