Re: But how often?
Usually months before release, often as much as 6 months.
The industry also makes heavy use of contractors, your reward was some time off and a nice trip, most contractors get turfed out onto the street once the game ships.
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Regarding Cayman Airways, who were the first to ground their planes, they only have one in operation and the second was delivered just last week so they can keep almost all their services going without the 2 MAXs.
They're also subsidised by the local government so there's less pressure to make profit for shareholders at the expense of passenger safety.
Critical, but also relatively simple, hence why you can 3D print one (with a somewhat limited amount of success/durability).
I think in some countries they stamp serial numbers on several critical pieces like the barrel or bolt, to prevent this exact sort of thing. Want a second upper? That's fine, just register it's serial number alongside that of your existing upper and lower.
When I was working at a now defunct astronomically named electronics bazaar they would price stock at silly amounts when it needs to be added to the system but hadn't yet been released. It was common with things like video games and Cupertino idiot taxes where the shop would be penalised for breaking street dates.
We didn't usually make it customer facing though...
My co-worker at an old job bought some Walkie-Talkies as part of hurricane season prep, he took one home and left the other to charge in the office.
I was working late, probably faffing about with deployment images, when a woman's voice came over the handset, lousy with static, saying "You must find the keys to achieve freedom", then about half an hour later a fragment of a sentence "Your doom will arrive in one minute".
The next morning I asked my boss and he professed no knowledge of the sentences, he had been home alone and had left the other handset in his car overnight. Throughout the week we got a few more cryptic, garbled, or static heavy messages.
Thoroughly unnerved, a few days later I spotted an ad in the paper for an Escape Room type place that had recently opened several buildings away, the penny finally dropped that it would have been at the extreme range of our walkies and they must be using the same frequency!
Whilst we're on West Yorkshire lets note the number of place names that begin with a never-pronounced "H"
'Uddersfield, 'Alifax, 'Olme, 'Olmfirth, 'Epworth, 'Onley, 'Ade Edge, 'Olmbridge, 'Ebden Bridge, 'Eckmondwicke, 'Aworth.
Then there's Slaithwaite, which not even the locals can agree on Slath-wait or Slough-it (Slough like Plough) Definitely not Slay-th-wait though, that would be daft!
I'd be all over a leccy car, I can't physically drive more than 30 miles in any one direction without ending up in the sea so range isn't what I'd call an issue :P
Unfortunately my parking space is two houses away and there's no charging at work, I'm going to have to buy a bigger house first...
When I was working Helldesk for a bank we'd see the occasional reports of on-site engineers tripping the Chop Screen or Fogger, both of which are impressively terrifying to witness.
The first comes down between the tellers and any potential ne'er-do-wells and named after it's effect on any fingers that may be in the way, the second reduces visibility to mere centimeters, both within less time than it takes for the engineer to say "Oh bollocks".
Back when I was working at Comet to make ends meet I was sent to a training day at the flagship store in Hell. My supervisor and I rock up and are asked to wait at the customer service desk.
A lady comes up to us and asks where something is to which the super replies "Sorry love we don't work here."
On seeing the look of confusion spread across her face it dawns on him that whilst he is speaking the truth we were wearing glorious golden orange be-logo'd shirts and corporate ties.
The Switch did replace the Wii U as Nintendo's "Flagship" console, to the point where new Wii Us are getting hard to find.
It's like the new iPhones replacing the old ones, even though they don't have a headphone jack. Or the XBone replacing the Xbox 360, even though it wasn't originally backwards compatible. Or the N64 replacing the SNES even though it couldn't use the Powerglove.
IIRC HBOS still use dot matrix printers for Passbooks.
They don't make that model any more so they're reliant on a slowly dwindling supply of constantly refurbished machines.
I guess the hope is that the stock, topped up by closing a bunch of branches, lasts until the last old fogey with a passbook pops their clogs.
My first job after deciding Uni wasn't for me was as an Xmas temp at Comet.
Laptops and PC's had maybe 5% margin at most. printers, cables, AV, speakers, warranties, etc were where they made their money.
Some of the oilier colleagues (especially in the TV section) would drop sales onto other staff or put them through under a cashier's name to preserve their figures.
The fact my friends in Jamaica can get faster, more stable internet for less money than a good chunk of the US? Hilarious!
Challenging infrastructure? Try a mountainous island in the Caribbean Sea!
Even a lot of the smaller islands are getting FTTP, it is pricey but it puts a lot of connections in the US/UK to shame in terms of reliability and stability.
The birthplace of Judas Priest has prior art to all the other Birminghams, so without qualification most will assume you mean the original.
Much like if you were to talk about the current Monarch you should clarify you mean Queen Lizzie II: Electric Boogaloo rather than the one started by Richard Branson.
I used to work in the Lloyds IT Helldesk, one call started "Oh thank god, last time I got put through to India"
I checked the call logs and replied:
"No ma'am, that was <name>, he sits three desks down from me and is a British citizen as of last month."
Not to mention <Name>'s Pakistani accent is more understandable than my Yorkshire mumblings.
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