Have you seen that they did a graphic novel of at least one of the Stainless Steel Rat stories?
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Re: ... because Japan.
South Korea has (or at least had in the mid '90s) outlets there were 240v 60hz as well as one that were 110v 60hz.
This lead to an issue with some kit that had been sent out to animations houses as it had an analogue CCTV camera that used the frequency of the voltage for some sort of timing signal.
It took nearly a week of investigations before a replacement power supply came in for the digitiser that was marked for local use, then a dip switch change on the camera got them working for at least 2 different places that over there that purchased the system.
I got a week in Seoul (but only about a day to look around as it took that long to work out the issue).
Re: I wonder
When travelling to a country where roaming isn't included in my plan I take an older phone with me to put the local SIM in and then use it as a hotspot for data,
If you have a phone that supports an eSIM you can now get an app that will sell you a local 1 week, 1 month etc plan via the eSIM (not used it yet as I haven't been outside the EU since I have had a phone that supports eSIMS)
Re: Clean keyboards
I was using acetone to clean some superglue off some magnets at my desk, a few drops splashed on the hand rest of my keyboard and it now has some interesting shaped melted spots.
Sanding them down a little has helped disguise them, but some of them still look like cigarette burns (I don't smoke)
Re: Legit Google Play apps getting compromised happens fairly often
I am on a Google Pixel phone and when using an app for the first time it asks about permissions and gives options that include "this time only" and "only while using App", it also regularly prompts for removing permissions from apps that I haven't used for a while.
Re: "by the time they are 12 it's something like 97 percent"
From when GCSEs came in you used to do coursework (which counted towards your final grade) as a mix of in school and at home, that might be essays for English, paintings for art etc.
My understanding from the comment was that now all of the coursework part is now being done under supervision in school and not a mix of in school and at home.
Re: YouTube Shorts
YouTube seems to have been pushing the channels to create these things, several good channels seem to be taking clips from their main videos and releasing them as shorts for a few days before the main video release.
I think that is because the logarithms push channels that post content more often and so they will do better releasing this little videos every day or so than just the main video once a week or so.
Re: Classical music calms?
As someone who has worked retail in the past, you really need to think of the workers.
Even looping a whole CD will drive the workers insane by the end of one working day, let alone a week of it, at least now you can store enough music to keep it different over the course of a day
Not everything has to be managed by market forces, why should ticket prices by managed that way?
If the law was that the secondary market could only charge face value plus (as a random figure) 10% the on;y people to suffer would be the scalpers.
It would reduce the pressure from bots as they could no-longer mark everything up by 1000%, and fans would be more likely to get a ticket to an event they actually want to see.
Venues and artists would lose nothing, and possibly gain as the people at the event might have more money for food/drink and merchandise
Re: Do any analog watches
Relatively easy and people can do them at home, but more importantly pretty much any jewellers or watch shop can do a 100m/200m battery replacement and a decent number can even do a pressure test afterwards.
There are a fair few dive computers (and I have one of them) where replacing the battery is a user task as they are designed with a battery compartment that is sealed from the rest of the device, admittedly these were noticeably bigger and thicker than a smart watch
Re: I'll allow myself a smug grin
As far as I am aware the Z-Wave and Zigbee kit works with local controllers that don't need an internet connection to work.
My 9 year old Vera Z-Wave controller no longer connects to their web servers and still works perfectly using the web interface built in to it.
Re: junk-food punnet of chips and gravy with cheese
I am in my 40s and only remember one place that did it in newspaper, and that was somewhere on the Gower Peninsula in Wales.
They must have had a contact at a printing press as the newspaper pages were never complete, often missing photos or whole articles.
Re: Why bother at all ?
You can own a ".50cal sniper rifle" in the UK, you just need to have good reason, which is long range target shooting on a range that allows it.
There was an attempt to make them illegal to own a few years ago but the people that own and shoot them were able to push enough evidence in to the review that they were kept as legal.
The other types of firearms that were made illegal were type of rapid(ish) firing ones.
Re: Good as far as it goes
I think you under estimate how long schools will want to eke out their investment even in "cheap" computing devices.
They will likely be buying a set for an entire class to be able to use at once, so that will be in the region of 30 of them.
I have been involved in upgrading very old desktops and laptops with SSD and RAM upgrades for complete sets of 30 in a previous job.
Being able to extend their useful life by another couple of years will be important most of the time.
A tiny island nation has put the rights to .tv up for grabs – but what’s this? Problematic contract clauses? Again?
Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland
Re: Even maintenance can be hard
I went swimming with out realising that my Pixel 2 was in my shorts pocket, only found out when my wife pointed it out on the bottom of the pool
Picked it up blew out the USB-C port and kept using it until a year or so later it fell foul of the camera issue that they were known for.
I also spend time on boats and sometimes get wet enough that I would worry about my phone if it wasn't water proof.
I realise my use case isn't yours but waterproofing can be a good thing, and doesn't mean that it can't still be repairable as I have various waterproof items with user changeable batteries etc.
This is for the Office 365 versions of the desktop software, they are designed to constantly update themselves and are the software option that MS is pushing.
For example if you work somewhere that has the Office 365 E3 or above (or Education equivalent) each user gets 5 licenses to install the desktop suite, but only of the automatically updating version.
Almost certainly true in the UK, you just need to go through a lot more paperwork than in "The Land of the Free", my custom 10/22 (not sure if there are any Ruger parts in it apart from the magazines) was less than £250, and that included a scope and moderator (silencer or suppressor or what ever you want to call it).
I think in "The Land of the Free" you would need to spend that much on the license for the suppressor.
Re: Apple only needs to show...
I had an argument with a car dealer that a car I got from them (2nd hand, but only 6 months old from a main dealer) wasn't fix for purpose as I asked if it had full iPod control and was told it did.
After I tried it I found it only supported iPods via bluetooth (no track listings etc, but can pause and skip) or AUX in, no control from the car at all.
I said I would be returning it for a full refund if they didn't resolve it, in the end they got an external company in to do an upgrade on the car.
It is an obscure feature that was important to me (I listen to Audible audio books from an iPod classic when driving any distance) and I specifically asked about it before making the deal and would have waited for another one of the same model but with the factory fitted upgrade to come in.
Re: " 220V on which South Korea operates"
And (at least in 1996) South Korea.
It took me 3 or 4 days to work out why a digitiser connected to a CCTV camera wasn't working (this was part of an animation line test system set up on an Amiga), it had all worked when several together in the UK installed the software and tested. I had even labelled all the connectors with matching sticky dots to make it as easy as possible to put it together.
Several had been sent to 2 different animation companies in Seoul and none were working.
I got nearly a week in Seoul, but only 2 half days to look around as it took so long to find out that it was 60Hz and there was a switch in the CCTV camera that needed changing if it wasn't running on 50Hz