Re: Could be worse, of course
I actually have the opening bars (less triangle) of YYZ as my ringtone, edited to repeat rather than go into the main theme
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But you can tell the difference between the types of guitar, LP, Strat, Tele, PRS, Ricky... My beloved RS sounds nothing like my Squier Strat, even on the same amp settings.
And you can tell the difference between players as well - Dave Gilmour and Steve Rothery sound different playing the same piece of music, for example.
Bullshit. China has been trying to bully countries around South East Asia for well over a decade, this has got nothing to do with US foreign policy.
There are vast swathes of what's known as the the South China sea where countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines have territory and accompanying territorial waters, yet China seeks to claim sole rights to said territories and waters, and to bar international maritime traffic.
This is more of the same.
I was engaged to run an audit of Notes/Domino for a Chinese company. On the admin side they were good, but their appdev side had jerry-built a system to update names in the directory and all names fields in applications whenever a change was detected in AD, despite the fact that ND has a wonderful built in process to do this (Pascal Monett will back me here). When I pointed this out to the head of appdev, he didn't take it well, and I was gently steered by our contact (head of systems admin) to say that we could set up a test system to prove that a ten year old process actually worked, and that this would free up appdev time without losing face.
We secured that year long maintenance contract (until our guy, a native Mandarin speaker chose to come home to Malaysia).
Beer for our contact, who sent me back to KL with a lovely couple of gifts for the Outskits.
I had a Zen for about ten years, bought when I moved overseas and didn't want to take 100+ CDs with me, it was great, and Creative's after-care service was top notch, despatching a new charger gratis to my UK office on a short work trip back to Blighty to cover for the one I'd forgotten to bring with me from Malaysia. When I was on the look out for some PC speakers last year they were my first port of call, and didn't let me down.
Thank you, Mr Sim.
Many years ago, I was shown the server room of the central govt department I worked for (at a satellite office): lovely, huge racks, great aircon, big halon fire system (it did say it was many years ago, mid 90s to be closer) and a back wall of toughened glass.
Not toughened enough, apparently, to stop a Transit at 20 mph, into which was loaded a few tons of govt kit...
Champagne, or at least the champenoise method, with its secondary fermentation, was invented by an Englishman, several years before Dom Perignon. It was also the English who worked out how to bottle it without the bottles exploding under pressure. Yay for us.
No champagne icon, so closest thing --->
Probably still better than Comcast though - I remember back in the noughties, they started rate-limiting port 1352 (NRPC, ie, Notes) for domestic customers. Now, Notes is designed for remote working. People complained. Serious technical people who knew how to use Wireshark, amongst other tools.
Comcast denied it. IBM did some tests, as some of the people complaining were major technical contributors to IBM's conferences, business partners, BIG customers.
Comcast stopped limiting 1352.
I witnessed a rear-ending (titter ye not) living in KL on my way to the pub. The rear-ender had four or five young blokes from the Gulf (it was Gulf holiday season when loads of people from there rock up in KL, it being nominally Muslim, but they can party and get pissed). The rear-endee was local.
I said I'd seen it and agreed it it was the lads' fault. They disagreed, quite vehemently, when I noted that a rear-end shunt is always the car behind's fault (unless it's been shunted itself, or it's a scam by the front car, which this wasn't). I suggested we get the police, at which point the lads got back in their car and made a hasty exit.
Blacks (outdoor-wear firm) were very good a couple of years ago with an order of mine - I ordered a pair of boots that turned out to be a size too small. They agreed to collect & replace them, at no extra cost. The replacements turned out to have been mislabelled so were, again, a size too small, so round the mulberry bush again.
All sorted inside ten days, and this from a subsidiary firm of JD Sports, who are shit.
Joke icon not needed :o)
My procedural documentation always has, after the "this is what this procedure covers" line, a warning "This document is intended for team X. If you are attempting this procedure and NOT a member of team X, STOP NOW, and contact a member of team X".
Minimum necessary permissioning is a good principle, but isn't always applied, so if someone's using my procedure and buggers things up, they can't say they weren't warned.