[P]articularly randy wombats wanting a root?I didn't even know wombats ate roots!
(They actually do, even if that's not quite what Bruce—no, not that one, the other Bruce—meant by this.)
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The phrase was coined by Juvenal back in the 2nd century CE, discussing the problem of induction, whilst Europeans weren't aware of your black swans until 1697. By then, the name had stuck, with an added bonus of highlighting the problem that just because you haven't seen a specific counterexample doesn't mean it can't exist.
…is a phenomenon that happens every 1024 weeks, which is about 19.6 years. The Global Positioning system broadcasts a date, including a weekly counter that is stored in only ten binary digits. The range is therefore 0–1023. After 1023 an integer overflow causes the internal value to roll over, changing to zero again.
I'd bet that's what happened here, rather than a pure factory default time. The last rollover was in April 2019, so I bet the default of this time server was to assume it was in the August 1999–April 2019 block, and it just hadn't been rebooted since before April 2019. See the article for a similar bork-bork-bork candidate picture.
I guess back in 1980, they weren't too concerned about the likes of the Y2K problem yet. And lucky us, the next week rollover will be in 2038, the icing on the Unix time Y2K38 cake, if about ten months later.
"Other times… we seem to be the only ones who can see a user's potential and the impact that they might make."At first, upon seeing the word 'potential' in there, I was assuming it was referring to the user's electrical potential, but then, on seeing it in context with talk of their impact, I'm leaning more towards its meaning their gravitational potential energy. Could go either way, really.
What do you think?
Mine's the one that converts into an emergency parachute. -->
Add me to those who came here to say much the same thing. I grew up in the US, and was quite used to having a screen window outside the glass, pretty much thought of it as the default. I had some idea that standard German windows were different, but when I moved to the UK, I was rather surprised by the complete lack of screens on any windows or doors. One area where I still prefer the US version of doing things, although there is something to be said for the British (& German) swinging windows, v. the typical American home vertically-sliding ones, where I've seen most of the screens in my day.
They do keep a good range of insect sizes out, but in Wisconsin (and many other places, I'm sure), the joke was that the mosquitoes come in two sizes: those small enough to fit through the holes in the screen door, and those big enough to open it.
I'm guessing it was some variety of circuit breaker or other protection, and when he pushed it in and held it for a moment (before panic ensued), it completed the circuit again, providing power to whatever failed component had tripped it in the first place, which component then provided the obligatory light-and-noise show.
Either that, or it was the magic smoke release button.
The customer simulation department (think hydraulic-powered flight simulator platforms) presented a particular challenge.For a fleeting moment as I was reading that, I was imagining the simulation being run on one of those hydraulic computers you see as demos of the principle, usually. What a shame, especially since I used to work on aircraft hydraulics; would've been a nice cross-over.
"The fact that so many companies are choosing not to hire in the State of Colorado demonstrates how burdensome these regulations really are," [Harpole] said.Or, it could demonstrate what a bunch of whingy crybabies the companies are. Could go either way, why assume it's how burdensome the regulations?
That's probably the voice you have the option to choose the accent for, and the gender. Being a Yank living in the UK, I probably paid a bit more attention to those options than most. But anyway, that US accent is probably on the phone's owner, then, unless this broadcast overrides that option because $REASONS (or @reason, for the perl-inclined, at least).
Probably about half an hour or so into the press conference, when talking about the parachute, one of them said that the different colours were primarily so that they could know its orientation, and that pattern did a good job of making it clear which way was which. But secondarily, he strongly hinted at there being some sort of a secret message encoded in it, sort of like how Curiosity has 'JPL' encoded in Morse code on its wheels, so it's in all the tracks it makes. I wonder what the new secret message is?
When I read the Footfallcam article the other day, and some kindly AC posted a link to their Companies House listing, I got nosy & curious and looked at their address on Google Maps, and lo and behold, also 'at this place' were a couple called Magic Mirror & NurseryWeb. I figured they probably had similar QC issues, and would be interesting to look into more deeply. Sure enough, here we are.
The reality, the judge decided, was… that he created multiple versions of it with improvements and enhancements….
It says that as though that's relevant and implies that it's an indicator that he was doing this as part of his employment. Do they really think that people doing spare-time development never update their software products?!?
One thing that still mystifies me in hindsight is how my first RHL install ever managed to work. I got really carried away with the separate partitions. I mean, really carried away. Like, separate
/lib/ partitions carried away. To this day, I'm not entirely sure how it ever managed to function. I'm guessing that mkinitrd or whatever we used back then was smart enough to include the relevant
/etc/ bits and necessary
/lib/ libraries in the initrd (which was on a floppy then, of course).
Surprisingly, I never really came to regret it in any painful way. The closest I ever had to suffering for it was when I finally did the big upgrade to Windows 95 (it was dual-boot, obvs), and Windows mucked up the Linux parts of the partition table, because why would it care about other OSs? That was my big intro to really getting into the guts of the system, in a sink-or-swim way, since I had to use the Windows to go get the relevant docs, and edit the partition tables by hand to point them at the right places, lots of fun the way the MBR partitions are chained, let me tell you, and using dd to put them in just the right place. (I don't remember just how I was running binary editors & dd at the time; was a live floppy a thing then? I think it predated live CDs.)
The other respondents are missing a salient point: That's pretty much exactly what it did. The weight was contained within the mole itself, and driven by a rotating cam (see animation), but in principle, it's very much a pile driver, indeed.
My first time reading that quickly, I parsed it as meaning that Obama had behaved pretty much as you describe Trump behaving, rather than your actual meaning, which I now take to be Trump harassing Biden's presidency much the same way he harassed Obama's. If others misunderstood the same way I first did, but didn't give it that second read that I did, that might explain it.
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