I just don't understand why this is a thing
Crime exists partially because it is easier than working. Crime is prevented, shut down, stamped on, yet it still persists.
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Don't be lazy: find it out yourself. Hint - if you want passport details, hotel reception staff are on not much more than minimum wage. No doubt £50 would get you photocopies of half a dozen passports. For a bit more you could also get the matching credit card details and address.
So you are thinking that a burglar is going to invest in travel plans to hopefully locate a victim somewhere within reasonable driving distance safe in the knowledge that the house can't possibly be occupied by relatives or lodgers just because someone from there is on holiday?
>99% of burglaries are opportunistic. The <1% that aren't wont be targeting EasyJet customers.
So the hackers also know about my flight EZY8223 to Valencia on 13th January, oh my. The hack could also explain why my credit card company issued me with a new card with a new number even though the old one was not due to expire. Whilst having to change card details here and there is mildly inconvenient it's certainly not going to stop me using EasyJet once they start flying again.
If the mains fails at night while you are sleeping then you will be unable to use the conventional phone to call for help.
It uses 4 AA batteries which are customer replaceable. Not ideal, or what you would want in an emergency but the workaround is easy enough. People relying on mobile phones and forgetting to charge them (or their power bank) are a bigger issue.
I'm in the odd situation of having both FTTP fibre for broadband and copper for my landline phone. Despite saying it would not be a problem during the order process BT were unable to transfer our old copper phone number to our new FTTP connection. Apparently the numbers for fibre came from a different pool so the number they wanted to give us was different (only the last 3 digits). At the time we got FTTP we needed to keep the same phone number. Despite escalation and complaints BT were unable to assign the old number to the new service so they reverted our phone part of the service to copper. Apparently being able to preserve your number when moving to FTTP was technically simple from an engineering perspective but there was no BT order process to make it happen. Hopefully they have sorted that out in the last year or so as I would like to get rid of the copper but my wife is very attached to the phone number we have had for the last 25+ years.
BT warn that this service will not work during a power cut
Whilst the mains powered DECT and wifi phones obviously won't work in a power outage a conventional phone plugged into the Openreach fibre adapter/modem (not the BT Smart Hub) does as it has a battery backup. I can confirm this works with my FTTP.
We used SGI boxes for CGI. The good thing about CGI was when you hit a bug in the SGI C compiler it was easy to spot because you got a very visible artefact. I guess with drug development you have to wait a little longer then count the bodies. We found several bugs in their compiler plus one we were convinced was a compiler bug but turned out to be a maths processor hardware issue.
ITYM the registration page, as that's where passwords are created
I want it on the login page. That way when I'm trying to login and failing I can look at what stupidly unusual thing it needs. This would "normally" be enough for me to remember it and avoid me going round the password reset route, which would end up with me trying to reset it to to the same password I was forced to choose last time.
Elon Musks Tesla roadster was launched into space on a Falcon Heavy rocket a bit over 2 years ago. As I write this comment it is 154,417,658 miles away out beyond the orbit of Mars. I would class that as "very" secure, at least from theft.
By falling short of the required 60% on the Isle of White the test will shown that "sadly" it needs to be compulsory so we can be hit with "use the app, protect the NHS and save lives". Next comes police powers to fine anyone found outside without the app installed and running. Not having a compatible phone with a charged battery will not be a reasonable excuse. Before you can blink the UK will have rolled out compulsory ID cards that can be inspected remotely.
give up calling people black or white
Been there, done that.
Many many years ago when I hadn't been at school too long we had a couple of black girls in my year, except we weren't allowed to call them black as that was then a pejorative term. I clearly remember the teacher saying if you look closely they aren't black but dark brown, and as easily as that we all accepted it and stopped using that term. The teacher also pointed out that we weren't white but more of a pink colour but that didn't go down so well as the boys all saw pink as a "girly" colour............ You can't win them all.
something like that would have fallen over about 10 seconds after 'engine off'
Unlike the deck of a drone ship at sea the moons surface is not pitching up and down.
If you have servo driven legs you can drive them up or down to adjust for uneven and soft ground while the thrust from the landing thrusters is still decreasing.
No, hops aren't space launches
It depends on the height. With a 100 meter hop they definitely aren't but at 100km they definitely are. You only have to go 50 miles (80 km) up to get US astronaut wings.
BTW - While orbit is about "staying" in space rather than making a brief visit a rarely mentioned corollary is that there is nothing to stop an orbital class rocket steering straight up and reaching a height much higher that most satellites. As long as you don't exceed escape velocity and set your trajectory appropriately so the Earth is underneath you when you come back down, you can stay in space a very long time without ever being in orbit around the Earth.
another brilliant example of the UK doing the reverse of the EU
I think there is good reason for different countries to follow different paths. The situation in Italy is very different from the situation in Germany.
And if you accidentally close an app, Android's Recents now comes with an undo functionality, allowing you to restore it without losing your data.
That sounds suspiciously like it doesn't close the app when you tell it to and just stuffs it deep into the background. Generally when I close an app I want it to be closed.
Without testing them you'd need to quarantine them all
Even if you do test them there is a time lag between infection, being contagious and testing positive. A negative test does not mean they don't have the virus: it just means that at the moment the test was done no virus was detected.
There are confirmed cases of people spreading the virus to multiple contacts but still testing negative even after the people they have infected are showing symptoms. Eventually they do go on to test positive but they can have multiple negative tests first.
I'm unusual on this forum for not caring that much about my privacy. I am however concerned about the Google/Apple API that exposes who I have been in proximity to, when I was with them and how often I'm with them. This is information that allow personal interconnections to be mapped far more efficiently than currently. In more normal times it will allow them (Google and Apple) to know who you live with, who you work with, who you travel with and who you spend your leisure time with. I will probably be turning off my Bluetooth.
I'm predicting 1m US Deaths, within a factor of 2
It's a little to soon to predict numbers with any degree of confidence as we just don't know how many people have already been infected with with SARS-Cov2 so estimates of mortality are being based on a known death toll being divided my an unknown number of infections. A new study testing inhabitants of a German town allegedly show that 15% of people have had the virus. Assuming that number is right and making the further wild assumption that this is replicated globally that gives the extrapolated result that were 70% of the world population to go on to contract the disease the final death toll would be 70% of 6.6 X 100,000 i.e. a little under 500,000. To put this in context WHO estimates annual global influenza deaths to be 250,000 to 500,000 a year.
This is of course based on a wild extrapolation of one study and so will "probably" be wrong. Even so it is numerically more robust than dividing something by an unknown number.
if there's a test for Corona Virus antibodies, and I "pass", I should be able to return to work on-site, right???
Yes, and therein lies a problem. Test capacity will be inherently limited. People who want and need to return to work will struggle to get a test so many will assume that the "cold" they had earlier was the virus, and return to work claiming that they have had it. This then leads to a second peak of infections much worse than the first.
In all probability people will need a certificate from a government approved test centre confirming that they have had the virus and are presumably short term immune so can be exempted from lockdown.
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