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Message 104548 - Posted: 9 Jun 2021, 16:55:00 UTC

One Fastly customer triggered internet meltdown

A customer quite legitimately changing their settings had exposed a bug in a software update issued to customers in mid-May, causing "85% of our network to return errors", it said.
Let that be a lesson to us all!
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Message 104604 - Posted: 18 Jun 2021, 18:09:58 UTC

Portal lovers, ahoy!
Have fun with Portal - The Sound Of Science
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Message 104652 - Posted: 28 Jun 2021, 16:08:20 UTC

April Fool's is early/late this year: https://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/releases/otago830110.html
Researchers develop world-first weight loss device

University of Otago and UK researchers have developed a world-first weight-loss device to help fight the global obesity epidemic.

DentalSlim Diet Control is an intra-oral device fitted by a dental professional to the upper and lower back teeth. It uses magnetic devices with unique custom-manufactured locking bolts. It allows the wearer to open their mouths only about 2mm, restricting them to a liquid diet, but it allows free speech and doesn’t restrict breathing.
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Message 104654 - Posted: 28 Jun 2021, 17:14:58 UTC - in response to Message 104652.  

April Fool's is early/late this year: https://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/releases/otago830110.html
Researchers develop world-first weight loss device

University of Otago and UK researchers have developed a world-first weight-loss device to help fight the global obesity epidemic.

DentalSlim Diet Control is an intra-oral device fitted by a dental professional to the upper and lower back teeth. It uses magnetic devices with unique custom-manufactured locking bolts. It allows the wearer to open their mouths only about 2mm, restricting them to a liquid diet, but it allows free speech and doesn’t restrict breathing.

I can think of three things more comfortable than that, and one of them is not eating less, that would be torture.
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Message 104663 - Posted: 29 Jun 2021, 21:08:20 UTC

Boston Dynamics's robot Spot showing off how it's going to conquer the world. By dancing you to love it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7atZfX85nd4
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Message 104678 - Posted: 1 Jul 2021, 10:03:58 UTC

A friend has just handed in his notice to Microsoft's UK headquarters in Cambridge. One of his reasons is that in a building where even with most working part time from home there will be upwards of 200 people a day working there, he is unable to open any windows!
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Message 104691 - Posted: 3 Jul 2021, 10:22:38 UTC

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/02/chp-tickets-driver-with-apparent-spacex-starlink-dish-on-hood.html

A California Highway Patrol officer pulled over a vehicle on Friday that had a satellite dish bolted to the car’s hood, and the device appeared to be one of SpaceX’s Starlink antennas.

“Sir I stopped you today for that visual obstruction on your hood. Does it not block your view while driving?” CHP of Antelope Valley wrote in a Facebook post about the incident.

CHP added that the motorist replied: “Only when I make right turns.”


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Message 104724 - Posted: 8 Jul 2021, 15:14:13 UTC - in response to Message 104678.  

A friend has just handed in his notice to Microsoft's UK headquarters in Cambridge. One of his reasons is that in a building where even with most working part time from home there will be upwards of 200 people a day working there, he is unable to open any windows!
Are they using MacOS? Surely there's Windows at every desk.
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Message 104731 - Posted: 8 Jul 2021, 19:35:27 UTC - in response to Message 104724.  

Are they using MacOS? Surely there's Windows at every desk.

Actually most of the programmers there run Linux.
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Message 104734 - Posted: 9 Jul 2021, 16:31:19 UTC - in response to Message 104731.  

Are they using MacOS? Surely there's Windows at every desk.

Actually most of the programmers there run Linux.

Isn't that admitting defeat?
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Message 104748 - Posted: 10 Jul 2021, 5:14:55 UTC - in response to Message 104734.  

Are they using MacOS? Surely there's Windows at every desk.

Actually most of the programmers there run Linux.

Isn't that admitting defeat?

Linux users never wine about da feet.
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Message 104758 - Posted: 10 Jul 2021, 17:12:08 UTC - in response to Message 104748.  

Are they using MacOS? Surely there's Windows at every desk.

Actually most of the programmers there run Linux.

Isn't that admitting defeat?

Linux users never wine about da feet.

I'm including that in my study of why some jokes make people groan.
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Message 104830 - Posted: 18 Jul 2021, 21:17:44 UTC

Everyone ready for the new Time Team?
Yep, they're bringing the band back together. Paid for by Patreons.
Episodes will be released on Patreon and their Youtube channel.

See this episode for who's returning. Nope, thus far not Sir Tony or Phil.
At least subscribe to the channel.
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Message 105163 - Posted: 17 Aug 2021, 20:20:31 UTC

Everything you ever wanted to know about gravitational waves and how to detect them (and why): Veritasium: The Absurdity of Detecting Gravitational Waves
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Message 105179 - Posted: 18 Aug 2021, 16:56:17 UTC

All right, we can stop doing everything, just sit, watch TV/computer, get fat and die. Atlas is here to take over: Boston Dynamics Atlas: Partners in Parkour.
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Message 105294 - Posted: 31 Aug 2021, 11:56:18 UTC

Been playing around with different combinations of tasks, both number of and type. While not unexpected, it doesn't half mess with time estimates for tasks that before I started messing three weeks ago were all quite accurate.
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Message 105306 - Posted: 2 Sep 2021, 21:24:16 UTC

Random Fact:
"Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour."

MY PERSONAL DISCLAIMER... Please don't try this exercise, you might damage something other than the wall.
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Message 105357 - Posted: 9 Sep 2021, 1:13:40 UTC

The "boob tube" of the 1980's has evolved in to the central information center of the 21st century household...

A 1980 magazine article about the future of TV got it spot on — with a few ridiculous exceptions
"What Can Print Your Plane Tickets, Find the Kids and Beat You at Chess?" asked the headline of a 1980 article in the entertainment magazine Panorama. The answer? Television, of course! Or at least, the television in the far future of the year… 2000!

Writer and consumer electronics expert David Lachenbruch laid out how the technology available at that time was leading to a place where TV would be the center around which most 21st-century activity revolves. And in many ways, he was right.
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Message 105553 - Posted: 30 Sep 2021, 19:52:16 UTC

I'm off to the pub - mind the shop till I'm back.
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Message 105554 - Posted: 30 Sep 2021, 19:57:56 UTC - in response to Message 105553.  

The world has laptops, notebooks, Chromebooks, tablets and all kinds of smartphones with which you can be available at all times if wanted, sir. :)
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