May apply more to the usage of mobile smartphones to prevent being fraped these days.
At home I have a Magnet DSL connection, with the line rental bundled. It's fiber to the estate I live in, and have 4Mb down/ 1Mb up. It's a grandfathered connection in the current offerings - i.e. not available. I was chatting with the techs in the company as I know a few of them personally, and they don't have any metering in place on that offering. I regularly saturate both up and down for weeks at a time without problems. Pretty cool for tv shows (that I have already paid for through a sky subscription and a TV license fee).
I would like to have a faster unmetered connection, but at least the one I have is very stable with fantastically low latencies to my common internet places, as monitored by my smokeping installation...
At least 47 of the first results for a Google search on my name gives stuff that is me-relevant.
My first computer was an Amstrad CPC464, with a Z80 and 64kb RAM. My current desktop has 16Gb RAM.
However, a few servers in the DC downstairs have half a terabyte of RAM - so I'm not entirely sure if there should be another option..
Whatever way my vision works, I often end up gaining detail from a quick scan of my eye's focal point around what I am concentrating on. When a PWM-driven light source is in my field of view I see it as a trail of distinct dots, where a continuously driven light would appear as an evenly illuminated streak. Maybe it's just because I've got a lot of practice of looking at things from 30 years of observational astronomy so I am used to getting the best from my mk1 eyeballs
Cinemas are often painful as I can very easily see individual frames in panning shots, even with the motion blur on the individual frames. Motion blur annoys me as my vision system can't figure out if it is out of focus or blurred, so my eyes get very tires from certain films
Back in the CRT days I could easily differentiate between 85hz and 100hz monitors, and I could identify whether a game was operating at 100hz or 120hz if the monitor framerate was higher than that. Mostly by being able to see each frame when the POV was changing quickly, and I could gauge whether there were 8 or 10 frames used for a rocketjump and that kind of thing. This led me to having to spend real money on decent monitors that I didn't see the flicker on.
Newer flat panels have light sources that are a lot more steady, and that never truly drop in brightness as there is no longer an active scan in progress. These no longer flicker as much as older monitors did.
Ophthalmologists didn't find anything odd with my eyes at that stage, it was just my having a particularly discerning vision system. Lucky that I have, as I've located drusen on my retina that I've spotted early enough to possibly be useful in any treatment of this precursor to macular degeneration. Sucks, but I'm still in my 30s so worst case I have more time than most to get used to using peripheral vision for daily tasks.
So, that was one example of a patch that required shutting down the power.
Last year, I started to get spam to the email I signed up to http://www.astronomyforum.net/ do being a good net citizen I informed the admins of that forum about this. I found out that I wasn't the only one that was getting spam to addresses that were used specifically for that forum as there were three other users that were saying the same thing. What was the admin's response? Perma-banning my account on that forum.
Definitely not the expected response, but apparently it's typical behaviour of those running that site to do this once it's known that the email list was compromised.
Thankfully I had no real personal details in the database on that site, but it's a pity to see such a knee-jerk reaction to something that most real admins would be happy to know and then be able to do something about it.
What would you do in the same situation? I just walked away and blacklisted the email address used, as I am still receiving spam to it.
However, Polaris would show the most diurnal parallax, as that is indeed based on the earth's spin.
I was in college in the University of Limerick with the Irish developer behind the drm-next tree, and he's a really great guy. He was a member of Skynet, (the UL Computer Society) along with some other people that have gone on to be fairly visible members of the wordlwide Linux community, including the likes of:
Mel Gorman, kernel memory hacker;
Dave Airlie. AMD graphics developer,
Caolan McNamara, who did the first MSWord converter.
Irish Linux hackers FTW