Alain Williams writes: How long had the last energy saving light bulb that you replaced been working ? * 0-1 months; * 2-4 months; * 5-8 months; * 9-14 months; * 15-23 months; * 2 years; * 2-3 years; * 4+ years; * never had one fail; * I eat carrots you insensitive clod!.
Alain Williams writes: The BBC reports that the nine-hour detention at Heathrow Airport of an ex-Guardian journalist's partner has been ruled lawful. David Miranda lives with reporter Glenn Greenwald who has written articles about state surveillance based on leaked documents by Edward Snowden. At the High Court, Mr Miranda claimed his detention under anti-terrorism laws was unlawful and breached human rights. But judges said it was a "proportionate measure in the circumstances" and in the interests of national security.
Alain Williams writes: The BBC reports that a new academic study has raised doubts about the performance of a commercial quantum computer in certain circumstances. In some tests devised by a team of researchers, the commercial quantum computer has performed no faster than a standard desktop machine.
Alain Williams writes: "A US-based Dr Who fan has built a model of the Tardis designed to look bigger on its inside than its outside. He used blender to create the inside that can be seen when viewed with a smartphone."
Alain Williams writes: "Some ISPs return a code of 403 Forbidden when they have been ordered by court to prevent their customers visiting a URL. Tim Bray proposes 451, an appropriate reference to the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This could be fun: censors often don't like being exposed for what they really are!"
Alain Williams writes: "Apple has launched a new patent assault on its competitors, first granted to the American Mathematical Society in October 1912, subsequently renewed, then acquired by Apple at an unknown date. The first entry among the patent's Claims describes "A quadrilateral having all four interior angles of 90, opposite sides that are parallel, and congruent diagonals that bisect each other.""
Alain Williams writes: "An actress has sued Amazon.com for more than $1m (£639,000) after her age was posted on its Internet Movie Database. She says revealing her age on the site will lose her acting opportunities. So is her career dependent on lies ?"
Alain Williams writes: "EveryDNS claims that the DDOS affecting Wikileaks "have... threaten[ed] the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure", so they have stopped Wikileaks DNS. How true was this DDOS affecting them, or were they leaned on ? This stinks."
Alain Williams writes: "The move comes amid UAE concerns that data from the devices is immediately exported offshore and managed by a foreign organisation. The UAE's telecoms regulator, TRA, said last week the devices could therefore pose a threat to national security. It follows an alleged attempt last year by the state-run telecoms company to install spyware on Blackberry handsets."
When you hit Ctrl-z in an app and type ''jobs'' you will get a list of job numbers in square brackes, eg '''', what is the largest number that you have seen ? (I currently have 20 on one of my ssh sessions). Options