Also down apparently is isitdownrightnow.com. Well played, sir.
And for the 20%+ of the time that it breaks, there's Gorilla Glue
In a CBS '60 Minutes' episode, Apple CEO Steve Cook dismissed as "total crap" the notion that his first name is Steve.
If only Apple had the money to buy their own infrastructure...
Apple is a very rich company with $200bn+ in the bank. They got that way by taking every opportunity to grow their business. Nothing wrong with that. But sometimes that entails doing things that might not be in their best long-term interests.
Consider this: they chose to buy cloud services from other vendors because their business was growing beyond their ability to provision these services in-house. They could have chosen to do it themselves, preserving the integrity of their infrastructure, but that would run the risk of not being able to scale it out as fast as their customers demanded it, and limited their growth.
So they made the choice to outsource, maximizing their growth but taking the risks that come with that approach.
They could have taken the other path and kept their integrity. They are one of the few companies rich enough to do that. But it's not in their DNA, and their stockholders would take a dim view.
So now they have to take pictures of motherboards in the hope that they catch the bad guys doing something. Pathetic really.
He continued: "Still, 'phwooar', eh? eh?"
Time itself is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
I think I saw that in Reader's Digest.
vi or emacs?
I just got back from a 6-day visit to Iceland. For the first time visiting a foreign country, I completed the trip without needing to acquire any local currency. I paid for everything using my US-based credit card using chip and signature. A couple of transactions (pay and display parking) were automated without any need for either PIN or signature.
There's a lot of urban myth about this. In UK law the tolerance is actually 10% + 4kph, or 2.5mph, and it applies to the speedometer in the car, not to the true speed. This is merely a wiggle factor allowed for the speedometer in the car, which is allowed to read high up to the above formula, but never low.
So for a true speed of 70mph, the car's speedometer may legally display between 70 and 79.5. So it is not a excuse to speed, as the tolerance is only on the upside. A speedo that reads low is out of spec and illegal. Thus most cars have speedos that read a little high by design, in order to comply with this regulation. In my experience about 5% high is typical, so 73.5 indicated for true 70.
AFAIK any allowance by the cops over the true speed is entirely at their discretion. In theory you can still be ticketed for 71. IMHO this is a good thing, as it allows boy racers to surge along at an indicated 85, while still actually within what most cops would consider a safe envelope.
This policy is in everyone's interests:
- the car manufacturers like it because the wiggle factor means they can build the speedo to a lower, cheaper standard;
- the enthusiastic driver likes it because it gives an exaggerated impression of the car's performance (I was doing 100!^H^H^H^H90!);
- the authorities like it because it curbs excessive speed and thus enhances safety;
- we geeks tolerate it because we have our own independent measuring equipment.
...given that there used to be a song about "Deutschland" and "Uber"...
And we're done.
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