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This is a tad unnerving

"We’ve all pretty much heard of Uncanny Valley (the creeped out anxious feeling when you look at something that’s humanoid but there’s something clearly wrong with it. Like the wax figures at Madame Tussaud’s or that AI robot Sophia)

But my favorite theory to come out of it is that we get that strange feeling because somewhere along human evolution we’ve learned to be wary of things that look human... but aren’t."

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Another signal in the noise? There has been a lot of data use in this pandemic from admission data to mobile phone mobility - I guess customer review sentiment could be another.


I couldn’t just walk past this Tweet, so here is some fun

Scented candles: An unexpected victim of the COVID-19 pandemic 1/n


Heck I love pigz(1) - it just keeps going faster

Good; we're () still in Tier 3 after the current lockdown finishes; hopefully that'll keep the downward trend going - it's still a mess. I think only @wyliecoyoteuk gets to party.

I give thanks for most of my meetings being cancelled today.

Ah lunch time,. on first day back after a week off; inbox down to only 930 mails.

ricotta seems to work OK as a cheese-ish for cheese cakes; it's a lot lower fat than many other soft cheeses; but there again you can feel that loss of the fat though, it's not quite as good - but about half the calories of somehting like philly - meaning you can eat twice as much.

's DocX export code goes through loads of units; 'twips' - there's 20 of them to the pt; then in other places 100th of mm's; and obviously converting between them. Then there's the places where it just redefines the coordinate systems as a window on the space of the layer above. This is all the VML subpart of docx, not the newer DrawingML that I've not looked at yet.

Today's skill: Replacing a drier belt; eSpares & DPD with next-day-saturday delivery on the belt and it wasn't hard to fit; the only tricky bit is you've got to make a gap to thread the new one around the drum; there's youtube videos but finding one for your model is tricky. Loosening stuff off creates a gap between the drum and front; threading on the motor/wheel is different on every model; if your old one snapped you need to find the video showing you how it is supposed to run.

Blech, last day of a week off and the tumble-drier belt goes and spent a couple of hours figuring out how to take it to bits to replace it; I guess we've got a couple of hours tomorrow trying to fit a new one. Sigh.

Having just spent days crawled through a seriously deep pile of code, ECMA protocol docs etc etc - I've found a trivial string bug.
One down....

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@penguin42 my favourite one of them is world standards day, which is on October the 14th except the US which has its own day.

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox, they neglected to do something: pay royalties on contracted works as part of the sale.

"Disney’s argument is that they have purchased the rights but not the obligations of the contract. In other words, they believe they have the right to publish work, but are not obligated to pay the writer no matter what the contract says."

#Disney #Royalties #Contracts #Authors #Writers

I see C++ errors aren't getting smaller; a single typo in a std::cerr << line and I get 538 lines/55k of erros !

'Each shipper contains a GPS-enabled thermal sensor to track the location and temperature of each vaccine shipment across their pre-set routes leveraging Pfizer’s broad distribution network' wow - a potentially useful IoT

THe only problem with not having a Twitter account is that I can't berate the numskulls at who sent a text to our landline number at 7am and who don't accept this is a bad idea when I try and explain it to their customer support people.

I wonder if any one has thought about the IT needs for large scale double dose vaccination yet...I mean you're going to have to make sure that people get 2 doses of the same brand of vaccine, spaced appropriately; make sure they don't end up getting one of the other brands as well etc

Murphy's law example again:
'The immediate analysis concluded that it was a matter of cables being inverted'
Remember: If you can assemble something wrongly, someone someday will assemble it wrongly.

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