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Our local Chinese takeaway has two menus, the 'British Chinese' menu and the native one. I decided to try a fairly safe looking dish and waited
and waited.. and this came forth (slightly less mangled before I put it on the plate)

Yum... I shall have to try some of the other more interesting looking dishes.
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Even when it is a green slimy algae a friend pulls out of the fridge that has a very... Unique smell. ;)
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Are Google Glasses an eye-phone ?
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I don't find that kind of humor very funny.
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Time for a new beta release of µWeb (formerly Microweb but we had a namespace collision)

µWeb is a small web server designed to run on a PDP-11 running 2.11BSD. In it's default configuration it can serve 16 simultaneous http connections while occupying a total of 20K of user memory plus stack.

This beta also adds support for some much bigger 32/64bit OS called 'Linux'  thanks to patches from Tom Zanussi

cgi support will follow once I've got a bit more time to poke at it. Some kind of built in cgi language is also needed. Forth will fit but Forth will always fit and is never the right answer. Some kind of embedded Java subset would be even more perverse and far funnier...
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My first computer was an IBM PC XT. I feel so young =(
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A firefox configuration question. Is there a sane way within firefox of disabling http: support and leaving just https: enabled ?
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perhaps https-everywhere[1] combined with http-nowhere[2] would work the way you want?

I've used https-everywhere before, but I haven't used http-nowhere.
Force-TLS[3] may be worth a look too.

[1]: https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere
[2]: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/http-nowhere/
[3]: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/force-tls/
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Happiness in pig form
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yummy i so miss black pudding 
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Has anyone seen problems with WD raptor drives on Marvell controllers.

I'm seeing a weird problem which seems to be a combination of Marvell controller, disk layout and WD raptors when using NCQ. The raptors have a raid file system on them which has (for historical reasons) got the logical and physical blocks misaligned so its doing partial blocks on the disk.

Now trying to work out the root cause.
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The "RAID" drives give up more easily when trying to read defective sectors, allowing higher layers to sort out the mess without stalling requests. Most drives support setting the timeout these days. smartctl can do that. 
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This is a Real security problem and, thanks to a company that jumped ahead of the gun with the news, it's effectively a zero-day vulnerability leaving everyone else scrambling to get the patches out. 
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+Rich Freeman No. TLS can use ephemeral DH exchanges - these are the cipher suites with "EDH" mentioned, known as Perfect Forward Secrecy suites - but that's not all of them.

In addition, the DH parameters can be obtained via this bug, so unless the server is both configured to use DH parameters at all (and thus support PFS suites), and configured to change them regularly (a CPU intensive task) they'll be vulnerable to a degree.
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Funny Hitler joke, serious 
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A groaner, indeed.
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Broadcom have released full documentation for the VideoCore IV graphics core, and a complete source release of the graphics stack under a 3-clause BSD license.

This is the first step towards a blob-free future for Raspberry Pi!
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I thought it was not released before now because it was too complicated for mere mortals to understand
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This is hilarious (although a private members bill so unlikely to pass, especially given the said member has some other minor problems)

It's almost a shame. Right now we have this strange historic holiday where we celebrate by throwing an image of a male catholic on the fire, so what could be more fine for equality  than celebrating Margaret Thatcher day by throwing the image of a female methodist on the fire too ;-)

The fact that is what it is likely to become really ought to put off those who think its a good idea.

http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2013-14/margaretthatcherday.html
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and bottles of milk!
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Excellent very traditional British curry house with good staff, good food and good beer. Reasonable prices too. Order ahead on busy nights to avoid a wait.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Went there because the place next door was closed and was pleasantly surprised. The menu isn't large, the place itself is fairly basic but the food was really good. Bring your own drinks. Excellent value. Also do takeaway.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Nice pub, good food and drinks. Prices a little higher than elsewhere but worth it. All day breakfast to die for (and quite possibly from)
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Tried one Saturday. The service was poor (the staff clearly overstretched), the food took over an hour to appear, one item was wrong, and it was at best average.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
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Sandwiches, baguettes, pasta and other oddments both takeaway and eat in. Tends to have a small selection of the usual British fillings and a wide range of italian meats and cheeses as the selection. If you don't know what to try on the italian side then the staff will be happy to make suggestions. Service is unhurried and it can be slow if busy. If you've got five minutes to grab a sandwich go around the corner to Eets. If you've got time to actually enjoy your food go here.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Been going here now and then for years. The food is very much 'British Italian' and except for the specials unlikely to scare more conservative eaters. All the portions are large. Excellent fish, good pasta, and superb cheesecakes and home made ice creams. If there is a criticism its that the food choices are fairly heavy and solid. It's not the place to go if you fancy a rocket salad or a thin crust pizza.
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