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While I've been away at flood hack this weekend my wonderful wife managed to finish the Jupiter cross stitch.

Thank you +Kimberly Chapman​ for the post with the pattern. 
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Thank you +Kimberly Chapman​ I passed along your kind words.
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The afternoon section of the science museum. Only a quick visit as I needed to get back home to pick up the little one.

Highlights include the Google server rack, Babbage's difference engine, the collection of old computers, and a lot of clocks.

I am a complete sucker for exposed clock workings. I love the thought and skill that went in to figuring out all parts without computer modelling.

If you have any questions about these or the ones I posted earlier please ask away and I'll try and find out more information about what they are.
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Having a few days off. I've some how managed to accrue more time off since starting the new job than I was expecting. So today I'm off to the science museum by my self.

Going to be a little bit weird going around with out my wife and son. I'm expecting to spend a lot longer in the space section than I would usually get to.
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+James Brine​​ The science museum in London, UK.
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Saving for later and because some of you might like them. I wonder if I can persuade my wife, who is much better at cross stitch than me to give them a try.

Also now I really want space probe cross stitches.

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Check out these awesome cross-stitch planets by photographer and Etsy artist Navid Baraty. You can buy patterns to make your own for $5.50. Currently he’s got Jupiter, Neptune, and (most importantly!!!) Pluto available, but soon he’ll be releasing the rest of the planets and then follow up with all the moons. Cool!
Check out these awesome cross-stitch planets by photographer and Etsy artist Navid Baraty. You can buy patterns to make your own for $5.50.
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Google plus has always been a bit weird about what escapes from communities into the home stream. But the google plus help community is really taking the piss.

Just managed to get some help in there so thought I'd be a good citizen and stick around and see if I could help any one else. Unfortunately the amount of spam that's showing up from there is really annoying.

Weird global warming denials and and racist, xenophobic bollocks so far.

It's always annoying when a system seems to try and punish you for trying to help it.

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Any else unable to use the iPad app since the last update? It appears to load part of the screen but then crashes back to the home screen.

Hopefully this will show you what I mean:

https://goo.gl/photos/ntPWDiZzri91C1r66

Ive tried restarting the iPad so far no luck.

Any one got any ideas?
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Doesn't look like it fixed auto rotate on iPhone 6
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From the files of "I'm going to replace this task with a script" the latest results of my wife asking for paper templates for her quilting.

I was kind of surprised going into this that this didn't already exist in some kind of reasonably easy to use fashion. The shapes are just reasonably easy maths, the layout is very simple tiling algorithm.

So far the biggest problem I've got is trying to find some thing to convert svg to pdf that works on android. If I target the later versions it doesn't really matter as I can just print directly from the app but if we want to support earlier versions I'll need to find a solution.

So far it's been an interesting little side project.
As promised my new adventure has begun! I am rather lucky to be blessed with a husband who loves tackling programming issues. For many years he has been required to create files of English Paper Pi...
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My laptop had a bit of an accident at the weekend, and with FloodHack next week end I needed a new one and quickly.

Thankfully it is January and still has the sales going on so I was able to pick up a good deal on a new #HP #Pavilion #x360. Touch screen, 8GB of ram, I5 and 128GB ssd. Best of all it actually has a full HD screen.

The biggest downside I only discovered once I got it home. The Linux support is not great. I checked and found a blog post near the top of a google search for the model number which seemed to indicate I might have a problem with the touch screen, but every thing else should work with out any problems.

Well ... the touch screen worked out of the box. The WiFi on the other hand has been a bit of a pig.

I use #KUbuntu 15.10 (Do not go posting comments about other distros I am not interested)

What follows are mainly notes for myself for when I have to reinstall this machine, however I hope they are of no use to any one else. But if they are here you go:

If you install and the wifi does not come up automatically first check dmesg for your the wifi adapter starting.

# dmesg | grep iwl

Make sure it shows that the card is a "Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless AC 3165"

If you get errors about not being able to direct load the firmware. try the instructions in this stack overflow post:
http://askubuntu.com/questions/672700/linux-noob-trying-to-install-intel-dual-band-wireless-ac-3165

Reboot. You probably won't be lucky.

Next try and enable the wireless manually using the notes here:
http://askubuntu.com/questions/16584/how-to-connect-and-disconnect-to-a-network-manually-in-terminal

reboot again and it will probably stop working. You might find running those again each time solves the problem but it is a bit naff.

After a few reboots. I found they stopped working any way. They started to give me rfkill errors.

#sudo rfkill list

this will show you a list of connections.

In theory
#sudo rfkill enable all
Should bring every thing back on line. However in my case this did nothing. However the list command was showing an acer-wifi entry. Remember this is an HP laptop.

The final answer was to create a /etc/modprobe.d/hp.conf file which blacklisted the acer driver. Simple: "blacklist acer_wmi" I found the driver name by doing "dmesg | grep acer" which showed a log entry of it starting.

A final reboot and it all seems to be working. The network manager in kde is even working now.

I kind of hope this is a pointless post as no one else going to have to deal with this mess.

Good luck if you have read this far.






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I'm now waiting for some lunch. So here are some pictures from this mornings exploring the science museum.

I'm pretty odd I've decided with museums I kind of bimble around and look at things that catch my eye. The first three rooms here seem designed to have an order but I couldn't work out what it was.
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A damn good list. Applies to software pretty well too. Need to print this out and sick it to the wall of the office when I get back from Christmas break.
 
I literally stumbled across this web page and thought I'd share it immediately, as it appears to contain timeless wisdom relevant to this Collection. I call out #30 especially, to +Winchell Chung , +William Black , and +Isaac Kuo (if I missed somebody who belongs on that estimable list, let me know, and I'll edit them in, and my apologies).

1. Engineering is done with numbers. Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

2. To design a spacecraft right takes an infinite amount of effort. This is why it's a good idea to design them to operate when some things are wrong .

3. Design is an iterative process. The necessary number of iterations is one more than the number you have currently done. This is true at any point in time.

4. Your best design efforts will inevitably wind up being useless in the final design. Learn to live with the disappointment.

5. (Miller's Law) Three points determine a curve.

6. (Mar's Law) Everything is linear if plotted log-log with a fat magic marker.

7. At the start of any design effort, the person who most wants to be team leader is least likely to be capable of it.

8. In nature, the optimum is almost always in the middle somewhere. Distrust assertions that the optimum is at an extreme point.

9. Not having all the information you need is never a satisfactory excuse for not starting the analysis.

10. When in doubt, estimate. In an emergency, guess. But be sure to go back and clean up the mess when the real numbers come along.

11. Sometimes, the fastest way to get to the end is to throw everything out and start over.

12. There is never a single right solution. There are always multiple wrong ones, though.

13. Design is based on requirements. There's no justification for designing something one bit "better" than the requirements dictate.

14. (Edison's Law) "Better" is the enemy of "good".

15. (Shea's Law) The ability to improve a design occurs primarily at the interfaces. This is also the prime location for screwing it up.

16. The previous people who did a similar analysis did not have a direct pipeline to the wisdom of the ages. There is therefore no reason to believe their analysis over yours. There is especially no reason to present their analysis as yours.

17. The fact that an analysis appears in print has no relationship to the likelihood of its being correct.

18. Past experience is excellent for providing a reality check. Too much reality can doom an otherwise worthwhile design, though.

19. The odds are greatly against you being immensely smarter than everyone else in the field. If your analysis says your terminal velocity is twice the speed of light, you may have invented warp drive, but the chances are a lot better that you've screwed up.

20. A bad design with a good presentation is doomed eventually. A good design with a bad presentation is doomed immediately.

21. (Larrabee's Law) Half of everything you hear in a classroom is crap. Education is figuring out which half is which.

22. When in doubt, document. (Documentation requirements will reach a maximum shortly after the termination of a program.)

23. The schedule you develop will seem like a complete work of fiction up until the time your customer fires you for not meeting it.

24. It's called a "Work Breakdown Structure" because the Work remaining will grow until you have a Breakdown, unless you enforce some Structure on it.

25. (Bowden's Law) Following a testing failure, it's always possible to refine the analysis to show that you really had negative margins all along.

26. (Montemerlo's Law) Don't do nuthin' dumb.

27. (Varsi's Law) Schedules only move in one direction.

28. (Ranger's Law) There ain't no such thing as a free launch.

29. (von Tiesenhausen's Law of Program Management) To get an accurate estimate of final program requirements, multiply the initial time estimates by pi, and slide the decimal point on the cost estimates one place to the right.

30. (von Tiesenhausen's Law of Engineering Design) If you want to have a maximum effect on the design of a new engineering system, learn to draw. Engineers always wind up designing the vehicle to look like the initial artist's concept.

31. (Mo's Law of Evolutionary Development) You can't get to the moon by climbing successively taller trees.

32. (Atkin's Law of Demonstrations) When the hardware is working perfectly, the really important visitors don't show up.

33. (Patton's Law of Program Planning) A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.

34. (Roosevelt's Law of Task Planning) Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.

35. (de Saint-Exupery's Law of Design) A designer knows that he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

36. Any run-of-the-mill engineer can design something which is elegant. A good engineer designs systems to be efficient. A great engineer designs them to be effective.

37. (Henshaw's Law) One key to success in a mission is establishing clear lines of blame.

38. Capabilities drive requirements, regardless of what the systems engineering textbooks say.

39. Any exploration program which "just happens" to include a new launch vehicle is, de facto, a launch vehicle program.

39. (alternate formulation) The three keys to keeping a new manned space program affordable and on schedule:
       1)  No new launch vehicles.
       2)  No new launch vehicles.
       3)  Whatever you do, don't develop any new launch vehicles.

40. (McBryan's Law) You can't make it better until you make it work.

41. Space is a completely unforgiving environment. If you screw up the engineering, somebody dies (and there's no partial credit because most of the analysis was right...)
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Well this is frankly scary. The response clearly shows that they only care about money. Which was also clear from how bad their site was.

Yet another company added to the shit list.
 
Flabbergasting details of just how insecure this data was, for my database nerd friends.
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I thought people would have been able tell all this by how bad/cheap their physical products were?
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Holy beans I thought the game took long enough any way with out spending time bathing in the glory of an amazing board.

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+James Brine​ its good fun if you have a group that does not mind screwing each other over in a game and then having a few beers afterwards.

Also put aside a day if your going to play it. I think we finally finished about 2am when we played our first game.
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