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I wonder why Microsoft.BingWeather always displays to me the info in Dutch, w/o ability to change the language.

"Er trekt onweer over. Maximumtemperatuur 11. Deze avond wordt regen verwacht."

I can't complain though, for it could be worse--it could be in Russian.

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"He [William II] was engaged in hunting, the sole amusement, and indeed the chief occupation of princes in those rude times, when society was little cultivated and the arts afforded few objects worthy of attention.

Walter Tyrrel, a French gentleman, remarkable for his address in archery, attended him in this recreation, of which the new forest was the scene: and as William had dismounted after a chase, Tyrrel, impatient to show his dexterity, let fly an arrow at a stag which suddenly started before him. The arrow, glancing from a tree, struck the king in the breast, and instantly slew him; while Tyrrel, without informing any one of the accident, put spurs to his horse, hastened to the sea-shore, embarked for France, and joined the crusade in an expedition to Jerusalem; a penance which he imposed on himself for this involuntary crime.

The body of William was found in the forest by the country people, and was buried without any pomp or ceremony at Winchester."

https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/h/hume/david/history-of-england/chapter5.html
WILLIAM, surnamed Rufus, or the Red, 1087. from the color of his hair, had no sooner procured his father's recommendatory letter to Lanfranc, the primate, than he hastened to take measures for securing to himself the government of England. Sensible that a deed so unformal, and so little prepared ...
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I wonder has anybody understood back in the day that the infamous rant was a fine exemplar of trolling?

"One of the most heinous crimes against computing machinery is therefore to force them to parse XML when all they want is the binary data."

http://chunk.io/f/d271a1e5db524c31af412a0dcaeb0a87

Erik Naggum on XML. Path: archiver1.google.com!news1.google.com!newsfeed.stanford.edu!cyclone.bc.net!sjc70.webusenet.com!news.webusenet.com!news.tele.dk!news.tele.dk!small.news.tele.dk!newsfeed1.e.nsc.no!nsc.no!nextra.com!uio.no!nntp.uio.no!ifi.uio.no!not-for-mail. From: Erik Naggum <er.
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га-га-га

'I am curious as to what your experience in audio is? What sources provide the info that you based your article on?'

https://np.reddit.com/r/headphones/comments/51ro3q/have_you_ever_seen_more_nonsense/d7ems67?context=1

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Warren Buffett's coin-flipping contest:

'Let's assume we get 225 million Americans up tomorrow morning and we ask them all to wager a dollar. They go out in the morning at sunrise, and they all call the flip of a coin. If they call correctly, they win a dollar from those who called wrong. Each day the losers drop out, and on the subsequent day the stakes build as all previous winnings are put on the line.

After ten flips on ten mornings, there will be approximately 220,000 people in the United States who have correctly called ten flips in a row. They each will have won a little over $1,000.

Now this group will probably start getting a little puffed up about this, human nature being what it is. They may try to be modest, but at cocktail parties they will occasionally admit to attractive members of the opposite sex what their technique is, and what marvelous insights they bring to the field of flipping.

[...] in another ten days we will have 215 people who have successfully called their coin flips 20 times in a row and who, by this exercise, each have turned one dollar into a little over $1 million. $225 million would have been lost, $225 million would have been won.

By then, this group will really lose their heads. They will probably write books on "How I Turned a Dollar into a Million in Twenty Days Working Thirty Seconds a Morning." Worse yet, they'll probably start jetting around the country attending seminars on efficient coin-flipping and tackling skeptical professors with, "If it can't be done, why are there 215 of us?"'

http://chunk.io/f/9a0a7ef273824d7db2ba6b1f225347d2
"Superinvestor" Warren E. Buffett, who got an A+ from Ben Graham at Columbia in 1951, never stopped making the grade. He made his fortune using the principles of Graham & Dodd's Security Analysis. Here, in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of that classic text, he tracks the records of ...
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"Robots are natural leaders because they don't care about your feelings"
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Just finished watching the first 2 series of Keeping Up Appearance.

Teh funney, sometimes to an utterly ridiculous point, but still hilarious.

8/10.

On a side note, a list of the peers for the very 0DA7AA9AF69628FE0B7BCCEBA273CAD8B1CB46AD was a pleasure to glimpse into too: guys from US/EU & no fucking Russians whatsoever.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098837/
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I don't even.

$ pwd
/home/henry
$ /bin/cd /tmp
$ pwd
/home/henry

Huh?

$ cat /bin/cd
#!/bin/sh
builtin cd "$@"

Only in Fedora!
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'It tends to be forgotten, but one of the most innovative things in Unix was the conception of files as arrays of bytes that, because of their simplicity, could be created almost as afterthoughts.

The mainframes of the day, and even the time sharing systems built on them, treated file creation as a big deal.

In the Honeywell time sharing system, you created files by entering a file-creation subsystem, where you were interactively asked 10 questions, including the device name, initial size, maximum size, record size, blocking factor (don't ask!) and who was allowed to write the file and who was not allowed to read it. After answering these questions, the subsystem begged the OS to create a file -- much of the time, it was allergic to one of the answers, and required you to go through all the questions again. If you got through the process unscathed, the system printed out "Successful!"

(yes, the exclamation point was there).'

http://minnie.tuhs.org/pipermail/tuhs/2016-September/007327.html

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RMS speaks to the value of good communication: https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-devel/2016-09/msg00050.html
[[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider ]]] [[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies, ]]] [[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]] > > Really I already did this with this simple test case: > I couldn't know you did that ...
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