Saturday, August 08, 2015

Things I learned lately - 8 Aug

  • A fresh AA battery won't bounce when you drop it on its (-) end. One that is partly to fully used up will.
  • In the UK, it is now illegal to make a copy of music that you bought, even if it's just for personal use. Mixed tape for your honey? Illegal. That burn function in iTunes? Illegal. Digital copy to play in your car? Illegal. Thank you music labels and their lobby groups. A$$holes.
  • Attendance to any Conservative events during this election campaign are by invitation only, and all attendees will be fully vetted first. No other party vets their event attendees.
  • The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) says they're almost completely out of the original form (IPv4) of internet protocol (IP) addresses and will be out of numbers within days. This could be solved by switching to IPv6, but that will take a while.
  • Windows 10 comes with a host of new features that will bother advocates of personal privacy. Most of these have to do with Cortana and your advertising ID. But another new feature, which is on by default, is a new peer-to-peer update capability, that uses updates on your computer to help deliver update files to other computers, even those on the internet. It's called WUDO and it can be turned off. But as with most other things, you have to opt out.
  • The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform is trying to mail out anti-abortion flyers in Saskatoon, that are so disgusting, Canada Post letter carriers don't want to deliver them. The flyers suggest that a vote for Trudeau is a vote for abortion and feature a picture of him next to an aborted fetus.
  • Connecting to another person's wi-fi is illegal in Singapore. So is littering, feeding pigeons, forgetting to flush a public toilet, and selling gum.
  • Natural corn from 7000BC was only found in Central America and was a mere 19mm (3/4 inch) long, containing 5-10 very hard kernels.
  • The natural peach from 4000BC was the size of a modern cherry and was 36% stone. They were only found in China.
  • LaGuardia airport in New York had 13,000 weather related delays in 2013 alone. That's #2 in the US.
  • SNUBA diving. Like SCUBA diving, but the air is coming through a hose connected to a ship or boat on the surface.
  • Station wagons, the fore-runner to today's SUVs, were also known as estate vehicles.
  • Neil Diamond wrote the UB40 song 'Red red wine'.

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