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aggi

Member since Jun 2010 • Last active Dec 2018

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    Finally got round to reading The Road. Kind of liked it but found the style a bit heavy-going and repetitive at times (I suspect that was the intention). Glad it was fairly short, anything longer would have been hard work.

    Also read Sea of Rust by Robert Cargill which I really enjoyed, possibly due to it being a bit more lightweight than I expected

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    If someone gives you 10 million lines of data you don't have to resort to SQL to do a pivot table of it.

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    I've had weird issues with powerline adaptors and conflicting IP addresses (multiple devices being assigned the same IP address) in the past. I think (it was a while ago) I got round it by fixing the IP addresses on a number of devices.

    What IP address does the device that is working show? Is it in the same range as your other IP addresses?

    Although to start with I'd do as above and switch the adaptors round to identify if any specific one causes the problem

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    I've recently had my sash windows refurbished. Some were replaced with double glazed sashes which obviously made a difference but even the single glazed ones were made considerably warmer with proper draught proofing.

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    Is the thermostat actually working would be my first question. Get a thermometer and compare them. Turn the thermostat down and see if it clicks the heating/boiler off.

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    Starwood have finally decided to email me about the pretty significant breach they suffered three months ago. Luckily no important information was compromised:

    Marriott has not finished identifying duplicate information in the database, but believes it contains information on up to approximately 500 million guests who made a reservation at a Starwood property. For approximately 327 million of these guests, the information includes some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest ("SPG") account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences. For some, the information also includes payment card numbers and payment card expiration dates, but the payment card numbers were encrypted using Advanced Encryption Standard encryption (AES-128). There are two components needed to decrypt the payment card numbers, and at this point, Marriott has not been able to rule out the possibility that both were taken. For the remaining guests, the information was limited to name and sometimes other data such as mailing address, email address, or other information.

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    Bluetooth dongle or chromecast audio are the obvious. Amazon echo dot or google home mini if he wants to control it by voice (although personally I find it a real struggle to decide what I want to listen to if I can't scan through a music library).

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    Cheers @Aroogah and @spunk_nautical It's tempting but I think I'll hold off for the moment as I'm mainly looking for something slimmer that will go under a shirt cuff nicely. (Cheap, slimiline automatics seem thin on the ground so I'd starting looking at quartzes)

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