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    Absurdism corner

    Hmm. A fingernail is roughly square, about a centimetre per side, or 100 square millimetres. A human fingernail grows at roughly 0.1 mm per day So, assuming you clip your nails, for storage purposes you are losing a rectangle 0.1 mm x 10 mm (on average) every day, which is, conveniently 1 square...
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    Absurdism corner

    It crept in.
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    Global Chip Shortage Threatens Production of Laptops, Smartphones and More

    I must admit, I liked the look of the old JioPhone 2 ( https://www.kaiostech.com/devices/jiophone-2/ or https://www.jio.com/en-in/jiophone2 ), with the qwerty keypad and Kaios operating system. Unfortunately only really available/usable in India. I had hoped it would be marketed in Europe, but...
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    Just a quick status report video

    I probably need to take a sample of ED saying "Can you get focus...yes." (1:04) and "Focus please" (2:13) for when my PC detects I'm sloping off work and looking at more interesting websites instead. Edit to add missing word.
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    (Bad)Joke Appreciation Corner

    Three pieces of string were going down the road on a warm day and decided they were thirsty, One of the three pointed out a pub, so they trooped in and sat down at a table. The first piece got up and went to the bar and asked the barman for three lemonades, The barman looked at the string...
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    I have DRM working in Chromium :)

    Bah. Information doesn't want to be anthropomorphised. Oh, sorry, this isn't the Bad Joke thread. But the point is, unless there is such a thing as sentient information*, information just is. Any meaning or even feeling we ascribe to information is simply a human construct. Revealing this...
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    (Bad)Joke Appreciation Corner

    That reminds me of a story about Indian Railways and their timetables. A railway employee was handling a customer complaint, which was the trains were often late, in fact, very late, sometimes hours, or even days. What use was the timetable if you could not rely upon it? The employee replied...
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    I have DRM working in Chromium :)

    Hmm, you want to go back to the Worshipful Company of Stationers having monopoly control over the publishing industry? I don't think copyright is immoral (it enables GPL - FLOSS software, amongst other things), but the extensions in the length of copyright since the Statue of Anne are difficult...
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    (Bad)Joke Appreciation Corner

    In a recent poll, the residents of some large German cities were asked which city in Germany was the second most important city in Germany. Unsurprisingly: The residents of Hamburg said "Hamburg"; The residents of Cologne said "Cologne"; The residents of Frankfurt said "Frankfurt"; And the...
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    Swiss Army Knive, the Pyra under the Sharp Tools

    Given that we are here: The Pyra Forums Off topic Offtopic Discussions I'm not completely sure the rules about remaining on topic necessarily apply. But good pedanting. There is a material difference between 'everyday' and 'every day', and since Matezu wrote 'everyday', my...
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    Swiss Army Knive, the Pyra under the Sharp Tools

    Irrelevant point deleted. Sorry for the interruption.
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    Swiss Army Knive, the Pyra under the Sharp Tools

    Undergarments: Clothes worn under your outer clothing, not normally visible in polite public social situations. For women, bras, panties, g-strings, petticoats, girdles, corsetry; for men (under)pants, boxers, briefs, vests, singlets and sometimes 'T'-shirts. Long-johns in cold weather. Also...
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    Swiss Army Knive, the Pyra under the Sharp Tools

    I will not nab it. I can't justify it, even though I do appreciate it (and your gesture).
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    Swiss Army Knive, the Pyra under the Sharp Tools

    Well, the Kāsejāger looks rather fine. I could be tempted... While I don't collect knives as such, I do have a particularly fine bread-knife with a reverse-scalloped, not serrated blade*. I inherited it, and subsequent research showed it is rather difficult to find such blades. I still haven't...
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    Swiss Army Knive, the Pyra under the Sharp Tools

    I don't carry a multitool professionally. Or non-professionally. Opinal No. 8 no longer carried (because that would be illegal), but is my favourite letter-opener. Has other uses, but sits on my desk. Victorinox Sportsman: Used for nail-care (removing the gunk from under my nails), the...
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    Swiss Army Knive, the Pyra under the Sharp Tools

    There's a whole industry that supplies knife handle materials. Lots of overview articles available, like this one, or this one, and suppliers, like these. What irritates me is that Victorinox have chosen a material that is just not up to the job.
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    Swiss Army Knive, the Pyra under the Sharp Tools

    Yes. Not impressive. Wooden handles cope with boiling water.
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    Swiss Army Knive, the Pyra under the Sharp Tools

    I don't think so. I think the Victorinox plastic is a cheap thermoplastic. The Opinel says it is a "fibre-reinforced polymer" - "The multi-material handle is fiber-reinforced to withstand extreme temperatures, knocks and exposure to water."
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    Swiss Army Knive, the Pyra under the Sharp Tools

    You are right, but sometimes the knife (tool) in your pocket is more useful than the one in your workshop 30 minutes travel-time away. I would be a bit wary of keeping a scalpel in my pocket, and the best use of Stanley knives seems to be hijacking aeroplanes - I think they are a pretty poor...
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    Swiss Army Knive, the Pyra under the Sharp Tools

    I habitually have a Victorinox knife around (the Sportsman), but I have one big and one small gripe about it. The big gripe is that the plastic dissolves in isopropyl alcohol and melts in boiling water!!! I use the knife as a working tool, and occasionally it gets a bit dirty, so my cleaning...
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