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Turns out that the inability to transfer WhatsApp chat history between android and iPhone has spawned a super weird, shady, potentially unethical market in third party “transfer” apps being marketed HARD on YouTube. It’s really interesting because that app would have access to all of your chat history, which is probably the most sensitive data most people have! And yet it appears all over the Internet people are trusting these apps with it without thinking

Just got a Google Nest Mini and I have to say, the sound quality is incredible for the size. Blows the echo dot out the water...

I've been informed that this is likely because the driver doesn't have great line of sight to the signal from that position due to the curved platform, so the DRA is particularly important here

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So, whilst I support the message of Visa's "shop local" campaign, I can't help but notice that small businesses pay much higher transaction fees than big ones - so it's entirely rooted in self interest. Plus it's easier to endorse an unknown quantity of "local" businesses without I'll effect, rather than one of your big customers.

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The small pieces of plastic (reminder appliances) which go over buttons on NX panels have laws attached to them. Failing to put them over certain buttons at certain times leaves a signaller open to prosecution should there be an accident as a result. These are very important pieces of plastic.

Speaking of reminder appliances, signallers also have these to remind them not to send trains into sections of track which it is not safe to do so. Originally these were collars which went over the handles in the levers in lever frame signal boxes, but when electronic NX panels came in, they shrunk to small bits of plastic that go over buttons to prevent you from pressing the wrong ones

In British railways, most trains have a thing called a Driver's Reminder Appliance (D.R.A). It's a button that the driver presses if the signal is red which prevents them from pulling off without checking the signal again - they have to disable it (and check the signal) before they can turn up the throttle and start moving again. At Clapham Junction, I have found a Driver Reminder Appliance Reminder. Which may be the most 'railway' thing I've ever seen.

Bad: drilled through a live wire whilst putting up shelves. Good: electrician who came to fix my cock up discovered a dangerous problem with our earth bond that is now being fixed.

The modern world is amazing. I can watch delivery drivers get lost trying to find my house IN REAL TIME from ANYWHERE in the world !

A stopped clock might be right twice a day, but what about one which runs backwards ?

Pro London tip : London Bridge station is named after the bridge, which is called London Bridge. Please don't abbreviate the name to 'Bridge', it's really confusing.

Then The Verge comes along and injects a dose of FUD with their article , which quite literally leaves you believing that any new USB-C cable could cost you your laptop.

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And, by the way, wiring up a cable like that is not part of the USB-C spec. Same way wiring the live cable to the earth is not part of the UK electrical wiring spec. Its a manufacturing fault. Not a specification fault. Its not USB-C that's in the wrong here.

Not convinced with the Amazon Treasure Truck thing. Getting bored of notifications a out how I absolutely need to go somewhere to get something I didn't want or need.

This MTurk requester wanted to pay me $0.05, to draw a box around every human in a packed baseball stadium. I think even AI would just be like "yeah, f*** that".

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