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NormanDunbar

@NormanDunbar@mastodon.scot

He/Him. Retired Oracle DBA, Toad MVP, developer, husband, geek, not a dad, open source contributor. McLaren & Mercedes F1 fan.

I own a Huawei P20 phone with the Leica camera. I try to take at least 1 half decent photo every day if I can.

In 2020, Apress published my first book, 'Arduino Software Internals'. My second, 'Arduino Interrupts' was published in Dec 2023. I'm writing another as well as a 2nd edition of 'Internals' to document recent changes.

No longer on Twitter as https://mastodon.scot/@NormanDunbar.

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ChrisMayLA6, to Futurology
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You won't surprised that it now seems the water companies have been hiding the effects of under investment in waste water treatment - both in the sense of offering misleading data to OFWAT & in failing to maintain & upgrade water treatment infrastructure.

This emphasises that England's sewage crisis is not an accident of weather or technological issues, but rather has been engineered to maintain profits.

The case for (re)nationalisation get stronger by the day


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/20/dirty-secret-insiders-say-uk-water-firms-knowingly-breaking-sewage-laws

NormanDunbar,
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@zleap @ChrisMayLA6 And, if they do get fined, it won't be the company or shareholders paying the fine. It will be us!

NormanDunbar, to random
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Good morning fellow Mastos and hello to the weekend! It is Saturday isn't it? Just having a coffee then heading out with Wesley for a wee. Not that I need one, but Wesley might! 🙂 I hope you all have a great weekend, starting today. Have fun. Have laughs. Stay safe

Today's random photo is from earlier this month. It's a Grey Heron on the Leeds Canal with a nice reflection.

benroyce, to random
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Those of us of a certain age remember when used to be a thing of crunchy hippies. Much like nonsense as well.

Of course, the antivax crowd are mostly types nowadays, and, guess what? MAGA recently went gaga over raw milk.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2024/03/10/the-alt-right-rebrand-of-raw-milk-00145625

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NormanDunbar,
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@benroyce
Slightly on topic! My German made fridge has an egg compartment. It only has 10 places for eggs. In the UK, we buy eggs by the dozen so I was wondering if they come in 10s in Germany?

@chessert @paninid @BlippyTheWonderSlug

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VeroniqueB99, to random
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NormanDunbar,
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@VeroniqueB99 Brilliant! 🤣🤣🤣

NormanDunbar, to random
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The remote control for the TV where we are staying tonight worked long enough to turn the TV on, and no longer

There are no channel changing or volume control buttons on this JVC. Not even a power button!

What to do?

Found "TV remote" app on my phone, programmed it for this JVC and all is well again.

Will buy a couple of AAA batteries tomorrow.

NormanDunbar,
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@woollypigs I don't think children transmit the correct IR codes for the TV. 😁

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@Wen @JackTheCat I used to have an app called TV Begone. It would send out the codes for all makes of TV or I could select the particular make. Most wonderful app!

I always wanted to use it in a pub when England were about to score in a football game, but being a state registered coward prevented me. That and a probable early death! 😐

EDIT: The autocorrupt is strong today!

NormanDunbar,
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I might even use it at home when MrsD is watching bloody coronation street at high volume! 😁

NormanDunbar, to random
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Why is it always the "old guy walking his dog" that finds the body? I'm an old guy, walking my dog, and so far there has been a dearth of bodies. (Thankfully!)

VeroniqueB99, to random
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Deck pics anyone?

NormanDunbar,
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@VeroniqueB99 So many innuendos, in such a short space of time!

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NormanDunbar,
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@VeroniqueB99 @MaJ1 Squirrel mentioned but I'm not sure you will like it!

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NormanDunbar,
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@AaronDavid Well! That didn't take long! 😁

RickiTarr, to random
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Truly and honestly, I have a great time here, because you all make it great. You boost, you reply, you encourage, and inspire! It is crazy to me that I get to talk to people from all over the world every day. I get to be friends with people I'll probably never actually get to physically meet. I was born into a pre-internet world, and this still feels a little like a miracle to me.

NormanDunbar,
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@benroyce @RickiTarr This!!!

And thanks for saving me some typing! 😉

NormanDunbar, (edited ) to random
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Boiled eggs. How do you eat yours?

NormanDunbar, (edited ) to random
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Good morning fellow Mastos and hello to Friday. Yet another chilly, fine start, but guess what's coming later? Yup, rain. And people say the weather in Scotland is bad!

Never mind, have a great day with plenty of fun, puns, dad jokes and laughs. Stay safe.

Today's random photo is from November 2020. It's called "Why the hell does a tumble dryer need WiFi?".

(Mild eRant in ALT text.)

NormanDunbar,
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@Steampunk_Prof Morning Professor. Hmm, stats have been edited now! I was wondering what you meant for a bit then remembered that I have autocorrupt enabled!

Have a good one, I'm off to meet MrsD in Scarborough.

NormanDunbar,
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@Steampunk_Prof To get some parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. 😉

NormanDunbar, to random
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MrsD: "What's copper nitrate?"

Me: "A policeman's overtime!"

rtpeat, to random
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NormanDunbar,
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@rtpeat Don't the shareholders pay?

NormanDunbar,
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@rtpeat Thank you. I appreciate the information.

I think I got shareholders confused with Lloyd's "Names"!

LindaCollins11, to random
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NormanDunbar,
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@LindaCollins11 I suspect the tattoo artist was a Dem and did it on purpose.

Disclaimer: I'm in the UK and know nothing! 😉

LateNightLinux, to random
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What's the best non-mainstream Linux distro?

(your replies may be read out and discussed on an episode of Late Night Linux)

NormanDunbar,
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@LateNightLinux Good question. And I unfortunately don't have an answer, I use @linuxmint and have done for years. On my old, sad, slow 32 bit laptop, I have LMDE which runs acceptably well.

I've heard that Puppy Linux is a good one, but I have no experience with it.

Have fun.

kaybee335, to animals
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Rain, rain, go away,
I wanna go out and play!

NormanDunbar,
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@kaybee335 Good luck on that front! 😐

futurebird, to random
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There are AI or otherwise programmatically generated "How To" pages. This one on shortening your dishwasher hose has an interesting choice of image...

If your hose looks like that the "shortening" isn't going to go very well.

NormanDunbar,
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@AlienAnomaly
The bigger question is, where does the neck end!

@Kierkegaanks @futurebird

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