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Great win for England's women..
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.. against the twelve women for Canada.

I'd love to see a replay of all the decisions of the ref.

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Got a website using the WordPress software?
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lovingboth
There's another major attempt to hack WordPress-based sites going on at the moment - my setup is banning at least one IP address from accessing the server every minute.

If you have a WP site and you don't have something watching out for brute force attempts to get access to it, it's time to do so... before it's not your site any more.

The 'Limit Login Attempts' plugin is a start, but the real solution is something like fail2ban on the server, looking for all sorts of attacks.

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What happens when people don't accept bisexuality
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I regularly look at what's free on Amazon Kindle's store and get the ones on sexuality. Usually, they are rubbish - badly translated / written stuff more suited to a magazine article typically - but there are some gems. NSFW language, TW for internalised homophobiaCollapse )

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Supping with the devil
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With the combination of waiting for JA rehearsals etc to finish and visiting my father in hospital, I managed to use the whole of my mobile data allowance for the first time. At least I did get a portable battery brick (more of a small blob) which helped keep having a phone for, gasp, calls etc.

Fortunately by that point I'd learnt a route I'd not have known about except for Google Maps. The journey between here and Warwick is easy: A46 to Leicester, a couple of miles of the M1, the M69, which becomes the A46 again to go around the east of Coventry, which is called the A45 to go to the south of Coventry for a couple of miles, then off onto the A46.*

Except that the roundabout + traffic lights where the A46 joins the A45 is being totally rebuilt to allow traffic going from the A45 to the M45 to go straight through. Going to Warwick isn't a problem, but coming back, the queue is even worse than normal and stretches back most of the way to the other junction with the A46. Pah, I thought going past it the first time, that'll add at least 30-60 minutes to the journey back.

Except that Google Maps knows there's a big traffic problem! It suggests a route turning off the A46 a junction or so early, going near Stoneleigh, past the sewage works, under the A46, going alongside the A46, crossing under it again, going through Baginton, past the Lunt rebuilt Roman fort, past the air museum and getting to the roundabout with the road works from the south rather than the west! Wonderful! I didn't know the road alongside the A46 existed!

There's a cost to this - as well as the amount of data to download the map and the traffic info, Google is tracking where users' are and how fast they're going. They know exactly where I am (or, rather, my phone is) and could probably work out who I've been seeing in hospital. But it's a price I'm prepared to pay because of the benefits to me.

I am rather less willing to have that handed over to Teresa May or anyone else she feels like letting have access to that info.

* I can remember 'the Kenilworth by-pass' being built when I was a child in Kenilworth - so in the mid 60s - there was a nice walk in some woods to the south that it cut through and blocked. It did make living there nicer though, especially if you were on one of the two main roads going through it...

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Not so much lazyweb as 'I can't find on the web' part 2
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The annoying sound issue with the TV is a definite hum whenever the volume is not set to zero. As no-one here is deaf, the volume usually isn't particularly high and so you can always hear the hum.

The DVD has its own speakers - and no audio input - so that's ok there, leaving the TV from a Virgin box and assorted files from a Raspberry Pi running the-media-centre-previously-known-as-XBMC.

The last one should be simple: just plug some speakers into the audio out on the Pi! Alas, the sound from that socket turns out to be notoriously bad. Not only is it from an 11-bit DAC rather than a 16-bit one, it's also distinctly noisy. And that's where I was last month.

But it turns out that you can get a box that takes an HDMI video+audio in and splits out the audio to separate outputs before passing on the HDMI signal. For about £15-£20.

And it works! There is a small amount of noise, but it's much quieter and a higher frequency, so I can't hear it unless everything is silent. Depending on the cause, it's possible moving the router or using a smoothed PSU may cure it entirely.

It's meant taking my speakers back from JA's PC - they're a pair of powered Kenwood speakers that I bought for £50 or £60 back in the late 80s / early 90s from somewhere on Tottenham Court Road. They've been used with multiple PCs since then and my only regret is that I didn't buy the larger pair for an extra £20. I've a memory that I was en route to staying somewhere and size was an issue.

An ok replacement has been got for her (another £18), so the total cost has been £34. Which is less than another TV. Hmm, get a second one for the Virgin box - the speakers have two inputs - or swap cables around every time?

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Being counted as young again
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I have recently started a bowls* course. There are at least three clubs within walking distance and it's been on the 'to-do' list for about three years. It's funded by someone - erm, the national association with lottery money? - and as part of that, they collect demographic stats on who's benefiting from it.

I'm not saying bowls is a game played by old people, but the youngest age group on the form was 18-55!

* Lawn, played on an almost flat lot of grass, rather than crown green, played on grass with a big bump in the middle, indoors, played on carpet, or ten pin...

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Not so much lazyweb as 'I can't find on the web'
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I am pondering getting a new TV. The current one is fine on many levels... apart from one sound issue that there's no obvious way around.

I think I have a reasonable set of demands, but what I can't find is something somewhere that will let me specify that I want at least x HDMI connectors, CEC, an S-Video input etc and say 'here's the list of available possibilities'.

Anyone? Bonus points if I can say 'no "smart" TVs'...

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I blame Tony Blair
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Not for the usual reasons but because of the failure to introduce PR when he had the power to do so following 1997. He had said he would, of course.

But Labour went 'Oooh, we've won big' and preferred the certainty of giving the Tories absolute power on just over a third of the vote in future to the certainty of having to share power themselves.

If there are any Labour MPs who would oppose electoral reform, can they please move to Scotland, now?

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Steve Davies said it one year*
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'If you can play like it means nothing when it means everything...'

It's what Stuart Bingham managed to do and, right at the end, Shaun Murphy couldn't.

A great end to a great tournament.

* I think after scraping through the first round...

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This is the anti-death penalty bleeding heart liberal BBC for you...
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Three people, one of whom is blind, are each given a hat from a supply of three white and two red ones. Without anyone being able to see what hat they have, can any of them deduce what colour they have?

In the BBC's Today programme version they're prisoners and will all be given their freedom if any can state it correctly. As stated by them the answer is trivial: if all of them say 'white', at least one of them must be correct and there's no punishment if anyone is wrong! But you're expected to work out how the third, blind, one can be correct after the first two say that they don't know.

OK, what are the possibilities? Normally with three either/ors, they'd be 2x2x2 = eight of them, but they can't all be red, so that leaves seven:

W W W / W W R / W R W / W R R / R W W / R W R / R R W / R R R

The point of this puzzle is that we don't need to know which of the seven it is, just what the last letter is.

When the first one says they don't know, we know that the two they can see are not both wearing red, otherwise they'd know they had white:

W W W / W W R / W R W / W R R / R W W / R W R / R R W / R R R

Obviously, the second person must also be able to see that the other two aren't wearing red..

W W W / W W R / W R W / W R R / R W W / R W R / R R W / R R R

So that means four out of the remaining five possibilities have the blind one wearing white, but how do you eliminate the WWR combo to make it four out of four?

Imagine that it is WWR. The first one sees W&R. Hmm, their hat could be either. If the second one also sees W&R, they could announce that they have a white hat - if they had a red one, then the first person would have seen two reds and thus known their hat colour. So if the first two can't answer, it can't be WWR:

W W W / W W R / W R W / W R R / R W W / R W R / R R W / R R R.

.. so without looking at the other two, the third person knows they have a white one.

The WP version sensibly adds mass execution if any get it wrong, and also restricts people's vision so that the second person can only see the third one's hat...

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