Friday, March 10, 2017

cPanel - The Common Gateway Interface, or CGI

I noticed a check box to activate CGI on a site I was setting up in cPanel.

Here's the barebones from From TechWalla

The Common Gateway Interface, or CGI, protocol is used to run guestbooks, forums and other interactive scripts on websites, and cPanel provides webmasters and bloggers with a number of ways to get CGI access. Make a more useful and dynamic website by accessing and installing CGI scripts through cPanel.

The CGI Center includes scripts for a guestbook, a random HTML generator that rotates text messages, a statistics counter, the current time and date, a countdown timer for New Year's or some other special occasion, CGI email, a website search engine and scripts for various advertising banners.

Bombogenesis For The Air Masses

Bombogenesis is a mid-latitude cyclone that drops in surface barometric pressure by 24 or more millibars in a 24-hour period. The height contours pack around the center of rotation and the number of height contours increases rapidly in the developing stages.

Blackrock Overtakes British Government as Major Shareholder at Lloyds Bank

In the Business section of The Observer in mid-January I read that Blackrock has overtaken the British Government as the major shareholder at Lloyds Bank

The major US investment firm Blackrock has become the biggest shareholder in Lloyds Banking Group usurping the government, which is selling down its stake.

Blackrock, which describes itself as the world's biggest fund manager, with $5.1 trillion of investments, owns the largest stake in the bailed-out bank as the Treasury’s holding has now fallen to 5.95%.

The Treasury makes a disclosure to the stock market every time its stake in Lloyds falls by one percentage point, and an update earlier last month showed its holding falling below 7%.

In a stock market announcement on Monday, the Treasury said it had sold a further 700,O00 shares to push its stake below 6%.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

EU Students In The UK

As reported in Cambridge News:

Catherine Barnard, professor of EU law at Cambridge University, addressed MPs on the Education Select Committee in Westminster. She holds the Jean Monnet Chair of EU Law at Cambridge's Faculty of Law and is an expert in EU labour and discrimination law.

She said: "This year we have seen at Cambridge a 14 per cent reduction in the number of applications from the European Union at undergraduate level, although I should say the number of applications from EU students at postgraduate level are up.

"In respect of those who have declined an offer from Cambridge at postgraduate level, we have put a question in the so-called decliners survey to say 'what was it that dissuaded you from coming?'

"Those who answered the question offered a range of factors from a concern about anti-immigrant sentiment to devaluation of the pound and the fact that their scholarships would be worth less, although obviously not in the UK, and uncertainty over future research collaboration."

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Problem with Bump Sales

I just got an email for a Bump sale for WordPress themes from a software company. They offer $299.00 worth of themes for $90.00 except that every time someone buys, the price gets bumped up another $3.00

Clearly, the idea is that I should be galvanised to jump in before I lose the deal.

The email arrived at 19:42 and I clicked through to check just now and the price was $93.00

And it still is. Which means only one person has bought.

So I looked at the themes, and my rational brain is analysing the quality and whether I can make good use of them.

And my irrational brain is thinking that they must be bad because no one is jumping in to buy.

Let's see what the price is in an hour from now.

And if it is still at that price then my conclusion is that apart from any other consideration - the deal is an example of bad psychology.

A deal would have to be a near certainty to work this way. And if it is a near certainty, then why offer a discount at all? Or why offer such a convoluted discount? Just offer x% off the price to pull in the few extra customers who like a deal to be sweetened even when the offer is already great.

21:04 Still the same price.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Playing Opossum

When threatened or harmed, they will play possum, mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. This physiological response is involuntary (like fainting), rather than a conscious act. In the case of baby opossums, however, the brain does not always react this way at the appropriate moment, and therefore they often fail to play dead when threatened. When an opossum is playing possum, the animal's lips are drawn back, the teeth are bared, saliva foams around the mouth, the eyes close or half-close, and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands. The stiff, curled form can be prodded, turned over, and even carried away without reaction. The animal will typically regain consciousness after a period of a few minutes to 4 hours, a process that begins with slight twitching of the ears.

When opossum and when possum?

Apple To Manufacture In The USA?

Quartz reports today:
Apple has asked two of its major product assemblers, Foxconn and Pegatron, to explore the possibility of manufacturing future iPhones in the US, Nikkei reported Thursday, Nov. 17 (Friday morning in Japan).

I can see the attraction for Apple. It prevents Apple becoming a casualty of a trade war between China and the USA.
I can see Apple being happy on at least one count that Trump won the election. It gives Apple a further reason to be cautious about having all its production in China and a reason to react rather than being seen to act disrespectfully towards China without reason.
I wonder whether Tim Cook mooted manufacturing in India when he visited the country in May?