2938 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008
Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?
No. I have to repeatedly demonstrate to our department (using LO Calc) that the data is correct and it is Excel that is wrong.
"Oh, but BigYin, how do we fix this?"
"Speak to MS and get them to sort it"
"Can't you just update the CSV/DB?"
"Do that then! We need our spreadsheets to be correct!"
"...and if I do that, your productions system will be jaxxied."
Do not start me on how badly Excel's data handling sux balls.
Re: @The BigYin
@AC - I never said *I* did. But here are the two big reasons:
1) The document was originally in a proprietary format and an open format cannot guarantee identical rendering. The "identical" is important - similar is simply not good enough.
2) The open format is not widely supported, the proprietary one is the defacto standard.
Personally I use LibreOffice and hold my docs in ODF.
Professionally I use MS Office that that is what I am required to use due to aforementioned integrations that are not supported/possible in Open/LibreOffice.
Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?
Speaking as a LibreOffice user....the answer is simple; integration.
If I already have an MS Office plug-in of some kind that integrates the documents with me ECM system and is working well; why would I pay more to have that ported over to Libre/OpenOffice? If all my documents are in the proprietary .doc/.docx formats; why would I run the risk of Libre/OpenOffice not being able to display/edit them properly? It's simple inertia; nothing more. Same reason why IE6 is still the default browser in many place across the globe.
Now...if you look at smaller, more dynamic and innovative companies (or even government agencies) they may well be using Libre/OpenOffice and you might find that due to demand from them that in 10 years time some of the above problems have evaporated (e.g. software vendors will provide their plug-ins for MS Office and for Libre/OpenOffice).
Re: Behind the facts anyway...
They dominate the desktop and regulation is the only way to keep their anti-competition practices in check.
If you post it on the Internet:
1) It is public
2) It might be quoted
3) It will be indexed
4) On social media, it will get linked back to you
5) You might have to deal with consequences
We are relying on a bunch of amateurs for this critical work?
What we need are actual trained professionals who know what they are doing and can work well in a cross-disciplinary manner. They should be managed by a consortium with a proven track record in working within demanding environments and under the strict control of contractual obligations to provide the required level of service. Reward should be base don delivery.
Just as private-sector involvement works well for other aspects of national and emergency infrastructure; the strict rigour and standards that only the private sector can bring should be implemented for disaster communications.
No more should we rely on enthusiastic but unqualified amateurs.
Well....you can be sure that some ConDem or Labour, PFI-loving ass-hat is going to say something like that!
They stored unencrypted passwords? Really?
I'm a feckin' moron and even I don't store unencrypted passwords!
BigYin standard fine should apply (£1,000 per breach) and in this case that's a x5 multiplier due to the seriousness. So Yahoo! should pay £2.265 billion to the relevant authorities. Recovery should begin by asset-stripping the directors.
OK, the above is OTT but the general point applies; only by making the directors directly liable will anything change. Applies to banks etc too.
I really do not get what is wrong with...
.com (global, commercial)
.net (global, infrastructue)
.org (global, non-commercial)
.com.uk, .com.usa etc etc
It's simple, it's understandable and barring non-ASCII characters, it works well without the need for a money generating land-grab. Oh, wait; there's the problem,.
Tag that as NSFW you tit.
1) iFad takes picture of your fizzog (no name required)
2) Sends to muckle-huge 'cloud service'
2.1) Takes some reference points of you face
2.2) Reverse image search (a la TinEye), probably using paid-for Facebook, G+, Other images (meta-data/links) can be used to get your name)
2.3) Finds you, returns name to iFad
3) You are greeted as Ms. Happy-Cat!
Of course, they could just look at your boarding pass/id (which they have to anyway) but that would be far, far too simple.
Now here's the thing, such a system could be used for much more nefarious purposes. Are you dumb enough to be on FourSquare? Chronically stupid enough to let you home location leak? Then anyone with this (or a similar) app could take a sneaky pic and find out what house to rob. Sweet, innit?
I see a new license
Creative Commons - Blurb...
# Non-Commercial - Blurb...
# By-Attribution - Blurb...
# Not-For-Identification - This image (in whole, part or any derivative form) may not be used for the purpose of automatic identification without the written, signed and notarised consent of the copyright holder and all subjects contained herein. Such consents are only valid for a one-time use. All costs to be borne by the user of the identification system.
I want a milk carton that changes colour when the milk inside goes dodgy, save me ruining perfectly good coffee.
Yeah I could just sniff before-hand, but where's the fun in that?
Re: Damn I am late
If we can keep it in the "Goldilocks" zone for us for another, oh....200 years say, then we can have colonised a few outposts and the planet can get back to doing whatever it wants.
If it shits on us too quickly - we're boned.
The problem is that when we do know, it'll all be a bit late.
I'm not 100% sure on the whole anthropogenic climate change thing, but it is one BUGGER of a gamble to take and I'll do my bit to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Anything less is idiocy (and short-term gain over long-term success is also idiocy - ask the banks. Oh wait, we bailed them out and paid their bonuses. Shame we can't do that with a planet, eh? The Laws of Thermodynamics aren't open to bribery.)
Is there climate warming? Dunno.
Is the human impact greater than whatever nature (i.e. non-human) itself is up to? Dunno.
Is dumping raw sewerage into the sea, sending toxic waste to be recycled by children in Africa, dumping vast quantities of plastic into the sea, slash and burn on a grand scale, killing off numerous species or any number of others things we get up to in anyway logical or sustainable? Feck no. Something has gotta give and considering that despite all our prowess, we are still smaller than a planet, it's probably going to be us. You can't eat money, y'know. It's only worth the value we grant it and we grant it w-a-y too much value.
It runs a Unix
Re: MS...as evil and anti-competitive as ever.
@AC 11:10 - But that is the problem, one will find it very hard not to buy a PC without it due to that way Secure Boot has been implemented. One will be effectively forced to have MS keys installed (to resolve various driver issues with PCI cards) and then one is at the mercy of MS and any key revocations in the future.
"it won't be certified as "desgned for", or whatever they call it."
I am not talking about MS badging requirements (that's a different topic), I am talking about Secure Boot itself. The current design is cocked. Totally cocked. For example, the authenticode format only allow for a single signature. This means that even if you want to run Fedora, you'll still need the MS keys.
"[MS] worked with Red Hat/Fedora in order to make sure that they have a key to sign their own bootloaders."
Bullshit. Red Hat has to now buy their freedom from MS. Canonical is trying a different approach, but that has it's own issues.
This is exactly what MS want - competition cluster-fucked by a "standard" and some plausible deniability.
Now, with regards to MS's badging service; what "obvious reasons" are there for specifically excluding the user (you know, the owner of the device) from being able to load their own keys on a badged ARM device? If someone buys a badged Win8 ARM unit, they are now an MS hostage too.
The general idea of Secure Boot does offer some benefits. But not in the way it has been done. Now it is just another method for MS to exclude any competition.
It really is time for the regulators to get their whacking sticks out.
The way MS has rammed this implementation of Secure Boot through is simply breath-taking. They have effectively blocked F/OSS OSs (or at least held them hostage).
MS...as evil and anti-competitive as ever.
1) Drop downs are not so terrible - nice to tab into a type. Smart people will do something like that *and* have a calendar picker.
2) It's hilarious isn't it? You've just provided passport details, age and whatever else; then you get to the verify stage, click on "I forgot" (seriously, who remembers that bloody password) and it validates you....by asking for information you have already provided! Wow!
Make it simple
Show the "price on the plane" cost for a ticket which includes all surcharges, taxes etc. All the "extras" like insurance and what not, I can add on later if I feel like it.
By the time you've added on all the hidden-extras, the likes of EasyJet can be nearly as much as Lufthansa or someone; so I pay the bit more and get some decent customer service.
That's right, you get to choose the correct waffle that you need to hear. As a mere member of the USA public, you are not nearly smart enough to know which waffle to listen to.
And I wonder how random "randomly" actually is.
Still, stay on message! Report the party line, not the truth!
I give you "TrackMeNot". Ok, it just does searching but the idea is the same.
Seriously Apple, tw@ off with these patents.
You are part of the problem, and then you try to patent an idea for the problem you are part of.
Re: I think the right answer to all of those things is...
"Google it"? Hardly. Maybe "Wolfram Alpha it"
Re: I always start with
A1) It goes down of course. Not because the battery is now in the lake rather than the boat, but because you are now in jail for illegal dumping! :)
A2) Ban all road vehicles. Well...all except mine. Because I'm brilliant, me.
And theatre/film/concert companies
A card levy per per ticket? Ridiculous.
Just how the hell does one pay by cash on-line? And are cards any worse than any other on-line business?
Just roll the charge into the advertised price you shower of lying bastards,
See Joe Schmoe in concert! (Or fly to somewhere, the scam is the same)
*Plus booking fee, plus handling charge, plus card levy, plus postage; total - £10 per ticket.
Will Google pay their taxes now?
Lots of sources seem to think they are involved in "evil" tax evasion...err...avoidance...err...efficiencies.
Re: So what will teach them?
And TiVo etc. You can bet that if their isn't an nVidia chip in there, it's a competitor's due to better GNU/Linux support.
Yes folks, that's right. GNU/Linux is everywhere. Get used to it.
Re: Great now we have a child
@AC - 08:32
You are selectively reading. Linus has openly praised people when he thought their work was good. He has also openly castigated people when he thought their work was poor.
What is it about honesty that you don't like?
And ban now lifted?
Kid gets meal.
Kid photos meal.
Kid (with some help) writes it up.
No where on the blog did I see "Dinner lady Ms Foobar is a big poop-head!" or anything like that and some of her meals (a minority) did not look too bad. The paled into insignificance compared to the European/Asian ones (the USA ones looked terrible).
if the council do not want their tender little employees to be "distressed" perhaps that had better stop getting them to server sub-standard nosh?
Public participation in "democracy" is not permitted in the UK. Plus ca change!
So much for Cameron's "Big Society" because this is exactly the kind of thing the UK needs (Veg's blog, not the block or Cameron's empty pontifications). Still, having a 9 year-old showing you up as collection of money-pinching, selfish buggers has got to be a bit embarrassing.
A&B council is not unique - various councils up and down the UK do whatever they can to stifle any dissent or criticism.
Convicted monopolist to now become hardware vendor and sell products that will only run its OS (SecureBoot on ARM cannot be disabled on Win8 badge devices).
Unleash the regulators!
Oh, and before someone mentions Apple; I have a rather dim view of their lock-in as well and there is case to class them as a monopoly in the smartphone/tablet arena already.
@1st AC - A democracy does not try to ram laws through that permits state-snooping without judicial oversight.
We no longer live in a true democracy. We live in a plutocracy. You think most MPs are there based on merit? Pfft.
Just looks at the utter rot May is spouting about the new snoop laws. "We can't protect the privacy of paedos you know. PAEDOS PEOPLE! Think of the children!"
...for the war-mongering, religious nutbar.
Is there any room up there for T. Blair, A. Campbell and P. Mandelson heads too?
Re: Here we go again....
@AC - The big worry is that so few women are dustbin men.
I think you mean "multi-point materials collection operative"
I know I am going to get downvoted for this
There are more men than women in IT. For whatever reason, that's what we currently have.
So TV shows are written than reflect that situation, simply because that's what exists in the real world (I rather doubt it is a misogynistic cabal plotting to keep women subjugated, us blokes are really not that organised).
I put it to you that is there were more women in a given industry than men, TV shows would be written and represent that imbalance. Would people still complain?
Do all TV shows/films have to represent some platonic ideal of society that we should aspire to? Or should they, by and large, represent what we have?
Obviously if a TV show shows (say) all women as hormonally imbalanced harpies who can't reverse park or change a fuse; then unequivocally that show is either sexist or so absurd and over the top that you are simply missing the joke (because I bet all the men are shown as knuckle dragging lager louts hell-bent on rutting and rugby!)
And one final question - why can't a woman have a man as a role-model (or vice versa)? Can role models only come from the same sex, race, culture, religion, skin-type....?
bind9, dnsmasque or solution of choice.
Direct what you don't want to 127.0.0.1.
And I say 'simples' as, seeing how this is a tech site, I assume you have a modicum of technical competence.
Or AdBlock/GreaseMonkey. El Reg has to be one of the worst site for ads. Too big, too colourful, too bright. And then we having the branding changes...I mean really. Sometimes when on a different PC I think I've arrived at the wrong site! El Reg - is you identity worth so little to you?
Can they detect the mood...
Re: At last!
@AOD - I think they were referring to Alexander Litvinenko
@AC - I work in a fairly well rated Senior School, a lot of the kids can barely change their passwords.
That's a good point. How much of this should we expect kids to pick up at home/in their own time? School can't teach everything. Parents and the child's own initiative have to play a part. Of course one needs to balance the amount of time the brats...err...little dears spend hanging out on IRC looking for teh-upl04d-codez and running around being noisy buggers...err...kids.
Re: You say that
@Ian Yates - I always view with special characters on. Drives my colleagues nuts! And yes, I am forever fixing 20 spaces with a tab/ruler change.
Re: What's in a name?
@JDX - Clamouring for 'neutrality' has to mean you can't clamour for schools to use Linux because then that's just as partisan.
Huh? Linux is a kernel for many competing operating systems that exist in a vibrant eco system with actual competition and innovation. But I never mentioned Linux (or BSD or anything else). If you want to talk "neutrality", then I would say that any F/OSS software is light-years ahead of any proprietary stuff simply because the F/OSS coders have no real desire/need to deliberately create lock-in by designing/implementing inconsistent and incomplete 'standards'. Nor do the stuff the ballot of major standards bodies to try and give a veneer of credibility.
I just think the companies should be kept out of education as far as is possible (but obviously someone needs to print the books etc). So no fizzy-drink sponsored textbooks which are little more than adverts for fizzy-drinks. No junk-food companies running the canteen. Heck, we should keep the corporates out of various places. Why do our hospitals also host junk-food provenders FFS? It makes no sense.
Then again, I have odd views when it comes to companies and sponsorship. For example - at the Olympics I would only serve the athletes McDonalds. Why? Well McDonalds was allowed to be a sponsor of a sporting event, so they must be selling the best food for athletes. It's not like some suits will just have accepted a wodge of money and paid no attention to the message they are sending, is it?
What's in a name?
"Redmond-backed ICT GCSE with-real-actual-programming"
So the school will be pressured into making the kids will learn Visual Basic, maybe C# and some ASP? Or will they be taught some actual real skills in a vendor neutral manner?
I am not sure how much the new GCSE is "Redmond-backed" and how much is just ElReg spin. But the taint of MS should be kept out of education wherever possible.
Be that music, film, literature, painting, sculpture etc; only gains value when it is shared. And by "shared" I really do mean person-to-person, the grease in the gears of human culture not industrial scale stuff or the likes of TPB. I will happily join the queue of the people wishing to kick the seller of hooky DVDs/rip-off toys square in the nuts.
The increasing vice like grip of increasingly draconian copyright laws gets in the way of this and reduces the value. These meeja-morons are going to legislate themselves out of a job.
And artists having second jobs? Well boo-fucking-hoo. Many of us work one job so we have the funds to pursue our passion. Or should we venerate artists above the hoi polloi?
Oh, and one final thing, if the art industry is now worth 7 times more than though; this will be used to claim the infringement is seven times worse and we need laws seven time as tough with fines seven times the size.
Re: W3C...failing the general public
If a site does that, the answer is simple; stop using them.
Or only use them via a puppet server/VM.
That fact the people are willing to give away so much to the likes of Facebook and Google saddens me quite frankly. I detest people who host their code on Google and will only allow its download if I absolutely have to (which is very rarely).
W3C...failing the general public
Tracking, marketing etc should always require an explicit opt-in from the user/recipient. And I don't me a pre-selected check box that the user/recipient has to untick, or a list of check boxes (some ticked, some not) which ask for consent to market/share data in contradictory manners. I mean simple, clear and concise questions:
Can we track you on our site? [ ]
Can we track you across the Internet? [ ]
Can we sell the data we collect about you to third parties? [ ]
Can we allow others to track you on our site? [ ]
Only a dribbling moron would tick more than the first one (and even the first one is optional). Note: I am not talking about session cookies etc that are required to make stuff work, I am talking about the nefarious, not technologically required bullshit.
Of course people should still run ad-blockers, cookie killers and consider splatting the privacy intrusion services in their DNS cache.
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