* Posts by Tim99

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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@Jim 48

I agree, size matters. In an emergency your mug may be the only LART to hand.

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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Re: Apples compared to Oranges

@Britt

These are client systems, not minimal Debian or OpenBSD server installations that can do useful stuff without a browser - Have you tried running OS X or Windows without their bundled browsers? You can't uninstall the core components on either machine, but you can uninstall a lot more of Safari. I note that Chrome and Firefox also have more high level vulnerabilities than Safari, so if you were using OS X you might not bother.

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Apples compared to Oranges

OK, I admit it - I read the original article. Not the best headline unless Betteridge's Law applies?

The original article states that Windows 8.x and Internet Explorer combined have 278 vulnerabilities including 242 High Level vulnerabilities. OS X and Safari have 217 including 67 High Level vulnerabilities...

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Google opens 'Inbox' heir-to-email trial to biz users

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Open source

Google - We use "open source" so that you don't have to. E-mail is obviously far to much trouble for a business to do, so we will do it for you, and monetorize you to our real customers. You are not a customer of Google even if you pay them, just a resource to ber mined.

"Don't be evil", unless it helps us become more powerful and earn even more...

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

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Re: @Tim99

Good point Chris. Have an Upvote, although I don't think many El Reg readers work 35 hours a week or less, and few don't commute, unless they work from home. Working from home was great for me when I was self-employed - It allowed me to work a 60+ hour week ;-)

I'm retired now, and have learnt a truth that you may hear from other retirees "Im so busy, I don't know how I ever had time for work".

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Re: Let me get this right:

@Chris Miller

"Rich" meaning having free time, in modern times, tends to apply to those who are wage slaves.

We know that people in many hunter-gatherer societies only have to spend a couple of hours a day obtaining food and servicing their basic needs of procuring tools, accommodation and security. It was not until humans developed agriculture that most of us have had to work for much of our waking hours. Free time for many of us in the developed world is now quite limited after the time spent at work, travelling and sleeping. On the other hand we have a greater life expectancy and toothpaste.

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Specialization and Corporatism

An interesting article Tim, you might have overdone this bit though:-

By splitting up tasks so that different people do different parts of them, each person can become better at that specific task. We can thus get more production for the same amount of labour. And as living standards are going to depend on what we can get from human labour (as Paul Krugman has said, productivity isn't everything but in the long run it's pretty much everything) then increasing the efficiency with which we turn labour into products will raise living standards.

As far as I can see, many larger businesses have effectively simplified jobs by making them more limited. This applies particularly in service industries, which are apparently where most of us will be working - Each "skill" is being de-skilled such that it can be easily and cheaply taught, such that the worker is easy to replace. I suspect that this is deliberate as each worker becomes the supplier of a fungible service - Eighteenth century industrialists understood this, so this is not new - Although it might seem novel to people growing up after WWII, before the deregulation revolution of the 1980s.

This, and a deliberate increase in structural un(der)employment may be a significant mechanism that will have the affect of making many people in the developed world worse off, with less free time.

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Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

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@dogged

... related to embedding Java in it, which I suspect was done as proof that even Oracle can be made more obnoxious, obtuse, unfriendly and expensive if you try really hard.

As someone who was writing stuff with Oracle databases since Oracle V4, I can assure you that it did not need Java to make Oracle more obnoxious, obtuse, unfriendly and expensive - They managed that perfectly well with C...

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Developers, developers, developers! But WILL they support Windows 10?

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Re: Hmm

There was this Write Once Run Anywhere language... I've been using it for years... Very popular in the enterprise. Lots of work and lots of devs. Now what was it...

I think you meant C.

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Re: we're already developing for Windows 10

@dogged

I was recently discussing software interfaces with a large manufacturer of a range of very expensive precision scientific instruments. Traditionally they are using Windows PCs for this (a long time ago they used VAXen or PDP11s).

They said that they were so annoyed with the uncertainty of Windows 7: 8; 8.1 and tablets that they were looking at a complete change of approach. One of the things that they are considering is to make each instrument with its own configurable internal web server. Its control parameters could be entered on its web pages by a PC, tablet, phone, terminal etc. There would be sufficient storage on each device that the data it had acquired could be transferred with a simple get after it had run.

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Turnbull says big telcos should subsidise bush comms

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Command and Control?

If only Australia had a publicly owned communication structure then the Government could mandate what was built...

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'It's NOT FAIR!' yell RICH KIDS ... and that's a GOOD THING

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Cutting the cake

A definition of "fair" that always seems to work is a cake that is divided between two people. The rule is that the cutter picks their piece of cake after the second person has chosen.

In a non 50:50 split there may be altruism shown by the first picker, so that the cutter benefits if they have not been "fair", but not in most cases (unless the chooser is on on a diet, or doesn't really like cake).

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

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Maintenance dose

If a farmer goes to the trouble of having soil samples analysed (normally by his fertilizer supplier) and there is enough N and P, the farmer will be told to apply a maintenance dose. That is a relatively low level of fertilizer, most of which gets washed away into the local water courses without affecting the crop. The fertilizer company REALLY does not want the farmer to not use their product - They might stop buying it when they don't need it...

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: Nice simple recipe

Will there be award-winning fjords?

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Ignition

Simon,

Thanks for the link to "Ignition!". I worked at one of the places mentioned with a number of the materials discussed. A particular joy of HTP was that, when over about 85%, it could set your clothing and hair on fire...

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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Re: So really

Generally, you will be OK. Multiply the numbers by roughly 2/3, but you will still be over the legal limit in the morning. In most social drinking you would eat something which will slow everything down. Younger drinkers tend to throw-up at least as much as they keep down. Potentially lethal levels start at ~0.25% - I have personal knowledge of people dying at that level, although usually after inhaling vomit.

I know of one RTA fatality at 0.1% where an elderly woman was struck by a car. The driver was just under the limit, and the suggestion was that the pedestrian was drunk. However witnesses said that she had nursed her usual single pint of Mackeson before walking in front of the car. She only weighed 5 stone.

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Re: So really

>>==================> Approximately 2 standard drinks.

OK, I've driven to the pub, drank a gallon of beer and got a taxi home.

What point the next day am I safe to drive? It would be nice if you could buy a cheap unit to give you a vague idea of whether you're legal or not.

A rough answer, assuming that you are sober enough to do the sums: A pint is roughly 2 standard drinks (Old Peculiar is more, boy's bitter is less). So your gallon is roughly 16 standard drinks. A standard drink is roughly equivalent to a 0.03% blood alcohol level if drunk by an average 11 stone man. The same man could metabolize alcohol at roughly 0.018% each hour. So if you drank your gallon over 4 hours you would be very roughly 16x.03 - 4x.018, say 0.4%. This is a level where people can die due to respiratory suppression... Assuming that you get home at midnight, and don't choke in your own vomit overnight, at 8:00am you are still likely to be at five times the 0.05 limit.

In the real world there are a lot more variables. Women have proportionally more fat in their bodies, so their blood volume is generally less (as well as generally having lower levels of the enzyme that metabolizes alcohol). If your weight is 22 stone (and not mostly fat!) you can drink more.

Generally people who drink regularly appear to be less drunk, but when analysed their blood alcohol limits are similar to people who drink less.

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Microsoft drops early Chrissie pressie on Mac Office fanbois

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Re: Libre Office

Libre Office for Mac. No subscription required, no MS tax to pay, no ongoing financial commitment. Nothing else to say.

Unfortunately to get full use of Libre Office, it needs Java, so no, thank you.

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Sorry, too little, too late

I never bothered to upgrade from the previous version. I'm retired and really don't need it.

On the Mac, TextEdit, Pages, vim, and nano do most of what I want. I am also sad enough to type: echo Put text in a file by echoing from the CLI. >>somefile.txt

If I need a higher fidelity copy of a Microsoft file, starting up the free MS Word or Excel viewers in a Windows VM in Parallels then printing the file through a PDF printer does it for me.

The free iPad versions of Excel, Powerpoint, and Word are also handy...

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

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Don't forget

For emergencies, keep a roll of lavatory paper in the fridge.

You'll be sweating so much, you won't need a coat >>=========>

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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Dyson stick

We have the new model Dyson stick without the animal head (no pets). We both have back trouble and I have a duff neck caused by a RTA. The old cylinder cleaner was too heavy and its wheels kept getting stuck in the deep-pile carpet, causing it to fall over. We replaced it with the Dyson and are very pleased with it.

I can clean our 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, small office, hall and living/dining/kitchen unit with a single charge. Not having a cable to trip over is a real bonus. The docking station is screwed to a wall in the garage, and is easy to use provided you remember to lift the cleaner slightly before pushing it into place.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Insufferable Smug Git Mode

I use DuckDuckGo.

On the occasions that I use Google (DuckDuckGo is not perfect) Google has to fight through a private mode browser, AdBlock, Privoxy, Ghostery, and a hosts file on a connection with a dynamic address.

So, to them, I would appear to be a paranoid tight-arse who doesn't buy anything - Well the paranoid bit may be right...

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Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP

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Where is the P?

"The TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Service)" - TITSup what?

TITSUP - Total Inability To Support Usual Service Processes/Procedures/Practice?

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Wot - No LP12?

My wife bought us a Linn LP12 in 1974. It became a bit of a Trigger's broom, but still had the original base, bearings, lid, suspension, and top plate until I had to sell it a few years ago after a motor accident. It is still going strong with its new owner.

There real bugger was having to buy the Naim 250, speakers, radio, etc., to go with it...

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Consumers start feeling the love as Chromebook sales surge

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Re: Samsung

@Big_D

My iPad Air takes just under 20 seconds to boot from off, or less than a second from Sleep...

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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Nomenclature

Do you remember the prediction in the late-1970s that by the turn of the century we will have entered a push-button age? Apparently, computers and robots would take over all our hard work and society would be struggling to deal with all the leisure time with which we’d be left to endure.

Leisure time? I don’t think so. Even by Tomorrow’s World standards, this prediction turned out to be a real turkey.

Alistair, I was helping this stuff happen back then. We just used the wrong words like "leisure time". The correct ones were "necessary structural unemployment", or "labour is too expensive, even when it comes from low-cost countries". The exception is for people with the required skills who we will work even harder.

Have you noticed that C18th capitalism is making a return? The idea seems to be that businesses should have fungibility of their workforces - If they can't be automated.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Is it faster?

My iMac was getting slow. I am an old fart with the attention span of a gnat, so I often have 5 Safari windows open (each with about 10-15 tabs); 4 Firefox windows; iTunes, Mail with 3,500 messages in the Inbox; and Terminal with 4 tabs etc... A week ago I upgraded the 4GB of RAM it had to 8GB. No surprise, everything worked better: 5+GB App memory; 1.4GB File cache; No Swap used, no Compressed memory.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was, if anything, even faster under Yosemite than Mavericks.

Unfortunately the colour scheme does look as though it was designed in 1996 by a web-site designer who had just transitioned from writing DOS applications to an EGA screen.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Buy Other Sound Equipment

My wife has a pair a small Bose speakers running off the headphone socket of a 21inch TEAC TV, and they are OK - There is too much, badly controlled, bass; but if you turn the TV's bass down it is OK. We got them because, although the 1920x1080 screen gave a great picture, the TV's internal speakers sound similar to what you hear from a teenager's earphones when they have them inserted in their ears and turned up to full volume.

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Re: And it only remains...

@Gert Leboski

Single oar sculling? Wikipedia Link

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: There be dragons here

Not necessarily. The post didn't say $13bn of market cap, it said $13bn of annual turnover.

Yes, I saw that. I have run busnesses and, frankly, $500m on a turnover of $13bn suggests that they are in a difficult market (or they are incompetent, or the executives might be taking more than a shareholder would like). Microsoft used to make a profit of >$0.80 on each $1.00 of turnover, Apple recently declared $7.7bn on a turnover of $37.4bn. One of the Australian banks I referred to reported a profit of $7.67bn on revenues of $44.87bn...

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Re: There be dragons here

That is a pretty pitiful rate of return for a shareholder, so maybe that is why they are acting like scum.

I can get a similar rate from one of the big Australian banks for a simple 3-4 year term deposit!

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Welcome the world's new Most Phished Country: Australia

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Or not?

The most gullible and trusting nation in the world perhaps?

Or, perhaps, the country in the highest 5 ranking of GDP per capita with the highest population?

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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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Re: Yet again

... An enormous number of people over the age of 35 will have no use for anything except email. They will have no interest in YouTube and telling them about Drive is pointless. Few people have use for it. ...

I'm retired, but volunteer to teach computing to retirees. Many of our pupils do use e-mail, but almost all of them like and use YouTube. Mostly they had heard of YouTube but (Perhaps because their children and grandchildren think that YouTube is not for old people), we have to demonstrate that you can get real music (from the 1950s-1980s) on it for free. Other YouTube resources that are appreciated include demonstrations of DIY, knitting, handcrafts, etc.

Not so much interest in G+ news and discussions though.

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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@Tom 35

If there is no Apple weakness why is it that as far as I've read it's all Apple users that have been hit?

Because this collection of material seems to include selfies that show Android and Blackberry devices too?

It appears that the material has been leaked from a privately traded collection obtained by a number of different people over a period of several years, that mainly includes Apple stuff. As an observation, as many celebrities have iPhones, that is where more of the material is likely to originate?

A modern version of the "private" 8mm movie and Polaroid film pictures that would only become publicly available if you were burgled, or one of the participants leaked it. Technology can change quickly, human psychology not so much...

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Re: Economists solving the problems the last one caused

@Alan Brown

The hypocrisy about "saving our village" (most of which is 1930s era housing) lumbers on and on and on - and the most fundamental objection raised to allowing new housing is that "it lowers property values"

My late father was a (very) senior local government officer. He said that the most strident NIMBYs were always the most recent people to move into a village. He thought that their attitude was "I have moved here, now nobody else should be able to, and nothing must change". The people wanted new housing and new employment opportunities were almost always those who were born there.

The people who did not want a new by-pass around villages were almost exclusively those who did not live there (or did not want it going past their very large attractive 100+ year old properties, on the outskirts, near the new road).

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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

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Red Flag...

...Linux again? Wikipedia Link.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Brilliant

The first two items to show up on the Weekend edition were Simon and coffee making. Have a free beer >>======>

Please try to avoid stuff that could be construed as work at the weekend.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Aeropress with milk

As you say the Aeropress no crema thing can be a bit of a disappointment for espresso fans, although our local supplier will do a special Aeropress grind which can give a small amount of foam.

For the milky coffee drinker you can get a reasonable facsimile of proper foam by putting some skimmed milk in the microwave for a minute or so and then beating it with a small hand whisk (Remember to leave the milk for a few seconds before you take it out of the microwave to avoid boiling milk "bumping" all over you).

I am fortunate to live in one of the world's best coffee making areas, Western Australia - So if I really need crema, and I can afford $5, I go to one of the many excellent coffee places by the beach, otherwise I now use an Aeropress almost exclusively at home. The less fortunate thing about living here is than most people can't make a decent cup of tea...

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Trundle, trundle, FLEEEP: iPhone 6 production grinds to halt

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Stock market?

This information has been available since June, and the problem was apparently sorted over a month ago. The stock is at its highest price ever. People who had a short stock position need the stock to be lower by the Friday NASDAQ close of business.

A coincidence?

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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@John Tserkezis

I believe the actual cost to the telco is <0.005 , so no price gauging there then...

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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Re: No spare wheel?

Apparently, you are more than twice as likely to be stranded with a flat battery than a puncture. Not many of us carry a spare vehicle battery.

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Help Australia's PM and attorney-general to define metadata

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Re: Metadata IS data

@Denarius

I think the quote you wanted was from Lord Acton, not Lord Melbourne. It was written because of his concerns about the doctrine of Papal infallibility in Vatican 1, but also refers to temporal politics.

A longer quotation from the letter is: ...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it...

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

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Re: Nothing to hide, nothing to fear...

..., licence (UK).

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

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Re: Do Apple know...........?

@AC

Or, for employees, International Broken Marriages

Or "I'm Being Moved"

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Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises

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@sinfocomar

IBM... hasn't gotten anything right in the enterprise least of all software.

Well you might not have heard of z/OS which is only used for trivial stuff like paying salaries, running Fortune 50 companies and banking - But obviously nothing that is really important to an enterprise...

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: @auburnman

Sorry VinceH, the autocorrect on the iPad I was using is a bit over enthusiastic.

Have a beer and an up-vote as a poor consolation.

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@auburnman

...also James and Vincent.

I am retired now and volunteer to help teach older people computing. A truth, that we might not want to acknowledge, is that it takes less than half the time to teach a pupil to use an iPad compared to an Android tablet. The Samsung may be the techie person's favorite, but it seems to be even harder to teach than most of the other Android devices we have seen. Perhaps the mixture of vanilla Android, Google's apps and Samsung's own stuff causes our pupils the most confusion - Having an apparently different e-mail program appearing, when you are not expecting it seems to be a particular problem.

We have a policy of trying to have the device looking similar to how it was delivered, so that if one of us drops dead, the pupil can at least go to somebody else who can take over.

Experience has shown that one-on-one lessons can get somebody started within a couple of hours, and they can usually look after themselves after about 3 sessions. The main things that people want to know are "The Internet" (usually they mean Google), e-mail, "photographs", YouTube, and books.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Is it Enjoyable?

I thought that audiophile kit had two main purposes.

The first, as already mentioned, is to impress other audiophiles. This is not new. Listen to a "Song of Reproduction", Flanders and Swann, 1957 - YouTube Link.

The other is to sound enjoyable, or at least impressive, to the audiophile (almost always male) and his friends. When I was younger, and green in judgement, I bought a pair of Koss Electrostatic headphones to go with my Linn LP12/Naim 250 system. They sounded very accurate, had great specifications, and certainly looked the part, but did not give any feeling of engagement in the music. My apparenltly far too small Linn Kan speakers were fabulous to listen to and, in my normal sized living room, almost nobody noticed that they were lacking in bass - We just enjoyed the music.

I am now old and broken, but still remember how good the direct-to-disk Sheffield Lab recording of Thelma Houston/Pressure Cooker sounded through my old kit.

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Re: Single user PC database might be OK

@Extra spicey vindaloo

London/NewYork - We did something similar with MS Remote Desktop Services/Terminal Server. It worked well with the server 3 time zones away from two clients.

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