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Who coined the term 'App'?

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I was using "app" around 1985-ish as a shorthand for "application", and at one point wrote a simple GUI with a sprite of an apple as a weak pun to refer to "app", and the sprite and function names were prefixed "app".

The earliest RISC OS programming manuals from 1987 onwards described the application directory structure with examples such as: an application called App in a directory called !App, with files called !App.!Boot, !App.!Run, !App.!Sprites, etc. and the ROM-based ResourcesFS had the applications in a directory which sat on the icon bar called Apps.

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FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros

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Re: @Mephistro (was: FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros)

"As a side note, most gas(petrol) station pump fires seem to be caused by females with man-made fiber underwear getting back into their cars after starting the fuel flow"

How can you get into a car while simultaneously filling the fuel tank? Must have arms like Mr Tickle.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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I'm sure we did this at school

DC -> DC motor -> AC dynamo -> AC

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Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil

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Can you afford to stay alive with a 70% pay cut? I can't.

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And retire later and work longer hours don't mix especially for REAL employers. I've worked out I need to work until I'm 90 to be able to afford to retire at 70. The problem isn't people not wanting to work longer or later, it's employers point blank REFUSING to actually be prepared to actually pay anybody to work.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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But you don't operate a radio while driving. You turn it on when you get into the car and turn if off when you get out.

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Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

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"They code the same model, the same algorithms (without changing them at all even for the known differences with which different languages can handle them)"

Yeah, I bet they did the equivalent of comparing string slicing by comparing

result$="":FOR a=start TO length:result$=result$+FNmiddlecharacter(source$,a):NEXT a

instead of just using MID$()

I've seen people painstakingly write a substring comparison function instead of just f***g using INSTR().

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Re: "Could agree what makes a good password"

"1) define a minimum password length"

And if the password prompt doesn't specify a maximum password length, then that is explicitly stating that there is no password length.

I kept getting thrown out of MasterCard SecureCode because it says something like "must be at least eight characters", so of course I used something like "batteryhorse12" and it kept throwing me out, never at any stage telling me that it enforced a maximum of 12 characters.

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"There's no perfect answer; but an offline, encrypted piece of software to remember PROPER AND UNIQUE passwords for you isn't half bad."

And how do you get access to that piece of software if you're not using your own controllable PC? I get dragged into the Work Programme once a week, and it takes me several attempts to log into various jobsearch sites because my PC at home remembers my password for them, not me. I've spent the weekend walking across the North York Moors and popped into a library to check my email. How would that library be able to store my password for me?

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Scotland using English tld?

No, a country code TLD should be TWO characters.

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"Now Scotland has joined other important parts of the world such as London, Berlin, New York City and, er, Wales by getting a proper web address."

It's not a proper web address. If it's not a two-letter country code, it's not a two-letter country code TLD, it's not a proper web address.

When is somebody going to painfully kill these people destroying the hierarchial internet naming structure?

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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Re: Security?

"Are Parliament not bound by the same security standards as the rest of government"

Parliament is not part of Government, Government is part of Parliament.

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Too small!

Err.... View -> Zoom -> select a higher number. These people have been using their office PCs for at least four years for the few who are first-term MPs and how TF did they manage to not touch a PC before they were elected - and they can't even use an office application?

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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

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Re: 50% FOSS

"ultimately supplied by faceless US companies who may well have heard of Europe"

Or a faceless Austrian company where the telephone support goes home at 5pm.

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Ah yes, SystmOne. When logged in as an Admin you can't actually configure it. You have to go searching for the user and drag them back and get them to log on just so that you can tell it what f*****g printer to use.

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Re: Ransom

"1. They don't NEED to migrate EVERYTHING

2. They don't NEED to migrate everything ALL AT ONCE

3. Suppliers would start moving to support the new environment."

Sorry, but the NHS *CAN'T* migrate until the suppliers of *EVERYTHING* have. I've been doing NHS IT upgrades, and the complexity is astounding. You can't just migrate a little bit of a GP surgery and tell them: you've got office tools, but you'll have to wait for the suppliers to get around to writing a non-Windows heart monitor, sphignomometry system, dictation software, medical records system, x-ray scanner, x-ray reader, blood pressure reader/charter, blood tester, etc. You do need to migrate EVERYTHING and you do have to do it ALL AT ONCE and it is impossible to do until AFTER the suppliers have migrated.

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Is there too much sex and violence on TV?

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Facepalm

Cohorts!

"The number of viewers over 65 who believe there is too much swearing and violence has fallen over the past five years."

That's because five years ago they weren't over 65, they were over 60.

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

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When people have a sudden urge to do cooking they somehow manage to discover that things are called "saucepan", "spoon", "boil", "fry"; with the urge to do some carpentry it occurs to them to work out "hammer", "nails", "screwdriver"; but why the hell when somebody gets the urge to "play" with a computer do they sit down and stubbornly refuse to even think about what the damn things are called?

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Shrew'd boffins spot TINY ELEPHANT species

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I seem to remember a few years ago people discovered that "the" african elephant is actually two different species. It hadn't been realised earlier because they have two completely different ranges, but it turns out that African has the forest elephant and the plains elephant. Now this makes three!

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Rockall batters plucky Brit adventurer

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Re: @theModge - Just how inedible are seabirds really?

Can't he just go onto TescoOnline and order home delivery?

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Tell us about your first time ... on the internet

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1987-88 at university, accessed usenet through the uni's vaxen. 1988-89 sent some emails between my uk.ac.stir.cs account an a uk.co account (yes, those were the days of backwards domains) and in 1989 used a BBC connected to the university's VAX network to FTP the BBC Small-C compiler from uk.ac.sari.

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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"Raise the tax free allowance to about 15-20k (as suspect many earning around that will get topped up to that anyway) to encourage work over benefits. Then flat rate tax of 25% on the rest. "

And when you're on 8 grand a year and already not paying any income tax and *still* can't afford to stay alive, how is not taxing somebody on twice your income going to help?

(And that's not unrealistic. It costs me £8,190 a year JUST TO STAND STILL in the cheapest accommodation I can find, using the least utilities I can get away with, eating the least I can manage - and that's *WITHOUT* any added expenses caused by putting a single foot outside the house to go to work.)

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Re: lifestyle choice. really? always?

Or, after 1800 job applications, people *STILL* refuse to actually pay them to work.

"You're trying too hard to get work, fuck off and die!"

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Re: Reality

"Unfortunately some people just cannot be trusted to make the correct decision, and they will spend rent money on booze, fags, drugs and lottery tickets."

A lot of people do that whether they get their money from the state or from an employer. By that argument, salaries should be abolished and employers should provide food and accommodation 'cos the poor plebs just cannot be trusted to spend money on what their betters think they should do.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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(cough)virgin!!!(cough)

"Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara's stone representation of female naughty bits"

Has Fernando de la Jara ever actually *seen* any woman's "naughty bits"?

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

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IEEEeeee!!!!

This is something the IEE should be drafting and putting into the next revision of The Regs (BS7671). Section 6 is Special Locations, Section 611 was added in the last edition to cover highway supplies, start drafting up and testing Section 612 to cover charging points immediately.

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Re: Meters

It is a London thing. London has different taxi legislation to Civilisation, for no other reason than it's London.

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Re: Doesn't hide the major problems with Uber, though...

London has its own taxi legislation. One of the things the recent review (see other post) recommended is abolishing this and making UK-wide taxi legislation the same.

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Re: Argument

Price surging - that's one of the problems. Taxi authorities regulate the maximum taxi fare, by bypassing this Uber is breaking the law while claiming it isn't.

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Booking a taxi via Uber is no different from booking a taxi via telephone, email, SMS, website. In civilisation outside the M25 many taxi firms already allow you to book a taxi via email/sms/web/carrier pidgeon/whatever. The only problem with Uber is it insists it is not a taxi dispatcher (which requires a license) and that its drivers are not private hire taxis (which require a license). Prosecute Uber for being an unlicensed taxi dispatcher, and their drivers for unlicensed private hire.

Parliament is currently examining a review of UK-wide taxi regulation legislation (http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/areas/taxi-and-private-hire-services.htm). Contact your MP and make your concerns known.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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If you want a comparison, remember how many critical systems your car has

I'm male, so people automatically assume I "know about" cars. No! It's a magic box that I understand how to give instructions to and how to avoid damaging. When people start talking to me about offset linkage and CVS cams and dip rates or whatever, I glaze over.

"My car's failed it's MOT"

"So, are you going to fix it"

"What?????? Do I LOOK like a car mechanic????"

"Oh, it's easy, you just need to remove the spelunks, and drop off the widgets and then replace to goonwashots, and then go to a scrap yard and look for a sling plunker".

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

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Microsoft, meet English

"matches" means "matches". If Microsoft mean "contains", they should write "contains".

"X-Spam header matches "YES"" **MEANS** "X-Spam header matches "YES"". It does not mean "contains". If Microsoft meant it to mean contain, it sheald say "X-Spam header **CONTAINS**" **NOT** "matches".

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PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD

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FAIL

*higher* speeds, faster *devices*.

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London officials declare cabbie-bothering Uber is legal – for now

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s//in London/

...in London ..in London ....in London ....in London. Almost NONE of this applies to civilisation, London has its own London-specific taxi licensing laws.

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What can The Simpsons teach us about stats algorithms? Glad you asked...

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I saw this all the time observing the election counts last week.

"Ooo! we're 20% ahead in Box D, it's looking good for us!"

Ah, but only 60 people voted in Box D, about 600 people voted in each of Boxes A, B and C and the other candidate only has to be 0.666% ahead in all three other boxes to win.

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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Re: I divide recycling into three types

"We could turn old tower blocks back into virgin Portland cement if we wanted to."

In Sheffield they demolished a crappy long-estate block of flats and ground it up into hardcore for the new bypass that was being built at the same time.

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!! The serial numbers are ***NOT**** available for public inspection, that needs an electoral court order with large amounts of evidence of likelyhood of fraud.

What *IS* available for public inspection is a copy of the marked register - this is the normal electoral register with a line drawn through the name of each person who has voted (or a tick next to their name). This is the register used in the polling station itself which you see the polling clerk referring to before they give you a ballot paper to check that the person you claim to be hasn't already been crossed off.

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Re: No one ever stands ....

"They can't even have a party name on their rosette."

...or even the word "vote" on the rosette, as I found out a few years ago when I had carefully ensure I had a rosette with no name on it, it still said something like "vote today!" on it.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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When will the metrocentric London-based media get it into their heads that anything London-based is an exception, *NOT* the rule. London has its own London-specific taxi licensing system completely different to civilised places. Plenty of places outside the M25 already have taxi firms that do internet booking, it's just a logical extension of telephone booking.

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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

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Re: .GB vs. .UK

"Well, the ISO 3166 rules assume that countries change their system of government more frequently than their borders"

By that argument Amercia should not be .us (united states), the old Soviet Union shouldn't have been .su, the Federated States of Micronesia shouldn't be .fm as they all refer to the system of government they just happen to be using right now.

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The quid-a-day nosh challenge: Anyone fancy this fungus I found?

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Quid a day on food, that's seven pounds a week. When unemployed I spent £15 a week on food. What was really killing me was the mortgage, council tax, gas, electricity, water, insurance and transport, not the food.

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

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Re: Horrible Travesty of BASIC

"All of the variables were global."

All the global variables are global, all the local variables are local, don't complain just 'cos you used a crap version of BASIC.

"It didn't support any of the features of a real language, like pointers."

Versions of BASIC that didn't have pointers didn't have pointers. Don't complain just 'cos you used a crap version of BASIC.

"You could use it to write a small program but it couldn't be used to write structured programs."

Versions of BASIC that didn't have structures didn't have structures. Don't complain just 'cos you used a crap version of BASIC.

"If you tried to write a large program you got spaghetti code."

Versions of BASIC that didn't let you write modulaised code didn't let you write modularised code. Don't complain just 'cos you used a crap version of BASIC.

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Re: BASIC is under-appreciated

REPEAT:PRINT "Happy birthday BASIC":UNTIL FALSE

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Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!

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I was working on porting Jet Set Willy to the GameBoy when mine went missing.

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Microsoft spells out new rules for exiling .EXEs

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"out-of-context" is an adjective not a noun.

The advertising is out of context.

It is out-of-context advertising.

Jeez, you're getting as bad as the Guardian.

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Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

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Surely you have to be logged on as Admin to let these things take over? In which case, the bloody idiots are getting everything they deserve.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Re: Translation

When at school I practised French by translating Asterix into French. Nobody nicked me for it.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: Does not add up!

I know that "Parliament is Supreme" and can if it so chooses pass a law making it illegal to smoke on the streets of Washington DC, but how the hell do you enforce that law without invading the country in question?

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Re: Does not add up!

If you want people to be able to see your nookie, do you lock it behind a paywall, or do you make it open access? Pure simple unadulterated (oo-er) market forces guarantees that the majority of pron sites will not be behind any sort of wall.

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How the hell do they know???? To gather these sorts of statistics at some point the user is going to be asked how old they are, and so of course they are going to say they are over 18, 'cos if they don't any website that *does* ask how old they are that's the only way they're going to get at the content.

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