* Posts by Trixr

163 posts • joined 30 Jun 2009

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Re: Grandad

Oh, for chrissakes.

I get the impression that the story is set in Australia. I live in Canberra, and I recently went to visit a friend of mine in a remote community in Western Australia. 1 hour flight to Sydney or Melbourne. 6 hour flight to Perth. 2 hour flight to small airport. 2 hour drive to small satellite town (not a farm). That's not including waiting for stopovers, which may entail an overnighter in Perth for the next daily flight to the small airport.

Maybe grandpa is not that easy to visit.

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VMware, Microsoft in virtualised Exchange blog battle

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Re: Shark jumped @AC

Maybe for your home user. Even for a small office, using shared mailboxes (with proper security, so the whole place isn't logging on as "info@myoffice.com"), shared calendars, and scheduling are pretty common features.

Double the memory (8GB, whoopee) and a modern processor, and yes, you can service those 500 users quite well. POP3 isn't even worth discussing. It was crap in 1998, much less now.

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LibreOffice 5.0 debuts, complete with fewer German code comments

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Sizing tables with the mouse b0rked

I downloaded the new shininess earlier this week, and gaily started adding tables to the doco, only to find that you can't resize columns or rows with the mouse. According to the bugzilla, they've fixed the columns in the nightlies - which I don't bother with - but not the rows.

Also, can't embed a table in a text box. Can't recall if it's ever been able to do that (since text boxes were never very good in LibO, although they seem much improved in this version in general).

Also, yay x64 - working well otherwise so far.

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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Dear Microsoft: stop distributing the effing thing with your SCCM, sorry SYSTEM CENTER, client, then.

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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I've got the Aura H2O - works fine with Calibre

Other than not wanting to directly load Amazon books so they can delete them at will, I like the smaller bezel, lighter weight, and double the on-board memory. And the fact I can read in the bath and not worry about dropping it in, since it's waterproof (to a degree, but sufficient for bath time and being caught in the rain).

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Azure Australia went TITSUP for about seven hours

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So, given the amount of comments here, the $50 meeeeelllion that MS are allegedly doing in business from the Aussie Azure must be from very few customers...

(Actually, I know of a few govvie departments with bits and bobs there, but nothing truly LOB. Yet.)

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Australian opposition senators slam TPP treaty process

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And this is the Greens blowing the trumpet. Yet again, Labor really just stands for "Alternate Liberal Party".

And I'm sorry, it's not "commercial in confidence" unless the govt is signing a *contract* with a specific company, in order for it to provide goods and/or services. And even then, I think that sucks, for public expenditure.

Finally, despite all the crap, it's not a trade treaty. We already have those, many of them, with our trading partners.

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

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Re: And another thing....

Meh, I use Calibre exclusively. Ok, I have the Amazon app on my PC, but it's only there to suck down the books for literally a couple of minutes before I've imported them into Calibre and deDRMed them (and converted to ePub for my Kobo).

I suppose if you like things like reading stats, it can be annoying, but that's not something that matters to me.

But I agree for normal punters, they want something that works seamlessly and easily.

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That's really not a good use-case. E-readers - I have a Kobo Glo, which is fabulous, and water resistant for bath time - are best for basic text. They are at best adequate for images in PDF.

So I will not be buying any art, architecture, etc books in an e-reader format - you want large format on nice paper for that kind of thing.

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Fujitsu shrinks SMB file transfer metadata traffic jams

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I can't wait. We had some kind of WAN optimiser deployed on one of our links (Cisco kit), and it killed DFSR replication. That was pretty fabulous.

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So what are you doing about your legacy MS 16-bit applications?

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Re: Sure, it'll be safe

Not really. Install on vanilla 2008 x86. Test. If good, snapshot. Apply critical security fixes, non-IE. Test. If good, snapshot, try IE patches. If bad, roll back and test patches in blocks. If IE patches good, you're done. If not, roll back and try them in batches as well.

If you're lucky, you'll be done in a morning. If you're not lucky, a couple of days (assuming you at least got the base install working).

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Nasi goreng pattaya

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A bit of spice IN the rice, please. A dash of sambal oeluk is the thing. Also, instead of plain soy sauce, kecap manis, soy sauce and a bit of sweet chili mixed together - if you have them. Shrimp paste is probably going a bit far for post-pub.

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

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Managers who are too chickensh*t to lay down the law with lazy application owners. There is plenty of money in this organisation, but no will.

We have no 16-bit LOB apps, we have a handful of dumb ASP apps that could easily be re-written, and the rest are COTS products that could and should be upgraded. It's not like we haven't been sounding increasingly-strident warning bells over the last year.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Awesome. First heard about it just now. No poxy email from them. Off to Keepass now.

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Australia gets its site filter at LAST

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Or maybe the Great Australian Public could stop electing these morons. If it's the Will of the People, who are we mere SMEs to quibble?

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What's broken in this week's build of Windows 10? Installing it, for one

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Oh, come on. If you follow nearly any "nightly" build - any OS - you'll get knobbled at some time.

For beta testers - kind of the "slow ring" in this instance (I will refrain from any equivalence with Microsoft and 'reaming') - sure, you expect the releases to be feature-complete and usable.

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Chap mines Bitcoin with PUNCH CARDS and ancient mainframe

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::eyeroll::

I am not a millennial and yet I am still a lazy arse. Kudos to this guy for taking his hobby to the extreme, but let's not pretend that laziness (or lack of interest in certain arcane achievements - I happen to think this one is cool... climbing Mt Everest these days, meh) is a feature of any one generation.

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Border Force bureaucrats become super-spooks

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I can tell you that most of the "bureaucrats" who got smashed into Border Farce with no choice during the departmental merge have little to no interest in metadata shenanigans, nor acting as keystone kops on the sly.

Well, except for those who enjoy wearing navy blue boiler suits (sorry, whatever they call their "tactical uniform" these days), tooling around in fast boats and training their German Shepherds. Those guys love it. They, however, are not the "bureaucrats". There are a few bureaucrats who would love to be a boiler suit guy - they're undoubtedly all over this like a rash. They are the minority.

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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That's interesting. The Win 7 Ultimate edition lappie I got (with media centre) had no such cute set of instructions. Since I didn't and don't have a TV, I wasn't that interested in the functionality, but I only learned in this article that it could take a TV tuner.

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It's official: David Brents are the weakest link in phishing attacks

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Re: Timing

No, the simplest solution is to use decent RBLs (like Spamhaus) and a proper anti-spam solution at the gateway, and let in as little as possible.

It's all very well fulminating against HTML in email - although personally, having more complex text look something like printed material rather than your grandma's typewriter suits me (yes, MS's code is shite) - but if you receive a hyperlink in plain text email in clients like Outlook, it "helpfully" linkifies it for you anyway.

To be fair, a link with some kind of GUID or misdirection in it will show up properly, but you know the idiots will click on those anyway.

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NBN Co to trial faster fixed wireless services

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Four kms from central Canberra (such as it is), I can't even get wired NBN. Maybe I should sign up for this offering instead. Since anything is an improvement on the 4 Mbps peak I get on my "ADSL2" line.

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Microsoft to open first flagship Store beyond North America

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Re: Keep on hating......

Get back to us when Apple have a server offering that's not worth pointing and laughing at.

And a means of managing *enterprise* PCs, not the dozen or so in the Marketing dept and the execs' iPads. Sorry, but it's tricky to do serious number-crunching (with the usual tools used by businesses) on cute little tablets and phones.

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HTC One M9 Android smartphone: Like a M8 with a squinty eye

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Since my M8 is effectively an expensive brick right now, I'm going to avoid HTC until they come up with an entirely revamped hardware spec. Yes, it worked beautifully for months ... until the dreaded permanent "disabling airplane mode" appeared - SIM is no longer being detected. Swapped SIMs, reset to factory, flashed alternate ROMs. Still stuffed.

If you look through the forums, it's a common problem without a reliable solution.

Also, I have to agree that the speakers make the phone way bigger to handle than it needs to be, and yet somehow I often missed hearing the phone ringing while it was in my bag. Sure, they sound "good for a phone", but really, still shite. If you listen to music through headphones predominately and don't much use speakerphone (what is it with the morons these days walking around with it permanently on speakerphone and bellowing into it like a walkie-talkie?), then that feature isn't really much chop.

Otherwise, yes, a nice phone without too much cruft in the OS other than the stupid "blinkfeed". Has that gone in the M9?

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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Re: Hindsight is 20/20

Someone working at the State Dept while Hilary was Secretary WAS fired under the regulations in force at the time for using his private email and failing to adhere to record-keeping standards.

As for the wonk quoted in the article about "busy professionals", oddly enough, Hilary was a *public servant* at the time. While public service is a quaint old-fashioned notion to our corporate masters, part of the role of being a public servant is to carry out their business in a transparent (supposedly) manner that can be readily audited for the public good.

Frankly, since Hilary doesn't seem to understand this basic principle, she's not suitable for govt (and of course, nor are nearly all the Repubs and a big chunk of the Democrats in the Senate or House).

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I don't know. Her "one rule for me and one for everyone else" doesn't distinguish her that much from any of the other examples you cite.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Content and Style

Totally agreed.

If you wanted the amount of author-supplied styling that typically goes into a printed book (bold and itals), then perhaps Markdown (whatever editor you prefer) and some kind of SVN/Git/whatever change-tracking software can do the job.

For corporate styling, there are a bunch of enterprisey applications out there that will take content and style it appropriately. These will be "enterprise content management" systems or even "component content management" systems - Word might be in the mix using plugins, but it ain't the main styling tool.

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Ski MOUNT DOOM or take top coffee to the beach? Your choice

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Re: Just don't ask about the cheese

Hm, there are a few different cheeses out there, but I agree that compared to any country in Europe, there's aways to go.

https://www.kapiticollection.co.nz/#/cheese

http://www.whitestonecheese.com/

Do a bit of a google for "artisan cheese" in NZ.

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Re: Auckland is a separate world in its own from the rest of NZ

"Orientals"? What is this, an Agatha Christie novel?

As for the Polynesians, they're mostly descendants of families who have been there since the 60s or 70s. I think the second generation qualifies as "locals".

As for South and West Auckland being universally "grotty", perhaps you should get out more. My family live in South Auckland. I saw more crime when I lived in Ponsonby (admittedly while the area was mid-gentrification).

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Trixr

Wow, have you ever lived overseas yourself?

NZ is a great primary producer, and the selection is much better than it was in the 70s, but some of the range of stuff is still lacking. I would hope they're purchasing the local butter - but what if they want organic or cultured butter? Good luck getting that NZ. You can't get clotted cream in NZ, which is mind boggling. And food prices are not that cheap, probably because the good stuff is shipped off, and the local transport costs are high.

You're bagging out the UK tertiary education system in favour of NZ's? Just wow. So you've never worked with someone was qualified at some dodgy former tech, have you?

As for the bloody All Blacks, seriously, speak for yourself. They don't exemplify anything to me - other than the occasional drunken idiocies and dickwits doing party political broadcasts on Election Day. I have no interest and I was born and bred by a rugby player (possibly the reason for the lack of interest). Of course, the Poms are just as boring about whatever footie team they support.

As for work/life balance, given the utterly shite pay in NZ and ridiculous house prices - Auckland is in the top ten unaffordable cities again - you need to get something to compensate. In London, people work and commute horrendous hours. But at least pay in the IT-related sectors isn't too bad.

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Trixr

Mmm, the appalling insulation standard, wooden buildings, and lack of double-glazing means that it can get pretty chilly in the middle of winter. Especially in an older house. Let's not mention "leaky houses".

And are you really dissing the beer? Sure, Lion and DB suck, but there are untold numbers of craft brewers putting out very nice drops these days. Certainly better than the selection in Oz now.

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NSW Govt spends half a million dollars on XP support

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Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.

They certainly aren't the only govvie-type agency in the same boat. Looks like we'll be shelling out till 2015.

As for "custom apps", no not really. No Lotus, in-house apps that could be replatformed (given sufficient money and devs - still cheaper than XP support), and a couple of obsolete 3rd party apps that could have been replaced with other 3rd party apps years ago. With better functionality.

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Piketty-Poketty-Poo: Some people are JUST ITCHING to up tax to capital ...

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Re: Bias?

To be fair, economics is a social science (although many economists with their "levers" and "supply and demand" theories are in denial).

But comparing it to hard sciences is indeed ludicrous.

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Turnbull: Coding skills 'will be almost as important as literacy and numeracy'

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I should have said, any so-called "Western" country. Obviously there are up-and-coming countries and regions where investing in coders makes sense. But even so, the same points about education apply.

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Trixr

Not this old chestnut again. Like there are going to be any coding shops onshore in the next decade, except for maybe games developers, and the few businesses creating software (niche products, often).

Outside the US, I'd be surprised if any country cracks a few thousand employed in such businesses. Yes, a few enterprises have in-house coders, but that's dying a slow death (and the less custom code written in VB4 that's maintained in-house, the more I'll be happy).

No, you teach the kids logic and problem-solving. Yes, simple programs can be used as *examples* of boolean logic flow, but assuming that learning to code automatically teaches logic is exactly backwards.

Once you've got kids grounded in the basics of logic and problem-solving (and yes, not just in mathematics either, where this stuff is mostly taught these days), then the ones who have an aptitude can move on to bigger and better things. Like kids with an aptitude for maths getting fast-tracked into calculus or physics early.

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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Facepalm

My thought entirely.

I also theorised that grandma was begroggled because Zuck was addressing her in Mandarin and she only speaks Hokkien (perhaps).

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Yup, I'm still running mine on an older driver version. I signed up with bullsh*t details, but found that the new driver was pants at any time, with the amount of calling home that it did.

So I won't be buying a Razor again. I don't find the tracking that good on the admittedly non-optimal surface I have, and the middle button is way too stiff. Also, since I have small lady hands, it's too big to be comfortable.

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Vulture South wants FORTY of you to go BACK TO SCHOOL

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Screw the ACS, seriously. Who appointed them the gatekeepers of IT qualifications in this country?

Bunch of old farts who like the letters "MACS" after their name. And attending useless "seminars".

And what gets right up my nose is that anyone with some bullsh!t uni qualification can enter the ACS at a higher membership level right off the bat than someone like me with 15 years of real-world experience.

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Re: He must like jail.

Frankly, the vast majority of crims who do burglaries and these kinds of crimes (fraud, theft from employer), are pretty bloody thick. That's (often) why they're crims rather than gainfully employed.

I worked doing IT for the plod at one point, and the ridiculous stupidity that the low-level crooks came up with was mind-boggling. My favourite was when a call came in about the 2 gents all in black with balaclavas who were spotted carrying a ladder into a suburban back yard... at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Lovely sunny day it was, too.

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London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'

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Re: Oh dear...

As someone else has observed, if you don't have an Oyster card, you also get "fleeced" in London. I was fortunate that I'd lived there for several years previous to my last visit, because I went straight to the Heathrow tube station and got myself a 1 week travelcard/Oyster and saved myself a bomb just on the trip to the West End (not to mention travelling around the remaining 4 days I was there).

The assumption is - and it is in every country of the world where I've been on public transport - that if you are a local you'll pay for a multi-trip ticket of some description for your commuting, which is effectively subsidised by the local council. Locals pay "full price" as well if they can't get off their chumps to get a multi-trip ticket and/or only travel by public transport very rarely.

In other words, why is any of this a surprise? It's not about "fleecing tourists" per se.

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Help. Mailing blacklists...

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Re: Happens to us as well.

Are you using TLS on your email? And instead of allowing academics (yes, I know what they're like) to send SMTP (or even TLS) email via random devices on random networks, this is an excuse to install some kind of web interface to your mail and insist they use that only.

If your institution is getting its mail dropped/delayed regularly because of the open slather approach, then you've got a pretty good business case for insisting that email either gets submitted via the web interface or managed devices only.

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Trixr

I thoroughly agree with the recommendation to use TLS. No client machine should be able to route SMTP straight to the interwebs.

I'm looking at you, Comcast, and the only slightly-improved botnet you "inadvertently" host.

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Re: Help. Mailing blacklists...

Dude, where on earth does it say he uses Exchange? In fact, he specifically references Qmail.

I don't know about throttling policies in Qmail, but it's trivial in Postfix. Which makes this post about as useful as the one I'm replying to here.

I agree with the other suggestions of trying to change your IP and browsing through the RBL lists to see if anyone's got you clobbered on one of those as well.

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Users folder vanished after OS X 10.9.3 update? Here's a fix

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Re: I find Apple hardware extremelly good...

I've used Grub to dual boot Ubuntu/Windows for years. And twice an update has managed to nuke my MBR. Which, yes, Windows requires after Grub has handed over booting to Windows.

It might be "friendlier", but it sure as hell ain't rock solid. It's all very well to say that some preference you set 100 years ago works in one trivial instance, but something important like Grub should not nuke your boot order preference whenever it feels like it.

It also drives me nuts how I have to re-enable my touchpad every time I log into Mint. Sure, I have a little script doing it at start-up now, but I should not have had to have created one if it is supposed to remember my preferences so well. (And yes, my /home is a separate partition, so don't give me the n00b guff).

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Go ahead and un-install .Net, but you'll CRIPPLE Windows Server 2012

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Re: Yeah no kidding...

It is usable sans-GUI - server core. Whether it's usable without Powershell/.Net, that's another thing. I can see how it might be in theory, if you enjoy walking into the server room every time you need to make a change to the box, or you have an iLO/Drac card in the box.

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Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age

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Re: Is the *idea* of "outsourcing" the best scam MBA types ever thought up?

Forget using an MBA for such an analysis - MBAs don't *analyse* anything other than their pay packets.

You'd want an economist specialising in managerial or business economics - a branch of "microeconomics". I don't have much respect for economists at the macro level who labour under the illusion that economics is anything other than a form of anthropology or sociology, but the micro side can be quite useful.

To summarise what they investigate, from Wikipedia:

Almost any business decision can be analyzed with managerial economics techniques, but it is most commonly applied to:

- Risk analysis - various models are used to quantify risk and asymmetric information and to employ them in decision rules to manage risk.

- Production analysis - microeconomic techniques are used to analyze production efficiency, optimum factor allocation, costs, economies of scale and to estimate the firm's cost function.

- Pricing analysis - microeconomic techniques are used to analyze various pricing decisions including transfer pricing, joint product pricing, price discrimination, price elasticity estimations, and choosing the optimum pricing method.

- Capital budgeting - Investment theory is used to examine a firm's capital purchasing decisions.

Production analysis would be the area to investigate here, and maybe capital budgeting.

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Re: Pen and paper stone age ?

I do. But then I was in the print industry before I was in IT. And the print industry pre-Photoshop.

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Commonwealth Bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

Trixr

NSS instantly springs to mind, with mod_nss. CyaSSL, PolarSSL (not for Apache, runs on Hiawatha).

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

Trixr

Re: Want to make it better?

Do you mean message tags (labels)? I think those are the bee's knees.

Folders are useless because you can only put a message in one folder. Tags allow you to give an email multiple categories if required, while still acting like folders in terms of viewing. You can filter messages using the labels as they're delivered to the inbox, and choose which will alert you to new messages (and which don't nag you).

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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Re: Mediawiki - Semantic Mediawiki (SMW)

Oh no no no no no. A classic example of "if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail".

And delving into ITIL marlarkey when you want to get a simple incident management system up is really overkill. Sure, very useful in a larger environment, but then again, a decent incident management tool will slot in if you decide to go the ITIL route. ITIL didn't invent the concept of incident reporting - it just rebadged it and integrated into the other functions.

As for me, I vote for the Manage Engine or GPLI offerings.

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

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What do you expect when you outsource social services?

So now the govt is slowly getting itself out of the business of providing actual social services - let's not get into the libertarian debate that SS isn't the business of govts (it is in the UK and other social democracies) - and outsourcing to private charities, this kind of thing is going to happen more and more frequently.

As much as people like to bitch about bureaucracy and red tape (sure, there can be way too much of the latter), the point of all these ministries and whatnot is to account - transparently - for public spending. You outsource it, you instantly lose any visibility or accountability.

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