209 posts • joined 27 Jul 2009
One Windows? How does that workProbably like HTML and @media-based style-sheets.
You write the content, and the system libraries have various presentation methods dependent on "mode". It's not rocket science.
Re: I concur
You get the reminder about a week to 10 days in to the month.I think it was earlier than that when you needed to have physical tax disc posted to you.
And there's very little incentive to pay the gov any earlier than you need to, particularly if the whole amount is going on a card.If it's going on a card, and you pay the card off each month, then you might as well pay it the first day of "next month's" bill, rather than wait.
"We will carry forward all that is good in Windows,"
Interesting to put that alongside "we’re not building an incremental product".
So there was nothing good to incrementally build on?
Re: cynical remark
Should've just gone all the way to 11.
Since it's only ever the odd-numbered releases that are any good?
Re: Stupidest bug ever
For example, under what circumstances does Perl's system() function invoke a shell?When it is passed a string containing active shell characters.
Which is why you should always invoke it with an array, as that will always fork()+exec() and, of course, read documentation, which is where this is mentioned.
Re: Oh $!#t.
Running bash scripts to process requests on a web server is 1980-era software designGiven that the ability didn't start until the early 90's it will be 1990-era software design.
Some of us can still remember when CGI handling was first added to the NCSA httpd code (and also when the entire source code first passed 1000 lines!).
Re: This is the other way round
However any mail scanner worth anything is going to actually scan the file to find out what the content is rather than relying on the extension.
Probably, but I remember an attempt to send a file called "example.com", which contained a textual dump of a DNS zone and was sent with a MIME type in the header of application/text, being bounced by Outlook as it was an executable (because of the .com extension).
"spɹɐʍʞɔɐB" isn't backwards. It's rotated through 180°.
Which is why you can read it standing on your head.
It's competent yet cheap IT staff we're short of, I'll bet.
Bet we're not short of incompetent yet expensive tech managers, though.
Re: What essentially saved TCP/IP?
Was that it worked and it was good enough for what people wanted it for, whereas OSI gave infinite interoperability problems.
Indeed. OSI was still developing theory - and being developed by committee....
Also I'm bloody glad I've not needed to wage war against X.400 in the last 16+ years.
Ah, yes. I once had to dissemble an X.400 message by hand to determine that HP would not let you pass a message between two MTAs in one organization unless they claimed to be from different organizations. HP themselves didn't seem to know they'd set it up this way.
So, could there be an iPhone6 and an iPhone6C?
Re: Real coding!
We can't have something like that because Microsoft won't build it into their clients :-(.
Even when they do have support for file-systems, they may not have support for it in the way you want to use it.
I wanted a file-system that would be recognized on MSWindows and Linux. With full-write support etc. udffs looked a good idea, as I knew MSWindows supported it (since it's what DVDs use). However - it only supports it if it is on an optical disk! If it's on a hard-drive then it doesn't want to know about it.
This was a few years back, so it may be different on Windows8, but I can't be bothered to check...
Re: Not surprising
Every time you hear about a buffer overflow error in software, realize that it's due to a fundamental design flaw in the C language that leads to the same error repeated over and over.
I disagree. I reckon it's down to a lack of fundamental design by the implementer, who should be using a library function or macro to check sizes and/or use proper typedefs to ensure that things remain the same size.
The problem is that too many coders reckon that the language is going to avoid problems, rather than assuming any responsibility for it themselves.
A bit like saying that when a joy-rider rolls a car by driving too fast that he's not to blame at all as it's the car's fault for not preventing him from speeding.
Re: Writer paid per word?
Thanks for using eleven words when one would have done.
Or perhaps he was practising for "Just a time it takes for my second hand to complete one revolution"?
Walk before you run.
No talk about development platforms?
Are they thinking about an ARM64 desktop, or laptop?
Re: Standard Windows timings
Wait, you've done one Windows install (two if you count the repeat), so you feel qualified to generalize how it installs on any hardware?No. I was only comparing my times to those quoted for this low-powered device and noting that they were similar.
And, to others, my timings didn't include running the updates. That came later, and at least I could walk away while they ran knowing that the only reboot would be at the end.
Installing the OS required reboots at apparently arbitrary times during the actual installation so I had to hang around and wait...
But, to be fair, this was Vista.
And the AHCI was not the default motherboard setting, and it was only the next day when talking about it at work that a friend suggested I check it...hence the re-install. Followed the next day by the same friend having dug up some info on how it could be changed without a reboot (via some undocumented changes).
Standard Windows timings
Putting Windows on the Galileo microSD card can take between 30 minutes and two hours. Booting Windows once loaded will take up to two minutes.
So a bit like any other hardware.
The only Windows install I've done (on a quad-core system with lots of memory) took over an hour, with ~4 reboots involved. And it wasn't a one-off, as I had to repeat it all the next day having discovered that you couldn't switch the SATA to AHCI mode without doing a fresh install (unlike the Linux install I'd done at the same time, in 15 minutes, which just looked for what setting was there and behaved accordingly).
Where will this end?
Internet Explorer could be getting a new name as Microsoft tries to escape the browser’s troubled past
So, given the troubled present of 8 (8.1, 8.1U1) and Surface will they be changing the name of Windows as well?
Will the next release be Windows Nein?
Command and Control DOES work. BP, HSBC, Ford etc all perform over decades
However, that doesn't mean they work with any great efficiency (if you think that you've never worked for a large corporation). They are just marginally better than others, and will be slightly better than a large government.
Re: Who takes the picture?
If I get some passing stranger to take a picture of me, using my own camera, who owns the copyright?
I'd expect that to be me. And I suspect that the legal system has already tested this at some point...
[5 mins later..] And indeed. I've just tracked down this!!!
(albeit for Australia or New Zealand), which would seem to support Wikipedia and not me.
Re: Using pre-made services doesn't represent a skill
Just like turning on a TV isn't much of a skill.
Although, judging by complaints to the Daily Mail, switching it off is beyond many people.
Re: "allow you to leave your touchpad active even when a mouse is connected"
You what? I never even considered that that might be a problem needing an update.
Neither did I, so I've just booted my laptop into Win8.1U1 (not something I do all that often - I mainly do it to ensure it gets the monthly updates...) to see that I already have a checkable option to "disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached".
I also have the ability to "select whether right-clicks are allowed on the touchpad, and enable dragging by double-tapping." (although since I hate tapping - far to easy to do it accidentally - I turn it off.
So Microsoft is going to give me an update to enable something that is already possible. Don't they actually know what their OS can do?
Or is it that this is currently done by the Synaptics driver, rather than Windows? In which case I predict I'm going to have fun sorting out the resulting dog-fight with conflicting options in different parts of configurations menus (nothing unusual there for Windows).
Re: No Surprise
..then surely the decades old 'consensus' is out of date, no?
am i missing something obvious here?
As any experimental (rather than theoretical) scientist will tell you, if you change the input parameters of an experiment then you are quite likely to get a different outcome.
Catastrophe theory (which can also be demonstrated practically) will show that things can appear to be static until they suddenly fall of a cliff - and there is then no easy way back.
And changing the constitution of the atmosphere at a (geologically) fast rate is one hell of a risky experiment.
Is this actually a problem?
If changing the User Agent string "fixes" things, then it's not that IE11 is "so perfect", but rather that Web sites haven't got a clue what it is, so send something basic
And, as for the 3 example image shown, am I the only person who actually prefers the left-hand one? It contains more information on the screen! (I don't need "pretty backgrounds" to distract me.)
Or rip my mates CDs?
I don't think so. You can rip your own (but would presumably have to keep the original too).
Re: HEVC for SD
But it would mean that nothing currently on the market or in peoples homes would be able to receive even SD broadcasts,
A pity that sets don't have plug-in modules for upgrading hardware-decoders. Well, Samsung does have some sets with the ability to pug in an upgrade box, but you can buy a new TV for less than that costs.
It didn't cost the mining company much at all, as it wasn't trying to sell itself at the time.
It may have cost some others something though, as is mentioned in the story.
...including the Migration and development costs, it has cost them €30 million more than upgrading to a current Microsoft stack...
Microsoft is very good as getting migration costs etc. added in to its "price comparisons". So it's only cheaper because Microsoft have already screwed you over in the past.
Where I worked I saw one (many years ago).about switching to Unix workstations. The cost include running a Windows PC for all such users anyway(!!), so it was not surprising that it cost more. If you had taken out the Windows PCs and licensing costs it would have been cheaper....
...for a whole world of pain.
Are you suggesting that being with Microsoft is not painful?
The problem is caused by MS ensuring that you lock yourself in to the proprietary (and often unnecessary) "features" of their products. If you avoid those then migrations would be relatively cheap and painless.
...hardly anyone has gone down that route since.
As has been noted elsewhere, Toulouse has done so, and the fact has been reported by the European Commission
Of course, that means the Euro-sceptic Conservatives will do the opposite.
No doubt a similar poll on "do you believe in evolution" or "do you believe in the Big bang" would show a similar disbelief amongst those who've never bothered (or been able) to actually look at the actual work behind the ideas.
So the result is vaguely interesting, but nothing to do with any reality of the ides behind the question. It really just shows that people will suspect governments of using any excuse to raise taxes.
Re: time for MS to
and Microsoft already support the latest ODF version.
Microsoft is a company. I can't use a company on my computer,
As for their products, I believe their latest offering does provide such support. But most people and businesses will not have their latest version, so such support will only be available if I and they pay yet more money to Microsoft (and the licensing options for the latest version mean we will need to pay them at a higher rate than in the past).
With LibreOffce I can run the latest version all of the time for no additional cost. And so can everyone else.
Re: This is still a thing?
The UK consumer has the tax hidden from them - I wonder why?
Most (all?) of my receipts list VAT as a separate item, so it's only hidden if you choose not to look.
And I can work out 1/6th of something in my head anyway.
Re: Surely the important thing here . . .
...yet again beer provided the answer.
Good job that no-one can patent that business process!
Re: This should tell you
...and it does not answer to the people.
You mean it doesn't answer to you. How do you know that the majority of people in the UK don't support this?
The Government is expected to be answerable for security issues, which you are not, so it's not surprising that your views differ.
So, what about saying what you would do, rather than just things which you would not do?
Typos can also cause problems.
I once intended to type "rm *.o".
But obviously left the shift key on after the "*".
Took me a while to figure out why I now had no files in the directory expect one empty one called "o". Fortunately I kept backups, even then.
An since then I've had an alias for "rm" that runs "rm -i"'
Re: Very unclear
That is actually really easy to prevent if you write your shell scripts properly.
Precisely. It's what "set -f" is for.
Re: Not unexpected
eclipse QuickOffice in functionality
No, they don't. They force you to store the document on Google Drive. QuickOffice let you access anything, anywhere on your own device.
Does Amazon care?
But surely Amazon runs everything via Luxembourg anyway (their accountant thinks so), so why would this worry them....
Re: anyone who writes Perl ...
Depends how it's been written.
So it's a bit like English in that respect.
Some English is tortuous to read, but Shakespeare's prose can be poetry.
Personally, I feel all trades should have an minimum delay.
Or perhaps there should be a minimum time before you can sell what you've bought? To encourage trading on business performance, rather than network performance.
Re: @Chris Miller
One of mankind's finest inventions was credit, because this enabled society to get richer by using wealth that temporarily was not being used by its owner.
As I understand it, it enables some of society to get richer by using wealth which has not yet been created! And the problems occur when the future arrives at the present and is not what was expected by the past.
but many companies will be in a postion to leverage the same interface
Most people where I worked used 24+" screens (often multiple ones). I doubt that any 'phone will provide the same interface as that.
Re: The socks have it
there are no log()'s of negative values
log(-1) == exp(iπ)·
It's a way of writing Euler's Identity (look on Wikipedia).
and 40 years after the year it is named after
Wow! How the last 10 years have flown by....
The system (democracy) demands that politicians think and act in the short term.
Democracy itself doesn't demand this. Parliamentary Democracy as practised in the UK (and much of The West) does, though.
Re: so every new domain/user generates another server farm, eh?
What? Why would you use a "redirection record"? The closest to that in real parlance is a CNAME
I suspect the reference is to an NS record. Which you will need for a new domain, and will be a sort-of redirect.
Since each of these "generate new IP numbers"
NO!! They generate a name. No numbers in sight. And it is the (IPv4) addresses (which are a sub-set of the 32-bit integers) which are running out, not any names.
And, given that you can apply sub-domains to those names you could raise your 38^63 to any convenient small integer too. Just don't expect anyone to type it. And it still won't generate any more numbers - only names.
I still have a printout of a FORTRAN program I ran on Imperial College and ULCC's CDCs in the '70s
60-bit word lengths...not a byte in sight.
Re: They will have to switch to 3/4G manually
...apply a dummynet delay of 4 seconds to traffic combined with whatever horrid jitter curve you can think of (Linux still does not have that feature 10 years past it appearing in BSD).
I think you'll find it does, via iptables/iproute. e.g.
Re: My network...
You said it yourself, by not blocking something, you are allowing it.
You are blocking the type of hardware connecting. You aren't blocking the data that gets accessed once connected.
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