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Gates, Zuckerberg to deliver free coding lesson

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Re: One hopes ...

"BASIC interpreters, unlike Clippy, are something Gates did personally write....."

First one I built - 6502 with MS BASIC - 8KB ROM, 4KB RAM- you've guessed already, massive bug in the interpreter - garbage collection screwed.

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Windows Phone 8 INFLATED by Microsoft ... to satisfy lonely phablets

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Re: 1080

"I would indeed, had I actually made such a preposterous claim. :)"

But I wasn't replying to you - I was replying to DuncanL who used the exact phrase

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Re: 1080

"The only real source of 1080p is Bluray."

You'd have to explain that to my 1080p/50 video camera which is now a couple of years old. Or indeed my laptop using the TV as an external monitor

But yes I agree that there is confusion above about the content standards and what most new TV/monitors are capable of.

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Scottish gov follows cutting-edge Italian Post Office with Win 8 trial

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Re: complete with the Start button

"but I still maintain that it's much easier to move the mouse in one axis and keep the area of focus in the same place."

But that leads to a very long list (>100 items in the case of my laptop) without the benefits of organising by topic/function

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Re: complete with the Start button

"Stray one pixel too far and the sub-menu collapses, leaving the user stranded."

As you've obviously not used it - let me explain that it doesn't. Once invoked the menus are there until clicked or until something else is clicked. Just moving the mouse has no effect on the open menu other than to select the options above or below the one the mouse is currently on - no collapse

This on KDE/OpenSUSE 12.3

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Re: complete with the Start button

"a menu that goes vertically and horizontally is a UI mistake - it's just too hard to navigate with a mouse"

What !

And yes it is and it's easy

Click on start button, vertical menu appears, slide up to required group, and sub-menu appears, slide across, then up/down and across to 3r'd level if necessary and left click. That really isn't hard, it all sits waiting until you left-click. the only groups that I imagine having difficulty are physically disabled in some way or poor eyesight. There are plenty of alternative (icons on desktop, or "run xxxxxx") plus the bulk of the start menu is available by right-clicking the desktop.

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Re: complete with the Start button

"But Olav Officedrohne and Larry Linux ......"

Strange then that I can find any one of dozens of programs in a few seconds on a KDE Start menu. It's just a case of being well-organised No hierarchy more than 3 layers deep, everything in logical groups, anything widely applicable in multiple places.

I'd certainly never remember what the name of every program I very occasionally use might be called but if I know what it's for then I can find it easily.

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Hey banks: Use Win XP after deadline? You'll PAY if card data's snaffled

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Re: Microsoft -- Security?

Now if you really want remote kernel vulns.

As reported in The Reg recently

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/09/patch_tuesday_double_ie_trouble/

"The critical MS13-081 update addresses seven vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel, including problems in font handling, and can be triggered remotely through malicious web pages and maliciously formatted Office documents"

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Re: Linux is always the best

"Challenge for the penguin downvote mob, upvote this post for agreeing with your world view, or downvote it for being a content-free vapid post)"

OR don't vote either way and express your contempt for the poster

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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

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Re: Vulnerabilities

"I was intrigued by your comment, ....."

He's always doing that, quotes a ref. that often turns out to be an argument AGAINST his 'expert' opinion

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"Just look at Munich - ten years, and tens of millions invested and they still havn't finished a migration to Linux"

You've already been laughed off the Register about that one !

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'Computer GEEKS' snatch NOBEL Prize for chemistry - without using chemicals

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Re: Bah!

"Doing chemistry on a computer?!! Where's the fun in that for Lavoisier's sake?"

Do you remember how he ended-up ? And he tried to get the execution delayed because he wanted to do one last experiment.

BTW. The classic Einstein quote in this area is " The trouble with Chemistry is that it is too hard for chemists" - I've tried to live my life by this mote

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Re: Numbers, Big numbers, and Random numbers

"Just look at predicted LogD; it's usually way off experimental results"

Calculating ( or rather estimating LogD is POTENTIALLY risky, but often is suprisingly good. HOWEVER the best method (short of measuring everything - which can be time-consuming & error-prone itself ) is a good measurement of a representative molecule and and then using that as a basis for prediction.

I've worked with the best in this area and there are definitely some huge pitfalls in BLINDLY estimating LogD by machine

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

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Re: Not going to happen - look what happened to HTC last time.

"try 12% in the UK:"

That's 12% of (alleged) SALES, not 12% MARKET SHARE - at the current rate it will take ~ 2-3 years to reach 12% SHARE

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Re: My Suggested Response

Initial first setup screen

"Please press "1" to install WP8, or "2" to remove Android

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Poor miserable Ballmer's pay SLASHED to a measly $1.26m

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Ballmer intends to remain on Microsoft board after end of CEO gig

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"But he has sat on the board since way back in 1981"

It's the only way to make the b*ggers do what you want !

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'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'

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Re: Is it me, or is video dolt driving and filming at the same time?

"Personally I'd be inclined to use CO2"

Burning metal fires need special extinguishers, they often carry on quite well with CO2 using the oxygen from the carbon dioxide. CO2 also disperses unless it's in a confined space.

From several real personal experiences with burning potassium, sodium and lithium aluminium hydride the best way is with dry powder preferably the 'ternary' mix designed for such fires

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

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Re: Even if you needed that accuracy...

"The point of the atomic clock is the long term accuracy."

What long-term accuracy ?. How accurately can it be set when you change the battery ?

The main advantage of an atomic clock is its high resolution NOT its long term ( millennia) stability

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Even if you needed that accuracy...

how does a little analogue display let you use it ?

More to the point - how long does the battery last ?

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'I don't trust Microsoft' after NSA disclosures says former privacy chief

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Re: UK unaware

"UK unaware "

There has been plenty of news coverage here, not with any great technical detail though. Coverage has also included other countries' reactions.

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BOOGIE BALLMER: Steve Dirty Dances at tearful Microsoft leaving do

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"we will change the world again"

Shouldn't that be "we will short-change the world again"

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

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Re: faster processor, huge ssd, reasonably priced

"finest keyboards the galaxy has ever seen"

Presumably the product of the Sirius Cybernetic Corporation - hopefully there's a wall looming

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"still looking for a network smb file browser for andriod"

I set our file server to use Samba just to allow my wife's Android phone and tablet. She uses File Expert and you connect using ( from my memory) something like tools-network-client.

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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

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Re: Probably a *lot* simpler if they stopped all this *extra* rubbish and just tracked 1 thing.

"Free movement of EU nationals within the EU is a noble idea but how do you do resource planning if you can't even answer the question..."

Well how does everyone else manage ? Different countries have different processes and efficiencies but most seems to cope.

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Re: Let's face it, they're stuffed.

"Technically, if you're a British subject then you can't be denied entry at the border."

Certainly my mother returning to the UK, having lost her passport a couple of hours earlier, was allowed in without it at Calais with only the briefest of form filling.

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Re: How's it supposed to work anyway?

"How's it supposed to work anyway? "

I like the way you put this. Go to an enormous amount of time and money to generate two enormous lists ( no doubt with inaccuracies ) and then subtract to get a small list that has cost £????? and is still, no doubt, rather inaccurate

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"Ferries from Dover to Calais "

By car there will normally be no-one bothered at the French check after which you can drive to the ferry company booth and the only check there uses number plate recognition and "Are you Mr xxxxxxx ?"

Additionally you might be stopped by security to check the vehicle ( for bombs or whatever) - this has never happened in dozens of car crossings but is fairly common in our motorhome

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Ferry

Nobody has checked my passport outbound from Dover for years and I travel 3-4 times a year. The only check I expect on our current journey (I'm in Switzerland at the moment UK-France-Switzerland-Italy-Switzerland-France-UK ) is the UK check at Calais

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So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

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Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

"this was a discussion for adults,"

Just reiterating the tired old stuff about "And we all know Linux is notorious for its many, many bugs that the kernel devs should classify as security vulnerabilities, but refuse to do so."

makes you sound VERY like an AC who posts here repeatedly just using the same words without giving any evidence as to the number of serious or important vulnerabilities.

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Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

"(Not the same AC, BTW)"

ALL ACs are the same. The only genuine reason for using AC is to prevent identification because the poster has sensitive knowledge.

Sh*t-stirrers are sh*t-stirrers esp. if they are ACs - nothing more.

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Re: NSALinux

So you think NSA 'man in the middles' ALL distro downloads AND serves up fake checksums AND fiddles with all the generated on-the-fly special distros that many distro sites provide like OpenSUSE Studio and Porteus

Put like that it seems very likely !

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Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

"/Anon naturally"

Naturally !! 'cos sh*t-stirrers need to be

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"I'd compromise a distribution rather than the source."

LOTS of distros though - going to compromise all of them ?. As a certain AC is fond of telling us Linux is only 1%, so what is any one distro ?

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Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

"And we all know Linux is notorious for its many, many bugs "

Oh, it's you again - please go away - this is for adults

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

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Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiMux

So wrong again...."

NO as usual you have posted a ref. that is actually AGAINST your own argument. If you'd posted the whole of the wiki ref. you'd have shown the 13000 migrated by 2013

November 2008: 1200 out of 14,000 have migrated to the LiMux environment ........

.......November 23, 2012: Report shows that the savings brought in using LiMux environment are over 10 million euros[26]

January 2013: About 13,000 LiMux PC-workstations

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Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

BTW - you really are sounding desperate (& ludicrous )

For the less-than-numerate i.e. - YOU 2004-1013 is NOT 1 year ( - I think you probably know that)

Could you also address why the 2004 page has a ref. to the current Register ? - no, thought not.

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Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

"By this year "

Just point out (for those stuck in 2004) that THIS year is 2013 !

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Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

Although interestingly enough your ref. (dated : Feb. 17, 2004 12:04 pm with lots of comments from that date) has a link to the CURRENT Register.

Reporting the news or maybe making it ?

Someone has gone to some trouble to generate this FUD

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Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

"http://www.geek.com/news/munich-linux-migration-hits-serious-snags-555131"

This is truly PATHETIC even by your appalling standards - this (your own reference) is from 2004 !!

(By this year they had 13000 computers migrated to Linux BTW)

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Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

"That's incredibly misleading. ...."

YOU have mentioned this before on countless occasions - nobody believed you then and they don't know - 20 ACs or for that matter 100 ACs don't count BTW.

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Re: Well..

"* AMD's Catalyst graphics drivers for Ubuntu are utter crap (Nvidia's are pretty rock solid IME though).

* WIFI never really works properly (especially RealTek). I just tether through my phone's WIFI nowadays.

* KDE is very buggy. Try running Kubuntu and see how many segmentation faults you encounter."

Sorry you've had such an experience - please try a few live CD distros. I've never had KDE show a seg. fault on either OpenSUSE or Kubuntu, WiFi works fine for me on the 3 machines I have that need it (OpenSUSE). I agree the NVidia drivers are rock solid but others may disagree. I find the graphics drivers install automatically without any involvement from me other than running the updater manager

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Re: Nice idea, but...(perhaps try Win7 instead of XP??)

Ignore the first half of my reply I realize now that you were talking about Windows

The 2nd half stands though

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Re: Nice idea, but...(perhaps try Win7 instead of XP??)

"The fact that it may refuse to install is a clue that the PC you are installing it on needs a dos install first"

Nonsense. What on earth are you going on about ?.

Live CD first to check for any problems.

By the way none of my Linux machines have more than 2GB but they still perform (VMs, protein modeling, HD 50fps video editing etc, etc)

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Re: Ubuntu -- It's a relay race

"I have never had a single one run to completion on its own"

I'm astonished, I agree you might well have some failures with some hardware and some distros but my experience for years installing to every years or so to 7-8 varied bits of kit ( desktop workstations, atom fileserver, lenovo laptop, asus netbook ) with OpenSUSE ( currently 12.3) and never had a problem, certainly not for ~~5 years.

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Re: Optional @AC 12:35/13:07

"and just think "no way am I going to suggest that to my CTO/Board" and they'd be right."

So you think that making a major change to the way a company does business is better for being hasty, ill-thought out and done without pilots, evaluations and rethinks ?

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Re: Nice idea, but...

"I just put mint on an older xp laptop,"

The advice I'd give is - don't rush, do a little research, download a few live CDs from the various distros and try one or more - this will show you any major problems with your hardware without committing to an install. If there aren't any problems, and I've not found any with (for example) OpenSUSE for years, then go ahead to a full install. If you don't have a bootable CD then a USB stick can be used (check with the distro) as long as your hardware supports booting from USB

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Re: I bet a lot more people would switch if...

"Linux doesn't really support NTFS. Only sort of. That may be caused by NTFS being proprietary closed source stuff."

Funny I thought this was at least do-able these days. I've no need having no WIndows systems but my OpenSUSE 12.3 has ntfs-3g and utilities.

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

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Re: If it's too hard for the experts...

"i.e. an amateur in all but name"

Better (by far) a very talented amateur than an anonymous loser

(Not, of course, that he is an amateur BTW)

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Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS

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Re: simpler to move to FLOSS?

"I don't know a single professional person that uses Linux on their desktop/laptops"

Well I do and I guess almost all computational chemists use Linux or Unix and that was 200 seats in the company I was in + protein scientists + x-ray structural people

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