Re: You can’t just say 'it’s national security – go away',” he said.
Who is this Baroness MILF?
1606 posts • joined 28 Jun 2010
Who is this Baroness MILF?
"no a happy parent"
What does that mean?
Does it mean that you have very little command of the English language?
"no a happy parent" is clearly an echo of "no a happy Scouter" in the original post. You should read the whole thread before replying.
OK, so I decided I'd better look at PowerShell. The introduction I was reading said you could enter ls for a directory listing. I was quite impressed to find that Unix commands are included. So I entered the directory command I use most.
Get-ChildItem : A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name 'ltr'.
At line:1 char:4
+ ls -ltr
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (:) [Get-ChildItem], ParameterBindingException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : NamedParameterNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetChildItemCommand
@big_D Did you look at using PowerShell to run commands and automate the process?
Yes, but having expended time in the past on learning the two previous attempts at a Windows command interface, and with the client breathing down my neck for instant results, I felt I couldn't afford the time for yet another. Why couldn't they implement a standard scripting language? There are plenty to choose from.
TBH, Windows servers aren't really my area of expertise, and it was supposed to be a development job, not server migration. I suspect I was only there because I have background knowledge of the legacy applications running on the servers.
No more windows except for some of the servers, lovely....
I've never really understood why a server O/S needs Windows. I recently completed a six-month
sentence contract where I had to migrate legacy applications from Windows 2003 to 2008. There were about ten servers, so it amounted to a lot of very repetitive point-and-clicking while following checklists. The IIS management interface is especially heavy going (not to mention gratuitously different between 2003 and 2008).
It's not that I'm a command-line machismotist, but the use of a Windows UI to manage servers makes it difficult to guarantee that the same thing is done everywhere. Microsoft never seem to have grasped this point. Windows was launched with a crap command interface inherited from MS-DOS, which they've tried to enhance with obscure extensions.
A friend has just acquired a phone with Cortana. It's actually very impressive, but annoyingly it refuses to work without an internet connection. OK on a desktop PC, but a pain in the neck on a phone, tablet or laptop.
Why would a croc leaves two cat carcasses?
I'm not an expert, but I think crocodiles/alligators like their food well-rotted. When they pull animals into the water they stash them in a hole under the bank until they're nice and squishy.
it must just be that Luxembourg doesn't need to collect many taxes, because their government are just so damned efficient
Amazon may not pay much tax, but with a population of about 500,000 it probably amounts to about €20,000 per Luxembugger. No wonder they were quick to agree.
When there was all the row about Junker, I thought it was just because he was a federalist. But you have to wonder at how much useful experience he got from running a place the size of a smallish city where the main industry is tax dodging.
Unfortunately most yoghurts are low-fat. Even if your lassi is made with full-fat yoghurt, it probably won't have much more fat than the equivalent quantity of milk.
Interesting to read about the noxious vapours released when this omelette was cooking. Although I only use fairly mild chillies I've found that even gentle frying causes them to release a vapour that causes discomfort, so I've taken to adding them at the end.
Yes but it was the first image they could find on Google.
Not least among the horrors of the Reg redesign is the replacement of a small collection of, admittedly rather boring, images with a larger range of bigger, more intrusive, and largely irrelevant ones.
To adapt the famous words of Jamie Zawinski:
You have a coding problem.
You decide to Bing it.
Now you have two problems.
"You know MySQL is free right?"
If your time has no value.
This is an idiotic statement. I've worked fairly extensively with Oracle and MySQL*. Oracle is certainly the more feature-rich, but for many applications there is little or no time penalty for using MySQL. The advantage may even be the other way, as you don't need the army of DBAs that seem to be part of every Oracle installation.
It appears, however, that this row isn't about Oracle database, but Oracle applications, so MySQL isn't an alternative.
* and Sybase and SQL Server and PostgreSQL (and Rdb, for those who remember it)
I had a Jetex model plane, but I don't recall many successful flights.
A few years later, as evil teenagers, we discovered that Jetex fuse was very useful for delayed ignition of the weedkiller and sugar in home-made bombs.
One Christmas I was given a Brickplayer set.
As the Wikipedia article says: "The sets comprised baseboards, terracotta bricks and lintels, plastic door and window frames, card doors and roofing. The bricks were about 1 inch long in scale proportion to regular house bricks. Building plans were accurate architect's blue prints."
Using it was just as much fun as being a real bricklayer. I think I only built a bus shelter before becoming bored.
the agency fined the Marriott Gaylord Opryland
The name alone deserves a massive fine.
They pay you for that 10% though, right? Happy days!
It sounds like a good deal, I agree. But the 10% consists entirely of frustration time, so it's not such a good deal. Also, it means that everything I do takes longer, but complaining about the equipment is such a feeble tactic.
an SSD can help your nerds work faster
SSD? Only in my dreams. I'm currently sitting in front of a machine that's expected to run Win7, Outlook, SQL Server, Weblogic and 2+ copies of Eclipse with 4GB of memory. I'd love to work faster, but I spend about 10% of my (quite expensive) time watching windows painfully redraw, or staring at the hourglass while a storm of page faults thrashes the disk.
Without the proper gearbox it's more of a imposter than a sport car.
I drove manual sports cars for years (and one of the best was my Alfa Bertone GTV). But I'm not sure that automatic transmission disqualifies this one.
Once upon a time cars were equipped with a manual advance-retard control. When it became clear that a machine could manage the ignition timing more reliably and safely I don't suppose anybody regretted the change. A modern automatic gearbox can change gear faster than the driver can, and it can manage more gears - does anybody really want to stick-shift through 8 or more ratios?
I don't think it will be long before manual gearshifts are as indicative of performance as fake air vents and external exhaust pipes.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Brussels on Friday to express anger about secret trade talks
Not to say that this isn't an important issue, but I don't think you'd get much of a turn-out for a demo about trade talks in Britain. What's more, it seems to have been quite a demo: the picture at the head of the article appears to show riot police and tear gas. Those Belgians must be politically switched-on to an impressive degree.
It would also help if cars would stay out of ASLs,
and if cyclists would stay IN them. One rule for them, one rule for everyone else, as always.
ASLs and cycle lanes are intended to protect a vulnerable class of road user from motor vehicles. They aren't a corral for cyclists.
a two-wheeled dickhead cycling along in the car lane at 10MPH
What excatly is "the car lane"? I don't recall having seen a part of the carriageway that's reserved for cars. Is it just reserved for your car, Phil O'Sophical? I think it's pretty clear which vehicle is being driven by the dickhead.
Here's a better idea. GET SOME FUCKING LIGHTS and stop jumping red lights and weaving in and out of traffic.
The odd thing is that many motorists seem to have difficulty seeing cyclists who do have lights, even though they can spot hundreds without lights.
There's a set of laws called the Truck Acts, introduced between 1725 and 1940, that outlawed the practice where employers would pay wages in tokens that could only be spent in their own (overpriced) shops. It's not directly comparable, but if I lived in Brixton and somebody tried to pass some B£ on me, I'd feel like I was being enrolled on some kind of truck system.
The headline for this item is missing an asterisk in 'a**' of course.
I thought it was about donkeys.
I've eaten bratwurst, weisswurst, leberwurst, and even, in an unwise lapse, currywurst. But I've never seen Conchitawurst. It sounds like a sort of German chorizo.
You were lucky. I thought they were talking about Kim Jong Il.
I should think Sellafield is a poor example for the decommissioning cost of generating plants, anyway. It's significantly older than most nuclear power stations, and in its early days it was called Windscale Plutonium Factory (!) before they decided to sanitise the name.
Am I alone in that I make a practice of checking several booking sites when I'm looking for a hotel? I'm slightly surprised to learn that booking.com is dominant, because I've rarely found their offer the most attractive.
Vince Cable yesterday accused NATS of "skimping on large scale investment" and running "ancient computer systems, which then crash."
Does Vince Cable ever do anything except whinge? His public persona seems to have been modeled on the Old Gits.
a bodybuilding article I once read
Bodybuilders can read?
(please check the icon before coming round to beat me up)
A great idea.
But am I the only one to feel that reading the family histories of sheep would have a similar effect to counting the sheep? Even the short paragraph about Swaledales and Scottish Blackface is venturing into the "more than you ever wanted to know about sheep" zone.
Presumably a +1 channel is cheap, as there's no additional editorial cost. The programs on BBC3 may look like they cost nothing, but it's still the more expensive option.
I don't watch commercial channels much because I find it annoying when programmes are interrupted for ads. I was horrified to discover that BBC3 interrupts films with non-ad breaks in which some witless totty recites "news" about "celebrities". The sooner they close it the better.
One interesting side-effect of the ETA shown on the satnav is that you can see exactly what difference your speed makes. On long motorway journeys the time taken is a fairly direct function of speed, but elsewhere it seems that driving as fast as I dare makes so little difference that it's not worthwhile.
There seem to be more and more average-speed cameras, and these seem ro be much more effective than the old fixed cameras. Sometimes I wonder, when I'm sitting in a tailback on the A14, whether I'd be entitled, or even obligated, to complete my journey at 150 mph in order to achieve the required average.
in the UK, disguising the things was made illegal over a decade ago
It didn't really work. I think the law says they have to be yellow, but fails to specify what kind of yellow. The small, presumably digital, cameras that are replacing the big square boxes all seem to be painted a dull buff colour.
So here are a few techniques to pay your way:
1. Install an ad-blocker that saves all the ads, instead of displaying them, so you can view them later when you have lots of free time. The trouble with this is that it may fill your disk before you get round to viewing.
2. Set up a service where people with lots of free time and not much money get paid for looking at other people's ads. The ad-blocker can re-route all your ads to this service. Not very PC, and it costs.
3. Adopt the same solution as for other mindless repetitive tasks: get a computer to do it for you. This is my favourite. If the advertisers complain that I'm not viewing their ads, I can honestly assure them that my computer has examined every byte in far more detail than I would be able to manage.
Anyone know of a competing Ad Blocker?
Try Privoxy. An ad-blocking proxy server is a bit more fiddly to install than ABP, but it blocks ads everywhere, including Chrome, IE, email etc. You can also set up a single proxy server for your entire network, so ads don't even get across the threshold.
A stunningly impressive mission.
But am I alone in finding the name "New Horizon" slightly naff? Also inappropriate, as the one thing you don't see much of in deep space is the horizon.
Bentham may have lost his head, but even without it I expect he knew the difference between "lose" and "loose".
Not long ago I had to have a new electricity supply and meter installed*, and I feared that they might install a smart meter. They didn't, but they did position the tiny new meter up by the ceiling because that's where the big old electromechanical one was. When the meter reader next called I had to fetch him a ladder so he could read it.
* The old supply consisted of a cable that branched off my neighbour's supply, went over the roof of his house, then connected to a pair of lethal bare copper cables on brackets along my side wall (evidently too hard to remove when they originally decommissioned the overhead supply in the village).
I have to rise to this because I "studied" at Oxford and live near Cambridge. Both score equal points for their historic centres. Oxford has nice Victorian suburbs that are mostly lacking in Cambridge, but it also has Cowley, Blackbird Leys, etc. The countryside around Cambridge is something of an acquired taste; the Oxfordshire environment is mostly picturesque, but it's a bit Chipping Norton.
So, the UK government is banning hard porn on the Internet, the EU is going to dismember Google and Amazon. And I hear that my local Council has plans to reduce gravity.
* Apparently the tide stunt was actually staged by Canute to show that he wasn't omnipotent. It's a pity today's rulers are less wise.
I use LibreOffice a lot and it hasn't messed up any docx files
I recently used LibreOffice to edit a .docx created in Word, and sent the result back to the originator, who couldn't open the file in Word because of malformed XML. Fortunately, saving it from LibreOffice as .rtf and .doc produced readable files.
You normally find Paydaynpawn Place at the end of Bettingshop Boulevard.
to quote Sir Isaac Newton "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants"
It's thought that by "giants" he may have meant "people taller than Hooke", who quarrelled with Newton and seems to have been short. It's a gratuitous personal slur rather than a lofty philosopical reflection.
"As this POS malware market is evolving, new security measures are needed to combat the seemingly continuous strains being developed by the underground," the researchers said.
I suppose the underground is trying to win business from the overground.
The self-service tills in B&Q (the ones voiced by Annoying Naggy Woman) appear to run a Linux distro, to judge from the lengthy scrolling log that appears when they're rebooted.
I notice that it offers speeds of 78, 45 and 33⅓, but not 16⅔. I wonder if 16⅔ records ever existed - I've certainly never seen any.
the name R.U.R. has an excellent pedigree
R.U.R. is the pedigree!
It's the play by Karel Čapek where the word "robot" first appeared (in 1920). The name stands for "Rossum's Universal Robots". Čapek seems to have imagined organic androids, rather than mechanical robots, though that may have been mainly to simplify stage presentation.
Why is Barbie's sister called Skipper? Does she wear a beard and a greasy sou'wester? Does she look like a tinned pilchard? A penguin?
With all the names in the world to choose from, it seems an odd selection.
have you ever seen a fat terrorist, or a drunken one?
It's going back a bit, but Brendan Behan* was an IRA volunteer and pictorial evidence suggests he sank a good few Guinesses with consequent effect on his girth. He may not actually have been a fat, drunken terrorist, but I bet a few of his co-volunteers were.
* Lest I unleash a storm of Hibernian protest, let me say that I intend no sleight on the man's literary output.