* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Re: Oh Boy !

+ "central role"

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Nearly two billion in the bank and yet this VC is slowly losing his beach-blocking battle

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Re: Is he German by any chance?

Nope

"Vinod Khosla (Gurmukhi: ਵਿਨੋਦ ਖੋਸਲਾ; born 28 January 1955) is an Indian/American businessman..."

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"How in the fsck do you remember what you read 40+ years ago to the month?"

I cannot answer for the OP but I can often associate events with places* and work back from there to an approximate date. Perhaps the OP read it while on holiday?

* admittedly this works better for me with music than stuff I read.

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

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Re: Needn't stay on paper/micro

"Having worked on many very large backscan conversions for financial clients (jobs with resultant repositories in the 10s of TB), it's very possible that any old paper, fiche or film files would have been converted at some point in the past and form a fair chunk of this 2.6TB."

Yep, did a much smaller project like that back in 1992, which is 24 years ago. Think legal departments who wanted easy access to contracts stretching back years.

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Re: meh

"Still do not understand what is that MS is trying to accomplish here. (Other than causing damage to Canonical)"

Going on past form, many partners have come off much the worse for collaborating with MS.

I'd be quite worried if I were Canonical.

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Adobe will track you across all your devices with new co-op project

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Re: Slurping and Subscription? ...Time to boot Adobe, M$_Win10, Autodesk etc...

Ooh, new word:

Slurpscription.

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Pope kicks off Easter week by triumphal entry into ... Instagram

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Top rocket exec quits after telling the truth about SpaceX price war

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Re: Huh???

"You guys lack imagination. You have four choppers with a giant net strung between them. The rocket just falls into the net. No mess. No risk. No danger."

I've perhaps seen too many episodes of "Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner", but the snag in that is the bit where the rocket hits the net and the helicopters get abruptly pulled towards each other,

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'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

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Re: Bah!

Have an up vote for the Cobol observation.

Another problem I came across in Cobol days was the amount of folklore around about what constructs were efficient or not, usually gleaned from a previous course for a different compiler written for a different hardware architecture.

It made sense to benchmark such claims yourself, and it was not uncommon that they turned out to be false for the compiler/hardware combination you were now using,

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Re: Effing 'Merikans

"The only standard date format is yyyymmdd:hhmmss (for storing dates)"

You forgot the time zone or offset from UTC

And for human readability it's better with dashes, No colons in the time field when used as part of filenames please - that causes cross-platform problems.

/pedant

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Re: Not all of them...

The first three letters of the month name works in English, but not French.

Jan, Jan,

Feb, Fev

...

Jun, Jui

Jul, Jui -- ooops

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Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

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Re: 'Keeps trying to sell me something called 'DevOps'...

And bacon sarnies.

Just preaching to the converted, really.

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

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Re: The price baloons. To what exactly?

"I expect we Europeans will have to wait until 22/July for delivery!"

Our maths teacher always told us that 22/7 wasn't accurate enough.

Which is quite appropriate for advertised delivery dates :-)

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Re: The price baloons. To what exactly?

"To something that's not π-based. You missed the hints. 314GB? $31,42? Helloooooo?"

It was also announced on 14th March, which of course is 3/14 in US date format.

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Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

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Windows at work meant I wanted to avoid it at home

"it is time to realise that people who spend 8 hours a day working on a windows PC for their job, are familiar with Windows and applications, so they want windows at home too."

Not quite so fast.

I started looking for an alternative to Windows for home precisely because I was using a Windows PC for so many hours a day at my job. I specifically did not want to repeat the experience at home.

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Email pioneer Raymond Tomlinson dies aged 74

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Re: Food for thought

Which reminds me that in some countries the @ symbol in email addresses is voiced as "strudel".

Affenklammer in German - try looking at it with your head tilted by 90° and it sort of looks like an ape holding a wrench over its head.

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

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Re: Simple Solution?

"Just put a speaker in the case, or just outside of it and cancel the appropriate frequencies. "

Noise cancelling headphones might be cheaper.

Drawback: you might not hear someone at the door or the phone going.

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HP Microserver

" I have a couple here and love them for what they do, but while they're reasonably unobtrusive, fanless they ain't."

Agree wholeheartedly but if you can put them in another room that problem can be alleviated.

Although mine is distinctly louder than my Macs, the same is not true under heavy load. The Macs are a lot louder when their fans kick in.

But the Microserver can run at 100% utilisation of both cores for hours on end without the fans revving up any further.

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Re: How about

"How about a really noisy computer in another room, and a decent HDMI & USB KVM Extender..."

The idea is not new.

Here's a writeup from from September 2000: Building diskless X terminals with Linux

Footnote: I first learned of the company concerned via The Register. If I remember correctly they did a rewrite of the El Reg website in that era,

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MapR acquires Geneva Lake to embiggen its worldwide reach

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Geneva Lake will forthwith be known as Lac Léman to me.

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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The fate of biros

"Remember how Douglas Adams famously mused on the ultimate destiny of ballpoint pens – that they invariably seem to go missing of their own accord? His suggestion was that they escape into another dimension where they live out the remainder of their harmonious leak-free lives in biro-peace."

I remember that episode well and we discussed it at some length in the pub afterwards.

The best suggestion was that biros turn into coat hangers.

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Toaster cooks network and burns 'expert' user's credibility to a crisp

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"You may or may not have noticed that the more undeniably and obviously a party in a traffic accident is at fault, the louder they scream bloody murder from the top of their lungs...?"

Corollary: The louder an ISP or telco screams when you question an invoice, the more likely that it's an attempt to obtain money you don't owe.

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Who hit you, HP Inc? 'Windows 10! It's all Windows 10's fault'

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Are people buying other brands of printers?

"Or are people buying other brands of printers, just not HP printers, perhaps? I don't know... it's a question, not a comment."

In the days of relatively small monitors with poor resolution I would often print out emails, word processing documents or sections of documentation to refer to while working.

Wide screens with better resolutions mean that I can now read a full PDF page without having to enlarge it then scroll within a page. I can also have an editor, word processor or spreadsheet alongside that PDF, and my need for much of the printing I traditionally did simply disappeared.

Added to that I switched to a mono laser back in 2009, It has not only been a lot cheaper to run than an inkjet but it doesn't do all that fussing around cleaning print heads before starting to print. If I really need colour printing there are plenty of print shops around who possess far better kit than I can afford and will do that at a reasonable price.

My choice of mono laser in 2009? Simple: The nicely compact Brother model I chose had an OS X Compatible logo on it. The (ugly and bulky by comparison) HP models only claimed to support Windows, which fact, incidentally, was a complete surprise to the salesman who was trying to push the HP kit.

With respect to an earlier comment about HP printer drivers' limited support of Windows versions, that Brother has worked with all versions of OS X from 10.4 to 10.11, and certainly more than a couple of versions of Windows.

What printing do I do nowadays? Apart from correspondence with my local town hall and the tax office, the last few letters I printed were cancellation notices for ISPs and other online services I no longer required.

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'I bet Russian hackers weren't expecting their target to suck so epically hard as this'

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Re: PHP always makes me cringe

"I hate XML, but have you ever had to patch an executable to change a hard coded parameter?"

Back in the day, patching an executable was a far better option than having to deal with the folks who mangled the tape conversions involved in getting a new executable to the customer.

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Q: How many guns to arm nine coachloads of terrorists?

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Here's your 400+

From the Beeb article:

"Arnold was a popular figure in the village of Wyverstone, Suffolk, where a friend said he was "at the heart" of the 400-strong community.""

So one apiece and a few spares?

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

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Re: A little knowledge...

"3. I got back to my desk and found 6 emails, sent over the course of an hour from the same irate user. "

Situation: colleague in a server room half a mile away restoring a full system from backups.

User calls wanting to know why my colleague isn’t at his desk to answer the phone, and unless he gets his system back within 5 minutes it's getting escalated to director level.

Explain that it takes time to do a full restore but get "I want my system back NOW!".

After several repeat performances I decided to leave work on the dot of 5 rather than my usual 6 or 7 o'clock. Nothing was going to speed up those whirring tapes, but I could save myself the grief of the hostile phone calls.

Sigh.

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Re: What do people do when their computer breaks?

"Take them back to PC world or get the local bloke to have a look."

A phenomenon I came across in the early to mid-90s was the type of person who'd look at you as if you were a thief if you asked for money, yet would happily drop upwards of £50 to some stranger who ran a shop.

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Re: you're using Linux, aren't you?

"Try BSD instead, the help is actually usable."

On Linux, try 'info' instead of 'man'. It is usually more complete.

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Security? We haven't heard of it, says hacker magnet VTech

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"YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY INFORMATION YOU SEND OR RECEIVE DURING YOUR USE OF THE SITE MAY NOT BE SECURE AND MAY BE INTERCEPTED OR LATER ACQUIRED BY UNAUTHORIZED PARTIES"

I suggest making them put that crap on the outside of the packaging, in a large typeface.

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Trane thermostat is a hot spot for viruses on home networks

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"What if you work irregular hours and don't live your life to a schedule? Meaning you have no F'n clue when you're in or out of your house?"

Didn't you know that you are supposed to have a spouse or partner at home at all times?

After all, the Gas, Electrickery, BT and a host a delivery companies clearly think so when all you can get out of them is AM or PM for an appointment.

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Inside Adwind: A DIY malware toolkit used by 1,800 crooks to spy on 443k victims

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Re: Worryingly

"I'm pretty sure that most recent linux distributions don't install a java browser plugin by default..."

That's something you should check. I know that a couple of my Linux instances have some kind of java browser plugin because I installed a particular Java based software package which uses the browser.

I don't honestly know whether those plugins came with the linux distro or the software package involved, so need to check that myself.

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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Re: You could get away with it 25 years ago

"Today, you're just one web search away from being thoroughly debunked, right after spinning your tale."

There were other ways before search engines came along.

The snobbish pub landlord who liked everyone to think he had hit the rank of Major in his army days turned out to have reached the dizzy heights of corporal.

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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Re: What are the odds?

"Would be better to cover the switch."

Shop floor version: Use Araldite,

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Alphabetti spaghetti: What Wall Street isn't telling you about Google

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Re: Can anyone having the right knowledge tell us

"they're paying insane amounts of money just in the hope that someone might look at those ads."

There was apparently a saying in the (pre-internet) advertising world:

"We know that half of an advertising campaign is a waste of money, but we can never work out which half."

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Think of it like this

"Microsoft need you to "upgrade" to try and make the numbers look healthy....."

Someone somewhere will get a bonus if you upgrade.

They don't give a rat's arse what it costs you in time, aggravation or money.

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Ooh a business opportunity!

"I'd like to as one poster has already stated, feed them cattle shit (including dung beetles) until they either come to their senses or die. I don't really care which."

My venture into organic farming could prove more profitable than I thought.

How many gallons do you want?

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

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"Hum, Let's sort out the digital money first."

Let's also sort out Identity fraud:

"Millions of people are affected by identity theft each year. It might start with a mysterious credit card charge, a bill you don’t recognize, or a letter from the IRS that says you already got your refund — even though you didn’t."

A cashless society carries the risk that you have all your eggs in one basket.

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Re: Transport

"There is currently a surge towards card payment of (eg) train fares."

Something a recent visitor from Oz had problems with was the lack of ticket machines taking cash. Yes he could use his Australian credit card but that incurred a "transaction charge" for each and every use abroad.

It's another way to make your country more expensive for tourists, which at some point means that more of them will go elsewhere, and tourist income will be down for hotels and restaurants too.

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Double Eh?

"f the publican believes that they took £1000 but the cashless provider claims they only took £900, how do you prove it?

With cash you do a recount of both ends - till roll and contents. Can't do that in a cashless system."

There's nothing to stop you having a till roll recording every transaction in a cashless system. You need that information for replenishing your stock and checking that some of that hasn't "wandered".

The cashless provider does NOT get to tell you how much you have sold. You keep your records, they keep theirs, and they are reconciled on a regular basis.

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GitHub: We're sorry (again) about (another) outage

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things "built on deployment"

Agreed, stuff that's "built on deployment" can be a real pain in the neck.

The ability to work completely offline is one of the main advantages of tools like git for folks like me.

There's also an unfortunate trend to require constant internet access for product documentation. I've got acres of disk space on multiple devices here, making it crazy to insist I'm online all the time.

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Facebook tells Belgian government its use of English invalidates privacy case

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Re: Two can play at this game

"Nope, still don't understand it [cookie] in the context of computers. Can we have our own Britsih English word please?"

A quick dodge into Wiki reveals that an HTTP Cookie derives from the term "Magic cookie" which in turn derives from "Fortune Cookie", a biscuit served as dessert which is accompanied by a piece of paper containing a "fortune". Curiously this originated in Chinese restaurants in the US, although the practice is unknown in China.

I.e. it's a cultural use of the word and specific to the US.

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Re: Lingua Franca?

@ gerdesj

"Nice, Chrome underlined boeuff (above, corrected now) for me and would have offered the correct speling if I'd right clicked. I've just used a dictionary!"

I've been doing that for years with Firefox on various platforms.

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Two can play at this game

English terms like "cookie"

As a Brit, I don't recognise the term "cookie".

Oh look, I have found it in my OS X English Dictionary:

1 N. Amer. a sweet biscuit.

Nope, still don't understand it in the context of computers. Can we have our own Britsih English word please?

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ORIGIN: early 18th cent.: from Dutch koekje ‘little cake’, diminutive of koek .

They've shot themselves in the foot with that one.

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Dutch computer words

"Actually as a Dutchman I'm having a hard time trying to think of a IT related term not taken over from English in the Dutch language! "

I recall "gegeven" or "gegevens" being used for "data", but that was back in 1982. "Gegeven" is similar to the French use of "données" for "data".

I also remember "invoer" for "input"

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Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles – security prof

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Re: Just use firewalls and intrusion detection systems ..

"The answer, the prof said, was that cars had to have automatic wireless software updates to fix problems as they are discovered"

Why wireless when there's a physical port you can plug a cable into?

And we've seen how automatic software updates can bork systems.

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Re: why?

But the two networks have to talk to each other....

Why do they?

It probably started with a very simple concept such as dimming the radio display when you switched the lights on. Feature creep will have done the rest.

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How to save Wikipedia: Start paying editors ... or write for machines

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Re: Catch 22

I've fallen foul of this one myself; it was removed under the "no original research" rule

The Wikipedia:No original research rule:

"Wikipedia articles must not contain original research. The phrase "original research" (OR) is used on Wikipedia to refer to material—such as facts, allegations, and ideas—for which no reliable, published sources exist"

My example is an entry written by someone about a village. Someone has clearly gone to some considerable effort to write about a place they are familiar with, yet it falls foul of this rule.

Idle, West Yorkshire

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Sight for sore eyes: Dropbox lands on Win 10 with iris recognition

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Re: @ Halfmad

"I think they deserve some credit for that personally, very few companies anywhere in the world would bother with it."

Yes and no. They'll lose a lot of customers in the EU if they simply accede to US requests for data. They aren't doing this from altruism.

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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LAN connectivity useful, internet not so much

I don't give a rat's arse about this being "Internet" enabled, local network controlled is just fine thanks...

Exactly. I can see the point of getting at, say, my central heating via a LAN, but really don't need it connected to t'internet.

Having had a kitchen which was a long trek from the living room, a remote controlled hob and oven together with monitoring cameras would be infinitely more useful than an internet connected fridge, and nothing more than a LAN connection would be required.

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