* Posts by wikkity

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

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10% rise over 10 years

When I moved into my current home just over 10 years ago we paid £30 a month. We've not added anything but an addition box when we kept the V+ box when they forced us to move to a tivo. They've added a few channels that we don't watch and increased the broadband speed (nothing we asked for).

10 years later the monthly bill for the package was £76 (sans additional extras like phone calls, etc.), I think that works out around 11% per year. I say 'was', as soon as I found out about another price increase I went phoned and went switched to the basic package and they gave me £60 credit towards the price increase.

That last above inflation rise was enough to motivate me to doing something I've been meaning to do for ages and has cost them about £480 form me for the next year.

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

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Re: Microsoft will be paying vendors to deploy their malware os Windows 10....

A few years back I purchased around 20 various cheap Chinese android tablets on amazon and ebay for software testing, one turned up broken, a couple were just complete crap unfit for purpose and one stopped working after a month. Managed to get replacements and refunds via amazon and paypal. One also turned up 2 months late after I got a replacement, offered to send it back and they told me to keep it.

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Asian hornets are HERE... those honey bee murdering BASTARDS

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Re: "Not to poke a stick in the nest"

I had a nest* in a sand pit this year, caught it early before there were too many wasps. I got rid of it by every now and then going outside with a plastic spade tied to the end of a big stick and mixing the sand up a little before running very quickly back in the house. By the time I shut the door and look out the window there'd be 40ish wasps flying around, I would not like to try that in the open with a full nest.

* Regular yellow jackets

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Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict

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Why on earth would you sell it so close to where you got it from and you'd have to be daft to keep selling to the same place each time, assuming it's an above board establishment..

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We live in a world where a 'Hamdog' burger hybrid is patented

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Re: News?

Because they have just started to make and sell them.

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Emacs and Vim both release first new updates in years

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Re: Just wondering

> For a terminal text editor

No, gtk+ version and one of those numbers is a weighted average of memory shared with other processes.

Plus not used as just a text editor, a lot of that memory is holding data relevant to tasks I'm doing, and I use it for a lot.

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I still haven't got a clue how to get started using Emacs

I'm the same with vi(m), I resort to sed and cat whenever I can in the absence of emacs.

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Re: Just wondering

8G?, nowhere close. The emacs instance on my machine has been running for a while (yes I hibernate my machine when not using it)

$ ps -eo pid,comm,lstart,time | grep emacs

7525 emacs Wed Aug 31 15:23:07 2016 15:16:03

$ awk '/Rss:/{ sum += $2 } END { print sum }' /proc/7525/smaps

40228 (kb)

$ awk '/Pss:/{ sum += $2 } END { print sum }' /proc/7525/smaps

28053 (kb)

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Re: Not true CUA, no.

Emacs has had a cua mode for a lot of years.

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Re: It's coming, believe me...

If that's the case one thing that won't be coming is me, into the office at the weekend.

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Oracle settles with State of Oregon for US$100m, by locking it in

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Amazing, you really can't make stuff like this up.

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JDK 9 release delayed another four months

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Re: Is Oracle really serious about Java?

While I dislike Oracle's business practices and there are plenty of other companies I'd have preferred overseeing Java. I'm pretty sure they are committed to java, they depend on it significant, this to me is one of the reasons they wanted ownership of Java. Sure if they can monetise it they will but the fact so much of their business depends on it makes it much more valuable.

We've been waiting for jigsaw for a long time, a few more months is nothing, especially if it means it's going to be done right and not bodged to get it out the door.

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Oracle happy to let Apache Foundation adopt NetBeans

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> jDeveloper that I also have to use on a regular basis.

The only project I have ever worked on where the development leader insisted we use the same IDE he made 15 people use jDeveloper as that is what he used. This was his first and last stint in that role, half way through and 1 month behind schedule the project manager made him revert his decision. We all went back to using what we want. We soon made up time and finished a couple of weeks early. Guess his estimate were based on how long it would take him in jDeveloper.

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Re: Worried that anyone is still using Java

> its security model could be, ahem, improved, I know.

It's security model for applets could be improved, the rest of the ecosystem is fine. However, it has been improved by being deprecated in the next release.

Other than that an upvote from me.

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Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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Re: Oxford Concordance Program, ..., was written in FORTRAN.

You've just reminded me of something I wrote years ago, I should try and dig that out too. A Concordance module to generate indexes that took SGML and TeX source and LatTeX* output. Implemented as a couple of awk 'modules' , an awk module being a script that piped input into other awk scripts.

Thinking about it awk is a lot like excel, good for lashing stuff together but a maintainability nightmare.

* I took my copy of the The LATEX Companion home from the office a log time ago after too many comments.

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RE: Don't even get me started on numbers in Excel

At least you are working with genes

http://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13059-016-1044-7

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I've seen someone solve a sudoku in tumbidge wells

Does that count?

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useful way to store lists which can then be sorted and filtered on many different criteria.

There's this new fangled thing called a relational database ;-)

> Moving it to Linux Mint will be a challenge.

That is the crux of most peoples issues with excel, It's great for 10 mins of mucking about with data and throwing it away. Beyond that for anything useful it becomes a pit of man hours and only the person who lashed it together and hack every last suggestion in knows how it works. Every new feature means huge changes, often actually rewriting it. I've come across people who have survived redundancies because their spreadsheets have becomes so tangled up in processes.

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Re: @Gene Cash

I started mine with C++/Delphi. Thought it would be cool to edit the source with the prototype only to discover a bug in the save and lost the code so moved on to my next project.

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Officials, lack of kit to blame for 'critical delays' in sex abuse inquiry

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Re: If Keith Vaz is an example

What significance does Vaz have here? AFAIK it has not been suggested that he has done anything illegal, immoral/unsavory in some many peoples eyes yes.

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When you've paid the ransom but you don't get your data back

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Is it legal to pay this?

Surely you can't add a payment to a criminal in the company accounts, do they give you an invoice with their company details, are they VAT registered? If you could it sounds like an ideal way of getting money out of a company without paying tax.

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Bloke accused of Linux kernel.org hack nabbed during traffic stop

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accused of leaving messages on the system for others to find

Is that illegal now? I hope no one sees the note on what we need from the shops that I left for my wife this morning.

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Microsoft, Lenovo cross-licensing love-in: Android mobes knocked up with... Office apps

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OEMs vs MS

I wish someone would stand up to them, maybe they could crowd fund a legal fund, I'm sure other OEMs would contribute though share prices would be hard to account for.

From what I can make out the only real issue is FAT, now that MTP is widespread there is no need for sd cards to use FAT, the computer a phone/tablet is attached too does not see the filesystem. Given that it is linux under the hood there are a plethora of other file systems to choose from.

Anyone know of any other issues that would stand up to scrutiny?

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Re: thought you could get office for free on Android mobs anyway?

Don't know any more details but I suspect it's just a way to get them pre-installed, just because it's free doesn't mean people will install it and use it. Lets face it, they are trying to bribe people to use their software (paid searching) so this would be cheap for them.

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Same job, different place: US salaries top DevOps pay packet poll

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Re: Poor buggers

How far to the nearest pub? My pint holding hand has started to shake at the idea.

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Alien

it’s completely hypothetical that Proxima b is Earth-like

Of course it is, and we'll be just as surprised to find the natives have a perversion about inseminating cows and anal probing americans.

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Re: then the working day would never end - ever.

Ah, that’s where my employer is thinking of relocating to

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MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

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the efforts of hobby coders

While there are some people who contribute to MAJOR projects most are paid to do so. Widenius himself has done very well for himself, even before Sun bought hime out. Most companies make money from OS through support or from other software/service that are dependent on that software.

That said I have no problem people adding non free functionality. A long time ago MySQL was open source on all platforms but windows.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: appears to think about the country and its people

probably no one reading this now. But given what happed today I'm a bit unsure that my original opinion was correct. She has certianly helped the country today by standing down. Wether this was as she obvious was not going to win and wants to keep her options open for later I don't know/ But today she did do what was best.

BTW, I'm a left winger. While I like a lot of what Jeremy Corbyn has to offer he should now do the same, you can't do anything if no one you have to work with supports you.

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Re: appears to think about the country and its people

I doubt that very much, she was one of those who used the referendum to further her career. Watching her campaign and debate I saw no supporting evidence she give a toss about anyone in this country other than herself.

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Pokemon Go oh no no no, we're not reading your email, says gamemaker

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Why I'm not a millionaire

I just can't understand why people would like this. Or facebook, snapchat, minecraft, etc...

As a freelance develpoer I've had a lot of people offer shares rather than actual payment, I've always turned that down, mainly as the ideas were stupid. So far none of thiose have proved true, but If anyone had suggested I work on something like this for shares I'd have dismissed it instantly.

I just don't understand other people, I wish I did.

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Brexit: More cash for mobile operators or consumers? Pick one

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Re: Scaremongering

> bank of england interest rate rise (something we have all been waiting for)

Not everyone, those with savings yes, those struggling to pay mortages no

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Java API judge tells Oracle to suck it up, quit whining about the jury

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RE: how little clue Sun/-Oracle-

JavaME was right for the time, there was no other way to write portable apps for phones (and smart cards etc, but this in context of Android). Sun got stuck in a rut with JavaME it stagnated and became obsolete for the next generation devices and beyond, Google invitied them back to the party but they stuck by JavaME and failed to see JavaME was a non-goer for trhe emerging smart phone market.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Re: [citation needed]

Have I strayed onto wikipedia here? Can't see a begging banner.

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Post-Safe Harbor: Adobe fined for shipping personal info to the US 'without any legal basis'

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Good, but at least impose a meaningful fine

For starters it will probbaly cost more than that to just process the payments, never mind all the effort that would have been put before sedning these out.

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Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget

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Re: both major parties are split.

No, only one party is split, there are only a handful of non-tory MPs supporting leave

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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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Re: grasp difference between using and reimplementing API ?

There is obviously a difference, but there have been many implementations of the Java API and android was based on one of them, Harmony. The only time licensing has ever been an issue with anyone but Google was when someone released an implementation and using the Java name without passing Suns/Oracles Java TCK (Technology Compatibility Kit) process.

Microsoft fell foul of this when they shipped their own non compliant Java branded runtime. Android's only Java aspect is the programming language. Where are the lawsuits against GCJ, IcedTea or even Harmony.

It has been mentioned elsewhere on here Sun encouraged Java to be re-implemented which involves implementing the API. In a sane world where law makes sense the only potential issue would be around copying code that actually implements the API. If you go through the code that Oracle brought to the table in the first round of this, it were demonstrated to be test code inadvertently committed by a sub contractor or just so trivial that even the Judge stated that is the only sensible it could have been written (rangeCheck).

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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Re: just tell me what didn't work

just because the developers did not implement some code to give you a meaningful error message has nothing to do with the programming language it is implemented in,

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Bearded Baron Shugs hired by Gov.uk to get down with the kids

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Re: some apprenticeships can be useful

A friend was looking into apprenticeships for his son, he came across one for a sandwich technician at Subway.

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Don't tell the Cabinet Office: HMRC is building its own online ID system

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Re: such requests would cost more than the stipulated £600

It would be interesting to do a FOI request asking how many requests were not performed because they would cost more than £600

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VMware plugs Java bugs

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How is this a Java bug?

Surely it is a bug in vCenter, they've configured it to do this out of the box.

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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

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Re: They're a bit thick.

I noticed this when I was looking to book a hotel, however a few days after the ads were orientated towards what to do at the resort I ended up booking.

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Irish mum coughs to children's allowance fiddle

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Either she has 5.5 kids

Or the irish child benefit is a lot better than ours in england.

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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Re: I'd rather the incompetent buffoons be local ones

Good job you aren't a Steel worker then, Europe seems to be wanting to help more than the UK government.

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Dell joins Java jumpers with updated server admin tool

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Java is so buggy

No it's not. The browser plugins are and sites should have switched years ago. The rest of the java ecosystem is fine.

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SAP software download app exposed passwords thanks to serious vuln

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Java?

What is the significance of the app having been developed in Java have to do with anything? The bug is nothing to do with the runtime but bug in the application itself and is only going to bring out the "java is insecure" brigade.

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State should run power firm spam database, says... competition watchdog

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Re: doing extra paid work in your day job

Assuming you are not on a minimum wage zero hour contract or just a don't have the flexibility to work more hours as you'd like.

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'You've been hacked, pay up' ... Ransomware forces your PC to read out a hostage note

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One way to scupper ransomware

would be to create a bunch of these and NOT give out decryption keys. People would stop believing they can recover their data and stop paying. The victims may even learn to backup important stuff and stop using an account with admin privileges for everyday stuff.

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Google gives ringing endorsement to US VPN providers with 'right to be forgotten' expansion

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while also upholding

the rights of people in other countries to access lawfully published information

I love that line, they took the opportunity to point out how ludicrous this is. Judging by the comments and down votes here I think a few people have forgotten what the "right to be forgotten" is all about. It's not about deleting information from the internet, it's for people who decide they don't like the fact that things they have done have been published on things like news sites and turn up in a google search.

BBC news have a page where you can view all their articles that google have been made to remove search history for.

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There's a courier here says he's got 50TB of cloud data for you

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RE: So by speeding up the shipping a bit

Maybe if you have an amazon prime account you get 1 day shipping?

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