* Posts by keithpeter

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Want to go green like Apple, but don't have billions in the bank?

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Client = upgradeable

The fashion for thin client devices seems to preclude replaceability.

Just wondering if laptops, as they become niche for those who produce stuff, and as Moore's law looks like it might be rolling over, will become more modular like desktops thus allowing upgrades on a basic screen/keyboard/battery shell? Standard x86 or Atom based logic boards allowing upgrades and swappable batteries and storage.

PS: There is a unified history of electronic computing to be written from the standpoint of the engineering involved in getting rid of heat is there not?

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Philip Glass tells all and Lovelace and Babbage get the comic novel treatment

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fixing washing machines

Anecdote: A N.Y. music critic was writing a review of a Glass piece in the early days and was surprised when the guy fixing his washing machine came over to correct one of the descriptions. It was the composer.

I read a blog post by the critic a few years ago but google is flooded with links to book reviews at present so I'll have to dig for the source. Might be in Kyle Gann's Minimalism book.

Coat icon: I'm off down to Waterstones now to see if they have a copy in yet

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: It does my withered black heart good

"...to see young children following in my, and I'm sure many others, footsteps and outfoxing the hapless IT depts of schools."

Some of the earlier generation of outfoxers may now be running the show...

http://www.pennmanor.net/techblog/1to1devices/#/5

(Part of what appears to be a small and carefully managed project based in a school with involvement from teaching staff and clever use of peer mentoring).

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Re: Inventory management: - TEXTBOOKS

"I'm not referring to current UK textbooks. I'd call them comics except I wouldn't want to get sued by the Beano."

In fairness, you have to remember that the authors of textbooks are bound by the syllabus they are writing the book to cover. And that syllabus can be changed by the Secretary of State for Education without any need for legislation.

The 700 page tome I recommend to my adult students seems to cover the GCSE Maths syllabus fairly well, and has some reasonably tough challenge problems in it.

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

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Human brain...

@1980s_coder

Human brain has algorithms for directing attention to novelties and switching routine processes to the background. I guess we just have to design systems round the brain a bit sometimes. The access procedures for the facility seemed to be designed with humans in mind so access was able to be granted.

PS: In the building I work in three days a week (not in a secure capacity), all the doors are unlocked from the corridor side by a simple 'bonk' of a photo ID card. We have to wear those on colour coded lanyards so everyone knows who is staff, and that rule is enforced. Solves the locked out problem.

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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Re: An appointment to buy a watch !

@TonyJ with the Tag Heuer(*) and all...

Sir Jonathon appreciates the issue...

"However, it was not without some trepidation that he embarked on the watch. “It was different with the phone – all of us working on the first iPhone were driven by an absolute disdain for the cellphones we were using at the time. That’s not the case here. We’re a group of people who love our watches. So we’re working on something, yet have a high regard for what currently exists.”

Have you noticed how Sir Jonathan is being wheeled out to do press (which I don't recollect previously)? New PR team (Mr Cook ditched Ms Cotton) or desparation? Time (sic) will tell.

*My own preference is rather eccentric; I'm dithering between a MeisterSinger soon or waiting for a much more economical circular Slow Watch. I like the 24-hour idea as it reflects the path of the Sun. I might just go for an astrolabe. No jokes about single hands please.

Icon: mine's the one with the silk liner and dotted hanky in the top pocket.

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

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LTS?

"Such a schedule would also see Windows development mirroring that of Linux distributions such as Fedora and Ubuntu, which issue new releases semiannually."

Will there be a Windows LTS though?

Ubuntu: LTS every 2 years each with 5 years support

Fedora: Basically acts as the input/testing platform for RHEL, each release of which has a 10 year support period (and no-cost clones including CentOS, now owned by RedHat).

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Re: Headphone socket EMI noise?

"The HP Stream 7 tablet has electrical interference noise on the headphone audio."

I used to get that on an old Dell (I use recycled kit). I got round it using a cheapo USB sound card. I actually had an old Griffin iMic USB sound adaptor hanging around but you can get smaller ones with just the USB plug and a couple of 3.5mm sockets for a tenner.

Pint: have one for reporting on booting Linux on these cheapo laptops. Nice to see.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Nee-Chee

"...and some bloke called Fred-rick Nee-chee, who I think once played bass for Cher"

Nietzsche and Blumlein in the same article: well done - a fair chunk of C20th history lies between those two. One worrying thought about all this cloudy interweb stuff was put into words by Nee-Chee himself when writing about his writing-ball: “our writing tools are also working on our thoughts”.

Back to my CD collection before venturing out in the rain.

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Locally Integrated Menus back on Vivid Vervet’s menu

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Re: Menus

@thames and all

Yup works as explained.

You have to press Alt-I pretty sharpish - if Unity thinks you just pressed Alt then you get the HUD (reasonable as it says that on the keyboard shortcut screen that comes up when you start a live session).

I shall install Ubuntu 14.04.2 on the 1366/768 Dell laptop where Unity makes a lot of sense with its left hand launcher. I'm still dubious about this 'feature' of having to release the Alt key, I suspect it is more of a side effect of the global menu's need to hijack magic keys.

Happy bank holiday and pints to all.

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Re: Menus

So to invoke a command contained on a submenu, I do this...

Press Alt-I, release Alt, press O then press F to issue the command.

I shall try it, and thanks for taking the time to point it all out. I could not see any documentation at all of this change to shortcut operations.

I'm not convinced that this is actually a 'feature' as the Alt-IOF shortcut shows each stage of the menus opening on Gnome and almost all other DEs on any OS.

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Re: Menus

""It does exactly that in my 14.04..."

@Rob Carriere

Just downloaded the 14.04.2 live iso, and, no, alas, it does not. I'll do the bug report thing so we are all clear what I'm on about...

Steps to reproduce: Load LibreOffice Writer, click in the new document window, press and hold the Alt key while pressing the I then the O then the F keys then release the Alt key

What I see on Unity in 14.04.2: The Insert menu opens when the I key is pressed, but then when pressing the O key, the Insert menu closes and the Format menu is opened, and when finally pressing the F key, the Format menu is closed and the File menu is opened.

Expected behaviour (what I see in Gnome 3 and other full-fat DEs): The Insert menu opens when the I is pressed, then the Object submenu of the Insert menu opens when the O key is pressed, and then finally the Formula option in the Object menu is selected when I press the F key. A mathematical formula object is inserted into the document and the menus close, irrespective of either releasing the Alt key or keeping the Alt key depressed.

Summary: in Unity at present, you can get the top level menus up using the Alt-Key shortcuts, but not submenus. Typing in more than one letter after the Alt key is pressed simply changes the menu selected instead of bringing up a submenu. The ability to invoke commands in submenus by typing Alt-<chord> has been lost.

Does this look like what you see under Unity?

If you see the expected behaviour then what settings are you using to get that behaviour?

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Hello All

Vervet Unity Question: If you start LibreOffice Writer, and then click in the new document window and then type in the shortcut Alt + IOF, does the LibreOffice formula editor appear?

The way that the global menu code introduced by Canonical in Unity broke keyboard shortcuts is the reason I stopped using Unity based desktops after 12.04. No other reason. I suspect that menu calls are still hijacked by Canonical's global menu and that, therefore, keyboard shortcuts will still be broken. I would be absolutely delighted to be proved wrong on that.

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

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Re: Bob, Zune, Clippy, and Steve Ballmer

"Yes, how about 92% of the world's office desktop computers and laptops?

Poor poor Microsoft..."

The younger people I work with do associate Microsoft as a brand mainly with work. And that means office PCs that are mostly OK but a bit slow.

We run some decidedly clunky 'business applications' that have UIs that appear to have been designed by someone who likes cluttered and difficult to read screens, and who appears to believe that the published procedures actually represent the way tasks are completed.

These business applications have nothing to do with MS of course, but they are associated in our minds with the Microsoft logo - which we have lots of time to see as we watch the little arrow chasing itself around the circle.

My younger co-workers will be making the decisions in a decade or two. This I suspect may be the reason for Microsoft's foray into lower end hardware including this new tablet.

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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Just give us the numbers

At least we have had the cost-benefit analysis for the HS2 and people can argue about it. Get them to *publish* the report so we can all see what the numbers are like for smart meter rollout.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 build list snowballs for Lumia mobes

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Re: Since when did the old Nokia Lumias suddenly get named just Lumia.

"...Nadella has to give Elop a bag of Doritos..."

@returnmyjedi

Elop's paunch looks huge there - even worse than mine - there must have been a lot of bags of Doritos exchanged over the years.

Seriously: I think it is good that MS are releasing public betas like this.

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Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

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"What's more, the company intends to charge ordinary consumers just $9.95 for a dot-sucks domain."

So what is stopping 'ordinary consumers' [cough marketing's bf cough] buying up the appropriate domains and just sort of not using them? Or putting a cat picture up...

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Re: Secondhand prices

"Selling most 35mm cameras seems to attract no takers."

Pop a card on the noticeboard in the local art school (the one that does degree level fine art) in your area. That audience seems to be interested in the possibilities and most art schools will have a wet darkroom tucked away somewhere.

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Re: pinhole cameras are fun

@Nigel: I experience things with a pencil and a sketchbook more these days but may indeed dig the brass brick out. The apotheosis of 3 inch screen isolation must be the selfie stick. I may experiment with handing total strangers the Nikon and asking if they can take a photo of us. Sort of Richard Hamilton process.

@Everyone: Retro analogue things are back in fashion (vinyl records, film cameras including instant, knitting, making stuff like furniture, cooking). Is this because we want to leave marks in some way through the process as a kick against the pixels? If OP wanted a crisp sharp colourful picture of his moggie, he would have just taken one on his iPhone. Instead, the image presented, dusty though it is, has a story and is a momento of time spent.

Google 'William Christenberry box cameras' for an idea and a theme (change over time).

The coat: off out before the downvotes start...

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pinhole cameras are fun

Just saying, if you can find a community darkroom and want a project for an afternoon.

Using 35mm film as negative

http://www.kodak.com/ek/US/en/Pinhole_Camera.htm

Using printing paper as 'negative'

http://www.pinholephotography.org/Beer%20Can%20construction.htm

The wheelie bin camera guy

http://www.pinholephotography.org/

Might dust off the old Nikon this holiday.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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NetSurf

For those who wish to sample the mid-90s Web as part of some strange retro compulsion, try installing the Netsurf browser in a live Linux session, and make sure that Javascript is switched off in preferences... It is *quick* mind you.

"...including worthier projects such as Opera and Mozilla’s flying open sourcers."

Flying open sourcers: nice phrase that, I shall steal it.

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LOHAN chap compiles 'tenner a week' cookbook

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oatmeal = Porridge oats

UK.

The stuff in the breakfast cereals section that comes in a polythene bag and does not cost much. Not the hipster rolled variety but the flakes. Cheap. Antioxidant. You can do a week's breakfasts for a quid (half and half milk/water sweatened with cheapo honey).

"If I do it again next year it might be a selection of other people's ideas..."

Huevos rancheros. With kidney beans in the tomato sauce. I can walk 30 miles on that. Serve with rice for main meal. See

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/eggs-recipes/mexican-breakfast/

I use pitta breads instead of tortillas and just use the tinned tomatoes, onion and a pinch of chilli powder.

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Micro Review

OK, a copy landed on the mat this morning packed in one of those cardboard sleeve things. You get 122 pages in a glue spine paperback. Recipes divided down by food type (Bread, Pasta/Pizza, Meat &c) rather than meals (breakfast, lunch dinner). There is a section on veg cooking and buying that might help clueless students (e.g. me, 30 years ago).

Biggest omission (in my opinion): oatmeal. Cheap source of carbohydrates, good for you and would sort breakfast out when made half-in-half with milk and water. Something like a quid for all week mainly depending on the milk as oatmeal can be had for £1 per kg and keeps for a year or two. Add another £1 for a month's worth of honey for sweetening. Or chop half an apple in or some nuts or dried fruit. Or throw in some scavenged blackberries - ace.

Savory oatmeal for a warm lunch or light meal: fry onion in some kind of fat (bacon fat would be tasty for meaties, butter is good as well) in a small saucepan, add one cup oatmeal and stir in for 30sec then add two cups water, salt and boil for the usual 5 min. A good handful of spinach leaves helps appearence and taste. Towards the end of the boiling, chuck in a stingy handful of the strongest grated cheese you have. For a main meal pop a poached egg on top. Pepper to taste.

Oatcakes: Continuing the bread theme in the book, you will need a whisky glass of course...

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/520634/scottish-oat-cakes

No yeast so might be an easier way into bread making for those of us who have never got round to trying.

Second biggest omission: kidney beans &c. I just use the canned ones as the factories get the beans fresh and steam cook them on an industrial scale. Barbunya Pilaki made with Borlotti beans (aka Roman beans) could be a pre cooked neck filler when served with pittas and homous.

The audience: if this goes to a second edition, the thorny issue of educating the clueless students without nagging them arises. Drip feeding information about storage of left-overs (lifetimes in the fridge), diet balance for a weekly menu into the recipes might be an idea. Or just go for it and put a chapter in about a typical weekly menu at the end.

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£20 a week next

Middle price recipes next ok?

Worth noting that Lulu allows purchase without creating yet another login and accepts paypal. Watch out for the naughty marketing opt-in on the penultimate screen.

Might get into the self-publishing thing...

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Lighty and flighty: Six sizzling portable projectors

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@Will Godfrey

"I'm also puzzled at who these are targetted at."

Me (a few years ago).

I have in the near past gone into community centres, libraries, adult education centres, pubs (when closed), works canteens, and Quaker meeting houses for the purpose of teaching maths to adults.

Laptop, projector, sometimes a Mimio, flipchart, chunky pens. When I did this kind of stuff I was lugging a huge Phillips projector in a rucksack along with a 15.6" laptop, web'n'walk dongle for Maths Web sites and remote Moodle access, (paper) workbooks and marked work. As I don't drive that was all going on the bus. It worked.

I'd want 2k lumens or so. That Canon looked ok, and I like the look of the short thow lens, the rest are toys for my use. Don't care about 'flesh tones'. 1024x768 is fine. I need crisp bright projection of what is on the screen including a 'magic notebook' type device.

I'm in classrooms these days. I miss the improvisation. My favourite was the quite nice looking if rather low-ceilinged classroom in a community centre. We got started, all going nice, when suddenly there was the Mother of all thumping noise from the ceiling. The 'classroom' was under the stage of a small hall, and the ladies had just started their exercise class. 20 of them and they were not svelte...

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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Anyone trying with low end hardware

Is this build working with lesser hardware? For example a Atom D2700 based small PC with 2Gb ram? That might save some landfill at the cost of the PC manufacturer's balance sheet...

Mine's the slightly threadbare one...

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

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Re: Fibonacci

@DavCrav

Many thanks.

@The others: please, for the sake of the children, pay attention to the content rather than the form of messages from the chalkface. There are 500,000+ of us and I would be the first to admit that we cannot all complete the Times crossword before breakfast.

There are certainly gramatical errors, typographical errors, and even numerical errors to be found in the 1,107 LibreOffice files I produced in the academic year 2013/14. My work was fit for purpose judging by the pass rate last summer.

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Fibonacci

"One Reg reader we're aware of, with a distinguished software career in household-name tech companies, teaches 10 year olds Fibonacci sequences after hours."

Good for him/her. But the Fibonacci sequence is just one topic, although one that threads a huge range of maths (Google Ron Knot's Fibonacci page). Any other topics needed? I'd recommend Adam Spencer's Big Book of Numbers for around 100 starter ideas.

My own view is that we need less targets and more teaching in education (but then, I am a teacher, and therefore suspect).

Go

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Gamers! Ransomware will scramble your save files unless you cough up $1,000

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Re: World of Warcraft (WoW) etc

@Shane8

Do a clonezilla clone of the hard drive once a month? Just keep the last clone or two to save hard drive space if you have much files.

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Microsoft hints at faster release cadence for Windows 10 previews

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Incremental or fresh install

I use a stable and well maintained Windows 7 client/Windows Server 2008 based system at work. It works and someone else has to keep it working (which they do). At home, I use Debian Sid on this laptop and Wheezy on the authoring box that Just Has To Work. They work. I update Sid twice a week with around 100Mb of updates (less at present because of the Jessie freeze). I update Wheezy once a month or so.

Are these Windows 10 releases incremental so each update changes only a small percentage of the files on your hard drive? Or are they effectively fresh installs of the entire system?

If latter, it would be sensible I think to have monthly releases so there is actually some *time* spent on each state of the platform to report bugs.

If former (i.e. like Sid or a rolling release like Arch or OpenBSD -current branch) bring it on and pop it out twice a day if you need to. I presume the bug reporting system has full information on the state of the system at the point where the bug is being reported.

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Solaris -> OpenSolaris -> OpenIndiana

@DainB

OpenIndiana is a nice surprise. Just the font rendering is a bit 1990s. And that matters for desktop/laptop!

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Re: Improved boot speed ?

How many times do you need to boot. Almost never, IME.

Laptop: I use whole drive encryption to avoid data theft if I leave this machine on the bus/train/ or under pub table. Therefore, I close down or hibernate to disk between work sessions. Several times a day. Can't say I notice a lot of difference between Wheezy and Sid though...

Servers: I gather virtualised servers can be spawned, configured and spun down when not needed more quickly with systemd. I have no experience in this area and would welcome views

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Clean install or upgrade

"Mostly not at all. You may notice the improved boot speeds, which are one of the main reasons it's being adopted, but otherwise the transition is effectively seamless and most of the other effects (whether you consider them to be harmful or not) are invisible to the end user."

This is my experience with clean installs of Debian Sid and of CentOS 7 on a testing laptop. I've not tried an upgrade from a non-systemd os to a systemd version yet. I would be interested to hear from those that have tried a distribution version upgrade in .deb land

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Re: Bah ... philistines - Man Coffee

@BobRockett

A pint mug? Try a half-gallon mucket heated on a wood fire. And egg shells to settle the grounds.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/how-coffee-fueled-the-civil-war/

Personally a moka pot does me.

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Re: get yer pitchforks

"If I was a deranged protective dad I could have been face to face with any of these people in less than 4 hours. I know every one of their names, their parents, where they go to school, what they do, what team they are on, their positions, stats, all of it."

Quote from blog post by Father. Looks like he isn't rounding up any lynching party with pitchforks and torches. I admire his forebearence.

In my own teaching, I remind 17 year olds that facebook and twitter are NOT the back room of a youth club. When they post on 'social' media, they are basically standing in the centre of their city on a soap box with a megaphone, with *everyone* they know in the front row of the audience. That includes Mother, Significant Other and Future Employers. C.F. Jaron Lanier's arguments.

I hope Daughter can move on from this fast. UK specific: 17 year old lasses are sensitive to self image issues and actually *worry* about online comments.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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Re: "...The exact location is not being revealed..."

Quote from the article: "Aided by former Special Air Service (SAS) soldiers..."

@Tim: one hopes that covers your concern.

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C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

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Re: There was never a need for a combined currency all over Europe

...if only to avoid the idiocy of travelling across the continent with fifteen different currencies in your pocket, getting shafted coming and going on exchange rates.

Isn't it the ability of one currency to float against all the others that Worstall is on about? If Germany had the DM, it would have risen relative to other currencies and made German exports more expensive &c. As it is the Germans are selling goods at a lower Euro wide rate.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Sometimes fonts and layout DO matter

It's fascinating to realise that the first Hugo award winner, Alfred Bester's "The Demolished Man", experiments with fonts and layouts on the page to describe telepathic conversations.

Upvote for Bester reference. Those who are not familiar with his work should google for the bibliography (and biography).

Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman was using typographical effects to comment on the main narritive well back in the days of lead type in forms. He (and his printer) managed to get it to work for them. Surely we can manage an end-to-end distributed text editing and change tracking system for the novel industry at this (late) stage in the form?

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Re: I admit, I am Word Processor inept.

"...though that might just be Suse's packaging or Gnome app running under unfavourable KDE settings..."

Yup - I had that one on Slackware with KDE 4.15. Slack does not install any Gnome libraries by default. There was a work around using a theme I recollect and some changes in the KDE config. I needed the oxygen-gtk2 engine installed and I had to puggle about disabling the LibreOffice KDE integration code. After that it looked toastie.

I'd ask on an OpenSuse forum for specifics.

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

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Re: Simple solution

So. Sony's out. (Fuck you, Sony!) Lenovo's out. Acer's HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA out. That's really starting to narrow the feild...

Clevo? some chatter on the Linux boards about these. Generic plastic case/chicklet but configurable.

May have to treat client as disposable going forward.

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$30 extra for Signature Windows?

Just as a special offer for a couple of years from Lenovo, while they do all the trust building alluded to in Trevor's article. $30 extra on the consumer level laptops at the heart of this tale gets you the Microsoft Windows Signature install or equivalent that MS provide. MS might even do a deal as it would help their 'premium' brand as well. The take up would indicate the extent to which ordinary people are interested in their 'user experience'.

Typing this on an old Thinkpad (X60) running Jessie (testing) with the MATE desktop. Remarkably light and responsive on a 9 year old machine.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: Too late!

"I cannot think of a single thing I have which relies on time values and is over ten years old, let alone twenty, but that's just me."

OK, a specific, concrete, example of something large and heavy that goes fast and that depends on an embedded system...

The minicomputers in some diesel electric trains date from 1980s. These won't be Linux kernel based obviously, but a diesel electric train tends to have a long life...

http://trid.trb.org/view.aspx?id=225737

Perhaps the ones being built now do have Linux based controllers. Perhaps these are 64 bit. Perhaps if 32bit, then they will simply stop working (safely) on the relevant date and display an error code. Transport is, fortunately, conservatively managed and suppliers will take a careful change management approach to maintenance. Problems should surface in advance.

The wider point: embedded systems are gleefully being added to many industrial and transport systems to reduce costs, improve monitoring, and provide hard data on use. This is an *expanding* market. Some suppliers will go bankrupt. It is possible that entire business models will be discarded, but will leave a layer of technology in racks in basements ticking away (e.g. DC mains power for 19th and early 20th century lifts/elevators in some cities - now mostly provided by local rectifier/choke sets).

Timely and repeated restatement of this issue and the mitigations available will help to offset any disruption and is best started *now* as most of the systems that will be functioning on the date in question have yet to be designed/implemented.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: bébé

https://medium.com/backchannel/the-last-of-the-typewriter-men-729f150c5083

Steampunk solution: A few typewriters (one for each major language), a microphone and some of the software that GCHQ/NSA may be developing for use near the Kremlin might solve the problem.

Seriously: the main issue is the project management of this new system. Reassuring that the commercial sector is just as bad at this as the public sector...

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: Lenovo dead?

@ Florida1920

"The Independent is the only consumer-oriented news source on the first page of a Google search for "lenovo malware."

Print edition of the Financial Times this morning: teaser on front page with continuation towards the back. Hint: this is the one the MD and accountant read. Front page below the fold on BBC with link to Technology article. Hint: this is the one your MP/councillor/non-exec Director/School govenor reads.

Corporate channel managed kit not affected but perceptions will suffer methinks...

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Ads! People! love! ads! in! their! apps! Please! use! ours! cries! Yahoo!

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Sometimes...

...I click on ads that are relevant to a search for an actual product that I want to buy. I'm not averse to advertising that is

1) relevant

2) does not slow my elderly but still serviceable dual core laptop to a crawl

3) does not blink or flash (borderline epileptic)

Otherwise: noscript

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

keithpeter
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Re: Subscription model is sh**.

@TRT

Interesting post. Imagine pricing by feature rather like those 'add ons' the mobile phone companies push to pay as you go customers. Your 'utilisation percentage' view could be used to design a subscription structure that charges fairly low for bog standard basic controls but then prices in 'premium' controls much higher - allowing those premium controls to be purchased as you suggest by the hour. Might be a way forward...

Practical suggestion: Could the large medical science funders not put a moderate amount of development dosh into GIMP/Inkscape and reap rewards long term?

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Air gaps: Happy gas for infosec or a noble but inert idea?

keithpeter
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Re: Costs

... doubtless with phone still in pocket inaudibly recording output from laptops CPU fan, HDD motor and optical drive motor oscillations.

Your welcome Dave.

Which part of "Operated in a central room with stainless steel walls..." did you not understand? Mr Faraday had the central idea a couple of centuries ago.

Seriously: the point I'm making is that this is all cost-benfit tradeoff not absolutes.

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keithpeter
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Costs

Air gapped laptop with wifi card removed, network card disabled, microphone removed, no webcam, speakers removed, usb sockets glued, runs from batteries when booted, chargers and removable parts (keyboard, ram &c) rotated regularily. Boots from an optical drive that has a CD-ROM containing appropriate OS with known checksums &c. Possibly using LibreBoot (checksums again, reflashed from optical drive weekly or something). Connected to a thermal printer of unusual design. Operated in a central room with stainless steel walls (like you have in commercial kitchens) without windows at least 30m from premises outer wall. Result: not far short of a mechanical typewriter but quieter (at least at audio frequencies).

It is all about cost and hassle VS likely degree of interest of material I imagine.

If you have the misfortune to be on a nation state's list, well, just use notebooks and burn them now and again. The obvious XSCD cartoon about password security springs to mind.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

keithpeter
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Tower of Babel

"...but what happens when someone gets the crazy idea to let Watson read all of Stack Overflow and O’Reilly and Slashdot and Google Groups and GitHub..."

Watson blows fuse, or prints an error message along the lines of 'training data inconsistent, please prune'.

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