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Nimble CEO lifts lid on sales veep saga. It ain't pretty

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Re: Just wondering...

Interesting reply as always Trevor. Just a couple of thoughts...

"The sales guys also spend a lot of time training the channel partners so that they know enough about the product to answer questions/sell the boxes as well as to ensure channel partners are up on the technical side of things enough to provide tier 1 and tier 2 support. (With tier 3 typically going back to the startup's engineers.)"

Manuals? Wiki? Videos? FAQ cheat sheets? Basically why the need for actual presence?

"...at the executive layer they have to work closely with all the other tentacles of the company to ensure that A) they know what's changing and B) they manage to push those changes/training down to their army of salespeople and channel partners..."

Again issue tracker or wiki?

Am I being naive(*) or could not some of the organisational structures developed by the libre/open source community get used here to reduce the need for actual face time and allow a human scale sales committment?

(*) Quite possible, I work as a teacher.

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Just wondering...

...what does a sales team in this kind of company actually do?

Customers are technically literate and presumably have a good idea of metrics. Will they not just run the numbers, check the tech and place an order?

The tramp for obvious reasons

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Re: Must say it..

"For consumers not wearing sandals, choice of Windows 10 for £0 or some ragtag unsupported shareware OS for £0 is indeed a 'no brainer'"

Quite so.

However GNU/Linux is available in various distributions, some of which have paid support pricing models (warmtoned headgear), and some of which have 3 to 10 year free support and a fairly solid reputation (smallest US currency denomination plus OS, and Deborah and Ian, and those chaps in London who hold hands just down from the Eye).

Theo De Raat does not strike me as the sandal wearing kind of chap come to think of it.

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Options...

"Cortana will be built into the operating system."

And we can switch it off easily?

Another paperclip looms for humble desktop users...

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Then there were 3: Another UK mobile network borged ...

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Re: cool phone number

0121-777-7777 (seven 7s) is a radio car company in Birmingham of which I am a semi-regular customer. Let's hear it for Asif and his beemer.

PS: paying for a landline just for broadband. Landline is a long way from exchange, adsl low speed at present. I want to dump the copper.

What is my best option for cheap (non-streaming) bandwidth without a landline?

The tramp for obvious reasons.

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Alan Turing's LOST NOTEBOOK goes under the hammer

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Re: "The Imitation Game"

"The "U-571" of Turing Biopics (What a complete load of tosh, dramatacised up for Hollywood)."

Not seen it so can't comment, but the publicity drive here in UK does mean my students have at least heard of Turing. Silly code games in maths lessons - went down very well, a bit of safety stuff from CEOPS made them think about https and the little padlock...

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Re: Glad to see Turing had problems with notation!

Notations are important, you think through them, you frame things acording to their contours if that makes sense. Heaviside D operator is a good example: reduces certain classes of differential equation to polynomials.

About the notebook: just publish high res scans of the Turing pages so historians of maths can mine them. The book itself can then go to the collectors so far as I'm concerned.

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Microsoft rolls out even cheaper 'Notkia' Lumias

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Hoping for Nokia 215 for UK

Candybar resurgence.

Small, cheap, earphone socket/music player/microSD/FM Radio. Battery lasts half the week.

Previous version of this post disappeared after posting.

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Nokia 215 in UK?

I want the candybar reincarnation. Headphone socket, MicroSD storage, FM Radio, small, cheap, battery would last me half the week.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: Microsoft Hates Stable Software Like Windows 7

"The longest Linux support I know of is 5 years for the Ubantu LTS editions"

RHEL and clones (CentOS, Springdale Linux, Scientific Linux (Fermilab)) do 10 years.

https://access.redhat.com/support/policy/updates/errata/

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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Re: The original Bedazzled

Yup, I was actually reading Dr Faustas (the Marlowe) play when I first saw a (repeat) of Bedazzled. Very close. The postbox adulation scene had me in stitches...

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

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Making the artificial fingerprint.

http://www.bom.org.uk/2014/11/26/hello-world/

Very near the back entrance to New Street Station should you happen to be passing. Video shows some detail on the way the artifical fingerprint can be made. I think it is still on, the CCC flag is still flying!

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Re: Burden

"Some of these requests are simple to serve. We have the reports, it's a straightforward public interest case, no problem. Others require a tortured process of pulling together separate data, various bits of separate reports and it's all a bit trivial in terms of the value of the information released."

Can you not publish a catalogue of available reports? Metadata so people can craft queries that you can provide easily?

Hungry journalists can always do the cross referencing themselves...

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

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Re: jong un's a wrong 'un

"but china will always look after them..."

Up to a point. Will be interesting to see at what point the puppet masters decide it is time for a change of puppets...

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Devuan rebels hope to deliver Debian fork in 2015

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Will try it out...

...when there is an ISO or recommended install method.

Currently on Debian Sid on a newly aquired recycled Thinkpad X200 for messing about and wasting time on. Sid actually works very well. If Devuan can underpin the applications and desktop with their own subsystem, that would be ace.

May flog the X61s and donate proceeds in new year. The OpenBSD crew have asked for donations of specific kit in the past. Don't see any issues with purchase of new kit myself.

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BONK for CASH in Brixton and help us EAT the RICH

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blag

Brixton even had its own GNU/Linux distribution for a few years.

Brixton Linux Action Group (blag) sort of clings on in the form of a hardware recycling social enterprise. Blag Linux itself is under development again but with new developers from a wide range of countries.

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Re: @KeithPeter re Top Links.

@Shadow Systems

Thanks for posting useful information about JAWS not recognising the 'skip to content' link at the top of the <body> section on each page of The Register.

Happy Christmas & good luck for the new year.

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Re: @Swarthy re the Print link.

"What good is a printer to a blind person? We can't tell if it printed anything, can't see if the ink is going bad, and for all we know the printer is spitting out blank pages as it silently laughs at us."

I hope you are successful in getting The Register to restore the Print page link.

Does your screen reader recognise the 'skip to content' link at the top of each page? That link is set so as to be invisible to those using a visual brower by using a style sheet property, but is supposed to be recognised by screen readers and text-only browsers.

PS: I teach in a College in the UK. About 15 years ago I had a blind Braille reading student show up on a course. I was able to access a braille printer and a tactile image printer for providing him with lesson notes at a (very) local University. I changed the set textbook that year to one that the RNIB had available in Braille. It worked for him... perhaps try a local University should you want hard copy to refer to generally?

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Microsoft patch mashes Office forms and macros

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"... it does seem that patch cockups are happening more and more often with stuff coming out of Redmond."

Could this perception be related to the recent redundancies at Redmond, which I understand from one of the softie blogs, fell mainly among testing teams?

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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Sudden Changes

"Rubbish. The teacher had an exemplary attendance record over nearly 30 years employment."

I'm suspecting (if the cause of the stress is actually work related and not something outside of work) that there has been a change of management recently and faces don't fit.

Teaching for 30 years implies a degree of resilience and the inspection regimes (both OFSTED and management 'quality assurance') are fairly stiff with the radically incompetent /just can't cope people generally managed out smoothly.

Not requesting any more information, just clarifying for the commentards.

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Armouring up online: Duncan Campbell's chief techie talks crypto with El Reg

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Horses for courses

"Consider who you're trying to keep secrets from when deciding how much extra effort to go to."

Yup: the LUKS whole drive encryption as built into the Debian and CentOS installers (and others I'm sure) will keep the offline saved copies of my emails about students away from the prying eyes of any petty thief who pinches my old laptop (or the civilian that finds it on the bus after I've had a Senior moment). Email is sent/received ssh/tls as direct snooping about Jemima's dental appointment and Enid's childcare problems probably not happening.

I might look at Truecrypt or similar for USB stick encrypting (read/write on windows and linux). Other suggestions welcome. 'Prying eyes' level only.

PS: Duncan Campbell was a hero when I was a (lot) younger.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: http://m.theregister.co.uk/

What I should have said was "any chance of getting the mobile version of pages linked to from the mobile page"

At present, links in m.theregister.co.uk lead to full fat targets even when m.theregister.co.uk targets exist. Seems like a bug to me...

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http://m.theregister.co.uk/

As mentioned way up the screen the mobile site works rather well. I can tile Firefox with a terminal window side by side and browse while I wait for stuff to complete.

Any chance of forums/comments being available in same template?

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large screens

How many of us use windows maximised on large screens? Just wondering.

(I personally use a left-right tile on screens of 1920 upwards).

+1 for redshift (mentioned many many pages up).

Pint icon for all as it is nearly the holiday up here in the dark North.

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Re: Bring back the Print button!

"This would be one workaround. I just had a look at the page source, and indeed, a screenreader would have fun trying to find the content of the page."

Does your screen reader software not pick up the 'skip to content' link near the top of every page? I might get Orca running and see if it does pick up the link.

The style for the 'skip to content' link has been set to display:none so that it is not visible to people using ordinary Web browsers but I recollect is picked up by screen readers. This is a common convention for making a site more useful to non-visual users.

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Re: Bring back the Print button!

"An unexpected use case of print icon. We'll have a think about this."

A single copy of JAWS standard isn't expensive. Gnome has Orca built in. Could you add a screen reader walk through to your testing routine?

Idea: Provide the print page in the same div as the skip to content link, so it has display:none style and visual users won't see it. Call the new link 'text only version of this page' or something and then explain the setting on your accessibility page.

http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/resources

Aimed at Colleges and Universities in the UK but the handouts might be useful.

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Boxes floating on a grid

The wide monitor thing.

Just about ok on a small laptop. Daft on a large (27") monitor.

Can't you do the responsive thing with extra columns of content appearing on wider monitors?

PS: icon for the team that did the work even though people don't like it much.

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Cool technology: Submerged blade servers escape the heat

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Boggle our minds

"I have seen PCBs I cannot unsee."

Care to share a few or is it really that bad?

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Hipsters snap up iPod Classics for $$$s after Apple kills rusty gadget

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hard drive players...

...any other candidates spring to mind?

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Post Office: Here's £100m, Computacenter. Now get us up to date, for pity's sake

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Re: 100m

"...they didn't ask for keyboards which turn out to be £200 a pop from their exclusive supplier."

Does that happen in the commercial sector as well?

If so, it might explain why the young man in the shoe shop who sold me some boots today typed the trivial transaction on a lovely mechanical switch keyboard on his PC based POS terminal. Well solid clack. Sounded like Cherry blue. I reckon the keyboard was worth more than the pokey little monitor he had.

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Creating more harmony around end user computing

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back to basics

I work for you.

You give me the things I need to do my job.

If you want me to stay in contact when travelling for work related reasons, you give me a mobile phone.

If you want me to query/input data in any form, you give me a PC, either fixed or portable as appropriate.

If, from time to time, in extremum, you want me to interact with your systems when I am at home or about my own business, you give me remote desktop access so that you can sleep soundly knowing that I am not syphoning off your data and flogging it (not that I would do such a thing, which is why I will die poor).

If you want me to work with hydroflouric acid, you provide me with a lab, forced convection, leather jump suit, burns cream, latex and leather gloves, and a helmet with face mask. If you want me to work with FOOF or anything with more nitrogens than is sensible, I'm off.

Have I got this wrong? Am I just too old for all this?

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

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Re: Buy my own device for work...

"If people need to get hold of me they can text or (shudder) phone me."

On what if you have given the work phone back?

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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

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back on topic - small virtual linux servers...

Will anyone here actually be running tasks that need 100s of small dedicated virtual servers within Azure? What would one use a brace of these for exactly?

The CentOS crew have been talking about an absolute minimal CentOS 7 image for some time[1] (one of the Special Interest Groups) and Mr Singh seems to be quite keen to get one off the ground.

Is this a thing people see a big market for?

[1] http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-devel/2014-July/011629.html

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

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Should we really encourage 17 year olds to drop out of College?

Is this really a good message to be sending to the youth?

Disclaimer: I teach in a College.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Springseed - Re: Nice article

I rather like the UI of Springseed 2.0. Fits the 'pillar box' screens on laptops well.

But can't find how it stores notes (not in ~/.config/Springseed any more)

Contacting dev seems hard, issues on Git are ageing nicely...

I'll stick with cherrytree as mentioned for now,

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Hurried reporting?

You do realize that the people who resigned did so because they were pro-systemd and their decision to quit had to do with the amount of bullcrap emails and massive bombardment and continuous sabotaging from the people against systemd.

Arguably. I was pointing out that the original article had not explained any of the background.

"People who haven't written a single line of code but can not stop trolling the entire internet day and night about how bad systemd is."

Perhaps we should be grateful that some(*) of the people concerned are not writing code. Can you imagine what it would look like if they did attempt to?

It just might be that a good solid non-systemd fork (or 'spoon' in the sense of Refracta) would make things easier for the main distribution. Think about it. No legacy rc.conf stuff, no need to support several init systems, cleaner dependency chains &c.

(*) I'm obviously excepting kernel developers and Debian packagers and such from this statement

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Hurried reporting?

@thames and all

Article seems a bit rushed generally and misses some of the action (long time Debian developers resigning from Debian and Debian Technical Committee members resigning from the Committee after over-ruling Debian's systemd packagers over a dependency order issue). Interpretation of the actual developer General Resolution vote is contentious and would provide a good exercise in statistics, but around a quarter of those who voted (in turn just under half of the franchise of 1000+ devs) are not overjoyed with the direction Debian is taking. A minority but hardly a tiny one depending on your definition of tiny.

A couple of points spring to mind in addition to the one raised by thames...

1) Debian Jessie provides a choice of init systems, and provides systemd-shim for those who wish to use a rich desktop without systemd running as PID 1.

2) You can build a systemd-less dbus-less logind-less minimal X system with a window manager quite easily, but you will be using apt-get with the --no-install-recommends switch quite a lot and you will be using pmount to mount your USB sticks and sudo/pm-utils for shutting down. The fork seems to want to try to build a minimalist distro with less rich desktop environments, one hopes with automounting of storage &c.

3) Red Hat employ most of the systemd project developers. The Gnome project is separate but does receive sponsorship (I recollect) from Red Hat.

4) The drive towards systemd I gather is mainly containers/automated admin of VMs but I'll not argue that one.

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Calls for probe of UK.gov's DOESN'T VERIFY ID service

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Re: Net access as a Utility?

"...in the absence of free net access, how does a person suffering from extreme poverty, get access to them?"

People in that position need various forms of support: health; sorting out financially; accessing what benefits they may be entitled to; and sorting out with some kind of plan for the future if there is a viable one; help filling in forms due to literacy issues; and possibly just a square meal.

Sounds like a day centre/drop in with multiple services and a subsidised cafe as a safety net to me. You could run those as social enterprises. Some paid staff, some volunteers, some basic skills teaching from local colleges. Might save money in long term (ElReg's pet economist might not agree about that).

Alternatively, how about 50kbytes/sec free for all, faster when you pick a supplier and pay a contract? Then make sure Govt sites and basic education material is low bandwidth??

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: They're not alone

@Vector

Still crap, but it gets the basics done 'til I can replace my dead laptop.

Refurbished thinkpad of ebay. Core Duo less than 100 notes runs any Linux and a reasonable stab at Windows 7 (perhaps just over the ton for more RAM in that case).

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Re: When crap hardware meets crap software

True 99% of the time but then again you always have systemd.

@adsf: Debian Sid on Thinkpad X61s with Wayland Gnome. I have you know the hardware is fine.

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Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

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Visual Noise

Browsing Reg on Debian Sid with stock install, no blockers. Just really *noisy*. I find it hard to concentrate on the text.

How much per subscriber is made with ads? Just wondering.

ps: $ w3m http://www.theregister.co.uk

Well fast. Props for 'skip to content' links and accesibility for screen readers generally.

# apt-get install netsurf

# exit

$ netsurf http://www.theregister.co.uk

Pretty fast as well (Netsurf is a minimal graphical Web browser) with some GIF style ads. Do you make any money off those? (No Javascript)

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

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"There are some really good ways to make these things non intrusive."

Just wondering: National Grid. Reaches just about everywhere. Large metal structures striding over fields. Could Grid not be used to relay mobile to anywhere within a fraction of a mile of the transmission line, or if leaky cable not feasible on that scale, to within fraction of a mile of the pylons?

Am I being thick?

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Murder suspect charged after pics of strangle victim posted on 4chan

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The child

From the wording of the article, the 13 year old still has his Dad at least. That is something to hold onto during the earthquake that has happened to him.

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Re: People die in railroad switching yards all the time.

http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/eventlisting.php?showSearch=true&view=list

'sometimes' rather than 'all the time' but a railway interchange in the UK is pretty safe compared to (say) a motorway.

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Re: Is it really worth it IN THIS CASE, though?

"I wondered about "We will cooperate fully with all the authorities involved in the investigation" - is there an option to not fully cooperate with the authorities?"

Lawyers will no doubt be checking the relevant statutes and regulations to see how much/little needs to be disclosed &c. Remember, this project is all private companies, no govt contractors, so no federal oversight unless provided for in some kind of licence or permission.

Apollo 1 fire caused a *serious* rethink at NASA after their own internal investigation, and the inevitable congressional committees. Hopefully same here.

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This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO

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Re: Herding cats with long tails

"But of those, there are probably 50 to 100 dedicated committees, and a long tail of thousands who only contribute the odd patch. Some other metric is needed."

Rank contributing accounts in descending order of commit frequency then stop counting when you reach 50% of total commits? The number you get is some kind of indicator of the inner circle. Could use 75% if you just want to cut out the long tail. Might be fun to have the company allegiance if any of the most active committing accounts.

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Cheapo telcos fined for their cheapo security: Financial records on 305,000 people spilled

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permissions?

Wondering if this was that one where you set directory permissions to be readable by a group, but then forget to make the command recursive thus not changing the permissions of the files underneath...

...used to be quite common oh, 15 years ago.

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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

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Re: The best thing about Ubuntu is...

"*BSD looking better by the day. "

OpenBSD 5.6 CDs arrived this morning complete with Apocalypse Now puffer fish graphics and a song (a sub-cultural thing I gather). Official release 1st Nov (mirrors go live with binary packages then).

Its..... not Ubuntu.

E.g. printing: install cups and then create _cups group, give _cups group ownership of the printer device (in my case direct USB connected) the set cups to start as daemon having added your user to the _cups group...

But interesting.

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Re: The best thing about Ubuntu is...

"As a Unity (is the best thing about Ubuntu) user I understand how ignorant your comment is. As a Xubuntu user you will never know."

Load LibreOffice and type the following keyboard shortcut: Alt-IOF

Does the LibreOffice formula editor appear?

If so, I may once again try Ubuntu as I rather liked 12.04.

If not, well can we tell Mark to stop hacking the input manager?

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Pulled off on MS Office? (@Mage)

"only the stupid can't figure out the "Ribbon". Only took a few minutes for me."

OK, what is the secret? I spent two working days recently chained to MS Office 2010 hacking out a series of Word documents of moderate but not outrageous complexity. Tonnes of googling.

One example: the command to select paragraph(s) of text and put a box around it(them) catches me every time, hiding in plain sight like a le Carré pavement artist.

The Management have recently installed OpenOffice 4.1 (why oOo and why 4.1?) to considerable rejoicing.

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