Re: Finger trouble
I knew that somebody would say something like that. I accept the principle but I was hoping for better grammar. I wonder if you type command lines with the same care as you type sentences.
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Why did they put the 'f' (force, no prompts, ignore nonexistent files and arguments) in 'rm -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host_*' ?
A simple finger slip could give 'rm -f /etc /ssh/ssh_host_*'.
For something so important, I'd have thought that 'rm -i ' (prompt before every removal) would be more sensible.
"... without deviating from the behaviour of the version of Excel in which it was created, ..."
That's the problem right there. The vast majority of people who use computers for things that are useful, imporant or essential to them have got used to using the MS Windows suites and all their characteristics, as well as the characteristics of the underlying OS. There's also a massive installed base of computing software assets and associated data files with their ingrained ways of working.
You could say the same thing about Photoshop vs GIMP etc. for doing the things that most people do with them (not counting pro-level graphics people of course).
The other problem is lack of general awareness of the availablility of SOHO Linux solutions and the learning curve associated with getting them up and running and doing what you need them to do. Most people don't "know about computers" because they're interested in them; it's something they've had to learn because their job demands it (and did so slowly, over time) or they want to surf the internet, send e-mail, etc.
Windows has massive presence and inertia and I can't see how that situation will change in the near future.
"But one Virgin engineer who contacted us laid the blame at the feet of developers.
He said: “I see this all the time, developers will not allow Virgin Media onto new build developments even though Virgin Media are willing to pay the costs involved." "
That's interesting. Does anyone have any idea why this might be so?
"... some staff were promised a significant bonus upon completion. ..... and the bonus wasn't forthcoming. ..... Norse agreed to stop withholding the bonuses after one of the programmers threatened to sue."
Every competent manager knows that it's money which motivates people to do a good job and that it's easy to lie to technical staff and get away with it.
If I store my private documents under rocks in the park, I can't complain if people find them and tell other people where to find them. I should store them under lock and key somewhere.
I realise that it goes beyond this with 'unauthorised' copies being made and stored under other rocks in different parks, but when will people learn not to store stuff on public facing websites?
I'm sure that all Gmail is scanned, automatically, and targetted ads are placed according to keywords. The use of the word 'intercept' implies that Google somehow went out of their way to get their hands on the emails. In fact, Google 'handles' everyone's Gmail. Is Apps For Education somehow supposed to be different?
Wikipedia! it tells you :) It's an weather phenomenon involving cyclones moving from sea to land and getting stronger. It could be that he means that any problems intensify when the kit is installed in its final site. However, I suspect that the spokesman was using the expression as a euphemism for a vast quantity of crap.
The Patrician used to pay very careful attention to anyone who scored well in the Ankh Morpork Times crossword puzzle, for that reason. He sometimes went so far as to 'persuade' the compiler to put certain clues/solutions in to see if any spies allowed their pride to overcome their caution.
This has been done. I raised a similar point some time ago and it is available in the form of a USB 'dongle' that contains a noisy zener diode (if I remember correctly). I can't remember when and in which article someone gave the link to its maker's website.
If you Google "USB random number generator", there are lots of hits. The bits are out there.
"Cookie is an English borrow word from the Dutch ..."
Actually, it's called a 'loan' word. That's ok though because (as I understnd it) the Dutch language use of "lend/borrow/loan" doesn't map onto the English usage.
Then again, we did take it, with no intention of returning it, so is it a theft word?
"Unless a judge has explicitly allowed it you aren't supposed to publish any of the court proceedings from within."
Criminal trials are public events (in the UK) and what is said and done there (if "newsworthy") is reported in the newspapers the next day or sooner. Jeremy Hunt didn't report what was said; he gave his public opinion of the case in such a way that the judge decided it might prejudice the trial.
I have the Dropbox client on my Linux Mint machine and also have Insync (an independent Google Drive client). Both of them give me a synchronised folder on my machine. I used to have a Copy client which is a similar free cloud storage offering but I never used it so I took it off.
I have the Dropbox folder inside the Google Drive folder so that the contents of the Dropbox folder get dual cloud storage backup.
I tried it three years ago; it worked and it still works.
"One force lists the colour maroon which other forces don’t recognise, while others disagree on whether a hair colour is brown-auburn or simply auburn," she said.
I think that Dulux, or Crown or B&Q could help them out with that. (He had Autumn Glade hair with a touch of Moonmist at the sides.)
"What we need is a network of networks, allowing information to be transmitted more easily.”
It's called .....'the internet'. Go cloud, get failovers and multiple redundancy with geographic diversity and sign-on anywhere with VPN and world-class security. My consultancy invoice is in the post.
When I signed up to Paypal, about thirteen years ago, they made a point that you needed two items of information to log in: your sign-up email address and your password; hence it was very secure. I soon realised that they give your Paypal sign-in email address to whoever you send payment to, so they can contact you I assume. (As far as I can tell, they no longer make that statement on their website.)
Eventually, you'll get advertising spam and phishing attempts directed at the email address you used, depending on which people you send Paypal payments to.
"... take a back seat to improving the health care."
I think you mean, "take a back seat to increasing the profits."
It mentions how Fiat Chrysler 'saw the light' regarding vehicle systems security.
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