Slack is useful, but it's a bugger to search for one specific piece of info. I hate that some software houses use it as their user support.
335 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009
Re: C'mon, Dr. S, this kind of trolling is beneath you.
Macs are tingley. If you use the "plug only" adaptor for an Apple product, there's no earth connection (even in the UK). If you have the extension lead, there is. I've had several people at work complain that their Mac feels fuzzy. I get it on my MBA if I don't use the extension cable, which I always do now.
It's not a "gender pay gap", or a "gender wage gap"; it's a "earnings gap". The men take home more because they work longer hours and have more experience and thus earn more. Women have an equal opportunity to earn exactly the same or more than their counterparts. All they have to do is put in the effort to achieve this.
Re: Follow the money
The question always boils down to who bears the cost when the party at fault can't be caught?
The answer is always: "The person who has something to lose."
In every other field, it's the original IP holder who has to take the counterfeiter to court, at their own cost. Usually, the judgement awards them costs, so they don't actually lose anything. But in these cases, they aren't going to get a court order, because they have no idea who the infringer actually is. So they end up out of pocket and the infringer has to find a new route to market.
If they actually want knock-offs off the market, they are going to have to play to get them taken down, at their own cost, or suffer the brand damage that comes with it.
Going after the ISP is like suing the Royal Mail for delivering the goods at the end of the purchase.
With gin, you'll always get a much wider range of flavours than with Scotch, as the flavours are what it's all about. Gin is easy to differentiate, which is why there are a plethora to choose from at the moment, all with their own distinctive taste.
Gin Mare is one of my favourites as well; try Bulldog or Martin's Icelandic gin. They're nice. But you're right, too nice to be drowned in tonic.
"the Mac had its best-ever full year for revenue"
Possibly because the prices are at their highest ever and there has been a dearth of new models in recent years?
Even if the Touchbar is generally useless, lots are buying it, just because they need a new 15" MBP to replace the 2010 model that's died.
Re: "There's a lot of drama around deployments because they aren't fully tested."
PHB : "It needs to be deployed tonight. The COO wants it done."
Me : "Are you sure? It will probably work, but we haven't tested it yet and I'm on holiday for a week from tomorrow."
A week later....
PHB : "Where were you?!? I tried to get you for days! It didn't work!"
Me : "Show me."
Me : "Fixed."
Something similar happens every quarter or so.
Re: Usuually when you hear about hardware standards you expect a bunch of mfgs signed up
Additionally, there's no way to tell if a port is USB-C or Thunderbolt 3. They both look the same. The current crop of MacBooks has a single USB-C port. It isn't a Thunderbolt port. I mistakenly tried to connect one to a MBA Thunderbolt port yesterday for Target Disk Mode.
Agreed. I would have made a fantastic xmas present for the wife, but her birthday is in July, so there's hope yet. Or there's xmas this year.
RCL's stance that they will refund anyone who wants out is commendable, but naive. They should have just said "crowdfunding!" and kept working. No point wasting energy on whiners. Better late than never.
"unfortunately some of the permissions aren’t as granular as we would like"
B******s! Under no circumstances does an app need permissions to the whole system in order to sync user files. It's running in user space and only needs user permissions, nothing higher, and certainly not root. As for granularity, I call B******s on that too. UNIX's ACLs and granularity go hand in hand.
I was dubious about the new Dropbox app ever since I heard it installed a kext. Definitely deleting it from my Mac now.
Nationwide have added TouchID to their iOS app. Touch isn't great and at least this is an alternative to the usual PIN. But voice just seems the most variable biometric to choose. What if you've a cold. Or it's windy, Or you're on a train. Or haven't good signal. Or are in a car...
Morning off for outsourcing
I used to work for a major UK "Service Provider". One day I get a call to a data centre down in Wapping. The contract requires response within 4 hours, so I get down there sharpish.
Seems that a new guy had started on the Security team. He beeped into the data room, with his pass and checked whatever he was supposed to be checking. On the way out, he didn't realise that he also need to beep out, and pressed the big button next to the door; the Big Red Button.
Taking the whole room down fried multiple servers and there were a good half dozen guys in the room, all trying to get clients' kit back up.
Re: I don't get the fuss
In which case, sir, you are an idiot. There is a massive difference between hardware kexts and a data copy agent. Even if they "hacked the client", that's a user process, not a kernel one.
Currently, Dropbox has access to one folder on my system. The only non-trival item in that folder is an encrypted .dmg, to which Dropbox does not and will not have the key.
Anyone who gives an online syncing service "access to everything of worth on my computer" deserves everything they get.
Re: The original reality distortion field.
"why aren't they running a google sized enterprise?"
Because that would involve pulling their finger out their asses and doing more than just waving it in the air?
Because they'd actually be responsible for getting things wrong? Because they wouldn't just be playing with other people's money, but would be personally committed to fulfilling their own predictions?
I had to get inside a comms cabinet once. The cables were everywhere; front, top, sides and even through the middle. I had to wriggle underneath the port panels and in behind to detangle some leads. Unfortunately, there was a 4-way on the floor (hidden under more cables) and I stepped on it, killing power to all the switches in the room.
Some serious lobbying money has been spent here. I still say that the EP is a serious burden to Joe Public, except that most people don't know who their MEP is or what they do. Given that they dictate so much of our legislation, we need far more coverage on their activities and should be holding them to far higher standards.