* Posts by deadlockvictim

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

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G. Orwell

Those who control the Past, control the Future.

Those who control the Present, control the Past.

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PC sales are up across Europe. You read that right. PC sales are up

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How could I forget about the Raspberry Pi? Hangs head in shame.

It is well most important computer to come out in the last 20 years.

My apologies all.

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Brexiteer

What's wrong with «Brexiteer»? It's a handy neologism to describe the 50%+ of the voting population of the United Queendom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland that voted to secede from the E.U. It has connotations of going forth bravely into a brave new world. I find it useful.

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Well, obviously the Brexiteers are waiting to buy Great British computers, once they arrive (or are revived [1]), instead of having all of that foreign muck foisted upon them.

Or the computer buying populace is not at all happy that fall in Sterling has made imported goods more expensive and this is putting many off.

[1] Ah, BBC Micro, we do miss you.

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So, you're 'ISO 27001 accredited', huh? Just saying so doesn't cut it

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Re: Can be misleading

An ISO 9000-certified company that makes concrete lifevests make good concrete lifevests. They have been certified to be reliably well made. If you don't want concrete lifevests, then this is not the product for you.

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

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PRAM batteries

To anyone who has an old mac in the cupboard, open it up and take out the PRAM battery. It is a 3,6V ½AA battery. These were never intended to be left in machines for 30 years and they been known to rupture and ruin and otherwise working motherboard. Most macs don't really need a PRAM battery as it is (some, though, won't start without it).

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UK.gov cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike

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Re: Cloudy Outlook

Briexit? Rejecting foreign soft cheese for proper hard Cheddar?

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Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women

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Comparing like with like

Maybe I'm very wrong here, but men tend to be the ones who apply for the technical, code-based roles and women tend to apply for touchy-feely-, style-over-substance- or dealing-with-people-roles, at least in my experience. How can one say that the person at the codeface deserves more or less than the one who spins a very favourable picture of one version of reality for a living?

I was under the impression that Google paid well for the best people, regardless of their sex.

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Gartner halves tech splash forecasts, blames the US dollar

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Out of interest

How accurate do Gartner's projections tend to be?

Are they like horoscopes, where one only remembers the ones that were correct (confirmation bias?).

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Goodbye, cruel world! NASA's Cassini preps for kamikaze Saturn dive

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Saturn's atmosphere is cold

Subhead» Only 22 orbits to go before it burns up in glory

Saturn's atmosphere is cold (100K-160K acc. to Wikipedia). Will the heat generated by the atmospheric plunge be enough to burn it in an atmosphere that is -110C?

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

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Apple (well, at least the computer side of it anyway) is split in it's personality between her two main co-founders. The Jobs-ian side builds computers that tend towards appliances. They are what the mainstream user would like to have, if they had the money for it. They tend to be elegant in design. the Cube from the late Nineties is the personification of this. The colourful iMacs were the affordable version. They are typically only slightly expandable.

The Woz-ian side builds technically interesting and expandable systems. The Apple II series best express his side of the company.

Every now and then though, they produce machines that express the two sides in harmony, and they are usually workstations or servers. The Mac II series, the G3-G4 series starting with the Blue-&-White Mac and the Aluminium Mac Pros are all good examples of this fusion.

My only wish is that Apple would go for bigger market share with the Macintosh. Jean-Louis Gassée blew their opportunity to have a *much* larger marketshare in the late 1980s. Now that many are dissatisfied with Microsoft after all of their GUI changes to Office and Windows 8 onwards, Apple have the resources and the opportunity to get a Mac inside everyone's home — somthing like an expandable mini-tower that competes with the likes of Asus et al.

They won't do it, of course, because it would mean having to sacrifice their precious and needlessly high profit margins.

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Steppe thugs pacified by the love of stone age women

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Mitochondrial DNA

Mitochondrial DNA is a marker handed down by women. Offhand I can't think of any genetic markers handed down exclusively from males. There is the Y-Chromosome, I suppose, but that is massive (from a genetic perspective).

If this paper is correct, then the mitochondrial DNA of Europeans should be different from Central Asian women while the male marker should be present in both groups.

Of course, I should actually read the paper...

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Wet, wild Mars stripped off by hot young star, left barren and red faced

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iron-nickel core

Am I right in inferring the that Mars has no large, magnetic iron-nickel core, because if it did, it would have created a martian van Allen belt and protected Mars from the ionizing particles in the solar winds?

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iPhone-havers think they're safe. But they're not

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Re: Headline rewrite

But it is true though. People who, as a rule, own and use smartphones and tablets take more care of the safety of the device than they do of the data and metadata that it allows to be harvested. Otherwise they wouldn't be using said device. Smartphones and tablets are data-harvesting devices.

As for a relevant technical background, no, my course of study was in medical science.

As for comprehensive reading skills, there were soooo many words and big ones too.

The article was about malware and mobile devices. I simply commented that since the device owners care little about their data anyway, I can't see them taking much action against malware. From what I see around me, people actively don't want to think about anything bad happening to them on the Internet, so they ignore the dangers they are warned about.

Do you recommend the 'Daily Mail' BTW? I've heard a lot about it and since the Little Englanders have won their freedom from Big Bad Brussels, it seems to express the wishes of the majority. I wonder if the EU will partition the UK the way that Ireland, Cyprus and others were divided after centuries of UK rule?

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Headline rewrite

Rather than owners of iPhones thinking that they are safe, I believe that it would be more accurate to say that owners of iPhones (and any other computing device for that matter) don't think about safety at all. Safety to an iPhone owner (etc.) means that the handset is safe rather than the contents. iPhone owners care as much about their data as a patron of a brothel does about fidelity.

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Calling your redundancy programme Baccarat? Immense Bummer, Management

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client excellence leader

client excellence leader — with a title like this, hanging is too good for him.

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Large Hadron Collider turns up five new particles

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Re: Strange

One can (and may) approve or disapprove of your comment with 'up' and 'down' respectively too.

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Google's stock rating downgraded as YouTube ad boycott contagion goes global

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Draining the Swamp

I'm new to U.S. English, but it seems to me that when someone Drains a Swamp, it usually involves giving those in Big Business more power and influence. Maybe they know more about swamps and drains and, are, therefore, the best informed to do it.

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Rap for chat app chaps: Snap's shares are a joke – and a crap one at that

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Snap reminds of a KitKat ad from the Eighties

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4VbSbNJWso

(Apologies that the video quality is so poor.)

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Get this: Tech industry thinks journos are too mean. TOO MEAN?!

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Critical

When I was younger, my sister liked to paint watercolours. Our mother reprimanded me every time I gave a criticism that was not 100% positive. My sister, on the other hand, valued my criticism. It gave her ideas as to where she should work on.

On the same note, I rarely trust anything I read from Microsoft and friends. Because it is usually overhyped, I end up being disappointed (In-Memory OLTP in SQL Server 2014 anyone?) reality rarely meets expectations.

Because El Reg is only behoven to their local publican, I am much more likely to trust the articles and commentary from El Reg than I am from an organisation so heavily dependent upon marketing.

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Re: Every fecking time someone comes up with these fictional anecdotes.

Concerning that old lady, the shareholders had a meeting and the majority of them voted to promote her and she was then fired as a consequence. It seems that they were much taken by her private e-mail server.

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Pain

(This comment has been prompted by the Sad mac picture)

It seems to me as if the City of Munich is taking the masochistic approach to IT (although I suspect that they had a hard time finding enough people to support the tens of thousands of machines).

I'd like to recommend Macintosh System 6 (version 6.0.8 in particular). Mac Pluses for the peons, LCs for the middle managers and speedy (for the time) Mac IIcis for upper managment. Microsoft products are supported. Networking is supported. The Internet might even be supported.

The advantages are staring you in the face — distraction-free writing (although let's hope that no-one finds Tetris or Crystal Quest), your love of inflicting pain upon yourselves and MicroSoft Office before it was called Office. Oh, and ye haven't tried Apple yet, so I want to get in first before I start reading about the City of Munich moving all of her staff to iPhones.

There may be one or two disadvantages (such as the fact that the main source of Macintosh Pluses is now eBay...) but this will be nothing compared to what you are inflicting upon yourself now.

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WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas

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Poker with Maltesers

I rather like playing poker with children using Maltesers as the thing being gambled. The game is over when all of the Maltesers have been eaten.

Once the children have ventured beyond the safe (and losing position) of only betting when they have a good hand, it becomes quite fun. I'm usually doomed as well at this point.

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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Re: Local artists & venues offer better experience

Re: sitting down at an AC/DC gig

I think, for many, the spirit is willing but the body is weak. Pains in joints, high blood-pressure and one too many cigarettes haven't helped and the typical fan isn't 17 any more.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Faecal matter

I'd be more concerned about the numbers of faecal bacteria that seems omnipresent and especially on money.

Just thought I'd lower the tone a bit.

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Pretty pictures of Macintoshes

If you are so inclined to want a book with pretty pictures of Macintosh computers (and some other paraphernalia), then I recommend Jonathan Zufi's tome 'iconic' [1]. The price isn't bad for a coffee-table book (£40 on amazon.co.uk) and a good deal cheaper than J. Ive's masterwork.

And it goes back beyond 1998 for all those who need ther Apple III fix.

[1] https://www.amazon.co.uk/ICONIC-Photographic-Tribute-Apple-Innovation/dp/098858171X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479297389&sr=8-1&keywords=iconic

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By Juno! NASA delivers first new snaps from Jupiter

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Re: Missing data

Well, you don't have to worry about Airstrip One going there.

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Apple crumbles: Mac sales slump while Dell, HP Inc, Lenovo shift PCs

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«Macintosh»

What I'd like to know is what percentage of new machines sold that run the Mac OS were made by Apple.

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Astroboffin discovers exoplanet by accident ... in 1917

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Re: Grey Dwarf?

For «dirty dwarf», may I nominate Tyrion Lannister?

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Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

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Re: We had a Mac network in college in the late 80s.

I had fun with that too, only I used John Cleese's 'Are there any women here today?' from 'The Life of Brian'. The consternation it caused was immense. Ah, happy days.

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Motorola-powered Mac from 1989 used to write smartphone apps

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caps

Hi Pascal,

This machine is 26 years' old. The caps on the motherboard, the analog-board or the PSU are likely to go soon. I would strongly recommend that you get at least the first two and preferably all 3 re-capped. There are people on sites like 68kmla.org that'll do it for you or at least sell you the capacitors themselves to allow you to do it themselves. The internal SCSI on mine went 2 years' ago and I had my motherboard recapped.

Also, invest in a new PRAM battery. They are 3.6V ½AAs. They cost about €10. The red and white Maxell brand batteries have a notorious reputation. They are known to explode and destroy keyboards. I don't think that anyone expected that machines would still be in use well into what was then the new century.

Lastly, I would recommend that you invest in a SCSI2SD. It is an adaptor that allows you to plug a micro-SD card into the 50-pin SCSI inside the SE/30. This has three benefits — it makes your SE/30 much, much quieter, it improves the airflow inside the Mac and it reduces the amount of heat generated, this putting less heat stress on the internal components. If you are lucky with your choice of HD, you can put in a 80-pin U320 SCSI drive with an 80-pin to 50-pin adapter. If you get one, be sure that it has jumpers for termination. Many U320 drives, but not all, support 8-bit SCSI. These are quieter and faster than HDs from 1990.

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BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

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faster and better

I would have thought that the simple answer to the demand that the Internet be made faster and better is to say 'sure' and send boss on his way. Then send said boss an official report two days' later stating the Internet has been made faster and better. It's in a report, so it must be true.

The two of them should start work on the Pinternet. A similar project but it involves measuring throughput in order to get more delivered and of a better quality. It may involve some out-of-house research nearby though in order to, em, validate the results.

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The planets really will be in alignment for the next month

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Eye of Sauron

Is there any coincidence that the Eye of Sauron will be making an appearance?

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Working with Asperger's in tech: We're in this together

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The Price of Genius - Asperger’s syndrome and Irish History

For those with an interest or a knowledge of Irish history, Michael Fitzgerald has written on this topic in 'Autism and Creativity: Is there a link between autism in men and exceptional ability?' and it is published by Brunner-Routledge.

One might also add the great Irish politician, Robert Stewart (a.k.a. Lord Castlereagh). He represented the United Kingdom at the Congress of Vienna in 1815.

Mark Harkin has a book review here:

http://www.asnz.exofire.net/web_documents/asperger__s_and_irish_history.pdf

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UK cyber-spy law takes Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance – and sets them in stone

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Facebook

Isn't that the purpose of Facebook & Twitter, namely to spew out whatever's on one's mind without thinking about it first?

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Mm, what's that smell, Microsoft SQL Server 2005? Yes, it's death

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Re: Sad to see it go

The In-Memory-OLTP in SQL Server 2014 looks as if it is the start of something very promising. Once they get referential integrity (it ain't got no support for foreign keys...) within it sorted out — as well as all of the other notable omissions — it looks to be the most worthwhile addition to SQL Server that I can remember (v6.5 back in 1999).

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

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Re: How would he know?

This being El Reg, I'll settle for a Playmobil reconstruction, Mr. Snowden.

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NASA reveals secret 1970s SPACE PANTS

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Hairstyles

Wot? No hair styles specified?

I expected to see detailed specifications of afros and shoulder-length hair [1] as well as permitted perms for the female staff.

Helvetica — the font of the 1970s. It is unusual to see it specified in inches rather than in points.

[1] 'Who can try to understand | the New York Times' effect on man | whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother | you're stayin' alive ah-ah-ah stayin' alive...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_izvAbhExY

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Using SQL techniques in NoSQL is OK, right? WRONG

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Wow. This guy is brilliant.

It's about time that someone nailed that filthy cheater Newton (see point 7).

LexiClone.com | News (http://www.lexiclone.com/news.htm)

www.lexiclone.com, 2 April 2011 [cached]

The pure truth about Ilya Geller :

1. Fulfilling his duty as that of a Jew Ilya translated Bible into a contemporary scientific theory : Bible is the Theory of Strings.

2. Ilya formulated the One Law of Nature, realizing the dream of almost all Nobel Prize Winners for the past 100 years. He did what nobody of them could.

3. As of 2003, Ilya made the humanities exact sciences .

4. Ilya recreated Philosophy of Cynicism, attacking Idealism of Plato-Hegel-Russell.

5. The first time ever Ilya used practically the Geometry of Lobachevskiy, applying it to the US Patent #6.199.067 .

6. Ilya formulated the basics of Differential Linguistics.

7. Ilya created Differential Mechanics, nailing the filthy cheater Newton.

8. And many other amazing things made Ilya.

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Sane people, I BEG you: Stop the software defined moronocalypse

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Sub-head

El Reg» Don't drink and derive, kids

Brilliant!

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Re: Might take a while

The project managers. It is their job to get the complex organized. If it fails, it is their fault. They failed in management. Project management is stressful - on account of the unknowns that inevitably occur, on account of the slippage in time that inevitably occurs, and so on.

If the requirements or resources are insufficient, they need to say so at the earliest possible time that the project can not be met with the given requirements and resources. Devs are resources. If they are working sloppily or not to spec, they are a poor resource and should be given a task force on website usability.

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BOFH: Knitting bobble hats on the steps of the guillotine

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Innovation Management

Why do I get the eerie[1] feeling that stage 2 of this story arc will involve the bandying about of the term «innovation management»?

[1] It was originally an eyrie feeling, but then the bloody eagles came and dropped me off in Mordor,

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Re: Printing theses and dissertations

Oddly enough, this has never given up on me. the worst that I've had is a tripping of the switch. I lost the page being printed. I forgot about the computer type.

If you are a mac user, be sure to know other mac users.

If you are a *nix user, you probably have several computers lying around and, if not, certainly have the parts to build one and can do so faster most people can re-install software. Besides, if nothing else, you install some flavour of Unix onto your spouse's old PowerBook and use that just as easily. I never cease to be amazed at how *nix people can make old machines perfectly usable.

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Printing theses and dissertations

I'm well used to these buggers' finicky ways. After many, many poor performances from ink-jets, I have only used laser printers since the late 1990s.

Rules to be obeyed when dissertations are to be printed off:

a. Have at least 2 laser printers and access to a third;

b. Have at least 2 computers that can print the thing and access to a third;

c. Have enough paper for at least 1 extra print-out;

d. Have enough time for printing. Order pizza if necesary.

e. Have a copy of dissertation online and on USB stick.

The magic word is 'redundancy'.

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My top three IT SNAFUs - and how I fixed them

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Entity Framework

esteemed poster» A bit of digging showed a query that was JOINing umpteen tables for no apparent reason, and missing every index in the process. Turned out that this query was servicing the little “Your current dataset” box that appeared in the corner of every page (and whose content got refreshed every time you clicked to a new page).

Ah, that sounds like Entity Framework. Our application is infested with it and it makes debugging and performance optimising a real nuisance.

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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

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Finance & Controlling

I would have thought that if you (as a contractor) are being paid by the hour, that a simple e-mail to the beancounters would get this problem solved very quickly. In my experience, contractors get a lot of attention and get their way without too much hassle.

If anyone can get you senior management moving quickly, it is the thought of the beancounters telling them that their budget is being depleted on a mere technicality.

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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Re: On getting fit

It depends on how much extra you get done with your e-bike. I now do a 34-km round trip with the e-bike that I wouldn't do with my ordinary bike on the grounds that I'd be too sweaty afterwards. And I cycle in the lowest support mode (because these bikes are *very* heavy) by default. It might be that Iim doing the equivalent of 90 mins walking per day (each way takes me 45 mins), but it is still exercise that I wouldn't be doing if I were taking the train.

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Flyer

Our company has 2 Flyers [1] which I'm allowed to use to cycle back and forth from home. I have a 17km (10½ miles) journey each way and each journey takes about 45 mins. It's not especially fast — support stops after 25Km/h and you only realise then how heavy the bugger is. The main reason that I use it rather than my ordinary bike is that I don't need to shower when I get in. It's a very comfortable and agreeable ride. I look on it more as a 45 min walk.

[1] These laddies here: https://www.flyer-bikes.com/int/range/t-series/models/#secondPage

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

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Re: I miss System 7

Go on to eBay, buy yourself a Performa 475 [1] and load up System 7.1.1 onto it. Go get Civilization from the Macintosh Garden, download it onto a zip-disk (remember those?) or burn the file onto a CD (likewise) and load it into the aforementioned Performa with a SCSI zip-drive or CD-reader.

You then have the glory of playing one the best games from the last century running on the might of a 68LC040 25MHz processor. Stay up all night playing, drinking coffee and eating pizza and then note that you aren't 22 any more.

If you don't mind emulation, there is also Basilisk and SheepShaver.

[1] Note, if you are unfortunate, you may need to get the capacitors replaced. The 20 year old PRAM battery will not work no more.

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Attack of the IT monuments men: Museum wants your kit

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Civilization

I got my ass kicked about the Americans last night at Emperor level on Civilization on a Performa 475 [1] running Mac OS 7.1.2. I'm going to give Marathon a go afterwards. I know, I should be beating them at this stage.

Not as vintage as the commenters above but still quite usable after 21 years,

That being said, I had to have the capacitors on the motherboard replaced last year and it is on its second PRAM battery.

[1] 25MHz Motorola 68LC040 processor; Now upgraded to the then very desirable 50MHz 68040.

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