A well placed tantrum can be more effective than a cold sarcastic statement. Linus seems to know this and uses it effectively.
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A well placed tantrum can be more effective than a cold sarcastic statement. Linus seems to know this and uses it effectively.
I look forward to his post when systemd *really* gets his goat.
I love watching politicians squirm. Assange has provided me with entertainment.
On a more serious note:
No matter what anybody thinks of him as a person, he has rendered the world a service. Politicians preach "open government". Wikileaks has helped to achieve some of it.
Many years ago it was alleged that Nikon cloned the Leica camera and then used it as a base to develop the SLR camera, at which point Leitz stole it back.
I recall a case where a Japanese company - forget which - cloned an IBM chip, including a mistake which was "fenced off" from the rest of the circuit. Apparently they could not figure out how it worked so they just copied the lot.
Those were the "wild west" days. Today they use lawyers. Is it just me or was it more fun in those days? (For the bystanders anyway) :-)
Did anybody really think that sales would keep increasing ad infinitum?
Unlike in the early days we all now have more power in the boxes than we need so where's the incentive to upgrade?
I miss my 3310. I hung on to it for as long as possible but when my last HP-95 palmtop gave up the ghost (they were >20yrs old and hand-me-downs) I had to move to a smart phone to try to achieve a similar functionality.
After all a phone is to make phone calls with. And dropping it into the water or getting it wet on a boat only meant paying €35 for a new one. Today losing a smartphone can be a major tragedy and backing up the data is a total pain.
No, nothing will convince them except possibly their $DEITY chucking a stone tablet down a mountain.
Let's face it, how can they stand the idea of being "descended from a monkey"?
There was a short story with this theme. Wife kills hubbie with a frozen leg of lamb, then cooks it. She then offers it to the detectives who unwittingly eat the murder weapon!
Not sure of the author, maybe Roald Dahl.
"realign our real estate portfolio "
Does this mean "we can make a lot of money of selling the sites"?
Good on the Italians. 35 years on I can still remember my bitter disappointment when I discovered that a Danish smorrebrod (open sandwich) restaurant in the Copenhagen Town Square had become a Burger King "outlet".
Amazing, the lengths some people will go to in order to diss Open-Source!
So Linus made a mistake (sort of). He admitted it, fixed it and moved on. MS have had known bugs running for years. I remember one where I found 6000+ questions about it on the web dating back 7 years. I forget the details but it affected data transfer, via SQL Server, between machines.
The root solution is simple. Don't use Linux, then complain about what you are using - there will ALWAYS be something to complain about. The difference is that, in open-source, the discussions are open and frank.
Thank you for Linux, Linus.
I have come across another obstacle to open source adoption. There are users who consider themselves too important to use free software. They deserve expensive stuff.. I kid you not!
So half the world's spreadsheets are infringing on this patent because the author drew black borders around some groups of cells.
"I would have thought that a contract with a dead person is void."
Ah, but this is big business in the USA!
I think the researchers were studying the wrong thing. To my mind, what matters is a particular, possibly disciplined, way of thinking.
Yes/No and very few shades of grey. I once worked very closely with a man who went on to hold a *very* senior Civil Service post with great success. He bragged that he always explored all possible options, even the unlikely ones and was horrified when I said that once I saw a suitable option I followed it. Any time wasted was less that his exploration of "everything"
However I had to explain, in "Peter and Jane" language, how and why we backed up our data. We turned out some superb work together but I think that this may indicate that what the researchers should have looked at was not a sample of computer students but a sample of people and studied how their methods of thinking affected their geekiness.
I think your problem will be that you can prove where your phone, and you, were. If British law is similar to Maltese you have to prove that you CAR was not there. All fines are directed at the owner, not the driver so, in theory, your wife, offspring or a car thief could have parked the car.
So you also need to prove that you were in full possession of the car at the time.
It seems to me that Edward Snowden has has done most European countries an enormous favour. Isn't there ONE country whose politicians have the cojones to give him asylum?
Rather than waffle on about ethics and legality, isn't this a clear case of "if it could be fun it must be wrong so ban it."
Yes, the BSOD. It has worked reliably for years.
I think it was a character in a Tess Gerritsen novel who remarked "I can teach a monkey to operate. I cannot teach it _when_ to operate."
I'm looking forward to reading Angela Merkel's reaction to this :-)
First we had Pulseaudio. When googling solutions to problems I almost always came across a post by Poettering raving about how wonderful Pulseaudio was and it didn't need fixing.
Pulseaudio went to the great bitbucket in the sky and my systems stabilised again.
Until SystemD. When I allowed SystemD on board it was like going back to the awful Windows days. Bugs, problems, opaqueness and no fixes.
Now I'm back to SysVinit and no longer have frustrating mornings getting the PCs to boot properly. The sad thing is that I cannot yet uninstall the the SystemD mess 'cos too many packages have dependencies on it.
If Debian stick with SystemD then, sadly, it's bye bye Debian.
The marketeeers have shot themselves in the foot. There is a place for discreet ads on a page but large flashing red ads are what drove me into the arms of adblock, a cosy place where I intend to stay.
I have no right to force myself onto a web site which doesn't want me to use an adblocker but I can, and do, vote with my feet and wallet. (OK, for the pedants: my fingers and little stash of cash.)
So Bill Gates has caved in to Trump. MS have "switched off part of the Internet"!
(Joke Icon if it were available, which it is not)
Most of the comments above are relevant and thoughtful BUT seem to be missing the point.
We have here a reasonably sophisticated, very inexpensive little computer. Those of you old enough to remember will recall that a Sinclair Spectrum was a sizable investment in its time. The Pi is practically a pocket money device. The foundation emphasises low price. If you're worrying about SATA ports and USB speeds and really do need them then you can doubtless afford something more upmarket than a PI.
The Pi is cheap enough to embed in a number of tinkerer's projects such as a super doorbell or a baby monitor. You can also turn the kids loose on it. If they destroy it it won't break the bank to pop out and get another one.
Obviously the builders have implemented the first law: "A robot may not harm a human being...".
Otherwise towards the end of the video the robot would have been quite justified in thumping the bod with the stick!
Just to add a little info, the Maltese Casino was a modified, already existent, virus. I examined the innards and saw that the date check code was very clumsy although it did work. It was nowhere near as elegantly written as the rest of the .com file. However it served as a good detection string.
Strangely enough the 15th August is a national holiday in Malta - a big one - where we literally celebrate not becoming part of Germany during WW2. Malta was out of food and aviation fuel. Fighters could not take off. The Ohio made it into harbour and fuel was trucked straight to the waiting planes!
Anyway, the point is that the writer set his code to trigger on a day when the fewest computers would have been turned on. Most businesses would be on Summer shutdown and everybody would be at the beach!
Google, the advertising company, supplies a search function to world+dog. You ask, it searches. If one wants to be forgotten then the thing to do is surely to delete the embarrassing data. Then Google won't find it.
As I understand it, the way this 'right to be forgotten' is being implemented is that Google, having found the data, has to take steps not to display it. At the moment it is almost working but can it scale up?. Can it handle photos? Can Google notice that Mr A Politician is in that group of drunken guys skinny dipping 20 years ago?
Listen here you lot. Y2K was bad enough. We worked for months to fix it and got through with flying colours. For my part only one (non critical) field on a GUI misbehaved on the 1st January and that was because, according to the supplier, they changed the specification for the function. ("We'll be sending you the compiler upgrade")
So a few days later the know-it-alls were trumpeting that there never really was a problem.
Now with the progressive dumbing down of non-technical management I forecast that not enough resources for fixing and testing the 2038 bug will be made available. (After all Y2K wasn't a problem was it!) My condolences to those whose job requires them to somehow make bricks without straw.
So I suggest that those of us who may be around at the time should read all the pre-Y2K articles about surviving it. Have ready cash, canned food, extra petrol for the car etc. Thankfully I am retired but at 88 I don't really want to be patching anything - not even my alarm clock.
The entire discussion has ignored the fact that the word "gay" really means something like happy, lighthearted, carefree, and was only hijacked into a sexual meaning in, I think, the sixties. Time Magazine actually wrote about this once. I can only place the article to pre 1972.
From experience I have noticed that a very slow ammonia buildup may go unnoticed until it reaches an uncomfortable level.
I remember arriving late at work and smelling ammonia. Nobody else in that section of the building had yet noticed it - it was a leak into a cold airstream which cooled a store. I ordered the building evacuated. As people left a phone rang from the engine room. "we think there might be an ammonia leak....."
That's another good example. Phoenix went to great lengths to show "no copying" while writing their BIOS. The process was "refereed" all the way. However we are here talking about the US judicial system which has been described as "the best that money can buy" (or was that the govt?)
Wasn't the API copyright issue done to death during the SCO vs Rest of the World litigation? I am under the impression that US law is precedent based so that this would be a non-issue.
Isn't this an attempt to "monetize" bugs. (Note the z :-) )
I used to work with 2 people who ALWAYS printed out their email to read. So typically:
"What do you think of XYZ's proposal" (sent yesterday)
"Oh, I haven't printed my emails yet"
"Well when you do you'll find you missed the deadline."
So they would print the emails, read them and then use the back of the paper as rough paper or to print the next crop of mails. (eco friendly, see?)
Isn't it a shame that they called it "Orion"?
As far as I am aware "Orion" was the name given to the concept of nuclear pulse propulsion where a rocket would be propelled by small nuclear explosions "pushing" on a plate at the back of the craft.
Has anybody read Larry Niven's "Footfall"? An Orion craft spearheads the best space battle I have ever read.
Why are they targeting the search engine? It simply tells us WHERE the information is. To me, this seems analogous to instructing map-makers to leave out the shadier streets in a town.
If people want to remove embarassing information they have to get the website to remove it. I know that this is impossible but frankly getting Google to censor information makes me feel uneasy.
Somehow the terms "security by obscurity" and "start of a slippery slope" spring to mind.
I don't know who decided that the importance of yeast has been underestimated but it certainly was not a brewer.
Breweries go to great lengths to "protect" their yeast. This includes maintaining cultures at two independent laboratories and growing up a new culture from a single cell every 8 to 12 generations and maintaining "backups".
In emergency procedures manuals it is not unusual to find yeast preservation as a priority. During normal production yeast quality is monitored more carefully than the average baby's health.
(I am both a father and a brewer)
I can only state this from a personal viewpoint. Systemd appeared out of nowhere and suddenly I felt I was thrown back 20 years. My systems are more difficult to maintain and stability is not a fact of life. This guy has the cheek to complain about his treatment. Yes, he has reduced a large number of previously happy users to nervous wrecks!
Is "the internet of things" another fad like cloud computing?
I can understand linking a fridge to the web, so that it can order stuff I might not want, but why on earth would anybody want their car management system linked to the www?
Or, even even worse, a pacemaker. You really need to have absolutely no enemies to do that safely <g>
Please note, I assume a difference between "connected to the web" and "accessible under controlled conditions".
Granted that Brits spend more than others on music, what is the price per song/track whatever?
Are the British buying more songs or paying more per song?
Panadol + Codeine + Caffeine preparations work a treat on me. I know that codeine is addictive but as my consulting surgeon put it, it doesn't matter 'cos I'll always need to keep taking it.
All of which makes me wonder how well the test was conducted.
I remember something called a "sense of humour". Has this been filtered out of the gene pool?
"incentivize" on a supposedly English web page?
Quite possibly a cooling tower(s) is part of the system. This needs to be in the open. Also compressors generate a lot of heat so it is normal practice to put them on roofs, even in hot countries. They can always be shaded by a lightweight panel.
I've never used, or even seen, LogMein but wouldn't TightVNC do the job? I have have controlled Windows PCs from a Linux one using Tight VNC over a phone line or a VPN.
In any field, senior personnel age and need to "bring up" their successors.
You start by training them in the basics - reality rather than what they learned at University.
"Do it my way" should be the first approach. Then you give them more leeway as they grow into the job. It works - it has worked for me (NOT in IT) and it's a poor pupil that cannot surpass his master.
My father used to say of evolution "After all, it's only a theory".
To many people theory does not even mean "hypothesis", more "wild guess".
The best reply I've found to people who pick on "theory" is "So music probably doesn't exist does it? We study the theory of music!"
I am old enough to remember when this started. (That's not a brag, more of a rueful comment.)
New Scientist carried the story in the early 70's following a letter from the teacher involved.
Mpemba was late to class, when they were making ice cream. The process involved boiling the milk. After the cooling down period Mpemba's batch was noticably hotter than that of his classmates but it got put in the freezer anyway.
To everybody's surprise it was the first to harden. The beauty of this phenomenon is that every time the subject is raised the reactions are similar to these. My mother's comment when I mentioned the Mpemba effect was "Everybody knows that it happens that way"
Sadly I have never got around the testing the phenomenon in practice.
Obviously rubbish. This does not contrbute to "Global Warming" hysteria and must therefore be wrong. Don't these people know that science works by stating unfounded opinions and not by careful measurement and study?
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