Does this mean it's finally...
... the year of Linux on the desktop?
Thank you, thank you *ow*
184 posts • joined 23 Jun 2010
There's one in Epping Forest as well (just north of Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge). It's the one that's 50% taller than the surrounding trees and stays green all year round. It's obvious once you've spotted it, but not so obvious that it jumps out at you. And it's less ugly than the usual grey metal.
I can't back this up, but several years ago I remember reading vague details about a supercar having trouble passing the type approval noise tests, for which they had to drive it past a noise meter at a constant speed. In frustration they tried coasting past with the engine off and it still failed the test just from the noise of the big fat tyres!
I once owned a RVF400 with a "sporty" exhaust. A friend of mine told me that when I overtook her that sounded like a TIE fighter :-) Then again the same friend described the experience of following me closely as "like being constantly twatted round the head with a big sheet of plastic". It turned out that the exhaust wasn't totally to blame; some previous owner had packed the baffles with rock wool so tightly that it was effectively solid....
It's my experience that when a company starts getting petty about small things, they quickly build up to larger ones.
I've worked at a couple of places where they started by putting out fruit baskets around the office every morning. Then they put out fruit baskets in the kitchen area. Then they stopped putting out fruit baskets. Then they started making people redundant.
I rarely see the silly "F" these days. And that should continue for as long as uBlock works, and my email clients don't load images automatically.
I must be doing something right, as I recently got an actual paper letter from my credit card company saying that they're concerned that I haven't opened any of their emails recently. In fact I have opened all of them, but I haven't allowed any images to be displayed.
Sorry Dabbsy, the hipsters are ahead of you as they have apparently already re-discovered the Compact Cassette. You'll have to accelerate your plans for "inventing" the CD player, and I'll be rubbing my hands in glee waiting for the moment to offload my remaining MiniDisc collection :-)
It ran fine before. Mojave has just KILLED the thing making it pretty shite for anything other than a few apps at a time. Fairly pissed off because this is the last decent machine Apple made, imho.
It looks like my laziness is paying off - I'm still on Sierra on my 2010 MBP. What's the best Linux distribution for Macs these days?
Back in the good old days when computers had names, my team had to give all of our desktop machines (SPARCstations of various flavours) two names each, one for each network to which they were attached. Being nearly all young men, one side was named for missiles and the other for guns. I think mine was rapier/colt or some such. Our boss was away at the time so we had to choose for him. Being a good South Londoner we settled on halfbrick/sawnoff. Which he loved :-)
YAML might have started as Yet Another Markup Language but unless they are being completely revisionist it's been YAML Ain't Markup Language since 2004 at the latest (http://yaml.org/spec/1.0/), and certainly was when I first encountered it in around 2006 (2007?). I guess we're all getting older because that feels like "very recently" (@DCFusor) to me too!
@Glen 1 - "It *is* fit for the purpose of being a markup language (Yet Another Markup Language)"
Er - as the third line of the yaml.org home page (and the article itself) states:
YAML: YAML Ain't Markup Language
The next paragraph explains:
What It Is: YAML is a human friendly data serialization standard for all programming languages.
My personal opinion is that it is more human-friendly than machine-friendly, as I always get tied up in knots when I try to use it. I find JSON easier to understand.
Back when transputers were hot (look it up...) my boss interviewed someone whose CV declared experience in the "Transputer Layer Interface". It turned out that the agency thought the Transport Layer Interface just wasn't interesting enough! Everyone had a good laugh and he was hired.
"IP67 is a necessity in the tropics."
Wow, there were no mobile phones in the tropics until, what, 2010?
Less snarkily, I had non-waterproof phones for 18 years (in the UK) and managed not to kill them with water. I've had a waterproof phone for four years and have still managed not to get it wet, although I have been less precious about using it in the rain. For me waterproofing is a nice-to-have, not a deal-breaker.
Thanks @Ledswinger. It sounds like grey markets have improved since I singed my fingers a few years ago!
By "lack of support" I meant "lack of someone I can visit in person if necessary" - if something breaks and I've got to ship it back to Hong Kong for someone to even look at it then I'm not as interested.
I was staying with a friend of mine in California. After a river rafting trip I had a pair of soaking wet trainers which I left outside on the porch overnight. After they had dried out I went to put them on, but my friend stopped me, turned the shoes over and knocked a black widow out of one of them. That reminded me how far from home I was.
I can't quote the names, but I think my favourite bit of name silliness from Sir Terry was the village men in, er, "Wintersmith"? Anyway, they were along the lines of Baker the butcher, Butcher the miller, Miller the carter, Carter the blacksmith, ... you get the idea ;-)
Oh, and the various incarnations of CMOT Dibbler :-)
The last time I encountered ligatures in an editor was using Eclipse in about 2012. I don't know if it was something weird about my setup, but it insisted on rendering "fi" as "ﬁ" (Unicode character 'LATIN SMALL LIGATURE FI' (U+FB01)), semi-randomly ruining the monospaced character alignment.
Presumably someone somewhere made a deliberate choice to use ligatures wherever possible, but this one is a step too far in my not-so-humble opinion!
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