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1384 posts • joined 28 Jan 2011
On a side note, do photos of senior management generally look less flattering when accompanying poor financial results?
Next time you are perusing the financial press, keep an eye out for senior management mugshots accompanying articles about companies reporting bad results.
Invariably, such mugshots were taken in happier times and it can be quite surreal looking at a set of beaming faces under a headline reporting a disaster.
'That ever-so-witty company Amber Taverns recently renamed a pub in Gloucester "The Doctors".'
I came across a pub in the 80s called "The Office".
Weekend excuse "I'm just popping into The Office for a couple of hours" sounded plausible.
Pity it wasn't a good enough pub that I actually wanted to spend a couple of hours of precious weekend time there.
2017-02-23 Security update for Linux kernel containing this patch (and others) arrives for latest stable version of openSUSE:
• CVE-2017-6074: The dccp_rcv_state_process function in net/dccp/input.c in the Linux kernel mishandled DCCP_PKT_REQUEST packet data structures in the LISTEN state, which allowed local users to cause a denial of service (invalid free) or possibly have unspecified other impact via an application that makes an IPV6_RECVPKTINFO setsockopt system call. (bsc#1026024).
"EVE ... was written in TPU and intended to be an extensible emulation of EDT although it never quite succeeded in getting the basic emulation right.
EVE's first stab at EDT emulation gave you the worst of both worlds (no command line mode for either editor IIRC), but it improved an awful lot after that.
Once EVE's EDT keypad matured I would use that most of the time, but drop into EDT where that was more suitable for the task at hand. Best of both worlds.
Vim's clear advantage over either is its ability to get stuff done when function keys or alternate keypad mode (or even cursor arrow keys) aren't available.
'Apple Ireland “carried out only routine functions and were not involved in the development and commercialisation of Apple IP which drove profits,” says Plea 4.'
That sounds awfully like they are admitting that the taxes should be paid elsewhere.
IANAL but it looks like they have shot themselves in the foot with that plea.
"My FF opens about a dozen home tabs and it probably takes about 20 seconds to load. Is that such a big deal once a day? I can spend that time adjusting the chair, putting the pencils in the right place, cleaning the specs, scratching the arse, etc."
I leave Firefox running all the time; startup is something I only do in response to new FF releases or OS updates which require a reboot.
Like you say, a delay while you can be doing something else productive isn't really a problem, it's more a matter of planning.
When I'm researching a particular topic I can easily get to a few dozen tabs and really, really don't suffer performance problems, except for overbloated websites.
Having said that, I do have my systems maxed out with RAM and that probably makes a big difference.
"Y'know, Einstein said that doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result is a definition of insanity."
Einstein never used Windows.
Proof that if something is repeated often enough, it becomes accepted?
"Highly-specific actions like storing and retaining data do not happen by accident! This function was quite deliberately built into the product, nothing else makes sense."
I'm pretty sure that the reason for this is to allow you to move seamlessly from one device to another using Apple's Handoff feature
Synchronising stuff on multiple devices is a tricky thing to get right so I wouldn't be surprised if there are bugs in there.
Short answer: Can't say for certain what happened here, but can probably blame Apple for lack of testing.
"how safe do you think your passwords will be in the hands of stupid government agents?"
When the Pentagon of all places has badly secured servers, things don't look good.
Several misconfigured servers run by the US Department of Defense (DOD) could allow hackers easy access to internal government systems, a security researcher has warned.
Dan Tentler, founder of cybersecurity firm Phobos Group, who discovered the vulnerable hosts, warned the flaws are so easy to find that he believes he was probably not the first person to find them.
"Effectively, they watched it together, in their separate living rooms/bedrooms/kitchens."
While that might sound like a Grim Future, it's probably better than being forced to watch whatever my parents wanted (and/or putting up with their moaning when we got our own way).
On balance, a second telly in the house would have sufficed.
"in places like the Ukranian Steppes a tractor can travel 10s of miles in one direction sowing seeds, spraying weeds or harvesting grain,"
That also implies coordination with other vehicles for refilling hoppers and tanks or offloading grain. Knowing how much you are going to use or collect on a given pass or per hour or per shift helps greatly with planning that.
"I would have thought the answer would be R and / or Matlab, in conjunction with an enterprise-level DB like Sequel Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, etc.
As you say, serious data analysts look for R and / or Matlab. R can cope with more databases than you can shake a stick at, and that includes the latest NoSQL stuff.
R doesn't suffer from Excel's nasty habit of altering data
I'm sure more can be done with this network-to-network authentication of CLI information, and I wouldn't be surprised if standards have been written on the topic - but I'm not in that field...
I understand that there is sufficient information within the data packets to verify that the billing data isn't getting spoofed, but have no idea how feasible it would be to cross-check that with the CLI data.
" The refrigerator can do things like refill the ice tray:
So the thing needs plumbing into the water supply as well?
'whilst the washing machine can change conditions to “counter the effects of hard water on clothes".'
The last time I looked at the installation instructions for a washing machine, there was a little dial inside that you set according to the hardness of the water in your area.
An "intelligent" water hardness sensor could be useful for the washing machine on your boat, of course.
"Not so long ago the politicians here in UK were getting concerned about the standby power consumption of appliances, that it was destroying the environment, and legislation was clearly necessary."
One idly wonders if this reveals the real purpose of "smart meters".
"No 47 Acacia Avenue using too much juice while owners not present. Reboot house."
In the universe where HTML strike tags work.
Mystery solved. Thank you.
Here that's more a case a case of "the universe where HTML strike tags work visibly"
Enlarging so I can see the pixels, the strike through is only 1 pixel high out of a possible 12, and at 4th up from the bottom not even at the half way mark. Even the dot at the base of the question mark is 2 pixels high.
Latest Firefox on macOS Sierra (10.12,2)
"Who thinks of these things? Two different types of on/off switch in two different places!!!"
Had that with a Samsung monitor back in 2010.
Assembled it, tried switching on as per the instructions. Nothing,
Checked the instructions again. OK, must be DOA.
Taking it to bits again I found a conventional switch just by the mains inlet. Black on black of course.
Checked the instructions yet again. Nope, the mains switch wasn't documented.
One sentence would have done.
"As a self employed person I regularly ran updates especially on Fridays. I'd have the whole weekend to fix a potential problem...
But being salaried and exempt (US terminology for no overtime) nowadays I too see the sense of running updates early in the week and early enough in the day."
BTDT in both scenarios, but it was more a matter of when I/we could get the system(s) than employment status.
Production scenario: you can only book system downtime on a Friday or Saturday afternoon, but can work into the night if you have problems.
Test & Development scenario involving multiple teams: here you are not simply applying an upgrade which requires a reboot, you are implicitly including a test of shutdown and startup procedures at both the OS and application level.
In the latter case, it makes a lot more sense to do this during the day when your development and test teams and DBAs are around to sort out their bits in the event that something breaks. In my last position in this environment, any upgrade which required a reboot would be scheduled for late morning (but not a Friday), and we'd have the support of the various teams available for the whole afternoon. External support, if needed, could be invoked inside the normal 9-5 (or 8-6) cover without incurring out of hours costs.
"Always read the license that software comes with."
One wonders if the VirtualBox Extensions licence will be next in line for auditing.
The previous licence hadn't changed since 2010. Notes on its usage from a 2012 blog post
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