... is goin' daaan...
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... is goin' daaan...
Get yourself an IBM Model M keyboard. And feel the "best keyboard" again!
I didn't know Amber Rudd wrote for El Reg?
When I was at UCNW Bangor, there was a sign over one of the loos:
"Do your best. Birmingham needs the water"
" England specifically is facing a water supply shortage by 2050 without a plan to curb water usage and wastage"
Well, duh, then actually build some more capacity, instead of sweating the existing reservoir stock to supply more people.
Somebody else's virtual computer running on somebody else's physical computer.
It's not the $-£ equivalence I care about (too old, too weary), but £500 for an underpowered tablet seems a bit much.
Yes, and £400 as well.
Actually £500, as what good is a laptop with no keyboard?
And how much cheek is that? £100 for £20 of keyboard cover?
I'd love to know your trick for getting GMail to accept your forwarded mail. My Postfix system does it, but only by a method best described as a nasty hack (MAIL FROM different to "From:").
.. are as enforcable only as long as each country abide by some international arbitration, even when the result disadvantages that country.
China hasn't been playing that mug's game for years. So, expect the court to rule that UMC's Chinese patents are valid, have nothing whatsoever to do with silly bits of paper from the USPO, and Micron can just go home. After all, who you gonna call?
What, like most drives that are not nearline storage? Full of really important archived stuff?
.. it's the ability to use the company as collateral for a huuuge loan. Then the encumbered husk can be allowed to blow away.
Well indeed. And how does central government plan, without any data?
The problem with this is, not the lack of data, but the hope that by not measuring the problem, the problem will simply cease to exist.
There is a distressingly naive part of the population that seems to think that "Nationality" and "The Nation State" is a figment of the imgaination of UKippers and Dad's Army dropouts.
== no plan, never finished, bonuses all round whatever.
Yeah. Companies used to do this thing... ooo what was it... oh, I remember! TRAINING!
Even for graduates!
Instead, you hire a fully qualified experienced grad from abroad. Result, nobody gains the relevant experience.
IBM run Nationwide's banking system. It does seem to work.
There are two things wrong with C++
1) Spooky hidden code. Due to the horrors that are overloaded operators
Is completely incomprehensible. If a and b are instances, the actual code is presumably in the overloaded operator+ for the class of a. Then, it must create a temporary a on the stack, before using the copy constructor to make c. So, if there are side effects in the constructors, all sorts of shizzle goes on. Plus it can eat up loads of stack.
And, the whole mess was just to make sure that strings are not special objects, but you can still write
The world already has Perl as a write-only language. It doesn't need another one.
2) The utterly crap reference book. Everyone worships Stroustrup, but the book is utterly useless for learning to write real-life code. It always shows stuff as definitions, ans rarely describes how to separate declaration and definition - the way you always work. The descriptions of the various features are a hymn to how clever they are, not a careful description of the use, abuse, and side effects.
If you want stuff to run quickly, or with few resources in a tiny micro, there's C.
If you have a bigger box, heap, scheduling, whatnot, you use a proper manage language like Java/Rust/Scala.
For code where the expression on a complex algorithm is the main problem, not the cyle-level efficiency, you go higher level Python/R/Go
C++ can't really be used unless you have a heap. If you do have a heap, with plenty of free space, yoiu need memory management, ruling C++ out.
You weren't around in the 80's were you?:-)
That's the way that home micros got sold for years.
And the 90's too, with the back-of-PC-World suppliers that used today's payments to buy the parts for PCs ordered two months ago.
Oh, yes, we were parted from our money then too!
They have one in an office near us.
It's still in reception, as it's so heavy, it can't be put on the upstairs floors.
It's left on, even though it's not networked yet. It takes so much power, that if you get within a few inches of the screen you can feel the heat coming off it. Over the vast area of LCD!
So, too big, too hot, and as big a waste of Carbon as you could wish.
Remember them? It was solid, reliable. Then Microsoft forced the operators to move hundreds of servers from Linux to NT Server. It was no good for months.
... you have to accept that you are not the brightest person in the room.
Some arrogant sociopath actually thought this presentation was gonna fly?
If that's borked too, truly the end of days is here....
"Natural Selection"? Not so far. Name the last company with a massive security breach that shut up shop. Then count the companies with security breaches still doing well.....
"Which in turn means that Uber do have to pay minimum wage and all the other guff that goes with it - and yet they're still competitive"
No, they're not. They just have to subsidise the service more. As has been mentioned before, Uber is making a massive loss.
Every time one of the giga-mergers takes place, the sum is less than the parts in terms of value, profit, whatever. It seems amazing to me than shareholders keep voting this crap through.
What were Qualcomm's shareholders thinking of? Shouldn't the board all get voted off next AGM?
Or is it that the pension funds/401k's that hold most of the shares actually run their holdings to benefit the fund managers, not the investors!
"13 channels of **** to choose from..."
One of the things that makes us IPV4'ers suspicious is the religious fervour of the proponents. Especially if you utter "NAT", whereupon they will start waving garlic and crucifixes at you. The failure to realise that there are some valid uses for NAT, that should (instead of being deprecated in a "get-thee-behind-me-Satan" way) be first-class supported in any IPV4 replacement.
In short, if IPV6 did everything IPV4 did, plus some more, there would be much less fuss.
Plus privacy, of course. You can't count the return addresses on my outbound packets and work out how many devices I have.
.. through non-EU registrars?
For example, GoDaddy publish the full contact information for all .com domains, even if owned by EU citizens. So far, I've heard crickets from Godaddy about how they intend to handle EU customers post-26th.
I wonder if they will also enforce 4G-capability on any handset, even if sourced independently. Existing 3 SIMS check the profile download bits when the handset starts, and refuse to work if the device is not 3G-capable.
So your old Nokia won't work with a new 3 SIM.
... this would happen a lot less.
Our local council has started charging £3.50/bag for disposing of rubble.
By using speedtest servers that they haven't yet prioritised.
Plus I expect the Ofcom figures aren't based on real (not-in-the-South-East) actual throughputs.
There's no issue with wattage
There is, when you want to make a hand-portable, pocketable device that can generate (and dissipate) 200W.
A cordless soldering iron would rarely exceed a few tens of watts, for example.
We have a cordless lawnmower. The battery pack has about 10 18650's in it, and gives you about 15 minutes of mowing. Assuming the cells are the usual 2Ah, that's 8A draw. To keep the cells stable, it's arranged that there is an air duct that sucks air through the battery pack while the motor is running, to keep the cells cool. Similarly, on charging, a fan in the charger does the same thing.
A 200W vape device, with 2 18650's in it will draw 27A per cell. Anyone who knows anything about Li cells would wince at the thought! Never mind that the cell is not being monitored or cooled.
Besides, what the hell does it do with 200W?
Picture of cell supplying 27A ------->
"Remember, everything you see around you was made by the lowest bidder"
.. "DevOps", "Serverless" is supposed to make things "easy". Usually by short-circuiting all that "hard" stuff involving procedures and testing.
Once you put proper deployment processes in place, and mandate full dependency reporting and change management, the process becomes more orderly and secure. And "harder".
... dont't do it!
I seem to think that a lot of Africa was French Colonial back in the day.....
I used to have an old TeleType Type 33.
That is when I found out why it is CR-LF, and not LF-CR.
The Type 33 was completely electromechanical, with exactly one transistor (presumably for the receive side of the 20mA current loop interface).
Each character was printed as soon as it was decoded.
When the CR is interpreted, the carriage is released from its position towards the right of the platen, and a big clock spring hurls it towards the left. A piston on the carriage enters a cylinder at the left, and that cushions the impact against the end stop. Meanwhile, the LF has been decoded, and the paper is moved up one line.
From all-the-way-to-the-right to the home position takes more than one character time at 75baud, so the carriage was still moving as the paper was advanced - it had settled in the leftmost position by the time the first printable character on the next line had been decoded.
I successfully drove mine from my ZX81, and I sent LFCR. The first character on each line was actually blatted on the the paper an inch or so the the right of the home position!
Well, duh, if you charge 40p/message, what do you expect?
Operators saw a way to charge for "SMS+". As always, they killed it though greed.
... and not get sued?
While that allows EU citizens to look up EU addresses, .eu would cease to exist for the rest of the world. EU citizens would not be able to own .com addresses as the registrar would not be GPDR compliant.
"the technical GNOME term is client-side decoration, which merges the title and menu bars into a single mess of icons, titles and, well, just about anything the app wants to throw up there. I find them difficult to use in nearly every way – harder to click menus, harder to drag windows and generally a giant usability fail, but they are here and there is no getting rid of them."
When software authors pull the "we know better, so no configuration for you" stunt, users get angry!
Sorry, what I meant was...
Knowing that any patch has been rushed out, I held off patching.
So I have machines that potentially (if there are exploits in the wild) could have data exfiltrated from them. These machines aren't vulnerable to having admin-level command prompts invoked :-)
Has anyone seen a password-extracting exploit in the wild yet?
.. and didn't install any of the original mitigation patches? Any active exploits for that?
.. while we conveniently ignore the state support for the "Remain" side.
I suspect that the Leave campaigners realised that rules would need to be bent somewhat to counter the heavy Whitehall (and BBC!) bias.
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