* Posts by Stork

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Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab

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Re: Nor a good solution

You want an economist's take on that (Bitcoin specifically)? Here you are: https://www.johnkay.com/2018/03/05/bitcoin-boon-bubble/

OK, Google? Probably not! EU settles on wording for copyright reform legislation

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Re: "And anyone who has that power should be elected by the people of europe."

Direct democracy seems to work OK in Switzerland, having lived there I would find it hard to argue that it is a particularly dysfunctional country. But of course they have had a rather long time to practice.

You can argue about its success in Denmark. EU/EEC votes are one thing, but changing the constitution requires parliamentary majority -> referendum with majority _and_ a minimum % of eligible voters being for, followed by a general election and a new parliamentary majority. Last change was in 1953.

Airbus will shutter its A380 production line from 2021

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Re: Optimal Sizes

Generally, from my limited experience, Skiphol, Reykjavik and Copenhagen work for transfers. Palma with Air Berlin did too, but they went bust

Take your pick: Linux on Windows 10 hardware, or Windows 10 on Linux hardware

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Re: Ramble warning - Microsoft

It's called second mover advantage. It is the second mouse that gets the cheese.

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I think that is a bit unfair on Apple. My son is running high Sierra on a 2010 mbp and I think it can run the current version.

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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My favourite was "How to keep your car alive "

Had the manuals for Ford Sierra and pug 309

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Wonder what my 2005 Accord will do

It has GPS from the manufacturer

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

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Re: Two things to fix in LO, and a benefit you forgot

Interesting. So to rephrase my understanding, the key combinations that work in OS X generally do not get through to LO if you have an English keyboard, but they do if you have a non-English?

I do have an interest in this as I just could consider buying a US/UK 'book.

Found this, btw: https://sites.psu.edu/symbolcodes/languages/europe/nordic/#macaccent

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Re: Two things to fix in LO, and a benefit you forgot

I am not quite sure I understand the first problem.

I write English, Danish (æ, ø, å), German (ü, ö, ä) and Portuguese on a Portugues keyboard MacBook Air, and all the accents on the KB as well as the ones reached by "alt" works just the same in LO as outside.

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Never tried LaTex, but I find that LibreOffice gets much less in my way than MS Office does - no doubleguessing of what I try to do.

I use word processing very little, Spreadsheets quite a bit, and we swap them between Office/Mac and LO. Work fine, also the fonts from what I have noticed.

After Amazon's Bezos exposes Pecker, National Enquirer pushes back, promises to probe itself

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Re: The moral of the story?

Upvote for that.

I must admit I am puzzled, do anyone actually _like_ receiving dickpics?

As a straight-towards-the-dull male, I would would not know what to think if I received a closeup of my significant other's bits on my phone.

- too Scandi, grown up in the 70es...

Thanks for all those data-flow warnings, UK.gov. Now let's talk about your own Brexit prep. Yep, just as we thought

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Re: Brexit updates ...

Busy working on your stab-in-the-back story?

Using WhatsApp for your business comms? It's either that or reinstall Lotus Notes

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Re: Oh deary dear...

We rent out tourism accommodation, and I have had to add "please do not send card details by email" to our template.

You would be surprised...

French diplomat: Spies gonna spy – there aren't any magical cyberspace laws that can prevent it

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Re: Spying is OK as long as WE do it..

If I take the big perspective, I think some spying is necessary. Think the cold war, I think security was improved by having better information about the other side.

And I don't think ip theft is limited to China. My wife's biotech used to worry about the other side of the Pacific, and UK legislation clearly allows for this as well.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Re: I'm not even sure that half the developers read the prompts they are adding

- and messages along the lines "Are you sure you want to stop not cancelling this?"

Another nuisance: "The program has Quit. Press OK" when the situation is not at all OK. In Danish we wanted the Button to say "Nå!" (roughly, "Well, right then"

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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Re: Metadata shortfall?

We have learned that the hard way. For the guest at our lodging, we write carefully worded instructions in our emails, have an FAQ on our website, and we still get asked when they can check in.

Do NOT count on people reading anything.

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Hah - a Danish Finn dinghy champion used to transport his boat on top of a Mini, at least that's the story (and as my dad used to say, it is ok not to be exact with facts when it is for entertainment purposes). Hull weight is 107kg, which I would think makes the experience interesting.

Microsoft pulls Office 2010 updates because they're big in Japan. As in, big pain in the ASCII

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Re: ASCeeyaaarrrrgh!

I am old enough to remember the pain of ASCII 127. Getting a printer to write ø...

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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Re: Screen measurements in inches are tube size

Not quite, afair it is/was the distance between the holes for the mounting screws. Nit picked

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Re: Too slim

Most of my work is done in browsers, spreadsheet and email. I only use rj45 when we have problems with the property's network. Ports sound ok for my use. But as I travel and at times have to do some work waiting for planes or kids, low weight and volume is appreciated.

Linus had an MacBook Air, right?

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Re: 8GB of RAM seems to be the UK limit

Could you please stop that BS about 8GB precluding any serious work? Perhaps _your_ work; my wife and I are using Macs with 8GB, running a business which is the main income for us and 4 employees. That is serious enough to me. /rant

Sounds like a machine worth checking if we change to Linux.

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Re: Sovereign Power applied.

Very interesting. How does that square with internment in N.Ireland during the troubles?

(I love tangents)

HMRC: 30 months to prep Northern Ireland backstop systems, 24 for customs

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In defence of public IT projects

Public IT projects tend to be large, complicated and with all sort of legal requirements well as interfacing with legacy systems. They have a tendency to go over budget anywhere in the World, and as the information is public (and there are politicians seeing advantage making sure it is public) we hear a lot about them; much less about the ones delivered more or less on time and budget.

Large private IT projects interfacing legacy systems etc. (and I have been on some) also go over budget and are delivered late. I was on one that should go live in August - which year was luckily not specified. But in the private sector you can be a bit more discrete if things are not exactly to plan.

Quote: "yes, officially our outsourcing to India was also a success"

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Re: Black Friday ?

The beer in question is Guinness, then?

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Re: Ecole Normale Superieure

I think it just means higher/upper, not necessarily better. But my French is a bit rusty.

Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans

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My dad did this sort of stuff in the 50es

In the Danish navy. Using sextants and points on land to determine positions, and in one case sending a diver with a line down to a rock to know minimum depth.

He retired in 1992,what a change

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

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@ac: please specify which crime(s). Treason it isn't.

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Re: Well he's a bit of an arse, but...

Traitor he isn't, as he is not American. Spy is also a long shot. Aiding and abetting?

John McAfee is 'liable' for 2012 death of Belize neighbour, rules court

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Re: It makes sense

So, if you are the target of one of those libel suits: what happens if you simply ignore it? You may have to avoid going to the UK, but can you enforce a civil ruling in this case?

Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

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Re: Just build a wall down the middle of the Channel

I have to agree with you, the Euro will fall apart. It may just take longer than DT expects.

The history of currency unions is interesting, the only successful ones I have heard of is USD (and that took 90 years and a civil war to get working), the one between Belgium and Luxembourg and GBP.

Greece was thrown out of the Latin Currency union because they put too little noble metal in the coins, and the Scandinavian one fell apart with WWI

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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Re: Man...

Yeah, I was also thinking "but at least you have your backups "

Bit daft of Adobe, though.

Dollar for dollar, crafting cryptocurrency sucks up 'more energy' than mining gold, copper, etc

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Gold etc at least can be used for something legitimate

It is hard to see the point of Bitcoin et al.

Also read here: https://www.johnkay.com/2018/03/05/bitcoin-boon-bubble/

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: The name 'Tesla' has been hijacked

Whereas RR Silver Mist caused smiles in Germany

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Re: More scientists on banknote.

The only scientist on a Danish banknote afaik was Niels Bohr. The current series has bridges and archaeological stuff

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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Re: "Hitler was right"

For example, in 1935 he said "in 10 years you will not recognise Germany". I think most of his contemporaries would have agreed in 1945.

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort

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Now we just hope

That other governments will use this as starting point before they throw money away (on this at least).

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: The evolution of ass

Is pigmentally gifted no longer acceptable?

I have referred to myself as pigmentally challenged...

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: Guard dogs

I heard a story of even better dogs. A breeder of estrela mountain dogs one morning found two of them were missing. A search showed they had dug under the fence to the neighbours where they were preventing burglars leaving the house, owner was away.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Because the Equadorean law does not allow extradition of its own citizens?

UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Isn't a clusterfuck quite appropriate in this case?

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Re: Considering....

I think (but IANAL) that he could argue he is a journalist and is thus protected by the right of free speech. Like e.g. Bernstein & Woodward, even if the comparison makes me cringe

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I doubt he would be extradited to the US. Political offences are specifically exempt, and I would think this should be easy for a lawyer to argue.

His problem may be to be told to leave Sweden, and then to avoid going to the US.

Perhaps his mate Farage could put a word in with the Donald?

Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Re: Bah!

I think that was the same approach as at Copenhagen suborbital. The advantage is that solid is easy to handle, but it can be closed down in case of trouble.

GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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I am old

I have not yet worked out why I want IoT and a connected car and so on

AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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Re: Humans will always have the most important battlefield role

Denmark formally never stopped having conscription, but as enough volunteered the last decades very few were forced..

Switzerland has it in a very different form.

UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

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Other countries have managed

Denmark, Estonia and Portugal, probably Norway and Sweden too. But in those cases it's linked to id cards and/or central registers of the population.

Would newer fly in the UK, only secret services are allowed that.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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Re: "oh boy"

No, Apple did not invent that much. But they implemented in a way that made other's inventions useful, e.g. dtp and an mp3 player that people would buy, with huge capacity for the time.

And I doubt it would have happened without a visionary behind.

He was also a certified @rsehole, no doubt.

Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops' database consultation

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Can't you just let Facebook do it?

They may even do it for free, and I don't see any major downsides. Of course access only to a closed group (And Zuck)

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: never seems to taste the same?

Here in Portugal electric kettles are quite common. 2.2kW, normally. Coffee is generally good, tea rare even if it was a Portuguese who introduced the British to it.

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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And in a different part of the World

- cafés**) often do not accept anything but cash, at least not for less than €5. I guess it also makes it easier to forget the VAT*) part of the transaction...

*) Imagine the two Irishmen/Yorkshiremen/bankers/[other types who have a reputation for thinking tax is optional]:

- This VAT thing...

- Yes, I remember that.

- Did it ever go anywhere?

- No, there was mo money in it.

**) Yes, we do have Costa and Starbuck too

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