the "lifestyles" of caterpillars and butterflies.
Research reveals their lifestyles are based on what they read in the Grauniad.
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After having the legendary "My keyboard does not have an any key" call, I got the instructions changed to "space bar" - only to discover that "any" did not include the space bar!
This replaced software featuring the legendary "press any key to continue or any other key to abort". My personal tape backup script still says this 30 years later, but _I_ know that Ctrl-C will abort, and no one else uses the script.
I still have mice without scroll wheels, and a lot of people have only ever used laptops.
Personally, I favour public humiliation for the shitbags who create scroll bars three pixels wide, and/or hide them, or who create windows with boarders one pixel wide (Seems to be the default for Mate).
My screen is quad HD, and you can't click on such tiny features. Other people have higher resolution than me, and the display manager bloody well ought to know about PPI - I get at least 3 PPI related phone calls a day!
Anyone who understands ECC and the the maths behind it would know this is part of the spec*. Anyone who does not, probably ought not to be publishing academic papers on the subject.
Many years ago (when 6502's were popular), I worked on a project where we were instructed NOT to correct the bits anyway, because larger numbers of erroneous bits might be falsely corrected and not reported. (This was not in the context of computer memory).
I first read about ECC in the 1960's, and the technology dates back to the 1940's or possibly earlier. This is not news, merely evidence that standards of education have been on the decline for a very long time.
* It is perfectly possible to specify ECC such that the number of incorrect bits that can be detected is higher. However, it might be harder to get anyone to pay for it.
The problem is that you would then find someone had mislaid the irreplaceable cable required to make it work.
Don't worry, I have what you need!
l large amount of Intel based stuff, all of it older than Windows XP, although the really
old stuff went to Sierra Leone some years ago. (I sold the 8" floppies to the Zambian Army).
I did throw away all the modems/routers too old for LEDE.
I have Sun cables for anything so recent it does not have a Motorola CPU. The oldest processor
I still own is an Ultra5.
I also have more SCSI 1 and SCSI2 H/Ds than you can shake a stick at (I tried, just to prove it!)
and quite a few SCSI3's but some of those are still in use, so I would not want to part with them.
As I hear it from the Remoaners, or was it the Brexiteers? (I forget), after Brexit, every single IP packet will have to be inspected by HM government on entry to the UK (using a magnifying glass to BS standards, of course).
That should put the mockers on any prospect of nasty, foreign data getting in. (or making money).
Wrong: this is not a singular use. "whoever finds himself" in this context delivers a collective result - meaning all the people in this category, ranging from 0 to infinity, hence the use if "They".
This is the equivalent of an SQL "select where X is guilty" which delivers an unknown number of matches.
Took a while, but eventually I found that one senior manager decided that wall mounted switches for the servers were not really considered cost effective as each server had its own on/off switch already built in......
Copies of this story should be left lying about in boardrooms everywhere (with an explanation of why this is dumb-fuck behaviour, because dumb-fucks can't figure it out for themselves). (Similar to Blinkenlights signs on mainframes).
Careful research will reveal that "unlimited minutes" are shorter than normal minutes.
I used to work for a telco where the equipment was configured to provide the user with 6 seconds for every minute he paid for. This was more generous than several competitors.
Never trust a telco further than you can throw them.
Worse still, you lose the post-it note you wrote it on, and have to access the account after a month away in a country where you had to speak another language.
I will continue to use "correct-horse-battery-staple" unless money depends on it. (Except for government websites that don't allow passwords longer than 8 characters).
I have an embroidery machine that needs XP. The manufacturer's suggested upgrade is to buy a new £5,000 machine. I met their UK MD recently, and explained their competitors support Linux, and IF I replace the machine, I will NEVER buy into Windows dependence again. I have learned my lesson.
People piss and moan about how 'boring' the iOS UI is.
That is not people that is reviewers - people who would be out of a job if phones remained in one place long enough for people to figure out what all the features actually did, and where the bloody setting they want has gone now!
However, experience with cars has taught us - if you don't want the brake pedal in a different place in each car, you need to legislate! (And quite possibly execute a few "libaturds" "pour encourager les autres").
Its the same reviewers who think it is a good idea to have notches, remove headphone jacks, and make it impossible to replace broken parts in a device that can barely survive for a year in a home environment. These are crimes against the environment and the reviewers are guilty of aiding and abetting - possibly incitement as well in some cases.
it's not an "experience" it's a "journey".
In the case of Gimp, it is a wrestle - with an alligator!
Just try to add some text in a specific place, font and size. Even one word can take an hour as all your settings get eaten by vultures or kidnapped by aliens - you set 12 points? Well tough - it goes back to 17 pixels before you can press a space bar. You selected "Pillar box red"? Well, you did, but the default is black, so that is what you get?
As for changing the brush size? well you will need to sacrifice more than a goat for that to work!
SQL (or "a Sequel" if you prefer)
Sequel was something entirely different - an IBM product predating SQL. MS don't want you to know this. Sequel was NOT GOOD.
Emojis of sexually explicit vegetables should only be used for passwords on porn sites. Think of the children!
You have completely lost the plot here: Google says "if you want to sell a phone with Google Apps, ALL your phones MUST have Google Apps" That is why there is a case against Google at all.<p>
Yes, we do want Google to say "if you offer a phone with Android, you must offer the _same_ phone without Google apps". In fact, we want the EU to say "we are going to fine you $5B a minute if you don't". <p>
The actual result was less impressive, but still much closer to what we want than the present situation. Unfortunately $5B once off is unlikely to be noticed by Google.
The reality is, more and more of my friends and family will not upgrade their present phone because they can't abide the bloatware, and would only buy a flagship phone without it. Bloatware seriously damages the Android experience.
Android flagships are sinking - you don't need Netcraft to confirm it. If EU regulations wont stem the rising tide, maybe consumer dissatisfaction will.
Contracts are dead: SIM free is better because the contracts are scams, and you can buy medium priced phones if desperate because you broke your old one. Here in the UK, grey imports are more attractive to a lot of people because of dual SIM.
Good old fashioned politicians studied History as part of their education, and History used to include the the French Revolution, with the aim if suggesting what could go wrong if you oppress the poor too much.
For those who did not study history: the outcome looks a lot like ISIS, Boko Haram, etc: mass killing sprees with not much logic behind them, mostly the poor killing the poor themselves, and very hard to stop once started. (It is true some of the rich go first, but once started, killing is hard to stop).
And don't forget Gordon Brown, in taxing the "filthy rich" decided that included people on the dole. The definition of "filthy rich" generally means "anyone I can get £1 out of" when it comes to inflicting pain.
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