* Posts by katrinab

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Pull request accepted: You want to buy GitHub, Microsoft? Go for it – EU

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Re: New name?

I’m thinking OneDrive for Developers.

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Re: Sage 50!

The number in the sage lines refers to the number of employees that a company in its target market would typically have. So Sage One is for self employed individuals and personal service companies; Sage 50 is for small companies up to about 50 employees, and so on.

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

"Are 14 year olds allowed to post on here?"

Once you get to my age, you will realise that the 14 year-olds don't grow up, they just grow older.

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

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Re: Suing Ecuador ???? What a joke!

I thought he was suing in an Equadorian court for breach of Equadorian human rights?

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Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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Re: "You can now buy music without DRM. Why can't videos be the same?"

iTunes will sell you an aac file that can be played anywhere that has suitable hardware / software. Most others, eg Amazon, will sell you an mp3 file that will work basically anywhere that can play music.

Scrapping DRM in music did not negatively impact sales, so your stuff about income streams and costs is not relevant here.

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Re: "purchase a movie or a TV show and add it to my Kodi library?"

You can now buy music without DRM. Why can't videos be the same?

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Re: local streaming / pay TV services are prohibitively expensive

Sky is now owned by Brian Roberts / Comcast.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is worth 154 median minions

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Re: median, shmedian.

The median is $1 - list the salaries in ascending order and take the one half-way down the list.

The arithmetic mean is $10,000.99 - add them all together and divide by the number of items you added together.

The geometric mean is $1.49 - multiply them all together and take the 100th root

The harmonic mean is $1.01 - take the arithmetic mean of the reciprocals and find the reciprocal of that.

We usually use median for salaries because it is the least impacted by small outliers at the top.

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Chrome 70 flips switch on Progressive Web Apps in Windows 10 – with janky results

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"back in the pre-2.0 good days when its biggest flaws to complain about were blink tags, animated gifs and page backgrounds resembling Outlook stationery."

Doesn't sound like the good old days to me.

And you forgot animated backgrounds, splash pages, and "Best viewed in Internet Exploder" logos.

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That is because if you have too many words in one line, it is very difficult to find the beginning of the next line. The text size would need to be about 100pt before it would make sense to have the text go across the full width of a full HD monitor.

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Re: Why I'm not interested in PWA

Outlook Web App works without an internet connection, however if you want to send or receive emails with it, that won't work, just like the Windows / Mac / IOS / Android versions of the app.

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Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

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Re: Green Credentials

The three Rs are Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

If, when the battery on one of these things goes, you replace just the battery rather than the whole device, that is much better than buying a new device and sending the old one for recycling.

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Re: 128GB?

You can. You can get the iPhone 8 with 256GB, or the iPhone XS with 512GB.

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LuminosityLink spyware mastermind gets 30 months in the clink, forfeits $725k in Bitcoin

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It is called the Direct Marketing Association, not the National Malware Association, but he didn't pay his subscription fees to it.

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Tech hub blames tech: San Francisco fingers Uber, Lyft rides for its growing traffic headache

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Re: Just using Uber and Lyft as whipping boys

Maximum size of vehicle seems to be around 8 seats. I can't find the rules for London, but East Ayrshire has 8 seats, Tameside has two classes of licence, one for 4 seats, and one for 5-8 seats. Citymapper are doing a shared minicab service with 6 seater vehicles, maybe that was influenced by TfL rules.

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Re: Humans are stupid...

Also, 2 or 3 Übers will take up the same road space as a bus that can carry maybe 30-50 people.

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Re: Just using Uber and Lyft as whipping boys

Certainly in London, Private Hire journeys, mostly Über, are way up, and public transport trips are down, so clearly people are switching from bus/tube to Über; and the increased congestion means that bus trips take longer, making them less desirable, and more expensive to run.

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Raspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads

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Re: Cross Distro?

It would certainly be reasonable to assume that it is only compiled for ARM, not AMD64/Intel.

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Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

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Re: Samsung/Huawei

But some companies such as Apple understand the paradox of choice, and keep the number of SKUs to a minimum.

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Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle

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Re: I never quite understood why one would get a bundle

I paid the £789 for my iPhone my Amex, so I'm covered by the consumer credit act. Amex are far more likely to help me than O2 if there are any problems.

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Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Re: Y2K was scare mongering..

I suppose the software that says, "I'm one week out of warranty, I'm going to shake myself to bits and spontaneously combust" might not work, and it might think it has to keep going for another 100+ years.

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Re: Sweet memories...

2000 was a leap year. 1900 and 2100 are not.

Most computers at the time assumed any year divisible by 4 is a leap year, when in fact years divisible by 100, but not divisible by 400 are not leap years.

Excel still thinks 29th February 1900 is a valid date, and most other spreadshhets copy this bug for compatibility.

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Re: Sweet memories...

And while there was stuff that needed to be fixed, a lot of it was scaremongering, especially related to embeded systems. For example, the idea that a washing machine might, on 01/01/00, think it was 1900, and, that as it hadn't been invented yet, it ought to shake itself to bits and then spontaneously combust.

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Cabinet Office: Forget about Verify – look at our 3,000 designers (and 56 meetups)

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Re: You've lost me at B Ark.

"Wearing a dress was an automatic hire"

So that's what I'm doing wrong?

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300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

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Re: Another option to tackle the pension deficit

Also, pension funds are invested in shares, including BT shares. If dividends are cut, pension fund deficits increase even more.

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Re: Barrister BS

People were saying that pension funds were untrustworthy even when I was young. If you are old enough, you may remember Equitable Life.

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"RPI is still calculated by the ONS due to its popularity among those who benefit from higher interest rates, such as landlords"

And also the government, when changing the price of things they receive money for. They only use CPI to calculate changes in price of things they pay out.

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: "V-Moda Forza Metallo"

"why use Italian words"

Because if we didn't use words borrowed from other languages, I'm not sure we'd actually have any words of our own, and we would end up having to borrow an entire language from somewhere else.

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Re: Giffen good?

No. A Giffen good is the cheap product. If the price goes up, people have less money available for more expensive products and therefore buy more of the cheap Giffen good. It is unclear whether it is really a thing, whereas a Veblen good is.

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World's largest CCTV maker leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing

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Re: Security? We've heard of it.

The UK are world leaders in CCTV deployment, by a very wide margin. 16% of all CCTV cameras in the world are in the UK, monitoring 0.88% of the world's population.

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Re: Security? We've heard of it.

Sure, but if you have admin access to the cameras, you can find out all this stuff. You can figure out where all the cameras are, so you don't end up looking straight at one when you go round a corner or open a door, you can disable the notifications and remote uploading to cloud services and so on.

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Re: Security? We've heard of it.

Regardless of all the stuff about VLANs, you could check out the building remotely and use the information to find out the best route and time to break in, and delete the evidence afterwards.

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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Do the numbers include distro downloads?

I mostly use FreeBSD, and both office suites are available in the ports collection, so I would install it from there. However, from what I can gather, Linux distros generally only offer LibreOffice in their distro repositories, so people would install LibreOffice from there, and go to the website if they want OpenOffice.

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PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

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Other vegetables / fruits are available, and if the price to tomatoes doubles, people will substitute.

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Maybe Cyberlink is the only program that needs to access "My Cyberlink DVD Projects", but Cyberlink might need to access "My Videos", "My Excel Documents" (yes I know it's not really a thing), or just about everything else.

Also, what if you want to send one of your Cyberlink DVD projects to someone else? Outlook might not be the best tool for this particular task given that it could be 4GB+, but you are going to need some sort of program to do it. Microsoft would tell you to use OneDrive, there are other options.

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I'm pretty sure a Samba share on a FreeBSD server isn't a Microsoft-sanctioned location for documents. Am I likely to have a problem?

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Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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Re: You shouldn't be able to get to there from here.

"Would Morrisons be vicarious liable if an employee walked into a store and gunned people down?"

Yes they would, and there was actually a case along those lines in 2016, except that the employee attacked the customer with his fists rather than a gun.

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: Linux kernel devs

Only for any code samples you post. For everything else, it would likely be something along the lines of the CC Attrib-No Derivatives licence.

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Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Re: WTF?

The target market appears to be the same as the target market for the Amstrad Em@iler, which didn't exist back then, and is even less likely to exist now that our phones can do these things.

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SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec

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Re: Russian bot deluge, swatting

Maybe it will stop after someone SWATs a golf club in Mar a Lago?

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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: Look up "hagiography" in the dictionary

"Did you even read the article? Or just the title."

No, of course I didn't read the article. The comments are much more interesting.

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Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-

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Re: 128K of ISDN

Lotus notes is crap with any speed of connection

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AI trained to sniff out fake news online may itself be fake news: Bot has mixed results in classifying legit titles

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Re: Fake news ??????

I could give you some examples that I think everyone would agree are fake news, eg the claim that Peter Jones invested in an automatic money-making machine during a Dragon's Den show that returned some stupidly high % of his investment in only 20 minutes, and the article is mocked-up to look like it is from The Mirror.

Then there's the claim that a pizza shop that doesn't have a basement has a paedophile ring in the basement that it doesn't have.

I suppose the question is where you draw though.

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Screwed SAP salesman scores $660,000 jury award

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"reading that phrase over and over, all I need to do is be a bastard owner - sorry BofH :oP - get decent sales team, and sack them once they SELL, but before client PAYS, and I save an absolute fortune .............. ?"

Yes, that happens very frequently.

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MIMEsweeper maker loses UK High Court patent fight over 15-year-old bulletin board post

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Re: Utter shite

I'm not claiming to be a Perl genius, and that's the point. If I can do it, then it is obvious to anyone who isn't a complete idiot. Most of the difficult stuff was done by the author of whichever CPAN mail library I used, and the rest of it by the authors of ClamAV.

I think the CPAN library in question was Mail::Internet, first published in 1995.

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Re: Utter shite

I wrote a Perl script in about 2003 (I think) to scan email for viruses.

It worked as a plugin for kmail, scanned the email using ClamAV, then added a header based on the result of the scan, and I set up a filtering rule in kmail to delete anything that was marked as having a virus.

I was getting flooded with viruses that Outlook Express was vulnerable to at the time, and even though they wouldn't infect my computer, they were still a nuisance.

It was only about two lines of Perl, and I'm not a Perl guru who can write a flight simulator game in about 1.5 lines of code, so I didn't think it was a particularly amazing invention.

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Re: "Imagineer"?

It sounds like the sort of thing Steve Bong (https://www.theregister.co.uk/Author/Steve-Bong/) would say.

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Actually, he did

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/17/goodbye_steve_bong/

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Microsoft updates Visual Studio 2017 for devs chewing the CUDA

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Re: Strangely enough ...

I couldn't possibly comment. The last time I used it was to edit configuration files to enable my package manager to download emacs. That was ages ago, and is no longer necessary.

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Ever used an airport lounge printer? You probably don't know how blabby they can be

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You might trust the owner of the printer with whatever you are printing, but not everyone else on the network with other information.

If you are printing a booking pass at an airport for example, then they have that information anyway.

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Haven't updated your Adobe PDF software lately? Here's 85 new reasons to do it now

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Re: Zathura

[vomit emoji]

Your choice of icon is completely appropriate for anything with vi bindings.

I know Adobe software is bad, but it isn't so bad that I would inflict /that/ on myself.

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