Re: You monster
That’s starting to look like an f-ing-string.
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If you go through the effort of following the edge that disappears underneath, it seems to get lost. If it’s supposed to be a Möbius, it is badly done. It’s more like a poorly implemented illusion.
Pretty well summarises my experiences with Microsoft Office. +1 for LibreOffice.
As a contract trainer, I did some work for a training company which neglected to pay the trainers. The owner sent an email wishing us all a happy Christmas and craving our indulgence while the company worked its way through its cash flow problems.
Unfortunately, the owner put us all in the CC list, and one of the others replied to all of us that the owner has a history of bad debts and was never going to pay up. This quickly developed into an impromptu action group as we banded together.
It turned out that the owner had been barred from running a company, and had stolen money to manage his cash flow. He ended up serving time in prison.
We never did get our money, but at least I can say that somebody who foolishly CCed the mailing list ended up in prison, so that should be an object lesson.
Bobby Tables notwithstanding, haven’t there been enough high profile incidents to highlight the risk of SQL Injection?
I don’t know what’s on the back end, but all modern databases support Prepared Statements. Three extra lines of code is all it takes to dramatically reduce the risk.
Was the developer called Rip Van Winkle?
I have bought ebooks directly from O’Reilly for many years. I even bought my SitePoint and Wrox books from O’Reilly because they’re better organised and
have had a better approach to customer service.
I don’t like subscription services as a matter of principle, and I don’t like buying from Amazon because of how they have stuffed up the whole ebook thing.
I’m particularly cheesed off that this is the first I have heard of it.
Not sure where to go from here. Maybe re-read the Disc World series.
We’ve all know people who try to corner you at parties because nobody else will talk to them.
Eventually they stop getting invitations to parties.
This is Microsoft’s desperate attempt to increase statistics by forcing their products onto you and then pretending it’s a sign of popularity.
When talking to students about password security, I mention the LinkedIn Breach of a few years ago. 95% of the time, I find that they either don’t have an account, or never use it.
The students are all adults and work in the industry in some form — web development, database or some other related area.
All I ever get from LinkedIn is junk or invitations from people I don’t know.
Agreed. It’s hard to say the right words without sounding xenophobic, but the fact that support calls will now be sent to people with minimal training and barely passable English language skills will not do the company credit.
A typical support call to an out-sourced call centre involves repeating your questions and answers half a dozen times to people who are desperately trying to follow a script, being polite about the moronic questions which follow a misunderstanding of what you just said, and doing it all again for the next person.
I have found it is much easier to take my business elsewhere.
There's a lot of shitty code being released
Not necessarily the point. Minor UI enhancements or improvements in functionality may simply suggest an ongoing process and possibly responsiveness to feedback.
I think there is a case to be made for not making small changes go through the the approval process and then yet another update, which, in some cases, means re-downloading a huge application.
The problem, of course, is where to draw the line safely.
So, does that mean that most web sites are not only bloated but also insecure?
Many developers are addicted to taking short cuts, even if that introduces overweight dependencies on too many third parties. Each third party is a potential weakness in the design, and if developers are not committed to maintaining the integrity of these dependencies then they should learn to do the job properly themselves.
It’s more work to begin with, but much less stress worrying about someone else’s code.
I only use Windows when I have to for teaching. I use a Mac for my own development work and Linux for my server.
Running Linux on Windows will only serve to make some small tasks easier, and will also remind me why I prefer a *nix environment wherever possible. It certainly won’t encourage me to actually like Windows, or to use it with any enthusiasm.
With complete betrayal of trust in the while Windows 10 disaster, they are slowly providing a reason to prefer Windows 10 to, say Windows 8. Better still, they are clearly helping technical users to prefer *nix.
I’m not sure that’s what Microsoft had in mind, though …
I know that Britain is leaving the EU fold, but isn’t about time to look at legislating a more responsible approach to storing user data?
The EU has the Cookie Law, which requires user consent for using cookies or any other form of local storage on a web site. Why can’t governments understand that insecure handling of user data is much more serious than storing cookies, and require organisations to conform to a minimal standard which includes better handling of user data?
Remember the move “Ransom” (1956, remade in 1977). The twist is when the father of the kidnapped child goes on television to announce that the money won’t be paid as ransom, but as a reward to whomever turns in the kidnapper.
I think that if enough agencies get together, this might be an alternative strategy to tracking down these bastards. I can’t imagine they spend their time entirley in the company of wholesome and upright humans, and sooner or later someone will value the reward more than their association with them.