Re: Quelle Surprise!
Ha! I tried to use an Office 365 mailmerge into Outlook recently for a mail to a subset of my entire company.
Turns out (after 30 mins work) it doesn't work if you want an attachment on the email.
Back to Bcc: it was.
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Beer (OK, Watneys Red) was around 2s 6d a pint when I started drinking in pubs in 1970 (age 15, of course). 12.5p to you.
45 years ago was 1975. Inflation hit 25% in that year alone, 20% the year before.
Some google research indicates 25p a pint in pubs was about right in London in 1978 (which suggests beer price rises were below inflation back then). So, I don't think he was (particularly) being ripped off.
Of course, SU bars were much cheaper back then.
Here, thanks to pubs being closed, our local brewery is putting a barrel outside 2 or 3 times a week, self-serve for £1 a pint in an honesty box (villagers only!!!). Happy days.
You've fallen into the classic misunderstanding of the word "free" in F/OSS, and consequently setup a strawman.
Repeat after me:
"Free as in speech, not free as in beer"
Notwithstanding this being a strawman, I will offer a counter-argument, I can show you numerous cases of a supplier's promises not having due diligence applied to them, and the time and effort (along with at least some of the purchase/licensing costs) being wasted.
I'd also posit that applying full due diligence and fit-for-purpose tests to commercial software is not that different from the costs of considering F/OSS.
Came here to say that. OPNSense doesn't seem to be so well known, am spreading the word to everyone who says they use pfSense, and the general response is "hadn't heard of that ".
The last person was well impressed with the improved GUI.
Because unless you have a professional engineering qualification and undertake CPD, validated by a recognised professional association, you shouldn't have the label "engineer".
Germany is (or at least, was) very, very, very hot on this.
Our lives are as much in engineers' hands as doctors', and woe betide anyone who calls themselves a doctor of medicine when they're not. Should be the same for engineers.
Presumably amongst the divergence that our wonderful UK Government wants from EU regulations, the current Eur Ing recognition will be one we have inflicted on us.
Gosh, if that was an OS you were describing there, you'd be describing SCO Unix.
All its compatibility problems with modern hardware are now addressed by it being only sold to run in a VM.
A VM running in FreeBSD, if you get the whole shebang from XinuOS. Now headquartered in that hotbed of technical advancement, US Virgin Islands.
Agreed with you up to here:
It's like complaining that a file created in unix has the creators username and time attached - where is the privacy!! It even logs atime and mtime!!!
It's nothing like that. The metadata you describe is stored in the inode - the file's low-level directory entry on the filesystem. It's not stored as part of the file, so if it is copied to another system - by email, f'rinstance - that metadata is lost. Well, at least that's true for classic Unix and ext.
That is a world away from metadata embedded in the file, in terms of privacy. And auditability.
God, the VT52, non-ANSI predecessor to the VT100.....
Then there was Newbury Data, who made VDUs affordable. Had a pile of them in the HENP group at Imperial, hooked up to the DecSystem 10 via a DC-10 (not the aeroplane), whose RS232 interface had been created by kludging the current loop TTY interface. Badly.
You brought back memories there.
Ah yes. That option. Was talking to the local Parish Council about my company's plans for FTTH into the village, and the possibility of our providing some public WiFi. One member commented that the lack of mobile coverage, WiFi and (even) decent wired Internet was what attracted some people to the place.
Quick as a flash, I pointed out that there was always the "off" button. Sage nods of agreement all round the room.
Rarely do we see evidence that real UI designers - people with actual understanding of UI theory, doing actual UI research - were involved.
Certainly no such evidence when it comes to the Windows UI. I still want to know what the guys who dreamt up the Ribbon for Office, whilst keeping the rest of the Windows UI as the "traditional" one were smoking.
Coz I ain't going near it.
_new_ Microsoft idea?
Remind me again when they introduced the Ribbon, which is when it all started.
I'd have been quite happy (well, not really...) if they'd ribbonised everything, but the bastardised half-ribbon, half-traditional interface they left Outlook with for what seemed like decades was just plain insane.
I suppose I don't need to point out the problem here, as the commentariat is so intelligent,
that's not even an apples and oranges comparison.
It's an apples and lolcats comparison.
Smokers as a population have horrendous smoking-induced health problems, that our entire society pays for (at least in the UK's healthcare funding methodology). Reducing smoking reduces the health problems too, and that's actually a net gain to the public purse even if the tax take from tobacco products drops (at least in actuarial timescales). Before we even go into "nanny state" arguments.
The IR35 issue is effectively a self-contained financial one. Even more self-contained when it comes to public sector contractors, as someone further up pointed out. It has no (direct) impacts into other arenas.
Dig out the youtube of a 1990's docu on British Railways - "Old, dirty and late"
It has the inevitable "one-under". See the passengers being detrained via a single step half way down the side of the train. No chance today. But the best bit at 33' 26":
MOM (Mobile Operations Manager) to paramedics: "Have we certified the body dead yet ?"
Paramedic "Well, yeah, he's got no head"
Wouldn't see that on TV these days.
Those cards were longer ago than you think. Early to mid 70's. I remember 'coz I had one in my student days, '73-'76.
Duck-duck-going reveals that the British Museum have one in their collection, 1972
Indeed, it was the late 60's when they were introduced !!
I remember when fly-by-wire was first mooted, the principle was to use three systems, with a common high-level system design but independently developed, then have 2-out-of-3 voting on the outputs.
Whatever happened to that principle for safety-critical systems ?? Presumably too expensive ?
Indeed. It's never (fortunately) happened to me, but that bland assertion he comes out with that "if you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to be worried about" flies in the face of all the, errr, evidence.
Incredible that a 21st century copper should actually come out with that. No self-awareness whatsoever.
Talk on JET at the IET last night.
Power out/Power in is "Q". Jet manages a Q of around 0.6. ITER is targetting 10. But this is just the plasma power in/out ratio. It ignores the power used by the excitation systems and, of course, losses in energy extraction for Useful Work.
For a commercial system, you need a Q of 30. So ITER is the next step on the road towards that. But it won't get there.
The Stellerator is the interesting shape you describe. The (quite believable) view of the tokamak guys is that they will be very difficult to maintain given their shape.
All of Lehman Brothers top 100 (if not top 500) managers deserve 20 year stretches apiece.
You know all of Lehman Brothers unsecured creditors were repaid 100% in 2014, and since have been paid interest ??
Not saying that they behaved ethically, but it turns out that on unwinding things, it wasn't quite so bad.
PWC made a tidy penny out of it......
Indeed they were. My saviour when all that was available just round the corner from Borough Market was EO lines. Their bonded ADSL product was superb value for money. Of course $ky dropped that.
Reborn as Hyperoptic (same management team) in case you weren't aware. Funnily enough, migrated from said bonded ADSL to a 100Mbps Hyperoptic business connection at a stupidly low price.
An ISP with half a brain? Now that would be headline news!
There are some. Who actually have a whole, intact brain, not just half of one.
and others, too, but those are the one's I've used.
A&A's MD's brain is more than intact. It's close to Zaphod Beeblebrox-sized.
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