NZ cabinet used it too
Was mentioned in a press conference on COVID this week. But they explicitly stated that it had not been security cleared for Restricted material, so there were some items they would not be discussing using that system.
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When were you a child? In 1947 there was a Polio epidemic in New Zealand, and all the schools closed for a term (as well as no Cinemas, public meetings, etc). All the children were enrolled in Correspondence School, and the work posted out to them. One of the radio stations was co-opted and and certain lessons were broadcast at fixed times. So, for example Form 3 English might be 10-11 on Wednesdays.
I’m sure the latest tech has made it a little easier, and more interactive, but it has been *possible* for a very long time.
Icon because it’s a teacher... and because I’m being pedantic about the word possible so I can tell my anecdote :-)
I don’t think VMWare uses the “recompile model” at all anymore. That model was only necessary to overcome limitations of the x86 model that not all privileged instructions were trapped when running outside ring 0. Some simply failed or just behaved differently. VMWare rewrote those on code load so they could be emulated. Commentators had been saying for a long time that virtualisation was not possible on x86 due to architecture limitations. And the chip designers didn’t see any demand. Once that loop was closed and the architecture extended, VMWare moved to using the hardware virtualisation as it has higher performance.
I don’t know what happens if you run VMWare on a really old CPU now - it may still have the software virtualisation code lingering somewhere, but I suspect it will just refuse to run....
Anyway, a long way of saying that the original VMWare model is probably not necessary on any other CPU as they have had the benefit of seeing the x86 issues and avoiding them.
I know Powershell syntax is odd in some places, and I'm not very keen on it, but the concept of passing the pipeline around as objects is clever and powerful. It avoids having to re-parse data (and, speaking for myself, often incorrectly or without correctly dealing with all the corner cases.)
Are there actually any other shells that implement this concept? Cross platform too?
I really hope that the little comment about this as a “security” item isn’t Edge picking up the Chrome model for this where it’s hacked in somewhere low level in the code and doesn’t understand the difference between local file paths (which really are a different domain) and remote file paths (which are just another protocol), nor between corporate controlled web sites (which may even be running on the same box as the file server) and untrusted sites. As a result simple integration between web apps and legacy stuff either fails, becomes complex and a whole new kind of security risk, or forces users onto IE. I’m sure it was done with the best of intentions but Chrome has been causing me nightmares on some recent projects.
Pendatic I know, but New Zealand uses the US keyboard layout as dollars are the currency and English the most spoken language.
(Ok, even more pedantic, there is a keyboard setting for Maori language that changes the back-quote key to a macron compose key, but I argue it’s not the “New Zealand” layout )
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I seriously hope it was Halon, not Halogen. Halogens (Flourine, Chlorine, Iodene, etc) are highly reactive and would be an “interesting” choice for a fire control system. Good for the BOFH though, very effective for wrapping up stories.
Icon may well appear on Halogen cylinders.
Divers get the bends because the solubility of a gas increases with pressure (actually partial pressure - that is the pressure of that gas alone). More gas dissolves in the blood stream under he higher pressure at depth, and then tries to suddenly form bubbles as the pressure is released when the diver surfaces,
Very similar to soft drinks, but if is the gas is dissolved there aren’t bubbles, microscopic or otherwise. It is only when the ceases to be dissolved that bubbles form.
Incedentally was the beer warm or cool for the test? The liquid temperature has a significant effect on CO2 solubility that’s why there”s no carbonated tea. (Well, not hot tea)
From the photos it looks like the magic keyboard is gone, replaced by an ordinary inset keyboard - is that right?
I have a 3rd gen at work and the keyboard, unlike most other laptops is not set in an indented tray so that the tops of the keys are level with the case and trackpad. Instead the keys all retract when the lid is closed so they do not brush the screen. This helps Lenovo to provide reasonable travel on the keys whilst keeping the machine thin. A much better solution to thinness than the Mac one where the short key travel made the keyboard painful to use (your opinions may vary)
The keys also retracted when in tablet mode which helped you not to type on the back of the computer by mistake as you hold the tablet. I remember the thinkpad butterfly keyboard, so this trick bought back happy memories:-)
It generally surprises people to learn that Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics are not in fact a form of picture writing. They are in fact a fancy font used for monuments and the like. Each picture maps (roughly) to a syllable and a word is composed of several syllables. A simpler font was used for everyday writing.
It was long assumed to have been word-pictures (like Chinese or emojis). But after the Rosetta Stone unlocked the language this was found to be a misapprehension.
> Not sure what you mean here.
> Assuming you mean raising corp tax levels?
I wasn’t suggesting anything about the level - it’s a few years since I lived there and I don’t know what the current UK rate is!
However I understand that UK dividends are taxed at a low rate separately from the Corp tax paid on the profit, and the poster I was replying to was suggesting fixing that by eliminating Corp tax.
The system in NZ taxes the dividends as Income at the same rate as any other Income you may have. The Corp tax that has been paid is offset against that tax amount owing when the dividend is paid (the process is called imputation) and any additional Income tax still owing is deducted as the dividend is paid.
There are a few corner cases that are dealt with in the tax return and there’s no equivalent to National Insurance in NZ - so that would add complexity, but as a system it’s much fairer, more consistent and harder to exploit than the UK one.
1. is not completely necessary - you could simply allow corporation tax paid as a credit against the income tax payable. This is what is done in Australia and New Zealand ( they call it imputation tax credits). Doing it that way prevents tax optimisation by means of withholding the dividend- the Corp tax is still paid and only the step up to income tax rates is held back until the dividend is released.
Assuming we’re talking about the pro, you’ve got the tax calculation wrong. GBP 1049 inc VAT is GBP 874.17 ex VAT (at 20%). I think you may have taken 20% off rather than reversing out the 20% added on perhaps?
Making it US$1080 at the current cross rate. I suppose 8% more is not the end of the world, and it won’t cover your airfare to go over to a sales-tax free state and buy one - but still annoying!
Maths pedant rather than grammar - but I’m sticking with that icon even though it guarantees I will have made an error in my post too!
> (yes it is legal, although not very smart, to do 60 along those lanes).
It was pointed out to me, many years ago, that the speed limit is not the only law that limits your speed. Charges such as dangerous driving, and the parts of the Highway Code to do with stopping distance apply too. It is very likely to be illegal to do 60 on said lanes. Just not a breach of the speed limit regulations.
Sadly there seems to be an increasing trend around here to treat the speed limit as an indicator of road quality, and assume all parts of a given road are traverseable at its speed limit...
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I expect there are quite a few of us, but what bothers me is that I thought how clever curses / ncurses was - a library designed to give you api based access to the screen and hide all the termcap/info mess. We seem to be full circle somehow...
However, having a protocol for remote display / network transparency of terminal apps is a good thing. I hadn’t realised some of the remote access services were scraping hidden console windows to make some apps remotely accessible.
Before criticising others’ understanding of Aerodynamics it’s a good idea to make sure your facts are correct. The venturi principle [sic] has little to do with wing lift. See this NASA link for detail https://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/wrong3.html
Well, Apple phones last surprisingly well - a combination of a relatively small number of models making repair parts are available for a long time, and Apple continueing software updates for a long time. This can make their $/year of life less bad than the headline price would make you think.
However that’s not going to make me rush out and buy one of the Excess models to replace my 6S (itself not acquired anywhere near it’s release year). Maybe if I could use my headphones....
I think a few pundits rumoured the dropping before Apple announced IOS13 - so I would hazard a guess that your information source was just a little dated...
>>Why do people do otherwise ?
Because those with a long Unix memory remember when halt and reboot did not call shutdown if not run from shutdown, but instantly halted or rebooted the system. There's always a nagging feeling that this system *might*, *just possibly* be the last holdout of some old design or traditionalist BOFH who has these commands do what they used to do, back in the good old days. Relying on the safety mechanism built into recent versions of halt feels like pulling the trigger of a gun pointed at your foot and trusting that the safety catch is on...
As an aside, I still remember being taught that if you *really* had to crash-restart a system (shutdown wasn't working) and still had the console, the correct command was
sync; sync; sync; reboot
To give maximum chance that the filesystem would be is a consistent state or at least reparable on recovery. It was kind of a magic incantation that you hope you'll never have to actually use, and the extra syncs probably do nothing...
I thought this was heading towards the issue I came across on one site which had just done a rollout of an new desktop image and were getting user complaints that the keyboards weren’t working right. Some keys had to be pressed twice before they would register, and sometimes the spacebar did odd things. After a bit I found the keys that weren’t working were the ones that were part of accents, like “‘^~ etc. It turned out that in setting up the new build someone’s thought process had gone like this... We use US keyboards - right - and we’re not actually *in* the USA - right - so clearly the correct keyboard layout setting is US-International. Which (as any fule kno) is a special layout setting that changes the default function of some keys (in the US layout) to be in compose mode where the next letter you type gets that accent and if you want the uncomposed symbol you follow the character by pressing space.
As I remember it this required a lot of desktop visits to undo.... They weren’t the last to try out this interesting layout either.
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Title reference is to Tanenbaum in “Computer Networks”. Not Cerf.
Quote details in the link. Tanenbaum was likely paraphrasing others here. Lots of people have made similar statements in various forms.
Pedant icon as we’re both being pedantic!
"Meanwhile Wine is coming along in leaps and bounds."
It's worth noting that Reactos user-space libraries are largely imported from and kept in sync with Wine and as such progress in Wine causes progress in Reactos too. Reactos adds lower layers which reimplement the windows Kernel, drivers and key services rather than emulate them by calls to Linux APIs.
Whether having a windows-like kernel helps run your use case better depends on what, exactly, that use case is.....
Screen measurements have always seemed a bit unrealistic because, in the days when most TVs and monitors were CRT devices the measurement given was that of the physical tube diagonal, not the visible screen size. An attempt was made to have the metric measurement for screen size be cmv - ie centimetres visible. Quite confusing, of course as you couldn’t just use the usual metric conversion to work out what size of monitor you were getting for your money - especially where one manufacturer gave only cmv and the other only inches.
Don’t get me started on wide screen diagonals and how they misrepresent screen area compared with squarer screens.
Not quite grammatical enough in your literalism - the can’t here applies to the just, not to the run alone. So he can run one, but he can’t just run one.
The reason he can’t just run one is that another thing will also happen - viz: getting collared for the crime.
Clear as mud?
“IBM, in it's infinite wisdom, decided to put the system ROM at the top of memory.”
I’m not sure the blame doesn’t sit with Intel there- the 8086 processor bootstrap begins by executing code ar FFFF:0000 - right at the end of memory (for those too young to remember segmented addressing, that’s 16 bytes shy of the 1MB highest possible address on the 20 bit address bus.). So you would have to have some ROM there to handle the bootstrap process. And putting the system ROM somewhere else in the memory map would probably have required a second chip or some custom part.
For all I know it may sit further back in computing history than that....
> This year, Iceland, the world's leading geothermal user, doubled its geothermal output to 100MW
Something is wrong with this. A small grid scale power plant is about 100 MW. New Zealand has more than 800MW operational generating capacity. Iceland has 665MW according totheir national authority. So I'm not sure that Iceland is the leader or that they're doubled output...
Beer because it's Friday.
It would have been nice if the redhat video had extended the quite nice analogy of how speculative execution works to how this vulnerability exploits it. It kind of felt like it leapt from a helpful, high-level analogy - useful for explaining an obscure subject - to "and bad people could exploit this.." It would have been helpful to have an expanded analogy that explained how the speculatively produced bill could lead to another customer receiving your order (or something)
I can't immediately think of a good way though - anyone else want to have a crack at stretching the analogy to it's limits?
It’s worse than that... the original product was OEM’d so it was also called WinCenter, NTrigue, or WinDD depending who you bought it off and which extensions were bundled. You might argue that these versions weren’t Ctirix’s... but Citrix bought their code back and combined them into Metaframe.
And it was also named Metaframe XP for a while in the middle there.
(WinFrame, WinDD, WinCenter, NTrigue) -> MetaFrame -> Metaframe XP -> Presentation Server -> XenApp -> Citrix Virtual Apps
Which is why everyone seems to just call it “Citrix” even though that’s the company not the product. It’s the only invariant part of the name.
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