Are we suggesting the disclosuree was 'accidental'? Now why would such a thing be done?
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Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain
ALGOL 60 at 60: The greatest computer language you've never used and grandaddy of the programming family tree
DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register
Re: No, the UK pushed the problem into care homes.
Wife had early minor cancer diagnosis, all tests, 2 procedures, CT, MRI on time and telephone appointments as needed - NHS hospital very quiet, all staff charming and unhurried. Her consultant said: "I have a really nice day here, then listen to the News in the car on the way home, and get completely depressed".
UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal
Re: A long time ago
On the night shift, we'd correct sequence errors of 80-column cards with COBOL source code by putting the rectangular chads back in and pasting them over with polystyrene cement from a little Airfix bottle. Quick dry, rerun the pack, and see if it will compile now. Those programs did quality control on some very strategic equipment - but you could never find the card you'd changed to repunch it properly.
House of Commons agrees to allow Zoom app in Parliament, British MPs will still have to dress smartly
Re: what is problem with COBOL ?
As an 'old time COBOL programmer' I have been waiting for decades for something better. Good corporate experience with the 'Simplicity' skin for APL, still waiting for Object Orientation to deliver something remotely usable. Use-case: define the data/business problem unambiguously in words or diagrams that can be checked, then leave all the heiroglyphics to a compiler that will flag hidden ambiguities.
Leaving Las Vegas... for good? IT industry conference circuit won't look the same on other side of COVID-19 pandemic
Beyond IT, US 'conferences' were often excuses for USians with minimal holidays ('vacations') to get paid time by a pool, while in 'Europe' they were junkets for elderly supervisory boards to ride around on coaches with their wives (while the poor saps back home got a chance to do real work without being countermanded). Those motivations may not change.
Friend is a lawyer and technophobe, but his teen son has gone all furtive using the family desktop into the small hours. It's not games, so Dad asked me what to be aware of. That list isn't all bad (actually I think he's doing 'currency trading' scams though). What advice do all you experts give?
Re: Hopefully the UK will follow this
There's nothing in the Agreement that stops us/BSI being non-EU members of CEN/CENELEC. But it does mean we consumers may get more choices, provided we comply (for export) with the standards of the country/bloc we choose to export to. Now can I have a 40w frosted bulb for my Anglepoise, please?
Hey, ICANN, if you need good reasons to halt the .org super-sell-off, here are two: Higher fees, more website downtime
I look after only one .org domain, and it is not at all important. Assuming the deal is done we will of course migrate it to another '.something'. Many others will want to do the same. Will open-source experts suggest for us a uniform migration path which e.g. intercepts old DNS calls and flips them to what next seems sensible, and which is not open to this kind of abuse?
Open wide, very wide: Xerox considers buying HP. Yes, the HP that is more than three times its market cap
Direct Line, caution
I use Direct Line, declined auto renewal. Last trip to the far north, my own error very nearly had me rammed at speed on a roundabout, Back home days later, I noticed that my cover had already expired. The bad luck of mere milliseconds would have bankrupted me. On auto-renewal now; they are forced to give you weeks to get other quotes anyway
All the elderly cousins I have switched to Win10 - 'auto updated', no longer bother me with crash reports to resolve. Sure, they wait forever for 'do not turn off your computer', but everything then just works, again and again. Obviously I've given them Linux dual-boot, but there's never been a need and their ancient favourite software wouldn't work if there were.
Two years ago, 123-Reg and NamesCo decided to register millions of .uk domains for customers without asking them. They just got the renewal reminders...
I have .net and .org registrations, and NS then registered .com 'free' for a year without telling me. Then billed for renewal, which I declined. Now they e-mail every 10 days re-offering the same .com (which has presumably stayed on their books). If I say yes, I pay: if no, I risk squatting. Shady business there too.
Re: A grand?
Our nice big TV has rotten lip-synch. Sound is processed faster than video, and no built-in adjustment available. Unwatchable. I need a soundbar with a simple knob on the front to adjust delay - yes I know the gubbins behind can't be simple, A/D:D/A and all that. Do you think I can find one online that offers just this and no other gizmos or reemotes? Cheap suggestions welcome.
Biz forked out $115k to tout 'Time AI' crypto at Black Hat. Now it sues organizers because hackers heckled it
Presentations I chaired did NOT have heckling (different sector). If anyone started, I would suggest they formulate a question for the following Q&A session. If several persisted, I would suggest they each write down their observations and bring them quietly to the Chair, so that I could structure the following debate. If people got disruptive, I would call an impromptu 10-minute tea break (no tea outside) and restart with bouncers on call. In Italy, I had red and yellow cards like a football referee and that was totally respected. Incidentally, do read the initial paper, which was somewhat puzzling, and then the refutation, which is quite instructive.
Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards
When I started, the office girls used 'Comptometers', large mechanical adding machines. Then the more senior girls were given Marchants (which could multiply) but had a huge moving register, and were very noisy on steel desks. So the factory sent up thick felt pads to put them on, very much a status symbol. Finally the supervisor was given a big electronic machine, with a splendid row of Nixie tubes along the top (and probably thermionics inside). But she could not be persuaded to dispense with her precious felt pad. The result was a lovely warm calculator - we worked out that if you put cold pies on the plastic top when the morning tea-trolley came round, they would be ready by lunchtime.
This weekend you better read those ebooks you bought from Microsoft – because they'll be dead come early July
Watch my window
I visited a giant corporation in the Netherlands, distinctive glass building. Everyone but the CEO (nice office!) did hot desking in open-plan without partitions. On arrival, you wheeled your parked filing cabinet to the desk/screen that was free. So liberating! BUT... everyone knew perfectly well that the higher ranks liked windows, so no one else would sit there, and everything was actually stratified in a complex but invisible way
Maybe the same sort of chip is in the 'Varilight' dimmer, which is top of the range if you have (not all) LED lamps. There are two modes, and you may have to try both for best results, and then set max and min settings. All with a range of timed on-off clicks from a defined or adjusted state. 2 pages of printed instructions, only mildly ambiguous, but after 10 minutes trying and the kids not unreasonably wanting the lights on, I put a simpler switch back.
Re: Good Luck
Brave guy, deserves success. When I looked at something similar, we did a big 'spaghetti diagram' on the wall for fun, before the Board chose a 'solutions provider' instead. We survived long enough to wave goodbye to those wasted millions, and to get things solved bit-by-tested-bit.
People who look before boarding and see double winglets, and frilly jet exhausts, might just panic. Easy enough to spot, and you might get some mass-hysteria and fainting.
After my friend went down in the DC-10, I never went MD again (I wasn't scared, I just didn't ever want to see the same view she'd had).
I was one, decades ago. Later, in a management capacity with a major 'client'-type, I was horrified that they went to market to buy a 'solution' to a spaghetti problem they had accumulated, only to buy some off-the-peg USian COBOL that half-solved some other non-Brit problems, and charged premium rates for change-notes to rancid dataformats and file structures. I couldn't stop it, it was a predictable disaster, and it has now only come right through a period of most painful 'evolution' - because no one ever properly analysed what the systems were supposed to be doing.
Oh dear, Lads: Spam marketing bosses banned from forming UK firms for clobbering folk with 500k calls and texts
Disabled people I know seem disinclined to explore the many facilities available, some need helpers to show what can be done. A partially-sighted legal professional had never even explored the 'magnifier' that's been in Windows since forever. Some software gizmos do need a software licence - hey, cheaper than TV, cheaper than a car?
Maybe the 'real' business model is to accept the opprobrium for operating unpopular but necessary public systems which the 'client' is constitutionally incapable of specifying properly. And doing it in a British way that has a visible cost, rather than a USian way which has contracts that will destroy the source.
If I were young, bright, brave, unemployed, and enjoyed a fistfight in the pub (man-spec?) would I wait a year for some squirt to interview me? Click 'are you good enough?', then assault course to try (with expenses) next week - and video links for your mates to see how you do, and challenge to do better. Without benefit of internetty, that's how it was done 100+ years ago.
What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse
How hard can it be to get young people to signup online for exacting bootcamps, conducted for free by serving military, with 'Start Monday' awards for anyone who can make the grade and impress the experienced instructors?. Then 4 months basic to do the weeding, before they get an (assisted) choice of Regiment. Cybersqaddies could have a different, but just as arduous, track.