Re: How to kill the proposal...
That's a non-starter because obviously the law wouldn't apply to politicians - haven't you watched the news in the last couple of months?
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I think it's swings and roundabouts.
There is definitely a viewpoint that says our more open and transparent society(*) is a better one to live in, and one of the challenges of living in that society is that we have to learn to cope with misinformation. By this kind of "tit for tat" response we would be lowering ourselves to playing the game by their rules.
* feel free to flame me with examples of where our society isn't sufficiently open and transparent, but you have to accept it's a lot more open than China.
...that forcing every web site to put up a dialog which you need to click "accept" before you can use it would have the "unexpected" effect of training users that whenever a web site puts up a dialog the easiest way to get on with your life is to click "accept" without reading it
Congratulations EU wonks, you just made the problem a whole lot worse.
Our accountant complained to me that her PC headset wasn't working properly so I went down to investigate.
as soon as she plugged the headset in (analogue 3.5mm jack plug), a dialog popped up which will be familiar to many dell users asking whether the device plugged in was headphones, microphone or headset. She immediately pressed escape. "Did you read that?" I asked "No" she replied, "Stupid annoying message comes up every time I plug it in"
Of course it's true that Windows 7 was based upon vista, but to justify vista's existence on that is to miss the point. Vista was simply not finished, it was not ready for release and should never have been released until it was at a level of stability similar to that achieved with windows 7.
reminds me of a story from a friend of mine. His dad had some problem with the computer that couldn't be resolved over the phone so friend asked the dad to bring the computer over next time he visited.
Dad turned up carrying just the monitor which he assumed, since that was by far the biggest component, that was where all the gubbins was.
At the risk of inciting a flame war, the decision seems a bit harsh to me. I would imagine the risks of catching anything from the driver in a black cab with the screen is significantly less than in a normal minicab due to the screen. On balance I think that would be enough to make the difference between whether I felt safe enough to use one or not.
I'd disagree. From where I sit, functional programming is all about immutability and avoiding side effects, separating the function from the data; whereas OO is about encapsulating and mutating state. In many systems there is a place for both, and C# is trying to allow either paradigm to be used.
A non-OO procedural language like C is IMHO just an inferior option to OO - it's mutating state but without the encapsulation that OO offers.
Just my 2¢
Hmm, that's OK if you're already paying for google drive or if you only have 15GB of music. For someone like me with 150GB that's £8 a month which is almost the cost of a streaming music subscription. Anyone recommend any free alternatives for uploading your own music to the cloud?
As someone who has worked almost exclusively on ASP.NET for the last 20 years, MS would have had to try really hard to force me to move to Ubuntu, but earlier this year they managed it.
The straw that broke the camel's back was actually a performance problem with Jest node.js test runner, but having moved to a UI that doesn't look like it was designed by a color-blind toddler, I'm surprised to say I'm now using Ubunbu for 99% of my workflow. Would I move back if the Windows UI went back to Windows 7 style? I'd say that's 50/50.
From memory, Microsoft service agreements use some kind of weasel words to the effect that a service is only considered down if no part of the service is running at all. Couldn't log in to your email? but the login page appeared didn't it? so the service was up but just in a degraded state.
Theoretically they could change the encryption algorithm to one that has a back-door and re-encrypt your vault next time you type in the password, and you'd never know.
In reality, my hunch is that the risk is low - the bigger a company is, the more concerned it tends to be about internet security and obeying the law, but in the world of password management it pays to be a bit paranoid (especially as there have been demonstrated attempts of governments trying to interfere with encryption), and many would argue that unless it's open source, you can't rely on it. I certainly have some sympathy with that view.
Notepad++ is, as its name suggests, the Notepad equivalent of C++. Too complicated and confusing unless you're an expert in it.
I'd be happy with normal Notepad if they would fix a few obvious things like (1) actually putting in line-ending detection (instead of just blatantly lying and pretending you have); (2) handle at least moderately large size files (e.g. 100MB - not exactly big for a log file); (3) put in a keyboard shortcut for "goto line"; (4) actually display the current line number. Surely this would be a trivial amount of work
Most looping is iterating over data structures, and nowadays most languages have some kind of ForEach which is a godsend.
For the other type of loops where you're waiting for some condition before you exit, I almost always prefer an infinite loop with an explicit breakout when the condition is hit, rather than the different while/until constructs which force you to move the condition to the beginning or end.
This is just shoddy shit-stirring journalism and we should be expecting better from el reg.
The article (and Sophos) are automatically assuming that the people they interviewed are deluded or dishonest but there's no shred of evidence that what they are saying is false - I'm sure there would have been just as much uproar if a small majority of private sector IT chiefs claimed their data was less important than that held in the public secctor.
Obviously tax returns, confidential medical records, passport details etc are important, but maybe they were included in the nearly-50% who didn't agree with the statement. We can't know unless there's some kind of analyis of what the true picture is.
I speak as someone who is about as far to the anti-public-sector end of scale as it's possible to get, but politics shouldn't trump truth.
Back in the 90's the sales demo machine for one of our apps suddently stopped working and started generating very scary INGRES error messages. On closer inspection, it couldn't connect to INGRES because there were no database drivers installed.
On finally getting hold of the person who had set up the machine in the first place, it seems he'd seen fit to install them in a directory called C:\TEMP which had then been deleted by a subsequent user who assumed that the contents of that folder would be a good candidate for purging to free up disk space
If you ask me, it's pretty shameful that in 2019 we've only just invented a way for your computer (which is probably already connected to the world's primary network) to communicate with someone on a phone (which is probably also connected to the same network). if you'd have asked me that question 30 years ago I would have expected us to have got that figured out by the year 2000
In spain recently I asked for "te negro con leche" which I understand to be the normal way to request the closest approximation they have to a proper cup of tea.
A couple of minutes later, a teapot appeared, accompanied by an empty cup but apparently no milk. I thought I'd give it a stir before asking for the milk but when I opened the lid, I found the contents of the teapot was a teabag and hot milk - no water at all
The presence model of Skype for business is more like rolling a dice. often i receive an email telling me I missed a conversation when i've been online the whole time, then when I log onto the outlook web app on my home laptop a week later, the conversation appears there instead. if you happen to have S4B open on both laptop and phone, you will only get notifications to none-or-one of those devices, and it's totally random which one.
etc. etc. etc. </rant>
"Apparently Windows 10 S has an app in their store which flicks the switch and changes it to normal Windows 10"
but this thing doesn't have an Intel (or Intel-emulating) CPU so presumably it won't be able to run x86 and x84 native windows apps. So this while thing really boils down to nothing more than a reinvention of windows RT. Can someone explain how I'm wrong?
in the olden days (and probably still today for 90% of car owners) you can make a copy of the key before you sell your car (or house for that matter, or anything with a key in it) and still get access even after the ownership has been transferred. is this really any worse than that?
I'm not sure I see it as so much of a problem.
The world is changing fast and your kids don't like the same music/movies/games as you and generally don't want to *own* digital content in the same way older generations are interested in owning things. In fact, apart from houses and the odd sentimental keepsake, I reckon people will be increasingly less interested in inheriting things from their parents at all.
Re: the TicWatch part of the story, what's sad is that the manufacturers have to switch to a different operating system to conserve power - surely any OS intended to be used primarily by battery powered devices (android, IOS etc) should be designed to use next-to-no power when inactive, and perform only the necessary functions at any point in time.
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