" Excel was just a step, not the destination"
Sometimes there's a LOT of stopping on that step. It may be halfway down the stairs, but that's where people like to sit if they think the shonky workaround is good enough for customers.
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We previously used Blue Jeans (with its amusing abbreviation) at work. It was actually pretty good. The audio in particular was (in later iterations) awesome, particularly when wearing stereo headphones. They'd really sorted out cleaning up the sound from all the attendee's mics, and had the tech to place them precisely in audio space. It was really impressive.
The thing that intrigues me about this is that it all appears to be the work of one person (plus a couple of contractors) who managed to grab a big bunch of IP addresses, and is doing his best to monetise them.
I doubt he's actually raking in the $14m-$21m revenues the figures suggest, but, presuming he has few if any employees, he's likely to be nicely well off.
The only advantage I can see for blockchain here is that it makes transactions less modifyable than simple entries in a table.
With table entries, someone with suitable access can edit that record however they wish. With blockchain - as i understand it - you'd have to roll that change right through all subsequent transactions.
The Creative music player was rust based, and predated the ipod.
The UI was clunky though, not a patch on the ipod's wheel (which _was_ a great innovation).
The Creative player was bulkier and awkward. It looked like consumer devices of the time, like portable CD players.
The look of the iPod was its other big innovation - it blew most other consumer products away.
the whole import & export of hardware can be fraught with entirely legal difficulties, never mind illegal ones. I've heard of servers & laptops being confiscated -legally - by governments. And we're not talking third world governments here: I'm sure the US was one of the worst culprits.
I had a dk tronics keyboard too, mostly because i'd hammered the grey one to death. The "real" keyboard was significantly better.
The peripherals not plugging in was a problem easily solved. Anytime I wanted to use my mate's specdrum, I just took the keyboard part of it off. By design (or fluke) the cable was long enough for the keyboard to be plugged in and usable but not actually in its proper place.
One of the nice things about the dktronics one was the power brick could be fitted inside the unit, which was much neater than having it on the floor.
If I want to use outlook or teams with my work account on my phone I must give my employer the authority to wipe my entire phone.
I imagine the same would apply to pcs, laptops. It's a data security measure. If the device were ever to be stolen or lost, someone else could access files or messages on it ( I think it's files they're most concerned about). Mostly it's to minimise the chances of sensitive data getting into the wrong hands. It's simpler applying the same rules to everyone in the organisation and not just people who might have sensitive data sent to them.
Not sure the mechanism: like many on here, I'm not going to give anyone that access thanks.
how much bitcoinSV does he claim ownership of? Is it £16m worth or $4.5b worth? or are these valuations for different things?
And does he claim ownership over any BTC? Or do the coins he claims ownership of predate BTC?
The odd thing is that I'd have expected the inventor of crypto currency to have a working knowledge of the downsides of their design, e.g. keeping your keys and wallet secure is quite important.
Use of simple answers tends to be a tactic used by populist politics, so generally the more extreme stuff.
Maybe - because the majority of twitter is US based - there is little if anything on the extreme left-wing to balance those US far-right-wingers out. Until recently, even our tory party were to the left of anything the US have come out with.
Oh that's interesting. I have a garage with a round-pin socket and a meter that time forgot.
I've wondered (because of the way the mains wiring is shared with neighbouring garages) whether there what the maximum power supply is supposed to be.
Upgrading all the electrics is on a to-do list somewhere. If nothing else I need to know how limited that supply is before buying that electric car.
"Besides that Transient Shadow last mentioned, there hath been observed, by Mr. Hook first ... and since by M. Cassini, a permanent Spot in the Disque of Jupiter."
I bet Neal Stephenson wishes he knew about this factoid while he was writing his Baroque Cycle books. It could have taken things in a very different direction.
Although a usb-c lasts you several years, I wouldn't be surprised if your wife goes through them at the same rate as her lightning ones.
BTW I'm very much in favour of rationalising these sockets for most devices. I'm more concerned about situations where this might be wrongly applied. I'm thinking specifically about gutar pedals, which all used the same 9V round pin as they used 40 years ago or more. If the EU forced manufacturers to switch to USB-C for these, that would cause more waste rather than less.
An alternative, taking "Uncle Jack" as a proper noun, would have resulted in the "my" being spurious. So the sentence would have ended up as "I helped Uncle Jack off a horse."
(I started this post disagreeing with you, but have seen the error of my ways)
To be fair, a tech company run by a 17 and 21 year old with billions of other people's money is exactly the target organised crime would go for.
And with those rewards, they might not be too squeamish about how they did it. Computer hacking isn't the only way of doing this stuff: good old-fashioned finger hacking would do the trick too.
Anyone any idea how much SCO - in its bankrupt state - have cost to buy?
If I ran a big, big linux using company, the idea of buying SCO might be reasonable, if only to minimise the legal costs associated with this kind of action. If I had less morals, I might use the purchase and start suing the opposition.
Hell, I daresay that I could pay linux licencing fees to my own company as part of a "tax management" scheme, and decrease my tax liabilities.
Since the item was being replaced for free - I don't understand is why Seagate's UK subsidiary couldn't pay the VAT and reclaim it.
I recently bought a music thing for a German retailer, who have a UK store. I paid UK VAT at the time of purchase
The item was shipped directly from Germany. Delivery was about a week later than estimated due to "brexit related issues", which is better than I expected. I didn't, however, have to pay VAT again, and I didn't have to pay an admin fee to the courier.
Clearly the vendor has got all this sorted out. Apparently they previously had some issues with the forms they had to fill out, but they were resolved by the start of February.
If this German company can fight it's way through the quagmire of Brexit, so can anyone.
if any of those ventures had gone right, do you really believe the domain registration side would have benefitted? Or that the charitable donations would increase?
The only beneficiaries would have been the people on the board of that wing - ie the same old faces. You can bet the the subsidiary would end up claving off via a management buy out - to the same board members, no doubt.
Intersting to see which way Sony fall on this tech. They tend, as an organisation, towards being overly proprietary. Their solid state music players were lovely pieces of tech, but didn't play MP3s or something weird, only playing their own formatted files. Same for their readers.
I mean I understand why, given their history with video formats, but it has hampered them over the years as they've tried to move into other areas.
They, on the one hand would like iPads to be seen as "professional" and for working. But at the same time, the things that make iPads somewhat simpler to manage are the very things that get in the way of getting any work done.
The main issue I had was source control. I understand git had to be removed from pythonista because it broke Apples rules ( it allowed people to download code)
There's a separate git application available now, but you have to import and export each file you change. It's very awkward, and not really usable on a multifile project.
They'll have decided in advance what to do given whatever range of masses they retrieve. I'm guessing, given the consistent "60g" message we've been getting, that's the breakpoint: less than that then they're going back. The risks associated with the landing are considerable: it's better to have 62g of dust than none at all.
copyright is a bugger.
In this case the complaint is probably correct.
I recall back in the day a free musicican's magazine called Making Music, which had a guitar lesson feature as part of an in depth look at the recording of a recent hit - Kylie's version of The Locomotion. They featured tab and the lyrics to the song. There would be a similar article next month, they promised.
Next month, there was an EXTREMELY humble note to say sorry to the publisher and they would never do it again and thankyouverymuchfornotputtingusoutofbusiness sir.
Funnily I don't recall subsequent editions ever doing anything similar.
IIRC when the police turned up at his door, he initially denied accessing the charity's website, which he later backed away from. I don't know if that was a case of him lying, him answering a technically incorrect question correctly, or him simply forgetting he'd done it.
I understood this denial was the main reason he was prosecuted.