Re: Not a wedge, just a service :-(
Perhaps if it's incorporated as a not-for-profit outfit (in the same manner as Signal operates in the U.S.) then it will keep it out of the hands of the perverts, as they can't buy it.
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Fair enough. The joke icon was perhaps a too subtle indicator of not entirely pedantic intent.
I was referring to its original meaning (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimation_(Roman_army) ). In a world of righteousness and relativism; anything can mean anything you want it too.
More importantly, other websites report that this laptop runs Linux very well.
You don't even need a Pi to run it; I run it as a docker container on an old Linux PC that acts as a the household file server.
I agree with other's sentiment expressed here that the web is almost unusable without these protections.
Surveillence Capitalism can't be smothered fast enough.
Frankly as it's an open source browser that doesn't belong to one of the unhealthily voyeuristic self-respect euthenising behemoths of a whitened-teeth "connect and share" dystopia, it gets my vote.
As I just wrote that I have visions of Richard Attenborough holding a mask over a victims face in "10 Rillington Place" saying "Just relax, relax. Connect and share, connect and share".
Multi-account containers are excellent.
I need a pint.
With more than 2 on the line, Skype has problems. But it's MS, so work think it must be used.
The new Skype, like WhatsApp, Allo and Facebook Messenger will use Signal's protocol, with Microsoft's added ... er ... magic.
So why not use Signal*? No slurping, open source, non-profit. As recommended by security nerds. Works a treat.
* I know, I know. Power, control, brand, the ability to read everything out of your phone and report to the Mothership etc
We have a 200mb connection, TV's are on Ethernet (non of this wireless nonsense). Before the FA cup final, iPlayer asked if we'd like 4K, which we did.
iPlayer crashed, repeatedly. Mrs. Robigus and I went to pub, other Robigii stayed at home and switched back to 1080p. That was a recent Sony TV, I hope to be offered the option to try it on the Samsung (which is much snappier and agreeable than Android TV on the Sony)
I knew something was afoot; I had a phone call from them last week. Having never spoken to them before, despite being a customer for over 10 years, a "customer something-or-other representative" rang me.
I prophesied to colleagues that "something's up".
I asked why they were ringing and the poor lady on the other end seemed as clueless as I did (after the scripted waffle had been read and I placed some direct questions)
My VM bill has risen 34% in 4 years.
That was pre-Brexit.
They engaged with me on Twitter about it once, injecting weasel-feel-good words here and there until I produced maths. Then they went quiet.
Now Liberty Global have taken control of F1, I shudder to think how much vapid waffle and speculation they can wrap around it, before demanding more money for the privilege.
My son's Medtronic insulin pump had to be explicitly configured to listen to remote instructions for it to be vulnerable.
All of his cohort had remote access turned off by default when setup by the hospital because it was battery thirsty.
Also, the article doesn't mention that pumps are setup with a maximum bolus - another safety feature that prevents little people delivering shit-tons* of insulin.
That's not to say the manufacturers aren't money-first/patient-second yacht-sailing greed-monster tooth-whitened billionaires, but the headline's a bit OTT.
* This is the proper medical terms for large quantities of insulin.
Re: outspoken Torvalds; supplying context reduces headline impact.
Re: GPL violators; I'm with Linus; why not just call out the offenders and let everyone know they're twats? No need for lawyers - the world now knows they're untrustworthy twats.
Publish your emails calling them out.
Karma restored. Cheap too; no need for endless meetings with lawyers and ideological SFC egocentrists.
My EU research project comes to a close next March. We had already been in discussions about further research work with some of our team.
We'd already understood that we are Yesterday's People and involving us would be possibly destabilising, time consuming and, generally, an all round steaming headache.
This email is the first thing I've seen in writing about what's already freely talked about.
Meh. And double Meh.
Moreover our latest EU* project uses PostgreSQL with R and JSON - one simple vagrant file attached to an email flung around the empire has all researchers able to hack and submit.
No licensing problems, no up front costs or eye-watering downstream cavity searches.
* And probably last, I'm told. Perhaps I ought to watch the news and find out why.
Good idea; we could call it the Nordic League : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_League
Cheap shot, sorry.
As a remainer (with much of my work coming from EU funded projects), I'm pragmatic enough to accept that if we're out, things will be different and we'll just get on with it. If we're in, things will be different, but differently.
Having watched the BBC debate last night, I felt somewhat short-changed by the Remain reps who seemed to engage in far more ad-hominem attacks.
Polarisation of these issue doesn't help anyone; entrenchment ensues with it's shortcuts to Godwin's Law made so much more predictable.
Whatever happens, the future isn't what it was going to be, so embrace it and crack on.
Been there sooooo many times, that I gave up too.
"Defender of the Faith" - radicalised religionised friends son? Check*
Work colleague and his friend fisting each other and more? Check.
Friends wife in latexy/gimpy stuff? Check.
One is almost thankful when a colleagues son's computer just has a bit of porn on it. Normal teenager? Check.
Doesn't anyone just collect stamps any more?
* Nice response from Dad: "Little bastard. I'm taking him out for a pint."
Having worked extensively on Sybase, SQL Server and PostGreSQL, on Unix/Linux and Windows environments, I hesitantly welcome this news.
Although the tooling for SQL Server is pretty good, I find that encourages users to engage in the 'click dance' of left click, right click, third item down, go. I consult to a multi-million pound company who had kittens when I wrote a script to move a database and it's logs onto another drive, instead of looking at the familiar SSMS interface that "Is the database".
And there are of course the licensing costs; servers get downgraded to poverty editions whenever possible and functionality removed. Every week, a new business problem is answered by "You can do it in PostGres"
Detaching from the tooling encourages clearer abstract thought that actually addresses the objectives. (That of course can apply to any other Visual Studio-eque "I used the wizard" scenario).
I saw it a couple of weeks ago. You've missed nothing, apart from some Peter Cushing / Alec Guiness nostalgia. Zap zap noises in space, quasi-religious powers through blood lines. Bollocks like that.
I watched (under some duress) Episode 1 after that. It was awful, just awful.
Reviews are praising the new one. Hopefully it's a better film.
"I believe this is a great time for you users."
By using the word "believe", all credence from a statement can be assumed to be missing. A slippery word used by politicians and marketeers alike as a shortcut to "I have to say this" or "It's insane and I can't back it up with anything even passing close to a sentient rationale, so this word is my Get Out Of Jail word that bypasses the lot."
"Each man has his price Bob, and yours was pretty low."
Schools teach to the exams and coach students in exam techniques. Education is a by-product of the real aim; results. VW have taught their ECU's the exam technique.
I thought it a given that in a free market (ish) economy, your competitive advantage is wrought by pushing the rules as far as you can to stand out. That gives our cars more power or nicer shapes etc.
Look at F1; these people live for loopholes.
About 20 years ago, a development engineer from a large manufacturer explained to me (over beer, naturally), how they were fitting a throttle damper to prevent tripping the emissions equipment, but it had no use when driving. It could be turned off when the car was being "tested" by journos for a more 'lively' feel. Nice.
I bet Ben Hur only let his horses fart when they were running, so the Editor couldn't smell the magic oats.
At home we use the expression "Amstrad Syndrome" to refer to an item that ticks all of the spec boxes, but fails to live up to expectations.
From the old Amstrad tower HiFi days when the devices themselves were loaded with features, but sounded like beans being rattled in a can.
Even so, Amstrad outdid themselves with the CPC and PCW range in terms of usable value.
Have a pint. No reason, just enjoy.
Another anti-BBC polemic from Mr. Orlowski.
Of course this article is not designed to actually come to any realistic conclusions, it's a bit of tabloid mock-anger.
Do stop to think, fellow Registerittes*, that you're making valid comparisons; Netflix and co., whilst undoubtedly good at what they do have a very limited remit. The BBC has to cover all sorts, from children's programming (that aren't glorified toy adverts), to those that follow their parent's deities, from sport to education and public engagement.
Sky has managed to successfully convince people that by taking something away that was already available to everyone and putting it behind a paywall with adverts and, I don't know dolly birds? explosions? people with voices that sound like they do film advert voice overs? endless opinions and speculation, stringing it out with chat panels around the content, that they're actually getting a good deal. Wow. And they're considerably more expensive than the license fee.
It's Friday. Forget of all this click bait nonsense and do booze instead.
* Registreens/Regeneestas/Registras* - Hmmm, that thread is possibly more interesting than the written comment.
Some years ago, I took the kids and the old man to Cosford.
They had a Vulcan on display and has I'd been the Farnborough Air Show years ago and had my gizzards rearranged by the power of the engines, I was keen to explain to the boys about it. As we approached it an old boy asked us "Are you with the Americans Sir?", "No", I replied, "I'm from down the road". "Great", he said, "Let's get the kids in". They climbed the ladder in and spent some time in there having directions and information shouted up from the bottom of the ladder.
Fabulous family day, although I never really understood what the American thing was about.
Although I don't own one, and have no particular driver to do so, I have used a WinPho on a couple of occasions and found it perfectly acceptable. I assume that Win10 will be agreeable to some extent too.
I assume the MS will work harder on the third party manufacturers to push it in the Google model, rather than attempting to be a halfway house between Apple's "We do it all" to Google's "We do the software*"
* I know about Nexuseseseseses. I have one.
Kdenlive is a belter.
My kids have used it for their band videos: I'm very impressed with it.
The ability to create a project (an intro for example) and embed the project in the main project has been really useful.
With an OS plugin, Inkscape fed a vinyl cutter we had for decorating items belonging to some big UK names, after tracing their logos from bitmaps. Cracking application.
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