> ... the writing lacked any substance ...
So just like an internet self-help page after all.
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... admin privileges do not depend on a well known UID but on group membership ...
That's only a cosmetic difference. Sudo itself can use group-based permissions, though whether you gain anything is unclear. I know, from years of involvement, that Windows' group-based permissions also degenerate into an unholy mess as soon as you need anything non-trivial.
> When an intruder drone is spotted, normal flights in the area are put on hold whilst the seek-and-destroy squadron swarms out and kills the interloper.
And when they can't find it (because it's imaginary, after all), they'll get frustrated, so the scenario becomes "When an intruder drone is spotted, normal flights in the area are put on hold whilst the seek-and-destroy squadron swarms out and kills the flights on hold."
> ... efficient dishwasher and washing machine
For most domestic wash loads, tumble-drying uses more power than the washing machine.
Just saying, for those who can't dry their washing on a a washing line, for whatever reason.
> They aren't made with quite the same precision, or in quite as good quality plastic
Although that's mainly right, there are now quite a large number of Lego clones and compatibles*; some are indeed awful, but some are nearly as good as the one true Lego.
* last time I looked, even Airfix models appeared to incorporate some Lego-style connectors.
> On the one hand, this sort of self-conscious language shifting drives a wedge between us and every previous generation, which is bad.
Worse than that, actually. In much less than a generation, the newly-approved euphemism inevitably become the new, exactly-as-bad, insult. Most of us, surely, have witnessed that often enough already.
> ...aspects here that would work against the US government trying to use those kinds of processes to access the data...
I think you misunderstand. The US Gov. wouldn't be asking the Met., they'd ask Microsoft, who as a US company under US law would be be obliged to comply - and probably would be forbidden from notifying the Met.
Yes, we have routinely needed to use LibreOffice (and OpenOffice before that) to repair Word documents that the user's copy of Word can't read for some reason. Simply open in LibreOffice then save as '.doc' format, problem solved.
Except that the real problem is Word (coupled with user's determination to use it).
> ... whether these businesses actually rely in these features, or they just think they do.
No thinking involved, the M$ sales droid has told them that
(a) they rely on the features [unlikely, but just possibly the case]
(b) LO doesn't have those features [probably even less likely].
> for example to stop terrorists
How can this mouthpiece (a) be so naive as to think that's what it will actually be used for,
(b) be so naive as to believe that non-CGA crooks won't be the first to exploit it, and (c) be so naive as to think any informed person will believe him anyway.
It's so depressing that terrorism now seems to encompass expressing any opinion - or indeed fact - that someone in some government department finds inconvenient.
> Unions are an essential tool for staff
Unions used to be an essential tool for staff. Nowadays they seem (in my experience) to be an entirely self-serving "company within a company" whose role is to (a) preserve themselves (b) to promote themselves by increasing the number of members they "represent". Actual representation, if it occurs, is a purely accidental side effect of (b).
> They employ people who were educated at state schools and benefit from their education
You may be happy with a doctor whose education was exclusively at state schools; but I believe you're in a minority.
To go beyond A-level, a typical medical degree in the UK leaves the doctor encumbered with between £50,000 and £100,000 of debt.
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