Great. Now I can't unsee that "clever and futuristic-looking" typography.
What a pile of toss.
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I too had no idea money sent to TDF wasn't actually used for development.
I do occasionally like to pay a bit towards the open source software I use, so went looking on Collabora's website for a "donate" button. Couldn't find one, which maybe isn't surprising if it'd be hard for them to square the accounting.
It feels like the LibreOffice community are missing a funding trick here.
This is often the thing with reviews of new desktop Linux releases, particularly in the less-technical press (not necessarily El Reg). There's a new installer, they've changed the theme a little bit, it now ships with Evolution instead of Thunderbird.
Maybe the killer features are few and far between, maybe desktops are a mature market, maybe mostly things just work, maybe reviewers focus on the wrong stuff? I don't know. But I do see a lot of reviews along those lines.
Run a pihole for your local DNS server, pull down a few good big domain blacklists (mine has ~1M records), make sure whatever domains this script is coming from are in that list.
My pihole blocks ~20% of all requests from my home network, with no obvious loss of functionality for wife & kids in most cases (had to whitelist some Kindle Fire stuff).
I made the mistake (it generally is on Twitter) of reading some of the original thread & associated comments. Which mostly seemed to be from members of the law rather than IT profession.
One person claimed "lots" of the NHS still uses Windows 95. On further questioning it turns out this may have been one particular radiology system. So:
1) Not "lots" then
2) If it's an MRI scanner costing millions of pounds then, yes, the NHS might well be justified in not buying another one just to move to Windows 10 or whatever.
It's easy and probably somewhat justifiable to throw stones. However if the system was actually simple to upgrade, presumably they would've already done it.
As any IT fule (but perhaps not all lawyers) no, there are plenty of reasons this might be more complicated & nuanced than just upgrading the desktops at your law firm. For example, if it's an audio recording/archiving system there might be hardware support issues.
I was always under the impression that a land-based strategic deterrent made little sense in the UK because there simply wasn't enough land compared to, say, the US prairie states or the Russian steppes. There just weren't enough potential places to disperse the things, which left them vulnerable to a preemptive strike. With V bombers there were drills to get off the ground quickly with warning of an incoming attack, so they'd be in the air/away from their bases. And later of course MoD put the nuclear deterrent onto submarines and hid it out in the Atlantic where its main danger is probably plastic microparticles or something.
Looks like an interesting site. I went to Woomera once many years ago, also worth a look. The main Cold War artefact I remember was the huge European Launcher Development Organisation (ELDO) "hotel". It was in the former ELDO staff barracks/hostel; they must've had a lot of people out there.
Well, hyperbole innit.
Though now I think of it, I did stick my hand in some fresh moggy droppings the other day. Long and unpleasant story. Suffice to say, it was literally shit.
In contrast, the keyboard on my workplace-enforced MacBook Pro is only figuratively shit. At least as far as I'm aware. But this has been the case for every Apple laptop I've used since about 2008.
VMWare still does that? I thought they at least had a standards-compliant web UI by now (been a couple of years since I used it, mind).
Enterprise software that pulls this sort of stunt needs to die. I have fond (sarcasm) memories of an IBM server ILO UI that required a very specific browser/Java plugin combo. Probably because all the later versions fixed the various security holes it needed in order to run. I think we ended up keeping a VM hanging around specifically to use it, until we decommissioned the last of those boxes.
How about flipping to another virt platform that treats you like it's 2019? Not always an option of course, but sometimes it is.
I mostly manage to avoid our corporate Confluence install, in favour of putting docs into our team's GitLab instance. Sadly I can't completely avoid Jira, Confluence's smelly cousin.
Atlassian should be some kind of case study for what happens when a small company who "gets it", gets big and starts selling "enterprise" rubbish.
You forgot one of the best throwing-things-at-politicians incidents. Which is the time Steven Joyce, NZ's Minister for Economic Development, got clobbered by a genitalia-resembling pink rubber adult toy. There's video on the interwebs and everything.
New Zealand. Showing the world how political inter^H^H^H^H^H discourse should be done since 1893.
Icon because Paris, fnar fnar etc, obviously.
I could see how his opinions would be a serious concern regarding his job, but he isn't
As I understand it, one of the objections was that his behaviour dissuades women (and possibly other groups) from participating in open source (Free, whatever) software projects. As he's a figurehead, I can see how the FSF might consider that an actual problem.
Open source has form in this area too. Think of the objections to Linus Torvalds' behaviour not so long ago. Though one apparent difference between Torvalds and Stallman is that Torvalds seemingly eventually recognised the need to moderate his behaviour.
It's a pretty big splash screen with GIMP in quite shouty letters, at least on my machine. And how long it hangs around depends on how fast your computer is, as well as how many fonts etc it tries to load at startup...
Otherwise though, yeah. Good point well made. If you actually go and look at how it's deployed (for Ubuntu anyway) this feels a bit like a storm in a teacup. The only other place that obviously mentions "GIMP" is an entry in the Help menu. Feels like a minimal-effort sort of thing to change without the need for a fork.
I once had to submit a business case for why we should use SVN rather than VSS. Because Microsoft and all that.
It was the NHS, which tells you all you need to know about the quality technical decision making process that existed at the time. Luckily the case was accepted.
I left the job soon after. You're welcome, whoever it was that replaced me.
They do list the prices here though, if you follow links from the above page (or Google "Canonical support prices"):
TL;DR - it's not more than you or I could (probably) afford. But it depends on how much you buy. I'm sure for someone like BT the numbers will be a) bespoke and b) large.
Given there are quotes from Mark Shuttleworth, and it's "Ubuntu OpenStack" rather than just "OpenStack", I assume there are probably commercial arrangements of some sort in place between BT & Canonical. Which seems like it'd be both wise and a good thing for the underpinning open source projects.
Such arrangements might well be commercially sensitive so I wouldn't be surprised if there was a lack of detail.
(I have no knowledge of this deal, but I've had commercial support from Canonical in the past. It works well.)
regularly timetabled ambulances
Under privatisation, perhaps ambulances will be paid by results? Cue mental picture of ambulances cruising the streets.
To paraphrase Pterry, any bunch of people who are paid to transport patients would naturally see to it that there was a plentiful supply of patients to transport.
I periodically use Firefox on my desktop, and while it's mostly fine there are enough niggles that it's not a seamless experience.
Mainly it's tracking down extensions that do the same thing as in Chromium, configuring settings etc etc. All do-able, but probably like most people on El Reg I've got years of muscle memory built up in getting $BROWSER how I like it with dev tools and so on. And I don't find playing with new software inherently interesting any more, I mostly want it to get off my lawn.
Basically it's inertia. Until Chromium gives me a really good reason to switch I've got better things to do. I find that's less of an issue on mobile, where there's no customisation going on beyond a couple of privacy-related extensions.
Firefox has been the go-to browser on my Android phone for a number of years (unlike my Linux desktop I'm sad to say, though that may change the way Chrome/Chromium's going).
Firefox on Android mostly Just Works and has some useful privacy features. I'm surprised it sees so little adoption, even considering the usual inertia problem.
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