Re: git broke English
No no no, unpull clearly means "push". "git push" coming up Linus, thanks for the endorsement!
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I looked into getting a business loan a while back. The bank had a non-negotiable requirement that a lawyer sit me down and go through the contract with both me and my wife, who is also a director.
The lawyer (who happened to be a mate of mine) explained this was due to a case where the husbands company (the wife was also a director) took a loan out, then later divorced. The bank chased both for repayment. She successfully argued that although she was a company director, she was not aware of her husbands loan application and had no liability for it.
So there are very real legal responsibilities for SWMBO.
RTFM. A phrase so well known in IT, you can probably manage that one without looking it up.
No matter how good the design, there will always be the kind of user that would rather spend 20 minutes writing an email (or 5 writing a comment) to complain, instead of 2 minutes to read the documentation. Some people literally can't help themselves.
Can't you switch to FTTC? We had exactly the same problem - and when I say exactly, I'm 2 miles outside the M25 and had roughly the same speed - we're 4.3km to the exchange, but with a cabinet a few hundred meters away.
Switched to FTTC and literally as I type, the kids are doing stupid dances to their friends on Zoom.
Better than "it's an open universe, you can always fork it and fix it yourself"
As an aside, I can't get past the notion that trying to divine the shape of the universe from earth is like trying to work out the shape of Albert Hall by peering through the keyhole.
Interesting article a few months back on what Softbank may have been hoping to get out of this:
Interesting. I would have gone for "Sin jin Ming-gis Beech-ham of Bur-tham Wooster-sher", which I suppose only helps the point I was making. I used to live near a Beauchamp road in Clapham, was told under no uncertain terms it was "Beech-ham" and staying that way.
Likewise the "th" sound in Burpham derives from a norse thorn - þ, which became a "p" in our spelling.
(I wonder how much of our differences are regional? I'm mongrel London area)
You win on Happisburgh, haven't seen that one. It's on my list.
For all the flaws of the copyright system, the IA's action is cynical bullshit. Particularly at a time when many people are short of money they are literally undercutting the income stream for a lot of living authors - the vast, vast majority of the books in their archive are published in the last 30 years.
Half the commenters on this thread seem to think that because a few - and I mean so few you can name them - companies that own rights have abused the copyright system, that somehow the whole thing should be torn down and everything be free-as-in-fuck-you.
Creative works are subject to copyright so the author can make money from it. This is fair because writing a book(*) takes time and effort. I have friends and family who try to earn a living as authors, pro-photographers, and other creative types. None of them are bathing in champagne after cashing their royalty cheques.
(*) I am not talking about the vast sea of cut-n-paste shite that pervades amazon masquerading as content.
The unholy hand of Ayn Rand from beyond the grave.
On an opposing and loosely related note, I find it telling that no matter how free-market-small-state your government claims to be, when faced with a crisis the response is universally - for lack of a better word - socialist. I look forward to reading the political theorising on this once it all dies down.
Our local garden center today was also stripped bare - and by bare, I mean no seed left except a few weird ones or flowers,, no seedlings except a vast number of chillis (deemed too unnourishing I suppose), small herbs, and a some unloved pak choi which I snapped up, along with the last of the tumbling tomatoes - anything substantial had already gone. The chap I spoke to said they did well over £30,000 business on Saturday. Signs were everywhere saying "more vegetables are delivered between 2 and 3 each day" - presumably to answer the question "yes yes, but what TIME are they turning up?"
6 million old people expecting to stay at home for 6 months, it was kind of inevitable.
Fines? 80 years ago, bulk buying loo roll and flogging on ebay for twice the price would have been called war profiteering. People got shot for it.
Mind, there are enough europeans I know querying our UK policies on the virus, if we start executing anyone with more than 500 rolls of loo paper it will just lead to more questions so maybe you're right. Fines will probably do it.
First There is an increased number of deaths amongst health workers, which are certainly not 65+ - so dosing yourself with COVID19 might not be a great idea.
Second, while you're certianly going to have immunity for some time after infection. for how long? See https://twitter.com/BallouxFrancois/status/1238837158007447558 - there's no reason to believe it's not permanent. A six month immunity would get you ill just in time for next winter.
Finally, the current tests do not identify whether you've had it (past tense), just whether you've got it now. Once those tests come along it will be easier to decide to head out in the knowledge you're immune, at least for a bit. For now though...
The flyers went out today, two calls in the first hour with the second being a 92 year old woman who's neighbours normally help her buy food, but she hasn't been able to get them on the phone for a couple of days.
I'm baffled by anyone that thinks Facebook is a solution to this. Even email is a bridge too far. It's sole purpose for us is recruiting younger folk to help out, or to let their parent's know.
Google "covid 19 mutual aid" - there's probably a group of volunteers near you that will deliver food etc if you go properly self isolating.
In fact, given the tech industry is probably one of the most resilient in these circumstances, perhaps El Reg could do a little solicit to see what it's readers are doing and sum up the best ones? We're all going to have a lot of time on our hands, may as well do something useful. My to do list today is try to find someone with a tractor to plough the school field for vegetables. Greetings from Surrey!
We sell a Java API and have been since Java 1.2. With the exception of applets and Java Web Start, there's really been very little of consequence removed.
That said, I completely agree on stability being the overriding factor. The 6 month cycle is beyond ridiculous and it's only effect is to make sure no-one bothered with Java 9, 10, 12 and 13.
I spoke to everyone you missed. They're also moving to OpenJDK.
We found significant differences between Oracle JDK8 and OpenJDK8. By contrast we found no differences at all between them when testing with JDK11. I see no advantage whatsoever to Oracle's offering at this point.
Chatting to a doctor friend yesterday about mortality rates (the estimated figure in the UK press is about 1% rather than 2-6% you quote, but whatever).
She pointed out that was based on the availability of ventilators and other emergency care facilities, which is not going to hold up for long. So "severe symptoms" figure is probably the more relevant one to note. This conversation caused me to reassess a few things.
> it's perfectly justified to do anything and everything to avoid paying tax.
As you clearly have no use for arts funding, schools, public hospitals, unemployment or sickness benefit, roads, parks or international aid, can I please suggest you fuck off and live on an isolated rock somewhere and let the rest of us try and manage our society? Thanks.
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