... troll Trump on Teams and get him to ban Microsoft : the whole world (well, except China) will benefit from that
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The SMB I still work for had Gateway2000 machines in the 90s when I joined - I got a new one in it's cow box when I started. I seem to remember them being made in Ireland, or was that just the european HQ?
At least one of them was later repurposed as a server laid on it's side in a rack, although it needed some packing to accomodate the curved sides of the case...
'Or maybe offer in-app purchases with a 100% mark-up. People who know better will go to the website and buy the service at a discount. People who have no sense will pay both you and Apple for their cluelessness.'
Nope - Apple have that covered: they won't let you charge more for the in-app purchase than it is available for elsewhere, and they're very good at tracking that down.
I've been here myself - trying to get a subscription-based service into the App store that also has a WWW client and an Android version. The whole pricing structure for our subscriptions is constrained by the requirements Apple set. That 30% is just something you have to include as a cost centre if you're a small business, apparently.
My response to them selling me insurance is something along the lines of
"So you want me to bet £X/month that this (TV|PC|Toaster) will break in the next two years? If the product is really that bad why do you sell it?"
If they can work out what I've just said then they stop trying to sell it to me. Otherwise I find that repeating the word 'NO' eventually soaks in.
And in any case, the (TV|PC|Toaster) will break just after the warranty has (would have) expired.
Hey - my daughter Amy is an A Ford - what's wrong with that?
Apparently I was destined to be Peter Craig Ford until my parents realised that P.C. was a poor choice of initials (at least in the UK)
I know of a family who named their daughter N.O. Chance
Worse is that she has an aunt who is Miss A. Chance
I collaborated on a project at one time with a client who's rep was called Jenny Taylor - I had to explain my childish snigger to my PM after the first meeting...
And as for Mr. & Mrs. King calling their son Wayne...
I had a RAID6 fail with three drives dying in quick succession - I suspect the first chucked up some nasty vibrations in its death throes that took out the two next to it...
And it was on Christmas Eve...
Still, the on-site backups worked well enough to get me through to the New Year on a reduced array (and a couple of hot spare machines) until I could get hands on to sort it out...
It's 2019 - where's my flying car?
Seriously, autonomous flying vehicles would be a lot easier than trying to avoid all the clutter at street level.
So, vertical take-off from your driveway, fly to the nearest highway/motorway and then autonomous driving from there.
Might need some improvements in battery energy density though...
Been using Qt to build cross-platform (Android,iOS) apps for a while - I also thought this looked a bit like QML.
It would be neat if the Qt guys could leverage this by a translation from QML to SwiftUI: one run through with a perl script instead of adding all the abstraction and implementation libraries that Qt needs to build for iOS?
In answer to my own question, with my phone (developer mode enabled) connected to my Linux PC by USB, I can grab the list into a text file (bad-andoid-packages.txt) and then
for PKG in `adb -d shell pm list packages`; do grep $PKG bad-android-packages.txt; done
which should spot any matches.
So now all I need to do is get the tablet unlocked and developer-mode-enabled, and it should be easy...
Certainly easier than watching over his shoulder every minute to spot him installing stuff he shouldn't, although I do try ...
My Android phone is pretty clean - there are very few apps on it and they're from fairly reliable publishers.
My son's tablet PC, though, is a different matter.
So, given the length of that list and the arcane naming of the apps, is there any obvious way to list the installed apps on the device and check it with that list? My eyeballs don't fancy an old-school eyeball grep today...
I had two email dopplegangers using my peterford@ISP email address. One had cleary used it in the various spare-time activities he participated in (nothing dodgy) so many other people were trying to contact him using the address. I eventually noticed his middle initial and tentatively sent a message to peterxford@ISP, which turned out to be correct. he has since sorted things out with his friends, and since I ignored the flurry of GDPR messages in 2018 most of the businesses he used that address with have given up.
The other had a different spelling, rather than a middle name, which had been used on an order form. I again had enough info to guess the real address: unfortunately I left it too late to help him recover his order...
Both were polite an aplogetic (of course they were, they're British)
One UK university I worked at had servers named after colours red, blue .. white, black. Then sable followed black. Then ermine followed sable. Then weasel, and possibly even wolverine. God knows where it went after that...
My own research cluster of five HP-UX workstations had gordon (the big one), and then henry, james, edward and thomas
Big Corps' C-suite should be fined a % of their salaries and bonuses, with no pay increments or other rewards paid until the fine has been cleared (and perhaps a few years afterwards)
Otherwise $BIG_CORP just puts their prices up or squeezes their customers some other way to pay for the fine. You have to make the people at the top of the corporation feel the pain otherwise nothing will change...
... does some of these things
but it doesn't show the phone display on the PC, or make calls (yet...)
It certainly notifies me of incoming alerts and SMS, and I can do file transfer like the phone is a network drive.
It can also use the phone as an input device, like a touch pad and a keyboard: might be useful in a presentation environment...
"Effectively, though, this just amounts to giving Facebook more information - even if it’s in the negative, it's equally telling about your personality. And this speaks to the fundamental disconnect between the business and the public."
Does anyone else see the irony of British MPs accusing someone of a disconnect between them and the public?
I might have misread - perhaps that was only an editorial comment, rather than an actual quote from a politician, but the point is still there: one of the worst groups of people for not understanding the mood of the public is the membership of the House of Commons...
I see your £6/month, and say my (dodgy chinese brand) phone cost £85, is IP68-rated and generally damage-resistant, dual SIM (plus SD card), and is on iD @ £5/month (including 2.25GB data with rollovers)
Not only is the package cheap, but the phone is more likely to survive my lifestyle than a £999 iPhone X. The money I save pays for the wear and tear on my trouser pocket (it's not exactly a lightweight phone...)
"the Model 3 is the wrong car for Europe in that it is a sedan/saloon "
"What do they drive in Europe? I had thought the truck/SUV dominance was primarily elsewhere."
In the UK at least the top-selling car is the Ford Fiesta (and pretty much always has been)
The next seven (at least for 2017) are hatchbacks, with the Mercedes C-class (at no. 9) being the only sedan in the top 10. BMW 3-series is probably just outside the top 10, but aside from those it's hatchbacks (including SUVs and MPVs) most of the way.
France is similar in it's love of hatchbacks - pretty much every French car model is a hatchback and the French are fairly partisan in their choices.
Germany likes their BMWs, Audis and Mercs as sedans, but even those makers have a lot of hatchback variants (BMW 1-series plus all the Xs and GT variants; Merc A-class, CLA and all the Gs; Audi A1, A3 and all the Qs)
My little old HP EliteBook has a quad-core i7, an 256GB SSD and 4GB RAM.
It works fine, running a full Apache-PHP-PostgreSQL stack, NetBeans IDE and usually several browsers. The fan runs hard if I start up Candy Crush in a browser, but the memory is never an issue.
Of course, it's not having to stagger under the weight of Windows 10...
I don't see the problem with this: it doesn't actually say anything about being a "ladies tool kit" aside from the Amazon categorisation. It does have a connection to a breast cancer charity, but how is that gender-specific?
If someone wanted a pink toolkit, maybe just to differentiate it from others, then this is cool. It might stop all the dickhead "alpha" males stealing it...
On the one hand, they have done reasonably well at providing me and my family with phone, broadband and mobile at pretty low cost.
On the other, they seem to have dropped mobile without actually telling any of their existing customers: the first we heard of it was when my daughter got a warning about approaching her text limit. She was on an unlimited text deal... but apparently her deal ended and she is now on some less favourable deal with no warning!
All our mobiles are now going elsewhere as they get to the end of their current deals. Broadband and phone are definitely being looked into.
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