Re: Couldn't they have waited until the streamlined POWER offerings supported Linux?
If only IBM had bought a company with decent Linux credentials then they might have been able to avoid this embarrassing situation.
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> Bomb threat? I'd call plod, then mostly ignore it, anyone in a 'special' job will follow the procedure they were given for these events.
I once worked in a place that had a bomb-threat procedure. There was script card you could print out from the corp Intranet and keep on your desk next to the phone, just in case. There was also a clear desk policy...
> No, that's an old typesetting thing - a perpendicular problem to cards - the typesetter can gather the letters and hold them as a line between thumb and forefinger for placing in the press
I don't think typesetters ever held type between finger and thumb (too much risk of dropping the lot) - they just slide it off the composing stick into the frame.
Interesting viewpoint. My view is that an opposition party's job is to get the party in power to implement the policies of the opposition party (by amending, extending or blocking legislation, cajoling, appealing to public opinion etc). They shouldn't be sitting there going "you're shit"..."you're shit" ... "you're shit" until the next election.
> We asked Upton when we might expect to see a 16GB variant, but have yet to receive a response.
He probably hasn't replied because his eyes are still rolling. Couldn't you think of a better question to ask?
> More annoying perhaps, is the lack of flags on command line tools in windows combine this with the prediliction for localisation on Windows and reliably getting system informatin becomes a chore. Though I've just found that systeminfo /FO CSV returns something nearly usable.
Surely Microsoft provides an API into its telemetry database so that you can easily query what your own machines are running?
> Looks like another bloody excuse for Dominic Cummings to go on holiday to me.
"No officer, of course I haven't gone to Oban for a holiday. Actually I'm checking my eyesight using this beyond-visual-line-of-sight drone..."
[Icon: if he'd gone to an optician he'd have been asked to cover up one eye at a time.]
Presumably a lot of eBay fraud is fraudsters buying an 'eBay fraud kit' on the dark web which provides handy features for defrauding buyers and or sellers. So I fully expect that an updated version of that kit was released about 5 minutes after eBay first started doing these scans.
As always, it's us that suffers - the fraudsters won't be impacted in the slightest, except a one-off upgrade payment for the updated fraud kit.
> Only the beast of Redmond could meet 'data sovereignty and reliability' needs
What's this 'beast of Redmond' nonsense? Hasn't the Micros~1 memo done the rounds yet?
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> Yes it's bad they didn't recognise the domain change
It's only bad if there had been a previous 'all staff' directive that said something like "genuine requests from the IT dept. will come from domain xxx.gitlab.yyy.'
Anything else gitlab.zzz just looks like the marketing department were allowed to let loose another bright idea.
> I sense a new El Reg unit of severity coming.
A scale from 1 to 5 like the you-know-what scale:
Level 1 - Safe. No need to worry. Feel free to worry more about rogue apostrohe's and double spaces after full-stops.
... through to ...
Level 5 - Critical. So severe, even Apple will respond to enquiries from El Reg
Saying "I judged it necessary to fulfil our mission" in the leaked letter, covers a multitude of possibilities.
It could be a QA / testing short-cut to allow a subby to meet a deadline.
It could be agreeing to pay off a sexual harassment suit in order to keep someone key to the team in place.
My money's on something non-technical. Whatever it was, it sounds like it's about to become public.
Apple were there first - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/19/apple_colgate_ai_toothbrush/
And the same girl in the same picture was similarly surprised! You'd think she'd be used to it by now.
> In our off we went wholly to google docs for their ability to share, but more technical stuff still goes through LaTeX. Final versions are kept in PDF
Does Google docs let you export to PDF but silently exclude any embedded documents? If so then it is feature complete vis-a-vis Word.
It's one of those things that really makes you want to bang your head against the wall. A developer at Microsoft sat down and wrote a routine to extract the icon image of an embedded file object and insert the image into the PDF being produced but it never once occurred to them that maybe, just maybe, the person doing the export might like the file(s) they carefully embedded into Word to be carefully embedded into the PDF as well?
> PwC's finding that publishers received just 51 per cent on the dollar, or British pound in this case, underscores long standing complaints about the inability of news publishers to sustain themselves through online ad revenue.
No surprise, but what to do about it?
Well, there's nothing to stop on-line papers from booking their own adverts, just as they did for print. And then their sites might be rid of that "one neat trick" fake ad shit and the whole site might just become a more pleasant place and attract more readers?
The article doesn't make it clear but if you look at the PDF you'll see that the system is hierarchical - there's an inner binary consisting of one star and the BH, both being orbited by the 2nd star which is much further out.
Additionally, the 4 solar masses quoted is just a minimum size for the black hole. They don't have an estimate for its upper size (that I could see on a quick skim through) but - to address your point - the 6 solar masses star is orbiting a 4 + 5 = 9 solar masses binary.
Sorry to disappoint but, from the fine article:
For the years 2016 to 2019 inclusive, Mail Online and Amazon.com were the most common websites accessed from the ministry's IT networks, excluding search engines and departmental intranet pages.
Excluding work-related sites is always going to make it look like not much work is going on.
> If it is selling, it's to folk with an old SE who have finally realised there will never be a replacement and they have to accept this faster iPhone 8 (that they are calling an SE), instead.
That's me you're describing and your body punches have landed.
The reason I went with the original SE was that the 8 was too big. Now that phablets are the new norm and Audi Q7's are larger and heavier than 1980's Ford Transit vans, what was previously a large phone is no longer so. Or, put another way, as phones have doubled in size, so have my standards. ;-)
> Not that this is a bad idea, IMHO instead of user agent names they should announce web standard compliance (and web standards should ease it with clear identifiers) - just it should not be Google to decide how it works - otherwise it's just the new IE.
Came here to say much the same thing but wondering if web standards compliance is enough? Perhaps there should be something about whether the output display is touch enabled or not? And screen dimensions + pixel density perhaps?
It should definitely include a disability string to indicate things such as screen reader in use; contrast enhancement in use; hearing impairment, so go easy on the sound effects etc.
> Politicians in London don't get paid enough to afford luxuries.
I think your downvoters missed the sarcasm tag. However, I can forgive them for believing you genuinely thought MPs aren't paid enough - at one time some of them were so skint they couldn't even afford to pay for their own porn
> Those good intentions are potentially undermined by the use of Google's reCAPTCHA service, used to deter bots from recording their coughs,
Coughing into speech recognition and then pasting that in as the response to the audio captcha probably works.
I got fed up with identifying traffic lights and wondering whether the pole counted or not so switched to using the audio instead. It's now a game to see just how unlike the sound a word can be and still get through. It's surprisingly lax.
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> At least as normal as operations get for Cluster, now over 20 years into a two-year mission
Isn't it about time we had a Reg unit to represent the length of time a space mission runs beyond its original planned lifetime?
Perhaps it could be named after Mars Express as in 'MEXtra' years?
Or maybe call it the Voyager? (Voyager's primary mission completed in 1989 but will run on until 2025 when there is no power left to run science experiments) which equates to 36 extra years. So Cluster's 18 extra years is very conveniently 0.5 of a Voyager.
Maybe you can come up with something better?
Bit late to the comments here :-( but is it about time (groan) that we had a Reg unit of time for space mission extensions beyond the original mission plan?
The obvious name for the unit is a 'Voyager' - except that Voyager is still going and so is an undefined period of time and also might be better used a unit of (undefined) distance. :-)
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