* Posts by katrinab

3057 posts • joined 6 Aug 2016

It's not a Windows 10 release without something breaking so here's a troubleshooter for your OneDrive woes

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Re: Craig Federighi needs to go, his track record is abysmal. Just works? Catalina anyone?

At least with Catalina, you have to specifically "buy" it from the app store, and Mojave (and High Sierra) are still getting updates.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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"Although yesterday's Ministry of Fun* announcement said digital now makes up 58 per cent of British radio listening, the real problem here is the slow pace of change."

The real problem is that digital doesn't just mean DAB. It also means DVB-A - listening to radio on your TV, and internet streaming (including podcasts). I rather suspect most of that 58% is internet streaming, and not DAB.

Scala contributor: Open source and diversity key to tackling dev skills shortage

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Re: The magic 500,000 jobs...

And it means they no longer need to worry about stuff like H11B visas.

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NASA did all black women for the team that wrote the software for the Apollo moon landings. May I tentatively suggest that they did a lot better than typical government IT projects today?

The internet becomes trademarkable, sort of, with near-unanimous Supreme Court ruling on Booking.com

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Already owned by Oracle I think, as in "We [Sun Microsystems] are the dot in .com".

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"So to take that in reverse, because most people use the word Hoover as a generic term the company Hoover should lose their trademark."

Yes, that does happen.

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"Fanta" is a trade mark even though the company that produces it is the Coca Cola Corporation.

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"If someone were to start a company called ‘Washingmachine.com,’ it could likely secure a similar level of consumer identification by investing heavily in advertising. Would that somehow transform the nature of the term itself? Surely not.”

Surely yes? 25 years ago, if you ask someone what they associated with the word "Amazon", they would say it is a rainforest in Brazil. Now they would say it is an online retailer. That means that Amazon is now a trademark in the field of retailing.

Brit MPs vote down bid to delay IR35 reforms, press ahead with new tax rules for private-sector contractors

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Re: If you keep poking the pig with a stick

"Is there such a thing as a low paid contractor?"

Yes, very much so. All those contractors who work for Deliveroo, Über, Care Home agencies, and so on. Contractors on average, earn a lot less than employees.

NEC insists its face-recog training dataset isn't biased, but refuses to share details of Neoface system with UK court

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What these accuracy numbers really mean

Worth repeating as some people forget:

Lets say you scan a population of 100,000, and you are looking for 10 people

With 98% accuracy you will find 9.8 of the people you are looking for. That bit is easy to understand

You will also get 19,998 false positives. That means that only 0.049% of the people it flags up are people you are looking for.

With 70% accuracy, you will find 7 of the people you are looking for. Again, no surprises there.

You will get 29997 false positives, meaning that 0.023% of the people it flats up are people you are looking for.

If you toss a coin, 0.01% of the people it flags up will be people you are looking for.

LibreOffice slips out another 7.0 beta: Spreadsheets close gap with Excel while macOS users treated to new icons

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Re: Input of accents on mac

Easiest way is:

Cmd - Space

Type 2, 3, or whatever in the search box

Select the one you want.

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Re: Input of accents on mac

⌥e e - é

⌥u e - ë

⌥I e - ê

⌥` e - è

⌥n n - ñ

In windows, you can use the UK extended keyboard to get similar features

You use Alt-Gr rather than ⌥.

For ë you would use " rather than u

For ñ you would use ~ rather than n

For ê you would use ^ rather than i

For é you would use ' rather than e. You can also do Alt-Gr e, and that applies to the standard UK layout as well as the extended layout, as there are some English words that require it such as exposé which is not the same as expose and some where it is an alternative correct spelling such as café.

Apple gives Boot Camp the boot, banishes native Windows support from Arm-compatible Macs

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A lot of publishers have already done that with the move to 64 bit, so there's stuff that will run in Mojave but not Catalina.

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Re: So basically

I don't think the percentage is that small. Back in the days when software was sold in boxes on retail shelves, you would see Parallels for Mac, but not anything for running on Windows hosts. There are a lot of Mac users who need to run Windows software for one reason or another. The current set-up gives them the best of all three worlds, a Mac for doing Mac stuff, as well as the ability to do Unix stuff natively and the ability to do Windows stuff.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Re: Even supermarkets do

They do indeed. But I usually don't have it in my fridge.

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Usually a thick layer of unsalted french butter, then jam, which of course doesn't comply with any approved recipe.

If I do have cream to hand, and usually I don't, then it goes on top of the jam.

Honeypot behind sold-off IP subnet shows Cyberbunker biz hosted all kinds of filth, says SANS Institute

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Re: Not need to know

EU Law doesn't cover criminal matters. You need to look at German law, or possibly state law for the part of Germany they are located in.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Re: So once the Government gets its way....

Less than 25% of the vote in a multi-party system, as you don't need 50%+1 vote in the winning seat, and in a lot of seats, the winning candidate does get less than 50% of the vote,

US starts sniffing around UK spaceports – though none capable of vertical launches actually exist right now

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Re: Why here?

I'm waiting to see which totally inappropriate company gets the contract.

A ferry contract to a pizza delivery firm with c£50 in assets

A c£100m PPE contract to a small pesticide supplier with c£18k in assets.

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: Very dodgy subject

"Certain TV and movie actors also have "the look" and tend to be picked for parts where they play the baddy or psycho."

You probably think people with that "look" are criminals because that's the way they are portrayed in movies.

Features vs compatibility: Google Chrome team promises more 'rigour', but what does that mean?

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Blink is a fork of Webkit.

When the KDE project said they intended to Konquer the world. Who would have guessed that their code would form the basis for pretty much all the browsers out there, including Microsoft’s?

Microsoft emits a colourful Windows Terminal preview

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Re: Open Cmd Here?

And in Windows 8

Police and NHS urge British public not to call 101 and 111 non-emergency numbers after behind-the-scenes kit failure

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Is 119 affected?

That's the number you are supposed to call if you have coronavirus symptoms, to leave 111 available for people with other health problems.

Customers of Brit ISP Virgin Media have downloaded an extra 325GB since March, though we can't think why

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Re: It is not the router

Configure the pinhole to use DOH, then they can't intercept it.

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Re: you get max 6 Mbps upload

I get about 45 down, 15 up on Plusnet. Slightly faster on O2 4G.

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means

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Re: What does 'six feet' mean?

6 feet is 182.88cm.

By the way, I've only ever seen crocodiles in photos. I've no idea how big they are.

Two COVID tests, five-day quarantine, limited expense account abuse opportunities: Taiwan sets new rules for business travel

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If for example you catch the virus at the airport or on the flight, you won't test positive straight away.

Not so nice, we investigated them twice: EU opens double whammy of inquiries into Apple's biz practices

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Re: The Register has asked Apple, Spotify, and Rakuten for comment.

The bit I was focusing on was "Apple sent us a statement"

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Re: The Register has asked Apple, Spotify, and Rakuten for comment.

‘Apple sent us a statement following publication of the article. “We follow the law in everything we do and we embrace competition at every stage because we believe it pushes us to deliver even better results.”’

HPE pushes white label kit for 5G edge computing to tempt all the telcos still crying over WhatsApp and pals

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And you will be doing this stuff over 5G, and not over a multi-gigabit fibre connection?

There's no accounting for TITSUP*: Beancounters bemoan Sage cloudy sync software outage

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Re: "our equipment is used for COVID-19 drugs"

Sage Drive is like a kind of Dropbox that syncs the Sage data files between different computers. Actual Dropbox, or Nextcloud or whatever won't work if you have multiple people accessing it at the same time. Samba over VPN would be way too slow to be useable.

The problem is that the design decisions they made when writing it for the Amstrad PCW, when it was the one computer in the office are not really appropriate today, when computers are approaching a million times more powerful, and operate in a networked multiuser environment.

The other problem is that other solutions either don't have the same feature set as Sage (eg Zero, Quckbooks) or are overkill and way too complicated to deploy (SAP, Oracle).

The best way to deploy Sage in a multiuser environment is on an RDP server with the data saved on the same machine that the program is running on, or on a storage pool with a minimum 10Gb/s network connection to your RDP server.

Psst. Hey kid, you want $50 in AWS credit? Great, you just need to fill out this form and sit through these web lectures

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Re: Difficult choice for tomorrow

Set up some sort remote access to your computer back at home, and “watch” them there?

Lettuce Encrypt, Encrypt We Must: Hobby projects change name after Let's Encrypt fires off trademark complaints

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Re: Try the certifytheweb.com desktop app

You can also add post-install powershell scripts to cover services other than IIS that need certificates.

In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing

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Re: World-Beating? Oh no, it isn't...

We are second worst in the world on most metrics, though the worst is different depending on which metric you look at. I guess that makes us worst overall.

'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails

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Minimum requirements for Windows 95 were 4MB / 8MB recommended minimum.

Microsoft tweaks its 'New Outlook' for Mac – but no support for Exchange on-premises yet

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"but the first full Mac version did not appear until Outlook 2011, and even that was not very good, slower than the Windows version and missing some features, such as Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)."

Does anyone use VBA on Outlook apart from virus writers?

Microsoft unshackles WSL2 Linux kernel from Windows 10 image for future fettling via Windows Update

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Re: It's not an OS

WSL1 is like Wine in reverse, so the GNU operating system isn't actually running on Linux. Unlike Cygwin, it allows you to run native Linux binaries, so you don't have to recompile everything. FreeBSD and a few other operating systems have something similar.

WSL2 is an optimised Hyper-V image, so does come with an actual Linux kernel.

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Re: Junction support

I'm guessing, as it is basically an optimised Hyper-V image, you access windows volumes via Samba?

Sponge code borks square AI brains, sucking up compute power in novel attack against machine-learning systems

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Re: Artificial intelligence

If a text is full of typos, or in a not very legible font, or poor handwriting, or something like that, it does take longer to read.

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'

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Re: Shut it

"Because they are statistically more likely to be engaged in provable crime."

Which statistics are you looking at? Because if you are looking at conviction rates, that is a product of the cases the police choose to prosecute. When a white person is stopped by police, they are far more likely to be guilty of something than what a black person is stopped by police.

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Re: Shut it

http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/Tim

A Tim would not use Red, White, & Blue as their colours.

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Re: Shut it

White privilege means being able to go out without being shot at by the police, not being expelled from school for having hair on your head, and other similar things that you take for granted. It doesn't mean you are super-wealthy.

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Re: Shut it

Telecom Italia Mobile

Telefónica is Spanish, the Italian equivalent is Telefonia

Yet another beefy BSOD spotted lurking within the walls of US patty pusher

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Re: Stuffed full of deliciousness

Nope. There's still a few Wimpies around. Also, the company that owns them also owns GBK, and you might have seen them on your travels.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Re: Chill out

My mid 2010 MacBook Pro is getting on for 10 years old now and still works. I’ve replaced the hard drive with an SSD, and I’ve replaced the battery three times.

Dabbsy’s review of a slightly later model - https://www.theregister.com/2011/11/24/review_apple_macbook_pro_13in_core_i5_laptop?page=1

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If you really must have Twitter on your fridge door, an iPad mount for your fridge can be had for about £15, and an iPad will cost £350 for the cheapest model. Less than half the extra cost to get a smart fridge, and it will work a lot better.

It could be 'five to ten years' before the world finally drags itself away from IPv4

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Re: Doomed to eternal limbo

"Imagine what might have happened if AWS had said, "any new service is going to have an IPv6 endpoint, and you must pay extra if you want IPv4"

They would have to pay the extra for IPv4, or most people wouldn't be able to access it.

I don't know about Amazon's pricing, but a lot of cloud providers do charge for IPv4 addresses already, and people pay for them, so actually this wouldn't be particularly unexpected.

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In 1995, when IPv6 came out, almost nobody used the internet. That changed in 1998-2000, and when everyone started using the internet, they used IPv4.

That would have been the time to roll out IPv6, so I'm afraid that ship sailed about 20 years ago. It's not going to happen.

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens

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Yes, in terms of trademark law, they would be fine if they did not have the Apple logo on them, because nobody is claiming they were made by Apple, and therefore they are not counterfeit, just copies.

Defending critical national infrastructure... hmm. Does Zoom count as critical now?

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Yes it does

COBRA uses it for communication between the Prime Minister and First Ministers. You can't get much more critical than that.

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