* Posts by A.P. Veening

2126 posts • joined 15 Aug 2018

No more installing Microsoft's Chromium-centered Edge by hand: Windows 10 will do it for you automatically

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Re: I wouldn't mind so much..

I hate any install putting shortcut on desktop. I hate them all.

The better behaved once ask it with a check mark, preferably by opt-in.

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Re: I wouldn't mind so much..

since barely anyone seems to use Edge.

Just about everybody uses it once

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to download a decent browser.

SpaceX is about to launch its first Starlink internet satellite sporting a sun visor following complaints by astronomers

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Re: no Vanta Black?

It also radiates a nice range of em (on the shaded side), which causes things to cool down. Just make sure there is sufficient heat conduction between the two sides, preferably via a thermocouple to extract electricity from it.

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Re: Seebeck effect

How is the cool side staying cool?

By heat radiation from the side away from the sun, quite elementary.

Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'

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Re: Debian and Debian derivatives

holly crap, Devuan Beowulf (v3.0.0) has been released and ElReg didn't say it ! Well, time to switch I guess (3m22s left of the desktop-live download)

See here.

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Re: Pop!_OS

Only a little?????

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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My terminal windows are usually 132*27, but the code part of source lines should not exceed 100 characters in length (without line breaks). For legibility, parameters in calls can be (and usually are) limited to one per line.

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Re: Excessive complexity

I am by now used to 100 characters per line of source code (RPGLE), but otherwise I completely agree with you. In a far past I put some small C-programs with source on the internet and the most often received comment was that it was legible, something of a revelation to some C-programmers.

SPOILER: As a COBOL-programmer, I am used to legible source, if it isn't, the source is not ready for maintenance, leave alone production.

Bite me? It's 'byte', and that acronym is Binary Interface Transfer Code Handler

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Not only that, he had a clue (or two) about what the people, he was managing, were doing, must have come up from the ranks.

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans

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Re: It hasn't been able to kill lots of stuff

At least the new features in notepad are somewhat useful and don't degrade the existing functionalities mostly harmless

FTFY ;)

They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station

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Re: What an achievement

but what has been developed by SpaceX is nothing more that the prosecution of NASA projects carried on by ex-NASA employees.

Correct, but somehow NASA itself failed to do so rather spectacularly.

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Re: You

but mostly the sound of 10 000 boeing execs seething and grinding their teeth as they realise their pork barrel is being taken away from them....

Not just their pork barrel but also illegal state subsidy.

Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam

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Re: Right. Never going there again.

I try to reduce my visits to the US to an absolute minimum.

So far I've been able to keep it to less than one in the last five decades.

Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia's election? There were no hacks

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Of course not, politician is just a dirty word for crook.

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Re: what do you expect when ...

The current presidential view is that failing to vote for a Republican candidate is undemocratic./joke

That is a bit too close to the truth to be a joke, leave alone a good one.

Great news. Patch load drops 20% for the first time in 10 years. Bad news: Well, you've heard about coronavirus?

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Re: How many software companies have been laying people off?

Meaning you are probably single and most definitely childless, with children home from closed schools productivity drops rather dramatically when working from home.

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Re: Ah, customers.

"Them as flunk that, manage!"

"And those who can't manage, audit!"

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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If only we could return to the perfect air safety record of 1918 1902 instead of today when we have millions of aircraft crashing every day

FTFY, just look up the number of crashes in 1918, but no planes crashed in 1902.

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Re: It was *supposed* to turn the aeroplane

Remember Kai Tak (the old Hong Kong airport)?

#1

#2

This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

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Re: Oregon Software Pascal

But the source would compile to code giving the same results on Apple ][.

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Re: OK

So tell me again, how have we ended up with Javascript and PHP ruling the roost?

Bean counters and manglement in the educational system.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Re: If it weren't for the fact

I have one on offer for € 1337 ;)

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Re: It's out of stock!

BTW CRs are cancinogenic.

So is living.

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Re: PT Barnum

Snake oil was a side line managed by McCoy.

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Your link results in shrink foil, you need aluminium foil.

See also this.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: Prices not adjusted

Small correction, that date it came into existence, it only came into (general) use three years later.

Mind your language: Microsoft set to swing the axe on 27 languages in iOS Outlook

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Re: Change at the device level ?

Borkzilla? Not Borgzilla? Seems like resistance is futile.

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Re: Widely understood

In my experience that includes cats and dogs.

In my experience, dogs respond better to German. And I know there are American dog trainers who prefer to train the dogs in German (with sometimes interesting results as their pronunciation -and other command of German- is quite often not quite up to standard).

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Re: You vill parle Amrecianish Da!

but also thinks the world does everything the same way as they do in Arkansas. Actually we don't all have addresses or phone numbers in US format.

And most of us use a more sensible date notation than month-day-year.

Linux desktop org GNOME Foundation settles lawsuit with patent troll

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Re: impressive, but how ?

I imagine turning up for a chat with RPI, and explaining that they'd engaged Shearman & Sterling

That is something you don't explain, in all meetings you are accompanied by your lawyer, who will force his/her business card on anyone who fails to tell him/her in a timely fashion of already having received such a business card.

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Re: For those asking about payment...

Hmm... I'd rather pay them a dollar just to ensure there is good consideration for the bargain.

Let them pay, they started the whole mess.

Runaway Latvian drone found meditating in tree after shutting down nation's skies

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But a loose screw is more common ;)

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

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Re: Of course it was going to hit the boat!

Please remember Dutch kids have been riding their bikes to (and from) school for over a century and most of that time those helmets weren't even invented yet. And the one time I had an accident requiring medical intervention (about 40 years ago, so before helmets), a helmet wouldn't have helped, my eye was saved by my glasses and I only needed a couple of stitches to my eyebrow.

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Re: Of course it was going to hit the boat!

one prototype sank to the bottom and another floated.

Sounds like an unequal weight distribution between the two, third should have hit the Goldilocks zone.

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Re: Of course it was going to hit the boat!

bicycles without helments

Wearing helmets while riding a bicycle??? What will they think up next? Rubber tiles on play grounds?

My elder son rides a bike to school every schoolday by himself and has never worn a helmet yet.

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Re: I can say without

We never did find out what happened to the rating, but he wasn't there when we took out all our test gear.

More importantly, were any of the rude things he said about the captain true? And if so, what happened to that captain (and his career)?

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Re: Can't beat this

I heard about this years ago and assumed it was made up.

Stuff like that you just can't make up. For those interested: L'Arbre du Ténéré.

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Re: Of course it was going to hit the boat!

or it might have just been a sunny day

Also known as technical weather, good weather to do some "scientific" and/or "technical" stuff outside.

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I was with the story until the civilian in a fishing boat. Anyone care to chip in with a reason why the Navy wouldn't have cleared the area of non-essential personnel?

Because that civilian wasn't a civilian but a flag rank (probably retired) officer from one of the dry branches.

SNAFU: Situation Normal, Army ...

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Re: Lookie likey

But it is PC to protect the challenged minorities. Or do you propose to call them leucine challenged?

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Re: Lookie likey

Challenged is not quite the same as deficient. And melanin challenged persons have a bit more than melanin deficient persons.

You overstepped and infringed British sovereignty, Court of Appeal tells US in software companies' copyright battle

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Re: SAS

The British SAS already infringed on the old European SAS (Son Altesse Serenissime).

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: Foot switch

I had completely forgotten that one, thanks for bringing it back to memory and have a

Total Eclipse to depart: Open-source software foundation is hopping the pond to Europe

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Re: A long time coming

Adding a header line with "sep=<delimiter>" is even easier in some cases (exporting CSVs from AS/400).

'We're changing shift, and no one can log on!' It was at this moment our hero knew server-lugging chap had screwed up

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Re: Ah, ye olde tricks to ID machines..

And as a result, the the cleaner got disconnected from his job.

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer

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Re: Beware enterprising users...

Sheesh... reporting your predecessor for rude comments... that's simply not cricket !!

On the other hand, you can be pretty sure he did read the source, so not all is bad.

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Re: "Lying" to your boss

Highly unlikely in Asia after making your boss loose face.

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Re: "Lying" to your boss

We never heard from the manager again and no one would tell us what happened to him.

Depends a bit on the country, but in some countries there is a pretty good chance he got (self)promoted to daisy pusher.

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I doubt that.. "worked at a place" means he was employed by that company. There is no visible bill until you visit the bean-counter with a detailed report about 6 hours of wasted time. Which might not play out so well in some environments.

There is a small, subtle difference between telling somebody there will be a serious bill and there being such a bill. Just telling him will already bring its own reward (read: punishment for that manager). Having that bill truly materialize is just the icing on the cake.

Go on, hit Reply All. We dare you. We double dare you. Because Office 365 will defeat your server-slamming ways

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Re: I thought it was called Microsoft 365 now...

Microsoft 335 by now ;)

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