Re: Abort Retry Fail
I had an interview with Canonical a few years ago. It is still the only interview I have ever had where the interviewer called me "Dude" the whole way through...........
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Feature creep, what do you mean?
Just doing a bit of troubleshooting, don't mind me..
Now where was it I needed to go to find out what DNS servers I am using? /etc/resolv.conf? Nope, not there. Now, I'm sure I put them around here somewhere. I'd forget my head if it wasn't bolted on, must be getting old...
Mutter, mutter, grumble, grumble, kids these days, grumble, grump, get off my grey beard....
The loss could be much more substantial than that. I used to work for a large, multinational company that had as a clause in the terms of employment that being arrested was considered an instant dismissal offence. I asked HR about it and they told me that even if you were innocent, there would be disruption to your working life while you proved it, which would make you less effective doing your job and would involve substantial time off work, so it was in the companies best interest to sever ties as early as possible, especially if it turned out you were guilty.
How about recording the history of an item where the history affects the value? For example, if you put all MOT test results in a blockchain, along with any accidents, and services done then that might make it more difficult for you to be sold a car that has "Only one lady owner, never raced or rallied, just used once a week to go to the shops" and when you get the V5 find that it has been written off 3 times...
From having participated in negotiations for bigger storage arrays, I know that some businesses agree with the manufacturer that they will have a small stock of warranty spares on site. I have also seen agreements where the manufacturer agree to keep a small stock locally, say within 20 miles. That way the spares can cover multiple businesses in the same geographical area.
I put my tip of the hat to "Keepass2Android Password Safe" from "Phillip Crocoll (Croco Apps)". Interfaces with my fingerprint reader and auto fills if asked. The way I have set it it up I use it on my phone, tablet, laptop and my wife's phone, and I can add a password from any device, and I get the update everywhere.
Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with the Developer, this is just my opinion from personal use, your mileage may vary.
A few years ago I was looking in to putting in a CCTV system. I asked the local old bill about it and they told me that they would not accept any images from private CCTV systems as evidence, as there was no chain of custody. Basically, I couldn't prove that the location, date and time were correct. If I wanted them to accept the footage as evidence it had to be installed by a qualified and certified installer and run by an approved and certified company.
In the end I didn't bother.
This here is a good physical asset example:
It was a motorhome rental business. When people invested in the business, they were given ownership of a motorhome as security. When the business went bankrupt, fully a 1/4 of the motorhomes were missing.
Annoyingly enough, I had the popup when I clicked on a notification to open WhatsApp, and the popup displayed for half a second when WhatsApp opened, then vanished when the conversation opened. I can't seem to find any way of reading it from within the App, so for all I know my data will be exported to and processed on Mars.........
I have changed between distro's more often than I want to count. I have used Ubuntu, SUSE, Redhat, Centos, Arch, Gentoo, Debian, Devuan, YellowDog and more, along with HP-UX, Solaris and AIX. Mainly because the distribution was chosen for the task at hand, or was vendor supplied.
I look at the different distro's as different accents. Cockney and Glaswegian are two very different accents, but they use the same underlying language. If you moved from Glasgow to London, you may have some initial difficulties with unfamiliar expressions, but you will quickly become used to the local lingo. Same when swapping distro. It doesn't take long to find your feet.
Reading the report, I can see that it recommends more than that.
In the encryption section, their first test is that new software doesn't make children more vulnerable. That is actually a tough ask, as not only are you are asking for the platforms to prove a negative in advance, you are asking them to certify their code works as expected, and is 100% bug free with no unintended side effects.
The second test is that all children's accounts have e2e disabled, unless you can prove the unprovable above. That will mean any group chat with a child in it will need to be unencrypted, as you can't do e2e on only one end. So no need for surveillance to break the encryption, just have the police sign up with a child account and join the group!
In the Government and regulators section it states that if these conditions are not met, then the platform should be regarded as breaching the duty of care.
In the online harm section it says that those that breach the duty of trust should face GDPR style massive fines, management liability and ISP blocking. That is a pretty big stick to wave.
I remember when a guitarist I knew got his first wireless connection. He would walk off the stage and have a stroll round the pub.
One day he wandered in to the Gent's while playing, and realised that with a pull door he had to stay in there until either the song ended, or someone let him out.....
People can be amazingly brilliant and astoundingly daft at the same time.
One chap I worked with demonstrated his brilliance by writing a very sophisticated virus from scratch. He demonstrated his astounding daftness by writing it at work, on his corporate PC, and testing it on the corporate network, and being surprised to be caught.
As they say, there's nowt so strange as folk
I know a professional mechanic who has the opposite idea. The first time he buys a tool, he buys the cheapest that will get the job done. If it breaks, the he replaces it with MAC or SnapOn. As such that means he has a socket set with two SnapOn ratchets, several SnapOn 10mm, 13mm, 15mm and 17mm sockets, and the rest are cheap chrome vanduim.
He told me it also has the advantage that if a bolt rounds off, he has no hesitation about hammering one of the cheap sockets over the head and welding it on.
I don't think there is enough detail in the story to properly judge if it is cheap or not. The screen size is given, but not the technology or resolution. There is no mention of chipset, RAM or storage. This is fine, as this a news story, not a technical analysis
The details I can find are as follows:
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors - 1200 x 2000 pixels, 5:3 ratio (~224 ppi density)
CPU - MediaTek Helio P22T (MT8768T) Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU - Mali-G72 MP3
RAM - 4Gb
Storage - 64Gb.
That may help you decide if it is value for money or not.
I remember the flight sim on the BBC B. It gave you points for flying through the town under building height, and for flying under the bridge over the river. You got double points for doing it inverted.
It was perfectly possible to take off, do a half roll, land on the river on your roof, and taxi under the bridge to collect your double points...
To my sceptical eyes, point 3, Clean Apps, looks like a call for every American (and foreign) company to remove all their apps from the Huawei store, on pain of upsetting the Government.
It looks like as blocking access to the Google app store didn't stop Huawei selling phones outside China, the plan is to bully everyone they can to pull their apps from the Huawei app store to make the phones less appealing.
I can see the follow up to this one will be "If you are in the Huawei app store, you won't be allowed to be in Google or Apple app stores. Make a choice between CCP and Freedom!"
That doesn't always work anyway. I bought something from Amazon that did come from the UK as promised. The quality was useless, and when I contacted the seller to return it, I was told I would have to pay the postage to their returns centre, in Houston, Texas. When I complained to Amazon they said this was a legitimate requirement, so it was cheaper to suck it up and keep it rather than return it and get my refund.
TL;DR:Even if the fulfilment centre is in your country, the returns centre may not be.
I got banned from doing any patching at one of my previous roles.
I had 3 servers to patch in, and 3 adjacent ports to plug them in to at the weekend. At least 3 times a day the week before the infrastructure chap warned me that the cabling had to be neat and tidy. So I braided them. Nice and neat and tidy.
Exactly. How far do you take it?
There has been a big discussion about what term can be used to replace the horrible term "Whitespace" when working on Documents and page layouts.
Blank space was suggested. No-go, as Blanc means white in other European languages.
Text free space was suggested. No-go due to the implication that the rest of the text is therefore non-free.
Intentional gaps was suggested. No-go due to the implication that the rest of the text is not intentional.
Last I checked the discussion was round using the term "Areas included for typographic flow", which is a huge mouthful.
When I was much younger, at the tail end of the 90's, I was working on a help desk. During the night shift we had an amusing little game. Open up your search engine du jour, turn off safe search and enter any two random words. The person who had an "adult" result highest in the rankings won. I think the record was held by "Lawnmower table" or some such nonsense.
I found that snap can cause lots of issues. I installed keepass using snap, and it installed as a sandboxed app. Very nice for security you would think. Well, a short while later, after 3 upgrades to keepass, it deleted the oldest snap container, which just happened to contain my password file. So secure that even you can't use your passwords now!
Why did I put the kdb in the snap file system? Because the app is sandboxed, so I had no choice.
+1 For Devuan here, running it on my home and work machines, and on my son's laptop, despite his IT teacher telling him to install a proper operating system like Windows 10....
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