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Comment: Re: If it makes you sleep well at night.... (Score 1) 375

by ggreig (#44193623) Attached to: How Old Is the Average Country?
It's certainly arguable that the Scottish line is just as broken as the one between William the Conqueror and Queen Elizabeth of England; probably most clearly at William of Orange, but it would be easy to pick other places. My main point was to contest the nearly universal assumptions that only England and England's royal line matter within the UK, and that they have the longest history; when in fact neither's true.

Comment: Re: If it makes you sleep well at night.... (Score 1) 375

by ggreig (#44193225) Attached to: How Old Is the Average Country?
That's a very Anglocentric view of it. In fact the current monarchy is ultimately derived from either Kenneth I (841/3 - 858/9), usually considered to be the first king of Scotland, or Donald II (889 - 900), the first king to clearly bear that title. The English royal line died out when Queen Elizabeth of England died in 1603. The Scottish royal line's senior in every sense of the word.

Comment: No, and Yes (Score 1) 605

by ggreig (#30607242) Attached to: Do Your Developers Have Local Admin Rights?

We're a small company, developing on Windows using Visual Studio. Since Windows XP, all our developers work in a normal user account; as nearly as possible they use the same environment the most restricted of our users might, so that dumb security-related mistakes get caught fast.

Having said that, they also know the local admin account details for their machine, and are entrusted with installing/uninstalling stuff as necessary.

That differentiation - between the access we allow and what we encourage as day-to-day practice - is an important one. On other OSes you're more likely to be making this differentiation already. If you're using Windows and don't, please consider it. This is a useful resource:

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_