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Comment Re:STRIKE! (Score 1) 77

Yes, thanks, La Corneuve is a long way from the Mairie de Montreuil. This is my old department, le neuf-trois, an epicentre of fun and disorder. Not surprised that the populace are being subjected to something that wouldn't be acceptable in 75016 or 75008 for example.

Comment Re:STRIKE! (Score 1) 77

More to the point, Montreuil is full of poor people, some of them communists (it used to have a communist mairie, as I recall?), so they can **** off.

I would guess the people in work are probably on shifts as well, so they won't want the rattle of AC and possibly standby generators. However 'industry' usually wins these things now, as in the UK and aircraft noise. If it's 'growth' we now no longer care about quality of life. Sad that this attitude has come to France, but it's on the edge of Paris, not really 'la France profonde'.

Comment Re:Other Reasons (Score 1) 206

Yes agree. Been using since early 2000s, now on Linux Mint.

Now back in university and Libre Office has trashed my footnotes because they want essays in 'Word format'. This is the kind of thing that slows/stops adoption, confusion with 'Microsoft' and 'standard'. That and, to be fair, I still use Windows for music projects.

Meanwhile my desktop runs sweetly on an ancient clunker with about £80 and I'm 'thinking about' changing it this year. No upgrades etc. this, in itself, gives a much better eco-footprint, No, it's far from perfect, but it's pretty good. The 'innovation' is [hopefully] the shift in attitudes.

Comment Re:a world we've been warning about for decades (Score 1) 373

Actually, to be clear, that's a valid use-case and I don't mind otherwise I'll emulate Hilary and run my own mail server. My concern is requests [for example, low value on-line shopping] that do not need it, yet ask for it. In general things that go let's see how much personal data we can get from this idiot.

Comment Re:a world we've been warning about for decades (Score 4, Interesting) 373

Agree. I've been around computing since 1976 and the intertubes since it moved steadily out of academia into the 'world'. I've proposed a couple of times, half seriously, that we just choose another couple of ports and 'leave' the 2015 web to Coca-Cola, Facebook [of which many people believe that IS the web] etc. etc.

I've noticed that every commercial web 'strategy' tries to maximise supplied user information. For example, I don't want to reveal my mobile number [it's usually switched off or in the kitchen drawer anyway, I'm old] so I put 99999 etc. in that field, unless I feel it's really necessary. I tick/untick the 'supply information to third parties and receive offers from third parties boxes'. I am on the mail preference list and telephone preference list in the UK, very little or no junk mail or robocalls. I'm with a cooperative that supplies telephone and broadband, not one of the big commercials. I've started using a lot of cash again, just to annoy anything that's datamining my shopping habits.

I'm aware that all this is somewhat quixotic and minimal, but it's better than inaction.

One last thing join where something = something-else is a powerful enemy, phone number, email address etc. and we don't really know who's doing that, on which set of databases and where. But 'they' [I don't necessarily mean NSA, could be Walmart, ASDA in the UK] are doing it. Maximise shareholder value baby and fuck your bratty whiny protests about 'privacy'.

Comment Why would I help Google with 'open source'? (Score 2) 95

Google which dominates the search/ad market can do this by itself, without my help.

Also, looking at the analysis here: http://www.cnet.com/news/world... Open source is simply part of its strategy for distributing software that will help it sell more advertising

This is part of a general trend that I call 'open season', basically big companies persuading naive people to do their work for nothing, under the banner 'open source'.

Comment Open Consumer Side Interface/Other Dangers (Score 1) 99

I'm one of the people that made [immediately ignored, of course] submissions to the smart meter survey in the UK. In it, I suggested that they supply a 'customer side' data feed, probably the most 'obvious' would be RJ45 and ethernet, USB + Wifi probably fine as well. That would permit some useful modeling/analysis etc. to take place for the benefit of the consumer, rather than Telefonica [et al.] snarfing up the data and using it to gamble on energy futures/sell it to other people.

There are a set of other 'dangers' too, predatory on-demand pricing, immediate sanction for non payment, privacy breaches and police monitoring. Conclusion smart meters are not for 'us', they are for 'them'.

Comment What does it DO? Is there budget? (Score 1) 158

You've described existing infrastructure, but the important thing for the business is applications. That's the thing they need, every day. I worked in an infrastructure group in a UK investment bank, the only time they notice what you do, is when it snarls up or fails.

For example, there was a recent thread discussing whether Access has an open-source equivalent, IMO it doesn't really. So, if they use a lot of Access that will constrain upgrade path UNLESS they're prepared to take some risks and spend to take it out of the equation. But, mainly, the list of what's delivered to the business via the servers and on the desktop is the thing. No-one cares about infrastructure [except us, boo-hoo] as long as the price is right [including manpower] and it works.

It sounds, to me, like this is Windows desktops and Linux servers [and therefore Samba, LAMP etc. for example] this is not a bad way to live and many companies do so. That would mean that the client upgrades and server upgrades would be reasonably orthogonal, but I don't know all the details, either. To be honest, I'd be inclined to ask this on Server Fault, but unless there were more details, it's likely to be closed as being 'open ended'. Good luck!

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 138

It's really scary to see people asking this, apparently seriously, we've drifted so far from simplicity and standards back into a very specific world with lots more potential lock-in. This is the case for 'apps' too, they provide direct connection between the company and consumer, apart from snarfing up any data that they possibly can. Of course, I'm old, I do do apps and a lot of javascript, but I'm a big fan of open standards and KISS.

Comment I would laugh at this but... (Score 3, Insightful) 279

I don't have a iPhone and hardly ever change my phone anyway. This is pure consumer fetish behaviour. However, these accelerated product cycles put a lot of toxic stuff into landfill, waste a lot of energy and don't provide any extra utility. Listen carefully for the sound of 'maximising shareholder value' by supplying a great deal of negative ecological externality.

Comment Re:Microsoft Excel (Score 1) 889

Yes agree. I do a fair amount of work with small non-profits in the UK and this is the main thing that they use. Nearest thing for one table [forgetting Ruby on Rails] is http://www.phpmyedit.org/ with https://www.apachefriends.org/... for example, but it doesn't deal with anything more complex.

My feeling is that Access applications should be re-coded as web, give them more reach and a saner architecture, but non-specialists can use [and make a mess with] Access. Maybe we need a migration toolchain, convert to MariaDb and generate web forms? That would still leave some manual work though.

Comment It's a phone (Score 1) 198

It's a phone, not an entertainment delivery system. Oh, wait...

Devices are now mainly something to make money for suppliers, sell you stuff and track you, not to make phone calls. Except for brief use-based excursions, mine stays in the kitchen drawer.

Leveraging always beats prototyping.