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Comment Re:Important to note (Score 2, Interesting) 443


I'm tired of the total acceptance of drug taking in the higher echelons of society. The little jokes in the media world about powdering your nose, about the use of Bolivian Marching Powder to help get through deadlines.

These are drugs, no matter how wealthy or powerful you are, and using these drugs helps criminals.

Let's have a little equality.

Comment Odd choice (Score 5, Interesting) 337

As a (surprisedly) happy Surface user, it seems strange that Apple aren't trying to regain initiative here. The Surface is really a good beast, it works well as a tablet and a desktop replacement (for standard light Office apps, some games and some more demading programs). It gives me a good touch keyboard for sshing into my systems, and has a USB interface for storage, keyboard, mouse. These are all things that the iPad failed to do.

Comment Re:open source? (Score 1) 99

Well, not exactly. I've not yet had an electricity meter outside my house, and only one of my gas meters has been so far.

The big advantage of going Smart Meter (from the crim's POV) is that you'll be able to script this. Just imagine having a botnet that's able to tell you which addresses in a given town are vacant, and when.

Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 2) 622

A bigger oops? That the article's wrong about the dates in the first place. :
Radiocarbon analysis has dated the parchment on which the text is written to the period between AD 568 and 645 with 95.4% accuracy. The test was carried out in a laboratory at the University of Oxford. The result places the leaves close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad, who is generally thought to have lived between AD 570 and 632.

Comment Re:Chop Off Heads (Score 1) 622

There's a bizarre train of AC posts asserting that anyone who's not virulently anti-Muslim is a communist. This is very odd, and can't be the product of a well-informed healthy mind.

As it happens, I am not a communist. I also do not subscribe to your opinion that the Quoran (is the the "Book of Hate" you mention?) explicitly promotes "the evil stuff" you've noticed that some Muslims are committing. These groups are not actually liked, admired or even approved of by all Muslims across the world, but there are doubtless many who do, and these are the ones you choose to see. You can feel free to pick and choose your facts to suit your worldview, but I need to stand up and say I don't agree with you.

Posting non-AC. Not everyone's scared.

Comment Back in the day.... (Score 1) 136

My IT job, 1997?

I had been out of work for a while, and was at an unemployment "get into work" workshop, and one of the chaps spotted a local paper article mentioning an internet cafe opening in that town, and he knew I wanted to work in computing (I'd self-trained and then properly trained in C programming). I typed and sent a letter (WordPerfect 5.1, thank you very much), and the owner asked to meet me. So we met, and even though he'd already appointed a member of IT staff he liked the look of me and offered me a job as well. Apparently the fact I wore a beard was a deciding factor as he believed it was the right sort of look for an internet cafe....

Anyway, the owner (an interesting/odd chap... but I digress) arranged for Demon Internet to deal with a lot of the initial setup, including the local mail/web server. This ran Slackware (I believe, but I really don't know the version), and it's there I started to use Linux. I didn't do that much on it, merely hope it worked, and maintained the website and user accounts.

It was this experience / CV info that got me a proper IT job looking after WinNT, Solaris and all sorts of user-stuff, and I've moved further and further into the world of Linux with each new role.

I love Linux, it's great.

Comment Re:A Misnomer (Score 2) 317

Well, W10 is certainly far better (so far) than W8 (UI, virtual deksops etc). If you're not sure, try it out in a VM or - heavens - read the articles linked to above.
W8 had many flaws, but there were definite advantages to it over W7 (I've mentioned them elsewhere - File History, an improved Task manager - but there are plenty more).
Overall, W10 is certainly a massive upgrade from W7, the same way W7 was a massive upgrade from XP.

Professional advice time:
* Make sure you have the information you need (not just the information that suits your viewpoint).
* Be prepared to reevaluate based on new information.
* Don't try to redefine words to help push your point of view, it just looks daft. If in doubt about the correct meaning, check a dictionary.

Comment So far so good.... (Score 4, Interesting) 317

Am I allowed to say this on /.?
W10 is so far not too awful.
W8 introduced File History and a far improved Task Manager, the former alone was enough to get me to put in on my home PC. I'll admit I had to install Classic Shell to remain sane, but I don't think I was alone in not enjoying the Metro interface.

With W10 there remain those goodies, virtual desktops (finally, hurrah!) and best of all a non-offensive UI. Yes, it's different to W7 and still a little messy for my liking, but then things do change, and we do cope. I'm not going to move my home PC to W10 for a while, but I'm not totally discounting it either...

Bell Labs Unix -- Reach out and grep someone.