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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Sesostris III Re:Too bad (474 comments)

Actually, this comment hits on an interesting issue. The problem with Greece et al is not the EU, it is the Euro, i.e. a shared currency. The UK is in the EU, but not the Euro (we've still got Sterling).

One of the claims of the Yes proponents in the Scottish Referendum was that Scotland could share a currency with the rest of the UK, despite being a separate country, i.e. Scotland and the UK could have a currency union without a political union. This was firmly rejected by the Westminster parties, and this rejection may have influenced the No vote. The reason for the rejection of sharing Sterling is precisely because of what is happening within the Euro zone of the EU - without some form of political union, a currency union will not work.

(I should add that I think the Euro zone shouldn't abandon the Euro to get it to work, but should engage in greater political union! I would like the UK to be there as well, but currently the idea of the UK joining the Euro - currency and political union - is as likely as a viable chocolate teapot, more's the pity)

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Sesostris III Interesting geographical breakdown (474 comments)

As an Englishman observing this from outside Scotland (but from within the UK), I find the geographical breakdown interesting. The overall result was 55.30% No and 44.70 % Yes, but looking at the results from the 32 councils only four had majorities for the Yes vote. 28 had a majority for No (albeit very slim in one instance).

The councils where the Yes vote was in the majority were all urban. In all the rural (and some urban) councils the No vote had the majority. OK, some of these are a lot smaller (in population) than the councils where the Yes vote had the majority, but they were a lot larger geographically.

What was very interesting was that some areas which voted No are SNP strongholds, including Alex Salmon's own constituency.

I think there is enough here to keep the pundits going for months!

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Sesostris III Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

I'm sorry, are you asking why a politician would lie?

Because the UK is a democracy, and they'll get voted out if caught at it!

(Incidentally, a few ex-MPs have been imprisoned over the past few years for making false expenses claims).

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Sesostris III Re:A glorious victory for all (474 comments)

There are probably a lot of people in both Scotland and the rest of the UK who agree with you! Interestingly there were no plans for an independent Scotland to give up the monarchy. The Queen would've remained their Head of State, as she is for Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Incidentally, the Union of the Crowns predates the Union of the Parliaments.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Sesostris III Re:The over-65's swung it for No (474 comments)

Since I last posted, the pledge from the parties behind the No campaign for more devolution powers have already fallen apart. A lot of people voted no because they were promised a more federalised UK

I assume you mean Milliband's statement at 17:42 BST:

"Our task now is to make sure that we deliver on the timetable we've set out, to deliver extra powers to the Scottish Parliament, and we will deliver on that."

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-scotland-29130277

Don't worry, as someone from England, I want to see the leaders keep the promise they made. Don't give up yet!

(For our non-UK readers Milliband is the leader of the Official Opposition, and potential next Prime Minister. His words carry clout.)

about two weeks ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Sesostris III Re:Sitting on the floor? (181 comments)

I think it got modded -1, Offtopic because they couldn't mod -1, IDisagreeWithThis.

about a month and a half ago
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2600 Distributor Withholds Money, Magazine's Future In Limbo

Sesostris III Re:Why would I buy 2600 or attend HOPE X? (59 comments)

Perhaps Timothy actually read the article, specifically the second paragraph where they say;

This caused us to scramble to find alternative methods of getting our magazine into stores around the world, a feat we accomplished without too much difficulty.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Sesostris III Re:Java in an IDE (466 comments)

Ah well, you beat me to it! I should've refreshed before typing.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Sesostris III Re:Java in an IDE (466 comments)

Actually, it's worse. Ideally it would be:

Set<Object> s = new LinkedHashSet<Object>();

Or, I believe in java 8 you can infer the type as follows:

Set<Object> s = new LinkedHashSet<>();

That's why I suggested in an IDE. It will generally help the coder. However, I take your point!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Sesostris III Java in an IDE (466 comments)

Java in Eclipse or NetBeans. It's not interpreted but you can create it and run it in-situ ('Run As' in Eclipse). It also ticks most of the other boxes (web - Apache Tomcat. Mobile - not looked int this but there's mobile Java or there's Dalvik. GUI - Swing, SWT or JavaFX). I believe that NetBeans may be better for visual GUI development (I'm not familiar with NetBeans. I use Eclipse and set things up manually with Swing if required).

The only down-side is the learning curve. However there are lots of resources on the Web, and many books available. It is also cross-platform, maintained (by Oracle) and free (Gratis and, if you use OpenJDK, Libre). There are also plenty of third-party libraries you can download.

If I need something quick and dirty, it's what I use. (But then, I'm a Java developer so probably biased!)

about 4 months ago
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One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

Sesostris III ICL 1900 (230 comments)

That was my first computer in 1979 (British Government). Not only was coding (COBOL) done on coding sheets, but you hand drew flow diagrams first before you started coding. When complete you sent the code off to be punched (onto cards) and compiled. Frustratingly the source code was only stored once one got one's first 'clean' compile. Before then one got the listing back (with compiler errors) along with the punched cards, and one had to replace the incorrect punch cards by hand. If I remember rightly, the Operating System was called George III.
Once compiled and stored, you could book your half-hour per day on the teletype! We did hear stories about terminals, but we didn't have any. This was the time you could do your daily compile, and then wait for the compilation listing to come back.

I've still got a few of the punched cards, along with the flow-chart template. They live at work and I bring them out occasionally to show the young 'uns.

By the early 80s I was on a team working with one of our first mini-computers (a Perkin Elmer). This lived in it's own air-conditioned room, with a large wardrobe-height CPU unit, an equally bit tape unit, and two massive removable disk drive units - big both physically (desk height) and in capacity (300 Mb each!). Input was via a terminal (so no more punched cards). Also, enough terminals for all us programmers ('programmers', not 'developers'). Again in COBOL.

One final part, I got an email circa 2003 to say that the first program I ever wrote, in 1979, had just doe it's final run (system EOL). 20 something years - not bad (although how much of my original code was left is anyone's guess).

One interesting technology that came and went was graph plotters. You could get desktop versions of these connected to early IBM PCs. They were fascinating to watch. Replaced by ink-jets and laser printers.

So in short, my journey; started with COBOL on 1900; continued with COBOL and some ICL specific 4GL (that I can't remember the name of - AML or something) on 2900; C (on DEC), VB6 in 2001 (yes, after 20 odd years I progressed to the dizzy heights of Trainee VB Programmer!), and currently Java.

I think I prefer the Java!

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

Sesostris III Re:OneNote is very good (170 comments)

Then use onenote. Of course you'll then be tied down to a specific application and even (as I seemingly trollishly demonstrated above) to a specific operating system!

Should I want to reference a document, presentation, audio, video or something else in a text file, I just record the file location. OK not embedded, but I haven't found this to be problematic, especially if I group things into folders.

about 5 months ago
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General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

Sesostris III Too many lawyers? (88 comments)

As a foreigner, I can't help wondering whether you've perhaps got too many lawyers over there in the States.

Unfortunately, where the States leads, we follow.

(Sig possibly relevant for once!)

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

Sesostris III Re:OneNote is very good (170 comments)

Actually (and seriously), as per some comments above, I use simple text files, both at home and at work. I'm not then dependent on a specific application. I'm not even dependent on X.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

Sesostris III Re:OneNote is very good (170 comments)

sudo apt-get install onenote
[sudo] password for xxx:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package onenote

bummer!

about 5 months ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

Sesostris III Re:Quoted from Miod Vallat (379 comments)

Just curious, but why has the OpenBSD team lost respect from you? They're not the maintainers of the official OpenSSL branch. What they're creating is a fork.

about 5 months ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

Sesostris III Re:Quick question (179 comments)

It does not suck that bad anymore. For anyone still having a grudge against Unity, I recommend trying it again at this point.

How would you feel about the sentence: "Your brain surgeon does not suck that bad anymore."

I think the sentence "Your brain surgeon does not suck that bad anymore." is not applicable in this instance. If your brain surgeon sucks, then your brain is is irretrievably damaged. If your Gnu/Linux distribution sucks, then your computer is not irretrievably damaged - you could back up your data, wipe your disk clean, and install another distribution (or wait until the original distribution no longer sucks).

A better sentence would be "Your hair stylist does not suck that bad anymore".

Sorry to hear about your brain surgeon, by the way.

about 5 months ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

Sesostris III Re:*Yawn* I'll Wait for the Mint Edition (179 comments)

You know, it occurs to me that if Mark Shuttleworth hadn't been "too ambitious and stubborn", he wouldn't have acquired his fortune in the first place - a fortune that he's subsequently used to bankroll Ubuntu and Canonical, and generally drive the Gnu/Linux ecosystem forwards.

Now he might fail (as you state, he is up against Apple, Microsoft and Google), but I think it is very good that someone is making the attempt - even if this does occasionally annoy his existing user base. For those there is always Xubuntu!

about 5 months ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

Sesostris III Re:*Yawn* I'll Wait for the Mint Edition (179 comments)

I'm currently with Linux Mint Debian Edition on my desktop (I migrated from Ubuntu as Unity and Gnome 3 were somewhat new at the time!). If only rolling upgrades were approximately every three months, I'd be happier. Unfortunately, they're not. (UP4 was on 2012.04.05, UP5 was on 2012.09.17, UP6 was on 2012.12.19, UP7 was on 2013.09.23, and UP8 was on 2014.02.04. Only one of these was a three-monther). When I installed LMDE it was a "rolling" release. Now it's described as "semi-rolling".

To be honest, I think the issue is lack of resources within Mint. When I installed LMDE, there was an XFCE edition (which I installed). This has been dropped. Fair enough, if the 'market wasn't there, no point in using resources unnecessarily.

Which leads us back to Ubuntu. This has been successful because Mark Shuttleworth has been using his personal fortune to keep things going. I sense a need for Canonical to get (at least) to a break-even point so it can continue even after Shuttleworth's fortune is no longer available (I doubt his pocket is bottomless!).

That either means relying on donations (like Mint) or getting some commercial success. Canonical have decided on the latter, and are have adopted their behaviour accordingly. I do not begrudge them this, and wish them well.

I will try the Unity (and Gnome) editions in VirtualBox (XFCE 12.04 LTE is on the laptop). I will then make an independent judgement as to what I think of them. For my next desktop build, I might revert to one of the Ubuntus (or if I'm feeling masochistic, I might even try Arch!)

And to compare - I recently bought a retail version of Windows 8.1 and installed it in VirtualBox. To be honest I don't think it's as bad an Operating System as has been made out - but the privacy issues are horrendous (I paraphrase, but one default install option seems to be to "send all browsing history to Microsoft to help Microsoft 'improve' the user experience etc."), and the default location for documents is Sky Drive. Microsoft also dream of "monetization and profits"! Now Ubuntu might be as bad (although I doubt it), but at least I don't have to pay to install it!

Canonical is an Organisation. It needs to keep going and thrive, and I (for one) hope they do. There is worse out there!

about 5 months ago

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UK organisation set up to encourage IPv6 adoption, closes

Sesostris III Sesostris III writes  |  about 2 years ago

Sesostris III (730910) writes "In April 2010, with £20,000 of government money, 6uk was set up to encourage the adoption of the IPv6 protocol in the UK. In December 2012 the board resigned en-masse in protest at official indifference to its work.

"The biggest organisation we needed to join 6UK was the government" the former director, Philip Sheldrake, is quoted as saying. Without government support "There's no material incentive for any organisation to go for IPv6". Government interest can be gauged by the fact that no government website currently sat on an IPv6 address.

The UK is among the nations that have done the least to move to IPv6, and lags behind other nations in adopting the new protocol. In contrast, governments like that in the US are encouraging adoption of the new protocol by mandating IPv6 compliance in contracts."

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