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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Tim99 Re:sure, works for France (296 comments)

Vacation time is not something that government can force an employer to add on top of your salary, it is your salary, it is just a different way to pay you.

I don't know for sure about France but in many European countries vacation is by law on top of your salary, so you're still getting your normal paycheck when you're on vacation. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the case in France as well.

In Australia, many employees are on a government mandated award. This has minimum salaries, overtime payments and holidays - So if you are say, a waiter or a retail assistant, you know what your minimum conditions will be.
Most awards enforce a payment of 117.5% of your salary when you are on holiday (20 days + 10 days public holidays) because most people spend more when they are on holiday.

about a month ago

IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

Tim99 Re:Verilog? (197 comments)

Where is the if statement in standardised sql?

**ANSI SQL-92**

CASE WHEN a=1 THEN 'one'
WHEN a=0 THEN 'zero'
ELSE 'something else'
FROM tbl1;

about a month and a half ago

Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

Tim99 Just try to avoid it (303 comments)

As a now retired user and developer who sometimes used Oracle (since V4 ), I know the truth of the old saw:
Q: "What do you call Oracle customers?"
A: "Hostages"
Perhaps Larry has has read the Rentier Capitalist's Handbook and found an even better way to take all business users and developers hostage? I would advise avoiding Java (and Oracle) in new projects wherever practicable.

about 3 months ago

US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

Tim99 Re:Are there any old drives around that read these (481 comments)

I used them on Data General Nova and Eclipse computers in the 1980s. There are still CNC systems using them, but many of them were upgraded to 5.25 floppies.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

Tim99 K & R (247 comments)

It's all a real Comp Sci needs...

about 4 months ago

Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

Tim99 Size matters? (444 comments)

A few years back a rep told me that 2.5" drives were generally more reliable than 3.5" because 2.5" were designed for laptops, were they would be expected to have a hard life, and 3.5" were generally used in desktops where they would be less likely to be knocked and dropped. He said that the smaller drives reliability was was still better even when based on relative capacity (say 2x 500GB 2.5" vs 1x 1000GB). Obviously the cost differential for large amounts of storage is not favourable (except to the rep), but for home use or where reliability is important it might be worth thinking about - YMMV based on how careful you are?

about 7 months ago

Oracle Promises Patches Next Week For 36 Exploits In Latest Java

Tim99 Oracle and Java What the hell happened? (154 comments)

Oracle and Java exploits - An anecdote:-
A couple of weeks ago I tried to log into my superannuation account, the browser fired back an authentication error, so I notified the company (MLC) who asked me to send them as many technical details as I could. After a little bit of looking around, I noted that the Oracle Access Management system that gave me the error code was was at version ( Oracle's currently version was Not too surprising, a supplier that had not patched to the current version.

What did surprise me was that Oracle's Identity Management Patch Set that was available for the version displayed was >2GB - A compressed Java application and framework for a database authentication application that was over 2 Gigabytes in size .

It has been a few years since I wrote any Oracle stuff, but that is ridiculous, what the hell have web based script kiddy/Java type developers been up to. Admittedly I started with Oracle in the Stone Age (V3) and actually shipped an application that used V4. By V6 the C interface which included all the necessary external validation code was small enough to be easily understood and modifiable by a single programmer. My memory is going now, but I seem to remember that in the 1990s all of the code for an early web CGI Oracle interface, including user validation would fit on a floppy.

about 7 months ago

CMU AI Learning Common Sense By Watching the Internet

Tim99 Common Sense? (152 comments)

Common sense = Skynet?
Are Cyberdyne Systems sponsors of Carnegie Mellon? We're doomed, doomed, I tell you.

about 9 months ago

Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

Tim99 Re:Outsource it to the Americans (752 comments)

Sorry, yes, my Google-foo failed. However as another poster has written, SWEDEN had conscription until 2010 and had a high level of their population with military training. Sweden, while not having as many guns/head of population does have a high degree of gun ownership Wikipedia Link

about 9 months ago

Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

Tim99 Re:Outsource it to the Americans (752 comments)

Really? The majority of Swedish men have had military training and many of them have assault rifles at home (not necessarily ammunition, but that can be made available from the local barracks). Wikipedia Link

about 9 months ago

Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

Tim99 Re:The solution to ALL Intellectual Property probl (476 comments)

The original Statute of (Queen) Anne enacted in 1710 gave exclusive rights to the individual creator for 14 years, then if the holder was still alive, they could extend the rights for another 14 years. The item then became part of the Commons.

about 10 months ago

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Review

Tim99 Re:Why App Store and not software update? (222 comments)

even software update goes through the app store now, or at least certain components do...

Try: sudo softwareupdate -l
If you like what you see: sudo softwareupdate -i SomePackage-1.2.3

about 10 months ago

The Camera That's Also a Mac Mini, Or Vice Versa

Tim99 Re:Hmm... (68 comments)

If you don't like the early Lead Belly version, you could try AC/DC too YouTube link

about a year ago

Half of All Research Papers Published In 2011 Already Free To Read

Tim99 Re:Also. (82 comments)

90% of research papers published in 2011 not worth reading.

Sturgeon's revelation

1 year,1 day

New Zealand Parliament Votes To Extend Spying Powers

Tim99 Re:Public opinion doesn't matter (148 comments)

Plutocracy means the wealthy are the rulers. You do not have any realistic chance of putting up a candidate who is not wealthy in their own right, or does not represent the wealthy. America the greatest democracy that money can buy.

1 year,1 day

Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

Tim99 Re:America spends more on health care/insurance (637 comments)

spends more per capita on health at $4437 compared to $2919 for the UK government. This is, perhaps, the price that you pay for having one of the least efficient health systems in the world. You do however spend even more on military spending.

Bullshit. The US spent ~$600 to $700 billion on the military in 2012. The US has over 300 million people. That would be over $1.3 trillion for Health care.

I meant (and should have added) "too" (as in much more in proportion to GDP compared to other countries defence spending). The $1.3 trillion is about right for US government spending. Individual spending is about 1.9 times more.

Hopefully, you know that the US defence spend is about 60% of the total raised by individual income taxes. US defence spending (>$680 billion ) is about 40% of the world's total. The US spends >4x as much as China, 8x that of Russia and >11x that of Britain.

1 year,9 days



Microsoft Research Paper - Free Android Apps drain batteries

Tim99 Tim99 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tim99 (984437) writes ""Abhinav Pathak, a computer scientist at Purdue University, Indiana, and colleagues made the discovery after developing software to analyse apps' energy usage. When they looked at popular apps such as Angry Birds, Free Chess and NYTimes they found that only 10 to 30 per cent of the energy was spent powering the app's core function.""

Link to Original Source

Register email address BLUNDER

Tim99 Tim99 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tim99 (984437) writes "This morning I got an email from The Register informing me that they have sent 3,521 of their readers the namesa and e-mail addressess of 46000 other readers. Considering their frequent rants about security this has got to be a major FAIL."
Link to Original Source

iTunes 10 borked with NAS drives & Media Serve

Tim99 Tim99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tim99 (984437) writes "The iTunes 10 upgrade does not work with 3rd party daapd media servers and NAS drives:

Some respondents think that it is just a bug, but others see something more sinister:

I called apple care. Same problem...they gave me the answer as "it was not meant to be supported in itune 9 to begin with. You will have to connect it through USB drive." — (itune 10)

Hopefully this is just a bug in iTunes ann not purpose or feature of Version 10. — (Oliver D.)

Problem occurs with both Windows and OS X versions of Tunes. The fix is to down grade to iTunes 9.2.1"
Link to Original Source


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