Yeah, the EU's main interest in this is facilitating cross-border sales in the "single market". Countries can still levy whatever VAT they want on whatever items they want, but they are supposed to be moving towards a common set of terms and definitions for specifying it. The intent is that the UK can exempt books from VAT while Denmark charges 25% VAT on books, but both should at least agree on what constitutes a "book". I would think harmonizing what constitutes a "voucher" should also fall under the intent of the process.
The banks have nothing to do with the cost of commercial rent around old street roundabout and the shoreditch triangle. It's expensive because all the silly startups now think they need to be here to sound credible / look cool / etc etc so landlords can charge these prices and people will pay. Infrastructure wise, the area is a mess. Fibre coverage is spotty at best. ADSL seems to be pretty crap. Most buildings are poorly converted from storage/etc into office space.
On the plus side we have nice places to eat, drink and get coffee so it's not all bad I suppose. Also the commute is pretty good for east london folk.
Also side rant. To all non-londerners, Tech City / Silicon Roundabout is an abstract concept that doesn't actually exist in any concrete form. Unless someone told you, you wouldn't even notice you were passing through it. Infact the only remotely "tech looking" building is satellite company Immarsat's HQ office, and IIRC they were around long before "tech city" had been dreamed up.
Same here. I've always told myself that it helps my eye keep the position in the text. (Especially helpful I'm distracted and turn away from the screen.) But if I really belived that, I'd be doing it consciously, whereas I becoming aware that I'm doing it usually makes me stop...
P.S. I'm also slightly(?) OCDish in preferring selections that are integer fractions of the paragrah length. E.g. in a paragraph of 6.3 lines I'll tend to select 2.1 lines at a time (not _that_ precisely of course).
This is nothing to do with what he dubs the 'Nanny Tory' initiative.
O2's parental controls is an opt-in whitelist. Only sites like Disney.com etc are allowed. It is presumably intended for when children are left alone with devices like tablets. Seems like a useful service to me.
This has everything to do with the Nanny Tory initiative! If you read the article, the point he is making is not that Porn is good, or that O2 are censors, but that: UK Parents are failing at parenthood! And that is exactly the condition that the UK Nanny state is expecting to exploit with such initiatives - and any corporation setting up to serve their government masters is part of the problem. The problem, being, that people do not want to be responsible parents and monitor what their children are doing online.
Or maybe it's that parents tried to monitor what their children were doing online, but failed only because asshole marketers refuse to believe that anyone has a right to refuse their spam and were sending graphic pornography to children.
When it comes to parents approving such measures, I feel it is mostly an easy way out for them either due to inefficient parenting or extreme insecurity/protectionism.
If the kid is too young and not too knowledgeable about the world then perhaps it would make sense to not be left alone with an -online- tablet. If the kid is older then parents should have by that time invested time and talked with their child and let it know of what dangers may await online.
Finally and with regards to the 'indecent'/'porn' aspect of the filter, if a child is traumatized after viewing a pair of boobs or a vagina then there is something wrong with the upbringing the parents gave to it. Having sexual education websites blocked by the filter makes the matter all the more worst.
> If the kid is too young and not too knowledgeable about the world then perhaps it would make sense to not be left alone with an -online- tablet. If the kid is older then parents should have by that time invested time and talked with their child and let it know of what dangers may await online.
The problem is that your children will now grow up thinking that a great firewall is something that those in positions authority normally maintain. How are you going to explain to these children that the Chinese firewall is bad? Would such children have protested SOPA or PIPA?
So really, the question here is not, "Should we protect children?" but rather, "What should we teach children about freedom of speech?"
Except we're talking about a variety of filters. The filter in the op is an extreme form of filter that is perhaps useful for a locked down kiosk like environment. (Not as good as doing that properly, obviously) and so that filter is very broad, be because it wants to catch everything and allow owners to whitelist exceptions.
The ukgov porn filter will suffer from some of that, but also the Scunthorpe problem.
Having had blood test results delayed because my surname has the word COCKS In it was frustrating.
1. Yeah, so were you traumatized when you first saw a porn flick or beat off to it? How old were you? 18? Come on..
2. There are some really sick people out there I get it. Are you saying that kids should not be told/prepared that such people exist out there and be instructed on how to react when encountering something like this? (e.g. leave the page, call mom etc).
From my small OSdev experience: write printf before anything else (it's not that hard, just write bytes into *0xB8000). This can be done even before getting any interrupts working, fortunately (without interrupts any input is almost impossible, I don't want to talk about polling).
I found a race condition in the Linux kernel once (0.8x days) that was partially triggered due to an off brand 80387 (FPU) chip using the ibm-pc speaker hardware.
The cycle was:
1) insert ioout to turn on speaker at code line X;
2) compile kernel
3) cause lockup
4) is speaker on or off?
4a) on, move ioout to a later code section;
4b) off, move ioout to an earlier code section;
Essentially, a binary type search through the code, using the on/off state of the speaker hardware to narrow the search. Turned out a lock needed to be one line later in ll_read_write_page.c (if I remember that file name correctly).
So, the answer to "how do you debug" is: "with anything you can make use of".
> I'm not a fan of alt-tabbing either. I use 4 20" displays currently because I like the convenience of maximizing something on one display. Don't you miss that with one big desktop?
There's no fundamental reason you would have to -- if you have a window manager that extends the "drag to the side to half-maximize" behavior that Windows 7 has to, say, include dragging to the corner to "quarter-maximize" (ideally, with four appropriate keyboard shortcuts, one per corner, so you could do it without dragging, as well.)
I primarily use it to map three finger click to middle mouse button, but when I discovered it also had the window-sizing-by-dragging-to-the-edge feature I turned it on and have been very happy with it..
Forgive me for not understanding, but how does having multiple large monitors help avoid alt-tabbing?
Seems to me that if you have several open apps then to type into one of them you have to either move your hand to the mouse and click it or you have to alt-tab. Even if you have "focus follows mouse" then you still have to move the mouse over to the window before you can type…
topbanana already provided the key point in his response—visibility of a great deal of context. It's especially useful for programming, allowing for, for example, related code side-by-side. A large desktop also allows some user interface paradigms such as drag-and-drop to work more elegantly. Drag-and-drop on a small monitor is often frustrated by the need to first arrange the source and destination so that both are visible at the same time. Generally speaking, a large amount of desktop space allows you to spend less time fussing with windows to get at what you need and more time just working.
It's more for display than data entry. For example, when I'm debugging I like to be able to see the local variables, call stack, threads, modules, log entries and of course the code, without switching tabs or bringing anything to the front. But I only really need to manipulate the code.