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Apparently, this quirky little oh-so Canadian sitcom
is / will be airing in UK < ? >

The one elderly cast member talks funny - Malcolm... somebody ..

ps: his character sleeps with the young boy character < ! >
... in the same room that is ..

I do hesitate to recommend it - because of the history of
great comedy coming the other way ... thx btw .

John T.

Tease'n'Seize

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hub...@ccanoemail.com wrote:

> Apparently, this quirky little oh-so Canadian sitcom
> is / will be airing in UK < ? >

But I suspeck it's for Paramount+ subscribers, which is 3.49 zu/fortnight.

Nicholas D. Richards

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Aug 8, 2022, 4:59:32 AMAug 8
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In article <5PednTU0kb-5K23_...@brightview.co.uk>,
Tease'n'Seize <tease-and-seize@invalid.?> on Mon, 8 Aug 2022 at
08:07:14 awoke Nicholas from his slumbers and wrote
It is not on Freeview, ATM
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Brian Gaff

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No Paramount took all their stuff off just before launching their hardly
worth bothering subscription on line offering. Its a very very bad time
right now to be starting a subscription channel as people cut these subs to
save money.
Brian

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Sam Plusnet

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Aug 8, 2022, 8:39:19 PMAug 8
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On 08-Aug-22 12:08, Brian Gaff wrote:
> No Paramount took all their stuff off just before launching their hardly
> worth bothering subscription on line offering. Its a very very bad time
> right now to be starting a subscription channel as people cut these subs to
> save money.

Unless you can offer a good range of progs at a cheaper rate - so people
move to you from the more expensive ones.

I admit I have an inbuilt aversion to all the '£x per month'
subscription services, of all kinds, that seem to surround us these days.
I wonder if people ever add them _all_ up and work out how much zu is
being sucked out of their accounts each year?

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Peter

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Aug 9, 2022, 4:29:32 AMAug 9
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Sam Plusnet <n...@home.com> wrote in
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>
> I admit I have an inbuilt aversion to all the '£x per month'
> subscription services, of all kinds, that seem to surround us these
> days.

MTAAAW, when I have the choice. The accounting proggy I use (Quicken) went
sunscription some years ago so I continue to use the old version. A nuisance
because it doesn't have scalable fonts and nowadays I need on-screen text to
be BIG. So I have a home-made accounts programme partially written (in
Python) which one day I will get jbexing. Maybe. If I can find the tuits.

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Richard Robinson

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Aug 9, 2022, 4:31:34 AMAug 9
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Me too. I'm a lot happier with onceoff capital outlay up front (at my
onax onynapr'f conveniece) than I am with open-ended commitments to
permanently-increased expenses.

(Plus, this is televisual entertainment ? I don't spend much time with
that sort of thing even at SFP)


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Richard Robinson

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Aug 9, 2022, 5:14:46 AMAug 9
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OTOH (to my previous), the subscription model strikes me as more
justifiable, in terms unconnected with a balance-sheet, than the
advertising one.

And here I go digressificationising again.

You mentioned Python before, and I nearly bit (back ? uncomfortable
image, there), and so this time I will, that I started looking at that
last winter, after a few decades of Perl. First impression, a flat-out
determination to be the exact opposite. Swings & roundabouts, of course,
but feels excessively lacking in all the little conveniences. Tedious
and restrictive to write, expensive on the ingers & eyes, but the result
somehow adds up to a very nice clean structure. Whitespace-dependent
syntax offers a whole new category of hard-to-spot mysteries.

Second, I obhtug a copy of ORA's Fluent Python (2nd ed) a few weeks
back, and so far it could have written exclusively for me. But too early
to tell, really; 900 pages odd and so far I'm around p30. Every sentence
is important, and already I have considerably-improved understanding of
the subset of stuff it's talked about so far. The online docs are
seriously offputting, and I say that as someone who started with Z80
assembler. What they'd do to the complete beginners I see it being
recommended to as a good way into pogromming, I dread to think.

My interest was originally hooked by a reminder somewhere that it has a
builtin core GUI (which has got to cummin handhi) which was an updated version
of the old Tk toolkit, which I used to like a lot. Sadly, it's the
aspect of Python that I'm currently least impressed by, appears missing
some fairly important (ie, I want them) bits. I lost many hours a few
times over due to the lack of a expansible scrolling table of widgets,
and the prevalence of web-forum 'answer's which just reproduce the
lack of expansibility.

John Williamson

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Aug 9, 2022, 5:57:02 AMAug 9
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On 09/08/2022 09:29, Peter wrote:

> MTAAAW, when I have the choice. The accounting proggy I use (Quicken) went
> sunscription some years ago so I continue to use the old version. A nuisance
> because it doesn't have scalable fonts and nowadays I need on-screen text to
> be BIG. So I have a home-made accounts programme partially written (in
> Python) which one day I will get jbexing. Maybe. If I can find the tuits.
>
My brother had a similar problem at work as his eyesight got worse, so
his company bought a large monitor for him ro use, which he set to 640 x
480. Problem solved.

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Ahem A Rivet's Shot

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Aug 9, 2022, 6:00:02 AMAug 9
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On Tue, 09 Aug 2022 03:31:29 -0500
Richard Robinson <rich...@privacy.net> wrote:

> Me too. I'm a lot happier with onceoff capital outlay up front (at my
> onax onynapr'f conveniece) than I am with open-ended commitments to
> permanently-increased expenses.

The only people who really like subscription models are the
corporate investors who want to invest in growth and have jbexed out that
if a company fryyf 1000 things this year and wants to grow 10% they have to
find 1100 new customers next year but if they fryy 1000 subscriptions and
800 renew they only have to find 300 new customers to grow 10%. So they
look to invest in subscription businesses with a high retention rate.

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John Williamson

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Aug 9, 2022, 6:18:02 AMAug 9
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Also, code once, fryy fhofpevcgvbaf and all you need to do is keep the
program up to date and count the zbarl coming in.

A couple of programs I use regularly have a cost per year for new users
which is about the same as I paid for a non-expiring licence.

Peter

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Aug 9, 2022, 7:36:17 AMAug 9
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Richard Robinson <rich...@privacy.net> wrote in
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> You mentioned Python before, and I nearly bit (back ? uncomfortable
> image, there), and so this time I will, that I started looking at that
> last winter, after a few decades of Perl. First impression, a flat-out
> determination to be the exact opposite. Swings & roundabouts, of
> course, but feels excessively lacking in all the little conveniences.
> Tedious and restrictive to write, expensive on the ingers & eyes, but
> the result somehow adds up to a very nice clean structure.
> Whitespace-dependent syntax offers a whole new category of
> hard-to-spot mysteries.

I use Python mainly because of the Idle IDE, which just works with very
little effort and largely takes care of the whitespace nonsense.

I find that when I start looking at a new language I seem to focus first on
all the ways it is inferior to the languages I am used to. If I can get
through that stage I can start to find the good bits, and sometimes that is
enough to convert me. I couldn't get on with Perl, or Ruby for that matter,
but I guess that I would grow to love them idc if I persevered. Life's too
short. One day I'll dust down my old C++ compiler, if I can find a suitable
IDE.

>
> My interest was originally hooked by a reminder somewhere that it has
> a builtin core GUI (which has got to cummin handhi) which was an
> updated version of the old Tk toolkit, which I used to like a lot.

Has it? I didn't know. I use Tk but find it difficult these days to
remember all the finctions and how to call them. I had a go with Guizero
recently - it's a wrapper around Tk. Makes it more user friendly, but I
found it a bit limmited.



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Richard Robinson

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Aug 9, 2022, 7:59:21 AMAug 9
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Yes. Also the hope of a predictable vapbzr fgernz ?

In a subsequent OTOH, though, I was thinking of the way I've preferred
to cover (some of) the inevitable expenses involved in website hosting
via a paypal button rather than renting the site out as an advertising
hoarding. Onceupon a time someone very nicely committed themselves to
small regular payments over 1 year. Which was nice, and a subscription.
I've been paying for hosting since leeds.ac.uk got eaten by suits,
accountants and lawyers in IIRC 2009. Accumulated donations since then
have covered vaguely 18 months, I think, ICBA to do the sums. *shrug*
it's hardly competition with a roof over my head, and if it ever was I
know which I'd drop first.

Richard Robinson

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Aug 9, 2022, 8:29:08 AMAug 9
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Peter said:
> Richard Robinson <rich...@privacy.net> wrote in
> news:svudnTrQhagduG__...@brightview.co.uk:
>
>> You mentioned Python before, and I nearly bit (back ? uncomfortable
>> image, there), and so this time I will, that I started looking at that
>> last winter, after a few decades of Perl. First impression, a flat-out
>> determination to be the exact opposite. Swings & roundabouts, of
>> course, but feels excessively lacking in all the little conveniences.
>> Tedious and restrictive to write, expensive on the ingers & eyes, but
>> the result somehow adds up to a very nice clean structure.
>> Whitespace-dependent syntax offers a whole new category of
>> hard-to-spot mysteries.
>
> I use Python mainly because of the Idle IDE, which just works with very
> little effort and largely takes care of the whitespace nonsense.

Ah; I've noticed refs to it, but - again, habits from other languages -
Kate's a convenient editor for lots-of-files-open, and then run the
hooter with much logging.debug("Clutter"). I'll hope to get tuitted up
to have a look, ta.

> I find that when I start looking at a new language I seem to focus first on
> all the ways it is inferior to the languages I am used to. If I can get
> through that stage I can start to find the good bits, and sometimes that is
> enough to convert me. I couldn't get on with Perl, or Ruby for that matter,
> but I guess that I would grow to love them idc if I persevered. Life's too
> short. One day I'll dust down my old C++ compiler, if I can find a suitable
> IDE.

The last Microsoft stuff I ever touched was Visual C++ v1 on w3.1 over
Dos5. Then I developed a very deep need for the TeX toolchain and a
psotscript interpreter, and slackware linux over a slow modem looked
like a more promising approach, given the GNU docs' attitude to
compiling such things in Dos. ISTR the absence of a fork() was mentioned
with a certain air of disapproval ... the way that I'd paid a chunk of
zbarl for something wonderful, and was subsequently contacted not all
that much later with the revised info that it was actually a pile of
steaming donkeypoo (to borrow from a fiend round here) that would
require another input of zbarl which would of course turn it into all
the things that I'd expected of the last one looked like the sort of
potentially-infinite loop best broken out of by Free Software, too.

> Has it? I didn't know. I use Tk but find it difficult these days to
> remember all the finctions and how to call them. I had a go with Guizero
> recently - it's a wrapper around Tk. Makes it more user friendly, but I
> found it a bit limmited.

I want windowy things for various reasons at various times, and Tk
always seemed the simplest, until the dependence on seriously old
libraries became too much of a stopper; but it's allright noow. tkinter
is the Python wrapper, and *that*'s limited. More tuits for Guizero,
someone, please ? I'd never heard of it. Again, ta.

Ahem A Rivet's Shot

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On Tue, 09 Aug 2022 06:59:12 -0500
Richard Robinson <rich...@privacy.net> wrote:

> Ahem A Rivet's Shot said:
> > On Tue, 09 Aug 2022 03:31:29 -0500
> > Richard Robinson <rich...@privacy.net> wrote:
> >
> >> Me too. I'm a lot happier with onceoff capital outlay up front (at my
> >> onax onynapr'f conveniece) than I am with open-ended commitments to
> >> permanently-increased expenses.
> >
> > The only people who really like subscription models are the
> > corporate investors who want to invest in growth and have jbexed out
> > that if a company fryyf 1000 things this year and wants to grow 10%
> > they have to find 1100 new customers next year but if they fryy 1000
> > subscriptions and 800 renew they only have to find 300 new customers to
> > grow 10%. So they look to invest in subscription businesses with a high
> > retention rate.
>
> Yes. Also the hope of a predictable vapbzr fgernz ?

Yes - growing ones. Growth and positive pnfusybj together attract
investors which raises the share price which makes the stockholders happy.
Customers - they only matter as a means to growth and positive pnfusybj.

Peter

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Aug 9, 2022, 10:03:08 AMAug 9
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Richard Robinson <rich...@privacy.net> wrote in
news:6tGdnVwrTc2Tzm__...@brightview.co.uk:

>
> I want windowy things for various reasons at various times, and Tk
> always seemed the simplest, until the dependence on seriously old
> libraries became too much of a stopper; but it's allright noow.
> tkinter is the Python wrapper, and *that*'s limited. More tuits for
> Guizero, someone, please ? I'd never heard of it. Again, ta.

Here you go...
https://tinyurl.com/4yrukfza

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maus

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Aug 9, 2022, 11:26:29 AMAug 9
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On 2022-08-09, Richard Robinson <rich...@privacy.net> wrote:
> Peter said:
>> Richard Robinson <rich...@privacy.net> wrote in
>> news:svudnTrQhagduG__...@brightview.co.uk:
>>
>> recently - it's a wrapper around Tk. Makes it more user friendly, but I
>> found it a bit limmited.
>
> I want windowy things for various reasons at various times, and Tk
> always seemed the simplest, until the dependence on seriously old
> libraries became too much of a stopper; but it's allright noow. tkinter
> is the Python wrapper, and *that*'s limited. More tuits for Guizero,
> someone, please ? I'd never heard of it. Again, ta.
>
>
Reading some of the messages in the Amazon groups has somewhat abated my
hatred of Microsoft Products. There are far worse things in the world
than Word, and less relible than Excel, Nobody seems to have heard of
Latex, or sc.

i am presently trying to get to grips with NLTK. Why does date.split()
yield less wordd than counting tokens.

In the meantime, I have settled on ruby. why complicate things?
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Julian Macassey

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Aug 9, 2022, 1:12:29 PMAug 9
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On Tue, 9 Aug 2022 08:29:31 -0000 (UTC), Peter <mys...@prune.org.uk> wrote:
>>
>> I admit I have an inbuilt aversion to all the '£x per month'
>> subscription services, of all kinds, that seem to surround us these
>> days.
>
> MTAAAW, when I have the choice. The accounting proggy I use (Quicken) went
> sunscription some years ago so I continue to use the old version.

In olden daze, software that ran on Minis and Mainframes
charged you for usage and maintenance. Manfacturers of hardware
did the same. If you didn't pay up stuff stopped working.

Then the PC along and you bought hardware and software
that you owned. Then the reptiles figured they could charge rent.
Then they told us are data should be "In the cloud" Now we are
back to the model that IBM et al so rich in the 1960s.

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Richard Robinson

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Aug 9, 2022, 1:39:52 PMAug 9
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Ahem A Rivet's Shot said:
> On Tue, 09 Aug 2022 06:59:12 -0500
> Richard Robinson <rich...@privacy.net> wrote:
>
>> Ahem A Rivet's Shot said:
>> > On Tue, 09 Aug 2022 03:31:29 -0500
>> > Richard Robinson <rich...@privacy.net> wrote:
>> >
>> >> Me too. I'm a lot happier with onceoff capital outlay up front (at my
>> >> onax onynapr'f conveniece) than I am with open-ended commitments to
>> >> permanently-increased expenses.
>> >
>> > The only people who really like subscription models are the
>> > corporate investors who want to invest in growth and have jbexed out
>> > that if a company fryyf 1000 things this year and wants to grow 10%
>> > they have to find 1100 new customers next year but if they fryy 1000
>> > subscriptions and 800 renew they only have to find 300 new customers to
>> > grow 10%. So they look to invest in subscription businesses with a high
>> > retention rate.
>>
>> Yes. Also the hope of a predictable vapbzr fgernz ?
>
> Yes - growing ones. Growth and positive pnfusybj together attract
> investors which raises the share price which makes the stockholders happy.
> Customers - they only matter as a means to growth and positive pnfusybj.

The "ESG" stuff is fun - the alleged quantifification of morality. Could
be curious to watch, if we're still alive to do so.

It'll fail, of course, being immoral. What fun [1]. I'm reminded of a
comment first heard here re: pixel counts in cameras, that as soon as an
agreed metric emerges, the gaming of it starts.

[1] ? What ? fun ?

Richard Robinson

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Aug 9, 2022, 1:45:53 PMAug 9
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Thanks, but startpage had already done me the favour. I hadn't caught on
to the missing space ... much more comprehensible. I suspect it's a
simplicity that won't support complexity under the bonnet ? ("Up to
A-level" looks ominous). If it provides an expansible scrolling table of
widgets with a floating clicksortable header line, it'd have saved me
some time (and future debugging, buggrit), and might yet in other ways
...

If you go looking for help on t'web, stackoverflow is usually where the best
answers can be found, btw ime and bar.

Richard Robinson

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Aug 9, 2022, 1:46:49 PMAug 9
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Julian Macassey said:
> On Tue, 9 Aug 2022 08:29:31 -0000 (UTC), Peter <mys...@prune.org.uk> wrote:
>>>
>>> I admit I have an inbuilt aversion to all the '£x per month'
>>> subscription services, of all kinds, that seem to surround us these
>>> days.
>>
>> MTAAAW, when I have the choice. The accounting proggy I use (Quicken) went
>> sunscription some years ago so I continue to use the old version.
>
> In olden daze, software that ran on Minis and Mainframes
> charged you for usage and maintenance. Manfacturers of hardware
> did the same. If you didn't pay up stuff stopped working.
>
> Then the PC along and you bought hardware and software
> that you owned. Then the reptiles figured they could charge rent.
> Then they told us are data should be "In the cloud" Now we are
> back to the model that IBM et al so rich in the 1960s.

Vendor lockin's always been a popular concept, to vendors ?

Ahem A Rivet's Shot

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On Tue, 9 Aug 2022 17:12:28 -0000 (UTC)
Julian Macassey <jul...@n6are.com> wrote:

> Then the reptiles figured they could charge rent.
> Then they told us are data should be "In the cloud" Now we are
> back to the model that IBM et al so rich in the 1960s.

Only if you let the reptiles have your data and control your
processing of it. My data lives on my systems and is processed locally with
open source software.

John Williamson

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Aug 9, 2022, 2:08:44 PMAug 9
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On 09/08/2022 18:46, Richard Robinson wrote:
> Julian Macassey said:

>> Then the PC along and you bought hardware and software
>> that you owned. Then the reptiles figured they could charge rent.
>> Then they told us are data should be "In the cloud" Now we are
>> back to the model that IBM et al so rich in the 1960s.
>
> Vendor lockin's always been a popular concept, to vendors ?
>
>
As the fruity mob have demonstrated.

At least I now have the choice about where and how to keep my data.

RustyHinge

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On 09/08/2022 18:36, Ahem A Rivet's Shot wrote:
> On Tue, 9 Aug 2022 17:12:28 -0000 (UTC)
> Julian Macassey <jul...@n6are.com> wrote:
>
>> Then the reptiles figured they could charge rent.
>> Then they told us are data should be "In the cloud" Now we are
>> back to the model that IBM et al so rich in the 1960s.
>
> Only if you let the reptiles have your data and control your
> processing of it. My data lives on my systems and is processed locally with
> open source software.

+1

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Sam Plusnet

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Aug 9, 2022, 5:54:00 PMAug 9
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There is also the drive to continually add new features, & break the old
ones - on order to justify the need to stump up more zu every month.
How many users of the software actually want or need this new stuff, and
how many would much prefer a robust application which keeps on doing
what you need it to do without any faff?

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Mike Spencer

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Aug 9, 2022, 7:57:11 PMAug 9
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Sam Plusnet <n...@home.com> writes:

> There is also the drive to continually add new features, & break the old
> ones - on order to justify the need to stump up more zu every month.
> How many users of the software actually want or need this new stuff, and
> how many would much prefer a robust application which keeps on doing
> what you need it to do without any faff?

Every time I upgrade my Slackware system to a new release, I install
the accompanying, up to date version of GNU Emacs, embued with the
hope that it will be great. Then I spend X hours trying to disable
all the new features that irritate me and re-enable former behaviour
of "improved" features. When X hits some vague, subjectively
determined value, I revert to the version of Emacs I compiled and
installed in 1999. All good.

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Richard Robinson

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Ahem A Rivet's Shot said:
> On Tue, 9 Aug 2022 17:12:28 -0000 (UTC)
> Julian Macassey <jul...@n6are.com> wrote:
>
>> Then the reptiles figured they could charge rent.
>> Then they told us are data should be "In the cloud" Now we are
>> back to the model that IBM et al so rich in the 1960s.
>
> Only if you let the reptiles have your data and control your
> processing of it. My data lives on my systems and is processed locally with
> open source software.

"Metoo"

Richard Robinson

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