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The V7 Bourne shell defines much of the look and feel and what "is" Unix to a user. It's a masterpiece of code, even if you have to de-Algol it and ANSIfy it, then tweak it to avoid SDCC bugs.

There are a few things it lacks compared with later versions of sh (and I must fix '#' as comment!) but almost everything we think of as /bin/sh today (except maybe shell functions) fits in under 32K.

Which of course means only one thing: It'll fit nicely on a Fuzix system!
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I guess it's the most advanced shell ever run on a Z80 machine :)
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Yay. #swansea Uplands Diner goes online and delivery


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+Alan Cox  et all I hope you do understand these comments in the right spirit :) They are simply coming from an internet population which does not think croissant with a ketchup is a good idea :)
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Skype is unable to get an EU-wide trademark for its brand because a court believes its name is too similar to the broadcaster Sky's.
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Weren't they going to rename it to Sky.NET anyway?
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Contrary to rumour not everything the UK government does that touches anything digital is dumb and stupid, just most of it ;-)

One pleasant exception that seems to have escaped a lot of notice is the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (The UK has never gone with imaginatively named bills)

From October 2015 if you are selling software to someone, or supplying software free as part of something else paid (eg a product) you have a duty to ensure that the digital content is satisfactory, fit for purpose and as described.

http://www.businesscompanion.info/en/quick-guides/digital/digital-content-from-1-october-2015

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Digital content – from 1 October 2015. Understand what your obligations are – under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 – when you supply digital content to a consumer. In-Depth Guide. In the guide. Contract law; What is a trader? What is a consumer? Types of 'digital content'; What the consumer can ...
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Does Dell sell their XPS 13 Developer Edition (the one with Ubuntu preinstalled) in the UK?
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The @arstechnica guide to digital policy in the UK’s 2015 general election - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/04/30/the-ars-technica-guide-to-digital-policy-in-the-uks-2015-general-election/ find out how savvy/clueless they are
What the main parties say they will do in the digital realm if they're elected.
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So the music industry is in crisis... doesn't seem to be affecting the owners too badly .. just the musicians.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32471509
The owner of Warner Music has been named Britain's richest man with a £13.17bn fortune, according to The 2015 Sunday Times Rich List.
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Precisely. And in this case, it's not a double-edged sword, rather more like a katana! :-/ Anyhow, enough about this, let's go and read some more light-hearted posts (sorry Alan not your fault, I started feeling too sorry for myself! :-)
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Thoroughly enjoyable performance at Taliesin last night.

If you want to catch them in England then they are at the Arcola Theatre London on Sunday night.

http://tokillamachine.co.uk/tour-dates/
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+Paul Gray thankfully Arduino and the like have helped a little bit in bringing back some sense of proportion to embedded coding at least.
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More insight into the NSA and friends


I'm at Princeton where Ed Snowden is due to speak by live video link in a few minutes, and have a discussion with Bart Gellmann. Yesterday he spent four hours with a group of cryptographers from industry and academia, of which I was privileged to be one. The topic was the possible and likely ...
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A marvellous for Americans explanation of the UK elections covering everything from the queen not running the country to the monster raving loony party. At least as a Brit it's hilarious but accurate and I love the explanation of Yorkshire.


UK is holding an election on May 7 that could result in a new leader. You knew that, right? Well, here's all you need to know from issues to who could win.
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+Mike Hunt mmmm German beer and Danish bacon
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Lesson for today: When trying to work out why a BBC micro won't talk to floppy drives check you have a DFS disc driver ROM loaded for the right floppy controller chip before you get the logic probes out.

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Now all I need is  to decide what counts as a known properly aligned 5.25" disc to try and realign the disc heads.
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A couple of years ago I upgraded an Econet-only machine with DFS chips from a dead Beeb. When it didn't work, I eventually tracked it down to a bent pin on the PCB socket for the 8271. It had missed the hole in the PCB and was neatly bent flat under the socket.

The Econet machine had spent it's entire life up to that point with this manufacturing faulty having never been discovered, until 27 years later I come along and fix it :D
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UK Green Party Speculates On Idea To Shorten Copyright To 14 Years... Leading To Mass Freakout - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150428/06524230818/uk-green-party-speculates-idea-to-shorten-copyright-to-14-years-leading-to-mass-freakout.shtml absurd bullying
Last week, the Green Party in the UK got a bunch of attention when someone noticed its "Policies for a Sustainable Society" had put in a clause advocating for lessening copyright terms down to 14 years (which you may note is the same as it...
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Point a. sound also interesting.
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Excellent show, only marred by an over-enthusiastic sound engineer turning the volume up too high for the encore.
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reviewed a week ago
Very pleasant atmosphere, good service, comfortable seating, and enjoyable food.
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American style food that really reminded me of North Carolina. Unfortunately that's not a recommendation. This is 'butter it, batter it, fry it, or all three then stuff it in a roll" food where the nearest thing we sighted to a vegetable was sweetcorn (soaked in butter). Stupid sized portions of nondescript food (even of the supposedly 'light' menu), far too much salt and sugar. There are better places in Swansea to get American 'diner' food.
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reviewed 4 months ago
Nice location, extremely helpful and friendly staff. Room was spotless and everything worked as it should. Food was decent pub grub and good value. Only downside was that the square it is on faces a 'sports bar' which had live music on until late and was noisy. Excellent value for money.
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Excellent food and good service.
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reviewed a month ago
Great food but don't ask for the curry spicy hot unless you have a flameproof mouth
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reviewed 7 months ago
Excellent very traditional British curry house with good staff, good food and good beer. Reasonable prices too. Order ahead on busy nights to avoid a wait.
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