* Posts by Mike Henderson

17 posts • joined 11 Apr 2007

What is the difference between a drone, a model and a light plane?

Mike Henderson

Re: Not quite

Or you can see the real thing - full size, piloted - at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton, NZ.

Film mogul Sir Peter Jackson chooses to waste his money on re-building and reproducing WW I aeroplanes, a vice I most heartily approve of and for which I am extremely grateful! :)

See http://thevintageaviator.co.nz/

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FAA grounds Boeing's 787 after battery fires on plastic planes

Mike Henderson

Re: You forget the 2009 Hudson River crash

The real worry is that that is the one and only time ever in history that someone has successfully water-landed a jet aircraft with its engines under the wings.

And that was on the relative calm of the Hudson River and within about a minute of the first rescue boat, not on the open ocean - with waves even - and hours or days from rescue

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Kiwis demo DARPA-funded rocket project

Mike Henderson

Launched from Great Mercury Island

according to <http://www.3news.co.nz/Kiwi-rocket-trials-new-form-of-propulsion/tabid/1160/articleID/276537/Default.aspx> "some big space heavies like NASA and the US Navy, who flew all the way to Great Mercury Island, off the Coromandel Pensinsula, to watch this morning’s test launch"

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New Jersey allows email voting

Mike Henderson
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Is this legal?

Can the Governor of New Jersey actually just designate a whole category of persons who are not overseas as "Overseas Voters"? I mean, obviously he has, but does that stand any chance of prevailing when the losing candidate claims that all these votes are invalid? Particularly if NJ's15 Electoral College votes swing the election one way or the other.

This is one of the more amusing features of the Virginian colonies' quaint voting system: there doesn't seem to be any real process for a significant delay in the voting, or for declaring an individual state's vote to have been invalidly conducted and requiring to be done again. That was the obvious deciding factor in the Supreme Court when Dubya won the Florida vote the first time: even the thought of declaring the Florida vote null and void was too awful for the Supreme Court Justices to contemplate, and to put it back to the ballot would have wrecked the carefully orchestrated timetable of Electoral College and Inauguration Day.

Might be time to get in extra popcorn & drinks, could be an outstanding fireworks display

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Nominet mulls killing off the .co from .co.uk

Mike Henderson

The .NZ registry has just been consulting on this idea

For an unmoderated use of .nz at the second level, of course, not for .uk

You can see the consultation paper and submissions on the subject here

http://dnc.org.nz/second_level_proposal_c1

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Mozilla shoots down Thunderbird, hatches new release model

Mike Henderson
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Re: Wait...

Spot on Trevor.

I hate to say it, but for me too Outlook is the 'killer app' me that keeps me on Windows.

It also stops be agitating too vigourously for my employer to throw off the Microsoft Tax yoke: our organisation runs on Outlook calendaring and tasking, and without an alternative that is as well integrated in email, calendar, contacts and tasks as is LookOut, suggesting a change would be obviously and severely career limiting.

I hate to say it, but Outlook is actually amazingly adequate.

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Japan and Vietnam push on with rare earth mining plans

Mike Henderson

Plan "B"

"it will be interesting to see if China decides to lower its prices and change its rhetoric"

Or just invade, Lai Chau being less than 40km from the China-Vietnam border.

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Thousands of Brits bombarded in caller spoofing riddle

Mike Henderson

Why can't the telcos "spam filter" these calls?

The call must enter theTelco's network with some sort of identifier - a human might call it a 'caller phone number' - presented, for telco billing purposes.

If it doesn't have a calling identifier, or has an invalid one, the telco should just drop the call, or give an 'invalid number' reponse.

Now it gets a little trickier: the telco needs to filter on the presented network ID. For a trivial example, if the call purports to come from my network, but is coming in from outside, drop it, or if the call says it's from the UK, but the call originates in India - where a lot of my junk calls come from judging by the accent - drop that one too.

Yes, you'll probably throw a few false positives, but the volume is getting to the same state as my email filters: false positives is a price I'm prepared to pay for not nearly so much junk mail

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Astrolabe backs off, timezone database safe

Mike Henderson

Re: Re: So who were they going to end up extorting the money from?

The reason MS maintain their own TZ database is that the Windows time+TZ implementation is conceptually broken. Their model goes back to DOS, and consists of making the actual motherboard hardware clock hold the adjusted local time so the displayed time is always the hardware time, whereas the *ix model keeps the hardware clock in UTC and maintains displayed time offset from the hardware time by the locale and TZ database. The MS model of course requires no abstraction/translation layer so is much easier to implement, but is essentially a my-computer-on-my-desk concept. The *ix model always allowed for multiple users of the hardware in different TZ locations. The problem is that the original DOS concept was continued right through the Windows Server line.

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Datacom, Revera expanding NZ cloud

Mike Henderson

Datacom

And owned about 35% by NZ Post (a.k.a. The Post Office) which is 100% government owned.

Until after the election anyway, come to think of it. Sigh

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Stingy Uncle Sam dumps a Q1 loss on Unisys

Mike Henderson
FAIL

"Transportation Security Association"

I always though the TSA was the Transportation Security Agency, but what would an ignorant colonial know about it?

LOL

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Cellphone exposure linked to changes in brain activity

Mike Henderson
FAIL

Fifty minutes continuous talk-time

Yes, that's right FIFTY CONSECUTIVE CONTINUOUS BLOODY MINUTES! Pardon me shouting, but WTF?

How much effect was there after five minutes? Ten? Fifteen? None, I'd wager.

What is the statistical distribution of call duration and inter-call gaps: whatever it is, I'll bet the median - and probably the ninety-somethingth percentile - is nowhere near fifty minutes talk time.

Next thing, they'll 'discover' that if you drink three bottles of high-proof vodka, neat, one after the other without stopping, that it appears to have some potentially deleterious effects on health.

FAIL, completely, utterly, absolutely, totally FAIL

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Cisco taps into smart grid money machine

Mike Henderson

'Smart grid' switches and routers

I hope they do IPv6 from the start - there's going to be a lot of these devices out there.

I mean, all those transmission companies are already using IPV6 or are at least IPv6-ready, aren't they?

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IBM reaches out to SAP, RIM with Notes

Mike Henderson
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SAP playing both sides of the street

So we now have "Alloy" for integration of a Notes/Domino-based UI into SAP.

Just like "Duet" for integration of a Outlook-based UI into SAP.

Anybody would think that the native SAP UI must be completely pants if it needs to be replaced by PIM plugins.

Oh yes, SAPGUI is ... utterly, completely horrid.

Apparently irremediably so, 'coz SAP A/G aren't even trying.

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IBM's AIX 6 drops 'L,' adds 'S'

Mike Henderson

AIX 6.1

"IBM apparently ... will introduce the software as AIX Version 6.1"

I understand that some marketing droid committee in IBM corporate has decided that customers are too easily spooked by ".0" releases, so in order to avoid that ... there won't be any in future. Us customers are so easily fooled that we won't realise it's a major new release, we'll be lulled into a false sense of security by the fact that it's ".1", not the dreaded ".0".

I first heard this from a product manager who told us that the next version of the product we use would be "11.1", when the current version was "10.2". When I asked 'what happened to "11.0"?', they told the audience that 'this was a marketing decision'

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Airwave strike threats as Macquarie takes over

Mike Henderson

Defined benefit pension schemes are immoral

A defined benefit pension scheme is an unlimited promise to pay a retiree a sum of money independent of the ability of the paying organisation to fund this payment. It is an unbounded promise on future generations of shareholders and customers.

In my view, the directors of any company offering such a scheme should be prosecuted for reckless trading.

The only reason governments can get away with such schemes is that they have an unlimited capacity (called "Taxes") to generate cash-flow to fund their pensions.

Welcome to the real world, Airwave.

BTW, in case you think I believe Macquarie are the good guys in this story, I don't.

They were the crew for who VirginBlue created a new collective noun for bankers: "a wunch". As in "Macquarie, what a wunch of bankers". In 1m high letters on the side of a VirginBlue Boeing 737.

:-)

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IBM's new server targets the 'i' in SMB

Mike Henderson

Windows Server capable?

"Both boxes are Linux, Windows Server, AIX and i5/OS capable."

Windows Server on a Power 5+ system?

Really?

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