Re: A perfect Friday Afternoon Treat
Being a very big fan of Mr Nelson, I've only just realised that it's not an ad targetted at me following my online activities!!
Speaking to you through electrical language...
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Being a very big fan of Mr Nelson, I've only just realised that it's not an ad targetted at me following my online activities!!
Speaking to you through electrical language...
Webinar. Exponential growth in Murphy's Law effects due to large numbers of interacting electronic and software technologies.
...since the coalition government came to power.
It's also been 50 years since England won the World Cup. But that doesn't mean that they are the current holders.
950 years since the Normans took over England. But that doesn't mean that they are still in power.
Having worked at the CCTA - on projects, they were my client - I can well believe you.
Two of the senior managers were known to their own colleagues as "Bookend 1" and "Bookend 2", and these were indeed accurate summaries of their talents.
Still, Riverwalk House was handy for visits to the Tate.
If you want a parachute to open, then the implication is that you are falling.
But delaying the parachute opening allows the seat to slow down a little??? What laws of physics are in operation here?
Also, bodies of different masses fall with the same acceleration. Some old Italian dude is credited with that one. So what difference does the pilot's weight make?
I suspect that something has been lost in the reporting...
5. Force the train companies to operate under the assumption that there will inevitably be a small percentage of people that dodge the fares rather than spending more than the fare is worth on prosecution.
I'm no fan of the train companies. But it's obvious that the main purpose of the prosecutions is to keep the percentage of people that dodge the fares small. They are a deterrent, not a revenue raiser. No prosecutions => percentage of people that dodge the fares becomes much larger.
If I buy a TV (as a large screen monitor) in order to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime, why do I have to tell some spotty oik in Currys my address?
You don't. At least, you are not legally required to. The law changed in 2013. Although this may still be news to some branches of Curry's.
My Mum moved into a care home earlier this year. I bought a small TV for her room - from Curry's - and I certainly wasn't asked for an address, because I know I would have had to think what address to give. That reminds me, must change the address for her current licence.
I suspect that nowadays they just assume that every address has a TV, until proven otherwise. Guilty until proven innocent!
I'm sure they are all either too thick or hammered to count, so probably Yes.
And your username here is ... ?
Yes, for informal values of the term "countless".
However, assuming a 1-1 mapping between the set of ICT fans and the set of natural numbers, then they are, of course, countably infinite.
How long have you been working on that headline?
Probably not long :) The countless legions of Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC fans - myself included - will recognise it and applaud it.
Click here to see why. Perfectly safe for work.
Although I hadn't realised until I found that link that the Liverpool Echo had done something similar many years beforehand.
It's my understanding that if you take up the NamesCo offer, then you can. But note that talk amongst the few remaining customers at the newsgroup demon.service is that Vodafone may ditch the whole demon.co.uk set-up at some time in the near future - IIRC next April is when the registration expires. Vodafone have certainly hinted at that in the past.
Demon customer domains - eg mydomain.demon.co.uk - are all subdomains of demon.co.uk. So if that disappears, then so will all customer subdomains - websites, email and everything - regardless of who your broadband supplier is.
I was lucky in that mydomain.co.uk - where "mydomain" is my Demon subdomain name - had not been registered, so I registered it a couple of weeks ago, and have spent a lot of time since then telling everyone about the change of address, and amending all my online accounts. Of course, a change of email address is a change of email address, so simply dropping the ".demon" is not technically different from completely changing the domain name, but it seemed like a logical thing to do.
Oh and its worth pointing out that Vodafone are giving customers all of 30 days notice to switch their email before its switched off.
...in the peak holiday season, too.
IIRC, the first batch of emails should be switched off next week. I haven't had any communication yet from Vodafone - it is believed that they are switching off emails in batches - but I have already registered my own domain elsewehere and have spent many boring hours trying to remember all my online accounts and updating the details. I'm bound to have forgotten some.
The eye-opening thing about that exercise was how bad some sites are at handling updates. There are quite a few where I still have to use the old email address as my logon ID, even though they are now sending stuff to my new email address. There are also those who are still sending to my old email address, two weeks after being told of my new address. There is at least one where I am now completely locked out. And a few where there were no facilities for changing email address, or where the change appeared to work, but in fact failed.
And then there is the security aspect. Some sites accepted the change with no questions asked - bad. Some sent a confirmation link in an email to the old address - top marks there. Some merely sent messages to the old address (or both addresses), saying "your email has changed - please contact us if you didn't expect it). And some - zero marks - sent emails only to the new address saying "your address has changed".
Anyway, if you ever have to change a lot of email addresses, do it before you lose the old address. And expect a lot of variation in how well the changes are handled.
I've run across this sort of thing from time to time, and usually it's a clueless spirit that's just confused - hard to "get a clue" when you don't have a body anymore.
So why aren't they all clueless, then? All the spirits that no longer have bodies - there must be quite a lot of them.
MM does indeed V. A lot.
It's definitely not "aliens".
You've never been to Rutherglen, have you?
It's as if the commander of the Provisional IRA were living in Virginia unfettered while organizing a terror spree in London.
I assume that you are too young to remember that there was indeed open support, and funding, of the IRA in the USA.
Back in the 80s, I once had an interesting conversation in a Covent Garden pub with a very nice Catholic girl from Boston, whose priest had openly told his flock to support the armed struggle against the British oppressors. I told her a few facts, and I shall never forget the look on her face when the penny dropped and she understood that at any second, without warning, we could get blown to pieces by her noble freedom fighters. One fewer IRA supporter after that!
(BTW, this isn't support of your belief that the coup in Turkey was organised by Gulen. I wouldn't trust anything that Erdogan says.)
When the [Australian] census was last run, as British citizens we couldn't participate (for obvious reasons!).
Sorry, but it's not obvious to me. Are non-Australian people excluded from the census? Here in the UK, all households have to take part, no matter who is resident there.
Excluding people because of their nationality defeats the main purpose of a census, which is to collect comprehensive and accurate data.
I once had a holiday which was a bus tour of the old cities of Morocco. (recommended, BTW.)
One morning at breakfast, the American lady next to me - whom I hadn't previously spoken to - said that her camera wasn't working.
So I asked what was wrong, and she said it was just completely dead. It had been fine the previous day.
So I asked if I could have a look. Took out the batteries, cleaned all the terminals and connectors, and put it back together. It worked perfectly. She was utterly amazed and extremely grateful.
So we started chatting.
"What do you do?", I asked.
Said she, "I design satellites for Hughes".
Why "IN" the vehicle?
A remote controller in a centre somewhere would probably be equally as effective, assuming the car has the number of sensors required to give all-round view to keep the AI happy.
I am originally from the Scottish Highlands.
Things that work effectively in the flatlands - mobile communications, for example - may not work so effectively in challenging terrain.
There is also, as I said, the possibility of "systems failure", which could be a comms failure.
In which case either the car fails safe - i.e. stops - in a mid-winter blizzard in the middle of nowhere, or the occupant takes control. I know which I'd prefer!
So commuters can actually get something done whilst commuting and people who like to go to restaurants and have a couple of glasses of wine can get home in their own vehicle without risking a driving ban, and elderly people who are no longer able to drive can still be mobile.
I think that for a long time to come there will still be a legal requirement for someone in the vehicle to be capable of taking over in the event of an emergency or a systems failure. Think of it like the quailified driver who has to accompany a learner.
Having spent my career in safety and security, my most common typo was "emergency shit-down".
It was nearly always appropriate and in context...
Yup - we did the brewery tour. The woman guide was brilliant - completely dry humour. "Before you start drinking in our bar, you will write down the name of your hotel on a piece of paper. This is so we can put you into a taxi when we decide that it is time for you to go. Do not say "the hotel next to the big church". We have sixteen of them. "
We were there in 2012 to avoid the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the UK. This weekend the UK will be celebrating her 90th birthday - and Mrs Smudge and I will be in Norway.
" ... a policy must be put in place to include all eventualities even if they are not used."
So how about "entering into a personal relationship with the third party/group member" in meatspace, not cyberspace? As practised by the Met Police.
It's an "eventuality", so what does their policy say?
St Albans post code, for sure - but that's Colney Street!
SC permits unsupervised access to SECRET, and occasional, supervised access to TS.
DV permits frequent, unsupervised access to TS.
So what he said was correct and not BS - it just omitted some of the detail.
But I agree with your puzzlement about him advertising his clearance.
Apparently he is distantly related to Prostetic Vogon Jeltz: "...you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaints and its far too late to start making a fuss about it now.... I’m sorry but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs that’s your own lookout... God I don’t know…apathetic bloody planet, I’ve no sympathy at all."
“The first rule of command is never expect your people to do something you're not prepared to do. This includes asking officers to put on a rubber glove and extract a phone from Georgiou 's bum.”
The UK Cabinet is now terrified of Cameron saying "Actually, I did stick my prick into a dead pig's mouth..."
Hey, it has all the right letters - just in the wrong order.
Surely locks of his hair - "from the first human transplant head!!!" - would sell for more, and cost little to produce?
Yes he does have hair - I've checked.
I would also have suggested teeth, but let's be generous and assume that he'll need them after the op.
You mean apart from now having a dirty EM noise generating motor on what should be a clean power line for computers?
I see your vacuum cleaner and raise you...
Back in the days when I did hospital pathology lab minicomputer systems, I was with a customer who had complained of the system shutting down at random times. We were in the computer room, staring at the system (as if that would help) when there was a dull "whump!" that was felt as much as heard, and the lights flickered.
"What was that?" I said. "Just the X-ray department next door." said he.
35 years ago, disc drives were standalone, waist-high units, each with their own off/on button and a set of lights that indicated off/on status, disk activity, etc.
One morning one of my customers - an NHS consultant pathologist - phoned up and said they couldn't get the lab minicomputer system started.
I went through a number of basic questions. I didn't know their exact configuration, so I asked "Are ALL your disk drives powered up?". The answer was in the affirmative.
Couldn't get the damn thing to start up. Then a colleague, who knew their configuration, came into the office. He asked "Are BOTH your disk drives powered up?".
"Oh! No - I haven't turned one on. That'll be it. Thanks."
The answer is not to bring it all back in house," he said. "Instead have the very best in four key areas of skill: project management, architecture and design, procurement, and finance."
"And forget about defining the requirements, that's not important!".
...for at least the first 4 weeks we were there another parent brought his son along, but didn't seem to feel it necessary to actually bring a guitar along too...
Clearly the kid was learning air guitar.
It's an encryption system for intra-Government use. Of course they're going to ensure that they can listen in. Why would anyone assume otherwise?
From the RFC: "The Initiator and the Responder trust a third party, the KMS, which provisions them with key material by a secure mechanism."
Now who do you think that will be?
“Our world is run on software – medical devices, finance, IoT, access to knowledge via Internet, etc – so any foundational security training must include the ability to code securely.”
Which should include the use of encryption on messages sent between sensitive devices and systems, such as medical devices, finance, IoT. Except that only terrorists, paedos and drug-dealers do that...
At the end of the 70s I had a GS, which was their Escort-sized medium family runabout.
Hydropneumatic suspension, air-cooled flat four engine, spade-handle handbrake coming out of the dash, one-spoke steering wheel, radio mounted vertically between the front seats, streamlined boat-like underside with exhaust and brake pipes set into recessed channels, hatchback incorporated part of the rear bumper so you only had to lift stuff a few inches... I could go on.
Main drawback was that the near-horizontal rear window meant that the rear-seat covering was reduced to baked dust after a few summers' sun.
They don't make 'em like that any more!
More specific issues of interest to the Committee include the extent to which communications data and communications content can be separated
They can't be separated.
What one-party state? The article is about proposals from the Scottish Government. You do know they have a Government in Edinburgh? The current state of the Scottish Parliament is 127 seats excluding the Presiding Officer, with 64 SNP MSPs.
I would call that an overall majority of 1.
Well, the Scottish citizens have the opportunity to vote in the Scottish Parliamentary election next May.
Given that the SNP government seems to consist of fairly canny operators, I would expect that anything that looks like a vote-loser will have disappeared well before the election. And if it's not a vote-loser, then - given that there is a free and open democratic system in Scotland - then good luck to them, even if we would disagree.
Hmmm... dilemma. The original KB3097877 was installed yesterday on my Win 7, Office/Outlook 2010 machine. No problems so far.
What I assume is the revised version is being offered to me today.
To install, or not to install...?
"First is the myth that the government wants to ban encryption," said the head of GCHQ. "We don’t. We advocate encryption."
If that is really, truly, accurately what he said, then he needs to reminded sharpish that he is a civil servant, and is NOT the government.
To save time, he could be done alongside that eejit general who was shooting his mouth off at the weekend.
the kind of places Royal Mail has trouble delivering to also happen to have the worst possible weather for flying ...
And also the sorts of roads that could be more difficult for "autonomous ground vehicles".
BT, or Kingston Communications if you live in Hull, will be obliged to say yes.
I wonder about that. I'm on the edge of St Albans - not in the sticks - and my BT line delivers me 3Mbps in summer, dropping to 2Mbps in the winter. An Openreach engineer has said "That's pretty good for round here!".
But NTL cabled up the street years ago, and every week I receive an offer from the bearded one to buy his services.
So would the gummint say that I already have the possibility of >10Mbps internet, but that I am choosing not to take it up? Or are they really going to force the monopoly operator (BT/Kingston Comms) to upgrade?
It's unfortunate for her that May has compared the "Internet Connection Record" to an "itemised telephone bill".
The ICO's own quick reference guide about what is "personal data" says "Data such as personal bank statements or itemised telephone bills will be personal data about the individual operating the account or contracting for telephone services. ".
So our internet connection records are personal data under the Data Protection Act. The ISPs will have to treat the data as such.
They must respond to subject access requests.
They must also ensure that appropriate protection is applied to this personal data.
They must delete it when no longer required.
More interestingly, the ISP must declare to the customer the reason for storing this data, and obtain the customer's consent.
Have they thought this through?
I've always assumed that my ISP has a complete record of every page I visit, and I have no idea how long they keep it for.
The main thing that worries me - like the posters above - if how easy it will be for Plod and other services to get their hands on that data.
They were also paid to support the system after the fact. That to me implies IMO that they had access to the data passing through it too.
I wonder what level of access they had?
None whatsoever. All comms were managed by C&W, and LM were not even allowed on-site at the data processing centres. They did provide support such as fault diagnosis and correction using their own pre-production systems - undoubtedly made more difficult by the fact that no data from the live systems was transferred to them.
I can be as anti-US as the next person, and indeed I am currently advising a customer NOT to go to a cloud-based solution because of US legislation. But as far as I know the Census had all proper safeguards in place.
I seem to remember that the UK census personal information was to be processed by a US company in the US,
Wrong. The England, Wales & NI data was processed by a UK company in Manchester, England, giving over a year's employment to several hundred people. The systems were built by the UK subsidiary of Lockheed Martin - that's what you are "remembering" - who handed them over to the Office for National Statistics before the Census started.
The Scotland data was processed in Scotland - can't remember who was involved there.
I wonder how the war with Eastasia is going?
Eastasia is our friend and ally, and always has been. Only last week, Airstrip One was honoured by a visit from their glorious leader.
Eurasia is our enemy, and always has been. Very shortly, Big Brother will give us all the opportunity to leave it forever.
Benefits are restraints.
Cuts are liberation.
Plutocracy is equality.
Crooks have registered a domain called ara-apple.com that closely resembles the legitimate Apple locale (ara.apple.com)
Would have expected Apple to register a number of domain names which closely resemble the correct name...
"Plutarch noted that the two puncture marks on her arm..."
So it was a vampire, then.
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.