Re: Not sure you need a satellite
Or your washing line snaps. Kind of curious what the fix would be, ie piling under the slab, expanding the slab or injecting concrete/binders to increase the support.
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Or your washing line snaps. Kind of curious what the fix would be, ie piling under the slab, expanding the slab or injecting concrete/binders to increase the support.
Don't forget, the BA's are often the first to flee. Especially if they've found another contract to flee to.
But as a humble user and pugilist, rather than an agilist.. in amongst the foreign language, this bit jumped out- "They started the project with several hundred pages of requirements that business analysts had build up like a perfect cathedral." Usually developed by talking to process/business owners who've spent much of their career developing intricate flow charts that everyone else ignores. So development becomes a tad pointless when the real process is to wander into provisioning/ops and ask for favors, because the actual customer requirement doesn't fit the process.
No amount of agility helps, unless it means being able to kludge code into ever more convoluted messes which you can flee before you have to maintain it. Best example I saw was from a planned sales order->provisioning->ops supersystem and being dragged into a meeting to help with the customer routing table production and maintenance. Somehow, the BA and various other process owners figured it was better for pre-sales people to manually input that and maintain it rather than simply grabbing it off the routers.
That project was abandoned after sinking around $13m when management realised a) The process owners didn't understand their processes and b) it was about as agile as a sumo wrestler in a coma. Luckily I'd managed to flee that one before the axe fell.
Indeed that's the plan. Tesla sees it's acquisition of SolarCity as highly complementary, and not just to the Musk/Rive families. The synergistic combination of car, PowerWall, and panels creates the perfect ecosystem for the Tesla Owner's Solar Home. Simply take your Model S (90kWh), your Powerwall2 (13.5kWh) and your solar tiles (unspecified) and you're free to motor!
In addition, Tesla owners can contribute to reducing traffic congestion in the process, ie 400kWh/1,000 miles means you'll get an extra 5.5 miles from your own storage and charging system! If you need more, our sales people will be only too happy to quote for additional Powerwall2 units. And if you need extra space for more units, or more solar tiles, why not contact Tesla Realty to discuss purchase of a larger home?
I agree, but is this really, still, considered outside the box? I thought this was common knowledge before I was born?
It should be, and often was in places that told you what color bikini to wear that day. But take finance, where there are strict audit and compliance rules. Yet the LIBOR rigging showed the participants happily co-ordinating via their own IM channel. And then there's BYOD, with all the potential risks that entails. The physical side can also be overlooked. So a company may have a nice, secure data centre or comms room with strict access control to authorised persons only. And a couple of cleaning passes. Closing that vector can get tricky, ie having IT staff supervising, or doing the cleaning themselves. Or executives who sometimes think IT policy applies to staff, not them, and they should be allowed whatever gizmo they fancy. Despite often being the most obvious targets.
It's one of those areas where protection needs thinking outside the IT security box. Easiest way to hack a network is usually from the inside, and easiest way to get inside might be via a cleaning contractor. High staff turnover, and often supervised by someone looking for dust, not dongles. Port locking can go some way to slowing down connection of foreign devices, but this kind of attack is harder to stop. Having virtualised desktops might be one way, but still vulnerable to keylogger dongles.
Oh look, there's a cleaner with a dongle. Who'd notice?
The attack requires physical access for not very long. So challenge is to get that access.. Or more importantly, prevent it. Some secure sites have been trying to prevent USB, but it's ubiquity and lack of support for non-USB keyboards and mice can make that tricky.
Again solvable via marketing. Simply define the target post-mission. 100% success rate!
"The F-35 offers an unprecedented and revolutionary level of stealth characteristics to vastly redue it's probability of detection, with state of the art measures to reduce optical detection from a ground breaking 33km, and can remain undetectable by observers at ranges of up to 9km in attack mode."
It's just another way of ensuring that all targets can be prosecuted, especially if they take pictures of an F-35 in action. Given that's likely to be quite an exclusive snap for a number of years, the US is simply protecting it's image rights.
So for a long time, CPE= Router. But normally a router, well, routes. If it only has a LAN & a WAN interface, it's just forwarding. So replace router with a switch AKA 'NID' and save a chunk of money. Especially as customers are keen on L2VPNs, which is a bit silly if a router's then used to emulate a switch.
Then if customers want to manage their own security, they can use their own edge devices in their network. If they don't, point the LAN/VLAN at a cloud based service. That reduces OAM costs, and can improve security by standardising builds and patches.
As for free consultancy, Verizon's rather huge and wouldn't likely be looking to source many thousands of devices from a small business. It wants one with the support & delivery infrastructure to bang out networks with the minimum of fuss.
It's not so much an advertising company, but a company that monetises people's personal information. Whether that's tailoring ads, or flogging data to insurers. Yes, there may be some medical benefits, but also lots of potential commercial benefits to Google. Especially if they get more of these deals and start de-anoymising and cross-linking. Data controllers could try putting limits on use and sharing, but once the data is out there, they've lost control of it.
Something I envied the rich kids with the Acorn boxes for was the I/O potential. Bridging the analog/digital divide and making a computer control real-world stuff is great fun. Who knows, maybe a micro:bit kid will be the next to flog a temperature sensor to Google for large slabs of cash.
Keep it small, keep it tight!
32kb? Luxury. Kids these days are spoiled rotten enough as it is. When I were a lad, I remember getting my 16K ram pack for my ZX-81 and wondering what I'd do with all that memory! Teaching kids to write small, efficient code is far more useful given that should translate to cheaper/smaller iGizmos
It's nice that they're being a little more open. It's also nice they got welcomed by NSA & CIA.. but FSB?
One does not need to code 'Angry Birds' into ALIS when one can simulate angry Raptors from inside the app. Complete with leaderboards and mission evaluation. On the bright side, suppliers may improve delivery, if angry maintenance workers can plan airstrikes on their HQs. But even with DoD style guides, this must be a rather complex system to test and secure.. And if it's not secure, what could possibly go wrong?
Otherwise, the TCO for the F-35 is looking much worse than it already did.
Of all the anti-burial arguments, the 10ka signage one has to be the worst. So we could (and possibly have) create a Signage committte, with international experts from Greenpeace, FoE etc. They could meet in exotic locations quarterly, and be funded by taxpayers and the nuclear industry.
Alternatively, repainting signs could just be part of the site maintenance plan. It's a non-problem. Unless the UK gets depopulated entirely, and everyone forgets where the site was, it can be maintained. Or future archaelogists could discover an ancient tomb, and try to discover who may have been buried with such a rich haul of fuel to power their afterlife. Or future us could just change the signage from Waste Dump to Fuel Dump.
"A good loss adjuster will have those floorboards put on Ebay in minutes"
Luxury stained wood flooring. Well seasoned, and perfect for high-end renovations. Also available, several square meters of extra-cured leather.
If that doesn't shift it, then perhaps list it for the specialty market.
"Want to be able to access a load of services that trust each other - they'll either have one big KMS, or some kind of trust relationship between them."
That's the general idea, and identity management services are a huge business opportunity. And something CESG is very familiar with, eg previous efforts with services like 'Cloudcover'. Sadly CESG's been better at tech than marketing and that was perhaps premature. But still useful to have and it all boils down to that fundament of security. Trust. I'd rather trust someone like CESG than some of the commercial identity providers.
And their public key is issued and can be revoked by.. whom? And used to securely identify themselves with all public sector services. And can be extended to a 'trusted identity' service for other commercial users. CESG is of course expected to generate business and revenues to support it's activities. And I'd rather trust CESG to do this than, say, Facebook. Sign into my NHS account with my Facebook ID? What could possibly go wrong?
CCDP? Certfied Cisco Design Professional?
It's strange people are up in arms about our security services wanting to do this, yet many are happy for Win10 or Google to hoover up far more personal information.
Cable theft has happened in the past. There was one fairly recently near Singapore. Given the power going through most submarine cables, it's likely to be semi-Darwinian. If not, I think the lot that did this were sentenced to death anyway.
That's official advice. I went to a zoo near Melbourne and the police had a stand doing the safety thing. Including a rather flat estate car that a big red had used as a crash mat. The occupants did not survive and should have fitted roo bars. Then there was some other critter that was like a hell's hedgehog. Big, solid, curled up in the road when it saw headlights and would flip cars if they hit it. And traction control vs a corner covered in cane toads. And I guess hitting a saltie croc at speed would be bad for one's no claims bonus. The land of natural hazards..
Have we done chilli and bacon yet? If not, best to go out with a bang. Or a whimper..
A process of elimination, obviously. That which might kill you makes more taxes.
Curing is a double whammy which is why bacon is on the list with plutonium. Nitrates are commonly used in making explosives, and whilst there are restrictions on buying nitrates in bulk, there are no such restrictions on bacon. Therefore it is in the interests of public safety to restrict purchases to no more than 6 rashers a month to avoid terrorists creating a very dirty bomb. Imagine the chaos if something with a high bacon load was detonated in an area like Islington.
It'll eject the warp core. Then they'll be sorry. Anyway, once someone's close enough to read the maker's name, they'll hopefully back off unless they've got a dry-powder extinguisher. Especially in the wet. It's much like Steam early access in that respect I guess. So I think I'll skip V7 and wait for Tesla to produce a V8.
It's one way to get rid of the cowboy installers I suppose. Perhaps Cisco is also trying to reduce future service costs by ensuring problem sites end up DOA.
Minor bugbear. Snake, being the uberest soldier in the known universe (sorry Master Chief) can't do chin-ups. Well, he can on some walls/bars. Otherwise this suffers the usual problem in 'open world' games of our hero being unable to walk up some inclines or climb onto a ledge below head height. Snake's been around a while so maybe it's the arthritis. The hyper-Helium is impressive in the way a small balloon can lift a large tank though..
How else are companies supposed to push adverts to unsuspecting iPhone owners? With default settings, you see the ad. Default of contacts only and they won't.
"If we were starting with a blank slate would we have the slow lane merging back into the traffic flow, or the fast lane?"
Simple. Remember Google is pioneering both driverless cars and SDN. So merging would be based on G-WRED. Low priority vehicles (ones that don't pay Google) would simply be randomly discarded. Google is currently working on the equivalent of the bit bucket, and ways to prevent motorists getting jittery. This may simply involve paying Google to become high priority, and thus reduce probability of the long drop.
"So basically, the Register's position on this topic is that the data PROVES there is no warming; unless it doesn't, in which case the data PROVES the scientists are fudging the numbers? (To what end is never quite explained)."
Proof in science is a tricky thing. In climate science, it can be a bit easier because their standard of proof is perhaps more lax than in traditional disciplines. So there's a theory that there is a relationship between CO2 and temperature. What that relationship is is uncertain. So we have climate models producing a range of predictions showing that as CO2 increases, so should temperatures. Thus we got the calls for action to prevent xC warming by <whenever> and the UN wanting $100bn a year to fight the War on Warmth.
So along came The Pause. Observations showed warming wasn't increasing despite record amounts of CO2. Whilst this was a short Pause, it could be shrugged off. It's a non-linear system and short pauses are expected. So climate scientists said it didn't falsify the models unless The Pause exceeded X years, with X increasing in proportion with the length of The Pause. Various attempts were made to explain The Pause with it being due to aerosols, volcanic activity or the missing heat somehow diving deep into the oceans in some undectable fashion.
But the longer The Pause continued, the harder it is to explain the divergence between simulated and observed reality. Especially with COP coming up and possibly a last chance to get developed countries to sign up to giving the UN $100bn a year. So with much fanfare, we get this new paper launched with a blaze of publicity that pretends The Pause just doesn't exist.
Skeptics naturally are.. skeptical.
My attempt got as far as..
"Once the vulnerability in Google translate was detected, the ability to remotely execute code from steganographic text hidden in the source documents.."
.. but then my browser crashed and reloaded. But flicking through it I saw a few mentions of DE-CIX, but no diagrams. So possibly a simple interception.
It's possibly a licence feature. On the event of death, revoke licence so iWatch can't be resold.
Or it's a zombie app ready for the impending apocalypse. No pulse, but still moving.. Send GPS location to DHS/CDC for immediate intervention.
But I'm curious what you can't do with it if it's removed from your wrist. So if you take it off at night but just want to check the time, having to log in requires a higher level of consciousness than may be convenient.
"why the *EU* is trying to mandate this?"
Simple. Rent-seeking. You make eCall boxes. You've got them installed in a couple of cars. You lobby the EU to make installation mandatory in all new cars and you have a much larger business. Once you have them established, you can then boost revenues via scope creep. There are soo many potential revenue streams from in-car telematics from road charging to insurance or auto-generating speeding tickets. All via a simple OTA update or update when the vehicle's in for servicing.
Nature will eventually stop you hunting & trapping out of season. That's one of the simple population challenges for sustainable living. If predators are hunting faster than they can breed, eventually the prey runs out. If you live in a city, you're not screwed. Balcony or roof + trap = plentiful supply of pigeons. Then there's rat onna stick..
"What's called (propaganda-friendly term) "geoblocking" really means "freedom of licensing". The EU wants to stop this."
Or they're a bit confused.
"The Directive aims to ensure the free movement of broadcasting services within the internal market and at the same time to preserve certain public interest objectives, such as cultural diversity, the right of reply, consumer protection and the protection of minors. It is also intended to promote the distribution and production of European audiovisual programmes, for example by ensuring that they are given a majority position in television channels' programme schedules."
Except when this contravenes rights owners rights to maximise rights owner's rights to ignore the internal market and try to maximise revenues per territory. It's one of those strange situations where too many rights might make a wrong. Or smaller EU members may need some protection from the EU's broadcasting giants to try and protect their own customer base. The get-out I guess for content/rights owners is the existing Directive states 'broadcasting services' rather than content.
I think this is all kinds of awesome tinged with some doubts.
So the basic launch is kind of old-hat, we've been there, done that. So now rather than landing large, expensive and potentially reusable bits of the launch rocket in the Pacific +/- a few square kilometers.. It's landing in a much more controlled fashion in a way one could almost walk away from. Or <stuff> fab'd in space could end up useable vs dropping it in a reasonably sized ocean and having enough recovery vessels handy before it sinks.
But I'm bothered about the vendor lock-in. If we're to colonise space, we shouldn't be reliant on coffee machines which need Earth-created capsules. This is inefficient and we need to spend more money working out how to grow coffee beans in space if we're ever going to get off this rock. Then again, if people will spend a lot of money on beans that have been shat by civets, think how much they may spend on orbital/lunar/martian beans.
This is a public safety announcement.
Some do, ie tournament players play at the event. But to get to the tournament, or become a pro-player you need to get ranking. Which may get boosted by cheating. But then they should be found out if they play in a tournament without their cheat crutches. Or the cheats might have some financial reward, so gold farming, dupes etc. Or they could just be anti-fun, so aimbots or wallhacks in shooters.
So there's a bit of an arms race. Developers create anti-cheat systems like punkbuster or VAC which can already be rootkit-like. Cheaters come up with lower level designs to bypass those, increasing security risks. Not like cheaters who'll happily download random hacks off the Internet are probably too concerned about their security. But to counter this new threat, anti-cheat systems are going to have to become even greater potential security risks.
And to what end? I recently installed some game and discovered it also installed punkbuster for me, and set it to run at startup. All because the game had some online/multiplayer functionality I never intended to use. Or 7 Days to Die just updated. When I click play on that, it gives me an option for a VAC & non-VAC version. So remember which one to click if you want to use the built in cheats in your own sandbox..
So we end up with a situation where we may have to accept installing one rootkit to 'protect' ourselves against another. And we'll have to accept that the good rootkit won't be doing anything privacy or marketing related, and won't be a security risk.
It's one of those fun thought experiments, at least for most of us. For the scientists, it's more work. So terraforming. First create your atmosphere. Grab some nice ice asteroids and drop'em on Mars. That would be quite some environmental impact statement to write, especially if the field geologists haven't finished. It would be an opportunity for pressure groups like Fiends of the Earth to diversify though.
"Why? What sorts of minerals or contamination is in it?"
Until we can analyse it, or figure out Martian kidneys.. who knows? I'm guessing one issue may be isotopic, so more deuterium and oxygen isotopes. Then again, deuterium consumption increases the circadian cycle. If that's by 40mins, that would be convenient, or just spooky.
"I was hoping they would send back a chemical analysis of it so that it could be simulated here on earth and we could have a taste of Martian mineral water."
Pfft.. Rail gun + iceball + orbital bottling plant for the most expensive and exclusive bottled water or ice cubes. One snag with the Martian colony idea is a certain food giant has already bagged the brand.
Not really. It's a wide range and it gives prospective bidders an idea if it's worth bidding. If a quick eyeball of the service requirements comes up with a cost of £250m then it's a quick 'No Bid'. Or usually fending off over-eager sales people who just see the £230m and think of their potential commission..
Problem is back in the day, there was pretty much just the BT ducts and other utilities. Now the area is a major cable jungle with multiple ducts with mutiple paths for gas/fire to travel. There are power tunnels, sewer tunnels, ducts connecting buildings. There are cable chambers connected to other provider's duct networks. Those *should* have gas stops, but if they don't then gas or fire can travel around easily.
So there'll be a lot of field engineers looking for fibre routes around the location to bypass damaged sections and restore services, then a lot of work to replace any damaged sections once the area's declared safe.
That's one of the things that put me off working in telcomms for a power company. And seeing a report from a field engineer cancelling a request for a TDR team to shoot a fibre fault. He didn't need it, he could see the cable ends in the crater. Oil-filled HV cable had a bad day and made quite a bang.
Shame on the network team for not locking switches away in a cabinet with 'BEWARE OF THE SHARK' signs on it. Helps avoid those fault escalations caused by 'helpful' users trying to fix their problems by swapping some cables around. Especially now Ethernet's escaped from the WAN and spanning tree problems can go global in a hurry if you're not careful.
Oh, and the before and after pics in the original article. I'm guessing that site wasn't planning on needing fibre. Fibre from the top, copper from the bottom..
Sounds like Telehouse.. The floors wouldn't lay flat, so the walls started closing in..
And for IBM cabling.. Channel Cables. Cable diameter must've been getting on for 2" thick and brick sized connectors on the end. The cable pulling ferrets went on strike when they saw those.
"The difference between SMF and MMF is that with SMF, the light follows a single path through the fibre, while MMF uses multiple paths."
This bit is wrong/misleading. The diference is modes supported, not paths. OMx then defines the modal bandwidth of the multimode fibre which affects the distance, and also future proofing an installation. So OM1 & OM2 don't support 40Gbps or 100Gbps.
"Both SMF and MMF come in two wavelengths, 850nm and 1300nm, with the latter supporting longer distances."
SMF supports many more wavelengths, hence why it's used for DWDM. 850nm isn't generally used AFAIK, but that's more to do with SM v MM. Pretty much all common SFP's @850nm are intended for MM fibre. If you connect those to SM fibre there's a mismatch between expected core size and although it may work, it's generally a bad idea.
"The most widely used connector is the SFP+"
An SFP is a transciever, not a connector. Connectors would be FC, LC, SC, E2000. Important because they're the bits on the end of the fibres and connectors on SFPs or other kit. LC and E2000 probably most useful on an ODF/patch panel given connector size & density, and for E2000, built in dust caps. Patch cables can have different connectors each end.
"If you need to get 10GbE in longer distances, but not quite in the miles range, using MMF cables such as OM3 or OM4 with SFP+ connectors would be a good option."
I'd suggest that's a bad option. Key thing is to come up with a plan and stick to it. So OM4 offers the best speed/distance combo for local connections. If that's within a smallish datacentre, stick with that so you can do 100G if/when you need it over a typical room-sized distance. Get color coded patch cables made up, stick samples on a board somewhere prominent and set your BOFH on anyone who doesn't follow it. This will make future maintenance easier.
For longer distances, ie inter-room, inter-floor or inter-building, use SM fibre. Or make sure you run plenty of spare fibres. OM4 will support 1x100Gbps. If you need more, or want to segment then the ability to add a WDM or DWDM mux gives you more flexibility in the future, and most of that kit is designed to work over SMF.
I'd prefer Southampton and Croydon for a bit of joined up government. One of the challenges seems to have been mapping elements. So GIS. So Ordnance Survey and Land Registry. So hopefully one knows where it is, the other who owns it. Then RPA can add attributes to polygons showing what it's used for and how much to pay out. If £177m has been spent, I suspect a certain amount of wheel reinvention occurred. Then again, given how much OS charge for map data, it could be wooden dollars circulating between government pots.
Unfortunate choice of name. The videos on the site seem like a sales pitch to other countries/issuers rather than explaining our new pound, but then the Royal Mint makes a lot of money for other countries. It's one of those fun Treasury/Central bank things. To me it's a humble quid in my pocket, to them it's the cost of that coin and TCO of money. Plus the arms race between Mints and counterfeiters and the cost of replacing coinage or notes if they're too easy to fake.
Not missing anything. Check out cargo cults. Build space port, space planes will come! Let Norman Foster design it and they won't be able to afford the landing fees though. Let Heathrow Epxress run the connection service and nobody but Branson will be able to afford to get to the space port.
"So is it worthy to pay that much for dot blog?"
No, not really. So you have an existing blog. Call it myblog.com. Most people would probably think of it as myblog and not care about the TLD. They have it bookmarked or just type myblog into their search engine of choice. So along comes .blog. They need to convince you that registering myblog.blog is valuable and necessary. You may be unconvinced because you're happy with your existing traffic and anyone else registering myblog.blog who isn't you may be infringing or passing off. Easier if you're running cocacola.blog
If you're thinking of some exciting new blog, then it's still about whether the name exists or infringes. Having a new TLD may not save you from lawyers. Or may not save the .blog operator if the registrant attempts to register a domain that infringes. Why pay large sums of money to protect your IP when you can throw a sueball at anyone who aids passing off? Coca cola may respectfully decline the offer of $100k a year for a protective registration and point out that if they let anyone else use it, it'll be the registrar's nuts in a vice.
Having .blog for a blog could be more fun though, but the registrar probably wants to use that themselves.
Oversaturation is not just you. YT seems to serve up a limited number of ads in entirely unrelated videos. So after seeing a Twix in a shop, I'm reminded of the f'ng annoying 2-brothers, one factory ad that interrupted my viewing pleasure. It's a demonstration of ad nauseum and probably not the positive feedback they were hoping for.
Other ads are just dumb. So the tech & cookies should let an ad server know what platform I'm browsing from. So why throw me an ad for a console game, not a PC game I could potentially click & buy there and then? Other circles of hell should be reserved for ad flingers who think it's ok to unmute an ad.
All Samsung is doing is taking that kind of idiocy to it's logical conclusion. The display's purpose is to sell you stuff.