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That Takes Brain Cells
Bother to read?
Reading takes usable brain cells and possibly education. Anyway was the damage purely malicious or a real attempt at a get rich quick scrap metal scheme to try to beat the scrap metal handling rules?
Rather than recovering copper cable just use it to augment the HV distribution system at night. anything above 33KV should fry, sorry do nicely.
Re: imperfect design
Via the loudspeaker?
Yes it is an odd design feature.
It do worry about the environmentally hostile biological waste disposal system.
Title says it all really.
Why would anyone want more junk messages?
Why walk round staring at a small hunk of plastic in case you miss something on its proxy for real life screen?
If that is all you want to life, sit in a darkened room. However, surely the point of going out is to see what the world has to offer?
My phone sits in a darkened pocket all alone with only a link to the service provider and to a bluetooth headset for company when I am out walking. If I have to use it at all, I do not want to have to look at it as well as talk through its services.
Re: Darwinian thoughts
The problem is the hold up for everyone else. I was near Kilburn station once when something like that happened. It was said that the train driver never worked again, it took months of work to sort out the track which moved when the train did an unsuccessful emergency stop.
I am all for removing the stupid from the gene pool, but please do it responsibly.
It was a news story claiming they were working on something for the future, 6 to 8 years or more away. I find it unlikely that a single air drop parcel per customer is ever going to be the norm. I do feel that the story may well be a cover for something else rather more practical. Standardised packages with enhanced automatic navigation and tracking strike me as highly desirable as does the issue of improving delivery to those who are effectively 'off grid' at the moment. Finding the limitations and threats as well as soliciting suggestions and improvements could be no more than an effort for crowd sourced research.
Surely the reference to one of the windows version was misprinted, Windows Turnkey? Where did the 'n' come from?
Windows Turkey, now your talking, well turkey?
Re: What's the target audience/use case?
Corrections needed, done for you.
'At Apple the boss says “WHAT MARK-UP” and it only gets made if there is a huge profit per item.'
As for me, I am STILL wondering what is the point/use for anybody's tablet.
Re: yeah right.
I agree with the idea that a 'bet on the company fails it will fail big time'. Just look at several of the once big players. Blackberry, HTC, even Nokia all have flown high only to fumble. Sadly Nokia had the only feature/function I ever found useful then the fools dropped it in favour of shed loads of useless rubbish 'features'. It did not do them a power of good so their product line is now MS.
The fact that MS have now started to become even more expert at turning out crap operating systems does not help one little bit.
Oh well, wher did I put the quills for pen making?
Making Democracy Strong
I guess the idea is that by stealing a thousands of people's details and abusing them you are setting yourself free and rising above the common herd, at least those abused were all equally at risk. This makes you a truly free spirit or person fully able to exercise your democratic right to do what you want without thinking about the little people.
Oh hang on that appears to be more like many of those famous 'democratic people' from history, e.g. Hitler, Franco, Mao, etc.
Oh dear I must have read the page on autocrats not democrats.
Re: Not entirely retarded. No?
Given enough time.... Since no one wants a brain dead tablet which cannot really do anything useful with the supplied broken capabilities, why would anyone waste time writing code to subvert the useless thing? Actually there might just be a use for something like WinRT, if you have a wobbly table it might, just might be useful under the short leg.
XP to Windows H8
No it is not that easy. In MS's infinite lack of wisdom, perfectly usable hardware cannot run on Windows H8 'in your interests' because it does not have the DEP type functions on the processor. You might go to Windows 7 or Linux but NOT Windows H8. The fact that 8 will not work with most of the other hardware in a heterogeneous network is yet another reason to avoid 8 like the plague.
The attempts to force cloud take up is yet another, all clouds are good for is thunderstorms, hail and floods. No thank you, I see another off site storage company has just taken gamers money and data to the scrap yard, what a great idea this 'who knows what, where, when and for how long' storage idea must be.
No touch not cloudy, no new interface rubbish, wow is XP the new operating system of choice?
Re: Only got themselves to blame..
I have known it be worse that that but NOT in a security situation. In one location the passwords were handed out on the basis of the seniority of the holder and the severity of the impact of the possible actions. Thus the most senior staff member had the passwords that could do all the nasty stuff, e.g. format everything, shut everything down, etc. whereas the staff who knew what they were doing had the password rights that allowed them to turn on the pretty lights. Consequently everyone used the pass word of the most senior staff member! I kid you not.
*Actual commands, details of the rank of people and the location have been obfuscated.
First Steps in Programming?
In the late 1970's we bought a training simulator, for 6 trainees and one supervisor, it could have up to 32 training positions and was all wonderful wizzy computer driven stuff. We bought and installed it early to allow the staff to be trained ready for 'The New System'.
The only problem was that we spent the entire budget on the beast and then changed the way that the new system worked. Two dozen training programs then taught the wrong thing and needed to be changed with no budget. So Muggins sat down and started to reprogram the beast. It was programmed in assembler but we had no command interpreter. What I could do was direct memory access, up to 6 bytes at a time writing hexadecimal code. Then shoot the slides, then make the training tapes. It saved about 24 times £25,000 so was worth the effort.
After that I played with Lotus 123. That was fun,
I wrote macros to write macros as the PC was faster to generate a number of 1000 line columns with up to 200 plus characters per line than it was than type them all out by hand. Using a few other tricks and programs I ran an automated system for the collection of stats, production of analysis and writing letters to go out with the results. All good automated fun and it saved a mountain of work.
It did catch out one of my staff. He entered the locked off room where the automatic set up slaved away wanting to use Lotus 123 on the control machine. Clutched in his hot little hand was the floppy disk he had worked on for weeks. The system ran his little job and being an automated system then backed up its own production data wiping out his month's work.
It was tactfully(?) suggested that in future he should only use his own machine or one that he was authorised to use.
They Had Systems?
I've been dealing with the affairs of my aged and now deceased parents for some time. It is news to me that the Coop-Britannia had any systems, they had staff who fought to provide a service with varying degrees of success, but only ever at the speed of a quill pen user.
Oh to get probate and sort things out - out before they crash and burn 'out' being an operative word!
Two Nations Divided By a Common Language
So Mexican Drug Terrorists demonstrating their discipline habits OK, but perfectly legal 'ethnic' food is not OK. Now please tell me, is 13 the minimum age or the maximum (mental or developmental) age for Clotbook?
As a sociological experiment Clotbook does suggest that crowd sourcing answers is not a good way to obtain accurate results after all.
Re: re-using an existing field is very risky too
I agree both responses and up voted them though both are only partial stories. I have seen old code come back to bite many times, it is a terrible land mine waiting for someone to step on the wrong place. Perhaps someone who was not even there when the mine was dug into the software.
What about those systems often used in industry where you do not have full access to the software and you delete a test set up, not knowing that the supplier does NOT delete the code, only disable the link expecting that it will get over written, 'sometime'. Only for an accident to cause it to become active when new work reaches a point that can cause it to trigger as in this case. Sadly in the case I saw, there was no alarm triggered, the operational system simply accepted the link and churned out no 'charge tickets' until the down stream billing system choked (by accident).
I totally agree that redundancy is not vital it is essential - as is heart beat and cross-checking rather than crass (not) checking, there is a difference. One is a systematic process and control function the other is a management failing.
An Interesting Conundrum
Apple are still making a great deal of money, perhaps as much as a 40% margin on every item they sell. At the moment only those commenting see them hurting, perhaps from carrying the cash to a non taxed bolt hole.
There may come a time when the market model does not work but at the moment it continues that way with some people happy to buy almost anything (except an expensive cheap iPhone an oxymoron!) with an Apple price tag and an Apple name badge. I am not sure Apple need to change.
Apart from Apple there are a range of other niches, yes there is the land fill end of the market and a wholesale range of layers in between.
Surely this is simply a market with choice?
Frankly I like market choice it allows me to chose what to buy or ignore.
So far I have ignored all pads, tablets, slates, etc. as useless to ME.
Choice, its a personal thing..
None of the market segments is staying still all are still evolving and some have further to evolve than others.
As for children 'knowing what's best', my 5 month old grandchild loves to play kick with the 25 year old makers shiny tag on a pram, often preferring it to a new toy. I am not sure that this is a good test of what is best.
Perhaps when she goes to playgroups she will be told by peer group pressure that this label is good and that bad but is peer pressure a prime arbiter of anything more than playground fashion?
What if little Jonny says its cool to carry a knife, will that also make knives a must have accessory?
God I hope not!
Re: I don't think so
It is not just legacy programs, legacy hardware that cost more than the PC that drives it and cannot now be replaced is another boat anchor to XP because new systems are not compatible.
Tried a Windows H8 down grade once, first stage was CPU not supported. After what I have read since, that was the one good feature.
Shut down on the early version was easy, hit the big shiny metal switch
If I had to still suffer the charmless dodah I would stick a batch file on the desk top and call it something useful like Shutdown, or have they broken the use of batch files as well?
Somehow windows will never match the 'operating system on my mobile telephone; dummy (Alias smart) phones cannot do what I need, I do not want to look at the numb nuts thing while I am calling. So what use is windows ever going to be to me?
Re: Google's ISP ambitions
Based on little to no information it is hard to make an assessment of where things fell down. Certainly airwaves are as capable of getting congested as anything else and, can be harder to fix than 'simple' back haul issues, which might be sorted via 'just bung in a bit of cable'.
Rather than any one issue, I suggest that the whole installation was predicated on best 2005 guess information and that the whole end to end requirement set has substantially evolved. At a guess probably by a substantial set of factors.
Re: seriously though..
As soon as I hear the word contractors I worry, big time.
Thank god I am retired and do not have to deal with the cr*p that some of them hand out.
Interestingly I well remember one involving the power supplies to a new hall that was being fitted out and whether he needed or had a license for hot ticket working, i.e moderately high voltage working. I wanted to fit the place out with polarised plugs and specialised connectors for adding racks to the 50 volt bus, or plugging in 240volt plugs to racks that required that 'high' voltage. After some increasingly confusing discussion it became clear that the contractor in question was talking about connecting the 50 volt rack feeds to the racks, not some HV system of unknown origin or purpose.
The North American company he worked for went bust several years back
I think I know where he works these days.
I totally agree with all of the responses on this headline. One other point that links back to the original article, having a new goal with specific demands and time scales is not an impossible situation.
For someone who knows and understands the system/situation it can be ideal. They can fling both their existing knowledge and how to dig out the rest they need into a tight time scale project . I was never diagnosed, though now I see the issue in my children. It does not matter to me now, I have been retired for a number of years. I look back to many 18 and twenty hour days meeting recovery objectives. I also remember the times when the head scratchers club were pouring over data dumps. Using alternative logic mixed with understanding of the background I could highlight the area where things went off the rails. Often I knew the cause before I was briefed on the details of the problem.
So, if you want a strong team, consider the talents you might need when you are against the wall, not the faces that fit the next corporate photo shoot.
Re: Nice read
I have to say that while it is called a spectrum, in many ways it is not as continuous as a spectrum. For many it is more akin to a menu board where you will have this but not that, manage with this but not with that and so on. Usually there are key aspects, e.g. noise intolerance, and maybe over sensitive hearing, etc that are common to many.
Until and unless people find their key resource or strength and how to use it, depression can be a controlling fact in their life. If they find their key resource and how to exploit it any disturbance can bring on very acute depression. It is vital to show that setbacks are not terminal and can be worked round, . For many life is a series of all or nothing hurdles, so appraisals can be a really tough time for both parties!.
Unsecured vs Secured Creditor
I guess they felt that as a shareholder they were an unsecured creditors, but that as a party to litigation they might rank more highly in the cash claim queue. As others have said, all shareholders would have an arguable cases had the company not tried to talk up its new product. Given a foibles of the US legal system they possible think that their US$ x stake could earn an award payment of many times US$x.
The risk is that a long drawn out case could see them recover nothing at all as such lawsuits are a great way to kill of any lingering chance of any recovery. Could it be a case of bullet meet foot?
It Was The Design
We have a now thriving car making industry after investment largely by others so the somewhat off colour snipe was not entirely justified. In any case this appears to have been a design issue rather than a 'making issue'. I does suggest that wind tunnels are not the be all and end all and that physical testing is just as, if not more important.
Progress is made by pushing boundaries, In this case a boundary appears to have been pushed in a possibly wrong direction. To me the machine had proportions that looked out of balance, perhaps to high for the width, perhaps an incompatible suspension geometry, perhaps several issues. I do not know, but any fool can speculate.
One certainty is that it needed more development and validation work before it was shipped. It is this aspect that has been the killer in many other projects, so test, test and test again. Then let someone who knows nothing about the product test it a bit more - they will probably find more issues than you knew could possibly exist. (I liked using staff from seriously non technical departments, they could and did break everything until it was strengthened to withstand their best efforts.)
TV is Already Bad Enough, Even Apple Cannot Make It Worse
That just about sums it up for me. Why do /I need a box that limits me to a walled garden of unwatchable junk when I can have an open plane of unwatchable rubbish and, no one knows how little I am interested? Oh, currently I have no Apple, Sky or other 'TAX' to pay either.
Your definition of market driven is slightly different to mine. It appears to be a series of niches and the main thrust appears driven more by hype than reality. Can someone somewhere come up with a convincing reason to stream GBs of data to a cloud over a sub 1MBps link to somewhere largely unknown? The alternative is that it can be secured across diverse resources via a local network, under local control, without breaking download or upload limits?
Re: Maybe someone should explain to Obama
Frankly there is no difference, both get the turkeys to vote for Christmas,. Just feel thankful that apple is not running the healthcare system anywhere. No one except the very richest would afford care and think of the restrictions;
"you've broken that leg wrong, you'll have to pay."
"You've not got an approved appendix, you'll have to pay."
Does The Government Shut Down Affect The US PTO?
It might appear that the US Government shut down may affect the pay of the USPTO. In which case I do hope they may be hard at work since they may be getting paid exactly what they may be worth.
Not The Whole Story
Some Windows XP systems are more like dedicated or embedded systems running hardware or devices for which later OSs do not offer support. It is highly likely that these systems do not even show up on the stats since they will not access the internet except to possibly obtain updates when they fall due.
In some cases the devices they support are not only not supported elsewhere, neither is their function so the cost of upgrade is not only the OS, but the specialised hardware - not everyone can afford the £ 500 ~up to infinity to replace other devices CAPEX is a real issue for many of us.
I cannot do so for one, so I have four XP machines, mainly sat as spares to support the functions lacking from more modern, oh so wonderful failures of more modern OSs.
PS For regular work I use Windows 7 but expect to reconsider PC use when support for that ends and I face the stark choice between a PC, the pen and paper, do nothing, or let others do it all. Windows PlaySkule edition (Windows H8) still walks fish and swims like a bicycle.
Re: Yes cos Apple looks so bad now...
humph alleged google fleas or the expensive apple maggots, a hard choice, I'll take the neither option please. No mobile internet and no crappy walled gardens or sales and marketing drivel.
I feel better already..
Save us from the risk of some 'local tat'
My concern is that warts and all at least Google more or less gives useful results. I say more or less as it sometimes produced some links to dreadful alternative search engines with their wonderfully dire selection of ever less relevant results. If only the - operator could be used to knock them out.
Restoring the + operator to limit the cruft would also be useful.
Re: The Holy SIM Card of Antiochia? Or Nothing SMART about a dummy phone
I never fell for the myth of a dummy phone, sorry smart phone. They are clearly only a marketing scam. Worse, they do not even do anything useful to me, so my elderly Nokia phone will have to last many more years. The modern crap is just that CRAP.
Well done dummy phone makers!
Re: so being able to turn the heating and hot water on when I left for home
Be careful what you wish for. Those 'oh so efficient boilers' often have a life span measured in months before they eat spare parts like they were cornflakes. Over 7 years my father paid out the equal of a whole new boiler, in just the spare parts, labour extra. True he had it replaced for half the BG price by a new boiler that has less of an appetite for bits. Over 21 years my old chug along boiler has cost about £300 in spares and £ 200 for servicing. I'm sorry, the money not spent on repairs and new boilers is way greater than the money (not) saved on some crappy new style combi boiler. One other benefit, with an immersion heater I can bypass any boiler fault and still have hot water, try that with a dead combi!
Re: Do you hear that?
No that silence is so intense that nothing can hear it over the sound of people running away. With no back up option other than to skydrain who would want that pile stinking of problems?
Re: Really? No
It said that 1 in 5 who raised a 'search eyebrow' had suspect connections so lets look at that.
Say you check 10,000 staff, 9,800 show nothing to worry about (that may or may not be a good thing, have you missed something?).
It means 200 raise issues which require further investigation, of these 1 in 5 throw up serious doubts i.e. out of the original 10,000 you find 40.
Now those are made up figures not from official sources, the real ones may be higher or lower but simply show that care is needed when reading statistics.
Re: So less than 1% of stock will get you a seat on the board?
Whatever your thoughts about MS, this could be the first step their disappearance. Activists is a term of abuse in many eyes. Companies have to be very strong to survive a 'breakup and fire-sale onslaught' by an activist. Strong leadership and strategic thinking is quite a different thing to the activities of most so called activists, In many cases they are no more than equivalent of the corporate grim reaper.
Re: Good that it was privatised.
There is another problem in that the number of courts has been drastically reduced and the distances over which prisoners are transported are thus much greater. Unfortunately one step be-gets another.
There does appear to be a huge gap in the understanding of 'due process' especially with contract management.
There should be a simple answer, prisoner is collected from a holding point, signed over with an exchange of token for the move.
Prisoner is delivered to court and a receipt is obtained - can be electronic, paper, whatever. No receipt no pay.
Same process for the return trip.
Simply put it appears that problems are thrown over the wall for someone else to pick up, "Not me guv, its them."
Given the choice between a taxi and a company with vans I guess the company with vans won.
Re: Bloody hell
Sorry my time machine is in for service at the moment so unable to check the Shakespeare reference.
English is a very fluid language, taking in, dropping and modifying words and their usage with reckless abandon.
Did Shakespeare really invent words, or did he make use of only partially defined letter combinations in ways and contexts that we now find unusual?
How about rays, raise, raze, two of which are in direct opposition to each other.
Re: So much for...
I have to agree with you. The rubbish vetting of contractors and staff along with allowing a near 'open door' policy to data security appears 'unwise'.
We have seen some of what what one Snowden has done, how many other odd ball things have happened and are still happening? Can any of the data be trusted? The released or unreleased data are all now suspect
How much of the data collection activity has been screwed up and tainted by those who have not yet been found or perhaps more importantly ensure they are not found out doing what they are doing?.
It is fine for all those 'we should have no secrets' types to wave their flags, though perhaps not so wonderful when you or yours get blown up or gunned down because no one could look.
How many fully legitimate investigations been blown off course because a rogue employee with the key to the magic kingdom, decided to protect a 'friend' or even worse implicate an innocent party? That innocent party could be anyone anywhere.
Data abuse is a multi-way highway, travelled by many dirty feet.
Public Guardian or Putrid Guardian - BUT GET A POWER OF ATTORNEY
Anyone who has had dealings with the unholy trio, the Putrid Guardian, the Court Frauds Office or the Court of Abuse will die laughing at the thought that anyone would ever thank that shower. When I had dealings with them they were such a waste of time, money, emotion and effort that you would rather shoot them than thank them.
However, they do run a 'sort of incentive scheme'. The Power of Attorney can remove so much of the aggravation from dealing with that shower that it should be mandatory. It can make dealing with the affairs of the disabled almost possible while the putrid guardian non-system makes it terrifyingly awful.
If you do not have a POA, get one done today.
I agree with your assessment that things are a bit out of judgement. One day we hear that 95% or is it 96% of all e-mail is spam then we hear that all e-mail is being Hoovered up. My god there must be a huge spam store somewhere - might be good if that could be processed to find and destroy the sources.
Given the cash strapped situation, does it not make sense to scan for either, key words, key sources and sinks or key names and trace the patterns. Such pattern tracing tends to work best if you have a large mass of non relevant background 'noise', e.g. the spam sample, so that any true pattern can be detected. Mind you the processing power required does become 'a little bit big'.
Re: This drip drip drip
Sorry the umbrella weapon of personal destruction was a KGB trick from those ever so friendly Snowden hosts. You know the ones who are having such a good time defending that bit of pond life Asad (and their naval base in his bit of the Mediterranean pond).
Apple Maps - The Real Social Network Application
Perhaps the idea was to direct people, lots of people to places they had never seen. That way they could all meet up, i.e. be sociable, while wondering why they were there. At least they would have being lost as something in common.
Re: @AC 14:48
If you cannot or will not see I cannot help you. The sentence was personal, his actions were personal he did them, that is how he should have been judged. I guess you would also judge a blind man guilty of crossing the road without looking?
Re: @AC 14:48
At last a reasonably balanced entry. My concerns are complex. Elsewhere there have been comments suggesting that the chap had a range of issues prior to this major incident. This appears to be supported by the fact that he went trawling through spaces that were not his to trawl. Developing a messiah complex might also suggest a balance of mind issue.
Should he have had the position he had - No.
Should someone face dereliction charges for misplacing him - Yes.
Was he properly managed? No - so those who failed him as he failed them should also face odium.
However simple it appeared to a shallow first look, the case does raise challenging issues, few if any have been considered by the case.
As for the sentence, he deserved something, I am just not sure what, was it treatment to help to sort himself out? Was it punishment for screwing up?
In some ways he is a metaphor for what appears to be very wrong in some of the forces. Under evaluated, under managed, under supervised and as a result prone to make errors, sometimes misjudgements, some times much more egregious commissions of crimes. The later spoil things for everyone and they need to be excised. Where did Manning fall in this spectrum? I am still no more clear. Does he/will he need treatment? Yes I suspect he does/will do. His mental state appears at best confused now; without help it is unlikely to improve. Should he be imprisoned, probably yes, if only because he signed up for one thing and strayed far from his remit, for how long is another question. Should he receive some sentence rebate based on a disturbed mental state, I think he should.
How come there have been Press handouts?
Rather this should have come via a series of leaks should it not?
Surely Fire Sales Are Always Limited?
Short of setting a few new fires, the rule for such sales are, once its gone, its gone?
Re: They do this everywhere
I spent the time working out to the last penny, how much each day was worth on my pension and settlement, that helped keep me going - that and watching the mess that the monkeys made of once successful systems.
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