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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

peter_dtm

Re: Proper clipboard support

so that is 20 years of abject stupidity then

it is such a stupid concept; where the hell did they ever come up with it ?

along with some 15 other defaults - mosty in Explorer

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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WTF?

Re: lets look at this in another way..

But it is normal people NOT geeks who make up the market

as has been shown time & time again geek sales != profit (quite often geek != sales | geek = give away)

so geek sales are either niche; marketing or supported by volume sale to normal people

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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since Thatcher ?

since long before Thatcher - probably since the end of the 1st World War.

WIlson & co had no truck with engineers or scientists either - unless they were party credentialed (lysenkoism)

What is it with people who blame Thatcher for everything - ? She's been gone these many years; we've had Blair and Brown who definatlely hated engineering & science; & Cameron who wouldn't understantand what a thesis was if you made him learn the definition by rote; using single sylable words ! News for you - NONE of the governments following Thatcher have attempted to reverse any of her most conservative/capitalist/sane anti-big government policies; so if you don't like Thatcherism you must hate all the modern political parties.

Perhaps the only hope we had was a secretary of education who was prepared to fight the establishment so ALL kids had a chance at learning to try to excell instead of being told how useless they are (indirectly of course; what else is the refusal to allow competition but a subtle way of saying you aren't goog enough ?)

Why do we not value producers & doers - because kids are taught NOT to that's why - science/maths/engineering ts too 'difficult ' so do a gcse in hair straightening or grass growing. Gove had the guts to challange that and finally halt the academic dumbing down.

Why has this come about ? Many reasons no doubt; part of it is that science & technical studies demand ABSOLUTE answers that are mostly either right or wrong - unlike all the soft skills where there are as many right answers as there are politically correct views. And the current powers that be do not believe in ABSOLUTES; evrything is realtive (to their political leanings); to have to face the posibility of being wrong is just too damned soul destroying for the poor things.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: Ask a policeman

no no no no

the Home Office (despite lunny left governments [blue & red] trying) MAY NOT issue instructions to any Police Constable or Police Force.

The Home Secretary MAY issue GUIDENCE which is non binding.

The Constables ( a CROWN appointment; not a governement appointment) are responsible (have a legal duty as sworn Constables ) for KEEPING THE PEACE.

As Sir John Peel observerd; every arrest is a FAILURE of the Police. (Look up the meaning of the verb 'to police' as used by the Royal Navy for a better understanding of why this is so)

AND overerly prescriptive laws are BAD laws not good laws in this COMMON law soverign nation. Laws are subject to the 'reasonable man' test - something control freaks (Blairs; governments; etc) hate with a passion; which is why so many of their laws are so bad; they try to prevent Common Law reasonable man tests.

COMMON law is what seperates the civilised Anglosphere from the madness of Code Napolean aka Eutopean Law.

Common law countries are supposed to rely on JURIES being GUIDED by Judges in interpreting the law in respect of the CIRCUMSTANCES under which the accused MAY have broken the law. They are also supposed to consider the INTENT of Parliment in passing said laws as modified by case law and the changing times.

But never mind; let's all vanish down the horrible Code Napolean law you find in the EU ( as rammed into UK law bu the EU) and outside Commonwealth/Anglosphere countries. Freedom IN the law; not continental tyrany UNDER the law.

God Save King George and death to Napolean and all tyrants !

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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

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the civil service is out of control

read this stuning cv of the person responsible for the debacle

and then weep that she is not on benefits

http://order-order.com/2014/08/19/homers-odyssey/

it would help if Vaz was not such a slime ball party hack; and actually cared about what went wrong

(Hint to Vaz; it started with the incompetent administration who allowed such an applaing contract to be signed; that would be your lying mob; as against the current lying mob)

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peter_dtm

Re: Clusterf**k

nope

she's here

http://order-order.com/2014/08/19/homers-odyssey/

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Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

peter_dtm

Re: QR Menu ?

exactly

put the qr on the menu

scan (using table scanner) hit ORDER button

the waiters and waitresses can then concentrate on looking after the clients; keeping tables clean & clear of dirty plates/glasses so their meals become a pleasent experience

and may be they will stop the usless 'is everything ok there ?' noddy questions - because if it isn't ok; you; the waiter/waitress will be 1st to know !

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ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

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Wow - Real Science

let's see :

Model observed to differ from reality; conclusion model is wrong; model needs to be fixed.

This; as we all should know; is the correct way of doing science; unlike some branches of science where the models are all ways right and it is reality that's wrong; so the data will have to be 'adjusted' to make it match the models.

This novel approach that reality is right would never get any funding in East Anglia or the Pen State ! Next thing you know is that they will have the nerve to make their models and data freely accesible as well; heavans forbid !

Such a warming concept that models may be wrong; not reality !

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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@DaLo : Ever had a phone call from your bank

Ever had a phone call from your bank

yup & they get asked who what and why; and I refuse point blank to discuss anything other than why they have called me and the fact that THEY have called me; and the fact that it was YOU who called me so no I am not going to do ANY security with them; nor am I going to call back any number they ask me to either. I do tell them that I will phone on the relevent 0800 number so I need their name & reason for the call.

I then phone back on the 0800 number for my bank's general enquiries and ask to be put through to who ever is trying to contact me

Score so far :

3 that were genuine

2 that were sales (with resulting complaint made at the time and by secure email) - sales calls are not of course any reason for having security; I actually consider them to be scams ...

1 that had the bank go charging off soemwhere else to shut down some scam or other .

My bank tends not to phone me now; except by express invite

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

peter_dtm

Re: I rewrote it for you...

or a global car hire company a coupleof years ago charging €800 for a sat nav for 2 weeks in Skanderholigan land.

And the company beancounters agreeing that this was 'good value' despite being able to BUY a decent Europepean satnav next to the Hertz counter for about €300

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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FAIL

Re: RACISTS!

I take it you are talking about the bastardisation that is SI ?

neither cgs nor mks; just a mish mash of two DIFFERENT metric systems to allow them to come near to proper human (imperial) friendly sized measure.

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

peter_dtm

Re: Drax

not yet

iirc Drax now has one unit doing biomas fuel the other 5 are undergoing conversion one at a time.

What sort of idiot makes a power station replace high energy concentrate fuel with low energy concentrate fuel that uses a massive amount of fuel to ship it in from the USA ?

what a stupid waste of money; time and energy that is - I wonder whuch politician (or their chums) have their sticky little fingers in that money making scam ?

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Mushroom

Re: Oh fsck. Not Lewis Page again.

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who don't believe in AGW,

un quote

there you go; Science & Engineering do not have room for 'believe in' - they both use demonstrable empiracle FACTS. And models != fact.

I don't not believe in AGW ( and you forgot the all important 'C' for CATASTROPHIC btw; 'cos if it ain't catastrophic what the heck is all the fuss about anyway ?). cAGW just has no facts backing it up; well apart from (sneer) model outputs; 100s of bloody model outputs; so many damn model outputs they can show a model which gives that result which demonstrates that cold/hot; snow/rain/drought; you name it it must be cAGW in action (/sneer)

It's the same with Fukishima & Nuclear power; no factual evidence to support the belief that it must be bad for us.

Belief != Science

Belef != Engineering

Climate changes; politicans tell lies and theft is illegal only because the government hates competition

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Tired of arguing with suits? Get ready to argue with engineers!

peter_dtm
Alien

IT - sometimes my friend - sometimes my enemy

I do Process Control.

I do Remote Support.

Sometimes the IT guys are my best friends; helpful & prepared to learn that a Process system with a life expectancy of 15-20 years is NOT going to do WIndows upgrades; nor is it going to arbitarily shift from its current OS (which could be DOS or later) just because of some new fad from MS. They work with me (& my colleagues) to get it working. Wow; I could almost love them.

Then you get the IT department that RUNS - but still interfers (without asking or checking; blowing a badged CISCO router back to Cisco firmware and trashing all the automation preferential stuff that our Cisco firmware handled correctly; and then crying 'cos the Production manager screamed at the dozy idiots).

Then you get the ones who shove their damned group policy/ arbitarily changed service account name rules onto production servers crashing entire factories. Oh yes; the service account that looked after the SAP connector; just changed; just like that; 3 days loss of production -- moroons. Not even one of their servers.

Then you get the corporate supplier of all things server based; who don't even know how to maintain an SQL server. Tell our clinet they will have to charge them for even looking at the problem they have caused - then having the damned nerve to ask US to inspect their cock up and help their cleint for free; Holy Pisstake; if I wasn't talking to the factory IT guy ( one of the many good guys) about why I thought we were justified in saying NO WAY - and he agreeing with me; I would not have believed what I was seeing/hearing.

Then you get the moroons in OUR IT trying to get a VPN through the moroons in the CLIENT'S IT. Lock them all in a room with no food or water until they sort it out is my answer. How long to fix a site to site VPN you may well ask - try 3 to 6 MONTHS.

And when it comes to running Process Control in VMWare - I've been told by the IT people in a UK factory the ONLY VMWare servers are in the US; and yes please can the DCS run on VMWare servers in the US. Of course bloody well not; IT people ?

Guys - Process Control is NOT the same as Windows Office; or even SAP. And NO we can not test every piece of fixit code that comes out of MS and tell you it will work with ALL our kit. Especially if you work in Pharma or Food & Drugs.

We like to LOCK it all down when we've finished building it. And your factory Process Engineers get kind of antsy when some idiot comes along to fiddle with something that's been working for weeks/months/years.

And since your factory techs & Egineers no longer specialise in our kit; they expect us to remote in & help them fix problems. SO it really is a no brainer - we must have remote access - via a nice secure VPN with proper passwords and proper accounts; of course; what do you think ? That we're as stupid as the damned suits ?

Please remember that if the factory is not making widgets; there is no need for all that back office IT that keeps you employed. So no; I'm afraid 'my' process network is way more important than your network; and no; I do serriously expect to PUSH my data out to your servers and suck your data in; even when I'm playing on the Middleware box.

Please help us to help you; and remember - the devs who make our software ARE Rocket Scientist when it comes to process programing; and don't have time (because we also have stupid suits making impossible demands on us) to pander to the latest IT craze/good idea/sensible recommendations that have just surfaced to replace the last bright ideas the last head of IT had.

And no; I can't make that DCS running on WIndows 2k run on W2k8; it's going to cost £500 000 to £1 000 000 to make that happen - something your company can't afford to do (what with paying some incompetent 3rd party IT 'support' company to break Process servers by pushing unquallified patches on them).

Most of us want to work with you guys in IT to help make BOTH our companies money. We (well most of us) aren't IT specialist (though we've had to learn a lot); most times all we want is a little help and advice; and an understanding that we are trying our damdest to get YOUR factory working efficiently & profitably. So maybe it really is YOU who should be discussing possibilities with YOUR Process Engineers & Techs.

Let's just work together - looking after our mutual client; resolving issues in a nice flexible way. We are not your enemy; honest !

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peter_dtm

Re: Be afraid...

Wangi in Zimbabwe used to have a power station that was run off a ZX81.

Unfortunately there were too many bullet holes in the place to attempt to recommision it

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15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad

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Wow & I thought comintards were IT literate !

IPads have remote lock & remote factory reset functions built in.

So tea leaves may as well not bother nicking the things

Autocorrect - amazingly you can actually turn this OFF ! Yes, really; it has an OFF button

Witness statements, well what do you know ? I suggest you look up "Self Evident" as an example of a PUBLIC SECURE statement system. Perhaps the free public front end is there because plod is going to use it (idle speculation ). (Did I say plod there or pleb? Darned auto correct )

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IBM nearly HALVES its effective tax rate in 2013 - report

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The Government set up the Tax Avoidance Laws - stop drinking their kool aid !

In the EU a company may choose where it is domiciled for EU tax purposes.

Under EU tax law; that company may only be taxed in the country it chose to domicile itself in.

Only paying tax in Ireland; even though you operate a subsiduary in the UK - well OF COURSE you only pay tax in Ireland

BECAUSE THAT IS EU TAX LAW

Ok add to that charging outrageous 'licence' fees and Head Office 'Services' is not mandated; but a single point of taxation is

(sorry for the USA-ian but it does describe this rather well)

please ask your MP to explain just what Starbucks/Google etc should do - BREAK THE LAW ????

And if you really feel that a company should voluntarily hand over any of its money to the Government I do trust you are leading by example ?

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peter_dtm
Flame

Re: False statment and lack of understanding where retirment accounts are invested.

No

UK State Pension is paid out of current receipts (current tax take)

It has NEVER EVER come from investments - that is the cause of the black hole in the UK State Pension sector.

What State employees need to understand is that every penny they earn has been TAKEN from some one (or some company) in the Private sector.

If only the NI payments were invested in a Soverign fund; then the State employees may have had a case for whinging when their pensions rights were cut. The sooner they are cut to be no better than the WORST private sector pension the better (because then we'd get proper pensions again)

I must remember to add my grateful thanks to one Gordon Brown who single handledly destroyed the world's best private sector pension system by taxing it and totally cocking up the rules under which they operated. Thanks Gordon; nice to see you linning your pockets with our money after screwing up MY pension; you blithering ignorent idiot.

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

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FAIL

Re: Virginmedia hardware

No

After a firmware update or if they just decide to reset it for you; it wakes up in factory reset mode

Why on earth they can not do basic easy stuff is beyond me - if you Virgin (and BT are worse) decide to reset my router; why can't I bill you for setting it up properly again ?

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

peter_dtm

Re: What about the kids who have no aptitude for programming?

and the labour party is the destination for those who can not even manage that level of competance

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Has Intel side-stepped NGOs on conflict minerals in its chips?

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Mushroom

Re: The real issue with the Dodd-Frank Method @wEASELnO7

Pony burgers come to mind

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

peter_dtm

Re: More details

government blackmail again

nothing new then

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Mars One's certain-death space jolly shortlists 1,000 wannabe explorers

peter_dtm
Alien

Re: In a heart beat 1G ?

Why do they need to retain 1G capability ???

It's a ONE WAY JOURNEY

they won't be coming back down the gravity well .....

they just need to adapt (sucesfully) to their new home's version of 1G - the results of that particular experiment are probably enough on it's own to justify the entire cost

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

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Re: one small problem : "both halves of the debate"

Hideki - did you think to include the SOUTHERN hemisphere in your figures ?

you know; of course that the ANTARTIC is currently 2 standard deviations ABOVE average ?

or how about the TOTAL ice cover for the entire planet - - oops that's about the same as it has been for the whole of the record - which of course doesn't even go as far back as the 1950s when a US submarine surfaced at the North Pole.

We DON'T actualy know what the ice cover is on average EXCEPT over the last few years.

Just like we don't actually know what the earth's average temperature is - but we do know as an absolute piece of empirical science is that it VARIES naturaly. We don't know how or why in detail - we have some theories that appear to explain some long term trends - but we still have no idea what triggers an ice age or an interglacial.

Here's another importent piece of empiracl evidence you can prove all by your self - Life does better when it is warmer not when it is colder.

Lowest temperature on earth - -93C

Hotest temperature on earth - +58 (might be a bit higher)

where is OUR comfort zone - ~20C

So why the panic ? I still fail to see why we can be worried over a couple of degrees warmer - unless you don't believe in science that is (ever heard of Darwin & Survival of the fitest?); life will adapt - just like it always does therough all the climate variations that have ever happened.

disprove the null hypothisis (its natural mate; natural) using empirical observarions not models. Models ain't worth spit; not even simple models of simple systems (like refinaries or economies); for predicting real world outcomes. When there is empirical proof that some other hypothisis explains what is happening BETTER than the null hypotesis; then and only then should any one bother to take any notice.

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IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

peter_dtm
FAIL

Re: Keep one asset with XP...Has anyone ever tried XP compatability mode?

and pray do say - what happens after support has ceased ? That's right one massive hole in your security if you allow it access to t'internet

Not to mention XP mode is a pile of kludge compared to VM palyer or workstation (player licence some €70 -ish so compared to a windows licence dirt cheap)

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Fukushima fearmongers: It's YOUR FAULT Japan DUMPED CO2 targets

peter_dtm

Re: Oh dear...

if it isn't pure scare mongering/green delusion you will of course have a WHO or equivelent reliable organisation's reference for this claim ?

WWF; TEPC, Greenpeace, Japanese Power Ministry are all excluded from the concept of reliable organisation due to past failures to tell the truth

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peter_dtm

Re: Well, two thoughts...

stirling summary sir !

Anyone pushing for 'Renewable Energy' is either corrupt; ignorant or a political idealogue - or perhaps all three

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peter_dtm

Re: Whoa!

about the only thing you forgot was :

and doesn't 'think of the children' the majority of whom will live short brutalised peasant lives

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Facebook, the BIGGEST WINDBAG on the planet? It'll blow $300m trying

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Unhappy

There should be a law

That makes any business making such claims identify which piece of 'renewable' energy boondogle will be supplying X% of power requirements; then said business can only use that X% iff and only iff the 'renewable' energy thing is actually working at faceplate value.

At all other times you can only draw the actual percantage produced by said piece of 'renewable' energy thing.

Since wind turbines typically only supply less than 30% of faceplate amount of energy; then the Facebook farm could only AVERAGE less than 30% capacity use. Which would mean Facebook would have to build it big enought to operate at full capacity when the local wind turbines produce 100%; at all other times (some 2/3rds of the time) some to much to all of the bulding would be powered OFF.

And they should have to pay the true; unsubsidised costs (build; generation; maintenance AND return to green field costs) per kW/hr (Note; in the UK land based wind turbines actually cost around 5 to 10 times the cost of conventional generation; marine based cost 10 to 20 the amount)

People then may start to realise; that until we invent a practable form of storing industrial amounts of energy; any 'renewable' energy thing is just an exercise in appalingly bad engineering.

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

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Black Helicopters

once upon a time

there was a nice little app that let you phone & IM through any firewall/route

and it was secure

hell Tambo Mbeke (sometime successor to Mandela) stopped South African Telkom from trying to make it illegal - because; as he recalled it had allowed him to stay in contact with the ANC in South Africa while he was hidding safely in the US. Winnie Mandela also claimed to have used it to circumvent spies (presumably to help her 'football team' plan on where the spare tires were going). Even Tutu apparently used it - along with thousands of good SA citizens eager not to pay SA Telkom stupid money.

Since MS aquired it; it has become another piece of bloated crap; and; the firm's security team have quite easily blocked it,

unlike most fairy stories that start 'Once upon a time' this story has an unhappy ending.

What on earth is it for now it's been perverted ?

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

peter_dtm

meh

it's modern cheap/efficient manufacturing and design

almost everything nowdays is glued/heat wealded : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/23/surface_pro_2_teardown

it's not just an Apple thing

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

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Mushroom

Re: Oh come on... @ Duncan Macdonald @AC

burk !

the adjective is broke

it is a deliberate piece of bad gramar - to underline the lunancy of fixing stuff that ain't BROKE.

when you was taughted english as good as like what i is; then and only then would you perhaps have a chance of gaining a smattering of enough common sense to understand such gramatical constructs.

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Re: Oh come on... @Ross K

if your control system is embedded in your plant (as they tend to be)

and

your capex was based on a 15 to 20 YEAR life

and

a shut down of the plant of more than 3 hours means a total re-build of the line (or plant going bankrupt)

why would you take the risk ? By the way the plant I am thinking of has been running now with out break for about 10 years - another 5 to go before we can take out the Win2K kit in there; the one with the Win NT kit turns 15 next year and is being shut. The company expects to do a rebuild on the WIn2K plant - it will take about a year - the control system will be some 10% of the cost of the rebuild. It is a multi million euro bit of plant - when rebuilt it will be 1/3rd of the factory (currently just 1/4). The plan for the rebuild is currently 2018 to 2020 window. Fortunately this is not a validated plant - so its fairly cheap to do.

OR

your control system is VALIDATED so ANY change to it requires mountains of paper work and man weeks of validation; a MAJOR change (such as changing the control system to one that will work with the latest fad from the IT world) imposes a masive cost. Example - approx £20K of engineering time for a small upgrade in an Oil & Gas plant (less stringent than Pharma) after going through the validation process required to ensure it is safe put the final bill at £250K. AND there was NO PC hardware changes; the alternative we looked at with a SMALL hardware update doubled the final cost - but only added about 8 hours more engineering time and a couple of £k for equipment.

obviously; you sir; have NEVER been in a modern automated factory. Get hold of this fact : in a modern factory you can NOT just arbitarily change bits of the control system; and courtesy of MS nor can you mix not very old (XP) with more recent kit. We have to deal with 15 to 25 year PLUS life spans.

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IT Angle

Re: Oh come on... @ Duncan Macdonald

Not to mention the factories - Pharmaceutical & Food & Drugs Admin compliant sites that would have to completely re-validate the entire control system - AFTER the control system supplier has validated their kit with the new system

That'll be a couple of million in Engineering costs per plant - the cost of the hardware and its licencing is trivial.

I have pharma companies running plant 24x7 on Win NT servers and NT clients.

Not to mention off shore rigs still running DOS box based systems

Engineers 1st rule : if it ain't broke - don't fix it

XP ain't broke - which leads to the interesting question - if MS release a patch that exposes XP boxes to risk; could the Pharma world start a class action ? (I think a few Pharma firms working together may be able to afford more expensive lawyers than even MS could)

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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Re: Robin Hood etc @codejunkey

and you also forgot

Where was the process that brought Clinto to book for *persuading* Fany Mae & Freddy Mac into making loans to people who were NOT qualified to borrow a cent; never mind the cost of a house.

And the *regulators* who then allowed garbage mortgages to be wrapped up with good risk ?

The crash started when a numbskull who believed he knew better than everone else & insisted that percieved *racism* rather than proper econmics was the reason poor (non-white) people in the States couldn't get mortgages. The crash simpley prooved just how wrong Clinton (and like minded useful idiots) was about the reason poor people (of every colour) couldn't get mortgages. Economics may be a psuedo science - but I'll take it over wishfull thinking any day of the week.

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British support for fracking largely unmoved by knowledge of downsides

peter_dtm

but then they'd have no case

and they's all have to get real jobs

or learn how to do real science based science

that is if they can ever get over their inability to do basic arithmatic

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peter_dtm

Re: Fear peddling doom mongers surely not?

no - it's not just you !

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Mushroom

Re: Fear and Piracy

I'd actually prefer the one proven way to combat piracy

Hang from the yardarm

simples

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Google: Thanks for the billions in revenue, UK. Here are your taxes, that's ... £11m

peter_dtm
FAIL

Robert Long 1

But if you divorced your wife

and

she lives in a different country

and

she is charging you rent to stay in HER house (the one the courts gave her despite you having paid for it)

then she would be quite entitled to declare the income as a seperate entity; and you would be quite entitled to say you are paying rent

and if you could work out a tax/business case for claiming said rent as a business expense

well you'd be home and dry

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

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FAIL

M Gale Re: "It's called free speech"

what rights ?

plane was LATE not cancelled

read the ticket - all the T&Cs- & the EU directives

Until the plane is cancelled or over x hours late they don't have to re-route you or do anything

if a plane is late - it's late - fog/snow/ice/incompetence happens - quit bloody moaning & making everyone else's life a misery (fog in Luton yesterday morning over an hour & a half late on site - shit happens).

Some poor slob of an underpaid pseudo manager trying to keep a couple of hundred people only moderatley unhappy; with no authority or tools to help him ..

What do YOU do when your project is late and some stupid client demands cancelletion/late delivery charges/free upgrade to supper dupper extra special all bells & whistle when the contract EXPLICITLY says said client has no redress ? And then starts publically slagging you & your company off ?

The plane was only LATE - surely in this day and age no one serriously excpects an airline to never be late ?

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One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

peter_dtm
FAIL

Re: You know whats funny... John H Woods

and as IT proffessionals they have absolutely no clue why the NON proffesional keeps buying Apple.

Walk into (Apple) shop.

Buy iDevice

it just works

compare that with the pain of windows/*nix

and the struggles my son appears to have periodically with his android phone (now on the 3rd free replacement inside a year ..)

NON IT people don't give a dam about all the good geek reasons for disliking iDevices; when the customer experience is 99% reliability compared with a (percieved) 60% reliability from the opposition

Most people here dissing iPhones seem to have never done a use case of the AVERAGE block/ette in the street (or even on the Clapham Omnibus)

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Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

peter_dtm
Mushroom

Re: maybe we should follow suit..

so use https\\:duckduckgo.com - you still get to use google - but anonymously

see this from the duck : http://donttrack.us/

and you get the schadenfreude of knowing you are using google for free !

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peter_dtm
FAIL

Re: back to Bing then

sounds a poor management decision to me

try asking your company management why they are GIVING company sensitive information for free to google.

https\\:duckduckgo should be every company's default serch engine; google; yahoo ect should all be firewalled (but uncle duckduck will still use them for you - and if you really must have google then start your search term with !google to get ONLY google search responses - see the duckduckgo website on how to use the ! search options)

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

peter_dtm
FAIL

Re: VMware Player V5: free for non-commercial use only

yup and a whole stonking great €55 or so per host machine (run as many VMPlayer images as you want on each host)

so it's not $$$

And XP mode after using VM stuff for years is seriously bad

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OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

peter_dtm
Childcatcher

Re: Basic tort law ?

last I looked we still have common law etc

so the removal of the block is just 'what the man on the Clapham Omnibus would think reasonable'

we are still a smidgin away from having Napolionic (most Europeam States & especially EU) law thrust down our throats.

We are ALLOWED to apply common sense as a defence.

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Boffins harvest TV, mobile signals for BATTERY-FREE comms

peter_dtm
Stop

Re: And is illegal in the UK

1 Crystal sets - are legal for receiving broadcast stations - as they are nothing other than a 'tuned reciever' doing what they are meant to to do and do not leach (meaningful amounts of) power from the air - check out how the crystal detector works to see why.

2 Using an array of aerials and devices to obtain electric current from radio transmissions is illegal - it is all there in the various Radio Acts & ITU treaties

You are only licenced to recieve broadcast radio signals (yes; the government 'holds' your receiving licence for you; even today; even in this day and age) - note that it does not matter WHAT is being broadcast (AM; FM TV DAB etc). Use of radio recieving apparatus for any other purpose (unless explicitly licenced eg CB PMR HAM) is illegal.

Using radio signals to generate electrical power is theft. In the '60s a guy near Rugby Radio was done for the following :

Illegal unlicenced reception of radio signals - confiscation of ALL radio recieivers/equipemnt and associated bits and pieces - which incuded lights and a couple of low power items he had connected up -

theft of electricity from the GPO; MoD (Navy) BBC (domestic & world service) - massive fine plus repay for the estimated amount of electricity stolen (some 5 years woth). Oh & the assumption was he was using the maximum amount of calculated power generated 24x7 i- it was only a few 100 watts - but it did add up !

Defrauding the MEB (Midlands Electricity board) of the money he SHOULD have paid for the electricity stollen - for which he was fined AND had to pay back the estimated amount

and of course he also ended up with a criminal record

Leaching USEFULL amounts of power from a radio signal (ambient radio environment) causes holes in the radiation pattern

Oh - placing a fluorescent tube WITH NOTHING attached such that it emits visible light in a near field situation is NOT theft - but nigh on impossible more than a few meters away from a (very high power) transmitting aerial

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Rise of the machines, south of Milton Keynes

peter_dtm
Headmaster

Mikey

It is exactly for those with out GPS that will benefit iff el reg realised that post codes are stuff all use for ordinary mortals and 'GPS' readings are nothing more than Lat/Long position

Those who plan ahead and use OS maps are double stuffed - unless they are really really good with plotting Lat/Long onto OS maps (sort of easy if you have to do it often)

and never foreg; since the OS map co-ordinates are the legal definition of where things are; if the OS map is wrong; it is atl least definitively and legally wrong

just saying too

anyone using post codes as a way of navigating should be hung drawn & quartered

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peter_dtm
Headmaster

never use post codes for navigation !

to help ordinary mortals :

The 'GPS' numbers are decimal Lat Long : 51.998794,-0.743705

and is quite simply 51.998794 North, 0.743705 West

or in British terms using the National Mapping standard - Ordanance Survey National Grid Reference :

SP 864 341.

For $Diety's sake stop using post codes when telling people where things are - they're fracking useless. They can put you the wrong side of a river/hill/railway line

Not only that you are claiming your GPS device is acurate to better than 4.4 INCHES ? - because that is what all those decimal places imply - (there are 60 nautical miles in a degree at the equator; the rest is just arithmatic).

Use NGR - and stop calling Lat/Long 'GPS' (or can we call el reg a blog ?)

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2012: second costliest year for weather and climate-related disasters

peter_dtm
FAIL

TROPICAL STORM Sandy

not a huricane

but why worry - it sounds so much more impressiive than TROPICAL STORM Sandy

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Oracle and SAP are Big Software, but for how long?

peter_dtm
FAIL

SAP - the sooner RIP the better

go speak to the engineers techs & offeice people who have to use this benighted product.

it appears to have been designed by a bunch of monkeys; no signs of ANY user validation (oh sorry the CEO & CFO probably think their bit is wonderful).

not only is there no sign of user validation there is no sign of users eve being ASKED how they handle their data; in what order it is input; in what format.

read this http://xkcd.com/1205

now work out if 1000 employs spend an extra 5 minutes a day fighting SAP it will take forever for the ease of which some senior flunky can pull out a report that only the accountants care about to make any real savings at all.

central data ? don't have a laugh; it just means no one is allowed to remove the thousands of duplicates casued when SAP sucked in 5 diferent unrelated tools. Central pool of crud; the exact oposite of what any Enterprise system should be offering.

yup I hate SAP - I have seen it in use in many factories and have to work with it again in current employ and it remains one of the most user unfriendly pieces of garbage in the universe; it even makes windows look good. Extreme experience - visit factory - 'we've just had SAP; we'll have integrated work orders next week ....

5 YEARS later; work orders still produced by hand as SAP was just too cumbersome to use AND STILL NO ONE HAD ASKED THEUSERS WHAT THEY NEEDED.

/rant over

GO ASK THE REAL USERS ABOUT WHAT A LOAD OF CROCK SAP IS /rant really over

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