Re: Having Trident will keep us safe from attack
It'll blast our enemies into Orbit.
709 posts • joined 10 Mar 2010
It'll blast our enemies into Orbit.
"IVF is not so much like GMO. It's more like buying a carrot which has been planter by a farmer instead of one which grew naturally."
Precisely what I meant, you just made it much simpler than I did :)
I'm not opposed to GMO foods necessarily but IVF and GMO foods are not all that comparable. One involves modifying the structure and design of a life form, the other just involves replacing organic fertilization with a controlled medical/mechanical method.
Perhaps you should have suggested parents who have their foetus/child treated with gene therapy for a genetic disease.
"Only 2 keys, one in my pocket and one locked away in the Finance department safe."
That only sounds OK if you can count on one hand, without using all your fingers, the number of people with access to the finance department safe.
Better still use an electronic access control system, either keypad or RFID based, so that not only do you control who has access but you can log who has been in and when.
I'd also say that
"11. A 1 Gbps uplink cannot feed 48 non-blocking 1 Gbps ports."
Is slightly misleading, a 1 Gbps uplink is fine for 48 1 Gbps ports, as long as you don't ever want or expect the total bandwidth in/out of the server room to exceed 1 Gbps.
Providing far higher uplink bandwidth than you're ever going to need at any one time can be very costly.
"12. Metered and managed PDUs will save your bacon one day. Buy them."
Similarly misleading, they're nice to have but if you do your maths correctly, document what's plugged in where, and load your PDUs with a reasonable overhead they're not exactly essential. They're also quite expensive, some good planning and installation management can save you a fortune here.
Both of my points kind of become their own:
17. Don't blow your budget by massively over specifying your build compared to what you actually need.
Ah I see apologies it appeared as though the thick comment was aimed at me! I hereby sentence myself to 6 million years in prison for misunderstanding.
"Hard to find folks as thick as you."
If by "thick" you mean "find it morally reprehensible to use the death penalty, especially for anything other murder or seriously violent crime" then actually no it's not hard to find people as "thick" as me, there's millions or even billions of us.
I do agree with you though that long jail sentences are a waste of taxpayers money. I also think that plain old incarceration in a lot of cases is pointless, as is calling a prison a "correctional facility" when it is does nothing to correct the behaviour. Hell, putting them into labour camps doing something productive for half the time they would have been in jail would probably work out far better all around.
People commit crimes for a reason, sure in some cases a custodial sentence may be a useful punishment/deterrent, but fundamentally what needs to be done is to identify why they committed the crime and try to do something to correct that through education, or some form of training to adjust their attitude, psychological therapy etc. It would work out for cheaper than keeping them locked up twiddling their thumbs for decades.
Rather than locking someone up for stupid lengths of time (sentencing someone to more time than they could possibly live for as sometimes happens, wtf?) we should solve the problem, and try to make them into better people who are useful to society.
"But then i live in an eye for an eye world."
"Execute/deport (dont care) them"
I think you have a misunderstanding of what "eye for an eye" means if you think execution is an equal punishment to deportation and an appropriate punishment for robbery.
Besides, based on the events of the trial, the guy is clearly mentally ill. Are you suggesting that executing people who commit crimes due to mental illness is the way to go?
The alterations will bring it in to line with the published emissions figures, but in doing so make the fuel economy and/or performance (which is what the consumer is more interested in, rather than emissions) noticeably worse than the figures published for those.
The consumers will then, quite legitimately, be seeking compensation from VW for selling them a car which is less fuel efficient and/or lower performance than they were sold.
"He also pointed out that anyone over that age was getting paid over the odds for skills they have accumulated which they would probably not use."
This is only a problem if you try and get paid based on the skills you have, not on the job that's required or the skills needed to do it.
I work in the public sector where pay scales are based on the role that's required and there is no negotiation which is fine by me, as far as I'm concerned if you're not happy with the pay don't take the job in the first place.
But I've met all to many private sector consultants who expect to be paid based on their wide array of knowledge and skills that have nothing to do with the task at hand, rather than based on what they've been asked to do.
Unfortunately the reality of a depressed and stagnant economy is that the majority of companies are not going to pay more than they absolutely have to to get a job done, even if it means inferior workmanship.
Not patching Yahoo messenger seems perfectly reasonable given only the 5 people who still use it are at risk.
Ahhh, this gives me nostalgic feelings for when I had my N900 and it had to go back to Nokia under warranty because (as they frequently did) the USB port snapped off from the board.
They sent me back a replacement which was missing the keyboard, it was surprisingly difficult to convince them that they had sent it this way.
Are you suggesting a member of the Nigerian Royal Family doesn't have enough money to send €60,000 to multiple people?
Not having bottom panels to access the HDD and RAM isn't neccessarily the end of the world depending on the rest of the construction.
Admittedly some are a single bottom panel and assembled in such a way as to make it impossible to get in without doing damage. But my previous Dell XPS 15 (L501X) wasn't too bad, removing the cover around the keyboard to get to the HDD was simple a matter of taking the battery out and popping the first catch by pushing it up from the battery bay, the rest then came fairly easily.
Same with my cheap Toshiba I currently have, take out all the screws and pull out the optical drive (or in this case the blank plastic insert in the shape of an optical drive) then use the optical drive as some where to get your fingers in and start popping the catches around the edge.
In a lot of cases it's not especially difficult to get into them, it's just a matter of knowing the right technique to use for that model
For the very budget conscious an interesting option might be the Toshiba Satellite C50-B-14D, currently £179.99 from Currys/PCWorld.
By no means a high spec machine, however for web browsing and word processing and other basic requirements of school work it performs perfectly acceptably. I have one and have even managed to play some Civ 5 on it (albeit with the graphics turned wayyyy down).
As a cheap laptop for web browsing and Office apps this is quite a decent option, especially for kids who's parents are wary of buying online and would rather shop at a high street store.
An unsettling one.
Performing the free upgrade will get you a key, you may need to use some utility (google can help there) to find out what it is. Based on my experience, machines upgraded from oem pre-installed win 7/8 get one of a handful of generic keys, where as retail copies of 7/8 that get upgraded get unique keys.
You can create Windows 10 installation media for Home and Pro (but not Enterprise) from this page
and use the key you have from the upgrade to install it.
This will prove interesting in enterprise environments using WSUS and/or SCCM to manage updates. Particularly if those organisations only publish updates if they know what they do and that they need them.
Indeed, I have a Note 3 and my next upgrade would have been the Note 5. Now? I'll probably hang on to the 3 for quite a while longer.
Which firewall were you using prior to the upgrade?
Presumably a third party one, not supported under Windows 10?
BT are giving "up to £129m cashback" in much the same way as they provide up to 8/24/36/72 mbps broadband.
Unfortunately due to the quality of the banks through which the money is being transferred uk.gov will only receive £1 million
This has just happened to me despite having complex passwords and two-factor authentication turned on using the Android Microsoft Account app, rather than SMS.
The messages were all sent while I wasn't signed in to Outlook or Skype from anywhere (middle of the night, I was asleep) and there are no logins shown on my account activity. Wield.
"considering the likely outcome of a quadcopter's entrance into a jet engine at 700ft above ground level"
I'd actually be interested to know how a jet engine would cope with a quadcopter going into it. Don't they test engines for resistance to consuming birds etc? Obviously a quadcopter is potentially a bit more solid than a bird but not substantially so in most cases.
Sounds like a job for Mythbusters/Braniacs etc.
To be fair, I doubt you would have gotten in much trouble for it under those circumstances.
Or kippers at midnight.
"does my debit card connect to the internet whilst I touch it?"
Only if your finger is NFC enabled.
I have a Sony Smartwatch 3, however I only got it after the 5.1.1 update was released so I'm not entirely sure of the feature changes.
One thing I believe was added in 5.1.1 is the ability to use Android Wear as a stand alone music player with Google Play Music. Pair bluetooth headphones with the watch and you can use it independently of the phones to listen to music you've download to the watch. Handy for runners or cyclists who do not want to carry a bulky smartphone with them on their route perhaps, may also be useful for swimmers with water resistant earphones, I plan to try this once I have the earphones.*
Also as for the Cloud Sync, it can be handy for the same reason, lack of bulk. I have a Note 3 so occasionally I want to take it out of my pocket for some activity but still want notifications. If you want to leave your phone behind, then use the mute option on the watch (swipe down from the watchface and tap the bell) and it won't interrupt.
*N.B. If you're thinking of trying this check the water resistance/IP rating of your watch first. Mine is IP68 rated, and while I'd prefer a proper ISO water resistance rating as used on normal watches IP68 is high enough that I'm willing to risk it. Many other Android Wear watches are only IP57 rated, I would not recommend swimming with these.
I prefer your description Alistair, it's significantly more accurate. The icon (assuming your depiction is accurate) looks very little like tetris, it is totally lacking T and L shapes.
These days though many decent computer based video conferencing systems allow you to share screen content so surely showing them would be easier.
Ugh clearly that should have read "PSU from maplin"
Please tell me you only bought a P'S from mail in because it was convenient and the PSU was a major brand?
Rule one of system building which many many people ignore, never skimp on the PSU in order to save money for other components.
I'd have picked someone named Sarah and named it Sarahceratops.
Or sneaking them across the border the border into neighbouring countries.
No wait, they're just volunteer mammoths.
Or riding them.
Why don't you knock it off with the negative waves?!
*channels Donald Sutherland from the 1970's*
It's a beautiful tank!
"Microsoft said it will continue to support Silverlight for out-of-browser applications for the dozen or so of you who are using it for that purpose"
"Try the several thousand mental health professionals in London NHS Trusts whom use RiO, provided by BT and running on Silverlight in IE."
Maybe I'm missing something here but surely using Silverlight in IE doesn't qualify as an "out-of-browser application"?
If you're trying MMS you could use Read Reports instead of/as well as delivery reports. I believe the Read Reports are sent from the receiving device so may be more useful, the downside of course being that MMS messages cost more to send.
I'm assuming that you are using the built in "request delivery report" function on your phone?
Have you tried not using this, but starting your message with *0# instead. For me at least, this result in a text message from the SMS handling system telling me the status of the message. Where as the "request delivery report" function just puts a tick next to the message when the delivery report is returned and I've found that sometimes if the receiving phone was off when the message was sent I won't get the delivery report until hours after the phone was turned on again or sometimes not at all.
With the *0# approach, if the message couldn't be delivered I immediately get a report back saying it couldn't be delivered but further attempts will be made, once the receiving phone is turned on I get another message to say it has been delivered.
Not entirely sure what the difference is to be honest, or if the *0# function is universally supported, but may be worth a go.
"equipment can be down for days when they schedule the MS updates for in hours"
In fairness to them Windows update can be unpredictable, I've had 2 identical server builds side by side that I've done clean Windows installs on and kicked off the exact same set of updates at the same time and had one finish in an hour and the other finish in 3 hours for no good reason.
I'm guessing if budget is non-existant they probably aren't paid to do the updates out of hours either.
Not really anything like that from what the article says. The article implies any one at all who has an Amazon account, delivering a parcel because they feel like it.
In the UK parcels delivered by Amazon Logistics are generally delivered to you by one of three sets of people
A. A courier company employee in a liveried van
B. A contractor working for a courier company in a van, possibly liveried possibly not, which they rent or own (sometimes battered but usually ok, since they're contracting for a branded courier company)
C. An independent individual courier in their own van (more likely to be battered)
In all of the above cases though the person delivering to you is a professional courier (for a given value of professional) who do this for a living and will have insurance of one form or another.
"I'd probably limit it to long-term Amazon customers."
And just how would you define long-term customers?
If you just mean they've had an account for ages then I know plenty of people who've got dormant accounts because they haven't bought anything through Amazon in years. They're not going to be worried if Amazon cuts them off after 1 high value item went missing in their care.
If you stipulate that they have to have bought something in the last few months, fine, but there's plenty more who buy 1 or 2 very low value items every few months. They're not going to care about getting cut off either.
You could perhaps say they have to have spent a certain amount in the last 30/60 days and spread over a certain number of purchases, but their limits your potential human drones significantly.
Maybe just Amazon Prime customers? Even fewer, but at least these people are more likely to want to keep on good terms with Amazon.
Genuine questions here though. In the UK this would be a major problem from an insurance point of view, since by delivering parcels for Amazon for pay would invalidate any vehicle insurance that doesn't cover business use (most people don't bother and just stick with social, domestic, pleasure and commuting cover). Would a similar problem exist in the US?
Also what about parcels which rather than going missing, get damaged while in the care of the "human drone"? Who is responsible for that?
Or a return address, meaning that it will end up sat in a Royal Mail sorting office, forever.
unless you've been burnt to ash for being a heathen.
You can fire up nano (or vi or emacs, if you are a masochist).
Sorry, couldn't¹ resist.
¹ Not that I tried at all.
I think the only intention of the fibre option is for long runs of cable, hence why the article mentions runs of up to 60 metres.
Fibre has some advantages, not least of which is massively increased range compared to copper. However the one problem it always has is latency, because at the end of the day the devices at each end have to convert photons on fibre to electrons on copper, and that's always going to take time not necessarily huge amounts but why bother unless you really need to.
Hey I'm just going by the article
"Intel's sort of given up on the Thunderbolt interface - but it's also found a way to help increase its relevance by making it a superset of USB 3.1"
This sounds like a recipe for confusion to me.
A new Thunderbolt device using a USB Type C connector could perhaps be converted back to an old Thunderbolt connector, but what about the backward compatibility to DisplayPort and FireWire?
A new USB device using a USB Type C connector could be converted back to a USB 2.0 or 3.x connector, but not to a Thunderbolt/DisplayPort/FireWire connector.
Would it not make more sense to include the Thunderbolt feature set in USB 3.1, but not call it Thunderbolt at all and avoid any confusion.
As is double penetration testing.
Are you suggesting that Shift+Del for permanent deletion is a bad thing?
It's a fairly common key combo for that effect in a variety of systems, it exists in Windows explorer and Outlook. It's not like the 2 keys are close together and you could accidentally press both.
I suspect that in reality, most of the leaders of the older core religions (i.e. Judaism, Catholocism, Islam) don't take certain things like their stories of creation literally. It is the more modern (relatively speaking) off shoot religions that seem to have a harder time with this.
Didn't the Pope make a statement a few years back saying the Bible is not meant to be taken literally? I was sort of hoping, probably in vain, that him saying that may have been the beginning of a shift toward a slightly more enlightened age for religion.