When they changed the meter on the three phase supply in our office last year the power didn't go off. I presume they have some way of seamlessly bypassing it during the few minutes it takes to swap them.
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Pre GPS navigation
Pre GPS aircraft navigation is amazing, there is so much to take in and you could be in a Vulcan cruising at neatly 600MPH ( 10 miles a minute ). Using Celestial Navigation they could get their position to within about 5-10 miles, it's more of a black magic art coupled with some science.
I'm sure many of you will enjoy exploring, it's a really interesting subject. I've done a quick search and these three links should give you a starter.
Re: GPS currently being jammed in Scotland
There are often large areas off the coast of Florida, I think it is, where there are regular wanrnings that GPS may be unreliable due to tests and exercises. If it's jammed then you [probably] know it is not working, if it's unreliable and still rely on it then who knows where you'll end up.
It us still supported.
Am I the only person that read the line "In an effort to avoid a massive security breach, the IRS has agreed to pay Microsoft an undisclosed "premium fee" to continue to support and patch its servers".
They have an infrastructure that works, or at least I presume it does, so the additional costs for the continued patches and support will be an element in the whole company IT cost. Changing to a new OS may well mean different platform versions and so many of their systems would need changing and testing. If it ain't broke, don't change it.
It was pretty self indulgent, yes indeed but that is part of what Waters does. I thought he came across quite well in the chatty road trip parts, I knew about his father but don't remember hearing about his grandfather before
The production and filming were very good indeed, I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt it was an evolution of the original stage show. It wasn't just a DVD of the concert but a theatrical production of the highest standard.
It was well worth a trip to the cinema last night. (icon, just because)
Re: Keeping 'Mum' was just SOP for those involved in WW2
I had a relative who was involved in decommissioning some very clandestine sites during the late 40s. Over the years he told me a few stories about it, plus how it was made incredibly clear to him how secret his work was.
A few years ago I found someone putting a museum & stories together about that work and contacted them. When I told my relative he clammed up and said he had nothing to tell them, it was secret. When I relayed that back apparently even after all these years very few people were talking.
“Loose lips sinks ships” etc was ingrained in that generation.
There is another side to this
To scoot76. You say "however my government is going to pigeonhole me as a terrorist hacker". I'm interested to know how you think that, have they accused you of anything?
If you walk down a road past a burgled house and you are wearing a balaclava and carrying a swag bag, would you expect the police to show an interest in you? If they stopped you and let you on your way once they see you bag isn't full of swag would you think they had fair grounds?
If they are watching a drug dealer on a street corner and you innocently stop to ask the time and have furtive chat would you expect them to show interest in you?
Just because they see you looking suspicious does not mean you are branded and they will arrest you. I'm sure they have many ways of filtering out the millions of curios people.
I know there is a more to it, and I'm not entirely comfortable with the data collection, but as most of you work in IT I'm sure you'll realise that in order to do a search you need the data already there.
The article also confirms that it's mainly the meta data, they aren't reading your emails but just looking for links. If you become of interest then they know where to look.
Space hardware to look at
The Museum of Berkshire Aviation just south east of Reading is well worth a visit. It's a fairly small place but has so much oddball stuff and the exhibits are more accessible than most of the mainstream museum.
It has a large part of a Chevaline ( our advanced version of the Polaris ) on display. From memory it is the Penetration Aids Carrier, the "top part" of the missile which is in space and drops off the warheads. You can see the quality of construction, it is quite stunning.
(sorry for the non scientific descriptions..... Just get along to visit & support)
Edited to add this link. I'm not affiliated, it's just a great place.
Re: Not just guns
And we also used very fast boats navigating the small channel between Denmark. Some very ballsy people involved in those trips.
Re: Is a random ink splatter
If you look at the images they have not made their own which looks similar to the 'original' but have just cropped a section off. Anyone can, I expect, make their own but they chose to use someone elses image without attribution to the source.
Re: Interesting writeup
Tim, I do not agree with that. Business rates are a very direct cost to the business. Is that like saying the cost to a company of an employment agency is paid by the employee because to the company it's all part of the total employee cost to their business. I think that is very flawed.
Re: The majority of UK Tax burden is not being paid by companies...
Firstly that is just looking at one type of tax, businesses pay many taxes.
Secondly, as an employee you work out how much money you need to take home to survive. Income tax and NI are effectively paid, in most cases, by the company in order to give you X amount of cash in your pocket. Because you can have several income streams and to appear to spread the burdon of tax it's calculated at the person, but paid by the company.
Re: Facilitating Evasion
"If nothing were deductible then corporation tax would be a tax on sales and not a tax on profits"
Example of why tax on company turnover will not work, two companies both turning over £1M to make this simple.
Company one has to buy bricks/mortar/vans/sub contractors, spends £950k per year on all that thus making £50k profit. 10% tax on turnover is £100k. BANG, no company
Company two is one chap in his bedroom selling whizz-bang software. Costs are £20k per year. 10% tax of £100k leaving him with £880k.
Not a bad situation for Co #2 but totally destructive for Co #1
Companies MUST be able to deduct costs from their tax bill.
That is quite an interesting write-up, refreshing to see someone explaining and challenging the shock tactics of some journalists.
As the article explains there is no way a tax break is handing the company money, if allows them to keep trading and building the economy. People have tax breaks too, that is what your tax code is all about, you can save tax by investing in an ISA – that is a mechanism for people to avoid paying tax.
Companies also pay many other taxes, a point often ignored. Business rates for example, I just did a quick search and found a 1600 sq ft shop in Lean St, Covent Garden. Business Rates were £69,000 p/a for 2012, that is for a small shop and Business Rates are just another tax and they get nothing for it.
Need to keep it for some users
Sadly the O2 Business account management tool is Flash only, as is our HR package. That is about 1/4 of our PCs still need it. Quite a few customer web sites are also heavily driven by Flash and so we miss a lot of their content.
I tried removing it a while ago but have to leave it for some and just watch for updates.
Re: SPOILER ALERT - This is almost exactly the script from the movie.
Ooooo, having listened to a Radio 4 podcast last week I now know for the first time in [cough] years that it's pronounced "oiler", like "oy" + "ler".
[very pleased with myself]
Latest batch are quite realistic
We've been getting "Card Receipt" emails from "firstname.lastname@example.org" today, about 40 have arrived so far for several of us. They have a DOC attachment and are not blocked by Kaspersky or ESET. The email looks genuine, even the headers seem OK. A couple of days ago I briefed everyone not to open anything like this as we have been getting inundated by similar emails recently and if they do open it they are to pull their LAN cable immediately and report it.
One of our people was waiting for a receipt from a Tracey and not reading it too closely opened it. Word is set to disable macros so I presume the blank document did nothing. They pulled their power cable and came to see me in a panic.
The past few days have been a right PITA.
Re: Education Abroad
re German Food.
I've done a few business trips there over the past few years and the food was always great and the people are very welcoming and friendly. I found them to be very direct and clear, easy to get along with but not in a gushing OTT American way.
I thoroughly recommend going if you haven't been.
I deal with quite a few large customers and it sounds more like a mistake by a chair warming grey clone. These customers often dictate extended credit terms that they then further extend when they want to. This MS problem is quite probably someone inadvertently deleting a block of lines on a spreadsheet, or gave the wrong search criteria for their report.
Most people I deal with are incompetent with spreadsheets and the opportunities for mistakes are frequent. Remember the guy working on the sale of Lehman Brothers who sent out a spreadsheet with hidden rows, but they were actually counted. Search El Reg for “Lehman Excel snafu could cost Barclays dear”.
Tools to do a job
One thing often overlooked is for a business a server is a tool, it is not a shiny box that needs to be updated all the time. The business invests resources in setting up its machinary to do the job of the business.
Just because the tools are a few years old does not mean they do not serve the business. What would the world be like if you have to buy a differnet shaped screwdriver every five years and employ a huge team to go around changing all the screws. I appreciate this does not tie in with software and hardware providers income plans, but companies need to use the most appropriate tool for the job.
Re: The Griffon engine
Yes, the torque is massive. Have a read of the accident report on G-TRIX at Goodwood in 2000, very sad reading but the critical cause was probably not anticipating the torque. The PDF is the first result when searching.
"It is probable that the subsequent roll to the left was because insufficient right rudder had been applied to counteract the 'torque roll' associated with power application."
BTW, nice for you to have had that experience. I think they were a different breed, intuition end experience does not seem as important these days.
The Griffon engine rotated in the opposite direction to the Merlin so perhaps that would be an easier bolt-on.
Great project, wonderful to see tinkering at that scale in action. Keep up the good work.
Re: Newspeak too
This is incorrect. The IRA have long been described as a terrorist organistaion, they killed many solders in Ireland and on the mainland in addition to the civillians. You are trying to persuade people the meaning of the word has changed - perhaps you are an Orwellian agent trying to change history.
Re: You have to admire the sheer ruthlessness of the Gov, MI5.etc.
or perhaps they were watching hundreds of potential suspects and made the wrong choice by stopping watching these ones. Perhaps the resources were diverted to something else that did not and can not make the headlines.
"Thousands die on the roads in car accidents - do nothing, that's normal."
What do you mean "do nothing". Seat belts, air bags, crumble zones, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, Tufty Club,drink drive limits, speed limits, driving tests.
Yup, nothing being done!
Does anyone have any idea on the statistics of gun crime by licensed holders compared to illegally held guns............ Just something to consider.Does anyone have any idea on the statistics of gun crime by licenced holders agains illigally held guns............
Re: Next up: flying in circles
To expand on what S4qFBxkFFg said, the window seats are not that from from the CoG so have a small effect. The front & rear seats are further away so have more of an affect on the balance. Get a bucket full of water and hold it by your side, then hold it out to the side at arms length and feel the difference.
I was also going to mention that cargo 747 when the load shifted, that is slightly different though at it happened during flight and so the balance changed.
There are also instances of planes tipping up on the ground. The VC10 stored fuel in the tail fin and if that was emptied last the plane did a wheelie.
You would have a similar problem if they loaded a couple of catwalk models in first class at the front then the entire World's Strongest Man competitors at the back.
Scourge of instant communications
People have come to expect instant answers to their queries and are very quick to vent their feeling or rage on social media if they don’t receive exactly what they feel they deserve.
It is [usually] sad when a company goes into Administration, the chances are the people running it didn’t want that to happen and for a smaller privately financed business it can be a devastating blow to the owners. There are also the staff who will be in a very unstable situation. Everything in their building will be locked down until the Administrators have decided who own it and what to do with it.
I don’t know what it’s like inside Samsung but it is quite possible that this is a very small portion of their operation. It may well take some time for the information to get around within the company and also for the impact on their customers and business to be understood. They will then have to allocate staff to understand and come up with a resolution. This all takes time, as does dealing with the Administrators.
If they were to tweet everything that happened within their company in real time then I expect their twitter feed would be huge and more importantly as their understanding of situations develop then their ‘news’ will also change.
How often have you seen initial news reports change as the real story develops? Often immediately spouting out statements is counter productive and I feel should be avoided.
Re: Foxit is nice enough...
+1 for Sumatra. I've been using it for a while and it seems to render everything without a hitch - except for the active documents but I'd rather they went away anyway. It is also fairly small and isn't bloated.
I can't comment on if it's secure or not though, who knows but as it just displays the static files (as far as I know) there should be less opportunity for problems.......
Unfortunately some companies send out active PDFs that require Adobe Reader. HMRC being one of them, it's a PITA having to set up the certificates and open up Adobe Reader to allow the forms to run.
Re: Now remove the Tiles
I have a serious dislike of these interfaces. When I was at school I learned to read, I could read instruction manuals, I could read labels on switches, and I could read lists of commands.
Now it seems that for each device I use I am having to learn what each over-sized and over-coloured icon means.
I’m sure this interface is great for a smaller touch screen device where you have to choose between two or three actions, but for a desktop computer where you are expected to productively work it’s just horrible and a huge step backwards.
It's a great place
Thank you for a fantastic walk-around, what an awesome place. I've wanted to visit for some time but not managed to tie up an open day. They have an annual water rocket challenge which is next Wednesday.
It's a nice part of the world too, Bushy Park backs onto it and I can confirm Teddington has a couple of lovely coffee shops.
A much quicker way without losing your flow or focus is CTRL-D then Enter. The keyboard is much easier than a mouse for many tasks.
Re: How much of a challenge is re-installing XP?
1) Windows update does not work. No clues, nothing. It just gives an obscure error message, which has limited advice on MS about how to fix. Web searches reveal that you need to install service pack 2 in order to get windows update to work.
I've had similar problems with some installs. I have a feeling it's something to do with installing a new version of MSIE too early on in the process and also not running MSIE during the install / upgrade. I now make sure each MSIE version than comes in I open it up to make sure it's initialised.
Re: The Bitmap Brothers were true pioneers
This may be because the site says "Site Updated: Thursday, 28th March 2005 01:10pm GMT". I expect it's kept alive as a snapshot of the past and no longer maintained.
Re: If the NSA, GHCHQ and their ilk are so damn clever..
How do you know they aren't doing it. You can't always get everyone when playing Whack-A-Mole and people only shout about the ones that affect them, they have no idea if they have been 'saved'.
Re: WHo exactly is claiming the royalties?
"In short you'd be surprised how many companies and programmers are still around!"
It was fairly comment back then for the developer to retain copyright, especially if they were not an employee. There are probably a lot of grey haired developers who still own their copyright and so could get involved in this.
Do sad, losing the ability to interact.
That is really sad, the knowledgeable guides are 'interactive', you can ask them questions and get answers that could never come from a standard script. This seems to be another step towards people becoming just consumers of entertainment rather than being involved – like sitting in front of the TV eating popcorn rather than doing and thinking things.
Also worth visiting
I've not got to this one yet, it's been on my list for some time.
There are quite a few fantastic little aircraft museums dotted around.
The Museum of Berkshire Aviation is well worth a visit, just SE of Reading. They have some really unusual stuff there and the staff are always up for a long geeky chat. Their website is http://home.comcast.net/~aero51/html/
There is also one between Ashford and Rye which has a lot of WW2 bomb disposal kit in addition to the planes.
Edited to add the link to the one near Rye - Romney Marsh Wartime Collection at Brenzett. When I was last there the guys were saying they are struggling to get volunteers as the older ones are dying off at a fair old rate. Well worth supporting them.
I can't see this being good for their community
I'd have thought they should accept that they will always have the authorities after them but by exposing and harassing these agents will surely make them much more of a target. The authorities need to keep their agents low key and I'm sure they will do all they can to help keep it that way and start using more devious methods.
It reminds me of the kidnappings of European oil workers in Central African countries. For a long time it was seen as an occupational hazard, generally they were well looked after and the rewards asked were fairly small and were paid after a few days. As I understand it, this balance continued for many years until some of the kidnappers became greedy and started asking for more money and became more violent until it grew into a problem.
Sometimes it's best to keep your heads down.
Re: I'm Shocked
@ Don Jefe - "All the surveillance has had zero impact on the frequency of an already rare event"
What makes you think that? Are you assuming that because every time the security services disrupt an upcoming event it isn't covered on the front pages of newspapers for days?
Do you really think that it is in the interests of how they operate to let the world know how they stopped something? That is a very blinkered view. Sometimes the 'bad guys' get lucky and slip through the net, nothing is infallible.
Re: Trust our security precautions, they say...
The thing to consider here is he was quite a high level sysadmin so would have had access to 'behind the scenes' systems that the traditional users would not.
He abused the trust and access he was given. In a jail I'm sure there is a locksmith who could use his knowledge to cause mayhem there should he decide to use his access to do so.
Re: Better to have no gadgets during take off
It should be a lot quicker getting off in an emergency for several reasons. Firstly there will be more exits available than just the one at one end of the plane. Secondly the passengers won't be stopping to thank the cabin crew for a pleasant flight and thirdly I hope they are not all stood up trying to get their bags out of the overhead lockers.
Re: as someone who has always liked BB
We run BES Express for our small business and I really like it. I have not upgraded to any OS10 handsets because it would entail leaving BES behind, it is just so useful. I don't understand why most small business are not using it, I think if they understood the security and integration of the email and Intranet just for starters use they would snap it up.
I'll get an OS10 device for the kids and have a play but there is no way will I can move the business over to them so I am stuck going up a dead end street and I think that is a great shame.
Am I reading a different article?
There are two main points I get from reading this article that most of the commentators see in a very different way.
Firstly the fact that they are only storing 180 million records from a system that produced 15 million per day. This tells me that they are only interested in specific targets or patterns and not recording every transaction. Obviously they need to scan each transaction to see if they are of interest, just as a virus scanner will scan every file on your computer to see if it is of interest. Items that trigger interest will then be looked at in more detail.
Secondly the GCHQ comment regarding the personal data should make you think about whether or not they are slurping everything and what they are doing with it.
Perhaps there is actually a lot less going on with the agencies to get rebellious about – but that isn't what you want to hear is it.
I very rarely have problems, I look after about 25 PCs and a few servers with updates from a local WSUS server. I've had this problem today where two or three patches keep trying to install again and I have one machine that stubbornly refuses an SQL patch, that's it I think. You must be very unlucky.
Re: Detection issues
I've had this on a few machines and when I Googled it there are a lot of others having the same problem across various configurations. I haven't seen a solution yet though for those machines it has already been pushed out to. Al least it doesn't BSOD.
This looks like great fun, reminds me so much of what I was doing 20-30 years ago in the games industry. We were not only looking at algorithms for performance but eking every last cycle out of the hardware and support chips.
Time to get my IT CV dusted off perhaps.
Re: Botanist and maths
Something wrong with the maths there. One UK unit of alcohol is a 25ml serving of 40% volume.
A 1L bottle therefore has 40 units., a standard bottle is 700ml which gives 28 units.
Lets take the 50-60 litres a year as a litre a week. That is 40 units per week, or 5.7 units per day on average. That seems just about right to take the edge off after a hard days work.
Re: "NSA's "intent" to get specific figures on the number of attacks prevent out in the next week."
"Fucking McDonalds knows how many hamburgers they make in a day"
Surely you're not comparing that to the NSA not releasing figures.
They have to operate covertly without people knowing exactly what they do, who they are and how they operate. If their methods were all public knowledge then those they are trying to stop would know exactly how to circumvent them.
If a bomber goes on a mission and gets run over by a car, that could be put down to bad luck and they would probably carry on again using similar methods. What if that was an intelligence driven 'hit'? They have stopped an event and have their methods sill in place to continue monitoring.
Yes it is much better to stop the root cause but that isn't always possible. You need sneaky hard people do do the dirty work against sneaky dangerous people.
Clay pigeon shooting - anecdotal story
I took my son to Bisley when he was 16 to try clay pigeon shooting. I'm not a regular shooter but have shot on occasion over the years and am OK at it.
He is a very avid gamer and this was the first time he had handled a real firearm. The instructor said that gamers are often quite good at it; my son went on to have slightly more hits than I did.