176 posts • joined 23 Mar 2011
Yes, probably. But if they don't have access to the iPad, what are the odds of them having access to her email or any other online properties?
Yup. You can factory reset from iTunes, or on the iPad itself if it doesn't have a PIN set and you just want to clear off the old stuff.
I suspect if you remote kill it from Find My iPad in case of theft it does something more permanent (although I don't know for sure), but simple resets prior to selling/giving to a new owner/user are pretty straightforward.
This guy isn't trying to get access to the iPad, he's wanting access to his mothers AppleID, presumably because he wants access to the apps/music bought on that account. Which of course he is not entitled to, because they were licensed solely to his mother.
A subtlety that is evidently not understood by most of the commentards here. And possibly by him if he thinks the actual iPad is locked and does not himself understand the difference between user accounts and hardware.
You can get into the rights and wrongs of that particular business model separately, but the only thing he owns is the iPad, and he can clean that for his own usage (and his own AppleID) without involving Apple.
Re: A much simpler method
That's not simpler at all. So for every online service (who choose to implement this, which smaller forums or businesses might not), you have to send off the death certificate, which will have to be manually checked by someone before they revert it to your next-of-kin email, which may in fact be out of date if the deceased hasn't kept them all updated over all their online presences.
Like I say, far simpler to have them on a bit of paper in a safe, leave the combination to the safe in a sealed envelope with the will. Executor can then sit down with that list and go "nuke, memorialise, nuke, nuke, nuke, pass over to nephew, nuke".
Whole lot could be sorted in a couple of hours rather than a protracted back and forth process of exchanging death certificates, etc, etc.
"And then, every time you must update your passwords, you will have to update your will too. For a fee."
If you read my post you would see that the simplest solution is to provide the location in the will. Lots of people have a safe or lockbox in their home. Just leave your credentials locked in there, leave the combination in the will. Bonza. Don't have to update the will every time you change a password, but next of kin can get in.
I seem to remember an article about digital inheritance a few years back that was discussing the growing importance of leaving an your usernames and passwords for any digital services or online accounts you wanted your executors to inherit or be able to shut down with your will.
In the case of AppleIDs, "purchased content" is licensed to you only, so officially has no inheritable value. Although that wouldn't stop you leaving the details so your kids can use the software you've bought or listen to your iTunes library.
Whether that's getting into something financial, or simply shutting down email accounts, make sure everyone knows you're dead - they can reply to snail mail that arrives at your door postmortem but not email unless you give them the means to!
Facebook offer a memorialise function that allows the bereaved to get a profile locked off on production of a death certificate, but of course some people don't want that - they'd rather have the account nuked by the executor and Facebook don't really want to do that (not without showing paperwork*). The simpler and quicker solution is to leave login credentials somewhere.
*easiest solution seems to be to leave an envelope with your will containing the combination for a key safe in your house. Then leave your credentials in that safe. Executor can't access it when you're alive without breaking into your house, but can deal with it once you're dead and they have access to your house to do their duty according to your wishes. And you don't have to update the envelope with your executor every time you change your password. Seems a reasonable compromise between security and making life easier for your family rather than having to wrangle with potentially many multiple online services once you've died. What you do with your porn subscription depends on how you want your family to remember you!
Re: Almost certainly a stupid question...
It wasn't £3k for a fusion reactor. The Headteacher found £3k from school funds for him (cue complaints that he won't fund other pupil's projects!) but the lad had sponsorship from a local electrical firm for various bits of HV switchgear, a bod an Manchester Uni lent him the neutron detector, another commercial firm supplied thermographic gear and he thanks the denizens of a fusor forum for helping him source gear. Those "bits" probably amount to mid 5-figure sums if you want to buy them outright for a back-yard reactor.
Same with the American lad Taylor - he made friends with physicists from local universities who hooked him up with various bits of equipment that are either hard to acquire or rather expensive.
And as for going off-grid, just building it bigger doesn't mean you go net-positive and start producing power, or else the power companies would be doing it rather than buying coal and gas!
Fusion isn't terribly difficult to achieve (a 13 year old did it, with help), and we've been able to do it in bomb form for decades. Pour lots and lots of energy into the system and sooner or later something gets hot enough to fuse. Tuning your system sufficiently well to go net-positive (without producing a simultaneous mushroom cloud) is another matter.
Re: There's quite a story behind this... :-)
Bussard's work isn't dead. The Navy resumed funding for it in 2009, and much of Bussard's original team are working on it one way or another. They built a WB-7, progressing from WB-6 that Bussard worked on until he died. They seem to be close enough that the next step (WB-8) would be almost production scale, which means a budget of $200m+ rather than the $5-7m they've been clearing in funding cycles thus far.
It's always been a bit low profile because it was funded primarily by the US Navy, so was under NDA. When the Navy dropped funding they could talk, but there aren't that many details available at the moment now they're back under the military paymasters.
One might hope that such technology will still find it's way into civilian markets (even if it means the likes of young Jamie independently developing it in parallel) and won't be restricted to sitting in a handful of Yank subs and carriers.
Re: "Prepare them for a better life"
"I think I'd punch a guard and get banged up for another 3 years rather than do call centre work."
Indeed, I thought there were laws against cruel and unusual punishments?
Such things exist. Basically reworked light aircraft. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch2zs-7je_s>James May tooled one around in one</a> of his Big Idea programmes, and yes, they're awesome.
Unfortunately you are in an aircraft (just a really low one, like, couple of feet altitude), and they only really work on lakes/seas (frozen or liquid), or very flat areas.
Not great for personal transport unless you're commuting across Lake Garda.
Not quite sure why noone ever looked at one for fast ferry service to Ireland/Cross-Channel/round the Med.
Can't have appreciably higher running costs than a hovercraft or hydroplane, goes much faster and does away with some of the bouncy/flippy characteristics of hydroplanes such as Bluebird that Donald Campbell ran. Briefly.
Should be quite smooth as you're not in contact with the water.
That said certainly in the western world you probably get into the same beaurocratic mess that flying cars get into of having to maintain multiple licenses and certifications (in this case as a Skipper and as a Pilot).
It's a bit like the fines ten years back on having illegal immigrants in the back of your truck. One chap heard a banging after he'd entered the UK and realised he had acquired some stowaways. Turned round and dutifully pulled back into Dover to hand them over to immigration and received the exact same fine as if they'd found them in the truck without his cooperation.
That set a precedent of there being zero reason for a truck driver to do the right thing. If they're in the country they might as well pull over into a quiet car park, let them out and say nothing.
Thankfully the High Court found in favour of a class action and pointed out to the Home Office that such a policy was not only bad for business but counter-productive in an environment where you rely on the good will and cooperation of the drivers. Rather than "Us and Them" being Immigration + Truckers vs. Clandestine Entrants, "Us and Them" now referred to Immigration vs. Truckers. Which is retarded.
Although the fines are still in place (up to £2k per entrant), they decide how much they'll actually ask for based on the steps taken to secure the vehicle, your level of cooperation, whether the fabric of the vehicle had been maintained to deter illicit entry, etc, etc.
Upvote for an interesting service, although when I said on/offline I meant a NAS available over the network permanently (or not, in the case of offline backup - unplugged USB drives that can't be infected until they're plugged into something).
Unfortunately as our rural cabinet is scheduled by OpenReach to receive fibre sometime after the heat death of the universe (if not later), anything "online" (as in, on the internet), is not going to do the business for images or whole disk backups.
"If it's something with admin rights then the only way to protect against it is to have an off-line backup that it can't touch."
It's an interesting point.
My backup regime for my MacBook has been to plug a spare USB3 HDD in when I remember and let Time Machine do it's thing.
I had been thinking it was about time to sort out a NAS both for home streaming/file sever and also as a Time Machine/rsync target so that if I forget/don't get around to plugging in for a couple of days it'll just do it's thing in the background anyway.
With the emergence of ransomware though, my offline drive is looking pretty good right now. It's only plugged in when I do a backup and I generally whip it out fairly shortly afterwards as it's the only thing that drive is used for and I need the port back (or I'm lounging and don't want the drive on my lap), which means it's relatively resistant to ransomware unless I'm incredibly unlucky and manage to pick up a bug whilst backing up (or the ransomware comes with a time delay, which is not beyond the realms of imagination). Okay, it effectively means I only have daily snapshots rather than hourly as Time Machine will do, but for home usage that's not generally of great significance.
I'm thinking if I got a NAS, rather than a simple in-box Raid 1/5 for redundancy (depending on the number of disks), might as well go for performance with Raid 0 and just have an offline USB HDD sat on top of the box that I plug in once a day to back up everything. Paranoia? Yes, a bit, but ransomware that mullers one machine is bad enough. To muller your network storage and backups as well just adds insult to injury.
Re: American QA?
New production site, staff training, unforseen production problems with the casing or funky extruded heat sink? Dozen and one potential issues.
The Taiwan lines are designed to produce 10 million identical iPhones, and then crack open a box of 32GB flash chips instead of 16GB chips and do the exact same thing another 10 million times. And then they do another 10 million generics for a Chinese brand selling them into the domestic market. It's tried and tested.
The "custom" options on a MacBook or iMac are no such thing - they'll just do a "smaller" (still 6/7 figures) run on the more esoteric combinations.
The Pro is MUCH smaller volume and to some extent built to order. I imagine there's a lot more hands on work and less automation involved than in the consumer products, and where humans are involved, you can get one-off errors (as opposed to automated errors which are usually repeatable and trackable, unlike someone distracting an operator for 30 seconds and ballsing up a single specimen).
Re: Supporting professional Mac users?
"It looks like you can't actually buy a Mac Pro, old (it's not obviously available on their website) or new, at the moment from Apple here in the UK."
Funnily enough, when Ford launch a new car, they typically take the outgoing model off their website, even if they're still fulfilling existing orders and some dealers have stock on their forecourt.
Outstanding stock notwithstanding, if they don't make it any more they're not going to be advertising it.
Also, they stopped selling the old Mac Pro in the EU a few months before the new version was announced because they got nobbled on some technicality to do with the cooling fan as I recall, and they obviously weren't going to rework the product just for the relatively few sales they'd have in those months in one market region (given that Timmy Cook had announced they had something "really great" coming out and most people would be holding on for the new product anyway).
That said, obviously that doesn't excuse the length of time they left the old Pro malingering without a substantive update (beyond incremental CPU bumps), and then repeatedly pushing back deliveries when they finally did scratch around in the corner and produced something new for the Pro market. I'm far from a fan of his, but Steve would never have stood for it. The board meeting would have been along the lines of his legendary mobileme.com tirade.
Seeing as Tim is the integration god who made all the supply chains "just work", I think he'd be sweating it if Steve were still around and on his case.
As opposed to the windage on the slab side of a conventional vessel?
All vessels have windage, which is why ROV carriers and Scientific vessels have substantial bow and/or stern thrusters to help maintain station.
A design like this one with a massive keel and slender above-surface portion will be quite efficient - it'll be subject to ocean currents, but should resist wind effect and wave action quite well (unless it's a really heavy sea).
Have a look at RV Flip.
Vertical vessels with deep draughts and a small cross-section exposed at wave level are remarkably stable and have some niche scientific applications where you want a really stable instrument platform.
In terms of "sail area", this is relatively streamlined compared to the slab side of a supertanker.
Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?
"What utter rubbish. The reason PC sales are tanking is that a 5 year-old (and more) machine is still perfectly capable of running the applications the vast majority of users actually want to run."
PC sales would include desktops, which go on forever.
If you get 5 years out of a laptop you're winning.
In that time most people have some combination of the battery going on the fritz, the screen (or cable) going funny, the cooling degrading or the hinges breaking after about 4 years.
I pushed my old Toshiba laptop for 6 years before building a desktop, but I had to change the cooling fan after 3, and it was essentially a desktop for the last 2.5 years as the battery had died and then the replacement fan went as well.
Current inherited Macbook needed a new screen assembly last year (age 5), and a RAM/SSD upgrade. The battery is working... -ishly.
The boss's laptop went squeaky pop after 4 years when the mainboard cracked from thermal cycles (he used it as a DB development machine and it did some hefty duty cycles).
We had Pentium 4 desktops going on the best part of a decade until we finally replaced them last year, but laptops? Nope.
Apple have set new standards for longevity with rock solid unibody construction... and then gone back on them as they've prevented you changing out your HDD for an SSD, glued in the battery, soldering the RAM on and just generally being a pain.
Re: What are we waiting for?
"It would be okay if the hardware restrictions were less draconian. I have a MacMini as a backup machine and although it's Intel (Core 2 Duo) it's not able to use anything more recent than Lion."
Blimey, that is picky. I'm running a Late-2008 MacBook and that's handling Mavericks fine, despite also being Core 2 Duo!
It's was the first of the aluminium unibodies, and eminently upgradeble with a simple catch to get at the HDD - now SSD - and battery, and just a couple of screws to get at the RAM. An elegant design that Johnnie Ive should be ashamed to have dropped in favour of the glued-together modern equivalents.
But that's the problem, I'm running it third hand (inherited off my brother who had it second hand) instead of buying a new one!
There are some fairly salient hardware issues. Other brother had to replace the audio capture card for his home studio when his PPC Macbook died and he replaced it with a new Intel model. Only connects via USB but the absence of Intel drivers that didn't generate massive hiss was a bit of a killer!
Re: Why all the fear?
Government snooping is one thing. Governments actively undermining my security is another.
Lets say I secure a system using RSA products to make it difficult for unethical competitors (I'm looking at you China) to compromise commercially sensitive information or original research.
I find the NSA have nobbled the encryption so they can snoop if they choose to (why would they want to? Who cares about me?).
If China has realised the product is flawed (nobbled or accidental) they will undoubtedly look to leverage that.
Outcome is having spent money and effort on trying to secure a business, the government is potentially exposing me to my foreign competitors.
If they think my company is committing fraud or doing something dirty they can get a WARRANT and they can come and take the servers away and forensically examine them. IN PRIVATE.
As opposed to examining them in the town square where anyone is at liberty to come peer over their shoulder.
We're not (just) talking about people emailing Aunty Mabel, we're talking about compromising business services and corporate intelligence. Although the idea of them snooping through nudy photos between husband/wife boyfriend/girlfriend is equally unsettling.
The answer - ultimately - is open source reference algorithms in open source software that multiple mathematicians and software engineers in multiple countries, some working in industry, some in academia, can independently sign.
And then use it for everything, including emails to aunty mabel.
Re: @AC - Not actually a new idea
"Never heard of them being used for a selfie, but no problem, set the camera on a 5 second time delay and get your pole out. I suppose your phone won't have a monopod/tripod boss though, but duck tape is your friend."
I saw a Japanese/Korean (they were wearing a Hello Kitty backpack and a lot of Pink) tourist wandering around Paris with something similar last year posing in front of the Louvre Pyramid, so it's not new. What may be new is the integration of shutter release rather than a pole with an iphone mount - guess they had it on a timer.
Struck me at the time as a very easy way to acquire a new phone. All the skill in pickpocketing is rendered obsolete in this newfangled age of consumers offering you their electronics at arms length :(
"I don't believe wearing your Google glasses "all the time" is going to help your situational awareness.."
An app opportunity there shurely?
GPS tracker querying a database and popping up warnings
"Did you know 5 people have been mugged on this street in the past 4 months?"
"Warning: You are entering an area where wearing Google Glass may attract bodily harm or ridicule."
"Warning: You appear to be wearing Google Glass. Please remove headset and pretend you don't have it."
Re: Best of luck...
"If the boffins at SpaceX even come close on this next mission, the next obvious step is possibly a sea based platform, then try for land."
I doubt it. Sea based platforms are expensive, whether custom-built or repurposed oil rigs. SeaLaunch won't want them within a thousand miles of Ocean Odyssey in case it goes bang, lands on the wrong bit of Odyssey, falls over when it lands or otherwise makes a mess of the place.
Drop it gently and precisely into the sea to prove you can, then move to a land site, which can amount to little more than a sodding great concrete pan in the middle of the desert with a road to truck it out - a hell of a lot cheaper to build than a sea platform and much less expensive to rebuild if you break it (how?), with nothing of value in the surrounding area if it all gets noisy!
One of SpaceX's cost cutting endeavours has been to launch from a pretty bare pad - roll the rocket out of a horizontal shed, tip it on end and light the blue touch paper. None of these massively expensive and very complex launch towers or service structures. They can pretty much go from anywhere with a bunker for Launch Control and a big fuel bowser, which makes logistics much simpler when you want to land a rocket on end in a wide open desert.
Of course that'll have to change when they go manned because the 'nauts will need to get up to the capsule at the pointy end (unless they load them in and then tip it up!?), but I don't see them building stuff like the Shuttle or Apollo service structures. Bare pads are cheap (relatively speaking) and they've designed the vehicles for them. No need for sea platforms and the like.
"Dont repair it, replace with fibre as and when this happens "
I did think that when OpenReach fixed our line just before Christmas (not theft, just storms). But of course compared with replacing a segment of copper with copper, it requires updating the hardware at both ends. You can't lay FTTP to replace someone's busted copper link if you haven't got an infinity cabinet at the end to plug it into. Did we want it fixed today, or in 18 months after they'd got planning permission, sited a new cabinet, found a power supply to run the active electronics, etc, etc.
"Since when did severing fibre, bring any scrap value from copper cables?"
Probably collateral damage. If the damage was along railway lines (a good place to run trunk fibre as they have big conduits already which makes installation cheap rather than having to bury it, and it tends to connect towns and cities in a fairly straight line), then the conduit is usually packed with a mix of railway signal gear, power lines and fibre alongside - some collateral damage is to be expected when they extract the copper in the fastest way possible. Slice the lot and pull on anything with metal in the middle.
Re: Just because they give it to you
"The ASA say BT can continue to call it "fibre broadband", as the data travels over fibre for MOST of the distance towards your home, until it comes in to your house."
Presumably since most consumers are using the internet for YouTube and Facebook, and since most of that data comes from the US, or European DC outside the UK (ignoring edge filers, CDNs, etc), even without FTTC the vast majority of the travel distance is on fibre - by that measure standard ADSL and dial-up is "fibre broadband"!
Well if you're running an Apple-specific application that requires OSX then you haven't got much of a choice unless you're going to build a bunch of beige hackintoshes, but in a Production environment that would be fairly reckless. if you're rendering a big Motion/FCP/Compressor project then neatly racking your Mac Pro cluster with your storage beats having them littering the office floor.
It's niche and you're hardly going to fill a data centre with them - more like a small rack with half a dozen in the corner of the edit suite to send jobs to. Amazingly there's even a few rackmount storage systems in the 78-98TB range coming out with Thunderbolt ports in addition to 10GB ethernet and FC, so you can plug your cluster straight in rather than having TB>FC adapters hanging off the Pros. As TB2 can serve as an interconnect between Pros, it has the potential to form a surprisingly efficient parallel cluster.
You're not going to build a supercomputer out of them, but that's not the intention. It's supposed to be easy for less-techy creatives to set up without having to learn how to manage FC switches or getting into anything too hardcore. Data centre and supercomputer bods will scoff, but it's not designed for them or their workloads.
For the new Pros, I remember seeing an article back last year for horizontal racking.
As for Macs as servers generally, I recall going down into the Google Labs exhibit in the London Science Museum. Peering into the smoked glass server box that all the exhibits fed into, I was amused (given Cupertino and Mountain View's mutual animosity) to see the whole lot was powered by rackmount Mac Minis and Mac Pro towers. No idea if it was running OSX, but I can't imagine you'd pay a premium for Apple hardware just to run Linux on it.
Re: don't get it
People want to pay to put a HUD on their face. A camera adds functionality for things like Augmented Reality, or just replacing a separate bullet cam/GoPro.
As for invading people's privacy, I don't get this. Okay, sure you could walk around with it recording, but you'll fill the storage pretty quick. This idea of streaming it back to Google to run facial recognition just doesn't hold water - who has data plans that would permit that (and not burn through your allowance in about an hour)? Even if Google applied some magical compression the constant transmission would kill the battery. Most mobiles can barely last a day even just making a few calls and some light browsing.
Streaming 720p for 10 hours? Show me the AA-sized cold fusion reactor.
Yes, you could manually just record everything you see - you being creepy rather than google, but that's no different to leaving your phone poking out your top pocket recording video, wearing a button cam or covertly recording sound from a pocket. You can't blame google if users do that - just as you can't blame Apple or RIM if users of their phones quietly leave the voice recorder running to capture your conversation without telling you.
Yes, they could run facial recognition on a video stream. It's technically feasible, but it's not going to be underlying the system. And if they tried to sneak it in under the radar (sometime in the future when we all have unlimited 6G connectivity) you can bet a clean version of android would spring up to side-load just as SRWare Iron popped up as an alternative to Chrome.
More to the point, why would they try and sneak in a system to harvest video and run facial recognition? That's expensive both in bandwidth and compute. Glass doesn't even have GPS unless you've paired it with a phone that does, so in it's unpaired state it doesn't actually know where you or it are.
It'd be far easier to build a surreptitious GPS tracker into the Android kernel, and quietly listen in to your phone's microphone for voice recognition - you know, the one in your pocket that could be pinging your exact location along with an audio feed from an open mic without even the owner knowing, never mind the people around them.
Lat/Long are just a few digits - far smaller and easier to process than running computer vision to match a person against a location, and quietly streaming audio back would be far more effective for conversation analysis than disjointed snippets of conversations as someone wearing a Glass unit walks past.
I get the privacy concerns, but if Google wanted to track and spy on everybody, there are far more effective ways than trying to harvest data from a handful of headsets (compared to the number of Android handsets they have in circulation).
Re: Balanced view
Give it 5 years and I could see it as a replacement for audio guides in tourist locations - pick one up in the Tower of London and use augmented reality to overlay the stages of development - how it appeared in 1100/1200/1600/1700/1800, insert a few period ghosts wandering around, etc.
Or it could be interesting in art galleries - a not insignificant number of paintings have under-drawings where canvases were reused or rough work was painted over. Get in front of a painting and have Glass provide AR versions of the underlying layers, or more information than they can fit on a little card.
I also recall standing in one gallery where they only had 2 of the 3 sections of a triptych. Some means of pulling up the 3rd would have been nice (although they could also just put a miniature version up on the wall for people to look at).
Both those are more rental-oriented of course rather than wandering round the streets wearing them...
Re: Photographs / Recording Video
"You want to record me then I'll say what I think right into the mike."
Ah, you're one of those plebs who stands around gurning behind news reporters doing a location piece... only you also lean over and shout into their mic?
Yes, you do need to catch up with the rules of good society.
Whilst I don't really get the attraction of Glass, if you're walking down the high street and an "Explorer" is walking down the other side, you're probably not even going to notice that they're not wearing conventional glasses (unless you're paying unusual attention to them), and even then, how will you know if they're recording or not?
Do you you make a habit of walking up to people and shouting in their faces on the off-chance that they're wearing a recording device of some description? Or going up to every store CCTV camera you happen to pass and shouting/gesticulating at it?
"Sure we might not be able to stop them legally, but we can make it unpleasant for them to infringe."
Infringe what? You have no right or expectation of privacy in a public place. If they started following you around (for an extended period, not just because they happen to be walking in the same direction as you) that could constitute harassment, but we're all entirely at liberty to set up in the street and start snapping away, whether that's with a chunky SLR or Glass.
Re: Twitter, Facebook, Minecraft, youtube, Snapchat, and hundreds of TV channels
In it's defence, YouTube has empowered to some extent a new generation of film makers, doing things with on a shoestring budget that wouldn't have been possible 20 years ago.
Of course, it has degenerated. For narrative storytelling or anything "arty", the likes of Vimeo have carved a niche away from cat videos and children biting their brother's finger, but YouTube still has gems and certainly the wider userbase.
If you live in one of their favoured cities (such as London), YouTube have even opened small studios where indie fim makers can access equipment and expertise for their projects, and are now providing an in-browser video editor and a library of rights-free music so you can get started without having to shell out a lot for software or getting nobbled for inadvertantly using someone's music. That leads to
Like Minecraft it has an active element, one that could lead to a career in film making, photography or associated creative arts.
That was an expensive hobby to get into in the days of film or tape and dedicated hardware. Now you drop files onto your laptop and edit, colour grade, etc, etc.
It might even lead to an interest in coding if you end up writing python scripts to generate behaviours in the likes of Blender.
Re: I keep looking at these NAS devices
I can see a lot of small offices with 3-10 staff working on email, excel and word-processing. They have no servers per se - laptops or desktops. Their website is probably hosted by a local web design company, and none of them are IT bods, but they want a central repository for shared files that can also be easily backed up onto a single fat USB disk and taken home to protect against fire/theft (as opposed to going around everyone's machines and slurping off the bits they need backing up).
Plug and play NAS solutions are far easier than setting up a Windows Server box and configuring RAID settings. They're not trying to stream 1080p to 3 laptops and the TV, just a file server.
Yes you could do it cheaper stuffing a spare box with a stack of disks but that requires:
b. Technical ability (or even more Time if you've decided you're going to learn how to do it on the cheap).
Re: An amazing experience will be lost
"I will be voicing my displeasure to the Heritage Lottery Funding, and if anyone has details of the Bletchley Park Trustees, I'd like to understand exactly what they think they're doing, because their responses thus far, in my opinion, have been entirely inadequate."
List of Trustees at:
No individual contact details but since it lists a mini-bio for each I'm sure everyone on here is capable of tracking down such things.
As for the CEO, I'm pretty sure the Trustees have fairly firm grounds to dismiss him on charges of bringing the organisation into disrepute if they took a mind to it.
One bit of devil's advocate I would play is that building your attraction on the experts who were there at the time isn't a long term strategy, because sooner or later nature will take it's toll (noone lives forever).
So you do need to ensure you've got attractions that will stand the test of time regardless of who is manning them (although even younger guides need to be properly trained, not just a numpty who can say "and here we have another information board you might like to read"), and also that your buildings don't fall over - rustic dishevelment only goes so far.
That however does not mean it needs to be oriented as a "Key Stage x approved learning resource" to the exclusion of all else, nor that the gift shop needs to be filled with tat.
Nothing wrong with Visitor Centres for a bite to eat, nor Gift Shops if they've got relevant contents (books on maths and ciphers/codebreaking, codebreaking kits - including kid-friendly but not dumbed-down stuff, not just hefty degree-level tomes, relevant electronicry to support TNMOC , etc). It's just they usually burn all their money on a shiny building and then run out of time to source decent merchandise.
Re: Sad, sad, sad.
Doesn't sound like you're prevented from from seeing Collosus per se. Merely that if you go to Bletchley, you have to pay separately to go into NMC to see Collosus, which is lunacy. Everyone involved needs their heads smashing together with the force of a Bombe, or just firing. There should be a simple "site pass" that covers the multiple attractions/museums on the site.
It sounds like NMC have been lobbying for just such a site pass and revenue share scheme but Bletchley have declined. Of course we don't know what those discussions were like or whether either party were being reasonable with what they wanted percentage-wise.
"Is there ANY scientific evidence for any of this ?"
Evidence for what? People developing persistent aches (or spinal problems) due to prolonged poor posture?
Fuckloads, lots of people working 9-5 in offices end up with aching necks and backs if their chair, desk and monitor aren't all set up at the right heights.
Communal network printers don't just economise on having a printer on every desk - they force people to get off their arse and stretch their legs for a minute since many employers don't have adequately adjustable furniture to properly suit every shape and size of employee.
The boss works standing now as he was getting tingling in one leg which was found to be a trapped nerve in his lower back from slouching at his desk. Works for him. Hard work at first as his leg and core muscles needed to build up to deal with the additional exertion of standing up instead of sitting, but he swears by it now.
"The cabinets in question had missed out on BT's original £2.5bn commercial investment because of "technical challenges or local planning restrictions," the company said."
Local planning restrictions? LOCAL PLANNING RESTRICTIONS?
If the little darlings don't want nasty green fibre cabinets outside their houses then don't force it on them. Let them enjoy their coppery pit whilst you come and do ours. Really, we want it. If you offer it and they didn't want it then don't hang about and argue the toss - there are plenty of us waiting for the offer who will (figuratively) bite your hand off.
Re: The NSA is just a symptom ot a (corrupt) Corporatist obese and evil government
"So what you're saying is... you need more guns? So, how's that working out for the USA so far?"
Well, Kennesaw, GA went as far as to mandate that every household maintain a firearm and ammunition.
Between 1982 and 2005 burglaries fell massively and remain well below the national average.
Chicago has incredibly tight gun controls and massive gun violence involving black market firearms and organised criminal gangs.
So, what you're saying is... massive cities are the same as rural Georgia.
How are those massively sweeping statements working out for you?
"If anything there is probably some real truth behind this statement. I don't think that even President Obama is privy to what really goes on behind the scenes."
Without a doubt.
The career staffers are not going tell a transitory politician anything they don't need to know, alla Independence Day.
President "There are no aliens at Area 51"
Mil Bod "Technically sir, that's not entirely true. Plausible deniability..."
Presumably because they expected something else to break before the panels became an issue, or they expected electrostatic cling to require more than a puff of air to clear the panels and the weight of a suitable system would have taken the place of instrumentation. The weight envelopes on these rovers is miniscule.
I remember seeing a documentary about the lead up to Beagle 2 and they found the parachutes were going to weigh more than expected. The science groups were working out how much they could file off this arm or the edge of that PCB to save a gram here and two there.
"My Hero HD 3+ Black is a 4k camera you can hold in one hand (between two fingers in fact) so thhpppt! And it only cost 350 notes.
Okay, it may not have all the bells and whistles, but it works underwater..."
By bells and whistles you mean a functional framerate? It only shoots at 15fps in 4K mode. Good for timelapses, or something you intend to speed up, not so much for slo-mo action shots (the Hero's normal stomping ground) or even just normal video.
Great bit of kit but the 4K functionality is a bit gimmicky at the moment..
Now 60fps 1080p you can get your teeth into, which the Hero does very well, or 30fps at 1440p to give you a bit of crop room as you hurtle down a mountain.
Actually, 4K is just about large enough that if you gave one of these to a monkey you could crop it out to a semi-stable HD video at the end, following the principle of "shoot everything and we'll pick the wheat out from the big pile of chaff", although it is far cheaper to buy an HD camera and learn to use it properly.
Have to say though, 4K 60p (on the semi-pro big brother) for £4k is impressive.
Re: The Internet. Yes, it was too good to last.
"Bad move. Cheques are being phased out over the next 4 years:"
And are being replaced by a cheque-like system which works in much the same way for the user but is much more efficient for the banks to process, because although the number of cheques are falling, the remaining ones are really difficult to find alternatives to - for instance paying annual subs to local sports clubs which typically don't have a phone line or means of making card or electronic payments (unless they've got a web-savvy member and the Treasurer is willing to sift though statements checking who has and hasn't paid), and where the Treasurer would far rather have a small stack of cheques to pay in than having to store £5k on behalf of the club until they can get to the bank...
Similarly for clubs, there is no solution yet to replace double-signature cheques (other than a cheque-like replacement). I've yet to see a double-PIN debit card that requires authority from multiple signatories to withdraw cash.
Re: If loose lips, sink ships ......
"IANAL, but AFAIK it is the only law where you are legally required to incriminate yourself."
Try telling the Police that you can't remember which named driver was in control of the car when it got flashed by a speed trap and see how far you get.
Re: If loose lips, sink ships ......
"Is there not a right in the UK to remain silent ..... "You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention, when questioned, something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence." ..... or is that a fiction and for real only in films and television and media?"
It's pretty meaningless today, the jury are no longer instructed to infer nothing from a refusal to answer questions in the dock. They can make whatever assumptions they like if you refuse to answer an incriminating question.
A non-RIPA example would be closing the loophole with speed cameras - if you "can't remember" who was driving when the car got flashed then it will be assumed to be the registered keeper and they will get the fine and points. This is despite the fact the Police usually cannot provide a frontal shot of the car clearly showing the driver's face thus proving their guilt.
Re: Not falling for the hype
As Dave126 says, I think the expectation is most users will be working with massive datasets and files - big project files that are stored on a NAS/SAN, not on the local box.
Have enough storage locally and the rest will be stored separately, with lots of external connectivity for BMD stuff, Red Rocket boxes, 4K/8K/16K graphics cards as required. A fair few PCIe breakout boxes are popping up with a thunderbolt cable hanging off a box containing one or two double-width PCIe slots and a chunky PSU. Self contained in that it doesn't affect the cooling or power drain on the Mac Pro.
As others have mentioned, if your Mac Pro fails, or you go on the road with a laptop, being able to simply unplug your TB chassis and move your Red Rocket / [insert other expansion here] over to the MacBook is incredibly useful.
Unless they use it as an excuse to lower data caps, I don't see it as making a huge difference, indeed I suspect uptake will be low from content providers.
So Google+ offers free access? Big deal. Facebook uses, what, kB updating people's witterings to my local app? Offering me a few free MB over a month isn't going to make me move to G+.
Pretty much the only place I see this being relevant is video - competitor to YouTube suddenly offers all-you-can-eat HD video that won't touch your data cap? Yes please. Or conversely YT kills off everyone else by paying their data tariffs for 12 months, but I suspect they might fall foul of Anti-Trust then, using their (Google's) size for 12 months to kill the competition. The economics of that are horrible because you're paying for a lot of data per user. You want max-MB per user, but conversely that means you're not offering individual users very much - so your offering needs to be compelling. Just as it is now.
Which is not to say I support it, but I think it's going to die a death from it's own economics - I can't see any news providers or the likes of Twitter or facebook (or their competitors) seeing it as worth their while spending money trying to lure you in with a relatively small amount of free data. There are better ways to increase traffic, which usually involves spending that money on content.
Re: Oh crap.
It's not supposed to. it was supposed to develop manned spaceflight technology.
There's a whole heap of medical issues that you could wing with a quick hop to the moon that'll make you terminally ill on a 6-month voyage to Mars. As Chris Hadfield was saying on Stargazing Live last night, over the past 10 years they've overcome most of them, bar maintaining bone density, particularly around the pelvis.
It's a whole set of different challenges to living on a Moon or Mars base where you have a modicum of gravity, and can bury yourself to weather solar storms, etc.
The other problem with Space Races is they tend to have a goal, and when you hit that goal everything stops, as compared to the incremental progress we're making now.
Which is not to say that it isn't intensely frustrating that we don't have a Moon base nor a Mars base yet, but that's down to the whiplash inducing u-turns of the US Congress and POTUS - Cameron has nothing on them! "We're going back to the moon!". 2 years later "We're going to Mars! By 2030. Scratch Consteallation and the Moon programme" Yeah, and your successor will have a different idea, as will their successor, and 3-4 presidents down the line we get to 2030 and have still gone no further, but will have the half-baked recipes for 3 separate programmes filed away, each with about 5 years work done on them.
The politicians are stifling it, which has nothing to do with the ISS - as Cunningham was saying on SGL last night, Apollo 7 that he flew on was an orbital test. If it had gone badly, Apollo 8 (a mere two months later) would have repeated it and sought to get it right instead of going around the Moon. Changing the mission profiles and goals was at the behest of the controllers and engineers. These days you'd have to go back to the Congressional Funding Committee and plead your case to a bunch of non-specialists who will then spend a few months debating whether the engineers are allowed more test flights.
Re: I think that ...
@jake "Humans (and our technology) will not last forever, but geology will last for the duration of the planet."
No it won't. Subduction and recycling of geology means we actually have no "original" rocks from the point where the Earth cooled from a blob of molten rock and started to form a crusty surface.
The oldest samples we have are dated at around 4-4.4Ga. Odds are all (or all bar a vanishingly small handful) of the rocks on Earth today will not exist in their current form when the sun goes red giant (estd. 5Bn years), on average they'll have been subducted and recycled by the time we're all swallowed up by the sun.
Re: Parody exception
"except maybe that pride and prejudice is in the public domain and anyone can do anything they like with it now. Not a great example there."
"Barry Potter" or "The Hunger Pains" as published by the Harvard Lampoon, not to mention "The Wobbit", which has managed to outdo a small (but very fine) Southampton pub in not getting sued for blatantly riding on the back of the franchise.
Massive franchises parodied for commercial gain by HL.
No reason why a parody song could also not be used for commercial purposes whatsoever. Al Yankovic has built a career from doing it (although he always get permission as a personal rule, but he doesn't need to).
Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music found commercial parody can fall under fair use. It does not automatically do so, but the argument's "it's an advert, there's the problem" do not hold water.
How Goldieblox have handled themselves with pre-emptive lawsuits and the rest is pretty dodgy, but parody for commercial usage? Go nuts.
Re: i wonder..
"Since modern papers aren't much better than tapes & the like why not use metal storage?"
Paper is fine. If it's acid-free archive stock, not the bleached rubbish most people feed through their printers.
Plenty of paper records have survived through history because they were made of substantial paperstock (they couldn't make it any thinner with contemporary technology), and the surviving ones are the examples here paper makers struck on a pH neutral/slightly alkaline formula, giving the paper a stable chemistry (whether they realised it or not at the time). All covered by ISO9706. One manufacturer claims a 200year guarantee (provided it's stored properly, not in the bathroom), which I think shows remarkable faith in their business prospects! We can rest easy knowing our descendants will be able to sue their descendants if our archive crumbles to dust in a mere 195 years...
That said, a ream of that stuff costs £20+, so a substantial markup on normal 80gsm office fodder. You wouldn't want to go printing the Internet on it...
"And one of the big advantages of the challenge of getting a manned mission to Mars is that it is such a big project that it probably requires global co-operation… "
Yeah, pretty sure SpaceX are doing their best to prove you can do it on a relatively meagre budget and to a timescale shorter than 2043 if you drop the politics, commit some funding and get on with it.
They may be standing on the shoulders of decades of NASA research, but SpaceX are now pretty much in a position where if they want to go to Mars they'll do it themselves, with or without international cooperation. The fact politicians still consider this sort of thing to be beyond the abilities of any single nation is laughable - they just can't be bothered (or have bought into the BAE kool aid that it requires a 30 year contract and a bazillion-pound-a-year commitment), and are looking for ways to string out any major spending commitment beyond their term of office "Oh, no, no one could manage that on their own. Need the Russians and the Chinese on board and they haven't signed up yet. It's their fault."