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The system that crashed being the one that enables them to tell the other traffic control areas that they've got a plane entering their airspace.
So when they're operating on cards, they can't handover aircraft to overlapping control areas... jesus fuck... excuse my French, but that's not very reassuring.
They took the money - now's the time to ask them what they did with it.
Ah well you see... underwater fibre channel taps are very expensive, not to mention the storage systems which we had to purchase to store copies of all your packets on, have you seen how much a couple of petabytes of enterprise storage costs these days? And trust me you really, really don't want to know about all the electricity we have to burn processing every word of every email, just in case someone wrote a dodgy word in one... then there's the staff costs... but I won't bore you with them, I'm sure you have no interest in how much clever paranoid fascists cost to run...
This is making me wonder about just how safe air travel is.
As far as I understood it air traffic control was meant to be able to fall back to operating completely manually, with bits of card for each aircraft and the like... if that's not true WTF are they going to do in the event of a major technology failure... as opposed to just not being able to log some staff members into their system, which is what this amounts to.
Re: You are essentially correct
When, at a high level, you make a call to retrieve something in software, it is only the API that matters. How it is implemented under the covers is irrelevant.
After all who cares if that time critical transaction takes 10 minutes whilst the data is retrieved from an inappropriate data store.
The person running the SQL server cares... he cares a great deal. If his server fails to deliver appropriately (within spec for the application) it could cost him his position, especially when it keeps happening because he has no idea what storage medium the data is on.
Sometimes I read the comments and think "meh", other times I just have to point out bleeding obvious.
The gateway dedupes and compresses all traffic going to the cloud, and strongly encrypts it as well, keeping the NSA busybodies at bay.
I think whoever has been showing you this 'future' really hasn't understood much about the revelations Mr Snowden has made.
In fact if you look at the revelations he has made, and apply that to the storage architecture you've written up here, it would seem the NSA are going to be needing another few acres... in fact make that a few hundred acres... of compute power to scan through all the extra data your proposed future architecture is going to make available to them.
This idea of a 3-layer storage cake seems quite a compelling outline picture. It’s tidy, at any rate. Is it sensible?
I have to admit, it doesn't 'compel' me towards a future which looks like that.
Re: "people who are internationally recognised as world leaders"
It doesn't matter how talented you are - UK Ltd has lost any idea it ever had of how to use the talent it has in abundance.
We never lost it, we never had it. That's why so many of the technologies invented by Brits ended up being developed overseas. It's been going on for generations now. Sooner or later the government will catch on but they won't be able to do anything about it, because they are unable to recognise 'good ideas', they always have been.
Re: Design Ripped off..
Ssssshhhhh! Don't mention that... GCHQ will put two and two together and see the 'design patent' case coming.
Re: I have this vision
Wait till you get to the vision of an Army full of Amazon drones carrying a dome to drop over your neighbourhood... like in the Simpsons Movie... with a drone sized hole in the very top so they can deliver "all your shopping needs" into the dome.
Re: NSA-proof Euro cloud
They don't need to work on it... GCHQ is British, and we're in Europe.
GCHQ has been as active in undermining the basic design of security systems as the NSA has, expanding that to include any new European only system(s) is already in remit.
Existing intelligence sharing agreements already cover GCHQ feeding it all to the NSA.
When are the politicians going to ask someone who knows something about technology just how badly the actions of their intelligence agencies have completely fucked all technology security/privacy possibilities?
Re: Practice trumps nature.
Oooo you're taking risks there... fucking around with biology/nature like that! All that training will have cross wired her brain, next thing you know she'll be growing chest hair, and chugging bottles.
Experience has shown that some of our US readers may doubt that any Limey journo wiener could know anything of guns, weaponry, tactics etc. So, for the record, your correspondent's death-tech CV:
With all that TA experience you would have thought they would have covered AAAD and why you should be firing your weapon at enemy aircraft. Instead we seem to have an article which supports/advocates the tactics that were in use before 1982, and the fateful events which reminded the British Army why shooting at a fast jet with a WWII 9mm machine gun is still a good idea.
Re: Drive sizes?
When you read page 2 you'll find this sentence.
To test this I set up a RAID 1 array with two WD Red 3TB disks, ...
Taking your example, what use is a 3 month old copy of the database?
If it's the only good copy you have of your companies critical data, it can be very useful. More useful than having nothing.
As long as latency is low enough, bandwidth high enough and security sound, nobody would either know or care what back-end infrastructure looked like except the small percentage of people actively building the stuff.
And us poor fucks who get lent on so heavily when it all goes horribly wrong, and you haven't got access to your data anymore... we care... boy do we care.
The really sad bit is most users (who even hear about this) won't give a fuck if someone else is stealing their clock cycles to get rich, just as long as facebook loads fast enough for them.
Re: @ AC 14:14
Oh, here I thought the take-away from the article was that the most secure OSs were Novell Netware and AS/400
No if you want secure you should buy MVS :-)
Re: Only if you're a Windows Administrator who doesn't know how to configure a *NIX type OS.
Ah, it makes sense now. It's the Windows Administrators that are responsible for all the Linux defacements....
Are you sure about that?
Only I know several Windows administrators who are quite capable of correctly configuring a *NIX type OS, I even know some who have qualifications in configuring both Linux and Windows systems.
Re: Recommendations for private cloud software...
Why did the FTP/FTPS/SCP thing not work out?
Did you try adding HTTP/HTTPS/WebDAV to the server which you setup to do FTP/FTPS/SCP?
From the sounds of it (if you know how to setup and run an FTP server) you should easily be able to add HTTP capabilities on the front end of it. It's just a bit more configuration.
It's every peeping toms dream device.
RAID (the insecitcide variety) the fuck out of the security camera housing, it's like nerve agent for spiders.
As per website defacement statistics - you are several times more likely to be hacked running say Linux....
Only if you're a Windows Administrator who doesn't know how to configure a *NIX type OS.
Re: Or maybe...
It's illegal to use one monopoly to create a monopoly in another market. There are criticisms (and lawsuits) claiming that google are attempting to do this by promoting their services via their existing monopoly.
So yes, it can be unscrupulous and illegal to promote your own services like this. Does anyone remember the lawsuit against Microsoft about the bundling of Internet Explorer? Does anyone remember the outcome of that? I think some comparisons can be drawn there...
And the EU solution to the bundling of IE was... to force Microsoft to offer their customers a choice of rivals... Ummm Google already offer you the choice... they're listed right under Google's own service.
That comparison of yours isn't looking so good.
Re: Or maybe...
If Ford did a deal with Esso so that you were forced to buy Esso fuel when you buy a Ford car, oh, and Ford bought out GM, Mercedes, BMW, etc., so that over 90% of cars made were Fords, and they were better than the couple of other car manufacturers, then yes, I think that would be counted as unscrupluous.
Are you trying to claim Google will only let you use their mapping service? Or their social network? Or their image sharing service? That they're "forcing you" to use their services?
Maybe you should look at the search page again, I'm sure you'll find their competitors services on it, they'll be right there in front of your face, on the first page.
This episode is going to have to be a blockbuster of epic proportions to live upto the hype being created by all the free publicity being given out for it.
I bet the NSA & CGHQ are pissed... someone else inspecting all that data before they did, who knows what opportunities to steal good comercial data they missed out on there.
They have to monitor the intertubes of everyone to be able to indentify the ones who are't watching porn/cat videos/window shopping... weirdos such as those must be stopped.
Re: The world will only react to global warming
If facebook goes offline.
Now you tell us... if we'd realised polluting the planet could bring about benefits for humanity such as facebook going offline we'd have started campaigns to promote it.
Re: Or maybe...
By the way, what you suggest would be illegal in the UK, under the "Unfair terms in consumer contracts" legislation, designed to protect consumers from unscrupulous businesses that want to use their power to force unfair terms in their contracts.
So Google promoting their own services is "unscrupulous"?
So presumably every other UK business who is doing the same thing (promoting their own business services above those of their competitors, through their own business services) is also acting in an unscrupulous way?
Re: What Google does with "GM"
No, the best match for GM is Google Mail. And they have an objective Algorithm that decided that. Yeah right.
Which of course wouldn't have anything to do with page hits, would it?
I mean it's obvious that General Motors are getting far more page hits than GMail... innit.
Google should use a cookie to establish customers agreement their T&Cs.
"We are Google, and we operate as a competitive business"
"Use of our services indicates an acceptance of our business practice"
"If you don't want to accept our business practice click here for links to other providers"
"Click OK to continue to Google"
Then tell the EU commision to go fuck itself.
Re: The best outcome for the general public
If and when they get good enough to compete fairly, they might make it to the top of the search results on their own merits.
You didn't think that argument through, did you?
To use the Android trademark, the closed-source Google applications must be included. But more than this, manufacturers are prohibited from releasing both Google-approved and non-Google approved devices, which is an enormous barrier to forking Android
So don't use Android, use iOS or WinPho.
This idea that everyone is forced to somehow use Google is complete guff, and I do wish people would stop going around posting such rubbish.
Why can't you opt out of using Google's services? Have they hardcoded it into the BIOS of your system? Overwritten system libraries with versions which upload all your stuff to them? Forced you at gunpoint to type their URI's into the address bar of IE?
Seriously, I along with many others am genuinely interested in why you can't opt out of Google.
Microsoft's Scroogled team explained in a blog post on Wednesday. "Now, there's a new way for people to express themselves and their misgivings about Google – with Scroogled gear from the brand new Scroogled Store."
Of course if they have real misgivings, they could just stop using Google services and switch to Microsoft services instead... yeah, right.
But apples have been around longer than Stonehenge.
Re: I know this'll bring on a world of hurt but ..
Samsung on the other hand, literally copied the iphone.
Which was a copy of a Sony design, and there's a nice slide which shows that available via Google too.
When you create a vast database of peoples personal details the crackers will come, and they'll not be going away just because you don't like it.
I hereby nominate this for the award of "Best post of the day".
You seem to have missed the most obvious line of thought out of the article. The one where RIM/Blackberry dump their mobile design/hardware manufacturing and instead concentrate on their OS, making it an attractive alternative for companies like Samsung. With ever increasing Android compatibilty, and a good security reputation as an OS, it would surely be an attractive option for mobile manufacturers.
... it removes the pressure to risk one's company on attempting to bring a different technology to maturity.
"The early adopters may not be the ones to succeed financially," he said. "The early adopters may be the ones that do the trailblazing and die."
Given the inexorable drive to move the entire industry onto systems based on commodity components, in the near future he's going to be damned lucky to find any company who is willing to spend the money required to bring any next generation tech to market.
I've had my suspicions for a long time... about that Indonesian bloke... have you seen the colour of his skin... he's obviously dodgy, and liable to become a terrorist at any moment, so he's an obvious target for anti-terrorism monitoring.
If I were the Indonesian President right now, I'd be summoning the British Ambassador to explain why his intelligence chiefs have publicly implied that I am a paedophile... that is the excuse GCHQ used to justify their over-reaching spying programs, isn't it?
Who'd have thought diplomats were so much more likely than the rest of us to be prone to sexually abusing children? GCHQ seem to think so.
Re: Still a problem for non-techies
If we killed everybody in a nuclear holocaust that would stop pedophiles in their tracks but that is obviously not a solution.
Oh I don't know... I could probably be talked into voting for it.
If he has some spare cash, he could sponsor an audit of some of the FOSS VPN solutions which are available. He could take suggestions about which ones to audit from the contributors.
Re: Can't wait
I'm not sure you're allowed to have an asterix symbol in domain names... you'll have to think of another name.
Companies that want to ensure you know they're in London, or perhaps want to go for regionally translated dialects on their websites
Did you mean to say Polish?
I'd suggest a NSFW tag for that, but it's far worse than just being not suitable for work.
That explains it....
The advertising giant has pioneered a similar approach of delegating certain decisions and decision-making selection systems with its Borg and Omega cluster managers, which seem to behave like "living things" in how they allocate workloads.
The barges were ordered by the fledgling Skynet system, for future use as lifeboats when it becomes sentient and launches the nukes.... and the dumb meatbags haven't worked it out yet.
Do you think someone should point out to the European Commision that contrary to the utter bollocks Googles competitors have been feeding them, it is indeed possible to successfully compete with Google in their own marketplace. That Duckduckgo have done just that... with many endorsements to show it.
So basically what you all want is a package which makes your job something which can be done by a 10 year old? "Flashing amber screen one of your WAN links is down - Call link providers." type solutions... hmmm.... and it's not even Friday...
Re: unlike you I have had sex with another person
Close relatives don't count