ISTR from my days in the mob that all military flights had to be 1. planned and 2 authorised by the flight commander. There were always mission briefs as well so this looks more than a bit lax - but then again, <Gallic shrug>
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I take a 30 minute ferry ride to work & other users know I'm in I.T. so it's not unusual for someone to sit down beside me and proceed to tell me their computer related problems, while everyone else earwigs madly in case pears of wisdom drop from my lips.
Bit difficult to say "look, piss off will you I'm trying to look at farcebuk" so I listen intently (you know that look where the face says yes but the eyes say out for lunch) and then offer some banal advice such as "That's unusual, when did you last update it?" or "who else has access to your PC and what did they do last time?". This usually foxes them completely because they often have trouble remembering what colour underwear they are wearing today.
They still keep doing it though .... <sigh>
My daughter tells me I'm too nice... when she's not asking me to fix the computer because the kids have been on it again that is.
I used to harmonise gun pods on Phantoms in the '70s and we certainly didn't fire the thing - would have blown the front leg off for a start - all that paperwork!
We use to look through a shufti-scope on the barrels of the gun and tweak the pod until it lined up with the target - can't recall how far away it was now but probably no more than 200 yards or so...
back in the 80s I was providing IT support for a military establishment, more than one shiny orifice with their own office (I know, I know!) decided that it was a good idea to keep their religiously taken 3.5" floppy backups in a lockable disc box that they then stored on the radiator behind the desk.
Never mind magnets - heat is a pretty good destroyer of floppies as we found out the hard way....
OK let's say you come up with a safe and foolproof method of taking the drone(s) down - you still don't know who/ how /why do you?
so all the perp does is move to another airfield and do it all over again, having proved the concept beyond doubt.
icon - obvs!
I know this! it's a UNI... sorry. sorry.
Actually, I work with a system that does exactly this: a revsnbens system, live and test instances (how else to you experiment with patches/training/customisation?) and colour changes to the interface for differentiation.
the colour changes are per user so you have to hope the user doesn't get creative and the point of having Live and Test systems is that they should be identical in operation (but maybe not in function) - otherwise you are NOT testing reality.
Also, it's not the function of IT to manage operational staff - the system belongs to them, they understand it better than IT and they set the rules of use - we are just there to clear up the mess when the crash happens.
I feel sad now.
Want to go home.
but at least it's Friday!
you are in the dessert you do not know where you are and you want to get out. You could use dead reckoning to ensure you don't go round in circles and head off in the direction you think a town or road might be.
Dessert - wot, like custard?
I'd want to get out too if I landed in it - not sure about towns -as for the road, yellow brick I presume...
Once flew a large military transport simulator into Kai Tak - literally! the sim staff red handled 3&4 on approach (it was late on a Friday and they wanted to go home) and I totalled about 4 blocks of flats
Even though I knew it was a sim it still made me go half-crown sixpence...
As a Brit (ex military) I can see the uses for a firearm (hint: to kill) and can also see that the USA has a long history of permitting it's citizens to own and use firearms - it is extremely unlikely that this will change.
It is also very unlikely that some magic technology will come along to stop The Wrong Person (TM) from firing the weapon, but why not do the thing that is possible to do now and force mandatory repeated training for all licensed owners?
OK the criminal element will just laugh and they are uncontrollable anyway but regular refresher training and a once yearly loony check by your local doctor would surely go a long way to making gun ownership a bit safer?
fair comment - I must admit to not dealing much with IIS or Exchange if i can help it so I bow to collective wisdom..
However, there are still other vendors products that aren't amenable to being configured via a command line - we use some 3rd party web parts for a sharepoint installation that seem to need juju beads, incense and a full moon to get working correctly.. as well as a good understanding of JapanEngrish
maybe my employer is atypical (local government) but quite a few of our windows servers run middleware and client/server stuff that absolutely must have a GUI to allow it to be configured and interrogated.
there is a huge legacy of windows based server-side software that is not in any way command line based - including IIS and Exchange for example.
It's always disappointing to see how stupidity prevails in areas where you don't expect it.
Found myself wondering why a telnet port would be left open in the design of this thing, and then realised that it's been built down to a price - and security costs money.
Ergo, the company that makes these has an eye on costs.
Ergo, their other products will also have the same design ethos.
And so will anyone else in the same market (if they want to compete on price that is).
Unless/until someone important (hah! define that one!!) or maybe a lot of people get severely damaged/worse by this type of design flaw then adding cost (security) into a huge range of small cheap devices will just not happen.
Curiously enough quite a few people who use Office for a living would be quite happy if it still looked like it did in 2005 and not get metamorphosed into some childish disaster area every year, just to satisfy the whims of a deranged moron who thinks we all need a new 'compelling experience'
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