* Posts by Mage

5904 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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stored procedures are not enabled,

Can they be enabled?

It's pretty useless without them.

Been using them on SQL since 6.5

Only interested in migration of Express anyway. Stopped buying MS SQL in 2004.

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CERT tells Microsoft to keep EMET alive because it's better than Win 10's own security

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Re: Great point he's making

Also the only reason to run Windows at all is for older Applications.

So why would people want to "upgrade" from Win7 pro to Win 10?

Even Win7 32 bit is easier to run older programs on, though they OUGHT to work on Win Pro7 64bit. Just been through a huge heap of CDs to re-install on Win7 pro 64 that were all working on 32bit XP.

Only 2 worked / even installed:

One had text missing from all buttons on main menu level.

The other would only install DOS version (via DOSBOX, sound & mouse working) and wouldn't install the Windows version (which worked on XP) at all.

Windows 10 seems even worse for compatibility.

"Surely there are new versions of all these programs for Windows 7 or Windows 10?"

Er, no, unless it's a top selling payroll or accounts package. The developers are gone, or doing newer shiny games you don't want, also do you WANT to re-purchase all the programs you already bought?

I guess I need to install a VM with no Internet access. Stupid. WOW used to work. NTVDM used to work, now even 32 bit apps allegedly compatible with Vista as well as XP often won't run on Win7 64, though I suspect badly written installers as "new" 32 bit Windows applications (some of which work on XP) do install and run on Win7 pro 64 bit (but significantly from "Program Files (x86)" ).

Windows has turned into a mess going downhill.

Mines the one with two USB sticks in the pocket, Linux Mint cw Mate, 32 bit and 64 bit.

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Comcast is the honey badger of ISPs – injects pop-ups into browsers, doesn't give a fsck

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Re: Terabyte Territory

Ha!

I get 60 Gbyte per rolling 30 days... Even half a terabyte would be luxury. Naturally Flash is blocked and I don't watch online video.

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Inserted Adverts

I've noticed this on the supplied browsers on Android, but not on Firefox.

Also inserted adverts in Apps.

Mobiles have tiny screens compared to laptop. It's evil.

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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Security?

The non-contact Debit and Credit cards are a security fail. Is this secure?

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Re: Good luck finding a PC with more than 2GB RAM these days

I just bought a Lenovo half the price of Apple Mac Pro with 2G just for GPU, main memory 4G RAM.

4G RAM seems standard on decent laptops.

The local shops and supermarkets have poor spec laptops, but then they cost less than a decent phone or tablet.

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Marketing naming

Pedant mode

WHY are LCD TVs with LED back lights called LED TVs? (There ARE Screens that use real LEDs, not the diode like EL panels called OLED or AMOLED, usually at sports or exhibitions, though Sony did demo a TV sized one called "crystal", because LED had been debased by LCD TVs)

Why are MS calling their products Holographic and Hololens when they are Stereo viewers, nothing whatsoever to do with Holographic techniques or Holograms?

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WordPress auto-update server had flaw allowing anyone to add anything to websites worldwide

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api.wordpress.org to be the single point of failure

Even with signing, an update server might be compromised. The concept of infiltration of update servers (using some other method) is worrying:

Linux, Windows, iOS etc.

Yes, WP org have made a mistake, but even if they hadn't there is still a single point of vulnerability.

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

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Re: Erm DosBox...

FPGA are for desktops, niche or prototypes. Horribly power hungry and expensive each compared to an x86 HW subsystem.

Legacy x86 needs a decent screen, so really only usable on a decent Tablet (Surface Pro is x86 family anyway?) or docked simply using a phone as portable storage. Put x86 in the dock.

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Re: Cart before the horse

This too is doomed.

Only larger tablets are suitable for "legacy" x86 apps. Even then Emulation (VM makes it WORSE, though more secure) is rotten performance.

I was disappointed. I thought they were adding a better x86 compatibility layer for Windows 10 DESKTOP x64, that would avoid RAM and licence overhead of a full VM with XP 32bit (or earlier).

Doing this for ARM phones is pointless.

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Microsoft promises 'equal access' to LinkedIn to get EC green light for acquisition

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Re: Opt out? WhatsApp

How do you know they deleted it? Removed from Web doesn't mean deleted. How can we ever know what they have kept, or what Facebook might read off backups? Can we believe a single assurance of Facebook?

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'equal access' to LinkedIn

"continued prospect of open access to LinkedIn’s APIs as well as “allowing” OEMs to install LinkedIn on their devices in addition to social networks from rivals."

This is a nonsense assurance.

Still, be worse if Google or Facebook bought it. Then any assurances would be even greater fantasy.

For a moment today I laughed, I thought Oracle had wasted money buying Twitter (it was Dyn, which is nearly as funny).

I expect though MS buying LinkedIn might be like Murdoch buying a Social Media (Was it Bebo, Mebo, Myfarce, Unfriends? One of the now dead ones). Or it might be like MS buying Skype, IMO worse as it's some use. LinkedIn is now merely a spam generator, malware spreader, privacy stealer (encourages people to share address book) and pointless to advancing your career. It might briefly have been useful 2006?.

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Irish eyes are crying: Tens of thousands of broadband modems wide open to hijacking

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Re: "except for IP addresses"

And how does the ISP block WiFi based attacks?

It's all nuts on ADSL. DOCSIS does unfortunately need remote access, though Cable Labs have improved security on that. There is no argument for Eir DSL modems to have remote management because users can plug their own combo modem/router/airpoint in unlike cable.

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Re: Why does an ISP need access to your hardware

They don't. They have total control of your connection at their end. The whole idea is nuts.

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Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

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Google

I don't have much choice on a phone, but I sure won't assist Google steal my privacy by using Chrome, Chromebook or a WiFi point. They are an advertising company anyway. Android and many other products bought in.

My WiFi is a mini-PCI card in my router running OpenWRT.

Mesh is slow. I prefer to cable airpoints together, Minimum of twice the performance with two airpoints and even better with more.

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Apple unplugs its home LAN biz, allegedly

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Apple reshaped the Wi-Fi market

You talking only about the shape of the box, otherwise it's nonsense?

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AI is all trendy and fun – but it's still a long way from true intelligence, Facebook boffins admit

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Pulling open the curtain

It's not a powerful wizard, just a showman.

Basically this isn't AI at all, but no different to 1980s "Expert Systems", just using different programming, basically a human curated database with human defined rules.

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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Re: "drain the swamp"

However anything NOT cross platform, or available ONLY on Mac or Win10 etc is Evil.

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D-Link joins hands with Microsoft to give 'Super Wi-Fi' a push

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Re: 54Mhz?

There is no TV "white space" either. It's a dishonest spectrum grab.

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RUBBISH!

"and so it doesn't interfere with TV transmissions, 802.11af uses a cognitive radio to sense other spectrum users, and a localisation database to keep track of broadcasters."

Totally flawed. Can only work if EVERY TV receiver is reporting to a central database with frequencies and locations used. Apart from the lack of internet access in 10% to 30% of cases, there is a privacy issue too.

Also assumes no mobile TV.

See "hidden transmitter syndrome". If these are not 100% illegal, then the regulators are not fit for purpose. I can imagine the howl if Mobile or Military licensed channels used.

This is pure evil.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Re: The only reason Apple still make macbooks

is that Apple employees doing web pages, programming or stuff in the Apple store don't have a Lenovo or Dell logo on the laptop lids.

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Re: Bye Bye Apple

Ives isn't a HW or SW guy, purely an Arty type copying Dieter Rams. Fine for book cases, radiogram or a pocket radio in 1960s, bankrupt for computers, phones and tablets. He's a stylist with no originality. Not a product designer, never was.

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Alternately

Buy a nice Lenovo, look at E460, they offer Win7 Pro.

Download Linux Mint + mate 64 bit to a USB stick, boot and install. It lets you drag space for Windows vs Linux on GUI.

Then you have Linux for all the serious work and Windows 7 for games.

Apple has no commitment to OSX, only to iOS.

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Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

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Re: feedback?

They are "listening" to the wrong people and interpreting telemetry & feedback according to pre-conceived notions.

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Re: Weird move...

It's not that PowerShell is good or bad, we have had it for nearly 10 years and you can use it any time you want. It's the constant gratuitous changes to GUI and behaviour of the system, that's arrogant and wrong. The argument should NOT be about if Powershell is better or worse than cmd.exe, but the misleading change to user interface.

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Re: ksh or nothing, thank heavens for cygwin

Yes, this change is arrogant as all that want Power Shell are using it.

" It can, for example, pipe not just text but objects, as well. It can manage the Windows registry and Windows Management Instrumentation. It can batch rename files. It can read a list of users in an Excel file and automatically add them to an Active Directory group."

I'll grant that the regular shell probably just pipes text, but I think you can do all the other stuff without powershell.

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Piping objects sounds a little dangerous, like Active X in a Web Page, or DCOM, or even the original OLE / COM. IMO the only place for an "Object" is in the program that created it, anything else is a reliability and security horror. OLE/Com was a bad idea. DCOM and Active X in Web pages are evil.

Also embedding a Visio or Excel or something might seem clever and useful till you email the Word Doc to someone that only has Word. There are better ways to transfer content between Apps than the MS way.

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Samsung flames out as Chinese march on

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14% vs 6%

So Apple, without exploding batteries didn't do well either.

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

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"you take the crazy stuff away from people."

That logically means closing Facebook, Twitter, most of Murdoch controlled news, Buzzfeed etc ...

Maybe even state censorship Russia / NK / China style. Careful what you wish for.

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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Re: Company law

"It is the duty of the Directors to maximise returns for the shareholders, unless the company articles state otherwise."

Actually the duties of the Directors are:

1) Keep the law.

2) Supervise the "boss" to ensure what ever goals are decided are aimed for.

The Shareholders and originally the articles of incorporation decide the goals, the priority. There is no inherent obligation to short term bottom line or immediate or long term profit. Often too much of a focus purely on profit today is the mark of speculators and asset strippers, not responsible directors. Yes, a business must make profit, that's not always best to have as MAIN priority. Growth or survival can be more important sometimes.

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dark is cool

It's certainly cold outside in the dark.

But yes, all true.

PR and compensation costs less than "doing stuff properly".

Have a virtual glass of your Favourite, Dabbsy.

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Re:Wine

Wine is quite different to Drawbridge as it's not running an NT Kernel.

Useful for old Windows programs with no Linux alternative, and may run ones that won't work on Win7 / Win8 / Win10.

The only point to Windows was the legacy compatibility. They have badly broken it and also MS has emulated some APIs used by traditional "Forms" based GUIs in favour of GUIs written Direct3D APIs, which is crazy for ordinary non-media programs. Does MS think users only want video and games and force devs to use higher RAM resource APIs for "ordinary" applications? Mad.

Drawbridge is a proprietary way for MS to distribute to paying Linux users, it's not a good idea for users that want to run legacy applications.

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Mozilla launches 'privacy edition' Firefox... that phones home

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Re: Not surprised.... More settings hidden away each release....

And on Linux/Windows: Classic Theme Restorer as well as NoScript.

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LinkedIn officially KickedOut of Russia

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Only in Russia?

I'm suspecting that the way they run stuff at least breaks intentions of EU and similar Countries' laws

Same applies to Facebook.

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ESA lofts one astronaut and four Galileo satellites into orbit

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re: four at a time on Ariane

@Tom Womack

You need a lot of confidence, nerve or an interesting insurance policy to put so many eggs in one basket, or maybe "birds" in a nose cone.

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ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet

For a moment I thought he was on an Ariane, and I wondered, how?

Though what happened to the ESA space truck adaptation for human use? I think five have been used.

In unlikely facts, the ESA, while part EU funded, has Canada as an Associate Member and not all EU nations are members. So UK can stay in ESA after Brexit.

Good to hear the Ariane 5 Launch of the Galileo was OK.

Roscosmos is looking at a new version of Energia to compete in heavy lifting. The Indians, Chinese and Space X are getting commercial.

Arianespace still has the majority of launches and the majority of satellites in orbit launched by them. The ownership is complex. It's worth looking up CNES, ESA and Arianespace, also Roscosmos (new space centre and a pad at the European Space port), Japanese, Israel, India, China. The Americans are not as dominant as the media sometimes suggests. Chinese and Indians catching up.

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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Re: less effort indeed

NoScript is more protection and less damage than AV. Whitelist a minimum of scripts.

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Elon Musk wants to launch 4,000 satellites and smother globe with net connectivity

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Re: Cars

The cars are subsidized by all tax payers for a rich elite. However the article is misleading in tone, though certainly hyperloop and some other Musk ideas are not practical, or in the case of "power wall" sensible.

The Energia + Buran was supposed to be more re-usable than US Shuttle. Time will tell how viable the Space X is. It's too early yet.

Supposedly Energia components are still in production use in other rockets and there has been recent talk of a new version, spurred by competition from China, Ariane (just signed off next version), India and indeed SpaceX.

There is already the OB2 project (SES-Astra partnered with others) with real satellites in orbit to avoid latency of the geostationary birds.

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Re: Shipping

Iridium is owned by US gov, as military backup.

Most shipping uses other satellite resources.

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Facebook Telecom Infrastructure Project starts chucking rocks at mobile model

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So...

A social Media company thinks they can do infrastructure better than Ericsson, Nokia Networks, HuiWei, etc. And cheap boxes "better" than Arris, Thomson, Cisco, Juniper, D-Link, half of China etc etc.

Why would I trust them to:

a) Get it right

b) Not be interfering / monitoring

c) Not lose interest like Google.

They are a parasitical "social exploitation" advert selling company.

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British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

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Coffee/keyboard

two-thirds of British current account holders stranded

Of ALL internet users, or smart phone users or merely Windows Phone users?

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Qualcomm taps Samsung to make next-gen 10nm Snapdragon

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Chip size and thinner?

Nothing much to do with chip size, more to do with skinnier screen assemblies, thinner batteries. Even Apple's excuse about the 3.5mm jack socket is a lie.

Really in terms of battery and loudspeaker (if not holding it to ear, and I see LOADS of people using their phones ST-TOS style) and being robust the phones need to be fatter. Even 10mm is fine. Less than 8.5mm is a fashion statement, not sensible. People want better battery life and more robust, not thinner. No-one should need buy the stupid bumper covers, that's an indication of design failure. I've never used one, though I got one included with last phone.

Also the chip shrinkage rarely ever affects THICKNESS, but the PCB area. The Samsung SC6400 family ARM (variant in original iPhone) allowed easy design with no external PCB traces to Flash memory and RAM, as it had the RAM and Flash chips inside the package, piggy-backed. Not possible on Intel in even 2008. Even that design would let you make a 6mm thick phone.

AMOLED saves some thickness as there is no polariser, no rear/edge diffuser/lightpipe/LED illumination arrangement and the actual bare panel is skinnier than an LCD. Shorter life though as it's not LEDs in the conventional sense but more like an EL panel.

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KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

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Re: Always back up your data!

I AM my own IT manager and I don't trust my backups. I make additional personal ones and tell users to additionally back up everything as well as having it on their laptop AND the server.

You can't be too careful. Fire, Flood, plague, locusts, rats, mice, rooks etc. I also backup "off site".

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Curb your enthusiasm, 'India's smartphones are changing the world' fans

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Carphone warehouse

They have an event horizon.

You can only get large, larger or enormous smart phones that all look identical. Or a range of tablets that look identical.

They don't even sell keyboard covers for phones or tablets.

No phones, that can primarily and easily be used as a phone.

A feature phone with MP3 player, camera, FM Radio, eBook reader (epub or mobi) and SD card slot would be nice.

I never use data on my smart phone (I do have a tablet and laptop). I'd like a flip or slider phone. I find the smartphones awkward for actual phone calls. But then I'm not a social media addict. Who sells feature phones that work on European GSM, 3G and maybe 4G. It's possible due to stupid Ofcom and Comreg licenses that you need 3G (900/1800/2100) and GSM (900/1800) for decent coverage. The 4G coverage seems a bit of joke and there is no native voice mode anyway, optimised for smart phones and data packages.

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Facebook 'fesses up to fudged ad metrics … again

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Misreporting

Incompetence or deliberate till someone caught then out?

How often has it been only slightly wrong?

How often have they under-estimated?

Deduping is obvious.

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UK warships to have less firepower than 19th century equivalents as missiles withdrawn

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Re: Non-USA options may be better value

Not sure if I meant Black Arrow OR Blue Streak.

Both part of space program, but Blue Streak more for the missile programme. Many launchers later based on ICBMs.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Arrow

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Streak_(missile)

Both applicable to the past glories of UK tech before bean counting pen pushers decided it was better to outsource.

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Non-USA options may be better value

Popeye, Delilah?

UK, the only country in the world to reach space and abandon it (Bluestreak) and abandon their own Nukes. All to please USA presidents?

Look at France, ESA (though both UK and Canada are members), CNES, Arianespace. etc.

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Getting to the bottom of the cloud debate

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Cloud

Only makes any sense to massively online or geographically dispersed operations.

The bulk of people and IT is actually SME, where the loss of the interconnection or arrogance of a Cloud Megacorp might mean the end of their business. For them the Cloud is just 1960s to 1980s rented offsite servers owned by someone else. For the majority, then the Cloud is a backward step that will cost them more (if there is proper backups etc). Even the connectivity to cloud could cost the majority of SME more than running their own IT. They'd still need in house IT staff even with the Cloud.

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Brit smart streetlight bods Telensa named 'global market leader'

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Remote control

a) Street lights with light sensors on top automatically come on in the middle of the day, generally obviating need for remote control. Remote control is only required for councils more concerned with saving money at 3am than safety of pedestrians.

b) Remote control over the mains is ancient and replaced time switches very long ago. Signalling rate is very low, so reliable.

How long till these are hacked?

There are huge number of daft luminare [sp?] designs out there being used by councils, including uplighters with ineffective reflector hats. Some go more for style than function.

Many are too bright on the pole to look at, whatever the lumens sprayed on the ground are, thus worse for night vision. Bad design of luminare.

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

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OTH

I think the Ekranoplan is cool, probably much cheaper to run and they actually exist.

Is supersonic (and hypersonic flight London to Sydney) merely egotism?

I did think Concorde was amazing. I used to watch the training flights. Noisy.

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Re: No so great in time savings

Do we need time savings if you have in-flight cheap VOIP, data, skype etc?

Maybe then Airships with private office / cabins would be viable. Digital Nomads with no ground based office, no more fantastic than economically viable supersonic flight.

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