* Posts by Paul Barnett

7 posts • joined 22 Jun 2008

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

Paul Barnett

The company I used to work for (an Airline) had their own NTP servers driven from GPS units on the roof. They were installed last century. I wonder if they still use them. I guess we'll find out....

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

Paul Barnett

Re: Farewell Old Fiend.

Me too. been with demon since 1994 - starting with tenner-a-month dialup, and now adsl over a bt line. Stayed mainly through lazyness, but now it looks like I'll have to actually do something. (I have my own domain name, so with a fixed-ip address, I've not used the ...demon.co.uk name for some time, so no great loss).

So suggestions?, still keeping my adsl router and (a) fixed-ip. Zen looks to be

a possibility....

Experimental 'insult bot' gets out of hand during unsupervised weekend

Paul Barnett

xterm

once, in the early days of my exploring what unix could do (AIX in this case, I think), I found myself needing on a regular basis starting two xterm sessions at the same time . I know, I thought, I'll create a shell script to do it. Not a problem, until I chose to name it 'xterm' - oops.

(something like:

#! /bin/ksh

xterm &

xterm &

)

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

Paul Barnett

Re: Was it really only the maintenance costs?

The story I heard (no proof, sorry) was that after the crash, and the fixes to fuel tanks etc to make them stronger and more debris-resistent, the extra weight meant shorter range. Still enough for jfk-lhr, but no longer enough for jfk-cdg. As you can imagine, Air France would not be happy no longer being able to fly their premier route but BA still able to, So AF talked to the french governement who then had words with aerospatiale, who then suddenly decided it was uneconomic to continue providing spares, thus ending Concordes flying life.

And if this is true, then Richard Branson's offer to continue flying it was just a publicity stunt, as many of us suspected at the time.

What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

Paul Barnett

Who's money?

I'm sure the real answer is that the customers will have to pay for it anyway, but legally, was the money stolen from Tesco Bank, or Tesco Bank's customers? or is it not that simple/

London Coffee Festival: Caffeine, tech and martinis on show in Shoreditch

Paul Barnett
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no printer.

I was tempted - sounded like an entertaining way to spend a Sunday

morning (and I like coffee).

It seems that although I can buy a ticket online, I must then print it.

I don't own a printer, so that's that.

Virgin Media collects customer banking details on CD, then loses it

Paul Barnett

types of risk

> Its about time two things happened:

>.....

> 2) journos learned the difference between a potential and actual risk. ..

> .......

Ok, I'll bite. what exactly is the difference between a potential and actual risk?. Or are they just fancy ways of saying high risk and low risk?

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