Re: Seeing as it's a BMW,...
Audi's are by far the most efficient cars in this regard, they also make efficient use of the space in the outside lane by ensuring no more than 1mm is wasted between their front bumper and the car in front...
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BA used to be a massive user of IBM MQ. I'd be astonished if that isn't still in the picture for intersystem messaging. I've used it extensively for pushing 20 years and found it to be incredibly resilient when configured correctly.
The BA problem sounds more like a lack of robust tested procedures to be able to reconcile disparate systems following an outtage.
Lots of people have to earn less than the average wage. Even socialists haven't found a way around that yet, but enjoy criticizing anyone who works hard and earns good money. Anything I earn over £100K has an effective 60% tax rate on it. My partner earns nothing, yet a working couple both earning £50K each will be far better off than us...
Seriously who buys this utter sh1te. The worst software (or at least as bad as the Oracle equivalent product suite) I have ever seen. I can only assume their web developers are using Front Page Express, seriously some of the worst and least intuitive UIs I have ever come across
None of this surprises me. We have customers using old versions of an application we used to sell which ran in what used to be called Tandem NonStop hardware. Those same customers often keep those machines going by buying spares through eBay and the like. We are talking large high street businesses running relatively mission critical functions that have the ability to impact retail commerce throughout the UK if they stop working.
Card scheme (e.g. VISA, Mastercard) rules mandate online authorisation of contactless transactions I believe. So your contactless transaction in the US for example, made with a Tesco Bank issued debit card, will get referred back to the issuer for online authorisation. It should be they who decide if the contactless limit of £30 is applied, not the terminal at the merchant in the US.
Arguably it's a much wider problem than just Tesco. If it was card not present fraud as I suspect, then it's really showing how insecure it is to use your card online. Many merchants / acquirers / issuers are not enforcing validation of anything beyond the card PAN and CVV, you don't even need the name of the cardholder in many cases to use the card fraudulently online. EMV has sorted out much of the card present fraud by making card skimming very hard/impossible, and even the 'Merkins have seen the light and moved to EMV. But that has made card not present the chink in the armour, with the only suggested means of defence being the awful secure 3D (e.g. Verified by VISA, etc) which merchants dislike due to the amount of checkout abandonment. The Tesco Bank situation just appears to be about someone getting en-masse access to their complete list of debit card PAN and CVV data, but the actual exploitation of that data could just as easily affect any card issuer.
If the transactions were card based ones, especially card not present which seems most likely, there are strict rules established by the card schemes (VISA, MasterCard) which govern liability and chargeback.
Despite what the media are saying, it's possible that the £2.5M supposedly lost by Tesco Bank will actually get eaten by the merchants or their acquirers, not by Tesco Bank. This is why there is a push to move the EMV standards globally for card transactions to shift the liability away from the merchant. Using 3DSecure for Card Not Present transactions also shifts the liability, so it will be interesting to see what kind of transactions were actually used in the Tesco Bank breach.
Pretty sure that the Soviets were able to glean useful data from the wreckage of the U2 they shot down with an SA-2, and that was from 70,000ft! Impact with the ground may not do the job!
Then again, all these new countermeasures are really just a receiver which is used to then program a transmitter. I'm sure any serious enemies have the knowledge to build similar already, if they don't have the same thing in service.
This surprises me not a bit.
Several years ago I owned a Toyota, specifically an Auris D4D SR180 model. It had a 2.2L Turbo Diesel engine, using what Toyota claimed was "Clean Air Technology", and supposedly had the lowest NOX emissions of any available diesel. I think this was all true, as the fuel economy sucked massively.
It had about 170-180BHP, comparable to the more sporty VW Golf TDi models of the day. But the MPG of the Toyota was *way* below what the Golf produced. With reasonably restrained driving, I used to see 28-35Mpg from the Toyota. The comparable Golf I owned gave at least 10Mpg more. On the forums at the time there was a well liked tweak to improve MPG, which involved removing the EGR valve. Of course, the purpose of the EGR valve was to recirculate exhaust gases back into the engine, which removed excess oxygen leading to much lower NOX.
In other words...it seems to have long been the case that to make diesels "clean" in terms of NOX emissions, you can choose MPG or power, but not both. I think Toyota got so fed up at people moaning about poor MPG from their genuinely clean diesels that they gave up and have gone with hybrid technology instead.
Only Hyundai I've yet seen that looks like I would be tempted to consider one. But..the BHP/MPG does not seem to work out well enough for me.
I have a five year old BMW 3-Series coupe, with a 3.0 petrol engine, normally aspirated, producing a very understressed 220-230BHP, yet it will return 36-38MPG when driven like a hooligan on the motorway, and between 40-46MPG when a little more restraint is used. Of course the BMW was a £30K+ car when new, but I bought it when it was three years old for only £14K. Emissions of 160gms so very similar tax to the Hyundai.I don't know the performance figures off by heart but they are certainly a lot brisker than the Hyundai, with a top speed of at least double the national limit I'd guess.
The Ford Focus ST looks a much better buy for only slightly more cash. Yes it has slightly max power looks isn't that par for the course with hot hatches?
"Got to stop you there. He said 26% of employees would be getting severance packages. Given the biz has 431,212 employees, according to its filed paperwork, the rest is basic math."
Did he specifically say 26% of employees globally? No-one knows exactly how many employees IBM has in the US for example (last public statement a couple of years ago was around the 100K mark but probably less than that now). 26% of that is maybe 20 to 25K employees, maybe even less.
Some interpolation was done on the basis of the $580M charge that IBM said it would take for this restructuring. It seemed that the media got to a figure of 10K employees based on that figure, but reading the various posts on the IBM alliance forum it seems that many employees are only getting half of the settlement that would usually be offered, which I assume means IBM can afford to layoff more staff for that $580M. There is also an ongoing theme of staff being given poor ratings and put on performance improvement plans, which many assume is a way of getting staff out of the door on the cheap. So maybe 26% of the *US* workforce is a possibility.
I particularly loved how easy Word made it to change a page in the middle of a document to landscape orientation when the rest of the document was in portrait...guaranteed to be 10 minutes of teeth gnashing leading to inevitable urges to throw laptop out of nearest window.
That said...Pages and Libre/Open Office have nothing to be smug about, they are both equally as crap as Word in many other ways. Tried to change background colour of a page in Pages, but it seems you can't do that...whilst OpenOffice seems to have be written with a key design goal of ensuring the user has to spend a good 10 minutes hunting around menus and ultimately Google to find out how to do something that is immediately apparent in Word...
You know that raw clock speed is absolutely not the point of a mainframe, right? A good analogy is a Porsche compared with a freight train...i.e. not really comparable! For all the criticism of mainframes, for many workloads they are untouchable, with some very clever features like sysplex that commodity x86 hardware struggles to provide...you get what you pay for, etc
No possibility that the US intelligence / military engineered a lot of this? Plant a deliberately simplified or otherwise messed up drone over Iranian airspace, "allow" them to take it over and capture it, maybe the ultimate Trojan horse? Then publically make lots of grumbling noises whilst privately sitting back and laughing their asses off, either having confirmed the type of EW capabilities the Iranians have or maybe even planting some kind of worm etc...also maybe throwing the Iranians well of the trail on how the latest stealth drones operate?
Also, how does one really jam GPS? It's presumably something that is a highly directional / LOS signal (SHF?), so I can use a directional antenna I assume because I know roughly where the signal will come from? And presumably I know the rough signal strength to be expected so I can discriminate against anything that is out of that expected range?
Admittedly been a couple of years since I used VM, but when I did, the Liverpool call centre seemed have the only people that were capable of doing anything more than following scripts, for example actually pro-actively looking at reported problems that weren't published on the service status pages.
Sky Broadband seems to have the same problem, I only ever get a decent response from call centre people with Scottish accents...
Ok, so when you go down the "dark and mysterious Linux path", will you not have to download the CD / DVD images to install said "dark and mysterious linux"? In my general experience with Linux, ever since I acquired broadband internet that has been the general means of obtaining installation and update media.
Presumably, if the download package is burnable to a DVD as someone suggested, I can quickly imagine a fairly lucrative black market opening up to provide copies to those who are unencumbered with modestly fast broadband.
Still don't think 4Gb is a ridiculous download though, we only have a medium speed Sky ADSL connection and I managed to download the entire 8 CDs to install CentOS in a few hours.
Also, I imagine a DVD is relatively useless to those people with a Macbook Air...seems a waste of time to go buy an external DVD drive just for this...
Try FTPOnTheGo...brilliant little app that lets you download and store files on your iOS device. That said, apart from myself, I've never talked to anyone who complained about not being able to store files on their iPhone or iPad, most people are happy to install apps that use, store, and manager whatever data they need, rather than having to worry about files and directories like it's a PC...
Much as it pains me to say it, 'coz I hated PC World, since our local PC World and Currys merged and refurbished, they are a *lot* better than in the old days. Best Buy started out well and have a good stock selection but after only 6 months our local BB store never has any checkouts manned and you have to queue at the returns desk to pay; on three consecutive occasions I have waited for 10-15 minutes to pay whilst off-duty staff (in uniform) have had staff discounts or something similar applied.
Not so sure about some local specialists being better than the big boys. Parents bought a digital TV HDD recorder from Currys, first one failed and was replaced, after 18 months of hastle with second one (no failures just difficult/clunky to use), took it back to Currys and complained, were told to choose any recorder they liked as a replacement. Parent's friends bought something similar from local specialist, after three weeks hard disk failed, returned it and were told it wouldn't be exchanged and would be sent off to manufacturer for repair, still waiting after another five weeks for it to come back.
Comet sucks royally though, can't say they'll be missed. Every time I've ever tried to buy anything it's never in stock.
Astonishing...I saw this article's tagline, guessed it would be by Lewis and thought, now what anti RAF drivel will this contain. Mr Page you didn't disappoint, more opinion masquerading as fact as ever, and even more fun, give the crabs a kicking!!
Now when will the government realise that all this country needs to defend itself is a bunch of minesweepers, maybe manned by ex-navy opinionated hacks who simply recycle the same stuff all the time.
It was reported a year or so ago that some old legislation had been overturned preventing the creation of so called green lanes, where steady driving at or around the speed limit from a green light would lead to the vehicle reaching the next light whilst it was green. Previously apparently the treasury objected due to the perceived loss of revenue as less fuel would be consumed.
I'm amazed that the 'green' movement don't do more to promote getting cars moving and keeping them moving, this would have a profound environmental benefit; in my diesel golf, town/city driving with constant red light stops returns high 20s / low 30s MPG, at the same speeds without the constant stop / start I see mid 40s MPG figures.
If the RV documentary I saw about the RN in the carribean last night is anything to go on there is profligate money wasting going on everywhere. Trying to sink an abandoned 'go fast' (speed boat used by smugglers) the RN crew first of all had a few pops with the main 4.5" gun, then sent up a chopper for the door gunners to have a crack, then closed the ship in to let the upper deck gun crews have a go with their 30mm cannon and miniguns. Which, other than probably costing £10,000+ had zero effect on the target, which was eventually dispatched by sending a couple of sailors over in to bang holes in it with axes.
Was also amazed to read a Reg article about the MoD that didn't include Lewis having a pop at the RAF in some way, standards are slipping!!
@Jess...ok, I guess what I meant is that the peering / routing outbound from O2 would be the same, regardless of device....
Interesting information though!! The only time I ever got tethering to work on my iPhone 3G PAYG was when iOS4 was released, for some reason for a few days tethering appeared as an option and I didn't even get charged to use it (no bolt-on fee, didn't use up any credit). Since "upgrading" to the iPhone 4 the tethering option no longer appears....
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