I thought space was 100km not 82 (Kármán line)?
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If it's outsourced then the private sector body needs profit. Plus building costs, insurance, pension contributions for the workers, an HR department and other related management structures.
I'm sure there is a business commentard can explain what a normal profit margin would be on this.
Windows update recently nearly bricked a netbook I have. I switched it on for the first time in months and ran updates. On the reboot it demanded a bitlocker key.
I hadn't switched on bitlocker (didn't even know it was available on W10 home) or drive encryption of any sort (it's a crappy low power netbook) so in no way did I have the bitlocker key.
after quite some delving I found I could log into an MS account from another device and determine the bitlocker key to unlock my own machine. WTF is this shit?!?!
They've hit the needs and wants trigger point with prices and very little has change with mobiles in the last few years. They've all evolved but not big changes. So now there really isn't a huge difference between a £200 phone and a £1200 phone. Thre probably isn't even that much difference between a £50 seocnd hand phone and a £1200 mobile.
Many people might want a new Iphone XS but precious few really need one.
I wasn't biught into the Mac ecosystem so it was reletively painless for me to jump ship. My GF however is very tied in with iCloud/itunes subscriptions and a MacBook for business use. But she is choosing to run down these items rather than buy a new phone. Her old SE packed in recently but she chose to switch to my old SE rather then buy new.
Self inflicted trauma here.
If they'd been open and upfront they wouldn't have an issue.
(Assuming phone is out of warranty)
Your phone is older, the battery is not good enough any more. you can either -
a- pay us to change the battery
b- allow the performace throttling patch to be applied to stop your phone crashing
c- not apply the patch and accept your phone will crash
d- buy a new phone pretty please
But insted they went for b, without asking then denied it and are now excusing themselves using some stupid argument.
Yep. I hated the desktop Win8 UI but really liked it on the phone.
If MS had really invested and worked on it they could have made a real killer secure usable business phone to replace BB which was going down the tubes at the time.
But they were clearly obsessed with chasing the iPhone shiny. Despite it being pretty obvious to everyone that MS will never be shiny. It's like trying to make a washing machine sexy.
They should have seen it. Make MS Phones tools but the best damn tools out there. But they didn't.
Bit harsh to say the experiment failed. It germinated and it grew. It might not have met all the desired outcomes of the experiment but it doesn't seem like a failure.
I'd love to be privvy to some of the discussion in the US about Chinese space developments. Oh right they're won't be any because the government has shut down over a planning issue.
I went from Windows to Apple not liking Android at that time. The iPhone was the cheapest model but still expensive however I enjoyed it's reletive easy of connectivity and my partner has the same phone so transfering photos and messages to her was very easy and all within the same ecosystem. I don't like the UI however.
Fast forward 2yr and I'm getting annoyed with the small screen on my SE. New Apple phones have come out and for me the prices on the larger devices are just too much in comparison with the competition. I'm not tied to the ecosystem since most of my cloud services are carried over from Windows and my other machines are mostly MS based. Looking around I give up and get an Android. I still dislike Android as an OS but I never really liked iOS either. The phone specification I got was 50% the price of the cheapest new Apple but exceeds the performance of everything including ther flagship.
It doesn't conenct as well with my car and sharing files with my partner is harder but thats about the only drawbacks.
My partner is very tied into Apple with Macbooks and phones. She's considering moving to the same supplier as me because she is so impressed with the camera on my new phone and the prices of the new iPhones are so high. I think she'll stay with Apple but is likely to get an iPhone 8 rather than a new one to avoid the prices. If Apple cut prices it might change but that seems unlikely.
I think realistically Apple have just pushed things too far with pricing and people are considering switching now when they wouldn't have before. Just having that thought is a problem for Apple since now people will start to compare specs etc and not just look for the next shiny apple.
I suspect the problem is being able to do this in a way that doesn't involve large quantities of high speed shrapnel or 5Kg of drone landing in a built up area.
I'm a layman but a quicker answer may be to have a qualified drone pilot/s that can fly a large drone to knock the other one out the sky over a safe area. Have some of these guys on call.
A technological answer is likely a while away. Drone V Drone you could do tomorrow and a human could chose to leave the drone or hit it depending on the location.
Prisons seem to have an effective antidrone tech in place to stop drug drops. I appreciate that the area to be covered for an airport is vastly more but have the airport authorities been loking into the tech that is available.
It's all well and good talking about legislation but if you have some headbanger that wants to casue disruption they're probably going to do it no matter how big the writing in the statute book is.
Crossed my mind as well but likely they are too high to be hit with shotgun pellets in an effective way. And having been sprayed with shot that has come a long distance I can state that although not life threatening it still bloody hurts and you really wouldn't want to be hit in the eye with it.
I would suspect prank. And I would take reports of them being 'large, professional' type devices with a pinch of salt for now.
But.....As an act of state sponsored disruption it's pretty low risk for the effect. Send in some low rent heavies with off the shelf drones to repeatedly buzz large airports causing millions of pounds worth of disruption. If your guys get caught they'll probably just get a summons by which time they are safely back in the motherland. If they do end up in the clink for a short while I'm sure the offer of some adequate compensation will make their time go past fast enough.
On a long term basis this is cheap, effective and and as said low risk to state and operative. Much like Facebook or Twitter trolling.
If it's not the Russians or Norks this time I'm sure they are taking notes on the respons to a couple of drones.
If only this could be repurposed so that it would dispense perfectly cooked quality dry cured back bacon, delicately placed upon a floury bap, spread with real butter and with the customers choice of (proper) red or brown sauce.
Future machines could include the option to add a fried egg done how you like and/or a meltingly delicious slice of Stornoway black pudding.
This would be the lord of machines and I would worship at it's little plastic feet.
Depends on the use case. Right now people with 4G in crowded areas aren't getting 4G speeds due to contention. They might be persuaded to move to 5G although they'll probably be disappointed again when high contention 5G gives them slower than expected service as well.
For people getting reasonable 4G service there isnt likely much of a push at least for now. I don't see many people really watching TV on phones right now so it doesn't seem likely they'll start doing that with 5G. Especially if 5G comes with punative data limits. What's the point of the speed if you only get 2Gb.
I agree with the other commentards though that it could be of substantial benefit for bsuiness users with 5G providing links to networks in otherwise inaccessible areas.
Been involved with government IT for many years. This idea of "just get over it" tends to come in with any minister who sets up a new division and then staffs it with the hip, cool, trendy, inexperienced, overconfident and under 25. The solution for every problem involves "cloud", "Google AI", and "iPads".
Basically anyone who points out a flaw in the design is shouted down as inhibiting transformation (or other such buzzword shite) and moved aside. Invariably the issued pointed out come to fruition the project collapses in a frenzy of finger pointing. Then everyone moves onto the next project to fuck that up too.
If you try to forecfully get me to use something I don't want to you can go fuck yourself sideways with a pointy stick and I really don't care how good/fast/shiny it is. You've pissed me off therefore I will not use your goods no matter what.
I didn't even mind Edge that much functionally but the constant popups of "why not try edge" when I clearly DO NOT WANT TO USE EDGE get on my tits.
This goes for all manufacturers. So fuck Chrome as well.
So the attacker already has physical access to your network. You're in a bad place anyway.
Hacking the oscilloscope probably isn't next on their agenda with that access.
So a nice unsual vulnerability but probably not very important. If you're running a high assurance network I would hope you'd be examining every bit of network aware kit coming in and making appropriate descisions regarding their use.
Indeed these little critters were just a proof of concept. Indeed they exceeded their remit since they weren't really needed to relay the data, that was an added bonus.Surviving the journey was the main objective for them.
It will be more likely now that future missions will include micro sats to perform relaying duties for larger probes. And some of them will be orbiters I'm sure.
They'e done already. They weren't orbiters they are just doing a Mars flyby to test that the tech can survive the journey and to aid relaying telemetry when the lander was on it's journey down.
Again pints and shot for those steely-eyed rocket men (and women) at NASA for landing yet another critter on Mars.
Ipads are for shallow people to be seen to be doing work, generally by other shallow people probably with job titles including the words "influencer"or "evangelist".
Laptops are for people who need to work on the move.
PCs are for proper work. I've been at work with PCs since 95 and have used pretty much every class of machine and every form factor. I'm yet to be convinced that anything beats a reasonably powerful desktop with multi screens for doing proper work.
even with MS's attempts to royally fuck this up every chance it gets
I have bought a few things as a result of the sales.
I changed my mobile phone contract but it was a deal to existing customers which was better than the Black Friday offerings. I only looked becaue of the sale notice.
But I did get a new shower tidy for £20 less. Struggling on the IT angle with that.
Infosec bod here.
Yes I too know of this dogmatic mentality. However that can stem from corporate culture. If it is the culture of that airline to use the infosec team as blamehounds whenever a project goes wrong then it's not really a surprise. But it can also stem from a lack of confidence.
I get quizzed every day all day with 'is this ok?'. This will be on every IT subject from server setup (Windows, Unix, Linux and propriatory), cloud architecture, software development, web development, databases, legal and compliance ramification GDPR, PCI, SOX etc etc. I'm expected to be an expert in them all at the moment the question is asked and my answer makes me responsible for the outcome.
So I have become good at asking questions and mostly all I do is guide the subject matter experts who are asking the questions to the reasonable answer they probably knew in the first place. And I learn a little bit more in the conversation.
I might identify risks and take them to the right person to sign off but it is not in my authority to say no or yes to anything. Getting is across that the risk is never mine can be quite hard. Speaking to an infosec bod is not outsourcing the risk.
There is a commentard out there that gives every post a downvote. Keeps all our feet on the ground and stops us getting big headed.
It's his/her task, duty, mission from God.
Thou shalt not have 0 downvotes! For that way lies hubris, vanity and a directorship in Capita.
I find it hard to take anyone seriously when they bang on about cyber security being so important then in the next sentence sign off yet more cuts to the IT department that does the majority of the work.
If you want resilience and response you can't get it by paying overyone off.
My own organisation's IT guys are now starting to cut corners becasue they have so little resource to deliver when they are being told to do. Point out the risks and all you get is an exasperated shrug and senior managers who paste on a smile and swear everything is wonderful.
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