Re: Amazed it took them this long
"FF has become such a PIG"
5911 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010
Oh come on Microsoft. You've already skipped Windows 9 (possibly to avoid poorly programmed version checks confusing it with Windows 95 or 98), so how about skipping all public version numbers between 1995 and 2050?
Calling it "2004" makes me have flashbacks to XP 'Media Center Version 2004', and no one wants to remember that.
(Although thinking about that did remind me of the ATI 'All-In-Wonder' cards, that combined a TV tuner in a graphics card. They were kind of cool.)
Monitoring is a good (practically essential) start though, especially when your environment is too big for any one person to know what 'should' be going on with every device.
I've not spotted crypto-mining yet, but I've spotted servers filling their discs, which turned out to be something writing debug-level logs because the developer forgot to switch them off.
Another vote for Zabbix though. It can monitor practically anything with a network connection, and it's configurable seven ways from Sunday.
"Well those [microwave ovens] the frequencies used by 5G"
Microwave ovens use 2.45 GHz, 5G uses a range between 25-39GHz.
More importantly, 2.45GHz is used to heat water very specifically because that frequency is best absorbed by water (and converted to heat). And that's exactly why that frequency isn't used for communication, because otherwise your mobile would only work reliably in a desert.
The problem is with anti-vaxers in particular, that their refusal to vaccinate puts other people (often their own children) at risk.
These people are undoubtedly going to end up spreading CV19 to other people that they've interacted with, who had nothing to do with their protests.
If the radar* is picking up returns from below a sensible altitude then you get reflections from the ground, and everything on it (trees, buildings etc.). If you implement a speed gate and only show object that are moving then you pick up every vehicle, large trees, waves etc.
The difficulty with picking an altitude which avoids ground clutter then becomes hills...
* Radar is one of those acronyms that doesn't need to be capitalised in general usage.
Musk's goal is making money.
If there's more profit in delivering uncensored internet to China than he'd lose due to pissing off the Chinese government then he'll do it. However, I suspect the big Tesla factory he's building in China will mean that he's not going to risk pissing off the government there.
Have you ever been learning a new language or something, and then you come across one command or instruction which works in a completely different way to every other command in that language?
That's why they're changing this. It was the equivalent of a car with imperial sized lug nuts when every other fastener was metric.
A few weeks back, one of my friends was explaining to her kid the importance of washing their hands, and how soap would kill the virus.
"In that case mummy, why don't we just eat soap to kill the disease?"
Only three years old, and already plenty qualified to lead the dumbest nation on Earth.
(PS, I'm assuming the QAnon loons are trumpeting it as a sign of how close he is to washing the deep state or some such bollocks?)
"the lift rarely went into the basement"
I wonder what the connection with the lift was then, because the motors for the lifts are stationary, and usually at the top of the shaft. Even if the motors were in the basement, you'd expect them to be causing the same amount of interference no matter where the lift is moving in the shaft.
Perhaps it was the small motor that opens the doors?
A friend of mine had a very minor argument with a bus in his Tesla, just a small scrape and dent in the front wing.
The bus company were reasonably happy to accept responsibility, up until they got the £20,000(!) repair bill.
(That's more than all the cars I've ever bought put together. Hell, it's close to the brand new price of all the cars I've ever owned, put together)
I'm sure all the big aerospace manufacturers (Boeing/Lockheed/Northrup etc.) have various expensive projects to deal with debris, which they'd love to get funded. Ideally on a Cost Plus basis.
This is just a guess, but on one hand you have an industry that likes
bribes totally legitimate lobbying, and on the other, an FCC chairman who used to be a lobbyist and by all accounts is still very friendly with the people he used to work for.
Seems like a match made in, if not heaven, at least somewhere sunny like the Camen islands, (or Belize, or Andorra, or Panama etc. etc.)
The shift to PowerPC was a lot better received, because Apple were already using a Motorola CPU, so using one developed by Motorola and Apple (and IBM) was seen as an upgrade. (And of course, it could emulate 68k code faster than any real 68k CPU could run it, so it was a big upgrade).
In contrast, when it was first announced that OSX would be running on Intel's x86 CPUs there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, and lo, they did begin to doubt the word of the prophet Jobs and curse the name of Intel.
At Exeter Uni there's plenty of buildings where you can enter on the ground floor, climb multiple flights of stairs only to walk along a corridor into the basement of another building.
I did used to live in a house where the front door was three floors above the backdoor, which was still above a single storey garage.
"Basically, if your job is to deal with the public, you're not working from home."
Broadly true, but the significant exception is call centre workers. A couple of our clients are finding ways to allow their call centre staff to work from home via VoIP over a VPN.
I don't think we've worked out a way to make it PCI compliant yet, so they'll still have to have a skeleton staff actually in the office.
As to whether this will continue past lockdown, for our customers I think they'll probably prefer to have people in the office. However, the call centre industry in general seems to be pretty cut-throat, so if there's money to be saved from having your workforce at home I bet they'll try it.
I can understand average users complaining about an interface changing, but as a sysadmin I've always held it as a point of pride that I can pick up any new bit of software within a short amount of time.
I find Win 10 just as easy to use as any other version (back to 3.0, I was Workbench only before that), or OSX, or any of the variety of Linux window managers that I've used come to that. None of them are perfect, but all of them work. I guess the choice is to learn how they work, or complain on the internet.
To be fair, Microsoft have produced some pretty good hardware over the years. The intellimouse has gone through various versions over the years, and all the ones I've tried have been as good as the first ones. Their ergonomic keyboards seem to be well liked by people who are in to that sort of thing. They've invented a design for a battery holder for AA batteries which allows them to be inserted either way around. And at the end of the day, most of their hardware is relatively inexpensive.
If they never made software they'd probably be a well regarded company.
"Cisco router using an RJ-45 for the console interface which was wired differently to the Epson till printers RJ-45 connector"
Which was different again from the one APC used on their UPS's, which they'd usually position so that it was right next to the RJ45 connector for ethernet, and leave you to guess whether plugging the wrong cable in was going to brick your UPS.
A few years back I was working at a company that had an SDSL installed.
One day it stopped working. After escalating through our ISP, we eventually found out that we were one of only three SDSL connections in the southwest, and that a 'helpful' BT engineer had been working nearby, seen the wiring for our circuit and though to themselves "that ADSL is wrongly wired, I will be helpful and fix it", which of course utterly banjaxed it.
It took several days to find an engineer that understood SDSL to re-wire us.
Should have bought a Microsoft Intellimouse back in the early 2000's, those things last forever. I still have one at work that gets hauled out when I need a spare (they came with a USB-PS2 adaptor in the box, but I don't remember seeing a computer with a PS2 port for years).
I think the OP was asking a rhetorical question and meant "why is there no specific law against a police officer abusing their position for financial gain?". He was charged with two types of fraud, one of which was overturned, neither of which seemed to take his job as a police officer in to account. It's not like corrupt cops are a new thing, how come he wasn't charged with something along those lines?
I'd assumed that (eg) connections to the US would go out via Cornwall, without detouring to London first. However, five minutes of
tracerting seems to show international connections being routed through London (I'm in Bristol, on Virgin).
Hopefully an actual network engineer will be along to tell my why I'm worng.
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