Re: Best thing they can do...
Give the £9m to the NHS and let them sort it out.
Can't do that, they might spend the money on something silly and inconsequential, like a few more nurses, or an extra ambulance, or something.
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And rightly so!
I'm no supporter of the Conservatives, but I'm pretty sure they didn't go to the developer:
"Oh, and please make sure our app includes loads of bugs, and is more full of security holes than Adobe Flash"
It's fun to blame the party, but it's the company who sold them the app whose fault it is.
Given that all higher forms of life uses electrical signals to control muscles, communicate pain, and do the whole "thinking" thing, it shouldn't really come as a surprise that bacteria have the ability to swap electrons.
The evolution of life from single-celled beings to multi-cellular organisms must have started from such basic building blocks, and the ability to pass electrical signals between cells is essential for that process, whether you are a bacteria or a eukaryote.
For much of human history, there was not even the concept of a 'civilian'.
And yet, for a certain period, it was only professional soldiers who fought.
I remember reading an account somewhere of one of the classical Greek wars of Alexander's time, where the combating soldiers were fighting, in a city, dodging round the incumbent citizens who were trying to carry on with their normal lives.
Even in First World War France, if you came back thirty miles or so from the trenches, civilian life pretty much carried on as normal.
My other question is, are tongues the usual way of picking up shoes?
I think you would only pick up a shoe by its tongue if it is as a preparation to putting it on your foot, (you would normally pull the tongue towards the front of the shoe to open up the aperture to put your foot in).
You know what, thinking about it the above is wrong, and that yes you would normally pick up a single shoe by putting one or more fingers under the tongue.
For a pair of shoes, side-by-side, I would tend to put my fingers in one shoe, and my thumb in the other, and pinch the sides together to lift both.
If the company owns the domain then it isn't a third-party script.
Modernizr is a third-party script library, as are JQuery et al. They are produced and distributed by a third party. Just because you host a local copy on your own domain doesn't make them not third-party.
it is clear that there were no "third-party scripts" involved
Modernizr is a third-party script library, as are JQuery et al. They were not written specifically for the BA site, or by BA's dev team, they were written by a third party...
No, they weren't hosted externally, but that's a different matter.
So the headline is technically correct.
The scripts WERE NOT hosted on an external resource, they were served from inside BAs infrastructure. The path they came from was:
However, they WERE third party scripts in that they were not written specifically for the BA site, but were local copies of script libraries freely available to web developers from various vendors.
In this case, they were modified versions of the freely available scripts, with malicious extra code added to siphon off users details to an external domain.
Difficulty breathing can be associated with heart problems, yes, as in congestive cardiac failure, or atrial fibrillation, where the breathing problems are due to a backlog of fluid in the lungs.
A heart attack does not usually cause breathing difficulty except as a consequence of the associated chest pain, however "shortness of breath" is often reported as a symptom as the body is trying to compensate for the lack of oxygen to the heart. There is no actual impairment of breathing.
making it difficult for oxygen to be circulated around the bloodstream
Nope. The article does not explain it very well, but the arteries which are involved are the coronary arteries which supply blood and oxygen to the muscle of the heart itself, not those which transport blood to the rest of the body.
A heart attack is actually the death of a portion of the muscle tissue of the heart, due to oxygen starvation caused by blocked or constricted coronary arteries. The proper term for a heart attack is a Myocardial Infarction, which literally means heart muscle death.
Note that a Heart Attack is not the same as a Cardiac Arrest.
Next, there is blisteringly blindingly bright white, for 90% of the page, to keep you from being able to see anything on it [like staring directly into the sun].
I reckon there's a conspiracy among monitor manufacturers and web designers, to use as much white as possible, to decrease the useful life of the screen.
I don't understand why NCR and the lot their peers bother to use anything so bloated when an R-pi properly configured could do the job. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong, please.)
I suspect it's a matter of availability of drivers for the hardware, there may not be Linux equivalents to run the various peripherals.
Certainly when our company had a brief dalliance with ticketing kiosks, some years ago, the only available software was Windows based, and relied on a proprietary interface card to join all the bits up - no USB equivalents.
create a unique, strong password"
- Which I have to write down or store insecurely because I can't remember it, and don't know what a password safe is.
Maybe it's time to acknowledge that writing down strong, complex, unique passwords for websites and keeping them at home, is far more secure than reusing weak easily remembered passwords everywhere?
an .. automatic defibrillator ?
That's an interesting idea. I think there's probably a law against it though.
What a stupid comment!
Nearly all defibrillators - even those used in hospitals or by paramedics, have software which automatically determines if the patient is in a shockable rhythm.
Some, like the LifePak 20, which combine proper 12-lead ECG monitoring, are capable of being switched to manual mode, but they usually default to the AED setting.
Google cars have currently driven 120million miles with zero fatalities, zero serious injuries,and a handful of fender benders.
Maybe collectively they've managed to accumulate that number of miles, although I doubt it, but each individual car can't possibly have accrued that much.
That is definitely better than human average for fender benders, definitely better than human average for serious injuries (by a factor of several), and no worse than human average for fatalities.
Again, average cumulative statistics make a nonsense of this argument.
There are millions of drivers around the world who have each driven for years and years without ever being involved in an accident. The statistics are slewed by the small minority of drivers who are incompetent or reckless. In contrast, there are a vanishingly small number of Google AVs and yet they have managed between them to accrue an impressive collection of bumps.
Until an individual AV can match the record of an individual, competent human, then a fair comparison cannot be made. And this will obviously take a long time.
A lot of people can't actually manage to do those things in a safe manner without putting others into danger.
The overwhelming majority of human drivers manage to drive safely most of the time.
AV advocates seem to delight in painting human drivers as dangerous and unsafe, compared to their chosen deus in machina, but the evidence so far is that none of the current crop of AVs are as safe as the average human.
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