Department of stupidity
This is the same department that couldn't get its head around Segways and they have a human driver! They are still illegal on roads or pavements.
174 posts • joined 27 Jul 2010
Home-brew is one of my hobbies and its remarkably easy and cheap to make good beer. It doesn't matter wether you bottle or keg the beer after fermentation, it will still need time to condition. This is usually one or two weeks in a warm place and the same in a cold place. Some of my brews spend 6 months conditioning before they are at their best.
This contraption is likely to give you a mildly alcoholic drink that tastes awful. Mind you it can do it a lot quicker than I can. Save your money and buy a home brew setup or go down the pub.
Hops have a number of roles in brewing beer. Firstly they are used to bitter the beer as it is very sweet in its raw state. A second role is to add flavour and aroma. Thats why they are added at various stages of the brewing process. They also help protect the beer from infection.
If you aren't using hops where does the bitterness come from?
I used to know some people in BT's GS and they were being reorganised about every six months. They were always having to reapply for their jobs or were doing competency matching exercises.
This clearly takes time and money and would distract managements attention away from the important things like delivery. It didn't seem to do much for staff morale either.
If you take Smith's words at face value then there was a double failure here. One guy failed to notify others to apply the patch and their vulnerability scanning software failed to pick it up. While the human element is fairly easy to fix I'm at a loss to see why their vulnerability scans didn't pick up on the known issue in the months following the release of the patch. Perhaps they aren't updating this software either? Would that make it a triple failure.
If someone did mess up as Smith says then kudos to him for telling the truth about what happened without naming the individual and taking personal responsibility for it.
How does this comparison work then?
"The success rate in verifying individuals is just 43 per cent. In contrast, the current online identity Government Gateway portal has 50 million accounts."
One has a success rate of 43% and the other has 50 million accounts. What are the comparable success rates in verifying individuals and how many accounts does the Verify ID portal have?
You're comparing apples to oranges.
While I don't disagree with you, I do wonder how orbital colonies shield the colonists from the suns radiation. Here on earth we have the earths magnetic field which does a nice job of shielding us most of the time. How do you envisage we replicate the magnetic field or do we use something else?
You mean like this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/17/hackers_mac_pwning_expedition_help_ive_got_too_many_shells/ ?
The hacker got into the chaps Mac and then had access to his Nest CCTV amongst other things. It's actually a frightening article if you have heavily invested into the IoT stuff for your home. The more you have the more they can mess with.
Personaly I have an electric door bell that rings a chime when someone presses the buzzer. I'm in to minds over whether to revert to the good old physical door knocker.
I generaly think of ARM as dedicated systems for a specific purpose and in the case of mobiles a relativatly short operational life. Once the ARM device has been built and shipped there is very little reason or incentive to upgrade the software. It has (hopefully) all the features it needs to do its job.
Linux on the other hand as a general purpose platform is constantly evolving to add new features or to re-engineer for security or optimisation. I would have thought it would be easier to do that with a large eco system that promotes compatability.
Just my view...
I honestly can't see this happening with Apple. All of thier focus seems to be on iOS devices and the desktop systems are the unwanted step child. Try finding anything about programming Swift on MacOS for example. (I prefer the name OS X). Apple seems to think the only role for the desktop is to host iOS development environments.
I have to admit I'm struggling to understand what - other than a cash payout - Oracle are hoping to achieve here. Does Oracle see Android as a threat to Java? Are they trying to protect thier Java related revenue stream? Or are they looking for a cash injection to hide poor financial results?
I'm confused by the whole thing to be honest. It would seem to be in everyones interest for Google and Oracle to reach a settlement even if the terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Of course there are at least two teams of lawyers who are doing very well out of this who might not agree with me.
When it says 5 football pitches I presume they mean what the US folk call Soccer pitches. These can be anything from 90 to 120 meters in length. Five pitches could be 450 to 600 meters. The margin of error could be more than a football pitch. Oh....
Can't we have something a bit more precise?
I wholeheartedly agree with you on this. I want the OS & applications on the SSD and the users data on a HDD. That is how I have three home PC's setup but its a pain to do it.
Incidentaly all three systems are running Windows 10 Aniversary Edition with no problems. Am I just being lucky ?
I have a windows 10 PC mostly used for web and games. I saw the idiocy of Contana web search when I entered "Calculator". All I wanted to do was use the default calculator that comes with Windows. It was the only one not listed in the returned search resultes.
Having said that, there's quite a bit about Windows 10 I do like.
There's a big switch away from Objective-C to Swift for iOS development.
The only hold out for Objective-C is OS X on the Mac and thats because the only training materials you can get for Swift are iOS centric.
If there were more OS X based training materials available for Swift I think it would quickly replace Objective-C on that platform to.
My experience is similar to your. After a number of Timex watches (almost as cheap to replace the watch as the battery) I opted for a Citizen eco-drive solar powered watch. It nicely does the job of telling the time. I also have an expensive (to me) dress watch for formal occasions.
I can see a use case for smart watches for people with medical conditions or those sporty people who want to monitor some bodily function. They could also be a replacement for pagers I suppose.
I've no experience of smart watches but I'd be interested to see how it works with e-mails. My personal e-mail addresses have lots of rules to filter out the spam and junk. But these run on the PC. My work e-mail on quiet days has about 100 e-mails a day. How you makke sense of this on a small screen of a smart watch with no filtering capability is something I would like to see.
I guess the use case to compell me to buy a smart watch just isn't there yet.
I must admit that after reading the various Sat Nad quotes I too got the impression that they are just buying a resource they can use to data mine to target sales activities. Seems a bit on the expensive side.
I'm going to update my CV to include Age of Empires. It might just be the trigger Microsoft's automated data mining needs to reboot the series.
I think we would need to equip and prepare the proposed landing site with supplies before the crewed mission got there. There should be a couple of missions just to test out the robotics and feasibility before we send astronauts. Any failure resulting in deaths would set the program back years if not decades.
I quite like the idea too. We need different approaches to security to reduce the number of security related incidents that occur. There seems to be a lot of effort going into removing bugs from software (including OS's) that facilitate security attacks which is a god thing. Where I don't see much in the way of developments is introducing new security features. How many OS's support data classification for example?
I think the problem here is that off-line backup requires somebody to do something; either plug in or unplug something. It's generally done for the first week or so and then gets forgotten as people just don't see the value in doing it. That value only becomes evident when they are hit with the virus.
Banks have just been given the green light to remove the human element from some aspects of the customer experience. If you need general advice you will be directed to a web site or deal with a multiple choice phone system. Its part of a cost cutting exercise apparently and shows that the banks don't value you they value your money (or debt).
I was thinking the same thing. Do we now have to start tracking the deployment life of the CPU's so we can plan for the expected failure after 10 years?
The Reg ran a series of articles on very old equipment that was still in active use because it continued to do the job. In most cases it was impractical to replace the kit due to lack of working knowledge or modern equipment being unsuitable.
In the early days the performance of CPU's regularly doubled as the clock cycles got quicker, the on board caches got bigger and they became more efficient. This seems to have calmed down with new CPU's becoming less power hungry but offering more core's, better efficiency and better support for VM. This will probably mean that the usefulness of older CPU's will be extended as it will be hard to justify the upgrades on a cost/benefit approach. 10 years expected lifespan might become 20 years.....
I'll get my coat. It's the one with the ZX Spectrum in the pocket.
I might be missing your point here but the type of runway required doesn't have a bearing on your main point that the skies are full. Once flying boats are airborne they need to be channeled into the routes used by passenger aircraft which as you rightly point out are very congested.
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