There's an RPI in our server room... It's our GPS Stratum-1 time server. Been running for 3 years so far, untouched. Of course it's fully documented.
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I think you'll find that most of those appliances you mentioned are internally fused. The fuse in the BS1363 plug is intended to protect the cabling to the appliance - that may include intermediate connectors e.g. a 2.5a rated IEC C7/8 or the in-line switching of a table lamp.
Our ring main legacy can be traced back to the aftermath of WW2 when Britain was broke and some clever chappie worked out a way of wiring houses using less copper.
When wired correctly there is nothing to choose in terms of safety between the UK and European systems (ring and radial).
The danger comes from appliances made for foreign markets that adopted the UK style 3-pin plug in radial circuits. These plugs are safe for use where intended but really dangerous when used in the UK as they fit but don't have a fuse.
Adaptors can be a hazard too. I bought a soldering iron from a European supplier that had a Chinese/Oz plug and was supplied with an unfused adaptor.
Not fibre, but they give me a reliable connection with reasonable contention ratio through a reliable coaxial cable. That's a good reason not to switch to a corroded twisted pair.
To solve the problem I employ my rottweiler (wife) to phone them yearly to match their new customer deals - and they will if they think you're really going to leave.
'The USA is obliged by treaty through NATO to militarily defend what are primarily EU nations,.."
Do you really think they are doing this out of the kindness of their hearts? Of course not, they're doing it for strategic and financial reasons. Europe should call their bluff.
I was called to the accounts office with my manager to explain the One million dollar transaction on my company credit card bill. At first I was horrified, until I remembered buying a Zimbabwean $1M bill on eBay (it cost a couple of quid), as a joke for a Zim friend's birthday. I'd intending using my personal card, but my computer had autofilled the company card number and I hadn't noticed.
After an explanation and a bit of banter at my expense, I coughed up the £2 to pay my debt.
Most consumers don't care as long as it's big and shiny.
The contract is with the retailer, but try finding one of those who cares enough about it's buyers to do anything. If anything they are beholden to the manufacturer so they get first batch of a new handset.
As a previous poster said: exploits rarely happen in the field. However once everyone's bank branch is in their mobile, the bad guys will try more and harder.
I was reading my work emails when a seriously politically incorrect joke appeared in my in box. It had been sent as a reply to all. It was swiftly followed by an Outlook recall but remained in my Outlook web client long enough for me to save it (it was very funny).
Needless to say the individual who sent it departed shortly afterwards.
Although Singapore uses connectors similar to the UK's I believe they use radial mains, not ring.
This is supported by some professional equipment supplied from Singapore with locally approved 3 pin plugs that did not have an internal fuse capability.
Not sure about the others mentioned.
I work in a mixed OS environment with BSD, several Linux flavours, MacOS and Windows.
In my experience, the Unixes (and Unix like OSs) differ slightly less than human beings do from person to person.
By comparison Windows is further away genetically than the great apes, even though they have a common origin.
It was 10pm on Xmas eve when I was called to a TV transmission suite and shown smoke blowing out of a computer rack in the bottom of a tape cart machine (a bit like a tape library but more primitive). Oh hell, my shift is meant to finish in an hour..
I decided to leave it running as long as possible as it was on air.
When the programme had finished and the tapes loaded elsewhere, I shut it down and stripped down the computer. It was a proprietary build by Sony (pre-PC) with loads of boards and a passive backplane.
There was no sign of any burning or overheating on any part. So I took the only reasonable step and reassembled it. Powered up, surprisingly it worked fine, and no more smoke.
I was off shift that Xmas but it was on my mind. By the time I returned to work I had already a good idea what had happened. I walked round the back and shone my torch into each of the rear fans. Sure enough one was not rotating but looked normal. On removing and dismantling it I discovered the internals were baked to a cinder. This is before fan control and speed monitoring of course.
I bought a recommended no-name camera that didn't need ActiveX, and was so happy I purchased 2 more from the same supplier. To my horror although the same model number, these needed ActiveX.
As a Mac and Linux user they were no good to me. I tried to return them through eBay but the supplier could not understand my problem, and stalled for long enough for the return deadline to expire. I eventually got my money back from Paypal. It was a load of hassle.
Subsequent cameras have been rather more expensive named brands, but much less hassle!
Guard: Good evening, what's that you're taking out?
Dubious employee: It's a Treeplespongegropper
Guard: I'll just write down 'equipment'. Has it got a serial number?
Dubious employee: Yes, look - 230V50HZ
Guard: I'll write it down
Dubious employee: I'll be returning it in the morning so you'll be able to just cross it off
Guard: I'm the 'late' man' you'll see Fred tomorrow
Dubious employe returns next day with a wall wart... Guard Fred is happy.
Anonymised application system are just the first step. Once you're face to face with the candidate it's impossible not to notice gender and ethnicity, and make a good guess at age and gender identity.
I like to think that I've only chosen on merit, aided by a system of pre-agreed questions and sensible scoring system, but who knows what's going on in the back of one's mind. A tricky one is: how will this person integrate with the team.
The attitude that anyone who can afford a Tesla doesn't need the subsidy is a misnomer.
1. Everyone has an income. All but the very few have a budget beyond which it's not wise to spend. If your budget is 60K then why not go for a Tesla rather than a diesel Merc?
2. The subsidy is to encourage cleaner vehicles. It shouldn't matter where in the price range it it applied, as long as it acts as an incentive.
I took a model S for a test drive and can say it is a truly remarkable car that I would love to own. Can I afford one? If I gave up holidays and social life, I could, but it's not worth it. I've decided to wait for the model 3, which I will be able to afford without changing my life style.
Do I deserve a subsidy, or should I buy a nice diesel instead?
This person was not clever (and made some stupid errors) he was stupid.
We give "successful" people too much credit; most of success is luck, situation and gaul.
I'm sure many of the posters here could have done the same as he did, with just as much success - maybe more, because even with the gaul, most would have taken proper precautions.
Amazing how many ACs have suggested better ways of bringing down the company after you're fired. This gives a appreciation of some people's mentality. Sure you've been wronged by the company (in your opinion anyway), but what will you gain by it? You'll just become more bitter.
Worse is that it will affect your ex-colleagues, they be laid off or even lose their jobs. Is it really true that Sysadmins have no friends?
You and me might use VI but 99.9% of users won't and don't care. Most other industries don't use "home/consumer tools" to do the job - your garage doesn't use the supplied wrench from the boot of your car to change wheels.
What I'm saying is there's noting compelling manufacturers to make products nice for devs. They are only interested in the bottom line, and that comes from "normal" sales.
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