Re: Usually gets worse, the bigger the company ...
When the Brexit apocalypse hit's, you sir will be rich beyond your wildest dreams.
I reckon one 56k modem will be worth 17 cans of spam...
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Not being experts in Hosting and unified comms the small company I was in had a shared hosting resource with a partner company (aka 'Kev'' the unified telecomms guru) . For some unknown reason 'Kev' had a falling out without the actual hosting company and closed his super account without telling anyone else.. Which of course cast all our sites adrift as well.. 'Kev' remained in a huff and out of contact, so we had to mad scramble an alternative hosting platform recreate the sites and wait for DNS's to catch up. An interesting Monday morning..
(BTW Always make sure you have ALL the passwords from your supplier\support guys to your unified comms IP voice data PABX box.)
I am continually astonished by engineers who turn the daft idea created down the pub on a friday night into something that actually works.
You can imagine the converation
Eng1 how we gonna save money ?
Eng2 re use 1st stage
Eng3 land it back
Eng1 in the ocean
Eng4 howabout on a barge
Eng1 Fall back from space do a 180 and land on a postage stamp in the sea
Eng1 tell you what if by next friday you can show how, I'll buy the beers
LIstening to the steam radio this morning (Wed 21st) Camridge Analytica and Facebook seem to be blaming Dr Kogan the academic who wrote the harvesting app. (what's the betting the actual coder was an undergrad called Colin?)
Just proving the eternal truth that when shit hits the IT Fan the managers blame the developers.
BTW:- For several years we ( me and the SO) have taken part in a longitudinal social survey organised by a UK university. Once a year a reseacher pops round with a laptop and questionnaire. We are interviewed seperately and for the more personal questions we are handed the laptop or we can refuse the questions altogether. As a thankyou we recieve a £10 shopping voucher.
Once had a mildly heated discussion with some greedy young permy colleagues. They wanted their employer to send them on a training course; so that in a few months they could take their new skills to a new job and more money.
I then suggested that any training should have some sort of test with a defined pass mark (not the dreaded MCP shite) to show how much of the training course they had actually taken in.
This didn't go down well for some reason. Presumably they just thought attendance was all that was required to add the new skill to their CV's
Yeah I live close by as well..
They used to have "gate guardians" by the main gate. I think one was a Voodoo and the other was a Sabre, in typical US style they weren't on their wheels on the ground but mounted like airfix toys on small pylons very dynamic. They've gone now and I don't know if they'll be replaced.
Two of the old brown radomes had aircraft lights on top which was great at Xmas, cos they looked like giant Xmas puds.
When they built a new white one it was a geodesic panel job, and they left the top open with a jagged rim, and just lifted the last few segment in one go by crane. So for a while it looked like a giants hard boiled egg.
But I volunteer as a puppy walker for a charity that trains Assistance Dogs for people with mobility disabilities. Even though the Dogs are trained to press light switches, pickup phones TV remotes etc a system like this would be a boon for many people with such problems
Also if the system has a water flow sensor and maybe a power useage sensor it could easily provide safe oversight for a vulnerable person living on their own. Has the Loo and kettle been used? according to the normal pattern or should it raise an alarm.
If we are forced to carry these ugly great things around, maybe we could rethink the design back to the old fashioned desktop telephone with a seperate handset; not a headset. Something along the lines of Nintendo switch controllers. When unplugged from the base they cleverly unfold to a length and angle that covers the gap from ear to mouth. (C'mon Jony Ives get your magic markers out)
The 'handset' unit when docked leaches a bit of charge from the phablet to keep it's charge level. When a call comes in simply slipping the handset off the base connects the call and activates the link between the two.
No dial option on the handset just a On hook Off hook button. Also solves the problem of looking something up on the 'phone' while you'r using it without going to speakerphone mode.
(Proud owner of a 4" Samsung S4 mini)
As well as Bulkheads they would need a few thousand kettles to raise the steam. BIg Lizzie is Diesel electric.
Which is also why the electric catapult launch was tricky, The new US super carriers have massive amounts of nuclear electric generation on board, They were designed from day one to be fighting power stations that could have upgrades loaded onto the hulls over the years.
Lizzie would need a bigger battery or a very long extension lead back to blighty. Maybe in the Men in Sheds brigade could come up with a supecapacitor system it might work.
It goes like this...
For security the locks on all government buildings, office doors, ministerial cars and your Red Box have been fitted with a super duper lock and key (made by GCHQey where the Q is like the Q in Nissan QashQai) where even though the design of it is made public It is so complicated that no-one else but GCHQey can make one.
Unfortunatley on the PMs instruction all the Qeys sorry Keys have been made in such a way that one skeleton master Key can open every lock and every lock of that type that will ever be made in the future.
Now just imagine what would happen if ....... (OK we know you don't do imagination)
A neighbour of mine was the Chief engineer on a naval ship during the Cod War (UK vs Iceland back in the 70's) They rigged up water and air hoses (air fed from the engines starter system) linked to a rotary valve and nozzle. Hand cranking the valve fired 'bullets' of water about two feet long with a few hundred psi behind 'em. They used it gattling gun style to play along the thin hulls of the icelandic fisheries vessels as they tried to cut up the RN ships. Made a helluva noise apparently.
BoJo was elected MP for Uxbridge and Ruislip with 23,716 votes (a moderately safe Con seat)
a Fair old majority of 5,034 over the next candidate
or even more fairly 50.8 % of the Vote.
(from here on I approximate)
But wait the turnout was 66.8% so of the approx 69,000 eleigible voters only 46,000 or so could be arsed to turn out at all.
Iin fact out of 69k electors he got 23k votes or about 33% of the total possible.
So using the BoJo statistical method 2 out of 3 people don't want him to be their MP.
I trust Boris you will do the honourable thing and respect the overwhelming combined will and apathy of your electorate..
Could it possibly be that someone in the Treasury whispered in Hammonds ear.
"You do realise if we 'crash out' a la Boris; we won't be able to collect the revenue due to us, and you will have the mother and father of all financial crises, and it will take at least three years from now to fix it."
If I was carrying a works laptop\phone that was detained and taken to a seperate room for the old cyber rubber glove treament. I think I'd be tempted to say "Nah you can keep it now!".
I also think I'd probabaly start the trip with a fresh and cheapest bit of kit I could find.
A rough BTE calculation about
75 Apple iPhone X = 1 Tesla Model X
Or another way an all electric SUV with shit hot performance and genuine innovative design or a cardboard box of phones that double as mediocre pocket computers.
I can't afford either, but I know which I'd have if I could, and it wouldn't have a half eaten fruit on the back.
Come on people get with the programme.
Apple needs to sell lots of these little suckers so they can afford to buy the warp drive engines Area 51 got from the aliens. Then they can strap them on to their shiny new building (secret spaceship) and take off for Alpha whatever.
Please Please tell me some where on t'interweb there is a photoshopped picture of the 'campus' with a construction board saying "B Ark due for completion soon"
OOh I loved Clipper.. I'm sure the comp-sci crew on here will be running for their pitchforks screaming "injection risk" but the ability to have scraps of code as text in the database which can be read in, dropped into a code block and executed was wonderful.
Multidimensional nested non typed arrays that could be constructed at run time, mimicing the discovered data structures not just parent child but multiple childrren as you walked the tables.
The -> operator with variables for the table name so you could access other tables at will
The simplicity of @SAY..GET with pre and post validation
NOW that was power.
OK then. What would such an icon signify?
The absurdity of us human beings trying to make their mark against the flowing stream of uncaring, unstoppable chaos that is the clockwork of the universe slowly running down.
I suggest a pointy hat as "Embuggerance" is just too big to fit in the icon Box..
re Matt Bryant
Your description may well be the situation when a case get's to court. I admit to having no legal knowledge.
My point was purely about the initial almost reflex reaction in the US to anyone 'breaking the law' which is almost a bigger crime than the actual physical crime committed.
(I believe the figure are; US population is about 320 million 5% of the worlds population but 25% of the worlds lawyers. with I think 2 million plus people behind bars. That's a big industry. )
I've been trying to think of a way of describing the American attitude to breaches of their law.
The closest parallel I can come up with is the way some other states regard blasphemy. The 'law' is an unchallengeable absolute, and the sin of transgression, whatever the alleged offence, is deemed so unpardonable that hostile popular opinion and the full powers of law enforcement are applied unthinkingly.
Just follow the flame wars between the trump republicans and liberals where the sanctions being demanded against either for percieved crimes are extreme.
Whether Marcus has a case to answer or not, now the machine has him his life is totally out of his control.
With states requiring the skills of people like Marcus; I can think of no better way to alienate them than how the FBI et al has gone about his case.
I know criminal mastermind is a bit of an oxymoron .
But I would expect any 'professional' ne'er do wells to have at least two social media personalities, A public one easily viewed by the border forces full of cat videos and anodyne postings, "Nothing to see here welcome to our country"; and their working one which is accessed by a computer in a broom cupboard somewhere over a vpn.
No-one memtioned the Pebble (yeah I know they're dead coutesy fitbit) I still think their design using e-paper is the best for a smartwatch, as opposed to a watch which goes ping when a text comes in.
Combine that with a contactless chip that you can turn on by pressing the watch crown or the strap somehow, to avoid 'drive by' theft and we've got something useful.
HIre the Swedish Navy with their super stealthy, Stirling engine (via Liquid Oxygen) powered subs.
Apparently they scored a kill against a US Super Carrier in a recent war game..
Presumbly the Hot End of the Stirling engine is clad in Pine and doubles up as the Boats Sauna.
SImple solution:- Stop HS2 at Warwick, use a bus replacement service for the last bit to Brum, and give OpenReach the leftover money.
Back in the real world
So it would costs 9 times as much to link two cities saving 20 mins, as compared to networking a sizeable proportion of the population (domestic and commercial) saving them how much time per upload\download. Flattening the geography of the UK and enabling any information business to be established pretty much anywhere in the country, Less travelling, Less CO2, Less pressure on the South East etc etc
Don't you just love cost benefit accountancy....
A non techy admin friend in the airport business had to meet up at Heathrow by the '23cm radar'.
(You know the big red one in the middle that's always on the TV and does the ground scanning stuff,)
When they eventually turned up; the explanation was;; yup they thought 23cm was the sizel.....
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