* Posts by twellys

16 posts • joined 7 Nov 2013

Don't panic! Don't panic! UK IT job ads plummet as Brexit uncertainty grabs UK tech sector by the short and curlies


So true!

Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report


Re: Not Cosmic Rays

I agree entirely. Personally, I think the MCAS was classed as a DAL-D device (Device failing is minor inconvenience), so safety critical requirements were not needed.

Now, FAA have, I think, upgraded the DAL to DAL-A/B (Device failing is hazardous or catastrophic), causing to add many checks to the process. One of those checks is to simulate bit-flips/stuck-at faults etc. (That's why I reckon the MCAS is a SRAM FPGA because the most common bit-flip failures is in the State-Machines).


(Have done > 7 years doing DO-254, going up to DAL-B in severity)

UK digital network Openreach takes 15 electric vans for a spin


UK digital network Openreach engineers take 15 electric vans for a spin on their rounds

So how are the milkfloats holding up then?!

It's happening, tech contractors: UK.gov is pushing IR35 off-payroll rules to private sector in Finance Bill


Re: "This measure is expected to impact 170,000 individuals" . . .

Again, I got emails for work from Nederlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark & Sweden.

Although Denmark & Sweden are expensive places to live, the rate is worth it.

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found


I'm just wondering whether Boeing classed that as a DAL-D whereas it should be a DAL-A?

Microsoft's Edge gang pops a head above the parapet to give Linux fans a strong 'maybe'


MS tried to get IE on Unix platforms (Sun et al.) around ~1999.

It was very slow, and crashed. A lot.

(I was maintaining a Perl webserver, so wondered how IE displayed our pages)

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Explorer_for_UNIX

LibreOffice 6.3 hits beta, with built-in redaction tool for sharing those █████ documents


Re: OO performance?

Erm... I saved a logic analyser run in csv (16k lines), for my colleague to analyse on they Mac using Ofiice 365 a couple of days ago. Excel barfed repeatedly...

Brit aviation regulator is hiring a space 'n' drones manager


Re: I can do this

Comics, tsk! I actually saw a video on Moon exploration, so I'll get my CV in.

Think it was "Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out"...

UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov


Compulsory Relationships and Sex Education classes

Monty Python:-


'Nuff said...

UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access


Re: They don't want to go after terrorists, they want to go after tourists


Chilling evidence emerges of Kilocat weapon

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Yep, up-voted because it's a super lineout!

Hubble spies supermassive black hole in surprising spot


Just creating another Earth inside...

Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware


Windows for Linux-groups?

Microsoft have a choice to make, as many commenters above have written. Whether to down the route of subscription (as Adobe, Amazon, et al. have done), or down the route of added value (Red Hat). I fear though Microsoft will go down the familiar path of Embrace, Extend, Extinguish.

We've seen in the press about MS embracing some of the components in a Linux environment. Soon, they will introduce Outlook & Office in a closed source binary with a Windows like GUI on Linux (Windows style on Linux), to get the flock back to using they products . Slowly they will tinker with the Linux kernel (extend), before forking it. Microsoft will then force the flock to use that fork because Outlook & Office (et al.) will only run on that fork. After that, Microsoft's Linux and Windows 13.11 will be merged.

(Microsoft's play book is Animal Farm...)

Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries


Postman Pat no more?!

Apparently the BBC in the process recreating the series:

"Postman Drone, Postman Drone,

Postman Drone and his hovering robo-cat.,,"

I'll get my coat...

The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?


Other games parodied the Who

How about Head over Heels with Prince Charles as Davros?


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