Re: 5G is going to matter
I don't think so.
It's mostly hype.
I wonder if 5G qualifies for the term "vapourware" yet. I would argue that it certainly deserves to...
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@JagPatel3: Very well said...
We (the electorate) are being played for fools because there is virtually nothing that we can do about it, and "they" know it.
My only quibble might be the inclusion of the word "defence" in your Title; it's far more widespread than that. Far, far more...
Whatever happened to the stick shalers of old that used to warn pilots of an imminent stall? Dispensed with as "old hat" by the look of it.
I am more than a little alarmed that given the number of other flight characteristics being monitored by both pilots and software (forward air speed, rate of climb, attitude, altitude) this MCAS seems to have been fully autonomous in that it wasn't paying any heed to other inputs, and having decided on a course of action kept putting the nose down despite the pilot(s) applying manual corrections. It seems to have been functioning entirely on its own without reference to anything else.
I know that it is in woefully bad taste to make any sort of joke about it, but it wasn't designed by an E*** M*** was it?
Maybe it's the way the article was written but to me it signals very long term trouble for Boeing.
Note that for all the ground-breaking work, he had lawyers.
Now, not one of them is present.
The "ground - breaking work" was to fight extradition following an allegation of criminal conduct, and he would thus qualify for Legal Aid. IANAL but I don't think he would get Legal Aid for a civil action. As a result he would have to pay for any properly qualified legal support himself.
Interesting that there is no hint of any legal eagles lining up to present his case pro bono.
Egypt and South Africa.
In the interests of some sort of balance I once (well more than once in fact, but that's another story) had trouble getting my Voda Data Dongle to behave and contacted the helpdesk.
The lady to whom I spoke (once I got round the ghastly voice - driven menu system; again that's another story) not only sorted the problem out but spoke beautiful clear English with an accent I could not quite place.
It turned out that she was in Egypt, and her accent was slightly American.
So it isn't all "bad by definition". Given a free choice I would have extended the conversation by quite some time.
@ DougS: During takeoff/landing when drone encounters around an airport would occur?
Have you looked at the youtube video that diodedesign posted? Now I have no connection to the aviation industry but to my untutored eye (and ears!) that looks and sounds like a masterpiece of professionalism on the part of the flight crew and Air Traffic Control, as well as the ability of the aircraft to remain in a climb with a seriously defective engine. It would seem that the strike occured either just before or just after the wheels left the ground (and I do mean just) and yet disaster was avoided.
I am not condoning the use of drones near airports; neither am I suggesting that the loss of an engine at exactly the wrong time cannot lead to disaster, merely querying your implied assertion that a crash is inevitable.
Go back and look at the video.
I am not going to dispute the raw data, but I find myself wondering if Ofcom has eliminated the effects of the availability of disposable income as a factor. By definition different socio - economic groups have differing amounts of cash to splash about, and it would not be unreasonable to suspect that anyone with a disability will have rather less money than others, irrespective of the socio - economic group to which they ostensibly belong.
I am well into the 65+ age group and run this (elderly!) PC on FTTC broadband, and while the PC is incurring no direct costs, when it finally conks I would want to replace it, and having the money to replace it is more important than paying for a smartphone as well. I also have a laptop for use when away from home (currently quite often for family reasons) and if that conked I would want to replace it as well. My fixed line B/B costs are more than I would like, as is the cost of running a PAYG data dongle on the laptop when away.
I have a cheap PAYG cellphone for phone calls & texts when away; I simply have no need for a (costly) smatphone as well. I am not selfie - obsessed and am perfectly happy paying for things with a bank card, credit card, or (heaven help me) with actual cash. I see no value in seeking some sort of social status in brandishing a smartphone around.
Ofcom may be right, but I would rather see a more comprehensive analysis of the raw data to find out what is really going on as opposed to what seems to be a snap conclusion that might well not be telling the whole story.
@Pseudonymous Howard: It's not drones, it's phones which are the real thread. (snip) It is like the old school prank to issue a bomb thread to the school in order to get a day off or to evade an exam or whatever.
D is not adjacent to T.
So are the "threads" typos or are you suggesting that the whole thing is a stitch up?
"We take users privacy and security very seriously"
Has anyone ever seen some management drone say this, or does it always emerge in written form?
I suspect that the sentence is impossible to say without at the very least having to pucker up the mouth to prevent an outburst of laughter, particularly if the words "are our first priority" are added.
I would love to see someone from an errant organisation actually speak the sentence.
The already tired adage "if you're not paying, you're the product" has been so over-used this year it must be fit for retirement.
It may seem to get used a lot (perhaps to the point of tedium) by those who understand the implications of it, but there are far, far, too many people (mainly, I suspect, "the young") who need the message ramming home time and time again because they either don't know or don't care about their privacy enough to care.
There was a hint yesterday (yes, Christmas Day) that a 15 year old was about to take a picture of a family gathering and upload it to Snapchat or the like so I stated quite firmly that I did not give my permission for my image to be uploaded anywhere. Yes there were one or two perhaps cross faces, and no photograph was taken AFAIK; Christmas Day or not I was not going change my opinion about what I firmly do not want to happen with my likeness.
The "if you're not paying..." mantra can wait for another day, although I suspect it will be wasted until said 15 year old is about 50, by which time it will be too late anyway. With parents who cannot see any downside to social media in between, what chance do grandparents' have?
Bugger all, I fear...
And I've never found a mobile as easy to hear or indeed to hold, as my landline.
Thanks for confirming that I am not the only person who finds mobile phones hard to listen to when using a fixed line phone; IMO it's a situation that has become steadily worse with the passage of time. It is the inevitable outcome of trying to cram more traffic into as little spectrum as is possible; at some point the unintelligibility threshold is crossed.
As it happens I don't use a mobile often enough to find holding one a problem; whatever "addictions" I might have being glued to a mobile isn't one of them.
...then have a police marksman stick a 7.62mm round through it. If they can't pop a cap in the arse of a slow moving target against a light background then they should be handing back the firearms certification.
Oh dear. Firstly rifle sights aren't zeroed for use at high angles of inclination (or declination); secondly for sights to work the range must be known to a reasonable degree of accuracy; thirdly although the overall footprint of a drone might be quite large, there is actually a lot of empty space there - a lucky shot could be well inside the perimeter of the drone but still miss; fourthly where does the drone then (crash) land, and lastly where does the fired round finish up?
And of course if the drone is moving then getting a steady shot at a distance is (a) difficult and (b) likely to miss because the drone is moving at an unknown speed.
Crossed my mind as well but likely they are too high to be hit with shotgun pellets in an effective way.
Came here to say much the same thing; effective shotgun ranges are much less than those for rifled weapons.
Added to which pheasant shoots tend to take place in unpopulated areas, and are likely to be "driven" so that pellet fall can be guaranteed to be in a safe area.
When I see hyperbolic statements like this in relation to security issues, I get very, very suspicious that the security is flawed.
With all sorts of people having "legitimate" access to the records I'm not certain that any flaws in the inherent security will actually matter that much. The greatest vulnerability will be end users, and will be down to stupidity rather than malice.(Hanlon's Razor)
Clinicians working in any location with any third-party technology will be able to view and share vital patient information safely and ethically
More bullshit. The upshot of the above is that individual patients' data can finish up <Deity> knows where with no protection whatsoever. Will all this "third-party technology" be properly and securely tracked? Not that that would prevent the leaking of patient data, of course.
Dreadful idea... <shudder>
"This will also allow new solution providers with interesting technologies such as artificial intelligence to overcome the traditional barriers to market entry, leveraging the interoperability at the heart of our new architecture," he said.
I'm not sure I want my records stored by a company that can put out garbage like that.
Where's the mind bleach?
I'm not greatly surprised at the downvotes I attracted with my earlier post.
Just remember your downvotes when your job is outsourced to somewhere cheaper overseas or some other change disadvantageous to your current employment takes place.
Never mind; you can always console yourselves with the knowledge that the change was "good for the business".
From the article: ...not giving businesses the predictability they always say they crave
While that statement is undoubtedly true, I had a conversation with another family member who holds a managerial role in a UK distributor for an EU manufacturer. (Just to be clear the family member is not at "board" level; neither is the UK business FTSE 100 or 250 IIRC)
Said person repeated the "certainty" mantra and I asked in response about what certainties the business (or UK businesses in general) would provide in return for the greater certainty of a future trading status with the EU. The answer was revealing; it amounted to "none whatsoever", and "it doesn't work that way".
So if said family member's comments were generally accurate the conclusion I was unable to avoid was that "business" wants handing conditions that suit it while not recognising any need for any sort of quid pro quo.
Sorry British Business; it isn't all about you.
I would have been ashamed of having such a job, and would not tell anyone.
Have an upvote. :)
It looks to me he was part of the problem called "Facebook" - the very idea you "influence" people.
Take Facebook out of the equation completely, and simply think "advertising industry"; see The Hidden Persuaders.
"Influencing" people is, I regret to say, all around us, and any hope of that changing is forlorn. The sad and worrying things are that too many poeple fail to see it for what it is.
Anything that makes Uber execs bleed is music to my ears.
Would that that were true, but it isn't. The fine will ultimately be paid by its customers; the taxi passengers. That is the big failing of fines for corporate misconduct - the company pays from its source of income, because that is the only money that it actually has. Even if it has £££ in the bank, that money came from those who bought its services or products.
We won't get universal coverage until Ofcom gets rid of the rules banning towers from being taller the the average dutchman.
You've got a bit of a "thing" about taller masts, haven't you? Pity it's wrong though...
Apart from making frequency reuse a bit of a problem, just because the signal from a cell site goes further from a tall mast it does not follow that the signal from the mobile will necessarily be strong enough to work.
Having taller masts would be likely to cause more problems than it would solve.
They should have bought it instead, this saving around £300m
Part of me wants to agree with you, but I think you have overlooked the fact that it wouldn't just be a case of CapEx; the Home Office would have had to take over all the Airwave personnel and pay for ongoing support of the network until such time as the ESN actually comes to fruition... if of course that actually happens.
I suspect that Motorola taking it over may be the least worst option, albeit a costly one.
NB the HO wheeze which sold off Airwave was dodgy...
Unless my memory has completely let me down the HO never owned Airwave to start with, so I'd be interested to know the basis of your assertion. It was built by O2 using Motorola equipment for the fixed sites with (at the time) portable / mobile terminals being available from Motorola. Sepura, Nokia & Cleartone. The fixed network has had a succession of owners but - as stated above - I don't think the Home Office was ever one of them.
Common perception, and multiple localised newspaper/radio reports all have it the the MAIN thing people want from their NHS is free and unlimited parking when they get there.
Of course it is, because they can use the free car park all day while they bugger off to work in a car share. I'm afraid to say that the only thing that prevents this is to make it the most expensive available option.
Bloody tough on the (out)patients and their visitors though. Needless to say the problem is solvable but it requires a bit of imagination on the part of the hospital authorities to make it work, and if our local hospital is in any way typical that imagination is woefully lacking; whoever designed the car park put the disabled parking spaces on a slope with insufficient space between adjacent vehicles to open the doors fully to allow a wheelchair - bound patient to get out or into a car without a major struggle. Anyone else here tried pushing a wheelchair up a slope? Or worse still, across a slope?
...meanwhile young kids who found the IT equivalent of a wallet bulging with cash on the pavement & nobody around to see you pick it up...
It matters not whether anyone sees you pick up said bulging wallet or not, it is still "theft by finding" if you do not report the find with the intention of if being returned to its rightful owner.
Why do we elect such pillocks to form goverments and opposition?
(Rogue apostrophe deleted!)
Because only pillocks stand for election in the first place. However as neither Severn Trent nor Centrica are actually "political" bodies I'm not sure that politicians can be held responsible for their shortcomings in the cybersecurity department.
In a way it's a failure of modern capitalism; in days of old all that was necessary to maintain security was to lock the doors at night. Now, with almost everything being IT based, that approach is no longer sufficient, and with effective cybersecurity being a cost to business with no apparent corresponding return to bulk up the bottom line it should be no great surprise to discover that electronic security simply doesn't feature in the business plan.
It doesn't seem to have occurred to them that a major cyber attack has the capacity to do far more damage to the bottom line than a bit of sensible investment would have done.
They wouldn't have to invest so heavily in "cyber" security if they hadn't systematically pushed the utility companies into using the Internet for their critical infrastructure.
"They" being who, exactly? I greatly doubt if any pushing was required; the various corporate beancounters will have insisted on it anyway, with internet connections being a whole lot cheaper than Private Wires.
That aside, you are perfectly correct in pointing out that PWs would have been a far more secure way of providing the necessary network(s).
An AC wrote:...living up in the hilly bit of north Northumberland, I find that coverage is generally good (home broadband is approx 85 meg down / 20 meg up) and the village gets 4G.
AIUI you have Northumberland County Council to thank for that. I believe that the CC provided money up front for BT to provide FTTC in a lot of places that probably struggled to get ADSL; quite small places (for some undefined value of "small") have good broadband, much of it benefitting the transient population occupying all the holiday lets in the area. (OK I admit it; Mrs Commswonk & I, along with Chien Commswonk are in that category; we love the area.)
As an aside I recall a snippet on You & Yours one day highlighting that something had gone horribly wrong with FTTC in Rothbury and that the speeds consumers were getting were utterly dreadful. I suspect that uptake of the service completely outstripped what had been planned for, meaning that additional fibres had to be run in from Alnwick, but I would be interested to know any further details if you have any.
Can't really comment on the phone coverage as my mobile only gets used for "emergencies".
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