Re: This is what happens when you implement diversity and equality...
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"2. Saves $$$ on Internet access costs
3. More secure (as the incident here shows).
I really, really don't understand why isn't it standard practice. Can anybody give pointers?"
Because point #2 is false. It is much cheaper to use internet/vpn than to build a national private network.
No arguments about security - but costs are the main reason.
"Others have booms with weights extending down to make use of the differential gravity to keep the satellite pointed in the right direction"
Why not put the boom up? All in all, it's just the same. Isn't it?
Call the dead weight satelite and call the satelite boom. So to speak.
Altouth would be harder to point the camera at the right direction
1) The phone rings. I pick it up. Silence on the other side (caller bot). -> Blacklist
2) The phone rings. No Id. -> The phone doesn't ring. I disabled calls without ID.
3) The phone rings. I pick it up. You try to sell me something. -> Blacklist.
4) The phone rings. I pick it up. Telemarketing. -> Black list.
5) The phone rings. I pick it up. I don't like you. -> Blacklist.
Yes, the blacklist is getting quite fat, thanks for asking.
"The Cloud Core Router range appears to. Most of the RouterBoard products as well as the CRS line are on MIPS chips though."
Yes, the CCRs are all Tile jobs. They are using some ARM too, on some new products. If I remember correctly, they use a 3.6 kernel, in all product line.
"And when pulse dialling was the norm."
And carefully placing a piece of cellophane tape on the pulse speed governor so as to get near-touch-tone speeds when dialing.
Don't forget the classic: dial from a locked phone, by tapping the hook in rapid succession. Quite boring way to dial, but so effective against locked dials...
"Besides the homemade speed bumps inserted to help gangs escape police, a black sedan - even if driven by a tourist - will get shot up on the off chance it is a rival gang coming to visit."
To the benefit of You, not Brazilians, that are not used to our state of affairs:
The car WILL be shot upon. With AR15, AK-47, M-16 and whatnot. If you are really unlucky (more unlucky than this?), one or two HE grenades too.
The .50 they save for the police armored vehicles. And no, I am not kidding.
"I would have thought all skies would be blue if they were any colour at all? Isn't it just that the light refracts as it changes medium and that blue light scatters more? Regardless of atmosphere contents?"
The sky of Venus is orange.
Take a look at the Venera 11
"Can anyone explain why cyclists, the slowest traffic on the road, are allowed pole position at traffic lights rather than being relegated to the rear where they belong?"
Because it is the easiest way to prevent an accident. They are slower, so the second gained by putting them on the front make it easier/safer to take a left (or right). Come to think of it, will probably be easier on the traffic too - as there will be no retention, while the cyclist negotiate the turn with the incoming traffic.
We had something like this in Brazil, in the eighties if I'm not mistaken.
Every movie on the cinema (cinema? theatre? movies? This is really confusing for me.) should come after a short Brazilian one. The idea was the same: promote content.
The real result was shitty short movies, made to get the grant and fill the space.
I remember one, particularly bad, that followed a homeless. For 15 minutes. Did nothing, showed nothing. Said nothing.
Then, in the nineties, this law got thrown out. Five years later the Brazilian content was way better.
"Methinks you're exaggerating a bit with your anecdote. Going 50 mph your car travels 30 feet in .40 seconds. No human has reflexes fast enough to react to the surprise of seeing people in their way and steering to swerve around them."
I re read the comment. He didn't say he stopped - he didn't say he even swerved! I understood it as one of those "oh, shit! wew! *wipes face*" moments.
"Does this mean I can finally listen to music on bluetooth headphones without being forced to keep my phone in a breast pocket? Even having my phone as far away as my hip is enough to cause a frustrating number of interruptions."
This is due to bad project. I had a Nokia BH-214 headset. It was my first, and by far the better. About 8 meters of effective range, not a single drop, and as hard as a 3310.
When it died a watery death, I bought a Philips. An SHB6110/10. My $DEITY, what a piece of crap. Awful reception, awful mic. The sound was ok, but...
Then I got a Sony. A MW600. It is very good. Decent range, good sound, no dropouts... But the clip used to fix it is quite fragile, and broke.
Second Sony. This time an SBH20. It is good. No dropouts, decent sound. The mic is meh.
So. The tech is sound. It is even reliable. But we do find bad implementations, even from big names.
"Didn't AF447 (an A330) crash due to a stall which was the result of one of the pilots misinterpreting data and so holding the stick back too long? By your logic, the plane shouldn't have allowed this to happen.
Sure, I believe the data was incorrect because of a frozen pitot, but therefore you cannot say these "accidents could not happen on an Airbus".."
Yes, the pilots did that. But the computer only allowed it because it was operating under "alternate law".
The flight computer of the airbus can operate under two configurations: "normal law" and "alternate law".
The "normal law" mode is the one we are used to read about: the computer is always second guessing the pilot, and doing its best to keep the plane and the humans safe and comfortable.
The "alternate law" kicks in when (if) the computer decides it cannot fly the airplane in a safe way. The clogging of two pitot tubes in that plane did that. Under "alternate law" the pilot can do whatever he wants. The computer plays Pontius Pilate, and "washes its hands".
When in "alternate law" there is an alarm/warning in the cockpit (don't remember what is, but it exists).
Due to poor training, the pilot AND co-pilot didn't realize they were under "alternate law". So they didn't believe the stall alarm, since it would be impossible to happen. They kept increasing pitch, without increasing engine power. The rest we know.
"Send out an email warning users never to click on a link embedded within an email, with an embedded link saying "Click here for more information..." and then sack everyone who does."
Priceless! LOLing* here! :D
* Yes, I took "LOL" and made it into a verb. I am low enough to do this. :D
"Aside from them I can't think of much else the average household needs 1Gbps for."
I think the problem is that the increase in speed isn't linear. We don't have technologies with max speed of 10Mbps, 20Mbps, 30Mbps, and so on.
Yes, there is xDSL - but we are trying to get away from bad cooper wires. So, what do we have, speed wise?
Basically 10Mbps, 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 10Gbps... It doesn't matter if the speed sold equals to the maximum - we have these speed jumps (at physical level) to work with.
10Mbps is a joke.
100Mbps is good enough - but will not hold out much longer.
1Gbps is great now, and will hold out a lot longer than 100Mbps.
"Especially given turning it off would more likely involve the Windows start menu/button than anything else and the button would actually only be used to start it..."
You'd be surprised. The number of people I talked to that don't understand the difference between "reboot the machine" and "reset the machine"...
Seriously. You would say "now to complete the upgrade reboot the machine", just to find out the user went on and pressed the reset button...
Something may be lost in translation here. I'm brazilian, so portuguese speaking. We say "reiniciar", what would be something like "restart". The action of "reset" the machine (to press the reset button) is "resetar". Yes, it is an anglicism - a bastardized english word.
"Maybe they do not want to see the film at the cinema."
I don't. The "cinema experience" is so awful (as You properly said), that I gave up on it. Now I only watch what I remember to watch six months later - when It becomes available.
Their loss, no mine..
"I think the AVM FritzBox has something like a "physical handshaking" process. You can buy (could, at least) USB WLAN sticks to go with the access point. To configure them for your network, you would plug them into the FritzBox. This would load the SSID and authentication information onto it (supposedly, I don't own their stuff). This sounds like a no-fuss process, very accessible, very simple. Unfortunately not so easy to do this with a phone or 'slab. Especially if some companies insist on having a very strange connector, the design of which they also change, rendering equipment useless."
NFC comes to mind. Easy, cheap, extremely short range (almost contact only, if you want), and good enough to home routers and such.
"Then, oops, financials aren't so good, our profits aren't as high as we expected, pay us double for our product which you totally rely on or lose it at the end of the month ... please."
Yes, it is a risk. Funny thing is, to the company I work for, AWS prices could increase 4 times - and would still be a good deal.
Obviously this is not true to everyone. But for us...
"Spoken instruction to class:
Me: Do [some task] then press any key
Inevitable User: Where's the "Any" key?"
I had a Samsung DVD player that had an "anykey" in the remote. I kid You not: it really had a key named "anykey".
Here one remote with such a thing: it is the top left square button.
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