Re: problems getting started
I have a policy of not down voting posts, but you *really* owe me mind bleach right now!
109 posts • joined 10 Mar 2017
It also describes the mechanism by which the first Ariane 4 launch ended in a loud BANG!
They reused one of the systems from 3, but the parameter it measured was larger than it was on 3, so it overflowed the type conversion before it was sent to another flight computer. The overflow then caused the first system to generate error messages that were then interpreted by the second system as valid data.
Sounds like further justification for why I have never travelled to Paris on any thing other than the train for the last 30ish years. Before that it was mostly train with a bit of ferry or hovercraft(*) in the middle, and that was with a period of working in the Loire in the late 90’s.
* Top tip: catching the last hovercraft service before they cancelled the service that day because the sea was too rough wasn’t the brightest idea. A hovercraft mostly rides on the surface of the water, so you go up to the crest of one wave and then just drop in the base of the next. At the start of the trip the hovercraft seemed so futuristic, but by the end I never wanted to see one again!
The U2 aircraft flew that high (nearer 80,000ft in fact) and an English Electric Lightening managed to intercept one during a NATO exercise in the mid 80’s. The lightening then turned over at about 90,000ft and passed it again on the way down.
So I rather suspect that there are a number of offensive aircraft that could intercept it.
Also it's called "Bloodhound" as Ron Ayers worked on the missile design too.
"Crucially, the boffins took the IKEA manuals for each of these pieces of furniture, modelled each part in Unity, and labelled all the connectors."
That is the nub of the problem. Building the first item is the tricky bit as you're not quite sure what all the hieroglyphics mean[*], but then the second and third one goes together much quicker as you have all the spacial relationships in your head. It appears that this system currently short circuits that. I'd be much more impressed if they just modelled the parts in unity, without labels and then got the AI to work it out from scans of the instruction sheets.
[*] The last few items of Ikea stuff I've built have a longer H&S sheet than the instruction one, as H&S sheet is the same few paragraphs translated in to many different languages, which is why I presume they don't put any text on the instruction sheets.
The issue here is that Morrisons had a duty of care (or whatever the appropriate phrase for the legislation is) to prevent the data they held from becoming public. They failed in that obligation and are therefore liable for it.
How the data became public shouldn't be the issue. The 'bad apple' is always a difficult risk to manage in any organisation, but just because it's difficult shouldn't mean that they should not be liable for it.
My favourite is still the original from Charles Babbage:
"If, however, any mistake had been made by the attendant, and the wrong logarithm had been given to the engine, it would have discovered the mistake, and have rung a louder bell to call the attention of its guide, who on looking at the proper place, would see a plate above the logarithm he had just put in with the word Wrong engraven upon it."
With many thanks to the great Sydney Padua for spotting that!
I too have tried this tack, when I have time.
My best one was when after some time (much shorter than your record, but still in the order of 20mins) when the bloke at the other end got so fed up with me that they said
"You are too stupid to own a computer"
and hung up on me.
I was so proud!
"Until a robust, inherently secure, industry standard protocol has been designed, agreed upon and adopted by all these IoT tat vendors"
There's even an XKCD describing that very situation.... oh, perhaps not.
As part of EE rolling out the mandated 95% geographic UK coverage (basically putting up lots of masts in the most rural parts of Scotland) for the Emergency Services Network (see El Reg ad passim about this pork barrel and its lateness) they are refreshing their 2G network.
As also mentioned in the article, removing the 2G networks will also break the late, expensive and generally regarded as pointless, Smart Metering rollout.
I've seen the results of a test rack (think full height server rack) stuffed with very expensive RF test kit that was in a packing crate suitable for international shipping being dropped off the fork lift as it was being loaded in to the plane at Heathrow.
The rack itself was bent, the controller PC was wrecked, but the RF test kit? That all still worked fine!
That's still better than the poor UK Class 70 Locomotive that was dropped as it was unloaded from the cargo ship at Newport. One end of the 127ton railway engine landed on the dock first and gave the loco an interesting banana shape!
Also like the early days of ADSL, when BT would declare it too expensive to upgrade an exchange, then community would get together and sort out some other sort of technology.
Then having proved that there was a market for broadband in the area, BT would upgrade the exchange, undercut the local company and put them out of business.
Not only do they cost lots, fail to work with other suppliers, there's also the extra opportunity for the back end to mess it all up. There's this article in the Guardian where they misconfigured the meter to be a pre-payment one, so it rapidly ran out of credit and cut them off.
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