I'm glad someone else mentioned it. HMRC referring to their victims as customers was the bit that raised my eyebow too.
15 posts • joined 14 Jun 2018
I completely agree that car automation is much furthwr away than those with a stake in the technology would like us to believe, but one major difference between cars and aircraft is that if a system fails on a car and the fleshy bags of water realise they can just turn the whole thing off. Stop it dead. With an aircraft, the pilots have no such luxury.
"This is a computer system designed to prevent the nose of the Boeing 737-Max from pulling too far up and putting the plane into a stall when under manual control. It has nothing to do with the airplane's autopilot."
Nope nope nope nope nope
When machinery is under manual control, it should be under manual control. There is absolutely no reason at all for this system to automatically control the aircraft. For decades aircraft have had the capability to alert the pilot audibly and visually and to even announce recommended action to a potential stall condition as well as a plethora of other potential pilot errors. That's where it should end. The pilot should always then get to decide whether to follow that advice or not.
How the hell did people sit in a room and decide that it was fine to let the computer have the final say?
I can handle the risk of a pilot making a mistake, I know that other than in the rarest of cases they will tey very hard to correct that error to save their own skin.
No. They can't. They're as fragile and as suseptable to head crash now as they were in the 80s.
 Bitter experience
 The delicate tears of users after I break the news to them
Slightly more on topic though...
One drive? External? No backups? Data with the value actually quantified? No backups?? Yeah he learnt the lesson hard.
In my career, spanning Windows NT4 through 2016, I can remember all three times that I have actually approached Microsoft for support and on all occasions it was in the first year of release of the OS. There are so few issues that actually require escalation to Microsoft that cannot be dealt with by a competent support team.
If your database fluffs up, Microsoft couldn't care less unless it's a bug in their software. You probably would have found that diring the first 5 years of running the database on the platform.
Running on out of vendor support OS is completely safe if the network is correctly configured to isolate the OS and only permit access to the application. No internet access from/to the server blah blah. In fact, that 15 year old environment not get patched, poked and prodded all the time by external influences is likely to be rock solid.
I have always argued that remain voters entered the voting booth knowing exactly what they were voting for. They knew what the EU had been like so far, they knew what direction the EU was heading and they preferred that known future instead of taking a gamble on what leaving might look like.
Leave voters on the other hand went with the gamble. That, in my opinion, considering they're gambling with the security of their own and their offsprings futures, could well be described as stupid.
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