Re: The glory days of UK IT
Protecting the cartel?
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If "Apache" is a Zuni word meaning "enemy" why not call it the NME web server?
A Brief History of the Nde
Traveling south from Canada hundreds of years ago, the Nde (Apache) people joined the Sonoran Desert region of the Pimería Alta around 1200 AD according to most historians and linguists. The Nde people refer to themselves as Nde, Inde, Tinde, or Tinneh, which means, “The people.” The term Apache that is commonly used to refer to the Nde people actually comes from the Zuni word ápachu, which means “enemy”.
Whether you take medical advice from a politician or a medic that the politician appointed, it amounts to the same thing. The politician decided which medics to appoint (or sack as the case often is).
But it's not simply a medical or scientific question, how the factors are balanced is a personal preference.
What's your attitude to risk?
Anyone whose attitude to risk is more timid than Boris thinks that everyone whose attitude to risk is less timid than Boris is a murderer who should be forcibly vaccinated and then executed.
Anyone whose attitude to risk is less timid than Boris thinks that everyone whose attitude to risk is more timid than Boris is a Nuremberg kidnapper doctor who should be coughed on and made to walk home without a mask.
What is more concerning than the above hyperbole is the extent that people appear to be willing to go to in order to enforce their political ideals on others.
One person is not a means to another persons end however noble; good intentions aren't the same as good results.
"IBM has one chance of salvation"
I don't think they do. They sold off nearly every hardware product and software product, sacked all their experienced staff, they don't have anything left and this current failure proves it.
They can't even migrate their own emails from their old system that they sold off to a new one.
Why would anyone buy IBM now? (The products, the services, or the shares?)
"The best players get to make the rules, and they became the best players by having what you need to survive. This is reality. Uncomfortable, but not incorrect"
True, but from the article we see that you are describing politics, not capitalism, I quote:
"relaxed legislation and the liberal dangling of subsidies and incentives"
^^^ That's what it takes to make up for India not being "the best player", not even being good enough to otherwise be considered.
What we are seeing is a bad player, playing badly.
That could describe what they did, but how about a replay attack?
Perhaps you meant challenge-response using a private key.
Ooops that could also be a known-plaintext attack to reveal the private key.
So while it could be done, even by depending on a private key, you also accidentally also specified a failing system
It's clearly a programmer error - it's not valid to call that function without valid credentials!
At least that's the sort of response I get when I report bugs.
I reported today how bash's printf %q format can leave a dangling unused backslash which voids the whole safety benefit of %q
Apparently it's a programmer error to expect to use %q as advertised.
It's not safe to use a truncating size specifier with %q e.g. %.8q
It could be made safe, but why bother for "a programmer error"?
I don't think these sorts of bugs are deliberate but I know others do.
I wrote a device drivers in turbo pascal to work with a windows Delphi app.
Its job was to pre-register client handles with windows csmapper so that apps could regisster with card services (pcmcia) *after* windows had started (csmapper was intednded only for clients that loaded before windows started).
There was quite a bit of dpmi stuff going on to ensure that callbacks occured in the correct virtual machine (if there were dosbox clients running under windows).
Turbo pascal didn't lack anything C could do.
I was taught that a "professional" is one in whom gross misconduct or dishonesty could of itself bar them from effective participation in their profession.
That is, their integrity is gone, not merely that a registration board has de-listed them.
Who would hire a software engineer found guilty of inserting back doors without their employers knowledge? Or who would lie on a passport form? If you can't trust their word, you can't trust their work.
Hence, a professional being trusted to sign a passport form because of what they have to lose if they lie.
Try getting a single user licence and you will find that you can't.
The minimum quantities for 500 users when I last checked.
I think the business plan when is to go for small businesses who won't need a 500 user licence but will have some employees that will run the add-on anyway.
Combine that with the fact that the licence conditions may vary over time, I believe a legitimate use can become an illegitimate use and subject to the licence.