Couldn't agree more. I thoroughly disliked many of the things he allowed to happen whilst running Microsoft. I've huge respect for what he has done since.
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Bill Gates lays out a three-point plan to rid the world of COVID-19 – and anti-vaxxer cranks aren't gonna like it
I struggle to see why it would be the CEO at fault here. He appointed auditors who are recognised as one of the biggest and most reliable. They sign the accounts off. CEO doesn't need to understand all the mechanisms used for accounting, that is why they have a CFO and auditors.
I also don't understand why the auditors and team that carried out the due diligence that HP should have had signed off on the purchase at such an inflated valuation. In fact, I seem to recall that they didn't, rather that HP management rushed through the purchase before due diligence completed. Buyers remorse is a bitch, but it wasn't a criminal act from the CEO. Any trial should really be in the UK as the supposed crime occured here.
Firefighters to UK Home Office: Yeah, maybe don't turn off emergency comms network before replacement is ready
UK govt finds £200,000 under sofa to kick off research into improving mobile connectivity on nation's crap railways
Fancy some fishy-chips? Just order one of these sensors: Research shines light on suspect component sources
Internet use up 40 per cent in San Francisco Bay Area – but you know what’s even higher? Yep, alcohol, weed use
Re: Makes sense
Glenfarclas 105 is a fine Scotch which happens to be 105 proof at 60% alcohol content. Fortunately I still have a couple of bottles left to help should I get a sore throat. Or get thirsty. Actually, I've a couple of other cask strength bottles somewhere.Looks like my 'working' day will become a bit merrier than usual.
Looming ventilator shortage amid pandemic sparks rise of open-source DIY medical kit. Good thinking – but safe?
Re: When you have nothing...
Actually, the UK government are contacting companies across the UK to see who has the capabilities to manufacture ventilators. I received a call on Monday. I had to clarify that we use contract manufactures and could manufacture anything ourselves.
However, given the lack of manufacturing and assembly capabilities in the UK I'd be surprised if there are many companies left that could change production lines to make ventilators in a reasonable time period. This won't be helped by schools phoning for parents to collect children that cough once to keep them out of school for 14 days.
Auf wiedersehen, pet: UK Deutsche Bank contractors plan to leave rather than take 25% pay cut for IR35 – report
Some of us would like to see a reduction in the stupidly high levels of pay and an increase in the number of doctors trained. Reduce work load and increase availability of skilled staff. Also, the fact that you can't get an appointment with a consultant on the NHS, but can pay privately to see the same consultant within 2 weeks indicates that there is a clear bias to work privately and not for the NHS the further up the chain you get.
Re: New legislation
Ah, if only the muppets in the SNP weren't so set to get rid of trident they'd even have a nuclear capability. Of course as the can't mange a country as small as Scotland, the orders will undoubtedly be confused to state invade Edinburgh and replace with the English officers.
Re: Right to repair?
Probably at least 70% mark up on everything. I'd be surprised if it were any lower. Marketing is expensive. This scheme is all about encouraging people to part with extra money more quickly than would otherwise be the case if you have to wait for products to fail and users to buy a replacement.
Re: Facebook/Google et al
As this ruling requires that there is an international law to apply. Right to be forgotten is an EU only law and not part of general worldwide agreed treaties. Therefore it applies locally. This judgement states that if there is a relevant international law found to be breached then the locally applied for an won court ruling should be enforce globally.
Based on 2900 people in London. The rest evenly distributed. Apart from the one person in Glasgow who lives and works within 200m of the mast and still has crap coverage.
Let me know when you have results for 10%of the population per city. I might believe the results have any significance.
Look, we know it feels like everything's going off the rails right now, but think positive: The proton has a new radius
Re: Shifting a lamb
Well, as aniseed balls are about 1cm in diameter, 0.5cm in radius. So the aniseed ball is around 600,240,096,038,415.4 times bigger than the proton. .
Or to look at it another way, if you imagine that the aniseed ball is the proton, you'd need to compare it to something with a radius of around 20 Astronomical units.
That's true, but for every job that can be done entirely remotely, we must encourage remote only work.
No we shouldn't. Some people might like remote working. I hate it. I know of too many people working in banking where you are expected to work from home at least 2 days a week. No thanks. I've three kids, I couldn't get my job done at home. I don't have the space for a home office, I don't want to work from home and quite frankly like being able to ask someone on my team a question without relying on a remote desktop session to show them the issue.
I also don't want to work in a large open plan office or have sales people remotely near my office space. Another moronic design decision that too many large companies seem to think make sense.
Re: Can someone explain...
There are a number of advantages. largely around the increased use of MIMO directional antenna, improved capacity and better uplink speeds. For businesses and users with higher upload requirements 5G will make a huge difference as the speed achievable are significantly improved. There are plenty of business uses for the 5g network that need more responsive upload speeds. These can't come to market until the network exists.
I have to agree that for most users it will make little difference and the increase in mast height will be more significant to more people. Equally, networks will be upgrading their hardware anyway to maximise profits by reducing the number of mast required or by being able to service more customers. There will be a long term benefit to users as data usage continues to increase.
This major internet routing blunder took A WEEK to fix. Why so long? It was IPv6 – and no one really noticed
The outfit where the NHS England Digital boss is headed? Turns out their code is 'not technically suitable' for the £6.4m NHS App
Re: Just like buying a magazine.
Yes all children should be supervised online at all times until they demonstrate that they can behave as their parents deem appropriately. If they do so, give them the opportunity to demonstrate that they can do this without supervision. If they break the rules, no access without supervision.
Re: Automotive Systems & Software
Yes there is. Mistakes can still happen. Given the failure combination that is required to happen and the fact that you can over come it by pressing the break this isn't really that significant. Beyond the number of vehicles that require to be reprogrammed by a dealer. This is more annoying as they deliberately make it difficult for non dealerships to fix, which in turn slows the whole process down.
Support for researchers not academics required
The on-going issue is that academics (in the main) don't want to accept the risk associated in a spin-out. The reality is that most spin-outs would be better run and managed by the research fellows/assistants/PhD students that actually develop the technology. A large number of universities continue to make it very difficult for people to spin out due to their desire to claim 20-30% stake in the company and maintain high levels of control over the company. This doesn't sit well with VCs and angel investors making it harder still to succeed.
Academics tend to try to use the spin out process to help their academic career by proving the impact their research is having in the real world and using the company to gain further research grants that require a commercial partner. The motivation for academics is to stay in academia. They should be given the option, leave the uni, with the option to return in up to x years, or leave control to someone else that is willing to take the risk.
It is all relative.
For example, in our small team, we destroy our entire staging environment and perform complete restore from backups once every month or two. We also use the production backups for restoration to verify that these are working in a separate environment. I deliberately get someone that hasn't done it recently to check the documentation is correct and everything works. Given that we also have the git repos and source on multiple dev machines also for everything, the worst case data loss is from a dev not committing regular changes. But everything is tested, and I believe regularly enough for a team of 10.
If I was hosting thousands of peoples data, I'd expect a more regular testing of the backup and recovery procedure. The can never have tested it with production data as they have no working backups. That is just incompetent.
Article is wrong
If anyone from the register cared to look up the regulations you can make the CE marking hollow:
126.96.36.199. Principles of affixing the CE marking
"The CE marking can take different forms (e.g. colour, solid/hollow) as long as it remains visible, legible and respects its proportions. It must also be indelible so that it cannot be removed under normal circumstances without leaving noticeable traces (for example some product standards provide for a rub test with water and petroleum spirits).
Nevertheless, this does not mean that the CE marking must form an integral part of the product. "
Nope, we have been forced to use office 365 as other departments are using it. Only, no Linux support so we need to either restart into a windows machine, run a VM or remote desktop onto a Windows PC to work on documents or browse the random locations where others have shared files.
The web interface is a joke for document editing.
The fact that you can't selectively sync files is painful to deal with.
Stating the bloody obvious
What would we do without academic studies to tell us what is bloody obvious.
There are plenty of large scale sensor networks have been running for years without issue. You design your system for the environment and make compromises based on real measurements and deployments.
Build enough nuclear power stations, use excess power to generate hydrogen.
Build some zero emission methane burning power stations next to the nuclear plant
Combine the two gases to get more methane.
Should keep the lights on for the next 1000 years or so. Might be inefficient, but at least we'd have a relatively easy gas to store and burn on demand to account for peaks in demand.
RAID 5 can handle one disk failure. If there is a sector failure also you can not recover the associated data.
RAID 6 can handle two disk failures, or one disk plus one sector but not two disks and one sectors, or even one disk and two sectors.
The proposition is for encoding of sectors to enable recovery of disk failure and a simultaneous disk failure. By adding additional parity to the disk contents you can recover from a disk and sector failure in RAID 5 which you could not do normally.