Re: Light years
minutes hours in 45 years.
But yeah - it does put it in perspective!
334 posts • joined 12 Apr 2008
First up, +1 to everyone involved in this - it's awesome!
However, regarding "RIMFAX", I guess we have to accept some bits of tech have to be developed years in advance and may actually be a bit out of date by the time they are used; I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping for something a bit better than faxed copies of crater rims... ;-)
Also re printers, mandate that they use open-standards for their interfacing. It prolly isn't so bad now, but I was miffed a few years back when I had to replace an old Canon LBP simply because it was a "Win-Printer" dating from ~2000 and absolutely would not work with anything other than Win9x or Win2K/XP. No MS-DOS, no Mac and certainly no Linux. And no way to resolve this... I'd spent waaaay too much time naffing around with VMs to keep it going as long as I did!
Also, routers. They should be user-flashable, and again, document stuff so someone might stand a chance of creating an open-source firmware. And they should use standardised PSUs too... just for good measure.
I'm totally resisting the temptation to point out that the majority only voted for Brexit in 2016 when the general public (and prolly the politicians too) knew far less about what it actually involved. And I'm not going to mention how in the 2019 election, the Tories + Brexit-party vote only amounted to 47% of votes cast; thus, one _could_ conclude that perhaps there's no mandate for a hard-brexit... which I mention purely because it looks like we might be heading that way. Nope... not going to mention any of that at all! :D
However... I would simply like to point out the amusing-if-it-were-not-so-grim, startling demographic overlap between brexit voters and COVID-19 death victims... in so far as both skew towards the older age groups.
Thus, I am of the opinion, the worse COVID-19 is managed by this government, the more they should reconsider their objectives vis-a-vis brexit. Seem's fair no?
That's the annoying thing. We "the people", quite rightly critique gov.uk on their crappy performance, and then they just find somewhere that's worse and say "look, we're not _that_ bad".
But here's the thing - where do *WE* expect to be? Surely, the UK should have managed this as well or better than other countries? If we do not expect that of ourselves, what does that say? (and by extension, that attitude most bode very badly for our future brexit strategy).
IMHO gov.uk have handled this piss-poorly.
There's no excuse for where we find ourselves.
If they can't figure this out, then they really should consider their positions and call an election.
And I know that last bit prolly sounds like a pipe-dream, but exactly why should *WE* be putting up with this incompetence?
There should be legislation that says if they stopping supporting a device, they are required to open-source the design and software so that the consumer can fix the problem themselves. Yeah, I know in practise most won't but it means that, say, a webcam that has been manufacturer obsoleted will at least have eBay value to someone who can manage to update it. Plus, the threat of having to do this might encourage manufacturers to actually update stuff.
It's worse though - apparently the people they've recruited haven't had proper training, haven't been told what questions they need to ask, haven't got the equipment (no, not sure what they need) to do the job.
So, as per usual, Bojo's claims of it being a "world beating" system, and it "will be in place" by the beginning of next month seem... optimistic... if I'm being charitable.
But I'm not feeling even slightly charitable, so I think I'll call it what it is, which is a crappy "system" that's been bodged together at the last minute to make it appear like the incompetent shower we have in office, are actually doing something. And even then, it needs a good slather of Boris-Brand-Waffle(TM) to make it possibly, vaguely, look like it might possibly work. Which it won't.*
* Went a bit unexpectedly Charlie Brooker at the end there!
I spy a Pi4 atop a... lesser Pi of some sort.
I can accept it as a stop-gap solution, but I'm concerned that there's an issue of "record" here. If someone asserts that the Rt. Hon. So&so said X-Y-Z on a given date, and the Rt. Hon. So&so disputes that they said anything of the sort... how can anyone prove otherwise?
Surely we need something with *real* end-to-end security, and something where the central server isn't outside the UK.
I've often wondered if there shouldn't have been a HTTP-header-compression scheme that tokenized things like "Mozilla/5.0" since pretty much everything says that since... for-ev-ah... and we all know it's a lie! :D
I've had to had my ears syringed a few times over the last few years and always had to use olive oil for 5-days + prior to having it done. But these days they won't even do that and instead, I have "micro-suction" done... but whilst it's done at my local GP, it's performed by a private practitioner and thus I have to pay for it. Which is annoying.
Presumably the victims here could go after their domain registrars who presumably are trading in the UK and therefore fall under GDPR? It'd be up to them to pursue either their own suppliers or the DHS.
I'm not seeing a reason why they shouldn't do this so I'm surprised at the number of negative comments.
It's still annoying though. Surely they have a menu system, site map and search facilities for this? Advertising is showing you stuff do aren't looking for in order to "up-sell" you something... so it makes no sense even for signing up for school meals.
We're always pushed for time, there are always improvements and extra work that can be done, and we have to ship a product at some point. Sometimes you have to call it and run it, and move onto the next thing that needs covering.
So you're basically saying that your performance chart is currently solid green? :D
But if anyone needs it, here's my current list of OVH banned IPs (it's _always_ OVH that keep hammering away):
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iptables -A badbot-ovh -s 220.127.116.11/16 -j DROP
iptables -A badbot-ovh -s 18.104.22.168/16 -j DROP
iptables -A badbot-ovh -s 22.214.171.124/16 -j DROP
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When I say muscle memory, I'm talking about the ability to (in this case) press a key or combination of keys, without even having to engage the conscious mind. If you need to use a mouse to click on something, it may certainly be something you don't think about, but you *do* focus your mind simply be virtue of *having* to look where the mouse pointer is to click on something.
Things like walking, running or riding a bicycle are things that end up in muscle memory. GUIs certainly get easier once you are familiar with them, but I'm pretty certain that isn't quite muscle memory.
But... it's possible your (and other peoples) minds are wired different to mine.
And in which way does an "interactive", semi-graphical command-line tool help you in writing your scripts, opposed to - say - a true graphical one?
Hands are on keyboard.
It's not that a graphical interface is wrong, it's just that graphical interfaces have a tendency to add a tool bar and demand mouse interaction, which is good because of discoverability, but bad because it's much slower than just pressing keys (muscle memory works with the latter but not the former)... and yeah, you have keyboard shortcuts in GUI apps, but often, they're a bit of an after-thought.
But honestly, just use what you like! Command line things are often not so great if you only use them very occasionally because then the lack of discoverability is very much a negative.
Me, I like command line for certain tasks, such as file-management because they're fast, and I can use them over SSH. Plus, startup time... command line stuff is usually pretty instant. Starting even a light-weight GUI app typically takes at least the best part of a second, which is annoying slow when you're in flow.
True. But she got the NHS gig _after_ TalkTalk. So, somehow, out of all the people in the world the NHS could've employed, Dido Harding was the person they chose... and I imagine she went through a blind recruitment process so there's no chance nepotism had anything to do with it. <innocent-face>
find myself wondering how little I would need to do to BS my way into superfluous government grant money
One suspects you would need to know about such an offer in order to apply for it. Are such things advertised widely in order to ensure a broad selection of competent applicants?
And following on from that thought, I wonder who else applied for the same grant? And did they get it?
To me, the problem with the Garden Bridge wasn't that it was suggested, it was more than it cost £53 million to do exactly nothing. Clearly, *if* it was a vaguely good idea, it was going to cost *some* money to explore this concept, but £53M is *insane*.
I'm not sure it's fair to blame Lumley for any of that.
It hadn't occurred to me before, but if say the Hudson incident had happened to a 737-Max, my guess is the outcome would've been considerably less "miraculous"?
(I'm assuming here that the sensors are correctly functioning in this case, but the same problem of a double-engine bird strike has happened).
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