Black Arrow doesn't count?
I thought that the rocket which launched the Prospero satellite into space was launched from the Isle of Wight. It's tenuous, I'll admit, but surely that would count as a "flight to space from British soil"?
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Microsoft are at least up-front and clear about how long their support will last for, from day one, and what will happen when that support ends. They're far from a perfect organisation, that's for sure, but they don't deliberately stop an old operating system from working just because it's 'out of support'. Yet.
As for drivers, if you're unable to connect a decades-old scanner to your new PC because there's no driver for it, that's hardly the fault of the OS vendor. Would you blame Ford because your old Vauxhall's towbar didn't fit your new car?
And when that day comes that the support ends, the hardware is still fine. You could replace Windows with Linux and keep on using that same hardware for many years to come.
In my experience getting a line manager to sign off on a business expense is fairly straightforward. And a few quid for software 'which you need for your job' is hardly going to make your manager wince.
The issue here is that IT management have policies and procedures for a reason, done in the best interests of the entire company. So this approach lets anyone with a company credit card bypass the whole of IT administration, and any carefully considered policies and procedures by persuading *one* line manager to tick a box on an expenses form. Far easier to do than get corporate approval for a company-wide IT policy change.
And Microsoft know that down the line when, for whatever reason, the credit card source dries up the clamour from affected users who can't lose their data will create massive pressure on IT to 'just fix it'. Which means Microsoft still get the money.
In my old job we used an archiving tool to free up space on our Exchange servers. It stuck old emails into a database on another server and replaced them with a shortcut. This ran on all user folders except the 'Deleted Items' folder. So we had at least one user who used 'Deleted Items' for their entire email filing system, just as a way to opt out of archiving.
This was discovered when we instigated a policy which automatically deleted old content from users' Deleted Items folders...
This is where I see Renault's battery-leasing model as ideal. I like the idea of buying a three-year old car that's lost three quarters of its value, yet I can be certain that if the battery capacity should drop to an unacceptable level I can simply ask the manufacturer to replace it at their cost.
And some of the battery leasing prices are no more expensive than a monthly tank of petrol fir a combustion engine.
For me it solves the single biggest concern about having an electric car. The only downside is that it requires me to drive a Renault...
£700,000 ('and probably more') and he'll only serve three years?
I sincerely hope they've seized every last penny of those ill-gotten gains otherwise it doesn't seem like a bad deal. If I knew I would have £700k in taxfree untraceable funds waiting for me afterwards I might be tempted to risk three years of freedom.
I've been delighted with my Gemini Psion-a-like. They delivered the device (!) and the promises. In fact they're just about to release an update to the latest version of Android.The ongoing support since I received it has been at least as good as I'd have expected from a big name vendor.
I predict tech companies will just withdraw their software from Australian sale or distribution as the simplest way to comply with the new law.
That has the benefit of not requiring any reprogramming effort, doesn't compromise security, and makes the Australian government directly responsible for end users' anger. Everybody wins. Except the Aussie government of course, but they don't deserve to.
Back in the early '00s I was working on a US Army base in Germany and needed to print something. There was a handy Laserjet 4 nearby but no power cable.
Being an inventive type I borrowed a power lead from a spare monitor and plugged it in. All seemed well at first, until the smoke started.I realised, as the alarms went off that the little box next to the printer - that I'd ignored - was a 120v to 240v transformer...
I pulled the power and followed everyone out whistling as nonchalantly as I could manage.
I recall reading that the heat expansion during flight was sufficient that a large gap opens up on the flight deck and that, for the last flights, the captains put their hats into the gap. After slowing down the gap closes up again. The hats are thus sealed in for ever, unless the plane flies again.
Is this true? And did it happen for this Concorde?
I've been patiently waiting for Android 7.1 to come to my Galaxy S7. If Google could offer me the latest OS upgrade now for a modest fee I would jump at the chance. I think plenty of other people would too.
It would give them a chance to monetise their investment, it would allow them to wrest control back from the phone companies and manufacturers with their added dross, and would let Google effectively dictate which devices were worthy of their effort, potentially steering purchasers towards vendors they like the most. It would likely distort the market by concentrating on premium devices but that would also go some way to solving the issue of devices lagging behind on updates ('our customers get them fast and first').
I'm not sure that this would be a good thing, you understand, but I can see that it could be done. I'd guess that it's politics that stops it, not any technical reason.
I can introduce you to my grandparents if you like. They both lived through it, and they're both very much alive still with memories of the war and its horrors. My grandfather was an RAF navigator so actively part of what was going on too. You could ask him about it but you might have to speak up. He's a bit deaf these days.
"...it is however quite possible I'm sure."
Yes, it is more than possible. Martin Lewis' site reports one victim still finding fraudulent transactions eight months after cancelling a lost card.
This is possible because banks do not automatically check all contactless payments immediately. Some are processed as 'offline transactions' and are only checked later. One bank told the Guardian that virtually all transactions for less than £15 were not immediately checked.
You do it at your own risk.
If you've paid by credit card doesn't Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act protect you?
My understanding is that credit card companies are equally liable to deliver the product, or refund you, as long as you spent over £100. But does that not apply to crowdfunded sites?
Just curious - nothing to do with wondering if the Gemini will go the same way or anything...
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