nah, just another plan to stop Obelix and friends visiting the original Goths
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sounds like a problem in my late career. Mainframe process stopped processing input. The data, supposed to be vanilla EBCDIC looked OK in its ASCII incarnation on way thru Windows and unix middleware boxes. Then I ran od -c on input streams and found embedded ^Z chars from one company's emails. Who uses VAX end of file markers in 2010 from DOS computers? Easily fixed by using tr to filter all incoming messages but still a WTF moment encouraging a rigorous input cleaning attitude.
Re: Wait, what?
and in the Antipodes, Oz to be precise, the rollout of 5G is accompanied by a drop in 4G signal in rural areas in my bitter experience. The main Oz telco has responded to 5G rollout by increasing costs, again, as usual. I suspect 6G will acheive the ultimate goal of absolute no communications. But then, the Ministry of Truth being shovelled thru the Oz excuse for a parliament will make all communications potentially expensive
you also missed
the blather about curated news. Whatever that BS might be. Whenever I am forced to use an unsecured browser the utterly irrelevant twaddle that pollutes the screen is irritating. Who the Niflelheim would want to know what some nonentity droid on twatter of worse, MSN , thinks about armadillo poo or something even more odious like some foreign failed states politicians. Needless to say, the only bing I hear or use is a toaster signaling food is ready for bacon. The manglement groups really do despise we proles.
Time to abolish M$, Google et al as dangerous to sanity and disassemble Zuck during an investigation into artificial "lifeforms".
As it is, sneakernet might be the new Next Big Thing because its harder for the b\*st\*s to sneak adds in without serious physical proximity damage in case of nefarious intent.
Re: Make it fast?
Really ? On 486 I could get Win3.1 up in seconds. On pentiums Win95-98 up in tens of seconds. Win2000 not to bad, under a minute.
XP and suckseccors (sic) culminating in the CPU sucking RAM ripping Win10 that can make an i7 with 8 Gb RAM wheeze like Win3.x on a 386 with 2 MB of RAM. To be fair, Linux is approaching the same nadir. The BSDs I will have to try again and if the BEOs resurrection projects succeed, I will try them if the Outlook and Ofice equivalents works..
Even then OfficeLibre is looking like the vile Ribbon has attached itself. Getting hard to do anything in scalc as it also has become a desktop publisher or juvenile Presentation maker..
Cant all of them just leave what works alone!!
To get work done, am seriously thinking of setting up Linux 3.x , Win98 or XP in a standalone machine with old OfficeLibre, Kingsoft or Office and move files via USB to network connected machine for distribution. The corporate support and coding done in FOSS is making software more like the bloated code from M$ we love to hate.
innocents abroad, again
Other countries will fall over themselves to implement NewIP by another name if the behavior of 5 Eyes is an example. The rest of any protestations about democracy are mere words. Think of the children, while allowing Facebi??h et al unrestricted snoopage. Also have a look at the links of a government web page. In Oz the trackers are endemic.
the HR droids and manglement classes have generated so much BS text in last 30 years the ChatGPT models are merely catching up Only the naive or technophilic will be taken in. The rest of us will continue to assume, usually correctly, that whatever "information" incoming is BS as we have become accustomed to
Re: Good Old Propaganda
Not quite. Pilot believed one instrument only because their training and Airbus attitude is the computers are right, pilot is wrong company. It was a known issue with pitot icing. Senior pilot arrived in cockpit too late to change results. The switch to change control authority seems to have been forgotten in the crisis. Same root cause issues happened to Qantas flights whose pilots are trained to look at all instruments, flying by attitude. Airspeed high, BUT, angle of attack normal, engines at cruise for this altitude, therefore airspeed indicator malfunction. This is why you never heard of incidents, Nothing newsworthy happened.
As for the article, messing with aircraft instruments is a serious issue, not matter how many workarounds. Effectively, it seems some group has decided they override international agreements. That cant end well if history is any indication. As for the economics of US/China trade, what the manglement classes do versus what the plebs are told have no correlation and never has. Last leader I can think off who said its going to be hard, painful and bloody was Churchill.
BTW, dont assume all commercial pilots can fly manually now. That was found out post AirFrance crash and scared a few airline operations managers. One hopes something done to ensure all pilots of heavies can handle a Cessna or equivalent, but we all know how manglement behave usually. Fortunately many commercial pilots fly privately for recreational purposes and are highly competent.
Re: David Panuelo
yes, a laughing stock the some "leaders" in EU are still trying to appease by telling Ukraine to get over losing half the country.
Bit like Oz pollies insisting certain large countries to north are no threat while they inflict economic damage. The merkins merely bleed us with free trade and military agreements implemented by their pupets
Indeed. Very much like a process droid aka bureaucrat and ideologue. Even when shown to be wrong they sometimes adjust data to match erroneous conclusion. Like many a journalist. Not looking at you ElReg, though I do wonder sometimes. As the local state is coming up for an election, I hear much text generated that resembles various machine generated verbiage, although with the rise of CorpSpeak in the 1980s the difference between some human and machine words is blurred.
What is clear that the movers and shakers smell profit, and consumer concerns will be ignored, as usual
A long time ago and not far away
I worked in a big project installing big data handling project for Big Gov. It was tested using sanitised data. Needless to say, it crashed on first exposure to real data. Alternatively, at a small statutory authority, software was built using test data, but final prerelease test was on yesterdays live data. Yes, all offline with no PHB easy dialin or unsecured network connection. I never heard of a problem in a production go live there. So the thought of using fake test data in M$ products should make even java coders look competent.
<offtopic> Maybe it is age, but the screaming rage induced by so much current software is beginning to look like a deliberate policy to kill off older people in fits of apoplexy </offtopic>.
CEOS and other forms of near life
so the top end of what passes for politics and business these days can be a board member at multiple companies concurrently and thats fine ? Not to mention a few pollies in Oz and Not So Great Britain doing same. As for Oz ideas, same old, same old. When in doubt, appoint another bunch of clueless clerks to tell others how to run their business. A simple approach would be to modify company law as well as PHB class contracts. Any human caused IT stuffup is their personal liability. Remove the incentive for the stockholders to pay for cleanup and recovery. Instead have a strong incentive for manglement to really ensure beancounters and bonuses are not top of mind when planning cost minimisation. Abolishing the
bribes bonuses so a top managers just salary like everyone else may help too.
bureaucrats are waking up
to the results predicted by the coal face techies when outsourcery became instant bonus scheme de jeur for the PHB classes. The cynic may note the outsourcerers were so efficient there was a cannibal feast with one left standing, sort of. Not an ideal demonstration of competence
Re: Need more than coders
was true. In 1970s NT pubs one could start a brawl over Toyota vs LandRover. Now most vehicles are Toyota Hilux or landcruisers with Isuzu catching up fast. Western NSW has a mix of Isuzu, Colorados and Toyotas precisely because you can get parts easily, they just work and are OK on fuel burn. Other 4WDs are usually grey nomads or posers positing a perish along some muddy closed back track. LandRovers are for city dwellers.
Offtopic: I note an increasing number of collectors or enthusiasts acquiring vehicles of 1970s, 1990s to early 2000 vehicles because they can be repaired. A small industry of replacement parts makers seems to have sprung up around the world because it is easy to have a world wide market. Nationally a small market but the international size allows economies of scale. Yes, 1980s vehicles are ignored due to long memories of crap carbies unless unusual vehicles.
Re: GMail ensures users are logged into their Google account when they access the web
Have you tried to cold install Win10 lately ? Same thing. Name address, phone number. Only thing missing from demands is Identity Card, which, no doubt, is coming. Not found any way to have only local account, unlike initial installs.
late again, as usual
sources inside industry told me after Air France event that airlines were running their pilots thru circuits in fully manually flown planes and discovering some of them were so dependent on computers they could not fly an ordinary plane. OTOH, some commercial pilots do the ultimate in handrolic flying, aerobatics.
Re: Bit klunky, but...
that might be your experience in startups, but in mature IT companies I have survived in, the top PHBs like their BS hot, served with chilled champers and a side of snark and caviar. Telling them anything they dont want to know is a career terminating mood. Mind you, I was told before my last severance that I was protected a bit by middle manglement because as a mild aspie, I asked the obvious questions that no-one dared ask, being impervious to social not niceties. However in this incident, it does sound like the techies are telling their employer that he is mis-informed. I did think better of Musk until now. Being a SpaceX star is bad for his stability methinks
Re: In other words
mere side benefits. I await the Oz version of the poms "give all our health data to Palantir" . Oh wait, they already tried it. Now I wonder when the data auction is happening. To get best return on assets, naturally. Security is handled by those contractual terms with no penalty attached. See any Gov outsourcery contract for examples
In other words
plonkers will demand/commit lawfare to ensure citizens must use
snoopware authorised software defences when using electronic devices. In mean time, to allow checking your identity and ensuring proper passwords, record all passwords, user Ids stored in text format for for rapid searching on your MyGov website account.
And in Oz
when the 3G is shutdown 2024 or earlier, outside of the 10 biggest cities, all phones will stop working. Every time I get an SMS from the ruins of national telco about 5G upgrades, signal strength drops, more connections drop halfway thru dialing and so on.
Bring on his Muskiness satellite phone and Starlink. As for the other two wannabes, they are immune mostly because they dont have coverage out side big cities in my experience
Re: Lost battle
All opinions are equally valid only if it fits one thing most people can't see. The culture they live in. Real dissent is mocked as it always has been. < Irony tag here. > IMHO, The growth of conspiracy theorists is a reflection of general disbelief of any statement.</Irony> They have always existed due to the hunger some have for allegedly "secret knowledge".
On a practical note, the consequences are threatening for any cohesive political system that does not involve lawfare and oppression. If a political entity cannot reasonably trust, it can only disintegrate. All spin doctors are doctors of cultural death.
Re: Lost battle
nonsense. It's always Open Season on creationists by everyone. They actually believe in a real reality, unaffected by opinions of observer. It's one subject authorities and wannbe experts agree on. Perhaps this indicates something about disinformation campaigns run over centuries ?