James Webb Space Telescope hit by tiny meteoroid
Sad news according to the BEEB...
79 posts • joined 4 Nov 2009
Oh, i did do a search, but there is not much recent activity - the referenced article is over two years old. Also, although it mentions that they "are able to power themselves with a wind turbine", there is no mention of such a facility for the Johnson Matthey station (at least via https://www.itm-power.com/h2-stations/swindon-hydrogen-station).
What is interesting however, is the fact that it can only generate enough fuel for around 15 cars a day - is this commercially viable (especially with a windmill that needs to generate at least 3.3MWh per day)?
I remember PAFEC - lovely old building(s) out in the sticks.
IIRC, their "computer room" was in the attic (with oak beams) where they had one of the first VAXstations.
The stables had been converted into an office, but keeping the original stalls for desk units.
Beside every door was an umbrella stand full of umbrellas, so you could keep dry when walking between buildings.
Ah, the eighties - the good old days of computing!
A new section appears on your home screen, similar to "Top Sites" and "Highlights".
You can turn these sections on and off via "about:preferences#home", but after upgrading the "Pocket" section was enabled by default.
Strangely, after i disabled the Pocket option last night (and rebooting) the setting has disappeared, otherwise i could provide a screenshot :(
From the sound of things at https://forum.vodafone.co.uk/t5/Other-broadband-queries/Anyone-else-affected-by-Vodafone-disabling-demon-co-uk-emails/m-p/2655220 it looks like Vodafone thought that there were only a couple of Demon e-mail users left!!!
Well, it looks like they might now be losing quite a few thousand "customers" (and their friends and colleagues and much future business) as a result of their lack of basic common sense (and arrogance)!
Vodafone (after taking over Demon)!
First they took away my web-space (without telling me).
Then they took away my web-site (without reducing the price).
Then they forced me to pay for an e-mail service that was supposed to be part of my HomeOffice 8000 package.
Now, in the middle of a Coronavirus pandemic they give me just over a month to re-allocate around 200 e-mail addresses (many over 20 years old).
"I still have my demon mail domain hosted on O36x now "
Me too, so i hope that Vodafone give the demon domain to NamesCo (rather than just closing it down, which seems to have been their MO so far!).
The icing on the cake would be for NamesCo to drop O35n, as it seems to add several K of "diagnostics" bloat to even the smallest e-mail :(
"Vodafone have recently announced they are closing Demon as an ISP.
Where that leaves the email service that was outsourced is an interesting point..."
Hopefully names.co.uk have an ongoing agreement with Vodafone, otherwise i will have to transfer my 170-odd demon e-mail addresses yet again :(
Nothing to suggest it is happening at https://demon.net/, but i wouldn't put anything past Vodafone EVER again (dropped them as an ISP some time ago, as they did nothing but collect your DDs).
@Stephen Battleware Re: "Most telemetry can be shut off by disabling a single service in Services. Cortana can be shut off with a single simple regedit. "
Please let us know the "single service" and single regedit "tweak" that will disable all slurps - or is it not really that simple?
Re: Si 1
"One more thought: If the EU really is so vindictive and malign towards countries leaving, then surely we are better off getting out from being controlled by them?"
Forget the economic arguments - this alone is enough to justify leaving! With "friends" like this, who needs enemies?
"Rail systems are mostly paid by its users."
In the UK, rail companies receive billions of pounds per year in subsidies (on average, several pence per passenger mile). I don't know the actual percentage compared with paid-for fares, but it is probably quite a lot!
"Road systems are mostly paid by the taxes."
That'll be the taxes in the form of duty on fuel, and VAT on the fuel and the duty, and the road fund licence wotsit, and car tax, and car insurance tax etc - £50-odd billions worth every year, of which only a tiny fraction is spent back on the roads!
No wonder motorists think that they are treated unfairly.
Re: "Consumer wise same in the UK, unless it is against your statutory rights, basically at point of sale you and the retailer enter into a contract and all terms and conditions that need to be adhered to must be clearly displayed at that point, not 10 meters back on a wall in white text on a white background or sealed in a box, otherwise your statutory rights apply and anything else you can get away with."
...and Microsoft did _just_ that for me this morning!
Booting my (work) PC i received a popup dialogue saying that i could not continue unless i *accept* a licence agreement. The popup did not say what program or application it was from, and the licence agreement link said...
PLEASE NOTE: Your use of this software is subject to the terms and conditions of the license agreement by which you acquired this software. For instance, if you are:
• a volume license customer, use of this software is subject to your volume license agreement.
• a MSDN customer, use of this software is subject to the MSDN agreement.
You may not use this software if you have not validly acquired a license for the software from Microsoft or its licensed distributors.
...and that was it.
The Vogons were nothing but fluffy kittens compared to Microsoft!
> I am having trouble understanding your brand of paranoia:
Thank you for your concern ;)
> * You have issues with accepting cookies from support.microsoft.com
Absolutely, indeed i block cookies from most websites, although i allow them for the session on say, e-commerce sites, so that my shopping basket works. With regards to Microsoft specifically, at work i don't block cookies, and because i have various accounts for MSDN etc., when i go to the support website it must find some old cookie and decides that i need to logon to see the site. But it DOESN'T tell me what account it wants me to login under (MSDN, live, 365 or whatever)! Trying the same from home (with no cookies) works fine (no login required). That is unnecessary complexity, monitoring and meddling.
> * Yet you apparently continue to use Windows. Else why would you care about GWX?
I have been using Windows for nigh on 30 years (starting on a VAXmate in the mid eighties). Over that time it gradually got better up to XP, stumbled badly with Vista but then recovered well with Windows 7. Since then it has exponentially got worse in almost all respects, so i WILL continue to use Windows, but on "7" only, and will be planning a migration soon ready for support ending (or nag-ware/slurping going too far).
> * And you don't routinely use your favourite browser's private browsing mode. You indeed seem to imply ignorance of it.
I have already tried your link in Private Browsing mode, and it doesn't work there either - although that is probably because i am blocking the cookies anyway. I actually go much further than Private Browsing, and use the likes of NoScript and RequestPolicy etc. There are too many 3rd-party hangers-on out there for my liking (and it speeds up browsing muchly).
> I don't know, really. Is there a real issue you're facing, or are you just making up objections, at this point?
The issue is, i can't see the contents of the link that you posted due to Microsoft's unnecessary messing!
> And a similar, but more general, question to the downvoters:
FWIW, i didn't downvote you, indeed if i could read the article and it was useful, i would probably have given you an upvote.
My Dad is with TalkTalk, and several weeks ago they sent him an e-mail offering F-Secure "SuperSafe Boost" for "a tiny £2 a month". He did not take up the offer.
Then, just over a week ago he received an (unsolicited) e-mail directly from firstname.lastname@example.org (confirmed by the headers and not just the "From:" address) , greeting him by name and offering what looks like a free 8-seat licence for "F-SECURE SAFE!".
So if TalkTalk have passed on his e-mail address and name to a third party, what else have they given away without permission?
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