A good excuse
to be able to track all payments.
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not room for more undercarriage
Exactly: which is why it should have been redesigned, but that would have taken it out of spec as far as 737 pilots certification - so the pilots would have had to do some training. They were afraid that the training need would have reduces sales - so they pushed the engines forwards which made the plane unstable, so they came up with a software bodge to correct the instability.
Unstable: engines in front of the center of gravity, so more thrust pushes the airplane nose up.
If/when the 737 MAX takes to the air they are going to need to be insured. How will Lloyds, etc, assess them as a risk ?
It would have been far cheaper for Boeing to have done a proper redesign job and made it higher off the ground when the fitted the bigger engines. The few bob saved on retraining pilots just would not be noticed compared to the consequential loss from by cutting corners. This is what you get when you let bean counters rather than engineers make decisions.
It's also worth remembering that if you buy (or licence) a product from someone, the law offers you a lot of protection in the event that product doesn't deliver what you requested.
Whoo hooo! When was the last time that anyone successfully sued Microsoft for bugs in their stuff ?
Be slow to take the alleged reasons as being the true ones.
China has grown a lot in economic and political power, it is doing a lot of things that we do not like: interning Muslims, reducing freedom in Hong Kong, internal surveillance, ... and lastly threatening the West's world dominance.
You can either believe that international relationships should be warm & cuddly and all countries work to mutual benefit; or that it is dog eat dog and every country acts to achieve dominance. If you are weak (economically, militarily) then you try to cuddle. If you are strong then countries seem to try to dominate; the USA has done that for years (even before Trump's "America first" policy). China is increasingly trying to dominate.
So how should others react to China's bullying actions ? Do we let it continue and become ever stronger or do we clip its wings ?
It seems clear to me that the Huawei debacle is about clipping China's wings.
The USA cannot just do so, World Trade Organization rules prohibit discrimination between trading partners, but provides exceptions for environmental protection, national security, and other important goals. So a reason needs to be found: security is a good excuse.
If we ban Huawei then Western kit will be bought. This reduces the money that we send to China and benefits Western manufacturers - although, sadly, probably not any British ones -- although Brexit might (maybe) allow the UK government to help such initiatives -- if they can see that clearly.
I leave this to you to decide if stopping Chinese dominance and rebuilding domestic manufacturing (at a price) is a good thing or not.
DoH needs a server to answer DNS queries - that server gets to know a lot about you.
Use normal DNS and your ISP/company can see what you are trying to resolve. Even if you do not use its DNS servers it can sniff the packets as they go by.
If you live in a repressive regime (eg Egypt, China, ...) they can make your ISP hand over your DNS history or change stuff on the fly; so DoH might be good, although they can still see where your IP packets go to.
Oh - just because you do not think that your regime is repressive does not mean that your government is not snooping on you. DNS over TOR might be an interesting idea.
If you do run DoH then you might be visited by shady men and told to change your browser options - packet sniffing via your ISP will make it obvious if you have taken their 'advice'. So: will you make yourself a target for future visits ?
You beat me to it with that comment.
If you want to run MS Windows & Linux on the same machine (plenty of reasons why you might) the only safe way is to run MS Windows under Linux - that way the Linux part remains safe from snooping.
I wonder who might be sponsoring Microsoft to do this work ? How big is the NSA budget ?
If all of its income there is to be garnished by SAS there is little point in bothering.
It will be interesting to see what SAS does. It could go after the USA side of the banks and get an order there. The bank will then have to decide which jurisdiction to obey. Remember these cases where people who left the USA as infants were persued by the USA IRS which forced banks in England to close their accounts, if not the the banks risked penalties of huge fines. IMHO this is international terrorism.
about this sort of error message is that it offers no clue as to what might be wrong.
Far too much software does this and it can take a long time to suss a simple problem due clueless messages like this.
Just as bad are the intensely precise messages that require deep understanding of some protocol & access to the source code to learn what is wrong.
I know that writing good error messages is hard & takes time; unfortunately the programmer will only be complained at if s/he does take the time, the cost of understanding is paid by the user, not the developer.
and gives different answers at different times to IR35 rules that are vague/hard-to-understand. The inevitable result of that is that companies will take the path of least risk to them: push people into IR35, even if said risk is very small. So: the winners get what they want, the winners being the large consultancies who get to push their underqualified staff at inflated prices.
One way of (partly) fixing this would be to force a company (if asked) to take someone 'found' to be within IR35 fully onto their payroll complete with holiday, etc, benefits. This might also benefit the lower paid gig workers such as Deliveroo riders.
Just listen to the news, you hear things like "Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said ...".
Most Brits will (should) know who he is but they still remind - just in case.
It irritates me slightly but I accept since not everyone does - especially listeners from other countries: El Reg equivalent of non techy readers.
No they were not - they were sacked. 'Let go' suggests that they wanted to leave and were forgiven a minimum notice period, or something.
Please can we not have the corporate euphemisms that suggest that they always smell of roses. In this case I understand why they were sacked, but they were not 'let go'.
El Reg - please say it as it is.
always keep a local backup. Yes: it is more work and management but anything that you do not possess can be taken away by whoever does own it.
It is not just unexpected policy changes, like with this story, but also a technical issue. Your data is worth much more to you than the company that has it, so they will not put much effort in to recovering it after some error.
Another issue: who can read your data when it is in someone else's cloud ?
There is a lot that it good about globalisation, but there are bad things as well - as you point out.
One benefit should be that you don't wage war on countries that sell you stuff, (one of the ideas about the EU), but it also makes you wary about upsetting them too much and so avoid complaining about human rights abuses, etc. It also makes for a more fragile supply chain & the loss of local jobs.
But a lot of this is driven by the desire for short term corporate profits by managers who do not care a jot about things like human rights. I would like to say that this is where politicians should step in to encourage the right thing - but most of them only pay lip service to the issues that they should care about.
Given how important they are, how much they affect how web sites are seen, how much they affect what you see, it is not right that these are secret. The broad specifications should be known to all. Not disclosing it is like an airline not giving its precise route between London and New York.
OK: the details might not be put on the google web site but they should be audited at random, but frequent, intervals to keep google honest.
The same goes for Bing, DuckDuckGo, StartPage, etc.
Will this increase gaming of google's algorithms ? A bit: but it will hopefully level the playing field.
Tell, show, remind, nag our friends to backup their systems. We are IT literate, we understand the issues, so help those who do not and those who just cannot be bothered. Also: point out that cloudy storage cannot be relied on: if you can't touch it you don't control it. Oh, you might also accidentally delete stuff - stupid, but we all are sometimes.
I give friends memory sticks, but have to remind them to use them.
It is not just ransomware & machine failure or loss: my sister lost a bunch of photographs on her laptop when she was given a new iPhone and set it up.
The only controversy about Huawei is why the US Government is harping on about it without ever bringing any concrete evidence to the table.
The answer is quite simple. Under World Trade Organization rules it prohibits discrimination between trading partners, but provides exceptions for environmental protection, national security, and other important goals.
So the only way that Trump can run his protectionist policies is to make false allegations of Huawei being bad for national security.
His assertions of security issues are largely fake news.
Organisations need people to do things. Some of these things can be delicate. The best that an organisation can do is to train people so that they know what they must & must not do and to make it technically hard for them to do the wrong thing.
But there are limits on what can be done to stop an insider, who needs access to sensitive data to do his job, from abusing the trust that they have been given.
This is cold comfort to those who's data was spaffed around the place, but they are victims of Sketon not Morrisons. It is right that Skelton is now eating porridge.
Two meters might be 6.5 feet (well, 6.5616798 feet) but I would assert that "six feet" is a better convertion as it is simpler thus easier to remember/understand.
The point is that the recommendation of "two meters" is a guideline, it is not a matter of scientific accuracy such as "2 meters and you are safe, 1.85 meters and you are at much greater risk of catching it".
So long as your paying your correct taxes contract all you want, but pay your correct taxes like non contractors do.
Is it fair if two people who work together with the same income but one of them: does not get sick or holiday pay; is there for a few months & lives 100 miles away but has to pay train & hotel out of after-tax income; etc ?
Yes: some contractors were taking the piss, but some do have real extra costs and take real risks.
It is misleading to compare levels of bugs between languages and assume that it is down to features of the language, libraries, etc.
The other big variable is the type of programmer who use different languages. Eg PHP is much easier to do something simply than Python and so is used by less skilled and less capable programmers. These 'lesser' programmers are going to make mistakes that better programmers would avoid.
However: finding the skill levels of the programmer and then comparing what they produce in different languages is almost impossible to do.
Any threat from Huawei does not come from the hardware/software but that we outsource the running of the kit to Huawei. So (if I read that article properly) what we need to do is to stop being penny pinching and train up our own engineers to understand the kit and be able to make it do what we want.
I suspect that many Huawei staff working in the UK are born Brits and could be tempted to work for a UK company if offered a decent salary. OK: there is more to it than that, but that is the direction in which we should travel. Having the engineers under UK management should help a lot.
I do agree with all of what the A/C parent says.
something to fall out of support so that the user feels pushed to have to buy a new one.
They should be forced to support them for a least 5 years after the last one is sold - not from when it is first released.
They hate people like me: my 'phone runs Android 4.3 (released July 2013). It would be nice to have an update, but I don't really care as I use it as a 'phone, so: voice, text, address book is what I use most. I do sometimes use it as a modem (tether my Linux laptop) and maybe once a month use the web browser. No apps other than what it came with, no Google account.
I don't use its email client (I don't trust the 'phone enough), I don't do facebook or twitter.
Most of the time: Internet, GPS, ... switched off so the battery can last a week.
How about: "bus ticket, where to ? I'll buy it for you."
I remember, years ago, being asked to help with the price of a meal. So I offered to buy a kebab from the shop that we were in front of; I was told "I do not like kebabs" -- so I walked off. If he had been hungry he would have accepted.
and some always have - back to the dawn of human time.
That they do so using the latest tech should not be surprising. What this tech does is to allow them to try to scam more people much more cheaply than they ever have done before.
It is not a tech problem, it is a human one. It will never be 'solved' but might be reduced, this will be by human means (eg lock them up). Tech means might help a bit but cannot provide a cure.
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