Re: Those people in Britain and America...
Well we wouldn't know, the 'MSM' is not reporting any news these days that does not begin with with "In other Coronavirus News..."
We could have lost a world war for all we know.
91 posts • joined 28 May 2010
They figured it would last out until the people responsible were drawing their pensions.
The Emergency escape plan was drawn up with that in mind, i.e. Someone elses problem.
I wonder if it is fitted with some kind of unexpected climb defeat sensor?
What could possibly go wrong?
Yes, and all that culminating in the end result: The Parachute failed. The cause was immaterial.
One cannot take any part of a system in isolation because it was the end result that mattered.
I can speculate that it was the built-in redundancy that led directly to the lackadaisical application of constructing the project. It's not really that important that I do my job correctly - there's back-up.
Just imagine the fuss has there been three such failures all happening at the same time - possible.
If it had been worse - eg: Losing his life. He would not be caring about it at all right now.
I beg to disagree. The very worst did happen. It was stolen in broad daylight from a 'safe' environment' under the noses of god knows how many people who wouldn't lift a finger and will spend months worrying about how some lowlife might figure a new way past all security and steal his life.
No. the worst did happen. He has lost trust in his fellow man and will never feel the same about people ever again - both thieves and honest but inactive fellow citizens alike, probably permanently.
I know I did.
That 'fundamental tenet' was broken years ago by M$ tech support honestly insisting that 'There is no error in the programming - it must be you' for the three-month period before a patch was silently released to everyone in the world - except you - which resulted in another three-week period before stumbling across it on some chat forum.
That causes one to instinctively question everything and everyone IT related, until concrete verification is obtained and caused one to wholly reject automatic updates until the sheep have real-world tested it first.
Bastard! I remember that (im)patient wait being perpetrated on me.
Net result was to get my own computer (kings ransom in those days) so I could learn revenge.
My favourite was replacing the Windows 95 shutdown sound with: "Argh, You are trying to murder me - someone call the police" on a government computer - which for embarrassment reasons was never ever shut down until it died.
It is high time the aircraft industry took a leaf from the road traffic book and stopped calling this sort of thing 'Accidents'.
It is quite clear that given the usual human failure syndrome that 'Incident' is a far better descriptor - and far more accurate.
Plus - the practice of blaming underlings obviously means that the error-prone senior staff are left alone to go on committing the same old errors forever more.
In this case: If it's Boeing - I'm NOT going will prevail - at least until they stop wriggling around trying to protect their friends-in-high-places.
All this furore over an industry standard (ahem) back door, leaves me wondering about the science of leaving secrets in plain view because nobody ever looks there.
Then there is is the deeper suspicion that some 'people' are upset that it is now the Chinese who are collecting all our secrets instead of the Americans.
There are going to be words over this... Definitely! Things will be said - and probably regretted.
The story went 'Arrived 1.5 hrs early' So the normal situation would have been Sys staff and Cleaners normally never saw each other and the 'Room' would 'normally' be locked.
The cleaner got in - ergo: He left it unlocked - proven. He had the key the cleaner did not.
The cleaner was blameless because no one had briefed her on S-room protocols because it was (normally) always locked.
So, it would have been unlikely that anyone would have thought to tell the cleaner to 'Keep out' if you happen to come across the door unlocked.
The story revolves around a significant break in the normal routine and a lack of situational awareness shown by responsible staff members.
Here concludes the Holmes report. £1032,00 by the end of the month, please.
There is absolutely no way that any person's innocence can be tested when national politics are involved.
It always reverts to smoke and mirror justice - and individuals can never come out on top.
The truth in such circumstances will be diluted to an infinite point of improbability and be unrecognisable.
I never switch my W10 platter driven PC off and it doesn't seem to mind.
On each rare occasion when M$ deems it necessary to reboot, I am shocked to the core and mortally wounded by the sheer audacity of it proudly displaying my forgotten lock-screen picture (WTF?) and forcing me to grovel around searching in the cobwebs for that weird hack-proof password that someone convinced me to have.
I'd rather watch cat videos on Youtube to be honest.
>> And it wouldn't appear certain that it would take out another drone 100% of the time.
What about tiny, tiny anti-drone missiles? Always assuming the rogue drones are not carrying Anti-drone missiles-missiles as a state-of-the-art defence?
Miniaturising warfare could save us lots of pounds and keep people out of it altogether.
I'm sure it must have occurred to nefarious minds by now that a squad of twenty people could isolate Britain better than Brexit. New laws or no, this is going to be the new development in 2019 prompting the question: Is this the new age of drones carrying anti-drone missiles?
Am I making too much of the fact that larger drones seem to be of Chinese origin?
> Users eventually resent paying super-premium prices for discount internals.
Do they? Do they really?
I get the impression that the average iSommat buyer thinks along the lines of:
If I buy the most expensive bit of kit on the market then a) I must be getting the very best available, and b) I can then show off - without crass bragging - that I can afford stuff that you can't!
It stands to reason therefore, that any manufacturer producing such iStuff will eventually become contemptuous of their rather slow customers.
This somewhat realistic comment is yet another wake-up reminder to NEVER EVER entrust any of my biometric data to ANYBODY.
If refusal ends up being threatened with legal action or imprisonment (Like last time) from HM Gov.uk then I shall regard that as a hint to emigrate to some backward country that still machine swipes credit cards and accepts ID confirmation from an expired licence stuffed with a €10 note.
Either that or join the 'Gentlemen of the Road Brigade' who are sworn off taxes and other unpleasantries arising from normal life in good ole Blighty.
>>Yeah, your kids won't thank you for that. Having to hide it from all the other kids... <<
Well, that means they won't be doing stupid stuff on it to impress their mates. They won't be using them at all in fact. Unless it is important. Plus there would be a low risk of it being stolen.
Which is why you gave it to them in the first place - Right?
Whaddya mean - All over again?
It never went away.
They had simply pushed it to the back of the 'To do' pile and amused themselves in the meanwhile by thinking up snazzy new names for it and creating a 'We listened to concerned parties' attendance list for their tea and biccies event where unavoidably the only people who knew anything about it were on paid holiday to the USA, researching NSA techniques for empowering the authorities.
Congratulations. You have just blown open every HO civil servant's brain breaker.
The good news is: It will push back the introduction of their "Bleeding edge" tech to well after I have passed on.
The bad news is: They know where you live - so preparing the charge list for the summons will be a piece of cake - once they have found it of course, in their new Matrix toy.
What will they Do?
About the only things they are able to do. namely, settle into one of their very comfortable sofas, break out the telescope, popcorn and coffee and study us, and swap moon jokes.
They could check out our IoT, WiFi penetration. even slyly respond to the 'Anybody there?' transmissions from SETI, pretending to be somewhere in Aquarius or... Watch Netflix.
What would anybody do there? There's the Times crossword for free, Corrie & EastEnders (ad infinitum) and more coffee. Oh, and a Uber ride booked for home already.
We went through all this with Uncle Tony and so dyed-in-the-wool Labour supporters voted Tory to kill it. Remember? Maybe the pendulum can swing back again.
Admittedly we regretted it later, we should have settled for going to jail for refusing - it would have been a lot less painful in the long run.
ID cards = Identity cards. And they are something we would use to confirm that we are who we say we are. End of argument.
OK we give up our info to people every day of the week. But most of that information is disposable, we can jettison it if we have to and start again, whereas biometrics are not something that can be swapped out like spark-plugs every time the Government data store is hacked.
All that juicy information in one easy-to-reach place? Government record of IT security being what it is, it would be hacked daily by everyone on the planet with a computer.
I for one, don't like the idea of my medical records being available to everyone who cares to ask - especially if they only want to know where I live.
I don't have a problem with an ID card IF all it does is confirm that I am really me.
But they'll never settle for that will they?
Looks like it's time to dust off my No2ID certificate and reserve my cell again.
M$ have succeeded again in making me wonder where their heads are.
First they spend millions trying to float the Windows phone and as soon as I get one - they - calm as you like - announce they are dropping support for them.
So this is 'Plan B' then? (or Plan C?) a generation behind everyone else - and still not working yet. What have they been doing with all their ill-gotten gains?
They would need to pay for my holidays to tempt me to use any of their apps again, especially if it had the word 'Phone' in it.
>The X, was released (originally) as a limited run, special edition anniversary device, to celebrate 10 (X) years of iPhone.
Really? and it had nothing to do with the gnawing irritation of Microsoft jumping from 8 to 10 (X) to match iOS X? (Yeah, I heard about the 98 excuse)
Of course not! They wouldn't be so shallow - would they?
But anyone shelling out a grand (XxXxX) to flash it about just might be...
So it's going to be all puff until they can justify 20 (XX) I suppose? But we'll all have implants by then - so to be a proud Apple used you'll need a tattoo. Then you'll be Apple for life.
No idea what a StarTac was (American?)
As a matter of fact, I was an early adapter of smartphones, but I stuck at a level that satisfied what I needed it for,
Consequently, I kept using my HTC Z until it died this year, because I loved the keyboard.
Found a old (New) Samsung J5 and find it a worthy successor - if a little on the large side.
£120 is more than enough for a gadget.
You miss the point of your elderly relative 's dilemma
I wanted a 'smarter' phone for some basic needs without having to cough up for stuff I didn't need so purchased a lightweight Samsung.
Trouble was, it had so much bundled crapware there wasn't any room for more than two or three apps that I wanted. It was always 'Out of memory' despite having a 16Gb SD in it.
Eventually went in the drawer along with the previous cutting edge Nokia phones I'd had that in the end, didn't actually do anything useful.
>My only collecting problem is not enough space.<
...and you think that affliction is rare enough to warrant inclusion as a notable feature?
I have a garage [full] a shed [full] an outhouse [full] a study [full] and a whole wall dedicated to storage of stuff that will be indispensable - tomorrow.
I am definitely going to have a clear-out this spring (New Year resolution #2006- 3)
I had one of the original Texas Matrix calculators. I bought it myself to use in the office 'cos I hated the hand-cranked IBM machine with a passion.
I was working on programming bars for IBM punched tape recorders then, and could only count to two. ( 0 & 1)
Trouble was, it didn't auto-off and so with the novelty value of everyone competing with the ESSO OIL tricks, it got through two PP9 batteries a day. Seriously expensive technology that set the bar for IT equipment prices to this day.
Technically at least, I am the notational head of the household.
Consequently, when the dinner prepping gets under way, I insist that I shall be served Roast potatoes and Boiled parsnips, done in the way I have always liked them since my mum did them for me.
So predictably, as we gather around our dinner table, I am ritually presented with Boiled potatoes and Roast parsnips.
I spit fury and snarl 'I don't like either of them done this way, and for the last twenty years, you get it wrong'.
The reply for the last twenty years has always been 'Well why didn't you say so, dear?'
I am checking on the precise definition of war crimes now.
You have placed your finger on the precise point that causes me to believe that APP£E owners are just braggards who are unable to function on less that 500 likes.
It's true that they are well-paid and can-aff-orr -dd it.
But only at the price of giving up your salary advantage.
...and where's the fun in that?
Android users are wiser people who really don't care what others think about them and don't waste money just for bragging rights.
60% of the costs of the Xi-Phone are swallowed up in the design and implementation of anti-intrusion devices.
It would be much cheaper but they have to make it accessible to the very small army of official repairers - and that is where it gets complicated.
Sealed beyond human reach is relatively easy, making it so only a few can enter is fiendishly expensive.
The best solution found is to glue the middle of the back of the screen to the rear half of the case so that on removal the screen is destroyed. Genuine repairers can insert a new discounted screen out of the profit margins and pretend it never happened.
Other 'repairers' will have heart attacks and have to buy full priced screens then decline to work on Xi-Phones ever again,
Job sorted. Higher sales of new Xi-Phones, no unofficial repairs intruding, and the owner pays for everything.
What's not to like?
Only downside is having to pay royalties to the Chinese boss for use of his name.
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