The word blockchain is lube for investor wallets.
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"How exactly did they raise the money?"
Generally the rich ask those poorer to put their hands in their pockets.
Don't get me wrong, I give to charity and I earn an average amount. What I don't do is give to charity based on appeals from these people. The rich should fund raise amongst their friends and leave it at that. I'd feel so bloody hypocritical asking ordinary people for money for a good cause of I could donate more than most of the people I was asking.
"Where did you come up with the $200 million cost for the flight?
I haven't seen the actual cost anywhere. This article says tens of millions, others have guessed at different amounts.
But what do you care? A worthy charity got a great deal of money."
Well, I read other news sites, I didn't just pluck the figure of of my ass. It would make sense to cost that amount given how much the Russians were charging for seats to space.
Also, I don't care. I was just pointing out the irony. As for more money being raised for the Hospital from publicity and book deals etc. Well now that just is speculation. Although I'm sure they'll definitely get some side benefits.
What would stop me being stressed out is
1. Not having arseholes treat IT professionals like second class citizens within the company
2. Not having 'urgent' (read not actually urgent) demands thrown at them by said arseholes.
3. Not having an expectation of unpaid on call or out of hours support by default. Just because.
Sort those things and maybe just a few more and then just maybe, IT pros will have time to breathe.
See this is the kind of smartphone innovation that would actually make a difference to people. Having virtually unlimited coverage even if it was just in an emergency. Along with an eventual breakthrough in battery tech, having satellite comms would be a killer feature in a smartphone. It might even tempt me to cross to the dark side and get an Apple phone for the first time ever.
Does everything have to be by bloody powershell? Can anyone really say it makes their lives easier to have to piss about copying commands into powershell (that's if you're not of course blessed with a memory capable of typing everything without reference).
I couldn't care less if they had some kind of turgid interface they made admins use, at least it would be immediately accessible and searchable. They seem to be dumbing down windows on one side, making everything controllable by the crappy app interface, and making things stupidly complex on the other. I just want to change settings in the most efficient manner. Maybe it's just me, maybe some people are manically happy with it. It's odd perhaps, because I've never had a problem using Linux command shells.
"But then if Zen also matched the A&A prices, they could probably more easily afford it :)"
Well yes, unfortunately its a race to the bottom with ISPs trying to attract customers. If you want decent anything then expect to pay a reasonable price. I would have signed up with AAISP years ago but I'd regularly blow through their caps just on streaming. I've got a 500mbps Virgin connection and thankfully they're actually reasonable now compared to when I left them some years back when YouTube used to buffer.
Try enabling your processors in built TPM. On Intel processors this is called PTT. It is tucked away in the BIOS settings. Once I did that on mine, the Windows 11 requirements checker I still have a copy of was satisfied that my PC was good to go. Remains to be seen if that stays the case of course. It may just save some pain for some of having to get price gouged TPM's.
For anyone without a TPM. Most modern Intel and AMD processors have a built in TPM. I've just found and switched on the TPM built in to my processor. It's called Intel PTT, you may need to find where the setting is tucked away in your BIOS. If you enable that and you've got UEFI boot, then you're good to go with Windows 11. Bit of research tonight meant that I don't have to buy one any more. Scalpers be damned!
There was a 2 day Virgin outage last week that knocked out our fibre leased line in Birmingham. Someone went through a fibre cable on a building site in Canary Wharf. Apparently the cable wasn't ducted and no-one would let them on the site until 10am the next morning. I'd love to have seen that reported on.
The dodgy sellers have moved on somewhat from fake reviews. They now use a decent product with good reviews and switch the product out to something cheap and nasty.
Better still, that product was sold in another country so you couldn't easily see the reviews without an extra click. As not many people really see beyond the star rating they go ahead and buy based on that.
I've reported several products for this and to their credit eventually Amazon have removed hundreds of reviews for the old product. Quite simply though, they shouldn't allow an established product page to completely change. That should indicate dodgy behaviour immediately.
Then don't get me started on companies selling completely different products as different options that are meant to be colour variations all under the same page. Thus combining the reviews. Even big name companies are doing this.
I know it's a big platform, if Amazon don't invest heavily and quickly in winning back trust then they're going to find themselves in a sticky situation at some point when people simply stop shopping there.
"why not keep on using it?"
Simply because it would become fairly obvious that the system was compromised if people using it kept getting arrested. Gather the evidence, strike while the iron is hot.
Of course, they're just playing whack a mole and more criminals will pop up to fill the vacuum in the market. It is money we are talking about after all. The world isn't short of criminals.
Did you know know you were there to do ITea support?
You didn't actually mention whether you made it or not. I'm with the other guy who said if they're happy to pay me my normal rate I'll happily make the tea. I've long lost any hangups of a job being beneath me if I'm being paid to do it.
Sales people have their place, they are after all doing something your average techy person can't do (with a few exceptions). They deserve the commission they get so long as they didn't completely blatantly lie to make the sale, which is sadly quite often what happens.
The support staff around the product being sold should indeed be compensated well. That however is a different matter entirely, as without the sales in the first place there'd be no compensation for anyone at all. Its quite easy to forget that when you're staring green eyed at the bonus figures and lifestyles sales people seem to have. I've done technical sales, I was on commission and didn't do too badly. I hated it though and went back to a straight salary position as soon as I could.
"The proposed 3 / O2 merger was blocked in part due to the impact on MVNOs, but this merger is fine and dandy on those grounds"
A three and o2 merger would have potentially taken away one physical host of MVNO's forcing them to move or quit and reduce competition. Virgin is an MVNO so it would not carry the same threat. Nothing fishy.
Precisely Lee. So many people bitching and moaning that the Government is accessing systems, when the systems have already been compromised and accessed. They are slightly better off than before for the action. If they feel they are worse off then they should have patched the exploit and removed the shells themselves when they had the chance. At least the government are trying to tell the owners of these systems that they're vulnerable.
"If you put down 'engineering' and give your work postcode as RG7 4PR"
I popped it into Google, quite funny really as it appears the street view car accidently went into their car park and was swiftly spotted and given a talking to by security staff before being sent on their way. Can you imagine trying to drive into a place like that with a whopping great camera strapped on your roof?
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