Very nicely and rationally put, and coming from someone in the Windows camp.
Eadon please take note
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At least in this case China had to do some hacking to get this information In the past, our enemy states know about western weaponry because we've sold it to them (best example I guess being the military hardware that was routed to the Afghans back when they were the good guys because they weren't commie Soviets).
I'm reminded of a line from Drop The Dead Donkey during the 1990/91 Gulf War - when an MoD official said that assessments of Iraqi military hardware didn't come from intelligence reports; "we just looked at copies of the invoices"
When I select File->Open in my copy of PaintShop Pro, it offers me a variety of file formats, including...
CompuServe Graphics Interchane (.gif)
JPEG - JFIF Compliant (*.jpg, *.jif, *.jpeg)
...so I'd take that as meaning JIF is a different type of file format to a GIF.
Also Graphics (that being what the G stands for" is pronounced as a hard G, and not as a j)
Fair comment, but relatively speaking how much opportunity is there for a UK worker to get killed on the job nowadays? So many of the potentially fatal occupations (factory work, mining, etc.) are a bit thin on the ground and the working population are largely deskbound ....last I heard, nobody's even been RSI-ed to death
hardware and infrastructure costs....connectivity and bandwidth costs...website/software development and maintenance costs...systems administration costs...administration costs...fees to credit card companies...fees to specialist testers to ensure security and integrity...etc....etc...etc...
Having spent the last week trying to get a problem with my parents' Sky broadband fixed, I hope any new recruits are better than the absolute shower of s**t I've had to deal with thus far.
Even if they man the phones while off their faces on Newkie Broon, they can't do a worse job than the muppets who have been taking me round in frustrating circles over the last few days.
"Stingy" - yes, when machines with 16K, 32K or 48K were relatively common, but...
"the machine had been on sale in Japan for less than a month but had already notched up a software library of 60-odd applications and games"....
Back then we could be genuinely creative with such "stingy" amounts of resource. A lot of developers these days would probably struggle to achieve much more than a simple "Hello World" if restricted to comparable resources.
Kids these days...don't know they're born....etc...etc...
The article says this happened without warning, but it's certainly something I was aware of. My folks are Sky BB customers and when I went round to visit in late February, my Mum showed me a copy of an email from Sky about this, followed by the "you're the IT expert...what are we supposed to do about this then?"
My answer was, of course, follow the instructions in the email, then sit back and expect a complete fiasco like the one you experienced when they ported email services over to Google a few years ago.
"Presumably the problem is that most medals of merit tend to be tied into medals of bravery - because meritorious military service traditionally means you did something brave/stupid in the face of adversity."
Not strictly true - there are medals such as the Meritorious Service Medal (and even the LSGC medal) but you could argue that those are awarded for not doing something bad, as opposed to doing something especially good. Stick with it, get your full 20-odd years in, don;t go AWOL, don't start any fights in the NAAFI, don't pass secret information to Wikileaks, etc. etc.
"Front line pilots are also annoyed that Reaper pilots have been getting awards for bravery whole being able to go home to dinner each day. Make of that what you will."
Gongs for bravery shouldn't apply IMHO. I've nothing against gongs for RC pilots who do something of special significance, but to give them a "bravery" award cheapens the whole thing for those who are genuinely risking life and limb. If no such suitable award exists already, then create a specific medal for RC pilots, for whom the biggest physical risk is no more than DVT or piles.
I have nothing against what these guys (and gals, presumably) are doing, but I think it's wrong to bracket them too closely to the physical front-line troops
Nothing personal against Tesla Motors themselves, but personally I'd like to see the electric car concept flounder - even fail - to a sufficient degree for people to realise that that electric vehicles aren't the super green bundles of tree-huggery that they're made out to be.
While electric vehicles can claim to be zero emissions at point of use, they still require the electricity which fuels them to come from meaning that there is more-than-likely emission and use of non-renewable fuel at some stage in the chain.
Then people might start to look at other, cleaner platforms, such as fuel cell technology, which doesn't seem to be getting the focus it deserves
The article mentions stones which appear to have been rounded by water flowing over/around them. How can we be sure that they were rounded by water? I would have thought that there are many liquids which contain hydrogen and oxygen (and/or the other elements that Curiosity found evidence of) which would have a similar eroding effect.
Years ago I worked with someone who eschewed the code editor built into our database development platform (a perfectly reasonable, for the time, full file text editor) in favour of EDLIN (on DOS 5 - yes I really am that old).
We all thought they were a bit odd....ended up a a project manager, as it happens.
I'll let you draw your own conclusions.
"This is just the beginning, how long before a public lynching?"
I recall reading an article a while ago about someone who had been working on a GG type device for years (pre-dating GG). He went into a McDonalds in Paris, was asked to remove them and was then assaulted by a member of staff.