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"you would have to walk backwards without any trousers on"
I think that is Standard Operating Procedure for political crawlers and wannabees in the corridors of power.
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A few years ago I wanted some bathroom furniture. Actually wanted to look at and feel it before buying. Gave up using online searches for bathroom salesrooms and found an old copy of a local business directory printed on dead trees. Went through the listing of local companies, then searched directly for their websites. Even searching directly for local businesses the results were often hijacked by middlemen and hangers on.
The internet really has become a lurid toxic swamp of lowlifes.
A Star LC-10, but no FX-80 ? Goodness me.
Hopefully it doesn't have an acoustic hood so visitors can bask in the full glory of all those pins hitting the paper. Maybe it might even shake itself off the table.
A place I worked in 1991 had a lovely old daisywheel printer. great for doing text only system documents, though we tended to fill it with paper and set it on its way when we went for lunch.
The guy collects military hardware. So what? Lot's of people collect strange things. He's been made to hand it over to a collector or museum? How come another collector can own it but he cannot?
Surely there has to be something deeper in this? The article says he was not a Nazi sympathiser, nor does it say he was mentally unstable, a nuisance to his neighbours or anything, so why, after 44 years of owning and spending his life restoring this has it now been confiscated?
Seems totally unfair and a horribly cruel thing to do to an elderly gentleman - not just confiscate his lifes work, but the fine too.
Something just does not add up about this.
Kudos to lifes oddballs who don't conform to boring society norms.
I told them i had a raspberry pi, and it did not have windows. He kept saying "i do not understand raspberry pi". Eventually I said, it's a bit like an apple pie, but with raspberry not apples and no custard. At which point he lit up " ah, you have an apple computer!"
Wish I had recorded the conversation - it was hysterical!
As far as I can tell, a lot of cycle infrastructure is designed by planners who never travel by any means except driving."
I think you give them rather too much credit for being able to drive.
Near me, there is a steep hill which used to be a main road with a crawler lane. 20 odd years ago, the bypass opened and the road got down graded. The crawler lane got cordoned off and became a cycle lane. Except it only went half way up the hill, then cross sides over a new traffic island/bollard thing in the middle of the road. The "three" lanes of the road, were routed around the island to act as a slalom to slow traffic down, and the new uphill cycle lane thus got split across the two sides of the road.
Don't think I've ever seen a cyclist using it.
"f the size of the wave is smaller, you'd need a larger antenna"
No, opposite is true. Size of antenna is related to wavelength. So as frequency goes up, size of antenna goes down for same performance. What does happen, is that more efficient antennas, with more gain and directional properties can be made more easily for high frequencies.
Have a look at a TV antenna (c. 600mhz) compared to fm radio antenna (c. 100mhz). The Tv antenna can be much smaller, and then, for an aesthetically acceptable size, can be built with more gain and directivity. The extra gain being useful in overcoming the higher frequency losses, as explained by the article.
I don't buy the bit in the article about using carefully designed antennas or indoor use to mitigate the satellite issue though. As soon as you put these into the hands of unskilled persons (ie, the public, unlicensed bands) you have lost all control. Someone will stick one in a waterproof box and use it outside, or the antenna will point in any random direction. Look how little ordinary folks understand about placing wi-fi routers - where they are buried under cables, behind TV's, metal cabinets and whatever else.
My thoughts entirely. A regulator needs to be someone who can see both side of the picture and is able to protect the consumer from exploitation when required.
Someone who has spent 9 years putting creepy spy microphones into folks homes and slurping their personal data is not that person.
When the sun never stopped shining, it never rained, we had proper snow in winter, electricity and petrol were so cheap they were not worth the hassle of billing, 3 TV channels was excessive, computers were the size of tennis courts. And you could make jokes without people being offended. Oh, and there was decent music on the radio to listen to, too
Yes, much happier times.
I've tried Audacity on and off over the years, but have always found it a bit more fiddly and less intuitive that the "rival" Goldwave. Yes, I accept that Audacity is open source, cross platform and free, whereas Goldwave is not. But you can get the fully functional trial/demo version for free, and the lifetime purchase fee is minimal for what it does. I've edited 1000's of hours of audio with it over the years. Just the X/Y and visual spectrum displays are worth it on their own.
It is quite easy to set a heterodyne filter for those "208" recordings - just introduce a sharp notch at 9khz, or a roll off over 8khz - extremely easy to see on the spectrum graphic. I assume Audacity can do the same. Also useful for correcting those old tape/cassette recordings where the tape deck never ran at the exact speed.....
"Perhaps now might therefore be a good time to pull down the shutters on this inexplicably long-running feature."
No - keep it running. Windows and any OS. I enjoy seeing the weird and wonderful places that computers have been installed for the public to gawp at and how they fail so spectacularly.
What about non-broadband and non-voice services? For most of my working life (35+ years) I have been involved with many forms of copper delivered BT leased line circuits. From analogue presented 2-wires, through kilostreams, megastreams, ISDN etc. All those years ago (and before) 2-wire circuits were often used in the process industry for remote monitoring/control, by using a variety of audible tones, variable, fixed, intermittant, etc. Then PLC's came along, with modems chirping back and forth at 300 or 1200 baud, etc. Then IP appeared, and leased lines were used to connect WAN ports between routers before telco could offer native IP circuits, Lots of stuff, weird and wonderful, operated with leased lines. You could even get DC connected leased lines at one time - ie. a direct physical pair of cables from one side of town to another.
Has every single telecomms application moved to IP? Is there an IP interface for every conceivable real world application - or were all the systems I worked on adopted to suit the telco availability of the day? All these reports and marketing people seem to think telecomms is all about voice and broadband - is there anything else out there still?
"They can be exploited by an authenticated admin user to crash the device or execute commands on the host OS as root."
An authenticated admin user is surely one who can totally brick, or destroy the device config, or run OS level commands anyway?
I have a number of RV32x's in my flock, and for a moment I panic'ed about this, then realised it isn't really a problem. The web admin page is blocked from public view anyway. Mind you, the RV32x's are being replaced when convenient with Drayteks anyway - just a shame Drayteks only have 4 wan ports.
"Ticketmaster are squeezing punters for every penny,"
And then adding all kinds of imaginary handling, processing, shipping and purchase fees on top....
I used to attend dozens of events a year - big and small. Call venue box office, buy ticket, pay nominal amount for shipping (or collect from office on performance night), All funds going to support venue and/or artists.
Then Ticketmaster started to muscle their way in, first on big venues, then into smaller venues. And quite frankly, as far as I am concerned, they have pretty much destroyed the whole gig/ticket industry. I have never met one real fan who has anything but utter contempt for Tickermaster and their practices. They are slime.
Biggest problem is not CAN bus which is well understood, but that fact that all the modules need to be registered to each other and effectively read the "serial number" of the car. Each manufacturer does this in a different way - ostensibly to prevent stolen cars being broken up for scrap. New/replacement modules have to be obtained and configured onto the car by the main dealer - 2nd hand ones (ie. scrapyard) will not normally work. Without a recognised and working original engine ECU you may find the dashboard ECU will not allow the car to be powered up. A good hacker will be able to find work-rounds and fudges, but whether there is enough interest to make it worthwhile in 30 or 40 years time is debatable.
Or does anyone else think Dropbox is the most anal, complicated and pointless way of sharing anything? I have several clients who insist on using it, and I have not, in like 3 years or more, figured out how it works, or how to organise things. Each time I start it I seem to end up in a different view, the lack of "buttons" on the inconsistent interface to actually do anything is appalling. I have no idea which clients can upload or download to where. If I download more than a couple of files I cannot download anymore without logging out and back in again.
The people I have discussed it with all seem to have the same opinion that it is a pile of steaming dog turd, and that running an FTP server 25 years ago was better organised and more logical.
I can only imagine the whole concept was dreamed up by 6 year olds with no clue about computing to share cat videos with other 6 year olds.
I will not miss them one little bit when they go under.
Something sensible from Microsoft... Whatever next. Then i read the last couple of paragraphs. Sales pitch for a Microsoft app, that runs on a mobile phone of all things.
I am fed up with the number of arguments I have had with the likes of banks, councils, governments departments, etc., who insist on using things like SMS texts to provide 2FA/MFA. I've even had written correspondence with their "security" teams pointing out this is not secure and only gives rise to new scams like phone theft, sim hi-jacking, etc. But they don't care and can't be arsed to think. As far as they are concerned it is the sloppiest, easiest option for them to take in order to claim they have secure systems. They can then turn round and say it must be the customers fault when something goes wrong.
Also, I utterly object to providing organisations like the above with any more than the most basic of information - my mobile phone number is mine. It is private, for my use. Not for their slurping and use.
We would likely be under some Nazi dictatorship that kept files and records on all it's citizens. Tracked everything they did, everyone they contacted, everything they bought, even tried to analyse what their thoughts were. And held all those records forever.
We could never live our lives under a regime like that could we?
Quite honestly, if I got a text message or even a phone call telling me to isolate how would I know it was genuine?
My tendency is to regard all unsolicited messages in the same way I treat calls from Microsoft Technical support, or Amazon Prime account, or BT broadband virus team, or.....
"In the case of track and trace they needed something quick that could work with all the various companies and individuals doing the track and trace and enable work flows from said data. Why they didn't move it from Excel is beyond me especially the amount of money thrown at it."
Remind me again, who is head of track and trace? And her computer orientated qualifications are?
News next week - USB stick with spreadsheet of 16000 Corona patients found in back of taxi/bus/pub......
Maybe there are magic fairies and a big mouse wheel inside the kiosk, and none of this technology stuff.....
When i see borked things like this in a public place, I always wonder why none of the many sales droids and other employees, or god forbid, the store manager hasn't tried switching it off and back on again. It's on a 3 pin plug for goodness sakes, and makes the whole store look so amateurish.
Maybe this is the result of switching off and on, in which case a nice bit of paper stuck to the front saying o-o-o would be better than just a borked machine.
If the government are suddenly worried about this, perhaps they shouldn't have been so willing to standby and watch the likes of Plessey, GEC, Racal, Ferranti, Marconi, etc., go down the tubes. We used to develop and make our own telecomms kit in the UK AND export the stuff around the world! Almost unbelievable, I know.
The perils of short-termism of previous governments comes back to bite on the arse.
Rabbit Phones? Blimey......
During the good tidy out of house, garage and loft this past few weeks I have uncovered parts of a Rabbit base station I picked up many years back, hoping to install it at home with a couple of handsets in place of the expensive at the time cordless or early mobile phones.
It has just sat gathering dust since around 1991 though..... And I haven't found the handsets for it yet.
Whilst Covid-19 is undoubtedly scary, the prospect of users willingly signing up to contact tracing in order to get their life back on track and the abuse consequences of it are even scarier.
It also needs to factor in.....
Not everybody has a mobile phone.
Not everybody with a mobile phone runs google or iphone OS.
Not everybody with a phone has it with them 24/7 - I frequently leave my phone at home when going out, just to get away from it. This particularly the case when going into some public events, like concerts, or maybe restaurants.
Whilst these ideas could do some good, there is a lot of potential for a lot of harm that we will never recover from.
Maybe her "employers" would consider terminating whatever contracts they have with her? Seems fashionable these days to make previously employable people into toxic waste when they say/do something that is no longer deemed politically correct. As she obviously relies upon technology (TV, Twitter, facebook) or whatever to reach her air-headed vacuuous adorees, then not only should the TV companies terminate her contract, perhaps her mobile company and social media providers should consider likewise. Then she might understand that propagating stupidity and ignorance has its consequences.
Really good book by Geoffrey Pidgeon "The Secret Wireless War", detailing a lot of what went on at Whaddon Hall - the intercepts, black/grey propaganda, dirty tricks, counter espionage, building clandestine wireless sets for use in occupied territories, etc.
Fascinating reading for those interested in such things.
At least the Pi gives us a screen of useful diagnostics, and not just a bluescreen or "an error has occurred" type message. And we know it spent 3.88 seconds trying to get started, before it chilled and relaxed and ended its panic.
Long Live the Pi !
(I suspect a wobbly PSU - give it a cold hard restart and it may be happy once more)
Nick Jeffrey saying: "A rural postcode should not be a barrier to receiving a decent mobile signal.
So why have you sat on your arse for the past 15 years (start of 3G) and not done anything about it? Imagine all those extra customers you could have signed up if you (or anyone else) had a network that worked in all kinds of places. Word would soon get out that your network had coverage and the others didn't.
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