* Posts by Byham

56 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Mar 2013


OVH founder says UPS fixed up day before blaze is early suspect as source of data centre destruction


Not a lot you can do against a determined JCB (Back Hoe) driver.

I remember a rewiring exercise at an airport and all the drawings showing all important cables like power cables and those from the radar to the control tower were below 1 metre and most at 1.5 metres. So a cable puller was sent across the airport this was a machine with a blade that could be set at variable depths and a cable attached to the end of the blade. Yes. the drawings were all wrong and the new cable layer took out every important cable crossing the airport. Lots of arm waving and red faces.

There are times when a few men digging a trench might have been cheaper and in the long run faster.

A borked bit of code sent the Hubble Space Telescope into safe mode, revealing a bunch of other glitches


Re: alternate servicing..and the bean counters

You are expecting politicized bean counters to think constructively like engineers. That has never been known.

What does it cost? When do you want to spend it? Is it in the existing budgets? You have now exceeded the most constructive bean counter responses. Even "there is an exposure to even more costs if you do not spend this" is outside their cognitive capabilities.

Service life and service life costs - unrepaired and repaired should be part of the costings of every large item put into space. That also requires the design to allow in orbit repair and someone thinking ahead to what would need to be repaired then ensuring the designers considered that in the system designs. This would raise the ire of the bean counters on the large item projects and the arguments would be rehearsed again.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable


Re: Loss of expertise

"we have loads of backups, but restore? Whats that?"

In the 1980's worked with a software development group with its own network. Backups were done religiously to TAPE each night and each Friday a week of backups again to TAPE. They were S L O W and a short straw was drawn for who would have to stay late and reset everything after the backup was finished.

A fumble fingered programmer deleted the wrong file one day - and 'it is OK it is backed up' - however although the tape listed the file as there - it would not restore. Nor would any of the tapes restore. Turns out that nobody had thought to test the restore would work!

From then on the person doing the backup would be required to choose a file at random (make a safety copy) - delete the file - then restore it.


Re: Who knew data centres were tinder boxes?

"Was the building purpose built as a DC?"

If it wasn't why was a large Cloud company using it as a DC?

Why are all their DC's in the same building on the same power supply?

Anyone that uses this company should move to another supplier and ask the questions that they should have asked before contracting with the OVH amateurs.

UK government may force online retailers to pick up e-waste from consumers


Re: Laptops = WEEE

This is where 'right to repair' sounds good but doesn't work. My eldest worked initially in a Lap Top workshop repairing returned under guarantee laptops. So recently when one of the lap tops at home broke he thought nothing of opening the laptop up identifying what had broken and seeing if that was a worthwhile repair; that is quite a skilled process.

I have tried to open laptops just to remove HDD for security and it can be difficult. Doing it so that it can be repaired to be workable afterward is often not easy at all. So the right to repair could result in less economic designs and also a concern that someone would exercise that right while a machine was still in guarantee. Perhaps giving it all the broken failed parts from another machine or three.

We didn't collude with Twitter to throw Parler off our servers, says AWS in court filing


Re: Free speach

So the 'Cloud' is now looking inside its customers data? Whenever did that become OK? Regardless of what your thoughts are on Parler vs AWS, it shows that the Cloud providers are actively reading content. That is a commercial and privacy risk that users of AWS may not be aware of. Yes if you don't own and control the hardware inside your own perimeter, that is a risk: but also allowing the Cloud service provider to hoover up your commercial and private data is something else. No business should continue dealing with AWS unless they are happy for Bezos' clones to be reading everything/anything that they put 'in the cloud' and Amazon acting on or selling that 'private' information.

Facebook appeals ruling that it stole tech. So, Italian judge issues new judgment: Pay 10 times the original fine


Re: Why didn't Facebook just buy the company?

There are companies that work the interface between small business application and the large multinational software company. So you and your app are kept at arms length from the big company. The interface company undertakes to ensure that even if big company changes they will maintain the 'middleware' interface.


Re: Only an order of magnitude?

Take the European Commission route and make the fines a percentage of worldwide turnover. 5% of Facebook's worldwide turnover would be eye-watering even for Facebook, possibly in the $4Bn range and would need to be reported as a loss on the published accounts. It would have been cheaper for Facebook to give the small software company an offer it couldn't refuse.

Buggy chkdsk in Windows update that caused boot failures and damaged file systems has been fixed


From the article the fix did not involve touching CHKDSK so it would appear that a change was made in another function called by CHKDSK without regression testing of the impact on CHKDSK which may only be an impact on specific systems.

This is the problem with an 'OS' that is so large and used by such a wide range of hardware.


Re: Yes the wonders of continual updates......

As with most things it is not that simple. The built 737 Max system met the user defined requirement. The user defined requirement did not match the end user requirement.

I have seen this problem arise several times when the 'user representative' is an expert but the system is being built for current not so expert users. So imagine a self-driving car that in some contingencies may revert to a driver controlled car. Initially no problem, but after a decade or so the drivers are really not up to taking over - especially if it goes from fully automated self driving car to a manual (stick shift) with no synchromesh so double declutching required, no servo assisted anti-lock brakes and no power steering. The long time use expert enjoys driving the 'manual reversion' and cannot see a problem with using heel and toe to downshift while braking carefully but hard with regard to not locking the brakes while drifting the car around a corner. The normal users (like many readers here) do not really understand 'heel and toe' as a description and have never actually done it - that's the system's job.

So in your agile development the 'user expert' says sure that's not a problem to a manual reversion that requires double-declutching and heel and toe on braking - a significant number of the current crop of new operational drivers do see a problem.

The issue is not with agile - the issue is understanding the new users. Most of the major expensive errors are perfectly implemented errors in understanding of the user requirement. Having a 'user expert' in the agile team can actually be a problem if they don't represent the 'standard' user group.

What does my neighbour's Tesla have in common with a stairlift?


Re: Charging

So after a while some politician will say close the coal plants. Then next winter you have a heavy snow fall followed by an anticyclone still air and severe frosts. The windfarms try to draw energy from the grid to keep the blades moving so that lubrication is maintained and the weight of a still rotor does not cause flats on the bearings. Then your smart meter starts progressively switching off your power starting with your car charging.

Temperature outside is now minus 10 and your heat pump heating has no heat to pump. Your refrigerator power has been switched off remotely, The only power you are now allowed is lights no cooking. The several feet of snow on your roof and PVs is not melting as there is no 'inefficient' heat loss to melt it. So no solar when the weak sun at a very acute insolation angle does appear for a few hours.

It is OK these 'omega' blocking highs the size of the UK usually move after a few days - although some can be stable for weeks.

Just hope that the power comes back before you need to drive anywhere as the car was down when you got home last and the charging has now been off for a few days.

Think it won't happen?


Re: Charging (Why not biofuels?)

All your megatonnes of lithium does is move the inefficiency. Currently the plan is to try to capture diffuse energy from wind or sun and then rectify that to get to the user. Problem is that you get a large winter blocking anticyclone sitting over the country and at night you have no power. Doesn't matter the gas powered CCGT can fire up and replace the renewables. Indeed the CCGT's are continually running at 'inefficient tickover' just in case - so all that fuel being burned to justify the virtue signaling windfarms/solar farms

So the fossil fuel is still burned but now the electricity generated gets to you through a long series of inefficient transmission lines then to your battery and eventually to the motors on each wheel. The losses in that system are as large if not larger as the losses from fossil fuel to ICE to wheels.

AND, currently, renewables do not generate sufficient stable baseload power to charge all the EVs envisaged by politicians. It is probable that the gas fired generation will be required to supplement at all times. Hinckley point cannot generate sufficient on its own.


Re: Charging

See my earlier comment about an axe. Then off with all the cables in the street to get the money for all that copper.


Re: Replacing Fuel Duty/VAT

All existing ICE cars pay as they always have done.

New EVs have to have GPS and comms to report their journeys on a pay for use of road at time basis.

The approach allows for taxing the different vehicle classes different amounts and allows the EVs to be slowly weaned away from the free ride they are currently having..


Re: Charging - how to get the charge to your plug

And yet another comment from someone who thinks that power comes from the plug. If you need more places to charge just add more plugs.

I had a simple inline electric water heater added to the house - and the electrician said I might need to have a new supply line dug to the road mains power and a new switch box. Luckily I didn't but he did mention in passing that fast chargers for EVs WOULD need a new spur off the mains power in the road at the correct raised amperage. He also said that 3 or 4 of those in the same street would almost certainly require the street mains to be replaced and possibly the substation and so on up the distribution chain if there were many more EVs to charge..

In the glib world of "let's build another wind turbine" the actual distribution of power for EVs has been completely forgotten, Imagine before 2030 every street in the UK having to be dug up to replace old low amperage cables. That includes all the streets in villages, towns and cities a huge amount of trenching requirements along streets and to each house.

Trenching in cities is not something you can decide to do next week. It takes considerable planning and coordination with all sorts of other things from other people needing to trench (like gas boards putting in hydrogen friendly piping) to traffic management schemes. And almost EVERY road in EVERY city and town....the workforce does not exist, from the diggers, road rebuilders, electrical engineers, planners, etc etc . This alone will prevent political virtue signalling milestones like 2030 being met. The sheer physical impossibility of getting the power supply to the users will mean that 2030 will not be met and that is assuming there is any power to supply.


Re: Summon the lawyers!

An axe with a wooden handle is sufficiently isolated and a lot cheaper. The momentary shorting of the cable may mean that the owner of the cable will need to stumble about in the dark as their power trips. You can use the axe to drag the remaining part of the cable attached to their vehicle into the gutter.

'We've heard the feedback...' Microsoft 365 axes per-user productivity monitoring after privacy backlash


Re: I don't understand

Just staring at the ribbon cannot be sensed - could be a phone call interrupt. Try clicking on each ribbon item in turn but not actually accessing anything in the dropdown / pop up menu/ extended ribbon. IF they record mis-selections or null selections then they may get a clue what the problem is.

They actually still use a cartoon 3.5" floppy for 'Save' - can the Gen z people in the office remember 3.5" floppies? I don't understand why there is no ICON decode in a menu somewhere.

Arecibo Observatory brings forward 'controlled demolition' plans by collapsing all by itself


Re: Very sad, but...

LIfe time costing is poorly understood and deliberately talked down when the initial research project is proposed. For example it is not uncommon for the lifetime support costs of a large engineering or complex computer project to be 95% of the overall cost So the immediate upfront cost which is what everyone crows about is only 5% of the overall costs. Making a 'saving' of 10% in the immediate up front cost is in actuality only 0,5% of the overall costs and may increase the lifetime costs well beyond that 0.5% saving. It is VERY difficult to persuade people to talk of Lifetime costs for this reason as a 20 year project can have very alarming total costs.

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory


WHAT a coincidence!!

While I understand all the anti-conspiracy theories. The World Economic Forum is pushing a 'Great Reset' of Capitalism - this has been the aim of the UN for some time they intended to use 'Climate Change' and the Paris Accord to do it - but Trump pulled the USA out of the accord. [search on: Figueres Capitalism ] . So the UN is now working with the WEF and intends to use the world COVID-19 lockdowns as a trigger to destroy the current free trade capitalism. One of the control mechanisms that they are looking at are Vaccine Passports, They can be sold as 'good for the world'. This was part of one of the recent briefings attended by Bill Gates (who had been trying to distribute polio vaccines in India nd Africa). To work a vaccine passport has to be valid world wide and not forgeable authenticating the person with it as the one vaccinated. How do you think that could be done? Which companies would be likely to be able to actually produce such an identity authentication method? Search for WO2020060606A1 you will find a patent filed by Microsoft that allows an implanted chip to authenticate an individual to access a system - the example case is a cryptocurrency system. However, it is a chip that authenticates the individual by using body electrical activity - ideal for a vaccine passport. WHAT a coincidence!!

You weren't hacked because you lacked space-age network defenses. Nor because cyber-gurus picked on you. It's far simpler than that


Re: Too hard, too frequent, too unreliable

It was _sold_ to the board as up time of 99.9999% it is not really business critical although failures would be best if they were not in normal working hours. But the board got this warm fuzzy from the salesman that it was a really high availability system. You will get the same response 'what again?' With the cheapness of hardware and comms these days there is no reason why all businesses do not have an identical shadow system ideally in a different location on different power etc

A stranger's TV went on spending spree with my Amazon account – and web giant did nothing about it for months


Re: Easy fix, hard to get enacted

And if companies dispute the case in court and fail - the attorney's fees AND the damages rise to 10 times from treble.

Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report


Re: You've got to be kidding! Indeed - as it is TOTALLY untrue

"Astonishingly, until the 737 Max crashes, the aircraft was flying with no redundancy at all for the flight control computers." This statement is completely incorrect, there are two backup systems to the FCC they are called Pilots. It is one of the reasons that the pilots are there, to take over WHEN automation fails.

Unlike some commercial aircraft the automatics can all be switched off in the 737 and it can them be flown just like any manual aircraft. Unfortunately, the airline beancounters do not like the expense of training completely manual flight and will often reprimand crews that try to practice manual flying . The result is that unlike earlier decades where pilots were proud of their manual flying skills, modern pilots tend to avoid actually flying the aircraft manually apart from the very constrained periods of take off and landing.

Automation is geared to failover to manual operation in both Airbus and Boeing aircraft (Air France 447 is a case where the failover to pilot control resulted in a crash) The problem is that the automatics handover to the flight crew when there is a problem, so it is not only manual flying that might be the first that the pilot has done at height in that aircrafft _ever_, it is also recovery from the problem that caused the automatics to fail.

Imagine a world with self driving cars where drivers had operated for years with only needing to assist in parking and leaving a parking slot. Now imagine if there is a failure the car reverts to a manual (stick shift) with no synchromesh so needing double declutching and heel and toe braking and gear change, no power steering or power brakes AND it has a problem and is in heavy traffic. This gives a very simplistic idea of what can happen in the cockpit when the automation drops out and hands control to the pilot.

Boeing designed the 737 decades ago for pilots who like to fly 'manually' but many of the new generation of pilots are not capable of flying manually to the same level as they are not allowed the training or experience.

IFF the aviaiton industry makes the automation even more efficient and reliable with no need to fail over then the experience levels of the flight crews will become even lower and they will be of even less use in an emergency. The best way forward would then be to never fail over to the flight crews indeed operate without them as a fully automated autonomous aircraft - there are many flying now for the military. Expect to see them at an airport near you sooner than you would think.

Would you fly in a fully automated aircraft? You are actually already doing so for most of the flight and the exceptions the flight crew are there to handle they often (demonstrably) cannot. So the decision is not in your hands.

Amazon teases package drone, US civil rights folk want facial recog tech ban and AI carumba – YouTube!


Re: Youtube..

YouTuibe are not like AT&T or T-Mobile carrying 'mere data' which is not examined. YouTube is checking content and deciding which to monetize, which to just show, or, which to ban. Doesn't this make YouTube a publisher and subject to all the legal requirements that come with being a publisher?

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco


Re: 'Software delivered to Boeing'

As it happens the AoA indicator was an optional extra - non-military pilots tend not to use AoA. The two crashed 737Max did not have the AoA failure indicator installed so this software bug was not involved in those crashes.

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach


Problem with 2FA is that your telco needs to be told not to allow online reassignment of your number to another carrier. Ensure that you have to be present. Otherwise your Tmobile account is suddenly a Verizon account and someone else is getting your authentication numbers.

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case


Re: 'It's not clear whether he also has a FB account or whether he's a non-account'

"Point is - it's obvious where the power lies here. Any fines of any transnational never amount to even a day's cleared profits, as the Reg writers themselves often point out. Which shows who is in actual control, and the rest is theater."

I would think that a fine for example of 30% of annual turnover would make even Facebook sit up and take notice. The levels of fines especially from the European Court systems as well as the levels of potential enforcement are not something that any transnational will take lightly.


Re: @StewartWhite

As Facebook uses the information generated on each user to provide close to immediate tailoring of the 'FB Experience' with ads, news, and, other information suited to the identity logged in - then I agree it is obvious BS that they cannot access the information - they act on it at every single login and possibly on every single transaction. They may not be able to easily go back to each of the interactions that were used to build the information/picture of the identity - but they and all their advertisers have immediate real time access to the information about each and every identity logging in. Otherwise it does not support the purpose for which it was collected and therefore does not meet the requirements of GDPR.

US sanctions on Turkey for Russia purchases could ground Brit F-35s


"who ever thought it a good idea to sell the US' most advanced aircraft to a weakly aligned country with GDP of $11,000 per capita, led by a despotic ruler elected on an Islamist ticket?" I would venture to suggest that would be the previous US Administration and probably deliberately rather than out of stupidity.

Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers


Re: Firearms?

It is legal to shoot them down in the USA if they are below 500ft https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/25/drone_slayer_rules_in_court/


Kill them all God will know his own

So after taking down every UAS in a 7 mile radius prepare for the law suits and arrest by Law Enforcement for killing Law Enforcement UAS. This system needs to be far more discriminatory than just jamming the control frequency. The system operators would also be responsible for the damage caused by the now uncontrolled UAS crashing - say into the front of a full school bus that now crashes off the bridge into the wedding party below.... Anyone foolish enough to operate a system like this deserves all the legal problems that they will encounter. I doubt if they will be able to get insurance to cover its operation.

Elon Musk joins anti-Trump legal brief


@ David Knapman

The President has the power to do as he did under the immigration and nationality act of 1965 which amended the previous 1952 act under which the president also had the power. There is ZERO chance that the litigation will succeed. By displaying their ignorance and gullibility these companies and individuals are destroying what credibility they used to have.


Re: Chilling


The actual executive order did neither. It was aimed at 7 countries that were identified by the previous administration for a temporary hold.

And according to the immigration and nationality act - the president could have singled out any group or put in place a blanket ban. You are forgetting that aliens have no _right_ to enter the US under The US Constitution, and that even applies to Green Card holders.


Re: @Neil Alexander Chilling

@Warm Braw

Indeed the amount of investigation carried out into visas is relatively comprehensive. However, how do you investigate with a foreign government when there isn't one - such as Somalia? How do you trust documentation from Syria when the terrorists have control of the government document generating systems? In all these cases the countries were put on the list because it was not possible to carry out normal vetting, let alone any in depth vetting of the individuals wanting access. Against that are the announcements by the terrorists that they are going to use refugee programs to get into Europe and the USA and the actual terrorists attacks that show that they have indeed used these programs - one of the Paris attackers was admitted as a 'Syrian refugee'.

Putting a temporary hold on allowing new visas for people from these countries while a system is put in place that has less reliance on honor systems and trust in documents, seems eminently sensible. The hysteria about a 'ban' (there isn't one) and the tech companies claiming that a 90 day delay on new visas will cause them problems is not sensible. Indeed, the tech companies may find themselves under in depth investigation for misuse of the H1b visa system 18 U.S. Code § 1546 which could result in 10 - 25 years imprisonment something Mr Musk might like to think about.

'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump



Close. The set up was meant to be Hillary vs Jeb and Jeb would lose - a creditable second. Meanwhile on this side of the pond, Remain would win. The 'trade treaties' TTP and TTIP would be put into place, locking almost the entire first world into a single agreement run by banks and global companies . Bilderberg group heaven. Agenda 21 for all. Hence the desperate attempts of the remoaners and the never Trumpers with apparently unlimited funds, trying to get their nuts back out of the fire. They do not realize the strength of feeling of "We The Peop6" .

Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama


Ethics or Politics difficult choice for some

The DNC information was leaked, not hacked. The Russian meme was invented and run with. The CIA is run by a political appointee who will report/leak what is good for the Democrats - imagine MI-6 being run by Alastair Campbell for PM Blair. As has been pointed out leaving traces of Russian malware is something that a non-Russian 'hack' may deliberately do - or even one of the politicized investigators might do. Unfortunately, all the federal agencies and the media in the US are completely politicized and see their political aims as more important than anything else, definitely more important than ethics.

Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer


Cost Benefit

Phones, Tablets and a lot of PCs are consumer items. The cost of a new tablet or smart phone is now more than the cost of many desk top PCs and sometimes twice the price of a laptop. Consumers will need a lot of persuading to ditch a device that is working and move to another that costs so much as there is no matching benefit to them in doing so.

There has also been an intentional convergence so that a smart phone 'phablet' can now do much of the work of a tablet and a laptop and run almost the same software applications. So manufacturers should expect that the market for all these devices would shrink possibly to less than a third of the market when they were standalone devices that had distinct and separate.applications and usage. For that matter the market in low end digital cameras has crashed as the cameras in smart phones have taken over.

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you


Not a problem if it is as poor as 'LOCATIONS'

Google had a circles app called Locations which is meant to share your location with others. It is routinely hours out of date and wrong by miles even with WiFi activated. It is effectively useless. If that is an example of 'precise Google tracking' then nobody has anything to fear. Until they get a better intern to update the code.

US eco watchdog's shock warning: Fresh engine pollution cheatware tests coming


Re: Suggestion for the 'greater good' approach...

If a set of metrics are developed and values for them defined for passing acceptance tests, then whatever is being tested will be built or managed to pass those tests. This is the same whether you are talking about passing exams rather than being educated or the structure of a bridge or even engine performance in tests. There is no such thing as the 'spirit of the test' in business. I would expect that every single manufacturer has in some way 'gamed' testing. The only way to get around this is to define a better test. Being vague about what is being tested doesn't work as eventually the reason for failure has to be passed on. However, the methods and validation of results should be as close to the 'real world' as possible then the test gaming becomes less worthwhile.

Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT


Re: So...Garbage from Non-Aviators

Aircraft when they land for a night stop will always shut off the generators and APU and go onto ground power. Aircraft also have a series of standard maintenance checks that are mandatory the A checks after ~ 200-300 flight hours and a B check every 6 months with the aircraft in a hangar for 2 - 3 days. The generators will be off and the maintenance includes disconnecting and checking batteries.

This is not a flight safety problem

However, it is a program standards and testing problem that should not be there and obviously a counter overflow of some sort that Boeing felt it should report. It shows up a poor program test if counters can overflow and haven't got a standard handler to reset them. Both the programmer team and the test team should be in front of the leather top desk :-)

REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control


Re: Properly engineered systems!

Every input is validated by specific programs for each input type, And any fault not only in syntax but also in logic is returned either to the inputting person or to operators as a 'referred reject' to be sorted out. The system is extremely resilient to input errors.

The original design of the system when it had a startover was that it dumped all the input messages in the message input queue for the previous minute and told controllers to re-enter them. This stopped the cycling of fail overs that are bound to happen by sending the same broken message to an identical machine with identical software. That was part of the move to Swanwick and rehosting the old NAS host software from the IBM360's into a simple mainframe as a virtual machine (we said that wouldn't work at the time).

However, I challenge anyone in the commercial world to have the same availability as NATS is getting from the Jovial/BAL software which is in the 99.999% or better range.


Re: There's nothing like state of the art hardware

The old IBM 9020D was a 6 machine cluster with 3 compute elements and 3 Input Output Elements. When one of the processors hit an out of range condition or error, it would stop the other processors give them a start point in the program and all the environment variables and all of the processors would run the same program to the same point. If only one of them failed - then the processor took itself off line as a hardware fault. If they all got the error, then it was a software fault. The entire core was dumped (as a box of hex printout!) and the system did a Startover where it dumped all the recent input messages. Controllers receive a message saying STARTOVER - all messages after TIME should be reentered. In a well tested real time system nost errors are caused by a timing fault or a bad input message. By throwing out the messages and restarting from a checkpoint say 7 seconds before the crash both of these problems go away. If Scroggins puts in the bad message again - the same result could occur but this time the Data System Specialist will note that the same input message has preceded the previous startover and would have a one way exchange with Scroggins about his message.

The idea that you just pass the same broken input to an identical backup machine is bound to fail the systems will cycle in failovers. (been there done that).


Re: There's nothing like state of the art hardware


The software is based on MVT and OS360 - if you look at the software from the current DSS position it is still in 80 column card format.

EU Google-bashing is making us look really bad, say Google bashers


Re: Re. Google "vendetta"

The regulation had better be extremely cautious as it would not take a lot for Google to add 'the right to be forgotten' approach for every politician, party and eurocrat who support acting against Google. If they were joined in that by other search engines that were being hit by collateral damage from the anti-google attacks it could be very very bad for the politicians involved who spend a lot of time and money trying to ensure that they are found by search engines. So they should be very careful what they wish for.

Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list


Re: In other words:

It would be a salutory lesson if the card issuers withdrew the capability for Home Depot to use their cards. Until there is really hard action like this then the 'we sell hammers' brigade will continue letting their customers down. Yes the CIO is responsible but the CEO needs to know that what the CIO is doing or not doing is potentially a company killer, that way they won't sit with glazed over eyes waiting for coffee during a briefing from the CIO.

British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal


I am not sure that is the case. Many EU or European Commission based fines are percentages of company turnover.

Office, IE and Windows in line for critical fixes from Redmond


You are dreaming if you believe that any large body of code can be 'devoid of' bugs. That applies to all software public domain or not. Perhaps you have forgotten heartbleed already?

Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release


Re: The fat lady has sung

You see Scientific Method is based on the idea of observing nature, creating a hypothesis that explains the observations, then identifying what would falsify the hypothesis then trying to disprove it by carrying out falsifications.

This approach has been carried out with both Evolution and Gravity and nobody has yet falsified the hypotheses. There are lots of different ideas about how gravity works but its existence can be shown by repeated experiment.

With Anthropogenic Global Warming the 'green house gas' hypothesis was that small amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere would lead to warming that would increase the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere and as a more powerful green house gas water vapor would increase the warming leading to more water vapor evaporating and so on to thermageddon. Unfortunately, the 'tropical tropospheric hotspot' that should appear with this hypothesis has not appeared - and there has been a lot of searching for it. FALSIFICATION 1. The models all built on the basis of the hypothesis project considerable warming even if the amount of CO2 emitted was to be kept at 1998 levels - all show a considerable amount of warming ... yet the actual global temperatures have remained statistically unchanged for more than 17 years. FALSIFICATION 2.

There is more but I would remind you of Feynman's statement on this:

:""n general we look for a new law by the following process. First we guess it. Then we compute the consequences of the guess to see what would be implied if this law that we guessed is right. Then we compare the result of the computation to nature, with experiment or experience, compare it directly with observation, to see if it works. If it disagrees with experiment it is wrong. In that simple statement is the key to science. It does not make any difference how beautiful your guess is. It does not make any difference how smart you are, who made the guess, or what his name is – if it disagrees with experiment it is wrong. That is all there is to it. ""

Using this approach Anthropogenic Global Warming Theory - is wrong - the computed projections have been compared directly to observation and they are incorrect. That is all there is to it.


Re: The fat lady has sung

"There hasn't been any serious doubt for at least a decade now that global warming is primarily caused by man." Can you explain how the Earth warmed into the Holocene interglacial in that case? A far more rapid warming of a greater extent. Or are you just chanting a mantra?


Re: The fat lady has sung

The physics is perfectly good - UNTIL- it is moved from the laboratory and put in a real chaotic atmosphere with overwhelming convective effects and water with its continual swapping of latent heat. Then somehow the physics in the real world with unknown inputs and unknown values for those inputs into a non-linear chaotic system of chaotic systems just don't follow nice simplistic laboratory hypotheses. And people claiming that basic physics applies and drawing straight linear projections through chaotic values just display their abject ignorance - or malfeasance.


Re: The fat lady has sung

" A team of researchers has discovered new evidence that as the permafrost layer that covers 24 per cent of the Northern Hemisphere continues to thaw as global temperatures increase" == It is really lucky then that global temperatures have NOT been increasing and in fact have stayed the same for more than 17 years. Rather defuses their panic. It also happens that we are the _cold_ end of the Holocene interglacial. Temperatures were much higher at the beginning of the Holocene and Earth has slowly cooled from the early Holocene _optimum_ (meaning good for life) with successively lower warmings the most recent being the Minoan Optimum, the Roman Optimum, the Medieval Warm Period and then the rather wimpy and short lived 20th Century warming which now appears to have peaked as the Earth warmed back up after the Little Ice Age - possibly the coldest the Earth has been since the beginning of the Holocene. These coolings and warmings are cyclical and are not linked to the amount of any gases in the atmosphere. Although following Charles' Law the amount of CO2 outgassing from the oceans increases as ocean temperatures increase - this is visible as the atmospheric CO2 rising up to 800 years after ocean temperatures rise. (But please don't let any 'fat ladies' be upset by science). In the Great Famine 1315 - 1321 the powers that be blamed humans - it must be their fault - for upsetting God for the continual rains and cold leading to mass starvation. These days the religion is CO2 and global warming so when there are natural extremes of weather 'it must be their fault' for burning fossil fuels. Plus ca change.... It is a psychological weakness in some that they have to find someone to blame for perfectly natural extremes, led to a lot of women being burned as witches. We should have grown out of it - but now the proponents can make money and take power. All over 0.3DegC - the kind of temperature change you get from moving from Glasgow to Bristol. Interesting watching 'The Gullibles' panic when the powers that be wave a bogeyman.