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"It;s taken 20 years for me to fix a bug in the code" - that's nothing. https://enigmaticcode.wordpress.com/tag/bernoulli-numbers/ was published in 2015 and contains a fix for a bug created 172 years earlier.
(The bug was either created by the programmer, or the typesetter who published her work.)
My understanding was that masks *do* help prevent infection. Not because they stop you inhaling infected droplets, but because they stop you touching your face (which is the commonest infection route).
At that, they are about as effective as frequent hand washing - but at a much higher cost (both financial and social).
No they are not. Shops are free to specify how they will accept payment. They may choose to only accept American Express charge cards if they want (although they may find it limits their market).
The above is *certainly* true in England and Wales, and I am fairly sure it is true in the other jurisdictions in the UK, and in most of the more than 50 different jurisdictions in the US (states, DC, reservations). I cannot rule out the possibility that some US jurisdictions do require shops to take cash.
Each individual offence has its own maximum term. Those terms *may* be imposed consecutively or concurrently. Journalists always tend to add the terms together as if they were served consecutively because that gives a bigger number.
In England and Wales, it is rare for maximum sentences to be imposed, and even rarer for them to be anything other than concurrent. My impression is that US jurisdictions tend to be rather keener on both maximum sentences and consecutive sentences.
Code review is great - but it is very easy for errors to slip through code review.
Not exactly the same, but I remember three VERY experience engineers looking at a buggy piece of firmware and agreeing it was buggy - but not the end of the world (just a DOS potential, and it wouldn't be exposed to the internet). Then it all went quiet when one of them realized it was actually a critical security vulnerability. Oops!
Should come to Zürich. Technically there is no such thing as a tube here (the locals vetoed it in a referendum some years ago), however there are a lot of suburban railways that run through tunnels - and all the services are timetabled. The busses and trams also have timetables ... and keep to them.
I presume a number of highly paid advisors have got a suitable bollocking for this cock-up.
I expect a lot of commentards are fuming "stupid red tape", but I think having the FCA approve people who make loans is, in general, a good thing. I suppose it would be possible to complicate the regulations further, by excluding "Cycle to work" loans - but adding loopholes to that sort of regulation is just the sort of thing that bad actors are waiting for. The alternative is a reasonably light-touch approach ... and adding another item to the "things to check when taking over a British company" checklist.
He didn't make £50M from drug dealing; he made £50M from having bought bitcoin early. When he went inside (and he was living in rented accommodation) they were worth quite a lot less. Also, buying a house needs money from a verifiable source; you can't just turn up with an account containing €100,000 - you have to be able to show where you got that money from.
You do realize the directors of a company are legally obliged to put the interests of the shareholders first?
Of course, they can legitimately argue that having a reputation for looking after customers is good for shareholders because it encourages repeat business. Similarly looking after employees means that the good people stay and help support the business and make money for the shareholders.
However there is no doubt that the board are *supposed* to look out for the best interest of the shareholders.
I'm old enough to have a grandkid born this year (the other parent has already been lined up, but I am pretty confident they are taking active steps to ensure no baby occurs). At the optimistic estimate of 25 years per generation, my great6 grandchild won't be born for another 150 years - in 2270. If we use the more plausible 30 years per generation, it won't be for 180 years in 2300.
I think there is *at least* one too many "great"s in that subhead - and probably three.
Signed firmware updates certainly remove the freedom for you to flash your own firmware onto it, and that is not desirable. On the other hand, *most* people don't want to flash their own firmware (in fact, they will only flash a new copy of the manufacturer's firmware if they really, really, have to), but they do want to be reasonably confident that any new firmware won't introduce a security vulnerability. We have to balance those two requirements (it is hard to have both), and in general, your freedom to flash firmware updates will usually lose.
One possible solution is for an unsigned firmware update to be allowed if a normally unconnected contact is driven to a particular value. However this only works if an additional contact is essentially free (as in, there is a spare one), because most people don't want to pay for the ability to flash their own firmware.
If you don't trust the hardware vendor, what are you doing using their hardware? Hardware can do bad stuff, even without installing new firmware.
If their signing key gets compromised, that is bad. However compromising a signing key would be a significant extra barrier for a targetted attacker (and they would still have to do all the other stuff).
If you are used to driving on one side of the road, are driving on the other side, and then turn off one into an *empty* road, it is very easy to end up on the wrong side. No problem if there is traffic visible - but if the traffic is on the other side of the brow of a hill, it can be a problem.
To be fair, there *has* been innovation on the charger connector front, even in the Android world. If micro-USB had been mandated (rather than encouraged), there would have been no shift to USB-C (which was driven by the need for more power).
How about not requiring standardization ... but mandating that the specs for charging connectors are published.
" it might have helped create conditions to support life" - err ... the oldest evidence of life is from 3.5 billion years ago. Life had been going strong for at least 1.3 billion years when that pebble hit. Another one isn't going to sterilize the planet either (bacteria are *tough*).
pTerry did actually write those words, but I'm sure he wouldn't have claimed to have invented them. See
https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/07/13/truth/. It cites “for falsehood will fly from Maine to Georgia, while truth is pulling her boots on.” from a court case in 1820, and Swift writing "Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it" in 1710.
"AT's accomplishments are well known today and rightly a high value is placed on them."
I would argue his *important* accomplishments were well known 36+"a few years" ago. I knew about his seminal work on computer science in 1980. I am pretty sure the school would have known that he was an important mathematician.
The fact that he was one of the large team at Bletchley Park would not have been well known of course, but that wasn't his major achievement.
These technical reviews are expected to turn up glitches and gremlins for Boeing engineers to fix, so this is kinda to be expected.
No, I don't think it is to be expected. The initial architecture review would certainly be expected to turn up glitches, similarly the initial design, the detailed design, the test design, the coding, the units tests and the integration tests. However, by the time that lot has been done, one would expect safety critical code to be fairly near bug free - so a post-hoc technical review would *not* be expected to find any glitches.
And now we have the 64 bit forced obsolesce. Again no viable technical reason.
As noted elsewhere, address layout randomization is a *lot* more useful in a 64-bit virtual address space. That means it's a lot harder to exploit 64-bit buffer overruns.
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