They tend to throw in requirements for all sorts of documentation that people who have recently moved or are homeless will have trouble providing. The business of purging voter rolls hits those people as well. And the laws are enforced in an uneven way. Governor Youngkin's son, who was not old enough to vote, tried to vote at two locations in the 2020 election without incurring any legal consequences.
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Re: Ban software patents.
I understand that in the US , the Patent Office has to generate revenues to cover operating costs, so nobody has an incentive to reject a patent application as its acceptance would generate a fee for the patent office. On top of this, the staff are under pressure to process patents with a minimal amount of time. So they search through the patent database, and if they don't see something the same, the application gets accepted. Not surprisingly, questionable patents easi9ly get through the system.
US Air Force chief software officer quits after launching Hellfire missile of a LinkedIn post at his former bosses
The situation in Canada is similar
The combination of generalist project managers and limited duration assignments is a particularly bad one. There is a big incentive to manage for short term goals. A stream of optimistic progress reports convinces the higher ups that everything is going great while problems are papered over. With a little luck, a promotion follows before reality sets in and the next guy is the one left holding the bag.
Re: Old, bold pilots.
'I was watching a Beeb documentary on the RAF in the 50s, and it was saying that they killed 1 to 2 pilots out of every training group (30 - 50 pilots) - before they'd completed the course."
You can imagine how dangerous it was flying prototype aircraft at a time when there was terrific pressure to get planes into service without delay. The early versions of the F-100, the first truly supersonic fighter, had some particularly treacherous flying characteristics. Here is one reference: https://supersabresociety.com/legacy_stories/f-100s-first-naca-flight-with-scott-crossfield/
'Please download in Microsoft Excel': Meet the tech set to monitor IT performance across central UK government
I worked for a government R&D organization that tried to use excel to manage their whole program, including text describing projects, their status, and funding. Among other things, you would see financial figures for your expenditures that you knew could not possibly be correct. I still have a recollection of accessing the spreadsheet after one of the managers announced minor adjustments in the allocation of project funding at 5 minutes to 5 on a Friday. I was shocked to find that half my project funding had disappeared completely without warning.
Anyways, I think we could claim to have the worlds largest and most useless spread sheet.
How can we recruit for the future if it takes an hour to send an email, asks Air Force AI bigwig in plea for better IT
Re: Parkinson's Law
Strictly speaking, Parkinson's law is the adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."
Robert's first law of management is perhaps more specific to this situation: :The amount of time and effort spent on a decision is inversely proportional to its impprtance".
Re: Protectionism ?
"For an easier to observe situation, tune your car radio to an FM station and drive close to a commercial FM transmitter on a nearby frequency. Most car radios will lose the first station when they get within a a couple hundred meters of the tower."
That is known as desensitization - it is a well known behavior of radios, particularly low cost units since their designers will have accepted various compromises to reduce cost. (BTW, an FM radio station will typically operate at much higher power levels than a 5G base station).
The thing that absolutely baffles me is that most countries take spectrum management seriously. Experimental measurements and simulations are used to determine whether a change will result in interference with existing systems and users. This is pretty much essential if you are going to manage the spectrum to (a) maximize economic benefits (provide services that users are willing to use) and (b) avoid interference (so that legal users can actually use the spectrum without bad things happening).
Did the telecom industry use political influence to bypass or override consideration by the people involved in spectrum management?
Ukraine blames Belarus for PC-wiping 'ransomware' that has no recovery method and nukes target boxen
It would seem that the intent has changed. Ransomware has the primary aim of extracting money from the victims. Also, any exfiltrated data might be marketable. This malware is clearly intended to do damage. Furthermore, by masquerading as ransomware, victims will waste time and effort, and possibly money, trying to get their data back.
If the radar altimeter band is different and not harmonically related, I have difficulty seeing what the issue is. I suppose that there is the possibility that strong signals could overload and desensitize the radar altimeter, but I would expect that there should be good bandpass filtering at its input.
I would have thought that it would be fairly easy to demonstrate the potential for problems in a lab environment, but see no indications that this has been done. Is everything just speculation???
Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes found guilty of fraud: Blood-testing machines were vapourware after all
Re: Sentencing will be interesting
Compartmentalized organizational structures are sometimes justifiable when highly sensitive information is being handled. However, in my experience, they are often a result of people either trying to hide things (Enron and Theranos come to mind) or inflate their importance (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king). In either case, they are likely to work out badly.
Re: New laptop board? It's a new laptop according to MS activation. Get a new license.
OEM vendors, such as Dell, will usually install a version of Windows that is licensed for the motherboard. If you rep[lace the motherboard with anything different, the OS is unlikely to activate.
If you have a transferable version of Windows, it is often helpful to link your license to your Microsoft account. Note that the OS key that appears in the registry is a generic key that can't be used for activation.
Dutch nuclear authority bans anti-5G pendants that could hurt their owners via – you guessed it – radiation
In my professional life, I worked for a Canadian government R&D lab. I noticed that management disdained software development and engineering as activities that were unworthy of a scientist. At the same time, we had very few support staff, and these were mostly technologists. There was the idea that we could simply obtain the services of "pairs of hands" from body shops, but even this became problematic as procurement rules became increasingly unworkable and budgets shrank. At the same time, management expected us to deliver serviceable technology to our clients and was oblivious to the practical realities of the situation that made this virtually impossible.
Re: Some extra info
Interestingly, my 2011 Chev Impala uses electronics to control the throttle. The position of the accelerator pedal is measured by two sensors and, if the results are inconsistent, a warning is displayed and the throttle is only allowed to be partially opened. At least, somebody seems to have thought about some "what ifs".
There have been many situations where confirmation bias kicks in and those involved reach faulty conclusions, The Second Gulf of Tonkin Incident was one such event - the crews of two US warships fired off a considerable amount of ordnance at an array of totally non-existent threats. Afterwards, this event was used to justify further escalation and military intervention.
Elizabeth Holmes' Theranos fraud trial begins: Defense claims all she did was fail – and that's not a crime
£3m for 8 weeks of consultancy work: McKinsey given contract to advise UK.gov on tech project business cases
COVID-19 cases surge as do sales of fake vaccination cards – around $100 for something you could get free
There have been long standing requirements to provide documents showing vaccination for travel and other purposes.
This is a seriously misguided gesture on your part. Evidently you have a computer or cell phone and probably other documents such s credit cards and drivers license. The horse is long gone, and has likely died of old age.
There was an improved version of the 88 with a longer barrel and higher muzzle velocity (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8.8_cm_Pak_43). This was used in he Tiger II tank and some specialized anti-tank vehicles (e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nashorn). It was an extremely powerful gun that could defeat the frontal armor of practically any tank existing at the time at distances exceeding a.kilometer.
British IT teacher gets three-year ban after boozing with students at strip club during school trip to Costa Rica
In my experience, projects implemented using a waterfall model often run into problems because of faulty assumptions made early on. Aside from this, there are usually players who have motivations for producing misleadingly optimistic reports of progress.
Conversely, I've seen very successful projects that were implemented using an iterative development model.
Re: Sometimes it is best to lose graciously ...
"using "moonshot" technologies like artificial general intelligence and high qubit quantum computing - could place the defenders so far ahead of the attackers that assault becomes effectively impossible"
What if the attacker uses the same technologies?
We have a complexity problem - everything is so complex, there are bound to be weaknesses.