* Posts by Robert 22

109 posts • joined 12 Dec 2013


Boeing 737 Max chief technical pilot charged with deceiving US aviation regulators over MCAS

Robert 22

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".

Ex-DJI veep: There was no drone at Gatwick during 2018's hysterical shutdown

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Given the resources committed to the response, it is difficult to believe that any culprit would have continued operations without getting caught. Consumer drones have limited range/endurance and the control signals are not that hard to detect - in open terrain, they would be quite conspicuous.

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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

Robert 22

Re: A common entrepreneurial position?

Theranos was providing unreliable test results to doctors - even when they used commercially available equipment, they were diluting blood samples in an effort to justify their claims about requiring only small amounts of blood.

US Air Force chief software officer quits after launching Hellfire missile of a LinkedIn post at his former bosses

Robert 22

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.

Windows 11 will roll out from October 5 as Microsoft hypes new hardware

Robert 22

Same experience with a Ryzen 1700X running on an X370 Prime Pro.

£3m for 8 weeks of consultancy work: McKinsey given contract to advise UK.gov on tech project business cases

Robert 22

Our core expertise is giving money to selected consultants!!!!!

COVID-19 cases surge as do sales of fake vaccination cards – around $100 for something you could get free

Robert 22

Re: The eternal constant

I'm old enough to remember when vaccination mostly wiped out a host of nasty diseases - TB, polio, smallpox, tetanus, ....

I recall there was a TB sanitarium a couple of miles from where I lived.

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Re: A long way still to go

By the same logic, we can dispense with things such as seat belts and other safety devices.

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A dunce cap would be perfect - it would also give you sufficient warning to steer clear.

Robert 22

Re: Forgery

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.

Chinese espionage group targets Israel while suggesting the source could be Iran

Robert 22

There was also the WW2 incident where German suspicions about the security of Enigma encryption were allayed by weakly coded messages to supposed agents thanking them for their valuable information and promising financial rewards.

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

Robert 22

Re: WTF?

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.

Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations

Robert 22

Re: The R10 - Avoid it according to Gamers Nexus

If the system is throttling under load, you are not getting the processing power you paid fo.

I'll add that with proper cooling, one could probably save a significant amount of power by undervolting the CPU.

US Supreme Court rules teens cussing out schools on social media is protected speech

Robert 22

Re: Excellent

There are quite a few legal cases in the pipeline in the US where people who are serial liars are claiming or are going to claim that they were merely exercising their right to free speech. It is hypocritical to go after a high school student for swearing in a private message.

Ex Netflix IT ops boss pocketed $500k+ in bribes before awarding millions in tech contracts

Robert 22

His timing is very unlucky. A year ago, he would have had a shot at a presidential pardon, particularly if he wisely invested some of his proceedings in campaign contributions.

British IT teacher gets three-year ban after boozing with students at strip club during school trip to Costa Rica

Robert 22

I live in Canada, but recall a teacher complaining that she didn't dare go to a bar because she would likely run into her students. Though I think the concern was mostly that the students would embellish their accounts of what they saw and spread them around.

'Agile' F-35 fighter software dev techniques failed to speed up supersonic jet deliveries

Robert 22

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.

A Code War has replaced The Cold War. And right now we’re losing it

Robert 22

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.

Pyrrhic victory: Co-Op wins £13m from IBM over collapse of £175m Project Cobalt insurance platform contract

Robert 22

Re: I'm thrilled

The vendors certainly know how to qame the system.

Drone smashes through helicopter's windscreen and injures passenger

Robert 22

Re: seems odd

I've noticed that many plastics become increasingly brittle with age.

Trump's gone quiet, Parler nuked, Twitter protest never happened: There's an eerie calm – but at what cost?

Robert 22

Re: AWS now liable?

"companies refusing to decorate a cake with a same sex marriage message for religious reasons have been found guilty of sexual discrimination."

Actually, it looks like US legal system is tending in a direction where the baker has the right to discriminate https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-cake/u-s-supreme-court-tosses-ruling-against-wedding-cake-bakers-who-rebuffed-lesbians-idUSKCN1TI1MQ

I would say that the right wingers want to have their cake and eat it too.

Loser Trump is no longer useful to Twitter, entire account deleted over fears he'll whip up more mayhem

Robert 22

Of course he sounds like he believes that there was electoral fraud. Any con artist who is any good at their trade will tell you whatever it takes to get you to fall for whatever they are selling. Trump has a consistent record of these sorts of things. Have you ever heard him, even once accept blame for anything at all? It is always someone else's fault.

In the call he threatened the officials involved with the election and demanded that they "find" enough votes to put him ahead. We also know that the senior Justice Department official in Atlanta (a Trump appointee) was forced out for not doing enough on Trump's behalf. Many of the Republican leaders who have gone along with his claims are doing so on the basis of a cynical calculation that it will be to their benefit. Others, perhaps because they fear for the safety of themselves and their families.

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The RW media tried to blame anti-fa for the violence on January 6, but had to abandon that line of lying as it became obvious that the major culprits were Trump fanatics.

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The ironic thing is that the guy who is screaming the loudest about the "steal" is the one who is pulling out all the stops to steal the election.

Robert 22

It might seem like a slapdash affair, but so do most failed coup d'etats. I would surmise that at least some of those involved thought they would be feted as heroes after executing those awful Democrats and especially that treasonous Pence guy. It does seem that some decision makers were involved - among other things, there is the lack of preparations and the otherwise inexplicable delay in getting the National Guard out.

Robert 22

Re: An elephant in the room

Drain the swamp? In Trump's universe, this means getting rid of people who have any combination of ethics and competence.

United States Congress stormed by violent followers of defeated president, Biden win confirmation halted

Robert 22

Re: Unfortunately ...

The aim was to intimidate the lawmakers.

Robert 22

Re: I'm surprised

No real evidence of fraud was ever submitted. The whole thing was a mix of political theater and the expectation that the judges he appointed owed him their personal loyalty and would rule in his favor.

Robert 22

Re: Kaiser Chiefs redux?

He has done everything he can to stoke the fire. And he has done this consistently: Lock her up!, the press is the enemy of the people! Liberate Michigan! We won in a landslide!

What can the 1944 OSS manual teach us before we all return to sabotage the office?

Robert 22

Re: Reads like a guide of how to achieve maximum possible efficiency rather than sabotage

"Mandate the use of the organisation's document templates"

The organization I worked for improved on this.

There were forms for everything and you had to make sure that you used them if you wanted to get anywhere. However, they were always being changed and it was possible to find different versions of the same form and none of them were dated. And there was always someone along the line who would insist (after several weeks had gone by) that you needed to resubmit with the correct forms.

Then some outside consultant dreamed up an incredibly complicated format for our internal publications. It was quite possible to find yourself trying to put together a technical document in MS Word only to find that the formatting was not only complicated, it was extremely unstable - that last trivial change would cause everything to move around.

Robert 22

It seems likely that the Trump administration's Presidential Transition Plan is based on this document.

Bad software crashed Boeings. Now it appears the company lacked a singular software supremo

Robert 22

Re: Pity they didn't think it that important earlier.

It also has the potential to cause confusion and complicate troubleshooting - quirky behavior on one flight might not show up on the next flight.

I love my electricity company's app – but the FBI says the nuclear industry bribed politicians $60m to kill it

Robert 22

Re: Scandal, but not this

That is only allowed for for the deserving greedy.

Stop worrying – Larry Ellison and Prez Trump will have this whole coronavirus thing licked shortly with the power of data

Robert 22

Re: Salvation from Commentards

Most people recover. So anecdotal reports don't prove anything.

During the 1918 pandemic, there was a popular idea that massive doses of aspirin were a good treatment. Probably the main result was widespread aspirin poisoning.

Huawei to the danger zone: Now Uncle Sam slaps it with 16 charges of racketeering, fraud, money laundering, theft of robot arm and source code

Robert 22

Re: Business as usual

I'm aware of a similar situation. A researcher from a Canadian government lab submitted a paper to a journal - it too was held up while the American reviewer submitted patent applications based on the work. It took a big legal fight before things could be set right.

China tells America, with a straight face, it will absolutely crack down on hacking and copyright, tech blueprint theft

Robert 22

Re: Dealmaster

In my professional career, I've observed that the businesses (including some very well known North American firms) who make the biggest deal about their valuable intellectual property have often done little more than take some well known existing idea and add some trivial embellishments.

I would suggest that the US patent system has serious problems of its own - a not uncommon business strategy is to patent a vague idea and then simply lie in wait for a real innovator to come up with a practical implementation that has even the slightest resemblance to the patent.

If you examine the history of the computer industry, you will find that much of the actual progress has been the result of starting with the ideas of others and building on them. Gary Kildall borrowed ideas from the DEC TOPS-10 operating system to write CP/M and in turn DOS borrowed ideas from CP/M. I suspect that if today's legal environment existed over the last 50 years, we would still be waiting for lawsuits involving GUI patents to be resolved.

Boeing, Boeing, gone! CEO Muilenburg quits 'effective immediately'

Robert 22

Re: Golden parachute

There are definitely perverse incentives - Take risks and get rewarded if they pay off and get rewarded if they don't.

Why is the printer spouting nonsense... and who on earth tried to wire this plug?

Robert 22

Re: The user replied: "The same electrician who changed that plug rewired my house last week!"

This is actually a big deal for the old AC/DC radios and TVs. Switch the connections around and you could end up with a live chassis. A definite hazard to work on to say nothing of the further danger to casual users that the loss of the plastic volume control knob might entail.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

Robert 22

Re: I gave up on the chartered route

I'm not familiar with the specifics of licensing in other jurisdictions, was certainly aware of some curious anomalies in my own.

I knew someone who was completing a PhD in Electrical engineering, but whose undergraduate degree was in physics. He made some inquiries to find out what he would have to do to become a licensed engineer. Among other things, he was told that he needed a course in fluid mechanics (an unusual requirement for EE students) and that his two term course in differential equations taught by the Math faculty was not accepted as equivalent to the specified one term EE course on the same subject.

Theoretically, to get around the requirement for an undergraduate engineering degree, you were able to write an examination, but this was was made very difficult. I recall talking to the professor who set the questions for the chemical engineering examination; he told me that his students wouldn't have a hope of passing it - give them 4 hours and open book, and they might have a chance.

I'm somewhat inclined to think that the system was set up more to restrict competition than protect the public.

Robert 22

Re: Can't be an actual Electrical Engineer ...

It's interesting that you mention that name - Williams seems to have been one of those people who learned on the job. He was an absolutely brilliant guy who had hardly any formal academic qualifications.

Judge shoots down Trump admin's efforts to allow folks to post shoddy 3D printer gun blueprints online

Robert 22

Re: More guns = safer for everyone

There is the further issue that the police end up assuming that everyone is armed and automatically use their weapons in situations that should not really call for deadly force.

Uncle Sam is asking Americans if they could refrain from slapping guns on their drones

Robert 22

Re: Despite NRA propaganda

"I support the second amendment, because I think an armed population is the final protection from falling victim to a dictatorship"

I keep seeing similar arguments. What I can't understand is how this works in practice. Does it mean that any group of people in the US has the right to overthrow the US government if they feel oppressed? It would seem that there must be many such groups. I would also suspect that the likely outcome would be a dictatorship.

Looming US immigration crackdown aims to weed out pre-crime of poverty. And that may be bad news for techie families

Robert 22

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Perhaps this (now) subversive script should be updated - All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others" seems more in the spirit of the times.

Yuge U-turn: Prez Trump walks back on Huawei ban... at least the tech sector seems to think so

Robert 22

Re: @AC

"he may actually make some form of progress with the N.Koreans"

The lesson would seem to be that, to get respect, it helps to be a despotic dictator with nuclear weapons.

Firmware update borks Bose boxes: Owners report crackles on Lex-i of the soundbar world

Robert 22

Re: Soundbars , meh

For things like Blu-Ray players, you need the updates if you want to reliably view recent media. Then thee are the products that are advertised as having all the latest and greatest capabilities even though some of these will depend on some future update.

Robert 22

Re: Soundbars , meh

Guess the dealer ran out of the 12 gauge gold cables.

No Huawei out: Prez Trump's game of chicken with China has serious consequences

Robert 22

Re: Absolutely

Ferranti's acquisition of ISC does seem to be a good example of the all too common situation where non-US businesses ended up with the short end of the stick when dealing with their US counterparts.

Now it looks like you have to watch out for the machinations of the US government in addition to those of the US private sector.

Hi! It looks like you're working on a marketing strategy for a product nowhere near release! Would you like help?

Robert 22

Re: So...

I've seen dysfunctional organizational cultures where nobody can afford to admit that there are problems. In this sort of environment, you just keep hoping for miracles and continue to paper over the problems.

US foreign minister Mike Pompeo to give UK a bollocking over Huawei 5G plans

Robert 22

I'll also add that the US has created an IP regime where patents that should never have been issued are used to torment innovative businesses, especially including those from foreign jurisdictions i.e., the IP laws have become devices to protect American business interests, specifically entrenched industry players and patent trolls.



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