* Posts by ectel

16 posts • joined 11 Jun 2014

Leaked draft EU law reveals tech giants could face huge 6% turnover fines if they don't play by Europe's rules

ectel

Re: The only good thing

I entirely agree that it is not ideal, however I think it is less easy to get out of, and that is a good thing

Also, yes I can see that it is possible that it could be over zealously applied, however there are checks and balances that i hope would work

Careful now we seem to be agreeing, can't have that on Reg forums!

ectel

Re: The only good thing

How can the EU fine profit? we all know that Facebook Amazon et al are past masters of moving profit away to somewhere else and not showing a profit (or paying taxes on the non existent profit) at all.

With that level of offshoring going after the revenue (gross input to the company, that is possible to prove) is the only way forward

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?

ectel

Re: Failing switches?

Re: 15Amp round pin in stage use - Its to differentiate between a socket that comes from the mains (13A Square) and one that comes from a dimmer. The presence / lack of fuse is co-incidental

So long, Top Gun... AI software waxes US F-16 pilot's tail 5-0 during virtual dogfight drills

ectel

Re: Rockets and Jets!

Yes they have guided missiles, but they have envelopes of engagement. 2 aircraft fighting will go with missiles first, but as they get closer together they will be out side the missiles envelope ( a missile finds to go straight off the plane and there is a trade off between speed and maneuverability the)

So quickly, when the planes are close the missiles don't work, then you are down to guns.

The Phantom went to Vietnam with out a gun, big mistake, every fighter since has had one

50%+ of our office seats are going remote, say majority of surveyed Register readers. Hi security, bye on-prem

ectel

Re: Loss of human contact

I get what you are saying, But... I have worked from home for 10+years, not meeting my team face to face, but now we have twice weekly video team meetings, so suddenly i am in the loop a lot more. Technology has changed working methods have changed, if it is done right it can work, it is (to use a over used phrase) "the new normal"

ectel

The rest of the world has joined me

I work part time. Before lock down I worked 1 day on site, 2 from home. Now I am 3 days from home. I work for a hospital

Now the rest of the team I work in are also working at home we have team meetings on Video that allow me to attend (they happen on my normal off site days)

Working across Hospitals is easier as Video calls stop us having to travel 15 miles between sites. In my team there is no real desire to go back to the office (apart from maybe the air-con in hot weather), The clinical team I support don't want me in the building (at risk patients) again everything now happens my phone,email of video.

Because I have worked from home for 10 years or more, I have on office room, so i can end the day and shut the door.

I think my working from home experience has improved since everyone joined me in it.

Mozilla warns more Firefox website breakage to come because devs just aren't checking for SameSite snafus

ectel

Re: How about...

But most websites don't need this level of functionality. The time and effort involved to update a minor site for a local club or something is not going to happen.

If the functionality is needed then yes some sort of warning, but something that complains about EVERY website that is not up to latest standard (and that is a nebulous thing to describe) is going to get ignored and just annoy the user, so that they won't use the browser that flags it and will go to one that doesn't

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

ectel
Linux

Re: Spelling

Was I the only one that thought "why is offence not taken when scruples is set to read+write+execute for the owner and the group but only write for all users? "

If most people can only write scruples but not read them or execute them no wonder we are in such a state! maybe we need 755 scruples. that way everyone can understand the scruples and act on them.

ectel
Linux

Re: Spelling

Was I the only one that thought "why is offence not taken when scruples is set to read+write+execute for the owner and the group but only write for all users? "

If most people can only write scruples but not read them or execute them no wonder we are in such a state! maybe we need 755 scruples. that way everyone can understand the scruples and act on them.

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma

ectel

Re: Third rail

the Magnetic observatory at Heartland in North Devon was sited there specifically as it was as far away from railways as they could find

"The observatory was purpose-built for magnetic work, and continuous operations began in 1957, the International Geophysical Year (IGY). Hartland is the successor to Abinger and Greenwich observatories. The moves from Greenwich to Abinger and then to Hartland were made necessary as electrification of the railways progressed, making accurate geomagnetic measurements impossible in South-East England."

Orford Ness: Military secrets and unique wildlife on the remote Suffolk coast

ectel

Re: V3?

Long range gun , Barrel very long with additional "Booster charges" along it

A concept that next saw light of day with Sadam Husain's Super Gun

ectel

Re: Nobody is quite sure what it was originally built for.

When I went on to the Ness last year there was a NT Guide who was involved in doing research on the activities on the Ness (his job before it closed was firing nuclear weapons casings in to a concrete wall at about 200mph - simulating a drop from low level that hit something sideways)

He said that they had begun to find out some information about the mystery ring, that the ring was footings for a rotating thing (wheels run on the ring) probably some sort of antenna.

Can I recommend this book as a most informative history of the Ness?

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

ectel

Re: Fiat 500

@ Trygve Henriksen

Well if you want to improve on the 2CV then you have to go Dyane, 2 extra HP, More aerodynamic, higher trim levels. (Just don't mention that production started after the 2cv and finished before it)

I have had my Dyane 28 years so far.....

'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

ectel

Sorry Mr. Leggett...

Was that Headingham School?

NHS patient letters meant for GPs went undelivered for years

ectel

"5 years is far longer than is necessary."

No actually. Most hospital records have to be retained for 8 years after the last treatment or the death of the patient. Maternity records have 25 year retention. The reason for retention is a mix of medical need and also in case there is legal action in the future.

Complex patients can have a paper hospital record that is 2' thick.

Full info here. https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/ethics/confidentiality-and-health-records/retention-of-health-records

SLOW DOWN: Insecure-by-design software on road

ectel

Best one I saw...

...was in France on the A7 one summer heading for the Mediterranean. "Slow down, the sea isn't going to evaporate"

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